The Gift of Receiving – All It Takes Is A Little Leap

This is a leap year – a ‘magical’ time that comes once every 4 years.  It’s like a ‘freebie’ from the Universe.  This year is a playful, imaginative and wonder-full opportunity to create and receive something new.

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Are you open to receiving something new – today? Are you willing to accept a gift meant exclusively for you?

All it takes is a little ‘leap’ ………..

 

 

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise:

Relax.

Breathe.

For just a few minutes, set aside the ‘doing’-‘shoulding’-needing–to-make-something-happen agenda.

Choose a place you enjoy that feels peaceful or take a walk in nature (if possible).  Turn your attention to listening…….to nature, to quiet uninterrupted space.

Breathe.

Turn off the inner and outer noise.

Breathe.

Be.

Relax.

Breathe deeply.

Gently, set your intention to receiving something new from Creative Source.

Open to it.

Intend to believe that you will receive something either now or soon.

Relax.

Breathe.

Be open to hearing something new.

Listen.

Be open.

Receive.

Breathe.

Let go of your agenda.

Breathe.

Relax.

Feel the loving shiver of God run through your spine.

Receive the guidance, the Light, the Love.

Believe that all is well, because all IS well.  Your Loving Source surrounds you and blankets you with Love.

Be open to experiencing the purity of this moment.

Be open to receiving the Love in this moment.

Allow this experience to change you.

Receive.

Believe.

Know.

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This leap can lead you to a life experience better than any you could imagine – Joan Kappes

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Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life!

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You have the ability to  change your life’s trajectory……….

 

The premise is simple and profound

 

 

  • It is estimated that we think approximately 70,000 thoughts each day –  and most are repeats!
  • Definition of a belief: A belief is just a thought you keep thinking.  I’ll repeat this:  A belief is just a thought you keep thinking.  A belief is just a thought you keep thinking
  • Day by day, week by week, year by year these repeated thoughts become beliefs
  • Most beliefs go unchallenged; we assume they are ‘true’
  • Beliefs, conscious or subconscious are the drivers of our life because we get what we think and believe whether we want it or not

If beliefs are the drivers of our life and we get what we think and believe whether we mrpuenwant it or not, isn’t it a good (I would say ‘great’) idea to learn to be mindful of what we are thinking, repeating, then believing?

I do!  After discovering the above ‘aha’s, I committed to becoming aware of my thoughts and beliefs.  Learning how to use the gift of free choice, I developed the skill of questioning and developing new habits of thought which led to the development of new beliefs; I am thrilled to share with you (whoo!) that I am now in the driver’s seat of my boat and am mindfully setting the course for my life!

How did I do it?  (see ‘leaping’ exercises below)

First, I thought it would be fun to share with you a few of the beliefs I uncovered that were subconsciously driving my boat:

  • Multi-tasking is a way of life that is to be honored and mastered. Checking off as many items from my lengthy ‘to do’ list is a sign of my value
  • I am not a dog lover
  • Other people could do this task better than me
  • I am a good mother
  • If you really knew me, you would…………

After creating new habits of thought, I now am living from the following mindful beliefs (and, I might add, the resulting manifestations are wonderful!):

  • There is time for everything. I enjoy each moment knowing it is a gift to experience.  ‘Doing’ is a free choice and not a reflection of my value
  • I love dogs!
  • I have unique talents to share and am gifted in many ways. I have much to share with the world
  • I am a spark of Divinity. I am loving, whole, worthy and loved
  • I am a good mother and enjoy it more and more every year

I noticed that it does not serve me to judge the beliefs I uncover.  Noticing is all that is required because I have the powerful gift of free choice to decide if I want to continue living from that belief or if I want to change.  I also noticed that I did not want to change all the beliefs I uncovered.  I enjoy most of the beliefs I have, only now I am having more fun because I am aware of them and am consciously steering my boat.

Stuart Miles 5Today’s ‘leaping’ ExerciseHow to change a belief –  Here are the easy steps! *

  1.  Stop!  Stop what you’re doing for just a minute or two.

Why do this?  You are training yourself to slow down so you can learn mindfulness

  1.  Catch yourself thinking!  Notice your thoughts

Ask yourself this question many, many times each day: “What am I thinking about this     (circumstance, observation, conversation, etc.)?”

Why do this?  You are building your ‘awareness muscle’ of knowing what thoughts you’re thinking!

  1. Become aware:  “How does it feel to think/believe this thought?” 2:  Is there a thought I would I prefer to think (that would feel better)?

Why do this?  Building awareness of how thoughts and beliefs affect you is key to becoming the driver of your life

  1. Decide and declare: “I have free choice in what I think about this (circumstance, observation, conversation)”

Why do this?  Calling upon the gift of free choice is freeing and empowering; it is an essential element for creating life… your way.

  1. Choose: Using free choice, declare your thought with full awareness

Why do this?  Declarations are very powerful; they announce what is wanted and what is believed.  They are the ‘stuff’ of manifestation.belief check with no credits

  1. This step is very important.  Why?  Because this is where many of the ‘aha’s will be revealed.  Jot notes of your observations from the above steps for journaling.  Journal (the same day, if possible) using the above as your focus.  Ask and answer this question:  “What do I believe about (use the above to fill in the blank)?” I call it a ‘belief check’.  This reflection exercise really brings you to the nitty gritty of your beliefs, both conscious and subconscious.  The more you do this, the more the ‘aha’s will show themselves to you and the more you are free to decide what you want to believe (which ultimately results in what is manifested)!

*The steps are easy, however time and commitment are required for the most rewarding results

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Want more? Download my free ‘Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life’ workshop!

“I’m glad you showed us how to create new beliefs.   I am still making progress a month later!  Thank you” – PR

“I had no idea.  Now the patterns of my life are beginning to make sense” – BF

This is fabulous!  I didn’t know I had a choice about what I believed” – KT

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Change your beliefs, change your life! – Joan Kappes

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#IAMChoosingLove – The Birth of a Movement

2015.  Paris was attacked.  In an instant, the world allowed the floodgates of Love, Light and Compassion to open……. and Light overcame the darkness.

As with millions of people, I prayed and sent Love to the people of Paris and all those around the world who suffer this kind of brutality.

While the loving outreach to our worldwide family was appropriate and powerful, I sensed there was more this time – something bigger was desiring to be born. I spent much time in meditation that day.

From this meditation came inspiration for the idea: I am choosing love The energy and ‘download’ surged through me.  I could hardly get the words onto the page fast enough!  The depth!  The potential!  The Joy!  What raced through me: “Everyone, absolutely everyone can be involved on their own level, however they choose!”

#IAmChoosingLove is a simple, life altering, world altering idea.  It is a project, a movement of awareness, intention, ‘being’ and action involving both individual and group – allowing the Creator who IS Love, to create through us and with us.

#IAMChoosingLove in its simplest form asks each of us, “How are you choosing Love”?  How are you loving on purpose?”

In it’s deeper form, #IAMChoosingLove incorporates 5 areas of focus: Awareness, I AM, Choice, Love, IAMChoosingLove. It is an uncovering, then a conscious choice to incorporate these 5 areas into our lives.  It is a never ending, adventurous dance with The Creator and with each other using the energy of Love as the creative tool.

Below, is a highlight of each of the 5 focal areas.  I have included a link which expands each area.

Awareness is the Key to "Come to the Edge Today" living!Awareness:  Learning the skill of awareness is a fabulous, life changing, life enhancing skill; it is a habit that can be created. (Click this link to discover more about awareness – what is it? Why should I care?  How do I create a new habit of being aware? How can I use it to create a fabulous life?)

‘Leaping Exercise’ #1:  How aware are you of being aware?

I am 3I AM:  Connecting with and allowing our true self to shine is the purpose and joy of our life.  Imagine experiencing ‘you’ as:

 

  • I am Enough
  • I am Whole
  • I am healthy and vibrant
  • I am a powerhouse of Joy!
  • I am passionate about life!
  • I am curious and creative!
  • I am a Lover of Life!
  • I am Loved
  • I am Loveable
  • I am the essence of God
  • I am ME….

Click this link to dive into ‘I AM’ – what is it? What does my past have to do with this?  How do I change my ‘I AM’s? How do I discover the power of my ‘I AM’?

‘Leaping Exercise’ #2:  What ‘I Ams’ do you claim as ‘you’ and how do you share them?

bowChoosing:  Allowing ourselves to become aware of the gift of limitless free choice; this is the gift that holds depth, beauty, presence and power – designed to bring joy and unprecedented freedom for those curious enough to uncover its treasures and learn to consciously use its power.

Click this link to explore the gift you use (consciously or unconsciously) everyday

LoveLove:  Becoming aware that not only is Love something we yearn for, it IS the stream which carries us.  Love is the blanket surrounding us.  Love is the connection joining us.   It is more than just a comforting phrase or gesture.  Love is the most powerful energy in the universe.  Love IS life.  It is who we are.

Click this link to discover more of what we’re made of and the energy that surrounds us all

‘Leaping Exercise’ # 3: What is your definition of Love.  Can you expand it?  How does Love transform you?

IAMChoosingLove#IAMChoosingLove:  Creatively answering the invitation to be the ‘I AM’ we are –  Consciously using our gift of free choice, beautifully creating from our passions and joys – Allowing Love to flow in us and through us – Developing the habit and the knowing that ‘I always have the choice to Love’

‘Leaping Exercise’ #4:  A. How will you create the habit of choosing love?  B. Our collective consciousness is exponentially powerful. What can we do as a group of like-minded people committed to choosing love?

‘Leaping Exercise #5: How To How to begin using #IAMChoosingLove:

Use the hashtag #IAMChoosingLove to create the awareness in your mind.  Use it in your social media, on notes in your bathroom mirror, in your car, on your fridge, etc.  You are creating a habit, so do whatever will help you remember.  Notice the effect it has on you.  Enjoy what you are discovering!  Commit to it for 30 days and let your intuition guide you as to how to expand on the myriad of ways you can choose love.  Look for the hashtag and engage with others who are also becoming aware of the beauty of the unfolding.  Invite others to join!  This Love energy is the most powerful energy known.  It will lead us to each other and to others who are open to receiving it.  Let the magic begin!

Join us!  I invited Janet Nestor and Denna Shelton to be pioneers with me on this adventure!  They are wise, fun, inspiring and a joy to know!  Below are their #IAmChoosingLove stories:

Janet Nestor Janet http://mindfulpathways.com/i-am-choosing-love/

DennaDenna Shelton  http://tinyurl.com/jsoswg2 

Joan

Joan Kappes http://bit.ly/1VIkZm2

 

 

We invite you to Tweet with us @Joan_Kappes @JanetNestor @TwentyGems.  Add your wisdom, insight, and humor to the steady flow of inspiration found at the hashtag #IAmChoosinglove.  More inspiration can be found on our Pinterest board:  https://www.pinterest.com/janetnestor/iamchoosinglove/

Also, did you know you can add the hashtag #IAMChoosingLove to your Facebook posts and Instagram?

More to come!  We invite you to share your inspiration with all of us as this inspired movement expands well beyond the hashtag! #IAmChoosingLove – Joan Kappes

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The Ultimate Gift – The Ultimate Freedom

giftThere is a gift.

You received it the day you were born.

You are using it now.

This lifelong gift holds depth, beauty, presence and power – designed to bring joy and unprecedented freedom if you are curious enough to uncover its treasures and learn to consciously use its power.

Uncover it.

bowWhat are the ingredients of this gift?

It is always present

It is always available

It is used every hour of every day by every human user (you)

It is employed with or without awareness of the user

It always obeys the instructions of the user

It can bend and change at anytime

It is absolutely unique to each user

It is utilized by the ego/personality and by the heart/soul

It is the creative life-tool of each human user

The more the user develops awareness of its power, the more effective it becomes

It is a free gift – always – with no strings attached

It is the ultimate gift

It is the ultimate Freedom

bowThe Giver

The gift is freely and unconditionally given by the Creator

The Giver gifts with pure Love

There are no conditions placed upon the use of the gift

The user determines what the gift is to be used for – each choice is respectfully acknowledged by the Giver

The Giver and user together dance the dance of co-creation

The Giver provides unlimited inspiration, support and direction if allowed by the user

Because of the unconditional Love of the Giver, regardless of how the user employs the gift, all roads will lead back to the Giver

bowThe User of the gift (You)

Simply by being on this planet, you are an adventurer and have the ability to employ this gift for creating a pleasing, wonderful life experience

You (the user) are made from the divinity of the Giver

You have been given an additional gift – discernment and intuition – to assist in how to most effectively use the gift

You have the Giver with you every step of the way – eager to dance with you as you learn to use the gift

What treasures await those who are curious enough to explore its potential?

It changes the life of the user – not just once but throughout your entire lifetime

ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you can imagine!

What is the gift?

giftFREE CHOICE  Yes!  Free Choice!  The user (YOU) are free to choose your thoughts (all of them).  You are free to choose action or inaction.  You are free to choose your attitude, your perceptions and your beliefs (all of them).  You are free to keep your head in the sand.  You are free to love yourself.  You are free to loathe yourself.  You are free to close your heart.  You are free to open your heart.   You are free to experience beauty.  You are free to choose fear.  You are free to choose Love.  You are free to choose to focus upon what is lacking.  You are free to choose to focus upon abundance.  You are free to focus upon what you do not want.  You are free to focus upon what you do want.

YOU ARE FREE TO CHOOSE!

There is a gift.

You received it the day you were born.

You are using it now.

This lifelong gift holds depth, beauty, presence and power – designed to bring joy and unprecedented freedom if you are curious enough to uncover its treasures and learn to consciously use its power.

Uncover it.

Today’s ‘Leaping’ Exercise:  Reread the above and this time, insert ‘Free Choice’ prior to each entry (Example: Free Choice is a free gift – always – with no strings attached….Free Choice is the ultimate gift….Free Choice is the ultimate Freedom, etc.)  Notice any ‘ahas’ as you reread.  Begin to consciously become aware of this gift.  Next, choose to become aware of this gift in your life:  Decide upon a cue that will remind you that you have this gift, then ask yourself many times throughout each day:  “How am I using my gift of Free Choice?”  Notice what you are discovering and choose to make changes, if desired.  Choose to appreciate this most precious gift!  Enjoy!

Rejoicing that we always, always have a choice –Joan Kappes

#IAmChoosingLove

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I Am Choosing Love!

This project was inspired a very, very short time ago.  Already, there is much interest on social media!  Stay tuned for how you can easily share the power and good news of Love, right now- right where you are!

We always have a choice to Love

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Best of Times – Worst of Times: There IS Another Way

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” – Charles Dickens

These days produce heightened thoughts and actions of fear, protection, ‘us vs them’, circling the wagons, exclusion, anxiety, vulnerability…………..

These days also create intensified thoughts and actions of peace, hope, compassion and a commitment to ending the cycle of fear – releasing into our natural state of ‘Love’.

We have free will to choose which way to go.

Is it easy or comfortable to choose the way of Peace?  Not really.  We have been ‘trained’ for millennia to fear and exclude anyone different from ourselves and to protect ourselves and our loved ones via weapons and violence.

Is there another way?

xedos4Millions upon millions upon millions on this planet Earth do not want this violence, fear and hatred anymore.  We are growing tired of the all-to-frequent, hateful tragedies experienced by all countries; we are coming together, deciding it’s time for Peace.

Is it easy or comfortable to choose the way of Peace?  Not always – especially when the world seems so complex.  BUT, we can choose the way of Peace and Love.  Day by day, minute by minute we can choose the way of Peace and Love.  How?  By realizing there is a choice.  In any circumstance or thought throughout the day, we have a choice:  The fearful thought/action or the Loving thought/action.  Choice by choice we create this new path.  Imagine the impact of millions, even billions of people consciously choosing Love over fear.

These are the best of times and the worst of times……………The choice is ours.

I invite you to watch this short video of a man who chose the path of Peace and Love and the people who, without a spoken word, joined him too.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Situations, news, thoughts & decisions fill our day. Let us use these opportunities to become aware of our thoughts and actions and learn to choose Love.

Walking with you on the path of Peace and Love – Joan Kappes

#IAmChoosingLove

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You & Joy – Strange-Bedfellows? (Not Anymore)

JK - saiIt is fall and stores are brimming with Christmas wares from decorations to bobbles to greeting cards.  Everywhere I see – ‘Wishing you Joy this season!  Joy to the World!  Joy to you this season!’

It would be easy to take the cynical route and complain about the commercialization of Christmas and the holiday season, yada, yada, yada, but today I am walking a different path – one that is to me, much more enlightening.  Will you join me?

These seasonal wishes and greetings have certainly passed the test of time, haven’t they?  They are gifts given throughout the ages that point to something much deeper than words on a Christmas card or a nice, warm feeling during the holidays.

Joy is something we yearn to experience and wish for others, but what is it, really?

At ‘Come to the Edge Today!’ we take advantage of the imagination our hearts so freely offer; the answer lies in a ‘stretch’ of the heart’s imagination called “What if?”

What if… Joy is more than what I see others experiencing

What if… Joy is more than a feeling I experience once in a while

What if… Joy is beyond anything I can think or feel

What if…Joy is not felt because of an outward cause and effect

What if… Joy goes even deeper than the presence of God I feel surrounding me now and then

What if… Joy is much deeper and more intimate that I think

Joy -You Strange Bedfellows - 10-28-15What if… (This is where you allow your heart and its imagination to take over!)………

What if… Because you are made from the Creative Source of All, Joy is part of the essence of you

What if… There was a microscope that could see that Joy is part of the makeup of your DNA

What if…… ”You are Joy looking for a way to express.  It’s not just that your purpose is Joy, it is that you are Joy.  You are love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing.  Energy – frolicking and eager – that’s who you are.” – Abraham

Let this soak in!  Give it your daily attention and you will experience a wonderful unfolding.

Today’s ‘Leaping Exercise’:  Continue using your imagination.  Sit in a quiet place and ponder (before going to bed or rising each morning is a perfect time) what it feels like to have Joy part of my DNA?  How does my body function knowing that Joy entwines with every cell?  Imagining this is true, how do I perceive my day and the people I interact with? How do I think and act?  What impact does this have in my life?  What can this do for my life? Do I accept this as a possibility?  Do I dare take the leap and uncover the Joy within?  Allow your heart to open the door – even just a little.  What have you got to lose?  Or better, what will you be gaining?

Open to the possibility that Joy is part of the fabric of You. You will be delighted at what you find.

“Dear Creator of All – I accept the possibility that I am more than I have been thinking myself to be.  I allow this new truth to take hold and I open my heart to lead me to knowing and experiencing that I AM Joy in all its beauty.  I AM Joy looking for a way to express.  It’s not just that my purpose is Joy, it is that I AM Joy.  I am love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing.  Energy – frolicking and eager – that’s who I AM.”

-You are truly Joy-Full! – Joan Kappes

Want to know more about the Joy that is You? Click these links for more! Joy-Full You! (yes, You!)    Enjoying Your Day – A ‘How-To’ Guide     Where is Joy & How Can I Get Some?    Joy – How to Experience It Everyday   Audio of ‘Come to the Edge Today! – helping you uncover what is holding you back from living your life of Joy  (Inaugural episode is recommended)

 

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