The Trash That Dreams Are Made Of

landfillInspiration is everywhere.  It cares not of perceived worthiness, fame, social status or any other kind of status.  Inspiration gives itself to those who are open to hearing its melody & to those who are willing to follow its path.

This is the amazing story of the townspeople of Cateura, Paraguay (Favio, Don, Miriam, Ada and all the children).  These are people who heard the melody in their hearts and quite simply, took inspired action.  They turned their focus from what ‘is’ (poverty, squalor, contamination…) to focusing on hope and a new reality through the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra, a children’s orchestra made from the recycled trash of the landfill upon which they live and depend for income.

Allow yourself the time to be inspired by this short video (below) and/or the full 60 minutes story (click link) of the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra.  Be transformed by a teacher, an artisan (who didn’t know he was an artisan), townspeople who dreamed of a better life for their children and a group of amazing children who heard the call of the music and followed it……..right into our hearts.

 

YouTube Link for above video:  YouTube – LandfillHarmonic

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise:  Consider these quotes from the video

“I thought trash was useless” – Ada, 15 year old musician

“I couldn’t believe you could make music with trash” – Volunteer musician/teacher from Maryland

“Send us your garbage and we’ll send it back to you as music” – Favio Chavez, creator of Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

Ponder your responses and listen for your heart’s response:

  • What is the ‘trash’ you live with in your life?  Like Ada used to believe, do you think that trash is useless?  Could you imagine creating a new reality around it, like the townspeople did with recycling trash to a new purpose?
  • Where is your focus – is it on the ‘poverty’ it causes or is your focus on the music that could come from it?
  • Do you believe it is possible for you to make music with your trash?
  • What music could you create with it?  Is there one note you could play today that could shift your focus from ‘lack’ to the music of inspiration?

Listen for your music.  It’s already playing in your heart – Joan Kappes

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The Best Halloween Costume – Ever!

I love Halloween!  It brings out the magic and playfulness in all of us, doesn’t it?  It’s no wonder Halloween has become a $7 billion dollar event!

debspoonsSo, what to be this year?  I can be anything!  It’s a field day for my imagination!  I can be a genie, a princess, a doctor, a pirate, a famous person, an athlete, an astronaut, a creepy monster……………Wow.

Then, it occurred to me – How often during the year do I already pretend to be someone else?  How often do I assume another’s persona?   How often do I put on another’s boots and walk in the path of their expectation or masquerade as the personality of my fears?  How often do I wear a mask that isn’t me – a mask that is binding and stifling, viewing the world through two narrow eyeholes?

I am meIf, on Halloween I can be whoever I want to be, then this year I’ve decided to let go of the mask, the costume and the boots.  This year (and ALL year long), I’m going as ME!!!

The “Me” look is Fabulous (and looks great on you too!) – Joan Kappes

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Strangers That Warm Our Heart

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”  ― John Holmes

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VentrilockThis is a short story as most pay-it-forward stories are, yet their impact lasts a lifetime for both the receiver and the giver.

Last week, we met my in-laws for breakfast at a local restaurant.  Irene is 90 and Bill is 92.  They have been married 70 years this past July.

Irene walked up to our table with spunky, sparkling eyes and said “We have big news for you!”  Both sat down and she began her story.  “Yesterday, we went to Jensen’s Restaurant for breakfast.  As we waited for a table, we talked with 3 young women (probably in their late 20’s).  We told them that we celebrated our 70th wedding anniversary this year.  THEY SIMPLY COULDN’T BELIEVE IT!  They thought it was fantastic and amazing that we could be married that long! They told a story of how their parents were married for 50 years, but….70!”

As Irene shared her story, you could feel the pride and joy in her voice as she recalled the acknowledgement and lovely encounter.  It was delightful to be swept up in her excited energy!

Then, she exclaimed:  “When we went to pay for our meal, the waitress said, ‘Oh, those 3 women over there already paid for your meal’.  We went over there to thank them for their generosity and they said, ‘Thank You’ for being such an example to us’!!!   We were flabbergasted!!”

Bill, who had been quiet during the telling of the story, smiled-happiness flowing from his eyes, too.  They had just been acknowledged by a stranger for a lifelong commitment.  This meant more to Bill and Irene (a couple who rarely allowed their accomplishments to be known) than words could ever express.

They were truly touched by this genuine act of appreciation and connection.  This became a treasured gift for all involved; this memory will last forever.

Pay-it-forward acts of appreciation are powerful because they come from the heart and soul.  Words cannot describe the Love behind the touch of one soul to another soul and I guess they don’t need to because ‘we know it when we see it’, (or rather, ‘we know it when we feel it’) don’t we?  Can you recall a soul to soul gift of Love you received or gave in your lifetime?  (Recall the feeling and enjoy it now!)

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise:  Make your day and another’s by scheming and delivering delightful surprises Stuart Milesto a loved one or stranger! It’s so much fun to look for opportunities to spread joy!   Listen to your heart for inspiration and feel the happiness of it.  Let your soul delight and surprise their soul!  (After all, that’s what life at “Come to The Edge” is all about – creating and  co-creating experiences where we really l-i-v-e!)

Surprise! – Joan Kappes

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Beyond Our Lines

Beyond Our Lines

Author unknown

feathers7This is what I want to do.
This is exactly how I want to live my life-
Consciously taking risks and having a good time doing it.
Expanding my total presence without embarrassment or denial of my power, your power, our power, divine power—in this moment.
Putting everything right out here on the line
And then daring to really be myself.
Choosing to step beyond the lines I know and love so well
And deliberately risk everything I’ve built up this far to keep myself comfortable.
Not just once a workshop, once a week or once a day
But over and over
Again and again
Until I experience my full potential
As a soul, as a teacher, as a transformer.
I want to live this life—my life—to the fullest
And continuously stretch and relax my boundaries to include more. Among other things I want to experiencefeather8 an unplanned moment-
An unpremeditated, unanticipated, unexpected, uncontrived, uncontrolled moment. And when it happens, I want to recognize it
Let go, open to it
And release my pictures of what the successful moment looks like
And of how I should perform within that moment.  And simply surrender and trust my unknown abilities and let my spirit rush into that space and show itself
Fully, authentically, magically, miraculously, splendidly, wonderfully—the works! And I want to be substantially different as a result.
I expect that moment to make a difference to the rest of my life.
And I want there to be a difference in the world because of the choices made
In that single moment.  And since I don’t know when that moment’s coming,     I want to experience all moments as possible entry points—just in case this is IT— And stay conscious and be present to myself, to you, to what’s happening now.

 

Within me and between us—along with all the possibilities of what can happen next
I want to see clearly whatever’s going on and to respond to it. And I don’t want to feel I’m doing this on my own.
feathers11I want friends to help. I want to feel close and touched, loved and empowered by
God’s living grace—you folks.
So that together we can celebrate our full power as women making a difference
Together we can celebrate our full power as men making a difference
And together we can apply our spiritual passion for life
And build a planet of light and transformation which really works
Within our lifetimes.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Wow.  This is so powerful – where to begin?  Print a copy of this and gather 7 colored pencils, crayons or markers.  Commit to spending 10 minutes at the start of each day for the next 7 days to slowly read and absorb this inspired poem.  Each day, use a different color pencil and underline what stands out for you  that day.  After underlining, copy what you have underlined into your journal and ponder it.  Ask for inspiration and unfolding of the wisdom contained in those lines.  Allow yourself to be absorbed by it.  Listen for inspired action, then spend your day looking for opportunities to act.  Enjoy!  Revel!  Fly!

Daring to really be myself (and inviting you to do the same!) – Joan Kappes

Photos courtesy of TinyPic

Thanks to Marni Battista for sharing this amazing reflection

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Voila! Your Bounty Just Showed Up!

Surprise, delight and unlimited bounty stand right in front of us (!), yet many times we don’t see it until we look, relax and naturally open ourselves to the moment, and………….voila!  There it is!

pumpkin 3My delightful surprise came recently as a gift from my garden.  My daughter planted seeds earlier this season and didn’t remember what she planted.  By August, huge leaves with yellow flowers had literally taken over the garden area, the compost pile and the fence above it. I decided to let nature take its course; I let them be and allowed them to spread wherever they wanted (no matter what they were).  This past weekend I glanced at the massive leaves, looked up, and saw that 3 pumpkins had decided to gift us with their presence – 2 of them supported from their vine hanging from a very flimsy fence!  Two days later, the larger one had nearly doubled in size!  Such a delight – showing up all on their own to surprise and delight us, with little to no effort on our part!

Our lives are like that, aren’t they?  We want life’s bounty to grace us, yet we often meddle and try to control the ‘hows’ and ‘whens’.  Then, when we just let go a little and trust that the seeds of our desire have been planted and are growing…. voila!  There it is!  – the essence of what we wanted with the ‘how’ of it delivered every so cleverly and lovingly by a Universe who delights in exceeding the farthest reaches of our imagination!

So, my friends living life at “The Edge”, look around, relax, naturally open to the moment, and…Voila!Pumpkin 1

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Make your intention today to be open to the surprises that are ready to grace your day.  About once an hour, stop what you’re doing and take 4-5 deep, slow breaths that will help you slow down and refocus towards living the moment.  Use your senses to just be aware.  Don’t try to find a surprise; just enjoy these moments and naturally allow yourself to be surprised by the Universe.  Notice what shows up that surprises you and causes you to smile (something that a minute before was oblivious to you).  Voila!  Give thanks and grin again!

“Do not delay in enjoying this fruit, precious child, for your bounty grows more plentiful as you harvest its life-giving offspring in your thoughts and deeds.  There is no diminished supply of this Love, and the bounty is yours to feast upon and to share.” – Doreen Virtue (Angel Therapy)

pumpkin 2

– Voila! – Joan Kappes  (oh, and yes, these photos are the 3 pumpkins that showed up!)

Joan Kappes

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Untie Your Boat – Your Dreams Await!

“The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams now, to any degree that you can”. – The Universe (Mike Dooley)

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Why not just wait for your ship to come in?

your dream ship is dependent upon you to untie the rope that holds it to the dock!Because your dream ship is dependent upon you to untie the rope that is holding it to the dock!  It cannot loosen itself.  Once you untie it, your boat is free to move and as it moves, you learn to ride together, traveling to places neither has yet imagined!

How to loosen your dream ship from the dock?  Follow these 4 simple, yet powerful motions and you will be on your way:

 

  1. DEFINE your dream.  DEFINE your passion.  DEFINE the essence of what it is you want from your dream.  (It’s ok at this beginning stage to keep the topic broad.)  Example: Define the dream: I want to travel!  Passion:  My passion is traveling!  Essence (What will having this give you?):  When I travel I feel alive, free and adventurous!
  2. DECLARE.  Declare your worthiness to experience this dream in your life……now.  “I am worthy to allow my dream of travel to be experienced now and throughout my entire life!  I am worthy.  (Repeat this daily as it will help transform any limiting beliefs you have about your worthiness to have it.)
  3. ALLOW.  Allow your passion to become ‘you’ by using the phrase ‘I Am’…….Example:  “I Am a traveler” and “I Am an allower of traveling experiences to come into my life”.  (Use of “I Am” is very powerful, so use it often)  Then, FEEL the allowing of it!  Let it open up your heart so you can feel the energy of it!
  4. BEGIN.  Complete the untying of your dream ship by taking inspired action.  (NOTE:  The first 3 steps are vital to setting your dream ship free.  Without doing the previous steps, you cannot experience the fullness of the journey.  SO many ports of call will be missed because you will not recognize them as dream-come-true opportunities.)  Begin with one small action that inspires you, then take another.  Remember: ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER, so act on your inspiration and more opportunities will present themselves to you, quickly!

Here is an example of the 4 steps using my dream of travel to show you how it works:Define. Declare. Allow. Begin

Step 1: DEFINE.  “I want to travel!  Travel IS my passion!  When I travel I feel alive, free and adventurous!  (Notice how the statements are framed in the ‘positive’.  No limiting beliefs are allowed, such as ‘I don’t have enough money or time’)

Step 2:  DECLARE.  “I am worthy to allow my dream of travel to be experienced now and throughout my entire life!  I am worthy!”

Step 3:  ALLOW.  “I Am a traveler!!!!!  I AM an allower of traveling experiences to flow through my life!!!

Step 4:  BEGIN:  From an inspired thought, “I am going to a local park or beach this weekend.  I Am now a traveler and this is just the first of many varied experiences in store for me!  While there, I will explore, hike, picnic, swim, spend time with nature and discover the beauty of my surroundings!  YES, I am beginning my life as a traveler this weekend!  Next month, I will continue by accepting a long-standing invitation to spend a weekend on my friend’s boat.  More traveling experiences for me!  She said we can travel down the river and stop at several small towns along the way to shop, explore and wander!  (Sounds like traveling to me!!).  I can travel…..now!  I can experience adventure and freedom….today!  I see already that one thought and inspired action always leads to another now that I have untied my dream ship!  I am open to experiencing freedom and adventure however it comes.  I am already noticing that my ports of call will be numerous and surprising!

My real life example:

100_2135Yes, my dream is to travel!  I declared a few years ago that I AM a traveler!  I want to share with you a wonderful example of how allowing and ‘being’ my dream gives the Universe lots of leeway to surprise and delight:  About 10 months ago, our family declared that we would experience a dream vacation to Orlando (not knowing exactly how the money would flow towards us).  Air travel is required and airfare for 6 is a chunk of change. About a month ago, I was rustling through the daily mail and noticed a small message typed at the bottom of an envelope of what I thought would be junk mail.  I opened it, and long story short, by attending an hour session, we received 2 round trip tickets to anywhere in the U.S.!  Then, my daughter casually told me the other day that because of her airline points, she can purchase her companion’s round trip ticket for just $99!!!

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Pick a dream, follow the 4 steps and untie your dream ship!

So, my fellow “Come to the Edge Today” companions, untie your dream ships – all of them!  It’s worth it!

Writing from Ft.Lauderdale beach 🙂 – Joan Kappes

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Enjoying Your Day – A ‘How-To’ Guide

“Enjoy your day!”

Thanks, but how do I do that?  I know how to enjoy the fun days – that is easy because I like what I am doing.  But, how do I enjoy (i.e. experience Joy) everyday, every hour?

It might be helpful to begin with a dictionary definition of ‘enjoy’:  According to the dictionary, enjoy is a verb to ‘take pleasure in something, to have a pleasurable experience’.  The prefix EN means ‘to cause a person to be in the condition of.. (ex. enjoyment).  It also means ‘on all sides’.  So, to ‘enJoy’ means to be in the place or state of Joy and to be completely surrounded by it!‘enjoy’ means to be in the place or state of joy and to be completely surrounded by it!

To be surrounded by joy and live the benefits of its blissful state is one of the wonderful, quirky and sometimes mysterious habits we get to create as we journey our life at ‘The Edge’.

“Habits, did you say?”

Yes!  The experience of Joy is a habit and we have free will to open the portal to experience its delights every hour of everyday.  (We really do!)

Some Joy-ful facts!

*Joy needs us.  Without our permission, it cannot express itself in our lives

*Joy lives within each of us and looks for any opening we give it to share its gifts

*Joy is very clever

*Joy loves to surprise and delight

*Joy will not use force.  It is patient and shines forth when we let go and open to its gifts

*Joy wants to co-create a wonder-filled life with usJoy loves to surprise and delight

*Joy is heart-centered (not monkey-mind centered)

*Joy comes when we are focused upon what is wanted

*Joy is experienced moment-by-moment

*Joy can be experienced as thoughts of the past, present and future – all experienced in ‘Now-time’

How to begin creating a new habit, a new portal for Joy?  Remember, habits are created one thought, one repeated, focused intention at a time.  Below are some examples of how to allow Joy to express (these are my real-life examples)

*  Mowing the lawn – a choice between seeing and experiencing it as a chore or focusing on appreciating the beauty of the moment and the experience of being outdoors – opening a portal for Joy to envelope me

*  Paying monthly bills – a choice between seeing lack and burden (and all the yada, yada that goes with it) or refocusing to see flow, abundance and gratitude for the experiences given to me because of what I am paying back– inviting a channel for experiencing Joy of past, present and future events

*  Handling paperwork – a choice between focusing on repetition, boredom, wishing I was doing something else, etc. and refocusing on the talents, time and benefits of doing this with gratitude – allowing a channel for joy to flow, surprise and delight

*  Doing laundry – a choice between focusing on drudgery and boredom or refocusing to allow a new perspective of slowing down, refocusing on gratitude and the experiences and comfort each piece of clothing has given me – thus, opening a channel for joy to flow

Open a portal for JoyToday’s “leaping” exercise:  Spend the day finding 4 thoughts or experiences where you find yourself allowing Joy.  Notice what you were thinking, doing and feeling.  Write these experiences in your journal.  As a bonus, re-create these Joy-ful moments as you write, remembering that Joy is created using past, present and future thoughts and experiences.  Then, identify 4 areas where you find yourself via your thought-focus, not allowing Joy to come through.  Find as many softer, positive aspects (as I did above) as you can, to allow Joy to flow through and transform these.   Notice!  Repeat!  Create new portals for Joy!

EnJoy your day! – Joan Kappes

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness” – Charles Hadden Spurgeon

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