Appreciation is one of the most powerful tools we have to make a change.

All too often we find ourselves wishing things weren’t as they are. We want the world to be different, the economy to be different, our partner to be different.

We blame our unhappiness on the situations around us, and make it someone or something else’s fault we’re stuck or in a bad way.

Actually, it is our resistance to the way things are that is causing us the most trouble. It is our insistent desire that things should just be different and the non-acceptance of how things are that cause us grief and pain.

What do we do to change it? Having appreciation for the world around us, for everything, for the people, for the economy, for life itself, is one of the surest ways to shift our energy, and thereby, shift our whole perspective.

Learning to see how we can be grateful for everything that surrounds us, is a discipline whose dividends pay off for years to come, as well changing our current state.

So let’s be grateful for the cloudy days, the holes in our socks, and the under-cooked meal. After all, what’s more important, the world around us or how we feel about it?


Moving forward in life is often not about making more money, taking a new job, starting a new business, or going back to school.

Moving forward often has more to do with that internal process of recognizing more and more of our own power.

It is easy to forget that we create our life, in a million different, little ways. We create our lives by the choices we make, by how we respond to life, and by where we decide to place our focus.

We move forward in life when we bring more consciousness to any of these aspects of our lives.

Are we being more conscious in our choices? Are we being more conscious in our responses? Are we being more conscious of where we are allowing our focus to go?

These may not seem like big steps, indeed they may only be baby steps in our lives, yet as one step piles on top of the other, they soon have a gigantic effect on our life.

So let’s move forward together, one baby step at a time, bringing more consciousness and more awareness into our lives…


Awakening to our dreams and purpose can be both invigorating and scary.

We all desire to know what our true purpose is, what dreams we really want to fulfill in our lives, and what Life desires from us.

Yet once we know, it can be daunting and frightening.

We are not often prepared for what greatness Life sees within us that we don’t already recognize. We shy away from shining bigger, brighter and more full when we have been used to going at half power.

How do we step into our greatness, awaken to a fuller potential, and shine brighter when the very thought of it causes us to quake in our boots?

The key is to focus on the dream, on the passion, and on the feeling of what it will be like to fulfill these visions.

As we learn to allow ourselves to be pulled towards the higher path instead of pushing ourselves up the mountain, we find that life is willing to do much more of the work than we first thought.

Trust your visions, your dreams, and your purpose. They have been given to you to empower you.


Some things are just beyond our control.

Yes, we do create our reality, to a point.

Yes, we do have complete control over how we respond to the world around us.

Yet things happen in the world that ultimately are beyond our control to do anything about. That’s when we learn how to surrender.

Surrendering is not about giving up. It’s about understanding our place in the universe and seeing where we can do something that has an effect, and where we can’t.

That is the time we learn to develop trust or faith.

As humans, we cannot see the full implications to our own actions, let alone the actions of others or of nature. Our perception is limited, and we are not omniscient.

Learning to be okay with that helps to make our lives easier, and allows us to enjoy the ride. When we enjoy the ride, we show up from a more empowered place.


It is okay in the moment to feel stressed, overwhelmed, or beyond your capacity. We all do sometimes, and it normally comes when we are in the middle of a growth spurt.

Things happen, sometimes unexpectedly, that cause us to have to deal with situations we don’t normally have to deal with. Our abilities are put to the test, and our strengths and weaknesses rise to the surface.

It is at these times that we discover what we are truly capably of, as well what we are not. This is important, as the two are not normally exactly what we think we can and can’t do.

We are often surprised, one way or the other, at how we got through those tough times, what kind of support we needed and received, and what resources where there that we never recognized.

That’s a big part of growing. Seeing what we once couldn’t see about ourselves.

We don’t usually like those situations, we don’t go looking for them on purpose, and yet when they find us, we are made anew. So let’s not resist or shy away from these amazing opportunities. Let’s learn to embrace them and love them with the passion they deserve.


Building a bridge from where we are to our dreams can feel daunting and impossible at times.

Especially when the unexpected strikes, we have a hard time seeing how to move forward and get through our current challenges.

This is the time when trust and community are most important.

Trust, that for even though we can’t see how our vision can come into being, life has a way to allow it to happen. We need to keep our focus on the what, and allow the universe to show us the how.

Community, for it is in the most difficult times that the community around us wants to support us, help us, and be there for us.

Not that Community is there to do it for us, but to encourage us that even though we can’t see the bridge that will take us to our vision, it is there and it is just one step in front of us.

When it is darkest, when the clouds are so thick you can only see one step in front of you, that one step is all you need to take. One foot in front of the other, slowly, carefully, we move forward.

And when the clouds lift and the dawn comes, we find that not only have we been walking on the bridge the whole time, we are actually almost over to the other side!


Seeing what we don’t want to see about ourselves is some of the hardest work we can do.

Self-examination, self-reflection, and self-analysis is key to truly knowing ourselves. It’s not easy. and it’s not for the timid. It is easy to fool ourselves and believe that we are better than we really are.

It takes true courage and true strength to be raw and vulnerable, especially to ourselves.

None of us want to admit to ourselves that our motives are not so pure, that our desires are more base than we thought. Yet without that inner inspection, without that courageous vision to see ourselves as we truly are and not as we want to be, we cannot change.

We get blindsided by our own faults, our own flaws when we refuse to see them. Others can trick us and get to us through those little hidden dark places we refuse to examine.

It’s not so much about fixing ourselves, although that will happen as well. It’s about shining the light so we can see ourselves more clearly, bring a higher awareness of ourselves, so we can then watch for those little traps that keep us from being true to our ideals and our real spiritual identity.


Stillness is something we achieve internally. Peace is not about our surroundings, it is about our heart.

Many times we feel that tranquility can only be achieved in monasteries and mountaintops. Yet when we achieve the peace inside, it doesn’t matter if we are in the middle of Times Square or the Alps.

Our projection onto the environment around us causes us to lose balance. Our attachments to things being one way or another causes grief around those very same objects.

It is not about detachment, as it is about non-judgment. Can we learn to accept the honking car as no better or worse than a tree?

Can we learn to see a skyscraper as equal to a waterfall?

Making one thing better than another causes us to loose sight ofthe fact that there is good and bad in everything. There is positive and negative in all that surrounds us.

Where is our focus? Where is our appreciation of the light and the dark?

Just as the Yin-Yang symbol has both within each other, it is incomplete without both aspects.

When we truly accept in our heart that all of this is necessary for the universe to unfold perfectly, then we achieve true peace and harmony.


Chaos is all around us. It takes on many forms and many manifestations. Chaos is not the problem. Our response to chaos is.

Do we roll with it? Do we try to change it? Do we allow it to move us in new directions? Or do we just try to ignore it?

Many think that power comes from forcing chaos to conform to their will. This usually leads to some very unpleasant results.

Real power comes from knowing how to surf with chaos, riding the waves that take us to some unknown destination. Yes, it can be difficult to surrender to the power of chaos.

Yet when we do, we can allow life to propel us forward at amazing speeds, past untold challenges, to someplace unimagined.

Chaos brings change, and with it, exposure to the depths of our imagination. That is not something to force, but to revel in.


Changing our habits takes effort. It also takes something more.

To truly change, it is not about the external movements we make. It is about something more, something deeper.

All change happens in our hearts first. It’s something we feel on the inside, that then radiates out. If not, then the change does not last.

It is common for us to focus on the external behaviors, not the internal dialogue, not the why we feel about ourselves. Yet, our shifting our feelings first, is the start of a process that carries us all the way.

Making change can be discouraging when we work on the external first.

Let’s choose to work on the internal first. Let’s decide the come into alignment first with the change we want to see in ourselves, then we take action.

When we do that, the action flows. It feels like less effort. It becomes more natural. And then the change we make is long lasting…