Honoring Dr. Wayne Dyer, A Life Well Lived!

Honoring Dr. Wayne Dyer, A Life Well Lived!

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

It saddens me to say good-bye to one of my hero’s.  Even though I know he would not trade where he is now for anything, he was looking forward to his next chapter, the world has lost a powerful teacher, writer and poet and a moment to remember his wisdom and humor seems in order.

“I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

When I created my “mind movie” of my dreams and vision of my life, meeting Dr. Wayne Dyer was a big part of my dream.  I realize that I will not have that chance in this life again.

“You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

I had planned on going to the Writer’s Conference in Maui this year to get a chance to learn from him face to face but I did not make every effort and step out of my comfort zone to do whatever it took to make it happen.

“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

I realize now how important it is to go for you dreams because you don’t know if you will get tomorrow.

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I have been writing a lot lately about living your purpose and going for it.  It really hit home when I realized that I missed my chance to meet Dr. Wayne Dyer and will never get it again.

“Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

One of the things that I loved most about Dr. Wayne Dyer is his humor and honesty.

“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

I was really in a bad place after a series of operations and was just tired of being sick and in pain.  One of the things that really pulled me out of my depression was listening to his Essence of Being in Balance recording by, Dr. Wayne Dyer.

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

It reminded me, as he always did, that I am a piece of the Divine and that I can change my life by changing my thinking and connecting with the Divine.  He always reminded me that it was my choice.  I choose love.

“Practice being the kind of person you wish to attract.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

So many times when I get stuck I listen to him and I remember that the answer is within me and I reconnect with the Source of power.  He always helps me to plug into the Divine.

“When you’re at peace with yourself and love your self, it is virtually impossible to do things to yourself that are destructive.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Nothing I could say could be an adequate tribute to the man that I truly love from the bottom of my heart and soul, Dr. Wayne Dyer, but I felt like I could not let another day pass without saying, “Thank You!”

“Upon awakening, let the words Thank You flow from your lips, for this will remind you to begin your day with gratitude and compassion.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

In the movie, The Shift, Dr. Wayne Dyer got up before dawn and put his feet on the ground and said, “Thank You”.  He often spoke about this, that the first thing in the morning it was important to say, “Thank You”.  I even created a wall of inspiration that I face when I wake up with the words, Thank You, in big letters to remind me to be grateful for another day.  I learned that from him.

“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

I always teach that love is the only real power to change the world and Dr. Wayne Dyer was love.  His teachings called people to live lives of love and peace.  His message will live on and continue to create the shift he imagined.

“Love is co-operation rather than competition.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer also often spoke of our power to choose.  I find as I share that with people there is always someone who says they can’t choose, and decide to stay a victim.  I was listening to him today and he talked about the un-reflecting masses.  When we live unaware of our power we become victims but we always have the power to change.

“The more you see yourself as what you’d like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you’ll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Here are some of my favorite quotes:

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“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

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“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

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“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

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“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

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“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.”

~Dr. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer always served and gave from his heart and he lived his teachings.

“It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

So as my tribute to his magnificence I share some of his many quotes.  I could not fit all his brilliance on one page, but I thank him for changing my life and for teaching me so many wonderful things.  I will continue to be a loyal student of his teachings and someday we will meet and I can thank him in person.

My Challenge: Life is short you don’t know how long you have.  Don’t put off your dreams do what it takes.  Anything is possible if a man who spent most of his youth in foster care and came from nothing could create such abundance than none of us have an excuse not to live powerful purpose filled lives.  Make yours count.  Live your dreams and go for it.

“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Namaste,

Maria Elena Escobar

Step Into Nature: Be Still, Find the Answers and Discover Life’s Beauty

Step Into Nature: Be Still, Find the Answers and Discover Life’s Beauty

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” ~ Mother Teresa

Spring is so close I can almost taste it.  Yesterday we put up the butterfly chimes to welcome it.  I can’t wait to watch nature come to life again.  When the world is new and alive and we can see the hand of God in every flower, in every blade of grace and in the sun shining down on our uplifted faces.

In my last post I spoke about gratitude and all the things we take for granted that are daily miracles in our lives.  I’m attaching this letter, written anonymously, to remind us to stop and acknowledge the little things and the moments when the universe whispers her undying devotion in our often deaf ears.  I hope you love it as much as I do and stop to be still today and feel the love that is being poured out on your behalf.

A Letter to A Friend

“I saw you talking with some friends yesterday, and I so wanted to talk to you also.  I waited all day, but you never called; I hoped we could find time to talk in the evening, but I know you had a lot of other things on your mind.  As your day drew to a close, I sent a cool breeze to make you refreshed after a long day.  I put a special scent in the air from the flowers-near the driveway, but I guess you didn’t notice as you hurried by.  I’m sad to see you rush so.
I saw you fall asleep last night, and I wanted to touch your face or stroke your hair, so I spilled moonlight on your pillow.  When you awoke this morning, I hoped we would have time together – I want so much to rush down and talk to you, but I guess you had to “hurry” off to work.
I have so many gifts for you, so much to tell you, so many wonderful things for you to experience because I love you so much.  My nature is like that you know.
Please call me, talk with me, ask me for help.  I know the deepest desire of your heart and I want to be close to you.  My love for you is deeper than the oceans – greater than anything you can imagine – I long for us to share some time together – just the two of us.
It hurts me to see you sad today.  I really understand what it’s like for friends to let you down.  I know how your heart aches.
I’ll close now because I know you are busy, and I certainly don’t want to hassle you.  You are free to choose me – “my way or not” – it’s your decision.  I’ve already chosen you.  Please don’t be long and remember – “I Love You.”

Your Friend,
God”

My challenge: Take a moment to be still and silent, say hi to your greatest friend, God, they may not have heard from you in a while.

Namaste,
Maria Elena Escobar

Today I Choose to Be Grateful

Today I Choose to Be Grateful

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“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” ~ Kahlil Gibron

I was talking to a good friend today about abundance, sometimes it is hard to believe and attract abundance when you feel financial lack and scarcity in your life.  I have been having some challenges with lack of money but I have faith that all will work out for my good.  Still that little part of me can’t help but look at the reality that I don’t have any money.  Iyanla Vanzant, says, “Never say you are broke, say you are temporarily without funds.”  I love that. The law of attraction says we attract what we put our attention on.  I decided to focus on what I have and not, what I don’t have.  I am changing my vibration from scarcity to abundance.  How? Gratitude.

“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears” ~ Anthony Robbins

The truth is my life is so abundant and I have so much to be grateful for.  It is a choice to be grateful and it can change everything.  What if today, we were just grateful for everything?  As we go through our day we can find countless things to be grateful for, and taking the second to acknowledge it makes all the difference.  When we stop and say thank you throughout the day for what appears to be the little things that we take for granted, we discover the little things are really our unmet wants.

When you wake up: say, “Thank you I am alive another day” there are many people who are not so lucky.  Every breath is a miracle.

When you go to the bathroom: say, “Thank you for indoor plumbing” there are many people who do not have bathrooms or indoor plumbing yet we take it for granted.

When you open the fridge: say, “Thank you that I have a fridge, thank you that I have food to eat” everyday people die of starvation somewhere in the world, there are people who consider themselves lucky if they find something to eat out of a garbage can, you can choose to be grateful.

When your kids are running around driving you nuts: say, “Thank you that I have healthy children, thank you they can breathe, have legs, are alive, etc.” there are parents who only see their children when they go to their grave or sit at their bedside in the Hospital as they lay there fighting for life.

When you sleep in your bed: say, “Thank you I have a warm bed to sleep in, thank you I have a roof over my head” there are people who lost their homes in disasters, people sleeping on the street and people living in real need.

When you grumble about having to carry the clean laundry up the stairs: say, “thank you I have access to clean cloths, thank you that I can walk” there are people who only have one or two outfits and they are torn and dirty, there are people who are paralyzed and would be grateful to just walk.

It is a simple shift of perspective. I can go on all day listing our blessings.  If you can read this on a computer you probably have many of the ones I listed and countless more.  I know firsthand times are tough, I don’t even have a dollar to buy food to be honest, literally, but boy am I blessed and man-o-man is my life abundant.

My Challenge: What if today we were just grateful for everything? Stop throughout the day and say thank you for your blessings.

Namaste,

Maria Elena Escobar

 

 

NOW: Never Outside Wonder

NOW: Never Outside Wonder

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“The future hasn’t happened yet and the past is gone.  So I think the only moment we have is right here and now, and I try to make the best of those moments, the moments that I’m in.” ~ Annie Lennox

In this fast paced world we are too busy running, thinking three steps ahead and even finishing each other’s sentences to actually experience the life we are living.  There is this impatience in the air.  I often hear parents lament that while they are at work they are thinking about how much they miss their families and when they are with their families they are thinking about work.  Isn’t it time to get off the hamster wheel and stop, breathe and just be.

I was meditating this morning and I was so tired I kept thinking of how much I just wanted to lie down and sleep for half an hour.  So I lay down because I was too distracted.  But while I was lying there I kept thinking that I should be meditating.  So I got up and started again.  This went on for a while and until I realized I was missing the whole point.  I meditate to be fully present in the moment and to allow myself to feel fully connected, neither of which was happening.

I gave myself permission to lie down but to be fully present in the experience.  I breathed deeply, stopped the struggle and the resistance and peacefully hugged my pillow as I relaxed calmly into my bed.  I realized how grateful I was for my pillow, soft and gushy.  I was grateful for the comfort of my mattress, the warmth of my blanket and I started thinking of all the things I was grateful for in the present moment: a place to sleep, a roof over my head, food to eat and the list went on and on.  It was the best meditation ever.  I thought this is what I needed to learn today, I want to be fully present in whatever I do.  If I am relaxing then that is OK.  If I am grateful, at peace and fully present as I relax then, I am where I need to be.

What if just for one day you choose: for today I will be fully present in each moment?  As you eat your meal, stop and taste the flavor and eat mindfully, not rushed or while on the computer, driving or in front of the TV, but at the table fully present.  As you talk to people, listen, without thinking of what you are going to say next, just be fully present, make eye contact and hear what they are saying.  Whatever you do, be in the now.

Now is all we really have.  It is a powerful place to live.  You can’t breathe in the past or in the future, only now.  The future hasn’t happened yet and the past is done.  Now is all that is real!

When we recognize that now is all there is and we fully embrace it we realize that forgiveness is effortless, the past is gone, now is all that is.  We can fully enjoy each moment with gratitude fully experiencing every abundant gift we have because we are not looking for what we are going to be doing next or what we should be doing, we are just fully experiencing each moment.  Feel the textures, see the colors, smell the aromas, hear the music and the laughter, taste the flavors and let each moment explode in Technicolor as the incredible moment it is.  We will not get it again!  Experience the wonder of now!

My challenge: Just for today, as an experiment, remind yourself to live fully present in the now.  When you do you will realize that you will Never live Outside the Wonder and magnificence that is your life!

Namaste,

Maria Escobar

When The Impossible is Possible, You Can Fly

When The Impossible is Possible, You Can Fly

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With the New Year starting out I have been thinking of what the theme will be; what will 2013 be remembered for?  Last year was all about stepping out of my comfort zone, facing my fears and acting anyway.  It was a crazy, scary, joyous ride.  So after really listening to my heart and what I want my life to be, I decided 2013 is all about abundance.  I want to manifest abundance in every area of my life.

The Law of Attraction says we attract to us that which we are; whatever we vibrate out will come back to us.  Einstein discovered that we are all made of energy; at a subatomic level we are just vibrations.  All things are energy, even thoughts and feelings are energy.  Things vibrate at different frequencies, high or low. Like attracts like, so if we believe that there is not enough and have a scarcity mentality, we will attract more scarcity.  Likewise if we believe that the universe is abundant, that there is more than enough for everyone, we will attract abundance.  We have to change our frequencies to change what we attract.  We can’t just say affirmations, we have to have our beliefs and feelings in alignment with what we are saying and trying to create.

What we focus on is what we create.  If we find yourself counting your troubles instead of we blessings, we are not thinking abundantly.  I say this because a big part of attracting abundance is having an attitude of gratitude.  We can see the obstacle or opportunity in every situation.  Do you see the problems in your life or the blessings?

A friend of mine was recently sharing how challenging it was to take care of two ailing elderly parents.  I felt great compassion for what she is facing but I pointed out that there was a different perspective she could consider.  My Father died when I was 12 and not a day goes by when I don’t wish I could have 5 more minutes with him.  Her parents may be sick but they are alive, each moment to tell them she loves them, serves them and listens to them is a gift.  Someday they will be gone and she will wish they were around, now is the opportunity to show them her love and gratitude in every act of service and care.  It is a gift.

If you catch yourself complaining or focusing on lack, stop and count your blessings. I see abundance all around me.  I put a sign on the wall across from my bed that says, “Thank You!!!!”  When I sit up and open my eyes there it is.  It reminds me that I woke up another day and I am thankful.  So many people fought with their last breath to just wake up one more day and did not get that opportunity.  Each day is an opportunity to do better, to create more, to love more, to grow more, to learn more, to serve more and the list just goes on and on.

This year I started keeping a gratitude journal.  When I pray, I try to say thank you for all the blessings each day, I have a home, food, cloths, etc.  Somewhere someone wishes for the things we take for granted.  I read somewhere that all the things we take for granted now at one time where the things we wished for.  One way to get grateful is to volunteer with those who are less fortunate.  It helps to keep things in perspective.

“To the barefoot man, happiness is a pair of shoes. To the man with old shoes, it’s new shoes. To the man with new shoes, it’s more stylish shoes. And of course the fellow with no feet – he’d be happy to be barefoot.  Measure your life by what you have, not by what you don’t” ~ Michael Josephson.

Here is a challenge: Keep a jar and everyday write a note of something good that happened that day, and place it in the jar.  At the end of the year read all the entries and count your blessings.

When we have an abundance consciousness we see nothing but possibilities as far as the eyes can see and beyond, anything can happen.  I was watching Wayne Dyer on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and he quoted the scripture, “With God all things are possible”, then he asked Oprah, “What does that leave out?”   I believe with every breath in me that nothing is impossible.  I remind myself that I am in constant contact with the source of all creation, I am co-creating my life and I can manifest anything.  We are only limited my your imagination.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” ~  George Bernard Shaw

What theme do you have for 2013, what do you want to become?  Share your comments and any ideas you have to create an abundance mentality.

Happy Independence Day!  Celebrate Our Greatest Freedom, the Freedom to Choose!

Happy Independence Day! Celebrate Our Greatest Freedom, the Freedom to Choose!

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
~ Wayne W. Dyer

If you want to change your life you need to make different choices, today is the best day to begin, why wait.  We create our experience by the choices we make.  Even our thoughts and emotions are choices.  What are you focusing your attention on: what is going right or what is going wrong?  That is a choice.  What are you telling yourself about your experiences? How are you choosing to frame your circumstances?  That is a choice.  Those choices have consequences, they determine if you are happy, sad, angry or grateful.

Earlier today I was talking to a friend and I was, well let’s say, processing externally.  I was sharing all the things I had to do and what I hadn’t done.  She challenged me to reframe.  I had one of those aha moments.  I have a choice how I am going to frame my experience. When I choose to focus my mental and emotional energy on what I’m not doing instead of celebrating what I have accomplished, I am choosing to be in a state of disempowerment and discouragement.  We create our emotional experience.  Now I am claiming my victories and living in the present.  My mood has changed dramatically.

What about you?  How are you choosing to use the precious time we have been allotted?  Are you focusing on your blessings or your challenges?  Are you doing things with your time, making choices in the moment, that contribute to your happiness or focusing on what is not working and contributing to your misery?

Recently I read about a man who complained he had no shoes until he met someone who had no feet.  It is all a matter of perspective.  What is perspective if not what you choose to focus on, the lens you choose to view your world.  So my challenge to you on this day of independence is to use your freedom to choose wisely.  Pay attention to what you are telling yourself.  If it is not serving you and adding quality to your life, then reframe, change the lens, choose to focus on the positive.  You will create a different life.

Happy Independence Day!