Let Your Light Shine, Love Your Way Through Your Day

Let Your Light Shine, Love Your Way Through Your Day

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only LIGHT can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only LOVE can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is the light that we all have within us.  It only takes a single candle to light up the darkness.  Light is so much more powerful than darkness.  All around us are people stumbling around in the dark.  People are hurting, people are afraid and people are lost.  We are the stars that fill the darkest night.  One person can make a difference.

I am reading, Love for No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love by Marci Shimoff, and I love it.  There is a story opening the introduction that says what I mean so powerfully.  Here it is:

    “Through the train window, she watched the villages and vineyards of the Italian countryside go by.  It was 1942 and Sussi Penzia, a young Jewish woman who’d fled Nazi Germany, was traveling alone, hoping to remain unnoticed.  Since she’d arrived in Italy three years earlier, she’d been moving from place to place, staying with friends and friends of friends, hiding from the authorities.  Now she was on her way to yet another safe house in a new town.

    Suddenly, the door at the end of the train car swung open and two police officers came in.  Sussi’s heart beat wildly.  They were wearing the black uniform, of the Fascisti, the government police.  To Sussi’s horror, the policemen began making their way down the aisle, stopping at every row to examine papers of each passenger.

    Sussi knew that as soon as the policemen discovered she had no papers, she would be arrested. She was terrified she’d end up in a concentration camp and would face unimaginable suffering and almost certain death.

    The officers were getting closer, just a few rows away.  There was no escape. It was only a matter of minutes before they would reach her seat. Sussi began to tremble uncontrollably, and tears slid down her cheeks.

    The man sitting next to her noticed her distress and politely asked her why she was crying.

    “I’m Jewish and I have no papers,” she whispered, hardly able to speak.

    To her surprise, a few seconds later the man began shouting at her, “You idiot! I can’t believe how stupid you are! What an imbecile!”

    The police officers, hearing the commotion, stopped what they were doing and came over. “What’s going on here?” one of them asked. Sussi began to cry even harder.

    The man turned a disgusted face to the policemen and said, “Officers, take this woman away! I have my papers, but my wife has forgotten hers! She always forgets everything. I’m so sick of her. I don’t ever want to see her again!”

    The officers laughed, shaking their heads at the couple’s marital spat, and moved on.
   
    With a selfless act of caring, the stranger on the train had saved Sussi’s life. Sussi never saw the man again. She never even knew his name.

    …He helped her because in that moment of heroism he was moved by an impulse of compassion and unconditional love.”

Opportunities are all around us to be a light for someone else.  Most are nowhere near as extreme as this act of heroism but they will be significant.

I lived in NYC most of my life, it is commonplace to step over a homeless person asking for money.  In fact, most people are so immune to it they don’t even notice.  How often do we look away when we see an elderly person lost or a child crying? We don’t want to get involved, we are too busy.  Maybe it is just a kind word to someone who was just berated by a customer that is needed, but opportunities to be a light, to be love, are all around us.

My Challenge:  Set your intention to see opportunities to demonstrate love and light in the world throughout your day.  Opportunities will show up.  Make the most of them, and go for it.  Be the change you want to see in the world.

Namaste,
Maria Elena Escobar

 

Don’t Wait For the Spot Light: Let Your Own Light Shine Bright

Don’t Wait For the Spot Light: Let Your Own Light Shine Bright

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“People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.   If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.   If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.   If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.   The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.   Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.” ~ Mother Terresa

Each one of us is special and unique.  The world may take issue with you recognizing your brilliance and standing in your magnificence but remember stars can only shine in the dark.  So when you choose to live your life like the shining star you are remember that other people’s opinion of you is none of your business.  What they think of you is a reflection of them, not you.

What you think of you is all that matters.  So give yourself permission to be fabulous, because you are!  You alone can determine the legacy you will leave.  Go for it!  Never miss an opportunity to be your authentic powerful self.  You are an infinite being, live limitless.  Shine your light in all the dark corners of the world and live in Technicolor!

It breaks my heart when I hear people say I am not going to do that good thing because others won’t appreciate it.  It does not matter if your words of encouragement fall on deaf ears, share them anyway.  Shine your light.  It doesn’t matter if your acts of kindness are never noticed; if that is why you’re doing them you’ve missed the point.

We are divine love, the only time we are truly our authentic selves is when we are expressing or feeling love, everything else is ego.  You came to this world to express love, be love and learn to love your own magnificence.  So shine!  Don’t worry about the responses of others.  Don’t worry about being in the spot light, bring your own light and let it shine!

My Challenge:  Do some random act of kindness today for someone and do it so they will never know.  Remember your magnificence today and don’t forget to look in that mirror and say, “I love you”.

Namaste,

Maria Elena Escobar

Bring On the Sunshine it’s Raining Hard

Bring On the Sunshine it’s Raining Hard

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“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

~ James Matthew Barrie

I try to make it a practice to be pleasant, smile and have joy in my step as much as possible when I leave the house.  I say, “Hi” to people and I have been known to make friends on a long line at the DMV.  Smiling rocks, I recommend it highly!!!  It changes the course of your day and can lift up the day for someone else as well.  You know you can even hear someone is smiling on the phone; it is in their voice, you can feel it. So smile when you are making those cold calls or talking to your child’s teacher, the energy will go through the phone lines and radiate out the other end.

“A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.”

~ Charles Gordy

I love to smile and I love to laugh, you can ask my nephews they think I am nuts.  No worries, I just smile, life is beautiful!  Today just a short little reminder that: no matter how hard the rain is coming down, the storm lifts when you smile and brings a rainbow and sunshine.  Be the sunshine in someone’s life today, it’s really pouring out there.  Go through your day and remember to smile, you will feel better and so will those around you.  And besides you will look fabulous, better than a face lift, wait it is a face lift, no worries, life is beautiful!

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

My Challenge: Simply smile!

Namaste,

Maria Elena Escobar

Your Life is Your Platform

Your Life is Your Platform

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams

I was doing this life visioning exercise this morning and trying to be clear about my vision of what I am here to do.  I have said this before but I will say it again I believe we are all unique and God, Divine Love, the Universe or whatever name you use put us here to represent him in a way that only we can.

So I was thinking of my dream of how I want to be used.  For some time I have dreamed of being a world known author, motivational speaker and empowerment coach.  I envision myself talking to Oprah about my book and how it has changed thousands of lives.  I envision myself speaking in front of thousands of people fully animated and passionately expressing my message of love and empowerment.  I see it clearly.

The truth is no matter what my dreams are, right now I have a platform for my message that is the most significant platform I will ever have, my life.  If I am not living, breathing and oozing my message to the people I deal with every day then I am not ready to take on a bigger platform.  I am not talking about preaching I am talking about actions, the kinds that speak louder than words.  I am an ambassador of Divine Love, brought here to teach, inspire and yes lead by the example I set every day.   My life is my platform.

It is who you are when no one is looking that is the real truth of you.  I am ever mindful of my thoughts and my words but I am still not the ambassador of light I want to be yet.  I still slip up and complain.  I still catch myself judging another from a place that is not loving.  Each morning I work on forgiving myself and others for the day before and start fresh.  I know the tremendous responsibility that I have to live my life authentic, loving and empowered.  I am an ambassador of light and my life is my platform.

How about you?  If they held a trial to see if you were guilty of living by the convictions you profess would you be convicted?

My challenge: Do a self-check and ask yourself how are you using the platform you have?  If you were given a review would you be satisfied with the findings?  Get honest then step up to the platform and preach with your life the message that is burning on your heart.

Namaste,

Maria Elena Escobar

 

 

Even When I Close My Eyes My Vision is Crystal Clear

Even When I Close My Eyes My Vision is Crystal Clear

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“You have sole ownership of your vision. And the Universe will give you what you want within your vision. What happens with most people is that they muddy their vision with ‘reality’. Their vision becomes full of not only what they want but what everybody else thinks about what they want, too. Your work is to clarify and purify your vision so that the vibration that you are offering can then be answered.”

~ Abraham

I love the quote by Helen Keller above, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” it is so much more powerful coming from her because she was blind.  In order to live a fully empowered life you need to have a vision for what you want in this life.  It is like having a target to aim at.  One of my favorite Benjamin Franklin quotes is, “If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”  That is what life is like without vision.  You can’t get directions on the GPS without having the destination you are headed.

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” ~ Clare Beaton

It is more than a goal.  It is seeing the impossible as possible.  Think about it nothing is impossible, if you break down the word even it says, I’m possible.  It is believing you are more than your circumstances and that something inside of you is here to accomplish something more than living in the daily grind.  We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.  When you have a vision you dream in Technicolor, you are willing to step outside of your comfort zone because deep down you know that what is stirring inside you must be realized.  You are like a moving train, nothing can stop you.

“Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not remain so if you only perceive an ideal and strive to reach it.  You cannot travel within and stand still without.” ~ James Allen

My challenge: Write your vision story.  Imagine it is 10 or 20 years in the future, describe in great detail every aspect of your life in the present tense as if it was reality now.  Describe your home, your life style, your relationships, your career and every detail that matters to you.  This is your vision don’t skimp on color, use the whole pallet.  Make it a vivid and intricately fabulous as you can.  And by all means dream big, as if anything was possible and you were not constrained by your current circumstances or perceived limitations.

Namaste,

Maria Elena Escobar

 

 

 

What’s That Fish Doing Climbing That Tree?

What’s That Fish Doing Climbing That Tree?

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“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” ~ Carl Gustav

It takes courage to love ourselves just the way we are.  Until we realize that if we changed nothing we would still be fully valuable and worthy, we will never be able to love others fully.  It is so sad how many young girls have eating disorders.  The pressure to fit in and to be a certain way is so tremendous.

It would be insane to get upset with a fish because it could not climb a tree.  What harsh unrealistic expectations do we have of ourselves that keep us from accepting ourselves just the way we are?  I am not saying we should not strive to be the best we can be.  But we are each here for a reason.  Lighten up and just allow yourself to be who you are.  If you were born to be a farmer and not a doctor then be the best farmer you can be.  We are not all meant to be fashion models, stop expecting yourself to be something you are not before you are worthy of your own love.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ e.e. Cummings

My challenge:  Stand in front of the mirror twice a day for a week and look into your eyes and say, “I love you just the way you are, you are perfect.”  Say it whether you believe it and say it until you believe it.

Namaste,

Maria Elena Escobar