Just Change One Thing

Sometimes it seems like nothing works the way it “should.” If you’re human, at one time in your life you have probably hit that point where work was no fun, a relationship was a struggle, or you didn’t even feel comfortable in your body.

At times like these, changing your life can seem overwhelming if not impossible. There’s so much to do…where do you even start?

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It’s quite simple, really…just change ONE thing.

Before we talk more about changing just ONE thing, let’s enjoy A Powerful Pause relating to “should.” Life is so profound and brilliantly designed, by you and for you, for your highest good and for the highest good of all. Anytime you “should” on yourself is a perfect time for realizing that you most likely are in resistance to what is and leaking energy…no wonder things seems so hard. Simply, take a breath, observe what you think “should” be; look at what is, still as the observer – don’t make it personal – then ask if there is anything for you do now?

Wait. If the answer is no, then move on. Let go of your resistance and accept what is. If you receive helpful action steps that you can do, then take action. This is how you move through life with ease and grace. Fun – right!

Now, back to…just change ONE thing.

  • Eliminate one unhealthy food from your diet.

  • Do an unselfish act of kindness for a loved one with no expectation of anything in return.

  • Find three things about your job you can be grateful for.

  • Find three things about your relationship you can be grateful for.

  • Take a different route to work.

Any simple change has the potential to drastically change your perspective and transform your life.

It’s like a ship at sea…if it changes course even one degree, 100 miles later it’s in completely new waters.

Too many people leak so much energy trying to control and manipulate things, other people and circumstances on the outside only to end up frustrated and exhausted.

Of course, the most profound shifts are the ones you make on the inside. Annoyance can easily be turned into fascination. Frustration can be flipped to become gratitude. Even anger can be transformed if you simply turn it into a song.

You don’t have to tackle the whole kit and caboodle, just make one simple shift.

And the best part is…its all experimentation. Live your life in a playful state of being and experiencing all that life has to offer. If you don’t like your new perspective, you can always go back to your old one or even create a different, new one.

What “one-degree” shift can YOU make TODAY?

Blessings and abound in grace,

Karen

Have a Cloud Hanging Over Your Head...Good or Bad?

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Isn’t it interesting how the exact same saying can carry such polar opposite meanings? One being something uplifting and positive while another down-trodden and negative.

I was in the direct sun and it was h-o-t. When all of a sudden everything cooled, and I felt immediate relief – a welcome occurrence. And then I looked up…and took the photo to the left.

Have a cloud hanging over your head?

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I had always thought of a cloud overhead as inferring negatively and as something more associated with the image to the right…that is until today.

This is a wonderful example of how our perspective shapes our perception, which really does help create our reality.

Many reading this in February 2019 may be thinking what the heck is she talking about, its winter, and cold, and there’s snow on the ground. But, alas, not in Costa Rica and warmer parts of our beautiful world.

Now that I’ve clarified and given you a better point of reference, let’s get back to how much more true control you actually have in creating your own life.

This is good news! You see, you, and only you, get to choose in what way you view any situation, circumstance, conversation, etc.

Like the cloud hanging over my head, I could have been upset that the sun was shaded if I wanted a sun tan just as easy as I was relieved for the momentary coolness (well, cooler anyway.) I chose to find the good. And that in turn made me feel good. I even smiled and became really present, which is why I grabbed my phone and took a photo, because I was so grateful.

Here’s the Facebook post and caption I made today (Feb. 21, 2019) - I just had to share the overwhelming gratitude: “When God provides a cloud just for you as momentary relief from direct sun...Thank you. What reasons can you discover today to smile?

There’s another saying that made me laugh myself silly when I was able to turn it around to the positive: wallowing around like a pig in mud.

I vividly recall the day the shift happened. I was standing in my kitchen, talking with my coach, and realized that I had worked through an old pattern and released a whole lot of stuck energy. That’s when I exclaimed, “I feel like a pig wallowing around in mud. I’m so happy!”

Whereas, just the week or so before I felt like a pig wallowing around in mud and meant that I was wallowing around in self-pity and agony.

Making such dramatic and yet profound shifts is not always immediate. Sometimes we resist and hold on to our crappy feelings. Why? Well, probably because they are familiar.

Changes, even changes for the good, are as easy as we let them be. I’m not denying that life is sometimes challenging and dare I say hard.

Yet, the truth is so simple.

You, me, and each and every one of us, creates our own life. Let’s do it consciously and let’s choose a good life.

One choice, one person at a time, and we change our world so that we look for, expect, and find good. This is the world in which I live. Please come and play with me here.

Should you be in need of a perspective shift, it would be a privilege to support you. You do not have to walk through life with a dark cloud of misery hanging over your head.  Email Karen@KarenPerry.me.

Abound in grace,

Karen

Breath: What's So Great About It?

During a recent meditation and contemplative sitting, as I was focusing on my breath and breathing, the questioning statement, and title of this article, popped into my awareness and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.

Breath: What’s so great about it?

The irony struck me as so funny. Well, without it, breath, there is no life. That was my first impulse – seems rational, logical and reasonable, right?!

But, is that really true? 

With a quick google search, I discovered that the current definition of breath is the air taken into or expelled from the lungs. However, there is an archaic definition that means the power of breathing life.

“Knowing the constant, we accept things as they are.
By accepting things as they are, we are impartial.
By being impartial, we are part of the Nature.
By being a part of the Nature, we are one with Tao.
Tao is eternal, and we survive physical death.”

      -Tao Te Ching quotes, Verse 16

“Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living being.”

      -Genesis 2:7

Is ‘breath’ life?

Perhaps, if we were to take the stance of an impartial witness, breath is simply one evidence or expression of life; of God.

The Aramaic word rukh may be translated as “spirit,” “breath,” “soul” or as whatever moves, stirs, animates, and links us to life. (Source: Prayers of the Cosmos, by Neil Douglas-Klotz, page 48.)

There are traditions of gurus being able to stay underwater for hours/days. CLICK HERE for a link to Guru Nanak’s enlightening story.

All this is very interesting Karen, you might be saying to yourself about now, but how does this relate to me?

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Let’s further examine - what if breath is simply evidence or expression of life; of God?

Ah, now this is getting good.

Is there life beyond this body that is breathed?

Could this be why so much emphasis and import is made about focusing on proper breathing? The breath as a way to mindfulness, to healing and connection of mind~body~soul...connection with God.

Most of us move through life, often rather clunky on autopilot, breathing very shallowing and denying ourselves the rejuvenating, refreshing, calming power of each breath. When we slow down, become aware, i.e. wake up, we can be more intentional and can direct our breath, and thus usher in or make welcome immediate peace and clarity.

Breath is so important and vital. Yet is the one thing that we – meaning the idea of our individual self – do not have to control. Breath is done for us, thus alluding to Oneness. And, it is the one thing that we can exercise a modicum of control over. We can deepen our breath, hold our breath, quicken our breath, send our breath, well you get the idea, thus alluding to creativity. Yet, this wonderful gift is so often taken for granted.

That said, when we have the experience of limited or obstructed breath like sinus issues, asthma, or bronchitis, then we remember the gift and get to practice gratitude and mindfulness, if we so choose.

Why not just be mindful, present, and aware all the time? Or, at least as often as we remember?

Breath – this vital life force is so powerful that many report healing simply using Breathwork practices. You can do a Google search for “stories of healing through the power of breath” yourself and discover a plethora of information, books, practices, etc.

For me, bringing my awareness to my breath, slowing, taking deep intentional breaths while giving my mind something to focus upon – even the breath itself, is the gateway to God. 

“Be still, and Know that I Am God.”
–Psalm 46:10

God, by whatever name you call God, as the Source of life, gives us breath. Breath is a wonderful way to recognize and give thanks for the expression of God/Life called you and me.


Abound in grace,

Karen

Seasons of Life - Seasons of Love

Yep – it’s true. The beautiful snow photo is my home in NC taken by my neighbor on December 9, 2018 and the tropical photo with peacocks I snapped at 6:22am out my front door at Synergida, my home in Costa Rica.

The contrast got me thinking about seasons of life and how so many struggle with winter blues, holiday stresses, anxieties, a sense of failure or whatever else may be robbing them of joy.

“The season of failure is the best time for sowing seeds of success.”

– Paramahansa Yogananda

Yet at the exact same time, if we choose to see through the lens of love, we (you and me) have the power to change our perspective, which allows us then to change our perception so we can experience cheer, joy, laughter, freedom, and peace and so many more wonderful things in life.

I invite you to give yourself a special gift during these holy days … take some time (even 5 minutes will be amazing) to contemplate/meditate/day dream about what these 2 images invoke in you. Both summer sunshine and winter snow are happening simultaneously – you get to choose how your inner dance through life looks and how much joy you bring – from the inside out.

My prayer is that we all see nothing but beauty through God’s eyes and enjoy the seasons of love every day, all year long, every year and in every way.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah! 

Happy Kwanzaa!

Happy Boxing Day!

Should you not be able to shift your inner seasons, please know that you are not alone. So, don’t do it alone – reach out for support and know that you are loved. I love you.

Blessings upon blessings today and always.

Abound in grace,

Karen