words from the heart…

Posted Friday, May 9th, 2014. Filed Under My Daily Dose | Leave a Comment

A heart that Loves easily is a strong unifier. A mind that focuses clearly is a strong definer, refiner and magnifier. You need both. Heart first, then mind.

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Mark Twain once professed….

Posted Thursday, March 3rd, 2011. Filed Under My Daily Dose | Leave a Comment

“When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain”.

We need to get out of our heads and into our hearts. We thus begin to act with more compassion, collaboration and all for the betterment of human kind.

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The Movie: Mao’s Last Dancer

Posted Thursday, July 15th, 2010. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

I saw this movie last night with my best friend. We sat there not knowing what to expect. I LOVED every second of this movie. It was so well written, acted and directed. I wanted it to go on forever. I could have watched “Li” dance forever.
It compels me to want to go to the ballet!

What was more compelling was watching Li’s life story unfold and then the pinnacle moment when he decided to defect from his home country, communist China. He was taken (“chosen”) as a young boy of maybe 7 years old from his peasant family and brought to Beijing to study ballet. Unlike the other dancers, he struggled with why he was there. One teacher, Chan, takes him “under his wing” so to speak and introduces him to the art of classical dance. As his mentor, and a true teacher of classical ballet, he shares a story that stays with Li and unleashes a new desire for him to be his best. He does become the best. Unfortunately, communist China wants to infuse elements of communism into the ballet which really was in contrast to classical moves. Chan, his mentor, is taken away by the communist party as they question his loyalty.

Li is given the opportunity to go to America on a three month “visit” to study at the Houston Ballet, one of the most prestigious ballet houses in the country. He is there to represent his home country China.

In America he is faced with many questions — mostly questioning what he was “taught” in his mother country, communist China regarding the West.

When it is time to leave he does not want to. The decision to stay was not taken lightly. He knows that his country will not be happy however he needs to follow his heart. What his heart was saying was that in America he can dance the way he wants, what makes him feel free! He is an exquisite dancer.

THERE IS ALWAYS A CHOICE – FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND TRUTH OR LISTEN TO YOUR HEAD?. Some people may say it was selfish of Li to not go home …. the consequence of him deciding to not return was that he was ex-communicated from his country and his family. China, falling to global pressure, “allows” him to stay but says that he cannot come home to his country and will never see his family again. His decision haunts him throughout the movie. Did he make the right choice?

When making a decision, especially one that can carry such a large consequence, how do you choose? I say you do follow your heart. When you are born with a gift, one that brings so much pleasure to the world — even more so to you, the individual, it will go against every grain of your fibre to choose otherwise. I meet so many older people who have chosen a profession because that is what was expected of them but truly they hate what they do. I cannot imagine going to work every day of my life, spending hours on end, doing something that I hate.

Near the end of the movie, 5 years had passed and Li’s dancing reputation had reached new heights. He was invited to dance in Washington for all the dignitaries. The Chinese delegate was present and to our surprise and to Li’s surprise his parents were flown in to watch him dance. It had probably been nearly 20 years since Li’s mother had seen her son. When they reunite, it is so overwhelmingly powerful (I am bawling at this point) and there is so much unconditional love that is present that all you feel is this love — THERE IS NO ANGER OVER HIS DECISION OR QUESTIONING HIS LOYALTY. When his parents see him dance and the response from the audience, to me, it is evident that they see that he is fulfilling his purpose.

Li returns to China with his wife, three years later to visit his family — he dances for them.

What a beautiful story and what a great lesson.

If you are not following your heart or truth, and you will know, please consider taking steps to do so. You can begin to follow your passion as a hobby and then when you are ready to take the plunge — go for it! It is baby steps. When you are following your heart and truth, there is a vibrancy that is so evident.

I wish you all a great weekend.

All my love,

Sandra

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Life Lessons from Charlie Chaplin

Posted Saturday, May 22nd, 2010. Filed Under My Daily Dose | Leave a Comment

Life Lessons from Charlie Chaplin

A friend of mine, Kerstin, sent this to me. It’s the speech that Charlie Chaplin gave on his 70th birthday. I found it beautiful and ever so true.

As I Began to Love Myself

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering

are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.

Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY.”

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody

As I try to force my desires on this person,

even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it,

and even though this person was me.

Today I call it “RESPECT.”

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,

and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.

Today I call it “Maturity,”

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,

I am in the right place at the right time,

and everything happens at the exactly right moment.

So I could be calm.

Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE.”

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time,

and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.

Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do

and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it “SIMPLICITY.”

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—

food, people, things, situations, and everything the drew me down and away from myself.

At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.

Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF,”

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right,

and ever since I was wrong less of the time.

Today I discovered that is “MODESTY.”

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future.

Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening.

Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT,”

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me

and it can make me sick.

But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.

Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART.”

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems

with ourselves or others.

Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.

Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

Please pass this onto your friends and family. This is a special reminder of what life is trying to teach us, what it’s really about, what we eventually all come to learn. Be gentle on yourself and light on life. No more disapproval of self. It’s the biggest obstacle to your dreams. Doing so, you’ll be able to access all that happiness and joy that is just below that inner critical voice.

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Peeling Away Even More Layers

Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2010. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

WHEN IT THOUGHT… 2009, for me, was a time of peeling away the layers. I really thought that 2010 was ‘it’ – the time for all to unfold – being part of the New Earth. While I still hold this vision and knowing, I believe that there are still layers, perhaps my deepest ones, that are coming out and really pushing me to my limit of knowing who I am.

It is only recently that I have come to understand that my heart needed more healing. I was open to dating and meeting however I only let people in so far and when I was confronted with this, I smiled and said “No, I am open to love”. Well, there is open and there is open. I feel that by recognizing this and accepting this is truly my first move to fully and unconditionally loving and honouring myself.

I have spent the last 10 or so years losing myself, reconnecting with myself, my inner child, my truth and so on that I have been working more in my male energy and I know that I want to balance this out with my feminine energy. I am very passionate about my work, my life, my children and my friends and you can “feel” this a mile away. One of my layers is “letting go and trusting” and today I am faced with this.

I met with a group of people who carry similar vision that I do regarding our children- that our children, guided by us, are challenging the current systems, and bringing about the changes we need for our New Earth. We have come together and I know that this movement is so much larger than me and my vision. I am learning to trust and know that this will move in a way that will bring about the greatest and highest good for all of us.

I am ready to do this work and I know that I cannot do this alone, nor do I want to. I welcome all the people who have come into my life. Even today, these women shifted me even more.

I call it baby steps, as the universe only gives us what we can handle. If you are one to take leaps maybe you need to step back and just enjoy each step, in each moment that you take and not “rush” to get to where you feel you need to be. We are all in the place in our lives that we are meant to.

I have been talking about the Seeds Being Planted. I know more than ever that this is true. This is the time to find clarity of who you are, what you want and how you see your life. The more clear we are the faster we will manifest, bring about, these changes. Stay open to the process for it will unfold in IT’S time frame and in it’s own way.

All my love,

Sandra

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It’s A Good Time To Plant Your Seeds

Posted Thursday, January 28th, 2010. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

WHAT DO I MEAN? Through your school years you are going to come across so many people in your life. Some you will be drawn to and some you will want nothing to do with — at least for now. I am not just talking about the kids your age, I am also talking about the teachers, principals, coaches, friends’ parents and so on that impact your life, even when you are not aware.

Again, whether you are aware of this or not, you are starting to development relationships/connections with some of these people who may be in your life for a very long time.

Take the time to learn and listen, share and guide. This is a great time to plant your seeds – explore the things you are interested in – your passion(s). Follow your heart and do what you love. Now is the greatest time for you are “risk free”. Ask questions, become part of something for you never know where it will lead you. All of this may translate into future work relationships, business partnerships, people who will connect you with others and so on.

Do this just from a place of giving and let go of “what’s in it for me”. By sharing and giving strictly from your heart you will draw to you so many wonderful people, things and experiences.

Start now- plant the seeds.

All my best,

Sandra

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Sincere Apology

Posted Tuesday, January 26th, 2010. Filed Under My Daily Dose | Leave a Comment

Here’s an fantastic email I’d like to share:

A Sincere Apology
A sincere apology can clear the air and potentially heal a relationship. To ensure that your next apology comes from the heart, follow these guidelines from my recent blog post:

Align Head and Heart
Don’t just say it, mean it. Accept responsibility, intellectually and emotionally, for causing the other person pain.

Don’t Expect Anything in Return
A true apology is a selfless act. Wanting forgiveness or attention makes the apology insincere.

Don’t Respond Defensively
Acknowledge your mistake without becoming defensive or blaming. (For example, “I thought you wanted me to be honest with you!” or “You always speak like that to me.”)

Commit to Being Better
After acknowledging the ways in which you hurt another, express the ways in which you will act differently in the future.

Remain Grounded and Accepting
Before and during your apology, accept the uncomfortable feelings that arise within you, and accept whatever reaction you get from the other person.

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My Heart Goes Out To The People Of Haiti

Posted Thursday, January 21st, 2010. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

MAKING SENSE OF THIS?When tragedy strikes we often ask why? What is amazing is the outpouring of heart from around the world. Why do we need a crisis to bring us together? It will be nice if we can always be this way. Perhaps this time will be different.

As for putting this into perspective I hold a belief that G-d has a plan; not one that we readily understand and/or know about. I wanted to attach something that was sent to me that gave light to this tragedy in a more spiritual way:

Karen Bishop’s WINGS article, Jan. 16, 2010:

A brief note on Haiti: The massive earthquake that occurred in Haiti this week created a monumental heart opening for the planet. The pain, suffering, and tragic loss it created opened our hearts and shifted the planet, pushing it into the heart space that it will be now operating from. These beautiful and giving souls who agreed at their soul levels to be a part of this experience, have served this planet in ways unseen for a very long time. As it was time at many of their soul levels to depart, they agreed to depart in a way that would serve the planet and take it to its new and higher level. Haiti will become a very sacred space, as it already has, and this event will be remembered for a very long time. It was a part of our very new beginning, and a part that will change the vibration and direction of our new world as well. These brave, unbelievably loving and precious souls, have given to this planet more than we could ever know. They have assisted in shifting the planet into its very new way of being that involves coming from the heart, and the honor and reverence I feel for them and the many other souls involved, goes beyond words.

With much love and gratitude,

Karen

As our hearts have been open, let’s come together and make a difference. If you want to donate money please make sure that it is going to agencies that make sure the people will see — food, water, supplies and more.

Below are a list of agencies that you can give to:
I have gathered the names of different organizations/groups provided in the Canadian paper that you can trust your donations with.

1. The Salvation Army – http://www.salvationarmy.ca or
1800-725-2769
2. UNICEF – http://www.unicef.ca, 1800-567-4483
3. United Jewish Appeal (UJA) – all $ goes to Canadian International Development Agency’s Relief Fund. http://www.ujadonations.com,
416-631-5705
4. OXFAM – http://www.thehumanitariancoalition.ca – 1800-464-9154 –
5. CARE – http://www.care.ca, http://www.thehumanitariancoalition.ca – 1800-464-9154
6. Canadian Red Cross – http://www.redcross.ca -1800-418-1111
7. Habitat For Humanity – http://www.habitat.ca
8. Doctors Without Borders – http://www.msf.ca –
1800-982-7903
9. Free The Children – www.freethechildren.com; 416-925-5894X153

What we can do together is send love to this country, ask that the violence subside and that the people can begin to grieve and then rebuild their lives.

Stop and take a minute for this. This energy shifts the world.

All my love,

Sandra

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Friendship

Posted Wednesday, December 16th, 2009. Filed Under My Daily Dose | Leave a Comment

I received an email that was wonderful:

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As

I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself

for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but

looks so avant garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with

aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with

myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love … I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if

I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and

understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being

imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched

into deep grooves on my face.  So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself

anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to

live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what

will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).

MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!

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12 questions for the soul

Posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2009. Filed Under My Daily Dose | Leave a Comment

This excellent workbook is from Expect Miracles illustrates a step-by-step guide to truly discover your passion.  It is best to print it out and complete the workbook.  It is a 12 day exercise.

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