Build Your Dreams In The Fall

“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho

Fall is the perfect time for gathering all the dreams in my dream box and setting some new goals for the following year. Just as the trees shed their leaves but remain rooted in the earth, I feel that I start letting go of what no longer serves me and start rooting to continue my current dreams or to start building new ones for the upcoming Spring. In the Spring, when the new leaves bud on the trees which has stood the test of winter, I too want to have the freshness of Spring and green gold flowing within to savour all of the dreams which I planted during fall, Nature, in its infinite wisdom provides us with the gentle guidance which we need all the time – we simply need to tune in and listen to our authentic voices. Fall is a wonderful season for rejuvenation and preparation.

This fall I placed these three little scarecrow characters at the front of my yard with the sign, ‘Build Your Dreams In The Fall.” I call them Jill, Jack and Jane – names from the books I read as a little girl. They bring a sense of playfulness to my space and bring a smile to my face when I leave home in the morning or come home in the evening. They are a great reminder to keep my dreams in the forefront of my mind and this fall, I will call them the guards of my dream this fall. It is all imaginary and playful – and this is the whole point of having fun as your play with your dreams. Jill, Jack and Jane are the little triggers which I have placed in a visible space which triggers my mind to remain focus on my dreams. What triggers can you place in your environment?

What are your dreams?

What dream do you want to build?

What do you need to inspire your dreams?

Who do you need to help you?

What fears so you need to let go of?

Our dreams are unique to our soul mission. Some dreams are huge and will have an impact on millions of people. Some dreams are small and they could have an impact that will multiply in future lifetimes to cause a ripple effect. I believe that there is Divine Timing for all things in our lives but I also believe that it is important for us to know the things which make our soul sing. Think of the things which you cannot leave undone in this world because you have been given the special mission to take action to create a small or huge impact to make the world a better place.

What do you need to take action on?

Love,

Mags

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is early morning and I am sitting on my couch in the living room wrapped under a cozy blanket while the rest of my household sleeps. I feel grounded and safe. I feel blessed that we enjoyed a delicious meal last night and gave gratitude for the many blessings in our lives – for family, friends, good health, our jobs, income, progress with our various project and most of all and being able to overcome and deal with the challenges which come our way.

I enjoy listening to the conversations around the table – any dinner time is a time to catch up on the thoughts and experiences of our lives and how we make sense of the world around us. One of our highlights during the evening was celebrating the 2nd birthday Maggie, Ohri’s dog. It was hilarious watching her reaction to the kids trying to get a birthday hat on her head! Maggie has become a part of our family and it is a pleasure to watch how her presence bonds all of us in our family.

My gratitude for life keeps on overflowing.

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

As I write this blog, the early morning light is awakening as the darkness vanishes. It is magical watching this slow and beautiful transition from night to day. Through the glass door, I can see the thousands of fallen leaves in the backyard and the beautiful fall foliage in the forest beyond edge of my backyard. Fall is here for sure making way for winter where soon those trees will be standing naked yet unshaken at the roots. Just as I enjoyed every single day of summer and savoured the greenery, I embrace fall and all of it’s offerings. For me, it is a beautiful season of reflection, building and creating from within. I love the fall colours, the crisp fresh air, apple pies for Sunday dinners and the feeling of Christmas being just around the corner. I know that as soon as Christmas is over, we will start preparing for Spring and I can’t wait to see my first tulips burst from the winter blues. Each season brings it’s priceless gifts and I am grateful to be alive on this earth, enjoying all what the earth offers to me. More importantly, I have found immense joy in remaining present in the moment, while my mind can also stretch into the future and look forward to the next season.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. Here is one more quote to reflect on:

“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” Michael Josephson

Love,

Mags

Don’t allow moments of unhappiness to become a lifetime of unhappiness

I found this sign against a boutique in West Port, Ontario and I think that every word is true but also it is not always easy to live up to these words.

It is in our human nature to get upset, disgruntled and unhappy with people in our lives. Don’t allow moments of disruption or unhappiness to become a lifetime of unhappiness. Five bad minutes of your day does not have to spoil your entire day. We can develop a mindsel to simply say, ‘this moment will not define my day or my life.’ Make up, apologize, ask for forgiveness… do whatever you need to do deposit a little drop of goodwill in the energetic field around you and move on.

Ask yourself if this moment of unhappiness is worth carrying on for the rest of your life. If you died today or tomorrow, would you have any regrets?

Love,

Mags

What is the WINNING factor?

What is the winning factor for you?

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have experienced a bunch of people, including myself – WINNING something or the other, or even WINNING someone! Two of my friends are getting married!

Christmas brings on that magical feeling that boosts our feelings of giving and receiving gifts, love and treasures all around us. There are many more opportunities to participate in social activities and most people seem to be in good spirits.

At our Christmas staff party, I won a beautiful collection of teas. Several other colleagues also won prizes from performances or by participating in a raffle draw.

Gemma, Aranjit and I

At a recent fundraiser, two of us won prizes from our tables, after my partner had jokingly sang, “abakadabrah… abakadabrah” on our tickets!  We have decided to take him to all future fundraisers!

Chinese Community Centre win

Those wins made me think about many other times I have won prizes such as a $10,000 prize draw…

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Are you missing great talent by focusing too much on ONLY what is said at an interview?

The look in his eye demonstrated ambition, kindness, compassion, loyalty and a commitment to creating a great life in Canada.

“Sir, I don’t know how your country works,” he said to the employer with an earnest voice. “This is the first time that I am meeting with an employer. If you give me the opportunity, I promise you that I will work hard for you. I just need one chance to prove myself.”

Suhil had just arrived in Canada. With no job search training for the Canadian market, all he knew was how to express himself from his heart and to talk about his previous experience.

The employer looked at his rhuberic. This young man had not answered any of the questions as was expected. He kept on saying how much of a hard worker he was and explained how much impact he had made in his country, with his previous employer. It was a different country. It was not Canada. The way of the land is different. The culture is different. The way that language is used is different. The way that interview questions are asked is different. The gap in differences seemed so wide that he wondered how long it would take this new Canadian to learn the rules of the organization and the country.

Suhil was not chosen for the position. He felt disappointed and was not sure what he had done wrong.

Later, I found the courage to ask the employer directly: “Why didn’t you hire him?”

The employer replied: “I wish I could. I know that he will do a good job if given the chance. But he did not answer the questions. He did not talk about the things which I wanted to hear. I cannot justify my reasons for hiring him.”

I shook my head. Suhil did not have any interview training yet. I know that we will help him to get better at interviewing skills. However, watching the interaction between him and the employer was painful. When I think of the many talented people who are walking around this city, looking for an opportunity and the number of jobs which are going unfilled every day, I feel so sorry that employers are missing such great talent.

Most often, newcomers will give back to organizations much more than expected. We miss great talent. We are so fixed on listening to a set of pre-determined answers, that we lose the most important qualities / skills a human being can bring to the job – commitment, willingness to learn, integrity, loyalty and sincerity.

Have you had such an experience?

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Love,

Mags

The Spiritual Energy of Monarch Butterflies

There is something light, magical and beautiful about watching monarch butterflies flutter around my little garden. A few years ago, I read that those beautiful Monarch butterflies are on the decline. One way to help protect them is to plant a diversity of flowering plants which provides food for them and also for pollination.

Apart from their beautify and their role in pollination, Monarch butterflies also represents a spiritual energy. They are beautiful signs to represent newness, rebirth, transformation…and can also be a sign from our deceased loved ones or guardian Angel’s. Next time you see one, spend a moment admiring its exquisite beauty. Think of all the transformative changes which you are making yourself.

In my earlier blogs, I wrote about messages from plants and nature. I believe that the Monarch butterflies bring wonderful messages for those who actually see them and make time to care for them. What a beautiful exchange of positive and enlightening energy.

Love,

Mags

Messages From Nature, Part 2 – Plant Whisperer

“If you photograph us from this angle, you will get a stunning shot!” It was a whisper from the pink Echinacea which I had photographed earlier from a different angle. It nudged me to the top part of flower and whispered that the foliage around it would add a beautiful background. I could not ignore the message because it was persistent. So, I got up from my chair, followed the instruction and low and behold, it was my best shot this morning!

While writing my earlier blog, ‘Am I becoming a plant whisperer?’ I thought of the many moments when I have heard and felt messages from nature, apart from plants. I remember the mournful sound of crying dogs in the night and knew that someone had died. In the morning, my parents would talk about it and sure enough, someone we knew had passed away. I often wondered, who else heard the dogs. Was it just those who were close to this person? How did the dogs know to cry? How did I know to receive this message? I remember the blackbirds singing outside of our house very early on some mornings and my mom would say, “The blackbirds are singing. I will get some mail today or some news.” How did the birds know that they needed to sing on the tree at the front of the house? Why did they not sing there every day? How did my mom know how to receive that message? Sure enough, on the days when the birds sang, she got mail or received some news, usually something unusual.

I believe that we all have that capacity to heighten our intuition. Best yet, our intuition is never wrong and it provides an internal guidance for us in all aspects of life. What we feel is real. It is the deepest part of us, speaking to us with messages intended only for us. We are not separate from nature. We are part of nature by our very being and becoming intimate with this connectivity, is a source of power, creativity, longevity, inner resilience and a knowingness that we all live within the natural laws of birth, death and everything that comes in-between.

As you go through your day, take a second look at the things which grab your attention, in a deeper way than usual. Let it play of your mind for a little while and gently ask your spirit to help you decipher the messages, which are intended for you. Growing this connection to the life forces in our natural world may take time but the universe quickly responds to our desire to connected. Personally, as this bond continues to strengthen with nature, I feel happier and more grounded. What better feeling is there, than to feel that YOU are part of a GRAND universe… that the ant matters just as much as you, that the stars and the sky are all part of your existence and that all creation was made with PURPOSE. How amazing it would be if all of OUR energy exchanges were sacred acts of love and kindness! How much more happiness and joy we would experience!

Love,

Mags