We Are Champions In This Fight

I like to imagine the future.

Tonight, I am holding the vision that we will be champions in this fight against the coronavirus.

We are not being asked to go to war.

We are not being asked to donate money.

We are being asked to STAY HOME. If all of us did just that – we will solve this global crisis faster.

I am imagining the immediate future where all of us will take action and stay home.

I am imagining the long term future where we will win the fight and we will regain our freedom to be outdoors.

YES. WE CAN DO THIS.

Watch my short video – STAY HOME.

Love,

Mags

Is the Earth Breathing Better?

I can’t help but think that everything between the earth and the sky is breathing better – right now. Breathing – just breathing.

COVID-19 is causing havoc in human lungs and somehow I can’t help but feel that is what we have been doing to our environment for decades. Of course, we can’t possibly imagine what the river feels when it is dried or the bears feel when they are hungry or what the turtles and sea creatures feel when strangled in the garbage thrown by humans in the water that sustains them. I like to use the analogy that life is like a GPS and when we go off route, the GPS has a way of re-routing. We can take a longer or shorter time to get to our destinations with alternative views – but eventually we will get there. The truth of the matter is that all life is connected and when one part is off-balanced, we are sure to experience an imbalance in another part. Nothing in this life goes unnoticed and when we least expect it, the universe speaks.

I feel the pain of every human being and their loved ones who are in the crutches of this gruesome virus. I feel the pain of people who did not have a chance to say goodbye or put their affairs in order. This feels like madness. In my own little world, I am controlling the pieces which I can control to help disrupt COVID-19. It means staying home, keeping groceries in the garage for days before using them, disinfecting, social distancing, working online as much as I can and even reducing our food consumption.

There are lessons for all of us in this madness.

Maybe we need to restructure our world to have less emissions out into the environment? If we can stay home and keep our cars and planes from the air – maybe our planet will regain its balance.

Maybe we need to have more balance in our work lives to have real time for our families and what truly matters to us? We are burnt out and in a crisis like this, we see that even when we are working so hard, many of us cannot support ourselves without an income for a month. What is the point of all this work?

Maybe we need to re-evaluate the value of money in our lives?

Maybe businesses need to re-evaluate their business models and how they are contributing to burnout and environmental pollution?

Maybe our priorities need to change?

Maybe we need to think more carefully of the future which we are creating one action at a time?

Maybe we need to re-look at sustainable agriculture and how communities can support themselves? Food security is rising as a major concern for the future?

Maybe we need to think of our older generation and the privileges which all of them should have at a certain age?

Do share your thoughts on this issue. What changes do you think we should make for a sustainable future?

Remember to play your part. STAY HOME and PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

Love,

Mags

What Is Your Essence?

I am going to bed tonight wondering what Spring and Summer will be like. One of our favourite things during these two precious seasons is taking long road trips. Going through my FB memories tonight I came across this post and photo from last year. I thought I would share it because it is even more relevant to our lives right now. Regardless of what is happening in the world, the most precious gift which you can give to yourself, is to live your essence.

March 23, 2019

Long road trips give me time to think, reflect and humor myself with so many great ideas that may take more than one lifetime to accomplish. Today, I found myself thinking of the word ‘essence’ while driving.

What is the essence of my being?

What is the essence of life?

What is your essence?

And in the middle of this thought provoking question, three words jumped at me:

Limitless. Ageless. Timeless.

The words hit my cerebral space so hard that I had to pull to the side of the road for a few minutes to allow my body to connect with my mind and soul. Yes, I want to be limitless in this life…to be bold enough to be the person God made me to be. Yes, I am ageless…still this girl who embraces life and is as crazy as her 16 year old self. Yes, my essence is timeless… my soul is eternal.

This photo marks this priceless, soulful moment…and reaffirms that what we seek, seeks us. As I reflect on all what I have done in the last year, I know that I have been living my essence.

What is your essence?

How do you represent your essence in this world?

Love,

Magdalene

Breaking News – Are You Getting Out Of Here Alive?

My breaking news to you this morning… none of us are leaving this earth alive – now or a day later or 50 years later.  The coronavirus is creating havoc but also creating opportunities for us to examine what is important in our lives. Our forefathers were called to fight wars for the freedoms which we have today and in the process, many lost their lives, some became amputates and many of them learnt to live with traumatic memories.  Some returned to their loved ones in a different state than when they left. After WW11, women who had been traditional housewives become empowered to become nurses and to serve their countries in a variety of roles which the new frontier provided. Through the turmoil of wars, new opportunities were created and proved that we are more capable than we think we are. Each wave of crisis helps us to expand ourselves and the global village which we inhabitants of.

I know for certain that none of us are getting out of here alive so let us stop complaining and whining about irrelevant stuff which is not helping anyone in the creating a safe and stable situation while we are still here. There are new rules and systems to follow. We are starting a NEW NORMAL and it is important for us to be excellent followers during this crisis.  Our ability to practice self-leadership becomes critical because each decision we make and each action we take can have beneficial or detrimental effects on someone else.

As we navigate through times which we were not prepared for, here are a few things which we can think about as we sit on our couch (which is what we are being asked to do!). Do your best to enjoy your numbered days left.

It is time to read the books which you have been putting off?

It is time to start Spring cleaning? 

Can you learn some new skills to step into a new position when this is all over?

Who do you need to reach out to?

What new hobbies can you start? yoga? sewing? writing? meditation?

Is now the opportunity to organize your assets and financial affairs?

Look out for more information from MagsMagazine as we organize online events and speakers over the next few weeks to help us take action to live our dreams and manage this situation while we are still here.

Remember that all the physical stuff we own will stay behind.  What we move forward with are the lessons and journeys of our soul; the good and bad which we created in this world… You have the power to choose the legacy which you want to live behind!   Make it a great one!

You can support my blog by following, liking or commenting. Let me know what part of the world you are from and what is going in your part of the world!

Love,

Magdalene

Kenny Rogers. I believe that our souls connect long before the physical manifestations

I woke up this morning saddened by the news of Kenny Roger’s passing. My sincere condolences to his family and all of his fans. As a fan of Kenny Rogers since my teenage years, I know that I will miss his physical presence here and I feel very fortunate that I was able to be a part of his live audience during his Farewell Tour in Ottawa in June 2017.

How I got to Kenny Rogers Farewell Tour is a little bit of a miracle, magic and manifestation – a series of events which the universe seem to conspire to make it all happen! Here is the story – more evidence of how we are all connected in ways that we perhaps cannot even begin to imagine. I believe that our souls make the connections long before the manifestations in our lives.

In 2017, Wilson Jn Baptiste and I were celebrating my birthday @ the Nordic Spa and we were listening to jazz music by a band with Jordan David. During the performance, Wilson asked them to do a special rendition for me. Jordan David, who I believe was promoting or managing the band or promoting the Jazz Festival in Ottawa (cannot remember) came to me to wish me happy birthday, gave us his card and asked us to call him if we wanted to go to any show during the jazz festival in Ottawa. I did not make much of it and completely forgot about the card. Later that summer, I found out that Kenny Rogers was playing during the jazz festival but the tickets were also expensive. I remember posting on FB asking if anyone had tickets to give away. I had no idea that my tickets were right in my bag!

The night before the concert, I suddenly remembered that Jordon had given me his business card with the promise of a pass to the Jazz festival. It was almost midnight. I sent Jordan an email – praying that he would see it in the morning. I knew that he was also busy with the jazz festival so the chances of seeing email would be almost impossible. But you know what – I got a response right away and he made arrangements for us to see the show! The show will remain etched in my memory forever! We sat under the stars that night with hundreds of others from Ottawa and enjoyed every moment with Kenny Rogers.

Here is a little recording which I did that night: Kenny Rogers Farewell Tour, Ottawa

You will be missed dear Kenny Rogers! Rest in peace and let your spirit continue to shine on us.

Thank you Jordan David and Wilson Jn Baptiste. This was one of the best birthday gifts ever. It was so strange how the series of somehow unconnected events all came together – but in our grand universe – all things are connected.

Embrace your longings. Trust that your soul has made the connections long before the manifestations.

Be well.

Love,

Magdalene

So Where Is Your Life Going To During These Turbulent Times?

So many changes are happening in the world right now that is hard to keep up. For me, I had so many successes to celebrate but before I got to really embrace those successes, there was coronavirus getting right in the way of my plans. I had to cancel two flights, four speaking engagements and let go of some wonderful opportunities which I was really looking forward to! The changes were all happening so quickly that my emotions were bobbing up and down – sometimes leaving me completely exhausted. Being a sensitive and intuitive person can be hard on my system because I can feel the energies of others all around me. Fear feeds fear – it generates more fear!

Today, I felt re-energised. Our work in transitioning to online services seem to have fallen inplace – at least we are ready to execute our first two workshops tomorrow! Our online team meeting today proved how effective online learning can be and the power of a team pulling together to make the transition effective. It needs planning, preparation and time to execute it to perfection but it is possible. I love the challenge and the great minds I work with and I am grateful for the 100% onboard mentality – YES – WE GOT THIS!

I think that we live in an interconnected world which can offer many opportunities, even though there are also many challenges. In the process of responding to a crisis, we learnt some new skills and we have made ourselves more marketable for future opportunities!

As we navigate through this turbulent time, it is important that we do not allow the challenges and fears to drown us. Rather, we need to exercise personal leadership by taking action with the things we can control. Simple things that we can do while staying indoors: find some happy things to do such as getting out in nature and having some long walks, conference call people whom you have not connected to in a long time, indulge in some self-care, read a good long novel, watch movies, join an online program, prepare for an exam which you want to take, spend quality time with your family.

While it is important to pay attention to the facts around the coronavirus, we must not become so fearful that we end up hurting ourselves or that we add more darkness into the universe. Let your light continue to shine by remaining rooted in your faith, being positive and being proactive in doing the right things for yourself and your neighbours.

Life has a way of sorting itself out… this too shall pass. BUT DO PLAY YOUR PART IN CREATING A SAFE SPACE FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

Comment below and let us know where you are and how you are coping in your part of the world? What positive spin can you put on our reality? Where is your life going?

Wishing you a Happy Family Day – thinking specially of Immigrant Families

Several years ago when Family Day was introduced as a holiday in Ontario, I remember thinking, ‘hummmm… everyday should be family day.’ At that time, my immediate family (3 kids and myself) was small and we spent quite a lot of time together with the everyday routines of cooking, doing chores, homework, shopping etc. One of the routines which I have always maintained at home is having meals together. When the kids were younger, this was easier to do on a regular basis. Now, it is more challenging. Holidays like Family Day adds a special day on the calendar which helps us to pause and creates another opportunity of getting together.

As a immigrant, it is inevitable that we lose connection with some of our family members. This is perhaps one of the saddest parts of immigration. The next saddest part is that children miss out on the dynamics of extended family, if they migrate only with their parents. Parents also face low moments when they wish they were nearer to their siblings, extended family and in particular parents if left behind. It is therefore important that we build ways to preserve our family roots.

During our Sunday dinner last night, I explained some of our family roots to my children and after dinner, two of them continued the conversation for another two hours because they were intrigued by some of what I shared and wanted to know more. I have taken care to be particular about what I share, based on their age. After relating a particular story about how our family lost some of it’s inheritance over some of the deals which my dad made while he was drunk, my oldest son said, “Now this example, right here, is why I don’t want to drink to do stupid things like this.”

As I shared more with them, I became very nostalgic about some of my childhood memories. For example when my cousins came over to visit from the neighbouring towns and the fun we had playing together while our parents also enjoyed having their own adult conversations. I remember moonlight nights when we played hide-and-seek outside, running amongst the trees, behind the houses and scaring each other. I remember how two or three of our families would gather together over the summer holidays and take us all to the beach where the men in the family went out to collect sea urchins while the women cooked on fire pits and the children played on the sand. There were the days over the summer holidays when several family members went over to one home to build a new room or lay a roof over a house. Food was constantly exchanged, conversations were long and ongoing, quarrels were occasionally heard, the men drank rum and even though their wives got upset with them, they carried on with the business of the home.

Back then, when I think of the word ‘family’ it seemed encompass so many other people in addition to my immediate family of two parents and six children. These people who were all intermingled in our lives in an intimate way – there were uncles and aunts, cousins, grandparents, in-laws, in-laws of in-laws. godmothers and godfathers and neighbours who were not only those who lived next to you, but from the entire community. There were those who lived in the countryside where we lived and those who ivied in the city and those who lived in faraway lands like England who visited occasionally. When they did visit, there was a lot of fuss about preparing for them. They seemed to be more sophisticated than us.:) But most importantly, we all seemed to fell belonged to a tribe – we knew who we were. The sense of belonging to a big family was perhaps one of the most grounding forces of my young life.

As an immigrant mother, I know that my children have had great opportunities here in Canada and I will always be grateful to Canada and the amazing people I have met here. I know that I have wonderful friends who have embraced them us our family and this has helped in the integration process. Travelling back and forth can be costly but I encourage my children to go back to their homeland as much as possible to connect with their family. My daughter has been routinely making the trip home every summer and I can see how an understanding of her roots is shaping her young adult life. I can also see how those who don’t go back often enough, life myself now, is also losing connection.

Living in both worlds has advantages and disadvantages but here are a few things which you can do to keep your family memories alive in the minds of your family:

1) Work with family members to create a family tree with photographs of family members. Keep photos of those who may not be here in Canada or may have crossed over. Over time, their curious minds want to know more about their history and photographs are great to start a conversation.

Genealogical tree of your family. Family tree with icons of people.

2) Create moments over days like Family Day when you can share stories about members of your family. Stories do not always have to be about perfect people – because most of our family members are not :). Share realities of life from your part of the world and the experiences which helped to shape you. Let them know the names of those who were influential in your life – in making both good and bad decisions. There are also funny family stories and sad stories which can be shared based on the age of the kids.

3) Expose them to very special foods and traditions from your family roots. When my kids were younger, I remember that they were not too eager about our foods but over time they because very appreciative about foods which my mom and dad prepared. Now, they are keeping the traditions going.

4) If you cannot travel back to your home country often, create moments when they can talk to family members over skype and other social media platforms. When they are small, they may not take much interest but as they get older, hey may be able to establish better connections. My friend Aparna shared her experience with her mom who lives in India, calling her grandkids every night to read them bedtime stories. This is surely a beautiful way to keep the connection to family.

5) Create new family through work and friends. Expose your children to the children of friends and create opportunities for them to meet and play with each other. Family does not have to be only through blood. Creating a family environment support social integration and removes the feeling of isolation.

Keeping family together is of utmost priority. I have learnt that gathering togehter for meals is perhaps the best way for long conversations that can create the bridge between countries and unite families.

You can support my work by liking, sharing, commenting or purchasing Soulful Encounters, a hard copy of my 2nd Magazine which provides inspirational stories.

Love,

Magdalene

Do all things with great love

The most memorable moments in my career and personal life are the times when I have done things with great love in my heart. When I am in that state, I can achieve the impossible. I have fond memories of working in elementary school classrooms and special education classes where my love for each student poured so deeply over them that I saw their transformations from being labeled as ‘unable’ to thriving and succeeding. In my work, I pour love and blessings upon everyone that I meet physically and energetically and I reap the benefits of having staff and partners who are responsive and passionate about their work and we always create magic in what we do. I believe that if we can connect through a loving energy, then our relationships will overcome natural obstacles and thrive. It is no different with my children, partner and even my plants at home. Recently, it has also been with my son’s dog Maggie who pours love all over me with her kisses.

Love is a powerful, positive emotion which can lift us from darkness and place us in the centre of a light so bright, that we radiate from inside out. Best of all, we don’t need words to express it – is can simply be felt.

As we observe Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I feel the urge to boost the message of ‘doing things with great love’. We live in a time and space where we are bombarded with many diverse messages about love. At one end of the spectrum there are people who are happily in love and will celebrate Valentine’s Day with deep tenderness. At the other end of the spectrum there are people who feel sad for various reasons – perhaps being single or being in an estranged relationship or what they hoped for never materialized. However, what if we all simply held on to the transformative power of love to know that regardless of our relationship status, that by simply pouring some love into what we do on a daily basis, we can energetically shift the vibrations around us to create a loving and welcoming space.

One thing that I know for sure is that when we do things with great love, love itself multiplies around us a hundred fold. It can amplify our vibration of love. It is this vibration that attracts more love to us – romantic partners, forgiveness, better relationships, opportunities and most of all an inner feeling of gratitude, contentment and peace.

Love is an energy. We can choose to live with this energy every moment.

Here is my invitation to you as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, to do all things with great love. This deliberate act will add beauty to ordinary days; bring healing to our relationships and add an extra zest in our steps. Our smiles will be more radiant, our words will be kinder and our vibration will welcome people into our space.

Affirmation for today: ” I choose love. I choose to do all things with great love.”

Here is my message from Valentine’s 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You can support my work by liking, sharing and commenting! Spread a bit of love today!

Love,

Mags

My honeyman…

Some people have a moneyman, a handyman, a candyman.. but I have a honeyman :). This post showed up in my memories on FB and I thought you might like it too!

I feel lucky I have a honeyman. I love my honeyman. He is in his seventies and he visits me at work twice a year. He has done so for the last 5 years because I am one of his clients – I buy a jar of honey for $30. Every time he comes, we seem to repeat the same conversation.

“Honey, I have no money today.” I say to him.

“Oh.. money.. don’t worry…” he says. “Anytime, I can come back for it. For you… you don’t need money!”

And so, I buy the honey with no money (a good reason for his 2nd visit!)

Today, he came for the 2nd visit.

“Magdalene, you have such a beautiful name. Who gave you this name?” He affirms over and over again how beautiful I am, how blessed he is and how happy he is to see me again. He says that I make him feel happy because I have a joyful spirit.

He said, “I don’t have to sell this honey you know. But I like to go out. I like to meet people and talk with them. It is what keeps me going. Don’t make too much out of this life. What is most important in this life is for you to love God. You cannot love me, if you don’t love God. That is the most important thing in life – to love.”

Yes, my honeyman. You are precious. Nice to have honeyman 🙂

Be well. Be joyful. Be happy.

Love,

Mags

Great acts are made of small deeds.

I chose the cup of tea over the chocolate chip cookies. It was a hard choice to make at 9.p.m when I felt tired and hungry but the vision for my body quickly superseded my immediate hunger. I reminded myself of how beautiful I felt in my new dress which finally fitted after two weeks of workouts and managing my diet. Resisting the cookies may seem to be an insignificant matter to some people but it is a huge deal to me. I am an emotional, sweet tooth eater and several things like feeling tired, bored or anxious can easily set my trigger to indulge in sweets. Being able to manage my emotional eating habits require discipline and focus and it is easy to fail. However, overtime, I can see the results of my small deeds and this motivates me to keep up with the discipline not eating chocolate chip cookies in the late evenings. I feel proud that my vision is bigger and stronger than the chocolate chip cookie!

It is easy to become discouraged when our gains do not seem big enough to celebrate or we sabotage ourselves by not believing that we are deserving of something which we really want in our lives. It is important to remind ourselves that great acts are made of small deeds or small habits that eventually becomes a part of our thinking and acting. If you look carefully, you will find several opportunities to practice small deeds which can lead to your large gains.

Allow yourself to note the small acts which you perform daily. Feel gratitude for your small victories while you keep the large ones in your vision. Here are three small deeds or habits which you can celebrate each day:

Feel gratitude. There are so many things to be grateful for, even when life sucks sometimes. Think of the air that you breath, being alive, being given another chance, feeling love from someone, the technology which keeps you connected, having someone to support you in reaching your goals and the fact that you are reading this blog. The most important factor in gratitude is that you can FEEL it flowing through your body.

Set a small goal each day. It can be as simple as making your bed in the morning or as complex as saying hello to a stranger or as intimate as asking your partner for what you need from him/ her. Each time we accomplish something small, it inspires us to do more and even to be more! You can build an entire community around you by simply connecting with one stranger each day.

Write the biggest goal of your life in a place where it is visible to you. Spend a couple of minutes each day just looking at it and asking yourself “What can I do today to reach this goal?” By asking a small question daily, you are opening yourself to receiving answers. I like to imagine that we are all connected and that thoughts cross each other in waves. Asking questions to the universe, creates the opportunity for thoughts to cross in your favour… because somewhere out there, someone is holding the answers which you are looking for. Without asking the questions, how will you recognize the answers?

My wish for you in 2020 is that you will achieve your big goals while consciously practicing the discipline of engaging in small acts, moment by moment. Remember your greatness, your beauty and your uniqueness in this amazing universe.

Love,

Magdalene

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