"The phoenix is known as a mythical bird with layers of very beautiful colorful feathers and a tail of gold and scarlet. It has a life cycle of around 500 to 1000 years, near the end of that cycle, it is said that the phoenix builds and creates itself a nest made of twigs that ignites; the bird and its nest are said to burn to ashes, and then the phoenix rises reborn and fresh, to live again. The new phoenix can live as long or longer then its old self. The tears of the phoenix are thought to contain amazing healing abilities of everything that is pure, and the cry of the phoenix is a beautiful song." - Lori Snyder
What are you crying out for? It is very wise to look deep into yourself every once in awhile, and see how your needs are being met. You have total responsibility to yourself to create a life that is nothing less then wonderful, enriching and enlightening for yourself, for those you love, and for those who share this space with you in this amazing world. In our everyday busy life, we sometimes tend to push our needs aside and not focus on them half as much as we should. Once you realize that the more you focus on your wants and needs, the more productive and happy, aware and strong you will be for yourself and for those around you. That in turn will help all your relationships to flourish to its healthiest level of well-being. Like the phoenix, I recently embarked on re-inventing some of the things I wanted to change in my life, and I also lost something I valued very much. I began looking at everything in my life, and I also started making some changes with things that I wanted to shift. It is great to learn from your mistakes, it is even better to incorporate those things you learn, and integrate them into your life, so you do not keep making the same mistakes. That is why it is so wonderful to understand that we all have the power within us to change, grow, empower ourselves, and continuously nourish our hearts and soul and that of others. Change is constant, and we have the power within us to create the changes that we wish. We also have the choice of growing with those around us who we love and value, or if need be, to let go of relationships that did not work. When in any type of relationship, the essence should be to inspire the other towards their greatest level of wellness, along with naturally having it occur within you. I am all about staying power in relationships, and working out issues that need to be dealt with, but when you are the only one caring and doing, you need to look at that. You deserve the best, and until you feel that, and settle for nothing less, you will not get it. Some things we do not have the power to shift, but you do have the power to shift the way you react to any situation and the way any situation makes you feel. Your choices, your decisions. So what can one do to begin making shifts towards wellness? I think one of the best ways is to first take time each week to get in touch with your inner self. This can best be done in any type of activity that relaxes you, and gives you quiet time. That may be, exercise, yoga, meditation, walking, reading a book, anything that helps you to relax. Focus on looking within; question where you are now, and where you would like to be. Are you happy in all your important relationships? Are your needs being met? Do any changes need to be made, issues to be talked about? Are you happy with your career? Your life? Answering all these questions is important to begin getting a good hold on where you stand, and if you are happy in that standing. If not, what changes can you start to make? Don't lie to yourself, take a good look, and have the guts to face what you are not happy with, and what you want to change. Don't push it to the back of your mind, and forget about it, deal with it. Also know that you do not have to sacrifice something you love and cherish for something else, you can, and should have all that you desire. Be appreciative of who you are now, and of all the people around you who you love, and who love you. Be gracious for all the good in your life, and think of ways you can help better someone else's life. It may be something as simple as a smile. I go to a senior center a few times a week and facilitate discussion groups. I volunteer to different organizations, I care and help and smile at others from my heart all day long. And that in turn is what puts a BIG smile on my face. Get creative! Think of different ways this week that you can help to create a happy moment in someone's life. Be strong, regal and beautiful on the inside and out, and begin singing your song of acceptance, and pure love for who you are now, and who you want to be. Come from a place of strength, and begin to reach for all that you want. Spread your colorful feathers and sing your song. Dig deep in your soul and soar like the phoenix to create rebirth. Have the faith to know that you can create the change you want.
Best Wishes on Your Journey, Lori Snyder, CPC
Lori Snyder partners with people who are ready to begin moving their lives in an upward direction. "I believe that each person hold within them powerful inner strength, that when tapped into, can help them to create positive results towards making their lives an extraordinary one." - Lori Snyder! Lori can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org