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On Sunday, May 2nd, I will be a part of a Holistic Seminar, hosted by SOL Pilates FIT. Please join me for a chakra clearing meditation. The event will be held at the Extraordinary Beginnings unit at 5261 Hwy 7 in Markham, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register call 416.948.SOUL (7685) or email lynne.stewart@solpilatesyoga.com

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Power of Words

Photograph: "Making New Friends" by P. Grodecki

Most of us have heard the expression, “Be careful what you wish for, or it might come true.” Unfortunately, we often voice ideas that we do not truly mean or do not wish to believe. Have you ever made a mistake and then said, “I’m so stupid”? Whether this sentence was meant as a joke, to laugh at yourself, or as a statement you believed on a day when you were feeling upset, by saying or thinking those words, you affirmed the idea that you are not as smart as you think you ought to be.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. We are all beautiful parts of the collective Universe and we are perfect the way we are right now. We are very loved by Spirit. When we utter or seriously think to ourselves such degrading thoughts as the one above, we are denying ourselves the truth, that we are beautiful, perfect beings.


That is precisely why it is important to think carefully before we speak, weighing each idea before we express it. By using positive, loving words when speaking about ourselves, other people, events, and situations, we manifest love and kindness in our lives. Our own love and kindness then radiate out into the Universe, affecting others around us. Have you ever been around a person who has been considered ‘vibrant?’ Well, that person probably was vibrating at a high energy frequency, having manifested true love and kindness in his or her own life. I think most of us would agree that it is truly a pleasure to be around such people, who are sincerely genuine in their expression of happiness and love toward all beings. How often do we hear these ‘vibrant’ people using negative expressions to describe something or someone? Do we ever hear them utter crude words? Most likely, the answer is “no.” You can also think of this as the idea that good things happen to good people. By thinking negative thoughts, it is not possible to manifest what we truly wish for.


By using positive expressions when speaking about ourselves, other people in our lives, and situations that are to come, we are sending love to ourselves, other people, and to future situations. Try it now, by saying to yourself, “I will have a beautiful day today. I am a being of love, light, and kindness. I use only positive words when speaking about myself, other beings, and situations. By using only good words, I manifest love and kindness in my life and positively affect everyone I meet today and everything that takes place around me.”


This is this week’s affirmation. You may wish to write it down (please feel free to alter the wording, to suit your own needs and wishes) on a piece of paper and carry it with you, reading from it and repeating the affirmation aloud whenever you feel guided. By writing down your affirmation, in your own hand writing, the message will become even more powerful. You may also wish to draw your favourite images around the affirmation, or use your favourite colours of ink for the words you find most powerful.


Try this challenge: please remember to choose your words carefully and speak only kind, loving words, even when dealing with difficult situations or people who may “rub you the wrong way.” Often, by sending love and kindness to such people, we can actually witness the energy shift that takes place, often within an instant moment; by sending positive thoughts and wishes to others, we actually send them the equivalent of a prayer, or a blessing. Of course, we may also send prayers and blessings to ourselves, whenever we wish, because we are perfect beings, worthy of love and kindness.



Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Warm Greetings and Happy Daydreaming!

As this is the official launching post of Nature's Secret Whispers, I would like to officially welcome you to the blog. I invite you to leave your comments about the posts and the blog in general. Through the Nature's Secret Whispers Newsletter, I will notify you each time the blog is updated with a new post and will inform you of other news related to Nature's Secret Whispers. To subscribe, please send an e-mail to naturessecretwhispers@gmail.com and type "subscribe" in the subject line.

The subject of creative meditation and daydreaming will be one of the central themes of Nature's Secret Whispers. As such, I feel that it is symbolic to share with you one of my favourite inspirational videos, "A Knock at the Door." I discovered this video on Youtube a while ago and was overcome with awe. Duirwaigh (the creators) did an excellent job! I hope that the beautiful images and the fairytale Celtic music of the video will inspire your Inner Child to venture on a journey into a secret world and to bring its treasures back with you, to sprinkle some of the Faerie dust on your day and remember, once again, the valuable gift of daydreaming. In my upcoming posts, I will provide you with information on practical approaches to daydreaming that will allow you to apply the benefits of daydreaming to all areas of your life.

Happy travels!

Affirmation: "I make time to daydream. I allow my mind and spirit to travel with the Flow, exploring the infinite possibilities of the Universe and infusing each day with the beauty and magic that I create."

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Photograph: "Nature Angel" by K. Grodecki

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Calm Beginnings

We have rested from the holiday celebrations and switched our thoughts toward returning to work/school, settling back into the ‘normal’ life. Many of us have also made resolutions, wishing to start 2008 with strong intentions to follow through with our desires and find to a happy outcome that would benefit our personal health, relationships, career path, and spirituality, among other areas. We are willing to work seriously at our goals, and this often means starting demanding work right now, at this very moment.

Pause for a moment. How do you feel when you read the last sentence of the above paragraph? Do you feel your body become tense? You may feel your stomach tightening or your shoulders rising. Now, take a deep breath and relax back into your normal state.

We often become so consumed with the demands placed on us by our employers, friends, family, messages from the media, and – of course – ourselves, that we feel pressed for time and pressured to take action right now, regardless of how we feel on a personal level. When it seems that everyone around us makes New Year’s resolutions, we often feel we must follow suit. When we suddenly start to see advertisements everywhere we turn, telling us to join a certain gym for a great rate that increases at the end of January, our guilty conscience comes right out and screams at us to do something.

There is no need to rush. I find it interesting that – if you, like I do, live in the northern part of the Western hemisphere – the new calendar year begins in one of the coldest months of the year, when the nature world sleeps in the harmony of winter. The trees have shed their leaves and rest quietly amid the snow, allowing it to fall softly on their strong but gentle branches. The water of the lakes is serene beneath the thick layer of ice, and fauna is hibernating, having gathered and stored all its food supplies for the cold months of the year. Nature does not wish to be disturbed. It rests, knowing that there will still be plenty of time to awaken from slumber, to revive itself with its own energy, to take action, which it contemplates at this time.

At the very same time, people suddenly awake, realizing that another year has arrived. We start to rush, setting new goals, making new plans, and often struggling, beneath the pressure and fatigue, to meet those goals and to be better this year than we were last year, to improve our lives. The goal to improve something in our lives is beautiful and one that I support fully. It is a goal that we must never stray from. But we can also learn a few things from the world outside of our office buildings.

The new year brings with it rejuvenating thoughts. However, just as we must never consumer too much of a good drink, for fear that it would overwhelm us, so, too, it is not wise to rush fast to start a new goal. Instead, take time to ponder your goals and to decide on the appropriate action. If you already feel overwhelmed by the messages that surround us all, about trying something new, perhaps the best action to take is no action at all. It is important to take the time to evaluate our goals and their benefits to us and to other people who are close to us. Please remember that there are various paths that we may take in order to meet a goal; along each path are different resources that would help to make our journey to meet the goal a bit easier, or more enjoyable. It is important to consider each of those paths and the resources that it bears and would grant us, should we wish to follow that path confidently, moving along fearlessly.

Likewise, if you have not made plans to change something in your life this year and feel pressure to set those goals, as others around you are doing, remember that the year is also filled with opportunities to start afresh, to begin a new project when the time is right for you. So, take this time to relax, sit calmly, and evaluate your life at this time and the goals you would like to set for yourself. We must determine our individual goals, and work toward meeting them, in Divine Time. Take time to rest, continue to ponder the year 2008 and all the opportunities that it brings, and don’t rush anything. Only you know when the time is right for you. Trust your intuition and Divine Guidance to find the answer while you allow yourself to rest humbly and enjoy the calm beauty of the season, just as the water of the lake does, beneath the protective layer of ice.

Affirmation: "I take time to evaluate my goals and to decide upon the best path to take. I choose this path in Divine Time, trusting my intuition and knowing that the outcome of my actions will benefit me and those who are close to me."

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Photograph: "Winter Serenity" by P. Grodecki

Friday, January 4, 2008

Welcome to Nature's Secret Whispers!



In my very first post, I would like to leave you with a bit of Sufi poetry, for your pondering. I find Rumi's poetry inspiring, and hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do.

If, by Rumi

if you can disentangle yourself
from your selfish self
all heavenly spirits
will stand ready to serve you

if you can finally hunt down
your own beastly self
you have the right
to claim Solomon's kingdom

you are that blessed soul who
belongs to the garden of paradise
is it fair to let yourself
fall apart in a shattered house

you are the bird of happiness
in the magic of existence
what a pity when you let
yourself be chained and caged

but if you can break free
from this dark prison named body
soon you will see
you are the sage and the fountain of life


Be with those who help your being, by Rumi

Be with those who help your being.
Don't sit with indifferent people, whose breath
comes cold out of their mouths.
Not these visible forms, your work is deeper.

A chunk of dirt thrown in the air breaks to pieces.
If you don't try to fly,
and so break yourself apart,
you will be broken open by death,
when it's too late for all you could become.

Leaves get yellow. The tree puts out fresh roots
and makes them green.
Why are you so content with a love that turns you yellow?

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Photograph: "A Path in Awenda" by K. Grodecki