Heartsong Issue 24, July 15, 2007

HEARTSONG, ISSUE 24, SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2007

Welcome to Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong!!!

In This Issue:
Quote From The Heart
A Note From Kim
From The Lighthouse, With Love
Home And Hearth
Prayer From The Heart
Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong Reflection

QUOTE FROM THE HEART

In each issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong, I will open with a quote, poem or lyric, which I have found inspiring and uplifting. I hope they will inspire you, as well! Today, I’m sharing a couple of inspiring quotes with you, which I hope you’ll find beautiful and profound, as I did.

“The key to joy is through a combination of exercises: prioritizing one’s life, developing awareness, acts of loving kindness, and honoring oneself by taking time.”
–Rabbi David A. Cooper

“Something is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.”
–Kent Nerburn

A NOTE FROM KIM

Welcome to today’s issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong! I hope you’re having a wonderful July, and that you had a marvelous Fourth if you’re American. The weather here in the southeastern US has gone from uncomfortably warm to much-needed showers kissing the thirsty Earth. That kind of extreme is typical for here in the south, and it’s fun to view the lightning fast changes in our weather. Hope the weather’s being cooperative in your part of the world.

I just wanted to send you a loving reminder about my products. Currently, I have available the Making Your Business Dreams a Reality ebooks, as well as the Inspiration For Life’s Journey email course or ebook, which is perfect for bringing help, hope and healing into your life. You may view more details by viewing the Merchandise section of my site.

By the next issue, I’ll also have the Seven Steps Towards Greater Tranquility program available for you. It’s a great way to bring greater peace into your hectic life, and who can’t use more peace and tranquility, right?

Until next time, enjoy the rest of today’s issue, and I send you all my love!

Blessings,
Kim

FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE, WITH LOVE

A lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope in a violent storm. A lighthouse sheds light on our worries and troubles, and brings us joy and peace. Therefore, in each Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong issue, I will include an article, which will help to guide you through the dark and troubled times, or lighten and brighten your heart and life in a special way. In today’s Lighthouse article, we’re discussing the importance and benefits of honoring our emotions.

The Leaf In The Stream: How To Honor Your Emotions In Times of Difficulty

One night my friend Emma (not her real name) called me very distraught. She had had an unpleasant argument with her husband, and felt very hurt and dejected. She could feel herself becoming sad and depressed, and her hurt and anger continued to build up within her. “I just want to hit something.” She cried in frustration.

All of us, at one time or another, have had experiences similar to Emma’s, in which we have a difficult encounter and our anger and frustration remain pent up inside, growing and growing until these emotions threaten to explode out of us in a fit of rage. No one feels pleasant when confronted with a situation such as this. Whether it’s an argument with a loved one, the loss of an important document or much loved object, or feelings of self-ridicule and frustration, we just want to put the negativity behind us somehow. Under such circumstances, two things may occur… we can hold our boiling emotions in check, or we can blow up and berate ourselves or someone else. How in the world can we rectify such a situation without going to either negative extreme?

In order to keep our anger, frustration or criticism from overwhelming us or pouring out and affecting someone else as well, we must learn to honor the emotions. By honoring our emotions, I simply mean accepting them, feeling them fully, and then letting them go. For instance, after Emma’s unpleasant encounter with her husband, she chose to accept the fact that she was hurt, angry and upset about the event that had occurred between them.

Let me give you an analogy that may help you to understand my point more clearly. Imagine that you’re sitting by a crystal blue stream, which is surrounded by large old oak trees. Now, in your mind’s eye, watch as a leaf from one of the oaks falls into the laughing stream. Notice the leaf floating there, and then watch as it gently floats away downstream, disappearing from sight.

To honor your emotions is a lot like watching that leaf in the stream. You notice your emotions, become fully aware of them, and then gently and lovingly allow them to float away from you. They aren’t bad and you aren’t wrong to have them. It’s holding on to them that can sometimes prove unhealthy. By honoring your emotional states, you’ll be able to put yourself in a much healthier, and often happier state of being.

When you find yourself in a situation where you feel angry or hurt, really allow yourself to feel and work through that emotional roller coaster. Say to yourself, “Okay I’m angry (substitute your own emotional state or states). I accept that. I choose to feel and honor that I’m angry right now. That’s okay.”

Spend a few moments and really allow yourself to be in your emotional state. Don’t analyze or condemn your feelings as bad or wrong. Just experience them consciously for a few moments. Be aware of how you’re feeling. Don’t worry, I’m certainly not telling you to wallow in self-pity or anything like that. Only do this for a few minutes, or, at the most, a couple of hours.

After really “living there” in your emotions for a little while, ask yourself if you are ready to release them. You may want to ask for help from God, an angel or guide, etc, in order to release this emotional state, in order to move into a state of peace. Ask yourself if you’re able to forgive yourself or the other person or people (if others are involved). Through honoring your emotions, you create a space for personal growth, self-awareness and love and forgiveness to enter in.

If you are able to honor your emotions, you will avoid the extremes of either allowing them to be bottled up inside you, or of bursting out and hurting someone else or hurting yourself even further. If your upsetting situation involves another person, as in Emma’s case with her husband, I’d encourage you to wait until after you’ve honored and released your pent up emotions before trying to resolve the situation with the other person. This will keep you from growing even more angry, sad or frustrated when you speak with them. Of course, if your situation does involve another person, it would be ideal if all parties involved could use the “honoring” process before finding a resolution to their conflict. However, sometimes this simply isn’t feasible, but even through doing your own “honoring” process, the situation, and your own peace of mind, should be helped considerably.

Through the process of honoring her emotions, Emma was able to later have a rational and productive conversation with her husband. They were able to work everything out smoothly. I hope you’ll find this process helpful for you, as well. If you’d like some extra help in learning to become more self-aware and honoring your emotions in good times and difficult times, I’d love to work with you. Please contact me for more information. Best of luck!

HOME AND HEARTH

In this section of the newsletter, I will provide tips to help you to bring your own creativity, spirituality and unique talents into your everyday life, and, more specifically, into your home.

Inspiration On The Big Screen

Many of us really love a good movie. Movies stimulate our imaginations, entertain us and bring us to emotional heights and depths of feeling. Some movies are just plain funny, some include more than their fair share of action and no plot, and yes, some movies have the capacity to truly inspire us!

Isn’t it great to watch a movie with a real message… either of love against all odds, hope in difficult circumstances, or how a few people truly can make a huge difference in their world?

The next time you sit down with a big bowl of popcorn to watch a favorite film, why not watch something that warms your heart and inspires you to achieve more of your own greatness?

Here’s an awesome interactive website that lists ratings and reviews of many wonderful inspirational movies. Why not add some ratings and reviews yourself? Perhaps you’ll find a new favorite among these. May you be touched and inspired! Enjoy your explorations!

PRAYER FROM THE HEART

Each issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong will feature a prayer, either from my own heart, one which I hold dear in my own life, or one suggested to me by others. I hope they will speak to your spirit, as well.

“Blessed sister, holy mother,
spirit of the fountain, spirit of the garden,
Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks.
Our peace in his will
And even among these rocks
Sister, mother,
And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea.
Suffer me not to be separated
And let my cry come unto Thee.”
T. S. Eliot

HEARTSONG REFLECTION

Until our next issue, practice the process of honoring your emotions, both positive and negative. Through honoring the negative emotions, you will create space to let more positive and healthy emotions in.

Love, Light and Blessings,
Kim

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About Kim Loftis

Kim Loftis is the Spiritual Serenity Coach, joyfully assisting her clients in forging deep and lasting connections with the God / Goddess / Gods of their understanding, while utilizing transformational, highly-personalized spiritual practices to enhance and empower all areas of their lives. Kim's passion is to assist you in teaching your spirit to shine at it's brightest, while using Divine guidance to light every step of your path.
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