Heartsong Issue 25, August 5, 2007

HEARTSONG, ISSUE 25, SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2007

Welcome to Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong!!!

In This Issue:
Quote From The Heart
A Note From Kim
From The Lighthouse, With Love
Kim Recommends
Hope And Healing
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 two quotes with you about the importance of planning. I hope you find them both inspiring and helpful.

“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”
William A. Ward

“Plan your progress carefully; hour-by hour, day-by-day, month-by-month. Organized activity and maintained enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power.”
Paul J. Meyer

A NOTE FROM KIM

Welcome to today’s issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong! I simply can’t believe that it’s August already! Where is 2007 going? At this rate it’ll be Christmas before we turn around twice! Let’s enjoy and celebrate each and every single day as it passes, knowing that we really can help to make the world a better place, each in our own special way.

My promised ecourse, Seven Steps Towards Greater Tranquility, will be available by the time you receive your next Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong issue. I’m giving it a few final tweaks, and am also adding a couple fabulous bonus products for your enjoyment, as well. I know you’ll find this course very useful for gaining greater peace, balance and inspiration in all areas of your life, and I can’t wait to unveil it in the next issue! Stay tuned!

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 power to be had by planning ahead.

“Setting The Course: The Power of Planning to Simplify Your Life”

Once upon a time, not so very long ago in the early 1960s, there was an ambitious young man named John. He was a highly talented songwriter and musical arranger, and his most pressing dream was to be the primary writer and arranger for the next big folk group. Over the first several years of that turbulent decade, John arranged and recorded several singles and three albums with his three-piece group, but fame and fortune wasn’t exactly coming his way. By 1965, he had formed another singing group with his wife and two friends. In late 65, this group had managed to land a record contract with a top L.A. producer. One afternoon, the foursome drove out to the famous Hollywood Bowl, and looked down over the city below them. John said, “By this time next year, we’ll have played a concert here, and we’ll have won a Grammy.”

John had a lot of wonderful qualities going for him… talent, ambition, determination, and a strategic plan for reaching his lofty goals. He was more than willing to work hard, painstakingly write and arrange hundreds of songs, tour relentlessly, and do whatever it took to make his dreams come true. John understood that, with enough passion, determination and a solid plan, he was sure to achieve measurable success.

Admittedly, I’m a creative type who sometimes has trouble appreciating the power of planning ahead. But as a businesswoman who creates products, provides services and needs to market myself in order for folks to know what I have to offer them, planning is both a powerful and completely essential component to my success. Planning can be effective to anyone, in any given area of life. Whether you’re planning your next vacation itinerary, drawing up plans for a new home, or even writing today’s grocery list, planning is a great incentive to help you in your forward momentum. In the long run, it also helps to simplify life considerably.

Here are three keys to help you to get your next important plan off the ground, and to assist you in following through with that plan to reach your goals with greater ease.

  • Step one, take the time to formulate your plan with care. Sure, even the best laid plans can change sometimes, but nevertheless, it’s better to take the time to complete a thorough plan instead of just slapping something together in five minutes. I know that each time I throw together my grocery list in haste, I will undoubtedly forget to write down something important. We can save ourselves a lot of inconvenience and worry long term by planning carefully and studiously for our projects. When we do this, we’re almost guaranteed more fruitful results from the start.
  • Step two, take consistent action using your plan. Now that you’ve carefully constructed your plan of action, take some action each and every day to help in getting the results you desire. This will be a little easier if you’re planning your grocery list than if you’re planning your European vacation, but in either case, taking action daily will be constantly bringing you closer and closer to achieving your goal, and it will also make you feel great and skyrocket your confidence level. Baby steps are just fine… as long as you’re doing something each day to further the completion of your plan, you’ll be on your way to achieving it! (For more tips on consistent action, please see the Lighthouse article in the July 1 Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong issue).
  • Step three, enjoy the journey. Often times our journeys in life can be just as sweet or sweeter than the results we wish to achieve at their completion. Have fun going through your plan. Celebrate your steps, both the big ones and the tiny ones, and revel in all the little successes along the way. In this way, you’ll grow to appreciate and respect yourself more, your confidence will increase, and your success will mean even more to you. So celebrate each accomplishment on your journey, and have fun along the way.

So you’re probably wondering if our friend John reached his goals by following this formula and planning for his success. Well, by the end of 1966, John’s group had celebrated a number one hit with John’s song, “Monday Monday”, had won a Grammy for the song, and had played a sold out show at the Hollywood Bowl. That group, The Mamas and The Papas, became one of the most celebrated groups of the decade, and the members, including that ambitious young song-writer named John Phillips, had a lasting impact on pop music and pop culture.

Creating and following through with a good plan can tremendously increase your potential to achieve your dreams. Planning will also simplify your life considerably, and help you to have a step-by-step approach to reaching your goals. Plan carefully, take action daily, and most importantly, enjoy the journey and have fun with it all! Happy planning!

KIM RECOMMENDS

Although I usually recommend a book or CD in this section, today I’d like to recommend a really wonderful website that I’ve only begun enjoying over the last few days. It’s called Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, and is a free stream of beautiful, serene and contemplative solo piano compositions by dozens of fantastic independent artists. I’m actually writing this newsletter while listening to the broadcast. If you want to relieve stress, fuel your creative juices or bring some gentle peace to your day, this will do the trick! There’s a free stream you can listen to, and also a paid version for only $5 a month, with higher sound quality, a greater song selection, and you’ll be supporting this wonderful internet radio station, too! I highly recommend this site for all lovers of beautiful piano music, and anyone who wants a little more tranquility in their lives! Please check it out here

Note: if you have dial-up, I’m not sure whether the stream will work, but try it out and see! Good luck, and enjoy!

HOPE AND HEALING

All of us need to take the time to be gentle with ourselves. Therefore, in the first issue of each month, Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong will include tips with which you can nurture, pamper and transform all aspects of your life. Enjoy!

“Creative Outlets”

We all need fun and creative ways to vent our frustrations and release our inner muses and inner children to play and explore. Some people do this through journaling or poetry writing. Others cook or bake magnificent dishes. Still others craft, sew or fix up old cars into glorious new ones. I have a friend who refers to this as “finding your creative outlet.”

What do you enjoy doing which fuels your creativity and makes your heart sing? What brings you serenity and helps you to forget your worries for a while? Whatever that is, find ways to bring more of that particular activity into your life. Set aside time for it, and you’ll be amazed how much better you’ll feel, and by how many wonderful new ideas you’ll discover to further enhance your creativity.

Not sure where to begin? I’d love to help you in finding a wonderful creative outlet that brings you joy and inspires your greatness. Please contact me for a free thirty-minute Extraordinary Life Taster coaching session, and we can explore how we may partner together to help you in bringing your creativity into greater focus. For more information about this, please see:

http://www.KimLoftis.com

I’d love to become your coach!

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.

“In the house made of dawn.
In the story made of dawn.
On the trail of dawn.
O, Talking God.
His feet, my feet, restore.
His limbs, my limbs, restore.
His body, my body, restore.
His voice, my voice, restore.
His plumes, my plumes, restore.
With beauty before him, with beauty before me.
With beauty behind him, with beauty behind me.
With beauty above him, with beauty above me.
With beauty below him, with beauty below me.
With beauty around him, with beauty around me.
With pollen beautiful in his voice,
with pollen beautiful in my voice.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
In the house of evening light.
From the story made of evening light.
On the trail of evening light.”
American Indian – Navajo

HEARTSONG REFLECTION

Until our next issue, begin the creation and implementation of your plan for successfully achieving a goal or dream that you hold dear. Also, think about your creative outlets… what are they? How can you bring greater focus to these creative pursuits in your daily life?

Love, Light and Blessings,
Kim

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Until the next issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong, let your heart sing, and I send you all my love!

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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