Posted on June 30, 2012 by TME
SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans
Remove The Mask, Find Your SHINE!
© 2012 Tonya M. Evans [adapted from 6/29 post at wisdominthewhisper.com]
June 30, 2012
“[T]he cost of being who you are is that you can’t possibly meet everyone’s expectations, and so, there will, inevitably, be external conflict to deal with — the friction of being visible. Still, the cost of not being who you are is that while you are busy pleasing everyone around you, a precious part of you is dying inside; in this case, there will be internal conflict to deal with — the friction of being invisible.” ~ Mark Nepo
Mark Nepo’s reflection found in The Book of Awakening (1/17 entry) speaks of the internal angst and friction of being invisible; that is, of not allowing yourself to be the full and divine expression of all you were created to be.
His words struck me as so very poignant and true. All too often we lose sight of who we really are (our likes, dislikes, longings and dreams) because we work so hard to bury, hide, alter or otherwise compromise who we are and the things, people and outcomes we truly desire.
The point is well made. The price we pay for being ourselves … or, more importantly, the price we pay when we don’t live authentically, is significant (and this, my friends, is an understatement). And with each year, day and moment that passes in my own life I realize the cost isn’t worth the loss. Removing the mask is simple, but it isn’t easy. Still, it begins with a desire to CREATE space for the real you to emerge. (more…)
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Posted on June 16, 2012 by TME
SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans
© 2012 Tonya M. Evans
June 16, 2012
“Today start asking. You see a woman with a great haircut? Ask where she got it. Ask for the name of a great paint color in a home accessory shop, a fabulous recipe from a hostess …. Ask for a deadline extension. Ask for the day off. Ask for a raise. Ask when the next sale will be. Ask Spirit for a daily portion of grace. Ask Divine Wisdom for operating instructions. Ask your guardian angel to manifest holy assistance. While you’re at it, ask for a miracle.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance [June 3 passage titled “Ask, Ask, Ask”]
Recently Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the nineties phenomenon known as Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort & Joy, returned to a seat she’d occupied and indeed owned at that time; a seat across from Oprah Winfrey to discuss spirituality and finding the miracles in the mundane.
Decades having passed since the last time, now in 2012 both women are in a different place and space. Sarah is a proverbial Phoenix rising out of a series of devastating personal and professional losses and Oprah is in the midst of her own challenging life transition from a daily talk show to 24/7 programming as a network owner with The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). This time Sarah’s purpose and intention in her face-to-face with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday (covered in a recent post) was to share the wisdom of all that had transpired in the years since her initial rise to fame and fortune and the “fall” from its purported grace.
Her story of extreme loss (of all her wealth and, for a time, herself) was both heart-breaking and life-affirming for me for so many reasons. Her reflections on her journey were both encouraging and cautionary. (more…)
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Posted on June 10, 2012 by TME
[Source: Oprah.com via Super Soul Sunday 6/10/2012]
“Do you ever feel like something is missing from your life and your relationship with yourself? Sarah Ban Breathnach
(best-selling author of Simple Abundance
, Something More
and The Peace and Plenty Journal of Well-Spent Moments
once felt that way too, but she discovered a way to find her authentic self through quiet joys, simple pleasures and everyday epiphanies. (more…)
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