Posted on April 22, 2012 by TME
SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans
The Joy of One Simple Breath
© 2012 Tonya M. Evans
April 22, 2012
As I searched for some inspiration and material for a completely unrelated topic I intended to cover today, I was listening to an Oprah Life Class® replay on OWN that featured Iyanla Vanzant. Iyanla was shepherding a young man named Joseph through a forgiveness exercise to help him (and the audience by way of example) release anger, blame and resentment against his father. [Watch this powerful "Forgiveness Life Class" episode here]
Admittedly, I was “tuned out” and therefore not catching every word. My primary focus was on reviewing my notes from the past week for sources of inspiration. I was, as they say in New Age parlance, “in my head” and somewhere other than the present moment. I guess you could call it a trip to “multi-tasking land”, doing everything at once but nothing with my full attention.
But a phrase kept breaking through and whispering to my spirit:
“take a breath”.
Each time Iyanla encouraged Joseph to “take a breath” I found myself inhaling deeply and exhaling fully. Every time she said “take a breath” I became aware that I was either holding my breath at that very moment or only taking very shallow breaths. I stopped “typing and researching” and realized that Spirit had again used my own acts of teaching to teach me. (more…)
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Posted on December 6, 2011 by graceste
GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix
Forgive Before The New Year
© 2011 Grace Ste. Croix
December 6, 2011
There are only a few things in life that feel greater than personal empowerment. It is a personal achievement when one can look at themselves in the mirror and fully trust their decisions. Empowerment comes from trusting yourself. How do we get on this enlightened path? Forgiving other people allows us to let go of the excess baggage of resentment and pain. Let’s face the truth: resentment and pain are two heavy carry-on bags that must be checked in order to get on that flight to a more powerful you.
“Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18: 21-22
People may have done great harm to you. Forgiveness does not necessarily mean allowing that person the same level of intimacy they once had with you. Forgiveness is letting go of the situation. Allow yourself to move forward without grudges. Do not allow the person who harmed you to constantly run through your mind and fill your body with stress. Analyze the situation; put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Whether you can see their point or not, let it go and move forward. You are on your own path to personal greatness and you do not need resentment, anger and pain to hold you down.
Jesus encourages us to forgive. There are mistakes that are minor and there are mistakes that are of major proportions. Have a forgiving heart and you will see the world in a much brighter sense. By forgiving before the New Year, you have given yourself a clear path to attain your New Year’s Resolutions and move forward to bigger and better things.
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