SHINE: Appreciate By The Spirit — Give Thanks in ALL (yes, all) Circumstances for Your Miraculous Body

SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Give Thanks in ALL (yes, all) Circumstances For Your Miraculous Body

© 2013 Tonya M. Evans

November 7, 2013

1 Corinthians 6: 19-20. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

yogapose_001It’s official. At the ripe YOUNG age of 44 (read the spiritual significance of “44”), I’m an adult now. I realize that real life is … well … really, really real. Having enough living under my proverbial belt, it seems I now have a little wisdom to go with my knowledge. Translation? I now know enough to know I barely know anything! I guess that is when true learning begins and wisdom manifests.

For example, it may not be wise to count your chickens before they hatch (whatever that means). But counting your blessings? That’s something altogether different, especially when you are giving thanks for the divine temple in which your soul dwells (aka your body!). Giving thanks early, often and in all (yes all) circumstances is a fundamental and essential spiritual principle. Especially when it comes to giving thanks for your breath, heart, brain, and your very existence on this planet at this moment in time. It’s nothing short of a miracle.

So one thing to be grateful for EVERY morning is the life force that propels you to wake, regardless of your body’s physical condition and especially if it’s functioning properly and optimally … trust me, you’re blessed!

Regardless of how you feel about your body (too fat, to skinny, too achy or too [fill in your favorite criticism], it is TRULY an amazing and miraculous work of art. Seriously. The heart that beats with no effort on your part, the blood that courses through your veins without conscious instruction, the in and out breaths that happen whether you’re consciously aware of them or not, the skin that heals and protects, and the brain that orchestrates all of your essential functions of existence? Divine.

Every day that we wake up in our right minds “with a reasonable portion of health” as my Nana would say, it is TRULY a miraculous moment worth celebrating. There are SO many distractions in life – big and small – that divert our attention away from the miraculous nature of our very existence. So take a moment to stop … breathe … reflect … and give thanks. My walk of loving support with my childhood and college friend and sorority sister Barbra Watson-Riley, now in hospice, through her battle with metastatic triple negative breast cancer reminds me EVERY day that life at its longest … is short. Continue reading

GIVE: Radiate by the Spirit — Give Your Power Center (aka your Gut Instinct) a Chance!

GIVE … By The Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Give Your Power Center (a/k/a your Gut Instinct) a Chance!

Young Woman with Heated Stones Lined Along SpineOur gut resides in the neighborhood of our solar plexus and the third chakra just above your belly button. When it is functioning well, we can trust its guidance and adjust our actions accordingly. Many of us have a tendency to hold in this area of our bodies. We may take shallow breaths that never reach this vital nexus that is the source of our empowerment. It is in this place that we find the courage to act, to reach out into the world and create change. When our power center is out of balance, we are timid and out of sync, wishing we had said something we were only able to phrase later when we were alone; wishing we had acted on an opportunity we didn’t see until it was past. ~ Madisyn Taylor, Cleansing Your Power Center

Read the full article Cleansing Your Power Center to return to balance and to sync with the divine flow of wisdom in your life.

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SHINE: Radiate by the Spirit — Let Your Wellness Light Shine!

SHINE … By The Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Let Your Wellness Light Shine!

© 2013 Tonya M. Evans

July 7, 2013

Our bodies are amazing. They respond to everything little thing going on in our lives. To heal and stay in balance, we must remember that it is our job to nurture and support our bodies the best that we possibly can in any given moment. We must remember to be patient, forgiving and kind to ourselves. We must stop pretending that we know what is best for us and ask our bodies to guide and help us. Our bodies are incredibly happy to communicate with us, we just need to remember to slow down and make it a priority to listen.

healingcrystalsOur bodies are living, breathing and dynamic. They are connected to mind and spirit. So it makes sense that our physical health is often a physical manifestation of our inner mental and spiritual health.

For example, have you ever seen someone who has a smile on their face and says all the right “happy things” but has sadness in their eyes?

Or have you ever experienced someone who seems to wear their emotions (anger, rage, depression) like an over-sized, heavy coat? They can seem weighed down, burdened, broken even when they say everything is “A okay”.

India Arie recently talked with Oprah Winfrey about her experience of singing positive, affirming songs but feeling lost, insecure and drained on the inside and how her challenge with acne mirrored her inner turmoil and “eruptions”.

We’ve all seen it and, probably, lived it. And there are certainly times when life and all of its challenges, disappointments, heart aches and breaks manifest in the way we feel. But acute (READ: temporary or situational) challenges can become chronic physical ailments when we stuff, deny or disconnect our physical from our mental and spiritual selves. All of that dynamic energy that could radiate outward can also get trapped within.

I carry my pain and stress in my stomach. Over the years it’s manifested in a number of ways. From the onset of an ulcer in my early 20s, to reflux throughout my life and all manner of digestive issues. I’ve treated the symptoms with traditional medicines but the real progress has come from changing my thoughts, my energy and my attitude and RADIATING connection and wellness.

And I’ve learned that Prevacid may have its temporal place, but real and lasting wellness and stasis come more from a daily dose of gratitude, forgiveness and compassion. Sometimes I need less antacid and more acceptance of the lessons in the challenges. I also need sufficient periods of rest and reflection to help me attune myself to what my body is saying about my mind, spirit and my overall wellness.

Through this process I re-align my SHINE, re-connect mind, body and spirit so I can RADIATE a new reality.

Our bodies are constantly communicating to us. Everything from when it desires quiet or company, physical touch or physical exertion, a good cry or a good laugh, water or wine (well, maybe just MY body :-))… and the list goes on. The challenge is sometimes slowing down long enough to hear it and finding the courage to listen and lovingly surrender to what my body really needs in any given moment … especially when my mind screams GO but my body whispers no.

Let’s take some time today and every day to listen and learn from our bodies and RADIATE the divine wellness that already exists within. Because even in the midst of poor physical health there is a divine spark of wellness that burns within and wants only to RADIATE outward.


I invite the bright, warm, healing divine light within to RADIATE wellness in all ways!

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LIVE: Transform By The Spirit — In Season

LIVE!…By the Spirit™ with Dr. Kathleen E. Walls

In Season!

© 2013 Kathleen E. Walls, Psy.D.

June 6, 2013

ImageWe are encouraged to have our daily intake of fruit throughout the year.  But we all know that there is something about fruit that is “in season.”  When fruit is “in season,” it is the juiciest and the sweetest…it is ripe to perfection.

During the Spring and Summer, many of us look forward to fruit being “in season.”  At this time, we happily partake in fruit salads, smoothies, and our favorite desserts topped with strawberries, blueberries, and other delicious treats provided by Mother Earth.

Have you ever had a piece of fruit that was sooo good that you just wanted to share it with someone because you couldn’t believe how good it tasted or because you wanted someone else to experience how Great that piece of fruit could taste?  Continue reading

GIVE: Awaken By the Spirit — Awaken the Creativity Restlessly Sleeping Inside You!

GIVE … By The Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Awaken the Creativity Restlessly Sleeping Inside You!

April 28, 2013

© 2013 Tonya M. Evans

From: HelloCherie etsy shop

If deep down in your heart, you love to sing and you never use your voice, it will speak louder in your subconscious, questioning your sense of self. If you love to write stories or poetry and you never put ink on the page, you’re going to feel that unused talent scratching away at you within.

Thoughts, emotions, and creativity are all forms of energy. Energy is meant to keep moving and when we stop its flow and keep it stuck, it intensifies. If we keep this up and keep it in for too long, that stale energy can wreak havoc spiritually, mentally and emotionally. And this stress definitely takes its toll on our bodies.” Chris Assaad, from Share Your Truth and Set Yourself Free!

I recently heard Dr. Brené Brown say that creativity unexpressed doesn’t remain dormant in our bodies but that it becomes toxic as unreleased energy. She also believes there aren’t “creative and uncreative” people in the world but rather those with the courage to be vulnerable and share and those who succumb to fear. I believe we all vacillate between the two extremes based on the choices we make from day-to-day and moment to moment.

When we choose not to develop and share our creativity in any given moment we license over to fear the highest part of our connection with SPIRIT (i.e., our ability to CREATE in the image and likeness of the ultimate CREATOR). And when we chronically hand our divinity over to fear in this way, day after day, our lives reflect and manifest our creative stagnation.

The good news (Lord knows we need some!)? Continue reading

SHINE: Awaken By the Spirit — Accept Your Shadows, Awaken to Your Light!

SHINE … By The Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Accept Your Shadows, Awaken to Your Light!

© 2013 Tonya M. Evans

April 28, 2013

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brené Brown

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability is one of the most watched talks on, with over 8.5 million views. I blogged about her conversation with Oprah Winfrey on OWN TV a few posts ago.

Recently, I’ve poured over the pages of her book The Gifts of Imperfection, which I believe is an essential text for anyone — like me — recovering from the crippling dis-ease of perfectionism. Dr. Brown describes perfectionism as another very toxic form of fear and as a major obstacle to our ability to live with the type of authenticity only possible when we are vulnerable to the very things that perfectionists spend all of their time and attention avoiding … like the plague.

But what I’ve learned from my own spiritual journey, and what Dr. Brown explores and explains in her work, is that embracing the parts of our “life stories” we’re afraid and shamed of is the only way to experience love and belonging and joy in all of their spiritual glory. Continue reading

SHARE: Awaken By the Spirit — Awaken to the Path that Leads to a New You!

SHARE … By The Spirit™

April 26, 2013

pathway“Every positive change–every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness–involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.”

~ Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior ~

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