Post MKMMA – Week 10

racestart “I will act now.” (Mandino, Scroll IX)

The only way to “win”, or to accomplish your goals, is to “act now”.  On your mark, get set, GO!

It is easy to sit in the comfort of your home or your current job and dream of your ideal life. But, what about actually putting your dream into action?

When I started the MKMMA journey in September 2016 I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into. Over those six months, I wrote about the trepidation and uncertainty, however, my life situation at the time was up for change so why not give all the exercises that Mark J and his team put out to us an honest try?

The consistent message throughout the program was action. Action in reading, moving, reflecting, writing, reaching out to the MKMMA community, learning how to use the social media tools, etc. It was learning, trying and doing new things. Things that were uncomfortable; stretching the gray matter. At the end of it all for me, I realized that I had the tools all along to make my ideal life. It was (and still is) just a matter of putting them into ACTION.

“Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” (P. McGraw)

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I am still putting one foot in front of the other in this marathon of life. Some days the pace quickens. Other days the pace slows down a bit to take stock of where I was and if I am still on the right path.

I hope your marathon to your true potential is still on course and you are finding your inner peace along the way.

Namaste.

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Post MKMMA – Week 8+

It’s a dreary morning. The rain is falling straight down and it’s steady. I welcome the rain. A chance to dampen down the pollen and other of nature’s stuff floating around in the air making my little guy sniffle, cough and scratch like crazy. I know his school is probably dreading today. A rainy day means kids stuck in doors. There will be lots of antsy school kids by the early afternoon.

Rainy days for me are a day where reflection comes more easily. Not sure where that programming came from. But, I take the day slower. I hang out in silence a lot more. It is like what is written in Mandino’s Scroll VIII “Now, like the wheat grain which will sprout and blossom only if it is nurtured with rain and sun and warm winds, I too must nurture my body and mind to fulfill my dreams.” (p. 90)

Today is that day for me. A chance to re-calibrate. Sit down in silence and go within and listen. It is really easy to jump back on that train that everyone else around you seems to be riding on. The train that takes you from one thing to another with no thought. No presence. No connection. And then you wonder why on your day off or the weekend you feel so depleted? Disconnected. Missing something.

There are others like me who do not want to be on that bullet fast train that speeds through life not making meaningful connections and missing out on living from their authentic self. I see them. I meet with them. And we hope to bring others off that speedy train to join us.

“I am not a worm. I am not an onion plant. I am not a sheep…Let others build a cave with their clay. I will build a castle with mine.”

castle

I am going to take today to build my “castle”. I hope you have a chance to slow down, reflect and listen to your inner wisdom because your castle is waiting for you. Namaste. Peace be the journey.

Post MKMMA – Week 7

suninsky

I have spent a lot of time indoors lately. Today, I decided it was time to step out and get some much needed vitamin D, au naturel.

I sat on the deck. I faced the sun directly. The sky was blue, beautiful sky blue. There were streaks of jet streams and light fluffy clouds.

I closed my eyes. I could feel the sun rays warming up my bare arms and face. A gentle breeze swept across me. Goose bumps appeared on my arms, then they quickly disappeared as the sun rays penetrated my skin.

I could hear the start of a lawn mower, and then the constant hum of it in the distance. Birds were tweeting and chirping in the background. I lull off. There were no erratic thoughts or constant chatter taking over my peaceful state. I could see round shapes dancing, floating and bouncing off each other with my eyes closed. My breathing was steady, quiet and non-intrusive. I was at peace. Complete peace.

I slowly came to. I looked at the time and thought, well let’s get back to reality. Dinner needs to be prepared and my little guy needs picking up from the after-school program.

I felt amazing to have taken that moment to completely detach from it all. There was a freeing from the constant thought process of “What is next?…Now, what is next?”

Dr. Seuss summed it up best when he said:

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment

until it becomes a memory.”

I hope you get your moment to unplug in the sun and see what wonderment it bestows upon you. Namaste. Peace be the journey.

Post MKMMA – Week 5-6

I cannot believe it’s been 12 days since I have done a post. Where is the time going?

There was one night a few weekends ago and I was in a hotel with my husband, 4 yr old son and 16 yr old stepson. We had taken a journey two hours north of our hometown to see my husband’s Mom. She had come down on a seniors’ bus tour to a casino. She is 81 years young and has the playful nature of a teenager. There were 76 who came down on the bus. All women, including the driver. My mother-in-law’s friend, partner in crime for the tour, is 87 years young. We were stunned. If I was asked to guess her age I would’ve said 75 years old.

That night after our first social gathering with them, I was laying in bed trying to sleep, but my 4 yr old is a wiggly guy. So, I stared into the dark and practically wrote a blog in my head. I laid there thinking I have to remember this one and get it down on paper as soon as I get up in the morning. Well, that never happened. And all I remember from that blog was the first word….clues. What was I trying to write about? Why was clues significant?

clues

I have figured out that clues are all around us. Clues to what we are searching for. Clues to understand our circumstances, the people in our lives and the life we are striving for. It is a matter of taking the time to pay attention. Not rushing from one thing to the next.

My university course finished up at the end of April, and I was going to jump right into the next one. You know. Just get it done. But, I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach as I read the course description and started going through the enrollment process. Then, I said to myself “Stop. Listen.” I needed to take the time to understand that “feeling”. It was a feeling of “take a break.” However, I had in my head that I had to charge on and just get another one done so I could graduate with my certificate at the end of this year. But, does it really matter whether I graduate December 2017 or Spring 2018? In the grand scheme of things, “No.”

I look back at my mother-in-law and her friend. The smiles. The giggles. The twinkle in their eyes seeing grand kids and family. These are things that really matter. So, I am going to pay closer attention to the “clues” that are guiding me to what really matters in life like family and connection. I need to stop the “charge ahead” where I put my head down and just plow through whatever it is I need to do in that moment of time. It is a way of being left over from my corporate working days. But, I know different now thanks to the six months of MKE. And I can be and do different. Thank you clues, in whatever form you show up in. You are a source of wisdom. I promise to take the time to heed your message. Happy clue searching everyone.

Post MKMMA – Week 3-4

“The only thing that is constant is change…” (Heraclitus)

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The rain is a steady stream from the heavens outside today. I can hear the pitter-patter of it against the window. The days are rolling into each other and before I know it another week has gone by.

I am in the final week of a course. I have a final exam on Saturday. This will mark the completion of course #4 of 6 for my certification in Gerontology. I have been eyeball deep in policy papers and research articles. I have answered numerous questions on the discussion board posted by the instructor. I have written papers and completed a few knowledge tests. The start of the semester was filled with excitement and overwhelm, but now it’s all about to end.

How true that change is the only constant.

I have been seeing it in nature too. These past few weeks with the warmer temperatures and rains, the grass is greener, buds have popped on the trees and little flowers have pushed their way out of the soil. There is a new energy flourishing all around me.

Am I in sync with this change? Or am I resisting  it? Am I taking responsibility for the changes? Or am I deflecting and trying to find excuses? I know Mark J would be encouraging me to sit and reflect. And…the answer that would come to me…I am where I am today because of choices I made last week, last month and last year. I am now more self-aware when I am pushing against a situation, when all I need to do is let go. Let be.

So, as I partially resist the ending of my course this week through many activities of procrastination. I recall what I learned and practiced in MKMMA – “Good habits are the key to all success.”…”I persist. I win.”…”I greet this day with love in my heart.”

I hope you are all continuing to find your true path and being kind to yourself in the process. As Mark J likes to say “Peace be the journey.”

Post MKMMA – Week 2

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn

It doesn’t seem to matter what material you read regarding success, everyone has the same message…establish a routine of key activities to create success in your life; whatever that success looks like for you.

Hal Elrod – “The Miracle Morning.”

S – Silence

A – Affirmations

V – Visualization

E – Exercise

R – Reading

S – Scribing

Mel Robbins – “Million Dollar Morning.”

Get up as soon as alarm goes off

Write down the top 3 things to move your goals forward

Write down the WHY for those 3 things

Take 30 minutes before 7:30 am to work on the top 3

Robin Sharma – “The 5 a.m Club.”

20 minutes exercising

20 minutes reading

20 minutes working on your plan of action

Mark J, the guides and the behind the scene’s team were instrumental in helping us develop the crucial habits for success. I crave those habits, and I also crave a good talking from Mark J. So, here I found a short video where Mark J talks about one of those habits. I hope it reminds, inspires and keeps you on track to practicing the MKE habits as we continue to navigate our path to success.

 

Post MKMMA – Week 1 Review

I was thinking about how week 2 is already upon me without a webcast or following up on homework assignments. I feel like I am in a strange land. Where did the past 6 months go? How did it go so fast? Yet, while in it there were weeks where I felt like it was never going to end. I would struggle through some of the readings. Or have to push hard to complete some of the exercises. I would question myself week over week whether I was actually getting anything out of the work I was doing.

So, what have I been doing since our commencement? I have continued with the Mandino reading and moved onto Scroll VII, “I will laugh at the world.” It is fitting since laughter is said “to be the best medicine.”

I read my cards. I have added to my service card. I look at my vision board. I continue to write gratitudes and repeat my one sentence DMP when I feel myself slipping down the slope of negativity. These activities of redirection have now become second nature.

Change is a fascinating process. Sometimes it is very evident that there is a difference and then other times it is more subtle. MKMMA has definitely been subtle for me. And I think that subtle change has a greater long lasting effect and is more profound.

I stumbled upon this quote by C.S. Lewis and I thought how fitting for how I am feeling post MKMMA. I hope all my fellow graduates are doing well and are still discovering the wonders of themselves.

change

Week 24 – Preparation for Commencement

This has been a pivotal week. Reflecting back over the past number of months. Where was I when I started this MKMMA journey? How far have I come? Where am I going from here? What have been the biggest “ah-ha” moments? What is left to learn? i.e. What am I pretending (still) not to know?

In my very first blog I had written that I was not new to self-development. Over the past 20 plus years, I have read a variety of books, blogs, and watched countless hours of videos. I have been searching for THE ANSWER, and always searching outside of myself. Yet, all along the answer has been within.

Haanel 24-16: “We can get no understanding of the truth from the world without; the world without is relative only; Truth is absolute. We must therefore find it in the “world
within.”

My entire life experience, including where I am in my life today, is all due to what I have been manifesting from the world within.

Haanel 24-21: “…our future being determined from our present, and if there should be apparent injustice in any feature or phase of our personal life, we must look within for the cause, try to discover the mental fact which is responsible for the outward manifestation.”

It’s the law of least effort – Acceptance, Responsibility, and Defenselessness.

This has truly been an amazing six months of reading, learning, reflecting, writing, creating, connecting and sharing with phenomenal and heart-centred people from around the globe.

It is time to take these amazing tools and our new subby, and experience the world without on a new energetic level. And, most importantly, build upon what has been learned in order to continue reaching higher levels of our authentic self.

I would like to say congratulations to everyone who has come this far in the journey and on our upcoming commencement!

In Mark J’s words “Peace be the journey.”

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Week 23 – Ready to Fly.

Eagle

Timing is truly everything. This course came to me at a time I needed it most and the course is ending at the time that is right for me.

As I have been thinking of what to write for my blog the song “Fly Like An Eagle” (The Steve Miller Band) rushed into my head. I haven’t played or heard this song for a very long time. It was a favourite of my housemates back in my university days. Now, that’s going back a few decades! (Insert smile) But, the lyrics truly do reflect where I am now.

I am ready to soar. I am ready to take all the marvelous MKMMA learning and move out on my own.

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I’m free
Oh, Lord, through the revolution…

Haanel writes in lesson 23 “Thought is the creative activity behind every constructive enterprise.” This has been paramount for me. Recognizing that my thoughts pre-MKMMA were detrimental and non-constructive. Thoughts are all we have. They are what we build our relationships and professional success on.

“The forces of life are volatile; they are composed of your thoughts and ideals and these in turn are molded into forms. Your problem is to keep an open mind, to constantly reach out for the new, to recognize opportunity…” (Hannel, 23-4)

I think from the beginning Mark J  has been trying so fervently to instill in us to watch the quality of our thoughts. If our thoughts are not quality; if they are not congruent with our true values, then there is going to be conflict. And the conflict will manifest itself in many different forms. I now understand that I am the orchestrator of my thoughts and I can let my mind soar like an eagle in order to achieve my highest self for the greater good. Thank you Mark J. I believe.

Week 22A – Self-direction

Here we got to experience a more intense week of self-direction, along with incorporating Mandino’s Scroll VI:

“Today I will be master of my emotions.”

It really is all about choice. How am I going to greet the day when I first wake?

“I greet this day with love in my heart.” (Mandino, Scroll II)

Do I listen to the news first thing and read social media posts? Or do I continue with readings, reflection and silence?

Good habits are the key to all success.” (MandinoScroll I)

I concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily upon the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.” (Blueprint Builder)

There has been an unfolding of liberty week after week of MKMMA, realizing that I really do get to choose how to respond to the world around me. Even during challenging moments.

“I engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people.” (Blueprint Builder)

I don’t have to default to what I was conditioned to, i.e. taking on a victim role. I choose to be the observer. Observer of myself. Observer of my environment.

I think the exercise of silence is going to take self-awareness to a whole new level. I can see that from reading many wonderful posts this week about how people have a new sense of self after their practice of silence. I am really looking forward to my journey into silence and what new observations it will bring and how much more of the cement will come away and getting closer to my authentic self.

Keep believing!

courage