Daily Aligning with Love, Abundance, and Peace #256

I’m grateful for the gift of presence. In this moment I’m at one with my fingers, my thoughts, my energy, and my Divine connection. I feel at one with all that is. I feel complete. I have everything I need in this moment, from the air I breathe to the dog sleeping next to me. I can feel the energy of love, abundance, and peace, working through every fiber of my being. I’m not separate from you and you are not separate from me in this moment. We are connected beyond time and space. You are reading these words and I’m writing these words in the moment we are meant to be which is now. How beautiful is that? What an amazing gift.

Over the next several days, I’m going to focus on connecting to being in the state of AWE by focusing on the many gifts that come from aligning my energy with love, abundance, and peace. I encourage anyone reading to embrace your AWE and live fully in the the gratitude of the gifts you are presented with daily.

Today, I commit to honoring the gift of presence. When I sit back and think about this AWE-inspiring gift I feel nothing but overwhelming amounts of gratitude. How else would I catch the image of the firefly in the sunset if it weren’t for presence? How else would I be able to laugh and enjoy my children if it weren’t for presence? How else would I have engaged in loving moments with my partner if it weren’t for presence? Each moment appreciated happened in the present moment. I can’t live abundantly without being present, because when I’m not present, I’m living in lack of what hasn’t happened or already has, I’m not right here in this moment knowing that I have absolutely everything I need to live from a loving place.

Tears are welling up in my eyes with the love flowing out of my fingers. I love the sensations of the keyboard as my fingers play them like a piano. This is my music. As I look around my room, I notice how I’ve surrounded myself with beautiful messages of inspiration at every turn of my head. I’m reminded once again that I’ve created this safe space protected by love, light, hope, beauty, peace, wisdom, and abundance. On each wall there is a pathway back to the energy of love, abundance, and peace. I didn’t even notice that until this very moment—SEE the gift of presence! As I raise my eyes from my page I see the words, “The meaning of life is to live it.” Living happens in the present moment. The gifts just keep coming and the love within me keeps expanding. Now in the state of complete AWE. Through my thoughts and prayers, I spread this energy out to the people in the world who need it . I sit in my breath and use it as an offering. This is the energy I want to see more of in the world, which is why I choose RIGHT now to give it wholeheartedly. This is me honoring the many gifts that come from living in the present moment. This is me living my happily ever now.

With Love, Abundance, and Peace,

©Rachael Wolff 2021

Author of Letters from a Better Me: How Becoming an Empowered Woman Transforms the World —Click the book cover to start reading or listening today. If you want to see where your blocks are to living in your happily ever now, you will get the tools you need within these pages. Do you have to identify as a woman to read this? No! The letters are aimed at women, but you can write your own letters and the book will have the same effect. This book is about opening ourselves up to representing what we stand for from a loving place. Just like daily aligning, it takes daily work. We have to be willing to see ourselves clearly if we want to operate as our best selves out in the world.

Today is My Focus for 2018

On the first day of 2018, I decided I wasn’t going to focus on resolutions. Instead, I tore off the back of last year’s desk calendar. I pulled out my old Oprah Magazines, Louise Hay calendars, and Maya Angelou quotes and got to work making myself an inspirational collage. I figured by looking for positive and inspiring words, sayings, and quotes I would get my head where I wanted it to be.

Thinking of life in terms of a year was too overwhelming to me. I’m focused on taking life one day at a time and using my inspiration board as the daily inspiration to keep me moving in the direction of becoming the best version of myself. I have no idea where my road is taking me. I used to be so focused on planning it all out, but nothing I spent so much time planning has come to be. My life looks much different than I could have ever imagined, and I have so much to be grateful for on a daily basis. Yet, if I chose to look at my life through different goggles, I could easily focus on what I don’t have. Seeing my life through those dark glasses doesn’t help me. I have days, I choose to wallow, but I’ve learned that is my choice and I can change my mind at any second of the day. I don’t have to be stuck in any one way of thinking.

After reading dozens of books on staying present, I realized that it is a really good idea. I can’t change the past, but I can find the lessons in everything I’ve experienced. I can forgive myself and others for the hard stuff. I can find the blessings in all the perceived good and bad I’ve experienced. Doing this helps me not be a prisoner of my past and a victim of my present and future.

As for the future, I’m going to face whatever hardships come my way head-on and count my many blessings. The Divine Source of love will take care of the rest. I know I’m here to serve humanity through eyes of love. I know opportunities and challenges will be brought to my life to help me grow and serve. That’s all I need to know. The rest will unfold however it needs to, why waste my time worrying about how that looks? Today, I choose to look at life with an open heart and mind. I’m just going to enjoy the journey and live life to the best of my ability.

Thanks for reading.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff ©2018

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24 Hours

“Uproot self—the channel-blocker. Do not plan ahead, the way will unfold step by step. Leave to-morrow’s burden. Christ is the Great Burden-bearer. You cannot bear His load and He only expects you to carry a little day-share.”

-Two Listeners, Ed. A.J. Russell God Calling

After a whole lot of praying and confusion, I keep getting messages to stay within the 24-hours I’m in. I’m so caught between the memories of the past and the fears of the future that I keep getting lost about where I am RIGHT NOW! I’m so worried about how my life will turn out that I’m missing the steps I need to take right now in order to get the best results.

I’ve read enough material to know that worrying about the future is absolutely useless. What I’m doing right now is dictating what my future will look like.

Am I sitting around waiting for life to happen to me or taking action to follow my passions today?

Am I following my heart or holding onto fear of being hurt today?

Am I focused on solutions or problems today?

Am I complaining or doing something to change my circumstances today?

Am I being productive or lazy today?

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Every choice matters for my tomorrow, but my constant worry about what tomorrow holds is only attaching to an energy that I don’t want in my life. So, why do it? Today, I’m going to pay attention to the signs and just focus on the 24-hours in front of me. I will put my energy into today and deal with tomorrow when it comes. I kept wondering why I was so exhausted all the time, when I made the choice to just focus on my 24-hours I had enough energy to get through my day.

“I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of which never happened.”

-Mark Twain

I’ve spent time staying present before, but then things happened and it slipped away. I got lost for a while. If that had happened a decade ago, I would have used it as a reason to beat myself down. How could you let that happen again? How can you be so stupid? That is some of my nicer self-talk I used to use. Today, I know it is all just a part of the process, and I trust that this lesson will take me deeper than the last time I was here. If I wound up here again, I need to learn something new to help lead the life I’ve prayed for a million times. A step closer to freedom lies within the way I evolve and grow. So, for these 24-hours I will keep moving and connecting to what I want my life to look like today. I will do my best and know that is enough.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff

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Oh Grief!

I haven’t written for a while, because quite honestly, I’ve been lost in grief. In October my “Gifted mother” (GM) went home to my dad in heaven. So, not only am I going through the grief of losing her, but also because we need to sell their family home, I’ve been feeling like I’m losing him all over again. I have to say goodbye to a home that offered so many loving memories, when truly I so desperately want to hold onto it. I’m financially not in the position to do it. My dad, GM and I talked about me having the house many times because it was my dream home for the kids and I to live. I have pictured them growing up there a million times. So, not only have I lost them, I lost a dream of a life. I know in my heart if I was meant to have the house, a way would have presented itself, but it hasn’t. I have to believe its because that is not the direction I’m supposed to be going, but right now that reality is very hard to swallow.

Every day since I found out my GM was dying has been a struggle. So many thoughts and feelings have been eating at me. I’ve been endlessly spinning. My life has paid the price for being out of balance as I’ve watched my children suffering in their own ways and I’ve watched my joy be tainted with so much questioning. I’ve been watching myself, thank GOD with awareness; I haven’t been able to stop the thoughts from coming, but at least knowing that my natural childlike defenses are on heightened alert.

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I’ve been keeping myself endlessly busy, which is very easy to do as a single mom during the holidays. My goal was to get through the holidays and get a fresh new start in 2017. On December 28th, my 98-year-old grandmother died. She is the last of my grandparents and her and my grandfather have lived in their house since before my dad was born. So, another door closes and once again the house needs to be sold. All the memories of the house will be left to my head and heart. My kids and I visited her on our road trip this summer. Her humor was still fully intact and her love for us was abundant. She was an amazing example of a life well lived. I feel her loss to the core of my being.

In my Intro to Human Development course in college, the book Life-Span Development by John W. Santrock said, “Grief is the emotional numbness, disbelief, separation anxiety, despair, sadness, and loneliness that accompany the loss of someone we love.” Grief doesn’t just surface when people, pets, and living things die. It surfaces anytime someone or thing we have feelings for leaves our lives. When we leave any part of an old life behind, such as: loss of work, divorce, addictions, changes in location and/or lifestyle; we grieve.

Kübler -Ross developed the idea of the 5 stages of gief that came from what was considered originally as the 5 stages of dying. They are the same:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

I’ve seen this process again and again, but somehow I think I can escape these losses without going through the each stage. When I read through it in class, I could relate, but only as a past tense experience. I keep trying to believe there is some magic way to not experience the feelings of every stage. Now at least, I’m able to slow down and look at the list and go OK, I have to just let it pass through me with awareness. Most days I have to remind myself daily or I forget and spin it into a drama that I don’t want added to my life. I can spend time questioning every detail and letting all of the progress of these past years whirl around me as I’m swept up in this tornado.

Sometimes we forget that grieving isn’t exclusive to adults either. Some cultures have rituals they follow, which I believe helps them stay present to the grieving process. But in other cultures, living in a fast-paced society; the busy doing world of single mothers; teachers stretched so thin they can’t see the whole student; and mental health systems that are too interested in labeling kids quickly; we can miss what grief is doing to the children. I just recently got a taste of how some educators have become numb to a child’s emotional pain. This is not entirely their fault, teachers are stretched so thin that sometimes all they can see is behavior and they don’t find the time to see that a child may be grieving.

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My son has been struggling for a long time, but more than ever this year. Our last six years have been full of losses, but even I missed that some of his acting up may have been because he was grieving all these tremendous losses in his life. We tried therapy but they couldn’t label what they saw in the short time he had covered, so it was missed on all kinds of levels. I didn’t see it until it got so bad that it was impossible to avoid. I started researching how grief comes out in students. The results came out like a checklist of all the behaviors he has been exhibiting in school. This experience has reminded me of how easy it is to expect children to do what we can’t do ourselves. Who acts normal when they are grieving? As an adult with lots of experience with grief, I’m watching myself be totally chaotic and lost at times. How is it an 11 year old, who hasn’t studied it and is only at the beginning of understanding meaning of life supposed to process all these losses like death, divorce, addiction, moving, etc.?

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Grief is something that has been studied and documented for years. There is a formula but it is complicated and not linear. There is no escape from the process. We must face it in order to move through it. If we try to avoid any of the stages we stay stuck. Sometimes we will try to fill the void and we will endlessly fail. Other times we try to cover the void with alcohol, drugs (illegal or prescribed), food, sex, and/or some other form of addictive behavior. Once again staying stuck and digging ourselves into a deeper pit of endless sorrow. I’m deep in the grief process right now and I’m not running, but I feel far from normal. I’m just trying to stay aware of where my head and heart are and doing the next right thing. Today that meant spending 30 minutes reading with my kids before school; taking a long walk while listening to an inspiring audiobook; meditating; having lunch with a friend; and reading and writing about grief. In my research, I found one of my favorite authors, Louise Hay wrote a book with David Kessler about grieving called, You Can Heal Your Heart. I love how when we ask for help and mean it, we find exactly what we need.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff

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Let Today be the Day You Start a New Journey of Discovery

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As the new moon approaches, now is time for us to look at where we are and focus on who we see ourselves uncovering. Are you ready to manifest the life you have dreamt of? How are you feeling about yourself? Do you think you deserve the life you are requesting? Are you willing to put in the effort to get it? Why does it matter how you feel about yourself?

In order to get rid of old patterns that keep us where we are, we have to embrace new thoughts and feelings about ourselves. Negative patterns all stem from the way we are treating ourselves. Some of these patterns have passed through generations and are so embedded that we don’t even know that they are there. In order to move past our roadblocks we have to look for new ways that will get us to where we want to go. We can’t just sit and wait. We have to take charge and do something different.

When we are setting intentions we have to know from the deepest core of our being that we are worthy of these changes we are seeking in our lives. If we don’t, we won’t recognize the signs that are leading us there, and we will continue to get lessons to help us to open our eyes. We will get hit with emotional 2x4s if we don’t start paying attention to what is keeping us from getting the life we envision for ourselves. Here are a few questions to help you dig down and see what might be holding you back:

  • Do you have belief and behavior patterns that go against what we are asking for?
  • Do you have negative feelings about success and/or money?
  • How do you view people who have a lot of success or money? Do you criticize them or feel happy for them? Do you hate the rich?
  • Do you put up invisible forcefields around your heart because you feel unworthy of love?
  • Do you let your physical restrictions take charge of your inner worth?
  • Do you keep the word “can’t” as your safety mechanism as an excuse not to try?
  • Do you fill yourself with messages such as, “life is hard”, “I’m going crazy”, “This is too hard”, “life is a struggle”, “I must suffer”, “money is evil”, “I hate money”?

Pay close attention to the messages that are going through your head and feeding the energy that you are putting out into the world. If these are the messages that are going through your head a better life will continue to be out of reach. If you are looking to change set intentions for the process.

  • Today, I will be more aware of the obstacles I am creating in my own mind.
  • Today, I will show myself kindness, respect and love.
  • Today, I will see my value and appreciate the gifts I give to the world.

If you can spot the negative messages you are carrying, write them down. Then for each one write three different ways you can choose to view the situation. These lists are not about being right or wrong, they are about seeing that there are other ways to look at something, and that it is our choice and our own personal power to choose how we see it. Here are a few examples:

Money is evil:

  1. Money is just paper, it only has the energy that I put into it.
  2. Money can help accomplish wonderful things.
  3. Money is wonderful.

I am never going to find love:

  1. Love is everywhere.
  2. Love is within me.
  3. I am complete in loving myself.

Life is hard

  1. Life flows and will give me what I need to be the best version of me.
  2. Life is a classroom and the lessons are as easy or hard as I make them.
  3. Life is what I make of it.

How we choose to live our lives is OUR choice.

How are YOU going to CHOOSE to live it?

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With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff