When was the last time……finding your inner joy!

Written by Amie on October 19, 2011 – 8:47 pm -

Feeling pure joy-watch!

When was the last time you felt pure, authentic, unhindered joy? The kind that feels like butterflies in your stomach fluttering around? The kind of joy these little girls are expressing in this video? Ellen found their video on Youtube and had them come in to sing. Keep watching to make sure you see them dancing and singing. Oh my goodness, I can feel their authenticity and joy. Just so *pure*. Absolute love. Brings tears of joy to my eyes. Scroll down to see them dancing in joy on the second video! Beautiful!

Let go of the voices in your head

When was the last time you allowed yourself to completely let go of the voices in your head that tell you not to do something because you should be too scared about what people might think, or that you might look stupid, or that you are too old, or…..the list goes on. Watch this video of the girls dancing and not having a clue that they are *supposed to be worried* that someone might make fun of them, or that they shouldn’t feel so joyful. I hope they never get the conditioned message telling them they do not deserve to feel so joyful. I hope they are able to stay authentic, stay true to who they really are.  This is why there are so many depressed people right now! Kids are being conditioned to believe life is hard. They are being conditioned to believe they are supposed to follow the pack, follow what everyone else is doing! The rate of depression is going to continue climbing until adults wake up, start healing their own issues from *their* conditioned childhoods, and learn how to nurture children in a healthy way! The priority in this world should be how to raise healthy children. The “curriculum” should be how to follow your heart, stay true to your inner voice, be present in your life, and follow your passions!!!! We would all be free to express our truth in a world with healthy people. Imagine.

Watch the other video of them dancing in joy….

How do you get back to feeling inner joy?

Start by nurturing yourself. Remember the activities you loved to do as a child. Then go DO them! Dance! Sing! Nurture your soul even if others may think the things you love are weird! Drown out others’ opinions. Their opinions do not matter! Follow your heart. Do the things that bring you joy, even if it feels scary. Learn to sit and just be with yourself in silence. Feel the uncomfortable stuff. It will all pass if you allow it to just be. No need to figure anything out. Just be. Practice staying in the moment. Talk to yourself-A lot!!!! Keep coming back to your breath, it will keep you in the moment. Tell the nasty voice in your head to shut the hell up! Seriously! It is *not* you! That voice is the thief of your joy! Become aware of your thoughts and beliefs, and then *question* them. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. !!!

One of my favorite poems:

By Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.


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Claiming my power; a huge step toward healing depression

Written by Amie on June 24, 2010 – 4:37 pm -

The gift of learning to question everything

I have always had a rebellious streak (which I was led to believe was negative, but now I see what a gift it is to be able to question everything!!!) inside me, but there were more times than not that I shoved it down just to go along with other people. I used to be a peace keeper. Of course, I am still for peace, but I am not THE peace keeper. I learned to not “make waves” so to speak. It felt easier at times to just go along with others so that I didn’t risk being vulnerable by stating the way I really felt. I have written so many times on here about how I believe depression comes from repressing your truth, or ignoring who you are. Lately, I have come to see it as giving away my power. Whenever I don’t speak up on behalf of my truth, I am giving away a part of myself; I am giving away my power. When I give away my power, it seems natural to feel depressed.  I have been  doing this for most of my life, which makes sense that I would suffer from depression for a very long time. The more we teach ourselves to repress our truth, the more power we loose. Bit by bit, the power gets buried. Each time you give some away, your true power gets pushed down further inside you. After giving away most of ourselves, depression feels permanent. It feels like we may as well just give up on thinking we can feel better. I want you to know that it is not permanent, you can heal and go on to feel strong and powerful. Your power is just buried, but you can dig it out again.

You are not responsible for what happened to you as a child

When children are forced to give up their power because the adults in their lives do not have the skills/energy/knowledge to nurture and protect them, children learn that there is something wrong within them. They learn to hide their deepest emotions and feelings so that the adults in their lives will love and accept them. This is when children begin the process of losing their true self and their true power. When you are a child, you rely on adults to help you navigate the world. Children need adults to nurture them for exactly who they are. I am saying this because  I want people to realize that they had no control over this when they were children. When you don’t get your needs met as a child, it is not your fault. There was never anything wrong with you, and there isn’t anything wrong with you now.  Being a mother myself, I also want to say that I am not writing this so that parents beat themselves up for not meeting their child’s needs. We all do the best we can, and if we didn’t get what we needed as a child, it takes a lot of effort to change the path with our own children. But it is very possible to change paths, AND it is never too late. We are all here to heal and grow, and I do believe we are always exactly where we need to be on our path. This is where I am supposed to be; how do I know this? Because this is where I am. I think this quote by Maya Angelou applies here, “when you know better, you do better.”

I AM responsible for myself as an adult

So, back to claiming my power. I suppose it can be viewed as “re-claiming” my power. We all have this power within. It has taken me a very long time to see that I did not have power over my truth when I was a child. I hid the real me so that I could attempt to get my needs met. Of course, I did not realize what I was doing when I did this, I was just a child trying to cope with the circumstances around me. Children want to be loved, and they will do almost anything to feel loved, including hiding their truth. This is the most important point I am trying to make (finally, right?!) I realized for myself, finally (I say this without judgment because, if I was supposed to realize it sooner, I would have realized it sooner), that I am responsible for me NOW. I am an adult now, and even though I didn’t get my needs met as a child, I am old enough to take responsibility for my truth and power NOW. No matter what happened to me or to anyone in the past, we do not have to let that define us NOW. We can choose to do something different, we can choose a different path, we can choose to give ourselves the gift or nurturing ourselves or finding others in our lives who nurture us. On some level I have known this all along, but not to the extent that I get it now. I *feel* my power being restored each time I speak up and say my truth, each time I make a decision that is right for *me* even though someone else may not like it. Even though I have been doing things that feel nurturing to myself for quite awhile now, I was still practicing the coping skills from my childhood in some situations. I wasn’t always speaking up when I didn’t agree, I would still go along with some things even though that voice inside was screaming, “NO, you don’t really want to do that!”

The power of  your inner guidance

Listen to that voice inside, it always guides you to your truth. I can’t explain the power I feel right now. When I say power, I mean my inner guidance, my inner knowing that *all is well with me*. I have a beautiful friend that has helped me see that I have a right to claim my place here, and so do you!!! We all do, we were put here deliberately. There is a reason that I am here, you are here, each one of us. We  are all here to heal and grow and to help each other. We are all ONE.  As each of us heals and grows, we are helping each other, which helps the collective energy of the world. You are here for a reason, you deserve to be here, you deserve JOY, and it is OK to claim your place in this Universe.

Enjoy this video by Abraham-Hicks called Before you Became Physical

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