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Magnify goodness in every moment.

Magnify goodness in every moment

It is a beautiful day.  Happy Sunday and may you find a few minutes today to give thanks to God, Master of our universe, our beautiful Mother Earth and the souls, past and present, who walk our journey with us. This morning I am pondering on the question: “Have we consciously allowed the dark energies of fear, hatred, jealousy, doubt.. to control our lives and the universe at large?”
There are more good people in this world than bad people but yet it seems that the energy of darkness has more power.  Are good people not magnifying their presence enough?  Can we be bold and do more things which send our strong and positive messages to our leaders, community, families, friends?  Are we so good that it is easier to sit back and watch the darkness take over?  Every single act of kindness, love, trust, hope, forgiveness is important to preserving our countries, communities and families.  Let us magnify the good so that it can overpower the dark energies which are destroying us.

– Pray with intensity

– Love deeply

– Laugh from deep within your core

– Find small and big things to celebrate

– Have deep conversations and speak truthfully about what you feel

– Reach out to someone new, someone different from you, someone in need, someone to share something with

– Live today as though it was your last day

– Feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, give clothing to those in need

– Mentor a child, a teenager, an adult

– Contribute  your talent towards something meaningful

– Speak words which are encouraging, inspiring, loving, forgiving

– Respect all forms of life

– Be bold with kind actions

Live your future NOW and magnify the goodness….

Love,

Magdalene

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Why do I care less at 46?

 

 

Happy Birthday!

Why do I care less at 46?

Today, I celebrate my 46th birthday and I have concluded that I don’t need to be “a strong woman” or an “independent woman” or a “professional woman” or a “homemaker” or “anything” kind of woman.

I simply want to be a happy person who want to live more happy moments.

Just as God made the birds and the trees; the moon and the stars; the heavens and the earth… I too was created as part of the great universe. I have the right to be here. Just as in the life cycle of a flower which blooms and dies, my life too will bloom and die. At the end of my life, I simply want to die knowing that I took full responsibility for this one life I have – MINE.

At an earlier part of my life journey, I lived with so much guilt for not fixing all the problems I saw around me and not doing more to show how responsible I was in making the world a better place.

Now, I know for a fact, that all of what we gain or lose in this lifetime, has to do with the seeds which we plant in our souls from our previous lifetimes and within this lifetime. Each seed is sown in the moment and each moment should never be taken for granted. Fear and love are the two spectrums which dominate our lives all the times. If all of our moments can be rooted in love, which also roots trust, then we can all learn to care less and live more. Fear roots us in doubt and robs us of our joyful moments. Even when we feel the grips of fear, we can consciously create a better moment by saying, ” I embrace this fear/anxiety/uncertainty which I am faced with in this moment, but I choose to trust that life/God, will take care of me and all my needs will be met.”  We can choose to live in love or in fear.  We can choose to move from fear and doubt to love and trust.  We can do it moment by moment.

What is a moment anyway?

A breath.
A thought.
A blink of an eye.
A heart beat.
A look.
A touch.
A smile.
A feeling.
A space.
A conviction.
A consciousness.
A decision.

Although I don’t have complete control over each moment (God is always in control), I know that I can decide how I want to shape each moment. A pleasant thought, a pleasant feeling, a pleasant action, a pleasant space… collectively each of those moments create the future.  We don’t need to live the future by projecting our fears.

So I care less about all the things and people and situations that create calamities and destruction  of people and societies and nature.  I no longer feel the need to fix them.

I live for moments that make me feel alive, happy, healthy and joyful. All those moments will vibrate into the same wavelengths of others who choose to live this way and collectively we will create harmony which will result in a better world… but most importantly, my consciousness is fueling my body to LIVE and FEEL happy.

The world needs more people rooted in love and trust.

Love,

Magdalene

 

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Stepping Up!

Welcome to 2014!

I would like to wish you a happy and successful year!  May all your dreams and wishes come true and may you continue to TuneIn to this amazing person you are and StepUp to having the courage to fulfill your own dreams.  It is all within YOU to develop the courage muscles to do the thing which you are called to do in this lifetime.  Life opens forth the doors for you as soon as you DECIDE.

In January 2013, I started this blog as a personal soul journey to get me out of the rut of procrastination and to do something about my passion for writing.  It is quite funny how one of my ambitions in  life is to be a writer but I hardly devoted any time at all to writing! (A good example of the wishy-washy goals we set and don’t follow-up!) It is like saying you want to lose 10 pounds at the beginning of the year but you don’t do anything about it and get  disappointed when you don’t get the result you desire.

My goal in 2013 was simple – to write one blog a week and get into a writing habit. I am the worst editor for my writing but I consciously did not allow that to intimidate me, knowing that I was really working on a way to express myself, first.  For every blog I re-read, I can easily find typos and small grammatical errors.

I really thought the blog was just going to be about me and my silly thoughts about life.  However, as I wrote more purposefully,  I also started to automatically connect  with things, ideas, people, events which were all so much bigger than my little isolated thoughts.  Half-way through the year, I was doing real interviews with people and was actually capturing their stories!  This actually brought me the greatest satisfaction and I sincerely thank all those who gave me the opportunity to showcase their stories.  It fulfilled one of my fantasies to be a journalist! 🙂

By the end of 2013, I was happily exhausted as I looked at the tangible results of what I and you (readers) have achieved together.

  • I published 90 posts (well over my goal of 56).  Thanks for your encouragement that spurred me on!
  • We have a viewership of 10,000 across 82 countries  through Facebook, LinkedIn( and by you sharing on your timelines and within your own circle).  I have now learnt about countries I had never heard about before!
  • I developed my writing style and my thinking process expanded very quickly as I challenged my thoughts and sought ways for my writing to represent the core of who I am.
  • I made peace with myself.  I finally have accepted my intuitive gifts which God has blessed me with and I have stopped questioning whether I am good enough to be blessed with those gifts.  Embracing myself was half of the battle won and the joy I  feel now, cannot be measured.
  • I gained the courage to say what I needed to say without needing approval from others. I owned my voice and trusted what I felt and it is one of the most exhilarating feelings one can have.
  • I “adopted” a restaurant and with the support of 3 other amazing people (Mengis, Rosie and Eden) and my amazing network in Ottawa, we helped the restaurant owners keep their doors open by bringing in a couple of hundred people  to dine at the restaurant within 3 months.
  • Many people wrote  personal letters to talk about their own TuneIn and StepUp journey which they want to embark on and there were many testimonials about how an article or a subject helped in some way or the other.
  • I travelled to New York – not once but TWICE and met with great people who inspired me even further!
  • My professional and personal network expanded hugely – I have met so many AMAZING human beings along this journey that I know there is hope to see more beautiful things in the world even though it looks so dismal sometimes.

What have I learnt through this blogging experience?

  • We hold the power in OUR hands to decide the kind of life we want to live.  We have the power to  MAKE DESICIONS and to SET GOALS and work at them steadily.  If you make the wrong decision, it is fine to change your mind if you have tried everything within your power to make something work. It is better to fail at trying than not trying at all.  It is also fine to change direction.
  • It is fine to take steps even when you don’t have the whole picture and it is perfectly fine to be less than perfect.  As you work through your journey, clarity will come along the way to help you define it even better!
  • Although my story and thoughts are important, I had greater joy connecting with others and helping to get their story out so their work could expand more into the world.
  • We are all capable of stepping up and making a difference in whatever corner of the world we live.  By giving to life, we receive everything a hundred-fold back into our lives.
  • We don’t need to ask permission from others to do the right thing.  If it feels right, most likely, it is right and the universe will provide all that you need to carry the responsibility.
  • Connecting to our authenticity and DOING what it takes to live an authentic life is the key to living with purpose.
  • There will be days when we just can’t get it right.  We feel frustrated and tired.  It is perfectly fine.  Ride with the waves.

Here are some of my leading stories for 2013:

Brooklyn, New York

Meet Dawta Maloe who is a single mom and feeds hundreds of homeless people each month for eight years.

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Read more: https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/meet-dawta-maloe-a-single-mom-who-feeds-200-300-homeless-people-a-month-a-call-to-feed-the-poor-worldwide/

Meet Taj Weeks, an international musician and Wilson Jn. Baptiste who worked together with Jet Blue in giving children in St. Lucia brand new bicycles and toys for Christmas.

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Read more: https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/a-great-partnership-effort-to-bring-smiles-to-the-faces-of-children-in-st-lucia-children-will-be-receiving-bicycles-and-toys/?relatedposts_exclude=1491

Ottawa, Canada

Meet the Kingdom Culture Ministries. They are creating a bridge between the ministry and the community and supporting many people who are in need all through the year!

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Read more: https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/the-holiday-dream-a-great-christmas-initiative-which-will-bless-500-people-with-over-25000-00-of-gift-cards-and-gifts/

Supporting two entrepreneurs to keep their restaurant going!

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Read more: https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/going-back-to-basics-eating-with-your-hands-a-heart-warming-eritrean-dining-experience/

Meet Sigar, the man who rescues parrots!

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Read more: https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/letting-go-of-my-fear-of-feathers-meet-an-incredible-man-with-a-soul-passion-to-rescue-parrots/

Bringing together 10,000 – 15,000 people together from the Caribbean in Ottawa!

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Read more: https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/what-can-bring-10000-15000-caribbean-people-mainly-from-st-vincent-the-grenadines-together-in-canada/

The International Black Summit – the conversation that is so powerful, that your life can be transformed to live your vision!

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Read more: https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/can-a-conversation-be-so-powerful-that-your-life-can-be-transformed-to-live-your-vision/

Meet St. Lucians in the National Capital Region, celebrating a National Festival!

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Read more: https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/st-lucians-celebrating-jounen-kweyol-in-the-national-capital/

Best wishes to you for 2014!  If you are reading this blog for the first time,  you can FOLLOW THE BLOG – see the side bar,  or LIKE the TuneIn and StepUp FB page.

Look out for more information about our TuneIn and StepUp Challenges for 2014.

Love,

Magdalene

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Stop thinking. Do it. Quickest counselling session…

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A colleague shared her first and fastest employment counselling session she had in Canada, which lasted for 15 minutes and moved her from thinking to action.

She told the employment counsellor that she wanted to teach French in the public service and that she had all the qualifications and skills to do it.  The employment counsellor looked at her and said, “Then go and do it.”

At first she was a bit shocked that it was that easy. “Go and do it?”  How easy is that?

She got the job effortlessly.  In that moment of being told to “Go and do it.”  her brain must have connected the dots and made her realize that there was no reason she could not do the job since she had all the requirements. She received an affirmation  that it was possible. Prior to that she had talked herself into this self-defeating syndrome that she was not good enough, she was so new to Canada, why would anyone hire her….the endless reasons we convince ourselves that things will not work out.

Yesterday, a friend called me to  help her decide whether she should move back to her home country.  I listened while she explained all the reasons that she could not go.  She may not get a job if she moved back. She may lose her financial security that she has built here.  She may face sexual harassment.  She may not be able to adjust to her home country after being away for so long…. the list went on and on about things that may never happen.

“Why do you want to go back?” I asked.

“Because when I am there, I feel belonged.  I feel happy. I don’t have to wonder whether I am accepted or not.”

“Then do it.” I said.

I look at my own patterns over the years and realize how often I have sabotaged myself and talked myself out of making soul decisions because of fear or I procrastinate until I drive myself crazy. The fear that I am not good enough, not ready, not qualified enough, not smart enough, not financially able… there can be an bottomless list of reasons why you should not do what your soul truly desire.  The procrastination that I will do it later, it’s not the right time…. always an excuse for not acting.

Very often we discount what we feel because we think too much.  Spend sometime with the feeling and ask yourself:

  •  If I acted on this feeling, how will it change my life in the future?(and/or other lives)
  • How does this feeling align with my soul mission?
  • How will my soul expand if I acted on how I am feeling now, even though I don’t know what the results will be?
  • What is stopping me from doing this now?  Does it involve other people?  Is the risk beyond me?
  • Is this a feeling that will have negative consequences for others?

If the feeling continues to nag at you, then stop thinking and ACT. Through your actions, you will find your way.

TuneIn to what your soul is nudging you to do. Your soul already knows the answer.  StepUp to expand your soul work – feel with your heart and take a step of faith.

Sign up for a TuneIn and StepUp Challenge.  We are looking for participants worldwide!

https://tuneinandstepup2013.wordpress.com/signup-for-a-tunein-and-stepup-challenge-2014/

Love,

Magdalene

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Can you live ‘in the bother’ of it all and ‘be with what is’?

“I can live my life now ‘in the bother of it’… I can live in the uncertainty of things and know that uncertainty is not a place of fear and it is o.k to take time to figure things out in that space of uncertainly” Orin Saunders, business man from New York City at the International Black Summit in Ottawa, August 4th, 2013. Part of his life experience is in my previous blog.

I have thought about this and I realize how often we want to fix things,get things right, look perfect, give more than we have, get upset if it does not work out according to how we planned it… But what if we just accepted to live in the bother of it?

Yesterday, I planned to meet a friend after work. On my way to our planned meeting place, I got a text that said something important came up and she could not make it. The first moment left me completely upset because I had rushed through my workout at the gym just to be able to meet with her. Then I reminded myself to “be in the bother of it.” and that everything would be fine.
What triggered my upset? I was looking forward to seeing her and I had given up something important to be with her.
Did I complete my part to be with her? YES
Was there anything more I could do about the situation? NO
Did it make the relationship any less special? NO because even though I was not a priority for some reason now, does not mean it has been like this. Further more, I don’t have all the facts to make a judgement on why she cancelled.

And so a smile broke on my face after I had cleared my head with my feeling of disappointment. Suddenly I heard a squeal and right in front of me was a friend I had not seen for about 8 years whom I had thought of for the longest while. I had lost her contact information and only knew her by her first name. We were so excited to see each other and kept on hugging each other over and over again. We had a lovely spontaneous dinner together…it was a beautiful evening.

Maybe ‘living in the bother’ does not always manifest itself into something that instantaneous but I know that from my own personal experience, “being with what is” and “accepting what is” no matter what is going on in our lives, creates a deep trust within our hearts and souls to be at peace with ourselves. Life speaks to us through all the ups and downs in our lives. If we can live and be perfectly comfortable with ‘the bother’, we will continue to trust life… all will reveal itself in time.

TuneIn today to our own ‘bothers’. What triggers them? Is there something we need to take to completion? Maybe or maybe not. Can you StepUp and be with what is, without needing to fix or solve it?

Love,
Magdalene