Love is warm, soft and sweetly divine.
Love is vast, blissful and overwhelming at times.
Love is comforting, powerful and without condition.
It is something we search for as part of life’s mission.
Love is supposed to be thoughtful, Love is supposed to be kind, but how can it be those things when sometimes it’s blind?
Is Love our own? Or is it only shared?
How can we have it without another who cares?
Is self Love the same as what we desire from others?
Or do we require the heart of another?
How can Love be free from pain?
Without judgement or sadness, can it be without bane?
Love is vulnerable, it’s soft to the core, how can we enjoy it when it’s attached to much more?
Does Love mean sacrifice? Must we be vulnerable to obtain? These things are not easy and can cause some to abstain.
Is it the human condition that holds us back? From the feeling of Pure Love, our senses may lack.
Freedom in Love is such a beautiful thing, the thought alone makes my little heart sing.
Maybe that’s part of our work in this form,
To unify our souls and let Cosmic Love be reborn.
By: Lisa Michelle ♥️
It seems that this year, I am so much more aware of the happenings over the last year than in those past. I started this blog this year and in preparing my writings for it, I suppose it has helped me to really put conscious memory into action as I ponder my thoughts and feelings. I have observed a great deal about my little life and noticed some wonderful things and also some places that could use some really overdue attention. I really love writing this blog, by the way;) There is far too much truth in the fact that we mostly, blindly, fail to acknowledge places in our lives that make us uncomfortable. For me, in the past it was a fear of failing to be my best all the time. I have managed to work quite a bit there and feel much better about this work in progress. This year I experienced some dark times in the beginning of it. Out of my control, but they quelled my growing ability to shine forth more confidently. Many steps back, I notice that I must draw attention once again to confidence in the radiance of my being.
In 2018, I will take charge of old patterns rather than let them play out. I will speak from within and hold no expectation of how it will be interpreted by those around me. If I am true, I can’t be mistaken for anything other than the true intention that I really am. If negativity happens, it is not me but a reflection of others. I will be TRUE. I also noticed that I live in a very regimented pattern in my life. Im an ashtangi and it is not difficult to see why I love the practice of Ashtanga yoga so much. It is also very disciplined. However, it impedes my social interactions with people. If time spent doesn’t fit into my comfortable schedule, I can get, well, agitated. I have been aware of this for some time, and have made some progress but it needs more.
I also can’t cook. I don’t like holding meals because food doesn’t inspire me. I am also vegetarian, which doesn’t harmonize with people around me. Food is more of a subsistence of life for me. It seems to create issues for social gatherings because I don’t relate well to others in this way. I am good at doing activities with people or having a coffee and a chat. Evening visits with a glass of wine aren’t too shabby either, lol, right?? But in all seriousness, I want to connect again without fear of judgement. If I don’t fear it, it can’t burden me. I will practice my meditations, affirmations and general thoughts to help create new mental patterns. If you think it enough, it will become real. I know my intentions are to relate to others, to feel them.
The new year isn’t necessarily about changing things or becoming a new person. It is about reflecting on what works and what doesn’t. Realizing what could do with some improvement and what is working better than ever. I like the reset feeling. It reminds me of morning time. I love the feeling of waking up and being out before others. Everything is fresh, untouched by the essence of daytime and I get to see it. That is what the new year is akin to. A time to refresh, reflect and be a better version of me.
I hope you enjoy this time of year and start off in 2018 with your best foot forward. Be fierce, be powerful, be You.
Happy New Year my loves!! Best for the coming year to you!!
Lisa Michelle xo
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve!!! We are away holidaying at a ski resort for Christmas this year. Usually we go down south but we wanted to try a winter holiday this year. Though I am with the people I consider to be the essence of my existence, I do miss our family that we will not see over the next few days. I feel love, hope and enthusiasm for the coming new year and felt some inspiration for a poem. Hope you are having a wonderful time, celebrating life, love and all the important things at this special time of year!!
That Christmas Feeling
The snow begins to fall,
Gracefully feathering down to the ground,
The night is lit up with coloured lights,
Eyes are wide for every child in town.
The carols play over the radio,
Bringing back memories of this time,
A sweet nostalgic feeling to embrace,
The scent of evergreen is in its prime.
School is out for the holidays,
Children play and eat the snow,
No care in the world is what they have,
Carefree and happy feelings is what they know.
A time for friends and family,
Smiles and hugs will fill your days,
Chocolates and sweet cookies,
Love is shown in so many beautiful ways.
Thinking about what’s important,
Squeezing close with those held dear,
Don’t forget to look into their eyes,
And let them know that you are near.
Love is the reason for all this fuss,
Don’t let the purpose become skewed,
Let your loved ones know how you feel,
And your feelings show their magnitude.
I love you now, today and tomorrow,
I will love you forever more.
My heart is full when we’re together,
You make me feel like I could soar.
Merry Christmas to you my friend,
May your holiday be sweet,
Enjoy making new memories,
That forever you may keep.
By: Lisa Michelle
Keep smiling my gorgeous friends, Love to you all. We are all human beings, craving understanding, connection and above all Love. I feel it and it is so beautiful. Kiss and hug your loved ones!!!
Lisa Michelle xoxoxoxo
Sometimes I think about what emotions are. Why do we experience feelings like anxiousness or fear? When things seem to be opposing me, I can get down. That’s when I start to think of ways to turn my current state into something more positive. Life is short, be happy as much as possible and so today around the time of year when we wish to experience joy, there are often stressful shopping trips, cramped parking lots and many social engagements to attend. So much love and fun is meant to be had, but at the same time, it can get a bit overwhelming too. I have some thoughts on joy and how to bring it forth when life can throw you a curve ball;)
What is pure joy?
Is it the feeling of accomplishing a goal?
Is it watching your child grow?
Is it overcoming an obstacle?
Is it learning something new or making connections?
Joy is the outcome of giving.
Joy is the release of positive emotion.
Joy is the recognition of watching your child make good choices.
Joy is finding that deep connection with another free of judgment.
How can I find joy everyday?
Be true to your feelings, be genuine.
See each moment for the worth it gives to you.
Look for it in places where it seems vacant.
Bring it with you to others always, it will bring you more joy to give it.
Look into the eyes of each person you talk to, really look.
Smile at people you don’t know.
Look in the mirror and smile when you feel down, really smile.
Find light on days when the sun doesn’t shine.
Use your happiness to extend to others.
Spare some money for someone in need.
Stare into the eyes of your lover each day, give a hug too.
Find common ground in a distanced relationship.
Excuse an outburst that was not thought through.
Most of all- find a strength you have and let it lead you.
Put blinders on and follow the path that feels right.
Your heart doesn’t lie to you, it loves you unconditionally.
Never question your worth, it will forever be priceless.
Best wishes as you prepare this last week before the holidays and always.
Lisa Michelle xo
I feel like this topic is rather fitting for me this week. Firstly, I am lucky to have been able to compose a post for my blog at all as I have been quite ill. I don’t really get sick often, but when I do, it’s biblical, it’s apocalyptic. Isn’t that how the Most Interesting Man would describe it?
Earlier this week, I was taking my Young Living Thieves blend essential oil, 1 drop under my tongue, 2x day to fight off a cold my kids had, that I felt coming on. Then suddenly on Thursday evening I started getting the chills so terribly that I just couldn’t get warm enough to stop shaking. Just before this happened, I tried to do my yoga practice because I had taught 4 hours of yoga that day and hadn’t fit my own in yet. That ended quickly as my tummy started getting queazy. An hour later, my son woke up screaming…he had it too. We both caught a nasty flu bug!! The weakness and body aches I experienced with this flu were debilitating. I could barely sleep. I lay on the couch moving in and out of sleep as my husband tended to our daughter, the next day, and I began to realize how fortunate I am. Doesn’t that sound weird? As my son lay, cuddled next to me, we watched movie after movie and made it through the day foggily. I lay there thinking about how much different this experience is that my usual daily routine.
I am not one to lay on the couch, I’m more energetic and like to get things done. My body allows me to do my yoga practice, to teach yoga and to run around and do activities and play with my children at will. It is when I am stuck, like a weak little twig, about to break on the couch that I remember what a gift it is to have these physical abilities available to me. Part of getting sick is simply reminding us to be grateful for what we have. The smaller things that I count on a daily basis are really a blessing. It’s so easy to forget how fortunate I am to be able to move, feel strong, have energy and enjoy life. I thought what it was to be an older person, who lacks energy and ability just merely because of age. I know that one day, I will be there. So for now, I am so grateful that, if I take care of my body, its strength will return to me.
I am grateful that my husband has a flexible job so that he could take care of us while I could not. He washed all the laundry, kept us hydrated and made us food when we were able to eat some. I am grateful that my daughter was able to keep herself busy and understand why mommy and her brother could not play with her.
My son was up and running around long before I could muster enough strength to get off the couch later today. I mean, it was just before dinner that I was able to finally take a shower and brush my teeth!! So you see friends, I am also grateful to have you as my readers, and I don’t want to let a week go by without sharing something with you about how yoga has influenced my life and how I think about it. Being sick isn’t fun, but remembering to be grateful for what I have is such a positively beautiful experience. I wish you all a healthy and happy week ahead and promise that next week, I will have more to share with you.
Lisa Michelle xo
When I think about how we interact with others and navigate this realm of existence, the most important way to do this with others is to communicate. This means through body language, art, dance, music, actions and the most common of all- words. When you listen to someone speak to you, if you know them- you can feel them, empathize with them because you have an emotional connection to them. Your bond is much more elaborate and interwoven in complexity than the words alone. What about when you hear a beautiful piece of music? I have been brought to tears by music alone. What about when emotional words are sung with beautiful music? The message and its impact are compounded. What about a movie? You become attached to more than just words spoken by each actor. You learn about them, become fond of them or despise them. You form an emotional discrimination which leads your interpretation of their words. Dancers feel into their bodies and express themselves to music. When I watch people dance, I can be moved deeply. Poetry also has a way of conveying messages in a rhythmic way which can evoke emotions in the reader. For me, when I write poetry, I am able to express in words meanings that are more than just the words on the paper.
Why am I talking about this?
When I think about people I love and care deeply for, it is awful when arguments come about which are often filled with feelings that are never fully discussed or misunderstandings which were never unraveled. This happens because of a lack of one simple thing ~ communication. I think about our sort of sloppy and two dimensional way of conveying messages with the words we can make with our mouths.
What if we could touch one another by the hand and have them feel our thoughts and feelings in the way that we experience them?
How connected and understanding do you think every being on this planet would become? Emotions and feelings are powerful. They drive us to do many beautiful and terrible things. In the case of miscommunications- relationships can end. People drift away from one another and judgements are made. If we could feel the complexities of what is happening for another, my goodness, life would be such a gorgeous melody of love. Because underneath all of the layers we have protecting our true being is Love. Right? I dream of that powerful and enveloping love that is our essence, our true form unveiling from that soft beautiful place within. Is it just a dream? In contemplating how difficult it can be to really communicate with those around us, I wrote a poem to express some of the thoughts and feelings I have been having.
Undeciphered Messages and The Eternal Burning Flame
My heart is true and open,
My words are in synchronicity with my soul,
My wishes are only positive,
To be genuine is always my goal.
Doubt and fear is all around me,
It tries to worm its way into my mind,
If only words could hold the intensity,
Of the feelings that dwell inside.
Navigation is a virtue,
Tact must be a well honed skill,
But I wish it was so much easier,
That there was no expectation to fulfill.
What is true connection?
It’s hard to know for sure,
Because if words could be felt by the heart,
What we speak would be much more pure.
Words can cut like a thunderbolt,
If their meaning is interpreted the wrong way,
So much of what we say is left unclear,
Is it love’s faith that saves the day?
The heart is a fragile gift of beauty,
Which is kept protected from any harm,
When it’s let out in the open,
Damage can leave the mind unarmed.
Look into the mirror and what do you see?
The truth of you is in your eyes,
Your beauty, strength and virtue,
Is so gorgeous and vast to your surprise.
Trust that your light is true,
Because your words you can’t undo,
If you gaze right into the light,
You will be free with no obstacle sight.
Love, Love, Love,
Oh this word is not enough!
For the body, mind and spirit,
The meaning is far more exquisite.
Have the strength to be you,
You must honour what is true,
Show others it’s okay to do the same,
It will keep lit our universal burning flame.
By- Lisa Michelle K
I would really like to know your thoughts about communication! Please do leave a comment on this post, let’s communicate😉
Much Love to You,
I write poetry when I feel inspired by an internal emotional experience which needs to be expressed in some way. The feelings we have as human beings can be so overwelming and powerful, both the joyful and the sorrowful. Writing is meant to be interpreted by our own experiences and life. I would love to know how this poem speaks to you💖
Our Guiding Light
Sometimes I feel lost,
And a little bit scared,
Like I am invisible,
And no one could care.
I’m closed and down,
With a lump in my throat,
I see no escape,
Like this path is my fate.
Suddenly I look up,
The sky is so magnificent and blue,
Something inside me unfolds,
It has a radiant golden hue.
My breath begins to settle,
The fear quickly subsides,
Like I’ve been touched,
by an angel inside.
I feel it around me,
It has such strength and grace,
It helps me to realize,
I am worth more than I could embrace.
When sadness feels raw,
There is a place within me,
That lets the emotions run clear,
And allows me to be free.
It is soft and yet powerful,
The essence of our soul,
Flowing around all of us,
Gently guiding us to become whole.
By: Lisa Michelle K
I want to share a poem with you this week. I have written this poem while reflecting on the seventeen years that I have been with my husband. When I fell in love with him, I knew he was the one for me. He is funny, witty and very animated. These are all keys to my heart❤️ As love grows over the years, it takes on different characteristics and the partnership will inevitably experience ecstaticly happy times as well as despairingly difficult times. It is strikingly different from what the fairytales say or the ideas we may have when we first jump in.
At the end of the day, I realize that~ This IS Life. This IS Love.
We have ups and downs. When the times get tough, that’s when both people need to try their best to keep growing together. One MUST be willing to support the other. We take turns being the rock and the one in peril. With each joyful event, Love grows. With each trial, Love grows all the stronger. Two souls on One path in life.
What is Love?
Racing faster with each breath,
I can feel my heart beating in my chest,
Nervous, bright, focused and open,
My body feels weak, But far from broken.
At first so fleeting, quick and fast,
My mind is reeling at this firework blast,
I can’t tell if it’s real, it feels so huge,
Like I’ve been spun up in a centrifuge.
The roots of my tree begin to grow down,
They lengthen and widen with each day,
I care for and support it well,
It becomes a place where hope will dwell.
With the first big storm the winds gust,
Deep thunder crashes and fear takes hold,
The tree branches thrash as it is struck,
Can it make it through, Oh please it must!
I listen intently to what it needs,
I give so much, my heart it bleeds.
Please don’t give up, you know I’ve tried,
I’m breaking, I’m shattered, I can’t be denied.
The sun breaks through and shines on down,
I sign with relief as my tree rebounds.
The warmth and light penetrate my fear,
I see now why I must persevere.
Lasting as a river eroding through rock,
As it moves tirelessly through its path.
It is warm and soft yet solid and tough,
An equation that can’t be solved by math.
Love is exquisite, alarming and firm,
Enduring yet fragile it’s hard to discern,
It brings us together into one beautiful place,
A treasure so valued, yet takes up no space.
Nothing can parallel the emotions it brings,
It makes me feel so whole, I can do anything.
Steady and soothing, it’s why we are here,
Love is the true gift from the Ultimate Seer.
By: Lisa K