“I Am Lost”

‘I am lost’- Author unknown

A woman is dying of Aids, a priest is summoned. He attempts to comfort her, but to no avail.

“I am lost” she said. “I have ruined my life and every life around me. Now I’m going painfully to hell. There’s no hope for me.”

The priest saw a framed picture of a pretty girl on the dresser. “Who is this” he asked.

I Am Lost

The woman brightened, “She is my daughter. The one beautiful thing in my life.”

“And would you help her if she was in trouble or made a mistake? Would you forgive her? Would you still love her?” asked the priest.

“Of course I Would” said the woman. “I would do anything for her. Why do you asked such a question?”

“Because I want you to know” said the priest, “that God has a picture of you on his dresser”.

Poverty Thinking

This morning I was browsing through some articles on LinkedIn’s Pulse forum. I spotted an interesting article titled ‘The Simple, Life-Changing Question That Hardly Anyone Can Answer’ which was posted by Oprah.

In the article she had interviewed the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner, with the theme of answering the tricky question ‘What do you want’?  I enjoyed the brief article. It reminded me of an old friend and fellow spiritual teacher who would pose the question… “Why is it easier for you to believe that you are cursed then to believe that you are blessed”? Similarly, this questioned seemed to stump many people. Cursed or Blessed

At the end of the article I noticed a comment from a fellow reader that really ignited my thoughts. And I would like to ignite the thoughts of my readers here-I hope you leave your comments.

The comment from E.W. Parris stated: It seems to me that “What do you want?” is a question most shy away from because they know they have a hard enough time just meeting their own needs. Find a solution to income inequality and the question will have more relevance. For workers struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, that’s a question that smells of privilege.

To me, privilege, in this sense is more of a state of poverty thinking than a economic status. I have met many who come from a gifted economic status who still suffer from poverty thinking. Perhaps the bigger challenge is not ‘what do you want’ but more ‘ how do you want to feel’? We could have many debates about what is the root cause of poverty thinking- it was our upbringing, our family economic status, where we were born, etc.  But again, I believe it is all so relative to the individual and what their internal voice of the tyrant repeats.

For me, overcoming my own internal poverty thinking was a process. Not only an unraveling of the ball of old thinking…but also an unfolding of something new. It appeared through challenges that cause me to think and believe differently; to grow and reach way beyond ‘my’ limits; and to see the blessing in everything.  Like the lotus flower blooms by unfolding one petal at a time-out of the muck and mire of the pond where it was birthed…so was my process of shifting away from poverty thinking to one of feeling blessed and supported.

Hope you share your thoughts and feelings! Jennifer

To read the Pulse article, click here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/simple-life-changing-question-hardly-anyone-can-answer-oprah-winfrey

The Journey of A Warrior Woman

As I reflect upon a recent situation that arose in my home/life… I would like to share my personal thoughts. Although the situation was minor, my immediate response had a deep significant meaning.

It is often said that we must live life looking forward but we understand it’s meaning when we look backward. Here is my moment of understanding.

For me, being a warrior woman means that I will defend and uplift the men in my life & the man of my house. It is not merely out of loyalty or respect but from a Divine inner knowing that the fastest way to hurt me, break me down, and cause me life-long damage, would be to kill off the men in my life. 

The death, not only in the literal sense, but perhaps more importantly, the death of his spirit. Those acts that cause his spirit to suffocate, wither away and die. And there is nothing more heartbreaking than to see an empty-shell of a man.

Therefore, part of my life journey has been to be weary of those who wish to entrap me with drama, self-doubt, and distraction…for I must have a clear eye and heart to watch the horizon for what could really crush me. We must support and defend our sons, our fathers, our brothers, our husbands…for without them our hearts are defenseless. So be on the lookout if your intention is to break or kill the men in my life…for you will be met with the wrath of this warrior woman.

Clear eyesight and Open heart.
Clear eyesight and Open heart.

What it means to be a provider

Being a Provider has a much deeper meaning that our society and past generations has past down. 

A Provider makes the opportunities possible. He is present and available. He takes time to prepare the road for his future generations through wisdom, caring, strength, protection, nourishment, and boundaries. He forges the path for those he loves. 

“To all the providers…don’t minimize your value and worth to amount in your wallet.” ~ Jennifer Taylor

A Broken Heart

There are times in our life when we feel as though our heart is breaking.  Regardless of the circumstance…the feeling is very painful and often times gut wrenching.

In that moment, it is difficult to see the blessing and miracle that is taking place. For when our heart has been broken…it is broken open. 

“The blessing is in the breaking; that, which refuses to be broken refuses to be blessed; It is the breaking of life that produces the blessing of life.” ~ Bishop TD Jakes 

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When the heart breaks open it reveals the only place we haven’t looked for all that we have been yearning and searching for. That is where you will find the acceptance, the joy, the security, and the understanding.  That is where you find the love and peace. 

Once the warrior begins to walk the path of the spirit in search of peace, he sees that all the battles that we fight are on the inside. The battle for peace is actually an internal battle for peace. The battle for happiness comes when we overcome our internal dogma, judgement, criticism, and old perceptions. The real battle is closing the gap between who appear to be vs who we really are. 

“God Grant Me The Serenity To Accept The Things I Can Not Change”  We often look into the past and wish things were different. We begin to feel all the guilt and shame from those experiences. But no matter how much you mentally replay the mental and emotional movie; there is nothing you can do to change what has already happened. It is completely out of your control to change what has already occurred. Your past story doesn’t define you; but it does reveal how you got here.

“Courage To Change The Things I Can”  Throw out the past…the same with the future. If you find all of your concentration on the future, which can sometimes cause fear and anxiety…throw that out too. If thoughts of the past and thoughts of the future are keeping you from this moment; get rid of it.  This moment is the only moment that really matters. This moment is where all of your power resides, all the opportunities to capture, and all the miracles to be unveiled. 

“And The Wisdom To Know The Difference.”  Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time provides us that pathway to a clear mind and a clear heart. This clearing of the road allows us to know and see the difference of what is in our control and what is not. This is where happiness resides. 

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Jennifer Taylor is a certified spiritual and life coach in Cleveland, Ohio. She got her certification with World Coaching Institute (WCI) after working in the sales and marketing industry for 15 years. Jennifer works with people who want to find happiness, spiritual wellness and success through personal development in all areas of their lives. She is the owner of Your Life Mastered. To work with Jennifer, visit the site at www.yourlifemastered.com

Are you being the observer of life or an active participant in life?

Are you being the observer of life or an active participant in life?
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It is much like sitting in front of the TV. Which side of the glass are you on? The side which is observing others live a life that is fun and exciting…OR…the side that is creating and living that life?

Many people are the observer which would explain the popularity of Reality TV. Instead of watching someone else’s reality…create and Live one yourself.

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Great change can transpire from the smallest of shift.

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Clip from movie ‘City of Angles’

Great change can transpire from the smallest of shift; shift in the way think and feel about our life and the circumstances held within it. 

For today, shift yourself into the feeling of ease and peace. Think of that feeling when you have been riding your bike up a steep hill…and when you pass over the very top…you feel that freeing feeling of ease as you glide and coast down the other side. 

In that moment, you no longer remember/ focus/ and align with the struggle…only the ease and peace. 

That small shift in your energy will carry and support everything else.

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Jennifer Taylor is a certified spiritual and life coach in Cleveland, Ohio. She got her certification with World Coaching Institute (WCI) after working in the sales and marketing industry for 15 years. Jennifer works with people who want to find happiness, spiritual wellness and success through personal development in all areas of their lives. She is the owner of Your Life Mastered. To work with Jennifer, visit the site at www.yourlifemastered.com