Help for Haiti

It’s hard not to know about the earthquake in Haiti. It’s all over the news and the country is devastated.

I just donated  via text to the American Red Cross (now at 7 million and counting). To Donate: Dial 90999 and text “HAITI.”

After that I went here, to the US Government website: Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do“>

If you are interested is learning more about what you can do, click the image above!

 

A Message I Heard from Marianne Williamson

Santa Monica Pier

Last week I spent 5 days at a conference in Santa Monica, CA. The event was put on by Gina Ratliffe creator of the Esther Experience. And what an experience it was! We had SO many speakers: Eben Pagen, Gary Vaynerchuk (The Wine Guy), David Neagle, Lisa Elia, Laura Roeder and so many others it’s hard to remember.

We were also given the privilege of listening to Marianne Williamson. If you are not familiar with her, she is a wonderful spiritual speaker who teaches A Course in Miracles and she changes lives. As I was listening to her, I was able to take notes and now I can pass them along here.

Marianne said (according to A Course in Miracles):

  1. You are no better or worse than anybody else.
  2. Each and every one of us has infinite potential to change the world.
  3. You are not the water, you are only the faucet.
  4. You are not a master, you’re a servant.

You are no better or worse than anybody else. That in itself is one of the most powerful messages. I forget that in this big world, as I am running around trying to get things done, I ask myself, who am I doing this for? Are my actions trying to make me “better” than someone else out there? I heard this message a long time ago. It was put like this, “We are all children of God.” (I had to get past the “God” part, as I don’t ascribe to any specific religion). What I learned is that God can become whatever I want it to be. The universe, the earth or the spirit in other people. As I reread what I have written here, I didn’t intend for this post to be about God. But I guess when you bring up someone like Marianne, you can’t help but talk about it.

Each and every one of us has infinite potential to change the world. What I hear is that the universe and our place in it is limitless. Expand, grow, change. While I was at this conference, I was expanding moment by moment just by sitting in the chair listening to the speakers. My goal now is to take what I have heard and felt and take it into the rest of my life. I need to act like a person who believes this. Whatever that looks like to me.

You are not the water, you are only the faucet. This reminded me of the fact the I am just a channel for God or spirit to come through. I don’t control the water. I don’t even need to worry about the water. I just need to keep the faucet working and clear for the “water” to come through.

You are not a master, you’re a servant. I heard a few messages about mastering your craft at the event. They said it takes about 10,000 hours to be a master of your craft. Being a master of my craft means I am keeping the faucet working well, for the water to come through. This is different than the master Marinne spoke of. Am I being a servant of God or spirit or something higher than me? Am I allowing that energy to come through me?

Another thing that Marianne said was, “Don’t enter into today with yesterday’s filth.” My ears perked up, of course, as I feel I can be the “faucet” here and allow the “water” to come through me. I was showering every other day, as I wanted to save water. But when she said this, I think I will change my ritual a bit.

How do you see these manifesting in your life?

The sky is falling!!!

Ok, so the sky may not be falling, but it may feel like it. Let’s look at this a little more closely:

  • Gas Prices are high (but not as high as they were)
  • The housing market has gone to hell in a hand basket (not sure what a hand basket is)
  • Banks are closing, being taken over by the government or being sold left and right.
  • The Stock Market just had the worst crash in history.
  • And Clay Aiken is gay (just thought I’d toss that one in there)
And although you don’t come to the KLEAN Dish for economic advice or information, the one thing I know to be true is that there are still ways to rise above the true and perceived facts of our world. 
I was asking myself what are things that I can do to stay centered?
Here’s a small list of things that I do to keep myself from reacting to everything that is going “crazy” outside of me.
  1. Writing. What I am doing right now. Sometimes I may have only 2-3 things running around in my brain, but it can feel like more than that. Once I put it down on paper, (or on the keyboard in this case) I feel I have reined-in those loose horses and can think more clearly.
  2. I clean out a drawer, my car, organize paperwork. Just get things in order that add to my “craziness.”
  3. Take time to take care of myself. Get a pedicure, massage, teeth cleaning. I took a restorative yoga workshop at Black Dog Yoga on Sunday. My friend Melissa Morgan was the instructor and it was fabulous. It’s basically stretching and breathing and laying around (consciously). My favorite kind of exercise! And even though my brain was busy, I was still able to relax and get centered. If you are local to Los Angeles, I recommend taking that Black Dog restorative class.
  4. Talk it out. Whatever is going on in my brain can drive me crazy. When I share my “craziness” with a friend, it releases what’s going on inside. So make time for friends. They are so important.
  5. Finally, and this is something I need to DO instead of thinking about doing, take a walk. Keeping your body busy doing something physical can keep your mind and fears at bay. It also releases endorphins, which calms you down.
So if you have a lot going on. Stay present, take time for yourself and have a wonderful day!

Get your Giving on!

You may have heard me mention that I recently joined a worldwide giving movement called 29 Gifts. I’ve been so inspired by the changes I’m seeing in my life as a result. It feels great to be part of a positive community and help create a revival of the giving spirit in the world. There are people taking part from 37 countries!

We only need 64 more people to say “YES” and sign up for our 29-Day Giving Challenge by 11:59 pm pacific time on Monday, 9/29/08 to meet our initial goal of 2,000 givers. I hope you’ll join with me and offer your own gifts to the world.

It’s so simple. Just sign up at http://www.29Gifts.org and commit to give away 29 gifts in 29 days. If you want to, you can share stories or art on the 29 Gifts community page about how it impacts your life to focus on giving.

You can start your personal challenge any time, and your 29 Gifts can be anything… money, food, old sweaters, smiles, your time, kind words or positive thoughts.

WHY SHOULD YOU DO THIS? To inspire more generosity on our planet. Because to see our world change, we have to do something to change our world. Plus, the best way to attract abundance into your own life is to be in a perpetual state of giving and gratitude.

I am on my second round of giving and it has been SO rewarding!