September 14,2014
Strength Hope and Courage

As I try to rebuild myself after spending all of my efforts on a major project, I have been reflecting on the idea that every day life takes strength, hope and courage - some days more than others.

Just walking out the door each day takes strength and good health to meet the day's responsibilities and if we don't maintain our fitness, we don't have that strength and energy to take on simple tasks. Even if we have physical strength, our emotional strength can become depleted and then decision making and problem solving become more challenging. We can also gather strength from the moral support of friends and family.

Hope gives us the courage to carry on. We must be able to see the possibility of a future that is desirable, rewarding or filled with love and joy. Where do we find hope when it is depleted or lost? It, too, can come from the encouragement from family and friends or support groups or work mentors and colleagues. It can also come from a power greater than ourselves, whether we believe in God, nature, the Universe, the Cosmos, or whatever it is ... we can gain hope from that belief. A belief in a power greater than ourselves leads us to faith that things will turn out as they should and that a loving being or Universe will help us through challenging times. The more we develop this relationship with a power greater than ourselves, the more we are able to have faith, relax and practice hope.

And when we have strength and hope and a faith that something greater than ourselves is helping and guiding us, we gain the courage to work through the difficult times.

Sometimes, the "difficult times" are not so difficult ...going to work when we are over tired or attending a function we wish we hadn't committed to may be difficult, but, for some, life may take a lot more courage. Some are facing life threatening illnesses or facing bullying or harassment or fighting wars. When we see that we are more fortunate than others, we can be grateful that our challenges are more easily overcome and perhaps take some time to focus on someone less fortunate - - volunteer to help someone who needs some support or do a random act of kindness. Taking the focus off of our own problems also gives us strength, hope and courage.

© Dr. Carla Weaver 2014


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September 14,2014
Where Does Inspiration Come From?

A few days ago, I committed to writing my BLOG again, but I have been without inspiration, and so I have not written. This morning, as I lay in bed, I was thinking about where that inspiration comes from and why I do not have it. Well, the answer came. Inspiration comes from within and from without. It is that quiet knowing voice inside of us that gently guides us to act on an idea. This knowing voice is our connection to all that is. Some call it God or the Universe It is the same voice that speaks to us when we meditate. Inspiration also comes to us from outside ourselves when we are stimulated by nature or art or music or by sharing our ideas with others and collaborating with them.

In either case, whether we are inspired from within or from without, we must be present and able to receive the idea. When we are burned out from a previous project, or have spent or depleted our energy, it is difficult to be aware of outside stimulation or of that quiet inner voice that is guiding us to act on ideas.

What can we do to reinspire ourselves? First and foremost, replenish and rejuvenate our energy. Get more rest, eat a healthy diet, exercise. Practice yoga and meditation. To reconnect to the Universe, pray, meditate, use angel cards, walk in nature. Be mindful.

Take care of business ... do the things that are necessary to stay at peace with the world. We can clean our homes and cars, pay our bills, stay connected with friends and family. Putting all of these things in order makes life balanced, calm and manageable so that we can stay open to inspiration. When we are distracted, worried or thinking about things that we haven't done but should do, it is difficult to hear the quiet inner voice.

© Dr. Carla Weaver 2014


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September 02,2014
I'm Back!

I'm back and committed to writing my BLOG on a regular basis. Over the last year, I have not been able to keep up due to a few things going on in my life. First, my dog, Tequila, died a year ago, which broke my heart. At the same time, I began the last leg of my doctorate degree, which was challenging and demanding and tested every fibre of my being. And, then in July, my step dad of ten years passed away.

It has been my intention to BLOG about things that are meaningful, positive and contribute to leading creative, meaningful, kind and passionate lives, and so as I worked through my own pain and challenges I was not always able to do this. But, I'm back.

I have a new dog, and while we can never replace a relationship in our lives, we can add new ones, and my new dog brings joy to my life every hour of every day.

I have completed my doctorate degree. It was hard work ,,, perhaps the hardest thing I have ever done. But, it is done and it is time to move on to the next chapter.

And, my family is healing from our loss ... moving on while keeping him in our hearts.

So, check back regularly for new BLOGS.

© Dr. Carla Weaver 2014


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