My VividLife is operating completely in the “flow” of Spirit, inspiration and service….which delivers limitless energy and fueling of the mind, body and spirit.
My VividLife is operating completely in the “flow” of Spirit, inspiration and service….which delivers limitless energy and fueling of the mind, body and spirit.
I live my Vivid Life through always being in sync with the sublime wonder of living. I take nothing for granted and see all of the colors, not just black, white and gray. I am constantly seeking to find Holiness and the Sacred in each moment/experience. I also am constantly staying loyal to my Spiritual awakenings and my response.
One Christmas, when we were living in Brighton, England, we volunteered at a church that regularly feeds the homeless and needy at this time of year. But it was more than the hungry ones who got fed that day.
After we happily dished out large helpings of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, followed by pudding and custard, we watched most of the recipients light up a cigarette and/or take a large swig of alcohol.
Feeling somewhat righteous, it seemed like a perfect time and place to suggest they change their habits, so we talked to the pastor about doing this. He told us off quite clearly: “Johnny Walker is some of these people’s best friend. They got 20 good friends in every pack of cigarettes. Alcohol and tobacco is what these folks need to get through the day. In my mind, anything that helps them do that is to be grateful for, not to be made wrong.”
That was a deeply touching lesson for us: how to respect the choices we all make, whether we agree with them or not; how to be completely accepting and non-judgmental; and to realize how easily elitist we can become.
This was echoed by a friend who recently went to help with the refugees in Greece. She was dismayed and said how, “Within 15 minutes I had thrown out my 30 year-old vow to never use plastic water bottles. All people needed was water, and a plastic bottle was the safest way to get it to them. In that moment I was confronted with my unrealistic and elitist attitudes.”
Our vivid life is recognizing the equality in all beings.
My VividLife looks like a world with endless possibilities, connection, growth, vulnerability, love, compassion and being fully and truly yourself.
Long stretches of uninterrupted, relaxed time with my children. Fresh air and sunshine. Focus on a creative work-in-progress, where words and ideas flow faster than I can type them. Pursuits that make me feel like an engaged part of a community, online or (importantly) off. Conversations that leave my wheels turning. Starting and ending the day laughing with my husband, over shared morning coffee and, later, a hard-earned glass of wine. Jessica Stawser
Our Vivid life starts with our first breath.
For me being a Creative Visionary Intuitive Empath means to be constantly flooded with vibrant visions, brilliant ideas, galaxy-worthy images, captivating story-words and orchestra-worthy concertos. Often the in-flow is so vast that it overwhelms my puny human brain. Before I can document even one though, my imagination is already flying ahead. I can’t tell you how many times I wished there would be a machine that could plug directly into my brain and record all that I receive.
Like with many people I know, my life too has been a rollercoaster ride. I often questioned: “What is my purpose?”; “Who am I?”; “Where do I belong?”; “Is there no more to life than this?”
Somewhere along the way I got disconnected from my creativity and from my SELF. Life became grey, dull and difficult. Passions turned to tasks and luxuries.
Then a miracle happened! During a deep meditation I had an awakening experience. I received a visit from Mother Mary. Overwhelmed by her presence I asked: “What is my purpose?” She replied: “Shine your light.” “But how?” – I insisted. “Be yourself. Shine your light!” Suddenly it hit me, something so simple, yet so profound that it made my entire body vibrate. All I ever have to do is be who I AM!
Shortly after another experience of deeply spiritual connection with a magnificent horse named Shiloh, reminded me of all my power, strength and talents. The parting message he bestowed on me was: “You are Freaking Magnificent!” Yes, this was the actual message I received from this beautiful animal!
And finally, through practice of allowing and trust, I received my latest gift from the Universe. I was once again reconnected with creativity and set out to share it with others, raising vibrations to pure love and joy!
Whatever life may have in store for me, I now chose to live each moment in gratitude and appreciation. I receive each moment as a precious gift.
No matter how insignificant we may think we are, simply by being and sharing who we are with others we make this world a richer place.
If the sky was covered with stars of identical size and shape, it may be an OK view to glance upon once or twice. But what an amazing spectacle it is to gaze upon thousands of stars of all different sizes and brightness, all sparkling at different frequency and vibration, all adding to the magnificence and richness of the night sky, all keeping us continuously intrigued and mesmerized. It takes all of them, the smallest and the largest, the dullest and the brightest, to create this magical masterpiece. And it takes all of us to make this experience an amazing journey!
Allow me to leave you with these 3 ingredients that help create a life of Vivid Vibrancy:
1. Always Shine Your Light!
2. Always remember You Are Magnificent!
3. Never forget that You Are A Powerful CREATOR!!!
I choose to live my life from the heart and to always look for the good in everyone. Learning to be present and not just exist. Being blessed with some intuitive gifts and being a caregiver all my life allows me the ability to help others if they open their hearts. I choose to live my life on purpose helping those that want to help themselves. Consciously living from my heart presents a direct reflection to all those around me. Letting my Faith be bigger than my Fear and practicing Gratitude for the day no matter what happens because it has happened in my journey to learn and grow. I can absolutely testify that each day is NEW and there are obstacles. Note to self: Embrace them and learn. Surrounding myself with others that are positive and want to impact others lives in the same way is a gift!
My Vividlife is choosing to see beyond the mundane of daily life and recognize the human experience as truly remarkable. For many years I sought validation externally, allowing people’s judgements, prejudice and opinions taint how I saw myself in the world. I had the disease to please and looked for love and acceptance in the wrong places. Today, self care and and healthy boundaries take precedence and I have more to offer the people and things in my life that really matter. Which has made me a better listener, friend, wife, sister and daughter. I believe in the law of attraction and I’m now quick to move on when I encounter people and situations that don’t nourish my soul. I know how I spend my time and who I spend it with have the biggest impact on my reality. My vivid life is filled with passions and experiences that light me from within. Spending time with my prince charming, living abroad and making friends from every corner of the globe. I love preparing decadent meals, listening to live music, holding my husband’s hand, being in nature, reading amazing books and constantly learning new skills and continuing my education. When I let go of who I thought I was, I began to bloom into what I’m supposed to be. The universe has responded and is leading me to my true vocation, sharing my story and helping others. What I know is if you stay curious, stay kind, don’t force outcomes and have faith – you will be amazed by the magic that unfolds. And always remember, it’s never too late to become who you’re meant to be.
“August 22, 2011 is the day my life took a HUGE turn. Here I am sitting in the medical office. I got a call to come in and see my doctor and as I sit here, it dawns on me that I am the only one in the waiting room. This can’t be good! I’m also holding in my hand a piece of paper that says my divorce is final and it’s stamped with today’s date. This is quite a day!”
There is no where to go but up…
In sharing her cancer journey, Carol demonstrates how important it is to be surrounded with love, family and friendship and how “seeing the rightness” can be just as important in the healing process as any medication.
“Life is all about choices, so make the ones that ‘feel right’ for you.”
“My vivid life means seeing through thought patterns and perceptions…discovering the sovereignty to just be me. Inviting the freedom of choice. If I am aware of my automatic reactions to experience as they arise then I can take a breath, creating the space for something new. I can choose a new response in that moment, one that reflects the version of me I aspire to be.”
“There is nothing that can wash out desires that have remained lit through the storms of life. When life asks you who do you think you are, answer with full intent.”
My greatest teachers have strung their pearls of wisdom on a single common thread of simplicity. Their humble gifts inspire me with a wellspring of happiness and are quite easy to adopt. A favorite of mine came from Samdach Vira Dharmawara Bellong Mahathera, also known simply as Bhante Dharmawara by his beloved students. He was a Cambodian-born Theravada monk and teacher who died at the age of 110. I had met him when he was 102.
Bhante reinforced the importance of meditation for me in the 90s and taught me that thoughts, foods and liquids are the fuels that run our lives. He said that too many people are more concerned about their cars then their body vehicles. He helped me to become more conscious about what I do to the physical body I reside in. He taught me to quietly observe my thoughts as I sat in his peaceful meditation room flooded with green dichromatic light—one of his favorite things.
Almost any question asked of this sage by a student would be answered with a Cheshire cat smile, a giggle and his favorite mantra, “Everyday, in every way, I’m getting better and better!”
I have learned to trust this simple saying and to give it a place of power in my life. The love of this teacher encourages me to partake in my daily sadhana of yoga and meditation and inspires me to maintain my incredibly vibrant sattvic-vegan diet.
Bhante taught me that we are immortal and that love is eternal. He spoke often about the vessel of the flesh as fleeting and the need to care for our bodies at every level and in every possible way. He showed me how powerful the mind is. A great lesson that he imparted to me is that the daily practice of maintaining positive loving thoughts takes a great deal of focus and that it is far more work to do so than having a mind filled with negative thought.
The most important gift this wonderful being shared with me is humor. He taught me how to laugh at myself and to ease into everything. “Nothing ever need be forced” he would say. “Everything is flowing and full of grace.”
This floods my vivid life with a rainbow of colors and provides me with plenty of space to connect with the elements of nature and with the Divine. This makes me happy and gives me the ability to pass this happiness onto others.
I have choices in every moment of my life. I choose love. I allow myself the experience to manifest what I feel;what I know. I practice living from the neck down. It is my heart and my body which know my truth. My brain plays games and easily becomes a way to loose living in the moment. So I choose to listen, to allow, to notice and to love. I touch, I hug, I feel the sun, I relish showers and soft sheets and grass under my feet. I stay connected to the truth of my body and the feelings in my heart. Love, compassion, judgement-free,feeling,
I have learned so many lessons from my past but I think the most important is that I learned to love myself. I try to surround myself with positive uplifting people and am taking steps to make sure I enjoy the moments of my day for what they are. I have a beautiful loving family and wonderful friends who enrich each and every day. I used to be obese and with the help of a wonderful lady I lost alot of weight and learned to live a healthier lifestyle. This in turn has made my whole family be more active and healthy. Sometimes I slip back into that place where I didn’t love myself very much but am quickly reminded of how deserving I am. I love the life I am living and am looking forward to creating many more wonderful moments with those I love. Including myself:)
Today marks four months since my husband, my Love, crossed over.
The tears still well up and overflow daily–mostly in my quiet times or when the children and I sit and remember.
We miss him dearly, but we are continuing to move forward…rapidly. Too rapidly for the liking of some.
The more I reflect on the 12 years of this lifetime Jason and I spent together, the more I see the divine purpose in it all: His mission to me, and my mission to him. This may be hard for some of you to believe, but Jason was not an easily lovable character. Embracing him could be like embracing a cactus, or a warrior in full spiked armor. Embracing him was often very painful.
But the scars I bear from the hurts and healing we shared are marks of Beauty to me. I wear them proudly as illustrations of True Love. Love that bears all burdens without judgment or resentment; Love that chooses to recognize the tenderness of the soul beneath the rough and rugged exterior; Love that endures until the end, and continues into eternity.
And as I have come to believe in the eternal existence of our souls, both before and after this lifetime, I can accept, with ease, his passing on, for I know he served his purpose well, in teaching me True Love.
And now he passes on the torch to the next True Lover of my soul. I’m certain they conspired together, in some ancient, ethereal past, and planned their plot and strategy. They knew each other well in war; they share stories of battles on the front-lines, and on the stormy seas. They show the same scars from their past wounds.
Only this soldier has now removed his armor. The light of his soul shines for all eyes to see. He studies war no more. I have no fear of pain in our embracing. He has become a shepherd, taking my hand gently as we make our way, together, to green pastures, and still waters–co-heirs to abundant Peace and blessing.
I am forever grateful for every sweet and difficult detail of my life with Jason Pauls. I will never regret a single moment. He performed his Loving and Honorable duty in bringing me to this blessed place, and all is as it should be.
In 2011 my Mother died. One year later, my job was eliminated and a month after that I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In 2013, I gave up unhealthy habits like alcohol, processed food, negative thoughts and negative people. After my own cancer treatment, and watching possibly every show airing on OWN, I emerged. Then, between January and April of 2014, four very important and determined people left my life. These four deaths in four months crystallized a message — surpassing these life challenges, I live my vivid life.
The message is that love matters. All love, self love, your love, my love. And even though we must stand alone at times, we are never alone. There is always a message, yet no guarantees, and the small stuff just doesn’t matter — at all. There are always unseen hands at work, and the synchronistic opportunity is present in each moment if we observe it. It is during the difficult times of deep reflection that we can hear the heartbeat of the Universe singing our song.
Love matters. Your soul’s mission matters, what you have to say matters and the impact you have on others matters. Life is about releasing, letting go, and loving each other, lifting one another up. Rising up from the ashes that are our own. This is what I know. It is in loving ourselves that we create the highest vibration possible and resonating in that vibration everything else is possible. It’s that big. Love matters.
I don’t have all the answers. I really don’t have any at all. I’m not sure what my journey has in store for me or what this road will bring. But I continue releasing, letting go, growing on toward greater, higher, and beautiful things. Our dreams are unfolding, waiting for us to be ready to receive, waiting to be birthed from our soul.
Each day is a gift perfectly orchestrated. The gift, when unwrapped, is a box full of choices. We are offered choices to listen, to wake, to love, to connect in this amazing world of patterns and possibility. Possibility speaks to us all the time. It speaks through you and me, and trees, and rivers, and mountains and through birds, and dogs and babies. Messages, connections, and signs are here to guide us on our journey. Stay awake, everything speaks. Everything has something to say.
My journey taught me that we don’t have to live our old story, we can create a new one —we can’t change our past, but we can choose our now. We are the dream come true — the impossible dream, the song waiting to be sung. We are one love, inspired and emerging from the outtakes of our successes and failures, longing to become the masterpiece.
So, be you! Be ALL of you. Have courage and hope. Use your voice to say what matters to you and be of service to others. Never give up — be the best you that you KNOW you are — now.
During the 1990’s I was in my twenties. It was a difficult period for me as I was in and out of hospital in Hackney ,London U.K, with episodes of bipolar disorder. My manias could be very extreme, meaning that I would need to be restrained by nurses. During this period, for around a decade, being restrained is something that I would experience a lot.
Being restrained would be a very painful experience, both in a physical sense and through the mental distress that it would cause. At times I would be held in a position that made it difficult for me to breath, and I’d feel as if I was being held under water in some sort of torture procedure. Rather than care treatment, it would feel more like a punishment and whilst it might have lasted for around 20 minutes, it would seem like an eternity.
What really stood out from my experience was the complete lack of empathy on behalf of those that used restraint. Even after the ordeal of being restrained, nobody would ever sit with me or try to explain what had happened and why. Looking back now, this sort of debrief would have helped in some capacity – even if it just meant having someone to talk to. , I’ve been able to use what happened to me to try and make a positive change. At the launch of the Positive and safe programme in 2013– a programme aimed at reducing the need for restraint – I was able to meet and speak to the then Care Minister Norman Lamb. I’ve also been given the opportunity to share my experiences by speaking at conferences around restraint in Plymouth and Somerset.
. I hope that they’ll be useful in helping everyone to move forward with restraint in the most effective way, with the voice of those with experience central to that. The guide can help anyone in the mental health system better understand how restraint can be improved, helping service users, carers and health professionals alike. For me, art is something that really helps me to manage by bipolar these days, 16 years after I was first admitted to hospital. One of my paintings, ‘Harmonia’, has been included in the guide, and I hope that it will encourage, inspire and help others. We need to put empathy and compassion at the forefront of how restraint is carried out in the future.
Being a hospice Massage therapist, my focus is on the patient and alleviating their pain and bringing them comfort. I was aware of the family members and caregivers and interacted with them as well. When my dear brother Taz came onto service in September of 2010, a whole new journey began for me as I was now a caregiver. My involvement with the whole process now became 24/7. What my brother blessed me with was giving me the gift of caring for him AND understanding the role a caregiver takes on, emotions and all. I had always been thoughtful and caring of the caregivers but I now embrace them with a greater awareness of their pain, the grief, and their overwhelming stress. The morning I acknowledged this beautiful gift, I arrived at a patient’s home and when the door opened I found a sobbing and overwhelmed spouse who needed some tlc. The patient could wait a few minutes. This spouse SO needed someone to listen and to just be there for them…..My brother has recently ended his earthly journey and I have a new found appreciation for all those caring for their loved ones. Thank you so much brother for this amazing gift.
I write & inspire others daily in hopes of trying to understand myself a little better. My prayers are for myself & others to unveil our true passion in life & share it. I began this day the same as all others when I decided to make a list of all things I’m good at & have learned throughout my lifetime thus far. When I fell to my knees in gratitude understanding the following:
I stand on the shoulders of the generations
before me in gratitude filled with love,
for I know I am not alone.
All the love and wisdom, hard work and
sacrifice is instilled in me to do this work.