Claiming Your Independence

Individual Freedom and IndpendenceWe began this month celebrating Independence Day. For many it is just a day to party, grill and connect with family and friends. For others, it is a time of reflection about the many ways and means that people in our country have fought for freedom. I would like us to take some time this month to really explore what independence means to us individually and collectively. [Read more...]

Take a Stand for Love

Carl Studna and Cynthia James

Carl Studna and Cynthia James

From Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return to Love:

“Love is not neutral. It takes a stand. It is a commitment to the attainment of the conditions of peace for everyone involved in a situation.”

We often talk about wanting to be loving people. We talk about wanting to experience love. That is all well and good and yet, it can become challenging when there is someone in our lives that pushes our buttons or consistently engages in emotional combat. It is even harder when a relationship ends through choice or death. It is during these times that we really get to see where we live and how much we are willing to stand for love. Here are some questions to contemplate: [Read more...]

Renewing Intuition

Renewing IntuitionIntuition is about knowing without a rational explanation. We all have it. It is installed in our DNA. We are connected.  What stops us from trusting our intuition is life experiences.  Experiences occur and shake us to the core and we somehow think it is because we are not connected.  We then start second guessing ourselves and make up a story that we are confused.  I want to remind you that you are never confused. You have moved into a state of “trying to figure things out” instead of tapping into your intuitive knowing. [Read more...]

Clearing from the Inside Out

Clearing from the inside outIt is Spring and the time of year when clearing and de-cluttering is happening everywhere. And I totally support outward clearing and make your environment most beautiful. I want to remind you that everything begins with an intention and when you open to that intention it is anchored internally. Clearing out in your life must start from deep intentionality. Have you thought about what your life would be like without all the stuff? Have you thought about how you would feel less encumbered? [Read more...]

The Art of Being Present

The Art of Being Present - Cynthia JamesHave you ever been with someone and you are sharing from a place of vulnerability and they seem distracted? How do you feel? What decision do you make about the person you are with? You decide that they are not present and probably begin to shut down on some level. I would venture to say that some judgment comes in that creates separation with you and this other person. [Read more...]

Always Time for Love

Cynthia James Blog - LoveWe are in the month of LOVE! And really, it is always the time for love. Let us tap into the energy and awareness that is happening right now. Some of this love is over-the-top passion, intimate and physical. Some of this love feels like lack, mistrust, yearning or pain. Some love is friendship, family and for our beloved animals. I want you to know that no matter where you are; Love is always available to you. It begins from within – it begins with yourself and you were born in the image and likeness of love. [Read more...]

Your Best Year Ever!

Your Best YearAs you step into 2014 I want to stand with you in the remembrance that you are a powerful creator.  The life you dream of awaits you in extraordinary ways.  Your past does not matter. Your family patterns do not matter.  Doom and gloom predictions do not matter. What matters, is your consciousness, commitment and courage. You can accept a life that is easy where struggle is not an option. [Read more...]

Happiness Is Available Now

Happiness Is Available NowThis is the time of year when people are often either excited to celebrate the holidays or they are feeling a sense of dread about what might be coming during this sometimes stressful season. But the one thing that we all have in common is that we want to be happy.

As I was thinking about happiness, it came to me that a key to happiness involves circulation. By that I mean that true happiness comes from giving and receiving. The kind of sharing that involves the heart and the willingness to share without any expectations.

It is so easy to focus on what is not right or supportive. We get fixated on the gifts we will give or receive during the holidays. We become anxious about having enough money to get all of the things we desire to give. There are moments of joy about the presents we receive and moments of disappointment when we don’t get what we want. However, what brings true happiness revolves around peaceful thoughts and acts. [Read more...]

You are Grace in Action

GratefulIt is always my honor to serve and support you during the year.  As we move into the holiday season and especially this month of giving thanks, please know that you are held in my heart and in my prayers.

I know that many of you have experienced tremendous ups and downs during this year. It has been a time of deep questioning and contemplation. Some have experienced loss and even despair. I am extraordinarily grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you and be in your thoughts. [Read more...]

Gratitude is a Healing Salve

10-13 gratitude-in-everythingThis has been an amazing month. There have been incredible gifts that have poured into me in surprising and glorious ways. There have also been challenges, upheavals and upsetting experiences. As I moved into meditation and contemplation on my experiences I had the thought, “There is a gift in everything.”

Now, that was not surprising, since I believe that everything that happens has a purpose. However, when thoughts come in like that, I pay attention. What I discovered is that I have been allowing little thoughts of concern to creep into my consciousness. I have a strong spiritual practice, but still I noticed that parts of my body felt constricted. That is always a powerful sign to pause.

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