Monday Mantra: I Know Who I Am

Knowing who we are-divine; powerful; valuable; worthy-is a prerequisite to a healthy sense of self-worth. A healthy sense of self-worth is the premise of everything we do. it determines how we treat ourselves and how we treat others. it determines how we allow others to treat us. It determines what we think we deserve, what kind of career we choose, what kind of goals we set, and whether we think we can achieve those goals. May you always remember who you are! 

In Luv and Dessert,

~Leisa Monique

Monday Mantra

Go with the flow of life for that is where your power lies.

Magnificent Monday to you.

~Leisa Monique

Treasure

Yesterday was one of the most challenging days of my life. After an accident that sent a pedestrian to the hospital I began to question a lot. I felt absolutely awful about what happened and kept wondering why did it happen in the first place. I have learned that life gives us experiences that we need in any given moment for our growth and evolution but I gotta tell you, this one sent my mind wondering and even feeling a little down.

In my meditation this morning I was reminded of who I AM: Luv. I was reminded of all of the times that I have demonstrated luv including at the scene of the accident yesterday which turned out to be a tremendous blessing mostly because of the people that I met. During my meditation, this tune erupted in my Spirit and once again, I was reminded of who I AM: a Treasure of the Divine.

 I want to remind you that no matter what happens in our daily lives we are luv’d. Don’t allow the events of daily life to cause you to question who you are at your core. We all are presented with challenges and sometimes make decision that causes us to wonder “what the hell was I thinking,” but none of that changes who we are at our core.

We are human and in our humanness we don’t always do things the way we think we should. But just be reminded that inherent in every challenge or problem lies the solution or the answer. Look there. For surely you will find your treasure.

LIVING FROM THE INSIDE OUT

It’s Monday y’all and I’m feeling really excited! I have been this way all weekend. I feel such an energy in the atmosphere! It feels like restlessness or the feeling that something big is getting ready to happen! Do you feel it? I know you do!! With this energy surrounding us and with today being Monday, I felt like this was the perfect time to encourage you to look within and see what areas of your life need your attention and begin the journey of transformation. There is no better time than now, so don’t let another day go by before you decide to begin your journey!

One of the hardest things for us to do in life is to take a look at the woman or man in the mirror and take responsibility for the circumstances of our life. It is so much easier to place blame on those around us who have caused us pain in some way rather than accept the choices we have made that play a part in creating our circumstances. Oh, this is not going to be a pleasant one today but it is NECESSARY if you are ever going to start living the life that you so desire. So sit back, open your mind and heart and prepare to begin the first day of the rest of your life.

First, let me make one thing clear: What’s happening around us on the outside is a direct reflection of what is going on with us on the inside! This may be a foreign concept to you, but it is one that you must grasp if you are going to move forward. Your life-your situation, your circumstances, your state of being- is a direct reflection of the state of your mind! If you are experiencing disorder within, your life will reflect disorder without! Sit with that one for a while and let it sink in. What you are experiencing on the outside if reflective of what and how you think and feel on the inside!

It is tempting when we have experienced emotional pain in some form, to hold on to that pain and make it our story. It’s the story that we tell over and over to ourselves and to everyone else. It’s the story that we use to gain pity from others and to wallow in self-pity ourselves. We begin to believe in the story, which starts to define us and becomes who we think we are. The boyfriend or girlfriend who did you wrong!  The parents who didn’t listen to you when you were growing up! The person who violated you as a child! Oh, I’m going deep today!! I’m getting all in your business! Why? Because it’s time you get off the ride of self-pity which does not serve you in any way and start being the person you were created to be!! Yeah, I know it was painful but is over! It has no effect on you anymore!  And the sooner you let go of the story, the sooner you can begin to LIVE!

The first step is to understand who you! You are an extension of the Divine! You are not your story! You are powerful, creative, magnificent, beautiful, loved, worthy, and good enough! Some of us have believed in the story of who we have told ourselves we are for so long that we actually begin to live the story. YOU ARE NOT YOUR STORY!

The second step is to open your mind. I recently wrote that the hardest thing to open is a closed mind, and I find it to be so true! Once we begin to believe in something, it is almost impossible to open our minds to the possibility of something else! But IT IS possible, so open your mind and be willing to learn and try something new.

Next, be willing to take responsibility for your life! See! Right there, some of you are ready to stop reading and go back to telling yourself your story. But if you are going to grow, then you must take responsibility for your life and the choices you have made that have contributed to your circumstances. It’s tempting to go back to the familiar because it’s often what is comfortable. Growth is never comfortable, and the pain of facing ourselves and the choices we have made can hurt like nothing we have ever experienced before. But again, it’s necessary!

Taking responsibility does not mean blaming yourself!! It does not mean judging yourself! It simply means that you acknowledge the choices that you have made in your life. If we sit and honestly look at our life, we will see that our circumstances are related to the choices we have made, but again, that doesn’t mean we go into judgment or blame mode.

Once you have opened yourself up and are willing to go within and acknowledge your hurts and how they contribute to the story you tell, and how it is holding you back, transformation will begin to occur. This is not an overnight process, so be patient with yourself. And don’t think for a minute that this is going to be an easy process, either! It’s not! It will be ugly and painful! The hardest thing to do in life is to look at ourselves in the mirror and acknowledge that we, not everyone else, are the problem! To acknowledge that subconsciously we create the circumstances or the drama in our life that we say we don’t want!

Well, those circumstances are just that! Circumstances!! They are not your life so stop believing in them and begin to believe in the power of your creation! Believe in who you are! Believe that you are worthy of the life that you dream about! Believe that the story you have been telling yourself and others no longer serves you, and be willing to let it go!

This is a good time to begin a meditation practice if you haven’t already done so. I encourage you to make time for yourself on this journey by getting up half an hour earlier than you normally do. Create a practice of prayer and meditation for yourself that works for you. Please don’t get spooked out by the fact that I said prayer and meditation. This is not a religious thing. Whatever your beliefs are, whatever your spiritual practices are, I encourage you to build a prayer and meditation practice around those beliefs. There are many books and other resources on meditation, and I encourage you to find one that works for you.

Whatever method you choose to aid you on your journey of transformation is fine. Just get started! Make a decision today to let go of the story you have held onto for so long! Make a decision to work through any issues or past hurts you are holding on to. Make a decision to transform yourself from the inside out and start living the life you dream of! It begins with YOU, and it begins today! Have a magnificent Monday!!

In luv and Dessert,

Leisa Monique

LUV YOURSELF MONDAY

Magnificent Monday to you! Of course, by now, you all know that Monday is my favorite day of the week! I luv it because it’s the beginning of a brand new week and a chance to forgive any missteps we have experienced over the past week!

How are you starting your week off? I encourage you to begin by being good to yourself! Luv yourself! Tell yourself something good about yourself! So many of us go through our day with a negative attitude about ourselves. We tell our friends and co-workers how great they are, but we seldom express that same luv for ourselves.

So today, Monday, make it a point to be good to yourself! Find something wonderful about yourself and remind yourself of that fact all day today. Remind yourself of your goodness! Remind yourself of your intelligence! Remind yourself of your kindness to others! Remind yourself of your divinity! Remind yourself of your magnificence!

In luv and dessert,

Leisa Monique

BE STILL AND KNOW…

Its Monday again; my favorite day of the week!! Its my new beginning and a day for a fresh start.

I got to bed late last night and overslept this morning. I missed the Sunrise which is my favorite part of the day. Instead of waking up the Sun smiling at me and to birds singing and trees rustling, I awoke to the sound of my blackberry chiming! I heard the noise of many cars and trucks driving by and voices of people. ARG! This is not how I want to start my morning!

I was tempted to immediately check that blackberry to see what those urgent messages were! My mind quickly turned to thoughts of concern for all the things that I have scheduled today: meetings with strategists, fundraising meetings, my bank account, my light and gas bill that is due, am I going to renew my lease and how much money I am going to need to do all of the things I need to do…you get the picture. See, I began to worry! Oh yes, even I get to a place of worry sometimes especially when I wake up late and don’t make time to sit in silence.

So that is exactly what I did…made time to sit in silence and just be!  I locked my door so that my children don’t come barging in, ignored that chiming blackberry, and tuned out the world. I turned to the things that I do to quiet my mind: meditation, prayer, and writing. This is my DESSERT, and I had to make time to eat it first instead of jumping right into my day.

As I sat and turned my attention to my heartbeat, the worries that I had previously began to fade away. the familiar peace that I know so well came back, and the words ” BE STILL AND KNOW” filled me! I focused on these words, and as I sat, I meditated on them. As I breathed in, I mentally said them! As I breathed out, I mentally said them! I held on to them, and I knew that this was the Divine telling me there is nothing to worry about!

Although I let go of being a  religious person a long time ago, I still love the Bible. The wisdom that it contains guides me. The words Be Still and Know… are from Psalms 46:10. This is the message that I want to give to you today: When you are tempted to worry, just be still and know! Know what you ask? Know that you are loved and that everything you need you already have. Know that everything will always be alright and if things seem to not be going your way, KNOW that the Divine has a much better plan for you! Something better than you had ever imagined!

So take time this Monday to be still. Find a place where you can go to just sit quietly and listen. Be grateful for this day and all the opportunities disguised as challenges that will present themselves to you today! I call them opportunities for growth! Instead of looking at them as problems, change your perspective and see them as opportunities! This is your time to evolve! this is your time to grow! This is your time to BE STILL AND KNOW that everything will be alright!

In luv and dessert,

Leisa Monique