Thursday, July 31, 2014

Intentional Thursday: Let's Be Happy!

I was in the bed and was about to go to sleep, and I realized that it is Intentional Thursday, and I needed to write, sooooo here I am!

Met up with Sonya, college friend,
and being with Sonya
ALWAYS makes me happy!

We have practiced being non-judgmental, meditating, being someone's miracle, and gratitude. Not sure about you, but this has really been working for me. I feel a peace that passes understanding, and I want to say it is because of Intentional Thursdays, or it may simply be because I am on summer vacation. So, let's assume that it is a combination of the two.

My people, it's difficult to put into words what I am feeling, but "This joy that I have, the world did not give it to me!"

Being intentionally grateful caused me to have a very joyful week. I am grateful that I was able to cycle to see my mother play bingo at the senior citizen place that she loves, I am grateful that I was able to cycle in Georgia and the temperature was just right, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to take my mom to two doctors appointments and even dinner one day, I am grateful that my friend Sonya, whom I have known since college, wanted to meet me out tonight, I am grateful that my friend, Maya, called on my road trip to Atlanta to offer words of wisdom that I needed, I am grateful that I had a seamless drive to Atlanta, I am grateful that my friend, Dr. Denard, sent me a text message from Cape Town, South Africa today, and I could go on and on and on..... Gratitude definitely adjust attitudes. 

So, for the next week, let's just be intentionally happy! We've been practicing a lot of things lately, and why don't we take all that we have been practicing and just be happy.....While we are on the way to being perfect, let's live everyday to the fullest and be intentionally happy!

I know that many of you feel that you have no reason to be happy, but if you really think about it, you have many reasons to be happy: you are alive, you can read, God loves you..... "Change the way that you look at things, and what you look at will change."

My people, let's continue to work on ourselves, and be intentionally happy while we are working!

Happy Intentional Thursday......

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Race #8: Shenandoah Time Trial

The Shenandoah Time Trial was held in the Shenandoah Valley which is about a two hour drive from DC. If you have not EVER been to the Shenandoah Valley, you MUST go. Shenandoah Valley is surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains. The scenery there is completely amazing, and I am highly recommending it.

A Time Trial Race is a race where each cyclist is given a different start time, and each person rides the course as fast as he/she can to see how people rank in his/her respective categories. The course is normally out and back. The Shenandoah time trial was about 21 miles of some pretty steep climbs and some of what we call false flats; a road that appears to be flat but really is not.

I picked up Tina and Lydia, my teammates and friends, and we rode out to Shenandoah for the race. We got there early, climbed a few hills to warm-up, and we eventually started the race.

My people, I felt strong on this race. The hills were tough, but I must admit that I am climbing them a whole lot better than I was a few months ago. I ended strong and was greeted by my teammates and the lovely ladies of Sticky Fingers Cycling Team. 

We checked out the race results, stopped at a barbecue place where we sat outside and ate, and we drove back home to prepare to drive to Shenandoah the next morning. (Yes, we love cycling!)

The ladies of Sticky Fingers were hosting a pre-ride for the Page Valley Road Race that is going to take place next week. No, I'm not doing this race, I'll be out of town, but I couldn't resist doing another ride with the ladies of Veloworks and Sticky Fingers.

Tina picked Lydia and me this morning, and we drove out to the Shenandoah Valley AGAIN. We met up with the ladies of Sticky Fingers and the race organizer, and we rode the difficult course that has quite a few climbs. My people, I am getting stronger for sure!!!

After the ride, we went to relax at the house that the ladies of Sticky Fingers rented for the weekend, we ate at a very good restaurants with homemade burgers that were around $2.00. Yea, $2.00, and we drove home......

This was a very satisfying weekend in so many ways. My body is happy, because it got some great workouts, and my soul is happy, because I spent the weekend with some sho 'nuff good people!

Road racing season ends in August, and because August is a travel month for me, I will miss the last few races....

This racing season has been one of highs and lows with more highs than lows. I have learned a lot, met new friends that I will cherish forever, and I have gotten much stronger in a short period of time...

My take away from this season is "If We Put Time and Effort Into Anything, We Will Get Better!"

I wouldn't take nothing for this journey....HAPPY SUNDAY!

This fall and winter, I will attempt cyclo-cross which is a  cross between road racing and mountain biking. Cyclist race laps around a course which may have pavement, grass, sand, gravel, dirt, etc. while negotiating a number of obstacles that may require them to dismount and remount their bicycle. (Oh, Boy!)

Stay Tuned!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Intentional Thursday: Gratitude!

This past week, we were suppose to practice Being Someone's Miracle by being intentionally present, with an emphatic heart, with everyone that we were in contact with.

My people, I was given soooo many chances to practice this week....

Last Thursday I went to a hip-hop concert with my dear friend Chee, and I was intentional with him. I tried to do more listening than talking and the evening was quite refreshing.

On Friday, I met my dear friend Levonia for lunch. I met Levonia when we were both freshmen at Tuskegee, and we have been friend every since. The lunch lasted for quite awhile, and I did not want it to end. I intentionally tried to do more listening than talking, and I felt soooo happy after having lunch with my old college buddy. Listening with an ear of empathy did my heart good.

Saturday, I went to visit my friend, Terry, after I cycled. Nope, I did not go home to shower, I just went to his house, and we sat outside and talked. I was intentional in the moments that we shared. However, I slipped up and gave unsolicited advice when he wanted to have a smoothie, but I instantly recognized the slip-up and instantly shut down the advice....I left his house feeling quite fulfilled!

Saturday afternoon, I went to visit my friend, Toya, who is expecting her first child. Her baby girl, Turner, is going to be here any day. We talked, shared ideas, and I felt that we were both listening with an emphatic ear. I had some things that I needed to share with her. I felt heard and not judged, and I tried to do the same for her... I felt real happy when I left Toya's.

Sunday, I biked with a whole lot of ladies, and I made sure to be intentional in every moment. When I finally made it home, I felt extremely happy and grateful. I was happy, because cycling makes me happy and grateful because the experience was good for my soul. I listened more than I talked and that felt extremely good.

Monday, I cycled early in the morning with my cycling buddies Patti and Tina. We had an extremely difficult workout that made me feel strong, and we ended our training ride at a coffee shop with lots of laughter and sharing. I was definitely intentional in every moment of that morning listening intensely to every word.

Tuesday, my friend Maya and her daughter, Zora, came over to swim. Maya and I haven't had a chance to catch up in quite awhile, and it was good to have catch up time. We shared things, and we both spent time listening and giving advice when it was needed... I was loving Maya's empathetic ear that was not-judgmental, and I tried to practice the same thing with her. This was a perfect encounter..

Tuesday night was spent with my friend and neighbor at the Lionel Richie concert. She and I both enjoyed this awesome concert, and it really was "Easy like Sunday morning!"....We had great conversations, and neither one of us felt the need to give any advice...That was quite refreshing.

I spent Wednesday and today with my dear friends, Tim and Dominic, and being with them just felt right. I listened to Dominic and Tim a lot and allowed them to just BE....Their needs and ideas were first, and guess what? My needs were met when I met their needs.

This week, I needed to practice being someone's miracle, and God gave me more than a few opportunities. Not sure if I was a miracle for anybody, but I sure was trying to be, and My people, this felt so good......

For this upcoming week, let's intentionally practice gratitude. Let's be in a constant state of giving praise to a higher being for EVERYTHING and not just the good stuff.

Do not waste one ounce of time complaining, use that time being grateful!

I have learned over the years to be grateful for everything. I think God daily for my cycling buddies, for my balcony with the rocking chairs, for my friends, for my 10 year old car, for my computer, for my trainer, for my desire to take care of my health, for my pool, for my summers off.... I Thank him for everything, big and small, all of the time.

Join me this week by being in an Intentional State of Gratitude!

I know that Gratitude changes Attitudes.....

Happy Intentional Thursday, My People!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Have I Told You Lately That...

I love Berhane and working out with him?

Berhane and Me!

Berhane is not only an awesome trainer who accepts no excuses, but he is also a good person. I love working out with him by myself, because it is therapeutic. He helps me to see things from different perspectives, he is patient, he is kind, he is non-judgemental, and he cares about my health just as much as I do; I wouldn't take nothing for Berhane

I love where I live?

View from my balcony

I absolutely love my condo, my balcony with the rocking chairs, the City of Alexandria, Washington DC etc. I love this place. The possibility of things to do is endless. Museums, plays, festivals, concerts, parties, happy hours, biking groups, running groups, nearby beaches, nearby national attractions, countless numbers of restaurants etc. Living here is like being on vacation all of the time... I LOVE WHERE I LIVE!

I love early morning cycling workouts?

My cycling friends

Yep, I do. I normally meet my teammates Patti and Tina about two days a week around 6am for some sho 'nuff hard workouts. We talk, laugh, are supportive of each other, have great conversation, and if we are lucky like today, after our rides, we go to a local coffee shop for coffee. I love those morning cycling workouts.

I love not working in the summer?

Summer Time Fun!

My people, to have the stress of work off my back for about nine weeks is really heaven on earth. My Sundays are no longer days where I am a little uptight, because I need to prepare for work on Monday. Sundays are relaxing days just like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday......The peace that I feel right now is soooo good. I have time to think and evaluate and work on me with few pressures. I love extended time off like for real!

Not sure if I have told you these things lately......

Happy Monday, My People!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rapha Women's 100km Bike Ride DC

Girl Power!

The Rapha's Women's 100 was a movement to try and get women around the world to ride together and complete a 100km ride.

To participate in this journey, women cyclist in DC met at The Joan of Arc statue in the wonderful Malcolm X park! (How awesome was that?)

Joan of Arc Statue

Malcolm X Park!

We rode approximately sixty-eight miles through the streets of DC and Maryland.....

We had great fellowship during our rest time....

We had an even better time during our post-ride dinner at Matchbox, a great restaurant in DC....

My people, my heart and soul are happy!

What did you do today?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Intentional Thursday: Become Someone's Miracle.....

Rehoboth Beach: Where I spent the day reading, meditating, and in complete
amazement of the greatness of our God! He is amazing....

From last Thursday until today, we were suppose to spend time doing some type of meditation. This week confirmed to me how important it is to do some type of calming of the mind and/or having purposeful thoughts regularly if not everyday.

For the past week, I either practiced mindfulness and/or had purposefully thoughts everyday except Sunday. And, Sunday was the day that I needed it the most. I would either be present with my thoughts or I would declare something like "I am mighty." My people, let me tell you that this stuff works. With mindfulness it was so helpful to see how many thoughts that we can have in fifteen minutes and how important it is to quiet those thoughts. With purposefully thoughts, I felt so powerful to know that I can determine my mood by my declarations. Thoughts are soooo powerful and are just thoughts. We must be intentional about keeping them in check.

So, I am planning to continue to meditate and/or do purposeful confession everyday forever, because it works.....

I started reading a daily word by Joel Osteen called I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life. Everyday, I declare something for my life and read the brief illustration of that declaration. Today, my declaration is "Today I will live as a healer. I am sensitive to the needs of those around me. I will lift up the fallen, restore the broken, and encourage the discouraged....." (Helping others actually heals us according to Harville Hendrix in his book Getting the Love You want.)

So, this week, let's intentionally reach out to people with a heart of empathy without giving unsolicited advice. Let's be present with every person who we are in contact with this week, and try to walk in their shoes completely. Joel states in I Declare, that "our job is not to judge. Our job is not to figure out if someone deserves something, or to decide who is right or wrong. Our job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken, and to heal the hurting."

This week, let's intentionally become someone's miracle... and heal ourselves!

God is Awesome, Ain't he.....

Happy Intentional Thursday, My People!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples (20th Anniversary Edition) by Harville Hendrix

If you are married, single, want to be married, about to get divorced, divorced... regardless of your relationship status, Read this book!

If you are single, this book may add a little clarity to why we date who we date, but at the same time it may scare you or make you feel overwhelmed with the effort that it may take to have a conscious relationship.

If you are married, you may have the same feelings as the single person, but I do believe that this book will help couples to have a more intense, conscious relationship. Once we are true to ourselves, then we can be true to others????? (Not sure about this, but it sounds good.)

If you are anywhere between married and single, you should also read this book; we can always work on becoming better people for sure....
"When you direct your energy away from yourself and toward your partner that deep-level psychological and spiritual healing begins to take place." (Deep right? However, complicated at the same time when we are taught to look out for our own needs first.) 
The basis of this entire book is agape love which is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love: the highest of the four types of love in the Bible. Agape love describes the kind of love that Jesus has for his Father and for his followers. (Oh Boy!)

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.

I know, I know, I know that I say often Read this book, but REALLY Read this book!

My people, READ THIS BOOK....

Check out Harville's website here. 

My next read is On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Race #7: Giro di Coppi

Race #7, Giro di Coppi, was held in Barnesville, Maryland on Saturday. Barnesville is about one hour from my house.

Giro di Coppi was a road race. This meant that for my category of lady racers, we were going to ride about three loops of 12.5 miles of hills.

I got to the race early with my teammate, Tina. We did a few warm-up laps, and I felt good. I've been doing a lot of training, and I am a lot stronger so, on that day, I needed to trust the training. (Yaaaaa Me!)

The whistle was blown, and I took off with the pack. Those first few hills wore me out, and I was dropped by the pack but not by much. They group took a turn, and I missed the turn. (Oh boy!) I ended up riding about four miles of hills out of the way, and I had to ride four miles of hills to get back on track and decided that I was finished. I was ok with that decision.

When I got back to the finish line, quite a few of the other ladies were on the sideline as well. I must admit that I felt relieved. I was not the only girl who did one lap and either stopped or got pulled from the race. My teammate, Tina, also made a wrong turn and gave up after the first lap. (Misery loves company sometimes.)

I hugged the other girls, we sat around and talked, and Tina and I drove home....

Even though I took a wrong turn, I felt good about the race. I burned quite a few calories and had a ball. I even laughed out loud when I realized that I had missed the turn.

My people, from this race I learned that s@#$ happens, and we move on.....

I am still training and working to get better, and I am finally enjoying this journey.

Until the next time..........

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I would recommend that a person read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Acheba and follow it up with this novel, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie, which are two novels that are set in Nigeria and are written by Nigerian writers.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a novel that is set in the late 1800s early 1900s in eastern Nigeria. The novel does a great job of explaining the Igbo tribe and their traditions. It also does a great job of explaining what happened when the British started to bring Christianity to Nigeria. Purple Hibiscus is set during a time when quite a few people in Nigeria had converted to Christianity, about one hundred years after Things Fall Apart. This novel shows the struggle between the traditional and Christian beliefs in a Nigerian culture and shows what may have happened in Nigeria after many of the people adopted Christianity. I am not sure if this novel is meant to a sequel to Things Fall Apart, but it sure reads like one.

Chimamanda tells, Purple Hibiscus, from the perspective of Kambili Achike, a young girl who lives with her brother, father, and mother. Her father, Eugene Achike, is a strict Catholic and has adopted the Christian belief totally. His beliefs causes him to be quite severe with his children and his wife, and it causes him to turn his back on his father who was a traditionalist.

Kambili and her brother, Jaja, have a loving yet fearful relationship with their father. He punishes them severely if they were not top of their class and when they did things that went against his beliefs and Christian beliefs. Eventually, the father has a tragic ending that tremendously impacts his family.

Reading this novel I thought a lot about the idea that we MUST include diverse literature in our classrooms if we want a world where people are culturally sensitive. Things Fall Apart and Purple Hibiscus gives the reader insight into Nigeria in a manner that is both informative and captivating. We need more books like this to dispel myths that we may have about other cultures and to possibly create a culturally sensitive society.

This is the third book that I have read by Chimamanda, and her books should be read in classrooms around the world. The other two books that I have read by her are Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah.

Read Chimamanda's books and learn and grow!

Happy Saturday...It's Race Day!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Intentional Thursday: Meditation

Vegas Baby!

So, it's Thursday....

Since last Thursday, we have been working on being intentional about not judging! 

How did you do?

This allowing people and things to be, without judging, was very eye-opening for me. I realized that we will look at things and people and judge them, but we can redirect our thoughts, and we do not have to verbalize everything that comes to our minds.

I"m in Vegas right now, and the line for McDonald's at the airport was super long. I normally look and think "Why do people eat at McDonald's?" However, this time, I just looked at the long lines and instantly redirected my thoughts to something else. (Peace!)

There was a man at the pool in Vegas with his shirt off and his stomach was BIG. I looked at his stomach, wondered if he was with the slim lady next to him, and directed my thoughts to something else. (Peace!)

Being conscious of my thoughts really helped with not being judgmental. I was conscious when people would make comments about other people and things, and I tried my best to not co-sign. Now, no one that I was with said anything vicious about other people, but people would say things like "Why does she have that on?" and I would try my best to redirect the conversation or not add to the comments.

Please don't think that I did not fall off the wagon a few times this week; I did. But one thing for sure, I was conscious of falling off, and I know that being conscious means a whole lot.

Oh, what we can change when we are at least conscious!

Now, let's get to Meditation.

Meditating is very personal and there are so many ways to meditate. I was introduced to a form of mediating that is called mindfulness, and it really works for me. Mindfulness was explained to me like this: you are sitting beside a running stream of water, and the the running stream is your thoughts. You want to be conscious of the running stream, but you do not want to get in the stream. In other words, when my thoughts start to run out of control, I bring them back by focusing on my breathing. It's about having thoughts but not allowing them to overtake me. I normally will sit for about 15 minutes, set my timer on my phone, close my eyes, and be present with my thoughts. Doing this can become a habit, and we can be at peace with ourselves without our thoughts running us crazy. Thoughts are just that: thoughts! Also, I spend time thinking about what I am feeling because of my thoughts, and this has given me much needed insight into myself and peace.

This week while in Vegas, I listened to Joyce Meyers, television evangelist, and she was talking about having purposeful thoughts. From my understanding, Joyce advocates that God gives us enough grace for each day. She used the example of the people that Moses was leading to The Promised Land. God would give them manna from heaven every day, but if they tried to save some for the next day, it would spoil. God gave them new manna everyday. Joyce went on to say that the manna was grace, and that God gives us grace for each day.

So, Joyce proposes sitting everyday, and I would say for about 15 minutes or less, and purposefully determining our day by confessing something like: "I will trust God." "I am happy." "I will remain calm all day." "No weapon formed against me shall prosper." Pick one confession and say it over and over. Sounds awesome right?

The purpose of doing some type of mediating for the next week, and hopefully forever, is for us to experience being one with ourselves in peace. The results from meditating can become a part of who we are, and we can live our lives in a state of peace and not being controlled by our thoughts, which are just thoughts.

There is no one that I love to spend time with more than myself. But, it's not fun to be with me when I am not calm and peaceful. I know that mediation helps to calm us and helps us to enjoy being with ourselves.

Now, I have given you two suggestions of ways to mediate, and you can also research and do whatever form of meditation that works for you. However, let's intentionally be with ourselves in harmony and peace....

I can't wait to hear how this goes!

Happy Intentional Thursday, My People.....

Friday, July 4, 2014

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Before I start to tell you about this awesome novel by Tayari Jones, I must tell you about the Mercy of God...

In the DC area, it has been incredibly hot, and of course I didn't waste my time complaining; God knows weather. I continued to be grateful for summer and spent a considerable amount of time outside. Yep, I did!

Yesterday was another hot day; however, during the evening, we received rain.

This morning, on the 4th of July, I got up to go to Whole Foods, one of my favorite places in the world, and when I stepped outside, I was greeted by the most pleasant weather. I left Whole Foods, traveled to Old Town to shop, and hurried home to sit on my balcony to enjoy the Mercy of God!

God is merciful and knows how much we can bear. After those sweltering few days, he sent Mercy.

How Great is Our God......(Smiling from ear to ear!)

Sooooooo, early this week, my sister, Dot, sent me a text and asked if I had read Silver Sparrow? I stated "No," and she went on to tell how great this novel is. Of course, I downloaded it, and read it.

Dot was right, this book is awesome...

Tayari Jones can write (PERIOD)...Very similar to how Toni Morrsion does in Song of Solomon, Tayari has quite a few characters in this story, and through a very clever use of plot and character development, she helps the reader to understand every last one of the characters.

Dana, is a silver sparrow, and a silver sparrow is a person who is a 'secret child.' Dana's mom conceived her with a married man. The married man had another daughter, Chaurise, with his wife. Dana and her mother knew about Chaurise and her mother. However, Chaurise and her mother knew nothing about Dana and her mother; they were a secret.

Dana was told early on that she was a secret, and her entire life was devoted to keeping her life a secret from Chaurise and her mother.....I can not and do not want to image being a secret.

Reading this novel, I thought a lot about what it must mean to a child to know that he/she is a secret. I thought a lot about why would a woman have a child with a married man. I thought a lot about women, our place in this world, our happiness, and our Power!

Very thought provoking novel with characters that will be on my mind for quite awhile...

By the way, as I am writing this post, the wind is blowing and God is saying that he loves me and is rewarding me with great weather for not complaining about the heat earlier in the week...(I'm the apple of his eye!)

Read Tayari Jones' Silver Sparrow.....

Tayari Jones

Enjoy the 4th of July, My People!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Intentional Thursday: Non-Judgement

Well, two summers ago, I wrote blogs that I called Thankful Thursday, and I wrote about things that I was Thankful for, and last summer I wrote blogs every Thursday that were called What I know for Sure Thursday, and I focused on things that I know for sure. However, I could not think of what I should write about on Thursdays this summer, so I figured that I just wouldn't do a focused, Thursday writing. However, The Power of Intention was sent to me, and every Thursday this summer, I am going to write about something that we can do intentionally for the entire week and hopefully for the rest of our lives... I am soooooo excited!

From today until next Thursday, let's practice not judging anything or anybody, because a lot of our judging is often negative and negative thoughts can make us feel some kind of way like frustrated or unhappy. AND, who wants to live their life frustrated or unhappy? For many of us, this may be quite difficulty, and we may slip up and that's ok....Just get back on the non-judgement track!

What I mean about not judging is to eat dinner and not say or think that it is good or bad; it just is. Don't see a person and think or say "Why is she doing this or that;" allow that person to just be. In every situation that you are put in this week, just be presence, aware, and accept it. You will accept people how they are, the weather as it is, you meals as they are, the slow driver as he/she is.....

I'm going to Vegas with a friend on Monday. We all know that Vegas is HOT in the summer, and I will not judge the weather, my friend, other people, my meals; I am going to be present in every moment without judgement... None of that "Why is the waitress slow?" or "Why is she in the shower for so long?" or "It is soooo hot here."

Let's practice not judging for an entire week, and let's see how it goes.

If you want to know more about non-judgment please read The Power of Now  by Eckhart Tolle.

Let me know how it goes this week.....

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

So, I read The Power of Intention many, many years ago, and I must say that this book has had a powerful effect on my life. Along with the Bible, this book is a blue print for how we should consider living our lives....

I am convinced that the universe (God) sends us just what we need when we need it....and the universe sent The Power of Intention to me again, and it was right on time.

Dr. Dyer sees "intention is a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place." He sees "Intention as not something that you do, but as an energy that you are a part of."

Dr. Dyer gives the seven faces of Intention which is basically what he the thinks Intention may look like if he had to give it a form:

  1. The Face of Creativity: "The idea that intention is creative or otherwise we would not be here; we all have the power to create the life that we want."
  2. The Face of Kindness: "Choosing to be kind is a choice to have the power of intention active in your life."
  3. The Face of Love: "Love is the most powerful energy in the world."
  4. The Face of Beauty: "As you become receptive to seeing and feeling beauty around you, you're becoming attuned to the creative power of intention with everything in the natural world, including yourself."
  5. The Face of Expansion: "The Power of Intention manifests as expression of expanding creativity, kindness, love, and beauty."
  6. The Face of Unlimited Abundance: "This face has no boundaries, is everywhere at once, and is endlessly abundant." 
  7. The Face of Receptivity: "All of nature is waiting to be called into action; we only need to be willing to recognize and receive."
Dr. Dyer goes on to explain how to connect to Intention, obstacles to connecting, our impact on others when we are connected, and Intention and Infinity. Then, Dr. Dyer shows us how to put Intention into action, and finally he gives us a snapshot of how a person looks who is connected to Intention.

Here are just a few of the things that spoke to my heart as I read this book....
  • "What you think of yourself is what you think of the world."
  • "Self-respect attracts higher energy. Lack of self-respect attracts the lower."
  • "You don't need another diet, workout manual, or personal trainer. Go within, listen to your body, and treat it with all of the dignity and love that your self-respects demands."
  • "You can never remedy a relationship by condemning it."
  • "Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change." 

I could go on and on and on, but you really should read this book for yourself...

If you haven't read any other book that I have suggested, please consider reading this one; it is truly life changing!

My next read is Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones; feel free to come along........
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