Friday, January 30, 2009

The Love Cycle of Parenting

Every parent comes to a fork in the road when they must let their child go down their own path as they must continue on theirs. It is a fearful time. Not only a fear of the unknown, I believe it is much more a fear of separation or loss.

In truth, life reveals that in branching out, no matter where life takes you, what remains parallel is the very thing that brought you all together in the first place--love.

And love always trumps fear!

Below is poem that I created as an edited version of a letter I wrote to my oldest daughter. I offer it here as a kind of dedication to parents and children alike--For all the strength it takes a parent to release their child into the world and for all the courage necessary for a child to fly on their own. May your unbreakable love bring peace and encouragement.

The Love Cycle of Parenting
by Maggie Kalas

You are my child.
With God’s help,
I have brought you into this world
and you are precious to me.

You are not my possession.
You are someone I do hold dear to my heart.

I love you.
It is not just three words
but a truth that cannot be broken.

You are like flower; delicate, exuding beauty,
yet an amazing strength lies unseen within.
You shine in the sun one day and then the next,
you must return to your roots for new growth.
Like magic, you emerge again; even more majestic.

I once planted the seed, but now,
I am only the observer; amazed and in awe.

I do not judge.
I rejoice when you are in full bloom
and mourn when you are wilted.

I sprinkle a little love with hope
and reach out to caress your drooping spirit.
If your thorns prick me, I may weep,
but I am forgiving; I know your thorns protect you.

When you are sad, I am sad
because I long for the joy of your light.

I love you; it is eternal and ever present.
Even in the cold of darkness, a warm light remains lit.
You are the light in me as I am the light in you.
We are one in this light.

No time or distance will ever separate our bond.
You are free to be you. And I believe in you.

My purpose at one time was to feed you,
nurture you, love you and protect you.
Now you are matured in your skin
and must live life in order to grow.

Loving you is all I can do now.
And, I do love you.

The rest is up to YOU!

A little secret…
everything you will ever need
is already within you.
Know thyself.

Consider it all joy,

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rediscovering Your JOY

Keep it simple. That statement says it all when you consider every area of life. Opening up to simplicity is a powerful step toward expanding your personal life experience.

Here are seven simple steps for living from your JOY center:

1. Love (always begin with self-love)
2. Appreciation (recognizing through love)
3. Responsibility (acknowledging your role)
4. Desire (knowing what you want)
5. Focus (directing your point of attraction)
6. Allowing (opening to change; receiving what you desire)
7. Being (your natural state; path of least resistance)

Change begins with one simple step. I just gave you seven.


Saturday, January 17, 2009


We all have a little "procrastinator" in us-- putting off those things we just don't want to do. But what about the things we DO want to get done and yet, we still find ourselves not doing them.

If that sounds like you, perhaps it's time to get unstuck. Here are 10 things you can do to encourage positive growth:

  1. Deciding To Do 'It' And The Willingness To Take Action
  2. Purging/Cleansing/Releasing Physical, Mental & Emotional Baggage
  3. Daily Meditation And Prayer
  4. Balanced Nutrition/Supplements/Herbs
  5. Physical Exercise/Yoga/Breath work
  6. Goal Setting
  7. Personal Accountability Plan
  8. Psychological Therapy
  9. Personal Development or Success Coaching
  10. Books, Cd's, Workshops & Seminars relating to the above

Change can often be difficult. However, with the right tools, change can not only be easy, it can feel really good...and maybe even be fun!

It all starts with step number 1 -- then you can pick and choose which steps suits you next!

Keeping the light on,


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Living a Life of Authenticity

For the past few years, every week or so, I have been going to a bible fellowship with several ladies in my community. It has become a place of comfort for me, as my fellow students and teacher are also my dear friends. We gather with great intentions to open our hearts to God, to seek out personal healing and to, perhaps, marvel in a moment of peace from our all too hectic lives.

Prayer may begin our gathering or end us as we depart; both are equally a blessing. Sometimes we chatter for an hour about life, our kids, our husbands…even political subjects, of which, we all do not agree. Nevertheless, our fellowship is always a treasured joy simply because we unite as one in friendship and Light.

Kathleen--who graciously opens her home, offers warming tea on cold days and a spectacular view of Northport’s harbor on warm days--is always prepared with a new tidbit of insight or higher Truth. Even if she did not formally prepare, she spontaneously follows the lead of Spirit by gracing us with her soft, passionate voice as loving words gently flow from her lips. We always leave feeling uplifted; changed from when we arrived. We come with open hearts and leave with them filled.

This year we decided to follow a teaching from a book called “The Life Model, Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You”. As we began reading, it occurred to me that it may be the most important lesson of the year; especially in these changing times.

The introduction reads, “The Life Model is not just a theory, it is a does not just talk about growing, it gives you practical steps on how to does not just promote recovery, it identifies specific ways to heal traumas. And lastly, it does not offer casual reading, it challenges you to change and grow and be the person that God designed you to be.”

And who are we designed to be? Simply stated, “We are to be whole.”

Over the next few months, we will be taking our time reading each chapter. Not just to digest its words of wisdom, but more importantly, to deliberately apply this wisdom to our daily lives. For me, as a student who is also a teacher, I will joyfully share its profound message with those who are willing to open their hearts and live a life of authenticity.

In light, always,


Monday, January 5, 2009

Recognizing Life Purpose

As we kick off 2009, I thought I would share an affirmation meditation written by one of my favorite spiritual well-being teachers, Orin and DaBen:

Recognizing Life Purpose

With each breath in I affirm I have a life purpose.

With each breath out I send my purpose out to the world,
where it may manifest in my life.
This continues automatically, as I breathe in and out.

I now release other people's pictures
of what I should do or accomplish with my life.

I know what I love to do.
I affirm that I can do what I love,
knowing that as I do I am living my life purpose.

I now know what to do that brings me joy.
I affirm that I can do what brings me joy,
knowing that as I do I am living my life purpose.

I decide to do what is for my highest good,
knowing that as I do it serves the higher good of others
and is part of living my life purpose.

I fulfill my life purpose in every action I take.
I follow my heart and my joy.

I release everything in my life that is not part of my life purpose.

Today I take the time to listen to what my heart is telling me.
I ask myself,"What would I love to do today,
that will bring me joy, that will serve my higher good?"

I think of one thing I can do today that is my life purpose
because it fills my heart with joy and love,
and because it serves my higher good.

I make a picture of doing it and carry out this thought with action.
I am the captain of my ship,
and I am guiding my ship exactly where I want it to go.

I am now creating my ideal life
as I find and live my higher purpose.

As we take responsiblility for our own joy, as we live life from a place of purpose, may we all find the peace and harmony that is our divine right.

Blessings for the New Year and beyond,