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I have to ask myself sometimes, “Would I rather be right or  happy? Would I rather be part of the problem or part of the solution?  Would I rather have an open mind or an aching back?”  Today I would rather be happy, to be part of the solution, and to have an open mind.

In the fall of 2001 I was introduced to Lavender oil by my sister Terry and I did not have an open mind.  Terry had purchased a kit of essential oils from Young Living and was she just so excited!  I was just so annoyed.

My only experience with essential oils was with a bottle of peppermint I had gotten at a bath and body shop.  The sales girl had said, “Don’t ingest it and don’t put it on your skin.”  I purchased it and it sat on my bathroom vanity.  If it couldn’t be worn or ingested what could I do with it?  It collected dust.  

When Terry suggested that I put Lavender oil on my lower back to alleviate discomfort, I told her that I didn’t think she knew what she was doing. Then she told me I could put drops of Peppermint and Lemon oil in my water and I thought she had really lost it.  I thought she was crazy. I didn’t know that she had found a source for essential oils that was healthy, and superior to any on the market.  I didn’t understand that Young Living’s was a whole different breed of oil than the one I had purchased at the mall.

While at Terry’s house one Saturday evening I complained that my foot was hurting me.  Out she popped with her bottle of Lavender and said, “Please let me put a couple of drops on it!”  I did, and the rest is history.  And happily today, having just gone through a period of back injury, I am supporting my body beautifully with Young Living oils. 

I have always thought of myself as an open minded person, but in reality there are times when, well, not so much.  It took over a month of watching my sister use these oils before I would give them a chance.   Now, thirteen years later, healthy and financially free because Young Living also offers a wonderful business opportunity, I am beyond grateful that I did.  Allowing Terry to drop this pure, beautiful oil on my skin changed my life, and the life of my son.

I like to reflect on this experience.  It helps me to remember to look for other areas where I may not be alive and really listening.  It serves to remind me that I will truly always have so much to learn.  Today this truth excites me.  As the saying goes, “The mind is like a parachute…it works best when it’s open.”

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I have decided to name 2015 “The Year of the Prayer.”  It just seems to resonate.  I like how it sounds, and how it makes me feel.  And this picture of a child in open-handed prayer? I like that too.

For most of my adult life I have been a spiritual seeker and, in more recent years, a finder.  I have learned the importance of allowing my God, my higher power, my universal teachers, however it must be named, to come into my life and guide me.  Jesus is always the presence I come back to now, and I’m grateful for that.  But no matter who or what supports us in getting to that high vibration of awareness and allowing, to me connecting with our spiritual source is the most important and vital thing we can do.  For me it’s the place from whence all good is born.

I cannot speak about prayer of course without it’s beautiful, listening partner meditation.  I have heard it said that prayer is asking and mediation is listening.  I find that when I’m meditating I often do a dance between the two, and this is absolutely exhilarating.  (I love using Young Living oils to enhance my meditation…Grounding, Release, Motivation and Believe to name just a few.)

But the challenge I propose to myself is to allow my prayer and mediation practice to inform and bless my entire day.  I’m always affected positively by my practice, but when I make conscious decisions throughout my day to remember it…to stop and say a prayer, breathe and listen…such wonder, so many kindnesses, and many great surprises unfold.

Can I say that a prayer has been offered when I let someone into a busy line of traffic, or when my neighbor jogs over with a letter for me that was left in his mailbox?  I think so.  Is it prayer when my son Hank and I are hugging each other so tight that it feels like sparks must be flying from our bodies?  To me it is.  Is it prayer when I am forgiven, or when I allow myself to forgive?  Yup.  When I am feeling extremely impatient but choose to express love and kindness in spite of how I feel? Bingo. Prayer in action I suppose, and I like that as well.

I wish all of you copious amounts of love and joy in 2015.  I hope that you discover wonderful ways to pray throughout your days, and to bless others with your action prayers.  I know that I will continue to do my best to do so, and when I fall short I hope to forgive myself and keep on praying.  

So hello “Year of the Prayer”.  We’re off!

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