Your Desires Matter

Do your desires really matter? In a word, yes. Your desires, just like mine, are thoughts that we have formed based on a life of discovering what we do and do not like, that we want more, that our lives would be better served in the pursuit of them. (Not to mention the side benefits that the world would enjoy through our realizations of those desires…Ok, so I mentioned them.)

Too often we find ourselves putting our own desires on the back-burner because of the need to fulfill the desires of others. Whether it is some new project at work, helping the needs of friends and/or family, or half a dozen other things, we sometimes find ourselves just never getting around to that all-important “me”.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it is important to serve. It is important to be compassionate and giving. Giving fills us with pride and those goose bumps that tell us we have done something rewarding and important. But in order to be in a position to give we must take time to nurture ourselves. We must rest, read, contemplate, meditate and do all of those things necessary to feed our own souls so that we can keep up in our service to others. A person who has fallen from exhaustion lends no help to others in need.

It is equally important that we recognize that we have desires. They serve to move us forward in life. Indeed, it is often the case that our desires to better ourselves align with our desires to help.

What are your desires/your wants/your needs? Take time to understand them and to pursue them. Only you know what they are and only you can take steps to pursue them. You are important. You matter. You are powerful and loved.

Blessings.

Stop and smell your own roses
Stop and smell your own roses

From Blank to Inspired in Fifteen Minutes

Sometimes, not often, I sit in silence waiting for inspiration; trying everything I can think of to find it: meditation, visualizing myself writing something profound, walking in the sunlight, listening to my favorite tunes, and a hundred other things, but nothing comes. I know its there…somewhere, I just can’t seem to put my mind’s eye on it. And so it goes until I have tried every possible angle at jarring some piece of literary genius loose from that ever present Universe of Infinite possibilities. All, that is, except for the obvious.

And so I sit down, pen in hand, paper before me and I write. It doesn’t really matter what I put down on that paper as long as I write. It doesn’t matter if I have fifteen minutes of writing “I don’t know what to write” over and over again. At some point it happens. The pen moves. Almost as if reading my thoughts, the pen moves more and more quickly across the page. Soon it is moving so quickly that the ink barely has enough time to soak into the paper before the next sentence comes. The words spew out, seemingly of their own accord, pen talking to hand as if engaged in some language that only the two can understand. But I know it is my thoughts that guide them. It is like the opening of a channel and allowing the water to flow where it may. Soon there is a flood of ideas, of emotion, of words.

There is a connection with the pen and paper, much like the mind connects to the infinite. The pen being like the idea, so anxious to be realized and the paper acting as the blank slate upon which the inspiration lay. The paper has no say in what is written upon it. It must by its very nature accept the writings of the pen, the soaking of the ink and in return, holding forever the record of the thought that was placed upon it until the ink has faded into that from which it came, only to be replaced by another thought: better, more inspired than those that came before it.

Have you noticed that an idea, once acted upon, becomes the thing that was thought? Then comes another idea to place on top of the first, intended to refine it, to make it better, to allow the experience to be enhanced. The idea becomes more than its original form. but that is also the nature of things. For we all want to be more than we are in this moment.

But what does that mean? To be more than we are in this moment? Is it more toys or money like the old adage of trying to keep up with the Jones? I think not. There is a deeper meaning than simply trying to be the one who ends up with the most “stuff”. It’s a bettering of the self. It is a yearning to understand, of self-realization, of growth. It’s being able to see someone else’s idea come to fruition and to be happy for them rather than being jealous because we know that this is the end game: to live, to experience joy, to know that we are more than we appear and that there is no limit to what we can do. It is an allowing of that from which we are made to shine through us, leading us to heights beyond which we ever thought possible.

Have you sat in the silence, not knowing what to write, say or do? Take pen to paper and see what your fifteen minutes brings.

From Blank to Inspired in Fifteen Minutes
From Blank to Inspired in Fifteen Minutes

They knew.

“I lost my parents” they said to me. “I lived all of my life with them and they never knew how much I loved them. I never took the opportunity to tell them. It is something that has haunted my for a very long time.”
I hear this a lot from people about parents, children, spouses, siblings, grandchildren. It is a common occurrence in this fast-paced business of living life. And so, I always ask:
What is your first memory of them? Being held in your parents arms as they take you home? Being allowed to hold your new sibling for the first time or their holding you? Is it holding your child in your arms for the first time after their birth? Is it your first meeting when you knew this was to be your life’s companion?
All of us, every one, has a memory of that person that we hold dear, that brings a smile or a tear. And it is not just your memory. You did not experience it alone.
There are sayings about regret, and they all come down to “if only.” Yes, we all wish our losses did not come as they did and we all wish that we had done something more: A kinder word, more tolerance, that we had taken time to do that thing we had always meant to do but never had the chance.
Obviously this is a call to take action: to say the words, to stop putting off that time together, to do something to avoid all of this in the first place. But it is also to ease your pain, your guilt, that regret for the action you wish you had taken before it was too late.
Do you remember that memory, that first experience with them? Do you believe that you were the only one feeling the love and wonder you experienced? The closeness and the anticipation of better things to come? There was a meeting that day and the days since. There has always been a bond, a special feeling, a knowing, a love.
We may not always have the opportunity to say the words we would like to say, but our lives, and theirs’, have been filled with all that is really necessary to know of your love.
They knew, just as you know. Take heart, and solace, in the knowing, in the remembrance of love’s embrace. That they knew then, just as they know now. Ocean

What do You Believe About Yourself?

There is nothing you cannot be do or have if you allow it into your life.

Many would look at that sentence and never give it a second thought because they know it is true. Others would look at that sentence and immediately conclude that it is talking about someone. The difference? Mindset.

Some people are programed from an early age that they are set in their intelligence, in their ability, and in what they will be able to accomplish in their life.
Others take the sentence to heart, knowing that they are constantly learning, constantly improving and that the sky is only as high as they can learn to reach.

So, what is your mindset? Why? If your mindset is that you are limited, can you change it? I guess that depends on whether you want to change. And why wouldn’t you want to change? I know many people who don’t have a great deal of confidence in themselves. They think that if they don’t get something right (perfectly right) the first time, they should give up and go back to something more comfortable. What they forgot in their mindset is that they had to learn how to do those things that they are comfortable with in order to get to that point in the first place.

I don’t now anyone who was born with a vocabulary, the ability to recognize and identify things in their surroundings, to walk, to write, to type, to do pretty much anything. Walking took practice as did everything else in life. That means learning something new is possible. Does it mean that it will be done perfectly the first time? NO! Did Einstein have trouble learning math? YES! Did Michael Jordan have to practice and practice and practice to become a great basketball player? OF COURSE! Did Elvis (or any other artist) expect to pick up his guitar and just start playing like it was something he had been doing all his life? OF COURSE NOT!

Ask anyone you admire how they got where they are. They will tell you it took lots and lots of practice, and practice means they did not succeed the first, second, third, tenth, or maybe even the hundredth time.

If you are so committed to believing that you cannot be do or have what you dream of, why are you reading this? Why do you try? Why do you feel like there is more to life than you are currently experiencing? It is because there is!

I don’t know most of you on a personal level which means I have no idea what your current abilities are or what you think about them. BUT WHAT I DO KNOW ABOUT YOU is that you are just as capable and deserving of your dream as anyone on the planet. Yes, you CAN be, do or have anything if you will allow it into your life. Does that mean that you will play the same as Michael or Elvis or anyone else? No. You are an individual with your own approach to everything. You are your own person with your own everything. Does that mean you are not just as good? No. You will just do it with your own flair. But you can be just as good. All it takes is a little belief that you can. Once you believe you can, it just a willingness to step forward and start on that path of being what you want to be.

Believe in yourself! I do!

It all starts with a belief.
It all starts with a belief.

Living With Passion and Purpose

I have been rehearsing two beautiful and moving pieces of music that I will be singing as a duet with a wonderful soul this Sunday. “One With the Divine” by Gary Floyd and Doug LeBow and the other is “Only What You Make of It” by Little Big Town. I find rehearsing easy because I am really looking forward to performing. It is something that brings me joy: working with talented musicians, creating a sound that will move people to a better place. It is very far from the #thisaintit that so many experience on a daily basis. I am very grateful to have found something that brings me (and others) so much joy!
So, what is your joy? Do you have a passion? If you do, how often do you engage in the activity? If you are not doing it on a regular basis, what is holding you back? And what is holding you back from figuring out what is holding you back?
So often we let “life” get in the way of taking that next step to a happier and more fulfilling life. We say “I would love to do that but I have too much_________ to let me get to it.(You can fill in the blank) Sometimes that may be exactly the case. But it cannot be that way all of the time…unless we are doing things to keep it that way. Sometimes, without even realizing it, we subconsciously take on “duties” that we know will keep us from moving toward joy. Sometimes because the change is really, really scary, sometimes because our past has convinced us that we will not be successful in taking the chance at happiness.
What I know, as Abraham would say, is that there is nothing you cannot be, do or have if you will allow it into your life. And how do you allow it into your life? That, my friend, is the easy first step. If you know, or even have an idea of what would bring joy to your life, see yourself doing it. But not just in the daydream kind of sight; really SEE yourself doing it. See, hear and feel yourself there. Feel the rush of the excitement as you are in the midst of what brings you so much joy! For me and singing, I can certainly feel it while rehearsing, but I also see myself in front of the audience, surrounded by my fellow musicians (the band, the stage, and so forth) and I allow it all to invade my experience. MMMM. It feels like happiness. It feels like love. It feels like warm hugs, like the universe holding me it its arms.
Get the idea?
When you can SEE yourself doing what it is you love to do, you raise your experience to a higher vibration. You become one with the divine, and the Universe listens. It listens and then rushes to catch up to your vibration, bringing with it all of those things needed to make your experience real.
It, disney splash 3 You know that question everyone always walks around asking? “What is my purpose? I must be here for a reason.” Now you know the answer as well. You are here to life a happy, exciting and passionate life, ever growing, ever experiencing more and loving every minute of it!

#thisaintit

#thisaintit. We all have those thoughts, mostly because we are beginning to realize that what we are doing with our lives is really not what we want to be doing for the rest of our lives. Yes, it used to be fun, we used to feel passionate about it. So what is different now? The answer may be that its just a bad day or it may be that we have grown beyond what we are doing. Like Peggy Lee once sang: Is that all there is? Is there nothing beyond what I have been doing these past several years? If that is what you are feeling, then perhaps instead of staying in the “this aint it” forest, it is time to cut a path to something more rewarding.
Life and our intuition tell us when we need more. It’s natural. We learn, we do, we grow and we search for more. Not the more as in the keeping up with the Joneses, its more an inner desire to experience, to feel to see, to do more than we have up to this point. What could be more natural for a creature who spends its entire life thinking and creating?
But what about that old saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Well what about it? Was there ever a time in your life when you thought that you were too old to experience something that you were passionate about? Not hardly.
So how do we cut a path through the this aint its?
Step 1: Know that you create your reality. Your life is what you have made it up to this point and it is yours to change as you see fit.
Step 2: Know that, regardless of what you have done in your past, the mistakes you have made, the successes or failures you have experienced cannot be changed. The only place you can start is from where you are right now. Yes, you can learn from your past, but be careful not to get stuck in the “living from the past” syndrome.
Step 3: Find a quiet place and time where you can clear your mind of distractions so that you can ask yourself: What would I do if I knew I could not fail? And when you ask that question, make sure that you listen for the answer. You will recognize the calm knowing of it being right.
Step 4: Write it down with any other answer you get. When you are done, review your list and see which one calls out to you the most.
Excited? Feel the blood surging with the thought of something new and exciting in your life? Good.
Step 5: Ask the next question: What one thing can I do today that will get me started on clearing that path to this new venture.
Step 6: Take the step. The next step forward will appear for you if you stay open to it.
Can you see yourself in your new venture? Can you feel it? I mean, can you really feel it? Can you experience it in your mind like you are already there? If it is something for which you really have a passion do you think the Universe will match the vibration of your joy? you bet it will.
I would love to hear all about your passion. Tell me about it. Let me hear, feel and sense the excitement you have for this new life. gerry@gerryreiche.com or reply/share/comment on Facebook.
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For the Survivors

We are here to live a joy-filled life. It is our birth right. We knew this before we came into being. But some of us strayed from that path, whether by false promise of beautiful things, or because we could no longer see it for the dirt and leaves obscuring it from out sight. Some of us never even had a chance to look for this path, our birthright taken at first breath.

To live, to exist was to be in the darkness. Indescribable and yet all too familiar: filled with pain, steeped in depression, without power or choice. The only reprieve was sleep. But not a restful sleep for behind it lay the expectation of the day to come. And yet, there was something. Deep within, where it could not be seen, there was hope. Sometimes only a smoldering wisp of ash, but it was there. It hinted of better times, of a future where this life would end and another take its place.

I walk into the light. The smoldering hope that once was is now a flame shouting FREEDOM! And yet there is a fear which trails me. It brings an angst of uncertainty. Am I worthy of this life? What now?

I turn towards the sun and feel its warm embrace. I listen and hear a voice call out from within. It reminds me: I am. I am worthy. I am capable. I am strong. My life is my life and I allow it to be. I am strong. I AM A SURVIVOR!

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The Benefits of Meditation

There is a relatively new story out about a school in the San Francisco area: Visitacion Valley Middle School. Once described as poor performing, with a high truancy and suspension rate, the visionaries in charge of this school decided to try something new: meditation.

I could spend hours talking about meditation: the benefits, different types, take you on a guided meditation (which you can find in my book It’s All About Me)and so on. But really, the proof of the incredible benefits of a daily practice of just two 15 minute sessions is best explained in the video link: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-student-stress-meditation-overview-video.

Watching this not only brought a feeling of joy for these kids and the community but a sense of vindication for a daily practice that, if practiced, really works. And why has this not caught on everywhere? Come on people, lets get behind something that works and move our children forward!

I’m going to leave it at that and encourage you to watch the video. If you feel emboldened, try my guided meditation. If you would rather have some earthly music to have playing in the background, go to Liquid Mind for the meditation break. Here is the link for Liquid Mind:http://www.liquidmindmusic.com/meditationbreak.html. But, by all means, let your childrens’ school officials know that there is something here that really has a positive effect. If they try it, they might find their students actually wanting to learn!

I would love some feedback from all you folks on your reactions and experiences.

Blessings,

Gerry
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Where do I place my focus for success?

Researchers tell us that the average person has somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts each day. Wow! That’s a lot of thinking! Is it any wonder that people find it difficult to keep focused on a single thought? How are we supposed to move forward in a single direction (that of living a life of passion and purpose) with so much going on in our brains? 

Perhaps it is not that we need to restrict the number of thoughts that go through our minds each day. I am not really sure that is even possible!

Thoughts are what fuel our creativity. Who has not participated in a sessions of “Brain Storming” where ideas–and I mean any ideas–are welcome commodities? Thoughts are limitless. They lead us to new and exciting discoveries. They allow us to determine what we do and do not like, find alternatives to things that no longer serve us. Even if we could turn off them off, how would we do it? Guess we would have to give that one a few thousand thoughts, yes?

So, if we are not to focus on the restriction of thought, where do we focus? The answer is in the feeling that comes with those thoughts. 

Each of us has emotions.  Researchers have categorized them in 8 areas: Joy, Anger, Anxiety, Surprise, Trust, Grief, Fear and Love. Of course, there are many shades of each, but these are the basics. If we were to define them as feelings, we could name them as Good, Bad and somewhere in between. Admittedly the in between is a little vague, but that’s okay for this discussion.

Intuitively, each of us has a knowing sense of what thoughts are in our best interest. Thoughts, as categorized above, can make us happy, sad, excited or depressed. I think we can all agree that being excited and happy are much preferred over the alternatives. Common sense would dictate, then, that those thoughts, activities, actions, etc. that make us feel good, that seem to bring us alive are where we should focus our energies. It is, after all, why we are here in the first place: to be happy, to live a joy-filled and purposeful life.  Yes?

If we are to have a happy, joy-filled life, pursuing our life’s dream there can be no room for what we consider the negatives in life. We must focus on the positive, knowing that we are creative beyond measure, that our individuality lights our way to success. After all, there is nothing we cannot be, do or have if we allow it into our lives. images-6

The Big Question We All Ask

What would I do if I knew failure were not possible and cost was not a factor? What is my dream, my passion and purpose for this existence? If the answer does not immediately jump out at you then perhaps some contemplation is in order.

What do you want in life? What does anyone want in life other than to be happy, to be loved and to feel fulfilled? We all have the same end in mind. The question is what path to take to reach that end.

We have all spent time in dreams: of a less stressful, more satisfying place where there is no judgment or regret and that place exists for each of us. It waits for us to see it, to act upon it, to allow it into our lives.

There was once a great teacher who said to us that if we were to ask, it wold be given. But there was a qualifier: we would need to allow that which we asked for to come into out lives. No easy task if one has no clue how to accomplish that allowing. Still, we search for ways of allowing and we discovery things like meditation, where we quiet our minds, leaving the busy-ness outside, where we allow ourselves the luxury of peace. Yes, errant thoughts sometimes try to make their way in to distract us from our end, but with practice we learn to stay the distractions and to allow that natural state of openness to the infinite occupy our minds. And it does. Practiced (meaning done often) it becomes a welcome rest stop on the road of an anxiety-ridden highway. It is a place to allow answers, where the “ah ha’s” become commonplace, where all of the noise and the rivalries and the thoughts of lack and self-dread are laid to rest.

But where does one go if one has never tried to meditate? Where do we go to learn this wonderful tool? I can suggest many places: bookstores, websites, most places of worship. In fact, there are so many books and places and websites that one can really begin to feel overwhelmed and confused. After all, there are many different types and ways of meditating.

A straight forward introduction to meditation can be found in my book: “It’s All About Me”. There is a short chapter starting on page 48 that explains the basics and even guides you through the process. for those who are already practiced in the art, I highly recommend the Liquid Mind website which you can find at the following link: http://www.liquidmindmusic.comsun-rays-represents-love-not-war-and-calm-100281596 It provides five minutes of music (timed for you) for meditation.

Send me an email if you need more explanation, a guided experience or have questions. I am always available for someone who wants to find passion, purpose, fulfillment and peace. Namaste.