Ever-present Light

Light

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We live in a world full of illusions, which if taken too seriously, contribute to suffering and the forgetting of knowledge that comes naturally. One such illusion is the idea that the sun goes down and rises up again each day. Many believe that the sun is actually going down and “taking a break” for the night hours until the morning. This is an illusion. The sun knows no such thing as a “break,” it is always shining brightly regardless of what’s going on in our atmosphere or where we are as we orbit around it. No matter what, the sun shines.

In moments when we forget the sun is always shining, we believe we are alone, left to suffer. We even begin to believe the sun has abandoned us altogether. We personalize its decision to leave and lose hope on our journey, choosing to merely exist instead of enjoying our lives. But the reality is that the sun is shining, it is always shining. The light is here, now. And even though most of us know the appearance of the sun rising and setting is an illusion, we tend to forget the illusions related to other matters. The truth is, we have the ability to stop getting trapped in illusions and allowing them to dictate our quality of life. We can choose to play in the illusions, which is actually quite enjoyable or simply recognize them for what they are and continue to enjoy our lives while having a deep knowing of what is true.

Welcome to this Space

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Welcome to this moment, this indescribable space, where everything dwells and no one nor no-thing is turned away. All is welcome here, all are allowed to play. This moment gently invites us to Be, encouraging us to drop our expectations and any thing else that gets in the way…of freedom, peace, and joy. In fact, all of these exist right now, so let’s dive deep into the unknown, only to find that we are supported every step we take.

*images taken during this evening’s silent sitting

Play

“Life is not a business, it is a play. And a play has no purpose really, it is non-purposeful. Or you can say play is its own purpose, to play is enough. Life is not reaching towards some goal, life itself is the goal. It is not evolving towards some ultimate; this very moment, here and now, life is ultimate.” -Osho

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My grandmother used to tell me “stop being so serious, just be a child,” whenever my mind would find some worrisome topic to bug her about. At the time, I didn’t take her advice because I considered myself to be “mature” and playing seemed less important than asking questions. Now, I find her advice to be one of the most profound ever given.

Lately, I have been feeling much more playful, upon “remembering” that all is well. Underneath the veil of what we “see” lies a perfect peace that is always here and now. Not only that, it becomes simultaneously humbling and comical when we realize that we really don’t know that much at all, let alone where we actually are in the grand scheme of the Universe.  This realization has helped me to lighten up a great deal and stop carrying the burden of “seeking” and trying to figure things out. How liberating it is to just enjoy “this” as it is. With a playful disposition, I find that I am more engaged, grateful, and loving, and that’s definitely something to smile about! Cheers!

Mahalo for reading! May you experience infinite peace and blessings!

 

Lean In

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Something miraculous happens when we lean into life, openly sitting with all the sensations that enter our awareness.

We access the inherent joy of Being when we simply allow all feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations to exist in our experience without running away, avoiding, or denying their presence.

We are continuously invited to let go and choose love.

We have endless opportunities to happily coexist with all of life’s possibilities.

Will you lean in?

Family

“If you think you’re “enlightened,” go spend a week with your family.” -Ram Dass

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*Photos of the fruit at a local farmer’s market we went to visit today

My partner and I have family visiting this weekend and thus far it has been quite comedic as well as a friendly reminder. My reflection is staring me right in the face and I get to boldly see some of the areas that were residing in my blind spot. The old thought patterns and dynamics come racing in as if they had never left, and maybe they hadn’t, which is why it’s great that they’re coming up again for me to see clearly.

These moments are such rich opportunities for fully engaging in the moment and seeing all of the memories, habits, patterns, thoughts, and emotions that have been stewing underneath the surface. They are excellent opportunities to let go and be free of reacting unconsciously. In fact, I can even have fun with it all, getting a hearty chuckle about the persistence of habitual patterns. What a reminder that family is truly here to welcome us home (to the truth).

Mahalo for reading! May you experience infinite peace and blessings!

Happy Global Love Day!

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Today is Global Love Day, which was created to promote unconditional love and celebrate humanity! Please take a moment to review the six principles The Love Foundation shares with us:

We are one humanity on this planet.
All life is interconnected and interdependent.
All share in the Universal bond of love.
Love begins with self acceptance and forgiveness.
With respect and compassion, we embrace diversity.
Together we make a difference through love.
        

Each moment is an opportunity for us to open our hearts, express gratitude, and choose love. Let’s spread aloha through each of our actions! I hope that you have an amazing day and month full of love and joy!

Mahalo for reading! 

With love & gratitude,

Candace

Six Month Anniversary

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Today marks six months since my move to Hawaii! Moving here is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Hawaii is a place for restoration, rejuvenation, and clarity. Here are three powerful life lessons I have learned since moving here:

1. Fear does not have inherent power, we allot its power. The truth is that we can choose how much influence fear has over our actions. Admittedly, I was absolutely terrified to move to Hawaii. I had no idea how I was going to afford it, where I was going to work, what I was going to do, nothing. Instead of allowing fear to make me a slave to my mind, I decided to look fear right in the face and move forward anyways. I also want to add that absolutely none of my fears have come true, not a single one. From this experience, I realized that fear does not have to stop us, ever.

 2. Be present and relax. Living here has taught me to relax. Worrying and running around in a panic are not conducive to our well-being or the well-being of those around us. Worrying is such a consuming activity that typically has no benefit. I see now more than ever that life is always on our side, if only we stop fighting it. I have learned how to embrace uncertainty and I am freely relaxing in the arms of God.  I am finally allowing my life to flow uninterrupted.

3. You can run but you can’t hide. Many people move to Hawaii to escape something whether it’s emotions, experiences, or just life itself. Admittedly, I genuinely believed that coming here would eliminate some of the things I didn’t want to address directly. But, the bottom line is that we can’t run from life. Life will continue to present the very things that we try to run from regardless of a new location. The truth is that peace comes from within us. If we are unhappy on the mainland, we will be unhappy in paradise (Hawaii). The cause of our unhappiness is that we refuse to accept life’s invitation to embrace its full range of experiences. Paradise is wherever you are, as you are right now. 

 This journey is simultaneously beautiful, frightening, and incredible. Mahalo for reading!

With deep love & appreciation,

Candace

Self-Love on Valentine’s Day & Every Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I had so much fun on the empowerment call on Wednesday with Rosetta Thurman and the Happy Black Woman community! The call gave me an opportunity to really reflect on the importance of self-love. I’m really happy that we are shifting our focus within this Valentine’s Day, because it’s time to focus inward. So many of us do not care for or love ourselves the way we deserve. When I pass out my “little love cards” and see people’s joyful reactions, I’m constantly reminded of how important it is to feel loved. We need love more than anything else in this Universe, and we need our own love first before we are able to give and receive it willingly.

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned on my life journey is how important it is to love myself. When I began to genuinely love myself, everyone around me benefited. To this day, wherever I go, I see how people are simply drawn to the positive energy of someone in harmony with themselves. And that is why I support the statement that self-love and self-care are acts of compassion. When we are in love with who we are and really promote our well-being, we are literally gifts to the world. We are better in our relationships and in everything we do. We become a tangible source of joy for everyone and everything around us. And let me not forget to mention that ultimately, we are One; self-love is synonymous to universal love. May you have a wonderful day full of love and celebration of the beautiful creation that you are!

Mahalo for reading! May you experience infinite peace and blessings!

With deep love & appreciation,

Candace