A Grateful Heart…

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Keep your heart open to the flow of blessings as you consciously practice gratitude for ALL that you have, ALL that you already are and ALL that is.
Be grateful 365! 💖

Progress, Not Perfection

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Practice makes us proficient, not perfect. While perfectionism may seem like a worthy goal, it simply is unattainable and will steal your joy. Aim for progress in all that you do. Celebrate every ounce of progress you make. You are not designed to be humanly perfect in any way. You are meant to move forward, make progress and continue growing in this ever-evolving journey.

➡️ What is ONE area of your life where you can let go of perfection? 

Mindful Monday: Love Everything About You

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You may think that you’re a complete hot mess. The mess inside that makes you seem like you are smothered with dirt and mud on the outside. You may think that you are not lovable because you ARE this “mess”. That your existence, purpose and gifts are not valued. But that is far from the truth. You are NOT this mess nor are you meant to be defined by it. The truth is that unless you start to unconditionally love, accept and OWN your own “mess” that you feel inside, you will never feel completely loved and accepted by anyone else on the outside. When you learn to accept that your “mess” is really your “message” that will change your life in an utmost powerful way even if you don’t think so at first, AND that it is this mess that supports you to change other lives as well, you will have been victorious in this game of life. Don’t deny your own mess. Don’t deny the gifts you have been given. Don’t deny the purpose you have been given. Instead OWN it all. Because ALL parts of YOU are deserving of your own love and acceptance first. Don’t deny the darkness you have been given because even the darkness has its purpose. The darkness is what leads you to witness the light of God inside. Shine that light on your darkness. Let that light lead you to shine brighter amidst your inner chaos. Allow yourself to flourish by accepting and honoring more of you today than you did yesterday or even just a moment ago.

Because YOU are lovable. NO. MATTER. WHAT. 💜

Happy Earth Day!

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Many people all over the world are celebrating Earth Day today. Earth is everywhere. Above us. Below us. All around us. Even inside of us. We are as much a part of our divine Mother Earth as she is a part of us. We are not separate from her even if we may somehow believe that we are. When we realize that we are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful Earth, we can shift our relationship with her. As we begin to fall in love with Mother Earth, we will start to realize that there really is no separation between ourselves and her. It is Mother Earth and her nature that supports us in discovering our own true nature. Take a moment today to step on the soil of our true Mother and notice that she loves us and cherishes our entire BEing without ever judging us. Take a moment to stand barefooted in nature and feel your connection to the roots of Mother Earth deepen. Take a moment to celebrate the beauty of this glorious Mother that we were all created from not just today but everyday. Send Mother Earth some of your heart-felt gratitude and you will feel her love bounce right back to you a million-fold. Enjoy the blessing of being here surrounded by the magnificence of this Mother and all of her glory. May you relish every day of your existence here with our dear Mother.

Love to you all. Happy Earth Day!

 

Dance to the rhythm of your life!

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Your music.
Your beat.
Your song.
Your voice.
Your heart.
Your soul.
Your life.
It is unlike any other.
No other life is nor will ever be like yours.
Because your life is uniquely your own.
Only you know its purpose.
Only you know its pace.
March courageously in your life.
To the beat of your own drum.
To the love in your heart space.
To the flow of your soul.
Your music lives deep inside.
It awaits your impassioned call.
Seek it.
Claim it.
Love it.
Embrace it.
Become one with the soulful music inside.
Growth. Expansion. Renewal. Joy.
All is possible when you are married to the music inside.
Let the music of your soul take control.
Let the music of your soul be revived.
Let the music of your soul set you free.
Don’t let your music die inside.
Let yourself move to the beat of your own truth.
Let yourself dance to the rhythm of your life.

💜 Farah Joy

Mindful Monday: Love is the Answer

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It’s the start of a new week. Mondays are dreaded by many people because we usually will have so much on our plates to start off the week with, we may be rushing from place to place and we may even find ourselves doing one thing or another for other people without a single thought that we, too, have our own needs to fulfill. We simply lose sight of the one thing that we could intend every week to create more ease in our life: love for ourselves. Love is our inherent truth and the energy that keeps us connected to our Source. Love is the medicine that heals our soul as a whole. Not the love that we seek elsewhere, but the love that is found within us. The love that we so often forget to give to our own selves. We can nourish and elevate our own spirit by fully expressing love to ourselves just as we offer it to others in the world. Our own love is the most beautiful answer to EVERYTHING that we desire in our life.

What is ONE thing you will do this week to be more loving towards yourself?

I would love to hear from you!

Let Love Bloom

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Let Love Bloom

Your worth, confidence, happiness, success and all
They are birthed from nowhere else but from within you

There is a well of love inside your heart that will soon dry up
If you keep giving away your love to everyone else and not to you

Quench your thirst for love by nurturing your own needs first
And you’ll start seeing a whole new world form around you

You will show up in a much bigger way for others
When you courageously honor each and every part of you

Do something everyday to offer yourself the love you truly deserve
Let that true love bloom from inside of you

💜 Farah Joy

Have a fabulous Friday all!! 😍

Life Is Rigged In Your Favor

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Know that when life feels hard that there is a precious gift somewhere yet to be discovered in the “hard”. Be open to receiving the gift that is waiting for you. Seek it wholeheartedly. Find it with ease. Don’t turn it away just because it is not in your physical view. All of life is always conspiring FOR you!!

Release your struggle. Invite ease. Stay open to the miracles.

Be The Light That Makes A Difference

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I am a Muslim. I am a Pakistani-American. I am a woman of color. What are these other than obvious descriptions of me and my born identity.

But most importantly BEFORE all of that, I am a human. I am a beloved and worthy creation of God. I am the shining light of God.

And you are, too. We ALL are.

So let us all BE the light that makes a difference.

Let us all love the heck out of each other irrespective of our color, religion, gender, ethnicity, nationality, political party preference or social status. Let us honor the divine light that exists within EACH one of us even in the most challenging times of our lives. Let us be the dignity we deserve. Let us be the love we deserve. Let us be the unity we deserve.

It doesn’t begin with anyone else, but YOU.

Every single experience stemming from this election…from the comments of President-Elect Donald Trump that triggered fear, hatred and suspicion with the masses all over the world to the politically incorrect behavior he has publicly exhibited to the election results that hurt and disappointed so many to the core…is an opportunity for us to look within ourselves and BE the change that we seek in the world. The hatefulness, name calling, judging, shaming and blaming that is flooded all over the social media for both Hillary Clinton and President-Elect Donald Trump DOES NOT solve anything. It only creates more of it.

The energy we give our attention and response to IS the energy that we will experience more of in our lives.

Hatred creates more hatred. And love begets love.

If you want respect, be respectful to and of your fellow human beings. If you want more humanity, be human. If you want love, be love. If you want peace, be at so much peace within yourself that no single person or experience can ever rob you of it.

Embody what you desire. BE what you seek. You can’t have in your life THAT which you are not willing to BE.

Whether or not the newly-elected President is supportive of my own religion, ethnicity and gender or anyone else’s, the one thing I know for sure is:

God. Always. Has. Our. Back.

I am a Muslim and I am choosing to BE love over hate. I am choosing faith over fear because my faith IS what sets me free.
Always.

Discovering My Strength Amid Life’s Challenges

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“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

-Bernice Johnson Reagon

My first reaction to life’s challenges isn’t always a positive one. Such was the case with certain events I encountered in the past year, particularly in the last several months. But the quote above by Bernice Johnson Reagon genuinely offers profound wisdom for people like me who find it difficult to battle life’s everyday challenges. Admittedly, life’s challenges do throw me way out of my comfort zone just when life is flowing so smoothly. But if I look at the deeper meaning behind those challenges, they provide me with a multitude of opportunities to face my fears and to rediscover myself, my purpose, my strengths and my weaknesses. These challenges allow me to refocus on my relationship with the Divine and to find ways to strengthen my faith — the faith that sometimes wavers when I’ve hit rock bottom and I can only see darkness all around me. And I sometimes forget that there is a comfort and peace that is waiting for me if only I open my heart to receive it, if only I allow God to bear my burdens, if only I become still and listen, if only I put my complete trust in God and His timing.

Paralyzed is how I felt amid some of my trials and tribulations recently. It was as if my life had come to a halt and all of my aspirations were delayed. It seemed as though all of the difficult events were controlling my life and in which direction my life would now be led. I had allowed myself to be defined by my problems and the uncontrollable challenges of my life. There were many days when the tears wouldn’t stop streaming down my face and there were countless moments when I sat in utter self-doubt, even questioning God’s ways, wondering about the turmoil and why my world was so shaken up all of the sudden. Despite the doubts and questions that had begun to creep in, God saved me yet again. Through it all, God was my strength. He reminded me that I could lean on Him when I couldn’t lean on my own understanding. He brought me back to Him because He knows that I belong only to Him. He knows that I will always be tranquil when I allow myself the time to experience His real presence. God knows that peace is promised when I deepen my knowledge of Him through nature, through others who are fighting a harder battle than I am, through the people who are ever-ready to shower me with their love, through my trials and tribulations, through His word, through acknowledging His beautiful attributes, through prayer and through my sincere efforts to become still.

During my moments of stillness, I was privileged to feel the close and authentic presence of the Divine. It was in the quietude that the small still voice within began to change into an audible whisper to bring forth God’s love and wisdom. God whispered His beautiful truth into my ears when it was least expected. He enlightened me to open my heart and see the world with eyes of love, to heal my body and all the brokenness that resides in my heart and to be brutally honest with myself so that I can dance gracefully with my soul. He afforded me with innumerable opportunities to shift my consciousness, to continually be aware of how to better myself, to count my blessings no matter what the circumstances and to believe in the abundant beauty of the Universe. Every demanding experience, every trial of faith and every adverse event that I encountered couldn’t have been survived without God’s endless love that was poured into my life. He didn’t give me everything that I WANTED but He sure did give me everything that I NEEDED in my moments of hardship. And the most precious gift that I received was my very own best friend named God who was ever-present in each and every chaotic situation I faced. It is said that people will abandon you, fail you and break your heart but God will never do that because He only loves and forgives.

So I want to take a moment now to thank my beloved God for blessing my life with His magnificent miracles. I’m so very grateful for God’s gentle nudges that remind me to stay centered while I continue to journey through this challenging phase of my life. I now stand stronger than before and more faithful than ever with only praise and glory in my heart for the Almighty and Omnipresent Creator of ALL.

 

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