SHANNON BRYANT

 

 

Light Lyrics

Oceano Lyrics

Articles

Kind Of Girl

Oceano

Let Yourself Shine

11th Hour

Born Innocent

The Art of Loving Yourself

Wide Open

Calm Rivers Flow

Celebrate Your Success

Light

Little Samba

Learning To Live In The Moment

Milk & Honey

More Of Who You Are

Getting In Tune With Your Purpose

Gold

Fragile Leaf Lullaby

Reenvision Yourself

Make Me Believe Itís Love

Heaven Knows

Lessons In Letting Go

 Open Your Eyes

For All I Know

Courage to be a Warrior

11th Hour Reprise

Losing Faith In This Love

 

 

 

 

 

Lyrics & articles by Shannon Bryant ©2016

Kind Of Girl

Iím the kind of girl who sees life like a play

The actors are my friends saying lines weíve rehearsed

I direct the drama, set the mood on my stage

Everybody here has a part they love to play

 

You went and broke my heart, I cried for days

You told me our love was over

Well, thatís alright cause youíre just another actor in my play

 

Iím the kind of girl who sees meaning in everything

Signs are everywhere saying notice me right here

No accidents, coincidence, its divine providence

Sure, sometimes itís just common sense

 

You would not let me through, I tried for days

Made me go around the mountain

Well, thatís alright cause, itís all about the journey anyway, anyway

 

Oh, ohÖ

Oh, ohÖ anyway, anyway

Oh, anyway

Iím the kind of girl who sees life like a play

 

11th Hour

11th hour youíve come to be my friend

Your timingís so familiar

You show up in just the nick of time

Bringing me gifts of life

I donít mind saying, I am getting scared

I usually hear you knocking by now but youíre not anywhere

This isnít fair to me

 

But I canít lie, I love you

Iíll wait my life till I can have you

 

11th hour I came to trust your ways

Faith in you was like magic

I only had to close my eyes and dream and there you were right next to me

 I want to tell you I am not impressed

 Youíre leaving me here hungry while you feed the rest

 I do my best for you

 

But I canít lie, I love you

Iíll wait my life, till I can have you

 

Where, where, where are you?

I, I did my best for you

 

But I canít lie, I love you

Iíll wait my life till I can have you

I canít lie, I love you

Iíll wait my life till I can have you

You, Iíll wait for you, Iíll wait for youÖ

 

Wide Open

Look at the sunshine, a new day is beginning 

I can feel something is changing in me

I've got a swing in my stride, a new angle on life I do   

Never again will I be negative with you

  

I'm going to be wide open 

I'm going to breathe in the soft warm air, feel the ocean

I'm going open my arms let your love come along 

 

So it all happened it seemed in an instant

A different outlook when I look at you

Now every time that you're here I keep wanting you nearer to me

Never again will I miss a sweet kiss coming to me

  

I'm going to be wide open 

I'm going to breathe in the soft warm air, feel the ocean

I'm going open my arms let your love come along

 

A new sense of wonder, no wonder I've changed

I looked for a miracle and here it was in your face

 

I'm going to be wide open 

I'm going to breathe in the soft warm air, feel the ocean

I'm going open my arms let your love come along

I'm going to open my arms let your love come along

Let your love come along

Let your love come along

Love come along, let your love come along

 

Light


Bullets are flying

Trying to run for cover we just hit the floor

A mother is dying, crying

How can we live like this anymore?

Oh, ohÖ

 

Screams in the kitchen, listen

A battle with daggers canít be heard

Young ones are hearing, fearing

Whatís going to happen?

God this canít be good

 

Oh I, I will guide you my friend through the night

I will guide you my friend

Thereís no danger in the light

Thereís no pain here in the light

 

Remember the past, last night an angel came and said to me

ďListen, give your forgiveness

This is the key to the door that will set you freeĒ 

 

Oh I, I will guide you my friend through the night

I will guide you my friend

Thereís no danger in the light

Thereís no pain here in the light

Thereís no danger in the light

Guide me to the light

 

Milk & Honey (For Mom)

Crazy how you just left us here staring at the wall 

You had a place to go, oh didn't we know 

Life isn't what it seems after all

Ah, Ah, Ah 

 

 Maybe you're up there on a cloud moving the furniture around 

Or kicking up your feet cause time is free 

You have all day to see eternity 

You do exactly as you choose 

We should understand that you are in the land of milk and honey, milk and honey 

 

Fly 

 

To milk and honey 

 

Sometimes I look up in the sky 

I Swear I see a boat 

You're sitting at the helm of another realm 

This new place seem to treat you well 

You are exactly who you are 

A star that will be seen cause you are now the reigning queen of milk & honey, milk & honey

 

Fly

 

To milk and honey

 

Fly, flyÖ 


 
Gold

Came out of a dream last night

It stuck in my head

About the meaning of life and what itís for?

Iíve got a good feeling in me, I think thereís more

A feeling of love connecting us all

 

But youíre running around with your head in the clouds

Flying all over the world

Chasing a cup that is just not as real

As all of the gold you have here

 

Love yeah, love yeah

Love yeah, love yeah

Love yeah, love yeah

Love yeah, love yeah

 

Life is beautiful, perfect and good

Moving along just like it should

Naturesí got her rhythm

She has given us life, we should live with a sense of pride

 

But youíre running around trying to change yourself

Into what they want to see

Living a lie you deny who you are

And all of the gold thatís inside

 

Love yeah, love yeah

Love yeah, love yeah

Love yeah, love yeah

Love yeah, love yeah

 

Inside, inside you will find all of the gold that shines

 

Love yeah, love yeah

Love yeah, love yeah

 

Make Me Believe Itís Love

What makes this so different from every other time?

You tell me itís love we feel, well maybe you are right

But I need some persuasion, I need to know itís real

 

Make me believe that itís love

Make me believe that itís love

I want to believe that itís love  

 

Illusions of true love are always fooling me

I want to know for sure, are we meant to be?

Will this be forevermore or only for the night?

 

Make me believe that itís love

Make me believe that itís love

I want to believe that itís love

Ooh oohÖ

 

Make me believe, make me believe

Make me believe itís love

Make me believe, make me believe

Make me believe itís love

 

Touch me like nobody has

Kiss me one more time

Make me believe that itís love

Make me believe that itís love

I want to believe that itís love

Ooh oohÖ

 

Make me believe, make me believe

Make me believe itís love

 

 Open Your Eyes

The stars are dim tonight, the planets misaligned

I don't have much energy, I'm hopelessly tired

I used to be better than this I could touch the sky

Desire is lost in me and I don't know why

 

Open your eyes they sing from heaven

Open your eyes this is your life

Make a good choice cause it's forever

Open your eyes, this is your life

 

I can feel them waiting on me

 Step up to yourself girl, take the lead

Give me a sign give me something so I'll know what to do

I'm waiting for answers and looking for clues

 

Open your eyes they sing from heaven

Open your eyes this is your life

Make a good choice cause it's forever

Open your eyes, this is your life

 

I'm always with you

I'm with you all the time, believe me

I'll never leave you

I'll always be here at your side, forever

 

Suddenly the sun seems to shine down on me

It's only my perception though like it's always been

Heaven or hell in my mind I have the choice

Sink in my misery or follow my voice

 

Open your eyes they sing from heaven

Open your eyes this is your life

Make a good choice cause it's forever

Open your eyes, this is your life

 

11th Hour Reprise

11th hour youíve come to be my friend

Your timingís so familiar

You show up in just the nick of time

Bringing me gifts of life

I donít mind saying, I am getting scared

I usually hear you knocking by now but youíre not anywhere

This isnít fair to me

 

But I canít lie, I love you

Iíll wait my life till I can have you

 

11th hour I came to trust your ways

Faith in you was like magic

I only had to close my eyes and dream and there you were right next to me

 I want to tell you I am not impressed

 Youíre leaving me here hungry while you feed the rest

 I do my best for you

 

But I canít lie, I love you

Iíll wait my life, till I can have you

I, I did my best for you

 

But I canít lie, I love you

Iíll wait my life till I can have you

I canít lie, I love you

Iíll wait my life till I can have you

You, Iíll wait for you, Iíll wait for youÖ

 

Oceano

Oh ayÖ

Seur amor ven como as ondas do oceano.

Oh, seur amor ven como as ondas do oceano

Your love flows to me like a wave

Filling my heart with your endless supply

Iím feeling this current of life washing me clean

Nourishing whatís hidden in me

Itís a seed that comes to life when Iím with you

 

Seur amor ven como as ondas do oceano

Oh, seur amor ven como as ondas do oceano

 

Your love flows to me like a wave

Filling my heart with your endless supply

Iím feeling this current of life washing me clean

Nourishing whatís hidden in me

Itís a seed that comes to life when Iím with you

 

Oh ay oh ay oh ay oh ay

Oh ay oh ay oh ay oh ay

Seur amor ven como as ondas do oceano.

 Oh, seur amor ven como as ondas do oceano.

 

Oh ay oh ay oh ay oh ay

 

Born Innocent

When we are born we are born innocent

When we are born we are born pure love

When we are born with infinite knowledge of who we are

We must remember who we are

 

Iíll play you oh so softly, Iíll stroke you oh so gently

Iíll treat you like a fragile Leaf

Iíll be your fortune teller, Iíll read your life so kindly

Iíll feed your mind till you believe

 

When we are born we are born innocent

When we are born we are born pure love

Iíll play you oh so softly, Iíll stroke you oh so gently

Iíll treat you like a fragile Leaf

Iíll be your fortune teller, Iíll read your life so kindly

Iíll feed your mind till you believe

Oh

Iíll play you oh so softly, Iíll stroke you oh so gently

Iíll treat you like a fragile Leaf

Oh

Iíll be your fortune teller, Iíll read your life so kindly

Iíll feed your mind till you believe

 

Calm Rivers Flow

Laying on my back in the cool tall grass

With the sun on my face giving me a warm glow

The trees believe in healing my soul

And the wind whispers in my ear, calm rivers flow

 

The sky is so blue this afternoon

Birds fly in pairs singing me love songs

No cares anywhere just feelings of hope

And the wind whispers in my ear, calm rivers flow

 

Suddenly darkness surrounds me

My internal radio

Pulling me to yesterday Ė tomorrow

Oh the shadows

My chest is an open plane for the hurricane thatís gonna show

Now I canít breathe, I canít breathe Oh

And the only thing that saves me

is a quiet voice

 

Calm rivers flow

Let it go

Let it go

Calm rivers flow

Let it go

Let it go

Calm rivers flow

 

 

Little Samba

Ba da da dum, itís a little Samba

Ba da da dum, ba day do day

Ba da da dum, itís a little Samba

Ba da da dum, listen to me play.

 

Sitting at the piano one sunny afternoon,

Birds flying high, I was feeling alright.

Suddenly my fingers started dancing on the keys,

Something strange was happening to me!

 

Ba da da dum, itís a little Samba

Ba da da dum, ba day do day

Ba da da dum, itís a little Samba

Ba da da dum, listen to me play.

 

Whatever happened is still a mystery,

Samba inspiration got inside of me,

Now the rhythm's got me and it's all I want to play

I let the music carry me away.

 

Ba da da dum, itís a little Samba

Ba da da dum, ba day do day

Ba da da dum, itís a little Samba

Ba da da dum, listen to me play.

 

 

More of Who You Are

I want to more of who you are

Go down into the well, drown with me

Dissolve all your defenses, unlock the fences for me

I'll swim in your ocean of devotion, surrender please

Never give up till we reach the sea

 

I want to know more of who you are

Don't bother demonstrating this yearís abundant harvest

That's not who you are

Go deeper, so close

I suspect you are the jewel red seed of a pomegranate

Better yet, the juice

Peel your thin leather layer

I promise I'll be brave and take a lions bite

Crunch, ah, my white cotton dress

Stained, forever, with your life blood

What a blessing

 

Fragile Leaf Lullaby

Iíll rock you so softly

Iíll stroke you oh so gently

Iíll treat you like a fragile leaf

 

Iíll be your fortune-teller

Iíll read your life so kindly

Iíll feed your mind till you believe

 

Your life is just beginning

A babe at the start

Thereís a world for you to see

I will be there to guide you

Always at your side

Just remember you are free

 

Iíll rock you oh so softly

Iíll stroke you oh so gently

Iíll treat you like a fragile leaf

 

Iíll be your fortune-teller

Iíll read your life so kindly

Iíll feed your mind till you believe

 

I know you walk on eggshells

entranced in all our spells

youíre not sure which way to go

Just keep your vision high

and all will come in time

then youíll know what you should know

 

Iíll rock you oh so softly

Iíll stroke you oh so gently

Iíll treat you like a fragile leaf

 

Iíll be your fortune-teller

Iíll read your life so kindly

Iíll feed your mind till you believe

 

Iíll rock you oh so softly

Iíll stroke you oh so gently

Iíll treat you like a fragile leaf

 

Iíll be your fortune-teller

Iíll read your life so kindly

Iíll feed your mind till you believe

OhÖ

 

Heaven Knows  

I know you feel alone in your body, tired and scared

I isolation makes you feel so far from home

But heaven knows youíre not alone

Heaven knows youíre not alone

 

I know you do your best trying to stay in the game

You try so hard to catch that shining star

But heaven knows itís not so far

Heaven knows itís not so far

 

The sun, the moon, the wind, the rain 

Each sing your name

Deep inside you is a clear blue sky

Birds singing alleluia

 

The sun, the moon, the wind, the rain 

Each sing your name

Deep inside you is a clear blue sky

Birds singing alleluia

 

Here you are this shining star, so bright you light the world

And still you canít imagine how youíll make it through one more day

But heaven knows youíll find a way

Heaven knows youíll find a way

Heaven knows youíll find a way

 

For All I know

Ba da da dum hum hum hum

For all I know I wonít see you again

For all I know our lives intertwined for a special reason then it had to end

You had to go

For all I know the pain is healing me

For all I know itís time to be strong

Make a change stand up on my own two feet

Itís time to grow

 

So Iíll take today and what it brings to me

Live every moment consciously

Release control let it go, let it go

If I die today I know Iíll die living yeah, yeah, yeah

 

For all I know our love is meant to be

For all I know my dreams will come true

Pretty soon Iíll see you standing next to me and love will show

Love will show, for all I know

For all I know, love will show

Love will show, for all I know

 

Losing Faith In This Love

I believe butterflies come to me with messages from the skies

I have faith angels answer my prayers

I believe in the state of grace

Miracles are just part of my day

I feel the power under the moon

 

But Iím losing faith in this love of ours

I need a miracle to show me itís true

Iím losing faith in what you and I have begun

Give me some faith in this love

 

Couldíve sworn you were mesmerized I was sure I saw love in your eyes

Your hand on my band felt so warm

Now every time I get close to you, you back away am I a fool?

Somebody please show me the way

 

Cause Iím losing faith in this love of ours

I need a miracle to show me itís true

Iím losing faith in what you and I have begun

Give me some faith in this love

 

Iím losing faith in this love of ours

I need a miracle to show me itís true

Iím losing faith in what you and I have begun

Iím losing faith, give me faith

Give me faith in this love

 

 

Let Yourself Shine

What is the goal of a woman who wants to express her gifts to the world? Hopefully, one hopes the intent is to inspire and motivate people - to illuminate the world!

However, before she can illuminate the world with her talents, she must allow herself to be illuminated, to be a vessel for the light of creativity to shine through.

Many people start down their chosen path claiming they want nothing more than to share their talents and make a difference in the world. But when it comes down to it, they barely speak up for themselves and their art. In fact, many people, particularly women, get so uncomfortable with their own power that they squash it down, quickly saying, ďoh, it's nothingĒ or ďanyone could do this.Ē

It's common for people to dim their brilliance exactly when they should be shinning the most. I went to a show not long ago that showcased live music and the evening opened with a charming duo, a male guitarist and female singer. Their music was engaging, but both of them highlighted how great the other artists were and then went on to make a couple of underhanded jokes about their own music. I wondered why they were they were up on stage in the first place. Their goal surely wasn't to embarrass and belittle themselves, but their fears and feelings of unworthiness must have kicked in, so they didn't support their own music. You don't need to boast or brag, pushing for attention is a turnoff but confidence and pride are necessary. People are likely to end up believing what you are saying and feeling about yourself and your talents. Sometimes self-deprecation is used as comic relief, but false humility and lack of confidence is unappealing and sad. We must believe that we have something of value to offer if we expect the rest of the world to support us.

Diminishing oneís own spirit and light comes in varying degrees in people, often stemming from a mix of cultural, social, and personal beliefs. People sometimes fear that if they let themselves shine fully, other people might judge them as frauds or as being vain, pushy, or egotistical. What's more, our culture doesn't always make it easy to for women to feel comfortable expressing their full potential; sometimes the wisdom embodied in ďdon't get too big for your britchesĒ' or ď'make sure your head still fits through the doorĒ' reminds us of how little we are allowed to celebrate our gifts and success. Finally, many of us, believe it or not, fear our own power and the responsibility it implies. For once full brilliance is acknowledged and released, it can no longer be denied, and there is a responsibility to direct this power to a purpose that will benefit the world. This responsibility  can be too overwhelming for many people, expressing your gifts takes strength.

There is an obvious reason the word "Star" is used for people who are in the limelight and exude brilliance and success. If you want to be successful in getting your gifts, art, and spirit out into the world, you must be prepared to let your talents radiate through you. Be comfortable with who you are and make no apologies. The world has abundant space for all unique voices, approaches, and creations. Always support the highest version of yourself, iilluminate the world!

Shannon

 

Getting In Tune With Your Purpose

Thereís a lot of talk these days about living our purpose - fully expressing ourselves to the world. Itís a wonderful idea, but what if we donít know what our purpose is, or what we are meant to contribute to the world? Some of us canít even get our heads around the concept that everyone has a meaningful purpose in life, or we just donít believe in the idea. 

So where do we start? How do we get in tune with our lifeís purpose or destiny? The first step is realizing that purpose comes in all shapes and sizes.  Purpose doesnít have to be big or obvious, such as being a superstar singer, tennis pro, or talk show host like Oprah. In fact, most peopleís paths are much more subtle and understated, and not necessarily related to their profession. One may find deep meaning in nurturing a family: raising happy, loving, and balanced children into adulthood. Anotherís purpose may be to be an inspiration to others through their positive outlook, living a happy and authentic life. We often underestimate the power of our words and actions and their impact on others. Offering supportive words to someone going through a difficult time or transition may positively influence that person forever.      

Hearing your calling means paying attention to your life and how you feel on a daily basis. Your body and emotions will always tell the truth and keep you on track if you listen. Simply put, if you are feeling happy and energized, and look forward to getting up most every morning, you are living in alignment with your lifeís purpose. Meditation or some relaxing activity that calms the mind is also a great way to get insight into your lifeís purpose. Calming the mind is not always easy, it takes practice, but once you get the hang of it itís wonderful. Nuggets of inspiration will come to you spontaneously. An overall feeling of wellbeing will clear the way for your soulís voice to give you direction.  

A great way to tune into your lifeís purpose is to get clues from your childhood. What were your passions? What were you drawn to without any influence from parents or teachers? Most of the time there is a connection between our interests as children and what we end up doing as adults. There are reasons why we spent hours reading books, sang into a brush in front of the mirror, or created extravagant buildings with our legos. Seemingly random passions and events that came into our life early on might now be pieces that fit into the puzzle of our life.

There is a big picture to our lives, and within that big picture there is a purpose for each and every one of us. If you are struggling to figure out your purpose, donít worry, it will be revealed in time. You just need to tune in and listen.

Shannon

The Art of Loving Yourself

In our culture thereís a lot of talk about love, romance and finding your soul mate. But what about romancing yourself - being your own best mate? It might sound egotistical and selfish to focus on loving yourself first, but it is absolutely necessary to nurture your own self-love in order to truly love another.

We often make the mistake of pursuing a love relationship in order to feel good about ourselves, to feel validated, and to feel that we are worth loving.  The problem is, unless we fill up our own cup first no one will ever be able to love us enough - our well will be a bottomless pit. We need to feel whole and loved on our own, and then we will attract and keep a healthy relationship.

So, instead of spending a lot of time and energy lamenting the fact that you still havenít met your soul mate, that you donít have a date for the weekend, or even that your current partner doesnít treat you as special as you would like, use that energy to romance yourself.

Treat yourself the way you would want your love mate to treat you. Donít wait to be invited to a romantic dinner. Even if you are eating alone, set the table with the kind of romantic ambience you like: perhaps candles, flowers, and music in the background. Just because you are eating alone doesnít mean you shouldnít enjoy the whole experience.

Make time for yourself a priority. Make sure that time for yourself is on the top of your priorities list. Loving yourself means carving out time everyday for activities that you enjoy doing Ė fun things that lift your spirit such as: going to dance class, catching a matinee, or curling up with a good book. Also, spending time working toward your personal goals and dreams is an act of cherishing yourself. Check in with yourself daily and find out what will make you feel happy and loved.

Take care of your body and spirit. Keep your body and spirit in optimum form. Love yourself enough to take care of your whole self by getting the support of someone who will focus on your needs. Invest in a massage therapist, life coach, acupuncturist, yoga instructor, or all of the above if it feels right for you. Thereís nothing like having the supportive focus of someone who will help you maintain balance inside and out.

The good energy you will feel as a result of treating yourself like the special person that you are will reverberate out into the world and will affect everyone around you in a positive way. There is an art to loving yourself, and once you get the hang of it youíll never go back to waiting for someone else to make you feel great!

Shannon

Reenvision Yourself

Life is a journey, and as comfortable as we may be with our lives, our soul demands constant growth and constant change. How we see ourselves is the most powerful tool in forming both who we are and who we are in the process of becoming. This means reenvisioning our lives and ourselves on a regular basis. Change doesnít have to be earth-shattering, such as leaving a spouse or moving halfway around the world (although it might benefit some). Initiating change means checking in with yourself and the beliefs that no longer serve you. An outdated perception of yourself and how you relate to the world will hold you back from living your fullest and best life.

It's exciting to think we have the ability to visualize ourselves into a new and better life. You would think that all people would envision their perfect relationship or career and start the wheels of creation. However, without realizing it, most people work the opposite way. We tend to observe our circumstances (health, job, friends, money, status, etc.) and come to the conclusion that life is just the way it is. Change becomes difficult simply because we have seen ourselves in the same light for so long that we canít imagine any other way of being. We become stuck.

Letís take an example of a stay-at-home mother who has just found the freedom to pursue her lifelong passions but has become so attached to her identity as mother and caretaker that she has a hard time imagining herself in any other role. Until she is able to envision herself in a different wayóas a multifaceted woman bringing different gifts to the worldóshe wonít be able to move forward.

So how can this woman change how she sees herself? How can any of us? Start by experimenting with these three exercises to help see yourself in a new light.

1. Make a list of your positive and negative qualities. Go over the list and honestly check in with yourself to see if these qualities, especially the negative ones, really ring true for you. You are likely to find several negative attributes that no longer pertain (or perhaps never did), as well as new positive qualities, giving you a boost in confidence and a feeling of empowerment.

2. Do some soul-searching for what you really want out of life and make a wish list. If you could do or be anything in life, what would you choose? A vision board is a great way to fine-tune your desires while having some fun. Look through magazines and gather pictures and words that represent the person you want to be. Make your own unique visual representationóanything that resonates with youóand look at it often. The images on your vision board will remind you of your priorities and keep you focused. Over time, or perhaps even instantly, the magic of transformation will begin.

3. Talk to someone who has already charted the waters before you. Look to a mentor or even a friend who can give you insight into how to get from here to there. Most people are happy to help and often feel flattered that you view them as a success.

We have all been given the gift to create our own lives. It is our responsibility then to create our best and happiest life. If you find yourself feeling stuck, check-in with yourself and reenvision your life in the way that you want. Remember, you hold the power to move yourself forward.

Shannon

Celebrate Your Success

How many times have you found yourself working hard to accomplish something in your life, all the while imagining the incredible pride you will feel and the celebrations you will have once you reach your goal, only to let the accomplishment or event pass unceremoniously? What happened? You were likely too busy planning your next mission to soak in your present success. 

Lingering in the afterglow of your success, regardless of its size, is almost as important as accomplishing your goal. When you celebrate your achievements, you send out a signal to the universe that you are happy with yourself and with the outcome of your efforts. You then become more open to receiving support for the next task that you need to tackle. Energetically, you are building on your success.

A woman may be more susceptible to forgetting the importance of rewarding herself for a job done well. Traditionally, with the exception of Motherís Day, women didnít celebrate accomplishments in the home, such as getting children to graduate from school, maintaining an orderly and clean household, and throwing a stellar dinner party. Men, on the other hand, have always been encouraged to celebrate their achievements of promotions, fatherhood, and sporting events with the ritual of cigars, spirits, and buddies.

Although times have changed and many women are out there in the world making a difference, we still need to remind ourselves to stop, breathe, and pat ourselves on the back. So what can we do to make sure we celebrate our success?

Plan ahead. Before you accomplish your goal, make sure you plan your celebration. This way you will have something in place for the when big day or moment arrives. Often, if you donít have anything arranged, such as a gathering with friends or a little getaway, an event will pass and so will your enthusiasm to celebrate.

Get used to basking in compliments and self-adoration. We often feel uncomfortable hearing compliments from others, but we feel even stranger saying good things about ourselves. Practice looking in the mirror and saying a few positive words about yourself and your accomplishment, even if it was small, such as clearing your desk or completing a yoga class. Reward yourself with things you enjoyótaking a candlelit bath, going for a walk on the beach, or having a celebratory dinner with friends.

Finally, feel deserving of a celebration. Life can be overwhelming with all that we have on our platesówe deserve to honor our achievements large and small. The more you celebrate your successes, the more you fill up with positive energy and happily fall into the flow of living a charmed life.      

Shannon Bryant

Lessons In Letting Go

Have you ever applied for a dream job, knowing that you were fully qualified and deserving, had a great interview, butóto your surpriseódidnít get the position? Yes, it could have been that someone else had better qualifications, more experience in the industry, or an inside connection, but more than likely you were too attached to the outcome of the situation to actually allow it in. When your desire for something is so strong that you are totally attached to it, your energy can have an adverse effect on the outcome and push the opportunity away. It would serve you best, instead, to let go.

Letting go is not always an easy thing for us to do. Itís natural to become attached to both the physical and emotional aspects of our lives: old clothes, our first home, an idea of how a relationship should be, our way of looking at the world, our youthÖ and the list goes on. However, releasing what doesnít serve us anymore is exactly what we need to do in order to provide space for fresh experiences, new people in our lives, and personal growth.

Itís hard to let in the new when we are holding so tightly to the old. A great example of this is when we so badly want to meet someone special while we are still stuck on a person or relationship from the past. We wonder: why arenít we meeting our perfect soul mate? But when we hold on emotionally to a past relationship it makes it near impossible to attract a new or healthy one to our life.

Letting go can be quite difficult, but with practice it does get easier. A wonderful place to start is with your closet. Find old clothes, books, and decorations you never use anymore and give them away. Itís amazing how we tend to hoard things in the back of our closets for months, years, or even decades, afraid to set them free. Yet your closet is symbolic of space in your life and this exercise of ďreleasingĒ will translate into other areas of your life as well.

One of the ultimate freedoms is the ability to let go of heavy negative feelings such as anger, judgment, and resentment. Such feelings take up a lot of space in your psyche, and itís critical to your emotional and physical health that you release them. You should be able to make significant headway if you are committed to looking honestly within and doing some personal work, either on your own or with a counselor.

The lessons we learn in letting go, or even in not letting go, are abundant. If you hold on too tightly to people and things, you squeeze out the flow of life and risk losing whatís important to you. However, if you are able to release your grip and let go of old situations, emotions, and anything that doesnít work for you anymore, the universe will send you an ocean of new experiences, people, and things that will keep your life fresh and flowing forever. 

Shannon

Learning To Live In The Moment

How much of your day is spent thinking about some goal in the future, worrying about things that need to be done for next week, or fantasizing about how great your life will be once youíve lost 20 pounds, once you are married, or have made a million dollars? These thoughts that continually lean towards your future can rob you of your present moment Ė basically your life.

Itís not that we shouldnít set goals and work towards our desires. Itís that we should have our feet planted in the moment while keeping an eye out for the future. There really is something to the phrase, ďitís the journey that countsĒ. Your life is created by how you feel in the moment. The feelings that you have now attract the building blocks for your future. So, if you are unhappy with who you are now, or how your life is going, you are going to attract experiences that are a reflection of those feelings, and it will difficult to ever reach a state of contentment or satisfaction.

A good way to live in the moment and enjoy the journey of life is to find everything and anything that you can be grateful for and give thanks Ė thereís a lot of it! Itís so easy to loose touch with how amazing life really is when you continually think about the future and what youíre going to get or accomplish down the road. Start by acknowledging your good health, appreciate the blue sky and sun that warms you. Notice the beauty of all the different colors in nature, give thanks for the house or apartment that you get to live in, the friends you have, the dog that loves you, even the bills you have to pay to receive water and electricity. Taking stalk of how wonderful and abundant life is grounds you in the moment and inspires a reverence for life as it is now.  

A wonderful Zen passage states, ďSuccess is not found in what you have achieved, but rather in who you have become.Ē And ďwho you have becomeĒ is directly related to the growth that happens along the way to your future. Stay on course in the direction of your dreams, but keep your mind and heart in the present moment, for that is where the richness of life is and where transformation happens.

Shannon

Courage to be a Warrior

A warrior, or spiritual initiate, is one who stays true to her calling because of a strong and innate sense of purpose. There is a ďknowingĒ, a feeling that resonates through Ė basically, itís the only way her soul will be happy.

It is no exaggeration to say that a woman dedicated to her purpose is a courageous warrior, and choosing to travel down her sacred path is choosing a spiritual journey. A woman with a great desire to use her energy to create something new, combined with a deep sense of purpose and vision, will always change herself in the process; the people around will be affected, and, ultimately, in some big or small way, so will the world. 

So what are the obstacles to staying strong on oneís path? Often it is the many distractions of daily life: families, bills, and concerns with health and appearances. However, the biggest obstacle is lack of self-confidence: the courage to follow through on oneís intuition. Try to remember that incredible things do happen when one listens to the quiet and wise voice inside. Mountains are climbed when a force blazes a trail courageously and holds strong to faith.

Accept help and advice from others, especially from those who have blazed the trail before; but remember, you are still your own best ally. Advice can be invaluable, but in the end listen to your own internal compass Ė what feels right. If you can hear it properly without the many distractions of the outside world, it will never let you down. You must get up the courage to trust yourself. It may sound simple, but it takes a warrior to pull it off.

So go on, be a warrior on your path. Thereís a good chance you will create wonderful abundance and opportunities for your devotion. But even if these things donít appear in your outer world as fast as you would like, know that tremendous growth is happening within, and that the repercussions of your journey will be endless.

That is a guarantee.

Shannon