Maya Angelou – let’s celebrate interconnectness

This afternoon, I heard the news that Maya Angelou has died. Although I did not know her personally, it was sad to hear this news. I loved that she was also a fellow artist: being an author and poet. I remembered watching some of her interviews, which were with Oprah Winfrey. She lived an interesting life, which in some parts people may have been described as tragic. I admired how she seemed to have lived, experienced, observed and always took some positive insight that she would share. Some of these later became inspirational quotes that people share via online posters.

 

Upon hearing the news of Maya Angelou’s passing, I started to read some obituaries on her. This was interesting as a few months prior, I was looking at her profile online. I think I read an article about her involvement in Civil Rights, and felt compelled to do some background reading, which also included learning about her time spent in Ghana too. I then went to my pinterest account to look up some of her quotes, I came across the following which stood out:

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“We are alike”

What was poignant about these words is how she expresses that all of us go through our different challenges; and how we are not alone – we are alike. This is so true! I have an interest in mindset and love. I started writing a book on love that got put on pause. This was due partly at the time to realising that I needed to understand love more. On my journey into exploration, a theme that kept popping up was  ‘separation’; how it does not exist with love. People may feel separated or divided due to sex, faith, gender, religion, race, money, social background and many more.

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So often, people feel disconnected, lost, or alone; and this could be because they see themselves as being in it, on their own. They may have experienced some pain or trauma at some time. But pain is something that is natural, like the “bee” sting.  Hopefully if we are not seriously allergic then we will recover. If we did not know how to treat the sting, there will be a person who knows how to deal with it. They may even have experienced a similar sting.

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“Please reach out and smile”

We are not alone. There will always be someone there who will listen with an open heart. It may be someone who you know that you can email, or pick the phone up and call. It can be a person online who at first may appear to be a stranger.

I like to close with the following Maya Angelou quote:

 

“Open your eyes to the beauty around you,

Open your mind to the wonders of life,

Open your heart to those who love you,

And always be true to yourself”

 

May you rest in peace Maya Angelou <3

 

 

 

 

Are you fired up?

What is it that keeps you going? What is it that gives you fire in your stomach to start something new? What gets you so excited that you want to jump up and down?

 

A good question to ask always is: how are you feeling?

 

A pause from questioning, you may be wondering what’s with all the questions.  Or, if you are a regular reader of my work you may think this is typical me. After all, I am inquisitive  – the more polite form of nosey. There is nothing wrong with being interested, taking an interest in something, or gaining interest on your asset.  I was inspired to write this after having an awesome conversation with a fellow coach. By the way it is good to talk to someone else sometimes about your vision: it being a friend, a mentor, or a coach. After the conversation I felt fired up. Feeling that I should be pushing forward. I then asked myself, how am I feeling at this moment? What are the emotions?  I will share some here:

 

“Wow, life is wonderful with its endless possibilities”,

 

“Is that not freedom, doing what you love doing without any limits”’ and

 

“And I’m feeling good!”

 

You will notice with some of the ones that I shared there is a hint of excitement. I feel that there needs to be an element of excitement and passion in what you do. Often we forget about how we are feeling. This is important as you can have a possession, a career, a relationship and a lifestyle but how does it light up your soul?

 

What makes you feel full?

 

Often people wish for things: more money, a new car, a new love relationship and they can attract this into this life with ease. They may even feel a sense of euphoria at first, as they have acquired that thing.  They can now touch it, see it and feel it. But then this may dissipate after a while, as those earlier feelings that they experienced were temporary; not ones that can be held on to for a longer period of time.  This is why it is important to also attach how you want to feel, along with those acquisitions.  Otherwise the feeling of emptiness will occur. Has this happened to you, when you finally got it and like “well… what shall I do now?”

 [Tweet “@sophiaworld Soulful is more fulfilling #SophiaWorldWisdom”]

When I think of the soul, I think of that part of me that cannot be seen to the visible eye. It is the inner energy, my heart; and I. Without these I will not be whole.  As body and mind are interconnected, especially in this Universal plane.  That is why is it so important not to forget about that inner part, the fire that gives us energy to keep us going, and focused on our goals.

Here is an exercise for you to do:

 

  • What does happy and excited mean for you?
  • How do you want to feel? Write it down.

Next time you plan to acquire something new, or achieve a goal do this exercise.  And put the list alongside your goals, as this is where it begins, starting with what fires you up.

 

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