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Radical Gratitude...

Radical Gratitude…

Beyond Ideas of Life and Death

~ Will Pye

When I initially encountered the diagnosis of a brain tumor I embraced the possibility I was going to die in the next few months or couple of years. I really got into the idea and let go of all ambitions, plans, desires, hope, ideas of who I should become or not become, fears of what might or might not be and so on and in so doing a funny thing happened - life became enough, more than enough, just as it is. Life being this. This. This. Whatever form this currently takes, whatever form arises within this 'this', ultimately life is only always this. After a few months of contracting back into learnt patterns of fear and imagining something needs to happen for joy to arise I have awoken once more to the ever-present underlying joy that is more me than me. Being this joy is far more important than trifling matters of when I will die or prolonging life not least because being this joy is the most healing, nay healed, experience I know. So, in giving up all ideas of healing, all methods, techniques, practices, all striving and just being with this moment, the only moment there ever truly is, I am healed. That is I am whole; I experience myself as whole and complete.

Right now I am alive. Right now I am completely free of any symptoms of having a brain tumour. In this I am wonderfully lucky and unspeakably grateful. Indeed my day-to-day experience is not someone who has a brain tumour.  I have a website and book which speak to the experience and one might interpret this as evidence that it defines my life yet the content emphasises that the experience is in fact not an 'I have a brain tumour experience' or 'I am going to die experience' but rather 'Look! This brilliance, this extraordinary experience we call life. Look!' It is a pointing to the ever-present delightful mystery of being alive. And it happened to be the case in this experience that it took a diagnosis of a brain-tumour to really bring this home. And it happens to be the case that 'I was diagnosed with a brain-tumour and there is joy' gets attention in a way that 'there is joy' does not quite achieve. Of course in either instance the key message is that there is joy. This joy is complete and needs nothing yet in my experience there is a wanting to share, a wanting to connect. To observe this joy arise in my experience is a joyous experience on top of the joy, truly joy of joys. Similarly when I point to this joy or speak from this joy and another has it arise in their experience I am more deeply immersed in the experience of joy.  Indeed sometimes when this happens for a while, at a talk perhaps, there is an almost complete loss of self-consciousness; the joy and expanse is so overwhelming that there is simply no room for thoughts of me, the usual 'I hope I look good'/'I hope I don't look bad'/'I want this'/'I don't want that' to arise. This is very very nice!

So it should be clear why I am sharing on this curious topic. Why I am writing, speaking about the experience to anyone that will listen - it is joyous for me and for the great majority joyous for them.

And within this joyous celebration of this moment death is but a curious possibility to be enjoyed when it presents itself. Nothing to be avoided or in any way concerned by. I have realised that my priority is not to heal or do this or that, rather only and always to access this joy, to be this joy, to express and share this joy. There is nothing more beautifully important.  It is so precious, so delightful that I would rather one moment of it than a hundred years of suffering. Given the choice between staying alive another 50 years as per 'normal', flashes of peace and harmony within a sea of stress and suffering, or another day as this joy I would take the day without hesitation. How curious that we so strive to avoid death, so desire to make stuff, do stuff, become some image of who we think we should be, when life's greatest offering, its sweetest experience, perhaps the only true accomplishment and yet not an accomplishment at all is to truly be, here and now, awake to this exquisite experience, whatever form it might now be taking.

I ask you, with love and a mischievous curiosity - is joy possible in your experience now?

And now? :-)

 
 
 

Will Pye

Will Pye, Author of Blessed with a Brain Tumor: Realizing It's All Gift and Learning to Receive experienced an unusual response to a brain tumor diagnosis - one of curiosity, radical gratitude, and acceptance.  How could this be? Learn more about his story...

Will is a social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, writer, mentor, friend and wisdom teacher.  He was a guest facilitator at Simply Grace's first Awakening Grace event for a day experience.  We look forward to collaborating again with him!

By the age of 26 Will created a successful business career in charity fundraising culminating in the founding of his own company.  At the same time, Will was experiencing emotional and psychological suffering that prompted a quest to find the reality of life's biggest questions.  Will has made an exhaustive study of various fields of human endeavor and an intensive exploration of various transformative practices such as psychological techniques, meditation, yoga, Qi Gong and shamanic work.

Connect with Will Pye
Awakening Grace, Guest Will Pye
Just Breathe, Meditation with Will Pye

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Simply Grace 10 Day Positivity Challenge...

Positivity Challenge...

~ Diahana Barnes

How would you like a fun, easy and simple way to increase your energy and create positive change in your life? Instead of taking life day by day and just getting by, you'll find that your life can truly be exceptional when you focus on positive thoughts instead of negative constraints or challenges.

This 10-Day Positive Thinking Challenge is derived a bit from, “The Seven Day Mental Diet” by Emmet Fox, one of the most popular self-help authors and speakers of the early 20th century.

 Here are the rules:

  1. If you break any of the other rules, you must start the 10 days over from the beginning. To get the full effect, you must complete 10 consecutive days. Thinking Positive thoughts and giving up negative thoughts might feel a bit like giving up a drug; you'll want to stop completely, or you have not truly quit.

  2. Take a minimum of 5 minutes each day to focus on the Positive.  Ideally, the time would be longer but five minutes should be enough time to reap the benefits and get yourself in a positive state of mind.  Ideas include, writing down what you’re grateful for, sending someone a random thank you note, recognizing nature, beauty, good in the world, etc.

  3. If negativity tries to creep in, focus on solutions. If a negative thought tries to sneak into your thoughts try to catch yourself and immediately start contemplating possible solutions. Spend your time solving your challenges instead of focusing on them.
  • If you're like most people, you've probably had the same challenges for quite a while without resolution. It's time to focus on the positive and try something else instead of dwelling on what's wrong.

The concept is simple, easy and fun and when you dedicate time to it each day will be truly rewarding.  Sometimes we tend to think that worrying helps in some way. It really doesn’t help, just increases stress and promotes negative energy and likely results in your worrying about a lot of things for a long time without any improved results. 

When you're faced with a negative thought (and there will be many!), the best response is to think to yourself, "How can I solve or improve this challenge?"The point is to immediately begin focusing on solutions. When you ask a good question, you’ll receive good answers.

Over the 10 days, you’ll begin to form a habit of positive thinking - immediately recognizing a negative mental state and then focusing on positive self-loving solutions.  If you continue the process after the 10 days are completed, you’ll develop an amazing positive thinking habit that might just increase your energy, self-awareness and joy in your life. 

Here are a few ideas on positive questions you can ask yourself and focus on for five minutes each day:

  • What's great about today?
  • What do I like the most about this?
  • What am I most proud of?
  • What am I most looking forward to?
  • What am I grateful for right now?
  • How can I positively touch someone else’s life today
  • How can I share kindness today?
  • How can I be compassionate?
  • How can I share love?

If you're filling your mind with positive thoughts, there's no room for the negativity. And since we can only consciously think about one thing at a time, making the most out of your thoughts really matters.

Try this 10-day adventure and see if it doesn't change your life. You'll be so amazed at the results!  So start this process today and change your life for the better.

We would love to hear from you!  Post your positive thoughts, actions and reflections here in the comments or on our facebook page at: 

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Diahana Barnes, Simply Grace 
Co-Founder 

Mom. Certified Health Coach. 
Corporate Woman. Small Business Owner.

Diahana loves coffee (and a newly found favorite - tea), spending the day at the beach with family, and her iPad Mini!  She loves to read, coaching others, being a cheerleader and being a positive influence to everyone around her.

Her formal bio includes a Master's Degree in Organizational Management & Development, eLearning Certification, Health Coaching certification while currently authoring a book called, "Design Your Bliss at Work and at Home".

She also has over 20 years of experience  in the Corporate sector, working in the technology industry in training & development, sales strategy, marketing, and communications. She has been a speaker  for the ASTD, Training Magazine, eLearnting Guild and the Learning Consortium.

Live Happy, Live Healthy.


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Grace Revealed...

 

 

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Grace Revealed...

~ Kate Trudeau

We researched the word Grace. The bottom line is the bestowal of an intrinsic worth, talents or holiness that is bestowed for no other reason than it can be bestowed.  In other words, Grace is the action of having given those things. God's Grace. the Graces of ancient Greece. The Grace of a professional ballerina.  Doesn't matter.  All the same concept.  We believe that this is because of the ancient concept of human worth not having to be earned.  We just have it.  Over the course of time, the Grace became the thing bestowed itself as well; almost a kind of code for a concept so huge and so fundamental that entire cultures rest on its foundation or its abdication.

So, we chose Simply Grace for our company name, because we are working to increasingly express our innate greatness or worth or holiness or whatever terms we use, and this is not easy to do in a culture based on scarcity, which denies innate greatness - Grace. We are missionaries with a special mission. Although we are Christian by training and choice, we are not here for a special religious belief. Oh no!  We are here for you.  Because in order to express our Grace, we work to bring a community of kindness and respect into the lives of others, so that they can reveal their own intrinsic worth, greatness, talents and joy more fully to the world.

 
 
 

Kate Trudeau

Kate Trudeau is an Herbalist, a Minister, a Reiki Master, a Breathe Coach, a Life Coach and an Astrologer.  Additionally she writes and illustrates Children's books designed to give parents and children opportunities to discuss self-control through self-acceptance.  

Ordained in New York at The New Seminary, a United Nations project, Kate trained to support all spiritual beliefs, traditions and needs as an Interfaith Minister.  Throughout her work, Kate strives to create a space where all visions of the Divine are honored and may be expressed as a needed priority or personal goal.

A Yale graduate, Kate is also a garden variety Geek, an ardent believer in the Internet, Computers, Smart Phones, and everything else that this technological age can bring.  She owns her own Internet Technology business with her husband.

 

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Welcome to Community...

Welcome to Community...

As a society, we are often times so consumed in “being successful” that we forget the importance of being successful human beings, of living mindfully, deeply listening and connecting spontaneously with whatever life is offering us in the moment.  At Simply Grace we believe there is no such thing as an ordinary moment, each moment, experience and connection is divinely inspired and extraordinary. 

Simply Grace is a vibrant, organic, sustainable, sincere, purpose driven community and brand which mindfully fuses and integrates women’s intrinsic values (inner beauty) with their extrinsic values through an abundant generosity of grace.  Women are longing for sincere authentic connections with communities who embrace them emotionally and spiritually.
Simply Grace honors diversity of faith and experience by providing a sacred space of compassion, kindness, love, respect and no-judgment.  In this beautiful community we honor ourselves, each another and God in whatever ways honors you.  

Women are seeking relationships with women who are kindred spirits.  They are seeking opportunities to be seen, known, strengthened and encouraged to make contributions to others.   Simply Grace will provide community experiences, products and transformational offerings to support women discovering and embracing their inner beauty and grace.  

A Beautiful Expression of Why...

There is no such thing as an ordinary moment each moment is truly extraordinary….

On a very special day a few years ago Mikki observed her beloved two-year-old grand-daughter Madison in a meadow picking very special flowers, the beautiful flowers being bright yellow dandelions. The significant, yet simple truth experienced in a moment was that of compassionate awareness discovered through the eyes of a child, a beautiful life lesson… the difference between a weed and a flower is judgment. 

At some point on our journey we were sadly told the dandelion is a weed and not a flower and that was that.  The beautiful little flower that gave us joy as children; such as picking bouquets for our Mommy’s, creating flower crowns, and our favorite memory of dandelions…blowing on the puffy white balls of light and love making wishes, was gone.

The dandelion honors and represents the beautiful little girl and childlike wonder that still resides quietly in each of our souls.  Just for a moment, pause on purpose…gather the memories of being that little child of pure and simple grace…the little soul without judgment is still present.

Mindfully we chose the dandelion as our branding element for Simply Grace…these amazing little flowers are so aligned with our vision.   Being highly intentional we are growing an organic, vibrant community of women who embrace the thought of scattering seeds of hope and joy on purpose.  Just like the dandelions, you never know whose heart will be touched by the seeds.  

The brilliant and talented team of Kyle Elysse (Mikki’s daughter) and her business partner Kevin created the magnificent branding element and design for the Simply Grace logo.  The contemporary version of the dandelion, with a lotus energy connecting to the heart chakra, has a strong design element with seeds appearing as community within the design.  One can imagine the seeds fulfilling their destiny, prepared to scatter and land on the hearts of women in our beautiful meadow of grace.  Each one of us is that seed, waiting expectantly for the sacred invitation to bloom into the beautiful essence of who we are, divine expressions of love.

Our intentions are pure at Simply Grace. It is our highest hope to gently awaken grace one soul at a time, scattering seeds of joy. To be kind, compassionate and loving without judgment is a significant and beautiful characteristic of the diverse and divine community of Simply Grace.

~Mikki Lessard, Nancy Feth and Diahana Barnes
Founders, Simply Grace LLC

 
 

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