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    3 Spiritual Steps to Making the Most of Your Lifetime

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 10:26 AM [General]

    “Don’t die with your music still in you.” ~Wayne Dyer.

     Are you having the time of your life?

    When it’s my time to leave this world, I don’t want to spend my last days thinking I wasted precious time on things that did not truly matter. I don’t want to be asking myself questions like…Was that job really worth 15 years of my life? Did I miss out on quality time with my family? Have I made a positive difference in other lives? Or will my legacy be that I didn’t have time to leave one?  This future tripping made me take a hard look at the reality of my choices. It left me wondering if I was really making the most of this gift of life. The one think I am sure of is that my life is in session and my time on this planet is finite.

    I got this point loud and clear at the beginning of this year. A friend of mine announced that her new year’s resolution was to live this year as if it was her last. At first, I thought that was a depressing way to start out the year. But her resolution stayed with me, and the more I thought about it I began to appreciate the value in her plan. There is no guarantee how much time any of us have left. But if I had only a year, I would make some immediate shifts.

    I then got a real life example of my friend’s point when I came across some shocking stats in the American Time Use Survey on how Americans spend their time. Individuals spend an average of three hours a day watching television. If we add that up over the average lifespan of 77 years, that’s over 84,000 hours! Then I compared these numbers to how much time was spent daily on religious and spiritual activities……about 15 minutes. So I got out my calculator again and spiritual activity adds up to just over 7,000 hours in a lifetime. Now don’t misunderstand me, I enjoy zoning out in front of the tube as much as the next person. But if I truly want to spend my time consciously, shouldn’t these numbers be inverted?

    With this new perspective, I began taking a much deeper evaluation of how I have been spending this precious commodity. I thought about what might happen if I just made one change and inverted these two activities in my own life. If I allowed fifteen minutes for mind numbing sitcoms and took the three hours that I used to devote to the television and devoted it to expanding my spiritual well-being, what would my life look like at the end of this calendar year?

    I will be turning forty in 2012 and I pray that I have forty more ahead of me. But if God has other plans I can at least say that I spent my time this year on purpose.  

    Here are three key steps to making the most of the rest of your time.

    Step 1: Evaluate how you are spending the hours of your day. Make a note of the activities that really take up your time. Are these meaningful experiences that bring you joy?

    Step 2: After your honest review, now imagine that this year was your last. From this new perspective, decide what is important to you and think about how you would you spend your time. Would you prioritize your time differently to make the year more rewarding for yourself and those around you?

    Step 3: Keep it conscious and commit to living your life from this new perspective. Practice this by continuing to go to the places within yourself that inspire and fulfill you, while making the external changes that serve your best and highest purpose for this lifetime.

    Your messenger, Eva Rose

    Eva Rose is a published author, spiritual medium and speaker. She also writes articles and a daily blog to offer wisdom on how to take specific spiritual steps towards embracing a soulful life. 

    © 2012. Eva Rose. All Rights Reserved.

    Statistics for this article retrieved from The American Time Use Survey at  www.bls.gov  January, 2012.

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    3 Spiritual Steps to Maintaining Your Soul's Focus

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 10:13 AM [General]

    “What we pay attention to, we become.” ~ Eva Rose

    I have recently noticed just how many distractions I have filled my daily life with. Everything from the telephone, the to do list, the job, the family, the clutter, the social engagements, the media, the email….I could go on and on. I am like a buzzing bee zipping aimlessly from one distraction to the next, and wondering at the end of my day, why I feel drained, unfulfilled and more than slightly irritable. Is this my purpose for being?  Where is my focus? I think I left it somewhere back in 1992. 

    So after two decades of chasing my own tail I had finally gotten to the point where I couldn’t fathom spending one more day the way I had scheduled my life. So I sat myself down this morning to be still and quiet before the distractions began their usual pileup on the freeway of my day.  In meditation I realized that I have had it backwards all along. I have been trying to fit meditation into my life, when I should be revolving my life around my meditation. If I spend my time in stillness, silence and solitude first, then the rest of my life may actually come into focus.

    Perhaps that is how the great spiritual masters became so great. Regardless of their ideology, they all seemed to have several things in common. First, they kept it simple. Their lives were not filled with distracting clutter that we seem to accumulate today. Next, they spent a lot of quiet alone time in meditation. Finally, they maintained constant focus on serving their soul’s reason for being and spent their time on purpose.

    Now, I am not saying I will be achieving spiritual mastery anytime soon. But perhaps I can begin to incorporate some of the key ingredients these masters embodied so naturally. Here are three steps I will be following to begin the journey.

    Step 1: Simplify. Release as much unnecessary clutter from your life as possible.

    Step 2:  Meditate. Before the distractions of the day, sit quietly alone and listen.

    Step 3: Focus. Decide how you want to spend your time here and stay on your purpose.

    Your messenger, Eva Rose

    If you resonate with this message, let’s stay connected. Please feel free to email me at  Eva@EvaRoseInk.com.

     

    Eva Rose is a published author, spiritual medium and speaker. She also writes articles and a daily blog to offer wisdom on how to take specific spiritual steps towards embracing a soulful life. 

                                                                        

    © 2012. Eva Rose. All Rights Reserved.

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    3 Spiritual Steps to Soulful Parenting

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 9:05 PM [General]

    You were given the gift of Life so that you could give Life to a Soul.” ~Eva Rose

    What is the specific gene code for passing on your spiritual legacy?

    As a parent I am busy with math homework, manners, and the moderation of sugar. Fast forward eighteen years. After all the education, social etiquette and mealtimes, I may be left to wonder how much time I spent concentrating on the well-being of my child’s soul.

    I was certain to hand down my heritage, my hair color, and even some of my foibles. But I was less certain that I was passing on the more complex material such as how to foster a relationship with the Divine, the importance of developing a belief system, and the reason for a soul’s incarnation. Aren’t these the more essential ingredients for raising a healthy, well-adjusted human being?

    Perhaps a diet high in soulfulness is the best recipe for our kids. So, I started an active dialogue with my child.  Her interest in the topic immediately peaked and together we began to incorporate activities that fed her soul.  Over time, the practice of gratitude, appreciating the natural world, stargazing, and winding down with meditation has become woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

    It has also made me examine how I live my own life as a spiritual being. No matter what we may preach, leading by example is one of the strongest ways our children get the message. That is not to say I have to be perfect, but my own spiritual growth will also have a positive effect on my child.

    I want my daughter to develop a relationship with the Divine that will serve to deepen her relationship with the most precious parts of herself. After all, I believe that is what all our relationships are supposed to be about. Here are three key steps to raising a soul-full child:

    Step 1:   Make the connection. Open up a dialogue on the topic of spiritual development. As the dialogue expands, remember to include input and thoughts from your loved one.

    Step 2:  Spend quality time on the growth of their soul. Cultivate unique traditions, rituals, and activities that you can enjoy together. Continuing to nurture your own spiritual life at the same time will also set the example. 

    Step 3:   Many delightful things can happen as you and your loved one share these experiences.  Just as we keep immunization records, report cards and little league jerseys, record the journey by maintaining a scrapbook or journal. This way your spiritual legacy will live on. 

    Your messenger, Eva Rose

    If you resonate with this message, let’s stay connected. Please feel free to email me at  Eva@EvaRoseInk.com.

    Eva Rose is a published author, spiritual medium and speaker. She also writes articles and a daily blog to offer wisdom on how to take specific spiritual steps towards embracing a soulful life. 

     © 2012. Eva Rose. All Rights Reserved.

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    Top 10 Favorite Spiritual Quotes...

    Saturday, January 14, 2012, 12:45 PM [General]

    “One can have no greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

    “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”  ~ Bob Moawad

    “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” ~ Robert Byrne

    “A man is what he thinks all day long.” ~ Emerson

    “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker

    “How terrible it would be to come to the end of your life and realize you did not live it. ~ Garold N. Larson

    “Things do not change; we change.” ~ Thoreau

    “In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” ~ Marianne Williamson

    “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” ~ Lao Tzu

    “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha

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    Lost & Found

    Saturday, January 14, 2012, 11:46 AM [General]

    Lost & Found

     

    All this talk of peace and bliss!

    My path is more of my ego’s uprising,

    burning in revolution to remain in charge.

    Without separate and alone who am I?

    Is this discontent a case of mistaken identity?

     

    Through screams and wails of shredding fear,

    I am dragged towards the revealing dawn.

    Grasping backward into the rubble I scratch and cling

    to my old cloak of flawed and broken parts.

    But the humbled façade of who I was begins to smolder in the wreckage,

    turning ego’s illusions into ash.

     

    In exhausted surrender, I finally release my grip and tumble

    on to the doorstep of Union.

    I exhale, permitting myself to take rest in the Divine still water.

    I open my weary eyes to witness my own reflection

    in God’s shining grace.

    I am home.

                                                                  Eva Rose

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    3 Spiritual Steps to Spreading Your Light in this World.

    Friday, January 13, 2012, 11:24 PM [General]

    “There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  ~Edith Wharton

    Can we get addicted to the dark?

    We only need to turn on any news channel on cable television to be reminded that darkness has stolen the spotlight. While eating my cheerios for breakfast every day, I would wash them down with hefty doses of gloom and doom. Then one morning last year with the remote in my hand I pressed pause and asked myself, “Is this really how I want to start my day?” I may not be able to transform the headlines on network news channels, but I can control my immediate environment. With that, I declared that darkness will no longer be invited to take up residence inside my home. I immediately had my cable shut off and removed all the things in my immediate environment that were dimming the light of my spirit. The rewards for this transformation have been $1,200 savings on my cable bill, freedom from morning indigestion, and more time and energy to share my light with others.

    This is not to say that we should completely ignore the shadows. We would not know what light is without darkness as a comparison. Yet, my point here is that overall, the world we live in now is familiar with the dark and many shadows are housed in her hallways. The problems facing us now are not born from the issue of too much light; it is that we are stumbling too often in the darkness. Joseph Campbell reminds us that “at the darkest moment comes the light.” So, let us turn our collective face towards the sun for a while and allow the shadows to fall behind us. It may serve to warm the soul of humanity. Here are three key steps to spreading your own light:

    Step 1:  Lighten up your home environment. Look around you. Are there magazines, books, movies, music, television channels, or mind numbing chemicals that drag you down into the dark? Are they serving a higher purpose for your spiritual well-being or are they just reinforcing the already overpopulated realm of negativity? Decide what you want the vibration of your home to be filled with and transform what doesn’t match that vibration.

    Step 2: To infuse more light into your spirit go directly to the Source of all light. Thank Source in advance for illuminating your soul on this human path so that you may walk in grace. While you walk your path, be mindful of the messages you are giving to yourself in your mind as well as the words that flow from your lips. Begin to practice a more upbeat attitude and spend more time with positive light-filled people. Like water, I believe light finds its own level.

    Step 3: And in return your illuminated path will shine bright enough to light the path of a thousand more who are stumbling in the dark. In my own life I have witnessed that the energy of light is an epidemic, contagious to all who breathe it in. Now that’s something worth spreading around!

    Your messenger, Eva Rose

    If you resonate with this message, let’s stay connected. Please feel free to email me at  Eva@EvaRoseInk.com.

    Eva Rose is a published author, spiritual medium and speaker. She also writes articles and a daily blog to offer wisdom on how to take specific spiritual steps towards embracing a soulful life. 

     © 2012. Eva Rose. All Rights Reserved.

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    3 Spiritual Steps to Moving at the Speed of Life.

    Thursday, January 12, 2012, 12:10 AM [General]

    They heard the sound of the Lord walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze.” ~ Genesis 3:8

    Why are we called the human race? I personally cannot remember the last time I stood still long enough outdoors to deliberately feel the evening breeze. In the age of technology things are officially moving faster than humans can keep up. We have become a culture that is addicted to rush and speed. With the quantity and swiftness of information at our fingertips, we are literally attempting to digest information at faster rate than our bodies were built for.  And we wonder why there is an explosion of attention deficit disorder.

    I would bet that cavemen didn’t have this problem. Heck, come to think of it, my grandparents didn’t have it either and they were alive just thirty years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the instant and abundant information that technology provides. In many ways it has made my external life much easier. But then I begin thinking about the cost to my internal life. How does the constant flow of data nurture my spirit?

    I read a statistic recently (although I can’t remember where due to the infinite avenues of material I ingest daily), that most Americans spend an average of twenty-seven minutes of quality time each day with family members. I sat bolt upright in front of my computer screen and shuddered at this statistic. It hit way too close to home when I compared it to how much time I devoted each day to my inanimate electronic devices. At least once a day my daughter hears me say, “Just give me five more minutes while I finish this email.” Funny how I never once heard those words flow from my grandmother’s lips.

    Over time this frantic pace can take a toll on our relationships, injure the health of our bodies, and starve our spiritual well-being. I find that as I increase my ability to get more done with the finite time I have, I continuously sacrifice my center point of being.  I have to wonder if the tradeoff is worthwhile. After all, I was created as a human being, not a human doing.

    So, what does the future hold for the human race? That is up to each one of us and lies in how we answer this question: How fast do I really want to live my life?  If you are finding an increased desire to slow down and return the natural rhythm that Creation intended, here are three spiritual steps to start the journey.

    Step 1:  Take a current inventory of how much time you spend plugged into the haste of your daily schedule and the rush of technology. Then think about a time in your life before you were so hurried and distracted. What it would feel like to return to the ease of your natural pace.  

    Step 2:    Increase creativity instead of productivity. If our minds are operating faster than they were built for this barrage of data we process daily we will blow things out of proportion and overreact because of production overload. Nurturing our creative spirit will allow us to switch from the overdrive of our left brain activities to our imaginative right brain that naturally knows how to advance our spirit. Pick up your paint brush, writing journal, musical instrument, or book of poetry. Sit under the night sky, take a hike, play catch with your dog, climb a tree, skip rocks in a pond. Create whatever feels good. Let your Spirit lead the way without the end in mind.

    Step 3:  Unplug. I have often wondered if I woke up tomorrow and my internet, cell phone and electronic calendar all disappeared and were irreplaceable would I even know how to proceed with my day?  Once a week take an electronic holiday to see how you feel spending time away from these devices. Are you anxious? Unsure of what to do with yourself?  The result may also surprise you by bringing your spirit back to its center point of being. My weekly electronic holidays have allowed me time to walk outside, have a heart to heart with my daughter, and take more bubble baths. Last night, I even sat in my garden at the time of the evening breeze.

    Your messenger, Eva Rose

    If you resonate with this message, let’s stay connected. Please feel free to email me at  Eva@EvaRoseInk.com.

     Eva Rose is a published author, spiritual medium and speaker. She also writes a daily blog, Advancing Your Soul to offer wisdom on how to take specific spiritual steps towards embracing a soulful life.  

    © 2012. Eva Rose. All Rights Reserved.

     

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    3 Spiritual Steps to Advancing Your Soul

    Monday, January 9, 2012, 8:39 PM [General]

     “Expand the horizon of who you currently believe yourself to be.

    You are truly so much more.” ~ Mary Magdalene

    Are you living a soulful life? Until recently, I don’t believe I could have truthfully answered yes to this question. Don’t misunderstand; I had a wonderful life filled with countless blessings. But there have also been times while travelling this human journey when I felt far more committed to the human tasks of advancing my career and my bank account than nurturing the tasks of my soul.  Let me share a brief personal example to make this point.

    Just over a year ago I came to a crossroads. I decided I didn’t want to be a psychotherapist anymore. I had built a successful clinical practice seeing clients who were asking for guidance on their path. I was also about to complete a lifelong goal of achieving my doctoral degree. I should have been nothing but satisfied. So why couldn’t I shake a nagging sense of discontentment? I was beginning to conclude that I had built a life that may have been broad and lofty, but was lacking one thing: depth.  

    So, I took a risk and announced to the Universe that I was ready to change directions professionally. Now, you know the saying, “When you want to make God laugh, share your plans.” My prayer was soon answered beginning with an unexpected phone call that did indeed change the direction of my professional and personal life permanently. For the next six months, I was molded and transformed from the inside out by way of a spontaneous and profound spiritual experience. There have been many times since then, that I have felt disoriented and fearful. But even when I can’t quite catch my breath or regain my bearings, I continue forward because I now know that we are all spiritual beings travelling a human journey with the common goal of soul advancement.    

    My soul is now leading the way on this new life path, and I am thankful that the journey looks nothing like I had planned. I took the risk and allowed myself to be carried into a much greater and deeper purpose for my life. I also realized that even the deepest transformation cannot last unless it is integrated and practiced.  In order to truly experience the richness and depth life has to offer we must challenge ourselves again and again. Here are three key steps I took to magnify and accelerate my evolution.

    Step 1: Announce in your own meaningful way that you are ready to lead a soul-filled life.

    Step 2: Let go of expectations of how and where the path of your soul may lead. If uncertainty arises, be gentle with yourself and remember that you are being divinely guided.

    Step 3: Most of us spend so much time on the tasks that develop our human ego that we forget to evolve the soul-being that is with us for all time. Remind yourself each day that you are so much more than the limited beliefs of the human ego. Do so by actively deepening an ongoing connection with your soul.

     Your messenger, Eva Rose

    If you resonate with this message, let’s stay connected. Please feel free to email me at  Eva@EvaRoseInk.com.

     Eva Rose is a published author, spiritual medium and speaker. She also writes a daily blog, Advancing Your Soul to offer wisdom on how to take specific spiritual steps towards embracing a soulful life.  

     © 2012. Eva Rose. All Rights Reserved.

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    Introduction to Eva's Blog

    Monday, January 9, 2012, 4:12 PM [General]

    Introduction to Eva’s Blog: 

     “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

     Throughout my adult life I would call myself a spiritual seeker with deep personal beliefs about who I am and the meaning of my life. Overall, I have kept my beliefs quite private and I could not have been more surprised when a spontaneous and profound spiritual experience changed the course of my life one year ago.

    This blog was created so that I could stay committed to an ongoing daily spiritual practice. If you choose to follow my blog you will notice a simple easy to read format designed to share this experience with those who are also ready to take specific spiritual steps towards embracing a soulful life. Take it from me, if you make the commitment to advancing your soul, this human journey will become limitless! Let’s begin.

     Your messenger, Eva Rose

     If you resonate with this message, let’s stay connected. Please feel free to email me at Eva@EvaRoseInk.com.

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