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Living life fully

What is it that I’m not living out fully in my life.

The one thing that propels itself to the top of the list of things I’m not living out fully in my life, is my passion for connecting with like minded individuals to share personal insights, thoughts, dreams and desires, without judgement and from a place of love. While I have a web site where I share a daily blog, and I have a book I’ve written, and I have a business I have built and created, I still would like to do more.  I still feel I have a lot more to offer!!

While writing is very powerful and therapeutic, the personal connections we share are so much more powerful. Co-Creating in community where we share our thoughts, feelings and desires with the goal of supporting and holding a safe space for each other has such incredible power and opportunity for growth. Yet, it carries with it a fear of failure, disagreement and disappointment, and it this very fear that keeps me from moving this thought, this dream forward. How to do this, how to move forward still concerns me. How to connect with people and co-create an exciting growing and learning time together requires some faith and a desire to jump into the unknown.

Currently I am planning two workshop opportunities for addressing change and supporting transformational growth. The first will be offered by me http://www.mkanthony.com through our funeral chapel with a time (probably September) and site to be determined and the second will be a fall event with two close friends and like minded people, Sacha Sully from Australia https://m.facebook.com/SachaSullyLifeCoach/ and Camille Conte from Alaska and NJ. https://www.facebook.com/This-Awakening-Spirit-645405635549117/ While these new ventures will create some fear and trepidation, it is time to shake, rattle and roll (in no particular order).

Please look forward to your personal invitation to these events and let me know if there are any thoughts you have regarding topics you feel would help you, your friends, family and your community.

“Blessings on your journe”

http://www.mkanthony.com

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Welcome to my Blog

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Thank you for finding your way to my online space.

It is my goal to create a page that is worthy of your valuable time.  Being a transformational guide in funeral service has led me to examine and test different theories and beliefs about life and death.  This space is dedicated to the challenge of experiencing transformational change – changing from old normals to new normals as a result of change in our lives.  With hope and love at its center, we celebrate and honor the journey.  Blessings on your journey.

Mark…

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For or Against?

From my friend Madisyn!

You create better energy when you are FOR something, rather than AGAINST something.

As human beings, we cannot help but be subject to our preferences. However, we do have control over the manner in which these manifest themselves in our lives. Every value we hold dear is an expression of either support or opposition, and it is our perspective that determines whether we are for something or against it. As an example of a situation we are all familiar with at this time: We can direct our energy and intentions into activities that promote peace rather than using our resources to speak out in opposition of war. On the surface, these appear to be two interchangeable methods of expressing one virtue, yet being for something is a vastly more potent means of inspiring change because it carries with it the power of constructive intent.

When you support a cause, whether your support is active or passive, you contribute to the optimism that fuels all affirmative change. Optimistic thoughts energize people, giving them hope and inspiring them to work diligently on behalf of what they believe in. Being for something creates a positive shift in the universe, which means that neither you nor those who share your vision will have any trouble believing that transformation on a grand scale is indeed possible. To be against something is typically easy, as you need only speak out in opposition to it. Standing up for something is often more challenging, because you may be introducing an idea to people that may scare them on a soul level.

Throughout your life, you have likely been told that the actions of one person will seldom have a measurable impact on the world. Yet your willingness to stand up for what you believe in instead of decrying what you oppose can turn the tides of fate. The thoughts you project when you choose to adopt a positive perspective will provide you with a means to actively promote your values and, eventually, foster lasting change.  Giddy-up

”Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

One sun rose on us today!

Most Americans are tolerant to all creeds and to all convictions, but few people express their distrust and indignation with more vigor whenever some of their beliefs are offended.  I am convinced that our beliefs and ideas may be more destructive than guns. The presence of even a small minority who would question the validity of our laws and its process, would attack, at the very core, the concept of American nationality itself.  There is an ideaology and process defined by our founding fathers, where unity on the fundamental principles of politics is indispensable to the life of this country.

It maybe, the challenge of being an American today is mustering up the courage to build upon our nation’s success by contributing our unique sets of talents and traditions, even when there are those who would prefer we were not there in the first place.

When I think of my country today, there exist some fear and concern, yet, there still exists a very present and powerful feeling within me that gives me hope.  Poet Richard Blanco’s poem “One Today,” which he read at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, reflects an America that is diverse, but is also warmed by the same sun, encouraged by the same joys, and devastated by the same tragedies.

The first verse tells a powerful truth:

“One sun rose on us today,

kindled over our shores,

peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces

of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth

across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.

One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story

told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.”

Amid the things that separate us, there are so many things that unite us.  Giddy-up

”Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

 

Today is a great day!

There are many who suggest the first thing we think of every morning is a positive centering thought such as, “Today is a great day”.   Great idea, and one that I have practiced and exercised over my years.  I have taken it into the day and every where I’ve gone during that day,  “today is a great day, today is a great day, today is a great day”.   As a mental exercise, it does’nt work for me.  As an exercise it is merely a repetitive experience, much like positive thinking.  For me, If I have to say “it’s a great day” what I’m really saying is, it isn’t a great day! The next stop for me was, what was I missing, what wasn’t working and why?

We all know thoughts and feelings are connected, so they must be involved, but only in our self created outer world.  As I look back at the days in my life that I’ve felt great, I mean really great, there existed “a feeling”, a sense of wonder, excitement, an energetic transformative experience.  In that experience there where no challenges or obstacles that couldn’t be conquered, nothing that I couldn’t do.  As I reflect back on those days, there were no specific mantras or specific thoughts even present.  No thoughts of failure, lack, fear, etc. only a sense of wonder and peaceful joy, a safe place where all my needs were met (or I really didn’t have an needs).  There is a place where everyday is “Great”  My thinking suggests the very basic, the most simplified, purified idea here is “no thought” is the key and door to a great day!  Giddy-up

”Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

 

What you’ll miss most!

The main thing those who’ve “passed” would like to tell those who’ve not “passed,” is
that once you get over the shock of having safely arrived—completely intact, cool as ever, and bathed in love—what you’ll miss most about Earth, after ice cream, is the beguiling romance of uncertainty.
Oh yes you will.  You really do have it made.  Giddy-up
From my friends at TUT
”Blessings on your journey”

Show up!

Watching the news this morning, they were interviewing patrons at Dave’s Diner in Erie PA.  Many people there were disappointed in the political situation and lack of civility in our country.  In reference to the upcoming midterm elections one patron made the comment, “Everything decided in life, is decided by the people who show up”   While I understand the concept related to the midterms and getting the vote out, I can’t help but see a much bigger and more all encompassing meaning to the quote.

I can remember a time in my life where I was waiting for someone or something else to make my life better. Honestly, I was waiting for “God” or the universe or, (insert your excuse here) to make my life better.  During that time I had the expectation that all good and peaceful things would happen if I could just stay out of the way.  FYI, that doesn’t work.  Giddy-up

”Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

More Peace

How you doing keeping the peace?  Truth is, the only peace we can bring to the world is that which we foster and create within us.  I cannot make you at peace, I cannot bring you peace, we must bring it on our own.  If you bring me your peace as you, in you, I’m more inclined to join you than if your trying to make me or get me peace.

I try to make my mood uplifting and peaceful, then watch the world around me reflect that mood. Yaya DaCosta
Giddy-up

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“Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

Peace be with you!

Having spent the last week in Tuscany has been a wonderful and at times educating and transformative experience.  When we travel to new places outside of our comfort zones, outside of our “normal” spaces, we challenge our very being.   When we travel with a strong center, a place where we draw our strength, balance and comfort from, we are safe.  If we are pulled from our center (safe) space with distractions of the world, new environments, personalities, new experiences and challenges, we can loose connection with our very sense of well being and peace.

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It is no different if we are here or there.  These same challenges in life bring to us new challenges, conflicts and transformative experiences.  As I said to one of my family members just the other day, “All we need to do, or are responsible for, is finding and maintaining a place of peace within us”.   Giddy-up

”Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com