Monday, March 29, 2010

Seeing the Beauty in a Cloudy day

This past week I have been reflecting on many talks I have heard, the movie The Shift, and what I have been thinking. I just love listening to the music from the Shift movie, it is truly peaceful and beautiful. I find it gives my mind and body time to relax.

One thing I noticed was the beauty in the movie, and around me now. I noticed that it is cloudy and kind of dull outside today. For the first time I realized how beautiful it all is. It made me think about all the years I have viewed the a cloudy and dull day as depressing when the sun is not out or when it rains. So many people today have the same view about the weather. We talk about that in the school parking lot, at work, and at church. A few years ago our family went to Jamaica on March break and I loved how the people that lived there would call rain (liquid Sunshine). They really appreciated the rain.

As I sit here looking out my window seeing the bird's flying noticing the beautiful colours of them and see the green grass coming up and the squirrels running around. I am taken by the magnificence of the big tree's and wondering what they have been through and seen. It's amazing how we go through life not paying attention to the simple things around us.

I realized that how I feel about the weather or the day is all about in how I think about it. It came to my attention yesterday when someone said to me it's a dull yucky day and I responded it's just a day. I thought who came up with that, it's a yucky day or a great day. What makes a great day? Does the weather determine what kind of day it's going to be or do we decided what kind of day it's going to be?

Stop and take a look around you notice the beauty in nature.

Have a Sensational Day!

Love always
Julie Elliott

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 24th 2010 (Who I am)

This week has been a challenging one for me. From Sunday on has been crazy. On Sunday our Pastor said he hoped that the message he gave us stirs us. WOW did it and made me really think about life and who I am and who is Jesus and why is it so many of us, myself included, do not get it or feel always that we have to change or be going through challenges all the time.

I started a course this week called The Heart Physics from Dr. James Richards. He talks about how God is a heart God. Everything is experienced through the heart. God will work through your heart. He talked in great lengths about how we need stop trying to change and just Be and to let God do a Transformation within us.

One thing that really stood out for me that Dr. Richards said was "If Christ is in me, than I will no longer try and get God to give me things. If I am who he says I am. If I have what he says I have, If I can do what he says I can do. I should simply live life to it's fullest, while making my life count". How many time's have I thought about just that (living life to the fullest and making my life count). How many year have I thought about doing that something and I find myself still thinking about it.

I wondered why, Why I am still there, why is it that so many of us are stuck. While listening to the talk he mentioned that as people we fear Freedom. WHY is that? Why would we fear something so great. Silly when you think about it. But the real thing behind that is we fear freedom because freedom can only be obtained to the degree that we accept personal responsibility. So much of our human nature wants to play the victim and blame others and say it's because of who ever or what ever. I have been doing that for so long and taking on what others say about me or about my ideas I would take that personally instead of just listening and letting it go. Or being really hurt when other stop talking to me. I am reminded not to take that personally as that is something they are going through and I need to love them anyway and respect and forgive them and talk to them despite how they behave. I need to be strong in who I am. I realized I need to be responsible for letting go and truly loving people no matter who they are what they believe, respecting them for sharing and then go on, not letting the past suck me back in.

If I except the reality that Christ is in me and all that he has and all that he is and all that he can do is in me and that I am a new person with a new power and new abilities he can work wonders in my life and I will do great things. I now have one responsibility to believe that the truth is in my heart.

Through all of this I am reminded that I need to awake early and have what a great friend taught us (Robin Sharma) is our Holy hour. Time to Meditate, Read, Pray, Journal. There is something Magical about getting up early like 5:ooam, it's so quiet and peaceful and then get a workout in to get the body moving and the creative juices flowing to conquer the day.

Love always
Julie Elliott :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thought about Mahatma Gandhi's quotes

Last week I came across this quote by Mahatma Gandhi. "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

I thought about that for a minute and said "I can't possibly put that quote up on Facebook". But as the week went by I thought "Why not?". I understand and can agree with what he is saying and know many can relate to that. I think about who Christ was as a man. Remarkable really. He really but his heart into everything he did; not worrying about what others would say and do. He made it a priority to hang out and meet all kinds of people and love them despite what they did or believed. He had a respect for people. He did what was right not matter what it cost him. I ASKED MYSELF DO I DO THAT? DO YOU DO THAT?

I think today about what I have seen and heard from others; about how Christians are. One things that I see from so many are that they stick only to those within the church; only getting to know people who believe and do things that they believe in. They shun people out if they think differently or do not understand what you believe. I have been burned in the past by many for that which has put a big barrier in my relationship to God. Reading the Bible has been a challenge for me because I am reminded of all the things that other Christians have done to me or said about me. I learn more from hearing from great speakers like TD Jake's, Joel Osteen, James Richards, and Rick Boyes. I never give up and keep going because I know it's between me and God and not me and everyone else thinks.

One things that really saddens me is how much judgement I see from others and I can completely understand why people do not want to go to a church. We are called not to do that and I think in the world the religious groups have become the biggest group that judge. I am not saying everyone is like that, and I have been that way myself from time to time when I let others control what I think. We are not prefect. I apologise to everyone for judging them.

The quote reminds me of how great it can be. We have a God who loves us, wants the best for us and is willing to stick by us no matter what we do. He is always there to help us grow. Sometimes it is not easy, but like a good friend Robin Sharma said "On the other side of your fears/challanges lies your freedom". So true. When we go through the tough stuff we become stronger if we learn from it.

I have learned from many other great leaders and coaches that we should be loving to all and respect others and be friends with others despite what faith they have. My husband always tells me when meeting people, if you want them to know what you believe and are passionate about "love them so much they ask". I love that, not always easy but I do try.

Life is to short. Go out and meet new people and have new experiences and learn from each other. Life can be grand if we let it.

Have a great night.

Love always
Julie Elliott

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Energy and Creativity

March 10th 2010

Today I awoke early and took a shower and headed out with my daughter for a walk. Of course to get my Tim Horton's Coffee. While we were walking I was thinking to myself how great it felt to be outside and doing some activity. I have found over the years the more Technology we have the less time you spend outside or doing any physical activity, especially during the winter.

We start to tell ourselves tomorrow or on the weekend or maybe the summer or the ever popular on January 1st. But I thought to myself, What am I waiting for? Why not today? Why not right now?

While we were out we stopped by Blockbuster and rented the Biggest Loser Wii game as I wanted to try it before I buy it. We got home and tried it and I was blown away again how hard it was and how out of shape I have become. When I finished my workout I felt great. I know have lots energy and I find my mind is clear and the ideas and thoughts are going again and I feel more positive about life and in the future.

Do you ever sit there and say to yourself I am tired and you know you should get up and do something but don't. Do you sit a lot in front of the TV for hours and tell yourself I don't have time or I am to tired?

I have found over the years and a reminder of today that the more I workout the better I feel and the more energy I have through out the day. As well you start to feel better about yourself.

When you feel better you do better. I forget where I heard that but it is very true and you begin to enjoy the simple things in life and get out in nature more and become more creative and active. You will start to enjoy life and those around you.

Something to think about.

1. How much time to spend sitting in front of the TV/Computer (not productive)
2. Do you drink 6-8 glasses of water a day and eat Fruit and Veg's or is it a lot of heavy Carb meals?
3. When was the last time you did a workout, go for a walk/run or hit the gym?
4. What are you waiting for?

Have a Sensational Day.

Love always
Julie Elliott

Monday, March 8, 2010

What do you settle for?

MARCH 8TH 2010

For the past week I have been thinking a lot about my life over the past ten years or so and thinking about what have I accomplished and what got set aside and tolerated. It's scary how much time goes by without paying attention to it.

You seem to come to a time in life where you stop to think about what you really want in life and realize what you could have done. I guess I should be very thankful for coming to that realization in my thirties and not much later in life like many others do.

Something that really has hit home is letting other's control what I do and say and think in life. So many people, myself included, have stopped doing things I believed in because of others fear's or disbelief's. Kind of funny as most of those people who we call Nay Sayers are one's that sit back and give up and say things can't be done or are afraid to step out themselves. I have let people make me think and treat me like I am not worth anything or deserve anything great. Sometimes you need to give yourself a smack to wake up and sometimes walk away.

I was thinking about the school system how they are treating kids like little robots trying to mold them all to think and be the same. I hear from so many people that teachers are telling kids that they will never do whatever it is they would like to do or tell them they are not good, and don't aim to high. I see it also in business and in religion where you all have to think and do exactly the same thing or you're out or considered that there is something wrong with you. We need start teaching our kids to think freely and go after those things they are passionate about and give them time and space to research those things.

Some question I have been thinking about today are.

1. What have you tolerated?
2. If you knew you could not fail what would you do?
3. What do you want out of life?
4. What kind of relationship would you like?
5. What dreams have been set a side, and what would it take to start working on them?

Love always
Julie Elliott

Friday, March 5, 2010


MARCH 5 2010

Today I spent some time listening to the shift again and making notes as I went along that really spoke to me. I was taken by the opening music that played by Christopher Ferreira. Truly beautiful. I posted the song on my facebook page and below.

There is so much in that movie to write about and to apply to my life. I feel each time I watch it I learn something else. Part of me today was getting angry as I looked back over my life so far and noticed what I have missed and failed to do.. It has been a difficult day. I am guessing it's the EGO trying to hang on to me, wanting to be in control instead of letting go. I loved what Dr. Dyer said about the EGO. It means Edge God out. Another friend of mine had told me that one a few weeks ago as well. One great thought Dr. Dyer said the Ego always try's to make you right.

I was listening and checking my facebook account when I saw that Dr. Dyer had put up a quote which said. " Practice the art of allowing, watch your body as it goes through it's motions." How many of us really do that in our day? I find myself so busy most of the time I do not notice. something to pay attention to.

One thing that really stuck out to me today was when the mother in the movie told her kid's that they were going to un-plug for the weekend. What a statement to today's world. So much of life in evolved around the computer now, so much so we forget to look out the window and enjoy what is around us. We have become so consumed by technology and knowing everything. Even in our kids today I see it. no one plays outside anymore. You never see boys playing hockey in the streets and little grils skipping with there skip ropes. The real truth of it is we have all forgotten how to have fun and how to connect with others.

We are so blessed to have so many great people out there to teach us what they have gone through and help us live our lives fully and purposefully like we were called to do. I truly believe God sent me Dr. Wayne Dyers material to teach me and help me feel and see what God has truly created me to see and feel and become. It's truly feeling his presence and experience that we become closer and start to enjoy what we have and fulfill our lives, sing our song.

I was taken by the scenery of the area they filmed especially the ocean and watching it go in and out like the earth is breathing as the tide goes in and out on the shore. The power and the beautiful of it is breath taking. I thought to myself I would love to vacation there, it seems so peaceful.

Another part was two people talking about the tree's how beautiful that are and that it looked like they were reaching for each other. I thought about that for a min. True they could be reaching as they are breathing, eating and drinking like we do. I have made it a note to myself to pay more attention to the tree's.

The last thing I was thinking about today was the comment Dr. Dyer said about how for 9 months we have everything we need, why cant we have that for the next 90 years. One person asked "Why not?" and the answer was "We interfere."

Time to let go and let God

Have a Sensational Weekend.

love always
Julie Elliott

Thursday, March 4, 2010


March 4th 2010.

This morning I spent my time watching the Shift by Wayne Dyer. I had watched it before but it did not have as much meaning to me as it did today. The movie is about making shift in your life to what you were called to do in this life and how we go through life.

I was so touched by this, thinking of my life so far and wondering where I left my childhood dreams and passion that God had put into my life. It's sad how we go through life being told what to think, say and do from all those around us and we take on those views and beliefs instead of listening to what God is saying to us and calling us to do. We go through life trying to be something we are not to impress people and make people like us and really not doing what we were called to.

We are surrounded by so much negative information from the News, TV shows, Newspaper people looking at life as bad. I see so many people who walk around seeing the bad in everything or looking for what is wrong with the world instead of what is right there in front of us. I look outside today and see the most beautiful Sun, the blue sky and the sound of the birds singing the great song of the earth that spring is on our way. I see God all around us in everything if we just look. Yet we miss that. I have missed that. I have been one of them and have realized in my head but not my heart until today.

One that really spoke to me today while watching, by Dr Dyer was "what if my whole life I was wrong and then I died". Then Wayne Dyer said to himself "don't die with your music still in you. WOW what powerful words. I thought to myself am I living with my song un-sung. Are you living with your music still in you? Are you holding onto it until that one day comes?

I found myself not living that life as I have been called to. I have been listening to what everyone else is saying with all there fears and there biases and negative beliefs within them. Instead I find myself listening more to what God is saying to me.

Dr. Dyer then talked about the Greek word Ethos's Yasim a Greek word which means The God within. When you have passion and enthusiasm for something, that is God speaking to you.

The question to ask your self is what have you been called to do?

What is the passion within you?

What is that song that is waiting to be sung?

If you have time watch the movie the Shift by Wayne Dyer.

Have a Sensational day.

love always
Julie Elliott