2014 in review

My 2014 on journeys in writing review, love it :). Thank you all so much for sharing and being a part of it, wishing you an amazing 2015 ❤

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Success

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keeping our eyes and heart open

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When the world is shook by tragedies such as those that recently happened in Pakistan, it can be easy to become angry in defiance or maybe even withdraw from a level of pain. Yet as understandable as this is, what I believe to help far more is to stand up from a place of love and compassion against this cruelty. To instead strengthen the level of consciousness in the world.

There is only one place that kind of evil can come from and that is complete unconsciousness and ignorance to the fact that we are all one, this is what hurts more than anything. Although hard to compare, this same thing  on a far smaller and different scale can happen to all of us. Where we can see ourselves as separate from or important than another.

We all live in our own space/ society, but the truth is we are all one and it always starts with us. We may have been powerless to those  atrocities or to any other personal misfortunes in our own life but it is never too late to stand up and make a change. To strengthen the consciousness over unconsciousness; to choose to create instead of react.

Whenever our world view whether personal or global is shook we can use it to create something new. Any reaction comes from unconsciousness, so instead we can choose to create from our truth and therefore reinforce this instead. Alternatively we can allow the pain of the suffering to send us back to sleep. By keeping our eyes and hearts open we will come from a more conscious place and therefore create a far better cause for ourselves and the world.

When we come from a place of love which is always a choice that we have, we then send ripple effects of love energy that will overpower this unconsciousness eventually because of the sheer power that love has and the truth that lies within it. Lets keeps our eyes and heart opens by standing up for all those who have suffered through sending all the love, prayers and compassion they deserve. Miranda xx

Letting go of expectations

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Personal growth and transformation have to be one of the most rewarding parts of our life journey. However one paradox in this is that although goals are important they can sometimes get in the way of our connection with the present moment when we are too focused on an end result. It’s a fine line to cut between not having goals and living in the moment and having goals but still being present.

The difficulty with having no goals at all  is that we can potentially drift unfocused in to things that are of no good or use, such as negative thinking or watching T.V to pass time. However having goals can equally pull us out of the moment when we become too focused on the end or on the expectations that we may have for the goal, or when we expect them to happen.

Goals are great to drive us towards a greater cause and towards growth and continual improvement, but their function, I believe should not be to add so much pressure that it pulls out of now and out of the beauty of being and giving from where we are. When this begins to happen it is the point where we can re-evaluate our goals and whether there intention is working well in our lives or discovering from there what we can do differently.

Ultimately being here and now and giving from this space has to be the most important thing. Any future expectation is irrelevant and unimportant compared to happiness in the now that comes from a place of being and living in flow. This I believe serves ourselves and others more than anything.

With our goals in mind whilst allowing ourselves to be here and now, we will always reach them when the time is right. It is always about the journey, by focusing too much on the destination we miss out on all the beauty on the way. To strive with a goal in mind and to always be enjoying the journey by letting go of expectations then becomes far more loving and fun. ❤

The Ability to Transform Anything

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There is always something we can learn from any situation, however tough it might be, in fact the tougher it is the more I believe we can learn and transform from it. As long as we’re open to all there is to learn the gifts then have the potential to be endless. This year has been a particularly challenging one for me personally, however I know always that everything can be turned around and that every difficulty has an equally, if not greater benefit.

Sometimes things happen that are entirely out of our control or at least at first, things that go entirely against what we have planned or expected, however we always have a choice in how to respond. This  I believe to be the greatest power we have, the ability to choose, to choose what we will focus on, on what we can do, on the difference we can make; this is what enables us to transform anything.

Any of you who has been through a difficult situation and allowed it to strengthen you instead of weaken you will know and understand this power that you have. At first in any situation it is natural to feel challenged, this is where we then have the choice to change our perception and this is where we can take our power back and transform the situation.

Whatever happens in our environment or from others towards us, may not be of our choosing but our response, when we are conscious of it, always is. As long as we remember to use this knowledge when and wherever possible, we will have the power to overcome anything and turn what was difficult in to something beautiful. The following poem is written from this purpose;

Opportunity

Every difficulty can be an opportunity,

Every struggle can be a strength,

It is what you choose to focus on

That will really get you through anything

To a place where you thought you would never be,

To a place where your more than you’ve ever been

~ M. L Adams

Much of my poetry is written from this belief of the possibility to transform any situation in to something positive no matter what happens. This is  a knowing I have had for as long as I can remember and one that has strengthened throughout my Buddhist practice over the last 7 years.

No matter how dark or difficult something may seem it will always hold within it something really powerful for your life. Seek to turn it around, to transform the situation and you can only become far wiser and stronger from it. ❤

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