Speak to your Mountains

Emelda De Coteau
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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Everyone of us is living with a mountain, a significant hurdle or obstacle. Where we differ is attitude. Does the mountain embolden you, fueling determination to rise above it, or stifle progress?

The bible says “As a man thinketh, so is he.” The genesis of progress evolves first within our minds, therefore the messages we tell ourselves internally have far reaching implications.

Begin speaking to your mountains – break down those pernicious obstacles one by one, instead of saying “I can’t” declare defiantly “I can.” As a child sometimes I would grow frustrated with small things, mumbling to myself, “I can’t do this,” and my father, in his encouraging way would say: “Take the word can’t out of your vocabulary.”

Affirmations might be dismissed by some as a “new-age hippie” panacea for lack of confidence, but immense power lies in the words we repeat to ourselves.
According to noomii, the professional coach directory using affirmations, defined as “words or phrases that evoke a positive state of mind,” is an age-old practice which is also rooted in science, also known as neuro-linguistic programming, essentially training your mind.

So, the next time negativity and self-depreciating thoughts spring forward push them back with affirmations and visualize yourself overcoming your dilemma with phrases such as:

Obstacles are opportunities in disguise.

There is nothing I cannot accomplish.

The word “can’t” does not belong in my vocabulary.

I am worth the life I seek.

My dreams can become a reality.

Let’s move mountains together. What affirmations will you begin saying daily?

Living Awake

Emelda De Coteau
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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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There is much to be said for living in the present moment, unbound by the past, unencumbered by a vision for the future, in other words, living awake. Many great teachers encourage us to embrace this way of seeing the world, inhabiting it fully.

For a few years now, I’ve struggled on this path. Yet the longer I read certain texts and practice yoga, or sometimes simply sit quietly, my understanding evolves. I am beginning to understand that perhaps it’s not some monolithic break through or rapid change in perception, but rather a series of small changes, such as sipping your tea so that the warmness permeates your throat, coating it ever so gently, or connecting deeply with the laughter of a friend. This is awakening to the beauty and complexity of life, one moment at a time.

Most of us are often so busy that reflection seems impossible, yet each individual can spare one moment to absorb what is considered mundane, reflecting with wonder, as children and animals often do. Slowly, you will begin to realize that your mind and body are awakening, and the  journey is only beginning. This, beloved, is the greatest gift of all.
Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau