100 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom Day 75 – Iyanla Vanzant on The Wisdom & Power of Love

Wisdom Day 75

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“In love, there is a total acceptance of self, and a willingness to give of self without an expectation of receiving anything in return. When you love, you are not afraid to share the truth of who you are, and you accept the truth of others without judgment.”

~Iyanla Vanzant~

Iyanla Vanzant returns to OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network with season 2 of Iyanla: Fix My Life this Saturday, April 13th 9/8c.

Click here to see the trailer and full episodes or to find OWN on your TV!

Be well, loving … & WISE!

Tonya Marie

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100 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom Day 71 – The Wisdom of Surrendering to a Process We Can’t See

Wisdom Day 71

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“All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see. .. As a seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace. The courage of the seed is that once cracking, it cracks all the way.”

~ Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening (4/5) ~

Girl Holding PlantWhat a lovely reminder about the spiritual lessons found in nature!

We are surrounded by living wisdom teachers that demonstrate to us how to live fearlessly and faithfully. Their example is a divine testament about how to yield to a spiritual process that cracks us wide open so that we can spring forth from the perceived limits of our current situation and grow into the fullness of the divine being we were created to be and already are.

And Mark’s words also remind us that so much of our potential is actualized in the darkness and just beneath the surface.

And so it seems surrender and courage go hand in hand. It takes courage to surrender. And it takes full surrender to “the process'” — often without knowing the plan or purpose of what we are going through in the moment — to truly grow, to break ground, to see the light and to “be ye transformed”.

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100 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom Day 70- The Wisdom of Contracting Before You Expand

Wisdom Day 70

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“Sometimes our lives contract before they expand. We may be working hard on ourselves spiritually, doing good in the world, following our dreams, and wondering why we are still facing constrictions of all kinds—financial, emotional, physical. Perhaps we even feel as if we’ve lost our spirituality and are stuck in a dark room with no windows. We may be confused and discouraged by what appears to be a lack of progress. But sometimes this is the way things work. Like a caterpillar that confines itself to a tiny cocoon before it grows wings and flies, we are experiencing the darkness before the dawn.”

Madisyn Taylor, DailyOm.com

womanonadockThe old adage it’s always darkest before the dawn is as true for daybreak as it is for the moments before we experience the miracle we’ve been hoping and praying for. Madisyn’s message is particularly poignant and profound as so many are “working through” and “going through” at this point in time.

Fear and uncertainty has a way of causing us to freeze and constrict, physiologically as well as emotionally and mentally. It’s a primal response, in fact (think deer in headlights). But if we can remind ourselves of the power and wisdom of surrender, we can relax enough to appreciate not only the process of transition but the promise of transformation that awaits if we allow enough room for life – in all of messy marvelousness – to unfold in the fullness of divine time.

So today, consider the wisdom in, and blessing of, contracting inward before you expand. And be sure to read the rest of Madisyn’s message. Her wise words remind us that “it is a natural part of being that our lives sometimes contract before expanding”.

[Contracting before Expanding: Going through the Opening]

Be well, patient… & WISE!

Tonya Marie

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