Authentic Living

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” 

 C.G. Jung

In any given moment you have a chance to shine your light on earth, so bright that you leave a trail of sparkly love wherever you tread.  To leave the biggest footprint and to get the optimal brightness out of your light you need to follow your authentic voice.

What is it that makes your heart sing? Do that! Actually… do lots of that! Authentic Living enables you to be true to your heart, to follow the calling of your soul.  The first step in the process is to just show up and commit.

The second step on the path to true authentic living requires deep reflective processing. It requires asking the questions that you may not want answers for. To live Authentically requires accessing the deep hidden well of talents and desires that may have been dormant for years. It needs courage to move past the fear of ridicule or failure.

Authentic Living is not about being nice and it’s not necessarily easy. Authentic living is about creating a passion filled life and it gives you the permission to live the way you truly want. Here’s the thing, you don’t need the permission, just a yearning to follow the messages of your heart, watch how fulfilling your life becomes.

In the words of Steve Maraboli in Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience, “There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.”  It is true what Steve says people living authentically radiate happiness and joy, the effects of authentic living are both internally and externally evident.

The game changers in the world live authentically, are brave enough to push the boundaries of what is considered ‘normal’.  Remember, what is considered normal today will seem archaic to future generations.  All because some brave soul had the courage to live their passion.

 

To live authentically requires:

  • Detachment from others judgments of you
  • Being aware of what ignites feelings of passion and happiness
  • Being open to feeling a genuine sense of wellbeing and happiness
  • To open the floodgates to the fear of failure presenting itself in you. To have the courage to move past the fear
  • To live a virtuous life with compassion, kindness and courage
  • Follow through and be committed to living your authentic life
  • To fall in love with yourself
  • To know who you are

 

Imagine how relationships would flourish if there was only ever authenticity from the beginning, if you didn’t have to change the person ‘you are’ to the person you should be.

Imagine…

Never in history has their been such a big platform to follow your own authentic voice. Anything that is worth it is never easy… if it makes you happy than do it. Life flies by in a blink of an eye and at the end of life there is often regrets, don’t let being true to your authentic self be your regret.

Live your life on Purpose… Make your ‘soul’ purpose authenticity!  You were created for greatness, happiness and joy.  Do just that!

I hope that you find the courage to live your authentic life.

I always write about what I am in the process of learning. To be able to teach, you need to first be a student.  Authentic Living is something that I am extremely passionate about, I can’t imagine not being true to myself now, it would hurt to much and when I fall back into old habits, I suffer.  To be passionate about something, truly passionate is to have purpose and ultimately that is what we are all searching for, a life that feels like we belong, that feels like home.

Love and Light and all things nice,

KR x

 

 

 

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Living Kindness

“Kindness is learned moment by moment. But it will always carry most weight when we take it up as a fundamental attitude rather than as a series of individual acts: when we see it as cause and as effect.”
Stephanie Dowrick— Everyday Kindness

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Some claim that money will bring you happiness. The weight loss industry makes bucket loads trying to get you to believe that happiness can be found in having the perfect body.  What if the very happiness you have been searching for comes via something as simple as living kindness, compassion & love?

Kindness isn’t a money-making business but the proof is in the pudding.  When you are kind your heart sings, it sets your soul on fire. Your life is changed from the inside out, you feel your heart expand and resonate with universal love.  There is no drug in the world that could create the feeling of pure bliss that an act of kindness creates.

A true act of kindness is Soul fuel.  It is the stuff that magic is made of and the true representation of divine love.  The truth is simple, when you are kind to another soul, you are admitting that you are one.  Pure joy is found in the moments you gift a piece your heart.

Kindness Matters

For your soul 

For you

For Happiness 

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Next time you watch an advertisement about a new weight-loss miracle before you bite into self loathing, think about a Random of Act of Kindness (or as I have termed it the Bliss Maker) you can perform, no matter how small.  Change your focus to that of service.

Five simple acts of kindness that you can perform right now:

  1. Compliment three people on Facebook.  Your praise may be the courage they need to keep their sparkle.
  2. Forgive someone today. If you’ve been holding a grudge or have been angry at someone, try to release this situation.  Let them off the hook, just this once.
  3. Join GetUp!  A movement where you can join campaigns and sign petitions on social issues, economic issues and environmental issues:  https://www.getup.org.au
  4. Sign up to become an Organ Donor.  Register at: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/australian-organ-donor-register
  5. Pray for someone who is sick. Prayer is a selfless, beautiful act of kindness.

My Prayer for you 

May you know kindness

May you embody compassion

May your light shine so bright that you leave a trail of divine light wherever you go

May you get to experience the joy that can be found in the purity of Living Kindness.  

Kindness is the new Black

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Gratitude: The Secret Gem

“Gratitude is a fullness of heart that moves you from limitation and fear to expansion and love.” Deepak Copra

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Gratitude is one of those words that fills your heart with pure joy and peace.  For the most part it has had a religious association but science is now starting to see the benefits of gratitude on health, happiness and prosperity. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude helps to develop a deeper connection to our soul and is an integral virtue for spiritual development.

People who express gratitude are more inclined to be happier, be more empathetic and compassionate.  These virtues go hand in hand.  When we are grateful for what we have we feel a deep connection to others when they are in pain.  Showing gratitude helps us to accept what is and opens the doorway for abundance to enter.

Gratitude creates abundance by shifting our thinking away from what doesn’t work in our life to what is working. It is how we learn to receive what we truly are entitled to.  Abundance is manifested when we believe that we are worthy and we can see with clarity our current blessings.

Oprah Winfrey the most successful woman in the world has written a gratitude list everyday for the majority of her career.  Is she grateful because of her success or is she successful because she is grateful?  My money is on gratitude being the secret little gem.

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Robert Emmons an expert on the study of gratitude in his article Five Myths about Gratitude defines gratitude as,  ” A specific way of thinking about receiving a benefit and giving credit to others beside oneself for that benefit. In fact, gratitude can be very difficult because it requires that you recognize your dependence on others, and that’s not always positive. You have to humble yourself, in the sense that you have to become a good receiver of others’ support and generosity. That can be very hard—most people are better givers than receivers.”

He makes a valid point.  Gratitude is not a form of positive thinking it creates a shift in you that says I accept help, I am okay with giving compliments, I have humility.  For all the martyrs out there this can be difficult.

Three ways to include Gratitude into your daily life:

  1.  Each day take a moment to reflect on how incredible life is.  Look at your body, feel your skin, watch a sunset, take a walk in nature, be in awe over the miracle of birth, Smile at a child, belly laugh, feel the deep love you have for your special someone, think about what makes your soul sing.  Be in awe about how incredibly lucky you are for all of this.  Breathe out gratitude.
  2. One of the simplest ways to live gratitude is to write one thing that you are grateful for every night. Trust me when I say this… it won’t be long before there are two things to write and so on.
  3. Another way to show gratitude is to give back to the less fortunate.  If you are grateful for the food that you eat, share it.  If you are grateful for the love that you get from your children, give that love back to your parents or someone else’s parents.

I have seen gratitude work its miracles… it’s a secret little gem.  Invite the powerful, transformative and healing benefits of gratitude to grace your life.

Love and light and all things nice, KR x

Shine Your Light on Happiness

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

Anne Frank

kylie riordan babyI wish that I could say I have had that pivotal moment where I have thought yep I’ve got this in the bag… this is it… my life is perfect now.  Life doesn’t work like that.  It is a work in progress and no matter how hard we try to avoid it we are always going to have to face hard times.

We do have control over our happiness and ultimately happiness is a choice.  I have made the choice to keep persevering, to choose happiness.  I have been fortunate to have many moments that have helped make my life a little brighter… there have been a few moments that have shaded my life a little lighter than black, maybe grey.  I see this as progress.

A person grows by following the drive inside of them, by learning to release any fear stopping them from shining their light on earth, even when it is easier to just walk away.  I’m sure Mother Teresa’s job was not an easy one.  The world is a much better place because she shined her light.

I have made the choice to try to live and breathe happiness.  Each day when I wake up I choose to express gratitude for this glorious life.  It is not always easy but it is worth it.  I have so much to be grateful for yes, but I have also had some pretty crappy things thrown my way.  I am not a lucky person that has been blessed with a perfect life; instead I am a person who chooses to see the blessings in what life dishes me.  I guess I am a lucky person in that respect.  I just have to remember this on shitty days.

When people complain about how easy other people have it, I disagree as nobody has it easy.  Every single one of us has been dealt a couple of ‘bad’ deals in our life but it is how we choose to throw the ‘bad’ cards in and hold onto the good deals that equates to happiness.

We have a responsibility in life to not only ourselves, or family but to the collective consciousness of our planet. When you look at it that way choosing happiness takes on a bigger importance.  Make the choice today, to be happy or to not be happy?  The law of manifestation says that what you believe, feel and think you will attract into your life.  If this is the case if you choose to be happy the universe will give you more things to be happy about.  Awesome! That’s my cup of tea.

Remember we are all doing the best we can do with the consciousness we have.  We are a work in progress. Like an artist develops their skills, so do we humans.  For one moment let your imagination soar, imagine being completely happy.  Imagine being the next version of Oprah.  You can do it.  The world needs your light. Shine it brightly, so brightly you will blind others.

It is a lot of effort to choose to be happy all the time; but eventually it becomes second nature.  There will be times spent in bad spaces…  don’t give up, dig yourself out, whether it’s by medication, exercise, diet changes, supports groups, prayer meditation, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is that you keep trying. People depend on you, earth depends on you but mostly you depend on you.

Joy is a gift the universe gives to you, embrace it and remember life is sublimely glorious.  Forget about the bad day you had yesterday.  Tomorrow is a brand you day, a new page in your book.  What will your story be?  Make it a happy one.

By Kylie Riordan

 

Originally posted: http://spiritualwisdommagazine.com/shine-your-light/

Living a Life of Purpose

 

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“There comes a moment in life when you say to yourself – enough. This is ENOUGH!  Then – you take a walk with your destiny. To change. To fulfill your purpose. We all have it. But are you willing to take that first step?”

Besa Kosova

One of the biggest questions humans ask themselves is what is my life purpose?  What is my higher destiny? What did I come to this life to achieve? Humans struggle with it everyday and when they don’t they are already living their life purpose.  When I do Angel Card readings eight times out of ten life purpose questions get asked the most.  Mostly because people are un-happy with their lives or they want a more fulfilling career.  They want to help people.  Intuitively we know what our life purpose is.  I always did.  I paid to see a beautiful psychic once to tell me what my life purpose is, when I already new.

Why then was it so hard for me to begin to live my life purpose?  Simply because living your life purpose is not supposed to be easy, it can be quiet the opposite depending on how courageous you were when you were deciding what your life purpose will be.

Taking the easy way out was like a drug for me, it was my escape.  I worked behind checkouts and in call centers and restaurants. They were easy jobs, I loved them and I gave them everything I had but I had a deep emptiness inside of me that was screaming for me to spend time fulfilling my purpose.  They were my drugs of choice.  They numbed the nudge inside of me that kept poking me in different directions.  Why didn’t I just jump in? God knows (and I for that matter) that it would make me happy, I knew that it would help people.

I had learned to master the art of making up excuses.  I thought that only special people could do the job I wanted to do (not work hard for it and gain experience).  The beauty and the synchronicity in life that happens when you begin to live your life purpose are close to miraculous.  Everything falls into place.  It does not mean that it will be easy.

I had to hit rock bottom before I realised that my life purpose thingy wasn’t just going to go away and all of a sudden I could change my life purpose to drum roll please… a comedian!  I was pretty sure I could be a great comedian; it comes so naturally to me.  Okay maybe I am the only one who thinks I am funny, as my husband kindly likes to remind me.  I am completely off track now.  See, you have caught me in the act, even now that I am working at my life purpose and trying to live it I still try to change the subject and I get off track so easily.  It happens to all of us, we all have this ego fella telling us that we are ridiculous, that it’s too hard to live our dream.

Right now I am going to make a pact with myself, from this day forth I am living my life purpose.  No more escape artist for me, although that may be your life purpose… kudos to you.  Not all life purposes will be as big as Oprah’s.  Some are quite easy and peaceful!  The key is to try and find out what your life purpose is and work hard.

No idea what your life purpose is?  A simple exercise is to write down all the things that make your heart sing, anything that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Do you adore animals or like painting?  Next ask your angels what your life purpose is, make sure that you are sitting quietly and write down anything that comes to your mind whether you see it visually or hear words.  Write down everything.  Remember to do something little everyday that works towards your life purpose.  It may be hard work but eventually life will flow.  The world needs your light.

Love and Light and all things nice.

By Kylie Riordan

Originally posted on:  http://spiritualwisdommagazine.com/living-life-purpose/

Train Ride with Soul!

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour. ” ― 

Walt Whitman 

If I could pin point the day that has inspired my life the most it would be the day I choose to begin to consciously live in the moment, for the moment and be completely present.  On this seemingly ordinary day it hit me like a ton of bricks and I knew that I needed to change.  I will start with just me.  Collectively our Western culture might need to change.

I was pregnant with my youngest daughter at the time and unable to drive, so I decided to catch a train to Brisbane City to see my Obstetrician. I was a tad bit excited; it had been years since my last train ride. The train I was about to board was the business rush train, everybody on their way to the grindstone.  Lucky for me I was pregnant so one lovely young gentleman gave me his seat.

The train was packed like a can of sardines.  I  put my bag on my lap, got comfortable, fixed my clothes and I looked up briefly as I was fumbling in my bag for my phone.  What I saw though brought on one of my biggest ah ha moments to date… every single person on that train that day was looking at a phone or tablet, except the elderly man sitting next to me and of course me… now.   I quickly slid my phone back into my bag.  I tried to make eye contact with someone, but nothing.  I tried to make sense of what had happened to society, nothing.  I felt a deep overwhelming sadness.  Luckily the lovely man next to me felt my pain and he made a big joke about how talking to people was so out of fashion these days.  So guess what?  That’s we did for the next hour, we talked, we laughed we were present.  I never really was very fashionable.

On this train ride I got to meet someone new and have a laugh, the worry about wasting an hour of my life in boredom was gone.  I  stopped caring 10 minutes into the ride that people were cranky with us because we were being too noisy… laughing.

I made a pack with myself that day… a deep one on one inner dialogue with myself.  I vowed from that moment on that I would endeavour to embrace every single moment in this life, remembering that every single morsel of this life is precious and sublime (even the shitty stuff because it enables me to really appreciate the good stuff).  I am going to make an effort to stop holding onto the past or worry about a future that is still unwritten.  Who cares if I’m on a train, this may be my last day and lets be frank train rides can change lives (Here! Here!).  Remembering to live in the moment has made my life pretty simplistic but has also brought me oodles of happiness.  I am no longer looking for the next big thing that will make me happy;  I choose to live happy!

How do you feel in this moment?  Do you have thoughts about future events?  Is your mind racing with things that you need to do (hopefully not too much because than that would mean that my blog is boring you)?  How would your life feel if you were happy with what you had and needed nothing extra?  Would you feel Joy?  Does it make you feel nervous?  It is a pretty incredible feeling being happy with what is.  There is a special energy that is attracted to what is, this energy will bring you more things in your life to be grateful for… the bigger things.  It is the ego talking when it says I will be happy when I have this or that, not your soul.  Happiness with what is equals a constant feeling of gratefulness. All this from a train ride!

Love and light and all things nice,

Kylie Riordan x

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*Disclaimer:  All my blogs are intended to empower you and enable you to take responsibility to make the best choices for yourself.  The choices that I make in MY life may not be the best choices for you.  I do not judge anyone who has different opinions to me.  Kudos to you for choosing your own path in life.  I merely am a human being trying to make my life the best it can be whilst sharing what I have learned along the way.  I am mindful mummy trying to heal and master the art of making one person smile a day… at the least!