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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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/

The Nothingness in Meditation

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.

Diana Robinson

 

I have never really meditated.  Only guided meditation.  Praying is my thing.  I pray because I like to talk a lot… praying gives me the opportunity to talk even more.  I struggle with silence.  When there is silence you can guarantee that if you’re in a room with me, I will start to talk faster than a bullet.  I know that when people hop off the phone to me sometimes they have a headache and that they had forgotten everything that we had just talked about.

I believe there is a part of me that fears silence.  If there is silence does it mean that I have to listen to the voice in my head that is negative or will that fear that I have pushed down rise again?  I’ve worked so hard for this to not happen.

Lately I’ve been feeling a huge nudge to meditate, not guided meditation.  Just sit by myself with nothing else, no music, no talking, nothing.  The idea initially scared the hell out of me.  So I jumped in. I decided to set aside a good two hours to meditate the other day.  When you are a mum of three small children two hours by yourself is better than chocolate.  Nothing competes.  There are a dozen things I could be doing, but this nudge from my angels to mediate was getting stronger.

Recently I have put so much energy into making my body healthy, my soul enlightened; yet I am still not meditating, from my understanding it is one of the most integral steps for developing spiritually, equally as important for good mental and physical health.  It was time to start meditating I was ready.  Praying wasn’t enough anymore.  The visions I had of me meditating weren’t good.  I had thoughts of my mind wondering of me getting a sore back, bored or just over it.

I decided to sit on my bedroom floor (not very special).  The only thing I decided to do was hold onto rosary beads.  I felt guided to do this.  I just sat.  I must admit after the first half hour into the meditation I had fewer thoughts racing into my head.  At about the Forty-Five minute mark I could feel a wave of energy through my body and a loud ringing sound in my ear. Then at one hour everything went completely silent, I was aware of nothingness.  There was blackness; I no longer could feel any body part.  I felt disconnected from everything but connected at the same time.  Another ten minutes after this I felt peace.  Peace is the only word I have that can describe it.  It was beautiful.

Initially I had thoughts of seeing guides or angels or having prophetic visions but there was nothing… a whole lot of nothing.  The nothing was divine, however.  Had I just entered an altered state of consciousness? A place fear no longer resides, where there is stillness, where you no longer feel judgment?  I don’t know, but I now get why people meditate  and I have to do it again.  My energy body feels larger yet lighter.  It is palpable.

The next day after my second meditation there was just peace.  A deep knowing that this fear inside of me is just an illusion, a story.  It is safe for me to be quiet.  I’m only at day two.  I can’t imagine what twenty years of meditating is going to do for me.  I feel blessed I listened to my nudge (quiet forceful yet friendly nudge).

I totally recommend meditation if you haven’t already tried it.  You don’t need any props just a quiet place where you wont be interrupted.  Remember to just let go.  There will come a point where there is only peace.  Remember to ground yourself when you finish.  You need to return back to your body.  You can ground yourself by putting your feet on the grass or touching your body.  Mediation is the way the universe gives you all the guidance and information you need.

I don’t feel the need to talk as much anymore.  I’m sure my husband will be happy with this.

Love and light and all things nice,

Kylie Riordan x

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Meat pies for soul mates

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
~Emily Brontë

The moment that I looked into his eyes.  I knew that we were in love.  I knew that we would spend the rest of our lives together.  I knew there had been other lives.  When we looked into each others eyes we become one.  There was an instant connection at a deep soul level which felt like coming home.  It didn’t matter how this man’s body was packaged.  I loved his soul.  It helped that his was packaged so beautifully… or maybe it didn’t.  I looked into his eyes and I seen sadness, kindness, anger and a twinkle of hope, behind that I seen perfection.  A troubled man whose heart was so big it was hurting… but he was strong.

I felt safe in his arms and comforted in the fact that his strength would carry us through the future hardships we would endure.  They were inevitable.  We were young, afraid, careless but happy.  There were a few litres of Sangria along the way and then a few more.  There were a few meat pies too, before there was vegetarianism, for one of us, there are still meat pies for the other.  There was never any anniversary celebrations, we have spent lifetimes together so you start to lose track after a while.  Our birthday presents were wrapped beautifully, does newspaper count?  When we opened our presents kindness spilled out, there was always kindness.  Even more so now.  Oh… the laughs!  Peace was an unwritten rule when we went to sleep at night, neither of us okay with confrontations.  Then there was sickness and unwavering support.  The gift of children bestowed upon us and unconditional love.  Fear, but mostly unconditional love.

There is by no means perfection here but there is always effort.  We focus on each others strengths, as there are many weakness but eventually you start to forget.  Now that there is surfing and green smoothies, the essence has stayed the same.  We move past shitty things and just continue to hold each others hands, not as much as we should, however the intention is always there.

There is always hope and excitement over what the future may bring.  One thing is a guarantee… more LOVE.

Twelve years… So much gratitude!

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!

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!