How Would You Know it was Him?

If the Lord appeared today how would you know it was Him?

Do you even care?

Let’s assume you do care and you are waiting by the door like a pup who hears the masters car pull into the drive.

What do you expect is going to happen next?

Why should you expect anything?

How many people believed it was Him the 1st time? Only 12 knew for sure and thousands of other stood by and witnessed the signs and miracles.

How would you expect him to look?

Did he look the part the 1st time?

Was it the way he looked that created the following or was it His message?

As a Jew, as a Nazarene, he didn’t look the part he was not what they had wished for or hoped for.

What would you expect Him to do?

Do you think He will travel from Church to Church rewarding all of those who have sacrificed and given until it hurts?

Are you excited to see how he will condemn all of those who didn’t  believe, all of those who didn’t follow, all of those who cursed his name. Surely  it will be exciting to see how the faithful and righteous are rewarded and how the wicked and evil are condemned.

What will happen to you if you miss his return?

Are you certain you won’t miss him because you are keeping watch and you have faith that your deeds and action won’t allow you to miss him?

Who are you to believe about what door you are to watch for HIs return?

Is it Peter? “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed (2Peter 3:10 ESV)” Is it Pauls writings in Revelations? “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen (REV 1:7 ESV).”

You see the signs all around you and you are hoping and wishing and praying for His return yet you are not even prepared.

Are you doing any of the things He said to do or that Paul said to do?“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone…(John 8:7 NIV). “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrew 10: 24-25 NIV).”

Or

Are you just standing around judging one another?

Finding new ways to dislike each other and growing more contemptuous with the way things are going, failing to see the beauty that life has to offer right in front of you? Are you drunk and angry, hurt and upset, that this life didn’t go the way you thought is should? Are you wishing it would be over and that the Lord you you love would come and judge the justice from the unjust the right and the wrong and deliver you to the heaven that you know you deserve.

Or

Are you afraid are you living in fear, covered in shame, radiating anxiety?

You know you have done wrong, that you have made mistakes and there doesn’t seem to be enough prayers, or confessions, or memorized verses to save you. You know you are the one that will be judged and there is nothing you can do about it. Therefore, you compare and judge your sins, and your mistakes against everyone else. You justify that you are not as bad as other or that you are worse.

Either Way

You’re living in misery, like a pup watching the door waiting for the master to step through so that you may be rewarded for your good behavior or punished for your mistake.

What if the He was here right now?

What if He wasn’t going to do any of those things that you expected Him to do?

How would you know it was him?

Would you be one of the 12 who got a front row seat or one of the thousands who believed and truly followed? Or would you let it all pass by without taking a look because you were too tired or too busy or just simply didn’t care?

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Will you be like the Sanhedrin and judge Him be cause he doesn’t look the way you think he should. Will you dismiss Him because he doesn’t sound how you think he should? Will you judge and scrutinize His every word trying to disprove what he is says when you know in your heart it is the truth.

The Answer

You will never know and neither will I.

However, I will listen to and learn from a teacher that speaks like Him. That teaches like Him. I will listen and learn from a teacher who has understanding and compassion for me and for the world. A teacher  who wants to me and the rest of the world to be happy. I will listen to and learn from a teacher who loves everyone the same way He loves me, including those who don’t understand and those who are in prison and those who hate.

I will not miss an opportunity to learn what kind of life my creator truly had planned for me just because the teacher was not what everyone else told me to look for. I may not have learned very much in 41 years but I have learned that NO ONE can tell ANYONE what is TRUE, you just know it when you see it and hear it

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Top 3 Ways to Balance New Things.

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The past few weeks have been tricky, returning to school full time to study for a Masters in Psychology with an emphasis on Life Coaching. Making extreme changes to my diet to improve my running results, and of course working 55 hours week at night while trying to build my personal brand during the day.

As you can imagine not everything worked out. Running suffered with the dietary changes until I watched a short video from an excellent running coach on Twitter.

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Kyle Kranz @kyle_j_kranz is an awesome guy with a ton of knowledge, education, and most of all experience. This one video helped me change my perspective on my diet and made me realize that I have to do what is right for me and for my body. The results were amazing, not only did I feel happier and have more energy but I also had more fuel to run with.

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School also cut into my training schedule and enthusiasm for running as well as my ability to all the things I need to do for my business like writing this post (what I really love doing).

Adding new things to your life to accomplish your goals comes with sacrifice. However these don’t have to be permeant or even a complete sacrifices. Here are the top 3 ways I have learned to add balance in all of my activities rather than sacrifice.

  1. Accept; that the new thing is going to be disruptive and cut into the time allotted to other things this may include recreation time (ie. Netflix marathons). Realizing that your long term goal is greater than short term pleasure will allow you to appreciate the pleasure when you’ve accomplished the goal. ***NOTE*** sacrificing time that you spend with other especially family should NOT be part of this sacrifice, those are appointment times that should not waiver because they are paramount to your success.
  2. Forgive; realizing that you are outperforming a previous version of yourself should give you the ability to forgive yourself for what is not getting done, or what may need to be trimmed or cut temporary. In my example of eating  I realized I am doing a lot of high-level thinking that requires a lot more sugar then if I was just training for a marathon. As much as I wanted to cut all sugar and carbs from my diet because that’s what everyone who is achieving great results is doing that isn’t right for me.  My activities that require so much more from me including that extra level of enthusiasm. Forgiving myself for not doing what all of my heroes and mentors are doing boosted my happiness, energy, and excitement, to do things I need to do and the things I love.
  3. Breath; there is no way I would be able to accomplish as many thing as I do everyday if weren’t for my meditation practice. I spend 20 minutes every day creating time by paying attention to my breath. I practice a meditation called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY Meditation). The more thing you add to your schedule the more tendency there is to hold your breath, before you know it your holding your breath until you explode or die. Subconsciously  holding your breath leads to higher levels of stress which is counter productive to productivity. Holding your breath can contributes to illness and disease which is really counter productive to productivity. It may seem counter intuitive to add 15- 20 minutes of breathing to an already busy schedule but I promise you that if you try it for 30 days you will be amazed at how much more you can get done. A reporter who was following Gandhi once asked him how he was able to meditate 2 time a day when he was so busy and what he did when his schedule was overloaded and didn’t’t allow for that time to breath. His answer was that on the days when the schedule was overloaded to the point of cutting into his meditation time he would meditate 3 times that day.

The most important thing I hope to have said here today is how important it is to be nice to yourself especially in the pursuit of your goals. I hope I have conveyed the importance of acceptance of new tasks to an already busy schedule knowing that the pay off is going to be monumentally greater then a few extra hours of T.V. but not greater than time spent with family and friends. I hope that you can see the importance to forgive yourself during these periods of extreme growth that it’s more than ok not to be perfect. Finally that you remember what you are doing this all for, to create a better life for yourself and those you love so it’s paramount that you love yourself enough to breath.

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Free Medicine for Mental Health

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety at young age. I was medicated for many years and I thought that I grew out of these symptoms as I got older.  I realized as I got older and quit smoking weed and drinking that my anxiety had lightened up a lot, but I still had strong swings of depression.

I noticed that my depression worsened as the seasons changed from fall to to winter and the days became shorter and there was far less sunlight. I was later diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

This diagnosis gave me hope because for the first time I understood that there was a pattern to depression, I wasn’t stuck with it permanently. I also discovered that there was a connection between being outside in nature surrounded by trees and getting sunlight on my skin that helped to bring it to an end.

Then I quit smoking cigarettes in 2016 and everything changed again. I had no idea how many chemicals were in cigarettes that were medicating and suppressing my symptoms of both anxiety and depression. Within in a month of being smoke free and just getting started running I thought I was losing my mind.

My anxiety was through the roof with days of extreme paranoia. Two of my friends dies in a short period of time and my youngest child moved out of the house. Everything about my life was different and I was completely freaking out. If it wasn’t extreme paranoia that day it was thoughts of ending it, or just not wanting to get out of bed.

I made one commitment to myself that I would not stop running and stay off the cigarettes for one whole year. Day after day things were starting to change. I noticed on the days that I pushed myself harder I had less paranoid thoughts and was morel likely to get out of bed the next day.

I quit smoking in January which was hard because of the added seasonal affective disorder. Spring came along and I began to run outside my depression, anxiety, and paranoid thinking greatly decreased. I tested the theory that is was the running and being outside, all had to do was not run for a few days and I went right back down the rabbit whole.

Running and being in nature are two most powerful prescription for my mental health and they are free.

There is a ton of research on the effects of exercise and sunlight on mental health. I hope that that my personal experience helps you to see the light at the end of what seem like a very long and dark tunnel.

Running has become my free mental health medicine. I now have treadmill that I use on days that I can’t get outside and it definitely helps end both anxiety and depression. I love my free medicine and I hope it helps you too.

The picture above is my update for this weeks marathon training. I have dramatically increased my millage from an average of 2-3 miles to 3-5 miles with an 8 mile long day. I hope your enjoying following me on this journey as I train for my first marathon.

Thanks for being a part of this journey with me and I hope that I have brought something of value to you as well. Please share this post with someone you know who is struggling with anxiety and depression. Maybe running can help them too.

How is Heaven?

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What a shock!

No matter how long you lived the shock of losing your body must be a surprising  experience.  By shocking of course I mean surprising. I don’t think that leaving the body would be anything short of surprising but certainly not fearful or even sad. The shedding of ones body is similar to dropping the days clothes on the floor.  Of course you had all of your feelings and attachment to them while you were wearing them, but now the day is done and so to, you are done with that outfit without guilt or remorse.

Your clothes hit the floor without second thought. Being naked  at the end of the day can be a little bit of a shock or even a bit of surprise as your nakedness transitions into the new environment. The new environment is somewhat different now that you have dropped your clothes and everything that went with them.  Maybe it was your work uniform and your identity that goes with being that employee. Maybe it was a dress that you wore on date or to a wedding. Maybe it was just your everyday clothes or how you identify as the “true you” which still isn’t the true you. Not until your naked is the true you revealed and for most of us, if we feel like we are alone, we are comfortable and accepting with our nakedness. If there is a mirror in front of us we might as well be in front of someone else because a different part of ourselves begins to judge. That’s not our true self either. Being alone and naked is the closest thing to understanding what it might be like to shed the body.

What comes next after losing the body depends on your own personal beliefs.  Most would agree that there is a period of reflection on our experiences and lessons learned while wearing that body. Without the body you can move through those memories and experiences in a three dimensional fashion to take a close look at them and really fully understand them from a much different perspective. A perspective that doesn’t include the original attachment as the doer of the experiencer because now the experience is only to witness or observer. We’re able to view the experience as we would a movie without a personal attachment to the feelings of the moment.

What comes next many will agree will be the commune with the creator. The contact with this source will vary depending on what you believe. However, here is the twist on what you might expect to happen next.

The creator asks these three questions:

  1. How much did you learn about the true you?
  2. How much did you love in your time with a body designed for love?
  3. How was heaven?

Shocked Again!

I thought this was heaven?

If it’s not then where am I?

Where are all of my loved ones?

Am I in hell?

Do I have to stay here?

The creator shows you all of the power that had been bestowed upon you to live exactly how you wanted to live. The creator reveals to you that you had all the same abilities to create that creator has. The creator reveals to you that you are the creator and your loved ones have returned to heaven form where you have come.

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You begin to form all of the arguments as to why that can’t be. Recalling all of the injustices in the world and even in your own life. The creator reveals to you that while you have all of the power and energy of the creator you’re not the only one and that most creators are as completely unaware of their power as you have been. Some creators are so unaware of their power that they allow the mistakes of others shape their creativity and they become the ones who create the evil and injustice. Only then do they realize their power and by then they use their power create more of the same or worse. They are completely unaware that they have the ability to change it at any time and being right in that moment to create something new and better.

At some point each creator is called to shed their body and review their creation in heaven while they had the chance. Then they are given the option to return to heaven to try again or to remain in the state that they are in without a body to use their full awareness and energy to assist the creators in heaven. This comes at the ultimate sacrifice because not only will they be not able to experience love without a body, they will no longer be able to reconnect the same way they did before with the people they loved. The people whom they were hoping to meet again at this stage. The reason they decide to remain in the state of no body is to become the wind at the back of those creators they wish to help, to be the energy and inspiration they need to move mountains. Until that creator decides to return to heaven again.

My questions to you is:

  1. How is heaven today?
  2. How much are you loving today?
  3. What are you creating today?