January 2008


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About Midlife Journeys

For many people, midlife is a time of transformation, a time of seeking greater purpose, joy and meaning in the second half of life. Midlife Journeys is a monthly newsletter designed to support you in reconnecting with your authentic self and energizing your life through deep self-nurturing, creative expression and heart-centered living. Each issue contains inspiration and resources to help guide you on your journey to greater aliveness, joy and fulfillment.

Good read: Marianne Williamson has a new book out, The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife. Very inspiring! Here's a taste: "Midlife is not a crisis; it's a time of rebirth. It's not a time to accept your death; it's a time to accept your life -- and to finally, truly live it, as you and you alone know deep in your heart it was meant to be lived."

Wonderful movie: The Bucket List . Two terminally ill men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) escape the cancer ward to head off on a world adventure with a wish list of to-do's before they die. Beautifully acted, poignant and very funny.

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Your Higher Purpose

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., a great and courageous visionary and humanitarian, clearly living a life in alignment with his higher purpose. This year, I am particularly inspired to seek out more ways to be of greater service to humanity and to the planet. Doesn't 2008 already feel like a year with tremendous potential for profound transformation?

As a small beginning, I have decided to sponsor a woman through Woman to Woman International, an organization which assists women whose lives have been severely impacted by war. I don't know yet if my sponsored sister will be in the Congo, Iraq or another area served by Women for Women International, but I look forward to creating a connection with her soon. The sponsorship helps heal, educate and train the women with skills they can use to rebuild their lives. If you'd like to know more, please visit: http://www.womenforwomen.org.

As we start the New Year, I'd also like to share some elegant wisdom from Shakti Gawain, a pioneer in the field of personal development. This excerpt is from her book, Creative Visualization. I hope it will inspire you to tune into your inner wisdom and allow your heart to guide you to an even greater expression of your higher purpose.

A basic need of all human beings is to make a positive contribution to the world and to our fellow beings, as well as to improve and enjoy our personal lives. We all have a great deal to offer the world and to each other, each in our own special and unique way.

We each have a significant contribution to make in this lifetime. It may involve many things, or it may be something very simple. I call this contribution our higher purpose. It always involves being yourself totally, completely, and naturally and doing something or many things that you genuinely love to do, and that you have a natural gift for.

We all know in our hearts what our higher purpose is, but we often do not consciously acknowledge it, even to ourselves. In fact, most people seem to go to great lengths to hide it from themselves and from the world. They fear and seek to avoid the power, responsibility, and light that comes with acknowledging and expressing their true purpose in life.

Your ability to manifest will work to the degree that you are in alignment with your higher purpose. If you try to manifest something and it doesn't seem to work, it may not be appropriate to the underlying pattern and meaning of your life. Be patient and keep tuning into your inner guidance. In retrospect, you will see that everything is unfolding perfectly.

This is a time of great transformation on our planet. We all have a part to play, just by being willing to be our true, magnificent selves.

Wishing you abundant blessings and full out expression of your higher purpose!

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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