I have been taking mini breaks from blogging for some time now. I am taking time instead to assess my life and focus on identifying my true calling and what I was put on this earth to do. I have many passions, some I act on while others are put on the back burner out of necessity. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day and wife, mother and life responsibilities have to be fulfilled, right?
Over the last few weeks, I have embarked on a spiritual journey in order to get reacquainted with my authentic self. No stranger to self-assessment and journaling, I have taken pen to paper, yes folks the old school way, to document my journey and chart the course ahead of me. Journaling, gratitude, affirmations and prayer are how I start my days. I wake up before my family so that I can have the quiet and stillness to effectively nourish my soul. It has been wonderful. Don’t get me wrong, the process requires discipline and hard work, but I am up for the challenge.
I have been journaling since I was a teenager, conducting gratitude sessions in my head since Oprah’s “Finding Your Spirit” season, and prayer has always been a significant part of my life; however, this journey is somewhat different. It includes dialog, exchange and guidance as I find my way. It is exciting and a little scary at the because it requires you to be brutally honest with yourself as you assess your life experiences, both good and bad. That means reliving painful feelings and memories that you thought you buried repressed or reconciled in the past. Although a significant undertaking, it is just the right thing for me to do at this time.
Who started me along on my journey? Ms. Alana Foy, a Life Coach and Reiki Master and all around beautiful person. You can learn more about her at Solitude or at Get WOWD on Twitter. She is on a mission to spread positivity in the world. She exudes such goodness that envelops, inspires and encourages me to take the steps necessary to live my best life. Her weekly assignments are helping me to focus and concentrate on what I am truly passionate about, connect with my inner being and to document my thoughts, feelings and emotions along the way. And then there are fun tasks like spending 15 minutes doing something you like every day.
So why did I call this post Candle Magic? Because lighting a candle each morning has become part of my morning ritual. It helps me relax and focus while journaling. My love affair with candles began last winter when I purchased a vanilla citrus scented soy candle. I used it until it could burn no more. Then I found an Essential Elements vanilla sandalwood candle, also soy, which I love as well.
I have come to the conclusion that anything vanilla seems to work for me. So in honor of my magic candle, I used my 15 minute “me time” to pen this poem which sums up my spiritual journey thus far:
Candle candle burning bright
May the entire world see your light
Comfort, Peace, that’s what you bring
Watching your flame makes my heart sing
As the sun rises early dawn
Look forward to you each and every morn
Pen to paper, the words just flow
Every thought helpful, I just know
Taking the time to record my gratitude
One step closer to my best attitude
Contemplating and acknowledging who I am
Finding the best me, that’s my plan
Written words easier than those we say
When I am done, I am open to pray
The universe is ready for me to make my move
With conscious living, I have nothing to prove
Poof you’re out, I’ve done my work
This special time is one great perk
Off I go to start my day
In a most exciting and fresh new way!
by Joselyn Smith-Greene
So, I guess it’s official. I now consider myself a published poet.
Do you have any candle magic of your own? Can you relate to my spiritual journey?