The Writestream with Ima Sumac Watkins: Creating Our Joy During the Holidays

The Writestream with Ima Sumac Watkins: Creating Our Joy During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us!

Does this make you happy or create more stress in your life?

Tune in to The Writestream with Daria Anne on Wednesday, November 22 at 11 AM Eastern when Ima Sumac Watkins returns to talk about creating our own joy. Our families can be our biggest teachers and the holidays can pose our greatest challenges. Ima will talk about healing the expectations we have of our families and ourselves during this time of celebration.

She’ll also share how to create our own holiday rituals, heal past hurts, take responsibility for our own joy, and experience truly Happy Holidays.

To stream the episode, click on this link. Or listen by phone at (347) 945-7246. Press “1” if you would like to ask Ima a question on the air.

For more on Ima and her professional services, visit aboutme.com/iwatkins.

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Birthday Blessings

Yes, today is my birthday and I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of my friends on various social media platforms for their warm wishes! In looking back over the past year, I am definitely counting my birthday blessings:

 

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1. I’ve had the privilege of being hired to complete Steps To Salvation and manage all of the ensuing marketing/PR efforts by one of the very best people I know: Shlomo Attia. The book is finally written and will be published in the next few weeks after we complete final edits and photos to be included. Shlomo is hands-down the best employer and friend anyone could ask for. Not everyone who knows me supports or understands the mission we’re undertaking together, but that’s alright. I’m just happy and thankful to be a part of this worthy project, and to have the opportunity to work on my terms for a change. The corporate thing? It’s just not for me. Thank you, God, for the blessing of purposeful work!

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2. Another book ghostwritten for a dear friend who entrusted me with her very personal, touching and inspirational memoir. If you haven’t read Reflections on the Ring, check out Lori’s blog here. It’s a wonderful, life-affirming tale about the importance of forgiveness, family, love and persistence.

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3. One Year of Writestream Radio with good friends and hosts Lisa Tarves, John D. Gresham, Dr. Billie Eizenberg, Family Law Attorney Sheena Benjamin Wise and Kristyn Fetterman.

 

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4. Co-founding WBTN – Check out the Blog Talk Radio Show Page here to listen to Supreme Sense, Politically Incorrect with Green Bean, Millennial Musings, Dead Wrong Radio and Inalienable Right — soon to transform into a new show with a new name and format. Stay tuned!

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5. Another year of excellent health, thanks to great DNA; a lifetime of drinking plenty of water, exercising in one form or another; avoiding smoking and drinking; and staying on a path of spiritual growth and development. I thank God every single day that I have no need for prescription medications, enjoy low-to-normal blood pressure, experience lots of energy and have the discipline to faithfully workout to Leslie Sansone’s wonderful DVDs daily. The pictured is just one of several I own and I alternate them in a rotation that is paying off in the form of increased strength, toned muscles and overall good health. Thank you, God!

 

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Mom and Dad, dancing at a recent family gathering.

 

6. Wonderful Parents/Family – Very blessed for my upbringing and the fact that my mom and dad are still here with me. Grateful for a close family!

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7. Good friends in real life and on social media, including the CLFA!

 

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8. The opportunity to be a guest on the Hugh Hewitt Show this past January, thanks to my brother Mark.

So many blessings, so little time to post today! There are many more that are not for public consumption but a personal matter between God and me. 😉

Looking forward to a fabulous dinner with friends at Tropical Acres tonight!

 

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Random Thoughts on Vibrant Health, Healing, Age, and Thought Patterns

“I’m too old for this.”

“Now that you’re getting older, you really need to think about health benefits.”

“Once you turn (fill in an age here), it all goes downhill.”

“My mother was a worrier; therefore I can’t help but be a worrier too.”

Do any of these sound familiar to you? In recent years, I have heard all of them, plus some variation thereof from well-meaning people who are not necessarily YouCanHealYourLifetuned in to New Thought or any positive deviation from the stale mental patterns that perpetuate ill health and/or keep people stuck in ruts. As I’ve been on this path since the early 90s, thanks to the influence of my oldest brother who first introduced me to Anthony Robbins’ Power Talk series, I’ve learned to respectfully reject these old self-defeating thought patterns while still loving the people in my life who cling to them. Wherever possible, I do my best to encourage family members and friends to shake off the old and embrace something innovative. And no, just because I’ve been at it a long time does not mean it has been a straight line to the top for me. Instead, it’s been much more of a zig-zag, with plenty of debilitating falls off the wagon along the way.

But I have always managed to pick myself up and go back to these proven methods of success. The one constant in all of it is that maintaining the discipline to meditate, pray, affirm, exercise, read and learn is the ONLY way to win. In other words, it’s up to me as the individual to keep working on the things that work, no matter the outer circumstances or the three-dimensional reality I am currently experiencing.

My beautiful friend Lisa Tarves gifted me with one of the most powerful books I have ever come across — You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Since receiving it a few weeks ago, I have literally jumped in and put every concept into practice. Much of it is just another form of expression of the same principles I’ve been studying through Unity Church, along with another dear friend. Yet somehow experiencing it in a new and captivating presentation has reignited my commitment to using the mind and spirit to maintain not only perfect health no matter how many birthdays I celebrate but also success in every area of life.

The study of these principles has led me to outright reject any notion that just because your physical body reaches a certain milestone — whether it’s 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and beyond — does NOT mean illness is inevitable. I also completely reject the idea that just because diabetes runs in my family, I am destined to get it too someday, or that just because my family heritage is Italian, I am doomed to be a worrier who immediately assumes the worst when any sort of negative physical symptom arises. As a little girl, I can recall watching my grandmother administer insulin needles and thinking to myself, “This is NOT for me! I am never getting diabetes!” (Now of course, I’ve learned to be positive via affirmations like, “I am enjoying perfect health”).

I hate the fact that many family members fall prey to this because all it does is create a lot of unnecessary drama and unfounded fear that helps to create a self-fulfilling doomsday health prophecy. Or even if it doesn’t adversely affect physical health immediately, it plants the seeds for future illness while putting the person through a torturous and unnecessary mental roller-coaster ride.

While I am on the topic of rejecting negativity, I am going to go out on a heretical limb and reject the notion that God put us on the earth to suffer. While I do Happinessbelieve we’re here to learn lessons, overcome our own fears and frailties, fulfill our God-given purpose and help other people, I see no reason why the entire process shouldn’t be as joyous as possible. Yes, there is tragedy. Yes, there is sadness. Yes, there is evil. But God is bigger than all of these things. And to me, believing in Him means believing there is a method to all of this madness even if we don’t fully understand it. Believing in God also means accepting the free will he’s bestowed upon us and the power He’s given us as co-creators with Him.

I reject the Catholic school indoctrination I received that said being rich was somehow a crime, while ironically asking for money from parishioners every week with a straight face. Even as a little kid, I could not reconcile how my 1st grade nun would lecture us about the evils of money — the same stuff the priests demanded every week at the offertory. I wondered, “How can anyone give away something that they don’t have? And if money is so evil, why is the church begging for it? And if the church wants money, why are they denouncing people for making it? How else are they supposed to get it?”

Before anyone accuses me of renouncing Catholicism, I am simply relating my own experience. The nun in question was very kind to me UNTIL she found out my father was a doctor (yes, my father who came from nothing and worked his butt off to get a medical degree). After that I instantly transformed in her eyes from a sweet little girl into a spoiled, indulged brat.

While as an adult I can now appreciate the origins of the animosity and thus forgive this woman for her actions (along with others along the way), this understanding has been a huge revelation for me on a personal level. I hadn’t realized how deeply ingrained the unworthiness about money and success had become, though I knew for certain it didn’t originate in my childhood home. There, my parents taught us that we could accomplish anything we set our minds to — and my dad and my maternal grandfather were stellar examples of this principle in action. Yet this positive message about hard work, money and success was in direct conflict with most of what I was ingesting in Catholic school.

Again, this is not a condemnation but rather an honest evaluation. On the flip side, I got a great education in a school system that enforced discipline and elevated students who studied hard and achieved excellent grades.

I’m grateful for the experiences and teachers I’ve bumped into over the past few decades because they’ve opened up new horizons and expanded my own spiritual awareness. By the way, I am not condemning the idea of having health insurance, a corporate job, a teaching career or anything else that makes a person feel fulfilled and happy. I am simply pointing out that as adults we have the ability to look back upon our upbringing and make a different choice if we so desire. We can break out of the mold. Just because your mother was a worrier does not mean you have to be the same way. You can reject that thinking while still loving the woman who gave you birth and raised you. She lovingly did her best. Your life is your opportunity to do even better.

A great place to start is with Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life.

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Five Minutes with the Word: Trust

Wow, today’s meditation really hits home for me! Like most people, I am not a stranger to disappointment and heartache, whether it concerns longstanding friendships, boyfriends, dates, professional setbacks — you name it. And as much as I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to spend plenty of time with my married siblings and their kids, it’s also a painful reminder of what might have been. So one of the most spiritually and emotionally healing aspects of my daily reading of Five Minutes with the Word has been the effective way in which it relates Biblical events and people to modern-world problems.

Today’s powerful message focuses on Jesus’ feelings at the Last Supper, feeling abandoned not only by God, but by friends who are about to either betray him or deny him:

“I thought I had toiled in vain …” (Isaiah 49:4)

At the Last Supper, Jesus would certainly have had every reason to be disappointed. For the past three years, he had devoted his life to persuasive preaching; to giving an example of self-sacrifice and uncon­ditional love; and to bringing about dramatic victories over sickness, demonic powers, and even death. Yet no matter how hard he worked, God’s reign on earth still seemed like a distant dream.

Political leaders still dismissed him. Zealots were still relying on swords to usher in the kingdom of God. Religious leaders were jealous of his popularity and threatened by his seeming disregard for their nar­row rules. Many who once followed him enthusiastically had lost their passion or had become afraid and decided to go back home.

Then he looked around the table at his closest friends. He knew that one of them was about to betray him. Another ardently professed life­long loyalty, but Jesus saw that in just a few hours this fellow would deny ever having met him. The rest seemed to be completely unaware of all that hung in the balance. Was it all worth it?

Perhaps we too are facing disap­pointments. Our poor choices may have had devastating consequences for us and those we love. Our dream relationship may seem laden with conflict and hard work. We may feel like we’ve been derailed from the successful career path we had in mind—and through no fault of our own. Church politics seem to be more important than preaching the gospel or serving the needy. Even our own relationship with the Lord may seem weak and impure.

Take heart! Jesus didn’t give up, and neither should you. Whatever disappointment you face today pales before Jesus’ apparent failure on Holy Thursday. But as you imitate John and lean against his chest, you can sense how Jesus in turn is leaning on his Father in total trust. He knows soon enough he will win victory over all the forces of darkness. He knows that he is destined to overcome sin, Satan, and even death itself. And he’s doing it for you! So rest in his victory today, and know that he is with you.

Pray: “Jesus, thank you for your victory on the cross. Fill me with confidence and hope in you.”

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