Why we should stop before starting

stop before startingIn today’s hurry-up world, people often start the day in a rush so as to get everything done. But I’d like you to consider why we should stop before starting anything.

Clearing, balancing, reviewing will actually give you a better start to the day, or any activity, than rushing into it.

Here are some examples of stopping before starting:

  • Chanting “Om” before yoga
  • Athletes who do “mental rehearsal” visualizations before performing
  • Pausing before speaking so you can take a breath and exhale, re-energizing your body and mind
  • Before answering a question, stop and consider how you want to answer rather than give an answer you’ll regret
  • Take time to access your inner guidance
  • Start and end every endeavor with a smile, a teaching from the Maya

Teachings from Bear Heart

Here is the replay of my February 2, 2018 interview with Dr. Joel Ying on Living the Present Moment. We discussed teachings from Bear Heart, my Muskogee-Creek elder and co-author of The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman. I hope you enjoy it.

Upcoming events:

Join me in Florida on February 24-25, 2018 to learn about the Ancient Maya

Ancient Maya

Molly at the Wall of Wisdom, Labna ceremonial site, Yucatan, Mexico

On February 24-25, 2018, John Kralovec and I will be teaching a life-changing workshop in Naples, Florida:

Spiritual Tools from the Ancient Maya Indians for Transforming Our Lives

During our 2015 visit to the Maya city of Palenque, John received a transmission from an ancient Maya priestess, and it was a message we all need to hear:

“We’ve forgotten who we are.

We’ve forgotten why we’re here.

We’ve forgotten how to live a life of balance and harmony.”

Looking at the chaos in today’s world, it seems that truer words were never spoken.

Winter Solstice: the time to increase our light

This year the Winter Solstice is Thursday, December 21, 11:28 am Eastern Standard Time.

It’s the shortest day of the year because there are fewer daylight hours than any other day.

But the good news is that from this point, daylight will get longer day by day.

The Ancients, and still many indigenous people today, mark this day with bonfires to celebrate the return of the light. It’s also a way of inviting the return of the light.

It’s the Law of Attraction at work.

There is a lot of suffering and confusion in the world right now, so this is a really good time for us to pull ourselves up and let our own light shine, too.

The Christmas Book Flood. Why not here?

christmas book flood

In Iceland, books are the traditional Christmas gift as part of  the “Christmas Book Flood.” Books educate, inform, delight and inspire, and we can all use some of that.

Meanwhile, here in the U.S. in the past week, many people have been promoting their products for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and, even though I have books and courses to sell, I didn’t do any of that.

I missed it, rather intentionally. And while Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday, I’ve become rather put off by the focus on food and shopping.

On Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday of every November here in the U.S., we supposedly give thanks for all we have, then the next day run out to buy more stuff that we don’t really need.

Some stores even open on Thanksgiving day for people to start their shopping — I boycott those stores year round!

To add insult to injury, the Thanksgiving Holiday was founded on a lie: the lie that happy Pilgrims and Native Americans feasted together to give thanks for the Pilgrims making it through a hard winter.

The truth is that the first Thanksgiving was proclaimed by the Governor of Massachusetts in 1637 to celebrate the safe return of an armed militia which slaughtered 700 Pequot Indians. The nice story we’ve been handed down through generations is a work of fiction.

Regardless of that history, the idea of a Day of Thanks is a good one, and one we should all take to heart.

But back to the concept of Holiday shopping: