“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.” – Oprah Winfrey
Who are you?
Beyond the titles, names, and labels we each hold, lies the mysterious and ever-changing being within. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in the hype about who we are, but the truth is that most people don’t have the slightest clue. When you understand that nothing on the outside of you even comes close to defining who you are, then you’re getting there. The material wealth and accomplishments are only a reflection of what you have the ability to do. But to know what drives you, your gifts and talents, your LOVE (for self and others), and the power within is to truly know one’s self.
One of the easiest ways to get in tune with who you are is to learn WHO YOU ARE NOT. When you’re faced with situations and have to make instant decisions, pay attention to how you feel. When you feel peace, love, joy, happiness in these moments, you are indeed operating out of the YOU that is truly YOU… the one that GOD intended for you to be. Anything less may just be the thoughts and ideas about yourself and life that you have been programmed into adopting. However, unlike our emotions, the TRUTH is something that never changes. And you know the truth by the way it feels.
Learn to get beyond the surface and discover all that your spirit has to offer. And when you do, share it with the world! This blog is just one of my many gifts to the world and I hope that it helps you to see me for who I really am.
Barbara Joas is a poet, a two time author, and a great friend. She and I first met while attending the University of Miami, and she has been quite an inspiration to me. Ever since I can remember, she has been extremely passionate about spoken word, so much that she chaired the student committee that brought Spoken Word Wednesday’s and the very first Poetry Slam to UM. The event showcased both amateur and award-winning poets and comedians on campus.
After graduating in 2008, Barbara took a leap of faith and relocated to California to pursue her passion. When she told me that she recently published her third creative work titled,” My Art, My Love,” I didn’t hesitate on the opportunity to share it with my own readers and whomever else I can. Undeniable passion and leaps of faith are what make Barbara the ultimate DREAM CHASER! Check out the details of this amazing creative work below:
Synopsis: My Art, My Love uses ideas formulated by dreams and gives them a unique, tangible voice poetic verse form. This stimulating literary compilation promotes harmony among artists of all sorts as they endure the endless journey of self-discovery and learn to translate this way of life to all who can relate. From the imagery depicted in “Still Life” to the gritty love woes in “Nonexistent Love,” Joas’ words radiate messages in the most compelling ways.
Bio: Barbara Joas is a Haitian-American writer and performer. While earning a degree from the University of Miami, she published her first two collections of poetry: Darkness Fell into Light in 2006 and Liberate Me in 2008. My Art, My Love is her latest creative work coming alive on each page.
I was first introduced to the concept of the “law of attraction” as a sophomore in college. It’s a concept that has resonated with my spirit ever since. That’s probably because I was raised in a household that taught me that I could do and be anything in life as long as I believed it, and put lots of work into it.
In addition to that, growing up Christian Baptist taught me to ‘ask, and I shall receive… seek, and I shall find… knock, and the or shall be opened.’ And I could never forget one of my favorite BIBLE verses (okay, so I can’t remember exactly, lol) that says, “But wilt thou know ‘o’ vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
These very ideas shape who I have become today and forever more. But I have yet to become more impressed by any other groundbreaking piece of literature or idea, than that of bestselling author and metaphysics guru Louise Hay’s book titled, You Can Heal Your Life.
If you’re not familiar with the concept of the law of attraction, it pretty much states that your thoughts and the energy behind them are what shape your life experiences. In other words, most of what happens in life is not pure chance, but involves more interaction on your own part than you realize.
Louise takes this concept one step further by introducing the effect of thoughts on the body. Believe it or not, you can think yourself sick! Hence the reason why stress, anxiety, and depression can all lead to further bodily complications. According to metaphysical teachings, a lifetime of resentment, anger, and guilt (all emotions/ dis-eases of the mind) can lead to cancer, AIDS, and even simple things like ulcers (all dis-eases in the body).
But just as it is possible that you make yourself sick, you also have the power to make yourself well. Louise offers affirmations that help to re-program a lifetime of fear and negative thinking into new beginnings of self-love, forgiveness, compassion, overall well-being, and patience with the processes of life.
Reading this book can be life changing. At least, it has been for me. I would recommend everyone to check it out. Even if you don’t agree with things that she shares in her book, it will definitely force you to think about changing old patterns of thought.
Until next time, get ya mind right ppl!
I absolutely love this style feature on Elle.com! These outfits are soo me! I hope you can appreciate them as much as I do! 🙂
“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love…”-Goethe
This morning I was inspired by a 16-year-old student that I used to tutor in math. He is extremely passionate about baseball and has dreams of eventually becoming a professional baseball player. He now plays baseball for his high school, but this past weekend he sprained his ankle while playing a pick-up game of basketball. He told me that after the nurse wrapped his ankle in ice, she turned to him and said, “I know you love baseball, but you better make sure that you have something to fall back on.”
What was most inspiring was his response… Well, it was a more indirect response, but it is what he ultimately believes.
He told me that what the nurse had said made him feel uneasy because it’s not what he truly believes. He feels that he can do and be whatever he desires, regardless of what things seem to be at the moment. He made reference to a recent commencement speech that was given by Denzel Washington at Penn State University. In the speech, Denzel spoke about how one should never be afraid to fail. He said, “If you don’t fail, then you are not trying.”
The whole “you need to have something to fall back on” message is one that many of us will hear throughout our lives, and its usually said by those who mean well. But the truth is, instead of worrying about what you will fall back on, in the words of Denzel, you should be more focused on “what you can fall forward to.” Your faith should be enough to fall back on, while your passion and gifts from GOD is what you will continue to lean towards.
This message was most powerful to me today… and it came from the mouth of a babe.
Follow your dreams and let your inner spirit be your guide!
There are times when we all find ourselves in a place where we feel torn about a situation or circumstance. Usually the reason we feel torn is because whatever is going on and whomever it involves at the time, somehow finds itself in disagreement with our inner spirits. If you ever experience this feeling that I speak of, then do yourself a favor and learn to let the spirit within you be your guide. It’s there for this very purpose: to keep you close to your GOD source, and out of harm’s way.
Unfortunately though, many of us often second guess our inner compass and ultimately end up suffering in ways that we may consider unfair. But know that this much is true: no matter what it is that you are faced with, it is only temporary, as is this life. Most importantly, it is possible to avoid the unneccessary suffering when you allow yourself to listen to small voice within.
You may be wondering just how it is possible to know when this voice speaks. Based on my own experience, I have come to know that it speaks when you are most torn about something, and a sense of uncertainty sets in. The reason that you feel torn is because whatever you are experiencing is not in connection with who you really are. Whether it be a job, a relationship, or a decision to move. Whatever the case may be, pay attention to how it makes you feel. If you are experiencing anything less than happiness, satisfaction, joy, fulfillment, appreciation etc… then this is you must learn to listen most.
The beautiful thing about life is that it is never too late to correct what’s wrong. When you can recognize that the moments of uncertainty are merely life’s way of presenting you with an opportunity to make things right, you have the power to decide your own fate. These are your chances to rewite your life story. Be grateful for these opportunities when you get them… take them, run with them, and never look back.