The following guest post is by a very talented singer whom many of you heard sing at my “Reflect” special event at Equinox Santa Monica on December 6th, 2011. Heather Stewart is my private client, turned friend, and I am so excited to share her with you. If I could yell from the top of the mountain ” World, are you listening? Get to know this woman!” I would. She has a zest for life, which is my favorite quality in a person. She has a loud laugh that I want to bottle up and carry around with me and she enjoys wine, yoga, and music as much as me. When I first heard her voice it was no surprise it was like butter. I knew it would be great, just hearing her speaking voice and her laugh, but I didn’t know it would be this great. They say like attracts like, and I know this true to be true, so, without further ado, the lovely inspiring Heather Stewart. I suggest you adopt the Magical Observational Duty she speaks of.
I have. Can you find magic in your own life?
Magical Observation Duty. by Heather Stewart
I was doing some transformational meditation work and woke up one day realizing I had stopped looking for or expecting magic to happen in my life.
As a kid, we walk around knowing magical things are happening around us all the time.
We EXPECT it.
We actively look for it!
Well, I had stopped looking for it and thought it was high time to change.
So my transformational meditation instructor, Jessica Manuel, came up with the concept of M.O.D. otherwise known as, Magical Observation Duty. Every day I was responsible for MOD. Looking for magic, expecting magic, being open to seeing and receiving magic.
Whether it be a beautiful flower next to the sidewalk or your nephew being born, there is magic out there, everywhere.
Right after I started my MOD, I started feeling different.
I was more grateful. I was more positive. I looked better! I was able to see opportunities I would not have even noticed before. Now, my life has not “changed overnight” but it has become a hell of a lot more magical and every day I see a little more magic.
So, I thought if this MOD stuff could work in my daily life, why couldn’t I apply it to specific things I want to change?
See the magic in eating? Exercise? My voice? (I’m a singer-songwriter).
Below is what I came up with in regards to those very three topics. Try it out. I promise it will be inspiring and motivating.
I want to eat to enjoy food. Enjoy that I have food available to me. Enjoy that it gives me energy to do the things I want. Not use it as a tool for destruction. That was never what it was meant for! Enjoy that I don’t have to stuff myself to feel satisfied. When I don’t stuff myself I act/feel/sleep/sing so much better! Eating food is an act of love of myself. I feed me because I love me and want me to feel good in life. I want the energy my food gives me be the source of my inspiration and kindness.
I look forward to exercise because I feel powerful, able to accomplish anything. I exercise because I CAN. I exercise because my body is directly connected to my mental well being and want those two to be the best of friends. Every time I exercise I win. I win my life. I feel better, look better and ultimately treat myself and others better. I get to feel the grace of my body and being. I am connected to the earth. I am completely in my body and in the moment. It forces me to be in the now. I love that.
I love to sing because it is a gift. A gift from the Universe. When I sing, I pray. I connect my mind, body and spirit. There is nothing but my voice. Every time I sing I save myself a little. I give back to the universe for it can hear the gift it so generously gave to me! I am intensely grateful for my voice. It is delicate and I no longer want to take advantage of it. I treat it like royalty. I wrap it in warm blankets and give it all the love it needs and deserves.