Power of Intention: “Right Words, Right Thoughts, Right Action.”

If you could choose to set the direction of your day before it happens the next day–would you set it? What would you choose? Our minds are like powerful sails that can take us in the direction we wish to go, if we clarify our intentions.

Here’s a fun song I just discovered, and right on theme! ;)

Last night, before sleeping, I Googled “what time is sunrise in KL”. I got the info 6:58am (for 10 October, 2015).

Not wanting to miss the show, I set my alarm to ring at 6:40am, which is kinda crazy early considering the fact that I was still wide awake at 3am.

But right on cue, I got woken up. Not by the alarm, but by the sounds of soft, persistent knocking on a door. Did I forget to open the attached bathroom door? Was it really someone knocking? I kept listening. It stopped. I looked at the time. 6:38am. 2 minutes before the alarm rings!

This has happened to me many times. And it has happened to others as well. Setting a time to wake up the next day, finding your body awake, like clockwork, all on its own. Usually a few minutes before or right on time.

For me, this reminds me of the power of intention.

What we plan ahead to do intentionally, becomes our reality.
Our minds act on a thought, tuning our body into alignment.

Let’s be more conscious of our intentions throughout the day.

Given a choice, what do you intend to see more of in your day?
Every moment is a chance to choose and clarify your intentions.

Make it a good one. Let it happen. And if things don’t turn out quite the way you intended to, pay attention. Was this your intention?

Learn something, then let it go…

Tomorrow, set another intention.
Take action. And watch it happen.


Love, Mish

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“The Growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in Love.” – Julia Cameron

Echo of Love: “I Am a Better Person Because of You.”

Isn’t it amazing when the people who matter in your life, say to you, “I am a better person because of you”?

Love is an echo.

I think Jason Mraz said it best in his ‘Love Someone’ song: “Love is a funny thing. Whenever I give it, it comes back to me. And it’s wonderful to be, giving with my whole heart, as my heart receives.”

I also love this Chinese Proverb, “Life is like an echo. What you send out comes back.” It’s the same spiritual principle found in the Scriptures, “You reap what you sow.”

Today, as I was pondering my recent loss when a friend and I decided to go our separate ways for now, my heart landed on one of the last words he said to me, “I am a better person because of you.”

Together, we learned that loving someone who don’t love themselves is like hugging a cactus. The closer you get, the more it hurts.

So he left. To learn Self-Love.

And I am free to do the same.

Meanwhile, his parting words are, “I am a better person because of you.” 

And he’s not the only one who’s been saying it. Melody said that. Annie said that. They are some of my bestest friends in the world. Coming from them, it’s like a miracle!

5 years ago, in the midst of a painful break-up, my ex said, “I’m not sure I can be a better person if I stay.”

He was right. But wow. How that has changed, without me realizing it.

I am not trying to impress anybody. I am not trying to be nice or trying to be good. I know my whole self well enough to know I am no saint. I’m just being me. And this is what they’re saying to me, about me, now.

Our world is a reflection of who we are. What I am hearing, is an echo of love.

How about you? What have you been hearing your loved ones say to you lately? If no one has expressed this to you yet, know that the statement “I am a better person because of you” is something YOU can begin to say to YOURSELF. It is something You can choose to be. You can choose to be a better person, because of you–beginning with the better choices you are consciously choosing to make for your life.

“I am a better person because of you” is possible. You choose.


Love, Mish

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“The Growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in Love.” – Julia Cameron

Keep Moving In The Direction Of Peace

What are you being called to Let Go of? What are you holding on to? Does it feel Peaceful? Will it bring Joy? Everyday is a chance to choose With Love.

Recently, I’m learning that Letting Go doesn’t have to be hard, painful or difficult.

When the decision to Let Go is made from a place of Love, what you’re left with in the end, is Love.

Sadness will still be there, and it’s a healthy sign. But beneath the rippling waves of change, all is well with your soul when it is anchored deeply and securely in Love, Joy and Peace.

As I’m writing this now, a familiar ache is making its presence felt. What is different about this, is the gentleness behind that aching. It’s not a monster of a pain. It’s not a bitter kind of sad. There’s a quietness to it that feels peaceful.

Loving Reminders for Today:

a: Keep moving in the direction of Peace

b. “Stay conscious of who you travel with on this journey. See who you’re attracted to and notice who is attracted to you. See how much better you feel when you surround yourself with the energy of love.” – Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

Love, Mish

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“The Growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in Love.” – Julia Cameron


Originally posted on FROM STRUGGLE TO STRENGTH:


I remember growing up and always feeling less than. I grew up in a family that was not rich but not considered poor. When my parents split, my mother struggled to get by. I wanted things. I always looked at myself as poor because I didn’t have the things others had. I didn’t have the clothes, sneakers, money. All those external things that I thought would make me happy. I realize today that I blamed my Mother for years for my troubles and for eventually abandoning me.

I never looked at the part I played in her decision to send me to live with my father.

My feelings didn’t change much when I moved with my Father either. I still wanted things, I was still trying to fill a void with stuff. I didn’t realize then that I would never be satisfied. That dressing up the outside and having stuff…

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Mystery Incarnate

Originally posted on Scarlet's Letter:

heart universeLife is a mystery we must live into.

Still, we fight against the unknown with our dominion over “is”.  We attempt to organize the pieces of life into a pattern of predictability that we stitch into the fabric of our future in idle hope that it will create what we consider to be “stability”.  Have we even given the word “stability” much thought to defining it?

Where does the unknown come into “stability”? Where is the mystery in stability? There is no stability, it is an illusion.

And to safeguard against the primal force to transform our latent ways, we pretend we can prevent the mysteries of life. We do everything in our power to know the next step and how to walk it.

I am starting a new practice-a fierce commitment to the unknown.  I have built my life around questions and answering these questions.I want to know what…

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“Believe In A Love That Is Stored Up For You Like An Inheritance.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Today, if you’re tired from the pain, anger, struggle and sorrow. If you’re longing for peace and quiet, in the midst of the noise, conflicts, and anxieties that are stirring up a storm within. Return to an awareness, of Love. Return to the Resting place of Love, within you.

Return to a knowing that there’s a wealth of Love stored up for you like an inheritance. Draw from this Love that resides within you.

Enter into a moment of silence and stillness. You can do this anywhere, anytime, by cultivating an Awareness. Listen in. Can you hear Love’s invitation to you, from within? “Rest your bones with me. Take all your tired and weary sighs, and rest your bones with Me.” – Reblog from an original posting on 24.04.13, on The Love Culture

“Bones and ashes… bones and ashes… one day, I’ll be bones and ashes…

That’s the thought that crossed my mind, as I took a quiet walk through the showroom upstairs, where urns of crystal jades or biodegradable orbs are displayed like a private collection of exotic pots and prized vases.

As a writer, it’s important for me to get a feel of this place. It’s my client’s business afterall. My colleagues are downstairs having a meeting in Mandarin. For the millionth time, I wished I could comprehend the language. But for now, I am free to explore this building on my own.

As a centre of funeral and bereavement care, I think they’ve done a commendable job. The attention to details, aesthetics, and ambience, are thoughtfully combined to create a serene atmosphere for the grieving.

“Bones and ashes… bones and ashes… one day, I’ll be bones and ashes…

The chandeliers above and the orchids in the corner creates a sense of beauty and familiarity, like you’ve walked into a living room from an I.D magazine, and yet, the mahagony casket with ‘The Last Supper’ finishing or the solid bed of bronze reminds you that this is a departure lounge.

I think about regrets… and how one day it won’t matter anymore. One day, I’ll be bones and ashes… This pain… anger… struggle… sorrow… all that noise churning up a storm within… one day, it will all be quiet.

One day, all these will pale in comparison to Having Loved and Being Loved. But somedays, sometimes, it gets hard to believe that love is all.

“I feel like I have nothing… I am nothing,” said a friend once.

Her words are not hers alone. I am all too familiar with that feeling and I believe the same fear is quietly weighing on the hearts of many. Over the years, I’ve been tracing this fear and feelings of insignificance back to my false assumptions of what Love and Happiness should look and be like.

Loosing that attachment to the appearances of things, and being open to Love as it presents itself in all its ways and form have been liberating.

The truth is, right here, right now, we have Everything because of Love.

This Love,

is in us to grow, is for us to live, and is ours to gift as we choose.

The daily challenge is for us to come into remembrance of our inheritance.

“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet.




“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Sometimes we do not know

Originally posted on Mindfulbalance :

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Frequently we don’t know the answers to some of the questions that life throws at us.  We come to see that there is always a balance between knowing and not knowing. We prefer knowing, certainty, clear ideas. But maybe wisdom comes from being able to allow what we don’t know, and from learning to trust.

This is how we become wise:

When the formed

is taught by the unformed.

Chuang Tzu

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“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.” – Hafiz

Originally posted on theloveculture:

Could it be, Life has SHAKEN you to AWAKEN you? 

Here’s another radical idea: What if that moment your world as you knew it was crumbling down and flipping over, was a divine moment of Grace? 

If this idea isn’t sitting well with you, WAIT, check this out before you go:

“While on an expedition to Antarctica last month, photographer Alex Cornell witnessed a massive iceberg flip, revealing a strangely translucent blue underside that’s completely free of snow and debris. According to Science World, almost 90% of any given iceberg is below the surface, making iceberg flips extremely rare.

Much larger iceberg flips are even capable of causing tsunamis that can overtake nearby ships.” – thisiscolossal.com

flip-1 Stunning Iceberg Flip captured by Alex Cornell: http://www.alexcornell.com/#/antarctica/

flip-2 Stunning Iceberg Flip captured by Alex Cornell: http://www.alexcornell.com/#/antarctica/

On YouTube, in a video entitled ‘Iceberg flipping over…’ the person who posted it described the phenomenon like this: “… the huge…

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Kenya: Garissa Attack Shows Al-Shabaab’s Weakness, Not Strength

Originally posted on Chris McKeon:

Al-Shabaab has been catapulted back into international headlines with its attack on Kenya’s Garissa University, which killed 148 students and drew promises of strong action from President Uhuru Kenyatta. The event has drawn comparisons with al-Shabaab’s 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi and is part of the group’s campaign of reprisals against Kenya for the country’s military action in Somalia. However, the timing, location and nature of the Garissa attack suggest that al-Shabaab has been severely weakened by recent developments in Somalia.

A Kenya Defence Force soldier stands guard in Garissa. A Kenya Defence Force soldier stands guard in Garissa.

Amid the headlines, it is easy to forget that this is the first major attack – and almost the first attack full stop – which al-Shabaab has conducted in Kenya this year. The end of 2014 saw escalating violence in the country’s north-east, for instance with the murder of over 60 people in two weeks by al-Shabaab…

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