Thanksgiving 2013 – 14 Things to be Thankful For #7-14

Whether you are a touchy-feely person or more reserved, the ability to hug animals, babies and human beings is one of the greatest and most undervalued gifts we have. Hugging is bliss when your arms are fully engaged and wholly wrapped around someone you love or even wrapped around a total stranger. I live to love and live to hug because a hug can say what words cannot. It speaks volumes to your affection, your openness and to the kind of person you are, one full of love and caring. Your arms were divinely designed to hold and hug and what life would be like if we did not possess this amazing faculty. Join me in proclaiming “I am thankful for my arms which hold, hug and express my love for all!” #Thanksgiving#in#arms#hugging#holding#embracing#14thingstobethankfulfor #7

Whether you are rich or live modestly chances are you have food on your table and in your tummy everyday. World hunger has reached epic proportions and many take for granted that in our towns, cities and homes food is readily available. Food nourishes the body which stimulates the mind and for many of us dining with friends, family and those we love is a beautiful blessed event. Today I urge you to remember with every bite you take that you are living a dream millions will rarely know. Join me in proclaiming, “I am thankful for an abundance of food which nourishes my body, stimulates my mind and feeds my spirit.” #Thanksgiving#in#food#hunger#14ThingstobeThankfulFor #8

Whether you are rich or live modestly chances are you are not running around naked and have plenty of clothes to blanket your body. We often forget that in many parts of the world many do not have sufficient clothing to protect them from the elements. Many live without shoes on their feet, many live with simply a cloth draped around them which has to suffice. In our society it does not matter if you have a sense of style or not, it does not matter if you are a classic dresser or enjoy more funky styles, the fact is you get to make a choice everyday in how you are adorned. Today I urge you to remember how blessed you are to have a choice, to be able to express yourself through the clothes you wear. Join me in proclaiming, “I am thankful for the clothes on my back!” Ariaa Jaeger#Thanksgiving#in#clothes#shoes#14ThingstobeThankfulFor #9

Whether you have a futon, memory foam, a waterbed or a standard bed the fact is that you are snuggled warm and cozy every night in yours. Human beings sleep an average of 1/3 of their life. Sleep is restoration, renewal and rebirths your mind, body and spirit every single day. We often forget how many have never known the comfort of a warm bed and how many in the world are homeless or living in poverty. The story of Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher introduced the world to a man who had never owned a bed in the Academy Award winning movie, “Blind Side” Conversely, you don’t know what you have until you no longer have it and many human beings will thankfully never have to know what it is like to sleep in a cardboard box, on the streets or in their car. Today as you awaken and tonight as you close your eyes to sleep, meld into the covers of your warm cocoon and count your blessings. Join me in proclaiming, “I am thankful for a warm bed to sleep and dream in!” Ariaa Jaeger #‎Thanksgiving #14ThingsToBeThankfulFor  #10 #‎in #‎bed

Whether you love rabbits, turtles, cats, dogs, fish, hamsters, ferrets or horses chances are you have had a pet at some point in your life. Animals are the heart of humankind and we derive so much from their unconditional love and affection. Many of us extend our love beyond domestic animals and feed it to all the creatures of the earth like the dolphins, whales, squirrels, chipmunks, cows, sheep, goats, elephants, lamas, foxes, coyotes and many more. 84 million Americans own pets and 70% of those are dog owners 29% own cats. It is a medical statistic that those who have pets live longer and are happier than those without them. Animals are furry people and they enrich and teach us with their unique shamanic messages and spiritual overtures. Today I encourage you to snuggle up to a warm fuzzy creature and stare into the eyes of what real love is. Join me in proclaiming, “I am thankful for my pets and all the creatures of the earth!” Ariaa Jaeger#14ThingstobeThankfulFor #11 #Thanksgiving#Pets#Animals#in#creatures

Whether you have traveled the globe relishing the bounty and beauty of other cultures and countries or you have remained in your hometown, the earth is a magical wonderland. This is the only planet where all the essential fruits of life are laid at your feet. This is the only planet where everything is tangible and tactile, where you can eat, hug, kiss, dance, wander through forests of emerald green or swim in oceans of blue. I did not realize how alive, vibrant and energized everything on earth was until I experienced a clinical death in the Alps many years ago. I can personally share that in death did I discover the effervescence of this planet. The greens were suddenly greener, the blues beyond electric and the sounds of laughter and the delectable, delicious fruits of the earth were mesmerizing and took on a life of their own. Instantly a hug became an event, a kiss triggered passion to the depths of my being; the aroma of flowers sent me to high places and the ability to fold my hands in prayer and lift my eyes to the skies humbled me to my knees. Today I hope you cherish and drink in the incredible wonders of this earth and it is my hope you travel and see as much of it as you can. Join me in proclaiming, “I am thankful for the Earth, all the fruits she bears and all the gifts she shares!” Ariaa Jaeger#Thanksgiving#14ThingsToBeThankfulFor #12 #in#motherearth#earth

Whether you are a student of science, a student of spirituality or both, humankind and animal kind are the benefactors of the four elements. Earth, Water, Fire and Wind are the life-force of heaven and earth and are gifts to all forms of creation. Every microorganism in the universe thrives because of these. The earth is a living, breathing sphere supported by fire, wind and water and continues to evolve through their individual and collective roles. Fire feeds, fuels, destroys and rebuilds terrains. Water cleanses, nourishes, irrigates, covers and forms new worlds. Wind carves, cleanses, populates, fertilizes, purifies and generates energy. One without the others would create imbalance in all eco-systems which would have perilous effects. We often take for granted the necessitation of each element and many times complain with every windstorm, with every forest fire and with every flood. Yet Earth has survived for almost 5 billion years and has continued to evolve, change, transmute, transform and sustain life. Today count your blessings as the wind longs to dance through your hair, as you drink from the waters which cleanse you and as you intermingle with the fire in your fireplace. Join me in proclaiming, “I am thankful for Earth, Water, Wind and Fire!” #14ThingsToBeThankfulFor #13 #FourElements #EarthWindWaterFire

Whether you are spiritual, religious, agnostic or atheist or believe in something far less, chances are you have uttered a prayer at least once in your life. Chances are you have looked to the sky or within your own heart for higher solutions at one time or another. You do not have to be religious to love literature; you DO NOT have to be religious to recognize the works of historical figures like Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Krishna, Gandhi, Yogananda, Babaji, Sai Baba, Mother Teresa, Elizabeth, Mary and many more who have led by example. The very breath of life is comprised of pure light and is a more refined and concentrated LOVE than you have upon earth. The kind of love I speak of is beyond definition, it is an energy of such power that it creates lifeforms and fills every microcosmic form in the universe. This love knows not judgement or color, nor fear or hate, the LOVE I speak of is beyond explanation, beyond human thoughts and words. Today may you look within and discover that you are the divine composition of this power. You have all the power within you to create the world around you. Love when wielded with a pure heart transforms life and transcends worlds. Join me in proclaiming, “I am thankful for the LIGHT, for FAITH, for HOPE and for LOVE!” Ariaa Jaeger #Thanksgiving #14ThingsToBeThankfulFor#14 #LOVE #FAITH #HOPE #LIGHT #IN

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In Honor of a Legend ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In Honor of a Legend

” The mark of success is not in the amount of money you make but in the impact you have on society.” ~ Ariaa Jaeger

Fifty years after shots rang out in Dallas, we still mourn the loss of this incredible human being. For the past several weeks I have been consumed with all things JFK as my mind wanders back to the memories of my youth and the impact his sudden and tragic death had on my heart and this nation. THAT is staying power…that Jack is still SO relevant 50 years after his death. May we all aspire to be so indelible in the heart of humankind. May God bless the Kennedy family and may God continue to bless America. #JFK #JohnFitzgeraldKennedy #50Years #in

Thanksgiving 2013 Fourteen Things to Be Thankful For; #1 through #7

#1 Life, the gift of breath ~ You may have health challenges but you are ALIVE and when applied, you have the mastery to heal yourself. You wake up every day and breath flows through you. Life is a gift and you are a gift to all of life. Join me in proclaiming, “Today I am grateful for LIFE!”

#2 Eyes, the gift of sight ~ Whether you are sighted or not we all see at a multitude of different levels. Sensing is seeing and those who are non-sighted see through all their other senses. Meditation enables and opens the third eye and your ability to see beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary. Intuition is another way of seeing, you are seeing with your higher self, your God-self. Then there are the eyes, the way most drink in life. We awaken and behold the blue of the sky, we gaze into the stars with wonder and we behold the bounty and beauty all around us. Join me in proclaiming, “Today I am grateful for my eyes which behold the beauty of all creation!”

#3 Home, the gift of a warm roof over your head ~ Whether you are rich or poor, you are blessed to have a warm roof over your head. It doesn’t matter if it is a palace or a shack because “The true beauty of a home is measured by the love in every room.” So many times we forget that many do not have a place to call home. During this wondrous Thanksgiving season I urge you to walk through every room of your house, condo or apartment and bless each one filling it with love and gratitude. Join me in proclaiming, ” I am thankful for my home~

#4 Family, the gift of a tribe ~ Whether you are related by birth or you create and form your own family from your friends or in a multitude of others ways, those you call your family add to the depth and breadth of your life each day. Often we forget that many people have no family. Many have lost them through death or simply old age and more folks than you know spend Thanksgiving and holidays alone and are alone year round. What constitutes a family may vary but the love you have for each other is eternal. During this wondrous Thanksgiving season, I urge you to count your blessings and be thankful for those who make up your family unit. Whether perfect or dysfunctional, for someone alone, having a family is but a dream and those of you who have one are living the dream. Join me in proclaiming, I am thankful for my family!

#5 Mind, the gift of a healthy brain ~ Whether you are an intellectual, naturally gifted or simply a student of life, your mind/brain is the operations center of the body. We often forget how vital this organ is and how much of a roll it plays in our emotions, our actions and the functionality of the body. You are in control of your thoughts but the brain sends those messages throughout the body and into the universe where the coupling of energy and angels add in creating collective mass. What you think becomes your reality and ultimately your truth. What a powerful thought. Join me in proclaiming, “I am thankful for a healthy mind and thoughts which generate my reality!”

#6 Arms, the gift of hugging & holding ~ Whether you are a touchy-feely person or more reserved, the ability to hug animals, babies and human beings is one of the greatest and most undervalued gifts we have. Hugging is bliss when your arms are fully engaged and wholly wrapped around someone you love or even wrapped around a total stranger. I live to love and live to hug because a hug can say what words cannot. It speaks volumes to your affection, your openness and to the kind of person you are, one full of love and caring. Your arms were divinely designed to hold and hug and what life would be like if we did not possess this amazing faculty. Join me in proclaiming “I am thankful for my arms which hold, hug and express my love for all!”

#7 Food, the gift of good nutrition ~ Whether you are rich or live modestly chances are you have food on your table and in your tummy everyday. World hunger has reached epic proportions and many take for granted that in our towns, cities and homes food is readily available. Food nourishes the body which stimulates the mind and for many of us dining with friends, family and those we love is a beautiful blessed event. Today I urge you to remember with every bite you take that you are living a dream millions will rarely know. Join me in proclaiming, “I am thankful for an abundance of food which nourishes my body, stimulates my mind and feeds my spirit.”

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The Science of Hate

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The Science of Hate

By Ariaa Jaeger

“To get past hate, you must go to the root of all forms in the secret place where love arises. From this place, my friend, the divine spark bursts forth.” ~ Faouzi Skali (20th-21st Century)

Historically hate was once contained to holy wars or political circles but in this new age of electronic media it has found a new audience to feed its insatiable appetite and with far greater impact. With the onslaught of social media in 2004 when Facebook arrived on the scene followed by Twitter in 2006, cyber bullies and haters have become commonplace. Singer Susan Boyle, Chef Rachel Ray and many other celebrities know firsthand the sting of blogs, news stories and magazine articles declaring truth in fabricated and slanderous gray journalism. But today in social media you can find ordinary, hardworking, God loving, law-abiding citizens, spiritualists, philosophers, minor celebrities and popular social media personalities the target of online bullies and angry souls who have an excess supply of jealousy, envy, anger and little to no success of their own. A haters goal is to project or hurl as it were, his or her self-hate onto you and though it may feel very personal, it never is personal.

 The very word “hater” was not even in the dictionary before social media became the new playground and fodder for the bottom feeders of society who could gather a large audience quickly and ensure their own popularity with the lowest forms of humanity. Satan had found his new regime in these punks and attention seeking bullies who have been responsible for more young people committing suicide than any other group in history.  Where self-respect and personal dignity once thrived in the days of our grandparents and great-grandparents, today’s climate is one which is self-serving, over wrought with a sense of entitlement and a demographic which thrives on instant gratification and hungers for fame.

What is the psychology of hate? Adolph Hitler, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh are all known for espousing hate ad nauseam and rose in popularity because of the rhetoric and propaganda they delivered into a world hungry for fresh blood. Today’s new breed of hater is cult-like and has electronic media and a gaggle of dysfunctional people who will help spread the hate to ensures it bleeds into the search engine mainstream.  Where bullies use to be satisfied with taking their target down, many haters have become downright dangerous and hell bent on destroying their victim. There is not a week go by that we don’t see a news story of some teenager who has committed suicide because of the callous actions of bullies and haters. They have taken self-loathing to a new level, regurgitating their own unhappiness onto innocent people. Those who engage in this type of behavior are typically unhappy, unsuccessful, addicted to drugs or alcohol, have low to no self esteem and many have experienced being bullied themselves at one time or another. They feed on the need to control, manipulate and contort truth, yet many are unable to grasp or discipher what actual truth is. They are also prone to violence, hurting animals and hurting themselves and many times have a criminal history.

What haters fail to see and fully grasp is the law of karma which inevitably returns to them usually with far greater impact doing far worse damage than they have done to their intended victims. Typically haters are not very educated and are never spiritually evolved thus they do not understand the laws of physics and the spiritual law of intention.  When combined energy and mass create a combustible cocktail of energy can often return to the hater within weeks and months of their acts of bullying.

The Grammy-winning Songwriter Malik Yusef summed it up best in his beautiful Huffington Post blog, “The Psychology of Hate.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/malik-yusef/the-psychology-of-a-hater_b_1491354.html ) “The best way to tell a hater is: look at how they treat others and look at their actions. Don’t think you are special. If they tear down and disrespect people they consider friends, and then smile in their faces when they come around, don’t deceive yourself as though they won’t be the same with you. I think the hardest thing for us as humans to do is accept people for exactly who they are. As Maya Angelou said, “When someone shows you their true colors, believe them.” Hatred ultimately destroys the hater. Don’t get tricked into thinking that you have to carry the burden of hate. The psychology of a hater is to impose their self-hate on others. It’s not as much about you as it is about them. Don’t take hate personally, because at the end of the day — it just isn’t. Don’t look at hate as a reflection of yourself and your work, but don’t use it as a crutch either. Take time to reflect and critique yourself and surround yourself with others who are honest enough to do the same. Now go get you some haters!”