Recently, work colleagues and I at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House took sometime to create vision boards that represented our work values, reflection of our social service with the community and best practices. We discussed what it means to be the best we can be and our goals to build capacity with our community as well within our agency. Best Practices are our daily mantra as we continue to strive to understand what more can we do to meet the needs of the community. Creating a personal work vision board took honesty, profound insights, and heartfelt discussions. Not only did it strengthen our purpose, it also provided an opportunity for building a stronger relationship within the team. Love and respect for each other and the community at large was and is our positive outcome at the very least.
It’s our heart that knows, our heart leads us to happiness. For some of us it takes time, to understand or comprehend what happiness really means.
For me? Well I had no idea how much happiness there was to experience. Through each stage of my life’s journey I thought to my self with contentment ” this is as good as it gets, I’m okay with what I have…..what more can I ask for” “I love my life” But my heart tagged at my senses, gravitated to more…wanting more, maybe it was seeking ways to sustain the feeling of happiness.
Yet, listening to my heart was sometimes painful… costing grievance for others, but my heart was calling out to me so strongly I really had no choice but to follow.
It led me through a series of unknown mysterious paths but each one offered me a resting spot especially when times were challenging.
I’m here now.
I’m just where I want to be and cannot comprehend being more happy then I am now. So that means there may be more that lay a head? And what am I going to do about it? My only answer is I’m going to have to follow it… and prepare for the witnessing of tears, mine and yours. The quest for happiness isn’t always easy but it is attainable. Just listen to your heart and it will lead you, I promise-it loves you.
An inspiring book based on two soldiers of the Iran Iraq War written by Meredith May.
Najah an Iraqi soldier left for dead was saved by Zahed a young Iranian medic soldier on the battle field. Both imprisoned as POW, both were claimed dead by their families, both held on to their dreams to a point of manifestation!
One wonders after all the pain, fear, tears, lost and broken spirit how these two soldiers miraculously stayed alive and freed their way out of hell and into the hands of Canada’s haven. Twenty five years later, here in this beautiful city of Vancouver, the two soldiers find themselves sitting across from each other in the lobby of a non profit organization VAST (Vancouver Association of Survivors of Torture). Now the recollection of the past have been written….the untold story is now unfolded….in fact this story will give you renewed hope in humanity. An example of the power of positive change respectfully.
Photos of the day the book signing took place at Chapters located Broadway/Granville St. Holding hands in a victorious gesture are Najah and Zahed
On this day the family and friends gathered to support them. it was indeed a memorable and proud day:)
I remember when I first heard the phrase ‘Think Outside the Box ‘… I was astonished because I thought to myself at the time “there’s a box and I have been thinking from within in it?” My reaction was “Oh how liberating, I’m going to set myself free and think outside the ‘box!”
But then all along as I tried my hardest to be liberal and think alternatively with an open mind, I came across another saying that stated, ‘No need to think outside the box… there isn’t one”
What? Well, you can’t imagine how double free I felt when I read that quote… actually, come to think of it, which came first? Were we born in a ‘box’ and now need to crawl out or we’re we always free and the theory or concept placed us within it? Suddenly realizing to myself all this time the box theory was really quite controlling…it has restraints on our creativity, a bit stunting or stagnating. Interesting isn’t it at just how the opposite happened… at least for me.
So what am I trying to say ?
Let your vision soar, let it fly like an eagle without fear of limitations. Be free and dream away without any rules or restrictions. You’re mind excels way beyond any box, in fact it’s unlimited. You are unlimited !!
My vision is to facilitate vision board workshops in the community and workplace. It gives me great joy for it grows my heart fonder for humanity.
A vision of a deserving life of happiness.We are born to be happy in this life, and to empower ourselves to manifest a vision we dare to dream of our own is an ultimate goal to accomplish. We all have needs, desires, wants and dreams, but rarely do we allow ourselves to reach out and set our minds to attain them. Through the practice of vision boards we provide ourselves an opportunity to bring our dreams to light, to allow to surface so that we may be reminded of what we are worth and deserving of.
Our dreams are on standby waiting for our command!
Tell me, what’s your vision?
Many years ago while sitting with a co-worker and sharing my passion and dream of how I would like to some day run empowerment workshops to encourage people to follow their hearts. At the time I had a long list of names I would call it such as, Power of Women or just, POW or HEART…. I think I even thought of my own name EVA with each letter representing words of enlightment and abundance…. any way, I was going on about my vision so close to my heart and the difference we can make for others and the simplicity of it. I told her I know its possible because I myself have discovered, encountered and experienced enough to believe in the power of visions. Then for some weird reason, I reached down into the side cushion of the couch I was sitting on and felt a rock nuzzled deep within the couch, I pulled it out and on it was written Strength and Power with a bears paw stamped on it. I just looked at her surprised and she said to me with astonishment, I think you just made your case!”
I carry that rock with me whenever I need reminding of the possibilities life offers us and, to sustain my dreams and visions.
What rocks you?
Share with me your power…what makes you strong and fuels you to carry on?
The more power you create in your life the more it grows not only with oneself but with everyone you are connected with. It’s contagious…. energy flows …people are drawn to it and the more it grows the ripple effect gets bigger, like a wave and before you know it we are all in it together!
Now isn’t that a beautiful vision!
I had the most amazing time yesterday facilitating a Vision Board workshop. I just love sharing the power of vision boards and explaining just how incredible the results can be. Vision Boards have always been in my life whether they were a small collage of places to travel, expressions of love, or reflections of contemplated visions of the many careers I wanted to explore.
For the most part the experience was always inspiring and profoundly personal ….. I couldn’t always explain or articulate what my board was about to another person but I did know this, it made me feel good to look at it like a work of art, a masterpiece that no one else could duplicate. It also was a work of feelings/emotions that resonated deep within, that only me, myself, and I understood.
And so yesterday I observed the process of the women go from uncertainty to certainty, at the end of the hour they all shared their finished vision with confidence and walked away with determination-ready to conquer and ready to receive their visions of desires and dreams.
“Manifest away” I say, But remember the secret to manifesting your vision is your Faith, never give up in YOU!
Believe in the right to be Happy!
I feel this is the beginning of many new things to come……a new journey for me towards social change…….positive change…… it starts here!
My family…My mother and father Italian and Greek arrive in Canada from Egypt in 64. I was 2 years old. My childhood memories were experiences of nostalgic events of love, dressed with domestic violence… I lived with an unyielding fear of the unknown.
Both parents worked hard around the clock. They managed to provide memories of good times with nature, camping, fishing, ocean sides and delicious meals for they both were great cooks. My father showed me ways to improvise for he was a great handyman with golden hands-there was nothing he couldn’t fix, build or invent. I stood by his side and observed his ways. My beautiful mother showed me compassion, affection, literature and has always had an incredible belief in me, believed that I could accomplish anything my heart desire in my life. My mother became my best friend. However, the anger my parents held between them was enough to give me and my younger brother a fright that managed to make its way into our dreams including our day dreams.
I loved my father but feared him and could not understand why he was so violent towards my mother and brother…yet his Spartan hands and fierce shouts were never aimed at me- I was spared. I loved my mother and could not understand why this was happening, but I did comprehend that free will was beyond her reach. Shared moments of perpetual dreams were our means of survival. At last, the twenty year love/hate marriage ceased, followed by an exhausted tearful bittersweet divorce. We were free ….free to be, sovereignty was within reach.
Before long I was on my own, but it didn’t take long for me to fall into a similar world I experienced for the first 20 years of my life, it was inevitable; my understanding of love led me to a preordained marriage, one of oppression and dominance. And so the cycle repeated, my conception of love trapped in endless hopeful prayers of change. After 16 years, I reached my sovereignty. It was a mutual decision….but not bittersweet. We went our separate ways and I experienced freedom once again. It was finally my time, a time of liberty….a new found experience of autonomy. I held my head up to the sky and kissed the rays of sunshine that streamed across my face. With my precious daughters by my side, I wondered just how much freedom is there to obtain.
A new world.
I contemplated how much of myself do I need to repair and how am I going to do that? I tore myself apart contemplating where to apply myself. Why was it so complicated to decide my path-my vocation? How am I going to give my all? I wanted to cure, heal, save, lead, nurture. I wanted to make a difference….. In many aspects of life.
My spirit led me through a series of education, explorations and meditations. I came across many influential uplifting and empowering literature on the manifestation of our souls, the power within and developed an awareness that we are born in to this world with the intention to be happy……it’s our right…… Imagine that! I boldly entered where no Eva has gone before. I trusted that if I visualize and listen to my inner being, I can then manifest my future.
My heart led the way to my committed work of service to others where I truly feel I am making a difference such as my dream job at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House. http://www.froghollow.bc.ca/ . Empowering women, growing community, securing food and building relationships are the many areas that resonate with me and now practice. I am blessed to work with such incredible and amazing women in my life for their mentorship, wisdom and perseverance cultivated a strong belief in positive change in me. Especially my mother, she found her calling in education and influenced me to find my way.
I now have a strong belief in the power of our minds to envision and manifest our dreams and desires to reality. I stand by the law of attraction, in attracting positive change, we just have to believe it-know it and practice it. Yes, we can attract what we want in our lives.
There are many authors that write such profound and inspirational books like Deepak Chopra “Secret Book” and Dr Wayne Dyer, an internationally renowned author and speaker in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth has fantastic insights on this subject on his blog http://www.drwaynedyer.com/blog/manifesting-your-desires/.
There are many more authors, books, literature that speak of positive change. My vision is to share with you my experiences and insights I have received as I continue to learn from them and life and all the people in my path.
I am inspired to be a facilitator of positive change.
Welcome to share your experiences!
May your voice be strong and echo through the hearts of all.
May you achieve all you aspire to be.
Because if I can do it so can you…… I believe in you too.
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March 8th 2015 International Women’s Day