It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
“What are some of the ways you honor yourself?”
This isn’t me asking you that question. This came out of the mouth of a young woman, smiling broadly after taking an order for breakfast at a cafe in San Diego that has become my most favorite restaurant in the world (and I am a foodie so this is a BIG statement!)
I’m here now hosting the first weekend of my DreamQuest Mastermind—a seven-month small group intensive I offer once a year. When my team picked me up from the airport Anna and Jenn had already been there and had been raving about it so we all decided to go straight there, our car was laden to the brim with bags and boxes, me suitably jetlagged ready to experience something new.
I had just been immersed in the airport lounge experience of multiple TV screens reminding everyone how, why and who they shouldn’t feel good or safe about and continuing the propaganda of division and distrust, the droning conditioning we’re constantly being subjected to. Headlines confirming fear, lack, and hatred sprinkled with just enough hope to keep us hungry. Maybe today something good? Nope, but almost. Keep watching!
My head felt dirty. I was ready for a mind and heart shower, and wow did I ever get one.
So, we all went in and piled into a table and I looked around and realized that everywhere was an affirmation of positivity and love written on the walls, the menu, even the bathroom! You could not go or look anywhere without a call to be grateful and help the world. The atmosphere, of course, reflected this too. How could it not?
Cafe Gratitude is not really a restaurant, although it serves the best vegan cuisine I have ever had. It’s an immersion in compassionate prosperity. It’s an oasis of abundance consciousness and care, and an invitation to be awake, aware and loving. Now that is a tall statement but I gotta tell you it’s 100% true. Everything on their menu is an affirmation.
We all ordered special juice by affirming that we align with its energy. To order Vital juice, you declare, “I am Vital” please (which I did.) “I’ll have the Love Bowl” which is a collaboration with the young artist Jaden Smith’s “I Love You” restaurant truck, where every bowl purchased provides a free meal to homeless people in Los Angeles. Once we were finished ordering some Pure, Love, Energy and Compassion, our server smiled and said, “While you’re waiting for your food, here’s a question to talk about— What inspires your creativity?” which led to a lively discussion that had nothing to do with how shitty the world is, but how to be more inspired.
I was amazed at how quickly I felt better, truly hopeful, energized by the environment and the food knowing that the presence of this business emanates everything I believe in and want to do more of. This morning I went on their website which led me to another one and this is what their business is about—Abundance—and this is their definition :
“Abundance is a quality of Spirit, a property of our being just as joy, love, peace, and happiness are. Our access to a world of plenty is not doing more, manipulating, figuring, winning, competing, hoarding, or luck. Abundance is a way of being alive, a mindful practice that replaces scarcity and survival with an awareness of the always being provided for.”
I believe in the power to co-create reality, and that we can influence the future by living mindfully and engaging in a vision of abundance and compassionate prosperity where we are conscious of how our choices and actions affect others. One act of random kindness, one loving supportive post on a Facebook page, one dinner where you actually have a conversation instead of checking your phone. One 10 minute meditation on gratitude, one page of writing in your journal on rigorous honesty… One short session of laughing yoga (yep that’s a real thing!) then sharing your epiphanies instead of your dread with the people around you.
It all adds up.
We really are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are all part of something greater.
Remember we are all in this together.
Today let’s make our lives like Cafe Gratitude and share the love and hope.
What have we got to lose?
Love to all!!!
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