Let The Oven Warm Up


Let The Oven Warm Up

A daily reflection from my upcoming book
Joy: There’s No Reason Not To
Lessons from Under My Mother’s Roof
by Todd Keough

My Mom always had to tell me to allow the oven time to warm up before I would put anything in it. I was always in such a rush that I would want to throw whatever I was cooking in. It made food come out cooked unevenly or not like it was supposed to be. I did not have the patience to use the oven as it was properly intended. I was always in a rush to get whatever it was done faster and faster. The oven, in my mind, always seemed to be taking forever to warm up and even at times was taunting me. This is also how I lived my life. It is also how I think the world works now. We want things done now, we want replies now, we live in such an instantaneous world that we hardly ever slow down to let the oven warm up. When I do it it actually is a grace and blessing to let things get done in the right time. I am able to relax and not be uptight or fraught with anxiety. If I allow a relationship to slowly develop it becomes stronger. If I allow my work or project to develop I am able to concentrate on it and make sure all of the objectives are met. I also have more time for people in my life because I am not rushing from here to there but allowing myself to spend time where I am.

World:

Where in the world or with whom in the world do I need to show a little more patience waiting for the oven to warm up? Where in the world do I act with patience and wait for what I need to be done? Do I give myself credit for that? Reflect, write, and take action.

Self:

Where do I need or want to give myself time to warm up and proceed when things are ready? Do I give myself credit for all I do and allow myself not to rush but just move through the world with patience and ease? How can I let go of the fast paced world that affects my being and life? Reflect, write, and take action.

Prayer:

Creator please let me allow the oven to warm up and do things when the time is right and ready. Let me have patience and not give into the hectic and craziness of this fast paced world allowing myself to enjoy and just be.

Affirmation:

Today I will slow down and I will wait for the oven of my life to warm up and have the patience to wait for what comes next. I will proceed when the time is right and ready with one action today or with one interaction.



Hug With Your Whole Being

Hug With Your Whole Being

A daily reflection from my upcoming book

Joy: There’s No Reason Not To
Lessons from Under My Mother’s Roof
by Todd Keough

This is something my Mom always did. She stands maybe at five feet. When she hugs though you can feel her whole presence her whole energy and all of her love entering into those arms and really holding you. I am exactly the same way I have had people come to me for hugs for years. Friends and strangers even tell people to come to me for hugs. I really allow the energy of my being to enter my arms and then hold the person I am hugging. It is a true gift. It really is about letting go and being selfless an in that one small moment just hugging with your whole being. It really is something we all need that touch and that feeling of warmth and love. Hugging with your whole being invites people in, allows them freedom, gives them the ability to feel loved and held. People need hugs at so many different times celebration, pain, a break up, saying goodbye, etc. If we give half-hearted hugs we really tell the other person well this is just something I have to do or an obligation. If we hug with our whole being we allow them to know we care. This act transfers to so many areas of our lives. Do I give my all to show love and care or do it half-heartedly? I understand some people fear hugging because it can be seen as weird, scary, or even that men do not do that, or what will they think this means. If you put the intention behind a whole being hug of love and care and beautiful energy they will feel that and it will break down all barriers.  In fact I hug most of my clients as they leave and now if I do not they ask for it.

World:
Who in this world needs a whole being hug today? How can I continually embrace the world with open arms and hold it and love it? Reflect, write, and take action.  

Self:
Where is it I need to hug and hold myself with a whole being hug? When was the last time I felt loved and held when someone hugged me? Can I give that to myself How can I get what I need? Reflect, write, and take action.

Prayer:
Beautiful Guide may I feel your presence and arms hugging me. May I be your arms of love in this world and hold this world as you would and as it needs. I pray I hold myself in the same way with love and compassion.

Affirmation:
Today I will find one person and I will reach out and I will hug them and hold them with my whole being. I will also allow myself to feel the energy I need as well. One great big compassionate embrace today.



Things are not as important as people

A daily reflection from my upcoming book

Joy: There’s No Reason Not To
Lessons from Under My Mother’s Roof
by Todd Keough

Things are not as important as people. This seems like a very simple concept but for me it is one of the most important. We have a society where we gravitate towards things and the more we have the better off we are. I think at times we forget how valuable people are to our existence. Things can be replaced or destroyed and we still have the people we need in our lives. It has become far too easy to see people as just another cog in a machine that we get something from. In some ways this is not completely our fault with the way we are inundated with so many images that develop that type of thinking. However, people give us the most beautiful things in life; love, companionship, joy, and a family either of blood or love. I must develop a sense of the importance of people and a deep commitment and love for my brothers and sisters. We are all interconnected and through that interconnectedness we can heal, love, care, and do unbelievable things. When we stop relying on things and begin loving and living in the interconnectedness and nourishment of others we truly begin to live a life of purpose.

World: How do I live in this world?  Do I care for people and see them as valuable and above all other things? Do I use things for their purpose or do I worship them? What can I do to help develop a world of interconnectedness? Who can I reach out to today and see them as they truly are? Reflect, write, and take action.  

Self: How can I give up my reliance on things and be connected to the deepness that lies within me and other people? Where in my life do I see myself as connected to others do I give myself credit for the way I love and am there for others? How can I open my heart to the brightness and light of others and not to the shininess of things? Reflect, write, and take action.

Prayer: God please allow me to see people with love and light and to not put things above people. Allow me to know and feel deep within me the interconnectedness of the world and love others with all of my heart and being.

Affirmation: Today I will look for a way to put down things I use as a means of success and sit in silence and reflect on those I am connected to. I will then reach out to those who are important to me either through energy and prayer or by calling and letting them know I love them.