Always Greet People With Love

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

I was always taught that you greet people with genuineness and love. I know for me that it can be hard at times. I may be having a bad day and may feel like I have no energy to extend love. However, when I do when I give from my heart and show love to another I receive that love in return. We all need to love and be loved. In this world we become in such a rush to do this or do that we lose sight of true human connection. I know that looking and seeing someone allows me to realize and feel my own beautiful humanity. I also know when someone look at and sees me that I feel a profound gift. We also deriver to greet ourselves with love everyday. When was the last time you looked in the mirror and said I love you?

Today’s Reflection

World:
Who do you know that you can greet with love? What situations will you be walking into today? I want you to imagine your day and all your activities. Who will you see? Where will you go? What will you do? How can you greet all of these situations and people with love? If we greet people with love we help the world live with less fear. You can begin today. Please reflect and write out what you can do today to greet people with love.

Self:
Today I want you to look at your reflection wherever you get a glimpse of it and turn to it and say I love you. This can either be out loud or in your head. How do you think this will make you feel? How will it allow you to be with yourself? This small act will allow you to begin greeting yourself with love at all times and in all circumstances.

Prayer:
All that is and ever was and that dwells inside of me. Help me to seem the love that you have for me and for all your creatures in every avenue of my life today. As you greet me everyday with a beautiful morning and love me throughout the day may I try to bring that love to others. We know that you love us and my prayer and my hope is that I can return that love to all I meet today.

Affirmation:
Today I will greet all I see with love, I will love others and myself, my heart will dwell in love and release the fear. 

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.