Sunday, November 23, 2014

LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF CANCER - One Woman's Fight

Today I reach out to you with a story of hope and prayer. 

Named after archangel Michael, my long time friend of over 30 years is strong, a fighter, with a heart full of love, an offbeat sense of humor and an amazing outlook on life.

Michaele’s life has not been easy. When we were teens, she was hit by a car and battled to regain the ability to walk.  

She was first diagnosed with cancer (melanoma) a little over 5 years ago, within months of the passing of the father of her 3 children.

Unfortunately, we found out a couple of weeks ago that the cancer has returned, metastasizing as tumors in her brain and lungs. 

You know they say that life can change in an instant. Imagine for a moment what it feels like to go to the doctor looking for some antibiotics to deal with a nagging cough to find out that the reason you are having trouble breathing is because there are tumors restricting your airflow.  That is what happened to my good friend a few short weeks ago. 

This is a life changer for my friend Michaele, a server at a local Florida restaurant, who does not have benefits like most other workers; no paid days off, company paid insurance or disability.

What amazes me when I look at Michaele's Facebook page is her upbeat attitude as she shows the world the true definition of a fighter!  It's nothing less than miraculous how she's able to laugh in the face of her current situation as she shares her experience with her friends and family. She has taken the camera into her treatments, sporting the thumbs-up in her hospital gown and poking fun at accessorizing the mess mask that they made her wear as part of her radiation treatments in order to dispel the fear and stigma that a Cancer diagnosis brings as she inspires others with her courage. 

Even with insurance, the out-of-pocket expenses for this current round of radiation and chemotherapy type treatment are astronomical. Add that to outstanding medical expenses that she is still paying down from her last round of cancer treatments and her inability to work full time, and you can understand that all these expenses have taken their toll on her financial health as well.  

To add even further to the mental anguish of this grave illness, she is now faced with the ongoing battle with the bank, who wants to foreclose on her home.

If this sounds like your worst nightmare, then just imagine how Michaele feels, actually having to live through this. Exhausted and drained from the cancer treatments, she drags herself into work a shift or two a week, just to have cash for food and to pay her Blue Cross premium. 

I understand with all the unscrupulous characters out there today that it’s hard to distinguish what's real from a scam. For those who follow me, you know that I’ve been writing this blog, Spiritual Spew for a few years now. I do it as my way to give back to humanity and with over 300 articles, I've never asked you all for anything, until today.

Please visit the fund that Michaele’s family has set up for her on GoFundMe, and look into your heart this holiday season. I believe in you and your sense of humanity. No amount is too small, so sacrifice your morning caramel macchiato, holiday-inspired mocha or latte and please give what you can to help Michaele with her medical expenses so she can stay focused on the greatest battle of her life. 

Also, please share this article with everyone you know and keep Michaele in your prayers.

Thank you,

LeeZa Donatella

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Laughter is the Best Medicine


I've heard the saying that Laughter is the best medicine. I would like to take it a step further and say that laughter is God’s medicine. The reason I say that is because only God, the mack daddy of the universe would provide such great rewards for something so fundamental. It is as if God gave us an internal mechanism to help and heal us.

Did you know that laughter is a potent medication for stress and pain? There is no medication that works more quickly to balance your mind and your body than laughter. Laughter lightens you up and can turn despair into hope. So there is something to be said about laughter.
Ilm up very early and work in a high stress environment in my day job. The alarm is set for 6 am and I usually open my eyes way before it rings, laying there already thinking about my workday. And in the evening it is very difficult for me to turn it off. 

Everyone has their own method for winding down the day.Some may pour themselves a couple of stiff drinks in order to shut down and distress. 

I decided to try something new and think about things that make me laugh in the morning, before sipping my first cup of coffee and use this method throughout the day and through the evening. And you know what? As soon as I start to laugh, that instantly feel great!

Laughter actually does “something” inside your body. It increases blood flow to help rev up your body, lowers blood sugar levels, boosts your immune system, and assists in relaxation and sleep. Laughter also reduces the level of stress hormones in your body.

As I continue to laugh during the day I feel lighter in some way. The more I laugh, the better I feel and think I like this new mantra.

I have been with partners that were grumpy guys in the morning so I suggested that they try laughing as well. 

Why not give it a try yourself!

Have a day filled with love and laughter,


LeeZa Donatella

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Close your Eyes to See the Light

























This statement is typically used metaphorically; "Sometimes you have to close your eyes and see the light," which means that when you look without your eyes, the answer comes.  It's a true statement that we get answers when we take time to reflect. Today, though, I'm referring to literally closing your eyes and seeing light.

For decades when I close my eyes in the evening to go to sleep, in about 5 minutes in the total darkness with eyes closed, I begin to see what I can only describe as golden light, brighter than the sun. I asked my mother and she would just tell me to concentrate on a black piece of paper to go to sleep. That helped a bit but for years I was confused about the whole thing. I got used to it as it happened to me five nights out of seven. I dismissed it as the beginning of dreaming, but sometimes it would wake me up, just as I had settled down. At other times I would catch myself, saying “way cool” as I would start to see it when in a state of calm and bliss with heightened senses. 

'What the heck is this? Am I dreaming about sunshine?'

Years later, I would ask my partners. “Do you see sunshine when you close your eyes?” They just shot me a look and would say something like "No, that's not normal." 

It wasn't until
early December 2012 when I was attending a Christ Consciousness class where the minister asked if anyone see bright light when they close their eyes in a dark room. My eyes widen as I finally knew that I was not alone. He explained that when we see bright glowing light in meditation, we are seeing Archangel Michael’s burning sword guarding the gates of Eden and if you enter those gates you in front of God.  That's certainly one way to look at it and no offense Archangel Michael, but I think you have better things to do then guard Eden from the likes of me. 
I was close to a definition that perhaps I could wrap my head around. 

Call it what you like,I do not judge; What I have come to understand is that when we see light when we close our eyes in total darkness that the light is our connection to the Divine, our higher divine self, our Source, God. 

Why does this occur?
When we get more attuned in the physical body and our vibration and consciousness increases. 

I'm sharing this with you today in the off chance that you too are experiencing this out of the ordinary.  If you are, then know that you're not alone and it's perhaps the beginning of your awakening.
Wishing you a day filled with Love,

LeeZa Donatella
info@leezadonatella.com
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kindness, it's Universal





As you make your way throughout your day, take a moment to take a breath, slow down and notice all the people you are in contact with at work, while on the street, or in your car, at the store or on the phone. 

Take the time to say something nice, thank them, smile their way, nod your head and say good day. Hold the door or let them pass, ask about their family or weekend plans.

Don't forget, that we're all human and you can make someone's day by what you do.

Love shared with our Earthly brothers and sisters and a smile goes a long way, because kindness is universal.

Have a day filled with love and friendship,
LeeZa Donatella


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Office Stress - Coping


At a certain time each day, the frenzy begins as people are running around like chickens with no heads, not to holiday shop, but to complete tasks on a deadline.

6 people all reaching out to the same person for the same deliverable, upset because it was not turned around in an hour. It's this frantic energy that can be felt across the room or through the phone or computer chat window.

Let's take a moment to put things into perspective: NO ONE IS DYING HERE

This is not an emergency room, open heart surgery or  woman in labor. We're not rushing across the street to save someone from being hit by a car, nor are we trying to cure cancer. And there is certainly not a roaring house or forest fire.   It's someone in a corporate office with an imposed deadline. It's no wonder why our :flight" and "fight" response is out of whack when something as minor as a normal deadline has people jumping out of their skin.

For those on the receiving end, take a breath before turning to these folks and show them compassion. They obviously have no clue what is really important. Don't allow them to ruffle your feathers.

My advice to those allowing the stress get to them and beating down on others, take a moment and allow others the space and a little time to do their job.

Wishing you a stress free day


LeeZa Donatella

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HAPPY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - Beyond the Veil of Illusion - The Awakening

HAPPY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Originally published on 11/11 last year,
Beyond the Veil of Illusion - The Awakening

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Veil-Illusion-The-Awakening/dp/0991100700/ref=tmm_pap_title_0


I am so grateful to the all mighty for the inspiration.

Thank you all for your continued support,

LeeZa Donatella

info@leezadonatella.com
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Don't be Afraid to Experience Life



We all come to Earth for experiences. And experiences are different from one person to the other; some are pleasant and others are unpleasant and we all get a collection of both kinds.

Funny, but yesterday’s posting was about the Matrix and the choice of taking the red or blue pill. I know that taking the red pill will provide the person who takes it with the awareness and knowledge they need in order to change their very reality.

I wish I could do a better job explaining that to others, especially those close to me, because it’s difficult when you tell people this, and they still choose the blue pill.  

I know they say that you can lead a horse to water, but can't make him drink, but I'll never understand why do people still chose the blue pill, continuing to live a life of illusion and pain.

I think it's because of fear.  

Don't be afraid to experience life, all of it, Take the red pill and have more delicious experiences that you could ever imagine.


Wishing you a day filled with love,

LeeZa Donatella

info@leezadonatella.com
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Experiencing the Matrix


It's no wonder the movie 'The Matrix' did so well at the box office. That's because there are large chunks of that movie that provide a glimpse into a reality that is within our reach. 

Like the movie, most people live in 2-by-2 illusion.  An example may be the best way to explain this. Have you ever met someone whose life revolves around the 2 miles by 2 miles that surround them, never really venturing out beyond their comfort zone?  
I'm sure you have. Similar to being stuck inside a box, they are only exposed to limited experience as fear based emotions or belief systems keep them from expansion and knowing the possibilities outside the space they live in. They're content to continue taking the blue pill, living in their illusion.

Did you know that when we're born we have no limits?

We see everything, sense everything, know everything and experience everything.  Have you ever noticed small children looking so intently, then smiling and communicating to a spot in a room where there seems to be nothing? Do you really believe that there is nothing there just because you can't see what they're looking at? 

Infants are unable to express the underlying knowledge that they have, due to their limited spoken language skills. That doesn't mean that babies are not intelligent. Quite the contrary; they are sponges and learn many times more rapidly than adults. According to research, an infant's brain produces 2-3 million synapses per second. There's a lot of development going on and cognitive abilities at that young age are truly remarkable. 

Unfortunately by the time they are 5, they lose a lot of what keeps them seeing beyond the thin layer that I call the veil. For a lucky few they never lose that entire connection and vision. And most people who are open to the possibility that the veil exists, spend a good part of their adult life trying to reconnect. 

If you are shaking your head as you read this, let me tell you a story that explains this perceptual blindness. As the European explorers neared the shores of new lands in their large ships, the natives on shore didn't see these large vessels that were in plain site. Why? Because their belief system kept them closed off to the possibility that these ships could exist. It wasn;t until one wise man who could see these vessels planted the seed that germinated, allowing the other natives to see. 

When you believe that there is a possibility and take that step and take the red pill you become aware of the true nature of the Matrix where you have control over your reality.

Welcome to the new paradigm.


LeeZa Donatella

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Determining What's Unacceptable in a Relationship


I received a call this evening from a young man in his twenties requesting advice regarding his current relationship. He has been dating what he described as a lovely young lady for a few months now, but was disheartened when she got as he described as “trashed” on Halloween and acted foolish. Frustrated by this incident he wanted to talk about it.  This is what I advised:

With some relationships at times our partners do things that make us feel uncomfortable, frustrated or downright angry.

But should we run the first time they do something we don't like?

Well we certainly don't want to be with someone who is doing something that is totally unacceptable to us, but we also have to weigh the act with the frequency to determine what is “unacceptable” as we match that with the overall character of our partner.

For example,our partner drinks too much a couple of times of year on a special occasion when they're not getting behind the wheel, but the rest of the year they show us what an amazing person that they are. Does that hold the same weight as a partner who gets drunk every weekend or is unfaithful?

A relationship is like a delicate flower. You wouldn't want root rot or thorns to spoil that beauty so nurture it and it flourishes. Everything is relative and it's up to you to determine what is acceptable and what's a deal-breaker. And once you make that determination respect your own decision and don't comprise yourself.

Wishing you a day filled with the deliciousness of sharing your love with others,
LeeZa Donatella

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Embrace More of the ALL THAT IS





Even after over 300 articles, sometimes even I have trouble writing. I guess it’s because I was perplexed by the energy I felt today. It’s true that those of us who is sensitive to energy experience its ebb and flow like the tide. And when the tide goes out, the boat does not sail, just sitting on the bottom of the lake, stuck int he mire. 

You too may feel this ebb  as a day when things just don’t feel the same. Something’s not right, but you can’t put your finger on it. Perhaps you feel a little down, or even depressed, but you don’t know what has you in such a funk.

I am writing this today to tell you that, no you are not crazy or alone. Actually, it's quite the opposite. You are awakening as you sense the energy all around you.

No matter if you know what you’re experiencing or not, know this:

Not all days are like today. Most times the energy will make you high and giddy and have you dancing around the house. So, raise your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care, sing a song, smile and laugh and know that you are embracing more…. more of the all that is!

Wishing you a day filled with awareness,

LeeZa Donatella

info@leezadonatella.com
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Deal with Office Politics



Do any of you work in an office environment?

If you do, then you know that office politics within an organization is nothing new. It’s been around since the creation of the office.

But do you know why it exists and the best way to react to it?

For the people that are the perpetrators of this bad behavior, know that it comes from one or several fear based emotions like arrogance, criticism, cruelty, jealousy, insecurity, judgment, worry, envy or disdain and it's a cancer that can spread throughout an "organ-ization."  

These people may feel threatened by your abilities or perhaps they think that you want their job.  It's  been scientifically proven that these fear based emotions are draining, unbalancing both the body and the mind to the point of chronic and life-shortening diseases. 

Instead of reacting and allowing your feelings to move toward a corresponding fear based emotion, look on these people with compassion. You’ll be happier and healthier. 

Like a sail with no wind, if you ignore it, you give it no power. Remember that your candle does not glow brighter by extinguishing someone elses.  

Now I'm not saying that you should be a doormat by any means. You can be an incredibly nice and giving person, but when that political individual or clique interferes with or tries to undermine your productivity, don't be afraid to show them what you’re made of and that you're a force to be reckoned with, but do it with kindness. And don’t feel like speaking to management is out of the question. If your manager is a good one, then they're already aware of the issue and will work with you, not against you. 

As I write the above I am reminded of the story of the Buddha who took a vow of celibacy. The elders in the town knew how strong the Buddha was as his following increased. They persuaded a young woman who attended his classes to say that the Buddha had impregnated her. With a large piece of rounded wood under her garment, the elders brought her to him amassing a crowd as they gathered in the courtyard.  They accused the Buddha of repudiating his vow and taking advantage of this innocent woman. The Buddha turned and outstretched his arm, pointing his finger toward the woman saying, “You know the truth.”

With those words, the wood fell from under her garment for all to see.

I leave you with these words. Office politics can be ugly and damages the inner fiber of those who participate in it. Show others the strong fiber you're made of and take a different road to the top!



Wishing you a day filled with compassion and love

LeeZa Donatella

info@leezadonatella.com
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