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Monday, August 31, 2015

Stay Present When Discomforts Arise

I have been traveling for about two months now and it has been a journey in more ways than one. Everywhere I go, I work at staying conscious of the messages that are being presented by spirit. Some are subtle and then there are those that scream in your face!

My tour in Damanhur was one of those loud messages that will not let you go back to sleep. Because I am still traveling, my time to get online is limited so there will be more to follow. Let me just say for now that when you ask to grow, change and be more enlightened, it is not always comfortable.

When challenges arise, stay present! The chatter in your head will try to lead you astray, but if you can stop, take a breath, and notice the world around you, it will help you understand what is going on and why.

Got to catch a flight!

Sending you love from afar,
Marnie Vincolisi

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Blessings Brought By Our Experiences

During a spiritual journey not all experiences are meant to challenge the spirit. Many bless it.

One of our blessings, the Crestone tour, resulted from spending time at a delightful spa in New Mexico called Ojo Caliente ( While soaking in the natural springs there, irritants from our bug bites where gently pulled out of our skin while we relaxed in baths of natural soda, iron, arsenic, and other minerals from the land.

I found the soda bath to be very nurturing. It brought to mind how Cleopatra might have felt as she soaked in her baths. This gave me the opportunity to move into a past life and entertain the idea of what it was like to live in Egypt long ago. We slathered mud all over out bodies and let it dry and tighten our skin in the sun. It was all so soothing and at the end of our spa adventure the itching was gone.

It is so easy In the summer to enjoy the gifts that nature has in store for us. Go out and find your joy. Nature will direct you.

Many blessings,
Marnie Vincolisi

Friday, August 14, 2015

What's Bugging You Today?

When outdoor summer fun includes bugs that irritate and bite, try using lavender oil with its pleasant fragrance to deter the nastiest insects and also calm your nervous system. A wise woman once told me to mix lavender oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar as a spray-on concoction to protect against bug bites. But if you've already been bitten, once the poison has entered your skin, tee tree oil works well to pull the venom out and relieve the itch. Burn citronella or use sprays containing this element to keep the air around you free from these tiny dive bombers.

It really is all about finding a gentle way to address the irritants that show up in our lives on a daily basis. On a spiritual journey, these opportunities present themselves in spades. What's tickling your psyche? In every given moment, you get to choose if you are going to let it disturb you or not. It is your choice. No one or no thing out there is trying to upset you. Every situation which presents itself
is an opportunity for growth.

Remember it is not what is happening to you that changes your life. It is how you handle the situation that makes all the difference. How will you respond to life's little irritants today? Do they remind you of something? Do you carry your memories in a neutral or negative fashion?

Marnie Vincolisi

Friday, August 7, 2015

Change Your Thoughts and Let Irritations Become Messengers

Last week I talked about how buzzing and biting insects can throw off your energy, if you allow it. But with the proper adjustments, you can ease the distress and become aware of the message contained in the experience.

These adjustments can also hinder or aid the environment. One could spray toxic chemicals to kill these little intruders, which will hinder the growth and life of more constructive insects and birds. Or one could take some of the irritation oneself without immediate relief while protecting the environment. Although healthy alternatives do not always work as fast as chemicals, remember time is an illusion, and we have the ability to transcend it and move beyond the discomfort if given the chance.

Trying a gentler approach towards these little flying attacks holds the opportunity to move from the irritation in present time to understanding why the irrigation is present. Look at who or what is irritating you in your life and adjust your thinking. Give the troublesome situation a new perspective and those bugs just may stop biting.

Marnie Vincolisi

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Crestone - Part 1

I thought I would give you all an update from our tour of Crestone, Colorado. The weather was perfect as it was not too hot which is not the norm for July in this area of Colorado but there was a challenge. Mosquitoes! They were everywhere and they were ferocious.

When on a spiritual tour in a sacred space such as Crestone, everything that happens has a message. The biting of these little insects gave us an opportunity to let go of life's irritants and practice mindfulness, the Buddhist practice of being present with what is occurring in the moment without judgment. To see the experience as not good or bad but to merely be present with what is happening in the moment. This is tricky when there is pain followed by reoccurring itching for days. The continued itching is the reminder that allows your attention to be brought back to the moment. The body is talking, quite loudly in fact, and it wants to be noticed. What better way to get one back into present time? The mind is directed to take care of what is happening in the now, there is no space to think about what is to come in the future or the stressors of the past. The body says listen to me now and make the proper adjustments.

More to come next week!
Marnie Vincolisi

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Catch A Lazy Summer Day

Summer has traditionally meant it’s time to play and relax. So ask yourself, “Have I fulfilled all the requirements of summer? Did I swim, hike, listen to an outdoor concert, go on a picnic, sleep under the stars, watch fireworks, or just be lazy?” If not, get busy and unwind. There is still time!

So often we let life fly by, always making excuses that there is not enough time or money for the things we love to do. Life is what we make it; we give it value and decide what activity is going to capture our attention. As for money, the best things in life really are free. Moments we spend with the ones we care about cannot have a price placed upon them yet we try to pad the experience with expensive amusements.

This weekend, decide to have quality time with the most important person in your life: YOU. Do something that brings you joy, something you can do all by yourself. Many times, we do what others want us to do and we enjoy it because we are with the ones we love. But this time, do something that is just for you, even if it is sitting in the yard and allowing stray thoughts to float through your mind. Don’t worry about dinner. Don’t think about the wash. All that can wait. Now is the time for you. Give yourself the precious, priceless gift of being with and enjoying your own company. Do it now. Summer’s almost gone.

Marnie Vincolisi

Sunday, July 5, 2015

What Are Your Happy Memories of Summers Past?

The 4th of July is past and now it is officially summer. Think about what that has meant to you in the past, and I mean way past. Recall what it was like to be a kid on a hot summer day. What did you do? How did you spend your time and with whom?

I recall swimming every day at Portage Park Pool in the north side of Chicago watching Mr. Izzo water his pristine green lawn by hand (which we could never walk upon). I have fond memories of collecting pop bottles from the school yard across the street that were left by the boys who played baseball and using the money to buy candy (I have the cavities to prove it!). I also loved lying on the ground, watching the clouds roll by. As I write this these memories calm my mind and bring a smile to my face.

I suggest you do the same. Take a moment, for that is all you will need, and reminisce about the happy, carefree, lazy days of summer you had as a child. Sure there may be sad days weaved into your story, but this is about recalling the moments when life was without responsibility. Let the warm fuzzy memories wash over you and then go about your day. It just may brighten yours.

Happy summer!