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    Let Your Spirit Soar

    Karen WilliamsBy Karen Williams, M.Ed.

    Social media is phenomenal. My first “Living the Laughter Lifestyle” column got 196 hits on Facebook, along with 19 shares. Who knew? There is such a radical mix of messages that are sent and received online that it’s quite flattering to be so well received. In the back of my mind, I’d love to go “viral,” although I really don’t have a clue what that means!

    If only good news dominated our messages these days as much as the bad news. We have to remember that we’ve made it through hard times before, and the way that we did it was through uniting together. Remember the slogan “Unity in the Community”? It’s important to note that “Unity” starts with YOU!

    You are the most important person in your Universe. No matter what’s going on around us, we as individuals get to decide how we’re going to respond, what action we’re going to take, and where the locus of our focus will lead us. Since the Law of Cause and Effect is always at work, we simply need to get in rhythm with the Universe so that whatever causes we make will yield the best results for our lives.

    To realize that you are at one with the workings of your Universe—your life and its sphere of influence—makes a huge impact on the world.  You may not feel that way while you’re struggling with your own inner demons of jealousy, envy, greed, anger, and foolishness. However, a fierce determination changes everything. I’m sure that there have been times in your life when you fought like hell to keep going, to not give up. In these challenging times, it is imperative that you recall that fighting spirit and use it to win over yourself and to uphold your personal integrity in the face of daunting circumstances. Only then can you truly encourage another to do the same. Such fierce personal power is at the core of “Unity in the Community!”

    Here are my tips that may give you a boost in the direction of your own empowerment and enlightenment:

    Let Your Spirit Soar

    Look within for your Self. It’s there waiting for some attention.

    Pray, chant, meditate, sit quietly, reflect, contemplate.

    Let go and let yourself heal.

    Laugh, laugh, then laugh some more.

    Laugh with others. Laugh alone. Laugh at yourself!

    Rediscover grace.

    Love yourself in a different way today.

    Pay attention to the part of you that needs love.

    Remind yourself that you have a right to be happy.

    You are worthy of respect.

    Affirm you! Make up affirmations just for you.

    Put them where you can see them every day.

    Repeat them often. Make up new ones once in a while.

    Example: I am kind, loving, creative, confident, empathic, intuitive, wise, capable, intelligent, beautiful, warm, nurturing, responsible, sensual, and free.

    Well, enough about me! Make up your own … .

    Learning to love and trust yourself can take a lifetime. Yet your journey has tremendous value, particularly when it’s shared, not only on social media but also between friends, family, co-workers, colleagues, comrades and with those who may seem different from us. True unity results from finding the core values around which we can commune and build community.

    It takes tremendous courage to be who you truly are!  I’m rooting for you!

    In the meantime, enjoy your journey, laugh out loud, and click another “Like” on Facebook! You’ll make someone very happy!

    © 2017 Karen Williams

    Karen Williams believes in the concept of many in body, one in mind. Contact her at