Thanksgiving Nature and Thanks Decor

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Thanksgiving is a time of Thanks, and it can also be a time for teaching.  If we use nature for our decor, even lanterns, with candlelight to light them, we can teach young people about the bounty of God, about the beauty of creation, creative inspiration of the creator.  We can teach prayer to give thanks for all of that and to tap into the creativity of nature, that nature inspires.  Yes, the turkey and stuffing etc.. are yummy, let’s teach about thanks, about the creative love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Let’s make this a very spiritual  Thanksgiving, not just one of stuffing our faces.  Shalom and Amen

Don’t Think It Strange

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As I search for community, for unity and oneness, I am at times reminded that oneness with the Creator etc.. is not something can that can come from the outside, but rather it is something that has to come from the inside.  That is why I believe that focusing my coaching on Meditation, Reiki and NLP modalities, as well focusing on meditative prayer and activity as my dear Rebbe and Massiach Yeshua did to activate the healing within, connecting more to nature is the path I need to take.  I hope to begin attending weekly meditation sessions and then by December see about membership, so I can participate in the Reiki healing circle and other such activities.  I am not separate from the world, the universe or God, nature, any of it, though that does not mean being an eco nut, like everything in life, balance okay, balance!! This poem struck a cord with me and so I wanted to share it with you.

Namaste, Shalom and Amen

Where Do I Go From Here?

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As I look at this picture, I see where I want to be my end goal, a soaring eagle and as I think of the anchor of everything in my life, it is Christ, it is scripture, along side Conservatism  Where I have I guess I have had a winding road is taking that anchor and bringing it into my every day vocation, which is really what I want to do, as a Coach, as am Artiste. 

Question is “How?” I love meditating with prayer and music, love writing song and poetry, love writing and singing, reciting, all these things. We are a social animal, so how do I take all of this and create a social circle, particularly with the fibromyalgia being a thorn in my side, a shadow over me day to day?  These are all important questions, so what would Jesus do? He prayed, he surrendered to the Father, he let go, trusted, did what he was called to do.  I know that faith, spirituality, guiding and the arts are where I am supposed to be, the journey I am supposed to make, which includes some tough love.  I have taken the first step of enrolling to train as a Coach, I will study to be a coach in several areas, most likely will move into spiritual or wellness coaching.  I am working on making sure I get into my own wellness zone, more water, watch what I eat, meditating.  I also have to figure out how to come into or create community, which is tough due to the fibromyalgia.  Even today as I was running my errands, the humidity in NYC, I thought I was going to black out in the street, got home, my blood pressure had dipped tooo low. I feel fatigued, and yesterday was supposed to go to a lecture, but couldn’t, the fatigue was too overwhelming.  Having to work around that is one of biggest challenges, but I am sure that with finding the right mentor/s I can work through it.  It may not be an overnight thing, but nothing worthwhile comes without putting in effort and patience.  I also have to really seek to be true to my Christian self, something else I have to truly explore in depth.

Shalom and Amen

Do I Take the Literally or Metaphorically?

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As we come to another Father’s Day and I am brought back to my dad, my childhood, a not so pleasant correlation of dad and goodbye, which left a permanent scar.  Last night, when I got back from having a nice evening with my cousin, who keeps that link alive for me, I was also when we passed by the church went in with the lights dimmed, the quiet of it reminded of my dreams, the ones I spoke about, and whether I should return to the Catholic faith, what were the dreams all about, something started to dawn on me.  There are important words, even in the study of scripture, of any faith tradition, in any reading of any significant undertaking.  They are literal, symbolic, metaphorical, and also discernment, in terms of which is it?  Now what? 

I thought about my spiritual songwriting, when I had discerned stuff about what I did need to do and when I felt closest to God.  I also thought about what the main feel, texture and theme of the dream was, or the main ones were? I also thought of when did I feel most in touch with God, Christ, Holy Spirit, when did even scripture discernment come, even to more deeply understand the juncture of Bible and Constitution?  The main theme/s, feel I would have to say, quiet internal contemplative, in the backdrop of sacred chant.  The sense of peaceful contemplative was so beautiful, wasn’t a religious feel per se, but I felt very close to the Heavens.   I thought of Psalm 23, the Book of Ben Sira, Jesus peaceful and also strong as they came to get him to bring him to his death. These were what resonated with me in these dreams.  Then I thought about the times I most felt scripture spoke to me, and the universe around me spoke to me as an artist, and either very spontaneous, I never plan my writing, or when I was sitting somewhere on the weekend or even during the week with my mini digital recorder listening to meditative contemplative music.  I realized that meditation is along with writing my form of prayers, of discerning, understanding the Bible, scripture, life.  I need to cultivate a more disciplined meditative, contemplative prayer and study path for myself, even if it’s Zen meditation, learning that form of meditation, praying, conversing with God, Christ for the Holy Spirit to help me write material and provide services that will truly impact lives to the max.  The other thing I realized I need to get back that fibromyalgia stole from free has stolen from me in life is community. I want a community that is really going to bring me a sense of peace, of really bringing out the utmost creativity, potential for me to give back to society and make sure that God can see I have not wasted my gifts, talents.   I do believe we each have a purpose and an anointing even when it comes to how to serve others in our humanity, and for me I do feel it is the artistic and in providing some slightly tough love motivational, life coaching.  I will keep you posted on this journey,

Amen and God Bless.

To all the great Dads out there God Bless!

Happiness, Tips For the Journey Part I

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My bandcamp site is up, the rest of the songs have to be put up and I have to put in the descriptions, but as I prayed, meditated and discerned, my instinct was that ministry through the arts and coaching was the path to follow. Yes, fibromyalgia is a thorn in my life, quite an unpleasant one, but doing this lifts me up in spite of the thorn, thorns presented by the Fibro and that is connected to these two elements:  

  • Giving yourself permission to say yers to what uplifts, to what has been discerned as part of your anointed path
  • Taking time to evaluate this, create and implement a plan according to divine guidance and providence

I am finding that as I am doing this things are flowing and the feedback I am getting on my music is great, awesome, one person said that there may not be magic left in the world but my music is magic.  I thought, I am just doing what God is asking me to do, minister through music, the arts and in some way through coaching, that’s all.  I am glad that in doing these steps I am making a difference, impacting.  The evaluating, discerning, planning are all very important before acting, not to say you should spend eternity evaluating and be too scared to act, no, but a period of discerning, evaluating, planning organizing is a good idea.  I started out with selling through Tunecore, putting my stuff on various sites to stream and promote and now in prayer and discernment the gut instinct was do all sales on your own site, and focus on promoting that website, and reaching out to record labels, organizing a meet and greet, do some improvisation performance and spoken word, get some media presence, arrange it for September, then do a holiday show in December.  That is what I plan to do.   Divinely guided discernment, evaluation the key, along with planning, saying yes to that.  I’ll be discussing other elements of happiness, so stay tuned!

Shalom and Amen

 

Talented Bloggers, Something For All

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The Internet has brought great benefits, even with it’s downsides, to society, such as a range of bloggers to suit any taste, even in poetry, in all areas.  However, I do worry about accuracy in blogging, even journalism, a cautionary tale learned by the whole FISA debate and scandal going on.  I very much appreciate my fellow bloggers, who are passionate about their work, and for that I say Kudos.  I do hope that if bloggers are posting anything related to current events they are doing some solid research first, and that goes even in offering an opinion.  Another piece of advice I would give any blogger is to write about what they are familiar with first, but even when giving opinion, step back, be at least partially logical and level headed, not purely emotional.  Blogging, writing, coaching this stuff is something that can make for break reputations etc.., so let’s be as responsible as possible. 

Amen

Why Some Thing Now, Some Not

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We will often in our lives create this seemingly perfect plan and  knowing who you are as a child of the Most High, of the Creator of the Universe, having a general outline for your life, understanding your gifts, talents, what you love to do most and all that, putting that into practice is not a bad thing.  I wish I had had this all sorted out a lot sooner.  I wish I had gotten into the music and found this great production team a lot soon through fiverr, but I didn’t and honestly I did a lot of self sabotaging in different areas of my life.  Then I didn’t realize I was doing it, or really why, all the unresolved baggage I had from my childhood, and that’s another blog post and poem.  I do believe in what Paul says in Scripture about powers and principalities of darkness, negative entity and even if you study metaphysics, there are positive and negative energy forces in the universe and even within our own psyche. God when he realizes that we are not at a mature stage to handle certain things, as much as we might want them career wise or in different areas of life, will allow sabotage, dalay and that kind of thing, not cause it, but allow it.  He will allow the journey of self discovery to realize, wow I do have a bunch of baggage I am running from and stuff I am not taking responsibility for, time to stop that and stop that now, deal with it all, painful as it might be, only then can I truly move forward to know who I truly am as a child of the Most High and with all my gifts, talents, put them to use, go on the path I am meant to go on.  It can be a long and arduous journey, won’t kid you, but when you get to that point of that realization of, wow etc.. and deal with any inner conflict etc… and in a way that is really mature and to the greater good, it makes all the difference to your life and even society.  One thing that is important is getting out of victim mode and never letting anyone keep you there or try to put you there.  Not saying bad stuff doesn’t happen and not to deal with the emotions etc…, but don’t let anyone make you a life long victim or to see the world as a scary horrible place eternally.  Life, the world, everything has like the rose, both the rose and the thorns.  Realistically see both, know how to navigate the thorns as you appreciate the beauty of the rose.  Know that there is a time to use your gifts etc… and a time to nurture them, it’s important to discern when each time is.

Amen

Let Go Of, Move Forward

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This presentation discusses things we need to let go of in order to move forward.  I am adding the meditation “What is Holding You Back?” to compliment it.  The two combined I hope will help you in your life journey. If these have been a blessing I hope you will consider donating to this blog.