I never would have imagined the path my life has taken. I have experienced the depths of sorrow and known the essence of true joy. I have come to believe out of the tragedy of losing my dear two sons within two short years, that it serves each of us to embrace every moment, because that is all that is certain. Every moment is a gift to learn from and gain insight from. Our moments become part of us and make us who we are.
I. Honor the Past.
Every past experience molds us into who we are today. Those experiences are what gives us insight and knowing who we are and what we are becoming. What have we learned and what choices do we make as we move forward from those moments of learning? Honor those people and situations that teach us.
II. Release it.
Releasing means to accept surrendering to that which, "just is", to love yourself and others enough to forgive. Releasing the pain and suffering of any situation is necessary to heal and move forward towards greater peace and joy. We cannot evolve if we are living in the past and do not release it. How is it possible then to create a positive future? Change must happen to create something new.
III. Live in the Present.
As a result of the double tragedy in my life, doors opened for me to develop courage and faith. I moved forward in a positive way not knowing what was on the other side of those doors. It was a process of taking one step at a time, living through conscious choice, having gratitude for all that I was blessed with in my life in the present moment.
IV. Embrace it.
My Celine act moved forward and I had the special opportunity to meet Celine Dion in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. I remember distinctly the beautiful energy that she radiated and as we embraced I told her how thankful I was for her and her music, which had inspired not only me, but thousands of others worldwide. Knowing my story, she looked at me and said, "Oh, but it is people like you that inspire me, thank-you." I had been blessed to have this experience and I knew I had a story to share.
Every moment can be magical when we are aware and allow all our senses to come alive, opening our hearts to what surrounds us.
V. Create the Future.
I continue to share Celine's music and living my life in a non-traditional approach to health and wellness. My life off stage has opened up growth and understanding in the fields of wellness and fitness as a Life Mastery Coach and Fitness trainer. I have experienced how the balancing of the mind, body and spirit directly affects the choices that we make, which creates our reality. Being impeccable with your word to yourself and all others in your life, along with developing discipline is the foundation of creating wonderful things.
VI. Ignite it.
I believe life is to learn from and we must not waste one experience. It serves us if we learn to forgive, to have unconditional love, and to move forward in gratitude, so that we can have peace in our own lives, which has a far-reaching effect into the lives of our families, friends, our churches, communities, our country, and our world. Find passion in the life you want to create knowing that you have something to share, then have the courage to make it happen.
Bonnie Lee Mahler
Author of "Embrace the Moment"
Bonnie Lee Mahler, a wellness, life mastery, neuro-linguistic (NLP), and hypnotherapy coach, also conducts seminars and motivational workshops. Bonnie has had decades of experience in the wellness and personal development field. Bonnie is the mother of three sons. She currently resides in the paradise of Kapolei, Hawaii with her husband, Mark.
"Embrace the Moment"
By Bonnie Lee Mahler