LA BELIEVES in LOVING LIFE

I am amazed and grateful for the powers of the Universe. Truly we all need to connect to the light within. I have travelled a journey that is filled with change, love, light and happiness. As a daughter, wife, mother and grandmother the choices I make affect those around me. I have always been aware that I am an example for others, especially my children. As I reflect on my childhood and the foods I consumed they seem to me today to be very basic. Milk, Cereal,Meat, Chicken, Lamb, Shrimp, Potatoes, Rice, Corn, Cold cuts, Applesauce, Ice cream, potato chips and chocolate chip cookies. Not a wide variety of foods. Almost forgot Nathan’s hot dogs were a favorite of my dad which we all ate.

When I met my husband, I fell in love with italian food. A change in my diet led me to become a carb eater. Now I did not become a brave woman who tried everything and ate everything but I did eat differently. I had an inner knowing of not drinking when I ate, not choosing to eat sauces on my food, which drives my husband crazy. I actually eat dry pancakes, french toast and most foods without additional butter, syrup or gravy. Mostly stayed away from fast foods except for the occasional hit back in the day. Never was a soda drinker which I find amusing since my dad worked for American Beverage!

Somewhere along this amazing journey I found out I was lactose intolerant and intolerant to other foods as well that I consumed regularly. Late in life, I introduced green vegetables and salad into my diet, began juicing and educated myself about organics and learned that we are what we eat. I became a vegetarian then I tried to be vegan. Well, my body was rebelling and I chose to listen and learn.

The following ingredients are in our foods that we eat and that we feed our children. As I am an avid reader and realize many do not choose to read because they don’t have the time I do or the desire I do! Please just read this and begin to read food labels and pay attention to what you are eating. If  you feel the need to educate yourself in anyway about the foods we consume, then please buy the book, The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari. Begin to eat Organic foods and drink Organic Milk today. If you want to know why these ingredients are unhealthy for your body and what foods your are eating that they are in, then you have to read the book, The Food Babe Way.

– High Fructose Corn Syrup
– Natural and Artificial Flavors
– Food dyes
– Caramel Color (class IV)
– MSG (MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE)
– Potassium Sorbate
– Sulfites
– Monsanto Milk = GMO (genetically modified organisms)
– Carrageenan
– Canola Oil
– Peanut Oil with TBXQ
– Cottonseed oil
– Trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils)
– Artificial Sweetners

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LA Believes in Loving Life

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I have been away from this site for over a year trying to venture out into the world of writing, reading and sharing information with others. I have travelled a path of offering a Monthly Healing Circle of Love for those so inclined to join me and others, as we shared our stories. It was fulfilling to the point of a very unsettling anticipation. Who was coming? Who was not coming? I learned that fear is a basis for non-responsive communication. As I travel the journey of going outside my comfort zone to improve myself many are not ready to take the leap. I was given insight into the fact that we are all one but on different levels of consciousness. The ride I am on is mine and if you want to come along please jump right on.

I met a few different authors during this time as well, which I am delighted to know. The books Kryon by Lee Carroll was very interesting, informative and mind-boggling. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D introduced me to his books as well and I discovered Letting Go, The Pathway of Surrender, is a journey of letting go of that which allows an interesting emotional free life when we choose to  surrender. The author I truly fell in love with was Nancy Tappe and her books; Understanding Your Life Through Color, Understanding Your Life Through Awareness and Indigos, the quiet storm written by Kathy Altaras. I was amazed at the information in Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers by David Perlmutter M.D. and tried his recommendation about eating gluten-free products. The Instruction by Ainslie MacLeod was inspirational and offered a distinct meditative practice. The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death was fun and a blessing if one is afraid of the process of death. I find I am always looking for ways to help another and came across the book Rocky Roads, The Journey of Families through Suicide Grief by Michelle Linn-Gust, Ph.D. which was very profound. Stephen Shaw introduced me to his books; I AM, Heart Song and Star Child which I enjoyed tremendously.

Of course, as a wife, mom, grandmother and counselor I search many avenues to quench my thirst for information which led me to read The Turmoil of Someone Else’s Drinking by Joyce Margaret, First Aid for Enablers by David Curry, The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process by Craig Nakken,  The Silent Marriage: How Passive Aggression Steals Your Happiness by Nora Femenia, Stopping Emotional Abuse by Nora Femenia and Closing the Passive Aggressive Defiance Gap by Neil Warner. Loved reading The Four Purposes of Life by Dan Millan, as I have always been a fan of his. Spirit led me to read the books by Sadhguru on Life and Death in One Breath and A Guru Always Takes You for a Ride where I discovered that there is a simplicity to life I crave. The last book I recently read was Sonia Choquette, Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed and was inspired and amazed by her courage and strength as she walked the Camino de Santiago a 500-mile trek through Spain. I felt her sorrow, pain, fear and exhaustion. These are just a few that have kept me away from this blog, as well as, daily life in general. I did read the trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James finding it quite interesting and enjoyable.

There are so many books that I can’t wait to read and I am starting with the new book by Vani Hari, The Food Babe Way because I believe that the toxins in food are true and we as a society need to educate ourselves on what we eat and feed our family. I was at her book launch and she is my hero! Time is offered to me by the universe and I am grateful to read and re-read some of my books that nourish my soul. I hope one or two of these authors resonate with you and that you get to meet them through their books, as I have.

This past September in 2014 Salvatore Nicolo came into our lives to love, nourish, and enjoy. I am extremely blessed to treasure with unconditional love my amazing children and now their amazing children. I am simply filled with excitement as a grandmother.

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IAM Led By Spirit …

At times I wonder if it was my choice to love myself which made it possible for me to change and be myself. Interesting concept that one day I awoke to this revelation … love myself.  Then suddenly IAM driven to learn and be true to me? To discover IAM strong! IAM unique! IAM a child of God! IAM a spiritual being! IAM free to choose how I desire to live my life! Amazingly this power of love for me, that fed my soul, allowing strength for me to focus on a life, my life that needed to change. I believe it is the miracle of life that creates the power of thought to fling open the windows of the soul to allow in nourishment that has nothing whatever to do with food. Food for the soul can only be described as love. Love, I have discovered is the strength to live ones life by. No pain, fear, or hate can survive when one finds their strength from within to be because they love. IAM witness to the strength I possess today because I chose to love myself and all in my life unconditionally.

Still, I wonder about the beginning of the journey and all that it entailed to get me to this page. In prior writings, I have discussed about being led, and pushed almost forward without any clue as to why, when or what was to be. Today, I believe I was led by Spirit!  At this moment, IAM led by Spirit! Once I accepted the me I was born to be, the rest flowed willingly.

As a society we look at death as the end of life but I have learned there are different kinds of death and there is one which leads to the continuing of life, which allows one to begin living their truth.The other kind of death is the moving on of ones soul as they cross over the veil from this world to the world of becoming an eternal being. Either way we must mourn that which is no more.

I imagine those we love suffer the most because of either change in life. Change of any kind creates fear. Simply, fear of the unknown. One cannot help either change because there is a purpose and a path to all of our journeys. It is the experiences of life, the sorrows and joys that connect and make us a family in unity and part of the universe as one. Yes, there is confusion, depression, sorrow and fears we all must deal with either way. Unfortunately, it seems to me that it is the unexpected end of not seeing someone we love as we thought they were. Change, choice and free will are our gifts from God and when it is time Spirit will come to help in either scenario. It is the hardest part of acceptance of death to no longer share another’s experiences in life because they are physically no more or that they have chosen to be connected now to the powers that be.

I believe when one feels despair and sadness which leads them to bring to an end that which cannot be anymore, they are led by Spirit to do so. Those who love them and think they know them are greatly wounded by this choice. Please know that this is the power of the universe, the process of life is written and created for all to expand their souls. Love, joy, kindness, happiness, inner peace and healing await everyone. It matters not when you become aware of Spirit just that you know change is possible.

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LOVE BEINGS

Love is an emotion that fills us with joy. This joy is our happiness when we are filled with Love for another; our family, friends, job,  home, possessions. But, what about how we Love ourselves? We are Love Beings but yet we are miserable, sad and unhappy when we are not in a loving relationship, dislike our job and believe we need more stuff in our lives to make us happy. At times we feel overwhelmed by the life we have created! However, if we Love who we are, as we are, shouldn’t that be enough and everything else would fall into place? As a society we believe if we are not in a loving relationship to complete us something is missing in our lives. We seem to be under this impression that we are lonely and alone because we are not good enough or worthy enough. We lack something personally because we are missing the most important aspect in life which is a loving, supportive mate to share our existence with. We begin to crucify ourselves for not being good enough, thin enough, pretty enough or capable enough because there has to be something wrong with us. We are lonely! We are alone!

 

With this inner ache suffocating us we cannot comprehend life without another. Why?

I believe that we need to remember that each person in this society comes with their own agenda and their own childhood, as well as, their own personal contract with God! Love is this emotion that has to simply be the root of who one is. Many of us are wounded by our past, the words spoken to us from our parents or any negative, abusive behavior that we have endured. Yet, those who have abused us were taught themselves to abuse by how they were treated. We wear our abuse like a life preserver and choose to float through life and sometimes even sink to the deepest depth of despair. We are a society of generational beings who abuse ourselves because another has abused us. Words planted like seeds to grow float around our minds for years. The inner child screams at the self in fear, guilt, shame and grief because of the lies, illusions and attachment to a life empty of Love.

Everyone at one time or another is in a realtionship that fills them with happiness one moment and then disappointment. Many of us cry, laugh, support and encourage those we love but then feel we are not supported or encouraged in life. Life is about the cherished moments and difficult times. I believe that in any relationship there MUST be respect, for another’s space, one Must keep their individuality to know their truth. Everyone is good at something, do what you are good at and life will flow. Choose to be happy by connecting to your truth. The bottom line is that we are all doing the very best that we can and yet we attack one another for memories of moments from our past that ignite a pain. The triggers of the mind are the ego holding on to that which is done. You are not that child today and you can have your own voice now. We are all One and there is a consciousness to life that we all add to – choose your thoughts, words and actions wisely because they affect us all!

How can anyone Love another if they cannot Love themselves?

Who is not addicted to something?

Who has not been abused at one time in life?

Who has not been betrayed or themselves betrayed another?

Who has not despaired over another?

Who has not felt responsible for those they share their life with?

Who has not blamed themselves for everything wrong in their lives?

Who has not blamed another for everything wrong in their lives?

Who has not felt like a victim, slave or prostitute at one time?

I believe we do not lack anything and what is most important in life is to Love oneself, set free the belief that you are not complete so that you can surrender to your agenda. There are no mistakes, no accidents or sin in life. Everything happens for a reason. We create our tomorrow today by our thoughts, words and actions. Choose what you want to create carefully by releasing that which no longer serves you from your past. To be happy, joyful and whole one must be who they are! We are all Love Beings, believe this is so…

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Reincarnation/Karma

It is a new week and I am thinking of something interesting to write about. In the world of alternative belief that I live in, I have learned to treasure the moments shared with others and all that I experience in life. There is a word I feel that many of us refuse to incorporate daily into our lives. It is ‘awareness!’

At times though, I wonder who am I? How did I get to be this person that believes so differently from others? Who was I in another life, for that matter just the life right before this one? What do I love most to do? What is my passion? Why am I here?

I learned very early on to love the written word in book form and in journaling my own beliefs. Truly my life has been to read. I spend hours everyday reading! I marvel at this time I am given to simply, read! “I am asked by those I live with, what did you do today? I always answer, I read!” I actually cannot wait to finish a book because I have a new one already waiting. Why is that so strange to others, I wonder? I believe it must be a passion of mine, right? The truth is that reading led me to serach for knowledge that I believe was my inner wisdom. My inner wisdom led me to today by awakening me to Reiki which I was told was what my grandmother did as well before I was born, Holistic Belief, and Energy Healing. I am also a self-published author of Making Believers: Connect to the Light within.

I have been told I was a teacher, a scholar, a sage, a monk, a great math teacher who wanted to play an instrument that my parents in that life forbade me to do and I waited until they died to do so. In one life, I was my husband in this life’s, mother. And in another life my mother of today did not let me marry my husband of today back then. These are just a few of my past lives as I have been told.

Of course, I do not only read as you must be thinking. I counsel others and have one-on-one sessions, I am a student with the Deborah King Center program for 21st Century Energy Medicine. I have a monthly Healing Circle of Love that meets in my home, in April I held my first Women’s Discovery Retreat through the Written Word over a weekend in Southampton. In a few months I will offer another Retreat. I meditate and pray daily and weekly I write this blog. I also babysit ( I have four grand babies) and four grown children of my own as well, that I support and encourage on their paths, along with a daughter-in-law and soon to be son-in-law!  I am also married to my childhood, one and only boyfriend for the past 42 years. I have people in my life that I adore, love and enjoy. Great family, friends and clients!

While I sit and think as I am typing here in my library of what to blog? (Yes, I have a library of many great books in my home as well as hundreds of books in my bedroom loft.) What does all of this mean exactly? I am clueless to those past lives but in my heart or I should write my soul I know all of this is connected. I am who I am today because of my past karma. I believe karma does not have to be something that is bad. It can just be that which we learned from in other lives or not and taken with us into this life experience.

I wonder if at times that feeling that one gets as a remembrance is that exact flashback to a time and place from another life that one has learned something that had meaning and was now manifesting in this life?

Can karma be a past imprint like a recording of something that we recognize from a past life?

Can karma simply be an action which is my responsibility today?

Am I responsible for things that happened before I was born?

Does karma mean that I am to see that my life is my doing 100%?

Is it true that there is no such thing as accidents?

Can I be here to enjoy life and all that my life experience offers as much as possible?

Is the saying, “it is as it is” true?

Are those in my life today my soul sisters and soul brothers from a past life experience?

I have read about cognition which is our inner knowledge/perception which has a past recording, an imprint which is our recognition; our karma. That joy is my making, experience of life, my karma. When I recognize life,  this past karma equals my sensation in life. How I handle karma is my reaction. Reaction is in my hands! Life is in my hands!  

Is it possible that if we do not like or dislike anything in life  and simply experience life as it is our karma will collapse?

Can it be that we are here to enjoy and experience life as much as possible?

Hopefully life is definitely alternative and what we think we know is bigger than even that. Maybe we really do not know anything and we are re-living over and over again a past karma.

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Relationships …

This word has been going around my mind all week. How is it that relationships are the hardest for so many? I meditated on this and I believe that the first relationship we need to manifest is the one with ourselves. I have asked myself the following and in doing so, I learned that I am capable of saying “YES!” The clue here is to say, “YES” to life.

Questions I asked myself are …

Do you like who you are? Do you know who you are? Can you sit and just be? Is silence easy for you? Are you joyful? Are you happy? Do you know your passion and purpose? Are you living your best life?

I believe that once I found  that I loved myself my perspective in life totally changed. I suddenly felt connected to a wider essence, something bigger than me. There was an inner intelligence I discovered that was calling to me. When this calling began I was in despair, filled with doubt and empty of my own belief system. I seemed to be brain washed by the society I grew up in and lived in. Today, I have learned from many teachers, mentors, and by going to workshops and reading lots of books that there is an alternative belief in life that I named believable. I actually named my counseling business Believable Alternatives in 2004. At that time I was clueless as to the meaning but today I know that there is so much out there to learn about by the simple act of meditating, sitting in silence and being aware of the beauty in every day.

The greatest of lessons for me is that I know that I cannot change another but I can change myself and in doing so, others will change around me. Acceptance of everyone as they are by seeing the light within them allows for unconditional love for everybody. No one is more special than another. We are all children of God and we have come here to live life with all its ups and downs. Its about our reaction to life and our emotions that we need to process and release. 

I discovered that when I choose to not take anything personal I am at my best. I am positive in thought, word and action. Growing up in a society that broadcasts how a woman is to be a wife and mother, and in today’s world work outside the home as well, how we should look, what we should wear, what is good to eat and bad to eat, as well as, how we need to be heard because we know what is best for another. Ha-Ha! No one knows what God’s plan is for another and no one knows the depth of another’s fears and pain. We all have our triggers that were handed down to us as if our parents were giving us a unique gift. I say, throw that gift away now.

When you get to that place in your life that you know that you do not know anything you are free. All your relationships will be blessed with love. It all comes down to all we choose to be. Going to bed happy with a smile on your lips and trust me you will wake up happy. There is never nothing to worry about when you let go and let God! To travel this life living life and enjoying life by never taking anything personal because you are love, you are kind and you are joyful is the greatest of achievements to manifest. We all are given free will to choose how we want to live our lives. Go for it and see for yourself.

As we approach the day to honor our fathers. I must say that I loved my dad unconditionally from the moment I met him. He was the wisest of men for me. I miss him since he left in 1998 but I know I was a loving daughter to him and my husband was also amazing son-in-law. We talk of him even today as someone who was wise, interesting, loved mother nature and life. A positive being in the world. Yet, he was alcoholic, manic-depressant and attempted suicide at 40 years old but to me he was the best. He was unable to throw away the gift of abandonment that his mother bestowed on him and searched to be loved his entire life. I was told once by a psychic that I was the exclamation point in his life! How cool is that? He knew I loved him as he was, no questions asked. What a ride it has been.

Happy Fathers Day daddy, I will always love you.

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It has come to my attention that we need to embrace the inner child, hold her/him gently in our arms and hug her/him close. Fears of a child haunt most of us daily and we become fearful and filled with guilt and shame that we did something wrong. Why would someone we love and trust treat us abusively in any way or form? It has to be something we did to be treated badly a child believes. We grow up not able to like who we are because we believe we are not worthy of being loved. We struggle with the words in our mind that were screamed at us yesterday. We feel fearful that another will attack us. We are ashamed of who we are because we know we are not worthy of being loved or happy because of how someone has touched us inappropriately.

My advice to you today, as an adult is to look at yourself in the mirror and say “I LOVE  YOU!” Look deeply within to your inner child and even if you cry let her know she is not alone and you are here for her. If you can love you as you are and forgive yesterday’s pain you will be one step closer to healing. Forgiveness of self is first and with that comes love of self. 

I imagine how scared a small child of any age must feel if they believe they are unloved. Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and Teachers have this ability to take a child’s innocence away from them by their words and actions. But no matter what you were told or what was done to you … You have done nothing wrong! Abuse leaves its scars on your soul and fills your head with fear and pain. In dong so, we grow up fearful, unforgiving and filled with anxiety.

I believe personally that my mom was terrified of my dad when he was drunk or even sober because she never knew when the attack would begin at her. She knew he would never attack me and at nine years old she would wake me up to take care of him while she hid with my brother. She would cook him eggs and  somehow the frying pan, dishes and glasses would be thrown against the kitchen wall and she would run. She was clueless to how I felt or even if I was afraid. In its way her behavior made me stronger, this little girl knowing she could help her daddy and her mom could not. Today I can imagine that little girl at times depressed, filled with fear but knowing in my heart my dad loved me. However, I have struggled most of my life with knowing if my mom loved me. Just as she was afraid of my dad she was afraid of me, I believe.

Praying, my belief in God and the Angels, Journaling and meditating among my other rituals has offered me a safe haven for the little girl within to travel to. I have healed simply by the fact that I have looked into my eyes and I have seen the fingertips of my inner child holding on for her life about 25 years ago. I gathered her in my arms and gently I have told her how very special she is and that as a child of God’s she is unique and worthy of her life. This may seem unbelievable to many but all that inner child needs to know is that she is not alone, she is loved and she can be anything she wants to be no matter what another has done to her. In forgiveness of self we forgive another only because the past cannot be changed. I personally look back on my life growing up and savor the good times, the memories of going to Coney Island, a park, and walking around New York City with my dad. The difficult painful yesterday can no longer touch me because I have learned from the pain and fear. I have learned I am worthy of being a woman who is capable of being loved. I am happy, I am blessed. I am grateful for my mom today because I accept her with her fears and know they are hers and not mine.

It is difficult to live with our past at times but when we delve into knowing who we are today and release that which no longer serves us we can find love and joy daily by taking pen to paper and writing how we feel today and how we felt yesterday. No one can love you as much as you can love yourself. So go for it!

 

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America’s Heart is broken as we are witness to those we love dying through the act of violence. Unexpectedly, we are taken down to our knees and while there we must pray. We must connect to the light within and forgive. Love is the only essence in life that can heal. God loves us all and when we are connected to His love we too can love like Him. It is a sadness that will terrorize the moment and fill all with fear, anger, hate, and disbelief for years to come. Momentous is this time, never to be forgotten, especially when a child is taken from his family.

I believe that the ultimate mystery in life is not knowing why there is suffering, sorrow and death! We are clueless to the reason such things as; terrorist bombings, killings of any kind, murder, rape and even why war is in our lives. Death is this ultimate mystery in life because we can never make sense of it, especially when death is through violence of any kind. 

I believe somehow there are many in life today who have forgotten that they MUST connect to God daily. Death creates this emotion of love that is taken beyond the boundaries of those we know, to those we do not know that suddenly creates change in our world because of violence. Where there is fear there can be no love. Where there is no love there is no belief in God. May God who loves us all forgive those who have fallen off their path to a dark world of fear and for their unkind choices.

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