Fasting From Social Media

It seems to me that social media is mixed bag and a double edged sword. It’s something that has value to my life but it also is a distraction. So, I’ve been fasting from social media. I feel like an addict. Going on social media apps because I feel like I will miss out if I don’t. In fact, I do. I have realized that my family doesn’t call me or text me big news. They post it. So, in a way I’m a little forced to check it. If there is an event in the community it’s most likely on a social media app.

I had found myself unconsciously grabbing my phone and scrolling. I thought to myself that this isn’t how life is to be lived. My life is before me and not online. Don’t get me wrong I adore the internet but there is this need to stay grounded and aligned in my life by living it. So, that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna stay present, love, and stay grounded.

Many blessings to you,

Raven Reina

Blooming

During times of crisis we unknowingly find the strength we never knew we had within us. Sometimes it feels like we are crumbling and going down a spiral but somehow we rise up. We blossom in adversity. My hope is that my words encourage you to look at life a little differently than the status quo. If you haven’t already, view this life with curiosity, compassion, and hope. It’s hard during times like these where everything is so unpredictable. I wish you peace in your journey. Know that your life is blooming in Divine Timing.

Blessings,

Reina a.k.a. Raven Reina

Friendship & Messengers

I just had the pleasure of visiting a couple this morning and into the afternoon. It reminds me that human-beings can me holy messengers. Angels help guide us on our life’s path. Humans are there in the flesh to remind us that we are not alone on the journey. Personally, I rely on God/Holy Spirit/ Christ and His/Her holy angels. They appeal to me and I resonate with them. This couple also happen to be ministers. They definitely live their faith and it’s inspiring to me. My husband and I have different views when it comes to faith but we love eachother. That’s all there is needed. Love. God is Love. Love never abandons you. Love is here with you right now. So, please don’t lose heart. This world has messengers from Love/God. All you have to do is tune into your heart and know that you are held.

Blessings,

Reina a.k.a. Raven Reina

Changing The Story

I’m determined to change the story I’ve been telling myself for years. I have this resolve now with experience to back up my intention. My aim. My goal. Learning is a process. A spiral that will take you to lessons you thought you mastered. Round and round you go. I’m going to be courageous and not let fear or doubt hinder me. For my intentions are based on LOVE. Love for myself and more importantly love for God. Over the years I’ve journeyed through self care and I have come to realize that the greatest relationship you’ll ever have (Besides for me, the one with God) is the relationship with self. There you discover so much. So, I encourage you today to live fearlessly, love greatly and discover who you are.

Much Love & Light (In Christ),

“Raven” Reina

Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up your heart and trust.

Family

Your family doesn’t always have to be the ones you share DNA with. It can be a work family. It can be a church family or a support group. What these families have in common are a common bond. This bond simply put is called love. It can bring a diverse group of people together. Love is like light. There is no darkness. So, if you’re questioning if there is love in these groups there is. No matter how great or small. Darkness is just the absence of light. There are some extreme cases where abuse is involved where you can’t tell someone that there is love there. So, we are strictly speaking about families that don’t have abuse in them.

I wanted to talk about families today because I notice how beautiful my family is. It’s a small one. It consists of me, my husband, and our two cats. Yes, the cats are included too. We live a simple and peaceful life. Jesse and I both work. The cats are the spoiled ones. They are cute enough so I guess it’s okay that they mooch off of us.

I appreciate the families that Jesse and I are part of. His family and mine. Ours are very different. My side of the family the majority of them are Republicans while his side are mainly Democrats. Both families have a Christian base. I have found over the years that my family have spread out when it comes to faith. My view is more liberal and New Age while my cousins are more mainstream Christian. On my inlaw’s side I’ve noticed that my mother-in-law is more of a Mindful Christian. She seeks peace and does meditative activities.

It goes to show that our families are diverse and that’s where you can find the beauty. What are your thoughts on the group of people you call family? Remember, it doesn’t have to be genetic.

Personal Power

Standing in your own personal power can be difficult. Whenever I find myself in a situation where I need to stand on my own and not be effected by the other universes around me I breathe. I’m a former smoker. I used to grab a cigarette for comfort. Now I just breathe and open up my heart space even wider. Tuning into my body and spirit helps calm my mind. I have to remind myself that I’m not the center of attention or the center of the Universe. That helps shift my perspective. It’s not about me. It’s usually about the people and situations around you. Yes, at times it is about you. I’ve been blessed to have mostly harmonious interactions with people. The majority of people are loving and peaceful. Every once in a while I’ll encounter a soul that isn’t at peace or very loving at the moment.

When I was going through my breakthrough/breakdown I was unfamiliar with the term personal power. I had a vague idea of what it was. It seemed elusive to me since I placed my happiness upon other people and looked outwardly for validation. Constantly seeking validation through every action I made. Praise me. Love me. That was the song I was singing years ago. Loudly I may add. Now days the song is a bit quieter. I still have much to unpack and get to the root of. I know now that it doesn’t have to be a rough and ruthless quest. It can be gentle, strong, and kind.

I’m still learning about personal power. What strength and sovereignty do I have in my life? How much mastery do I have over myself? How much does that effect others? What kind of responsibility do I have to myself and others wielding this power? These are the questions I ask myself. I know when encountering difficult situations I breathe, pray and proceed. The breath helps me center myself in order to ask God and myself how I can move forward. Once moving forward I see the beauty of my own soul and the energy within. The energy and presence of my own divinity helps connect me to myself and others in a unified way.

For those of you who desire a lesson in personal power I can only offer my personal experience. For I’m still a student. I feel like an old and young soul bound together in a human body. Almost every experience seems new and yet ancient wisdom seems familiar. New experiences help me grow and see beyond what this life offers. From the simplest experiences to the complex. I’m grateful to be alive and to learn more about the power within.

Blessings and thank you for reading my ramblings.

Take care dear reader.

Love,

Reina a.k.a. Raven Reina

“It’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up your heart and trust. ”

Reina (Raven Reina)

Nothing Personal

Human beings are interesting. I have always been a sensitive soul. My uncle growing up would advise me to have a tougher skin. To tell you the truth I haven’t lost my sensitivity. As my journey of personal growth has progressed I have noticed that my sensitivity is a strength not a weakness. There is no need for a tougher skin. More so a smooth skin. One that allows comments, energies , and behaviors to slide right off of me. Recently, I had an experience where I’m observing and inclusive of this individual. She has an abrupt manner and her voice is clipped naturally. You can’t change people. She can come off as cold. In fact, most of the time I feel like I am in her way or not worthy to be in her presence because she has a dismissive manner too about her. I know not all of this is totally true. She is a caring individual and is a sensitive soul as well. It’s hard not to take things personally. Very hard. Especially since I gravitate towards people opposite of me and want to have them like me. Can’t force anyone to like you too. So, what do I do with all of this? I know not to change and for me not to wish her to change. Simply enjoy the differences and lean into the discomfort. I also know to let whatever energies she is giving off and behaviors she is displaying play out and let her be. That gives me a sense of enormous freedom. I am grateful for my sensitivity and also my open mind. Have you experienced this before? If so, how did you handle it?

Healing

Dearest Reader,

It has come to my attention that healing doesn’t have to be this long complicated thing. In fact, the simpler the better. We all have our own triggers, traumas, and dramas that can be transformed into Love. So, my encouragement is to keep it simple and to lean into Love. Love love love. That’s it. Good night, day, or wherever you may be at the moment.

In Christ, Reina “Raven” Schochleton.

Happy Easter! He’s Risen!

Beloved Reader,

Happy Easter! Jesus has risen! I wish you well and that your life is lifted up by the inspiration of Jesus Christ. ❤ Today I reflect on his sacrifice but more so the fact that he is living! Living in our hearts and in heaven. That one day He will come back to earth. This is just my personal belief. One that I won’t shy away from. His radiance can be felt. If you want to receive Him. The one liner that had opened up the door to Him (God) is John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Many many blessings to you this joyous day.