"Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows." ~ Henry David Thoreau
Home is where we rest and replenish.
Home is where we weave our thoughts into dreams and vision into reality.
Home is where we shall always return.
I recently led a self-empowerment workshop, "An Invitation to Come Home to Yourself." Together we took a journey to explore how we are supported both individually and collectively. When we truly feel supported and at home, we can inspire and welcome inspiration.
Our daily lives can thread together in ways that we forget what is most important and our reason for being.
I encourage you to try this simple exercise upon awakening each morning:
Roll to one side in the fetal position and contemplate the feeling of being held.
Between sleep and wakefulness, we allow ourselves to be present to the mystery of all the ways we are being held.
By contemplating being held, we are open to LOVE. We are practicing receptivity.
Say to yourself, "I am allowing myself to be held by a love that is far greater than my own thinking. I open to this love now."
Remember the love that created you is YOU, and you are never alone.
When you allow the concept that love is always holding you, you will experience a deepened sense of peace and connection to the world around you. You become available to the mystery of love's intervention in your life. This intervention is not possible when we believe we alone must fix our problems.
Keep choosing in the name of your heart!
Radical self-care in times of uncertainty
We live in a rapidly changing world where much of the old systems no longer work. In fact, I doubt the systems that are in place were ever designed with our future in mind. Today we live in a world created by years of old thought patterns needing to be thrown out. So that we may build a brighter future for the planet and the many generations to come, it is time for us to be the change we wish to see in the world. It begins with you, and it begins with me.
This past year has challenged us on a collective and global scale. Especially during times of distress, we need to take care of ourselves and each other more than ever, as if our lives depend on it because they do. Just as living through a pandemic, constant stress compromises the immune system and is emotionally and energetically depleting.
It's important to remember that we can only care for others as well as we care for ourselves.
Daily self-care is vital and will benefit you as well as those you love. Just as a ripple on the water creates more ripples, the better you feel, the greater you are able to impact others.
Let this be your invitation to:
What is it you most enjoy?
Please give yourself a gift, start doing it today and reap the benefits of genuine self-care. Enjoy the little things that make your heart happy. One day they will be the big things.
Authenticity starts in the heart and is your most precious commodity. Authenticity is the highest form of being. Authenticity is at the heart of your every success.
"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real – the choice to be honest and true. The choice to let our true selves be seen" ~ Brené Brown
How does authenticity show up in your life?
You might ask yourself:
Aspire to be authentic. Remember how far you've come and how courageous you are. Dare to be vulnerable and accept all the parts that make up who you are.
When we give ourselves permission to be fully human, we free up the creative parts of ourselves, waiting to shine into the world.
To live an authentic life is to thrive, accepting no one's definition of our life but our own. To live a wholehearted life means to honor all the parts of ourselves wholeheartedly!
What would it look like if you were to step into 5% more authenticity in your life?
Here are some of my observations after striving to be more authentic in my life:
The light in me honors and sees the divine light in you. Namaste!
"Hold the hand of the child that lives in your soul, for this child, nothing is impossible." ~ Paulo Coelho
Invite the pursuit of happiness to be your only priority, and enjoy the sweet harmony as it flows through your days.
As a child, I remember that summer was the time for exploration, discovery and play. There was just the right amount of time and freedom in each day to wander with imagination and discover joy in the little moments.
What do you remain curious about? Is there something you've thought of trying but haven't felt daring enough or simply haven't made the time for?
Perhaps it was something from your childhood.
Children remain in their imagination for the first seven years of life. From this place, we are able to co-create and bring into manifestation our dreams, goals and desires. That sounds like a worthwhile pursuit to me!
And since the inner child is ageless, why not keep her alive, loved and well-nourished?
Don't let the busyness of a harried world silence the still small voice of the child within. Let your imagination come out and play.
Remember, your thoughts are powerful, and your emotions are magnetizing. Allow yourself to see things through the innocence of a child with endless possibility and an open heart.
One of the joys of summer for me is and always will be to ride the Ferris Wheel. For my 50th birthday, the pure girlish glee uplifted me way above the ground, the people and noise. There is a certain exhilaration in being lifted and carried skyward. There's such a sense of flying and freedom as the evening air holds me and the night sky sparkles like diamonds.
Maybe yours is jumping out of a plane, riding on an elephant or even skinny dipping!
What was something you enjoyed as a youngster that can uplift your inner child?
Let your imagination come out and play, and your heart and spirit soar as you indulge in the simple pleasures of a life well-lived.
Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds. Stay grounded and enjoy the present moment. And never stop dreaming!
What a year and a half it's been!
If there is one thing I have learned living in the time of COVID, it is this:
To live my best life, I must continue to show up while letting go of expectations.
Dreams and expectations are two very different things.
Dreams call for a leap of faith so that you may continue in the re-creation of the world with your energy, gifts and vision.
Expectations are the emotional investment the ego makes in a particular outcome, and if it doesn't turn out the way we thought it should, we are unhappy.
Since none of us can predict the future or the best possible outcome for our authentic path, this way of thinking is only going to limit us. Because if we don't live up to the ego's expectations, we have failed yet again.
The stress and loss through this pandemic have affected each of us and in many different ways.
I lost my three studio teaching positions overnight. It was a heartbreak for me to lose what I had worked towards and studied so intensely.
After three months of sulking, I knew it was time to show up again. How? To offer my classes outdoors. I began offering classes at the local parks, bluffs and beaches.
Did yogis show up? Sometimes and often not. Everyone was dealing with their own stuff and in their own way. Yet, this powerful voice in my head said, "Just keep showing up!" And that has been my motto.
I try to live by this quote from Dr. William James, the author of The Principles of Psychology:
"I approach my work with a passionate intensity, acting as if its success depends entirely on me. But once I've done my best, I try to let go as much as possible and have no expectations about how my work will be received by the world. I have consciously chosen to be surprised by joy. It's a choice you can make as well."
How freeing it is to allow the passionate pursuit of dreams to give wings to your heart. By simply doing your best to dream, pursue and then detach.
With Spirit as your safety net, you can pursue happiness more directly when you don't get caught up in the delivery details.
Dreaming, not expecting, allows Spirit to step in and surprise you with new possibilities you hadn't begun to imagine.
Invite each new day to be just that... a new day of possibility when we are able to let go and embrace change.
Today, try to get real and personal about the pursuit of happiness.
What is it that lights you up and brings joy?
How can you bring more of that into your days?
Follow your dreams with all your heart and trust in the wings that carry them.