“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked.
Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
As the New Year unfolds and picks up speed, I’m wondering how you are doing on the goals you’ve set up for yourself this year?
Oftentimes, this can be the point at which people’s enthusiasm and motivation starts to wane.
Conceivably, you started your new year off with a list of resolutions and goals and were intent to make them happen this year.
Perhaps you’d even gone a step further.
In place of making a list of resolutions, you decided to no longer be subject to that voice of “should” but instead allowed your voice of creation to prevail. You created and designed your new year from an advantage point of vision and clarity.
And, it felt really good and empowering to do this, didn’t it?
You knew this would be a fantastic year. You felt really focused and engaged.
And then something changed.
You’ve noticed your focus is dwindling. You’ve noticed how you have started doing the laundry, washing the dishes, checking Facebook and all sorts of other things, instead of being focused and taking action steps toward your … Read the rest
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Never before, as a society, have we been so inundated with so much imagery, information and messaging about what it is to be and look successful. As a result, society is at its peak with pressure to achieve high levels of success. We fall into believing that our power and worth in life come through what we produce and the image that our lives project.
We all have problems, and sometimes ones that completely consume us. We spend sleepless nights worrying, and our daylight hours trying to come up with a solution. And therein lies the real problem.
As a consequence, we are motivated to find a way improve what we see as lacking in ourselves, what is missing from our lives and what we can do to fix it. Our fears and problems become the priority rather than aligning with our natural creative ability and passions. We see the power as being outside of ourselves.
Having a life coach to support us is a common practice these days. An entire industry has taken shape … Read the rest
“Do or do not. There is no try”
The blog was stuck in my head, refusing to come out.
I’d been struggling with writing it for weeks. Despite a clear vision of what I thought I wanted to say, the words were just plain stuck. The more effort I applied the more mired in concrete they felt.
It appeared the story here wasn’t really about my selected blog topic. The larger issue seemed to be my objection to writing it.
And so, I decided to follow the thread of the resistance I was experiencing instead.
The Law of Reversed Effort
The official label for what I’m experiencing is “The Law of Reversed Effort” which states that the harder we “try” the lower the likelihood of success will be.
“Trying” is a ‘neither here nor there” process that indicates lack of commitment to our goal and provides an excuse for throwing in the towel.
Here’s how this can play out: on a conscious level, I’ve got a blog to write and I’ve selected a topic that is relevant to our readers. Wanting nothing more than to get the job done, my conscious mind jumps in, ready to … Read the rest
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Words are extremely powerful and creative forces in our lives.
Although we may not think about it when using them all day every day, they really do embody energy, assign meaning, conjure up images and ignite our imagination. When we choose in awareness and intention for something more, words can powerfully excite our senses, influence our outcomes, inspire our souls and transform our lives.
So, imagine the power of selecting a Word of the Year to represent your over-arching theme for the year!
I had my own hallelujah moment many years ago, when a mentor of mine introduced me to the Word of the Year ritual.
Having never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions that had me looking through a punitive lens of “shoulds” and then trying to create something positive and sustainable, this has since become the perfect approach to launching my New Year, every year.
Sometimes I choose my Word of the Year and sometimes it magically chooses me, and others who embrace this ritual.
It can come as a soulful whisper, in a lively conversation, on an unexpected sign, on a fob at … Read the rest
“When you’re connected to the power of intention, everywhere you go,
and everyone you meet, is affected by you and the energy you radiate.”
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Recently I had the opportunity to witness the results of powerful intention unfolding during a retreat I hosted in Puerto Rico. Participants were asked to spend some time defining their intention for being part of this retreat.
The initial intentions were somewhat vague with responses ranging from “It sounded like a fun idea to come to the retreat”, and “I hope I can grow and change or get over a block in my life”.
Through further discussion, these were sharpened and clarified. As the week unfolded, the deliberateness of the intentions manifested and the magic began. It was like watching a movie where every event, circumstance, and interaction seemed to conspire to bring to focus the lessons and growth opportunities relating to each person’s stated intention.
This experience was a clear reminder that our lives unfold based upon our intentions, whether we set them deliberately or allow our sub-conscious mind to make the decision on our behalf.
When you deliberately set powerful and clear intentions, the universe will respond to your request.… Read the rest
“The only thing that fights darkness is the light.”
We can say for certain that 2016 exposed our global vision to the dark side of humanity.
Stories of political fiascoes topped headline news worldwide. Terrorists threatened global safety, killing innocent victims in the most unexpected places. Civil wars slaughtered millions. And, in the U.S., our ethnic inequities boiled to the surface as hatred exposed itself in neighborhoods and cities and even the Presidential election.
The media was alert to keeping us informed, spinning events to garner larger market shares.
By the end of 2016, a dark cloud shrouded attempts at holiday celebrations. Mental fatigue and anxiety were rampant and banning political conversations over holiday dinners became commonplace.
It’s difficult to feel hopeful in the face of uncertainties that appear monumental. And it’s easy to forget that those who’ve gone before us suffered similar challenges, tragedies and fears.
Just imagine how much happened in the world of our ancestors that they never even knew about. News traveled person to person taking days, if not longer, to be shared. It’s been calculated that information now moves 33,480,000 times faster than it did 200 years ago.* It’s no wonder we feel … Read the rest
The weight of it all was wearing me down. It was everywhere. But where I felt it most was inside my head.
In my pantry. In the garage. In the trunk of my car. On top of my desk. In the fridge and the cupboards and closets. Not to mention the worst offender: the in-box(s) on all my devices. Ugh.
Clutter makes me anxious. And anxiety was building as the calendar pointed to the end of 2016.
Many would call our house pretty lean. We’ve moved a bunch, the last time being a year ago, when we moved back in after having to relocate while our house was remodeled from the flood. We’ve already purged a lot.
But that was a year ago, which is a long time when we’re talking about our “stuff.”
I swear, when we leave our “stuff” unattended it procreates – especially the post-it notes! I’m guessing you’ve got your share of it too.
I recently read something in Pema Chodrön’s book Taking the Leap. She wrote about being tasked with dispersing her Mother’s possessions after her passing. She noted how many things her Mother carried with her from home to home; things packed … Read the rest
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. “
~ Lily Tomlin
In our busy, often filled to the brim lives, the approaching holiday season can bring more stress and dread, instead of the peace and joy we all crave.
The demands of the season are abundant. Shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining, and parties, are just some of the many additional things “to do” from November until the end of the year. Added into all that is a covert expectation to be cheerful and it’s no wonder stress is in the air!
It doesn’t have to be that way.
You can experience more joy and less stress this year by following a few simple guidelines.
- Acknowledge your feelings
- Awareness is the first step in changing patterns that no longer are working for you.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed and can’t imagine feeling happy about the holidays and all there is to do, talk about it with someone who can really listen or journal about it. Doing so begins to release the pressure.
- Instead of thinking you “should” feel a certain way, allow yourself to know what it is you are feeling first.
- Be proactive and intentional in creating your holidays
- Instead of falling
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The year was 2009 and the day was rainy. I took a walk, exploring my town while waiting for some car repairs to be completed. You can learn a lot about your town when you get out of the car and walk around in it. The learning on this particular day was exceptional.
For the past few months I’d been suffering with acute body pain. My left arm hurt so much that frequently I’d need to support it with my right arm. I was experiencing back spasms that took my breath away. And on top of that, I had vertigo that was becoming increasingly troubling.
I was a mess and didn’t know where to turn for help. I didn’t want to be medicated; I wanted to get to the cause of the pain and heal it. And I had no idea where to turn.
As luck would have it, I wandered past an interesting building I’d seen a thousand times before, without knowing … Read the rest
“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also
in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Recently, I witnessed with awe as a friend struggled through a year of grief, unexpected legal problems, financial distress and more…..alone. These three biggies can trigger depression and bring us to our knees. She felt the full gamut of expected emotions: sadness, fear, anger and loneliness.
And yet, with incredible grace and resolve, she faced her challenges and made her way through the most difficult period of her life. You see, my friend lives with gratitude. It isn’t something saved for when the going gets good. It is why the going gets good.
Every time we talk, my friend speaks of gratitude. And today, she has not only survived the challenges, she’s thriving in ways she never expected. Her life is better than it’s ever been before and not for a moment does she take it for granted.
If you asked her today how she felt about her year of hell, she would undoubtedly answer “I’m grateful for it. Without those experiences I wouldn’t be where I am today.” … Read the rest
“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”
~Wayne W. Dyer
It’s true! I found a $100 bill … on purpose, by design and using the principles of the Law of Attraction.
With commitment, trust and a ‘let’s see how this LOA stuff really works attitude, my $100 bill was promptly delivered – lying in a theater parking lot – less than 36 hours of starting my manifestation process. It was a powerful and transformative experience that forever changed the way I create my outcomes and live into the magic life can offer.
I’ve been fascinated with, and by, the Law of Attraction long before it became the mainstream concept and trendy topic it has become. Matter of fact, it was back in 1989 when I first read Wayne Dyer’s then newest book, You’ll See It When You Believe It, that introduced me that very provocative possibility; we are the creators of our lives.
Until then I was living the outside-in thought process of “I’ll believe it when I see it”, sporting a skeptical and spiritually immature prove-it-to-me attitude.
But what I’ve always known about myself is that I get serious, really … Read the rest
Regardless of the outcome, each and every one of us can trust that this benevolent Universe we live in is always conspiring for our highest good, moving us forward at this time in our individual, collective and national evolution. We are invited to live into the truth that we are here and designed to chart these very waters of change and paradigm shifts by tapping into awareness, trust and transformational thoughts and behaviors.We are the creative forces in our own lives. We are are meant to be here. We are capable. We are blessed.
Reprinted with permission from: http://theconsciousdyingnetwork.com/to-anyone-grieving-this-holiday-season/
“She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it
like a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.”
This December marks seven years since my dear friend and lover passed away. Nothing about that winter felt merry, and I certainly didn’t feel in the “holiday spirit.” My heart was breaking while the rest of the world carried on singing carols and exchanging gifts, putting on their best holiday game face. That whole season was a blur.
The mentor at the local grief group suggested “this Christmas will be different and the most important thing is to let it be.” She guided us to do what felt right for others ordered take-out and stayed in. I’ve learned that both are completely okay.
That year I participated in the family Christmas shindig in a zombie-like state, simply going through the motions. It was simply too much, too soon.
I want to offer anyone who may be grieving the loss of a loved one, the opportunity to take the holiday’s off – if that is what feels right. People around you may not understand, but I support you … Read the rest
“…Though grief can seem like a cloak that never, really, disappears – it does evolve.
And I believe that’s because grief isn’t meant to be shrugged off. Grief honors loss.”
More than eight years after my mother’s painful death, grief clings to pieces of me. It’s not constantly present. Often it comes out of nowhere. One day I find myself tearing up upon seeing a small family of her beloved quail scampering across a dusty path where we used to hike. Just last year I broke down sobbing in a remote village on the other side of the world after witnessing an elderly Vietnamese woman, hunched and frail like my mother in her last days, tending to her son.
When I say the word “grief” aloud – or even to myself – it sounds like a great tear. A gash. The brevity of the word, the harshness, evokes the sound of fabric being quickly stretched and then ripped apart. And that’s what it often feels like to me. Deeper than sadness. More invasive than anger. These emotions – as difficult or painful as they may be – seem temporary. As if they show up immediately in relation to circumstance … Read the rest
“We are all energy and connected to each other. Love is what will save us.
We must all love each other because on the inside, we are all the same.”
Wise words, spoken in broken English by the middle-aged, Egyptian driver reflecting on the election while taking me to the airport last week. Words that sent shivers up my spine.
Here in the US, we are on the eve of one of the most divisive elections in modern times, exposing some of our greatest current social challenges, highlighting moral differences and shining a light on the importance of the myriad of choices and decisions made daily on our behalf.
What appears to be playing out more dramatically in this election than in past elections, is the human factor. We hold our leaders to a higher standard of ethics and behavior and rightly so. But it’s also important to remember that the government is a combination of the same thing that comprises every family, community, business and country in the world: people.
As my Egyptian driver stated so simply, ”on the inside we are all the same.”
And, I would add, we are all energetically connected to each other and the … Read the rest
“The only real, valuable thing is intuition.”
I was 19 when I was first introduced to the art of Intuition. I had been living away from home and had grand world travels planned. I was spending time with my parents in the small country town in Australia where I’d been brought up before spreading my wings to go and find my way in the bigger world.
It was an auspicious day. I had just passed my driver’s licence and took the family car for a drive to a nearby beach town where I found myself in the small crystal store staring at a flyer for an Intuition workshop.
Signing up for that workshop was the beginning of the next 22 years of my life. Not only did I meet my future husband and the father of my 2 children but I had a whole world of knowledge about conscious creating and intuitive living open up before me.
Intuition is described in the dictionary as ‘A natural ability that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence’. Most people have had an experience of having an intuitive hit. But have you ever considered that your intuition … Read the rest
“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground.
There’s no greater investment.” ~Stephen Covey
Rumblstrips has turned a corner. From a start-up experiment a little over a year-and-a-half ago, to a legitimate online business with potential for growth, we’ve covered a lot of ground and are ready to take it to the next level in every way.
Toward that end it is imperative that Rumblstrips is prepared for the long-term with a solid monetization plan in place to fund its future. The costs to run the business to date have been shouldered personally. But, Rumblstrips, like any other business, needs to stand on its own legs financially in order to continuing evolving and serving.
So today, we announce the first step in the process of building a healthy business by welcoming a new partnership with the independent multi-media publishing company, Sounds True. [Affiliate]
They are veterans in the personal growth marketplace, offering products from a wide variety of experts in the industry at reasonable prices. They are a reputable, conscious company comprised of like-minded thinkers aligned well the Rumblstrips Mission and Purpose.
What does it mean for you?
Access to a wide variety of products offered by … Read the rest
“In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world,
those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into
the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.”
As adults, we human beings are definitely creatures of comfort. There is safety in knowing what to expect. When we abide by established rules governing our thoughts and behaviors, stress and risk are minimized and we experience a state of mental security; we’re in our comfort zone.
Our comfort zone is the creation of our life experiences. Babies are born with a clean slate and day by day, year after year, life experiences begin to fill the energetic space in our mind where our comfort zone resides. Our perceptions and beliefs are formed and become the habits of thought that govern our lives.
But, we live in a world full of uncertainty. And sometimes things happen to us by chance or by choice that require a response outside the boundaries of our existing comfort zone parameters.
We are called to change, to act in ways that are perceived as risky and challenge the well defined limits of our comfort zone. This … Read the rest
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
Many people are familiar with Reese Witherspoon’s role in the movie “Wild,” based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir Wild. If you saw the movie, you know the journey she took was no walk in the park.
I recently had my own “Wild” experience backpacking a section of the John Muir Trail in California for 6 days. And although it was nowhere near as theatrical as the movie “Wild,” it certainly contained many moments that caused me to reevaluate the drama happening in my own head!
Even though I trained and prepared for this trek with my husband for a good 6 months, I still was caught off guard at how much of a struggle it was for me. We were in high altitudes and doing lots of climbing on trails that were strenuous. I was surprised how labored my breathing got going uphill and was sure something was “wrong” with me!
It’s interesting where the mind goes in times of being out of one’s … Read the rest
“I need to be good to myself, creatively, and refill my own creative well
before I can be any less than a brain-dead zombie.”
It starts with each of us individually. Setting some personal boundaries and putting our own oxygen mask on first will create a chain reaction that will have a positive impact on those around us as the ripple effect is set in motion.
Here are a few ideas for giving your brain a chance to restore and rejuvenate on a daily basis:
- Set your personal and work email address up so they don’t feed through the same email provider on your devices. That way you can still receive personal emails without being distracted by work email during non-working hours.
- Stop checking emails first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. Establish “working” hours that are reasonable for your work situation and add them to your email signature, if necessary, to set expectations.
- If you need to check in while on vacation, schedule a time once daily and state that in your out-of-office message. Then stick to it.
- If you need to work on weekends, establish a timeframe and stick to