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Recently I was inspired by this:
Jada Pinkett Smith's facebook page, living like "Tomorrow is not promised."
What a stark contrast to the usual hedonist notion of "live like there is no tomorrow." Reminds me of what I tell my clients: "Don't just live like there is no tomorrow. LOVE like there is no tomorrow!"
This Universe is thread together by the stories that we tell, and everyone enjoys a brilliant Love Story. I think it speaks to the soul’s number one desire-- to be loved.
Love is not something we DO. Love is who we ARE, and in this world of crazy-ass ADD distractions, it is easy to forget this basic truth.
LIVING like there is no tomorrow used to imply succumbing to hedonist pleasures. But I like the notion of LOVING like there is no tomorrow for true happiness. In the end, it is not how much money or cars or toys or possessions you have. These are external things that bring fleeting pleasure and don’t sustain happiness. The only thing that is real, is LOVE.
Sure get out and enjoy the sunsets. Read a good book. Take care of your body. And if you wish to be loved, how do you wish to be loved? Be that. Do that. If you are waiting for someone—your twin flame, your soul mate—BE your twin flame. BE your soul mate.
Always kiss goodnight! Don’t hold grudges! Hold your loved ones instead! What do you get out of toeing the ground when it comes to silly-nilly arguments with your loved ones? The satisfaction of being….right? And even if you are right, does this keep you warm at night? Does it feel as good as genuine hugs and kisses from your loved ones? If you love them, gracefully bow out and let them have this one.
Radical forgiveness. Life got less complicated when I started practicing radical forgiveness. Kind of in line with not holding grudges, except this one is not about them, but all about you. I believe that holding grudges kept us safe from harm back in our caveman days, alerting us to possible danger of those who intended future harm based on their past behavior. But the truth is that in this day and age of enlightenment, the best way for you to get over your grudge is to forgive.
Forgiveness frees your heart and mind from the shackles that chain you to outdated, ego-centered paradigms. Every night before you go to bed, forgive someone who has hurt you during the day. If no one has, think of someone from your past whom you may not have forgiven yet. I believe it is best to assume everyone operates from their best intentions. So, visualize them in their light, and just for sake of feeling better, assume that they are operating from their own highest and best self. Even if they have hurt you, it is not a reflection of their true self. You have to assume that at all times, everyone is doing their best, with what they know, with the resources available to them.
LOVE YOUR BODY! Take a moment right now to stop and express gratitude for all that your body does for you! What an amazing machine! If you are healthy, it carries you from day to day, pumping blood, oxygen and prana throughout without you having to think about it. If you are not healthy, you may have to think about it…but the truth of the matter is that your body works hard to make sure your soul has the experience it intended when YOU (Big You) decided to incarnate in this physical reality. The least you can do is to show it some nurturing care. Your soul needs your body to carry out its mission and if you are not taking care of your physical needs, you are missing the point of your spiritual purpose! Show some love by bathing daily, exercise and eating wholesome food choices. Breath work is so important for vitality and enjoying time outdoors reconnects you to your natural self!
Love your mind! Learn something new every day! If you disagree with something, try to see the other side. If nothing else, at least you will know what the other side is thinking and will be more informed when it comes time to (intelligently) express why you disagree with a particular *thing.* Debate is lovable. Arguing is steeped in lower vibrations and not healthy. Learn how to have a healthy debate so that you can love like there is no tomorrow!
TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM! Never miss an opportunity to tell your loved ones that you love them! Goes without saying. But actions speak louder than words and to that end, never miss an opportunity to SHOW your loved ones that you love them! Paying attention to them when they are in the room with you, doing things that let them know you listen and care like small tokens of affection, giving space when needed, playing their favorite country songs when you really want to listen rock and roll…these small investments bring massive return in your relationship love tanks.
And I want to leave by quoting my favorite band ever:
“In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.”~Beatles
You know how to do this! it is simply a matter of remembering the process. Before you incarnated into this physical realm/reality, your soul went through the very same process in which YOU obvserved every single possible outcome for this lifetime, and (and here's the really cool thing about this) because your soul was comfortable with each and every possible outcome, you can rest easy that there are no wrong choices. whatever you choose to do is the correct choice. so then, why do we have the possibilities if there are no wrong choices? because part of your purpose is to expand/learn/grow...and you do this through feeling into your choices. So, using the power of creative imagination it's time to get to feeling, already!
1) Breath and connect to your heart center--the source of your life's eternal truth.
2) As you make that connection, do so with the intention of simply observing your current situation. Call up the details--just the facts--and reserve any judgement for later.
3) As you think about the situation at hand, begin to visualize the possible outcomes. Notice how you are feeling as you ponder each choice. What are your emotions like. What physical sensations are you noticing? Does this choice make you feel good or out of sorts? Observe how energized (or not) you feel in the moment of making the choice and then, how you feel the next day...in two years from now...ten years and so on? Once you've felt the truth of that choice, move on to the next path and feel out that possibility--notice again how you feel as you step out in this direction, what emotions come up today? Tomorrow? Next year? How does it make your body feel? Your mind?
4) As you navigate through this path of your eternal truth, you will notice that one pathway feels more in alignment than all the others. If you are not noticing this, it simply means you have not felt fully into the wide and expansive wholehearted truth of your being. Breathe here and return your awareness to the situation at hand and ask yourself, "what else is possible?"
5) Once you FEEL your Truth, follow that energy. You have made your choice, and now the best thing you can do is to *go with that flow* and let your actions line up with that energy to watch your heartfelt-intentions manifest before your very eyes!
I LOVE my job! I enjoy the freedoms of owning my own holistic life coaching practice; in balancing my needs between family and business; the flexibility of managing my own schedule; and I am blessed every day with the opportunities to dream and create! Every day, I get to dream and scheme, laugh and share, heal and help others! I just love, love, love working with people, my clients—YOU---who have varied and interesting stories to share!
And sometimes I feel like a child with an exciting secret—I get so giddy! One of the greatest things about my job is that YOU teach me something new every single day! Sometimes I feel like I’M the one who really benefits from our sessions! I wonder if my clients really know how happy they make me, how much THEY teach ME, how much sheer delight I get from our sessions, sharing and healing and opening to each other!
Which is why I am kind of scared and kind of nervous to share the following news…
See, here’s the deal…over the past nine months, I have experienced a few major life events—my father was diagnosed and lost his battle with cancer; my daughter moved out of my house and in with her father; and I turned 40! To help me cope with these transitions, I have been seeing a therapist who has charged me with the task of completing a “life timeline.” It is not an easy exercise to do, as it has brought up all sorts of painful memories---and loads of revelations!
These revelations are causing major energetic shifts for me! I always coach my clients to be gentle on themselves when they undergo such shifts, and I have to treat myself with my own advice. With the amount of shifts I am going through, I need time to fully integrate the changes and space to release all that I no longer wish to carry.
I am not sharing this for sympathy, or any kind of reaction, actually. I am sharing only because it helps to put into context the kinds of things I am meditating on lately…I believe that every experience I have had has prepared me for this crucial moment. I believe I chose to incarnate on this plane, I chose which path my life would take and the experiences I would have. I hold a vision that my experiences are not only for me to learn by, but for others too. I chose to incarnate an Aquarian, the water bearer---sharing information with all of humanity.
Lately I’m being called to focus my energies on writing my book. I actually have three of them started (THREE!) and I feel compelled at this time to finish them. And so, the best thing about my job is that I get to choose how to spend my time and energies. I have given this considerable thought, but realize that life really is too short. My ideas, my story, won't help anyone if they remain in my head! I must be the Water-bearer, and pour out these stories as if they were water for the thirsty! The mantra of late is loud and clear, "WRITE THE BOOK!"
I do intend to honor my commitments of producing Tele Classes—I have quite a few already planned throughout the year—and I will continue working on my side project, Magickal Harvest, but come March 1, 2013, I will not be accepting client appointments until further notice.
You wanna' know what else I really LOVE? I LOVE that I am the master of my own destiny! I am elated that I don’t have to do the “daily grind” of the 9-5 office life, under artificial lights, subject to quarterly reviews. I love that I can wake up one day, listen to my heart and know that I have the support of people who get it!
Because I know that while right now seems scary for me to step into, in the end, it will be so worth it!
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Failure, in our culture, is the ultimate curse word! To fail is to not meet up to expectations (either your own or others'). It places you lower on the rungs of the ladder to success, ostracizes you as "incapable." We think of failure as a bad thing. We think of it as the most devastating thing that we could ever endure. We think of it as an END to a dream.
…yadda, yadda, yadda…
Well, F@*$ this! I think we have the wrong mindset about “failure.” What if, instead of thinking this way, we thought of failure as an inevitable part of the process to achieving that dream? Instead of it being a matter of devastation, it was simply a wrong turn on this journey?
A few years ago I started an online business, selling vintage collectibles and antiques. I have long been a collector of unusual things that “spoke” to me. Literally, I can feel the stories of old objects and if something felt right, and I liked its story, I would keep it. One day I decided to clear the clutter from my space. Knowing that everything is energy, I felt like transferring my stuff for a different kind of energy—money.
Now, as far as the ins and outs of running an online business-- I had no clue! But I didn’t think it could be that hard. I created my website, I listed a few things at really low prices—once they flew off my shelves, I realized that just maybe the prices were a bit too low. I bumped up the prices a bit and found they were still flying off the shelves. I began to more thoroughly research what I had and found that things I had been selling could have sold for three times that amount.
Failure? Perhaps some would see it this way. In fact, every time I recount this story, someone inevitably proclaims, “FAIL!” But I prefer to view it differently. This “failure” was really the cost of my education. I have since learned that it pays to perform due diligence and thoroughly research before listing.
In retrospect, once I decided to take action, there was no such thing as failure--only experiences, consequences and results. This is the Principle of Cause and Effect at play. Every action has a reaction. Failure is just one effect.
My point is this: if you are unsure of HOW to get there, don’t sweat it! Once you decide to take action, you have to trust that the Universe conspires to give you what you need at the moment you need it! Trusting that everything happens for a reason develops an inner spirit of un-stop-ability! Trusting in this process allows you to approach everything with a solution-oriented mindset.
Most importantly, learn from it! Don’t let it eat you! Regroup, figure out a plan B and move on! Many people take this initial unmet expectation as a cue to give up and never learn from it. This is where YOU can rise above and shine!
So what if it didn’t go as you expected it to!? So what if you did not meet your deadline, or make the money you wanted? So what, so what, so what?? Ask yourself instead, “What have I learned?” “What can I do differently?” “What is the benefit here?” And most importantly, “What has this taught me about myself?” If you view failure as a learning experience, you soon see that every failure is really a new possibility!
Have a plan, take action, be flexible and learn from it! You can label it whatever you want, but in my experience, failure is just another word for possibility. By choosing to look at it this way, I have grown tremendously! I have also learned that building possibility into my plan of action for achieving my BIG DREAM-- gets me there!