May 20, 2020
Made me pause. . . .
Thank you to my dear friend, Stefanie Erin Fassett, for sharing.
May 12, 2020
I first shared this in 2013. Given what we are going through now, it seemed appropriate to post it again.
When I first saw dis-ease broken down into two words several years ago, I so appreciated seeing it in a new way—as being out of ease, dis-easy. Then, today I was reading about it again. Only this time, the author, Thomas Moore, gave this definition of disease. “It means ‘not having your elbows in a relaxed position.’ ‘Ease’ comes from the Latin ansatus, ‘having handles,’ or ‘elbows akimbo’—a relaxed posture, or at least not at work. Dis-ease means no elbows, no elbow room. Ease is a form of pleasure, disease a loss of pleasure. . . . Are you enjoying life? Where is it not pleasurable?” . . . He wondered, “I can imagine interviewing my kidneys: “Are you relaxed today? Are you enjoying your activity today?” . . .
What if you asked your heart or your lungs these questions right now? What would they say? (From Care of the Soul)
December 1, 2019
I like this . . .
The Six Nails teaching, also known as Tilopa’s Six Words of Advice
Don’t recall. Let go of what has passed.
Don’t imagine. Let go of what may come.
Don’t think. Let go of what is happening now.
Don’t examine. Don’t try to figure anything out.
Don’t control. Don’t try to make anything happen.
Rest. Relax, right now, and rest.
~Translated by: Ken McLeod
Shared by Blue Buddha Quote Collective
October 24, 2019
September 9, 2019
“Worry is worshiping the problem.”
August 30, 2019
Took a long time for me to realize this.
August 5, 2019
You deserve to forgive. Agon Hare’s story is powerful.
July 20, 2019
Are you listening?
A couple of days ago, a man I respect shared a TEDxPortland talk his wife gave several years ago. I truly appreciated her message and perspective. It reminded me of the TEDxTalk Celeste Headlee did on how to have better conversations, which I posted here in November 2017.
I share both links below in case you care to “listen” to both or either of them.
Listening differently: Zalika Gardner at TEDxPortland
Celeste Headlee | TEDXCreativeCoast: 10 ways to have a better conversation
July 12, 2019
Heart need a little boost, or a big one? Maybe this exercise from Chunyi Lin will help. I did it for the first time today and can really feel it.
“In the exercise “Connecting to Your Heart Energy,” you hold your hands in front of you. The tips of the fingers put together. Left hand to right hand. Hold the posture in front of your chest. When you inhale, slowly bend over. And then exhale, slowly, and then you [straighten] up your body. And you continue to do this movement for 5 minutes, 10 minutes. Sometimes I do it for one hour. I love this exercise. This is my number one daily practice.”
June 23, 2019
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
This wonderful quote greeted me last night when I opened the first pages of Psychic Medium Laura Lynne Jackson‘s new book, “Signs.”
May 6, 2019
I just got off the phone with my dear friend, Joan, somewhat still stunned by the truth of an observation she made:
“There is nowhere to die to.”
Let that sink in and see how it feels to you.
April 12, 2019
Thank you Blue Buddha Quote Collective.
March 7, 2019
Ooh, I like this perspective on the unknown from Matt Kahn.
“There is no fear of the unknown. To be unknown means you know nothing about it. Fear belongs to the anticipation of assumptions. This means you can only fear the things you assume by projecting them onto the mystery of future pending events. If you allowed the unknown to truly be unknowable, it wouldn’t be scary at all. It would just be excitement of life discovering itself.”
February 24, 2019
Six-year-old kids and dogs get it. 🙂
Thank you Michael Burke.
January 30, 2019
Thank you Healthy Holistic Living.
January 22, 2019
This photo shared by Tao & Zen made me think of something I’ve been doing the last several weeks . . . when the metaphorical dog is throwing me a stick.
In one of her online gatherings, Anamika* suggested we do not have problems, or have things to fix, though we may have challenges. So, when we go into “I need to solve this problem, or fix that situation, we are actually going into a story, the mind; I liked calling it “storyland.” We end up with our thoughts playing out the scenarios, conversations, etc., and it takes energy. More than I realized.
The timing was perfect. A day or two later, I got a bill for something, and it was the wrong amount. I went immediately into, “I’m going to have to call them and fix this, again, (add a big sigh). . . . This type of thing happens all the time with this company and has for years.” And, on and on. Then, I remembered what Anamika said, and I stopped that train of thoughts. I knew I would call, but until I did, I couldn’t do much about it. As she noted, until you were actually in the situation, how would I really know what would happen until then anyway? So, whenever it came to mind, I did my best to come back to the present.
The next day I called. And, “Wow.” Not only did it go incredibly well, they had done something about it already, including giving me a discount for that month. (The representative wondered if I had called before to set that in motion—I hadn’t.) She was so kind and apologetic. I got off the phone and realized, “This is what Anamika was talking about that day.” If you think through the issue and figure out all the outcomes, how could the ones you didn’t expect come through?
It seems our thoughts limit possibilities—we want to control the outcome. Alas, if we let it be, the outcome can be different, even better.
Having a specific example, and such a simple one, to return to is making it easier to remind myself (gently) when I go into “storyland” and draw myself back to the present.
No need to chase after the sticks. When the lion roars, you will be ready.
*You can find out more about Anamika on her website.
~ACIM – T-16.IV.6.
Thank you The Art of Living.
December 31, 2018
May 2019 be the year we “remember” who we are.
December 30, 2018
Have you ever done this or something similar?
“When you feel aches and pains in the body – lungs, liver, joints, etc. talk to that part of the body. Tell that part of the body you are sorry. “‘I am so sorry I did not take good care of you. I love you. Here is my love. I want to see you heal completely so we can enjoy together the experiences of life again.'” Send your love in the light. This is healing magic.”
I started doing something like this a few years ago. Here are a few other suggestions:
- Keep giving the area love.
- Talk with it. Ask it what it needs from you.
- Does it have anything to share?
- Treat it like you would a hurt child or pooch.
Just sit with it a while. See if anything arises, whether thoughts, feelings, and/or sensations. Be with them and love them as best you can.
December 29, 2018
Throughout the new year, may you love yourself more than ever before.
Thank you Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life.
Another great reminder of how easy it is to hold onto stress.
Do you know where you hold yours most often?
Do you sometimes remember to check and release?
Thank you Tiny Buddha.
December 19, 2018
“When you feel overwhelmed with too much energy it generally means you have too much energy in your head. Try this technique: drop your shoulders, place your hands on your belly button and take long gentle deep breaths. Dropping your shoulders is very important — actually it’s a trick. Remember to drop your shoulders.”
November 30, 2018
Great way to start off the holiday season . . . whatever you do, or don’t, celebrate.
I’ll start with wrapping you up in a virtual hug and sending you peace. May your light shine brightly every day.
Thank you The Art of Learning.
November 23, 2018
Thank you Tao & Zen.
November 20, 2018
Retirement or . . . “Re-energizement”
Recently, a friend shared some lovely photos from her retirement party. It reminded me of a conversation a few years ago. That day, something struck me about the word. I was like, “Wait, what does it really mean? You want to “re-tire” . . . as in . . . get tired again? Really?
It did not sit well with me anymore—as something you might look forward to, especially since so many folks I knew making that shift were vibrant people, excited about the next stage of their journey. Instead, I called it “re-energizement.” I will stick with that until I hear a more appropriate one. 🙂
For some, that next phase may include rest, travel, creative endeavors, volunteering, time with kids/grandchildren, playing golf, a new business venture, etc. One of my colleagues, an extraordinary executive coach/consultant for 25 years, started writing children’s books. He just published his third story. A couple I know loves traveling in their pop-up camper. When I saw the husband the other day (he “retired” many years ago), his bright, joyful face glowed when sharing their activities. Then, he hastened off to meet his wife for her birthday dinner. Since selling his business, a former client smiles playfully, eyes glistening in an almost impish way, as though pondering what fun adventures await him and his family.
Whatever it brings, may that stage be energizing and invigorating for all.
October 29, 2018
So true . . .
Thank you Power of Positivity.
October 24, 2018
Thank you Uplifting Content.
October 2, 2018
August 31, 2018
July 21, 2018
March 20, 2018
I’m often easily distracted when meditating. He skillfully keeps me tuned in to my breath throughout the hour, which I really appreciate.
If you opt to give it a try, keep your mouth open and jaw relaxed throughout. And, if you feel inclined, I would enjoy hearing about your experience.
January 28, 2018
Amazing we are already a month into the new year. I hope yours is off to a beautiful start.
November 26, 2017
October 29, 2017
Been on my mind a lot of late. And, you, how is your breath, breathing? Do you feel the “breath of life” flowing through you gently and easily? Or, do you find yourself holding your breath, more like hanging on for “dear life” (and perhaps, guarding against pain and emotions)?
I started using The Iceman (Wim Hof)’s method several weeks ago–a combination of breathing and holding your breath (adding just a bit of cold water in the shower too ). It’s been an interesting adventure.
Besides the basic technique itself, a couple of his suggestions intrigued me in particular. Instead of holding your breath when crying, laughing, or feeling something, breathe in deeply, and then kind of “ha, ha, ha” it out, or even sing “haaaaaa,” so we fully release the breath, and the emotion, rather than holding it in. I’ve enjoyed experimenting with it.
October 9, 2017
“Dealing with other people is as potentially painful and disappointing as it’s potentially joyous and uplifting. From the first time anyone ever let you down, you reacted to the pain of it by closing over the area of your body where you process the experiences: your heart. You unconsciously generate tension, hence hardening in the chest, thinking this will give you a protective buffer from potential pain in future. What this actually does is merely hold the pain you already have inside so it festers and poisons your mind from underneath and more importantly buffers you from the joy and elation of being alive.
Instead, focus on constantly relaxing and softening your chest and opening your heart in trust again. Doing this will bring many wonderful people and situations into your life, in spite of whatever pain comes along with that.
Everything operates according to the constant cycling between yin (pain, in this instance) and yang (joy). Whatever manifests in your life will carry both so there’s no advantage blocking the pain (which doesn’t work anyway) as you’ll only be blocking the joy.
Be brave, be vulnerable and live life fully, accommodating the pain and the joy with equal grace.
I wish you the fullness of life you’re entitled to today.
September 25, 2017
From The Barefoot Doctor today . . .
“Feelings arise as we go along – many of them uncomfortable. For some reason the art of dealing with feeling was never passed onto us as children, so we never really know what to do with them. The usual thing is to mask, deny, avoid, distract ourselves from or change them into something else.
The Taoist way is to breathe into and surrender to the feeling till it evaporates of itself, not being afraid to feel it, however uncomfortable, knowing it only to be momentary.
The other way merely keeps the feeling buried within, festering away till it eventually wears you away.
To instigate this fresh, novel approach, repeat six times or more if you like, with fullness of self brought to bear on speaking/thinking the words:
‘I am easy with any feeling that may arise within, no matter how strong or fearful – I just relax my body, keep breathing and trust all my needs are met. I’ve now overcome any compulsion to run away and hide from what I feel.’
I wish you a day of feeling nothing but joy.
September 13, 2017
“Sometimes life gets strange round the edges, sometimes to the core, as if you’re on a similar but unfamiliar planet or have stepped onto the wrong film set. At such times, the general rule is not to adjust your set, other than to ensure you’re as grounded and centered within as possible by relaxing your muscles, lengthening your spine, sinking your weight below your navel, drawing your mind back into centre brain, softening your face and chest and breathing deep down, slowly, evenly and smoothly. The strangeness occurs when the tectonic plates of the reality you’ve constructed through your perceptual faculties are undergoing a shift, generally as a prelude to a new phase of increased enlightenment, clarity and sense of purpose – rebirth pains, in other words.
With summer starting to morph into autumn, or winter into spring, depending on where you are, it’s likely you’ll be feeling the strangeness around now.
However, by and by, the plates settle back into a comfortable juxtaposition and your life moves into the next part of the adventure – and the quicker you let go of preconceived ideas about how your life should be and accept the strangeness, the quicker the shift occurs.
It’s down to acknowledging the strangeness as an essential aspect of the dynamics of existence, then rather than fight it, tell yourself, ‘I like strange,’ and simply keep breathing and attending to all the above pointers for relaxation and centring until strange becomes normal, by which time external conditions will have shifted to match that and you’re into the next phase.
I wish you a smooth transition with a pot of gold at the other end.
Expect a miracle now.”
August 26, 2017
Was tossing out some of the flyers I used to use when I did sessions at events and came across a post-it note on top. I do not remember where I heard this originally, but it just seemed very timely to share again now.
When we hold our breath, we are guarding against pain (holding in emotions). When, we are scared, in shock, or angry, we hold our breath.
When you breathe, you are leaving yourself more sensitive and open.
Our breath—it’s really the only thing we can control . . . and making sure we continue breathing . . . even through the most uncomfortable situations. Then, those emotions move through us instead of getting stuck.
Which would you prefer?
May 26, 2017
Been a big fan of brainstorming for many years; I especially loved doing it with our clients when I co-owned a small marketing company. Great fun.
Today, I listened to a program with Patrick Holford, and he suggested instead of brainstorming, we heart-storm. I’d never heard the term before. Yet, it made so much sense. I loved it.
So, the next time you need to create some wonderful, new ideas, get a group of your favorite hearts together for a big, heart-storming session. I can imagine the results. And, if you thought it might help, I’d love to participate too.
May 3, 2017
A lot of shifting going on. A lot. I imagine it’s the same for many of you too. In the last couple of months, I particularly appreciated having additional support arrive from some unexpected people—some I’ve known a while, others just a week or two. Words that come to mind . . . illuminating, fun, strange, really?, refreshing, encouraging . . . leading to some amazing, and helpful experiences.
- Anamika, a woman who reads energy with incredible clarity, she helps integrate it with you (and on a couple of occasions, I didn’t even need to say anything or “understand” a word she said). (She also has a page on Facebook, Anamika’s Community Membership Program)
- Judy Cali channels information, with lots of laughter and a bit of silliness. Unlike anything I could have ever possibly imagined, she introduced me to a few of my guides and shared some intriguing insights. (Hi Tink, Cleo, Johnny, St. G, and Regis).
- In a first-time visit, I so appreciated Noel Snodgrass DC‘s (of Portland Chiropractic) approach. He gets the physical, emotional, and energetic components of our beings, and shares his gifts with skill, grace, and a lovely sense of humor too.
- Jane Sibbett (Sparkling Circle – Jane Sibbett’s Journey with Shiny Life Continues) and Joan Martinson . . . healing with dancing hands.
- Audrey, of Flower Temple Designs, a fabulous florist and empath, she possesses extraordinary gifts, well beyond the bouquets she creates.
So, so grateful to them and many others, particularly in this time of so much change.
April 8, 2017
Matt Kahn (of Matt Kahn & Julie Dittmar) shared this some time ago, and I started using it as a barometer to help me make decisions.
If you get a “yes” right away, then do it.
If you have any hesitation or doubt, it’s a “no” . . . at least for right now. It may become a “yes” later, and that’s okay.
February 26, 2017
Yesterday, Jane Sibbett of Sparkling Circle – Jane Sibbett’s Journey with Shiny Life… came to Portland for a Dancing Hands event. I attended and then had a private session afterward.
At the very end, just as our session would be concluding, a new song came on, “Let it Go,” from Frozen. Jane smiled and chuckled, “This was NOT on my playlist.” Well, appropriate does not accurately describe the perfection of the song and the timing.
Maybe it will resonate with you too.
May we all let go of the past and open our hearts.
December 12, 2016
I am enough.
A thread on Facebook and a video by Marisa Peer brought this back to my attention yesterday. Although I’ve heard it before, it didn’t feel true when I repeated, “I am enough” aloud. At all.
So, I sat and said these words and let them flow through me. The phrase will be on my mirror for a while to help reignite my “enoughness.”
Maybe a few of you can appreciate the reminder too.
You are enough. You can relax now.
October 20, 2016
From Prince Ea yesterday . . . “Be quick to listen and slow to speak.”
Over the years, I’ve wanted to be right . . . a lot. Learning the value of kindness and patience.
October 10, 2016
Someone shared the following from Mike Vick on Facebook today.
“The biggest communication problem is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply.”
I’m learning to be a better listener, but still do this so often.
October 1, 2016
Introduced recently to Dr. Sangeeta Sahi’s Conscious Cancer® program, I appreciated her perspective (it’s about much more than the title might suggest, and why I opted to listen). In one of the final steps, she shared a mantra . . . a very powerful mantra. I’ll let it speak for itself.
“I DO NOT EXIST TO DO, I DO BECAUSE I EXIST.”
July 17, 2016
In listening to Matt Kahn & Julie Dittmar’s March Retreat track, “The Recognition of Beauty, Part Two,” Matt helps us see our innate beauty, to appreciate it. Near the end, everyone repeated the following several times, and he encouraged us to remember the truth of these words.
“I am beautiful. Beautiful I am.”
Then, an adorable voice came on in the background. He described it as the “animated voice of the heart,” the inner child. I added a few lines that spoke to me (in brackets); things my inner child needed to hear. If inclined, read it aloud and see how it feels to you. Think of your five-year-old self saying the words (perhaps with a little lisp).
“I love you.
I see you.
[I hear you.]
I am you.
You are precious.
You are beautiful.
Thank you for being here.
You are forgiven.
I forgive you.
[You are safe.]
I love you.
I love you.
I love you.
I love you.
I love you. . . .”
June 27, 2016
What a journey . . . becoming “the one.”
June 26, 2016
Let it go. I’ve heard the concept many times and perhaps you have too. Matt Kahn* sees this part of the old spiritual paradigm and can be misleading.
“’Let it go’ gives you a false understanding of your own divine capacity. [Because] you don’t let things go, things let go of you. And, things let go of you when those catalysts have helped you transform into exactly the vibration they were created by divinity to bring out of you. So, the idea, ‘I’m just going to let this go.’ That’s not up to you. That’s not up to you at all.
. . . What you can do though is be in harmony with it while it’s here and marvel at the fact that it is going to help you become far less judgmental and far more trusting of the divine, and far more faithful, even if life has put you in a situation where it looks like all hope is lost.
And, no matter what situation you are in, no matter what you face, you can always ask yourself the question, a question that doesn’t require an answer because asking the question is what shifts the perspective.
‘What if the worst things that have ever happened to me are the greatest opportunities for spiritual growth I’ve ever been given.’
And, just to open up to that possibility while remembering, ‘I don’t have to like this.’ And, please don’t try to hurry up and learn everything life is trying to teach you. That’s not going to make this shift any faster. That’s another limiting belief from the old paradigm. ‘If I hurry up and learn all this, it’s going to shift because I will have been a good person, the universe will applaud my behavior and lift this out of my life.’”
That last paragraph particularly got me. And, I have been sitting with this off and on the last week, so it can flow through me.
*This is an excerpt from Angel Academy 6, June 20, 2016.
June 5, 2016
I found Matt Kahn’s perspective* on the “present moment” so interesting.
“The word ‘present’ . . . It’s something you either think you are out of and you need to return to. Or, you think you are in presence and afraid someone is going to bump you out of it. It creates a lot of distraction . . . a lot of misunderstanding. It makes presence almost like a location. . . . Present moment isn’t a location; present moment is reality. The objective isn’t to try to be in the present moment; the objective is to see I can’t get out of it.
And, so then . . . a better pointer than present moment . . . Instead of saying ‘be present’ or even ‘just be,’ I find that the more heart-centered and direct term is ‘just enjoy.’ Because in enjoyment, we are being in enjoyment, we are present, and seeing a presence that doesn’t require our activity or behavior in order to be recognized.
. . . So, let’s enjoy. . . . And, if we find something in our life that we don’t know how to enjoy . . . then, just sitting and saying, ‘How do I enjoy the thing I don’t actually enjoy?’ ‘How can I find enjoyment in something that I wish wasn’t here?’ And, just asking those questions and thinking in that direction is going to open something far deeper within all of us.
Not seeing joy as a state that is opposite of sadness; but joy is in how we view and approach life. Joy is not necessarily a feeling that sadness can oppose; joy is the recognition that everything is right for my journey, even if it feels wrong to me. And, it’s okay if it feels wrong to me; I’m allowed to see something as, ‘This shouldn’t be.’ There’s a deeper intelligence in me that’s telling me that even though I feel this shouldn’t be, this is good for me on a level perhaps I haven’t discovered yet. And, that’s where we find joy.”
*Excerpt from Angel Academy 6, May 29, 2016
June 5, 2016
My inner child needed some attention during the night a couple of weeks ago. I did my best to give it to her. The next morning I saw this from Bruce Lipton.
I hope you have that support, always. If I can help, please let me know.
May 5, 2016
So, how do you know when it’s the ego or true intuition?
In a recent tele-gathering, Matt Kahn focused on our intuition. He reminded us, intuition comes when you are most relaxed. One of his insights struck me, especially remembering situations when I rushed to do something.
“When it’s your ego, there’s this race-against-time energy. ‘Oh my God, you have to go do this!’ And, there’s a short window, and if you don’t, or else . . . something bad is going to happen. So, the ego always has this ultimatum; it always has this race-against-time feeling. It always has this, ‘Oh my God, I can’t be here, I’ve got go somewhere else, because if not, I’m missing something. That’s always the ego. And, it’s very easy to mistake that for intuition. . . .
Intuition is the silent, strong, direct ‘go here,’ ‘here’s the deal,’ ‘here’s why that’s happening.’ It’s very natural. So, if your intuition is always going to come very naturally, we must always be in a naturally relaxed space in our bodies in order to receive it.”
Does that resonate with you?
April 8, 2016
Providing editing services for many years, as part of PROJEX, the marketing company I co-owned for 12 years, and as a freelancer before and after we closed the business, the work never really crossed over with my inspiration-consulting practice. Well, that is until this year.
I had the wonderful opportunity to do a brief session with a good friend, which evolved into assisting her with a proposal. She called it “intuitive editing,” and as an intuitive herself, suggested it might turn into something.
Indeed, it did. Since then, the occasion arose, not once but twice. It seems, in addition to helping clients put confusing thoughts and feelings into words verbally, I am now able to do it with their written words too. Besides going through my normal editing process, I receive guidance from their session that infuses the document with a bit more passion, a spark of enthusiasm, and perhaps, even an extra surge of energy.
It’s kind of strange. I don’t really know how to describe it. I do know the projects seem different, and I’ve enjoyed these engagements more than my “usual” editing projects. Will more of them come my way? Who knows?
Either way, it’s been an intriguing experience and exploration into different ways to share my talents. And, perhaps, it hints to the myriad of ways yours can shine too.
March 29, 2016
A few minutes ago, I saw this quote about love provided by Power of Positivity. It says it so succinctly, I wanted to share it and remember it.
Love is not what you say.
Love is what you do.
Matt Kahn first shared this about a month ago. He posted it today on his Facebook page and its power struck me once again.
“From a spiritual perspective, love isn’t an emotion you feel all the time. It is an unwavering depth of compassion and empathy that reaches inward to embrace yourself – no matter how mixed up, shut down, unfulfilled, or overwhelmed you seem to be. When rooted in the vibration of love, you don’t have to feel better in order to bring forth the kindness and care that already dwells within you. Instead, love inspires you to embrace the innocence within your heart that wishes it felt something other than how things are. Love is a selfless and harmonious response of greater support, not an emotional high of any kind.”
February 22, 2016
I just finished Matt Kahn‘s book, Whatever Arises, Love That. Near the conclusion, he shares this mantra:
“There is no way out of pain. There is no way out of judgment.”
My interpretation: Stop the avoiding, the running away. Admit the pain; admit the judgment; admit the feelings. It’s easier to breathe “into” it. At least, that’s how it felt to me. And, true.
Does it bring up anything for you?
February 15, 2016
So, so true. Thanks to Heart Centered Rebalancing for sharing this.
January 25, 2016
This video, from a Matt Kahn gathering in late December, will give you a new perspective on manifesting. Want some big changes, but not ready to make a move? Feeling a little stagnant in one or two areas of your life. That’s okay. With just a few different choices, you’ll “circulate energy,” so other shifts can occur.
You might eat your dinner holding the fork with the opposite hand. Or, the other day, I opted to take three breaths between bites of food. Last night, I decided to sleep on the opposite side of the bed for a while.
Kind of silly, and kind of fun too. Let me know what experiences you have if you try it.
May you make some new choices, perhaps even a bold one or two, and rock your world in miraculous ways.
July 31, 2015
Truly appreciated this post by S.C Lourie yesterday.
July 20, 2015
I enjoyed this Taoist perspective from The Barefoot Doctor.
“Love your path, trust your path, don’t doubt your path, have faith your path will bring [you] where you need to be. Don’t question it, otherwise your path tends to get pissed off with you and leave you stranded till you come back to your senses and start trusting it again. So, though your path is but an invisible (and to [all] intents and purposes, subjective and projective) entity, embrace it now and assure it (and you), that you’ll stop all that needless worrying and what-iffing, and let go and follow it with an open, naturally gleeful heart now. Doing so, it’ll reward you with signs and wonders. I wish you signs and wonders and a merry Monday. “
June 7, 2015
I was getting ready to go out the other day and before heading out, decided to listen to a bit of Matt Kahn’s latest video (The Secret of Spiritual Success). His words resonated so strongly and true for me. “Relaxation is the only way.”
If it doesn’t make you feel relaxed, stop for a moment. Listen to your breath. Slow down.
In all you do, can you hear your breath? How often can you say that? “Not very often,” would be my reply. I found this tip particularly helpful: If you are not aware of your breath while doing an activity, you are probably not relaxed.
In the last couple of days, I found I’m hearing my breath more often, slowing down, and relaxing, due in large part to Matt’s teachings.
May 10, 2015
Went to see Matt Kahn last night in Portland, and he shared one thing that just kept coming back for me, especially given a couple of my experiences this week. It fit perfectly with the mantra from a few days ago.
“Your true character reveals itself the moment you don’t get your way.”
May 5, 2015
Two of my favorite characters, Snoopy and Woodstock, sharing something that I’m just beginning to get. Thank you to Sue Fitzmaurice for presenting it in such a delightful way.
May 4, 2015
Today, Matt Kahn shared this definition of faith, which we can use as a mantra too.
“I don’t have to get my way to be happy.”
April 9, 2015
A friend shared this marvelous quote from Matt Kahn on Facebook the other day, which he originally posted in November 2012.
Most people do not see their beliefs. Instead, their beliefs tell them what they see. This is the simple difference between clarity and confusion.
March 4, 2015
In such a beautiful way, this short video shows how underneath it all, we are all the same.
January 27, 2015
“While understanding may have inspired tremendous insights in earlier chapters of your journey, it also becomes one of your greatest distractions as your journey expands. That is, until you realize that understanding is not actually a conduit for true heartfelt relief. The true conduit of relief is discovered through the art of relaxation. It is the willingness to slow your breath and embrace the one who needs something to understand – one ‘I love you’ at a time. Whatever arises, love that. This is the way of the energetically-sensitive soul.”
January 24, 2015
“When someone blames another, they are pointing their finger toward the one who they’ve given their power. This means whenever you find yourself on the receiving end of someone else’s blame, accusations, projections, or judgments, it doesn’t have to be a moment of conflict or turmoil, unless you attempt to refute the limiting ideas they suggest about you.
As you remember that you don’t owe anyone an explanation, no matter how often they demand one, you may see how those who you feel disempowered by have already handed their power over to you. Whether they know it or not, the reason they are fighting with you is to reclaim the power they are unaware they’ve subconsciously given away.
Those who disapprove of others do so to maintain a false sense of superiority. They subconsciously believe that rejecting others puts them in a position of power, which helps them avoid the threat of rejection they are most afraid to encounter, whether they know it or not. While their words may suggest how inept, imperfect, and powerless you are, their actions suggest otherwise. Imagine, if you weren’t powerful and important to them, they wouldn’t waste their time and energy trying to convince you of something that demands your approval, just so they can feel justified in their position.
Consider these words the next time someone lashes out at you. Instead of asking: “Why have I attracted this?” or assuming their behavior is a mirror of your consciousness, simply relax in the presence of any blame, projection, judgment, or accusation. By slowing your breath and relaxing your body, you allow the power they unknowingly gave you to be returned through the grace of disappointment.
Whether you choose to engage in conflict by giving away your power to the one who unknowingly has given their power to you, consciousness is often inspired to blossom in the aftermath of confrontation. It is here where the brightness of your true self begins to shine through, in the absence of an ego that only frustration, boredom, loneliness, and disappointment are sure to unravel.”
December 21, 2014
November 21, 2014
November 11, 2014
Matt Kahn shared this today. Simple and lovely.
The easiest way to raise your vibration is to relax your body. The most essential way to relax your body is to slow your breath. The most effective way of slowing your breath is by loving your own heart. One “I love you” at a time, your breath is inspired into a slower pace, which reminds the body to feel safe enough to relax, as your vibration elevates into higher frequencies of light. This is the heart of transformation.
November 5, 2014
Oh my goodness. This message has been coming through so loud and clear of late . . . for me, friends, and clients.
It IS time to follow your heart! All the support you need is there for you. Count me in as one of your support team, even if it’s from a distance.
October 29, 2014
Gregg Braden shared this wonderful reminder, one I always appreciate seeing.
October 6, 2014
I’ve been enjoying Pam Grout’s latest book E-Cubed. When I came to this question, one I’d heard many times, I was intrigued and wondered how she would handle it. She opted to offer a different one instead.
“Many things that at face value look like difficulties end up being miracles in disguise. . . . It can be a door to potent opportunities. We get to decide.
So instead of asking the question, ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ perhaps the better question is ‘Why do good people think bad things can even happen?’ Bad is nothing but a judgment call, a judgment call we’re not qualified to make.”
I don’t know about you, but I know judgment is something with which I am very, very familiar. So, while her perspective didn’t surprise me, it did remind me, without the bird’s-eye view of what’s happening, I’m not qualified to decide if it’s good or bad, right or wrong, upside down or right-side up.
September 21, 2014
Speaks for itself.
July 18, 2014
Do you feel responsible “for” or “to” others? This recently came up in a session and conversations, and I shared the responsibility chart a friend gave me many years ago. She noted we come from either “fear” or “love” in these situations.
I do not know the original source.
July 4, 2014
As we celebrate independence from the past, we can also choose to trust our hearts now and into the future. May your heart be filled with the bright fireworks of love.
June 22, 2014
Anita Moorjani shared this quote from her book Dying to Be Me today. I always appreciate the timeliness of her words.
“The infinite self is where we have our instincts and intuition. If we’re buying a house, the mind will narrow down the options by choosing a practical location, setting a budget, and so on. The final decision on a specific place to live, however, may be made purely by gut feeling. We just get a good sense about a certain place, and there’s no logical reason that we can explain. That’s the infinite self.
Sometimes our complicated lives make us forget that we’re connected to Universal energy and that we have these natural abilities. We stop listening to ourselves and start to give our power away to external forces such as bosses, teachers, and friends. Blocking our feelings also breaks down our awareness of our own magnificence because emotions are a doorway into the soul. But we’re complex beings, and we try to control how we feel.
When we live completely from the mind over a period of time, we lose touch with the infinite self, and then we begin to feel lost. This happens when we’re in doing mode all the time, rather than being. The latter means living from the soul and is a state of allowing. It means letting ourselves be who and what we are without judgment. Being doesn’t mean that we don’t do anything. It’s just that our actions stem from following our emotions and feelings while staying present in the moment. Doing, on the other hand, is future focused, with the mind creating a series of tasks that take us from here to there in order to achieve a particular outcome, regardless of our current emotional state.
When we feel off track, we think there’s something wrong with us—something we have to do or get in order to right ourselves—so we go searching outside for answers. We look to others in the hope that they’ll fix us. We may feel better for a little while, but it’s usually short-lived, and we eventually end up feeling worse. However, when we really start to tune in to who life intended us to be, we connect with the soul of our magnificence. We feel clarity when we allow this connection and take our power back, and our lives start to work.”
June 12, 2014
If you want an easier and much, much happier life, you might want to consider giving up these 15 things. Presented by Natural Cures Not Medicine, I only share their list here.
“We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress, and suffering. Instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress-free and happy, we cling to them. Not anymore. Starting today, we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go.”
1. Give up your need to always be right.
2. Give up your need for control.
3. Give up on blame.
4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk.
5. Give up your limiting beliefs.
6. Give up complaining.
7. Give up the luxury of criticism.
8. Give up your need to impress others.
9. Give up your resistance to change.
10. Give up labels.
11. Give up on your fears.
12. Give up your excuses.
13. Give up the past.
14. Give up attachment.
15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations.
April 6, 2014
“I perceived that I wouldn’t have to go out and search for what I was supposed to do—it would unfold before me. It involved helping lots of people—thousands, maybe tens of thousands, perhaps to share a message with them. But I wouldn’t have to pursue anything or work at figuring out how I was going to achieve that. I simply had to allow it to unfold.
To access this state of allowing, the only thing I had to do was to be myself! I realized that all those years, all I ever had to do was be myself, without judgment or feeling that I was flawed. At the same time, I understood that at the core, our essence is made of pure love. We are pure love—every single one of us. How can we not be, if we come from the Whole and return to it? I knew that realizing this meant never being afraid of who we are. Therefore, being love and being our true self is one and the same thing!
As I experienced my biggest revelation, it felt like a bolt of lightning. I understood that merely by being the love I truly am, I would heal both myself and others. I’d never understood this before, yet it seemed so obvious. If we’re all One, all facets of the same Whole, which is unconditional love, then of course who we are is love! I knew that was really the only purpose of life: to be our self, live our truth, and be the love that we are.
As though to confirm my realization, I became aware of both my father and Soni communicating to me: Now that you know the truth of who you really are, go back and live your life fearlessly!” (From Anita Moojani‘s Dying to Be Me)
April 4, 2014
A friend frequently reminds me: You cannot love and judge at the same time . . . and that includes yourself too. As judgment has been a big part of my life, I am doing my best to modify this (and the oh, so easy self-judgment, when I don’t)—so I am loving instead of judging more and more.
April 2, 2014
I’m reading Gregg Braden’s The Turning Point, and as he talks about our long-held beliefs, all I could think/feel was mine were really built on a house of cards, and the house has crumbled, strewn in a heap on the ground. Survival of the fittest, life is a struggle/painful, we’re separate from each other, events are random/coincidental—I believed these and many other things absolutely, without question, and feel I still do at some level of my being.
Though it’s been like a demolition derby at times, I’m glad the house fell to ruins. I know it’s why I’m here. Can I rebuild it feeling safe—allowing my heart to lead the way, with my brain in a supportive role, rather than the other way around (my ego is having a field day with that one)? Can I live cooperatively instead of competitively? “Can I love myself like my life depends on it, truly and deeply” (Kamal Ravikant)? Can I love others as though they are part of me—that all my thoughts, feelings, and actions affect them too? Can I truly go with the flow of life, without trying to control everything—allowing the beauty and synchronicities to wash over me, to see the miracle in even the smallest of things?
I am so grateful to those who are supporting me during this transition, and for those making the transition themselves. We are already creating magical, wondrous lives and can do so much more as we remember we are love . . . and always have been.
March 6, 2014
They resonated with me, and I was intrigued. So I looked around and found a few more on another site.
“Nothing is perfect if judgment is present. Everything is perfect when you let go—this is how you see with the eyes of love.”
“Everything you hate, you hate about yourself. Everything you resist will stick around. Everything you let go of stays if it’s supposed to. Every time you bless another, you bless yourself. Every time you blame another, you lose your power.”
“Do not look with your eyes to find your treasure. Feel with your heart, and at once you will know who you really are.”
“Anything that annoys you is ‘for’ teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is ‘for’ teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet. Anything that angers you is ‘for’ teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is ‘for’ teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you hate is ‘for’ teaching you unconditional love. Anything you fear is ‘for’ teaching you courage to overcome your fear. Anything you can’t control is ‘for’ teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe.”
“Everyone you see is your reflection. Everyone you know mirrors you. . . .”
“Do not worry about how you will make it all work. Just focus on how you feel and go towards those things that bring forth joy. When you are living in your joy, the universe is living joyfully through you.”
“Everyone’s the same as everyone else. We just get caught up in labels, names, skin color and religion. . . .”
“You will receive love only to your ability to be vulnerable enough to let it in. Love between two people is a fearless state of being where who you are and who they are is given and received without fear of engulfment or [abandonment]. The underlying belief of this state is complete trust regardless of outcome.”
January 7, 2014
I felt this was a particularly helpful reminder, especially as a new year is unfolding.
“If you don’t make peace with your past, it will keep showing up in your present.”