20170907

When we give ourselves space, space to rest, space to grow, space to explore, or space to know ourselves, we can allow our magic to come out.

When we keep ourselves so busy, rushing from place to place, constantly engaged in activity, filling up every moment of our day with something to achieve or accomplish, there is no room to find our magic.

While it may be important to focus on certain tasks while working on projects and our careers, it is equally important to rest in between and give ourselves a break so our minds and our souls have a chance to play and explore.

We are not at our best when we are stressed out, harried, and distracted. We are not creative when our minds are so full of all the daily tasks to accomplish that we cannot daydream and toy with fanciful ideas.

Breakthroughs happen at the most unexpected times. Giving ourselves the space and time to allow those breakthroughs to show up naturally, on their own, is essential to allowing our true genius to shine through…

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Blessings often come in the most unusual ways, at the most unusual times.

Sometimes they don’t even look like blessings.

It might look like an accident, that causes us to think more about our health and take better care of our bodies.

It might look like a devastating breakup that causes us to look inward and begin some deep inner work instead of look for happiness in someone else.

It might look like the loss of a job or career that causes us to re-examine our choices, and causes us to start a whole new path, a new business, create a non-profit that becomes a movement, or a whole host of other possibilities.

Of course, at the time, they don’t appear to be blessings at all. They seem to be daunting challenges that could break us.

It takes time to gain the perspective to see how these events will truly unfold in our lives. We so often focus on the immediate, that we don’t have a clue how the long term effect will manifest.

So how do we get through the challenges to see if they are truly blessings? Drop the judgment. Wait 24 hours. And then another day. Always save the judgment for tomorrow.

As we know, tomorrow never comes, yet with time we do gain perspective.

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It is courageous to take a step on a new, untried path.

Yes, it is simpler and easier to walk down the same old road, keep doing things the way you always have, and just leave well enough alone.

If we want to create something of value, of relevance, of worth, to give the world our greatness, then playing it safe just doesn’t cut it.

Yes, it is scary. Yes, it is hard. Yes, it is not what most people do. And that is why we must do it.

To truly contribute to people’s lives we must show up. We must display our commitment to growth by keeping our commitment to be bold, to be different, to be honest.

We may fail. We may crash and burn. There is no safety in traveling down a new path. And we may find diamonds there. We may find treasure beyond our imagination. We may find insight that opens a whole new world to us.

Of course you can decide to play it safe, and no one will ever know that you didn’t take that precarious step into the unknown. Except for one person…yourself.

The world is waiting for you…

20170711

The big lie the world perpetrates is that we are powerless to do anything about the way life is.

We are too small, we do not have enough resources, we are not well connected enough, in short, we have no power.

This is a lie on so many levels that it is hard to believe that it is so pervasive. Yet every day, more and more people buy into this idea, and allow themselves to become slaves to what is in their lives.

When we really look at it, we actually have all the power to change. While we cannot control what other people do, or what circumstances may come our way, we have complete control over the most important thing in our lives.

The decisions we make.

Yes, the choices we choose, every moment of every day, is where all the power lies.

How we respond to situations, how we deal with the good times and the bad, how we decide, day to day, to show up for ourselves and for others, is far more important than anything that happens to us externally.

And the biggest power of all, is the choice to change. For we can change everything important in our lives through changing our focus, our thoughts, our language and our physiology.

Real power, is the power to choose something different!

20170706

Learning to trust yourself takes time, patience and perseverance.

Mostly, that is because from the time we are young we are taught not to trust ourselves.

We are taught instead to trust our parents, our teachers, our peer group, just about everyone else except ourselves.

We learn to put our faith in our religious or political leaders because, after all, they know better than we do what’s best for us.

This learned behavior is not only dis-empowering, it is dangerous to our well-being.

When we ignore our common sense, when we put down our intuition, when we place our fate into the hands of some guru rather than trusting our own bodies, tragedy can follow.

When that tragedy occurs, we blame the guru, and that dis-empowers us even more.

Instead of blame, let us learn to be curious and find the lesson in it.

Instead of giving away our power, let us make our own decisions, for better or worse, and learn from the outcome.

This is our life! Let’s start living it like we mean it. Ultimately, we are all responsible for our choices and their outcomes, and because of that we are empowered by each one.

20170704

Some people have big dreams.

Some people have moderate dreams.

Some people just dream of have a roof over their heads and food in their stomach.

Some people have no dreams at all…

Yet we all do dream, sometime, somewhere, sometimes snuck away in little corners of our psyches, there are those moments, those flashes of hope and light that just begs for tiniest of encouragement.

Often, people feel that they are seeking clarity. more often, it seems, we are all just seeking the courage to dare to dream the dreams we fear are impossible, beyond us, and just plain ludicrous.

Courage, real courage, is believing in something even when it seems absurd. The courage to believe in ourselves, when by all outward appearances there is nothing to stand on, is the greatest effort we can make to change our lives.

Dreams make life not only bearable, dreams make life amazing. To conceive of new worlds, new ideas, new stories, and new ways of evolving, is the greatest gift we can give ourselves, and the world around us.

Do not just dare to dream, live to dream!

20170627

Acceptance of that which we do not like to see comes first.

After acceptance, after recognizing how that thing we have such a distaste for is actually inside of us, comes love.

Getting there may not be easy, yet it is the only path towards wholeness.

When we can accept the tyrant within us, the predator, the cheat, the liar and the thief within, then we can accept those around us who embody those very same qualities.

Some call it the Shadow, some the dark side, yet no matter what the label, it is all us. It is in the world because it is inside of us.

Coming to that realization takes courage, forgiveness and self-love.

It is only when we can embrace it within us, admit it, shine our light on it, and still love ourselves that we will heal it in our world.

As long as we separate ourselves from it, cut ourselves off from it, it will continue to show up and be that thorn that no one can remove. We can only remove it ourselves.

It is up to us, not anyone else, to heal this within us. No one can do it for us, they can only do it for themselves.

So let us this day love a little more, forgive a little more, support and help others a little more, not from a place of guilt but from a place of love.

20170613

Releasing our fear and pain is not something that is necessarily easy.

It may go against our intuition, after all, we usually can’t wait to get out of pain, yet when it has been our companion for so long, we get used to it.

Fear and pain protects us. They protect us from having to feel, from having to show up, from having to change.

We know they don’t serve us. We know they hold us back. We know they suck our energy and keep us from being more creative, more open, more vulnerable.

We know all of this and yet we still hold onto our hurt and our sorrow like a warm blanket, covering our heart from any potential threat.

Yes, it is safer there. Yes, it is more comforting there. And yes, it is still holding us back.

How are you allowing your pain to hold you back? What could you do if you let it go, released even a little bit of it? Where would you put that freed up energy in your life?

Who would you be if that fear and pain that is so a part of you were no longer there?

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Appreciation is one of the most powerful tools we have to make a change.

All too often we find ourselves wishing things weren’t as they are. We want the world to be different, the economy to be different, our partner to be different.

We blame our unhappiness on the situations around us, and make it someone or something else’s fault we’re stuck or in a bad way.

Actually, it is our resistance to the way things are that is causing us the most trouble. It is our insistent desire that things should just be different and the non-acceptance of how things are that cause us grief and pain.

What do we do to change it? Having appreciation for the world around us, for everything, for the people, for the economy, for life itself, is one of the surest ways to shift our energy, and thereby, shift our whole perspective.

Learning to see how we can be grateful for everything that surrounds us, is a discipline whose dividends pay off for years to come, as well changing our current state.

So let’s be grateful for the cloudy days, the holes in our socks, and the under-cooked meal. After all, what’s more important, the world around us or how we feel about it?

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Moving forward in life is often not about making more money, taking a new job, starting a new business, or going back to school.

Moving forward often has more to do with that internal process of recognizing more and more of our own power.

It is easy to forget that we create our life, in a million different, little ways. We create our lives by the choices we make, by how we respond to life, and by where we decide to place our focus.

We move forward in life when we bring more consciousness to any of these aspects of our lives.

Are we being more conscious in our choices? Are we being more conscious in our responses? Are we being more conscious of where we are allowing our focus to go?

These may not seem like big steps, indeed they may only be baby steps in our lives, yet as one step piles on top of the other, they soon have a gigantic effect on our life.

So let’s move forward together, one baby step at a time, bringing more consciousness and more awareness into our lives…