Love is the meaning of life. And today I am full up!!! I’m heading down to Laguna Beach to lead my first women’s retreat, Soul Sparkle, and I’m over the moon excited and thrilled for all the women who said yes to the calling in their soul to bring more nurturing and self-love into their life. To take four days to love on themselves and have some fun with this spiritual adventure.
What about you? Do you know how to fill yourself up with love? And hey, you don’t have to go to a retreat to do this, there are so many other ways! But if you answered no, you are not alone. We often think we do but the truth is many of us run around on empty, looking to others to fill us up with that warm and toasty expansive feeling of love. Not realizing we have the power to do this ourselves – and it’s easy!
There is one source of love – it’s so simple and that source of love is there for everyone to dip in to, to try on, to bask in, to explore deeply. What usually happens though is we get so busy, so involved in our own lives, so self focused on what we have on our never, never, never ending ‘DO’ list that we spiral out of control in the opposite direction of love – we spiral into anxiety, stress and disconnection.
What’s the answer? It’s actually simple – provide yourself more time and space to sit in nature and soak in the sun – soak in the beauty of this God given fortress of life we have the privilege of inhabiting. Love abounds in nature. Love abounds in animals, children, it’s available in every moment if you stop and listen to life’s orchestra – it’s beautiful and waiting for you – as a matter of fact you’ve got front row seats anytime you want them – how VIP does that feel!
All you have to do is let go of all the details you crowd your mind with and stress yourself out over. At the end of the day are all those minute details bringing you closer or further away from the deeply connected, loving life you desire. On top of all the details there’s the fears and anxiety you have about not completing all the details. Jeez Louise what a whirling dervish scenario spinning you like a top and getting nowhere but stressed and frustrated.
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A client recently shared, “This journey is a long one.” I could feel the heaviness in the statement and the truth it held for her. I immediately felt compassion because Lord knows I used to feel that way A LOT.
Especially when one thing after another knocks you down or takes you by surprise – it can feel like a tsunami of struggle and hardship. It can make you feel frustrated, sad and hopeless. Leaving you to wonder when will things ever change, feeling like life is out of your control.
Ever happen to you?
Years ago, while in one such tumble of turmoil, I was blessed with a “light bulb” moment. Now, no matter what perceived hardship is going on in my life I thankfully know what to do to flip it around.
And the thing is, it’s such a simple tool and brings results in a split second. My clients are all over it because it works, so I want to give it to you too. If you use it, it has the power to change your world.
If you feel like there’s a gap between your dream life (where you’re deeply loved, happy and fulfilled) and your current reality what I’m about to share will help you close that gap. It will also help you feel like you are in control of your life – hallelujah!! Taste the empowerment! Yes!
As you journey through life, and yes, for every breath we take on this planet we are on a journey – that doesn’t change. However, what CAN change is the way we look at it – this is the key, the secret.
When we shift our PERSPECTIVE about our journey we are suddenly filled with hope, strength and power.
Stay with me here and allow yourself to entertain another possibility than what you are currently experiencing…. what if the journey was easy and fun and filled with grace, adventure and happiness?
God says to be grateful for everything in our life – no matter if we perceive it to be good or bad. What if we sat in that gratitude consistently knowing whatever happens is a gift – even if we can’t see it now – we have the FAITH that something wonderful is going to emerge from whatever we are experiencing? I invite you to try that on and notice how it feels in comparison to thinking that it’s long, hard, full of struggle and unhappiness. I promise you the shift to gratitude will close the gap on what you are currently experiencing and what you would love.
Important for you to understand:
I’m not saying it’s going to feel natural or that you’ll be able to do it all the time – but even a 1% shift will make a big difference in your life results. And I know you can do it!!!!!
Think about childlike wonder. Right now I’m sitting at Starbucks and there is an adorable 3-year-old boy sitting next to me – he can’t stop smiling and wiggling in his seat in anticipation of the piece of banana bread and milk his mom is bringing to him. As she places them in front of him he squeals with happiness! Ahhhh life is goooood! Wouldn’t it be nice to be that delighted with something so simple?
It’s absolutely possible for you.
The question is, would you rather…. live a life of struggle, frustration and sadness OR one of ease, grace and joy?
It’s a no brainer, right? Who wouldn’t want a life of ease and grace? The choice is ALWAYS yours. Claim it for yourself and make it so!!! All you have to do is shift your perspective.
That said, turning the titanic around can require a bit of support. So to help you get going with this new habit I want to invite you to a challenge.
For the next week I challenge you to see the beauty in your life. Each day set a timer morning, noon and night to remind yourself to observe or think about something that is beautiful to you and feel the gratitude. Let yourself bask in that warmth for 30 seconds and not only will you start to see things in your world in a whole different light you will feel wonderful and peaceful. It’s that simple, yet that powerful. Yesssssss!!!
I’m cheering you on 100%!!
Imagine you’re cruising down the highway in a sexy red convertible with the top down and Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun busts thru the radio. You crank it up and start singing at the top of your lungs – giving it all you’ve got – feeling young and carefree! No matter what was on your mind before, you are now on top of the world! Ahhhh….such freedom!
Music has the ability to impact us in a way no other art form does. It takes you deep and can transport you to a specific time and place in your life and that can either take you up or down depending on the memory associated with the song.
This is the power of music. Did you know that it’s way more than nostalgia – that music does something very specific to our brain?
Click here to discover what music does to the brain.
P.S. Speaking of rejuvenating your soul, if you have had a stressful first quarter or just want some time to release, relax and re-center, my Laguna Beach Retreat is just the thing to bring you back to you. And did I mention how much FUN you will have? There’s only 1 spot left – is it yours? Click here to learn more!
Letting go is premier to love. If you hang on tight to the things that drive you crazy you’ll never allow love into your mind. There’s no room for it. A mind full of trash gets more trash. And you want love, yes?
Now you might be saying, wait a minute, isn’t love specific to the heart? True that’s where we FEEL love, but it starts with the thoughts we are focusing on in the mind. Our feelings are determined by what we put our attention on – we think something, then we feel.
Think about it– someone says or does something that is unkind, disrespectful or even crosses a boundary – and you think wait a minute, what did I do to deserve that? What happens next? Most of us put our attention on what was said or done, attach a meaning to it, take it personally and then feel upset. Totally taking it personally our body starts to fill up with anger and injustice and maybe some hurt or frustration. Maybe you say some unkind things in return and get even more riled up.
Can you think of a time that happened to you?
I know I sure can. My article on forgiveness a couple weeks ago where I mentioned the fight I got into with my sister is a prime example of this.
The thing is while our mind is busy taking things personally our heart is shutting down and we are waaaay far away from the love we desire.
We all crave love and yet the #1 limiting belief for women is “I’m not loved or lovable”. How many times have you allowed your mind to spin out of control with thoughts that don’t support self-love? Ay yi yi and the vicious cycle that creates – rarely letting the love we desire flow into our hearts.
When we let our mind hold onto thoughts and beliefs that make us feel bad about ourselves we suffer. The key is to let go of taking things personally and open to the knowing that we are loved and lovable. But that requires a sacrifice and the sacrifice is letting go of feeling bad and unworthy, strengthening our love of Self, believing in our beauty and goodness.
How do you do that?
The key is greater awareness and making consistent healthy decisions. Here’s the deal there’s a part of you that wants to go forward and expand into love and there’s a part of you that’s arguing for why you can’t. God wants you to have a free full life of love because that’s what God/life wants for us but then the human side argues for the hurtful things that were said, resentment, blame, criticism, anger, and it’s arguing for contraction. One of those two sides wins with every decision we make.
The awareness is key because it helps you see with every decision you make which side is winning. Then you can see that part that argues you out of love. And it’s not just in taking things personally – ask yourself if you lean into that part of you that gets small and weak in other areas of your life? As we do one thing we do everything!
The fabulous truth is that ultimately you have way more opportunity for love in your life than you are currently allowing.
Are you up for a challenge?
I thought so – you rock!
So the challenge is to pay attention to what you are paying attention to for the next week – and let love win! By letting go of those idea’s/beliefs/thoughts that don’t serve you, and instead choosing empowering thoughts that nurture YOU :))
Love to hear how it goes – leave a comment below and let me know your results
“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.”
~ Mother Theresa
Wow – powerful quote…and sometimes easier said than done, right?
Is there anyone you’re holding a grudge against and having difficulty letting it go?
I get it -I’ve been there. Several years ago my sister and I got into a massive fight just minutes before interviewing my lead expert for a summit I was hosting. She said some horrible and hurtful things that shook me to my core.
I was stunned and shocked thinking, “Are you kidding me? You know I’m about to do one of the most important interviews of my life and you’re choosing NOW to bring all this up?” I was trembling with anger and hurt as I put on my lipstick and told myself to push it aside and pull it together!
In all honesty it wasn’t my best interview; I was totally off balance with my entire nervous system shaken and my mind numb but I managed to push it aside and make it through with the grace of God.
It was afterwards that I wasn’t able to push it aside. I told the rest of my family and all my friends every little detail of what had happened, playing my victim role to the hilt and spiraling down into a vortex of blame, judgment, and self-pity. Ugghh, not something I’m proud of today but I felt justified at the time.
Ever happen to you? Ever fall into the rabbit hole of righteousness and claim the “I’ve been wronged” role with a vengeance?”
Although it’s easy to do, it sure doesn’t make you feel very good does it?
After a few weeks of sleepless nights, lack of focus and an upset stomach this situation was taking its toll on me. I clung to the belief my sister should apologize, but that apology never came.
I was tired of feeling so ugly inside and knew I had a choice – I could stay stuck in my story and all twisted up inside OR I could empower myself to shift out of it by healing the hurt.
While being in Bali the last few weeks I’ve learned something significant I want to share with you because it will make a huge difference in your life.
It’ s the secret to your personal well-being and overall happiness.
It’s the key to living a life full of love instead of sadness, frustration and disappointment.
Can you imagine living in consistent peace and joy? Wouldn’t you love it?? Seriously how amazing would that be? I’m talking every moment of every day, not just sometimes. Think about what a light you would be for others and how much more productive you would be if you were able to hold this state. Wow. It would be beyond awesome, right?
Well the people of Bali seem to have mastered this with ease and grace. They are beaming with peace and love and it’s genuine-it’s radiating from their eyes. Just being in their presence and energy makes you feel good. I thought wow I want to know what brings them this joy- what do they do to reach this enviable place of being all the time.
So I asked three lovely ladies what makes them and the people of Bali so happy and they instantly told me the secret- it’s the three principles of Balinese life.
They call it Tri Hita Karana:
- Have a good relationship with God – start your day with gratitude in prayer for 5 to 10 minutes. Although they have very little materially they have so much gratitude for what they do have and they make sure to thank God for this continuously. They are grateful for everything! And consequently they live a life full and rich with love.
- Have a good relationship with others. They stay in touch with their friends and family and community and have a special way of greeting each other. They say “Om swastiosu” which means I pray for your health and happiness and that you be blessed by God. As they say this they put their hands in prayer position in front of their heart and they look directly into the eyes of the other person.
- Have a good relationship with nature. Here in Bali the Banyan tree is a sacred tree and whenever they pass one they honk and they acknowledge the sacredness of the tree with a sincere heart and ask for protection. They spend time in nature daily in respect and gratitude. They recognize there is another world beyond the physical world we are living and they look to balance it through connection to it every day.
Pretty simple right? I personally am taking this home with me. As I pack and get ready to fly home today I leave with this beautiful truth in my heart and these beautiful people in my memory.
I challenge you to join me in adopting this three step Balinese practice and let me know what happens in your life. Try it on for a week and see how you feel my guess is you’ll start to experience a lot more peace.
One of the aspects of my spiritual pilgrimage to Bali is to take the time to be self-honoring – to rejuvenate, refresh and fill up with God’s love to feel balanced and whole. I have been unplugged from technology for almost a week now-having deep rich conversations, taking long walks, doing yoga and body work and meditating – allowing my mind body and soul to reflect and relax. Many of the women on this trip sharing with me how rare it is for them to do something like this for themselves-my thoughts turn to you with these conversations.
This is not something most women feel comfortable doing or do on a consistent basis for themselves-instead they make sure everyone else is taken care of and happy. Right?
While it’s great to be service oriented, it’s also extremely important to serve yourself and your needs as well so that you can authentically show up as your best self for others. AND super key point to understand- in order to have that awesome deeply connected loving relationship you desire you have to be in a great loving relationship with yourself first!!
So today I want to give you several ideas on how to sprinkle some love on yourself:)) …click here for 7 ways to wrap yourself in love.
When I woke up this morning I was thinking about you.
The week of Valentine’s Day can be rough for a lot of people – whether you’re in a relationship or not. Maybe you are feeling really disconnected in your partnership or if you’re single are you having sad thoughts like, “what’s wrong with me, I’m so sick of spending another holiday alone…” and wondering if you will ever experience the love you desire. It hurts to be in this space, no question about that.
So I started thinking, what could I share with you today that would bring more love and joy into your life?
Something simple and powerful.
And then I thought about this awesome opportunity that I was awarded last month – The Shine Challenge – based on one simple principle – Sprinkle Kindness – which results in a really cool side benefit – a boomerang of love!
So on Valentine’s Day I took a basket of red roses to a convalescent home and handed one to each of the ladies (and some of the men got one too :))! This had been on my bucket list for a few years; inspired by my memory of how my mom’s face used to light up every time I gave her red roses (her favorite) AND my dad had spent a lot of time in this particular facility and I had gotten to know some of the ladies.
This experience was every bit as wonderful as I imagined it would be – the ladies faces lit up, they sweetly smiled and their eyes started to shine.
One 104 year old woman smelled the rose, took in a deep breath and said she felt like she had died and gone to heaven, another broke into a huge smile and signed thank you I love you, and another started to cry.
It was more emotional than I expected and I was grabbing Kleenex as I went from room to room. What’s that saying, “When your heart opens, your eyes leak?” Ahhh such a warm and wonderful feeling of love flowing through my body.
What I learned – the quickest path to love is to sprinkle love on others.
So if you have been waiting for someone else to show you love, STOP. That’s the quickest path to frustration and sadness. Don’t ever let anyone else determine the amount of love you feel inside. By birth you are entitled to as much as you want. Take control of your love tank and empower yourself by engaging in acts of kindness. I promise you will fill up fast!!!!!
Why this is important:
If you want to attract more love into your life it’s crucial to BE in the same vibration. You know that saying, “water finds its own level?” well it’s the same with love and actually everything in life – you must BE what you desire in order to draw it to you.
One of our greatest abilities as human beings is to generously give to others. Our time, our attention and our love are three things that make the biggest difference in the lives of others.
Acts of kindness can be to strangers, or it can be to your friends, anyone really. Calling your girlfriend up who you know is having a tough time and telling her that you’re dropping by with her favorite cupcakes is an act of kindness. Helping others when they least expect it is an act of kindness, and the best part? The amazing feeling you get when you do this multiplies, it compounds and grows! It’s just another way to change your overall energetic vibration in this world, and increases your overall happiness and attractiveness to others.
When you open your heart, and be of service to others, magical things will start happening around you. You’ll experience the upward spiral because you will step into a higher energetic vibration. This is KEY! The law of attraction is preceded by your vibration -like attracts like. If you feel good, then good will attract back into your field.
Where can you sprinkle some kindness to not only the people in your life but also to people you don’t even know? I challenge you to do this daily for the rest of the month – you will feel the best kind of love there is – blissful unconditional love.
Are you in?
Comment below and let me know your experience.
You’ve got a dream, a goal, ambition and you’re ready to take the world by storm. Woo hoo!
But, wait, why are there so many darn potholes on the road to your desires?
Anyone who’s dared to dream knows that the initial excitement will eventually be met with some form of obstacle or resistance. So, how do you move past these roadblocks on the path to your bright future?
The first step is to recognize that a roadblock is not a dead end.
When a challenge arises, it’s important to stay connected to your “why” and not to give up. Why do you want this particular thing? As long as you keep this in the forefront of your mind you can recenter, refocus and recommit.
After all, a detour on the way to work wouldn’t keep you from getting to your end destination. So why would you let a detour on the path to your dream keep you from reaching your aspirations?
Today I’m going to share the 3 most common obstacles people encounter on the way to their dream and how to recognize these culprits and move past them.
This way, when you encounter an obstacle you can say, “Out of my way! I’m on course for my dream life!“
Viva la dream building!
Click here to learn how to “clear your road” of these obstacles!!!
Time to say sayonara to 2016 and let the New Year Begin!!!
Rather than setting resolutions, make a courageous commitment to living on the edge of your comfort zone. You sure would be in good company considering Dianne Feinstein and a bevy of other iconic females I saw interviewed said the key to a happy and fulfilling life involves taking risks and stepping out of your safety zone.
According to these empowered women, that’s when life becomes magical and you are truly living into your genius and greatness.
As inspiring as that sounds you may be saying to yourself, “That seems kinda scary. My life may be a bit boring but routine suits me because I know what to expect and I like being in control…” sound familiar?
In the spirit of this theme I am committed to speaking my truth – even if it’s a little risky -because I want to shake things up for people and nudge them in the direction of their bliss.
So here goes…living a routine life will suck your spirit dry! You’ll be parched, wilted, lifeless, dreamless with about as much energy as a sloth on a hot summer day. It’s time to follow your dreams and drink deeply from the well of the unknown. The excitement of the risk will make you feel vibrant and alive!
Now you might be thinking, “How does one do that?” Truth be told all it takes is an intention to make 2017 the year you live fully, a willingness to be open to new experiences, and a commitment to bring forth consistent courage.
This means reflecting, identifying and overcoming those things that keep you in your rut. Then coming up with new behaviors and structures that are in alignment with who you want to become; the you that embraces life and all its opportunities; the you that is determined to look back at your life with no regrets.
Here’s an exercise to get you started. Go ahead and grab 3 pieces of paper and a pen and begin writing:
- Page #1 – write down all the relationships you want to release and/or set the intention you only want to have joyful and happy relationships. Send love to those you are releasing and then burn the list in a safe place like your fireplace.
- Page #2 – write down all the physical stuff you don’t want to bring into 2017 – items that take up space and keep you attached to the past. Next take action to clear it out. That may mean pictures that remind you of relationships that went south, clothing that no longer fits or makes you feel good, paperwork and clutter! Move it out and move it forward sister!
- Page #3 – list the emotional things or habits/patterns you don’t want to bring into 2017 – this can be old limiting patterns that don’t serve you anymore or emotional habits like guilt, shame, blame, avoidance, anger, sadness. It might be obligations, or unhealthy habits. I’m releasing a pattern of working long hours – in the New Year I want to spend more time with the people I love AND make time for love! I’m committed to creating more balance in my life by slowing down and choosing my work projects carefully. What emotions or patterns are you going to release?
Doing this exercise will make you feel lighter, clear and more confident. As you feel more confident you’ll be more willing to take risks. Voila! You are now living on the edge of your comfort zone.