The Cost of Fear

Several years ago I was very worried about the repercussions of a decision I’d made. The fear was unusually intense, so I sat in meditation to find some inner calm. Once the crazy thoughts abated, and I was able to relax into my breath, I ‘saw’ my nervous system as a charred, blackened, frazzled mess. I understood clearly that every time my thoughts dove into that pool of fear, my nervous system was adversely impacted. I imagined how my entire body must react to decades of negative, fearful thinking and beliefs. Why would I put my precious body through that? I recalled a previous meditation from years before in which it was made clear to me that the human body can absolutely take on and process a lot of the pressure and stress that we inflict upon it, but it is very much designed to be enhanced by joy. The body is like a house. If we don’t lovingly keep up the maintenance, it may become uninhabitable.

ESSENTIAL OILS to support peace and calming:

– Bergamot
– Wild Orange
– Lavender

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This Perfect Universe

“This perfect Universe” is each and every one of us. Beyond all the BS that clutters our hearts and minds lies an enormous reservoir of positivity, kindness, wealth, compassion, understanding, generosity, and overall well being. May we all know that we can tap into that perfection, purpose, and power at all times. Yes, we are that. Have a beautiful and blessed day! What else is there?

Essential oils to uplift the spirit, and assist in meditation/mindfulness practice:

– Arborvitae
– Frankincense
– Sandalwood

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Who Is Leading You?

Sometimes I ask myself, “Why the hell are you getting so freakin worked up over that?” By ‘that’ I mean news stories about the words and actions of political leaders, and government policy that they may be advocating, or that is currently on the books. My mind just pulls me down the rabbit hole of judgement, intolerance, and polarization. Not always pretty, but perfect in it’s own way.

Once I get a grip on reality, the questions that often come are: “What are you going to do about what you are witnessing? When will you take action?”

And then it all morphs into “Be your own leader, politician, and advocate. Live by your own rules. Be kind. Let your own, inner light show you the way.”

I posted this quote from Byron Katie on Facebook the other day as a reminder to myself about what is possible:

“I’ve heard people say that they cling to their painful thoughts because they’re afraid that without them they wouldn’t be activists for peace. “If I felt completely peaceful,” they say, “why would I bother taking action at all?” My answer is, “Because that’s what love does.” To think that we need sadness or outrage to motivate us to do what’s right is insane. As if the clearer and happier you get, the less kind you become. As if when someone finds freedom, she just sits around all day with drool running down her chin. My experience is the opposite. Love is action. It’s clear, it’s kind, it’s effortless, and it’s irresistible.”

More to come.

Stand up for yourself

Speak Up, We Can’t Hear You!

Are you feeling a call to take a stand for what you believe in, to speak out, to be a more vocal and action-oriented participant in what I call the ‘Evolution Revolution’? Are you ready to RISE UP?

Holy crap! I know I am! And I thankfully don’t have to know what form that showing up and rising up will take – ever.

Perhaps we can BE aware that in every moment we have an opportunity to do good, to lend a hand, to smile, to listen, to be still, be silent, speak up, speak out, sit down, or stand up.

Perhaps we can take a moment or more each day to listen to what is being asked of us. What is that true voice inviting you to do? Who is it inviting you to BE now, and now, and now, and now?

These are exciting times! BE involved. BE open to letting your clearest, kindest, most powerful self take you to great heights – or maybe to the depths that will show you more of what you are made of. Ah! Maybe…

Dag Hammarsrjold Quotes - Never, for the sake of peace and quiet,deny your own

A Fast From Complaining

“If you didn’t have anything to complain about, what would you talk about?”

That question, posed to me by my brilliant mentor over 20 years ago, still stops me in my tracks when it pops into my head. It always invites me to take a closer look at the thoughts, beliefs, words, and actions that are out of alignment with peace.

Sometimes, when my inner-victim comes knocking and I want to jump on the whine wagon, I get very quiet and wait for the painful thoughts to pass. Other times, especially when it is something deeper, I give myself permission to bitch and moan, knowing full well that there is an end in sight. Yes, complaining as loudly as possible – over and over again if necessary – as a way to honesty, integrity, and harmony. Call it ‘conscious complaining’ if you like.

The quote below puts another spin on the topic.

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ESSENTIAL OIL recommendations to help move beyond complaining, and to fall into a place of acceptance and gratitude:

– Thyme (a drop on the heart center could work wonders!)
– Lavender (calming and soothing for the grumpies!)
– doTerra’s Forgive Renewing Blend

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Enjoy the journey!

What’s Your Focus?

When I was a kid I noticed that when I said I wanted a green-colored bike, I began to see green bikes everywhere. The same went for orange Volkswagen Beetles, butterflies, and mystery books. As I got older, my focus shifted to travel, jobs, money, and sex. What fun it was – and is! – to see things manifest, and often very quickly.

Orange Beetle

Today, the words spoken to me a few years ago by a friend popped into my head. “You’re very good at manifesting. You talk about things, and then they appear,” she said. This was after what I’ve called the ‘bottoming out’ of my fiances had occurred. I was so focused on surviving, and struggling to move beyond my fear of bankruptcy that I could barely see where in my life I was thriving. And I was thriving in so many wonderful ways! How could I miss out on the beauty of that! Oh, the power of the mind!

What I Focus On Grows

Life keeps bringing me reminders of how easy things can be when we don’t resist, when we love what is, when we let others help us, and when we surrender to the call of the heart. I’m currently seeing proof of that as I book guests for my new, six-week Mindful Manifestation Group Challenge (see below). Names have popped into my head, I’ve reached out to invite those people to be a part of the fun, and – BAM! – it’s a done deal. No fuss, no muss.

What is your focus these days? What have you been asking for? What are you allowing yourself to receive?
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Open Wider

This morning I was washing dishes and noticed something covering the filtering screen over the drain. “That’s not helpful,” I thought. “Nothings gonna get down the drain with that kind of mess in the way.” I reached into the filter and scooped out the potentially drain-clogging muck. Later, as I was driving to a meeting, it occurred to me that the muck in the drain was holding a great bit of information for my soul-searching self.

1) I didn’t know for sure if the drain would be clogged by what was hanging out in the filter. I assumed it would.

2) I took action based on previous life experiences.

3) My action potentially allowed for things (water, etc.) to flow more easily and quickly through a wider passage in the drain.

My BIG TAKEAWAY is: OPEN WIDER and let more good stuff flow to you!

Here are some ESSENTIAL OILS I use to support mental clarity, and spiritual insight, and expansion:

– Frankincense
– Lemon
– Rosemary

Listen Learn Grow

Sick and Tired Of What?

Last week, a virus I had took me on quite a journey. Extreme drops in energy levels, fever, and sleeplessness combined with major body aches were my daily companions for 7 days and nights. I was up, and I was down. Throughout it, I was committed to knowing what, if any, underlying thought or belief system was ready to be revealed, and maybe let go of, or adjusted in some kind way. In other words, what was I sick and tired of?

“We go into the darkness, we seek initiation, in order to know directly how the roots of all beings are tied together: how we are related to all things, how this relationship expresses itself in terms of interdependence, and finally how all phenomena abide within one another.” – Joan Halifax

Twenty years ago I sat for a week, naked and silent, on a wooden platform, under a canopy of mosquito netting in a small, three-sided hut in the middle of the Amazon Jungle of Peru. I was on a vision quest. It was part of a two-week group journey into the heart of the Dark Feminine led by my mentor, Lorna Roberts, and the master jungle shaman and ayahuasquero, Agustin Rivas. Day after day I sat among the sounds and heat of the jungle, and the relentless, pounding chatter of my mind. A very restricted diet, and three experiences with the power plant ayahusca during that time left me feeling quite empty, weak, and humbled. I had gone into the jungle hungry for knowledge about the earth and the cosmos, my new business, relationships, etc., and found myself going deep within myself for the answers over and over and over again. My past lovingly showed up each day to remind me that I was afraid to know and love myself. How could I fully embrace and love all beings if I was out-of-touch with myself? I had pushed emotions down so far into my body that it had caused a physical disruption in healthy energy flow. How could I teach others about their bodies and emotions if I did not understand my own? My habit of giving away my time and energy to others had taken away from my own self-nurturing and the goals I’d set for myself, and often caused me to disregard my intuition. How could I offer others a chance to know themselves if I was constantly having to restore my energy after an over-abundance of giving?

Yesterday I woke with sharp images of my time in the jungle floating through my mind. Why were those memories so alive yesterday? Because they were reminding me that patterns I noticed 20 years ago were appearing once again, and it was time to make a change. I had been become sick and tired of being hyper-focused on what other people were doing in my business, and of holding onto thoughts and feelings that I deemed inappropriate to reveal.

What will I do with this knowledge now? As my dear friend, Rosa, used to say, “You have a lot of awareness, but if you lie around in bed with it all day, what good is it?”

Integration. Responsibilty. Action.

ESSENTIAL OILS to support the process: Sandalwood, Lime, Eucalyptus

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Politics and Presence

If you’ve been observing the news cycle since the end of the US Republican and Democratic national political conventions, you may have noticed that the drama from both sides has continued. Name calling, accusations, assumptions, and posturing, mixed with platform policy that some agree with and others disagree with.

I’ve been doing what I can to stay out of the fray, to check my political pulse, and to question my thoughts and actions in regard to the candidates, and their respective parties. Sometimes I am quite successful in not attaching to thoughts that create upset, or even thoughts that bring joy. I notice that I am most drawn to speeches and policies that align with my ideas about inclusiveness, and taking care of other beings and the environment. If something seems to oppose that then – whoops! – my mind can take me on a rough and tumble journey through the land of harsh judgement, and inflexibility. That is not a comfortable place, and I like to be comfortable, don’t you?

What should we do? Do we roll over and let our ideals be trampled? Do we watch passively as human rights are violated, and violence erupts? Where do we place are focus? Below are some options to consider as we embrace change – which sometimes looks chaotic.

Pema Chodron offers this: “In the most ordinary terms, egolessness is a flexible identity. It manifests as inquisitiveness, as adaptability, as humor, as playfulness. It is our capacity to relax with not knowing, not figuring everything out, with not being at all sure about who we are — or who anyone else is either.”

The recording below on YouTube from Abraham-Hicks about the 2016 Presidential election may also be helpful. In it, the question is posed, “How do you find alignment in the midst of divisiveness?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW5rJ-OEN2w

Thich Nhat Hanh - When we are mindful