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The stress solution…

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There’s certainly no bad time to be grateful but the time we need it most is often when we feel most challenged. No matter how dark the clouds in life, the sun beyond them never stops shining and one thing that will help dissipate them is gratitude.
Years ago I used to go on what I called gratitude walks. It was a time that I literally had nothing–no money, no home, no job, no car, no cookies! As a result of some profound spiritual experiences during this time, I also felt a sense of inner fullness unlike anything I can describe. But there were many times when I didn’t know where my next meal would come from and I would panic.
Sometimes when I felt most afraid I would just start walking giving thanks for anything and everything I could think of. “Thank you for these shoelaces. Thank you for this sidewalk for me to walk on. Thank you for the blue sky to remind me of limitlessness. Thank you for the trees gently dancing with me. Thank you for the cars that help people to do wonderful things. Thank you that I am never alone. Thank you that even though I can’t see it right now, I am infinitely cared for.” However long it would take, I would walk until I was crying because my heart was so filled with gratitude.
It’s impossible to feel truly grateful and angry, sad, afraid or alone. Gratitude is the sun and when we are determined to not let those pesky clouds stop us from seeing it, they will part.
Note: I always had everything I needed during this period of transition. They just didn’t come in the way that I was used to and often came in very unexpected and miraculous ways.

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This is so much more important than it might first seem. Doing the things that make our heart sing isn’t selfish or self indulgent, joy is the way we are often inwardly led if we’re open to it. When we allow ourselves to led in this way, it not only benefits us but it benefits everyone. And I do mean everyone.
The rather pervasive belief that we benefit others through sacrifice and suffering is not only very unfortunate but is patently false. When we let joy be our compass we open a way for magic and miracles, and become a beacon for others.
We often think following our joy and doing what we love has to be something big or some career path. It can be but it’s usually much more simple, particularly at first when we’re learning how to tune in, if you will. It’s rather like the “hotter-colder” game. Something (and it can be anything) will feel warmer in your heart and feel just a bit better than other options. As you follow this, you might feel a bit warmer with the next thing and then the next. Conversely, when we get off track, it will heavier, colder, and more like drudgery.
The key is to learn to trust and not to judge the things we feel moved to do. For example, if you suddenly feel very attracted to the color pink (like I am right now), just go with it and try not to figure out why or where it might be leading you. We don’t ever know where these things will lead and trying to figure it out will only interfere.
I gotta go now. I suddenly feel like I want to change into something pink. xo

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New beginnings…


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Just breathe…


I’m looking out of the window to my office and I see trees with no leaves. If I didn’t know any better, I might think these trees are dead. The sun sets over the ocean and if we didn’t know any better we might think it actually goes into the ocean. A man was imprisoned some 400 years ago for suggesting the Earth isn’t the center of the universe. And we’ve all seen “water on the road” but don’t panic and slam on our brakes.

Just like these, our lives can sometimes appear to be so many things other than okay from our limited perspective. If we go deeper, we will always discover that the truth doesn’t change; that everything is indeed unfolding as it should, and we truly are okay.

The experience is similar to viewing a really, really big tapestry. Our view is often so close that we see these large hairy pieces that look scary and make no sense (not that we don’t often believe we can make sense of them). But as we back way up (or go deeper), we see that those hairy, scary pieces are woven together to form a breathtaking picture. The tapestry didn’t change. The only thing that changed was our perspective or understanding. xo

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All you need is love…


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Wisdom’s whispers…


For the last two years all I want are heart related things and things in pink, red and white this time of year. I’ve never been that interested in Valentine’s Day in the past so I don’t know why I suddenly feel so attracted to these things but I’ve learned to just follow these little prompts. Last year this interest led me to dust off the book idea that resulted in the recent reprint of the book and the other goodies.
When I am being led I often feel an attraction to something–it’s something that I WANT to do. I am led through a sense of joy but I’ve learned there’s always something bigger behind it. It’s rather like following a trail of breadcrumbs (or cookie chunks for me). I’ve learned to trust it, not to judge it, and to follow it. When following our heart, the problem is often that we think we need to know the why and we don’t usually get the why until later. For example, you might really feel like you want to go shopping but your head might say that you don’t have money for shopping. If you follow it you might find that you meet someone, run into someone, see something that gives you an idea that leads you to the next step, or any number of things. There’s really no telling what it will look like.
Year’s ago I went through a period when I had zero money (and I mean nothing) but I was also having very profound spiritual experiences. I was staying at my father’s house one day and while cleaning the living room I saw a little red car park across the street. I felt a little nudge to go talk to the person in the car. I thought it was a bit crazy and had no idea why. Then I saw a “for sales” sign in the window.
I didn’t have a car and had no money for a car so I couldn’t imagine why I would inquire about this car but thought to myself, “Okay, if the license plate says JLL on it (my initials), I’ll go talk to this person.” I slowly walked down the driveway and when the license plate came into view it read JLL (with some numbers).
To make a long story short, I got the persons contact number and then forgot about it. Within a few days a friend who was traveling through town handed me check that covered the amount of the car and everything I needed to get it on the road. Like a sweet wink, on the way to the Secretary of State, there was another car in front of me with JLL on the license plate. I’ve never seen another car with JLL in the license plate since. I later used that little red car to start a business.
Note: When I write about following or listening to your heart, I never mean the romantic, sentimental heart. I mean that inner Voice, the inner Wisdom, your inner GPS. xo

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