Mine is accomplished (well, I have two, and truth).
Happy 2013. It’s going to be a good one.
Like all of us, I have many important relationships in my life. They all start the same way, with an unexplainable, beautiful connection that is love in its purest form. It’s crazy how you can have something so amazing with little or no effort.
We are taught that the more you add to things, the better they should get, but connection, honestly may be just the opposite. As we add time, circumstances and life, fear and insecurity, those connections can be dramatically diminished, and sometimes completely lost and nowhere to be found. This can be very frustrating, to say the least.
Just as my connection to others is essential in my life, the relationship between me and my intuition may be the most important one. We have a pretty amazing relationship overall and can be a pretty powerful team, literally making things appear like magic (even surprising ourselves sometimes). HOWEVER, if things are not good between us, we can do some pretty impressive damage… and we work fast!
About six months ago, I found myself in a familiar place, heading down that dark alley way and slowing being enveloped by fear (I hate when that happens). That place where you can’t make a decision, where it’s hard to look in the mirror because, well, you’re not there.
On this one particular day, I decided to look at myself anyway, and literally said to myself, “You are not going there again. Go take care of yourself, once and for all!” Seriously, enough is enough.
I mean, I do yoga, meditate and I am a wellness professional myself, but to be honest, was I really doing all I could do to keep my intuition strong, to nurture it? The answer was no. Do any of us really give it the attention it deserves?
So, I started caring for it, taking away all of the things that get piled up on top of it and bringing it back to that pure, connected place I mentioned in the beginning of this story.
Long story short, in the last six months of working with an intuitive wellness counselor, Jenna. Think about that, “intuitive wellness”. I love that! I have been so inspired by her, I have started my own rapidly growing business living out my passion, I am in a beautiful relationship, and seem to be calling a truce on the battle against me and my old self-sabotaging patterns. Seriously magic.
Now, intuitive wellness is simply part of my overall routine (why wouldn’t it be?), along with eating healthy, running and going to yoga. What working with Jenna has reinforced is that NO MATTER what we allow to cover up our intuition, it is always there. It is our job, and no one else’s to protect it and keep it strong. If you do this, every time you look in the mirror, you will see yourself. And when we really see ourselves, our truths, we realize that anything is possible, because, it is.
To learn more about Intuitive Wellness, I strongly encourage you to contact Jenna at Tune in Solana Beach, California. She is wonderful and will support you to find something you thought you may have lost. Don’t worry, it’s not lost, you just have to give it a little love. ♥
We all need a little reminder sometimes to trust, be loving and truthful with yourself, and to simply let go. What’s cool, is it will always lead you back to someplace you know.
“Send out love and harmony, put your mind and body in a peaceful place, and then allow the universe to work in the perfect way that it knows how.” – Wayne Dyer
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama
Check out this video below. It may inspire you in some way to be more creative with your own life, family and community … and provide you with some ideas for real change.
The Plentitude Economy – A vision of what a post-consumer society could look like, with people working fewer hours and pursuing re-skilling, homesteading, and small-scale enterprises that can help reduce the overall size and impact of the consumer economy.
You can also visit the Center for a New American Dream (www.newdream.org) for more solutions and examples (like the Guide to Sharing - free download) of creative ways to live and change … and it doesn’t include anything getting bigger or more complex.
Please don’t forget to share this post. Reminding people that there actually is an opposite direction to move in, is a positive start.
Written by Ali Schiller
I am absolutely phobic about old food. I’m constantly checking expiration dates, I am not a fan of leftovers, I just don’t like things to sit and get moldy. Gross. My refrigerator is always full of new, fresh food.
Despite my feelings about food, I recently realized I was letting things sit too long in my life. I was letting my dreams get stale. I needed to declare myself! I needed to take action fast!
Step 1: Find some people to tell my plans to.
I’ve learned that telling myself I’m going to do something only works sometimes, telling someone else I’m going to do something works better, telling a lot of people I’m going to do something works best.
Step 2: Put an expiration date.
I can’t say I’m just going to do something, I have to say I’m going to do something by x time.
Step 3: Get it done.
Whether it’s one week, one day, one minute before x, I will finally do that thing, I will get it done. Why? Because that’s what fear does to me, it makes me procrastinate until I have a choice, let people down or do the thing that I’ve been dreading, afraid of, avoiding, whatever. Ninety-nine percent of the time I’ll choose to do that thing rather than let people down.
Today, I sent out a survey to get feedback on a new training idea. I wrote the survey last week. I finalized it several days ago. I revisited it this morning. Why did I finally send it out? I actually told myself I’d have it out last week (clearly, I talked myself out of that one) but I told somebody else it would be out today by 1pm. It feels great to have it done and out there.
Making your dreams real requires action. What action do you need to take? Who are you going to tell? What’s the expiration date? Keep them fresh.
You can also find Ali at LifePrinciplesMatter.com
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”
“The Wise Woman’s Stone”
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I have been having a lot of conversations about money lately. You know how that works, once you start thinking about something specific, every person you talk to, article, movie, etc. seems to be strangely focused around that topic. One common theme in these conversations is how to incorporate your passion into something that makes you money without losing the integrity of your gift (or selling out). Also, not being afraid to make money, just because you are doing what you love. …Or thinking that an abundance of money will stop you from a path of enlightenment (if that’s your thing). It is a topic that keeps coming up with friends and clients and to be honest, I think (actually, know) I have to do a little work on this myself.
“O.k.”, I said this morning. One of those “O.k.’s” you say when you are really ready to face something with a new perspective. I realized, I was attracted to this topic, or this topic was attracted to me, whatever, because it’s something that I need to really redefine for myself. My definition of and how I communicate about money. Anyone else with me on this?
This morning it dawned on me, for most of my life I have said I don’t care about it i.e. “I don’t really care about money” … “yeah, it’s not that important to me” … but somehow it’s come, and allowed me to do the things I want. Saying that I don’t care about it, or that it’s not important is not only ungrateful, but, when I really think about it, it’s also not a true statement. Wow. I swear it’s those small little things that always give us the biggest epiphanies.
As I continued to think about it this morning, I thought, as someone who brings attention to the truthfulness of the use of words that my clients use, how could it be that I missed this one for myself? I care about everything a great deal, so why was I putting this block up against something that has afforded me a life that I love living? Why was I saying I didn’t care about this? Even being indifferent to it would be better. Seriously, what’s my deal?
I do understand where that block may have come from. Yes, there have been times where I was obsessed with things, having the right car, purse, hair, house, and I had all of those things, but I was unhappy, really unhappy. After I got back from living in India, which gave me a greater appreciation for even the littlest of things, my lack of interest in money grew, mostly because I was overwhelmed by the availability of everything, consumerism, and probably a little to do with the unhappy correlation with money from my past and maybe a bit to do with greed I had personally witnessed in the corporate world.
So, after all of those realizations this morning, I thought, “I wonder what would happen if I started saying that I cared about it, but in a healthy, balanced way?” and “What if I replaced the word money with words like prosperity, wealth and abundance?” I bet with these small changes in my language, my whole perspective would change. I bet a lot of things would change (guess what, it’s already working). Oh, another realization, even if I live abundantly, that doesn’t mean I need to have a lot of things (which, I don’t want … and that is TRUE). O.k. I got this.
I trust that I am not alone in this, so this week, as I continue to expose this topic, I am going to talk/share things about money, (um, I mean prosperity, wealth and abundance) and career, about doing things for meaning vs. money, and how you can do both. Let’s also talk about companies that are not just looking at profits, but people, and the environment (yes, you can still make money if you look beyond the bottom line and bonus, you will probably feel better about yourself too). I invite you to join me and encourage you to share your own thoughts on these topics.