Are you breathing?

Are you breathing? It’s actually a serious question. Breathing involves both inhale and exhale. Living life involves receiving and giving. Taking in and releasing. Breathing in and breathing out. For so many of us though, it feels like we forget to exhale. We forget to let things go that no longer serve us – like the stale oxygen we release when we exhale. Nature abhors a vacuum. So if you are seeking something new and different in your life, I invite you to ask yourself : “What no longer serves me that I am ready to exhale? What am I ready to release?” Allow yourself to feel into this. What is weighing you down? Imagine life without it and see if you feel lighter. Maybe what’s weighing you down is clutter (my personal bugaboo right now) or limiting beliefs that you’ve been carrying since childhood. Maybe it’s a project that’s no longer in alignment with who you are or the people you serve. Maybe it’s a relationship that has reached its natural end point. Whatever it is that no longer serves you, let it go. Exhale. Then, inhale and see what happens. Breathing is good....

Cracking the Code of Resistance

Release Resistance EMBRACE WHAT YOU LOVE      Hello Magical Beings, Popping into your inbox to share a bit about why I haven’t been popping into your inbox much at all of late. lol I’ve been lost in the land of RESISTANCE. The personal kind, not the political kind, though there is that too. You know what I’m talking about, right? The kind of resistance where you WANT to do something, you KNOW that doing it feeds your soul and yet….something blocks your way. That’s where I’ve been. And the longer I’ve been here, the greater the imperative has become to “figure it out.” To understand ‘WHY.” My dreams and intentions have been locked in a steel safe and all my energy has been sucked up trying to crack the code.  It’s not that I haven’t been busy. I launched a new offering called Conscious Contracts, which combines my heart-centered approach to business, and my 25+ years experience as a business lawyer. My goal is to support conscious business owners who want their business processes and contracts to reflect their values. (Read more about that here). I’ve been sharing my wisdom in regular Sunday talks at new thought spiritual centers and teaching Intentional Creativity Workshops designed to catalyze personal transformation. And I continue to be in awe of my private coaching clients who are blossoming into the women they’ve always longed to be, right in front of my eyes. (I have a few openings right now so contact me here if you’d like a free LOTUS session to explore whether I can support your unfolding.) But here’s the thing. I haven’t been telling YOU about all this. YOU,...

Curiosity and the Sacred No

Hello Beautiful Being! First of all, I want to welcome all the new people who have recently joined this growing community. Whether you came as a result of MOJO or because Amy Ahlers shared my LOTUS Wisdom ebook with you or because you saw one of my posts on Facebook, it warms my heart to have you here and I’m grateful that you said YES when you did. It has finally stopped raining here in Northern California and I feel myself slowly emerging from the cocoon I retreat to during the quiet dark of winter. As many of you know, after almost two years without another beating heart in my house, I brought two kittens home in late October. Having sisters Ginger and Molly around this winter has been a joy. They make me laugh out loud as they go crazy chasing their own tails (and each others), swatting at their own reflections in the mirror and playing soccer with anything they can find! Most of all, though, I love watching how curious kittens are about everything. From the washing machine to the toilet to the rain falling outside, they check out everything. The other day Molly (the one in the photo) even crawled inside the dishwasher! What if… we got curious the way young children and kittens do? What if… instead of reacting to our feelings, we got curious instead? What if… we followed the “why” thread to the source of our feelings and then RESPONDED to the situation instead of reacting? Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. I hate to disappoint other people. So more often than not,...

Message from Hawaii….

Aloha beautiful beings of light. I am sitting poolside in a beautiful mountain home overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the big island of Hawaii. Rain patters on the pool. A warm breeze blows gently through my hair. A multitude of birds are singing their unique songs and enjoying a morning bird bath. (I wonder if birds call what I did earlier this morning a human bath?! lol). I am overflowing with gratitude for everything that has happened these last many years that have brought me to this place. Hard to believe that I am working. Yes, you read that right. I am working. “How could that be?” you say. Well, that’s why I am feeling so blessed. For years I spent my life striving and living on the endless wheel of other people’s needs and expectations. I was successful.  I made good money. I owned my own home. Provided for my family. But work was my “finance committee.” Not my “life committee.” Work fed my life. It didn’t feed me. My experience is not unusual. When I suffered a head injury, I could have given up and never worked again. But that isn’t who I am. I didn’t want to walk away from life. Wasn’t ready to leave un-given all the gifts I’ve received throughout my life. I had medicine to give and wanted to give it. (You do, too. We all do.) So I started consciously listening to what my heart wanted. And paid careful attention to the answers. I practiced living in alignment with my own intuition. Consistently. About “big things” and “small things.’ The more I...

Standing in the Circle of Love

  Are you scared of love? I am. I’m scared of being vulnerable, scared to ask for what I need (much less what I want), scared of being rejected or found unworthy. I suspect that most of us feel this way more often than we admit. I also suspect that most of us have learned to be scared and love anyway.   Being scared and doing it anyway is the definition of courage. When we are sick or hurt or struggling, it can be especially hard to RECEIVE all the love that comes our way even though it’s what we need the most. So I wrote a song about standing in the center of the circle of love for a dear friend who had just been diagnosed with non-smoker’s lung cancer and was blown away by all the love and support coming her way. I wanted to remind her that she was doing a remarkable job receiving and to encourage her to keep going. Little did I know that it would do the same for me. Last Tuesday I was in another car accident. I’m ok, tho pretty battered and bruised, mostly from the airbag, which did its job really well – that’s the good news and the bad news. Being on the receiving end of an airbag when it deploys is like being on the wrong end of a battering ram. Way better than the alternative though, that’s for sure! So I’ve had lots of opportunities in the last week to stand in the center of my own love circle and exercise my own courage muscles. I’ve received incredible...

Creating Harmony

  Hello everyone!   Pete Seeger always said that “harmony is when the person next to you is singing a different note.” I love the image this evokes. A group of people creating something that is more than the sum of its parts. A place where each voice has a place and each person is valued for what they have to contribute. The fact that it also describes my dream for our world is a big added bonus.   I’ve just returned from a four-day gathering of creative women and girls who are committed to exploring their own gifts and how they may embody those gifts to help create a world that works for everyone. I listened in awe as the young girls spoke about their vision of the future, about how they can contribute to the change that we all know is needed, about how we can support each other in our own work.   This gathering reminded me how precious each voice is.   There was a time when I didn’t have a voice to add to the circle. Insecurity, fear, shame and the deep conviction that I had nothing to add kept me bound in silence.   Thankfully, the voice inside me would not be silenced. It kept whispering that life wasn’t meant to be like this. That there had to be more. Sometimes those whispers turned into tears. Of longing.  Of loneliness. Of outrage and anger.   Finally, in in the midst of the darkest night, I started listening. The more I listened, the better I heard. The better I heard, the stronger my own...

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