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3 Steps to Access Your Intuition

You know that feeling of using your intuition in a situation and having it work out beautifully. Do you wish you could create that experience any time you needed a solution or direction? Well, with practice you can! The steps to accessing your intuition are simple and easy. The key is to use them over and over again so you get comfortable with your natural ability to access your intuition. Step One. Listen. Take time to listen to your intuition with daily meditation. It can be a sitting meditation or a moving meditation. Having a time each day that you put aside to listen quietly to your deepest self is the lifeline of accessing you intuition. Step Two. Trust. Once you have heard that inner voice of wisdom, felt that gut instinct, sensed a intuitive nudge – it is time to trust it. Trust yourself. Sometimes this is taking a big deep breath and giving yourself permission to proceed. Sometimes it can be as simple as affirming to yourself, “I trust my intuition.” Sometimes it is taking a leap of faith into the unknown – that is a big trust in yourself. Know this: You have the answer. You have the inner wisdom. You can trust yourself. You can trust your intuition. Step Three. Follow. Now go for it! You have listened to your intuition. You have decided to trust it. Now follow it. Take action immediately when you get an intuitive direction. It can be a small act or a large one. But make sure you deliberately do something concrete to follow your intuition. Whether it is a...

Move Your Body

Of course you know that daily meditation is great for you. But what about those times when it feels impossible to sit still? One way to enjoy your practice is through a moving meditation. This is ideal when you are just simply too restless to sit quietly and you want to cultivate mindfulness in a movement form. Take a meditation walk and begin to let go of some of the excess energy and anxiousness. A meditation walk will rejuvenate both your body and your mind. When you go on a walking meditation, be sure to leave your phone, music, errands and window shopping behind. Have an awareness of where and how you are walking while you allow yourself to remain outside the busy activities of your surroundings. Walk at an easy pace and let your mind become calm as your body settles into the rhythm of your footsteps. Other movement meditations can be anything where your body enters into a cadence or rhythm and allows your mind to eventually settle. Some ideas include swimming laps, folding laundry, rowing a boat, sweeping or raking leaves. The key is to get a physical rhythm through motion which causes your mind to clear as the body moves with ease. Having mindfulness while you are in a meditation walk or other moving meditation is an excellent way to develop mindfulness for the rest of your day. Give it a try and Enjoy!...

Complete Alignment

When you are in alignment with your truth, be assured you are on the right path in your life. Sometimes the road may be bumpy and difficult, but if it is your right path you will have a sense of calm. A benefit of being in alignment with your truth is that you lose that sense of comparing yourself to others. You have a strong sense of being at the right place at the right time. It does not mean there are no challenges. It is just that you do not have to second guess yourself and every decision. You have a deeper sense of trust in the process and direction of your life, your work and your actions. So how do you get in alignment with your truth? It is something that you build over the course of time. So the sooner you start with it, the sooner you will be enveloped by the the benefits of being in true alignment. Here are some steps you can take to tap into your personal truth. 1. Meditate Every Day Of course you have heard me tell you this before. And you know how good it feels when you actually take a few minutes to stop rushing around and just breathe. Getting started on a daily meditation practice is a key step to being able to easily tap into you inner wisdom and truth. The discipline that it takes to have daily meditation will extend into all areas of your life. It will buoy your efforts in other ways. Start with 5 minutes a day. It is a short enough...

Get Grounded

Get grounded – what does it mean and how do we do it? Our body is grounded by the earth’s pull of gravity so that we do not drift into space. But what about our minds or our emotions? It is easy for our inner self to “pop-out” of our body,  our outer self. Our language is filled with references that symbolize or imply some part of us leaving our body for one reason or another. Look at all the everyday phrases that suggest how we might leave our bodies. When you are in a long meeting, “your mind wanders off.” You might snap back when your name is mentioned and say or think, “Oh, I was off somewhere else.” Maybe it was a daydream about Hawaii or solving a work problem. “I was off somewhere else” is a comment everyone understands. When someone gets a terrible fright, they can be said to “jump out of their skin.” Regarding a traumatic experience, some people describe watching themselves from afar rather than feeling or experiencing the trauma. They are out of their body. How about being in love? An old fashioned phrase is “fly to the moon.” Now that is out of your body! Another phrase used is when you are late, you might describe it as being “in a hurry.” If you are in a hurry, it is hard to be in this moment. When you are out of your body you are not in the moment, and likewise, when you in your body you are able to be fully present in the moment. Any time that you are...

Got Stuck? 3 Ways to Get Your Energy Moving

If you are feeling stuck even the simplest tasks, let alone making your goals and dreams come true, troche can be rough. It is possible to get “unstuck” and change your entire experience of your day with a few simple actions. When you get your chi – your life force – moving forward and flowing easily, everything shifts and resistance begins to melt away. Here are 3 simple actions you can take RIGHT NOW to move stuck energy. All of these can be done every day as needed. 1. Sing! Sing out loud! Feeling a little sheepish? Sing in the shower. Crank up the radio and sing in the car. Start singing a little ditty from childhood or even a catchy jingle from an ad. The act of singing brings movement and energy into your body. A jaunty song will perk you up and get the chi flowing in an easy way. 2. Dance! The companion to singing is dancing. Not worrying about choreography or steps or anything. Just get up and shake it! Best if you can put on some music and get the flow going. Maybe other people in your household would like to dance with you – you won’t know unless you try it. Even if you are the only one in the mood – surely there is a place with no one looking that you can dance around a bit. Movement moves energy. When you are emotionally, mentally, energetically stuck – get up and move. 3. Say YES to life. A day full of “no” can be long and hard. Find a way to say...

3 steps to change old habits

Feeling resistance? Trying to change an old way of seeing things and doing things? Want help to create new habits and patterns for your life? Here is the three step process for releasing old patterns and habits. 1. Acknowledge This step is what I call the “hello” moment. When you first realize that you have an old pattern of thinking that is getting in the way of moving forward, and there is a tendency to want to change it immediately. But this quick rush to “make things better” doesn’t acknowledge the complexities and value of your old patterns. With this first step, acknowledge your pattern, just say hello to it. This is a time to be free of judgment for yourself about why you keep repeating a certain undesirable habit or way of thinking. Just notice it and acknowledge it. 2. Thank yourself This is the deep opposite of judgement for why you behave in a certain way or habitually think old thoughts that no longer work for you. This is the deep opposite if beating yourself up over old ways of doing things and thinking and patterns and habits. Rather than get down on yourself, this is a profound and unique opportunity to validate yourself. Recognize that the choices you made come from a place of taking good care of yourself, protecting your space or maybe it was the only way you knew how to do something. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you grew up in a household with parents who were afraid of change. Every time something new happened in the neighborhood or community,...

The Magic of the Pause

The Pause One magical aspect that comes from mediation is the ability to take a longer pause. A longer pause between experience and reaction. That means when someone is irritating or distressing to you, you can have a little bit longer between what just happened and the time that you respond. That pause gives the opportunity to consider a different outcome. Instead of jumping to conclusions, you can listen. Instead of getting angry, you can breathe. Instead of making a rash decision, you can think it through. You Can Have It Every Single Day Daily meditation teaches you to pause. Not the kind of teaching where you suddenly realize, “Ah yes, now I must pause.” Rather, this kind of teaching is by simply doing it. Not thinking about it, but actually doing it. Actually pausing. Daily meditation is a chance to put the world on hold, on pause. So many times I have heard people express the wish to press a pause button and just be able to catch their breath. Well, here it is. It is accessible for you, within your grasp, within your control. You get to have it, Every Single Day, if you want it. Immediate Demands The pause that comes from meditation is what allows you to be slower to react to situations. You know the ones I am talking about. The various situations that come up a million times a day. Someone makes an immediate demand from you. You are square in the middle of something else and they want their needs met Right Now, damn it! Even if you are working for a...

You Are Enough

We try so hard to make it in the world. to prove to the world and to ourselves that we are good enough, strong enough, smart enough and so many other things, too. The truth is, right here, right now: You Are Enough. In this moment, even without accomplishments, successes or proof – you are whole, complete, enough as you are. We can get caught up in the whirlwind and expectations of our careers, relationships and family. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparison and judge ourselves and measure ourselves continuously. You can get out of that by seeing yourself as simply and wonderfully enough right now. Here are a few tips to consider as you let go of the proving yourself to the world (and yourself) and see the truth about who you are. 1. Separate Who You Are from What You Do Having success in your field or endeavor is wonderful – but it does not have to define you. Live your life with an open mind, extend compassion to yourself and others and stay in the present moment. This will support you as you recognize the truth that who you are is not what you do. 2. Express Deep Gratitude When you the time comes of getting wrapped up in what the world thinks of you and feeling you “should” do more or be more, take a few minutes to write up a quick gratitude list. It is easy to do – counting your blessings is always in order. When things a going great, remember to have gratitude. When things are going not...

Boldly Follow Your Dream

Yes! It’s time for you to boldly follow your dream – you know the one, it might be a grand idea that has been in your heart for years, it might be that essential project that has been on your mind for months. You have the dream and now it’s time to follow it and make it happen. Want to know the surprising secret to following your dreams boldly in a huge way? Small steps. Small steps taken every day is the path to making your dreams come true. Here are 3 tips you can use to make sure your BIG dreams come true taking SMALL steps every day. 1. Start at the end. When you know your goal, when you know what you want to achieve, take a look at the steps you need to take starting from the end (reaching your goal) and working backwards to the the very first action that needs to happen right now. This is called Reverse Engineering and the most successful people have been using this method for many years. 2. Schedule it! Now take a look at those steps and put them on a realistic schedule taking small steps every day towards your goal. If your next step is on your schedule, you have a much greater chance of accomplishing it. As Marie Forleo says, “If it isn’t on the schedule, it doesn’t exist.” Get it on the schedule = Get it done! 3. Plan to change the plan. Be clear about your goal, be prepared to do the hard daily consistent work in small steps…AND give yourself the flexibility to...

Meditate In The World

One of the benefits of meditation is that you can do it practically anytime and anywhere. For starters, you only need 5 minutes and you are well on your way. It can be morning, noon or night. Don’t fret about when to do it, just take a few minutes and sit quietly. How about where to do your meditation. Consider shaking things up a bit and try a public meditation. Yes, that’s right, meditate outside in the world. It sounds intimidating, but in reality it is quite pleasurable. You will be surprised by all the experiences you have when you meditate out in the world. When you try it, make sure that you have established a safe place, tucking away your belongings or having a person you know as a watcher. Then sit back, close your eyes, breathe and enjoy. Here are some reflections from a few of my adventures meditating in Morocco, Paris, London, New York and San Francisco. I hope they inspire you to take your meditation out into the world. with Ashira, Krista and Talia...

Dig Slash Clear Forge

You know how it goes when you are trying to figure out what to do next – everyone has an opinion for you. Really,  pretty much everyone will offer advice, opinions and has what they genuinely think is the best plan for your life. It is just what people do. But even those who are most gracious and genuine in their ideas for you are going to offer it to you from their frame of mind. This is fine for getting insight or assistance when you need a fresh perspective, but is ultimately not your strongest position for deciding how to live your life. Consider instead of following someone else, someone else’s ideas, opinions, objectives and agenda – make your own path! Forge your way. Slash, dig, rake, build, clear your own path. This requires a few elements: courage, confidence and knowing your next step will be. So here is the thing about all 3 of those things – you don’t need a lot to get started. You can get rolling with even just a bit of courage and confidence – just enough to take the first step. You do not need to know every twist and turn and every step on the path – in fact that is nearly impossible and completely unnecessary. Just the next step, just what is in front of you now. Taking that step will give you more courage and confidence as well. So, no need to follow someone else. You can create your own path and follow your own truth. You will be so glad you did! xo,...

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