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Third step to access your intuition [video]

Imagine you could access your intuition any time you needed it! Well, you can. And it is easy when you follow three simple steps. Check out the video to find out what those three steps are and how to develop more in the third step to access your intuition. What are the first two steps? Find out more here. First step to access your intuition and Second step to access your...

Second step to access your intuition [video]

Imagine you could access your intuition any time you needed it! Well, you can. And it is easy when you follow three simple steps. Check out the video to find out what those three steps are and how to develop more in the second step to access your intuition. What’s the first step? Find out more here. First step to access your...

First step to access your intuition [video]

Imagine you could access your intuition any time you needed it! Well, you can. And it is easy when you follow three simple steps. Check out the video to find out what those three steps are and how you can start today with the first step to access your...

Stop, wait a minute…

How do you use your intuition when you are busy? When you are in the heat of a moment trying to make a decision or trying to make choices that are thrust on you? Well, the answer is to stop. Take a minute to say OK, let me just think about this, or let me just look at this, or let me just listen to myself for a minute. The main thing is to stop what you are doing, turn off the music, close down the computer or at least turn your back on it for a few minutes and just listen. This process of listening to yourself does several things right off the bat. First it gives you a moment to catch your breath and not be stuck with reacting to a situation. It also puts you in control of the situation because you are setting the boundaries – you are saying, OK, my terms, I am going to take a breath and collect myself. The stopping to listen to yourself also gives you a subconscious message that you trust yourself. You are taking time and effort and intention to seek council from the one you respect and consider wise in the matter – your inner self, your deepest self. And when you trust yourself and listen to your inner wisdom, you will find that you will be able to tap into your intuition easily and have confidence knowing what to do. Enjoy....

That Pesky Monkey Mind

Ahh, you finally got seated for your meditation. Maybe you were looking forward to it, maybe you were dreading it, but either way, you made it. As you settle into that sweet moment of quietness you take a deep breathe in…and out. No sooner than your second breathe, it begins… The Monkey Mind. The Monkey Mind is that wild, chattering, screeching endless loop of thoughts that go on and on, over and over in your head. It can be exhausting! No matter how many times you have meditated, no matter how many years you have dedicated to your practice, Monkey Mind can catch up to you at a moment’s notice. And when it comes to you during meditation, simply smile. Smile and relax and breathe. And keep sitting. Find it amusing if your entire meditation practice for that day was filled with nonsense. No need to judge yourself or worry about it. Even if it Monkey Mind bothers you every time you meditate, just keep sitting. Keep sitting, every day start anew. When Monkey Mind comes, laugh at it and enjoy the moment for what it is. Breathe. Eventually it goes away and leaves you to your peace and quiet. Remember that there is no perfect meditation, just daily meditation. Best blessings to you, Kathleen...

Quick tip for using your intuition

Here is a super quick tip for getting to your intuition. Have you ever had a moment when you needed to make a decision about something but there were so many things going on that you could not even see clearly? The phone is ringing,  texts are chiming, email is beeping. And all you want to do is have a minute of peace and quiet so you can listen to yourself think. You know that the information you need is right inside your deep intuitive wisdom, but with all the distractions it seems impossible to get to it. Here is what to do: take a walk. Yup, sometimes it is that simple! Just put on your coat and head outside for some fresh air to clear the fog in your mind. When you walk (without your cell phone or music) your body unwinds and your mind can start to relax. Ahhh. That is when your intuition is most readily available to you. The demands of other people, your own inner conversation, the interruptions and commotions all settle down. Now you can hear yourself think. Now you can hear your inner wisdom. Now you can hear your intuition. Once you listen to your intuition, be sure to trust it and follow it. So next time you want to get an answer from inside yourself, go outside and take a walk. Best blessings,...

3 simple ways to remember to meditate every day

Have you decided to meditate every day,  but are finding it hard to remember to do it? You would have meditated but it just slipped your mind… (that used to happen to me when I first started my daily practice.) Here are 3 ways you can make sure that you meditate every day: 1. Got a calendar? A powerful way to remember to meditate every day is to put it into the calendar. Schedule it like you would any event, there meeting or appointment that you want to make sure you do not miss. 2. If you have an event prompt on your phone, use it to get a reminder of your meditation time. It may be that some days of the week you have a nighttime meditation and other days you try a daytime meditation. An event alert on your phone will help you stay on track with those different times. I use my phone as a reminder when I am on vacation with my family and our time schedules get mixed together. When my phone reminder beeps, the kids know I am going to close the door and take time for my meditation. 3. One of the best ways to take make sure you meditate is to do it first thing in the morning before anything else can get in the way. These simple tools can make the difference between thinking about meditating and actually doing it. Enjoy,...

Easy as riding a bike

One question that comes up frequently is “How can I learn to trust my intuition?” The answer is as easy as riding a bike. In my family there are 10 children and I was the last one to learn how to ride a bike. Even my two little brothers knew how to ride before me! Learning to ride would bring freedom to roam the neighborhoods and get to the corner store to buy candy. But I was held back worried of zooming down the street and taking a dreaded spill. Ouch! In all other respects, I was fearless – climbing tall trees, even the roof of our house. With my brothers we rode a rope swing 30 feet over the edge of the hill, screaming with delight. I slept outside under the stars listening to the hoot of owls and the flutter of bats. Yet somehow riding a bike made me nervous. Eventually the time had come to learn. We had neighborhood tennis courts on our block, so one of my brothers took me out and pushed the back end of the bike while I pedaled. Each time he started to let go I sensed it immediately and would put my feet down to bring the bike to a stop. I could not trust myself to stay upright on the bike. He convinced me to go just a tiny ways without him holding on before I stopped the bike. OK, I could try that. After a couple of attempts, my fear swelled up and I had to stop. A few days later my Dad took me out to practice....

Start it up (again)

Sometimes I forget to meditate. Does that ever happen to you, too? Early first thing in the morning is when I like to meditate, but it doesn’t always work out. My neatly scheduled world is rocked by holidays, travel, children and life. Oh well, not much to be done about that. One thing that really helps is a short meditation to keep on track during the busy times. If you don’t have a practice, or if you have lost a bit of momentum during the busyness of life, try the Five Minute Meditation. It is easy to do. Stop. Sit down. Set your cell phone timer for 5 minutes. Close your eyes. Breathe. (that’s it) When you forget to meditate, or to exercise or to get enough sleep or whatever it is that you like to do for yourself – don’t fret. Just start it up again when you can. Be kind and loving to yourself. Best blessings to you today and every day. xo,...

How to use your intuition while shopping

Trying to pick the right gift for someone? Here is a quick and easy intuition tool you can use while you are shopping, even amid the chaos of people, noise and sales clerks. First of all,stop. Just take a moment to stop and breathe. If there are lots of shiny lights and distractions, just look at your feet for a second. This will help you get grounded. Next step, hold the item you are considering buying in your hand. If possible, put everything else down and focus on the one single item in your hand. Now state the question, either verbally or in your mind, “Should I buy this right now?” Make sure to include the “right now” in the question so you are perfectly clear. No need to add the person’s name or any other details to your question. Keep it a simple “yes or no” question. As you state the question, “Should I buy this right now?” allow yourself to see a Green Light for “yes” and a Stop Sign for “no.” These are common symbols and can easily be imagined. Without trying to think about which one is the answer, let the symbol that represents the best choice for you become clear in your mind’s eye. When you get a clear indication of the “yes” Green Light or the “no” Stop Sign, be sure to follow through accordingly. You already know whether or not to buy this item. You already know the best decision for your situation. All you are doing now is getting a clear answer so you can move forward. Now go out there...

Gratitude brings healing and miracles

Gratitude brings healing and miracles. Take a moment to express your gratitude and enjoy the benefits of a lighter heart and easier flow in your...

Find the “right” answer

You know those times when you have to make a decision about something – its not a big deal, but until you make your choice its holding up everything else. You need an answer and you need it now! Well here is a super quick and easy trick you can do to find out your best choice. Flip a coin.  Yup – that’s right! When you are trying to make a fast decision about something, determine heads to be one answer and tails to be the other. And then toss the coin in the air. It does not matter whether the coin lands on heads or tails, because here is the secret: Once the coin is in the air, you will naturally wish for it to go one way more than the other. I’ve heard myself exclaim upon the result of the coin toss, “Yes! That is exactly what I wanted!” as well as “Bummer, I was hoping for the other one.” Either way is perfect because your reaction points to your true desire. You know the answer inside you. Have fun with this trick next time you need to make a quick choice. Enjoy!...