You are invited to spread your wings and fly. You are invited to soar. You are invited to expand your wings. You are invited to reach out farther than your eyes can see. You are invited to fly wing to wing.
Are you willing to soar, expand, reach out, fly, and spread your wings?
As I sat on my bus ride home, I noticed how the daylight had expanded. I was listening to some chanting music and I turned my head to see a big glow of light – the sun bursting through the frame of the bridge I was crossing. I took a quick photo with my phone [...]
I had posted a blog about my recent health struggles and how I relied on so many people for support, comfort, and connection. After the post, I experienced a lot of vulnerability – that felt both a relief and also very scary. For me, vulnerability is about being seen, being whole, and being real with complete acceptance. I was willing to weigh the risk of sharing a private matter because I knew how much it has influenced my life and business. I knew by opening up about a deeper part of my life, I was giving permission for other people to do the same. I decided that exposing my heart was more important than what others might think about me.
What I had not expected after publishing the post was the outpouring of love and support from friends and complete strangers who not only thanked me for sharing about my personal experiences, but took time to send me their vulnerable stories as well. People from various countries revealed their personal struggles going on in their life. This connection gave me the opportunity to have a real dialog about what scares us, frees us, and what gives us hope. Even the word “struggle” began to turn into something a bit more kinder and gentler.
As I continue to embrace uncertainty (with open arms), I have learned that many of my friends and readers of my blog are embracing uncertainty as well. I have discovered that many folks are dealing with their own personal journeys and have been inspired to reach out and ask for help.
As we reach out, we invite others to do the same. When we extend a hand, we show that support is always available.
I invite anyone who is holding in a difficult issue to reach out. Ask. Receive. Allow yourself to be embraced by unconditional support and love. I know how difficult vulnerability is. What I have realized is that vulnerability, however scary, is less terrifying than invisibility.
Thank you to all who have extended their hand to me. I continue to be touched by all the tremendous generosity of support and kindness.
We really are on this road together – hand in hand.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho, Author of the Alchemist What if we realized that in order to achieve success, we will sometimes have to start something stupid? After reading Richie Norton’s new book, The Power of Starting Something Stupid, I learned that [...]
“…But every time we allow ourselves to lean into joy and give into those moments, we build resilience and we cultivate joy.” ~Brene Brown
During the month of March, I taught a teleseminar on Cultivating Joy. During the course I shared with participants, “How wonderful to know that we cultivate joy moment by moment. Breath by breath.”
Leaning into joy means recognizing the gifts of ordinary moments. It means accepting joy when it comes. If you can experience a little joy, then you can experience a lot of joy. It means seeing joy in ordinary moments.
As the course emerged, I heard folks share their “fear of joy” or foreboding joy – the feelings that joy will go away and something worse is just lurking around the corner. I name it the voice in our head that says, “This is too good to be true.” Yet, when I asked participants to share about their experiences of joy, here is some of what people shared.
Sitting down with my family for dinner. Taking long walks. Hearing laughter from my children. Having my Starbucks coffee in the morning. Watching a movie with my husband and dogs. Falling in love. Spending time with my parents. Shopping with my friends.
Joy comes in ordinary moments. Joy means being willing to be vulnerable. Rather than crave more joy, perhaps we can recognize when we are feeling joy.
How can we cultivate joy more? We can stay in the present moment. We can breathe in joy and exhale joy. We can be grateful and celebrate what we have – everyday.
Yes, joy will shift in moments of sorrow and loss. We can lean into joy and learn from our heartbreak and build resilience and hope and more joy. When we appreciate the ordinary moments then joy becomes part of who we are.
GLP is a movement. A set of shared values. A community. A creed, bundled with a voracious commitment to move beyond words and act. First, as a manifestation of your soul. And then as a quest to have the adventure of a lifetime, and to leave the world around you changed.
As soon as I read that description, I applied to be a part of the project. I made it to the interviewing round and had an amazing conversation with Jonathan Fields about bringing Toning the OM™ to the next level. I shared how I wanted to create more triZENbe communities (Zen Tribes). My goal was to create meaningful connections through inspiring (meditation) videos and global heart-centered workshops and conversations. After my interview, I received an acceptance email from Jonathan to participate in an intense 10-month program. I was one of 100 people who were accepted into GLP, but due to the financial cost, I wasn’t able to join the project, and had to decline.
After I let go of my deep disappointment of not being able to afford enrolling in the project, I celebrated the fact that I was part of a very small group of people that was accepted. And for a year, I have followed the Good Life Project™.
Another aspect of GLP is a weekly web-show hosted by Jonathan with “acclaimed entrepreneurs, artists, authors and thought leaders.” At the end of each interview, Jonathan asks, “What do you think makes a good life?”
As I still ponder my answer about what makes a good life, what has emerged for me is: love, connection, and service.
For me, a good life is all about having heart centered connections rooted in love and service. My good life focus is about co-creating experiences to slow down, opening my heart, remembering my true self, and living from that space.
Connections, love, and service are my way of living aware, awake, and alive. That is my good life-long project.
How about you? What is your good life maifesto?
What is your good life manifesto?
As I walked through the NY Botanical Garden I overheard, “Can I see what you are seeing through your lens?” The question was from a woman speaking to her husband as he was taking pictures with his zoom lens. It stopped me in my tracks. What happens when we look at the world through the [...]
For those seeking to escape the corporate cage and the constraints of a 9 – 5 job, there is a book you might enjoy reading: Be a Free Range Human: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills by Marianne Cantwell.
Many people wonder what they’d do if they won the lottery and didn’t have to commute every day to a job that is barely keeping them going. What if living your dream was possible and you could do what really brings you meaning? Cantwell’s book gives you some practical knowledge and tips of living a “free range life.”
For Marianne Cantwell, “Be Free Range Human is not a regular business or careers book. This isn’t just about making a living without a job… it’s about discovering a world where daring to be yourself, throwing out the old rules, doing things your way (no one else’s) and creating a life that suits you down to the ground is not only encouraged but essential to make this work.” Cantwell writes about people that have figured out what they want to do with their lives and are doing living it, right now.
This book is a great introduction for people who are considering moving away from the corporate world, the traditional career ladder and aiming to make a living doing something they love. It is written in a lighthearted in style with practical exercise to guide the reader. Be a Free Range Human is for those new to personal growth and struggling with work-life balance.
The book is encouraging and useful as a way to consider your next steps towards your future.
My third grade teacher would tell us before taking a test, “Always keep your first answer.” After intense studying for tests, my teacher recommended that we trust our instincts (even in the third grade!). Research says that we instinctually know things within 2-3 seconds of situations. This came to mind when I had to make [...]