A Different Presence

This morning while out on my morning walk with the dogs, I felt a new emerging presence. I don’t mean the presence of something external, I mean presence as in total embodiment. It feels connected to yesterday’s Taurus New Moon and all the retrograde activity that’s been going on. As if we have cleared a crap-load of old stories to make way for this emergence into our most expansive selves. This is also a One year in that brand new nine-year cycle, so we have been sweeping away the tendrils of the old cycle and are being offered a fresh start. Think about what in your life may have ended recently, or what has been gently removed from your awareness. In what ways do you Continue reading A Different Presence

The Art of Self-appreciation

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How can you find self-appreciation in a world full of reflections that want you to believe you’re not good enough? It’s important to find it, because it can reduce stress, increase well-being and engender heightened feelings of success. What is healthy self-appreciation? There’s a certain humility and relaxation that comes of confidently, quietly acknowledging your innate talents and gifts, and using them in ways that light your heart. It’s not an ego-driven, vociferous exhortation of all your best assets, followed up by proof in the form of photos, documents and extraordinary testimonials. Start by dropping comparisons. This is a biggie. It’s easy to appreciate yourself when you’re the only one around. It becomes more difficult when someone else enters the picture and suddenly one of Continue reading The Art of Self-appreciation

Happiness Begins Within

Happiness is inherent to humans, yet at times, can feel so elusive. How is it that it can seem so difficult to attain something we’re all born with the capacity to feel? There are many external factors that can appear to have an effect on your overall state of well-being; things like finances, relationships, political issues, family, etc. They don’t have to affect your happiness, if you don’t allow them to. Life will continue to unfold around you whether or not you’re happy; it’s far easier to face challenging times from a place of calm alignment. Happiness is an inside job – it begins and ends with you. How anyone else feels about your happiness is actually nothing to do with you. If you’re waiting Continue reading Happiness Begins Within

Your Inner Child Loves You

Your Inner Child is the part of you that keeps you tapped into the magic in life. She’ll be distracted by squirrels and kittens and butterflies in the middle of a supposedly serious moment. He connects you with the joy, enchantment and mystery at all times, and reminds you to look at life with innocence and freshness. She’ll show you the way to play when life feels challenging and stagnant, and demonstrate that a little mischief can lighten even the darkest moods. Your Inner Child helps you pinpoint your desires and the things that make your heart sing. He also guides you to what doesn’t feel good, because it hurts or frightens him. She teaches you to use your heart as a measure of resonance, Continue reading Your Inner Child Loves You

I Looked in the Mirror and What did I see?

My friend Joy and I decided to do a blog exchange in July, and her only caveat was ‘something fun.’ So we decided on the idea of a date, time and instruction that we’d give each other, and write about what we learned from that moment. (I wrote this on 25 July, and as life would have it, we both became busy and the exchange didn’t happen. This post feels relevant right now, so I thought I’d share it.) Joy gave me the instructions: ‘July 11 at 11:11 am, look into the mirror.’ My initial response was resistance and a feeling of trepidation, but I set my alarm and when the date and time came, I looked in the mirror. I’d been cycling through some Continue reading I Looked in the Mirror and What did I see?