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4 COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES TO SAVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

I’ve opened my big, fat mouth many times without thinking and then immediately regretted it. I’m not going to lie, impulsive and reactionary dialogue has gotten me into relationship trouble. Instead of listening attentively and patiently – I can be like a horse in a barrier at the starter’s gate waiting for the bell. I find myself judging. I lose compassion. And the result? Relationship conflict. Later, when I’m relaxed and have returned to my right mind, clarity kicks in. I see clearly how my words effect the person I am speaking to. The good news is, my patience is improving and I’m dodging less relationship bullets. And it’s all because of the 4 Communication Principles below that I’d love to share with you. Read carefully and thank me later after you’re allowed to sleep in the bedroom instead of the doghouse. […]

WHAT OPENS YOUR HEART?

Everything we do is a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings. But have you noticed we tend to pigeon hole spiritual experiences as isolated events sprinkled throughout our lives. The moment we recognize the opening of our heart and an energetic expansion of our being, where joy, connectedness and heightened awareness wash over us, we excitedly stamp it as this awesome spiritual experience. And no doubt it is. The question I want to ask you is – do you believe you can focus and commit to that feeling of connectedness and love in everything you do? You don’t have to go looking outside for it, it’s within you. You know what you love, just listen to your soul. It won’t lie because it’s the truth. Do you think you could make every experience a spiritual one? Outside of visiting natural wonders and sacred sites, or reading soul nourishing books, or the birth of your child, or the day you got married to the love of your life, or sitting in meditation – and many other moments that engulf you in the present moment because your heart is open…do you believe you are capable of making the “mundane” to-do-lists of daily life spiritual experiences? And would you want that? […]

WHY ARE YOU RESISTING CHANGE?

Why do you keep ignoring what beats inside your heart? Have you listened to the voice within that's telling you something needs to shift in order for you to be fulfilled? Quit trying to please others and living someone else's life. Start by honoring what is authentic and real for you and begin to make [...]

HOW COMMITTED ARE YOU TO LIVING YOUR DREAMS?

We experience the most personal growth when there is a beautiful balance of support and challenge. When we are pushed from our comfort zones and propelled to fulfill our highest values, while at the same time offered support, guidance and wisdom by those close to us, the full use of our faculties come alive. Too much challenge and we suffer overwhelm and self-doubt. And on the other hand, too much support and we get lazy and make excuses as to why we haven’t stepped closer towards our goals. In the words of actor Tim Robbins who plays Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” When you have a specific goal or intention you are working towards, it’s important to align yourself with the ideal mix for you to have the best chance at success. And to be clear, my version of success is a state of joy, inspiration and greater self-awareness brought upon us from goals that challenge us. […]

HOW TO FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND FIND YOUR PURPOSE

This article was written for the Huffington Post and can be also viewed here – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-follow-your-passion-and-find-your-purpose_us_575eedf9e4b079c7cee6046e Have you ever ignored the voice within you that’s whispered there’s a more purpose-driven life to the one you’re currently leading? Do you sit at your desk in your chosen career and think – hang on a second…does this really fulfill me? Why do I keep ignoring my heart’s desires? Whose life am I living here? I know in my own experience it was a real lack of confidence and belief that I was worthy to receive and have what I really wanted. My passion and sense of purpose was clouded by the herd-like mentality, which I allowed myself to fall into. […]

WHOSE LIFE ARE YOU LIVING?

Don’t get to the end of your days with a bag full of regrets. Find what sets your spirit on fire. Ask yourself, “whose life am I living?” It’s okay to question what you have been led to believe and leave the herd like mentality. It’s important for you to find fulfillment, so listen to [...]

ARE YOU DEFINED BY A VISION OF THE FUTURE OR A MEMORY OF THE PAST?

Can you be defined by a vision of the future instead of being a victim of the past? Are you brave enough to make new choices separate from the habitual emotions that keep your body on auto-pilot, re-living the same outcomes each day? Look at your own life as evidence. Experiment yourself with destiny. I believe for the majority of us – we secretly hope that the change we long for in our lives will magically happen without any conscious effort to shift. That one day we’ll wake up and today is going to be the day that I – Discover what I’m meant to do. Finally say no to this career that’s eating my soul. Say yes to intimacy with myself and others. I’m going to be free from the chains of the past hurt…..and so on and so on. […]

HOW TO LIVE A LIFE WORTH LIVING

Our time on Earth is valuable and should be treated as such. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed and for a lot of us, precious time is wasted living someone else’s life. You may feel like you’ve lost touch with your true nature. You’ve lost your vitality in a job that stifles you or creates daily misery that is a prison sentence for your soul. Much like staying in a relationship because it’s convenient, sets you up for a fall. Why do we put ourselves through this nonsense? Because we don’t know what we really want and investing the time and effort is too hard. We don’t know where to start looking. We don’t know how and amidst all the questions comes confusion – Ugh, I dunno…Is it wine time yet? Let me just collect my check and get drunk and for a few hours forget that I’m unhappy where I am and the choices I’ve made. Sound familiar? It is your natural inheritance to feel love and to let that be your authentic expression as a human being. Everything else can kindly take a back seat. You are the Number 1 project. But what if the Number 1 project found out that tomorrow wasn’t coming? […]

INNER PEACE OR CHAOS?

Where do you dwell in your current situation? Do you choose to align your thoughts with chaos? Or is it closer to love and inner-peace? Are you conjuring the construction of blame and anger? Are you quick to label and judge? Is your first reaction to slip into an unnatural response, not aligned with your natural inheritance – love? Why have unnatural thoughts become so natural? And why have natural thoughts geared towards compassion, empathy, creativity and generosity become so unnatural? So unnatural to the point of awkwardness and unworthiness. Every thought creates form at some level. You have freewill to think whatever it is you like. But have you ever seen for yourself in your own life, the physical manifestation of a habitual mindset based in fear? I heard Marianne Williamson speak the other night in one of her lectures from A Course in Miracles – and a line I recall stood out to me. She said: “In the Garden of Eden is says Adam fell asleep. No where does it say he woke up”. The Course is in no way affiliated with any religious doctrine or dogma – however it does use Christian terms for people’s understanding. What struck me was the second sentence – No where does it say he woke up. […]

HOW TO CREATE MEANINGFUL MOMENTUM

You want to look back on 2016 with joy as to how effortless the changes were once you aligned with yourself, right? You’d prefer meaning and purpose over struggle and effort, correct? Now the million dollar question – how do we create that type of meaningful momentum? Let’s start with a shift in focus and get specific. Let’s get to the root of WHY. Why we do the things we do? And why do we want the things that we want? The WHY will always reveal our deep motivations. The next question is – are these motivations really serving my highest values? Are they aligned with my True Nature? Make these soul centered questions a daily practice in your meditation – Who am I? What do I really want? What’s my purpose? What am I grateful for? These questions promote of sense of peace, love, joy and compassion. Although not all the answers may come to you at once – they are aligned with the ultimate goal – self-love, self-acceptance, gratitude and worthiness. The more intention you give to these questions, the more you will receive. […]