It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us. 

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A Lazy Girl’s Guide To Transforming Your Life

I often call myself lazy.  This might not sound like a self respecting statement, but there is a part of me that loves the lazy.  It has served me well.  I also acknowledge the term girl is very much outdated, but I welcome the feeling of excitement and anticipation towards life that is often  found in our younger years.  Keep reading and discover how you can lean into your lazy and discover a life filled with joy and pleasure. An added bonus; you can also increase your intuition and intentional manifestation powers.

Lazy is being smart with your energetic resources while honoring your innate ability to flow in unison with your dreams.

On my personal journey I have worked hard. I have also mastered the art doing nothing, and this is where the Universe speaks to me.

I am sharing  the top 12 tenets of a lazy girl’s guide to a spiritual life.

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What is PACT?

Today, many of us create our financial lives by building it from the outside in. Why? Because the entire way our system is set up today from our educational systems, our career systems, our family structures, etc teach us on some level that something outside of us is better than the version that we are. Our systems teach us that we are flawed on some level. That we need to improve what we are not good at as opposed to really focusing on what we are inherently really good at and amplifying those talents.

What we are missing is that we were each put here on this earth for a specific calling. We’ve chosen our careers, and the money we make, to be the center of every decision. Money has become a core value and every decision pushes out from that. So if you don’t have money, you are of no value and if you have a ton of money, you have huge value. I’m here to tell you that this is a bunch of rubbish.

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The 3 Keys to Making Authentic Decisions

In making decisions, we have to do it wisely. Years from now, the decisions that you're making in this moment will come together and compound over time to impact and create your destiny. Listen to this important episode as I share keys to making authentic decisions to avoid regrets and to live life fully.

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are bad decisions? And what are the consequences of bad decisions?
  • What is the fear factor in decision-making and how can you deal with it?
  • What are mistakes and how can you overcome them?
  • What can you do about everything that is going on around you?
  • What can you do to avoid regrets in the future?

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • The 3 Keys to making authentic decisions.
  • How your decisions today will impact your future and the best steps to making the right ones.
  • How you can affect change with the decisions you make today.
  • Different ways to deal with fear in the decision-making process.
  • How so-called ‘mistakes’ can be your greatest lesson.
  • How to live a life with no regret.
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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: View at Seventy

I’m standing on a bridge

near the top of a mountain,

looking back at the winding

path that took years to climb.

And there, below, the chasm

I thought I’d never cross, so

much more beautiful on this

side of the rise. And in the

vastness that seemed like

heaven on the way up, all

those I’ve loved and lost.

And in that pocket of fog

that seemed like hell when

I was in it, the truth in all

things I sighted on the way

that kept me going. I could

lean on this bridge forever

but for the view the next

step will bring.

A Question to Walk With:  Describe a passage in your life and how it looked before you experienced it and how it looks to you now on the other side. 

This excerpt is from my book of poems, The Tone in the Center of the Bell.


10 Ways to Connect Deeply Despite Distance

Social distancing and travel restrictions over the past year have left many people feeling isolated and lonely. One recent survey found 67% of Americans have felt more alone than ever before since the pandemic began.

People have also been coping with increased stress, sadness, worry, and uncertainty. They’ve lost loved ones and jobs to COVID-19, struggled to care for children forced to study from home, and lived in a constant state of vigilance trying to keep themselves and their families well. Almost 4 in 10 Americans say worry and stress in the pandemic has harmed their mental health.

We all hope the pandemic will be over soon, bringing an easing of restrictions and a return to a more normal life. Yet for many people, it may be some time before they’re able to connect with loved ones in the same way they did before.

Fortunately, there are many ways to connect deeply with the people we care about and stay in touch until the time when we can see them in person again. Here are some ideas to try that can help you feel connected and in touch with those you love:

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Let the Light of Awareness Transform You

There are parts of our psychic system that reject the shocks -- the lessons needed for our evolution because they imagine they’re already flying above the world of troubles. It is this mistaken sense of self that stands between us and true self-transformation.

Nothing that resists life can hope to learn from it.

Until we can embrace the lessons that ride into our lives on the back of events, we walk through an isolated world of our own making. Confined and defined by the content of our own thoughts, we are cut off from reality. And, as long as we remain so, there is no hope of realizing our relationship with that limitless Light from out of whose life pours the lessons intended for our transformation.

So, this much is clear: something within us is acting against our best interests. But what would do this, and why? The following insight helps us to see why our lower consciousness —our false self—resists the lessons we need in order to be born anew:

Real learning requires surrender.

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BEE Yourself!

Remember in the movie Aladdin when Genie told him to “Bee Yourself”? Genie was really the Universe telling him to show up in his own truth!

BEE is a joyful reminder of the SWEETNESS of life. That no matter what happens, there is always something to delight in. The bee is also INDUSTRIOUS, a hard worker whose efforts pay off in the beauty of flowers blooming and the deliciousness of honey. She reminds us that we too can create beautiful flowers in our own gardens by being present in our daily lives and giving back to the world in a way that supports the highest good of all. A sense of BELONGING is also offered as a reminder of being a productive and dedicated member of our own hives, our communities that we live and work in.

Witness the power of the tiny bee, small yet mighty and important, and emulate that power in your own life!

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The Moment Is Now

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it.”
 —Florence Nightingale

 

I've Been Thinking...

I Don't Want to Live a Small Life
by Mary Oliver
 
I don’t want to live a small life. Open your eyes,
open your hands. I have just come
from the berry fields, the sun
 
kissing me with its golden mouth all the way
(open your hands) and the wind-winged clouds
following along thinking perhaps I might
 
feed them, but no I carry these heart-shapes
only to you. Look how many small
but so sweet and maybe the last gift
 
I will bring to anyone in this
world of hope and risk, so do
 
Look at me. Open your life, open your hands.

 

The other day, I came across the above poem from my great friend and mentor, the late Mary Oliver. Its opening lines made me stop and think.

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Master The Art of Cultivating a Winning Mindset With These 5 Principles

We all have heard over and over again that ‘mindset is everything’. What exactly is mindset? The dictionary defines it as ‘an established set of attitudes held by someone.’

In her awesome book, Carol Dweck talks about 2 different types of mindset: a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success explains how we take a set of ideas, or what I would call beliefs, into our experiences and interactions on a daily basis, and our actions are a reflection of those ideas or beliefs. Open or closed, positive or negative, fixed and set in stone or growth oriented and expansive.

A fixed mindset assumes that: I have what I have - skills, talents and knowledge and those are set in stone. None of it can or will change. A growth mindset translates into knowing that we can learn, grow and stretch our abilities so that challenges turn into opportunities for expansion.

Here are 5 powerful mindset principles that will support you in cultivating a winning mindset no matter what is going on around you, or in the world.

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Accountability vs. Responsibility

How would you like to learn a success strategy that will double your chances of achieving your goals? 

I’m talking about the power of accountability, and today I’d like to give you some tips on how to put it to work in your life so that you do a better job of achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself this year. 

We’ll also talk about accountability vs. responsibility and the differences between the two so you can better understand how each strategy will empower you to accomplish more, faster, in the months ahead. 

Accountability vs. Responsibility: What’s the Difference?

Stephen R. Covey says that “accountability breeds response-ability.” 

He’s the author of the bestselling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, in case you don’t know him. 

I like this saying because it suggests that accountability and responsibility are different from each other — and it highlights the fact that being held accountable increases your ability to respond, which means taking action. 

When you are responsible for something, it is your duty to respond and take action. 

When you are accountable, you are responsible for reporting the actions you have taken and providing an account of the results. 

Responsibility is task-oriented. You are responsible for accomplishing the tasks required to achieve your goals. 

Accountability, on the other hand, is results-oriented. When you are being held accountable for something, it is your duty to take stock of what you’ve done and report on the outcomes of your actions. 

Both of these duties are key to your success. 

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Life Review: A Preview

When you reach the end of your life, you won’t look back and wish you had made more money, owned a condo in Aspen, or won a Pulitzer prize. None of that will matter. What you will see is all the people you interacted with in your lifetime and how you affected them. In a split second of life review, you will experience yourself as others experienced you and how they felt in being with you. You will know firsthand the love, caring, hurt, or thoughtlessness you energetically transmitted through your words, thoughts, and actions. Your lifetime effect on everyone and everything (including animals, plants, etc.) will be God’s gift to you at the moment of your transition out of the Earth dimension. Instant karma.

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Remain Vigilant for Love and Life with Divine Guideposts

Most of the people in our Humanity’s Team community would probably say that they’re very familiar with practices of gratitude and appreciation and that a commitment to these practices is foundational to their conscious journey. I would say it’s true for me.

And as I’m guessing it is the same for you, I wake up in gratitude every morning. I bring that deep sense of gladness into the day, intentionally tapping into the feelings of awe, wonder, and appreciation. 

I notice the glorious sunlight shining upon the spiderweb just below the gutter when I let Sadie out for a quick run around the house. I hear the melodic sounds of birds singing in the neighborhood trees and bushes as I sip on my coffee. 

I feel the connection with all of life. It is my communion with the Divine.

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Updates on Paititi, Lost City of the Inca: Does the Search Continue?

Cusco represents the heart of the Inca civilization. It is there that many begin their pilgrimage to Inca cities such as Machu Picchu in the Andes. Inspired by the mystery and transformative power of Andean indigenous traditions, many undertake adventures such as our very own Heart of the Pachamama with Puma Quispe Singona. But now, and for the last 100 years, there has been another set of explorations from Cusco. Researchers have been navigating through the Peruvian Amazon for signs of the Lost City of Paititi.

Discovering Paititi would be extremely beneficial for both our preservation and understanding of the culture of the Inca. Finding such places and artifacts ensures their protection. The preservation of sites also enables researchers to study them and bring to light things previously unknown.

In 1979, two French-Peruvian explorers named Nicole and Herbert Cartegena discovered the agrarian settlement of Mameria. Their discovery provides the very first written proof of Incan presence within the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Mameria contains approximately 15 square miles of houses in the pirca style of the Inca. 

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How A Little Decision To Face A Fear Changed My Life Forever

It‘s really funny how our lives can be changed dramatically with a so-called insignificant event. My life changed completely from a decision to go snow skiing.

No, I didn’t have an accident or a near death experience. I just learned how to snow ski at age 43. Now, I know that does not sound very exciting or like a life changing experience, but it was. That one so-called little decision changed me emotionally, psychologically, mentally and spiritually. That one little decision although not an easy one for me to make, set off a chain of events that has led me here with you today, writing this article.

When I was a freshman in college my girlfriend and some of our friends took me on a snow skiing trip to Tahoe California. They set out intending to teach me how to ski. I had never been skiing before. I was a competitive gymnast and my gymnastics coaches forbid me to do any extracurricular activities that could put my competitions at risk.

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How To Overcome Perfectionism

When you can really accept there is no such thing as perfection, it frees you up to be perfect in your imperfections.”

Are you in a constant pursuit of being perfect in your life? Worried you’re going to make a mistake? Over analyzing everything? In today's episode, I dive deep into this thing called perfectionism where I will explore how this can limit your life in so many ways and the keys to moving through this kind of thinking to more freedom, more joy and more acceptance in life. Listen to this short, powerful episode where I share key steps to overcoming the need, the addiction to being perfect. Life is short. Have no regrets. Embrace it all. 

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is your relationship with perfectionism?
  • How does someone become a perfectionist?
  • What are the keys to moving through perfectionism?
  • Is there such a thing as perfect art?
  • What are the gifts you see in your imperfections?

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • The signs to look for that lead to perfectionism.
  • Key action steps you can immediately apply to help you move through perfectionism.
  • The key underlying intention of our drive to be perfect.
  • How to shift your relationship with your so-called imperfections.
  • The game-changing element to make peace with to resolve your relationship with perfection.
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Your Life Is Your Medicine

I have been contemplating life and the arc narrative of the Hero’s Journey. In these stories, and in the experience of my own life, and through experiencing the lives of other people, the worst thing that ever happened to me was the BEST thing that ever happened to me. 

The angels I am most grateful for were the ones that delivered the hardest experiences, the most painful, gut wrenching, and the most heart-breaking experiences. I feel like we don’t give those angels enough credit. I feel like we don’t celebrate the tough times or the hardships we’ve gone through. We don’t celebrate the necessary discomfort we had to experience to be agitated into awesomeness. 

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Your Imagination Can Take You Where Knowledge Cannot Go

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
–Albert Einstein
Knowledge, in this quote by Einstein, refers to the learned information we have acquired over the years of being on the planet. It is the information that is stored in our left brain, the facts that we may need at any time, as well as the false beliefs that are stored in our amygdala in our lower brain, the home of our wounded self.

When Einstein stated that “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” he meant that the wisdom we access when we open to our right brain – the seat of our imagination – is vaster, broader, and far more profound that any knowledge we acquire though our left brain. When we open to learning and go into our imagination, which is where we access our higher guidance, we open ourselves to “all there ever will be to know and understand.”
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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: The Path of Lasting Friendship

The deep irony of my life as a teacher is that I travel all over to affirm that there’s nowhere to go but here. And I’m happy to do it. For every place we arrive at unravels to the same timeless moment in which we are each other. This is the path of lasting friendship: trying to go somewhere, only to land in each other’s arms. The harder we try to run from ourselves, the more certain it is that we will boomerang into the heart of our unanswered question. There, we will find each other.

If, upon such meeting, we accept the truth of our journey and the ways that we have run from life, then we will form an unbreakable bond. If we deny our attempts to escape what is ours to face, then we will push each other away.

I have done both, but I am here to affirm that there’s nowhere to go but here. There is only one, timeless place of truth under every there. The way the same nectar waits in the center of every flower, no matter how it opens. All the friends I’ve been blessed to have know the taste of this nectar. It’s how the spirit of friendship keeps us alive.

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Give Purple Peace a Chance!

When we think of the symbol of PEACE, many of us are transported back to the 60-70’s, the era of hippies, flower power, and free love. We feel a sense of freedom, fun, and unlimited possibilities.

Peace is a gentle reminder of the TRANQUILITY that we can slip into any time we need to refresh and renew. It reminds us of the importance of SILENCE and going within to connect with our higher self. It reminds us that TRUCE is always possible when we see experiences from all perspectives. By tuning into peace daily, we discover that GOODWILL is always an option to share at any time, in any experience.

So, get your bell-bottoms on, adorn your hair in flowers, listen to John Lennon, and let’s “Give Peace a Chance!”

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There’s No Shortage of Soup (or love or blessings)

How do you envision God, Goddess, the Universe or whatever “divine” being you pray to?

Sometimes when I’m in a goofy mood, and I hear someone tell me what’s not possible for them to manifest, I imagine that “being” is like the “Soup Nazi” on Seinfeld.

Remember him?

He was a cantankerous owner of a soup bar in New York City and when you placed your ordered, if you asked for anything extra or special, he would angrily yell, “No soup for you!”

God/Goddess/Universe is not checking a clipboard deciding what you can and cannot have but when you decide, in advance, what is or isn’t possible for you, it’s YOU that blocks the possibility.

I think one of the hardest things about manifesting is managing our judgmental, critical, untrusting monkey mind.

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