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Embracing The ALL Of Your Experience In Love

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Journal | 0 comments

Embracing The ALL Of Your Experience In Love

Happy Spring! As I write this, I sit in my back yard enjoying all  things Spring- the warm breeze, singing birds, and vibrant colors. I’m excited to announce that baby Robinson is expected to join us in early September! My pregnancy adventure has been filled with many blessings and challenges alike. I’m learning what it means to embrace/love the fear and challenges as much as I embrace/love the joy, excitement and possibility. This practice of embracing the ALL of my experience has been an opportunity for immense self-growth. After all, how I choose to think about and relate to my experience is what I end up feeding myself (and baby)! Pregnant or not, this is something every one of us can relate to. A question we can all ask ourselves in relationship to any life situation is this: Am I feeding myself love, or am I feeding myself fear? Am I focusing on the positives (love) or negatives (fear)? Am I welcoming what life is bringing to me (love) or am I resisting it (fear)? Am I accepting my experience (love) or am I in judgement of it (fear)? Am I  staying anchored in the Truth that I am always supported (love) or falling into a doubtful pattern of thinking (fear)? Am I focusing on what is good and working in my life (love) or am I dwelling on lack (fear)? When we choose to relate with love, we unite with that which we are relating to rather than separate from it. Where there is separation, there is suffering. Where there is unity, there is ALWAYS peace! Sending each of you Spring showers of loving support… <3<3<3<3<3<3 Be Well,...

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The Jewel Within

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Journal | 1 comment

The Jewel Within

A master thief waited his whole life to acquire the most beautiful diamond in the world. When he heard it had been purchased, he spent three days trying to steal the rare jewel. He failed.   Finally, the thief walked right up to the owner and asked, “How did you hide this precious jewel from me?”   To which the owner replied, “I placed it where I knew you would never look- in  your own pocket!” -Gangaji This is a story about the never-ending search outside of ourselves for fulfillment. We believe that the perfect career will bring us purpose or the right relationship will bring us the love we so desperately desire. I explained to my yoga classes this week that you don’t walk into a yoga studio and get served peace on a silver platter. The studio and the practice are not actually giving you anything at all. What I mean by this is that they are not handing something over to you that you didn’t have access to before. The practice holds space for you to connect to the peace that is already within you. At the heart of this story is the truth that when we pause and explore within we realize that what we’ve been searching for has been inside of us the whole time. You are already that which you are searching for. One of the reasons why I love the yoga practice so much is because it is a reminder to return my attention within and unhook from external distractions. The practice is a space for me to connect to myself and connection to self is connection to Divine/God/Source/Creator. Use whatever language you feel comfortable using to name the energy, or perhaps there are no words and it is a felt presence that you connect to. This presence is the source of your fulfillment. This does not mean that your relationships, career, and other aspects of your life are not important. It does mean that when you feel the energy of love, or joy, or purpose well up inside of you, it is because the jewels within are being activated by another person or the experience you are having. The external is not the cause of the internal. Rather, the external is the trigger for what you already have within. As long as you are searching for the jewel outside of yourself it cannot be found. It is through connection to Divine, which you access through yourself, that you begin to experience the truth that you have everything you need within. This is why the diamond was, is, and will always be in your own pocket! The wisdom, the grace, the trust, the purpose, the love, and the happiness is already within you. Nothing more is needed to receive these precious jewels except your willingness to deepen your connection to self. Knowledge of self is knowledge of God. Mindful exploration: The next time you find yourself searching for peace in a yoga studio (or any other jewel outside of yourself), pause, and direct your attention inward. Ask your body to show you where peace lives. Breathe into that space, value that space above anything else, cultivate a relationship with the peace within. Know that you are that which you are searching for…I AM Peace, I AM Love, I AM The Light....

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Be as a Child to Enter The Kingdom

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Journal | 1 comment

Be as a Child to Enter The Kingdom

This picture is such a gem! My nephew, Ronan, is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. He reminds me to connect to my natural state of happiness, joy and innocence. I’m fortunate to get to see him all the time because he’s right here in Denver. I brought this picture to my yoga class and he became the inspiration for our flow. The effortless happiness he is expressing in this picture is our natural state of being, but as we get older we must consciously choose to connect to it. If we don’t DECIDE to be happy, we get caught up in the illusion of being separate from this kind of innocence and lightness. In truth, we are not separate and can never be separated from these qualities that lie within. Happiness is a decision that is always available to us. We can choose to not allow our happiness to be contingent upon something outside of ourselves. We find ourselves saying, “I’ll be happy when I get this job,” or “I’ll be happy when I find the right partner.” There are no prerequisites to happiness. I feel the happiest when I focus on what is working well in my life rather than focusing on lack. By counting my blessings, especially the little things, I stay in gratitude. Gratitude immediately places us into the energy of lightness. It uplifts our spirits and physically and energetically creates space in the body. Mindful Exploration: Practice siting quietly and connecting to all that you are grateful for or writing a gratitude list. Notice the way your body feels. Check in with your breath as you practice gratitude. Likely, the body and breath are open and expansive, and you feel light. Explore what it’s like to breathe in blessing and abundance. If blessing and abundance were colors, what color would they be? Breathe that in. The process of choosing happiness involves releasing attachment to outcome. When we are attached to the way that something happens in our life, we are living in the future and we stay closed to the unlimited possibilities that are available in our moment to moment experience. The magic lies in this moment, because that is where happiness lives! Perhaps you have heard these words before… “Be as a child to enter The Kingdom.” Approach what life is bringing to you with the innocence of a child. Stay open, curious, and playful with all that arrises. The Kingdom is within you.  Maybe you have a special baby picture that embodies the teaching of happiness and innocence. As you look at the picture, allow yourself to feel the emotions that surface in the body. As you do, know that what you are feeling is not coming from outside of you. The picture is the sufficient condition to activate your natural state of happiness, joy and abundance. That state is The Kingdom that lies within. “There is nothing worth holding onto that keeps your peace and happiness at a distance.” – The Way of...

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Love is in the Present

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Journal | 4 comments

Love is in the Present

Earlier this week I was in Patrick Harrington’s class at Kindness and he invited the class to connect to their earliest memory of love. A sweet memory effortlessly bubbled to the surface. I was 4 years old and my Grandma Maggie was holding me in her arms as she rocked me in the rocking chair. I had just found out that I wasn’t invited to a birthday party that all my friends were invited to. I know…but this was honestly one of the very first times that I ever remember feeling emotionally hurt. What was so powerful about this experience was that my Grams didn’t try to fix it. She didn’t try to change anything. She didn’t try to make what I was experiencing go away. I don’t remember her saying anything at all to tell you the truth. She wasn’t DOING anything, she was simply BEING present with me. This memory is a beautiful reminder that where there is presence, there is Love…and you cannot feel or extend Love anywhere other than in the present moment. When you feel loved by someone, aren’t you feeling that connection because the other person is listening to you? They’re extending a loving presence and allowing you to have your experience without interfering with it by trying fix it for you. Most of the time that’s really all we need from our partners, friends and family members. In truth, it’s also what we need from ourselves. Could you imagine what it would be like to extend the same loving presence to whatever was surfacing in YOUR body or heart that you would extend to another during their time of suffering? Simply listening and being rather than changing and doing. This has been my practice. I share this not as an expert of any kind, but as a student of Love…constantly learning, growing and expanding this Truth within myself. We want so badly to move away from what doesn’t feel good. We want a quick fix and if we don’t get that we resist, resist, resist. It’s the resistance that makes whatever we’re resisting stick. Presence is the key ingredient in healing because Love cannot be separated from presence…and Love heals all things! Love the entirety of your experience in this life. Even if that means looking straight into the eyes of your greatest fear or directly into the sadness in your heart. Let yourself feel it, explore it, and understand it with your presence. It’s presence that brings a release, a flow, and a softening so that you can enjoy life to the fullest. After all, no one said this healing stuff would be easy. You can bring an innocent lightness to all that you experience. Through innocence you will watch feelings, emotions and experiences come and go without becoming rigid. You will open yourself up to the truth that the experience you’re having is a piece of the puzzle of your awakening, your healing, and your homecoming. ~Sending gratitude to my Grammy Maggie for this teaching and to Patrick for asking the perfect question to spark this sweet...

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BE Your Truth in 2016!

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Journal | 2 comments

BE Your Truth in 2016!

Each one of us was put on this planet for one purpose, which is centered around living the Truth of who you are- Love incarnate. We are here to BE Love, to share love, and to express love. The love that I’m talking about is Divine Love. It’s the Love that was birthed from Source and lives in each one of us. Like a sunbeam to the sun, we are not separate (from Source and from one another). In 2016, I am setting my intention on living this truth. I am witnessing how easily I become distracted by fear. How in just an instant I can be pulled out of alignment with this truth by doubt or worry. Know the feeling? All things are either the expression of love or the expression of fear, and only we can direct our attention towards one or the other. No doubt, both are present and available to us in each moment. So, I invite you to regularly check in with yourself. Ask, what am I choosing in this moment? The Way of Mastery beautifully shares, “There can be a delight in consciously repeating the decision to teach only Love, selectively choosing only the vibrational patterns to be allowed into your consciousness that reflect the Truth and the beauty and the worthiness of who you are.” The simple awareness that you have disconnected from your truth opens the door to make the choice to realign. Realigning means you embody the Truth of why you are here, which is to live without conflict, in happiness, joy, and fulfillment. As you read these words, your mind might be saying, how can I live like this when I have conflicts at work, and a family member that is sick, and financial problems I’m dealing with? The resistance is showing up as a reminder that there is healing that needs to be done. So, extend the unconditional Love that lives within you to the resistance. It is shouting at you because you have been ignoring it. As you explore working with the healing gift of Love that lives within you, and every one of us on this planet, you will experience a depth of power that’s available to you in every moment. “Love fulfills all things. Love embraces all things. Love heals all things. Love transforms all things. –The Way of Mastery If this is striking a cord within and you are interested in exploring this more, come see me for an Integrated Energy Therapy session. These sessions are designed to connect you to your Soul’s purpose and help you clear the blockages that keep you from living your Truth. Learn more about IET HERE. Mindful Exploration Sit comfortably and deepen your breath. Allow your breath to unwind any muscular and/or mental tension. With each exhalation, visualize that your body is emptying. Continue to focus on your exhalations and release everything from your body, including all the joints, tissues, and organs. Witness as you become an empty vessel, completely clear and open. Bring your awareness to the crown of your head. With each inhalation, draw in Divine Love through the crown of your head into your body. Flood your body with The Light gifted to you from Source. Know that there is nothing to do, nothing to achieve, nothing to strive for. You are simply experiencing the Truth of who you...

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All Events are Neutral: A Path to Freedom

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

All Events are Neutral: A Path to Freedom

ALL EVENTS ARE NEUTRAL… Integrating these four simple words can be life changing. All events are neutral, and you are free to see them any way you choose. This includes your body (thoughts, emotions, sensations), all life experiences (the joyful and the painful), and all people you encounter.  This practice is about taking responsibility for every reaction you allow to make a home in your body. Nothing outside of you creates your experience, therefore all events are neutral. A very simple example of this is one that we have all likely experienced. Say you are running late for an appointment and you drive up to a red light. Suddenly you feel irritable and angry. You believe that if the red light would just turn green, everything would be better. You have made yourself a victim of the red light, when in reality, the red light is neutral. You and you alone have chosen to identify with the anger and frustration that surfaced within. It was your choice to connect to these energies. This practice is about cultivating an awareness of your reactions and choosing to meet them with innocence and love, rather than seriousness and judgement. What I am sharing here is a foundational teaching of the book, The Way of Mastery. In each moment, you can choose judgement, victimization, negativity, etc. Or you can choose peace, allowance, acceptance and love. This teaching is like hitting the pause button on life so that you can choose consciously every time. It is a reminder that life was never meant to be taken so seriously. When I practice this, it reminds me to look upon my life with the innocence of a child. We are all powerful creators of our lives. The way we choose to think about ourselves and the world around us creates our reality. So why not choose ease? Why not choose innocence and love at all times?  Should you choose to anchor this teaching into your body and life, you will surely come up against some resistance to this. There are parts within us that want someone or something to blame. We have parts that don’t want to take responsibility! Have you ever experienced this? Healing does not know the word blame. We heal not by resisting or judging the darkness (judgement, negativity, victimization, etc.), but by cultivating a relationship with the Light (allowance, acceptance, love, peace, etc.). We heal through recognizing the resistance, embracing it and making another choice over and over again to become identified with the Light. “Along the pathway of this course, you are going to learn how to shake hands with the devil, and do a little jig with him and recognize his face to be your own. When you can dance with the darkness that you have created, that darkness is transformed into an angel, and light abides with Light.” –The Way of Mastery This teaching gets tested in times of tragedy. How can this be applied to situations like a school shooting, a terrorist attack, or when someone you love dies? It’s not about brushing off the tragedy or not caring. Rather it’s a reminder to pause and breathe. It gives you permission to redirect the negativity and fear- the cycle of needing to know why and your focus on fairness. It reminds you that you can choose where to place your energy and your heart. You can choose to send love to your own heartache and pain. You can choose to be present with the emotions that roll through in waves so that they can pass with ease. You can choose to send your light out to the people that have been affected by the tragedy. The path of healing is about embracing and accepting all things as your own creation and choosing to relate to them consciously. Each time you choose darkness, you always have an opportunity to choose again. That is the gift of our ability to create! “Take a deep breath into the body and let it go. As the breath leaves the body, hold the thought that there is nothing...

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