Posted September 10, 2014on:
This is where it all began. Years ago, I took a risk and decided not to worry about my imperfect writing and just share with the world. A lot of really wonderful stuff has happened since then, and I am grateful that wordpress.com provided this platform for me to start blogging.
In order to simplify, I have recently refreshed my website and moved my blog there. Website and blog all in one place. Nice and easy. And, I think you will like the look of the new blog. I look forward to seeing you there!
The new blog location is: http://lifecoachlinda.com/blog-2/ While you are there, check out the rest of the website and let me know what you think.
It’s easy to remember, too. lifecoachlinda.com
A quick notes to my subscribers: I have transferred your subscriptions to the new site for you. Please keep an eye out, though, to make sure you continue to receive the email posts. If you have not received the next email by Monday, Sept. 15th at noon, please contact me and I will get you back in the mix. Each and every one of you are special to me.
So, here we go with a fresh look, fresh start, and fresh posts coming your way.
Discover the Truth – your perspectives, reactions, and beliefs can cloud your ability to see the truth. Before moving forward it is important to know what is real right now. Challenge your thoughts by asking yourself whether you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are true. If you need more information, do the forensics and get the facts. And then, ask yourself what you know for sure.
Move into Acceptance – acceptance of the truth brings peace. This can be a tough one if you don’t want to face something or feel like it means you are making what someone did okay. But, the truth is the truth. The facts are the facts. When you accept you no longer spend unnecessary energy resisting what is really happening or who a person really is. Dropping resistance relieves physical, mental, and emotional, stress. There is a sense of peace that comes with letting go of the fight to make things what they are not. And, it is from this place that clarity and direction will come forward.
Make a Choice – List all of the options available to you as your next step and then weed them out one at a time until you come to one that feels right for you. Use your brain and your inner guidance system to help you decide. One way to do this is to say each option and then pay attention to what happens in your body. Clenching, contracting, or heaviness are signs that a choice might not be right for you. Lightness or a feeling of fullness or peace often indicate your inner spirit is telling you yes. Listen for the deep, solid, voice, that brings a sense of peace and you will know what to do.
We are happiest when our lives are in alignment with our core values. Living in a way that reflects what is most meaningful to us, allows us to feel more peaceful, grounded, and fulfilled. Anything that conflicts with our values will create more stress and dissonance in our lives.
It is very easy to get sidetracked by what seems easy or what other people are doing. And now, our technology is starting to pull us away from our lives and our best selves. We have become a society that spends more time looking at our electronic devices than the people we love.
Your life might be off track if:
- You go on shopping sprees when you want to be debt free.
- Your calendar is full of things that keep you busy, but are not meaningful.
- You work very long hours when you most value spending time with your family.
- You feel resentful and say hurtful things when you aspire to be a loving person.
- You eat unhealthy foods or don’t exercise when you want to improve your health.
- You do things that you are ashamed of or wouldn’t want people to know about.
- Your checking account register and credit card statements do not reflect your long term goals.
You get the idea. If you are feeling out of sync with what you value most, it’s time to make some changes. Reconnect with your core values and start shaping your life around them. You will be glad you did….
(Sample Core Values: Success – Family – Love – Joy – Health – Integrity)
Contact me if you would like to recieve a free exercise for identifying your own core values so that you can start living from your heart. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simple living gets a bad rap. It can bring up images of living in a cabin in the woods with one plate, one fork, and having to raise your own food. Or, a house that is cold, colorless, empty, and devoid of personality. And, what about those old, worn, and frumpy thrift store clothes you will have to wear?
The truth is living a simple life does not have to be like that at all.
It is more about choosing to surround yourself with people and things that are meaningful and let go of what no longer works for you. There is no need for scarcity or denial. Simplicity allows you to create time and space for what you love.
You get to keep what you cherish and release what drains you. Surround yourself with people who uplift you and activities that bring meaning and joy into your life. Spend your time on what inspires you and let go of what pulls you down.
When you clear space in your life and live simply, there is an energy that comes forward. It feels like a deep breath of relaxation. Living in that energy opens you to connecting deeply with yourself, God, and people you care about. It also allows your purpose and passion to come forward and guides you toward your highest self.
Our world is very busy and complex these days and we are losing our connection with the gifts that simplicity brings. I invite you to look at your daily life and simplify at least one thing this week. Who knows, you might like how it feels and want to do more.
Every day is a gift. A blank slate to write on. The choices you make in the first moments after awakening can impact your energy, effectiveness, and mood for the entire day. I am a big fan of morning practices and encourage you to create one of your own. Here are some fun ideas:
- Wiggle your toes and smile
- Snuggle with your pets or people
- Stretch or do yoga
- Express gratitude for the gift of another day
- Enjoy spiritual time (journal, meditate, pray)
- Set an intention for the day
- Visualize your day evolving with ease and grace
- Say an affirmation, your core values, or a mantra that inspires you
- Send loving energy out to the world and then direct it toward yourself
- Listen to music and/or dance
I may be a love and peace kind of girl, but I do believe in consequences for actions that are harmful to others. It used to bother me that I put a lot of energy into judging the people who hurt me or committed crimes against others, and then, I had a thought ……
If it were true, as some believe, that we get to choose the life we come to live here on earth, who would choose to take on the roles of hurting others? It would be very hard to agree to a life that included doing terrible things, even if it supported a fellow soul in evolving spiritually or was for the highest good.
Is it possible that only the most loving and courageous souls are willing to take on these responsibilities? And, if so, what does that say about the ones that hurt you?
I am not saying it’s true, but what if it is? Would you be able to finally forgive and let it go?
Whatever happened to love, honor and respect as ways of being in our world? Have you noticed that most of our entertainment is based on murder and violence? Books, movies, TV shows, and even the video games our children grow up with. And then, we act surprised when something bad happens.
It’s time to shift the tide.
You can make a difference. Start by replacing random acts of violence with random acts of kindness. Treat people with respect. Bring integrity and honor into your day to day life. Focus on the love in your heart and share it with the world. Be of service. Live your values. Be an example for those around you. Who knows, it just may catch on.