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.
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.
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.
I recently came across this wonderful quote by Wayne Muller:
“Your challenge is not to keep trying to repair what was damaged, your practice instead is to re-awaken what is already wise, strong, and whole within you, to cultivate those qualities of heart and spirit that are available to you in this very moment.”
In the past, I put a lot of energy into healing the things that made me feel broken. I also learned processes that supported me in helping others do the same.
But, something was missing.
Letting go of anger, emotional pain, and stories of victimhood, was not enough. It often left a sense of emptiness where the hurt used to reside. We would describe feeling a void and wait passively to see what came to fill it. We were asleep and unaware that we can never truly be empty.
Our souls were calling out to us the entire time.
One day, when working with a client, I instinctively supported her in filling that empty space with the light of her spirit. That wise, strong, and whole part of her that Wayne Muller described. Her healing experience felt more powerful and complete and I have included that step in my processes ever since.
We don’t have to have a special experience to re-awaken to our hearts and spirits. It is something we get to practice every day. Every hour. Every minute.
Our souls are calling out to us, even now. They are always with us, because they are the essence of who we really are.
I have ants on the brain. Probably because I have trails of little black ants in my house. They come in when the temperature outside goes over 90 degrees. Can’t really blame them.
I prefer to avoid pesticides and have tried electric repelling devices, barriers of materials that are either toxic to ants or they just don’t like to cross, and am using my vacuum as a weapon of mass destruction. They keep coming back.
We have a lot to learn from those little guys. What would happen if we pursued our goals with the same persistence and creativity? Failure and obstacles would mean nothing. We would simply find another way.
I invite you to be creative and persistent like an ant as you move toward your goals. Oh, and invite a lot of your friends and colleagues to come along and support you like they do too.
It has been clear to me for a long time that the words we use impact our feelings and actions. I write about it, coach it, and practice reframing language in my own life. But, becoming a Certified Hypnotherapist brought my understanding to a whole new level.
Think about it. A hypnotist can help people change habits, beliefs, or even have them do silly things, all through the power of words.
And, you are hypnotizing yourself every day!
The thoughts and words you use are implanting suggestions that impact your choices, what you believe, and how you feel. Just imagine, how much this has happened over your lifetime.
I encourage you to bring awareness to how you are creating your own world. Start challenging thoughts, beliefs, and habits that do not serve you and start choosing the words you use very, very, carefully.