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Surrender Yourself To Nature ::

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Where grounding and certainty is required: go inward to nature.

Turtle Bay North Shore, Oahu

Settling into nature’s lush elements and soul-kissed energy creates a balancing shift and spiritual restructuring on a cellular level.

Air: rejuvenating and energizing.                                                                        

Earth: rooting and grounding.                                        

Water: clarifying, purifying and healing.

Superior wisdom and attunement of the senses; nature’s elemental wisdom invokes spiritual growth and mental clarity. Nature’s ability encourages a state of the art, heart-centered wholeness to simply, be.

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I am to simply be.  ~ Tara Correll

I carried my heart to the forest                                         

Submerged in dark soil.                                                              

Worry and doubt burrow to intoxicating earth                      

Sedating me to slumber                                                                   

Enveloped in sweet, peaceful dreams                                                                   

In mind’s eye, serenity lays beside me. 

Mesmerized, weightless                                                                 

Surrender to liquid ocean                                                             

Washed clean and renewed                                                              

Casting my net, cradled by tide pools.                                  

Rolling waves abound                                                             

They chant; “I am life force".

the art of unlearning.

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There is an upside to the art of unlearning a lifetime of beliefs. 

* Old antiquated ideas gone  

* Tired belief systems clear   

Truth: {Easier said than done} 

The tipping point where the pendulum swings and illuminates what’s not working, forces a metaphoric shedding, if you will. False prophesies fall away, because we’re clear of that which does not serve us. Energetically this act removes the residual sludge that holds you back from living life to its fullest.

A monolithic existence will not stick, because this life was meant to be lived in .

The mechanics of shedding releases imposed ideas, thoughts and concepts that are devoid of meaning and lusterless in value.  

Think Evolution and Soulful Transformation in its highest form:

The Spiritual : Emotional : Intellectual : Physical.

Find your pulse, be your own unsung hero – rewrite your script.

The unlearning, untruths, the concepts that were never created for our supreme self or our greatest good will consciously fall away: With letting go there may be sorrow and a sense of loss; hold on for dear life as this too shall pass. 

Settle into the circle of wholeness.

            

     Lean into happy endings. 

Reflection: I am and always will be my most whole. I am complete, no matter what. {Read + Repeat}

finding your tribe + soul-full sunday feature

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It’s not too often that you meet people you immediately connect with. Recently, I was fortunate to be introduced to a group of talented female entrepreneur’s. Once a week we’d participate on a call focused on offering support and sharing ideas both personally and professionally.  Our time together proved to be both productive and inspiring.

From that group I happened to hit it off with a sweetheart of a woman named Carrie Hensley - a yoga instructor, speaker and transformative workshop facilitator from Arizona. 

Carrie is a person that moves through life with a zest and passion for helping others move forward. We’ve had many spirited conversations and tend to see the world through a similar lens. I guess you can call her my “soul sister on the planet”!

Recently, Carrie was generous enough to feature me on her Soul-Full Sunday blog!  You can read that article here.

I encourage you, both men and women alike, to take stock of those around you.  Consider someone who may be a great soul partner and beneficiary for the revolving door of support and inspiration that come from finding your tribe. 

For those of us who are entrepreneurs, artists, writers, visionaries, healers + social lightworkers, it can make all the difference in our quest to boldly finesse our collective ideas into fruition. 

Upcoming Event: East West Bookstore + New Offerings!

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Exciting Announcements:

Thursday May 9, 2013:  I’ll be presenting the workshop:               

 "Living Your Life’s Path – Finding your Soul’s Purpose"                  

Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.                                                                            

Location: East West Bookstore Seattle, WA. Register here.               

Please join me + bring your journal!

 

New Offerings: 

Intuitive + Transformative Soul Life Sessions:

Two hours of integrative and transformational life path coaching.              

Uncover your life’s purpose, gain clear insight and tools to move you toward your most brilliant future!                     

*Call for more information or complimentary consult.

Reiki Energy Therapy:

Reiki – Meaning “spiritual wisdom and universal energy”.  An effective, healing modality that allows me to move energy through the body to release disruptive or stagnant blockages. Ideal for rebalancing chakras.

Benefit:  Gain greater mental clarity, spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. 

Available for in-person or distance healing.   

For more information or to schedule an appointment: 206-851-9627 or tara@taracorrell.com.                                                                                                   

Are you lucky in love? Start here: Be Your Most Whole.

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You Complete Me ~ A Contemporary Love Letter.

It wasn’t the first time our paths crossed or

the second time our eyes embraced, colliding 

in that moment of “hello” a brilliant

gem unmarred and flawless

an encapsulation of eternity

a striking deed of credentials, as none before        

we merged somewhere at the crossroads of truth

and pain smudging our rose colored vista

spiraling bliss, flowing, free-falling, tethered

transparency speaking volumes upon volumes

the duality of blind truths and contradictions

I ride the ray of wholeness writing love

letters to myself while voyaging back to

the promise of loving you.

 

Finding Your North Star :: The Courage To Be Exactly Who You Are

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The time for ascension is now. 

Courage: "That quality of mind which shows itself in facing danger without fear or shrinking". ~ Unknown.

What would it take: To step up and out of bounds, outside the realm of personal limitation?

More importantly, how would it feel?

If personal boundaries are a reflection of our inward limitations, what does it say in relation to how we measure our self-worth? The concept that we shrink our dreams proportionately to the size of what we think we deserve or know to be unattainable is us partnering with obscurity… that’s downright asinine.

Biting off on that antiquated system of belief is monumentally disproportionate - your eminence is so much more. 

Sanctity is the ultimate expression of being; that inherent architecture is already in place. Find the spiritual space; allow nature to work its magic. 

We are taught from a young age that we’ll have our “fifteen minutes” - toss that idea, exchange it for a lifetime of grandeur. Your trajectory is on track and in line if you have faith, belief in possibility and are willing to go the extra mile. 

Be the vessel, a perfect work in progressKnow exactly what you’re capable of. It takes nothing short of courage and a warrior like spirit to live this life.

Begin where you are….. find your flow.

Nourishing yourself: What makes you feel Beautiful, Loved + Strong.

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“Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil.  Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.” ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Do you know how beautiful you are?

Unwavering self worth is your cornerstone in life. Self-worth creates grounding and allows love to emanate through and around you.  It offers the experience of beauty through wholeness. An abundance of beauty provides a vantage point that enhances fluidity in your present and your future. Living in alignment creates harmonious aspects that allow you to individuate, connect with spirit and be in union with your core essence. 

Actions that can change the way we see ourselves:

* Adopt daily, positive affirmations that nourish your heart, mind and soul. 

* Design a concise mission/vision statement that encourages nurturing belief through visualization and self-actualization.

* Draw beauty through loving action: Infuse it in all you think, say and do.

* Self-valuation exponentially changes how the outside world responds to you, creating favorable opportunities.

* Reject chaos: Release what’s beyond your control. Recognize that discord not assigned to you undermines your spiritual progress and mightiness. 

* Create a healthy spiritual environment: Cocoon and shelter yourself in moments of uncertainty. Surround yourself with people that genuinely love and care for you.

* Be the gatekeeper of your conscious and subconscious mind: Perpetuate naturally occurring positive states of mind by “hanging out” between silence and thought; that’s where your beauty and strength lie.

To beauty, love + strength,

 

Chasing The Dreamcatcher :: 2013 + Beyond - Navigating Your Course.

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: Harnessing the power of dreams.

In native culture, the web of a dreamcatcher is believed to harness and allow good dreams to filter through to the individual.

Sleep is a portal to our dreams, a departure from existential life. Prophetic dreams are considered to be the unconscious mind piecing together information that is overlooked throughout consciousness. For those who utilize dreams, this can be a prolific gateway to delve into our future selves.

Where the conscious mind is occupied with mindless chatter and at times doubt, the unequivocal knowing mind is palpably intuitive in a dream state. Accessing the higher mind through our dreams takes repetition and memory, much like building muscle. Learning to transmute their messages in a profoundly meaningful way can reveal our ultimate purpose - lending a sense of peace and direction in career, relationships, your calling.

Symbolic dreams are a potent reflection and release of our inner most world; a synergist to living a balanced four dimensional life of the spiritual, mental, physical and social/emotional; an exaltation of hopes, desires and a soulful existence is a direct reflection of what lies within us and for what is entirely possible.

A great book :: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

* Keep a notepad and pen next to your bed. Write down what you can remember as dreams arise or as thoughts come throughout the day. Remember, they are not necessarily literal.  Reflect upon what they mean to you.

This holiday forward I wish you peace, joy and abundance. I am eternally grateful for your support!

The courage to be who you are: The art of being alive.

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“Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.
Because what the world needs is
people who have come alive.”
~ Howard Thurman

Who am I? 

It’s a question we ask ourselves repeatedly throughout our life, while plodding along and good is just not, good enough anymore.

Doing what we’re good at, enables us to lay claim to inherent abilities that don’t necessarily guarantee sustained happiness or long term contentment.

Our actions can be driven by patterns we’re conditioned to. A “go to” place that evokes safety and comfort; behavior we’ve repeated habitually in many lifetimes.  

Creating financial security and the manner in which we do so, is a mechanism of survival.  Survival is a necessity – as humans we are survivalists. If we were mindfully able to actualize the way in which we receive and perceive what our true passion is by realizing our destiny as it was meant to be what would that look like? 

The answer, success on all levels. The Physical, Spiritual, Emotional and Mental.

To favor a relentless unapologetic commitment to joy and happiness aka: (our soul’s purpose), is the mechanism in which we allow faith to supersede  allowing us to receive exactly what this life holds for us - changing our trajectory and mindset from the unknown and undeserving to worthy, forever

Be clear: Habitual changes and shift of mindset do not happen overnight. The key is uncompromising belief and faith in regard to how you wish to live your life. There comes a time when it best serves us to step away from ourselves by learning to trust instinct and let faith be the driver that transports us to our soul level:  24/7: This is your life.

So what can you do? Start here.

Change that sticks is slow, deliberate and incremental. Learn to settle into its timing, be present + go with the flow. Take at least one actionable step every day.  After one week, one month or one year, you will see measureable outcome toward what it is you desire; be it career, relationships or wellness.

Create your own personal declaration: say it, think it, live it, every day. 

Step off the grid of unhealthy behavior: Break ties with habits that no longer serve you – this includes taking a personal inventory of people in your life and how they impact you.

Live a life void of ego. If you live, work, think, are in a place or space where ego and control resides, the result will be spiritual suffocation. 

Self imposed procrastination can be your friend - call it an intuitive “time out”.  If that voice inside tells you to step back, listen.  Know the universe will support this.

Embrace your abundance of affluence, grace and grit. Be a courageous, bold pioneer; open up space not only for yourself, but for others. 

Be who you are; not the peripheral or what you think your societal role is. Break ties with the external by connecting inward to your heart; where your truth is sheltered.

Be a warrior, be transparent and know what it’s like to feel raw and alive.  

Choose a life that you’ll cherish, live in a way that allows you to shine. 

Re-birth + Renewal: The courage to get it right

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“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind” ~ C.S. Lewis

Regret is a waste of time. Yet, for me personally, if allowed one “do-over” it would be some of the parental choices I made specifically - mothering my son through the lens of my upbringing. The “giving” based on what I did or didn’t get, was clearly a one size fits all approach to parenting. My epiphany was sent special delivery last weekend while my son Shane was visiting home from college. Through 19 ½ years of being “Shane’s mom”, I’ve learned more about myself than any other life experience. 

By modeling through action what I want for my son - I’ve learned to want more for myself, to be more of myself.  

Each day gives us opportunity for renewal; to allow room in our lives to get it right, to start fresh.  

They say in life there are no do-over’s - that this is our final act. Last weekend I took my chance to get it right and grabbed it with both hands. It was my moment to speak with love and care, to take a top-down approach by way of his mind and heart. I said the things I’ve never said, in a way I know they’d be lovingly received; while gently and metaphorically cutting cords. 

To willingly and authentically shed layer upon layer, by moving forward and emerging as a whole woman in a way that honors who I am; I’m allowing him to be the man he’s meant to become.

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