inspirational quotes + poems

Your happiness is worth the risk.

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Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.        ~ Steve Jobs.

Our life’s evolution is comprised of three acts: 

Act one: What we’re told 

Act two: What we believe and what we need to let go of.

Act Three: What we know. 

A short Q + A:

Are you excited for life’s possibilities? 

Are you successfully pursuing your life’s goals and passions - do you know what they are?

Are you hopeful about the present and for your future?   

Do you find you lack a consistent spiritual practice?

Do you struggle with low self-image and self-worth?

Is your life full of healthy relationships?

Have you tried traditional or alternative counseling or therapy, only to find you have little improvement in your life?

Do you take healthy risk independently of others?

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A renunciation of old ideas could be in order. Follow your inclinations, take a step forward.

Live life in that space that occupies you on a soul-full level, that allows spirit the traction needed to fly free from limiting beliefs and personal exile. Live within the potential for possibility.

Get lost (in a good way). Step off the grid of the known. Take the road less traveled and shed the familiar….recalibrate with me.

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Get to knowing for good!

Soul Flow: more info. coming soon.

Kindness Rules.

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“Kindness isn’t just a convenience thing. It’s an all-time everyday thing.” ~ A friend.

For some of us, the act of kindness is inherently part of our fabric and fiber, woven throughout our DNA and translated through qualities of authentic compassion and empathy. 

Is it possible for authentic kindness to be a learned behavior? 

True kindness, is offered without expectation or assignment, it doesn’t look for public kudos or recognition. It’s authentically for real; it simply presents itself and shows up at the most unexpected times and places.

Put others first.  

The healthiest of relationships stand the test of time by anticipating the needs of others. In Buddhist philosophy the act of kindness is a circle; what you put out in the form of love and kindness finds its way back to you without pretense, preference or expectation.

Kindness can be validating. It shows somebody somewhere actually cares about our physical and emotional health and well-being. It translates as - you are loved and valued. 

Kindness resonates and resides in acts of loving compassion. To be its recipient, you must believe you are wholly deserving of being the beneficiary of its blessing. 

Thoughtfulness without the goal of personal gain or manipulation is a form of kindness, because its purity emanates straight from the heart. 

Kindness and love dance in close quarters in a tender embrace. It’s why we’re here; we are brought here through love.

When kindness exudes, ego must go on holiday – forever. It’s not about I, Me or Mine - It’s Us, We and Ours. When the ego is unharnessed and the ultimate driver, it’s absolutely impossible to give with clear intention.

Always remember that kindness is the exaltation of love + service.

This week we’re featuring The Seventh Chakra. Visit the Soul Life Collective page here

 

Trust + Discernment.

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“To be somebody you must last”. ~ Ruth Gordon

Those of us {especially of the female persuasion}, who are champions, emotional fire fighters and strategic life managers, who attempt to single handedly get-it-done and “hang in there” by fixing everything and everyone - I would like to introduce a new word to your repertoire: 

                           Discernment. 

Discernment is a gift that allows for personal liberation and freedom. It’s a means to let ourselves off the hook, when at times we need to take a healthy step back into wait and see mode.

Discernment is not only about what best serves those who we are in service to, it offers us the requirement of creating healthy boundaries for ourselves as service providers. For times we are not prepared to let things fall where they may, are doing too much, in the thick of things or are unwilling to see the forest for the trees, it allows scenarios to organically marinate and crystallize, as-it-should.                 

What it’s not: Walking away or shirking responsibility.             

What it is: A “hall pass” to liberation and healthy balance; a metaphoric “permission slip” that allows for evolutionary discovery. 

 Discernment offers us opportunity to meet our needs and inclinations.

Discernment is the dance of necessity meets spiritual agility and faith; taking a step back without controlling outcome. It is there that we learn how to last.

This week we’re featuring The Sixth Chakra. Visit the Soul Life Collective page here

False beliefs: 7 things to know about love.

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“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

You have a broken heart. Life feels like a sad Carpenter’s song and quite frankly, you don’t know if you’ll ever be able to come up for air.

At these times we settle into beliefs and perspectives that are untruths (of sorts) pertaining to the “L” word. The operative word here is settling

False believe #1: Love is blind. Nope… it’s really not. We make choices that are simply based on past frame of reference or ideas that we were spoon fed. Reality is always staring back at us, if we really wish to see the truth. Learn to make decisions regarding matters of the heart from your gut and heart center (see 2nd and 4th chakras). It’s your life after all.

False belief #2: The grass is always greener on the other side. Sorry love, that’s a negatory on that one.  At one time or another, everyone has experienced loss, sadness, loneliness or all of the above. Somewhere as you read this, someone is suffering from a broken heart and may be far worse off than you. Step outside of yourself and send out universal light and love for healing. Take a staycation from your own worry and head space.

False belief #3: Your knight/princess in shining armor will show up and rescue you.  Um, actually… not gonna happen. Take Pretty Woman for example, perhaps one of the most moronic 90’s characters Julia Roberts ever played (of course I’ve seen the movie about 50+ times). If you’re waiting for someone to ride in on a horse, please don’t. I promise you there is a 99.999% chance he/she will not cruise up on a horse or in a Ferrari and whisk you away to the Ritz where you’ll live happily ever after.

False belief #4: He or She will complete you.  As much as I wish it was true…. hate to break it to you, no way in hell!  As convincing as Jerry McGuire aka (Tom Cruz) was, it’s up to you and you only to be your most complete package. You are not a diamond awaiting appraisal, know your own net worth. Think circle, as in wholeness + substance.

False belief #5: Money buys love, happiness + security. Check it: Do you know how many miserable and insecure so called “rich people” inhabit this earth? 

False belief #6: If only I met “Big Daddy Warbucks”, all my financial woes would disappear. This may be true in terms of finances, but consider this; you may be trading fiscal security for a whole other list of concessions that you never banked on.  Simple solution: Make your own damn $$$!

On karma as it relates to love:

False belief #7: Karma is universal payback. Karma is not about good and evil or universal retribution per se. There’s fundamental logic in that your thoughts and actions can direct the trajectory of your life course. As you move through life and love, stay mindful to the absence of ego and balance heart + soul. Keep kindness and goodness flowing through thought and action and everything will be solid.

There’s no such thing as being “lucky in love”. It takes a lot of focused intention and the desire to see it through. Believe that you are unequivocally lovable.

This week we’re featuring The Fifth Chakra. Visit the Soul Life Collective page here.

It’s your time to make magic: Just imagine.

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“THE ONLY PERSON YOU ARE DESTINED TO BECOME IS THE PERSON YOU DECIDE TO BE” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are in an evolutionary time of infinite mastery and creative consciousness. There’s never been a better time to access and harness your dreams, daydreams and fantasies; the idea is to solidify and root them with courage and pure intention.

Intention: the pathway to purpose, allowing your subconscious to guide your consciousness. 

A simple formula: Intuition = Knowing. 

With that knowing, there’s a risk of investing in that which people will see from your heart; know that absent expectation of self will create miracles and the heavens will give you the nod.

When it’s in the stars, you have unobstructed access; all that’s needed is the will to do the divine work. 

You are layer upon layer of beaming golden stars; the ultimate creator of our collective evolution.

This week, learn about the 4th Chakra, aka "The Heart Chakra" by visiting The Soul Life Collective page here.

one simple act: love.

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“Love is the frequency of heaven.” ~ Kahuna Harry Uhane Jim.

aloha: The literal meaning is presence of breath or breath of life.      

More than a greeting, farewell or salutation - it’s about living in harmony through body, mind and soul.

It’s the meeting of mind and heart, honoring the presence of life force. The spirit of aloha permeates all life forms and correlates to all areas of our daily existence. 

According to ancient teachings by kahunas (or priests), it’s a way of holding life with deep reverence.  The act of living aloha is about caring for ourselves first then radiating that light to others. It is indeed the light we come from that requires our engagement.

Consider aloha as a verb.  You do not have to be Hawaiian to express what it is we were simply born to do; to live in service to self as well as mankind.

be a conduit of aloha: live heaven on earth.

 

Next week: Discover the second sacred chakra!

Soul life sessions + living your dharma.

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It’s the time of the butterfly; you are coded for destiny…..

You possess the sage wisdom to activate the “I am” of who you are.  Restructuring our spiritual lives and evolving to our utmost human capacity, will shift us forward to our essential selves. This act begins with the knowing, the longing and our capacity for more. Actualize your deeper purpose by avoiding serial monotony and playing small; live larger than life, by responding to your soulful yearnings. 

We are an expression of our past and our future; we have a responsibility not only to ourselves, but to our ancestors and descendants alike. 

Be open to the limitless field of possibility, symbolic wisdom and capacity for more of what life holds for you.  Like Joseph Campbell, an architect in his own mind and a proponent for creating a joyful existence, aim for highly sustained creativity – the gateway to joy.

You are the calligraphy of Spirit + Source: That of Body, Mind + Heart              

Coaches Rx: read and repeat the following -

Mantra: “I’m synergy + pure energy. Enlightenment runs through my veins. I know who I am. I know where I’m going.  I am rife with possibility and have the power to move mountains.” 

This is your time to riff on life…..

Next Week: Chakra 101- Our Transmitters + Receivers.

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".

Yoga: Inner Strength + Inner Stillness.

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It wasn’t so long ago I remember taking my first Hatha yoga class.  It was the 1990’s, I recall thinking, “what is this”? What possibly will I gain from this passive movement, silence and om’ing

It took five years to really understand. I remember the day that I “got” yoga.

I had just returned from visiting my brother who was then incarcerated in Florence, Arizona.  It had been a week; a revolving door of barbwire, concrete and 112 degree heat. I was grateful for our five hour-a-day visits, my roll of quarters for the vending machine “cuisine” and the Casa Grande ruins where I’d stop and sit in stillness, listening to the sound of flutes reverberate through the canyons.  I recall the day of not being in such a state of gratitude for a female prison guard, who announced that I had to find more “acceptable attire”, or I wouldn’t be allowed visitation.  Not allowed, really? To me, those were some fightin’ words. The skirt I wore almost down to my ankles, by the way, was super cute.  I’m certain that my response of not really liking her hair and make-up or her attitude didn’t help solidify any future “red carpet” treatment. But I didn’t care; I drove like hell to Walmart like it was my best friend. I found something highly flammable, yet fashionable that met prison guidelines, not to mention enjoyed the exchange with a cheerful Walmart greeter, who really lifted my spirits. ;)

Back to yoga.

That day back on the mat, I was at a breaking point.  After one week of “stuffing” my emotions and pat downs, I was glad to be back to the unfamiliarity of my “practice”, whatever that was. Lying there in cobbler’s pose after a few rounds of hip openers, it happened; tears came flooding like the Hoover Dam.  That day, I finally got yoga.

Yoga saved me. It kept me from breaking in a place that wasn’t deserving of bearing witness to me or anyone else in a fragile or vulnerable state. It enabled me to sit for hours and days on end and delay the inevitable of once again, leaving my brother behind. Yoga gave me the ability to return to and re-enter my so called “normal” life with family and friends. I was ultimately bolstered into becoming more neutral and composed, so not to fall apart at times when I had to render strength and support for my loved ones. Yoga helped me sustain value and honor for myself and for my family while in a space where dignity is a ghost.  

 

Interested in exploring yoga?  I recommend the following:

Yogalife - I've been a student there for over 10 years.

Deirdre Wilcox: The Happy Yogi - Amazing instructor, offers phenomenal body work. Available for workshops and on location.

Life Amongst Chaos :: Harnessing Soul Flow

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“Wisdom derived through pain is not as much about the experience itself, but rather the capacity in which we allow ourselves to grieve, grow through the event and funnel out the other side untarnished.” ~ Tara

As of late, there are so many feeling lost, uncertain, or alone. We’ve all been there. One thing’s most certain - this all shall pass, it's about finding your way through.

Chaos without clarity allows for no wiggle room or exit strategy. You may not have a friggin’ clue as to where you’ll land, but land you will. Personal evolution is our temporary access point, that window of opportunity for soul flow.

Key words: Surrender : Relinquish : Release : Embrace :  Ascend : Evolve : Faith

  : Think Divine Detachment + Discernment.

Individuate: This is about your life’s lessons. As painful as they are we have the opportunity for expansion – that in itself alone, is a gift.

Compassionate disengagement creates miracles; it ultimately offers us guardianship of our sacred space, the space residing deep within us that is ours alone. There’s an art to creating healthy detachment; it offers us the gift of stepping outside of ourselves, it allows for a non-partisan vantage point. Although life lessons as of late may be muddled in murky, spiritual waters, have faith; the cleansing prepares us for rebirth - the apex of why we’re alive.

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