“Grateful for my puppy Coco”

Today I’m going to talk about someone that I’m grateful for – my puppy Coco. We had a beautiful day at the beach today playing in the sand and water. As we explored the rocks, I found an incredible shell to add to my collection. The sun was shining brightly and it was an unusually warm winter day.

Coco played with lots of dogs – from great danes to puppies. She overall is quite independent and spent most of her time exploring the grass and finding new scents to follow.

Coco’s been an incredible friend to me and I’m so grateful for her. Who or what are you grateful for today? And, what grand and glorious adventures will you have today? I’d love to hear from you!

“Grateful for the Adventure in Newtown”

Today I’m going to talk about something that I’m grateful for. My partner Adam and I volunteered with the Sandy Hook Healing Project, which is a non-profit effort to bring healing of all kinds to the community of Newtown, Ct.

It was amazing to see how volunteers transformed a warehouse into a beautiful, healing space for the community. There were many different modalities offered by volunteers and I had signed up to run ‘bars’.

Well, when we arrived there were many healing practitioners but no one waiting to receive services. So, we offered to take flyers and get the word out about the event in the community.

In the next four hours we went on an adventure all over town and met some very inspiring people. Our first stop was the basement of the Town Hall which was full of toys for the children of the community. On the top floor they were having an event called Birth 2012 Connecticut, where the community was gathering to unite and cultivate peace. There were media from all around the world and we spoke to a reporter from Moscow that took our flyer and promised to come by to report on the Healing Project.

When we entered a General Store right near the Town Hall, it was like we had been transported back 150 years. There were antiques everywhere and old-fashioned candy. We were able to post a flyer on the front door of this very busy establishment.

The firefighters and policemen we spoke with were very appreciative of having a place to go to relieve stress. So many have been having trouble sleeping and have been working overtime to assist the community.

I am so grateful to have met so many people making a difference in their community and the world. What difference would there be in the world if each one of us truly recognized the gift we are?

“Reclaiming my Voice: My Journey Part II / The Power of Vulnerability”

In this video I’m trying something new. And, you have to watch the video to find out what I did. ☺ Okay, I’ll tell you what I did… I actually sang on video and posted it on YouTube which is a first for me!

How many of us growing up were encouraged to be vulnerable? Or, were you told to be tough and strong so that you wouldn’t get hurt? How many of you were told that being vulnerable was a weakness?

What if being vulnerable is a strength? What if that is the ultimate power – to be fully present as the “open wound”?

So much of my life I felt I had to “protect” myself by putting up barriers. What I discovered by lowering my barriers is that this allowed me to receive everything – all energies and information. That being present as the “open wound” actually was a tremendous gift and strength.

And, lowering your barriers is easy! All you have to do is energetically push down your barriers. If you notice that your barriers have come up again, just push them down and keep practicing. After awhile, you may notice that it get’s easier and easier to keep your barriers down.

If you play with this, I’d love to hear what changes you notice, if any. So, please write and let me know.

“Reclaiming my Voice: My Journey Part 1″

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Thanks for visiting my blog!

I was searching for classes that would facilitate me in showing up more on stage since I knew more was possible with speaking and being more present when giving presentations. One day I came across a class on creativity which allowed you to be facilitated on stage singing, dancing, talking, playing an instrument, walking, acting, etc. Although I was a bit nervous, I signed up for the class and flew to Austin the following week.

What I was in store for absolutely blew my universe open. I was amazed how one person after another transformed before my very eyes. Gary Douglas, the founder of Access Consciousness™ would ask people questions to destroy limitations and clear energetic blocks that kept people from fully showing up on stage.

When it was my turn to take the stage, I choose to sing a song by Etta James entitled “At Last”. I had listened to the song on iTunes, written down the lyrics and even practiced a bit in my hotel room the night before the class. Much to my surprise and to everyone in the class, when I opened my mouth to sing, no sound came out. Gary asked me what was up and I answered that I was trying to sing but no sound was coming out of my throat. The muscles in my throat were so tight and locked up I had trouble breathing. Gary took a few minutes and ran some verbal clearings and worked his energetic “magic” on my throat and I felt the muscles in my throat start to relax and I was able to breathe more easily. I was able to sing a few words to my amazement as the class cheered me on. Gary told me to rest my throat until the next day of class.

I could hardly sleep that night as I perceived the shifts in my throat and the tightness continuing to melt away. The next day at class I couldn’t wait to sing. I kept on raising my hand, hoping to be picked, and wasn’t chosen until the afternoon. When I got onstage I took a long, deep breathe and sang 2 verses of Etta James’ song, “At Last”. I would have continued to sing but everyone was cheering and clapping so loud it was awesome!! I received the applause through tears of shear joy. Wow, I was truly discovering my voice. What else is possible?

To be continued….

“Choosing Gratitude: Getting Out of the Wrongness…”

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Thanks for visiting my blog. How did I get so lucky?

Today, I would like to talk about gratitude. Choosing Gratitude for ME! Yippee!

So much of my life I haven’t been grateful for myself. Can any of you relate to this? I would judge myself constantly and always go into the wrongness of whatever I did. Like it was never good enough. One of the things that shifted this for me was keeping a Gratitude Journal and waking up in the morning and writing down 3 things that I’m grateful for. If your’d like, take a moment right now and write down 3 things that you’re grateful for. How does that make you feel? Did that make you feel lighter and more space?

When we have gratitude we can’t go into judgment and the wrongness of us. Gratitude and judgment can’t exist simultaneously. So, play with this if you like and see how much fun you can have.

So, take a few deep breathes from the top of your head to your toes. Again, breathe in and out. Perceive the energy of gratitude and let it expand out. Continue expanding out. Take a few minutes and continue to expand out…

How do you feel? Do you have more space? What contribution could you be to everyone and everything from this space? What difference could you be in the world? What might change for you and everyone around you?

I’d love to hear from you so please let me know what comes up for you and what changes you notice, if any. :)

“The Value of Asking Questions – to facilitate ease and awareness after the school shootings in CT”

Since the events last Friday, people have been asking so many questions. Why? Why did this have to happen? Why did so many have to die? Why would someone do this? This is something I addressed when I was on the radio this weekend on VoiceAmerica: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/66076/trauma-to-triumph-part-i

Do you ever notice when you ask questions that begin with ‘Why’ you feel trapped? It’s as if you keep going round and round in your head searching for an answer. It’s like a dead-end street.

What if instead we asked questions such as:

What else is possible now?
What questions can I ask to have total clarity and ease with this?
What’s right about this I’m not getting?
What contribution can I be to changing whatever can be changed?
How does it get any better than this?
What space of kindness, caring and gentleness can I be?

Can you see how asking the above questions allows you to be aware of infinite possibilities? We’re not looking for the ‘right’ answer, we’re becoming aware of possibilities.

So, I encourage you to play with this. And, I’d love to hear from you.

Who am I this day and what grand and glorious adventures will I have?

What if you woke up each morning and asked, “Who am I this day and what grand and glorious adventures will I have this day?” Would that be a different way of waking up? What if each day you started off ‘fresh’- what if you didn’t reference the past and created yourself as ‘new’? Would that open up more possibilities for you? Does that make you feel lighter?

This is how Drew Barrymore in the movie 50 First Dates created her life every day. She didn’t reference the past…she woke up with no grudges, upsets, etc. only joy and the curiousity of what the day would bring. What if happiness is just a choice? Would you choose that?

How did I get so lucky?

I’m so grateful – for ME. It’s quite a different space. To not require validation. To trust that I know and acknowledge that I CAN trust that I know. To acknowledge the difference I be. So much peace, joy, and space in that. Wow, what an awesome day. What else is possible? What would be possible if we acknowledged ourselves instead of seeking validation from other’s. What’s right about you that you’re not getting? Continue to ask that and play with that. :)

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog! How did I get so lucky? Just learning about blogging so much more to follow. Stay tuned! What else is possible?