A Moment to Breathe

December 20, 2014

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The streets were congested beyond normal yesterday, as school was letting out before the holiday break. Everyone seemed to be in a rush, getting to the stores or wherever they were headed. It felt so chaotic. There were very few smiles and a whole lot of stressful faces out there. Oh, how the holidays can be bittersweet!

Today, I sit in my robe (at 2 in the afternoon) with my cranberry candle flickering warmth and luscious scents around me. Sweet holiday melodies are playing, as the rain pours down outside. There is peace in the air.

It’s often so difficult to find these little moments of respite during this busy time of year. They’re so important, though. Even if it’s just for an hour, I hope you’ll carve out time for you this week. Light a candle and reflect upon the simple things that mean so much to you. Find something beautiful in every person you see (even during those challenging holiday gatherings). Remember that you have the power to create whatever energy you desire. Feel it in your core and radiate it all around you. Watch how things begin to magically shift, as ease and flow take over.

Breathe and know that you are loved.

Art by Katie Daisy

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2015 Soul Readings are Here!

December 15, 2014

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The new year is a wonderful opportunity to clear out the inner debris, create space for something new, and declare our dreams and visions. It’s a time to take a compassionate look within, and take steps toward even more self-love and acceptance.

Opening, embracing, nourishing, nurturing, loving, letting go, claiming our big beautiful YES!

2015 Soul Readings are powerful 60-minute sessions designed to clear your inner landscape, nourish your essence, and plant seeds of intention for the new year. We uncover your purpose, kindle your inner fire, and create down-to-earth practices to bring your dreams into fruition.

You will choose your power word for the year, along with a personal mantra and sacred symbol to guide you through your days. We’ll connect with your guides, open to clarity, and re-calibrate your energy for beautiful alignment and harmony.

I’ll do a special soul card reading, which you’ll receive digital photos of to keep with you for guidance and inspiration.

Soul Readings are $75, available worldwide via Skype.

To schedule a session, fill in the form below and I will contact you with available appointments.

Here’s to a year filled with love, harmony, and so much joy!

Print by Emily McDowell, can be purchased HERE.

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Hands of Love

December 6, 2014

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I remember the first time I visited a tiny mountain village in the Sundanese region on the island of Java. Shortly after my arrival, we all sat down on the large bamboo floor mats to share a meal of rice, field greens, and salted fish. Everything was laid out in large bowls, woven from banana leaves. It was beautiful.

We ate with our hands, scooping up rice and vegetables between our fingers. There was laughter, smiles, and lively conversation, much of which I couldn’t understand. I felt it, though. The vibration of joy.

“Isn’t eating with your hands so much better?” said my Sundanese friend. “The food tastes so good, not like when we use a spoon.” I immediately agreed, noticing how it really did make a difference. Not only did we eat with our hands, the food was also prepared without mixing spoons, spatulas, and the other tools that make up a modern-day kitchen. Everything was created with human touch. This is what made it so magical.

When I first began working alongside Balinese healers, I felt like I had come home to the ways of healing that felt so inherent in my bones. Sitting on the ground with the sun streaming through the coconut trees, the sounds of the river in the background, there was only the simple touch of hands, cradling the head, that sparked the profound healing experiences that so many people received. Illnesses were released, years of stored trauma was set free, emotions were allowed to flow freely. All from the touch of a hand.

Sometimes I forget how simple it can be to offer love. We hold the energy of harmony right within our core. It flows out to the world around us, with every touch, smile, embrace, or intention.

Today, as I make fresh bread from scratch, I will say little prayers of love as I’m kneading the dough with my hands. I love knowing that such a simple thing can make a big difference. It really can.

May you take a moment today to open your hands and feel the love that flows through them. Isn’t it beautiful?

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A Beautiful Day

December 2, 2014

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Even on days when everything seems to be turned upside-down, and my soul longs for a bit of ease and peace, I know there is still so much beauty all around me. Always there, offering a hand to help me up from my fall. Embracing, inviting, opening to envelop me with grace.

May you find the beauty in this day, wherever you may be.

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Finding Center: A Gift for You

November 26, 2014

Screen shot 2014-11-11 at 1.42.00 PMFinding Center offers simple, powerful, beautiful invitations to nourish your body and soul. With personal stories and daily practices, you are invited on a journey back to center — to the place of wisdom that resides within.

Includes guided meditations, journaling prompts, powerful rituals and ceremonies, and many other offerings from my journeys in Bali and the natural world of my homeland.

“Soooo rich, and goodness galore in every page!” ~Pamela

It is my heartfelt desire to offer you something that honors who you so beautifully are. May this book bring you inspiration and love.

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Small Things With Great Love

November 24, 2014

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Just this. Small things every day, offered with immense love.

Isn’t that what life is really about?

Sometimes, I forget that I don’t need to be everything for everybody in order to be somebody. Maybe just being me is enough.

Small things matter. Love matters. Yes.

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Gently, My Deer

November 20, 2014

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As I was driving down the long, winding driveway this morning, I saw movement in the woods by the little creek. I glanced over to see three deer grazing on the chilled grass. Their beauty took my breath away. I stopped and watched them for a while, noticing their gentle movements, graceful steps, and beautiful ways of being in the moment.

This was such a gift.

I’ve been so focused on the next moment, the things that have to get done, the search for what I don’t already have in my life, that I’ve forgotten to just breathe and savor this moment.

This moment is all that truly matters.

Thank you, my wise deer guides, for reminding me of what’s important. I honor you. ♥

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Everything we owned could fit into three suitcases. We boarded a plane from Bali, Indonesia with California as our final destination. It was time. After 10 years, we were coming home.

I was used to living with very little material items. Something about island living offers a very different perspective into what matters in life. I kept simplifying over the years, letting go of everything that didn’t have use or offer beauty in some way. It felt so good to rid myself of the junk — both inner and outer!

I wondered how it would be living in the western world again. Would I fall back into the patterns I had before moving to Indonesia? Would I take the different perspectives I inhabited with me? I had no idea what to expect or how to go about this major transition that came upon us so suddenly. I truly thought we’d be living in Bali for the rest of my days. Life sure does have a beautiful way of offering what we need for our continued growth.

Now, after about a year of re-integration, I still find myself a stranger in a somewhat familiar land. Very similar to the way I felt in Indonesia. Until very recently, I really didn’t know if I’d ever feel completely at home here. So much had changed in ten years — or perhaps it was me who did the most changing.

As I look around the small simple space my son and I call “home,” I am filled with a new sense of gratitude. I trust in the miracles that occurred to bring us here. I know that this is exactly where we’re meant to be. Little by little, we’re meeting beautiful people who remind me of the light that is everywhere. Home is settling into my bones, inviting me to surrender and simply receive what is so abundantly here for me — for all of us.

It takes very little to bring me joy these days. A bouquet of colorful blossoms, my morning coffee, books that offer a glimpse into another world, sweet little journals with colored pens, watching my son connect with new people, Pandora playing all my favorite new songs…the simple things that mean everything.

It has taken this entire year to go through the effects of reverse culture shock. I didn’t expect it to be so challenging, but am very grateful for every experience. It has opened my heart and mind so profoundly. I have learned how to embrace my strength, ask for what I need (and allow myself to receive it), and trust in the bigger picture that isn’t always so clear.

Trust. This is what it’s all about. Trusting in the love that is always here.

So, I open my arms in this moment and give gratitude for all of it.

…and for you.

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Because You Matter

November 6, 2014

I came across this film again today. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, and it still brings me to tears.

If there’s one reason for my existence on this planet, it is to remind people of their beauty, magnificence, and uniquely remarkable gifts. I find myself wanting to do little else now-a-days.

I’m less interested in being in an online forum talking about how to live an amazing life, and so much more interested in diving in to the everyday magic right here surrounding me. That amazing life is happening now. Right here in this moment.

There are so many opportunities each day to connect with others in ways that we so often overlook in our high-tech, low-touch world. A simple smile, touch, expression of gratitude — all mean so much.

Laugh, express, connect, do things that you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t hold back.

Look others in the eyes and see their radiance. It’s there. Maybe they just forgot that for a while. Just as I have forgotten mine. And maybe you yours.

Let’s remind one another of why we’re here. There’s nothing we need to become “more” of. It’s already there. So beautifully planted within our core from the moment we take our first breath.

You matter. Always remember this.

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