Posts Tagged ‘gratitude’

My wish for you in 2017

(plus 2 guest teachers to help you release 2016 and begin 2017 in style!)

I speak on behalf of myself and all my clients when I say 2016 has been an intense year.  Personally, I’ve experienced everything from intense grief at the ending of my marriage to intense joy watching my son achieve his dream of competing in Olympic Swim Trials…and everything in between.

From your emails, comments and conversations I know you’ve had an intense year as well.

We are ending 2016.  In Numerology 2016 is a 9:  2+0+1+6 = 9.  9 represents endings, and clearing the way for new beginnings. It indicates the culmination of many strands of lessons.    And we are beginning 2017.  In numerology 2017 is a 1:  2+0+1+7=10 and 1+0= 1.  1  is a number of beginning. 2017 asks us all to start something brand new, something that expresses our uniqueness, that uses our leadership abilities, that opens us to new perspectives. 2017 as a 1 year is a time to think and act independently.

I encourage you to take time to reflect on what you need to release, what you wish to carry forward and what you desire to plant in 2017.

To assist you in that process, two of my close friends and favorite wayshowers have created rituals/processes to help you do that.  Just click on the links below to access their podcasts and worksheets:

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Terri Cole Crap You’re Leaving in 2016

and……if you’re looking for LOVE in 2017 (either to enhance your current relationship or manifest a new one) Terri has a fabulous *free* gift for you here.

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Kate Northrup Manifesting What You Want in 2017

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Finally, I wanted to share this beautiful “spell’ written by Rob Brezsny because, well…I couldn’t have said it better myself:

A Spell for you in 2017

your debts forgiven

your wounds healed

your apologies accepted

your generosity expanded

your love educated

your desires clarified

your uniqueness unleashed

your untold stories heard

your insight heightened

your load lightened

your wildness rejuvenated

your leaks plugged

your courage stoked

your fears dissolved

your imagination fed

your creativity uncorked

Wishing you all these blessings and more in 2017,
Deb

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Come to Bali with me in 2017!

After 5 years, I’ll be returning to Bali this summer and am leading a very special (first co-ed) retreat at Michael Franti’s retreat center from August 20 – 26th.

***SPACE IS LIMITED TO 18 (I usually have 35 – 40 people at my retreats!!) ***

Here are a few highlights:
* Luxury villa accommodations
* Nourishing, life-filled organic foods
* PranaShakti dance in the mornings
* Visit to area temples and cultural sites
* Therapeutic hatha yoga in the evenings – in open air yoga studio complete with 8 breathtaking views of rice terraces, coconut tress and the jungle canopy
* experience a performance of traditional Balinese dance and storytelling
* venture out to the temple of Gunung Kawi
* be blessed in the water temple of
* optional bicycle tour of the country side and an entire day at the beach!

You can see full details and hold your spot here.

We’re already 30% full, so if you’ve dreamed of coming to Bali, don’t wait! Click here to place a deposit and hold your precious spot.

First thing in the morning: Do THIS not THAT.

If the only prayer you ever say
in your entire life is
“Thank You,”
it will be enough.

~ Meister Eckhart

 

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I recently moved and lost my landline, so instead of having a telephone and an alarm clock on my nightstand, I now have a cell phone there.  (on airplane mode to lower EMF exposure)

WHOA……I had NO IDEA that using my cell phone as an alarm clock could have such a deleterious effect on my morning routine!   It’s so tempting to look at Social Media, emails, texts and (God forbid) the ‘news’ before even getting out of bed.

Has this ever happened to you? If so, this is NOT OKAY.  

It’s bad for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health to start your day by checking in with the outside world before checking in with your inside world.

Even though I’ve had a dedicated morning practice for years, I was easily seduced into reading emails, texts and social media posts while still snuggled under the covers when I began using my cell phone to wake me up.  It didn’t take long to notice the negative effects:  I was more anxious than usual.  My mind was scattered.    I skipped my morning practice, so my body was tight and I felt disconnected from Source.  I needed caffeine to get going.  And, worst of all, I felt aimless.

DON’T START YOUR DAY LIKE THAT!

DO THIS INSTEAD:

  1. If you use your cell phone as an alarm clock, switch it to airplane mode to lower EMF exposure.  If you MUST leave your phone on, make sure it’s at least 6 feet away from your bed.
  2. When you wake up, take a few minutes while still in bed to breathe and listen to this gratitude meditation I recorded for you while I was leading a Bliss Retreat in Mexico last week.  Gratitude has been shown to enhance every area of life by scientists, philosophers and mystics alike….and it’s a MUCH more beautiful way to start your day. <Tweet It>


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Click here to download the gratitude meditation I recorded for you while sitting on the beach in the early morning hours as last week’s full moon was setting.

May your days be filled with gratitude.

Permission to Pause + My Fave Kale Salad Recipe

Happy New Year!!

Have you chosen a theme word, set your intentions, named your core desired feelings, and plotted everything in your 2016 planner?

If so, fabulous!

If not, don’t fret!

Maybe it’s time for you to take a cue from Mother Nature who is hibernating this time of year in the northern hemisphere.

I don’t know how your 2015 was, but mine was a 4G year:  grief, grit, grace and gratitude.

When you’ve had an intense year like that, it just doesn’t feel right to hop up on January 1st and declare a bunch of resolutions.  In fact, maybe, like me, you feel more like Mary Oliver’s poem, Today:

Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.

But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.

If you’re feeling more like flying low than rocketing into 2016, I herby give you permission to pause. {Tweet It} 

Once you’ve given yourself permission to rest, reflect, release and re-think things, you may be ready when the Chinese New Year rolls around on February 8th to declare your intentions and fly high with energy, enthusiasm and confidence.  I’ll check back with you then 🙂

 

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As promised!  If you follow me on Instagram or FB I promised I’d send you this recipe for  my favorite Kale Salad.  I took it to a New Year’s Eve potluck and it got rave reviews.   

 

 

 

Deb’s Kale Salad with Orange-Sesame Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ toasted slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger, minced


Preparation:

Combine orange juice, vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey in large bowl.  Whisk until smooth.
Wash and pat dry the kale.  Strip kale leaves from stems and chop into bite-sized pieces. Pour the dressing over it and massage for 3 minutes.
Add nuts, cranberries and ginger to the kale and toss.  Let stand in fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving, longer if possible.

Whether you are rocketing forward or taking a pause, may you feel the wonder and excitement of a new year filled with possibilities.

Love,
Deb

 

Finding Ecstasy in the Laundry

There’s no way around it. As a single mom, this time of year is chaotic! Last week my son turned 18 and competed in 5 days of intense swim meets. When I say intense, I mean leaving the house early in the morning with meals and snacks packed and not coming home until after 9 pm…while managing my business from an iPhone with spotty reception in a humid, loud, chlorine filled natatorium.

One mom next to me was ordering teacher gifts from her phone while grading papers of her own. Another was handling texts from multiple kids while consoling her daughter who hadn’t performed as she had hoped. And we were all cheering for each other’s kids.

By the end of the week I was exhausted and behind in everything. Despite my best intentions, I had not exercised or eaten as well as I had hoped. And I came home to piles of laundry, unanswered mail and an empty fridge.

Sound familiar?

I feel certain I’m not the only one who has weeks like this. So I thought I’d share a simple and surprising way I began to feel more balanced and calm right away.

My mind was racing, but as I pulled clothes out of the dryer and began to iron my son’s pants, I found myself silently saying prayers to the rhythm of the movement of my arm. “May you be confident and kind. May you stand strong for your convictions. May you enjoy this week. May you always know you are loved. May you remember everything for your finals…..”

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Suddenly the chaos of the week faded into the background. I enjoyed finding new blessings to iron into each pair of pants and I began to feel peace, joy….even ecstasy!

You don’t have to go to church or a yoga class to pray. Peace can be found in everyday chores. (TWEET IT)

As you move through your normal routine over the next few weeks, see if you can find peace in the chaos….ecstasy in the ordinary. And when you do, please write and tell me about the ways you’ve done it. I would love to add them to my repertoire.

Wishing you joy,
Deb

Your Wild Feminine Cannot Be Broken – But It Does Need To Be Nurtured

I have some great wisdom to share with you – two great ways you can nurture your wild feminine this month!

 

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I just returned from a magical week in Costa Rica with 33 women who participated in my Bliss Retreat. Every year this retreat is powerful and transformative, but this year it was beyond the beyond. Many of the women had experienced major loss or trauma in the last year (including me) and were brave enough to bring it out into the Light to be healed. Each one of them shared feelings that they felt perhaps their capacity for bliss had been broken beyond repair by the pain. That they would never again tap into their wild feminine power, joy or ecstasy.

But, miraculously, every one of them did. In a big way. The first days were spent removing energy blocks and releasing huge emotions. Then, by the end of the week, gratitude became the predominant feeling. Joy was contagious. Spontaneous laughter and hugs became the norm. Women radiated the feelings of being alive, passionate and expansive.

If I could wave my magic wand, I would have transported each and every one of you to join us for seven days of bliss. But since I haven’t mastered that ability yet, I thought I’d create a one-day mini-retreat you could do at home each month. This month, the theme of your Bliss Retreat will be GRATITUDE. As my good friend, Rochelle Schieck always says: “Gratitude is a super power!”

Here is a copy of your At-Home Bliss Retreat for you to download, print off and create for yourself:   November Retreat – Gratitude
Your Playlist to go along with your Retreat:  November Bliss Retreat At Home- Gratitude

 

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And as promised, I also have an amazing resource for you to nurture your Wild Feminine:

The Freedom of the Feminine” – a new online course created by my good friends Kate Northrup and Tami Lynn Kent.  I’ve learned a lot from Kate over the years in the arena of money and abundance.  And I’ve had the pleasure of studying in person with Tami Lynn Kent who is a pioneer in holistic pelvic care.  These two powerhouses have come together to share their wisdom in how to tap into your feminine energetic self to create the abundance and wealth you desire.   This course provides a framework of exercises for you to draw upon to increase your financial flow while honoring the feminine, which is in perfect alignment with what I teach.   It’s simple, straightforward and really manageable to incorporate into your life.

The course was just launched and is only $39 if you purchase it by Friday.  Check out the course page to learn more:


I’d really like to hear from YOU.  Let me know if the course resonates, if you are inspired to create your own at-home retreat, and what manifests from these.  Join me in the conversation here.

Blessings,
Deb

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