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  Embarrassment: Stop it!     How many times have you been on the edge of your seat about to jump into a discussion head first with your thoughts; creative ideas; insights and intuition only to have the grim reaper clamp down on your ability to speak? Suddenly you feel a knot in your stomach and your throat restricts as the flow of your valuable wisdom comes to a screeching halt just before the exit door of your mouth. A member of the group may even pick up on your body language and notice that you have something you want to say. God forbid he or she calls you out, “Did you have some input you want to share?” Which ignites your heartbeat to the rate of a human being mid-marathon. You sink down into your chair, wipe the sweat from your brow and squeak out a quick, “no, no I’m good.” Embarrassment has it’s roots deeply embedded within a self-focused phobia called: What will people think? Perhaps this is one of the many curses tied to the experience of  ‘adulting’.   What happened? What causes a natural expression of our inner truth and wisdom to come to a complete … Continue reading

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    Help! What Do I Do?           Spring Into the Best Version of YOU =>         Mind & Emotions Support:       What do you do in life when a stressful circumstance pops up beyond your control? A car accident? Diagnosis? Parenting pop ups? Relationship conflicts? It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when and your choice of response will make all the difference in the outcomes you experience.   Explore a few responses to life that bring the calm back into your interior castle in the midst of chaos. Stress is the power you give to outside circumstance to define what you believe you are capable of handling successfully. When you forget the simple truth that the strength of God within you is BIGGER than circumstance outside of you, the body responds with only 3 choices of response: fight, flight or freeze. Explore using the following techniques to address the stress where it manifests: in the “earth suit”:   Breathe: take one finger and gently press it against one nostril and breathe in deeply through the open nostril. Switch to the other nostril and gently press it … Continue reading

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How do you handle conflict? When you find yourself face to face with an opposing viewpoint than another person how do you react?   What is your go-to reaction when you are in the midst of conflict? Do you run and hide (avoid the conflict)? Perhaps you jump in the “ring” determined to win? Maybe you abandon your ship, letting go of your own ideas, beliefs and values in order to keep the peace no matter what? Do you implode? Explode? or both at the same time? The clash of the viewpoints conflict “movie clip” from your time line is one that often has a common theme when it comes to your choice of response in the midst of conflict.   How many times in a day do you experience conflict? Studies have revealed that the average person experiences 5 conflicts a day. This is an examination of consciousness that can offer some awesome opportunities for an interior tune up when it comes to personal excellence. Do your conflicts share a common emotional theme: I’m overlooked? Not enough? Under-appreciated? Mis-understood?   As is the case with any positive outcome in life, reflection and preparation are two practices that increase your … Continue reading

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  “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19   Let go of your grip on your past desert and wasteland so that your hands and heart will be open to receive the refreshment that comes with the choice to begin again with God, celebrating the uniqueness of God’s creative, loving Spirit that is your natural state of being…shake the desert and waste land off, look up to the right (access the creative part of the brain) and ask for what you want…believe that when you ask for what you want and it is aligned with those things of God…beauty, love, all things praise worthy, integrous, above reproach…you will receive that which you ask for…enjoy celebrating another gift of life today.   Too Often your subconscious mind is playing programs from your past that hold you back from stepping into the person God calls you to be NOW. One of my favorite quotes from The Passion takes place when Jesus has fallen when carrying the cross, Mary, … Continue reading

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How do you trust when you are scared?   What are you afraid of today?   Is there something you really want to happen in your life and you are afraid that it won’t?   Do you feel scared because of something someone said about you and you are worried that a rumor might start to spread? Afraid that you won’t be able to handle the response or reaction of someone you need to confront or set a healthy boundary with?   Perhaps it’s your health. I can relate to this one, any time I have the slightest ache or pain in my body, the serpent of fear slithers into my mind and twists my thoughts as I plunge into the dark whole of: “Oh no, my body is going to betray me again!”   Fear walks hand in hand with anger and frustration. There is always the element of fear behind an outburst of anger. Next time you are angry ask yourself what you are afraid of…not getting something you want or think you deserve? Fear that your best efforts are not enough to get you where you want to go?   Fear also has a wicked little sous-chef … Continue reading

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  Spirit Driven Leadership is marked by the ability to control the tongue, creating space for wisdom and discernment to drop in before responding.   Most of what frustrates us in life revolves around a deep desire to be right and understood. This desire can be so intense at times that in spite of evidence that is contrary to our conclusion concerning a situation, we will actually delete, distort or generalize information that does not align with our position, even if we could benefit from another’s perspective and life experience. We step out of reality and into story. Studies have revealed that the majority of what we think up in our mind when it comes to assuming what others are thinking is not based in reality.   What lies behind our desire to be right, to have the last word or to at least have another person acknowledge the validity of our position or perspective? People that push our buttons are our greatest teachers in life because they reveal to us where we are stuck. Perhaps within our emotional interior landscape, the fertilizer of EGO fuels the growth of our frustration? See ME, understand ME, and validate ME so that … Continue reading

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  Perhaps you have heard me mention that you are the landlord of your mind. As we SPRING into the season of new growth and renewal it is a valuable reflection to pause and wonder how many tenants are we giving free rent to that need to be cleaned out of our mind and habits.   Want more patience in your life this spring? Evict the tenant that suffers from “not-enoughness” and lives in the space of entitlement. Replace the LARGE room that impatience took up with the tenants of endurance, humility and temperance.   Want more confidence? Evict the tenant that is addicted to the drug of approval and who feeds on an insatiable desire to hear from others that it is enough in life. Give it’s room over to more of the Holy Spirit, which has so much self regard that it chooses to travel invisibly through our lives.   Want more joy? Evict the tenant whose prayers are focused on self gratification and fulfillment of it’s own desires and goals and replace it’s space with gratitude and service of those in need. For our greatest joy lies in the measure through which we serve.   How about … Continue reading