3 Heart Writing Exercises to Strengthen Your Seedling Dream

abq_closeuptubularflowers1Share Your Vision

Try your ideas and visions out on people you trust, who you are already aligned with your vision. This will help you grow confidence, and then gradually you can expand the number of people you share your seedling with, as the sprout gets stronger. Write a list exploring who is in alignment. Tune into the heart, and allow “unexpected” names to surface


Practice heart meditation and the practice of self honesty to clarify what your vision is and to hash out the details.

Connecting to Your Guides

Connecting to the heart center and allowing heart energy to flow will bring the aid of your spirit guides and other guides to assist with nurturing your seedling dream. Using meditation or journaling, listen to the inner murmurings of the heart, to your inner knowing. Notice fear, but allow yourself to stay present and connected to the heart space to help it gently shift.

Happy Let-Your-Heart-Flow Day!

abq_chillipeppers2Today is the day to honor your heart and let love flow, to acknowledge any heaviness that is hanging out in the heart and to set the intention to let it go, or at least to lighten up!

There are so many awesome ways to amp up the flow of heart energy so that it is more flowing within you and more accessible to the people around you.

Sometimes sad experiences, heart break, heart confusion, stuck anger in the heart, fear of being hurt, fear of being loved, a contracted, tight heart all prevent your heart from flowing in a natural way.

It is natural for the heart energy to flow and heart energy supports the whole body by supervising what goes on in the body. It plays a huge role in the balance of emotions and when we employ the help of the heart it can really help us lighten up any stuck energy in the heart and throughout the body.

In order to empower the heart to help us lighten up, we need to do something to raise the vibration of the heart. This doesn’t need to be complicated. There is so much research supporting the fact that simply looking around our world at the things that we appreciates shifts the vibration in the heart.

So even if sadness, fear, anger, or confusion is feeling entangled in the heart, set the intention to let go of this heaviness whilst you take a walk and see what you see in your immediate environment.

Right now the sun is setting here in Seattle casting a gorgeous orange glow over the grey clouds and it is simple things like this that can kick start the heart to see what it loves in this world. Once we tip the balance by amping up the vibration of the heart, the body is more equipped to release the heaviness.

Have a fun heart day, love day. Let your heart energy flow, baby, flow!!

Releasing Toxicity

abq_sepiacactus1Trust that letting go of dysfunction, toxic influences, old out-dated patterns, relationships that take your power away, and anything else that needs to shift is the way to true health in mind, body, and spirit.

Toxic influences are rampant in our life, and whether the toxicity is mental, emotional, spiritual or physical, the bodymind has to deal with it, and clear it out.

If toxicity levels become high, then you become stressed, emotional discombobulated, overwhelmed, confused, find it difficult to think clearly, find it difficult to make decisions, feel uncertain and doubt yourself, become overly self critical as you try to regain control.

Examples of toxicity

  • Relationships in which the person overtly or subtly puts you down
  • Abuse – physical, emotional, sexual
  • Manipulation
  • People who disrespect boundaries
  • Sensory overload – sound, touch, visual input (busy, chaotic environment)
  • People who talk at you, and do not participate in a reciprocal relationship
  • People who blame you for everything that happens in their life
  • People who ‘dump’ on you, and when they leave, you feel heavy, burdened, cluttered

Springtime is a good time to set some intentions regarding patterns that you want to release and leave behind like the snow and cold, creating a fresh start for your aspirations in the new season.

Letting go can be painful and uncomfortable, but keep focused on your intuition, and follow the path to a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Do it mindfully, and purposefully. This will create space for increasing the flow of your mojo and the true you!!

How to Cultivate your Mojo

65_flowerbkgdMojo n. uncanny personal power or influence (Source: World Dictionary)

How do you feel about your uncanny personal power and influence?

If you feel totally jazzed and excited, fabulous. Rock it! Rock out your mojo!

Or, does it make you feel uncomfortable? Do you have a relationship with your personal power and influence?

Take some time to either meditate or journal about your relationship with your personal power.

But don’t judge yourself. There is no right or wrong, we are all on a journey, and the exciting thing is that you may be really ready to break through and access your mojo! That’s awesome!

Change your habit energy

I love this concept based on a Zen story about a man and a horse in which the horse is galloping and the man is heading somewhere urgently. When asked where he was going he replied, “I don’t know! Ask the horse!”

Our days become very scheduled and we slip into our familiar routine. Part of that routine is to avoid being present to your mojo. It’s time to change your habit energy.

Over the next week, twice a day, think about your mojo, your personal power and influence, what I like to call the juicy essence of you, the core part of you that makes you who you are.

Take a soft, gentle approach.

This is a mindful approach. Be present, be curious, just notice what you notice.

Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr Lilian Cheung2.

Go on a mojo date

What do you really love, what makes you burst at the seams? What do you really love to do that you don’t very often tell people, but makes you really feel like you when you do it or even think about it.

In the book, The Artists Way by Julia Cameron, she introduces this concept of an artists date, where you take yourself out on an artists date, to do something creative. I have modified this to call it a mojo date.

What do you really want to do? Choose something, and go on your mojo date within the next week, ideally by yourself.

Artist’s dates, mojo dates, personal retreats. We need to give ourselves space, to break out of habit energy, and to take the time to do the things in life that make us happy. And to find the things that make us happy that we didn’t even know about!

Mindful by Design

61_hurricaneridgetree_OlympicPenWe have the right to be whoever we want to be. There is no rule dictating the way we should be. Working in the healing field I’m often fascinated by how guilty people feel if they don’t regularly meditate, are inconsistent in their yoga practice, or forget to do their self Reiki when they really could have used it.

At times it seems like people have an extensive internal checklist, fundamentally unachievable, which if they do not meet means they can’t really be called mindful. I do it myself. I say, I’m not really like a lot of Reiki teachers, because I do it a different way, I don’t do Reiki all day long, sometimes I use other modalities and blah, blah, blah….

I think this is a common mentality, that I’m not doing it right or I should spend more time doing ‘x’ or I’ve got some work to do and then I will be good enough.

This puts life on hold, off in the future, someplace.

What if you are fine the way you are now? What if, this is the way you are meant to be? And what if you can be as mindful as you want or don’t want, and that is completely fine?

I like the idea that we can design our own life, that we can integrate mindfulness by allowing it to flow into a variety of aspects of our life. Who says that when we are down the pub with friends, or watching the kids at a soccer match, or vegging out in front of the tv that we are not being mindful?

To categorize things is a very western approach, so if we with look at life through the lens of a more eastern approach we see that each moment flows into the next, that mindfulness is just about taking notice.

You can take notice as little or as much as you want, and taking notice of yourself not taking notice is exercising mindfulness, as well!

Play with the design of your life. Look at the unexpected places where you can simply bring a presence, a simple curiosity to your life. You might find that mindfulness can be fluid and fun, and incorporated in unexpected ways.

Project: Be Yourself


Let’s start with mindfulness. I see a lot of people taking yoga classes, learning meditation, getting excited, and voraciously reading about Buddhism, but I often wonder whether they are primarily doing mindfulness. Maybe the thought is, I’ve done my mindful thing for the day, thank god for that, now I can go and really be me!

Or maybe you are super enthusiastic about mindfulness and you try to spend every waking minute either meditating, doing yoga, chanting, or journaling. This is my personal favorite which I would like to do 24/7.


By definition mindfulness is about experiencing the present moment in the heart. Sometimes we do our mindful bit quickly to get it out of the way, or we do it all day long, but are we really connected and present in the moment?

Where’s your mojo hiding out?

When I talk about mojo, I am referring to the juicy essence of who you are, the part that when expressed feels very authentically you. It is a part of you that when expressed makes you feel very balanced and calm. Your mojo is very connected to all parts of you. When your spiritual side is neglected, it stunts the expression of your mojo. Getting spirit flowing helps reveal your mojo.

My biggest question is where is the real you in this equation? Where’s the mojo, the oopmph, the pzazz, the juicy essence of you?


Of course this leads us back to creating balance.  I’m not referring to balance as a static, unmovable thing, but rather a flexible state of mind in which we can be both mindful and be rocking our unique contribution to the world at the same time. GASP!

Mindfulness + Mojo = Being Yourself

So think of this as an appertif, or one of those fancy tasters in the spoon (can’t quite remember the name right now). I really, truly believe that life can be a fun, creative process in which we are mindful and present to the moment, whilst also really digging into the juicy essence of who you are and letting the world see you. Get out from behind your mindful mask, and let the real you shine through. We want to see the real you!


Where Did All the Obstacles Go?

abq_driedwildflowers_starshapeHow Do You Deal with an Absence of Obstacles?

For many of us who have done a lot of personal excavation and transformation, we are used to the feeling of being blocked, of people, ourselves or others, objecting to us being are true selves.

But what happens when the obstacles have been removed, when nothing stands between you and what you dream of doing?

Does this freak you out? Do you backtrack, preferring the old dysfunctional pattern? Do you crave the old pattern because it is familiar and the new opportunity is unfamiliar which is way too scary?

The visceral experience of hitting up against resistance from your mother, father, brother, aunt, boss, husband, children etc. is sometimes the grist that the mill needs to keep on running. Resistance from others is the thing that we “blame” for our lack of forward progress but in reality often it is us. We are the ones creating the obstacles, and, in fact, sometimes we quite like to have some resistance to keep us moving forward but never quite achieving our goals.

We tell ourselves, “One day when I have this sorted out, when so-and-so stops being such bitch and getting in my way, then I will be able to do what I want!”

But there are times in our life where the personal excavation pays off! We have come to peace with many aspects of our history, we have worked out a healthy plan of action for ourselves in our relationships and our life, at least for the moment. There are no obstacles.

Guess what happens now? We freak out! There is no resistance, there is nothing to butt up against, and no one to “prove” ourselves to.

There is only us, who we are, and what we want. Nothing standing in our way. Yikes!

Instead of freaking out, what should you do?

My advice – Keep walking forward one step at a time despite the quivering knees! It’s time to be present and learn a new habit, a habit of self motivating and of realizing that achieving your dreams has only ever been for you. Can you accept this?


Are You Underrating Your Super Powers?

OwensuperpowersUtilizing your super powers isn’t always about flashy weapons. To show the world your super powers you may be utilizing aspects of yourself you previously underrated. What super power do you have that you judged as inferior for the world to see?

A big part of succeeding is believing in yourself! Bring it! We want to see you wielding gift wrap paper ferociously like my son! Grrrrr!

This week as you spend time in meditation and in your heart writing / journaling practice, reflect on what super powers you have that you may have underrated. What skills, strengths and talents do you have that you are not sharing with the world? You may judge them as “not that special” or “not that important” but I’m betting if you tune into your body it will affirm that these “normal” or “everyday” super powers are meaningful, and that the world needs to see YOU expressing these super powers.

Let me know how it goes and what you discover. Super powers are not just expressed in the workplace or in your small biz, either. There may be things that your soul wants to express in your home, or a hobby that you have abandoned. When we all do the things that help us shine brightly it helps humanity as a whole. The more we are aligned with our true self the stronger the flow of light, bright energy through our systems that can be shared with the world.

Intuition Can Help Restore Emotional Harmony

Alinga Sky at Rae RanchWhen we are sensitive souls, people who are hypervigilent and often sensitive to our surroundings in many different ways, then we often disengage from our intuition out of the misperception that our intuition is thing that is leading us astray. Many people think that only disaster can result from tuning into the heart space and letting our emotions flow. “Are you kidding me? It will be utter mayhem,” our mind says. Very few will leap forward with blind faith to open the floodgates to their emotional life without some voice within saying “WTF?? Are you insane?”

But the truth is that when we do the work to restore communication with our intuition, it is not going to lead us off a cliff. In fact, our intuition is the way that we get access to the higher guidance that can help us navigate complicated, emotional circumstances. It doesn’t necessarily lead us immediately through a field full of daisies with blue sky and bright sun beaming down, but it does help us to make the choices, that if we are honest, we already knew we needed to make, but the mind convinced us was a bad idea.

Listening to your intuition, getting hooked up, restoring communication, taking baby steps to listen to what your intuition says about the food you are eating, or your relationships and whether they are meeting your needs, is a good place to start.

You don’t need to become a psychic guru, awakened or enlightened. Hooking up with the intuition can help you make daily decisions. It can be your literal guide in navigating daily life. In my opinion, connecting with intuition is logical. (brain balks at this) It is true. AND the only way to find out is to work with, develop and strengthen your intuition. Guess what happens next? You feel more steady and stable in your emotions because you feel more supported by YOU.

PS> I am writing a book about how intuition can help restore emotional harmony. Sooooo if you notice a theme in the posts, that is why!!


How to Cope with Expanding Consciousness

Photo Dec 14, 3 41 41 PMAs we expand our consciousness and get access to a greater flow of energy through the energy systems including the chakras, the meridians and the energy around the body, we notice shifts in the physical body, emotions, our thought patterns and the spiritual realm.

If you are noticing these symptoms it could be that you are going through an expansion in your consciousness where the energy you are channeling is getting bigger and stronger and this is causing discomfort as you adjust and release energies in all these areas that are restricting your ability to expand.

When we go through this type of discomfort, we can tend to blame ourselves and feel like we are “off track”, getting in our own way when the discomfort is simply a part of the journey and not something we need to get rid of.

What to do when we feel like this?

By now you have heard it a million times. Be present to the moment. Be mindful. Allow the energy to flow. Connect to the heart space and let the energies process. Let go of judgment. Be gentle. Have love and compassion for yourself.

All of this works and yet even when we are doing these things you might  still notice a negative belief and judgment that you are doing it wrong, that we need to get rid of certain physical or emotional feelings and experiences. This is a misperception and part of the way that we DO get off track is when we think we are doing something wrong.

Whenever we polarize our experiences, which we do as humans, as good or bad, better or worse, problem or solution, we are in the grips of our dualistic thinking which restricts our growth. Noticing the polarization of our thinking helps you to release the thought and get more access to higher guidance around the matter at hand.

We live in a dualistic life. This is fact. Another fact is that releasing judgment and aligning with the moment, doing what we can to release negative energies that are getting in the way helps smooth the ride. Then aligning with higher vibration thoughts and experiences. Letting go of the effort expended will help you align with greater ease as you expand your consciousness to new ways of experiencing life.

* Next week: Tools to Support Expanding Consciousness (including CRYSTALS to help!)

** Photo credit : Karen Wilson!