Posted by admin on September 22, 2015
On August 30, 2015, we lost beloved teacher and author Wayne Dyer at the age of 75. One of his quotes about fear was: "You cannot fail, you can only produce results." What a great quote from a wise man! He was absolutely right. Failure is a judgment, not a fact. It's all a matter of perspective. If you see your efforts as producing increasingly improved results while you continue to learn and grow, failure simply doesn't exist.
Have you, at times, felt that you were blocked from opening to a life purpose path? If so, fear of failure could be the main culprit. If you think, for example, that you have to do something perfectly in order to be safe, you'll be stuck. There's no way to avoid being a beginner when you try something the first time (or the first several times). You just might fall on your face and make a fool of yourself. If you can't live with that, you'll block yourself from trying something new. And that something new could be powerfully connected to your life purpose!
Sure, it would be nice if your life purpose came up and tapped you on the shoulder, saying, "Hi! I'm what you're supposed to do with the rest of your life, and you'll be great at it! So, you won't have to worry about failure or making the wrong choice." But life doesn't work that way for most of us.
One of the key ways to find out what your soul wants to do with this life is to try new things. But if you're afraid to fail, you'll stop yourself and never get a taste of the possibilities available to you. So, take a deep breath and ask yourself:"What have I wanted to try but have stopped myself from trying?"
Chances are there are several things that will come to mind. Make a list. I'm not suggesting that you try something that costs a lot of money or puts your job or family in any kind of jeopardy. But what have you wanted to try that is absolutely possible for you with just a bit of effort ... if you let go of the fear of failure?
Choose one thing from your list, and write down everything that scares you about trying it. (Don't worry about whether it has anything directly to do with your life purpose. You really can't know that from your current vantage point!) Write down all of the worst case scenarios that you can think of. Then, read them back. How likely is it that any of these scenarios would actually happen? And if they did, how awful would it truly be? Most of the time, our fears are irrational and not so likely to ever occur.
For example, a fear might be that you try something, make a fool of yourself, lose your reputation, lose your job, and end up homeless. How likely is that really? Not very! Or maybe you worry that someone will ridicule you. But why care about the opinion of someone who would put you down for trying something new?
Next, close your eyes, and envision yourself trying this new activity. Imagine that you're able to laugh at yourself as you fumble on the first few tries. Then, see yourself getting the hang of it and improving.
Ask yourself this: If failure truly didn't exist in your mind, would you be able to move forward and try more things without fear? What can you commit to trying before the end of the year? Choose at least one thing, and make a plan for stepping out of your comfort zone.
Meanwhile, whatever you choose to do, let go and enjoy it! "When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way." – Dr. Wayne Dyer
© Melanie Votaw is the author and instructor of Discovering Your Life Purpose: Living the Life You Were Born to Live.
Posted by admin on September 15, 2015
- Do you think of your life purpose as something that's engraved on your soul when you enter your life?
- Do you believe you were "born" to do one particular thing and it's your task to find it?
If you haven't yet discovered that one precious thing you were "meant" to do, you may feel that you've failed somehow or that you're wasting every moment until you do find it. Years ago, I contributed to this belief. But as I've evolved, I've concluded that life purpose doesn't necessarily work like that.
Perhaps a few people find one thing that they are meant to do, and they do that one thing throughout their entire lives. But they're the exception to the rule. I've had many changes in my life in terms of career paths. In truth, they all point to a similar life purpose, but the expression of that purpose has varied a great deal. I actually like this because it has made my life interesting, although it has been disconcerting on occasion.
Changes are often difficult for us human beings. We have to get used to something new and go through, at times, an uncomfortable learning curve. But most of us change and grow a lot throughout our lives, so it makes sense that our life purpose might change and grow along with us.
As changes occur in our lives, we have to make choices. Some of those choices may not seem to turn out well, and then, we end up angry with ourselves for making what we term "a mistake." Then, when it comes time to make another choice, we might find ourselves paralyzed with fear. I don't know about you, but I've certainly been there. It just seems to be part of the human experience to become afraid and stop ourselves from going in a direction we'd like to try.
Whenever something like that happens, I remember the words of musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim in the song "Move On" from Sunday in the Park With George:
"I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken. The choosing was not."
Even when I've made a choice that hasn't worked out or that has challenged my fear of failure, I've learned important lessons. We can't know the future, so we have to make the best choices we can from moment to moment based on the information we have. The next line in the Stephen Sondheim song is "You have to move on." So, the important thing is to keep working toward relaxing the fear and making the best choices based on what you already know.
The bottom line is: Whether you feel that you've found your "ultimate" life purpose or not, keep moving, keep making choices, and allow your life purpose to be a living, breathing thing that changes and grows as you do.
Next time, I'll share an exercise for relaxing the fear.
© Melanie Votaw is the author and instructor of Discovering Your Life Purpose: Living the Life You Were Born to Live.
Posted by admin on May 8, 2015
The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey
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Dear Marty ~ Mother Loss: When Will the Crying Stop?
Q & A by Bereavement Counselor Marty Tousley
Question: I just wish for the day when I can think of my mom without crying. Why does it seem to last for so long? It's been 5 months since my mom passed and I still can't think of her without bawling. I've been very depressed lately and some days are better than others, but it often feels if I'm on a roller-coaster. I just want to keep it together for my daughter. I don't like falling apart in front of her. I wish there was an easy solution to all of this pain. I just want my mom back in my life. I want her to be here for me! I want my dad to not be lonely. I know he is. I don't know if writing this allows me to express how I feel, or is it just a reminder of how much I've lost?
Answer: While I'm so very sorry for the reason that led you to write to me, I am hopeful that doing so will offer some relief, and I want to respond to some of the issues you have raised.
You say it's been just "five months since my mom passed and I still can't think of her without bawling." First of all, consider the fact that for your entire life on earth so far, your mother has been an important part of your daily life. Is it reasonable to expect that, barely five months after her death, you would be able to think of her without being moved to tears? Five months is a very short span of time, considering the magnitude of your loss - and because the initial shock and disbelief that normally serve to cushion a blow like this are beginning to wear off, you're probably just now feeling the full force of your grief. This is normal and to be expected.
Your description of feeling as if you're on a roller-coaster couldn't be more accurate - it is as if you're stuck on a terrifying, nightmarish ride that you never asked to get on, you have no control over the ups and downs of it, you don't want to be there, you have no way to predict when the ride will end, and you want desperately to get off as quickly as possible, but the person running the ride is nowhere in sight. You feel dizzy, nauseated, terrified, disoriented and confused, and your entire world has been turned completely upside down. Nothing feels right, and you don't know when it all will end. Is there any more accurate description of grief than this? All I can tell you is that, gradually and over time, the ups and downs of this ride begin to level off somewhat. It won't always feel as bad as it does right now, and eventually you will regain your bearings.
You say you want to "keep it together" because you don't like "falling apart" in front of your daughter. I don't know how old your daughter is, but may I suggest that if and when she finds you crying, you can simply reassure her that it's not because of anything she did or failed to do that has you upset - and then you can go on to explain that you are simply feeling very, very sad because you're missing Grandma so much right now. Feeling, showing and verbalizing your own pain gives your daughter an example to follow, while holding back implies that feelings are to be suppressed. Refusing to cry in front of your daughter may lead her to wonder if you would cry if she died! Children need to know that crying is a natural and healthy way to release emotions.
You say you don't want your dad to feel lonely - and yet, isn't this exactly how you would expect him to feel at this point in his own grief journey? You cannot bring your mother back to him in a physical sense, but I wonder what would happen if together with your dad and your daughter you could find some ways to remember your mom, to bring her back in a different way, by bringing her to life in your conversations with one another? You can model reminiscing and talking openly about how much your mother meant to you and your family; you can go through photo albums and share special stories and find all sorts of ways to keep her memory alive, in your minds and in your hearts. So often we keep ourselves from mentioning the person who has died for fear of upsetting the bereaved -- but do you really think your dad is thinking of anyone BUT your mother anyway? Maybe he is longing to hear someone speak her name and to talk about how much he misses her.
Finally, you say you're not sure whether writing about all of this is helpful or whether it simply reminds you of how much you've lost. I suspect it's both, my friend - but I want to encourage you to think not just of how much you've lost, but also of what you still have that your mother has given to you, to your dad and to your daughter, and to everyone else whose lives your mother touched in one way or another. How would she want to be remembered by you? What is the legacy that she has left to you? What has she given to you that will sustain you now, as you learn other ways of keeping her here with you, now that you are no longer separated by time and space and distance? Death may have ended your mother's life, but it has not canceled it. She will always be your mother, and you will always be her daughter. She will always be a part of who you are, and the relationship you have with her will go on forever.
Wishing you peace and healing,
Marty Tousley, Bereavement Counselor
Marty Tousley is the creator and instructor of these grief eCourses:
The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey
A Different Grief: Coping with Pet Loss
And these grief eBooks (among others):
Heartfelt Condolence Letters ~ With Condolence Message Samples
How To Write a Eulogy: Guidelines & Examples for Paying Tribute to Your Loved One
Helping Another in Grief
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Posted by admin on February 11, 2015
If You've Been Feeling Mercury in Retrograde, Take Heart!
Take Heart! It's Time to Move Forward
Mercury comes out of retrograde today! A planet is said to be in retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.
Astrologists tell us that Mercury in Retrograde gives way to misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications and negotiations; computer glitches and/or breakdowns with phones, vehicles, and transportation. If any of this resonates with you this month, take heart! Mercury comes out of retrograde today.
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Posted by admin on February 9, 2015
7 Grief Rituals for Valentine's Day
February 14th can be a challenging day for those who are grieving and for some, this will be the first Valentine's Day since their precious Valentine died. For those bereaved, there is no celebration; there is only grief. Self Healing Expressions.com grief course instructor Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, DCC, shares some thoughts and seven grief rituals of remembrance to help the bereaved get through the "holiday of hearts."
"If we decide to do so, we can choose to embrace Valentine's Day as a special day on which to commemorate our loved ones and to celebrate our love for them. Death ends a life, but it does not end the relationship we have with our loved ones who have died. The bonds of love are never severed by death, and the love we shared will never die either. For Valentine's Day this year, we can find a way to honor our loved ones, to remember them and to express that our love is eternal. We can immerse ourselves in the healing power of remembrance. We can go to a special place, read aloud, or listen to a favorite song. We can celebrate what once was and is no more," states grief Marty Tousley.Learn Ways to Cope with Grief over the Holidays and Other Special Days.
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She continues, "Personal grief rituals are those loving activities that help you remember your loved ones, and give us a sense of connectedness, healing and peace. Creating and practicing personal grief rituals can also help you release painful situations and unpleasant memories, freeing you to make your memories a positive influence in your life."
What follows are seven examples of personal grief rituals suggested by Marty Tousley. Think of ways you can adapt them and make them your own. You are limited only by your own imagination.
- Select a Valentine card that you wish your beloved would have picked for you this month, and mail it to yourself.
- If your area is not cold and buried in snow, plant a tree, bush, shrub, garden or flower bed as a permanent growing memorial to your beloved. Mark the site with a memorial plaque, marker, bench or statue.
- Write a special note, letter, poem, wish or prayer to your beloved, go outside, attach the paper to a balloon and let it go—or place it in a vessel and burn it, and watch the smoke rise heavenward.
- If you are harboring negative feelings or regrets, gather symbols to represent those hurtful or painful situations, events, or feelings from your past, place them in a container and hold a private burial or burning ceremony, saying goodbye and releasing them as you do so.
- Ask relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors to gather their contributions, and put together a scrapbook or box of memories containing mementoes, letters and photographs of your loved one.
- Celebrate the life of your loved one by continuing favorite traditions or eating favorite foods.
- Give yourself a gift from your loved one that you always wished he or she would have given you, and think of your beloved whenever you use it or wear it.Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, DCC is a certified hospice bereavement counselor for over 40 years. She is also the author of the popular and well regarded online grief courses, The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey and A Different Grief: Coping with Pet Loss available exclusively at SelfHealingExpressions.com.
Wishes for peace and healing,
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Posted by admin on January 14, 2015
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Posted by admin on September 11, 2014
4 Tips for Grieving Hearts on Anniversaries
September 11th is a poignant reminder of how anniversaries of all varieties (birthday, wedding anniversary, etc.) can stir up feelings of grief and memories of precious departed souls. Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, DCC, grief counselor and author of online grief courses, The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey and A Different Grief: Coping with Pet Loss has this advice for any grieving hearts out there today. She advises to:
1. Plan Ahead for Anniversary Dates of Loss
It is wise to remember that oftentimes the anticipation of an anniversary date can be worse than the actual day. When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, it helps to identify those days, events and seasons that are likely to intensify and rekindle your pain, and build comfort and healing into them.
- Plan what you're going to do ahead of time, even if you plan to be alone. Don't set yourself up for a bad day.
- Let your friends and relatives know in advance which days and events are significant for you.
- Verbalize your needs and include them in your plans. They may be very willing to help, but they need for you to tell them how.
2. Handle Your Memories with Care
If your memories are painful and unpleasant, they can be hurtful and destructive. If they create longing and hold you to the past, they can interfere with your willingness to move on. You can choose which parts of life you shared that you wish to keep and which parts you want to leave behind.
Soothe your pain by thinking of happy as well as sad memories. The happiness you experienced with your loved one belongs to you forever. Hold onto those rich memories, and give thanks for the life of the person you've lost instead of brooding over the last days. Build "memory time" into the day, or pack an entire day with meaning. It's easier to cope with memories you've chosen rather than have them take you by surprise. Immerse yourself in the healing power of remembrance. Go to a special place, read aloud, or listen to a favorite song. Celebrate what once was and is no more.
3. Honor the Memory of Your Loved One with Service
Service to others can be healing and transformational.
"After 9/11 my sons and I learned, through the kindness of strangers, how important it is to our healing to serve others and pay it forward." Cindy McGinty, wife of 9/11 victim Mike McGinty
Families of 9-11 victims were instrumental in creating 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Their site features tweets and facebook posts of acts of service and tributes. Last year, 47 million people observed 9/11 by doing good deeds!
4. Letting Go Doesn't Mean Forgetting
Letting go of what used to be is not an act of disloyalty, and it does not mean forgetting your lost loved one(s). You will never forget, because a part of this person remains in you. Letting go means leaving behind the sorrow and pain of grief and choosing to go on, taking with you only those memories and experiences that enhance your ability to grow and expand your capacity for happiness.
As you've already discovered, you're never really finished with loss when someone significant leaves you. This loss will resurface during key developmental periods for the rest of your life. You will have to face it again and again, not as the person you are today, but as the person you will have grown to be in two or five or twenty years from now. Each time you will face it on new terms, but it won't take as long and it won't be as difficult.
© Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, DCC is a grief counselor and the author of these revered online grief healing courses:
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Posted by admin on August 6, 2014
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Posted by admin on May 28, 2014
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Spring Cleaning with Feng Shui (w/ Chi Spray Recipe)
Having weathered a difficult winter in our part of the world, budding trees and flowers inspire renewed hope, energy and steps towards spring cleaning for us! Enjoy these Feng Shui Spring Cleaning Tips and a Chi Spray recipe by Deborah Redfern, our wonderful Feng Shui course instructor. All three of her feng shui courses are on sale thru May 1st!
Spring Cleaning with Feng Shui & Intent
© by Deborah Redfern
Making each room sparkle has an uplifting effect. Consider that if house cleaning alone shifts energy, cleaning with intent has an even greater impact. Put this theory to the test to make your spring cleaning more meaningful, enjoyable and uplifting this year. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Set your Intent while you clean. Take some time to consider your life vision and hold that thought as you go about cleaning. To set your intent, hold a vision of how you want your life to be. That vision might be a home that exudes love and harmony. Or perhaps you want your home to be a creative sanctuary. When you clean with your life vision firmly in mind, the energy this creates actually goes into your living space.
- Say these affirmations or write your own while you clean:
- With each window I clean, my inner vision becomes more clear and focused.
- As I polish and dust my furniture, I give thanks for the blessings in my life.
- As I wash my dishes, I let go of any self-limiting thoughts.
- As I sweep the floors, I affirm that this work creates a sanctuary for all who enter this house.
- Use imagery to psychically clean your house. For instance, imagine a column of pure white light from the stars (moon, sun) coming through your roof and filling your home until it glows. Imagine this cleansing, renewing and healing light pouring in until you can sense a shift in the energy.
- Invite the healing forces of the four elements into your home while you clean, i.e. air, earth, fire, and water. Not only will it help you clean your home, but it has a powerful cleansing and renewing effect on your body, mind and soul. You can learn more about the elements in my Feng Shui courses.
Chi Spray Recipe
Per 4 oz (120 ml) filtered or distilled water in a spray bottle, add 80-100 drops of essential oils. For a smaller bottle, adjust the number of drops of essential oils accordingly.