In my work, I meet fascinating people who are helping others realize their happiness and bliss. In January, I met Miriam Castilla at an event and my life has not been the same.

Miriam is one of those effervescent women who light up the room. Her lovely voice, accented by an Aussie flair, is just one clue to who she is: a woman who has walked through hard times and not only survived, but thrived.Today's Woman

When she looked back over her life and realized how she created a life she loves, Miriam decided to write a book to share her insights with other women. Today’s Woman – Life Balance Secrets is the result, and it is powerful, practical and pragmatic.

Lean in now and listen to our conversation on Heart Dancing Radio, as we talk about life, love and Miriam’s two prong approach to living well.

Heart Dancing – it’s the only way to live! ❤

 

The Way of the Creative


Way of CreativeWhat is the truth within you?

When you know the answer to that question…you know your purpose.

How do you discover the answer?  By peeling back the layers of limiting stories that block your light.

Even one ray of light can dissolve shadows.

Peel back one layer of stories and you let in the light. #StoryAlchemy

We are Like Sea Glass


I never heard of sea glass until I took a trip to Key West for a retreat. One of the speakers passed around a basket full of sea glass and asked the 30+ people to take one. When it was my turn, I chose the darkest, fullest piece I could find.

Why?

Because that was the bit of silicon that had been through the toughest forces…had tumbled the most on the waves…and had it survived. Instead of cracking, shattering or being crushed by its journey, that glass had absorbed the larger energy and become stronger. Because of its journey, it was a beautiful reminder of transformation.

Are you struggling with powerful forces in your life right now? Do you feel as if you should give up or give in, even when you know it is not the best path for your growth and expansion? Are you tired of the conflict and turmoil?

Believe

Take heart – that fact that you are reading this post and nodding your head is enough evidence that you have already survived.

You are worthy…or you would not be here, right here, right now. You are strong…or you would have already given up. You are valued…isn’t it time to value yourself?

Trust in love greater than you can fathom or imagine.

Know that your journey is part of your contract.

What appear to be obstacles to your small mind are really stepping-stones on your path.

Breathe in the goodness of life and allow it to flow through you.

 Reframe. Release. Renew. Rinse and Repeat.

It’s another step in the Heart Dance. (can you hear the music playing?)

Believing is Seeing


TheUniverseYesterday I listened to a podcast interview of Dr. Jean Houston, who is regarded as one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement.  During the interview, one sentence really struck me in the gut. It was this:

You live in the Universe. The Universe lives in you.

Imagine the ramifications of that statement. It means that we can co-create with the Universe. What we imagine and perceive from our unique perspective is translated by the Universe into form. That is incredibly empowering!

But it was the next thing that Dr. Houston said that rocked my world:

If you change the way you view the Universe, the Universe itself spontaneously reflects that change back to you. The Universe is not separate from your perception.

What that means, friends, is that what you perceive will be directly reflected back to you. If you don’t like what you perceive in your life — it is up to you to change your perception.  Just sit with those two sentences for a moment and see if they don’t resonate with truth. They certainly did for me.

Let’s take this a step further. If you look at your life as it exists today and see things that do not make you happy, can you change your perception about them? The answer is yes, if you believe you can make that change. If you don’t believe you can, then you can’t. Which brings up another question, one that can lead to deliberate creation.

Aren’t your beliefs just part of your perception?

What are beliefs? A collection of thoughts bundled around a theme. Your beliefs are formed from your experiences, so that when you encounter a similar situation, you will recognize it and have a touch point to interpret it. Every time something triggers that belief, you mind trots it out to filter your present reality. And guess what – you see what you believe.

That is why people perceive the same event differently. Their beliefs form a filter that shifts out the non-corroborating data that does not support the belief. The belief filter allows the supporting bits of data to come through and the underlying belief is “proven” once again.

If you believe that money is hard to come by, it will be. If you believe that you are “no good at love,” you won’t be. If you believe that you are miserable in your job, you will be, because your perception will only see the people and things that support that belief. See how this works?

Look at the areas of your life where you are less than happy. List those things that you believe are the cause of the problem. Then take a step back and ask yourself, “Is there any other way I can look at this?” See if you can’t create at least 3-5 new, empowering views of that item and notice how you feel as you consider the new possibilities. Continue until you have worked your way through your list.

Now, hold up your two lists and consider how you feel when you focus on the negative and positive. Your beliefs affect your feelings, don’t they? Another interesting insight…

The bottom line is that YOU decide what you believe. You choose how you feel based on your beliefs. And the Universe will reflect your choices back to you. Why not choose happiness over despair; joy over sadness; abundance more than limitation? Whatever you choose, that is what you will see.

When you make that shift and begin to notice how your beliefs impact your perception, which then filters your world, it is life changing! And those shifts in perception – from pain and anger to joy and happiness – are all steps in the Heart Dance! 

That shift to empowerment also turns the old adage, “Seeing is believing” right on its head. It should really say, “Believing is seeing.”

HeartDancing_LogoWelcome to another step in the Heart Dance! 

 

 

Your Life is Like a Cruise Ship


Cruise shipWhen you go on a cruise, you enter a different world – focused on fun, sun, and relaxation. Your digital connections are left behind and it’s only you and your fellow travelers sharing the experience. You can be as active or sedentary as you want; you can eat all day or not; you can even play sports, work out, or dance until the wee hours of the morning.

Life is about what you choose to create.

While you are busy on the ship, you sometimes get so caught up in your creation that you forget you are on a large ship in the middle of the ocean. The behind the scenes view that supports your ability to create is not readily apparent, until you focus on it. Then you begin to notice…

  • the staff who makes the delicious meals, cleans your room every day and turns down your bed;
  • the crew who make sure that the boat is stable, even in rough seas; and
  • the navigator who ensures that the ship reaches it’s destination, even with 40 + mph cross winds.

Life is like a cruise ship. The surface of your life may have waves or rough days; winds may blow you off course, but if you know your destination you can make adjustments and continue to move forward.

And just like the ocean supports the ship, the Universe supports you. The ocean does not discriminate or treat some ships differently than others. The Universe is the same – it doesn’t matter whether you are wealthy or poor, young or old, male or female.  The behind-the-scenes support is always there, no matter who you are or what ship you happen to be sailing on.

If you knew you were 100% supported in everything you did, wouldn’t that make a difference in your choices?

When there is no fear, there is only freedom. To create a life you love.

Please join me this Thursday, February 12, 2015, as I explore these ideas and so much more on the Heart Dancing Radio Show. My special guest is Ashley Sibille, who has created CALYL (Create a Life You Love). (The details of how to listen live are shown below in the Dancing Girl graphic.)

We are going to dance on the waves of how to create your best life!

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I have jumped off a cliff (that’s what it feels like) and agreed to host my very own, one hour radio show! The details are below but I wanted to share a little bit about my guest tonight.

Havalynn Russell is one of those people who makes you feel better as soon as you hear her voice or you are in the same room. She raises the positive energy of everyone around her. Her love of people and “in the moment” awareness of connection is the melody that plays in her life. Compassion and acceptance are two words that describe her, but words cannot capture her luminous spirit.

To help you see what I am describing, please take a minute and watch one of these short videos.

Please join me tonight as Havalynn share’s her journey from darkness to light. You will walk away feeling lighter, happier and maybe even dancing!

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A Mountain to Climb


My husband and daughter are about to summit Mt. Rainer as I write this post. I have not been in contact with them for the last 5 days due to the remoteness of their location.

What is a wife and mother to do?Climbing towards the summit of Mt. Rainier

Pray. Pray a lot. Visualize a safe journey up and down the mountain. Ask that they be kept safe and free from harm.

And the Universe delivers! Just as I was typing that last sentence about visualizing, my phone rang. It was Joe from the expedition company to tell me that they made the summit and will be back in civilization later today!

I stand in awe of how the Universe always supports me.          All I have to do is ask.

While they were climbing the physical mountain, I have climbed my own…internal mountain of fear, doubt and worry. But I am now at my own summit of freedom, knowing that all is well.

Thank you!