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! ❤

 

What is your Success Mantra?


When I discover simple ideas that resonate with my soul, I share Success Mantrathem.

Gay Hendricks has written The Big Leap, a book that inspires, motivates and creates a guide for mastery of Self.

But the big take-away for me is his success mantra.

I changed it a bit and added a graphic that makes me happy every time I look at it. (Please share to inspire others to dance :-)).

Life is a dance –

will you dance with me?

I am holding a virtual dance party! To be on the invitation list, please go to my website (KathrynEriksen.com) and sign up for my emails. You will be added to the invitation list and receive lots of great information on ways to live a life as happy as these two girls! Can’t you just feel their joyful energy spilling off the page?

Heart Dancing – It’s the Only Way to Live!

Live In-Between Right and Wrong – By Kathryn Eriksen


Live In-Between Right and Wrong – By Kathryn Eriksen.


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Nothing is Ordinary


Mindfulness

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! 

 

 

Beyond Fear, Lies Freedom


Some wise person defined “fear” as “false evidence appearing real.” I have always felt that this definition did not go far Lightenough to capture the depths that fear can take you away from your authentic self.

Remember the last time you were immersed in fear? Was your heart racing and your breathing shallow? What was the most immediate thing on your mind – to get away or to make it stop?

Fear is the ego’s way to convince you to play small. The ego is that judgmental part of your mind that tells you everything you did wrong or why you will never be enough. Fear is the ego’s tool and it cuts like a knife, right through your self-esteem.

Fear can never destroy your authentic self. It just distracts you from it.

Your authentic self is always there, resting and waiting for your acknowledgement and acceptance. Which you can only do when you are no longer fearful.

When you glimpse the life you could have on the other side of fear – suddenly you become fearless.

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.

Are You Ready to See & Break Free?


WhatyouSeeWe were over at friends watching the Dallas Cowboys v. Green Bay Packers game last Sunday. The now famous “catch-incomplete pass” generated a lot of discussion, especially since we are Cowboys fans. Despite the call by the official (let’s not go there), it reminded me that everyone sees our world through the filter of our stories.

We saw a completed pass (his elbow and knee hit the ground while he still had obvious possession of the ball). The referee saw something different.  Same event, different interpretations.

How does that apply to you? You may have stories from your past that hold you back from your best self. When the same or similar situation comes up again, if you tell yourself the old story, you will see the present moment though the lens of your past interpretation. And miss what is right in front you!

On Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:00 cst on the Heart Dancing Radio show, (listen at AwakenedRadio.net or on the Tunein app), I will share a simple process that can help you reframe stories from your past that are holding you back. It’s quick, easy to remember and works immediately!

My guest on the radio show this week knows all about breaking free of the emotional baggage you have been carrying around. Michelle Jeffrey is a motivational speaker, self-empowerment & personal development teacher, Integrative Coach, Infinite Possibilities Trainer, and thought leader for the next generation.

Please join us!  #HeartDancing   #Story Alchemy

 

Which Way are You Going?


which wayIf you ever feel that you are meeting yourself “coming and going” then this photograph will surely resonate with you! I know that it is time to check in with my heart when this feeling threatens to overwhelm me. Deep breathing usually takes me to that place where my anxiety calms down and I can hear the music of my heart, instead of the messages from my mind.

That is when I know that I can Let. Love Lead.

What about you? Are you coming, going, or are you centered and peaceful?

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