What Does Your Dog Know (that you forgot)


Ever notice that your dog returns to love much faster than you? When your dog gets his feelings hurt (if you don’t believe dogs have feelings, this is the point where you jump to another blog post), he will instantly return to adoration the minute you make amends.

Do you do that – return to love after you release the hurt? Or do you hang onto your hurt and nurse it like a cold beverage on a hot day?

Drop the Leash3The more I paid attention to my dog, the more I realized that I could learn a lot about being love. That is why I decided to write, Drop the Leash: Let Go of the Past and Love in the Present.

The analogy of a leash hits home with many people. It’s one thing to put the leash on your dog to restrain him; quite another when you effectively “leash” your own growth because of your past, limiting stories.

One reader proclaimed that “This book will quickly become a standard ‘training manual’ in many circles…I have already begun flipping my view of the world…”

Drop the Leash is a tongue-in-cheek guide written by a human, as told by a dog, about the dog’s observations of humans. Playful, satirical and wise, the narrator is a sassy dog named Avatar who tells it like it is.

Another person suggested that “If we follow the loving examples of dogs, we can play and experience joy as we were meant to. This story truly touches the heart and a must read for anyone on a spiritual journey.”

To learn more about the book (and see my other products), please visit KathrynEriksen.com.

It’s just another step in the Heart Dance <3.


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! ❤

 

Tonight is the Night


With the arrival of Spring, the Heart Dancing Radio Show has moved to a new day of the week. And a new time.

We are now broadcasting live on Sunday night, 8:00 p.m. cst.

(AwakenedRadio.net or the TuneIn app).

Tonight, I will share the third episode in the Heart Dancing Steps series. To remember how to live from your heart, not your head, there are certain concepts and steps to integrate into your life. Tonight, I will share the lyrics and the dance steps of Heart Dancing.

Please share your name and email address so you can be the first to know about my new program.

Email signupCan’t wait for you to join me in the dance!

 

Stop Doing…Start Being


StopDoingThe world wants you to be in constant motion. Searching or buying the next big thing. Building your career. Starting a family. Buying a new car, house, purse or latest Starbuck’s creation. But in the constant motion of doing, is there is one question that seems to stop people in their tracks.

Who are you?

Are you the guy who works at a job he hates so he can collect the paycheck to pay the bills and support his family? Are you the  mother who holds onto her patience by the thinnest thread as her toddler throws food in a new game she just created? Or the high school or college student who stayed out too late last night chasing fun when you should have been getting a solid night’s sleep for today’s big exam.

Who are you?

We get so caught up in the doing that we forget about the being.

Our activities in the outside world seem to define us on the inside. And then we wonder why that shiny new car or job promotion didn’t make us happy. We have reversed the process and then get mad when it doesn’t work.

The key to a happy life is to stop doing and start being. Clarify and identify who you are in a particular situation, then go out into the world. Your inner identity guides your thoughts, beliefs and actions, not an advertising campaign designed to part you from your money.

Take time to listen to your heart, not your head. 

Once you plug into your Self, your life will change.

It has to, because your heart guides your thoughts, beliefs, words and actions, not your head. And that my friend, is a beautiful thing!

Reframe. Release. Renew. #HeartDancing

Story Alchemy


Have you ever stopped to realize that you can’t see into your own eyes…without looking into something else? Whether it is a photograph that captured you in a moment in time, or looking into a mirror, you can’t see yourself without another physical object or person.

Your physical sight is designed to take outward images and convert them into energetic impulses that your physical brain can interpret. The actual process of how this occurs is well documented. But what does your mind do with the images that your brain collects?

Now that is another question altogether.

Metaphysics distinguishes between the brain and the mind. Your brain is the physical object that sits inside your skull. Your mind has been called “consciousness” and thought. So why does this matter?

Because your brain acts like a recording device. Whatever it sees through the visual process, it collects and records. In one sense, it is mechanical because it will do its job whether you are conscious of it or not (just like your heart continues beating and your blood circulates automatically).Mirror Images

But your mind – that is a different story. Think of your mind as a projector.

What does it project?

The stories and beliefs you have created about yourself and the events, people and circumstances your life.

If you believe that you are not likeable, for example, that belief is projected from your mind as you move throughout your day. The millions of bits of data that is available to you is never seen, because it is filtered by your belief of being unlikable. Therefore, you only see the data that supports that belief.

In a very real sense, you project what you believe and look for evidence that your story or belief is “true.” And you will keep projecting that belief and finding supporting evidence until you change the story and the underlying beliefs.

So how do you ever change your beliefs? Is it even possible?

The answer is Of Course!

Learning how to transform your beliefs and stories is the subject of my latest book, Heart Dancing: A Story Alchemy Adventure. I will provide more information about the book and the launch date in the next few weeks.

Why change your stories and beliefs? Because you were meant to dance with life, not fight it or feel small. The Story Alchemy Process can help transform those negative beliefs from lead to gold, so you move through your day with grace and ease. Instead of your projections being in conflict with your authentic self, they are in harmony. Life is peaceful, meaningful and filled with joy and love.

Isn’t that a better way to live?

The other side benefit is that people naturally change when you change. As you alchemize your limiting beliefs and stories, your relationship with yourself heals. And that is projected outward to your relationship with other people.

The ripple effects are unpredictable and immeasurable!

Reframe. Release. Renew.

 

 

 

 

The Universe Has a Crush


It occurred to me this morning that sometimes (no, really ALL the time) I live as if someone is judging me. Before I do anything, the little voice inside my head begins to question, raise doubts and it’s absolutely favorite tool – remind me of past history that didn’t end up pretty.

Usually, I sigh and acknowledge that “Yes, this situation is like last time, so why even bother?”

And guess what — nothing changes. Nothing moves. I remain stagnant and do not expand, learn and grow more…of me.

Is that any way to live?

The answer lies deep in the heart. The place where I KNOW that I was meant for something more…than this. The whisper of hope that I sometimes catch when my mind (and critical voice) are quiet. The pool of stillness where words do not intrude.

When I drink from that pool, I am refreshed. I am renewed and I KNOW that my life has meaning and purpose. I walk taller, speak with compassion instead of criticism and think thoughts that expand instead of contract.

Quiet communion with the source or creator of the pool is how I stay in my zone. The more time I spend in that zone, the better my life becomes. And the more I realize that…

The Universe has a crush on me.

I can’t prove that by empirical evidence. Eye witness accounts do not exist…only the proof of my joy and happiness as I go about my day. Smiling and laughing are the only affects I need to know that this way of life works.

It’s like I am in a dance with life.

You have your very own, personal wellspring with your name on it. You would not be here if that were not true. You can begin to communicate with it the instant you decide that is what you want. Once you say “YES!” to it and taste the sweetness, your eyes will open to new possibilities.

And when you doubt, just remind yourself that someone has a crush on you.

UniverseCrush

 

The Space Between


Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our happiness. Stephen R. Covey

I am rereading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and came across this text. It hit me on the head and woke me from a walking sleep. The clear unadulterated truth of the space between captured my attention with the possibilities of different choices.

Had I always made the best choice for my growth and happiness?

The answer to that question of self-examination also becomes an answer of self-determination. My choice in any given moment may be wildly inconsistent from the previous moment or from the next. But it is the living through the different choices I have made that I discover what encourages my growth toward self-awareness, or my slide toward self-pity.

The results of my choice, made in that instant between stimulus and response, come to define both myself and my world. I am “at cause” in that instant of decision. The results flow from that point, either moving easily through my life or creating obstacles of my own making.

As Mr. Covey notes, “I realized that I choose responses that would affect the stimulus itself. I could become a force of nature in my own
right.