When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too. —Paulo Coelho

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I love the concept of growth being a new way of seeing. It makes a lot of sense to me. Growth can sometimes be construed as work, finding all that’s wrong and changing it, for the end goal of spiritual enlightenment. What exactly is spiritual enlightenment anyway? That phrase has a way of chaffing me when I read it or hear people talk about it.

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There are quite a few “F” words that contribute to worry, frustration and resentment:
Fear
Frantic
Futility
Falsehoods
Funk
Falter
Fret
But the word I am referring to is FORIGVENESS. All of the other “F” words listed take us out of the place of love and firmly into a place of fear. Forgiveness fosters the extension of love…to yourself and to others.

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Do you ever find yourself spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere? Feeling like every effort you’re making is yielding, “access denied” or “effort declined”? If so, you’re not alone.

When I find myself running into walls like that, I need to pause and pay attention. What am I bringing to the situation that is providing an unintentional (or unconscious) road block? How am I creating resistance?

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Maybe this would be better phrased as the intolerable need for honesty and the uncertainty that keeps me stuck. There is a weight on my heart that I feel needs to be seen and heard, but there is such uncertainty around it all: how will it be received? How will I deal with the fear that is sure to come up after I share? What impact will it make in my world, both professionally and personally?

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I love my work. It is a natural outpouring of who I am. At the same time, I can also put a decent amount of pressure on myself outside of the hands-on healing work I do.

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There are a variety of ‘models’ you could become a slave to: your parents, teachers, classmates, star athletes or influencers in your field, the general cultural norm, limiting beliefs, stories of the past. There’s nothing to say you can’t be inspired by any of these people, but it is important to differentiate between being inspired by them versus trying to be just like them.

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Love exists within each of us from the moment we are born and waits to be discovered from then on.
~Elif Shafak

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