The magic of showing up for yourself

This past weekend,  I hosted a group of women at my place for a workshop on releasing the past and creating your future. I knew some of the people who were coming but I didn’t know all of them. So, it was hard to know how these women might be similar or if they would all be completely different. The bottom line is: it didn’t matter! It never does. We all want the same thing: to be seen, to be heard and to not be judged for being who we are, living the way we do and loving what (or who) we do. And when we can just show up as our authentic (true/real) selves, the magic begins! I watched strangers become acquainted at the beginning of the day…nervous to share their stories and worried about showing their emotions. But by the end of the day, people were exchanging contact information – all in the spirit of supporting each other. They were interested in a follow up get together (a few months down the road) – just to see how everyone is doing. To be a witness to this kind of connection is really quite spectacular! I am pretty sure this is what Earth was created for, and I suspect the angels were watching over our little group and beaming with pride. I know I was. “I do believe in an everyday sort of magic – the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like, the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity, the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we are...

Take off your mask, and live from the heart

“You said it’s easy, but who’s to say that we’d be able to keep it this way, but it’s easier comin’ straight from the heart.” – Straight From the Heart (Bryan Adams)  Last week I had the privilege of seeing Bryan Adams live in concert. Finally! I have been a fan of his for over 30 years. That seems really hard to believe – especially when I say it out loud. I mean, how is that even possible?! But I digress. Straight From the Heart is definitely my favourite Bryan Adams song of all time, and it was beyond amazing to hear him sing it live! The entire night his singing felt like it was coming straight from his heart. Such a blessing. Since the concert I’ve been thinking about why I love this song so much. I mean it’s got a soothing sound for sure, but what else? It got me thinking about what it actually means to talk straight from the heart and to live straight from the heart, which is something that I absolutely love! I have so much respect and admiration for people who live life that way. To me, they are the people who are the real deal.  I don’t like fake because it just doesn’t feel good – and because I believe our whole purpose in life is to be who we really are. I believe that living with integrity and authenticity is what brings us a sense of fulfillment and ultimately joy. “When we turn around and come face to face with our destiny, we discover that words (spoken) are not enough. I...

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