The #1 Tool for Expanding Into Greatness

I awoke today with this feeling that it is time for expansion on all levels!  Expansion across all 6 life energies: Time, Money, Physical Vitality, Relationships, Creativity, and Enjoyment. I believe for me and most people the main thing that keeps me from really diving into the process of expansion is what Julien Smith refers to as The Flinch.  (His book about this phenomenon is currently free on Amazon.)  It is that moment when I am nearing the edge of my comfort zone and all the chatter from my lizard brain comes flooding in as to why this next “risk” step outside of the “Comfort Zone” is either not a good idea or “should” be put off until later… (Insert logical reason/excuse here…)

When I think of the breathing cycle, I can see that I have been in the pattern of exhale for most of earlier life and what is needing to happen now is not only for me to really devote myself to the daily process of inhaling life on every level, but to embrace all parts of the breathing cycle (literally and metaphorically).  Of course this includes both then inhale and the exhale process but also the beautiful pause moments in between where the lungs/body are either completely full to capacity or are completely emptied out of everything.

This is the rhythm of life on every level and it is the rhythm that is so simple to tune into, in theory, but in this day and age it does take both devotion and constant focus to bring oneself back to the breathe.  With a million and one potential distractions to pull me off my center this is the one strategy that can keep me anchored into my truth, my beauty, my power, and my grace, with the greatest ease.  And yet it is often the thing my lizard brain most wants to resists with everything its got.

What strategy do you use to bring yourself back to center, to the breath, to your inner point of stillness and centered power throughout the day?  I would to hear the approach that works best for you in the comments below.

August 4th – St. Bernard Beauty

St. Bernard Beauty

I took a number of photos today of the beauty I saw on my morning walk. I chose this one because:

1) I was struck by the ironic beauty of the St. Bernard happily out and about during our San Diego heat wave.

2) For the intense joy that sprang up on the face of his owner when I asked her if I could take his picture…this joy she expressed ignited a powerful feeling of gratitude in my own heart.

August 3rd

Pancake Power!

Unfolding, Unraveling, Transforming and The August Break

Moving forward by taking an August Break

This has been a year of great change for me.  It has been a year of following the bread crumbs around hidden twists and turns.  It has been a journey of faith, of trust, of stretching, releasing, waking up, and reconnecting more fully to my body as well as a willingness to fully connect with my true emotions that have been buried for far too long.

Much of my growth and expansion this year has been primarily internal with only those closest to me being privy to the changes that have been created.  Yet now the seeds of these changes are starting to reveal their desire to show themselves in my outer world.  They are nudging at me to connect with forms of self-expression that I have previously judged as “off limits”.

Yet at the same time, this has been a year of tapping into the voice and wisdom of the Divine Feminine who has had much to say about the role of rest, rejuvenation, and the slowing down of the pace in my life.  The break-neck speed of the skin I am in the process of shedding doesn’t have a place on this current path I find myself strolling on.

So when I heard about The August Break via Bindu Wiles, I knew that this was something that was calling to me as a Big YES.  This “Break” involves posting one picture, everyday during the month of August, here on my blog.  When I think about the reality of following through on this challenge, I feel both the flutterings of excitement and tightening of dread.  The mixture of these two sensations is always an indicator that I am on the right path.  The fluttering indicates alignment to the essence of something that really gets my “fire” going and the dread hints at the fear that rises when I am pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone.

So I invite you to join me here and over on The August Break during the month of August.  I predict it will be quite a ride!  What are your initial reaction to the idea of taking an entire month “break” from the pace of your current life?  What is exciting or scary or both about the possibilities?  I’d love to hear your comments below.