I'm feeling it. I bet you are too.

We're going through incredible times here on Planet Earth right now.

I'm definitely feeling it, and I bet you feel it too. Here's what's happening in my corner of the Universe, 

I believe: 

You have chosen to be here now to express your gifts.

In forgiving yourself. It releases stuck energy that you need for other things -- such as adding your voice to the song of the world right now.

You can make room for all of yourself, especially the parts you don’t like and try to hide.

 

I’ve been digging: 

This podcast. As an introvert, it made me feel seen and heard. 

This flower essence. It’s new to my collection of flower essences that I use to create my Mojo Custom Flower Essence Blends and perfect for those of us who are feeling the upshift right now. Click here to learn about my blends. 

This poem.

 

I’ve been spending time: 

Watching birds migrating over the Atlantic Ocean when my dog, Ria and I go for walks. Walking outside is the best grounding tool I use.

Planning the gardens around my new home ... another grounding activity. I squealed with delight yesterday when I found Bee Balm at the local garden center. Bee Balm -- whose wisdom and support is energy cleansing -- will be the anchor in my backyard sanctuary. 

Expanding an e-course that I taught a few years ago called Inner Moves. It’ll be a 10-week intimate transformation of the relationship that you have with yourself and the parts I mentioned that you try to hide. Feeling a spark as you read this? Click here to add your name to the list where I’ll announce it first.  

Now here’s where the magic is — in our connection. So tell me -- how are you feeling during these times and what's helping you?

Four Things to do when You're in the Middle of a Spiritual Awakening

In my last post, I talked about three of the many signs that you’re having a spiritual awakening. So what do you do when you're in the middle of one? Like I said, spiritual awakenings can be messy business. 

Here are 4 things to do when you're in it: 

Zoom out & Notice.

Take a step back and notice what and who is leaving your life and what and who is coming in, without trying to change or judge it. Breathe in and out. This is a powerful act of mindfulness. 

Ground & Play.

Grounding is a soothing balm during a spiritual awakening, particularly if it’s the kind that kicks your ass. Walk. Do yoga. Ride your bike. Turn up the music and dance around your house. Spiritual awakenings are hard work and your body is having its own experience of it. Give it an opportunity to move and play.  P.S. — This’ll also get you out of your head if you find yourself in there more than you like.

Retreat.

Get away from it all. If you can go for a long stretch, do it. There are places designed for such things, like Kripalu, where I parked myself for a few winters. If that doesn’t ring your bell, take yourself to a place you’ve always wanted to go. If you don’t have time or cash to go away, retreat once per week. Turn off your phone. Don’t answer the door. Be quiet. 

Ask for Help.

Ask the Universe. Ask your guides. Ask your ancestors. You don't have to know who your guides or ancestors are. Ask it aloud in whatever way feels right for you ... for your highest good and your highest healed self. 

Three Signs that you're Having a Spiritual Awakening

You feel down.

You feel like your life is a mess and nothing makes sense anymore.

You feel lonely and that the people around you don't get it.

 It may not be depression. You might be undergoing a spiritual awakening.

I've witnessed and helped many people go through a spiritual awakening over the years -- both in my work and my personal life. They are messy. They make you feel crazy. They make you feel like you're in the middle of a tsunami and hanging on for dear life.

As difficult as it is to undergo such a transformation, It's all part of being human and waking up.

The list is long, but here are just 3 things I've noticed that indicate you're on the verge of a spiritual awakening: 

1. The shit hits the fan. 

You get fired. Your lover leaves you. You’re diagnosed with cancer.  These are some of the heavy-duty things that suddenly bring your spiritual life into sharp focus. They shake up the very core of who you think you are, what’s important and why you're here on the planet. 

You might see this as life handing you a raw deal. You may have a strong impulse to turn your back on it. Reject it. Stick your fingers in your ears and start singing la-la-la-la-la.

These are all perfectly reasonable. I’ve done them myself.

What I’ve noticed, however, is that shit hittin' the fan is a usually a course correction along your spiritual journey. Think of it as a GPS re-calculating your route after you’ve veered off the map.

2. You want more.

You may have no clue what's going on or why, but you look around and want more. Less stuff, more meaning. Less holding back, more arms-wide-open vulnerability. Less superficial relationships, more true connecting. No longer satisfied with the usual offerings, your soul is hungry and needs to be fed. So you go looking (and you usually find it). 

3. A teacher appears.

You've probably heard the saying:  "When the student is ready, the teacher appears."

The teacher can be someone who you bump into on the check-out line at the market. It can be an experience you keep having. It can be a book that finds its way to you.

I had a book fall into my hands that was one of those books.

It was 1996, and I was spending my first winter volunteering and living at Kripalu Yoga Center. I was in chronic pain from my previous job as a reporter at a newspaper. I had no direction or money. I heard about Kripalu and that you could live there in exchange for working. So I went. I cleaned toilets and showers. I used my skills to help edit newsletters. I pitched in wherever I was needed. One night, I was wandering alone through the library on the top floor. A book literally fell out of the stacks and into my hands. It was A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfeld. It sang to my heart and help me start healing all the pain in there. Since then, I read it every few years. It still teaches me things. 

Tell me what your experience has been like.