Awareness

Riding the Crest of the Evolution Wave

For much of my life, I thought that evolution was the purview of scientists as it related to the development of animal species into more complex forms. Evolution was a Darwinian theory that had nothing to do with me, or did it? I didn’t realize how limited my perception was and that I am part of the great evolutionary cycle — of life, of consciousness, of being and becoming — as we all are.

Deflecting Our Truth

How often do we ignore our inner guidance because we believe that we know better? When do we create chaos in our lives to avoid what we intuitively know that we are being guided to do? How often do we deflect what we know to be truth that is guiding us from within and waiting for us to listen? Why can’t we trust that our inner guidance is for our highest good?

Profound Inner Guidance

New responsibilities in my position at work are challenging my fears and insecurities and bringing me face-to-face with more inner work that I need to do. You see, the classroom is my comfort zone, and it is there with my students that I feel secure in the community that we create together and confident in the learning opportunities that I create and present for them. My new responsibilities take me beyond the classroom and involve planning and presenting professional development for my colleagues. Suddenly, the confident, competent teacher falls prey to anxiety that confronts her at every turn — anxiety that plays constant messages of self-doubt and perceived judgment. My old nemesis is back — fear of knowing and embracing my own worth. What learning is there in this for me? As my mind filled with anxious rehashing of what had happened prior to and during my first presentation to staff, I received a clear, direct soul message that told me exactly what I need to do.

Getting Out of Our Own Way

Do you try to figure out everything about your life in your head? Do you think you have to control everything that happens in your life? Do you believe that it is up to you to make things happen? Well, I am here to advise you to get out of your head… and out of your own way.

The Personal Cost of Perpetual Distraction

Have you ever stopped to consider the cost of our willingness to be connected to the constant bombardment of information — important and trivial — in our world? Look around wherever you may be and observe our reliance on our devices — text messages, social media, YouTube, email. Have you ever questioned what this constant distraction and surface-level entertainment is costing you?

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Let Your Inner Voice Guide You

    As I look back on my life, it is easy to see where I made choices that resulted in tough lessons. Hindsight is always perfect. All of the clues that foretold the results of my choices were there and available for me to see each and every time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have that gift of sight and knowing in the moment when we are making decisions that will affect us so profoundly? This gift isn’t just wishful thinking. We do have this gift of knowing in the moment. It is provided through the guidance of our inner voices. My problem has not been that I didn’t know what I was getting myself into; my problem was that I chose not to listen. It seems that I have had to learn to heed my inner voice the hard way. One of my most profound memories of disregarding […]

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Doing Things the Hard Way (plus podcast)

    My students frequently laugh and joke with me, “Ms. B, you always do things the hard way!” I have to agree with them because if there is a hard way to do something, I will find it. Often, they will ask me if I have thought of doing something another way… an easier way… and I always have to laugh and admit that I hadn’t… until they suggested it. Then, of course, that easier way seems obvious, and I wonder why I didn’t think of it before. This classroom anecdote connects directly to my life, which has been characterized by actions and choices that have frequently taken me on more difficult pathways. The result has been a lot of bumps and bruises, frustrations and heartbreaks, and setbacks and failures. However, the hidden treasure beneath all that emotional pain has been my inner growth. Because of my seeming predisposition to do things the hard way, I have gained […]

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Learning to Set Boundaries

For much of my life, I allowed other people to run over me. When someone asked me to do something, even if I didn’t have the time or desire to do it, I acquiesced and did whatever was asked of me. I gave myself stern talks about learning to say no and standing up for myself. I watched other people say no without the world crashing in around them, and I told myself that I could do it too. I knew the cost of not being able to say no. I knew the sinking feeling in my stomach after I said yes, and I confronted the reality of taking on something I didn’t want to do or that I didn’t have time to do. I would give myself a mental grab by the shoulders, take a deep breath, and find a way to do the thing I had felt compelled […]

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Should You Stay or Should You Grow?

Do you find yourself in a situation in which you are torn about what to do? You vacillate. One minute you think you know that you have to move forward. The next, you are drawn back to what is known. You aren’t happy or fulfilled in where you are or what you are doing.  You are filled with a sense of yearning for something that has no clear definition but beckons in your awareness. You know where you are. There is a sense of comfort in what is known, but you know it is not all that you desire. You can’t give it words, but something beckons from within… a sense of more that you are meant to do. You are faced with a decision: should you stay or should you grow? Always, always choose growth. I want to share with you my experience of trying to “stuff” that yearning […]

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Stand Strong in Your Own Worth

Have you been like me and looked to find your worth reflected back from others? Have you sought approval in the words and actions of others? Have you tried to be what you thought others wanted, believing that your worth was found in what others think of you? It’s a tough place to be, isn’t it, because what you sense from others really has nothing to do with you. It has everything to do with them and what is going on in their lives, how they are feeling, what they are preoccupied with, and a host of other variables, none of which has anything to do with you. Trying to feel good about yourself based on how others respond to you is like trying to keep your footing in shifting sand. If you want to see your worth reflected back at you, look in the mirror and own who you […]

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