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Checking In With You

I hope that this post finds you all doing as good as you can be under the current circumstances. How are you truly doing? Most people I have spoken to recently are exhausted (myself included) on all levels, so you are not alone if this feels like you; I know this may provide little respite for you. But as strange as it feels when I admit this outloud, my heart takes some comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in how I’m feeling, whether it is 1+ years into a global crisis, or just throughout life in general. My partner and I jokingly call those pre-March 2020 times, The Before Times. Humour has a way of helping me stay sane.

Instead of putting anymore of my attention to what I don’t want in my life, as a dear friend reminded me of tonight, I thought I’d do a quick check in on you all and share a few positive changes I’ve made recently (even though some days I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck energetically and emotionally). And also post my longest run on sentence to date. 😉 Impressive, right? Ha!

I have started my meditation practice again, after stepping away, admittedly, for too long. This is one of the habits that is necessary to keep our nervous system out of fight or flight mode; science has now caught up to the benefits of a consistent practice. I love when science and spirituality work together! My father’s friend, with the help of my Dad, have organized a global meditation for tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. EST (8 a.m. on a Saturday, yuck, I know right?! Kidding Dad…mostly…as I know you’ll read this). 🙂 Please join us from the comfort of your own home. If you can’t join then, no biggie – any time and any positive intentions put out into the Universe is always benefitted from.

I’m no longer on Facebook and Instragram, as of a few weeks ago, after I heard about another one of Facebook’s privacy breaches of 533 million users’ information being hacked. I am certainly missing the amazing, helpful, thought-provoking content from many of the folks I followed. There are a lot of people who are so generous with their free content, and really committed to making the world a better place. It’s a love-hate relationship. I’m looking for other social media platforms; Telegram is one I’ve been hearing about. Are you using Telegram? Thoughts? Likes? Dislikes? Other recommendations?

I am going to end with this here. As we ride the inevitable emotional rollercoaster in the coming days, remember it’s ok not to be ok, and give yourself permission to feel all the feelings. I’ve discovered that the only way out is in and through.

And as Glennon Doyle says, “We can do hard things.”

Yes. We. Can

Yes. We. Will

Much love from me to you,

Steph

Food For Thought

Food For Thought # 15

“We are and will continue to arrive at a place on our inner journey where thoughts, truths are so profoundly deep that words no longer can give justice to the experience. This is a new insight for me. From my perspective, it is a game changer, creating an incredible, personal adventure into the Infinite Self. I struggle now to put this into words. Our inner space is borderless and vast beyond description and full of unknowns that go beyond what the mind in its current state of evolution can perceive. May we all at the time of our own choosing embrace this whole heartedly. Hold no reservations here for it is YOU that you are rediscovering. This is my evolving truth in this now moment.”

~ John Dunn

Food For Thought

Food For Thought # 14

“An ever increasing number of us are moving, shifting into 5th dimensional unity consciousness at this nexus point in time. In so doing they are leaving behind, releasing, what no longer serves their individual well being. From my perspective, this shift can be viewed as a most auspicious time and/or a most tumultuous time as the convergence of new and old paradigms clash resulting in many profound and disturbing revelations. Where will this eventually lead us? What comes for all this?

Our diversity, for one, in all manner of things will eventually be seen as a gift and no longer used as an excuse to raise a fist in anger or a reason to blame another for our own unhealed wounds. This is an inner quest, an inside job, with everyone having a unique experience in a time frame of their own choosing. Therefore, we will likely see the old 3D paradigm play out along side of the 5D unity consciousness for a while. One could say even now that some of us are walking between both of those worlds.

As we know, there are seasons of change, cycles come and go. This is universal law and the old paradigm is in late winter. Its destiny was written by its own hand and hence the inevitable demise of it all. At some point it will fade from our reality. A most challenging time to be sure as we realize that most of what we held true will be seen as illusion, as half truths.

Another revelation, from a long list, that will become known as the new 5D energies permeate, flow through our being, will be how intimately we are all connected at the very foundation of our existence. The evolution of this gem will be the genesis of a new understanding of what it means to conscious, to be aware of Self. Those around us who we now call ‘others’ will be seen as our cosmic brothers and sisters. And some where along the way we will know at our core that we are all reflections of each other. There is only the ONE
Infinite I AM here.

And you my friend, are woven into it all. How would we be in the world if we held this truth in our hearts?” ~ John Dunn

For The Soul · Thoughts

Self Love & Reset: Focusing On What Is In My Control Continued

I sense that many of you are like me and have been having hard time sleeping. Am I right? So on a few of these nights, as I laid awake in bed, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a few free workshops. I decided in those moments to sign up for Teal Swan’s 28 Day Self Love Challenge and Jay Shetty’s 2021 Reset Workshop. Today is day 3 of the Self Love Challenge and today was the first day of the Reset Workshop. I am feeling inspired, so I wanted to write to all of you!
You may recall one of my earlier posts, See You Never 2020, where I was discussing that my focus has been on the things that I CAN control (which is nothing outside of myself) like my thoughts, habits, etc. The world is in chaos in many ways, and with no clear “end date.” Tuning into my inner world, checking in to see how I’m showing up for myself, and making adjustments where needed has been very helpful in navigating these heavy times. But I thought I could use some help – no shame in that – and why not take advantage of these free resources? Nothing to lose and everything to gain.
With the self love challenge, we ask ourselves every day when we are making decisions, “What would someone who loves themselves do?” Such a simple but profound question. In the reset workshop, today we started with a meditation, and discussed how to build one habit we want to integrate into our lives. You guessed mine probably – to build a better sleep and wake schedule. 🙂 Both of these resources connect everyone that is participating through a Facebook group to share our experiences (if we feel called to do so). The energy of connecting with tens of thousands of people is palpable and powerful!
It’s not too late to join in on either of these and they can easily be found through Facebook. This is not some paid promotional post; I simply want to share with you some tools that are helping me along my path. Perhaps you will feel called to take advantage of these as well. And these do not cost anything other than time. I truly believe if we spent just as much time focusing on our inner world, as we do our outer world, society as we know it would shift overnight. I know that may seem like an oversimplification to the deeply embedded, toxic systems and problems in our world, but I am convinced if we spent more time and energy on being the best version of ourselves, and less time and energy focusing on what everyone else is doing, our lives would be vastly different. What we have been collectively doing clearly isn’t working. And hasn’t been for a long time.
On the other side of being vulnerable, honest, and diving deep into ourselves, is more peace, more happiness, more love in my experience. It’s tough work – taking full responsibility for our lives requires feeling all the shitty feelings, admitting we’re not perfect, crying, purging, grieving and picking ourselves up when we fall down, it is also about celebration of life and how we choose to lead it. We end up creating space for more of what we want.
I joined both of these challenges because I shit the bed from time to time on my self care, and prioritizing my needs, and I want a way to be held accountable. I overextend myself some times and allow myself to be more concerned about the mental health of the people I love than I do my own. I want to give myself the love that I so freely give to others. I want to remind myself every day of how important I am to me, and that I am worthy of the same amount of time and energy I give to others. Having a big heart is both a blessing and a curse. This is another way I can show up for myself by focusing on what I can control. It’s not that I have forgotten these things, it’s simply that these are skills that need to be practiced consistently in order to truly build healthy habits. I love learning!
So wherever you are, however you are feeling, I’d like to encourage you to ask yourself how you can show up better for yourself. Maybe it is checking out these resources. Maybe it is simply remembering to breath deeply through whatever you are processing. You are worthy of every bit of time, every moment you spend, every step you take to show up for yourself with a little extra love. The world can be an unkind place, so together let’s show up for ourselves in a kinder, gentler, more loving way.
If you are participating in either of these challenges, I’d love to know and hear how it’s going for you! Let me know if this is the case in the comments below. I’d also love to hear how you are prioritizing yourself these days – what habits and activities are you doing to navigate these uncertain times.

Big love to you ‘til next time,
Steph