The Compass Rose

Consider a simple map. The paper kind that you have to unfold and feel you’re your hands, not an electronic GPS map. When you take a map and spread it out across a table, or the car hood, you get a proper view just like a navigator of old unfurling a chart.

There before you are every route, every destination, and every potential obstacle that may throw you off course. Run your finger across it and you touch mountains, hills, rivers, and forests. In an instant, your hand can span miles. In a glance, you can understand the entire kingdom.

A map is a form of magic, three dimensions distilled into two. To use it is to know the names and directions of all the places on your journey. In that knowledge is power. For a good map is a permanent guide, a perpetual set of bearings and a perennial charm against being confused, unsure and lost. A true map will keep your feet on the path and your ship off the rocks, but only if you know how to use it and only if you’re willing to learn.

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The Power of Encouragement

Why We Need It Now More than Ever

Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like the world is heavy on your shoulders? Maybe it’s a string of days that turn into long weeks of self-doubt and wandering through your life without feeling connected to anything or anyone. You need a little encouragement, but you’re not finding it anywhere.

 

Your friends have busy lives. You don’t want to burden them with your restlessness.

 

You don’t want to confide in your family because you don’t want to be a source of worry.

 

Yet, you need something. You need connection and encouragement.

 

Today, the human race is connected at so many points. Yet, these connection centers (aka social media) feel fractured and inauthentic. If we’re not careful, we end up with half friendships and empty attachments. Yet, we gravitate towards these relationships because we’re humans and humans need each other. Sometimes we just don’t realize how much.

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Do You Know How Powerful You Really Are?

I wonder if we all really know just how powerful we really are? The same energy that makes up the heavens, the universe, and every living thing is also the same energy that is part of our soul. As a soul - we are all connected.

 

I’ve noticed lately, there are three popular words I’m seeing everywhere, namely: IntuitionEmpathic, and Soul.  These are hot topics and I feel more and more people are seeking wisdom inwards instead of finding the answers in the outside material world. Let me ask you this simple, yet powerful question: "Do you understand the workings of your own soul?"

 

I’d like to show you how to use and trust your soul’s sense of intuition and appreciate that the power and energy of love is vital to your soul’s well being.

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My life changed with this simple message

Twenty five plus years ago I was trying to sleep… More like crying myself to sleep as I did many nights. I had just got off the phone with my boyfriend who told me very strongly that although he’d promised to come home that night.. Easter Eve… he wouldn’t be coming home. He was partying. Drinking. Playing music. It was 2 am and I was pissed. I couldn’t believe it and I certainly couldn’t sleep.

 

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What Does Your Clutter Represent for You?

Clutter is important to look at. What clutter represents, whether it’s nicely organized clutter, stacks and piles, or hoarding … it’s about not wanting to let go. It’s about holding on. It can be about protection … protecting yourself from being seen, keeping yourself safe, abundance (feeling abundant when I see how much stuff I have around me, that gives me value or a sense of value in this world.) It can be about how you identify yourself in the world … there are so many different parts to this.

 

What are your challenges with stuff and clutter?

 

What is your perception of why you’re keeping that stuff around you?

 

Many people struggle with clearing out their space. I’ve worked with people that on the surface things look nice, but you open a cupboard and all the shit falls out, or you look under the bed and there’s piles of stuff. That’s all symbolic.

 

There’s a saying something like “clear space, clear mind”. When you have a lot of stuff around you, especially when it’s disorganized and piled up everywhere, that’s usually how your mind feels. If you have stuff in tubs that you haven’t seen in 12 months or 5 years, it’s likely that the majority of that stuff is not necessary in your everyday life.

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5 ways to start your day… and stay connected while life is happening:)

I am a work in progress… always.. and some days are better than others. How about you?

 

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Ruminate to the positive!

We as humans have a natural tendency to ruminate. We seem to excel in turning small issue's into large challenges and then we obsess over these.

 
WHAT IS RUMINATION?
 
 
This is actually about playing and replaying certain incidents and frustrating conversations in our heads over and over again. You could be going over the details of a recent or past conversation or could be revisiting stressful situation's without changing anything for the better.
 
 
It keeps us in a negative head space and robs us of our mental peace. There are no real mental payoffs happening here. Rumination can be harmful to the physical and emotional health. A survey conducted stated that 95 percent of individuals at some point or the other get into the rumination mode.
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Fun Ways to identify a deeper knowledge of yourself

My fifth grade math teacher was a plump, energetic man. He burst into the classroom about two weeks into the term, obviously pleased with himself.

 

“Who wants to have some fun today?”

 

We responded excitedly.

 

“Here it is,” he said, “your first pop quiz!”

 

Although he always approached these occasions with the same question, it only worked once. After that it generated nothing but groans.

 

Well, I’m going to offer you some fun – and a deeper knowledge of yourself.

 

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” ― Lao Tzu

 

This fun is fun. Yes, it’s tests, but there are no right or wrong answers. Each test I’m including yields valuable insights into yourself. All of these indicate differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions, as well as how they are seen.

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Recognize Suffering

News and pictures of disasters bombarding us each day can numb us to suffering.

Where Does It Hurt?

The Practice:
Recognize suffering.

Why?

We're usually aware of our own suffering, which - broadly defined - includes the whole range of physical and mental discomfort, from mild headache or anxiety to the agony of bone cancer or the anguish of losing a child. (Certainly, there is more to life than suffering, including great joy and fulfillment; that said, we'll sustain a single focus here.)

 

But seeing the suffering in others: that's not so common. All the news and pictures of disaster, murder, and grief that bombard us each day can ironically numb us to suffering in our own country and across the planet. Close to home, it's easy to tune out or simply miss the stress and strain, unease and anger, in the people we work, live - even sleep - with.

 

This creates problems for others, of course. Often what matters most to another person is that someone bears witness to his or her suffering, that someone just really gets it; it's a wound and a sorrow when this doesn't happen. And at the practical level, if their suffering goes unnoticed, they're unlikely to get help.

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Get Divine Messages in Everyday Life

One of my favorite spiritual phenomenon to talk about is the cledon. It’s a message from Spirit that is innocently and unknowingly delivered to you by someone or something else. And, once you tune into the cledons all around you, you’ll be truly amazed at the personal and powerful messages Spirit has for you.

Though the word “cledon” sounds a little bit star trek-ish, (I get a kick out of it when people refer to it as a klingon!) it’s a concept that actually originated in ancient Greece. For our ancestors in the Greek civilization, and for 1400 years, it was common practice to pray to the gods for guidance and then go out into the world to get a message- specifically they prayed to the god Apollo for intuitive oracle guidance. People expected to get their insight from Apollo through day-to-day interactions; for example, they’d overhear a conversation between strangers at the local market, or a friend would unknowingly deliver a message over dinner.

The cledon is a way for us to tune into the messages that we need to know about that will be delivered to us through sound, and from an innocent or unwitting source. A cledon grabs our attention as if out of a lot of noise we zero in on just what we needed to hear- something that rises above everything else. We distinctly feel the connection to the message as the synchronicity becomes obvious. It’s also easy to discount once its passed as “ nothing more than coincidence” because our innate connection to the consciousness in the world around us has been conditioned out of us.

We still receive cledons all the time today. You might hear a conversation at the mall in which two random strangers say just what you need to hear. Or, perhaps you’re having lunch with a friend who says something that answers your question on what to do next in your career. You may even be listening to me do a reading with a caller on my radio show or with someone at one of my events and just know that what I told them is also a message for you. (I get many fascinating emails from radio listeners and event attendees who have had this experience. I love hearing them!) Common cledons can come from other people, songs on the radio, the T.V., and billboards.

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Short Term Stress Relievers for Instant Relief

Alleviating stress is something we are looking for at all ages and stages of life. When stress is acute it throws us off balance momentarily, that is why the alarm bells ring and we look for quick fixes.

Acute stress doesn't last too long. It is triggered by unexpected situations which hit you like a jolt,shake you up a bit as you are not adequately prepared to handle it. Slow and long term progressive stress has a steadily rising positive impact but here it is instant.


Your body's stress response is also instant but can be reversed with quick relaxation techniques. These short term stress relievers give you instant relief from your extreme situation and help you get back to your day feeling less stressed and more relaxed. 
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How can you have plans and goals while remaining in the present?

There was one question I was asked by someone who was shy, because I think maybe she thought it was too simple of a question to ask, but I think it’s one worth noting, which is, “How do you have plans and goals and still stay in the present?”

I may be overly simple-minded about this kind of stuff, but on the short term, I have my date book. Somebody calls up and they say, “Would you do something next November?” and I’ll look in my book, and there’s either space or there isn’t, and then I’ll listen to their voice, and listen to my economics, and listen to the world, and listen to where I would imagine I would be next November. What state of mind would I be next November? Would I really want to do it when that came? And then I either say yes or no. If I say yes, I put it in the book, if I say no, I don’t.

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How To Tune Into Your Intuitive Powers

Intuition is a natural part of all of us. As multi-sensory beings, we all have it although our cultural conditioning represses it. It’s commonly ( although inaccurately) known as the sixth sense and extends beyond your five physical senses to a larger awareness that spans both space and time. But here is the deal. It’s really the first sense not the 6th. Because we are first consciousness, then we take on a body. As immortal spiritual beings having a temporary human experience it is our first essential and primary ability – to sense the invisible world from where we came.  

For the past few hundred years western culture has long honored logic and intellect as the most valuable way to experience the world. We’ve been taught to be suspicious of anything that defies this narrow paradigm. We tend to love facts and figures and distrust what we can’t prove through linear thinking. Yet, intuition is one of your most powerful senses it’s just that no one teaches us what it is or how to support it in school. Wouldn’t that be amazing?  Of course, I know I’m kind of biased as an intuitive! But, even many of the world’s most successful people—including Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and physicist Albert Einstein, —have said that they wouldn’t be where they are today without following their intuitive hunches. Every new discovery is made with the power of the intuitive hunch.

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Tether Your Camel: Trust

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ―Maya Angelou


Trust


Trust can be a variety of things.


The dictionary lists “belief in the reliability” of someone or something. What that does not reveal is that there are many applications of trust: it starts in babies in intrinsic trust of parents or caregivers, perhaps even more when they hit object permanence. From whatever child level you pick, at some point you are a trusting, or not trusting, person.


You can trust a merchant – or not. You can trust your friends, although in varying degrees. You must trust your primary relationship, or it will die. You can trust your political leaders – or not. You can trust your faith to always come through for you – or not.


In how many movies have you heard the line, “You’re gonna have to trust somebody”?


“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ---Ernest Hemingway


The difficulty with Trust is that when we’re doing it in any important way, it makes us vulnerable and fragile. A breach of trust can be devastating.


You are the only one in charge of your trust and how and when you offer it.

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A Simple Way to Use Your Intuition, Even If You Think You Don’t Have Any

Intuition is defined as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning; a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.

I now run my life on intuition, but it wasn’t always like this.

I always thought I had flawed intuition, but I now realize I ignored it when it whispered to me. I was uncomfortable with making decisions based on anything, but justifiable data—a Virgo to the core. I soon learned though, intuition is far from logical. It calculates the answer and delivers it unapologetically, with no explanation. Still, I allowed myself to need logic and legitimate reasons to free myself from relationships that weren’t good for me, career paths that didn’t fit me, and more.

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The Power of Choice to Reset Intentions

Few things are more powerful than choice. The decisions you make in your life determine the path you take each and every day. Made the wrong choice? Retrace your steps and choose a different one. Not sure what choice to make? Weigh the options and take the leap in one direction or the other. Overwhelmed by the array or lack of choices? Take a deep breath, step away from it and regroup.

Choice is, quite literally, at the center of everything you do in life. And this is a known fact. Every moment of every day, we have to choose something – anything, in some cases – in order move forward in life. Why, then, do we constantly choose things that will impact us negatively? And how do we stop doing that?

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What SCANDAL Taught Me About Politics and Power!

Now is one of those times when I, a yogi sister, along with many devoted SCANDAL fans, just don't want to see a good thing end.


Firstly, let me begin to offer the utmost respect and praise for Shonda Rhimes, the fuel behind the fixer-up drama that will be signing off on April 19th. I had to get caught up when a friend emailed me about SCANDAL and said, 'Sister Jenna I think you will love what this show offers.' She said, 'just close your eyes on all the scenes of lust and violence, but look out for all the information on government and human behavior.' I was hooked. Even though I do not have much leisure time, when I could get caught up I was there, and with each episode, I was so amazed at the secrets being revealed. The average American has no idea what happens at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the way the media weaves narratives to influence the public. The diversity in the casting and messaging attracted me because I live and love a life of diversity and inclusion. While it doesn't sell, it is what we need more of in these times in America.


With a need for viewership among networks, Scandal did fantastic with millions of viewers. Beginning with a little shy of 7 million live or same day viewers it grew steadily garnering over 12 million viewers by Season 4!


I think what I loved about the SCANDAL cast and Shonda Rhimes was that they truthfully tweeted and shared what they were going through and what certain scenes meant. It brought us on the set in a way that engaged us to be a part of this bigger story!

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Using Humor to Create Empowerment

Humor has the power to transform your experience with a difficult issue from below it (victimized), to above it (empowered). You may have had the experience of finding an experience funny that you had found upsetting in the past. If this is the case, then you are most likely healed and over what happened.

       

If you were able to view your life like a movie or play, you could see the natural flow of events go from happy to sad, easy to hard, everything in between and back again. It is a somewhat predictable cycle, though the circumstances do change and may surprise you.

       

William Shakespeare was criticized for putting humor in some of his plays when people felt the situation called for more of a serious mood. It came across as insensitive or inappropriate. Was it really? Or was it just skipping ahead a bit because from a higher perspective he knew that it was all just an illusion of the same cycles playing out? He figured he may as well have fun with what was happening if he was able to.

 

Joan Rivers once said, “Everything is funny.” While she created a lot of amazing success in her life, she was not spared the heart wrenching devastation many face in the course of a lifetime.

 

While I did not always enjoy her style of humor, I have a great appreciation for her intelligence and wisdom. She knew that the value of humor went well beyond the entertainment industry. It is a profound tool that can be used to come back from the depths of sorrow.

 

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Feeling Anxious? Find Where You Belong…

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about belonging. It’s not something I recall thinking about much when I was a child. At that time, I knew where I belonged, and who I belonged to. (Although I must say, there were times I wondered how I ended up in the family that I did, haha.)

But, I think there comes a time in one’s life — perhaps it’s when your parents die, or your kids grow up and leave, or your marital status changes, or your job ends— when you wonder to yourself, “Where do I belong? Who do I belong to, if anyone? Do I belong here? Do I belong at all?”

I believe that having a sense of belonging is critical to your emotional, spiritual, mental and physical health. Belonging is grounding. It’s reassuring. It’s calming. It gives your life a foundation.

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Choose U!

Have you ever thought about what or who is driving your choices?

 

Week after week I hear stories about:

 

  • The people-pleaser who does everything for everyone else besides themselves

 

  • The baby-boomer who puts their life and dreams of traveling more on hold to stay in close proximity and take care of their aging parents

 

  • The sibling that not only financially supports their own family but also feels compelled to pick up the check when they go out with their family or give money to their brother or sister who has fallen on hard times

 

  • The millennial who is trying to make their parents proud

 

  • The partner who is working around the clock because their significant other has certain materialistic expectations and desires

 

  • The creature of habit who lives on autopilot, doing the same or slightly different versions of the same thing that they did last month, year, or decade

 

  • The person born into a certain religion or culture who feels obligated to live in accordance with expected rules or norms, even if those values are not in alignment with their truth and desires

 

Although the specifics may vary, the common thread that runs through all of their stories is that they are letting others or their tendency to live on automatic pilot dictate their life. They are being driven not by what is in their hearts or in their highest. Instead, they are running around like the proverbial gerbil on the wheel, putting others, organizations, and societal expectations in front of themselves. And as Lily Tomlin famously said,

 

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat.”

 

Making choices based on the expectations of others or placing the needs of others over ourselves is a setup for disappointment and exhaustion. Even if you accomplish all the things that you set out to do, the accomplishments will eventually feel empty. Why? Because they aren’t being sourced by your dreams, your desires, your truth, and your wants and needs.

 

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