inner voice

Get clear on what makes you happy!

While doing my yoga practice this morning I was reminded of these wise and powerful words from Yoga with Adriene

“Keep what makes you happy. Let go of what doesn’t serve you.”

If the Great Pause of 2020 has taught us anything, I believe it’s exactly that.

That as a result of having to slow down and sit with our own ‘stuff,’ we learned — very quickly — what did and didn’t work for us. 

What made us happy.

And what didn’t.

Why silence is good for your soul

I love this image of the jellyfish in the sea. It makes me think of the word “silence.”

And the moment I first realized what a wonderful gift silence is for a sensitive person like me.

I was on vacation in Hawaii and was going scuba diving for the first time.

To say I was nervous going into the sea, with all my diving gear on, is an understatement.

That is until I reached the sandy ocean bottom.

Be gentle on your soul

Years ago, a thoughtful manager of mine introduced me to the power of self-compassion. 

She wrote “be gentle on your soul” inside a beautiful journal she’d given me as a going away gift.

I was leaving my job to move across the world, in hopes of starting a new life in Scotland.

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I was young and full of hope.

Both excited and nervous about taking such a huge leap of faith, into the unknown.

I’ve never forgotten how good it felt to open the cover of that journal, and read her words for the very first time.

Be gentle on your soul.

Ahhhhhh.

I loved the way those words sounded. 

They resonated deep within me.

And gave me the permission, I unknowingly craved, to treat myself more kindly. As I took risks, and moved forward into the uncharted territory of my life.

The answer to your question lies within

Do you trust your intuition?

Not long ago I learned that my teenage son does.

He had a difficult decision to make, about which path to take moving forward.

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He was frustrated.

And feeling stuck.

Unable to choose between option A or B, for fear of letting someone else down.

As I tried to uncover more details in order to help guide him, he slumped onto the sofa and grumbled:

“I feel like no matter which decision I make it won’t be the right one.”

I totally got it.

It didn’t seem like either choice was a very good one. 

While both had their pros and cons, there really wasn’t a win-win choice. 

At least not from his point of view.