I spent five days with an amazing and inspiring group of people.

As part of my studies with New World Ayurveda, I traveled to Portland, Maine to participate in the first of two Clinical Intensives. Since I enrolled in this course about a year ago,I have been learning how to “read” people through looking at them externally, through pulse diagnosis, and in other subtle ways. It was really neat to get together and practice on each other. There’s nothing better than getting together with a group of likeminded people to boost one’s confidence!

Getting to know my co-students, hearing their stories, becoming friends through the intimacy of sharing our stories – that was even better. I was amazed to meet so many who have already walked through their fear and are living their passion, inspiring me that I CAN DO THIS, to stop looking back and keep looking forward.  I made new friends who give of themselves to pursue what they love, caring for family or traveling long distances, and just keep doing what they love. They gave me much to think on.

wp-1460249516517.pngWhat kept coming up, as others practiced on me, is that I still have some issues from the past that aren’t resolved. I have generally thought of myself as stating my mind, not being afraid to say what I think, yet the subtle vibrations in my pulse said otherwise, and as it came up it resonated with me to the point of bringing tears. I realized that I am still finding my voice and learning to speak my truth.  Thus I write here, and paint, and seek  out the company of people who inspire me to go to the next level.

“At some point, if you’re fortunate, you’ll hit a wall of truth and wonder what you’ve been doing with your life. At that point you’ll feel highly motivated to find out what frees you and helps you to be kinder and more loving, less klesha driven and confused. At that point you’ll actually want to be present—present as you go through a door, present as you take a step, present as you wash your hands or wash a dish, present to being triggered, present to simmering, present to the ebb and flow of your emotions and thoughts. Day in and day out, you’ll find that you notice sooner when you’re hooked, and it will be easier to refrain. If you continue to do this, a kind of shedding happens—a shedding of old habits, a shedding of being run around by pleasure and pain, a shedding of being held hostage by worldly concerns.” ~ Pema Chodron

I am inspired to push through the next wall of fear, to not look back, to dream big, to trust my intuition, and to love MORE.

If you want to learn more about ayurveda, New World Ayurveda is offering an introductory course. Check it out!

On Blogging

As I fretted about my habit of going to a paying job rather than staying home writing all day, I had an encouraging email show up in my inbox.

I sign up for a lot of lists, then unsubscribe to most of them after they bombard me with their too-frequent sales pitch emails. But this one, I welcome. Maybe partly because I met the author in person, at a social meetup, not too long after I started this blog and was really wondering what I was doing and should I continue, but mostly because I think she has something valid to say and is lowkey and friendly in her approach.

I’ve only met Anne Bechard a couple of times, but she seems like a friend. I hope to be able to talk with her soon (maybe after the holidays), over a glass of wine or dinner, and find out what makes her tick, and hear more about her passion. Word in the street is that she’s writing a book, and I am looking forward to reading it.

Anne’s website is Story Maverick, and she’s got some great information and tips there, especially for beginner bloggers like me. Check it out. She didn’t ask me to promote her and there’s nothing in it for me, just want to share some good information and help everyone out.

She got my attention with this subject line: How to get action on your blog while you work your day job. Just what I needed! (Refer back to my first sentence!)

Here’s a little of what she said:

Let’s face it — whether you go to an office or not, you’ve got a full-time life. And the details never seem to stop. You only have a small window for blogging. But try as you might, no one seems to be reading what you publish.

I’ve been there. It’s discouraging, frustrating, and, ok, embarrassing. But it doesn’t have to be. There really are ways to use your time efficiently when you blog so that once you hit the publish key, people will actually read what you wrote.

Big reveal:
You need a blueprint to sharpen your focus toward your readers while you blog.

Here’s how:
Engage your readers with your unique voice, authenticity, and specific calls to action.

You’re the only one who can tell your story. Sure, we’re not reinventing the wheel here. But seriously — no one says it like you do. When you write in your own unique voice, you share your story more authentically. This is how you persuade and influence your readers to follow through with your specific call to action — whether that’s asking them to comment, or share, or retweet.

Your time is precious. Blogging is a priority for you — but only if you’re getting the results you want. Using a blueprint that focuses on your readers helps you engage your audience with the real you.

She’s got my attention! And I am looking forward to the next email I get from her.