Life is in the rituals.

Life is in the rituals.

I believe life is in the daily rituals. The saying is actually, Life is in the details … but I like the word rituals.
It’s the rituals we do each day … that add up to our life.
Ritual – an act regularly repeated in a precise manner.
What do I love about rituals?
They connect me to my spirit and something bigger.
And that feels amazing.
The rituals I’m talking about …
DAILY RITUALS
  1. Daily prayers, mantras, affirmations.
  2. Checking in with myself emotionally.
  3. Letting go … repeatedly.
  4. Other rituals I LOVE.
Rituals are something I can COUNT on.
I love things I can count on.
Especially now …
It’s what I did DAILY that literally transformed my life.
Now, they are so much a part of my daily routine that I don’t have to think about them.
My rituals are waiting there like a cozy couch.
A TYPICAL DAY.
Wake up  >  Say gratitude prayer.  >  Breathe  > High vibe mantras.  >   Say I love you a few times (a great high vibe thought)   >  Roll out of bed.  >  Drink the best coffee ever.   >  Be quiet.  >  Affirmations  >  Eat something with salsa.   >   Do work I enjoy.  >  Remind myself I’m OK.  >   Exercise: 4 sit-ups   >   Ask myself how I feel.   >   Release uncomfortable emotion.  >   Be mindless for awhile.   >   Do work I enjoy.   >  Do some work I don’t enjoy, but accept.   >  Breathe  >  Eat Biscotti.   >  Surrender   >   Gratitude… REPEAT.
Now, do I also think negatively at times, worry a bit, be lazy, and eat food that will never biodegrade in my lifetime?  SURE I DO!
However, it’s the 80/20 … or the 90/10 … or the 70/30   I don’t know!
Life is in the rituals … so, for the sake of enjoying your life, choose rituals that empower you and bring you peace.
When my kids were young, what I list above would have sounded impossible, but honestly, 90% of what’s listed above …. were totally possible!
Find what works for you and gives a nice flow to your day.
And most of all … that remind you of your 24/7 connection to yourself and something bigger than you.

flatten the curve with a second wind.

Jeanne Nangle Soul Coach empowers people to discover their soul and place in the world.
I need something to help me flatten the curve …
Remember being a kid in the backseat of your parents car and your family was driving somewhere and you’d ask:  Are we there yet?  
You’d ask every ten minutes and your parents would say:  Not yet!
Remember that feeling of: Is this drive over yet?
Is this over yet?
THEN, my son who lives in New York, and yes, it’s mayhem there; he sends me a Public Service Announcement from the Office of the Governor of California he saw on Twitter about Flatten the curve
In it is Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, Veep, etc.) and she’s putting on her own make-up because her make-up staff is staying home and being safe.
So, she’s putting red lipstick all over her face because she’s never applied her own make-up!
It’s so funny …
Flatten the curve.
I was laughing out loud at how funny she looks applying this clown-like make-up and asking us to please STAY HOME to help flatten the curve.
Yet … I’m getting the message.
I know I need to dig in deep and get my second wind.
Even though I want this thing to be OVER, I must be part of flattening this curve!
Therefore, I am gaining my second wind.  
Thank goodness for second winds.
We have this incredible ability to feel tired, pissed off, and DONE, and then wake up the next day and say:
And in case your spirit is a bit frail lately, just know that you too have that second wind within you.
Built into our DNA!
This second wind ability is built into our DNA.
We are made to withstand … life.
Then one day, hopefully sooner than later, we’ll be among one another again.
And we won’t spit in each others faces when we talk.
We will give each other plenty of personal space and respect:)
Oops, I’m getting ahead of myself.
For now …  it would be enough to feel a light and breezy second wind.
Wishing that you and your family are safe.
Leaning into your spirit

Leaning into your spirit

In this interesting time, I find two things happening.
First, sometimes I’m foggy headed, distracted, which way is up … headed.
Where’s my coffee or wine and which Netflix show will I serial watch tonight … is the #1 thing I care about.
And actually,  it’s kind of relaxing to expect so little of myself:)
Ahh, self-love … bring it on.
Feeling a bit distracted by this sheer twilight zone world we are living in right now, is par for the course.
But, you knew that:)
However, there’s another feeling that’s really strong and it’s a deep desire to lean into my spirit. 
A deep desire to lean into my spirit. 
I LOVE leaning in.
What does that mean?
It’s connecting with the part of me that is eternal and connected to something bigger than me.
This greater something doesn’t care if I wear a face mask.
It doesn’t care if I don’t like using the Q word …
It doesn’t even care about the things I worry about.
It’s just still and steady.
It’s there for me.
Connecting with my own spirit.
Connecting with my own spirit is connecting to the strength within me. 
While I may feel vulnerable at times … my spirit knows:  I am OK … I am safe.  I am secure.  
My spirit knows this.  It has no doubt.
You may have your own ways of connecting with your spirit.
Or maybe you call this feeling something else.
However, if this is sounding a bit too abstract …
And you’d like some concrete tips around this idea of leaning into your spirit, try this mini meditation:
Tree of life meditation
Take a deep breath and let go.
Now picture your head as the branches of a great tree that reaches up about 60 feet.  
And picture your body the trunk of a tree: strong and solid.
Then, picture your lower body as the great roots of this great tree, descending into the ground and rooting you, grounding you, so you know you’re solidly connected to firm ground.  
Now, with this visual, picture sunlight coming into the branches of the tree and filling up the branches down to the ends of the roots.
Just breathe as you visualize this bright light filling the tree that’s holding you.
In this safe place, know your spirit is there for you.
Stay here as long as you like or as long as you’re comfortable.
And don’t judge yourself if you get bored and want to run to In and Out Burger.
I did that yesterday.
That’s ok too:)
Just stay in your car and thank those adorable teenagers …
Stay safe … and wishing you a lovely evening.

#tree of life meditation

A time for opening up … when we want to do the opposite.

A time for opening up … when we want to do the opposite.

I’m thinking of you all and sending my good thoughts and wishes your way.

I’ve been using this time we have now to reboot, reconnect with myself, and regroup about my future.

While this is a stressful time, it can also be a time for deepening our commitment to whatever we are committed to.

The world has hit the pause button. That’s how I am thinking about it.

For a world that is busy, busy …. hitting pause can create the space for something new to come in.

Or hitting pause can be a time for deeper spirituality.

Or reaching up and out and discovering what your piece is in this universe.

I realize these are huge questions and sometimes we are just making it through the day … but the bigger questions are sitting there, waiting to be asked.

If you feel like it …

What would you have me do with this time?

How can I share the biggest and best part of me?

Now, I don’t always feel like asking these bigger questions.

Sometimes, often lately, I need to just take time out.

However, once those moments pass … then I can refocus on what matters to me.

And I know that moment will always show itself.

Mindfulness for those walks you’re taking.

Mindfulness for those walks you’re taking.

 

With all that is happening, I’ve decided to work on something I’ve been working on for YEARS … but I need a lot more practice.
So, now is the perfect time.
As Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun says, This moment is the perfect teacher.
This moment is the perfect teacher.
So, what am I working on?
Being present.
We’ve all heard about it.  It’s being present in the moment, so we can take in the moment fully.
I LOVE the idea of it … AND yet, it’s rather hard to do.
And totally worth it.
We can hear guidance.
There are TWO reasons why we want to be present or practice mindfulness right now:
First, In the present moment … we can hear guidance.  
We hear what we need to hear.
EVENTUALLY.
If you’ve been receiving my newsletter for some time, then you know I believe we ALL have a team in the spiritual world that is watching over us and helping us evolve and ultimately, fulfill our destiny.
Often this includes our loved ones who’ve passed.
Thankfully, I discovered this early on after my husband passed.
In the present moment … somehow A SPACE IS CREATED that invites in guidance.
Noticing the color of the sky and the sound of leaf blowers …
Whatever it is.
It’s the singular moment, and …. it’s right there.
Spirit seems to talk to us in these moments.
God, spirit or the universe … seems to talk to us in these moments.
And I love this so much I cannot begin to tell you.
So, when I walk each day I practice being present.  I do this by saying to myself: Look.  
I look around at all there is to look at and I focus on taking it in.
Yes, I get distracted and look at my phone to see what time it is:)
And yes, sometimes I get bored.
So, I notice this and say:  Look …
And I look again.
Then, a few moments later I say:  Listen.
Simply listen.
And I try for a couple minutes to listen to the sounds of whatever is happening around me.
I simply listen.
Now, I am NOT listening for a spiritual kind whispering or anything like that.  (Is there such a thing?)
Instead, I am listening to what is happening in the here and now.
From personal experience I can honestly say:  It is ten times easier to work through the gambit of human emotion … in the present moment.
The second reason to be present.
And the second reason why it’s totally worth it to be present is …
And please forgive me for stating the obvious, but in the present moment we AREN’T WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE OR PAST.
We’re just right there … a human being having a human moment.
In the present.
Later, when you least expect it.
And then later … when you least expect it, you get a flash of certainty … or extreme warmth and joy … or insight … or answers.
It comes out of nowhere … and it TOTALLY rocks.
I hope you’re doing well during this interesting time:)
#mindfulness

Thinking better thoughts … even in chaos:)