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A Simple Approach to Beating the Blues and Standing In Your Highest Power

Saranda

Reality getting you down? Make a getaway plan. For 20-25 Euros a night you can have a room with this view here in Saranda, Albania, swim in the Ionian Sea and eat some of the yummiest food ever. Read on for my core approach to beating the blues, plus more tips and my new course: 30 Days of Fun & Flow!

 

I’ve been a little up and down emotionally these past couple months. Actually, this whole year. It’s been a crazy year and I’ve been pushing the edges in my life and work — a lot. Can you relate?

Many of my friends have been experiencing an extremely challenging year, which has just started to let up a bit in recent weeks. And this kind of emotional experience is typical of many artists and Highly Sensitive People. Because we feel so strongly, we’re able to reach depths that allow us to penetrate the veils of the human condition. But it can also become a liability. When these kind of emotions start to spin out of control, it can be incredibly difficult to stay on top of your work.

A couple days back I was left to fend for myself in Albania when my sweetie took off for another adventure. Granted I’m in a beautiful place by the sea in my air-conditioned flat, with the most delicious food EVER just down the street… AND the way I live can be insanely challenging. With so many unknowns in my present and future, it can easily start to feel like the ground is slipping away when yet one more challenge rears it’s gorgeous face. So I have to do what it takes to step it up and stay on top of my game.

And for me — stepping up my game means:

Working harder to show up FIERCE and do the work, step into my Soul Power, and be real with where I’m at. So that’s what I done and wrote out my core approach in three steps, plus a few more for good measure below. I hope this helps! Try it out and let me know how it goes.*

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Lucky You {Freedom endless…passport optional}

airport of the soul

where do you want to go today?

 

In a world that’s ever changing,
a life that won’t stop moving.
a mind that keeps on ticking,
there’s only one constant.
One thing in the world you can count on.

Surprise?
It’s you.

Not the little you,
“small mind you,”
with its fears and doubts and neuroses.
That one is a bit of a mess.
Let’s face it. Messy…like life.
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How the Art of Doing Nothing made me 99.5 percent happier and more productive

For three weeks in January I departed from any usual work routines and practiced the art of doing nothing. I love pushing my edges, but things had gone a little too far lately. I’d pushed myself so hard to produce and show up and do my work, to try and keep the fires out, balance everything and still be grateful and happy and fulfilled…at some point I realized I was going nowhere fast.  

I’m no stranger to the Great Art, and taking space for life. Along with that piece I wrote after an extended break in 2012 was this one after my next online breather (big revelation: double ice cream cones). This time was a little different, though. I decided to run it more like an experiment…

“What if I let go of everything I believe matters, and focus entirely on what’s really calling me at this moment?” That’s what I asked myself, and what I attempted to do. Every day. Continue Reading →

The Happy Ukulele Songbook: Songs for Celebrating Life, Love & Togetherness

Download: The Happy Ukulele Songbook PDF 

May 2014: Revised Version 2 released! (Links updated on this page.) Contains minor formatting and content updates for a better overall experience! 

This songbook contains 52 of my favorite songs on the uke, from beginner to intermediate level, gathered over the past couple years since learning to play this magical instrument. I also created a special introductory how-to section, with tips and tricks based on the popular ukulele workshops I occasionally lead around the world.

The very first version of this collection was created for my first workshop in January 2013 with just about 15 songs, and since then it’s taken a beating on my travels, and a life of its own.

My favorite part of putting this book together has been gathering so many of my favorite songs…brilliant classics that have stood the test of time. Songs with a distinctly human blend of sweetness, love and Soul, brimming over with style and character. These are songs of life and love you can play for years with your friends and loved ones, and timeless classics that will continue being played long after we’re gone.

But it all starts with you now, taking a little time out from your busy life to enjoy a moment of surrendering to the music and letting go of everything else, if even just for a few brief moments…. Continue Reading →

What’s It Gonna Take to Walk Your Talk and Live the Dream? (Walkin’ On Fire…)

She's got the Fire of Love

In my experience, pretty much nothin’ less than Everything….

Walking the edge, walking on fire…walkin’ with the Fire. 

In a few hours I’m gonna be walking on fire for real. (With David Elliott and a group of magical people, we’re going to walk on fire together.) David talks about his approach to this sacred rite of passage here.

Why am I doing this?

Well, I always loved the idea of a fire walker, and I’ve been on my own mythic Firewalk path for years since I took the path of a man who would not give up his dignity and self-respect for a life and a job that didn’t synch with his highest vision.

But now, it’s time to be a fire walker for real, to walk the talk, and see if I can burn off any leftover residual bullsh*t from a life that wasn’t my own. Continue Reading →

Why Do Anything? (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Freedom every moment

When I was a kid I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books. Remember those? I’d often read through them in one sitting, going back to the previous section if I chose a path I didn’t like, and jumping to the next adventure when I chose a path I loved….

These days, every day feels like a “choose your own adventure” story (except for I can’t go back when the story goes south!) But I don’t need to go back, because every moment I have the power of choice. As long I can jar my mind enough to shift my outlook into the present moment, I can pretty much change the entire reality of my experience in a flash.

I’m talking fundamental meteoric shifts in the reality of my circumstances with something akin to flipping a switch.

That’s what I’ve found, and it’s powerful medicine when you can master this deceptively simple practice. Continue Reading →

The Energy of Mindfulness – with Thich Nhat Hanh (The simple, elegant, powerful solution to just about Everything?)

Autumn-in-Stockholm

When we drink a glass of water, and if we know that we are drinking a glass of water, if we’re concentrated on the fact that we are drinking water, mindfulness is already there. And the water drinking becomes deeper, truer, and real. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Driving in the car on my journey north in search of magic and lost treasure — from Southern California to Southern Oregon — I’m listening to a talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, the wonderful Zen master and peace activist. I’m present and focused on listening as I drive…. (Being fully present with just driving can be exhausting after a while.)

Life can only be touched in the here and the now — the here contains the now, and the now contains the here — and that is why the practice is to go back to the present moment in order to touch life. Life has so many wonders within it, and if we do not go back to the present moment, we can never touch life with all the wonders….

Our appointment with life is in the present moment. If we miss the appointment, life is not for us. And that is why the practice of mindfulness is first of all the practice of being back to life and touching life in the present moment.

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The Soul-Fire Code: How I Unlocked the Great Mystery, Unleashed My Spirit’s Calling and Learned to Bring the Rain

the soul fire code

Three mystical keys to unlocking the Soul-Fire Code.

Note: The SOUL-FIRE CODE Self-guided version is now available! A Course for the Magical Misfits, Rebels, Rainmakers, Dreamers, Movers and Shakers… 

I didn’t know how I would unlock the Mystery, but I knew the time had come.

It was December of 2011, and the time had come to do something big in my life and take a giant leap. My soul was burning for something way bigger, and my cozy mountain hideaway in Ashland, Oregon, was holding me back. With just one week until I had to head down to LA for the holidays, it was either leave everything behind now and jump, or postpone my Spirit’s calling and do the reasonable thing — wait until after the holidays when I could drive back north, give my landlords a month’s notice, pack my things and prepare for the journey that awaited me.

It took me just one night to decide — I was to find a sub-letter for my apartment to cover the one-month notice in my rental agreement, get rid of everything I owned but what really mattered, pack my car and leave my old life behind. I had been working on the big visions of other people for too long, and it was time for me to pursue my own dream.

I did it all in the matter of a week, and with the help of a few good friends I hit the road in search of a life of adventure and true fulfillment, and never looked back. Two months later I was neck deep in my own mad, beautiful Hero’s Journey in Guatemala, with nothing but my own Truth to account for….

I had a big vision for a project that would change the lives of a lot of people, create a lasting legacy, and finance the life of my dreams, but I knew there was one big mystery I had to unlock first — a code that would enable my work to really succeed and burn a bright streak across the lives of the people who were touched by it. Continue Reading →

The Ineffable Spaciousness of Soul-Fire Flow: (Activated For Your Awesomeness)

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Soul-Fire Flow: What exactly is it? 

The Fire of your Spirit — and the Universal Energy Flow — awakened and expressed directly through you. 

Let me give you an example: This afternoon in Stockholm, I went to a coffee shop, sat down, opened Scrivener, and started writing. The first thing that came to me was the odd title, “Ineffable Spaciousness” — I had this idea about the spacious quality at the root of the soul-fire flow experience for the past few days, but that’s about it. About three hours later, I came up for air, and I had written this entire piece, edited it, formatted the image, and published the piece. The work was nearly effortless, and it was so much fun — I could not have spent a better afternoon. 

Soul-Fire Flow.

You probably understand this concept innately — it just makes sense to people who are connected, intuitive, creative, spirit-driven. You’ve been there, you’ve felt some of this magically spacious, powerful and life affirming energy in your life. (You may have also read some of my previous work about this, such as in the Soul Fire Series and the Epic Flow email course). But then how do you cultivate this regularly, and actually bring it more actively in your life and work?  

This is a primer on how to recognize, cultivate, understand, and activate the Soul-Fire Flow of your spirit in your life, so you can get on with it, and get to your greatest life and work!

If you don’t have time right now to read all this, just skim through it and get the flow of it — pull one or two key things out for you to reflect on and put to work in your life, and I’m sure it will make a big difference! Put a star next to it in your inbox and remember to come back to it if you’re already part of my Fierce Wisdom Community email list.

// Introducing the Work

When the Fire of your Spirit is awakened, there is this wonderful flow of energy that can be accessed in your life, and in your work. Some kind of magical alchemy takes place where the energy of your spirit merges with the Universal Energy Flow, and this luminous pool of energy begins to overflow into your being on many levels. This is Soul-Fire Flow.

As long as you are clear and unblocked enough in your own self, you can learn to harness this energy flow, and through it create amazing creative work in your life. Imbued with with this energy, your Soul-Fire Flow has the power to change your life, support you in your work, and even change the world.

// How to recognize Soul-Fire Flow — some of the qualities:

The specific experiences will be a bit different for everyone, but there are some essential qualities you may experience when accessing these heightened states of Spirit Flow:  Continue Reading →