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Authenticity
Is having the courage
to allow your Soul to shine through you
in its own unique way
without restriction
without fear
with the full understanding
that this act of courage
will intimidate certain people
and as a result they will criticize you
they will condemn you
and they will judge you
but none of it will have anything
to do with you.
Our true work is not in achieving, attaining, or acquiring;
It’s in surrendering, letting go and releasing
every last particle of unworthiness, self criticism and shame;
excavating all the misconceptions
that block the authentic Self from shining through
And finally silencing the voice that has been telling us
the biggest lie in existence:
The lie that we are not worthy or loveable
exactly as we are.
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Trim on my skirt, tassels and OM ring by WomanShopsWorld
Starseed shirt by GrizzyLove Conscious Wears
Turquoise rings by Alternatyva
Big love to The Boombox Bakeshop
Photo by Angela Antonopoulos
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many blessings ~
kb

 

how-to-heal-angerAnger is one of the most uncomfortable emotions we feel, yet it’s also one of the most important.  For as much as we try to resist and repress anger, it will continue to surface until we give our undivided attention to it.  This is because anger is a messenger, attempting to deliver crucial information as to how to heal our lives, shift our consciousness and raise our vibration.

Some experts tell us that anger is a result of our boundaries being violated or of unmet expectations.  While this information may be true, it doesn’t usually help to heal anger.  It may motivate us to set healthier boundaries or speak our truth in relationships, but the anger will remain or resurface.

Anger will continue to linger in our lives until we uncover its origin.  Like all emotions, anger is a feeling in the body which reflects a thought in the mind.  Without an angry thought, an angry feeling would not exist.  Therefore in order to heal anger, we must become aware of the thoughts in our minds that trigger feelings of anger in our bodies, and be willing to let them go.

But bringing awareness to our thoughts in the midst of an angry episode is like asking a toddler to calm down in the middle of a tantrum – it’s almost impossible.  And so when anger strikes, the wisest thing to do is to find the courage to feel it fully in the body, without projecting it outward onto other people or inward towards ourselves.  Instead, just sit with it; “feel it in order to heal it.”   This is the first step to healing anger – giving ourselves permission to feel this fiery emotion.  By feeling anger, we allow it to flow and move, which dissipates the energy and prevents it from becoming repressed in the body.

A wonderful method that can help us with this is “tapping” or EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique.  EFT is a type of “psychological acupressure” that can help us to process uncomfortable emotions by tapping on the body’s energy meridians.  EFT uses light movements with the fingertips on the head and chest to release emotion and alter the electromagnetic energy flow of the body. My favourite source for learning and practicing tapping is Brad Yate’s YouTube channel (consider watching his Intro to EFT or this video on Clearing Anger), or the book “The Tapping Solution” by Nick Ortner.

After the feelings of anger have dissipated, we can begin to examine what thoughts might have caused the anger in the first place.  Through this practice, we become the observer of anger rather than the anger itself.  This is a powerful realization.  In the seat of the observer, we are able to question our thoughts and choose a new way of thinking, perhaps one that creates feelings of contentment or even joy rather than feelings of anger.

Author Byron Katie’s 3-step method entitled “The Work” is an excellent way of bringing awareness to the mind in order to heal anger and other uncomfortable emotions.  The Work is an easy process of introspection that teaches us how to identify and question our painful thoughts.  You can learn the work for free on Byron Katie’s website, or by reading her book “Loving What Is, Four Questions That Can Change Your Life”.

Know that anger is a healthy emotion as long as we know how to process it in a healthy way.  Life happens, and although we probably can’t avoid anger altogether, we can become masters of letting it go.

xo
kb.

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I just realized that I never formally announced my pregnancy on my blog, but most of you already know that my husband Darryl and I are expecting a baby boy on Nov 11, 2015!  We are naming our boy “Rhodes”, after the classic 70′s electric piano made famous by musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder.

We finally finished Rhodes’ nursery this week so I thought I’d post some pics… I’m so happy with how it turned out!

The focal point of the room is the Ikea change table which my parents found by the side of the road in Guelph with a “FREE” sign on it! It was unfinished, ugly pine, but I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour “Ceramic” and added new knobs from Hobby Lobby. The white bookcase is part of the the Kallax series from Ikea.

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The crib was given to us by friends… I sewed the houndstooth crib skirt and made a rag quilt out of my scrap fabrics. We found an AWESOME faux leather chair at La-Z-Boy which I am already sleeping in on nights when I have heartburn! The rug is also from Hobby Lobby and it is made from upcycled t-shirts.

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I love, love, love all of the art on the wall. The watercolour sugar skull was painted by my friend Aimee. I bought the keyboard print from Takumi Park on Etsy. The “Rhodes” sign was taken from an old Rhodes piano that Darryl then nailed on to a piece of barn board. The Elvis skull was drawn by my friend and tattoo artist John and given to me by my friend Robin, and the giraffe print is from Hobby Lobby. I found the metal “R” at Michael’s for under $2! The little yellow mirror is also from Hobby Lobby.

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While I was painting the change table, I also painted this little Buddha for Rhodes’ bookshelf.

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The only problem with the change table was that it was a really weird size so I had to order a special change pad from Amazon, and then of course no standard cover would fit it!  I found instructions on how to sew a change pad cover via Pinterest and made my own using sugar skull fabric from Hobby Lobby.

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Our friend Cindy gave us these tiny custom sugar skull paintings that we hung by the door. The top skull is Darryl, the middle is me, and the bottom is Rhodes. How cute are they???

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While we were at Ikea we picked up this little cart for beside the change table. Since the change table only has space for the baby, we needed a place for diapers, wipes, etc. It also has great storage underneath.

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All we need now is the baby!

What do you think of Rhodes’ eclectic nursery??  Feel free to leave a comment below. :)

xo

kb.

quiet-mind

Focus your attention on the Now and tell me what problem you have at this moment.

Should a situation arise that you need to deal with now, your action will be clear and incisive if it arises out of present moment awareness. It is also more likely to be effective. It will not be a reaction coming from the past conditioning of your mind but an intuitive response to the situation. In other instances, when the time-bound mind would have reacted, you will find it more effective to do nothing – just stay centered in the Now.

This post is an excerpt from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

xo
kb.

 how-to-become-more-psychicOne of the most common questions I receive from people is “Can I become psychic???” My answer to that question is, you already are!

I like to compare psychic abilities to muscles. In the same way that we are all born with muscles, we are also all born with some degree of psychic ability.

Some people have naturally stronger muscles, while other people have to work out and lift weights in order to develop their physical strength.  Psychic ability is no different. Some people are born naturally psychic, while others have a harder time connecting to their intuition. But no matter how intuitive you are now, there is always room to grow. There are always going to be steps you can take to develop your intuitive abilities even further. Today I’d like to share with you five things I do on a daily basis to maintain and improve my psychic ability.

1. Meditate

If you ask any spiritual teacher how to develop your intuition, almost all of them will agree that MEDITATION is always the first step to becoming more psychic (I agree.)

When you meditate, you slow down or stop thought, which creates a clearer channel for your intuition to communicate with you. Your intuition usually speaks in subtle ways, especially in the beginning. If you don’t take time to quiet your mind, you will not be able to hear the voice of your intuition (it’s like trying to hear a whisper at a rock concert!)

2. Pay Attention To Your Feelings

There are many different ways that people receive psychic information. Some people receive see visions (clairvoyance), while others hear sounds or voices (clairaudience). When people instantly “know” something that they could not otherwise know, it is called claircognizance. But in my experience the psychic ability that almost everyone can relate to is clairsentience, which means, “clear feeling”.

Have you ever had a hunch or gut feeling about something? Have you ever felt either uneasy or excited about a decision? Have you ever got either a good or bad feeling about another person? If so, you have experienced your intuition communicating to you through your feelings.

Since clairsentience is the most common psychic ability, it is also the easiest to develop. All you have to do to develop stronger clairsentience is pay close attention to your feelings.

You can practice this everyday by asking yourself, “How does this decision feel? How does this person feel? How does this food feel?” By tuning in to how things feel, you become more clairsentient and therefore more psychic.

3. Practice!

In order to become more psychic, you have to set aside time each day to developing yourself spiritually. This involves creating a special spiritual practice unique to you. Your spiritual practice should always include meditation, and may also incorporate prayer, yoga, journaling, reading a spiritual book, or anything else that helps you connect with your idea of a higher power.

You can also practice giving yourself intuitive readings every day. Record any insights you receive in your psychic journal (see the next step for more info on journaling).

If you want to eventually give readings to others (either professionally or just for fun) it’s important to practice that as well! Start out by giving readings to close friends, and be sure to pick people that you trust and feel comfortable with. If you are nervous, use tarot or angel cards to help get the ball rolling. Write down your insights in your psychic journal (see step 4), because things that don’t make sense now might make sense later.

4. Keep a Psychic Journal or Dream Journal

Keeping a journal is one of the easiest ways to become more psychic. A psychic journal is a place to record all the intuitive insights you receive about yourself or others. If you dream a lot, you can also keep a dream journal, as your intuition communicates with you frequently during the dream state.

Every day as part of your spiritual practice, write down everything you felt, saw, or heard during or after meditation (or during your dreams). After a few weeks, go back and read some of your entries to see if you notice any patterns. You can also write down any psychic impressions you have about future events.

Keeping a psychic journal has been a powerful way for me to develop confidence in myself. There has been many times where I forgot that I wrote something down, only to look back on it a few weeks later and notice that either a vision came true, or a simple sentence was an important piece of spiritual guidance.

5. Join a Psychic Development Class or Circle

When I was first developing my intuitive abilities, I was very resistant to taking a class because I thought I should be able to learn everything myself. After all, shouldn’t my inner voice be able to tell me everything I needed to know??? And so I bought tons of books on psychic development and put an anonymous ad in my local classifieds, offering free readings so that I could practice.

But I only got so far with this. Eventually I could not ignore the fact that my intuition was still nudging me to join a psychic development class. My intuition told me that a class would boost my confidence and introduce me to like-minded people who would support my development.

And so I reluctantly signed up for an online class, trusting that my intuition would be correct… and it was!

The class gave me an opportunity to learn techniques and meditations that dramatically improved my psychic ability in a short period of time. I was also able to give practice readings while my teacher listened in and coached me. At the end of the 12-week class, I was more confident than ever and I had a bunch of new friends that thought of psychic ability as normal and not “weird” (which is priceless, if you ask me). I also made back the money I spent on my tuition within one month of offering readings to others.

If you’re not able to join a class, I’d encourage you to see if you have a Spiritualist church nearby, as they often offer psychic development circles on a regular basis (Spiritualists believe that our souls survive death and have the ability to communicate with the living. Their religion is focused on mediumship).

Developing your intuition is one of the most powerful ways to improve your life and become healthier and happier, because it encourages you to listen to the guidance of your soul. When you become more intuitive, your inner voice becomes more important than any external influence.

If you have any other tips for developing your psychic abilities, I’d love to hear them – please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

xo
kb.

dont-take-it-personally


Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally. If I see you on the street and I say, “Hey, you are so stupid,” without knowing you, it’s not about you; it’s about me. If you take it personally, then perhaps you believe you are stupid. Maybe you think to yourself, “How does he know? Is he clairvoyant, or can everybody see how stupid I am?”

You take it personally because you agree with whatever was said. As soon as you agree, the poison goes through you, and you are trapped in the dream of hell.

Nothing other people do is because of you.  It is because of themselves.  All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in.  When we take something personally, we make the assumption that they know what is in our world, and we try to impose our world on their world.

Whatever you think, whatever you feel, I know is your problem and not my problem.  It is the way you see the world.  It is nothing personal, because you are dealing with yourself, not me.

This post was excerpted from “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.

xo
kb.

let go of worry

How to Let Go of Worry:

“As soon as you notice you are worrying, ask yourself what it is you are most worried about. What do you fear will happen? Once you are conscious of this fear, don’t dwell on it but instead imagine the opposite outcome. For example, let’s say you are worried about paying your upcoming rent. You are fearful your landlord will be angry, perhaps even evict you. Okay, stop. That’s enough! Now take just a minute and visualize yourself smiling as you count out your rent in hundred-dollar bills. See yourself handing the money to your landlord and pocketing several other hundred-dollar bills as well. Imagine you are telling your friends, “Wow, that was silly for me to worry because the money flowed to me so easily, and now my landlord really loves me!” See your landlord hugging you. Say some prayers of gratitude and conjure up feelings of relief and joy over your ability to manifest.


Doing this exercise will not only help you to create the money, but it will also provide relief from your anxiety. When you worry about lack of money, you are often suffering more from anxiety than from lack of money. Remember to utilize all your senses when using your imagination in this way: see it, think about it, feel it, and appreciate it. It doesn’t matter if you can visualize in full high-definition Technicolor or if you can barely muster a cartoonish outline that fades away as soon as you create your images. Both will change your state of mind and magnetize the desired outcome to you.”

This post is an excerpt from the book “Freeing the Genie Within” by Debra Katz.

xo
kb.

release fear


“Every fear in you represents an area you are developing in this lifetime, a place within you that you are bringing to light, changing the negative energy into positive energy. Fears lose their power when you hold them up to the light of your consciousness. It is only when they lurk beneath the surface of your mind that they can cause you to avoid doing things that contribute to your higher path.

As you recognize each fear, you will be guided to ways of releasing it.  One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is to examine any recurring situation in your life that is causing you pain or struggle, and bring to light the fear that is behind it.

Unlocking fear brings you tremendous gifts and opens up your greater potential, for each fear has buried within it many new pictures, insights, and revelations about who you are and who you can be.”

xo
kb.

This post is an exerpt from the book “Creating Money” by Sanaya Roman.

Let Go


Is a relationship, career, or situation that used to work no longer working for you? Perhaps something you once loved now feels more like an obligation.

It’s important to know when it is time change course. No relationship, career or activity will be perfect forever unless you constantly revise it, for as you evolve you out-grow the relationships and situations around you.

Trust that as you flow with life, everything is happening for your greater good. If you feel the need to let something or someone in your life go, know that something better is coming.

xo
kb.

This post was inspired by a passage in the book “Creating Money” by Sanaya Roman.

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