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When Wisdom Leads

I wrote an article about wisdom and what happens when you allow it to lead you. It can be found in the current issue of the On Purpose Woman Magazine.

Here is the link: https://pub.lucidpress.com/24d295d9-40b1-4da9-ac6d-ed13a4d5bc1c/?fbclid=IwAR3RQDrYr9NDlDtEAMXge5H3nlfosx971cxfeldNZ_Wpe-HYkdpB5VZDGzw#URP_ulk8bL~V

I enjoyed reading the other contributions to this wonderful magazine. I hope you do too.

Interview on Trusting Your Wisdom to Build a Life You Love

I had the opportunity to talk in more detail about wisdom during this interview with Kathryn Yarborough for Real Women. Real Purpose. Talk Show. The On Purpose Woman Global Community. You can listen to the interview here: https://youtu.be/H85fga01UQ8

Let me know your thoughts.

Pull Together to Lighten the Load

I’ve been thinking about division and how it increases the heaviness of our burdens. When we divide and have an us or them view it narrows our potential support, resources and opportunities for new possiblities. This makes any load that we are carrying that much harder to bear and move.

Think of it this way: If there is only one hauling the cart with the load it can be a struggle. It takes so very long to make the cart move and to deliver the load to its destination. This method can feel overwhelming. It keeps you isolated by doing it all alone.

Likewise, if there are two pulling the cart from opposite directions it becomes a tug of war. Each one is straining to make the load move even an inch in the direction they are headed. Ground may be gained but it can easily be lost as they exert all of their strength against each other. As you might imagine the load may never arrive because each one has a bull-headed destination in mind. I’ve termed it such to illustrate that each one pulling in opposing directions only gives consideration to what they want, to what is important to them.

Right now we are all carring a similar load called COVID-19. The coronavirus is a scary and heavy load that requires us all to pull together in the same direction toward a mutual destination. Both the direction and destination are; health, wellness and a way to move forward that does more than just get us through it. I’d like to see us all arrive at our destination healthy, well and uplifted because we did pull together.

In order for that to happen we have to let go of petty differences and judgements that slot people into disparaging categories. We have to release blame and shame, criticism and stubbornly wanting it our way. We must move beyond all of that limited way of thinking and being.

We are being called to a higher consciousness where we consider others feelings and needs equally to our own. Each of us can begin to offer compassion, kindness, love, hope and support to everyone without constrant. We all could use more of these qualities offered to us each day. Let us find ways to pull together, even while practicing social distancing, to lighten everyone’s load…including your own.

Time to Fly!

Clarity comes with a bird’s-eye view, 

Here our minds are cleared of cobwebs too.

 

Freedom soars on eagles wings, 

Recall anew the hope this brings.

 

Traveling through this sacred flight,

We gain the restoration of our sight.

 

Above it all we will rise,     

Led by that which is truly wise.

 

Now lift your brooms into the sky, 

Come my friends, its time to fly!

Lifting Up Love Global Intention

Hello everyone:

This is an invitation to join together as a global community to Lift Up Love. I am inviting you to join in Lifting Up Love on August 11, 2018 at 7:00 PDT. (I am in California. Here is a link to find out what time that is for you. http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/) On that time wherever you are in the world pray, align, meditate, hold your focus, drum, do ritual, have ceremony, light a candle, however you offer your intentions do that. Imagine it as manifested as you focus on this intention:

“Love is the prevailing force in people’s hearts, mind and actions. All feel and think from love as they take actions that uplifts love for everyone, thereby creating more kindness, compassion, respect and honor for all of life. And so it is.”

This event came to be because I became overwhelmed with what is taking place in our world. At first this feeling paralyzed me because I felt the trauma and was not certain of what to do. Then this thought occurred to me, “I am not powerless.” None of us are powerless; in fact we are very powerful indeed. As I remembered this truth I began to think about what I could do.

My morning includes holding a positive intention within me and then sending it out into the world. Many of us do this individually and/or within our groups and communities already. My thought was that if we could all focus our intentions, prayers or vibrations on Lifting Up Love at the same time, we would amplify the energy of love, which is the most powerful transformative force in the Universe, to create a new day. A day and world that holds up love in people’s hearts, mind and actions for everything, thereby creating more; kindness, compassion, respect and honor for all of life.

I am inviting everyone that I know to join me in this intention. Actually, I am asking people whom I don’t know too. Some of those people I am listing here to show that we can connect with other communities who might join in this endeavor to usher in this vision. Those I’ve asked to join beyond people I know are: His Holiness the Dali Lama, Deepak Chopra, Oprah, Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, Russill Paul, Native American Elders, Leaders in traditional religions and non-traditional religions, spiritual groups and individuals.

If you share this idea with everyone you know and with some whom you don’t, invite them to join us in Lifting Up Love. Ask them to share with others too. I believe if we all participate we can tip the scales to a more loving world.

With deepest gratitude, Shelly O’Connell

Use the link below to join the event on Facebook and you will also receive a reminder of the event.https://www.facebook.com/events/370338000164805

Appreciate You!

As you start and move about your day include some ways to show your appreciation for your self. Take some time to really treasure the uniqueness and wonder of the creation that is wholly, individually and intrinsically you and you alone. It’s a revelation and marvel when you do.

If you are like most of us this is a foreign concept. We are taught to care about others, the environment, our relation to the whole, our impact on the world, etc. Those things are key in being in harmony with life and I believe we need to learn to honor and appreciate ourselves too.

Stand boldly and vibrantly in the glorious expression of you! Don’t shrink, stand down or play small, instead revel in you. Find some ways to offer your gratitude to your self just for being you. Try it today and see what happens. Set a challenge to notice and appreciate at least ten wonders of the miracle of you. Bonus points if you find more than ten. Ready, set and go!

Little Moments of Joy, Why They are Important

Little moments of joy call to us to pay attention to what it is that makes our heart smile. They ring with truth’s tone for the way they instantly restore us to our essential essence. As we experience them we are fully present in that moment.

Awareness of these tiny delights remind us that life is meant to be enjoyed while we are living it. They point the way to creating a life that uplifts and nurtures us.

They may be small, but they are powerful! When little moments of joy happen, notice them, pay close attention. Let them guide you and see what happens. Report back…

Interested in Coaching? Next Step…

I offer Life Coaching services to assist you with: resilience, healthy relationships, boundaries, self-care, life design, awareness & use of personal wisdom, and goals specific to you.

Interested? The next step is to contact me to schedule a free Discovery Session. During the Discovery Session we will talk about your goals, dreams and ideas for your life. I will explain how the process of coaching works and my approach. Together we will determine our fit and go forward from there.

Use this link to contact me: https://shellyoconnell.com/contact/ I invite you to also visit my Facebook business page at: https://www.facebook.com/coachingbyshelly/ To contact me there click on the “send message” tab at the top of  page and I will respond.

Looking forward to speaking to you!

“Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future.” – Source: International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org)

 

Dreaming You into Being

“Once upon a time when the wind was new, I had a dream and created you.” The thought in my mind as I awoke today. It captured my attention. I began to wonder about the concept of being fashioned when the wind was still young.

The topic of whether intelligence, science or something much larger conceived of us is another conversation. No matter if you believe in some omnipresent being behind the design or in science alone, go with me for a moment.

Imagine for minute or two that we were dreamt into being long, long ago. It sort of shifts your awareness to the magnificent possibilities that exist within your being. How could it not? I find it difficult to believe that all of the planning to bring us here would not include absolute radiance!

What if my thought is true? How might if shift your life, your dreams and your space in the world if you knew that you really began when the wind was new? I am hoping that it sparks your imagination toward breathing life more fully into your being. What would it take for you to start living from the ancient, creative being that you are in true reality?

Join me at https://www.facebook.com/coachingbyshelly/ to explore more fully.

Navigating the Space Between

Finding yourself in a place where what was and what may be can be challenging. You have grown beyond your old life and your new life has not yet fully formed.

It might be tempting to cling to the old since it is familiar. However, it is like wearing a pair of shoes that are too tight and pinch your toes. Trying it would be uncomfortable and part of you would always feel constricted. There is no shrinking possible on your part that will sustain you in a life that you have outgrown.

Turn your eyes toward the future and envision the life that you hope to live. I know it can be scary, maybe even downright terrifying to imagine. Still it calls to you. The tug on your heart will give voice to your dreams.

Negotiating the transition between your old life and the new one requires an honest admission that you’re leaving the old life behind. You already have so quit pretending that you can go back. It doesn’t fit you anymore. Once you have done this you can begin to move toward the new.

Now you can dream and get clear on what you want. You create a specific goal with an achievable plan to bring the life you want into being.

Life coaching can assist you with navigating the space between while helping you to move forward in the way that you design. I would be honored to share this part of your journey with you. Those of you who are interested may contact me via this link:  https://www.facebook.com/coachingbyshelly/

Create your dreams!