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Lessons in Receptivity: Learning to Lead with Trust

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Lessons in Receptivity: Learning to Lead with Trust

Lesson in Receptivity: Learning to Lead with Trust by Mara April 18, 2016 I’m currently surrendering to *trusting the process* FIRST. Historically, trusting has been a last resort for me. Oh hey, well, I’ve exhausted all of my active states of figuring it out, asserting my will, forcing it, tantruming, victiming etc etc etc SO I GUESS I’LL JUST TRUST THE PROCESS NOW. I recently had the flu. 103 degree fever – could barely stand – didn’t leave the house for 5 days, flu. Each day I came up with something new to be terrified of: Day 1 it was the fever. The higher it climbed, the more terrified I got. Am I going to die??? Day 2 it was the project I needed to finish for work. My client is going to be so mad at me if I don’t finish. Day 3 it was the fever again....

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Do You Adore Yourself?

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Do You Adore Yourself?

Do You Adore Yourself? by Courtney April 9, 2016 The eccentric man who sat before me crossed his legs and reclined further in the metal folding chair, arms stretched out over the back of it, creating the illusion of comfort.  His eyes peered into me with the help of eyeglasses that made perfect circles around his eyes.  He cocked his head to the side and proceeded to ask me, “Do you adore yourself?” I wish I could give you more of the lead up conversation, but honestly I don’t have any recollection of how we got to such a question.  And the degree to which the question stunned me seems to have erased all memory of the words exchanged beforehand. I just finished yoga teacher training, so I know the correct answer is “yes,” – but given that my inclination was to give a half eye roll and a...

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Just Unceremoniously Come Back To It

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Just Unceremoniously Come Back To It

Just Unceremoniously Come Back To It by Rebekah March 9, 2016 I love my daily breathing/meditation practice. I love writing in my journal. I love cooking myself healthy food. I love sitting in my favorite chair with a steaming hot cup of tea. I love diving into a good book that is nearly impossible to put down. I love practicing yoga, and walking in nature, and lazy Sunday mornings spent lounging in bed. I love the feeling of having a clean house…. But sometimes I get busy, or I’m not feeling well, or life happens, and without even realizing it, I get out of the routine of doing these things I love. At first, it’s no big deal. “We’re human, it happens,” I tell myself. Then another day goes by, and another, and another, and another, and all the while, the tension builds and my judgment mind gets activated:...

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Celebrating Conscious Living!

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Celebrating Conscious Living!

We’ve just returned from an extraordinary “Conscious Living” workshop, and we’d like you to celebrate with us! Bring friends and loved ones to hear firsthand accounts of the workshop experience, bask in the afterglow of a life-changing weekend, and learn about upcoming events and opportunities – including our “Living Your Inspiration” Retreat, coming up April 1-3. We look forward to seeing you – and anyone you’d like to bring – Wednesday evening at the Institute! “It was a safe environment to feel what it means to be completely open to vulnerability and love. I learned to trust within myself that I am enough.” – “Conscious Living” Experiential Weekend Retreat Participant, February 2015 “The support and love from everyone… you can’t describe it, it was amazing.” – “Conscious Living” Experiential Weekend Retreat Participant, February 2015 “I released more this weekend then I have in 3 years of therapy. I thought...

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I used to roll my eyes…Finding Love Beyond Fear

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I used to roll my eyes…Finding Love Beyond Fear

I used to roll my eyes….Finding Love Beyond Fear by Erin February 8, 2016 I spent many years of my life badmouthing, criticizing, judging, attacking and generally rejecting everything about my mom. I’d go as far as to say I hated my mom. I didn’t really hate her, but the hurt was so deep, “hate” feels like the closest word to describe it. Though I didn’t say it out loud,  I’m sure she felt it. I walked out the door at 18 and rarely visited or spoke to her. I spent years adopting other families and trying to ignore the hurt inside. I got married and she came to the wedding, but I kept her at arm’s length. I had a baby and she didn’t come, which I used as more proof that I really wasn’t important to her, that she didn’t love me, as justification to hold tightly...

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Building Relationships on Growth and Love

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Building Relationships on Growth and Love

Building Relationships on Growth and Love by Vanessa February 1, 2016 Children absorb and mimic the world around them. My parents, limited by their own conditioning, weren’t equipped to teach me how to consciously relate with myself and others…and even after years of talk therapy, I found myself repeating the same relationship patterns I’d learned as a child. Maybe you can relate? It wasn’t until I was in my 30s and my mom invited me to a workshop with the Awareness Institute that I began to finally face my deeper fears and experience what it means to love myself. The weekend workshops helped me learn and practice trusting, embracing vulnerability, and connecting without my habitual hold-backs, fears, and stories. From there, I was able to build relationships in my life that truly supported growth and love, rather than fear and security. Flashing forward to today, I’ve come full circle...

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I Nearly Purchased A Scale

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I Nearly Purchased A Scale

I Nearly Purchased A Scale by Rebekah January 25, 2016 It’s the end of January and for many of us, that means one thing: failure. A few weeks ago was New Year’s Day, a day notoriously filled with hopeful thinking and dramatic resolutions about how we can improve our lives in the coming year: This year I will eat healthy food, lose weight, be hotter, find the man of my dreams, and finally live happily ever after. This year I will stop spending money frivolously, pay off my debt, and finally have financial security. This year I will become a domestic goddess and keep my home clean all the time so that I can finally invite people over and have a better social life. You get the point… For me, it’s the time of year when I inevitably come close to doing something that I know never ends well:...

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A Reflection on Friendship

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A Reflection on Friendship

A Reflection on Friendship by Meghan December 16, 2015 “And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.” –Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, On Friendship   “What does it mean to be a friend?” has been a question in my space for the past few years. I can think of so many friendships throughout my life that were wonderful and fun for different reasons. In my childhood, I spent much of my time with friends with whom I shared similar interests and laughs. Whether that meant being on sports teams together, working on a school project, or maybe a fun social event like a birthday party or school dance, a friend was defined by who I spent time doing “things” with and having a good time. Becoming “friends” with someone by spending time doing fun things together has also been a theme in my adult...

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Charting a Conscious Course for the Day

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Charting a Conscious Course for the Day

Charting a Conscious Course for the Day by Shannon December 7, 2015 The Presence Process  has been nothing short of amazing. I am amazing. I can finally fully participate in my life, and it feels good. When I started this 10-week process – which includes 15 minutes of breathing each morning and night – I felt comfort in knowing there was a very accessible moment in the start of my day when I could check-IN and, at the least, acknowledge any energy swirling around in me. I find that very helpful! In the past, I’ve shot-gunned my way into each day and allowed the unconscious energy to affect and direct me, which usually looked like me denying and avoiding anything that could put me in contact with my  internal thoughts, feelings and energetic baseline. I had learned to put onto others what was going on inside of me, and had been...

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All she had to do was put on her Shoes…

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All she had to do was put on her Shoes…

All she had to do was put on her Shoes… by Tim December 1, 2015 It happened so quickly.  One minute my eight year old daughter and I were preparing to go on a bike ride, leaving her grandfather to watch the football game. The next minute, I’m screaming at my daughter for not being ready, then in my father-in-law’s face because he got involved in the situation.  All she had to do was put her shoes on and we would have been on our way. Then the first awareness came: Responsibility.  I started this drama, and I was responsible for it.  As my energy intensified around the situation, so did Papa’s.  My daughter was just being herself, doing things in her own time.  I sat down and felt what was going on inside of me. Then the second awareness came: Time.  This was about my obsession with time....

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