14 Signs You’re An Old Soul

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

1. You tend to think a lot about everything. You’re always finding deeper meaning in your relationships, simple interactions with strangers, and in the world around you.

2. You enjoy solitude and use it as a time to reflect on your life and everything going on in it. You continually seek out higher understanding and are incredibly introspective about life.

3. You’ve always had maturity far beyond your years. When you were a child people commented on how mature you were and you probably enjoyed sitting at the adult’s table as opposed to the children’s table. It’s not that you couldn’t have fun being a kid, it’s just that sometimes you thought the adult conversations were far more interesting.

4. You take pleasure in simple things like drinking coffee and reading the news, having breakfast with friends, cooking a great meal, or reading a good book.

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Live your best LIFE not your best LIE

LIFE…..oh what a splendid thing! An adventure; a journey; for some a mirage!

So many of us have become so good at living a life of lies [for others] that we are merely a shell of a person, of our true selves – empty on the inside.  No one said life would be easy and if you ask anyone of a ‘particular age’ they would no doubt admit that they had NO IDEA THIS is what life would be like (good, bad or indifferent)!

good on the insideUnfortunately we, as individuals, complicate life oftentimes because of our pasts, what did or did not happen; our decisions and choices; our failures, letdowns and disappointments. In the midst of this thing called ‘LIFE’ we love to paint a picture of [semi] perfection in which we gladly and freely hide behind so much that we often lose ourselves in the process.  WHO are YOU?!

Be it an empty, unfulfilled, no-love marriage/relationship; to general delusions of who we THINK we are or shall I say who we want others to think we are (check the everyday Facebook, twitter, IG, or any other social media status).  It all comes down to living a lie for fear of, and it’s usually fear of something,  most likely what others would think if they knew otherwise.

Prime example:  RELATIONSHIPS!

People stay in relationships with those they know they don’t care about, aren’t meshed with, have fallen out of love with, grown apart from, or just simply can’t stand not to mention a situation that has just have run its course.  WHY?

Here are a few of my thoughts as to why…..[just my thoughts]

1.  Society thinks highly of a “duo” a.k.a “coupledom” vs singlehood (have you seen all the commercials on dating websites?)!  Like when has being single been akin to having the plague?  Let’s not even talk about divorce when so many are looking for holy matrimony (the biggest lie, one I wish people especially women would bury deep in a grave).  How dare someone divorce because they are no longer equally yoked, or unfulfilled or empty or just not wanting to be that anymore.

2.  An honest yet still a fear is staying in order to spare the other person any hurt and pain.  THIS I can completely sympathize with however how long can the charade continue before you are truly just a shell of yourself?

3.  Who wants to be alone?  Well honestly if you’re in an unfulfilled, empty relationship/marriage then technically you are ALONE!  lie to others not yourself

4.  Some would rather be miserable with someone because the world has bought into their facade and to give that up would be the ultimate crime right?  Not really.

5.  Many think and will say aloud:  “Well there’s nothing else out there and besides nothing is perfect” [blank stare]!  This has always been a crazy way to reason or rationalize a bad relationship or reason to stay in a less than desirable one.  The worst crime ever to oneself is living a lie, settling, making excuses for what IS instead of facing what is for WHAT IT IS.  There is ALWAYS something else out there and it’s called LIFE!

Another example I find is projecting what we want others to see when versus just living our truths.  See what people forget is that the truth always shows up.

We must live for ourselves so that we can TRULY live for others.  Living every day in the land of make-believe does nothing for the soul, the inner being.  Saying it aloud and projecting does not make it so for the soul always knows and at the end of the day when you are alone with your thoughts, that inner voice is ultimately the one you want singing your praises vs reminding you of your truth.

Every day people get up and play dress up with themselves except instead of clothes they are putting on personalities, images, lifestyles, overall facades; trickery and tom foolery for a myriad of reasons.  I’d bet money to say that it is a heavy burden to carry and weighs them down daily (unless they self-medicate with addictions a.k.a band-aids).  There is no peace greater than that of inner peace.  Who wants to come ‘home’ to the true truth especially if we’ve been living an untruth all day?  That is merely existing, not living and who wants to waste their lives doing that?

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The beauty of life is that it’s never too late (until it’s too late) to make a change, to start anew, to reinvent oneself.  The hardest step is always the first but your inner being will be forever grateful.  As Iyanla [Vanzant] says, “you have to do the work” and really that is the secret.  Whatever you want to happen in your life will require work.  Often this work is tedious, unrewarding [at the time], and sometimes arduous but in the end it will all be worth it because whatever the outcome will be solely based on your merits in truth.

So no more excuses, no more tall tales, and empty promises; no more playing dress-up with your life, your story; no more existing vs living; no more lies to the world and mainly those you make to yourself.

The biggest lie you can and will ever tell is that which you tell yourself.  Start at the conclusion of this message by freeing yourself from the chains that you have placed upon you so you can truly live your best LIFE and not your best LIE!

Be well!!

 

 

 

Rejuvenate the Body, Inside – Out

As I’m always on a quest to resurrect my soul I thought I would share this post I stumbled upon from the one and only Deepak Chopra.

be the master of self

 

 

Your body is boundless. It’s channeling the energy, creativity, and intelligence of the entire universe.

 

 

Are you ready for a radical change in the way you see your body?

Before we can reinvent our bodies, we must be willing to let go of our old limiting beliefs about our bodies that continue to imprison us.

Consider the following:

  • If the body is just a machine that wears out over time, then why do muscles grow stronger with use and bone density increase with weight bearing exercise?
  • If the brain is merely a biological computer, then would we be able change it through learning, meditation and the experience of compassion?
  • If our bodies are only a passive product of our genetic code, then why would our behavior be able to change the expression of some genes?
  • You share 60% of your genes with a banana, 90% with a mouse, and more than 99% with a chimpanzee. What does this fact tell us about our uniqueness in physical and non-physical terms?

Exercises

1. Think of a personal experience from your own life, where the limiting physical properties of the body were superseded by a concept of the body as a flow of energy and intelligence.

2. Make a list of any physical ailments you are experiencing in your body — these may be related to weight loss or gain, physical ailments, disease, etc.

Next to each desired change, think about the thoughts related to each ailment versus the physical experience of each one.

Now, make an intention to change your assumptions about these realities. (Ie. My intent is to think of a beam of sunlight radiating my soul every time I experience back pain or my intent is to think of loved ones when I experience heart burn today.)

3. This week, make a point to observe the thoughts inside you. Take extra note of the thoughts, images and memories that make you believe in unconditional spiritual love. These positive feelings are signposts towards a future opening in the expansion of your soul.

Take notes on how you want to manifest these positive feelings of love even more in your life.

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Doing the RIGHT thing!

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In life we are always presented with choices and oftentimes the outcome is dependent upon how we approach, deliver, and prepare ourselves for the response to said choice.

Sometimes doing what is hardest for you to do, and doing what is best, is the same exact thing. If we ever desire to live a righteous life, we have to be willing to sometimes not speak our mind when we know we can prove a point. It may mean saying goodbye to a person in your life that you never thought you would have to be without. Doing the right thing may mean that you have to go against the majority or popular opinion to stand up for what you feel in your heart you should stand up for.

Doing the easiest thing is not always what will be most beneficial to you. Many times we have to challenge our beliefs, our practices, and ourselves to see how we can really grow. So make the extra effort, and ask yourself about the situations that you encounter daily, in a new focus. Don’t look to do only what is easiest for yourself; focus on doing what is right.

Love is…..

Love inexplainable

 

 

Love is 24/7, not JUST Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

There’s truly NOTHING better than LOVE!

The feel…..

The sound….

The look….

The touch of LOVE!

Unfortunately LOVE seems to be elusive for many yet sought by all!  Let me challenge you this Valentine’s Day 2014 to first figure out how to love yourself and in that you will ALWAYS be surrounded by LOVE!

Happy Valentines

 

In the end, only 3 things matter:  how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let got of things not meant for you.  ~ Buddha

Rules of Engagement….engaging a mate!

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Chances are you’re in a relationship, just ending a relationship, wanting a relationship, recovering from your last relationship or just plain thinking about a relationship.  Everything is about a relationship today; if you’re single someone’s trying to hook you up with someone or wondering why you’re single; if you’re dating the talk is all about keeping the relationships together.

Let’s face it, we all think about them, desire to be in one, and/or long to share our lives with someone but often the challenge lies in the first step:  actually meeting someone who meets our ‘standards’ in order to begin creating a lasting and loving relationship.

Personally I think there are some simple, common sense type things that can open the doors to just meeting people….believe it or not that is the biggest complaint of a lot of women – how do I just meet a man, where are the men.

Agree or disagree but these things I have found to aid in both meeting men and keeping the attention of men:

1.  You gotta have an open mind.

We are often so closed minded that we keep ourselves from meeting people because we’re so quick to judge or think every man is trying to get with us.  How bout looking at meeting people as a means of making a new connection.  Next time you’re out anywhere, if a man speaks, uh speak back.  If a man is being friendly, there’s no harm in returning in kind.  It doesn’t mean he’s the man for you or trying to holler or that you have go out with him, it just simply shows you as personable or atleast open and approachable.  Either way what does it hurt.  Think of it as helping you put out good energy.  Trust I am well aware that when you’re at your local grocery store and you are approached, it is the last thing you want but say hello and graciously keep walking down the frozen food aisle.

2.  Get out and enjoy yourself, LIVE!

Since my young adult years I can remember hearing women complain about not having a good time while out for the eve solely because they didn’t meet anyone.  HUH?  My philosophy was always to go out because I wanted to get out and have a good time.  In that I was guaranteed to end the night pretty satisfied and usually ended up meeting someone.  Why? Because if you’re out enjoying yourself (i.e. not on the hunt and looking for a mate) then that shows in your attitude and men are attracted to that.  Most importantly though you had a good time because you allowed yourself to and not because you met a man.  Create a life for you so that you actually have something to share when your mate crosses your path.

Too often my women-friends have kept themselves from doing certain things because they didn’t have a date, or felt that it would be a couples event, or planned their entire evening on the chance of meeting a mate.  WRONG!  Get out there, go to that fancy restaurant, go to the Holiday party (take a she-thang/female friend), go on that trip you’ve been thinking about.  If you get out and just LIVE you never know, instead of getting out to find a mate you just may find yourself!

3.  Keep your “Mate Wishlist” and be cognizant of what you truly want in a mate but be open to make concessions (without jeopardizing your deal breakers, of course that means you know what your deal breakers are….).

We all have/had a “Mate Wishlist” or shall I say, the things we look for and desire in a mate.  First of all we must be realistic about what we want/desire in a mate.  Too often we say our mate must have all these things, yet none of which we have ourselves or have had in a mate.  That’s not fair.

Additionally, the reality is sometimes the person for you does not fall into that which you think/thought you desire(d) while their other characteristics far surpass your wants/needs.   For instance you prefer tall guys yet you meet a guy who’s personality pops (if that’s your thing), is chivalrous, open, has a career, kind, treats you like a lady, etc.  Well do you miss out on what could be a great guy because you’ve turned your nose at this guy because he’s not that tall?  I say no.

dating deal breakersSomeone near and dear to me met a guy, very attractive, creative, artist-type, good age – not too young not too old, open, chivalrous, a little mysterious, kinda marches to his own beat, but he was a small guy both in height and stature, he was also somewhat of a nomad with a life very different than hers.  Well initially it was just meeting to put a heartbeat with the online presence.  As the layers peeled back, his character, which she is most concerned with in a potential mate, spoke volumes so that his stature was less of an issue and so too was his lifestyle.  It then developed into a full on relationship that has continued to blossom.  She often reflects on how she would not have had this opportunity if she put her “Mate Wishlist” in stone without any wiggle room.

4.  For women…..(sorry men)…..the man MUST want/like you just a little bit more than you want/like him.

I don’t know why this is but there’s so much truth to it.  H/she who is in demand/wanted has the power.  It seems as though when the man wants, desires, and/or likes the woman more, he is more apt to go above and beyond to win her over; more willing to put in the work to secure her affection.

This is not about games as I don’t believe in playing games with people’s feelings, however it’s about taking your time and allowing the man to put in some work.  Women today and particularly of a ‘particular age’ are so quick to chase men that the man knows he has the upper hand and therefore doesn’t work as hard to get or keep the woman.  Now I’m not saying NOT to go after what you want because I’m all about that, but leave a little mystery in it so that you can be chased.

5.  Live in your truth, be YOU!

Who are you? What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you like Fall or Winter?

Yes, compromise is a part of life and most certainly a part of our interactions with other people.  However, let’s not sell ourselves short nor be anyone other than who we are when we meet someone or engage these relationships.  Always know your worth and know that a man worthy of you will accept you, he will meet you where you are, he will be willing to do the work, he will respect you.   Know that he who does not think you are worthy, see your worth nor value your worth is not deserving of you/your time and it’s OKAY.

For example, you just met and he invites you out.  He insists on picking you up at your home but that’s not really your thing when first meeting someone (rightfully so).  Instead of understanding that and accepting it by agreeing to some other meet up location, he gets an attitude or says something crazy.  Um, THIS is clearly not anyone you should want to deal with past this point.  It really is that simple.  You have to be true to yourself and value your worth as much as you would/should want someone else to.  The core of who you are, your morals, standards and principles should be adhered to and if they aren’t it is perfectly okay to PASS on he who does not accept nor respect that.

These are but a few rules of engagement.

Nothing of course if foolproof but this is atleast a start to preserving oneself.  All in all we must go with our gut instincts, follow our hearts while still using our heads.  Above all else don’t just settle for someone because they are the only ones available…..YOU are always available to yourself if you make it so.  You are faaaar more attractive if you are seen as a hot commodity!

Combating Emotional Vampires

Relationships are always an energy exchange. To continue feeling our best, we must ask ourselves: Who gives us energy? Who saps it? It’s important to be surrounded by supportive, heart-centered people who make us feel safe and secure. It’s equally important to pinpoint the emotional vampires, who, whether they intend to or not, leech our energy.

To protect your sensitivity, it’s imperative to name and combat these emotional vampires. They’re everywhere: co-workers, neighbors, family, and even friends. Through my work in energy psychiatry, I’ve treated a revolving door of patients who’ve been hit hard by drainers — a mental health epidemic that conventional medicine doesn’t recognize. I’m horrified by how many of these “emotionally walking wounded” (ordinarily perceptive, intelligent individuals) have become resigned to chronic anxiety or depression.

Why the blind spot? Most of us haven’t been educated about draining people or how we can emancipate ourselves from their clutches – requisite social skills for anyone who desires freedom. Emotional draining is a touchy subject. We don’t know how to tactfully address our needs without alienating others. The result is that we become tongue-tied or destructively passive. We ignore the warning from our gut that screams, “Beware!” Or, quaking in our boots, we’re so afraid of the faux pas of appearing “impolite” that we become martyrs in lieu of being respectfully assertive. We don’t speak out because we don’t want to be seen as “difficult” or uncaring.

Vampires do more than drain our physical energy. The super-malignant ones can make you believe you’re an unworthy, unlovable wretch who doesn’t deserve any better. The subtler species inflict damage that’s more of a slow burn. Smaller digs here and there can make you feel badly about yourself, such as, “Dear, I see you’ve put on a few pounds,” or “It’s not lady-like to interrupt.” In a flash, they’ve zapped you by prodding areas of shaky self-worth.

This is my credo for vampires: Their antics are unacceptable, and you must develop a successful plan for coping with them. I deeply believe in the merciful message of the Lord’s Prayer to “forgive people their trespasses,” but I’m also a proponent of preventing the unconscious or mean-spirited from trespassing against us. Taking a stand against draining people is a form of self-care and canny communication that you must practice to give your freedom its own legs!

What turns someone into an emotional vampire? First, a psychological reason: Children often reflexively mimic their parents’ most unflattering traits. A self-absorbed father can turn you into a self-absorbed son. Early modeling has impact. Studies of Holocaust survivors reveal that many became abusive parents themselves.

The second explanation involves subtle energy. I’ve observed that childhood trauma — mistreatment, loss, parental alcoholism, illness — can weaken a person’s energy. This energy leakage may condition those with such early wounds to draw on the vitality of others to compensate; this isn’t something most of us are even aware of. Nevertheless, the effects can be extreme. Visualize an octopus-like tendril extending from its energy field and glomming onto yours. Your intuition may register this as sadness, anger, fatigue, or a cloying, squirrelly feeling. The degree of mood change or physical reaction may vary. A vampire’s effects can stun like a sonic blast or make you slowly wilt. But it’s the rare drainer that sets out to purposely enervate you. The majority act unconsciously, oblivious to being an emotional drain.

emotional vampires imageLet me tell you the secret of how an energy vampire operates — so you can outsmart one.

A vampire goes in for the kill by stirring up your emotions. Pushing your buttons throws you off-center, which renders you easier to drain. Of all the emotional types, empaths are often the most devastated. However, certain emotional states increase everyone’s vulnerability. I myself am most susceptible to emotional vampires when I feel desperate, tired, or disempowered. Here are some other ways you can feel most at risk:

- Low self-esteem
- Depression
- A victim mentality
- Fear of asserting yourself
- Addiction to people-pleasing

When encountering emotional vampires, see what you can learn, too. It’s your choice. You can simply feel tortured, resentful, and impotent. Or, as I try to do, ask yourself, “How can this interchange help me grow?” Every nanosecond of life – good, bad, or indifferent — is a chance to become more emotionally free and enlarge your heart. If you’re to have any hope of breaking war-mongering patterns, you must play a part. As freedom fighters, strive to view vampires as opportunities to enlist your highest self and not become a sucker for negativity. Then you’ll leave smelling like a rose, even with major league Draculas.

Exercise 1: Determine If You Have an Emotional Vampire in Your Life

Anyone who has ever shared an office, car pool, or attended a family dinner with a vampire can attest to experiencing some common emotional side effects. Even after a brief contact, you feel worse; they feel better. To find out if you’ve been bled, watch for these signs.

- Your eyelids get heavy; you’re ready for a nap
- You feel put down, or like the rug was pulled out from under you
- Your mood takes a nose-dive
- You have an urge to binge on carbs or comfort food
- You feel sniped at or agitated

In addition, sometimes intuitive flashes and dreams can raise a red flag. For example, following a dinner I attended where the guests had something negative to say about everything, I experience a dream in which I was bombarded by a storm of leeches. Similarly, after a critical friend skewered one of my patients, she felt as if she’d fallen to the bottom of a well. Another patient dreamed that a pigeon pooped on her head — splat, there it was: her reaction to a nasty altercation with her apartment’s superintendent. Whether you’re awake or asleep, note any telling imagery that conveys emotion. This will help you identify a vampire.

Take an inventory of the people in your life who are potential drainers. List all your key family members, friends, and co-workers in a column; run down the list to see if any of them have an adverse affect on you when you’re in their company (or even simply on the phone with them).

Exercise 2: Take Time to Be With a Positive Person

Plan at least one complete afternoon with people who give off positive energy. Notice how this beneficially affects your physical and emotional well-being.

Be well!

(The following is an excerpt from the “Combating Emotional Vampires” online course by Dr. Judith Orloff.)

 

Coping your way to a Well-Heeled Soul

LIFE….she’s a crazy broad that’s for sure.

Temperamental. Spiteful.  Comedian.  Full of surprises, tests, and pop quizzes.

Always finding a way to throw a monkey wrench in your plans.

Life most certainly has a strange sense of humor but SHE (as I’m certain LIFE is a woman) always has a way of showing up on your doorstep when you most need her, least expect her, or just plain not prepared to deal with her.  To anyone who thinks that LIFE only happens to them especially when that LIFE is less than desirable or uncomfortable or painful really needs a reality check.

We often ‘think’ we are the only ones being handed a pile of shambles but the truth is of course that at any given time everyone is carrying a load – just different in weight, size, shape, etc.   The difference is all in how we deal with it the WHAT that is happening to us.  Just like dealing with any living, breathing woman, if you smile, wave and keep it moving you’ll always keep em guessing but asking ‘her’ why she doesn’t like you and why is she always visiting will only make things awkward, more uncomfortable and never solve for X.

If I’ve learned nothing in my life (life of a woman of a particular age) it is that we must figure out how best to deal with LIFE’s peaks and valleys in order to be our best selves.  To weather the storms, peaks and valleys we MUST learn how to cope in the midst of.

Coping:  In psychology, coping is expending conscious effort to solve personal and interpersonal problems, and seeking to master, minimize or tolerate stress or conflict.

Being a relatively rational, logical and even-keeled person (so I’ve heard and believe myself to be), I have wholeheartedly accepted that at any given time, life will come along and throw an entire monkey wrench into my world.  The process I take is always to embrace what is happening so I can deal with it realistically, acknowledge HOW I feel about so I can cry, get mad, have a cocktail (lol), pep talk, pound my fist, and then strap up my stilettos and strategize my resolution.  Above all else, I thank God and the universe that whatever has occurred was not worse – as things can ALWAYS be worse than what is – (i.e., nail in my tire enroute to an out of town function only to realize it because I chose to get gas prior to getting dressed and on the road for my trip.  My entire plan had to be revamped on the fly at the last minute – to include getting a rental car as it was a Saturday just prior to me departing and the tire – under warranty – needed to be looked at/repaired at the place of purchase in case it had to be totally replaced and said place was closed and 30 mins out the way [at no cost by the way]).  Not exactly the way I envisioned things to go but guaranteed that harping on it and thinking it was the end of the world would have only made me slip further into suicide mode.  Honestly I was just thrilled that I wasn’t on my way or on the interstate without realizing there was a nail.  So as life knocked on my door to say hello at a seemingly inopportune time, I was able to avoid a potentially worse situation by being slightly inconvenienced.  By acknowledging this the stars lined up in my favor(actually got a rental, was able to use my hertz free rental resulting in me paying just $9, got on the road, arrived late but safe).

To further substantiate how to minimize the blow via the mind’s view of life no matter what hand we are dealt let me share what could easily have been an entire bag of lemons and life shake-up but instead a tall glass of state fair freshly squeezed lemonade.

I heard something on the radio earlier today that adds a nice bow around “Coping your way to a Well-Heeled Soul” and it was something along these lines:

A lady recounted the day she was informed she had cancer and she stated that instead of asking God “why her” she simply said “Please give me the strength and courage to be a blessing to others as I go through my healing”…….pause on that for a second.

As much as one’s attitude in life is everything so too is your attitude TOWARDS life for looking at things with a woe is me attitude is defeatist and non-productive, not to mention changes NOTHING.  More often then not, doing so blocks your blessings if not completely blinds you to your blessing.

My coping practices:

1.  Acknowledge what has just occurred; taking stock of how it makes you feel and embrace those feelings (caveat:  if danger is present then identify safety measures, methods to remove self from the potential danger)

2.  Give thanks and gratitude for the positives of the situation as there ALWAYS is a positive

3.  Begin strategizing next steps, resolutions, etc.

4.  Breathe

5.  Execute strategy, next step(s), resolution

Above all else just count your blessings it may be RIGHT in front of you being less than grateful just closed the blessing door.  Know that life is just doing her job and for each test you either pass or fail.  Coping does not negate what is happening nor does it resolve for what is happening but it definitely empowers you to get back in the driver’s seat!

So next time LIFE shows up, talk to her, tell her she looks pretty today but let her know you are a Well-Heeled Soul and you have other things to do!

Codes of the female kind

As a woman, one will travel through various stages of the female life-cycle:  girl, young woman, woman, lady, etc and through each phase the mind evolves as well (or should).

Just as men have their ‘man codes’ there are codes women should follow (as originally written by E. Jean with added commentary).  These codes can be seen as nothing more than guidelines to how we treat and respect each other.

 

Basic Lady Codes

Now these things should come in the introductory female gift bag once one reaches puberty:

  • Never hate a woman you’ve never met.
  • Never date a friend’s ex.
  • Never reveal another female’s secret.
  • Never leave an inebriated friend alone at a bar.
  • Never invite a friend’s enemy to a party <—this is really petty to do and benefits no one especially when said enemy shows up and is the life of the party, most fashionable, and down right serving up the business in a friendly way.
  • Never dine alone with a friend’s boyfriend (unless it’s his last meal and he’s being shot at dawn) <–one would get a pass too if it’s a business discussion or planning something for the friend WITH the boyfriend.

 

Advanced Woman Codes

These are comprised of things that friend-girls should not cross as part of the unspoken womanhood creed:

  • Never stay silent when a friend is falling for an asshole.
  • Never favorite a best friend’s bon mot.  Always retweet it.
  • Never trust a girlfriend who dates a married man.
  • Never refuse to write a recommendation for the offspring of a friend (no matter how big of a joke the kid may be)
  • Never steal your friend’s thunder at a dinner party – when she’s on, give her room!  Pound the table!  Bang your glass with a spoon!  Laugh the loudest at her story!
  • Never give your friend’s business four stars on Yelp.  Always give it five.
  • Never agree when a friend says she’s flabby, baggy, saggy, lumpy, floppy, veiny, squishy, scrawny, etc.,  etc.  Tell her to shut up. Tell her life is too short.  Tell her to eat, drink, and be merry <–we beat ourselves up enough, no need to have our friend agreeing.  Surely there is ONE singular kind thing to be said.

And finally……..Never treat other women disrespectfully:  It gives men ideas and in many cases permission to do so if they’re those type of men.  All in all, women should always have a set of rules they live and love by all in the name of being their very best self!

Be well!

Soul mates…..do you believe???

(From the Better Living Guide and worth sharing)

Do you truly believe your soul mate is out there?

Believing that your soul mate is out there is critical to the preparation of manifesting him or her into your life. The basic law of attraction states that you will attract to you those things that match your state of belief. I believe the universe is always mirroring back to us our beliefs about ourselves and the world. If we believe the world is a loving and friendly place, then most of the time that will be our experience. If we believe the world is a chaotic, stressful and fearful place, then that becomes our reality. So, believing and knowing that your soul mate is out there is part of the formula for manifestation.

If you do not yet believe with 100% certainty that your soul mate is out there, let’s begin to look for things that will make a believer out of you. Do you believe you are lovable? If you are reading this, then I am certain you are lovable. Why? Because, lovable people want more love in their lives.

If you believe you are not lovable, however, I’m going to ask you to challenge that belief. Take a moment to identify at least three (or more) lovable traits you possess, such as being generous, compassionate, friendly, kind, considerate, thoughtful, interesting, funny, etc. Write these traits down, then memorize them. You will be using them shortly for your treasure map.

I know many very attractive, successful single people who hold negative, limiting beliefs when it comes to finding their soul mate. The list usually goes something like this:

- I’m too old.
- I’m too fat.
- I’m too damaged.
- I have too much baggage.
- I am too successful.
- I am not successful enough.
- All the goods are taken.
- Nobody who I want, wants me.

These are just knee-jerk excuses to keep yourself stuck. There is plenty of evidence that love is available to everyone regardless of age, weight, income, or any other feeble excuse.

What if I told you that it’s not your job to know how your soul mate is going to appear? It’s only your job to be ready, willing, and open to love. You don’t really know where air or water comes from, but you totally believe that they are there for you. As a human being, you know that air and water are your divine right. You know that no matter what mistakes you have made in the past, you are still going to wake up every day and have access to air and water.

The same is true for love. It is there for you – it has always been there for you. You just need to remember your own lovable traits. Once you do, the universe will deliver to you the perfect soul mate.

There is nothing for you to do. There is only one way for you to be.

- Be the loving person that you are.
- Live knowing that you are in a loving, committed relationship.
- Live that truth every day as you savor waiting for your beloved to arrive.
- Listen to your intuition spurring you to take action whenever opportunities present themselves.

Soul mate entrance exam:
(Answer yes, no, or unsure for each question.)
- Do you believe your soul mate is out there?
- Are you ready to meet your soul mate today? Right now?
- If your soul mate had the ability to observe your life right now, would you be proud of what they would see?
- Are you psychologically and physically in your best condition to meet your soul mate?
- Is your home ready to receive your soul mate?
- Have you made a list of ten qualities you want in your soul mate?
- Do you regularly exhibit the qualities you believe your soul mate would be most attracted to?
- Are there past lovers who still have their energetic hooks in you?
- Are you at peace with the possibility that you may never meet your soul mate? Do you truly believe you’ll have a great life if you never meet them?

If you answered “no” to even one of these questions, you may be unconsciously blocking your soul mate from coming into your life.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to find the love of your life? Is it your dream to find a life-partner who will love, cherish, and adore you?

Finding true love is possible for anyone at any age if you’re willing to prepare yourself, on all levels, to become a magnet for love. This wonderful universe of ours is set up to deliver people who are consistent with our personal belief system. If you don’t believe you will ever find the one, then guess what? You get to be right: you probably won’t.

If, however, you learn to believe that the one is not only out there, but is also looking for you, then true love can be yours. My grandmother always told me there’s a lid for every pot. In other words, there is a match — a perfect partner — for every person. Even so, I have to admit that there were many, many times in my thirties when I questioned this because I still hadn’t found the lid to my pot.

Then one day, something happened that really solidified in me the belief that my soul mate was out there … somewhere. I was watching Oprah and she had Barbra Streisand on the show. Streisand had recently fallen in love with James Brolin, and I remember thinking, “Here is this super-wealthy, ultra-famous diva – how many men could be a match for her?” And then I realized, if Barbra Streisand could find somebody, then I’ll be a piece of cake! I knew in that moment, with absolute certainty, that if the universe had the perfect man for Barbra Streisand, then my soul mate was definitely out there. I also knew that I needed to prepare myself on every level to magnetize him into my life.

At that point in my life I was working from home, and the only men I ever met were delivery guys – and most of them were already married! I began using everything I had ever learned about manifestation, psychology, spirituality, and the law of attraction and applied it to my love life. My intentions became crystal-clear while I simultaneously cleared out the clutter from my houseand my heart. I learned and invented techniques, rituals, visualizations, and prayers that helped me prepare my body, mind, spirit, and home for an amazing relationship. And they worked.

Within six months of getting serious about manifesting my soul mate, I met my husband, Brian, who has exceeded all my desires and expectations. He is everything I ever wished for.

Does this really work?

Well, it worked for me, and it recently worked for my mother-in-law, Peggy. After a 55-year marriage followed by five years as a widow, Peggy, now 80, set the intention of finding a companion. Within a few months, Peggy met John, who had also enjoyed a 50-plus-year marriage before his wife died. Today, Peggy and John are like teenagers in love, enjoying the joy of re-discovering big love in their golden years.

Whether you are 28 or 88, it’s never too late.

Daily prayer for preparing to meet your soul mate: God/Goddess and All That Is: In this moment, I am grateful for the healing in my heart of everything that would stop me from having my soul mate appear. In this moment, I remember that my perfect, right partner is magnetizing to me, and my only job is to rest in perfect awareness that his/her heart is already joined with mine as I savor the waiting.

And so it is.