• Why We Care About What THEY Think and How to Overcome It

    Sometimes, even the most independent, self-assured and creative people can put our goals, dreams and passions on hold or give them up permanently because of a pesky, pervasive THEY issue. There is a strong voice in us that says something like: What will THEY think? THEY will think I am stupid, annoying, too big for my britches, etc. THEY won’t understand or support me. THEY will find fault with me, talk behind my back, try to make things difficult for me, etc. THEY won’t love me anymore. I will lose them as friends, family, colleagues, etc. Do you find that you predict and ... [ Read More ]

    Why We Care About What THEY Think and How to Overcome It
  • What is Holding you Back from Growing into your Potential?

    Imagine growing a majestic maple tree in a 6-inch pot on your windowsill. Not sensible right? Yet, most of us are like a maple tree stuck in a teeny pot. Although we feel the power of possibility at our core - sense our birthright to become our highest, greatest good - our growth is often threatened, and stunted, by the limits we place on our lives. We yearn to blossom, grow and reach for the sky. But, we stay small, abandon our potential, and we don’t know why. It is one of the most painful experiences we can have because we feel it in our Soul. Even a small house plant will die if not ... [ Read More ]

    What is Holding you Back from Growing into your Potential?
  • What Aspects of your Shiny Soul Have you Forgotten?

    When we find ourselves at a place in our lives that is unmanageable, we have to learn to draw upon aspects of ourselves that we normally don’t. It is difficult to make progress, regain health, find happiness, cultivate peace and be the person we know ourselves to be at our core, if we cannot unlock new ways of being. Moving forward often means rediscovering the Aspects of our Shiny Soul that we have forgotten. Old patterns of behaviour and thought will always lead us to the same lessons, over and over, and away from love, if we do not choose to open up to new territory that lies within. We ... [ Read More ]

    What Aspects of your Shiny Soul Have you Forgotten?
  • Three Ways to Free our Shiny Souls

    Today, my son Everett is 16 months old. And, I am 16 weeks pregnant! Everett will be welcoming his new baby sister or brother in December. My husband and I don’t like to find out the gender in advance because we love to revel in the anticipation! Our first ultrasound is coming up on July 23rd but everything is already very real. We have heard the galloping heartbeat and I am quite round. Also, I am super hungry for cheese, cheese and more cheese, please :) I am relieved to be free from the first trimester of pregnancy. For me, it is a trying time. I am cranky, restless, sad, queasy and ... [ Read More ]

    Three Ways to Free our Shiny Souls
  • The Words I Needed to Hear as I Suffered with Chronic Pain

      From One Shiny Soul to Another   Your pain is intense You feel tired and weak But contending with your life Makes you stronger than you think   You are a blessing to your family And a treasure to your friends Stop trying to get better Start knowing this will end   The power that you hide And the emotions that you hold Can only stay inside If you refuse to let them go   You wish to be the same As everyone you see But you’re a sweet and Shiny Soul You’re what the world needs   Know it in your ... [ Read More ]

    The Words I Needed to Hear as I Suffered with Chronic Pain
  • Six Ways to Love Yourself Through Fibromyalgia

    Let me ask you this... If you brought a puppy home from the shelter that has been traumatized and brutalized by his previous owner - so much so he cowers and whimpers at the slightest sound or movement - would you berate, ignore, or neglect him? No, of course you wouldn’t! I am guessing you would give him space, talk sweetly, be patient, and protect him. You would do everything you could to make sure that he felt safe and sound. You’d be eager to help ensure his little personality and spirit could shine again. And you would commit to doing this for as long as it took, his entire lifetime if ... [ Read More ]

    Six Ways to Love Yourself Through Fibromyalgia
  • Self-Healing with Release Techniques

    Years ago, when I was receiving weekly treatments for a longstanding flare-up of Fibromyalgia, my Acupuncturist made a comment that made little sense to me at the time, and pissed me off a little. He said, “You have to heal yourself, Asetha. I can’t do it for you.” It was painful to hear, and more than a little discouraging. “What the fickle farts am I paying you for then?!?!” was my first thought. In my heart, I was utterly discouraged as I felt like I’d tried everything already. My body filled with stress and dread at the thought of continuing to suffer for another decade, as I’d already ... [ Read More ]

    Self-Healing with Release Techniques
  • Living Above Fibromyalgia – Embracing Childlike Happiness

    I have been thinking about what it means to be a child lately. Being 24 weeks pregnant (yay!), I am drawn to remembering what it was like to be a kid, and to thinking about what, as a parent, might be a good perspective to bring to caring for and nurturing the blessing I have received. Anyone living with Fibromyalgia is on a journey of learning how important it is to focus on the beauty, fun and joy in life, and live above the pain. If we can do that for ourselves, we have so much to offer as human beings, whether we decide to become parents or not. So what is it that we knew as children ... [ Read More ]

    Living Above Fibromyalgia – Embracing Childlike Happiness
  • Healing Through Fibromyalgia, Personal Loss and Devastation

    A very short while ago, my life was very different from how it is today. Spending simple, happy days with my husband and baby boy, pursuing my life’s work and spreading a message of self-love, was out of reach. During a period of four years, from 2008 to 2012, my life as I knew it, disintegrated. It all began when I was 29 years old. I had a massive flare-up of Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition I had been diagnosed with three years prior and had been suffering the ongoing and baffling symptoms of for ten years. In the previous decade, I had learned to manage my symptoms with a ... [ Read More ]

    Healing Through Fibromyalgia, Personal Loss and Devastation
  • Denying Our Callings is like Death to the Soul

    Most of us have similar tendencies when it comes to following our Callings. We can talk ourselves in an out of following our heart, heeding our instincts and reveling in out deepest desires many times over. We remain stuck in a mental loop. That loop is far more painful than anything that is waiting for us on the other side of our fears, worst-case scenarios, assumptions and imagined implications. What I try to remind myself to do, when hoping to comprehend whether or not an idea of mine is a true calling, is this: Put your energy behind what you cannot talk yourself out of rather than what ... [ Read More ]

    Denying Our Callings is like Death to the Soul
  • Breaking our Hearts to Let Love Flow

    Our hearts are hidden behind hard layers like nuts inside a shell. In some cases the shell is softer, as with peanuts. In others, it is almost impenetrable, as is the case with walnuts. But, as they say, every nut can be cracked The heart never ages. The organ that contains our true nature may deteriorate, but our true nature, our heart of hearts, never does. It is a person’s heart that we feel in our day to day interactions. It is a warm heart that reels us in and a cold heart that turns us off. It is a heart of gold that we admire and a heart of coal that we fear. The heart is a physical ... [ Read More ]

    Breaking our Hearts to Let Love Flow
  • Are you Shedding or Shouldering your ‘Shoulds’?

    I knew that my ‘shoulds’ were piling up like rocks in my shoulder blades for years. I was literally shouldering my ‘shoulds’. It got to the point where my ‘shoulds’ - and the self-sacrificing choices they led me to make - were so thick, not only in my shoulders, but throughout my body that I was not able to meet my own basic needs day to day. I was debilitated by flare-ups of Fibromyalgia (a chronic pain condition) made worse by the multiplying, and increasingly complicated and frantic ‘shoulds’ that inhabited me. I should be more successful. I should be touring as a singer/songwriter. ... [ Read More ]

    Are you Shedding or Shouldering your ‘Shoulds’?
  • A Treatment for Fibromyalgia that Truly Heals!

    I wish I could tell everyone with Fibromyalgia, or any health condition, about Medical (Homeopathic) Heilkunst. At the same time, while I know it works, I also understand that we each have to come to things in our own time, in our own way. And, healing has to be a personal journey, led by OUR soul. Only we can know where our answers lay. Still, I feel like I have to share at least some of my experience with how Heilkunst has helped me in case there is someone out there, like me, who has suffered endlessly, tried everything, and searched everywhere for an answer. I hope there will be someone ... [ Read More ]

    A Treatment for Fibromyalgia that Truly Heals!

Wisdom with Barbara Silva Lepe ~ Awakening to Soul through Surrender

Today's Shiny Soul Wisdom comes from Barbara Silva Lepe of Soul Awakening Art. Her beautiful artwork (original) and writing (both original and curated) lifted me up to the Truth. I love that feeling immensely! And so, I just had to share it with you! :D I am so inspired by the beautiful ways in which our Shiny Souls find ways to make love known. And how such gorgeous offerings, such as Barbara's, find their way to me, and you! Yay! Thank you Barbara for allowing me to share this beautiful, soulful work. What you do is amazing and gives us all permission to find and embrace a depth of ... [ Read More ]

A Guiding Light for 2015. Happy New Year!

If you are like me, at times the holiday season left you feeling lost, overwhelmed, disillusioned and frustrated. There, I said it! In my experience, my heart suffers as much as it shines each Christmas. Everything feels unnatural and forced; desperate. I have felt this way ever since I can remember, even as a child. Aside from devouring the salami, cheese, crackers, mussels, chips and dip that Mudder arranged on a big crystal platter each night, Christmas held little excitement for me. I wouldn't have even gotten up early if my older brothers didn't haul me out of bed. What I always wanted ... [ Read More ]

7 Ways to Simplify And Enjoy Life that I Learned from my Baby Boy

I have learned and grown so much from having my first child in March of this year. Everett, who just turned 9 months old, shows me that much of our wisdom lies in honoring what we already know to be true. Simplicity soothes and strengthens. All of  life is meaningful and extraordinary. And, suffering is an opportunity to get back to the basics of loving and nurturing ourselves. Here are seven ways of being that my little Everett inspires me to recall and embrace. 1. It doesn’t matter what we don’t know. Everett is not concerned that he does not know the answers. As I show him the ... [ Read More ]

What is Holding you Back from Growing into your Potential?

Imagine growing a majestic maple tree in a 6-inch pot on your windowsill. Not sensible right? Yet, most of us are like a maple tree stuck in a teeny pot. Although we feel the power of possibility at our core - sense our birthright to become our highest, greatest good - our growth is often threatened, and stunted, by the limits we place on our lives. We yearn to blossom, grow and reach for the sky. But, we stay small, abandon our potential, and we don’t know why. It is one of the most painful experiences we can have because we feel it in our Soul. Even a small house plant will die if not ... [ Read More ]

Shiny Soul Wisdom with Liv

Liv is a wonderfully sweet and shiny soul :) Reading her blog gives me a 'coming home' feeling. Through her soulful words, I know that I am most certainly not alone in my deepening relationship with and connection to the world around me and within. Her writing is gorgeously and refreshingly brave :D Liv is on a personal journey of courageous awakening and abiding compassion that I know many of us are also engaged in. And, she shares her thoughts, musings and personal experiences with grace and honesty. I am sure you will enjoy reading her special wisdom as much as I do. Although Liv made ... [ Read More ]

A Treatment for Fibromyalgia that Truly Heals!

I wish I could tell everyone with Fibromyalgia, or any health condition, about Medical (Homeopathic) Heilkunst. At the same time, while I know it works, I also understand that we each have to come to things in our own time, in our own way. And, healing has to be a personal journey, led by OUR soul. Only we can know where our answers lay. Still, I feel like I have to share at least some of my experience with how Heilkunst has helped me in case there is someone out there, like me, who has suffered endlessly, tried everything, and searched everywhere for an answer. I hope there will be someone ... [ Read More ]

Healing Through Fibromyalgia, Personal Loss and Devastation

A very short while ago, my life was very different from how it is today. Spending simple, happy days with my husband and baby boy, pursuing my life’s work and spreading a message of self-love, was out of reach. During a period of four years, from 2008 to 2012, my life as I knew it, disintegrated. It all began when I was 29 years old. I had a massive flare-up of Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition I had been diagnosed with three years prior and had been suffering the ongoing and baffling symptoms of for ten years. In the previous decade, I had learned to manage my symptoms with a ... [ Read More ]

When Writing Heals

This blog was inspired by a friend of mine, Rosemary Phelan. I wanted to introduce you to her and her book, “Every Little Thing”, which she wrote under the pen name Mari O’Faolain. I was moved to share it because I believe it epitomizes what it means to share our wisdom with one another in a sacred, loving and courageous way.  Every Little Thing by Mari O’Faolain ~ These are reflections of a writer at the border of the exterior world and the inner life, between the juggernaut of serious illness and the fulfillment of a deep creativity, expressed at an urgent time and yet remarkably ... [ Read More ]

Why We Care About What THEY Think and How to Overcome It

Sometimes, even the most independent, self-assured and creative people can put our goals, dreams and passions on hold or give them up permanently because of a pesky, pervasive THEY issue. There is a strong voice in us that says something like: What will THEY think? THEY will think I am stupid, annoying, too big for my britches, etc. THEY won’t understand or support me. THEY will find fault with me, talk behind my back, try to make things difficult for me, etc. THEY won’t love me anymore. I will lose them as friends, family, colleagues, etc. Do you find that you predict and ... [ Read More ]

Shiny Soul Wisdom with Julie Ryan

I have a treat for you today - an interview with Julie Ryan, the insightful writer from Counting My Spoons - voted one of the best Fibromyalgia blogs of 2014 by Healthline! Julie describes herself as a Spoonie, Fibro Warrior, and E-health advocate. She's been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, Hypothyroidism, TMJ, Migraines, and Cluster Headaches. One her blog she shares her journey in an attempt to educate and inspire others who are dealing with similar health issues. Julie's Blog title, Counting my Spoons, was inspired by The Spoon Theory, an excellent explanation of what it's ... [ Read More ]