Bringing your vision to life is like growing a tomato plant, where you envision yourself eating some delicious tomatoes.
How do you do that?
To grow a tomato plant, you don’t get a piece of paper, scissors or tools to actually make the tomato plant itself.
You actually choose the seed (in this case, a tomato seed), and you plant the seed in the soil.
You make sure that the soil is good.
You water it.
In other words, you create the conditions by which you allow this luscious tomato plant to grow up and produce these beautiful tomatoes.
When I work with people to uncover the highest vision for their lives, there are three fundamental questions that I ask throughout the whole process.
The first one is:
What do you really, really, really want?
What do you want, not what anybody else wants, or thinks that you should want, or you even think that you want, but what do you really, really, really want?
The second question is:
If you could have your life just the way that you want it, in the way that you would want it, what would that look like?
And the third…
What if the purpose of life is to enjoy life?
Set aside anything that you have thought and just play with me for a second.
What if your purpose isn’t to save the world, because the world isn’t broken?
What if your purpose isn’t to fix yourself…because you’re already perfect just the way that you are, perfect and always ever evolving and growing?
And what if you’re not behind?
What if there’s nothing that you ever need to catch up to?
Because right where you are, right in this moment, you are in the right and perfect place.
I’m leading a new class this week called Vision Your Best Life: Uncover What’s Possible for 2021, and it dawned on me that you might not know what I mean when I say “Vision Your Best Life.”
You see, the spiritual practice of visioning is different from visualizing.
Visualizing is the process of creating a mental picture of what you’d like to experience.
With visualizing, you have a pre-set notion of what you’d like to accomplish, and you have an established idea of who you think you are and what you’re capable of.
Visualizing is great as a practice, but…
One of my clients is a small business owner, and we spent some time reflecting on the past few months.
My client Jeff (not his real name) shared how many fellow business owners in his area of work had shut down their businesses. But Jeff found that his business was doing okay.
I asked him why he thought his business was still open and others were closed. Jeff responded by sharing with me a story.
A month or two into the lockdowns due to the pandemic, Jeff happened to run into one of his colleagues Mary.
Mary told Jeff that…
Thanksgiving, gratitude and appreciation are powerful spiritual practices.
When we give thanks, we open our awareness to the many ways we live in a giving Universe.
We get to see the richness of Life that is always present.
And we allow our hearts to soften in humility to the grandness and infinite nature of all of Life itself.
At any moment, you can pause and open to an attitude and atmosphere of gratitude.
Even now, take a moment and ask, “What am I grateful for?”
Allow the gratitude to rise and notice your heart opening. …
On the weekend before the 2020 U.S. elections, I had the opportunity to travel from my home in Los Angeles, California, to Phoenix, Arizona, located in the infamous Maricopa County we’ve been seeing on the news’ election maps.
The plan was to knock on doors to get out the vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for President/Vice-President, and Mark Kelly for U.S. Senate.
As a spiritual life coach and teacher, I made clear my intention for this trip: to use the election experience to practice what I call “high consciousness” in the midst of worldly activity.
Especially in what…
Recently, the late great Congressman John Lewis wrote an essay and requested that it be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral.
In his letter, he urged all of us to “answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.”
What would you say is the highest calling of your heart?
For a lot of people, this is a pretty tough question.
That’s because most people aren’t asked to listen to their heart, much less its highest calling.
From the time you’re little, you’re usually told what you’re supposed…
Is there something in your heart that you’ve been wanting to do for the longest time, but for whatever reason you haven’t been able to do it?
For me, I had this brilliant idea and dream to write a book.
In my mind, it was going to be a best-seller! Thousands, maybe millions of people, from all over the world were going to buy it and love it.
But what happened is, year after year, I just didn’t do it.
I had so many different reasons that came up.
“Oh, I’m so busy. I have to work on this first.”
Have you ever done something that you know probably isn’t the best thing for you to do?
The reasons you do it are one, because you like it and the enjoyment outweighs the cost, or two, because you can’t really imagine yourself doing anything other than doing this.
I bring this up because I see this often in some of the prospective coaching clients that I meet with.
Some tell me about how much they hate their work, or they really don’t like their boss or the people that they’re working with.
And yet, many continue to stay at…