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Let the Alchemy Begin!

A gentle smile never goes out of style–
Nor does a listening ear or an understanding nod,
A helpful hand, a knowing wink,
A deep bow of respect.

These connections generate a life worth living.

Today may we dust off that which is not us
To utilize the ingredients of who we truly are.

Let the alchemy begin!

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Today

We begin again
With Beginners Mind:
Curious, fresh eyes, new breath.

It’s the willingness to go the mysterious distance
It’s the willingness to trust
It’s the freedom we give ourselves
Again
And again.

Beginners Mind ~ the wonderment of living…

Mmmm….wonder what will happen next?!

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Standing Tall with Big Heart

Breathing deep into the Multiverse
Notice the strong wisdom of your body’s Love.

May you follow Love’s nudges today…
Unceasingly.

April’s Mantra:
This too shall pass.
I am not my thoughts.
I am the awareness of my thoughts.
I am the Artist of my Creation.

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All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love

Love is all you need…
Love is all she needs…
Love is all he needs…
Love is all they need…
Love is all we need…

Breathing deeply, visualize yourself permeated with Love.
Imagine directing Love even more deeply into yourself. To her. to him. To them. To us.

With Love flowing —
How are you viewing the world now?
How is your body responding now?

Keep practicing!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vp63QoViF0

Mantra:
This too shall pass.
I am not my thoughts.
I am the awareness of my thoughts.
I am the Artist of my Creation.

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Imagine Loving Yourself Unconditionally

Imagine Loving Yourself Unconditionally

Imagine loving.
Imagine loving yourself unconditionally.
Imagine loving yourself unconditionally this
moment.

Gently breathe in: I am now loving myself unconditionally.

Notice how your body responds.
Notice how you respond to Life.
Notice how Life responds to you.

April Mantra:
This too shall pass.
I am not my thoughts.
I am the awareness of my thoughts.
I am the Artist of my Creation.

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Takin’ It to the Streets

Takin’ It to the Streets

The Altruistic Rewards of Blanca’s Mini-Coaching

My name is Blanca. I was born in Venezuela where I lived until I moved to California 5 years ago. I am a dog lover, a thoughtful rules challenger and, since last year, an apprentice coach with MCS.

Coaching has been a fun, empowering journey that has given me many experiences with phenomenal people. And I have only just begun….!

One of my favorite experiences began last December. As a coaching apprentice I needed to accumulate a minimum of 100 hours coaching clients for the ACC credential.

How shall I do this, I asked myself. Then inspiration struck!

I would contribute to the peoples of Venezuela by using my new coaching skills through Mini-Coaching, a one-time coaching session to reflect and create intentions for the new year. There was a $25 suggested donation.

I sent an email explaining all this to my friends and I asked them to pass on the message if they felt inclined. I was nervous, but, people responded and, in the end, $500 was collected and I had over 20 coaching hours!

With the $500 I asked my mom to buy and distribute food in Venezuela amongst people she knew were in need: kids, seniors, and families. It wasn’t easy, especially during a pandemic, but, she did it! It was amazing to witness the impact one manifested idea can have.

This experience clearly revealed the importance of interconnectedness when we “take it to the streets” and show up for ourselves and others. When I connect with my own humanity, I connect with yours!

Amor y libertad,
Blanca Prado, MCS Student from Venezuela

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The Lake of a Thousand Dreams

The Lake of a Thousand Dreams

Once upon a time in a land not so far away there lived a princess: bright, strong, independent, Her palace overlooked the Lake of a Thousand Dreams, yet she was unable to dream passion, balance and light-heartedness into her world.

The Princess suffered. One day she would be alive with happiness in what life gave her, the next day dying in hopelessness from what she saw in the world.

This story is about how she found and lived the three-fold dream of passion, balance and light-heartedness no matter what life gave her. This story is how she became Queen.

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How to Give Your IC, MM and G* a Vacation!

Follow the ten steps below! First guide your body into feeling more at ease. Now encourage your IC, MM and G* to go on vacation.

Be aware of the thought and feeling brought to you by IC, MM and G*.
Locate where they live in your body.
Breathe aliveness into that location.
Imagine exhaling all their energies out.
Repeat until your body down regulates.
Once down regulated, put up a stop sign in your mind’s eye when the monologue begins.
Imagine IC, MM and G journeying to their favorite vacation spot to live.
Use Be awake! Be alert! Do not be fooled by anyone (including IC, MM and G)! as a daily mantra to create awareness.
Distract yourself with your favorite passion.
Keep training IC, MM and G* to continue their vacation!
This exercise takes conscientious and pro-active mind training to shift and develop into new patterns. Keep practicing!

*IC = Inner Critic
*MM = Monkey MInd
*G = Gremlin

Remember: No guts, no glory!

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Creating Them* as Your Allies

Cut away all the storylines and go into Stillness.

Listen to IC, MM and G* from your heart.

Speak to Them* from your heart.

Listen again…now even deeper.

Ask IC, MM, and G* how they can guide you and become your ally.

LIsten to the story presently told.

Amplify and manifest by finding a tangible object to represent their answer.

Proceed into what needs to be acted on in this moment.

Open to what is. Open to Just This.

*IC = Inner Critic
*MM = Monkey Mind
*G = Gremlin

Remember: No guts, no glory!

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The Ah-Ha Moment…Cultivating Mental Plasticity

The Ah-Ha Moment…Cultivating Mental Plasticity

Summon the courage and determination to be in an open, unstructured environment
where Silence lives.
Feel into the emptiness while making room for all of you underneath the sky of your thoughts.
Be your own portable laboratory as the Ah-Ha Moment breaks down old concepts
and recreates you.

Remember: No guts, no glory!

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Between a rock and a hard place?

Between a rock and a hard place?

When wanting to leave
Sit and stay put.

When the story within is retold again and again
Sit and stay put.

When the energy begins to dissolve
Sit and stay put.

When the emptiness unfolds
Sit and stay put..

When the energy begins a new form
Sit and stay put.

Breathe into and widen the circle to include all life.
Breathe into and widen the circle to include all life.
Breathe into and widen the circle to include all life.

Remember: No guts, no glory!

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You don’t have it in you!

You don’t have it in you!

Nonsense!  If you thought it, you have it in you.  Invite
the memory of the first time you realized you wanted
to do it. 

Begin reclaiming those long ignored parts of yourself
that brought the awe and wonder into your life. 
Breathe them back in.  Let them self-organize and
embody you fully.  Let their wisdom show you the
next steps. 

Remember:  No guts, no glory!

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Mind Training is the Antidote

It will take the courage of awareness. It is not difficult. It is not impossible.

It is staying focused and refusing to go into trance.
It is remembering your strengths and your passions.
It is giving yourself the strength to say No.
So you can say YES! to what is truly important.

Remember: No guts, no glory!

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As the Zen Koan Says…

Be awake! Be alert! Do not be fooled by anyone! This includes the monologues from IC, MM and G*!

They are said in many ways: slowly, quietly, loudly, persuasively, somatically, clipped, authoritatively, wisely…even happily!

Yet no matter how they are said…
Remember to Be awake! Be alert! Do not be fooled by anyone!

Here are a few to be aware of…

You just aren’t good enough yet.
This is another one of your follies.
You are out of your league.
Who do you think you are, anyway?
There is no way you can succeed.
You are too old. You are too young. You are just too much!
You don’t know how to do this.
What if _________ happens?
You need to wait until __________.
You tried before and it didn’t work.
You’ve abstained from _______, now you deserve to have just a little. One (drink, toke, dose, bite) won’t hurt. Go for it!
Being awake and alert are the first steps…more to follow on Friday!

*IC = Inner Critic
*MM = Monkey Mind
*G = Gremlin

Remember: No guts, no glory!

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No Guts! No Glory!

No Guts! No Glory!

Remember when you were younger?  Jumping over
rocks, ditches, puddles and streams?  Jumping off
the swing?  Jumping into adventures?

Today let’s jump over obstacles, over thoughts that
no longer serve, over negative belief patterns. 

Yes, let’s jump together while shouting, “No guts, no
glory!” with a carefree grin!

Eee-la-la! Feels great!

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It’s 1:43 am

Silence awakens the Sleeper.
Falling snow beckons.

Outside under Full Moon
Doing Kinhin
Coyotes sing the Iridescent Darkness.

There is nothing else. Just This.

Silence Awakening…

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Just This

You made it.
You are here.
Now.

Breathe it in…this newness.
Pretty wonderful, huh?
That’s it. That’s all there is.

Just This.

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It’s the meaning you create…

It’s not the sun – it’s how you cooperate with the sun.
It’s not the wind – it’s how you dance in the wind.
It’s not the hoola hoop – it’s how you move inside the hoola hoop.
It’s not the wave – it’s how you swim in the wave.
It’s not the food – it’s how you digest the food.
It’s not the information – it’s the meaning you create.

There is no world beyond this perception of the world. – Mac Dryden

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