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He said this over curry…

“I just don’t want to see you lose your shine” he said over a shared plate of chicken curry.

And he would know a thing or two about my shine…he’s seen my shiniest days as the lead singer/magic-maker/co-creator of my band. He saw me hit the rockstar pose every night. He saw a line of people wanting me to sign their cd’s. He saw me woo management and labels and become besties with the biggest rockstars on the planet and not bat an eye when we opened up for Bon Jovi. He saw me come alive on stage and then he saw me stand on my own stage once the band ended and I created the Wildheart Revolution, traveling around the globe while creating my business from the beach and from an RV letting the wind take me wherever I wanted to go with freedom, wildness and heart.

And so when he told me that, I knew he was seeing something that had been there for awhile…the sun setting more and more each year. It was true.

“Believe me brother…I don’t want to lose it either.” I thought to myself.

It has been about five years since that sun was at its brightest with a thriving business, living in my dream city, just coming off of two years of my dream travels, having already reached every goal I had set for myself, and plans for so much more. I felt like I had the whole world at my fingertips and my best life ahead of me, truly. I felt accomplished, beautiful, creative, healthy and happy.

Five years since that and as I sit here today, I wonder “is my best life behind me?” Just saying that out loud pings my heart with a feeling of loss and grief.

Loss and grief.

Emotions that I have felt a lot in these last five years, and also emotions that have contributed to me giving up writing about my life, beginning the process of my sun setting.

Writing has always been a way for me to express myself and feel connected to other people. A much easier way than conversation or art or even music. Feelings and experiences right there on the page. Never quite knowing if someone even reads it. Feeling delighted when they do and they say “thank you for writing that…I don’t feel so alone now.”

But about five years ago I stopped writing and sharing, mostly because overall, I didn’t want the life I had anymore, Things changed. Traumatic things happened that I didn’t know how to deal with and definitely couldn’t share about. Scary things. Things that involved lawyers and hyperventilating in a bathroom. Things that felt too hard to hold on my own, and so I gave it all up.

And in that time I moved to another state to be with someone and it didn’t work out in a really big way, I had to fall completely apart not knowing if the pieces would ever come together again, I got (and still have) a huge flare up in my chronic illness that completely debilitates my life and prevents me from doing the things that I feel like make me “ME,” I dated, got into another relationship, got dumped, felt embarrassed and defeated and still haven’t had that “comeback” I’ve been waiting for so I could show you all how I did it. I’m en route to my Rocky-style victory. I hope.

So…I didn’t write.

And I realized, sitting across the table at Indian food with the person who has become my mirror, that part of my sun, is in sharing truth. It always has been. It’s in sharing those shameful moments, those embarrassing experiences, those “I know we all do this but no one talks about it” bad habits that makes us not feel so alone. It’s also in sharing the victories and the triumphs and the ways we are strong and how we pick ourselves back up. And that is valuable. It is what the Wildheart Revolution is all about…being truthful about who you are and what you want and having the courage to say it.

That is why we love the songs we love or like the art we do…they speak to something we’re feeling and can’t say ourselves. And I’ve been missing being a guest at that party. Even if I’m coming to the party now a little more shy, a lot more road-weary, and a little more wounded.

So I have vowed to myself to share more stories this year. For me but also for you in case you’ve been feeling what I’ve been feeling in life…sometimes absolutely heartbroken, or just broken, and sometimes ecstatic and joy-filled. Sometimes “don’t wanna get out of bed” and sometimes “dance in the car.” As Brene Brown says…

“When we hear someone else sing about the jagged edges of heartache or the unspeakable nature of grief, we immediately know we’re not the only ones in pain. The transformative power of art is in this sharing. Without connection or collective engagement, what we hear is simply a caged song of sorrow and despair, we find no liberation in it. It’s the sharing of art that whispers…‘You’re not alone.’”

So consider this your whisper.

You’re not alone in your pain, your grief, your strength, your joy, your love, your shame, your vulnerability, and your striving to be better.

You’re not alone in your prayers, your hope, your faith, your fear, your hopelessness, your triumph and your doubts.

I am so thankful that you’re here.

I am so excited for my first share, next week. It involves warm breath on my neck, late at night. Stay tuned.

Did this resonate with you? Have you felt less shiny too? Have you been afraid to share yourself? If so, leave a comment below. Like Brene Brown said, it’s in our sharing that releases us.

And of course, if you liked this, please feel free to share.

Here comes the Sun,

Sally

P.s. Click here to see my curry comrade and I play a super pretty duet.

Meditation To Fulfill Your Destiny

 

Everyone knows that meditation, as we think of it, is boring. Who can sit there for an hour and try to “clear your mind?”

Hardly anyone is the answer.

Although I love that kind of meditation and find it really valuable, the thing I love about Kundalini meditations is that they are SPECIFIC. The instructions aren’t “sit there and watch your breath” but rather each meditation is geared specifically to the thing in your life you want to work on.

Want more money? There’s a meditation for that.

Want less heartache? There’s a meditation for that.

And so when I got an email from one of my students in my meditation courses asking for a new meditation so she doesn’t “self-sabotage” her big dream, I got really excited.

Finding meditations for specific issues is my jam.

And since what she asked is really universal, I thought I would share the recommendation with you today too in case you also have something you’ve been wanting, or if you feel stuck in a relationship, job, or thought pattern.

This mantra meditation is the miggity miggity miggity miggity mac daddy of all Kundalini meditations and is said to bring you to your destiny. It wakes you up to that which is best for you. And it kills any fate you’ve acquired that keeps you in a painful karmic cycle of repeating the same darn pattern in your life over and over again. It changes your destiny to complete prosperity. Although it doesn’t specifically prevent self-sabotage, it puts us in line with our destiny so all that self-sabotage naturally falls away. Check out my video that explains why this meditation is awesome.

And here’s how you do it.

Posture: Come seated into a cross legged position. If that’s not available you can sit in a chair or lay down in your cozy bed (I totally do this…whatever it takes eh?)

Eyes: Closed softly

Mantra (sing along or just listen):

Ek ong kaar, sat naam, karataa purakh, nirbho, nirvair

Akaal moorat, ajoonee, saibhang, gur prasaad. Jap!

Aad such, jugaad such, Hai bhee such, Naanak hosee bhee such.

Here is my favorite version (feel free to YouTube others)

Translation:

One Creator. Truth is His name. Doer of everything. Fearless, Revengeless, Undying, Unborn, Self illumined, The Guru’s gift. True in the beginning. True through all the ages. True even now. Oh Nanak it is forever true.

What this means: 

We’re calling on that which creates everything in our lives. You might call it God or Universe. And we’re lining ourselves up with that. It’s the embodiment of “we are one.” So we’re saying that which creates is me and I am that which creates. It’s true now and forever. Once we’re aligned with that, we create in prosperity that which is absolutely best or us since the ultimate creator isn’t one in which puts us in crappy situations. We’re breaking out of that (“fate-killing”) and all we’re left with is our truth. Our destiny.

Time:

Do as little as 7 minutes and up to however long you’d like. You can keep it playing in the background all day for an extra punch.

Journal Exercise: 

Before you start this meditation write down everything you’re feeling right now. Then ask…”what is my destiny” and do the meditation.

When you’re done write down everything that comes to mind.

If you still want more info about this mantra, check out this awesome podcast all about it

And now I’d love to hear from you. Did you try this one? What do you think? How was your mood before and how is your mood after? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you enjoyed the video and make sure to sign up for my list if you want to be the first to know when new meditations come out.

 

New Moon Meditation For Setting Intentions

Art by Madison Perrins

I’m writing this to you from one of my favorite coffee shops in town. Where I sip my hot green tea in a window seat watching all the Main Street walkers pass by. Today, as I’m writing, I notice the breeze in the air, mostly because it is causing the branches on the tree in front of the window to sway, and the leaves to fall off and float towards the ground.

I say out loud to myself… “fall.”

And I realize that we are officially in a transition time. The closing of one chapter and the opening of a new one. From summer to fall. From long days to long nights. From shorts to sweaters. And from weddings to back-to-school. Which reminded me of something that happened earlier this week..

On Monday, we had a new moon. Which means that it is the beginning of the moon cycle and two weeks away from the full moon. You’re probably like “and…….what does that have to do with me?”

Well…new moons are a time to plant seeds.

They are the beginning. The closing of the last moon cycle chapter and the beginning of the next. So energetically speaking, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what you want to have happen right now so that in a couple of weeks (with the full moon) you’re ready to “harvest” all that you’ve intended. It’s the perfect time for setting intentions. For dreaming. For thinking ahead and planting all the seeds of what you want to have happen this month.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot in my own life. I feel like the past seven months, as I’ve struggled with my health, been forging a new relationship, and got swept away in a busy summer, I’ve somewhere along the line forgotten to be intentional and think about my life in the bigger picture. What do I want to create right now? Where do I want to be in five years? What’s my bigger picture vision?

When life is about survival, day to day, it’s hard to dream about the next five years. Similarly, when you’re in the hustle and bustle of life, or summer, we don’t always take the time to think about what we want for ourselves after the season. But now, with the new moon, and the changing of the seasons, this is the perfect time to do that.

Where have you been going along in your life unaware? Punching the metaphorical (or actual) clock? How is your current situation like groundhogs day? Where have you been forgetting to dream?

This week in my Kundalini yoga class, we talked all about this. About how to plant seeds and set intentions. But this time there was a new spin to it. Usually when this conversation comes up, we think of making a laundry list for God/Universe of all the things we want, and while I’m also a fan of doing that (and have totally been doing every day), this week we focused on starting with the things we’re already grateful for. The idea being that when you’re in the state of gratitude and appreciate and positive thinking, more of those things come your way. Similarly, if you spend all your time worrying, you’ll usually find that your worries manifest, because “like attracts like” meaning, what you put your attention on grows.

So this week we put our intention on all the good stuff, so that all the good stuff grows.

This meditation below is all about that. In the mantra we’re saying “thank you that which is bringing me from darkness to light” leaving some time and room for our positive intentions. Check it out here (written instructions below):

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose (cross legged post) with a nice straight spine

Mudra: The hands can be in any comfortable position (Gyan Mudra, folded in your lap, on the knees, etc.).

Eyes: Close the eyes and focus at the third eye/brow point

Mantra: Chant the Guru Ram Das Mantra for 5 – 31 minutes. There are many melodies for this mantra . The one we’re using here is Pritpal Singh Khalsa and you can get it right here or it can be recited in a monotone. Try to complete the whole mantra on one breath.

Words:

Guru guru

Wahe guru

Guru Ram Das guru

Guru = that which takes me from dark to light

Wahe = prase that which/thank you

Wahe guru = praise that which is taking me from dark to light

JOURNAL EXERCISE 

If you like this concept and want a little extra to boost up both your gratitude and also your positive intentions you can try this journaling exercise I’ve been doing. Here’s how it goes:

1) Start off by thanking God/Universe/Self for all the great things in your life. Ie the house you live in, having running water, blue skies, etc etc. The trick here is to think about it in a bit of a deeper way than just rattling off the same list everyday. Think about thanking yourself for having the courage to have a difficult conversation, or thanking your friend for opening her heart to you.

Also…even if things are going terribly in your life, still find the things that are good. Maybe a smile from a stranger or the best meatball you’ve ever had. It’s the little things.

2) Then write a narrative about the things you want in your life, but write them as they’ve already happened. Paint the picture with your words. I like to start mine with something like “I am so happy that…” and then I fill in the blank. Or I’ll say something like “I am so excited that Brene Brown called today. We chatted on the phone like old girlfriends and I’m so excited about our upcoming collaboration with how to teach emotional intelligence in schools.”

Even though that didn’t happen, I write an entire narrative as though it did. It allows me to dream far and wide. Try it and see what happens.

And now I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below let me know:

1) What is the thing that stuck out the most to you in this article?

2) What is one thing you’ll try this week to set good intentions for yourself?

I hope you enjoyed the video and make sure to sign up for my list if you want to be the first to know when new meditations come out.

 

Because Slapping Strangers Isn’t Acceptable

It’s the changing of a season.

That time when we put away our bathing suits and sunscreen and we start to break out our closed toed shoes and favorite tea. (apricot green for me in case you’re curious)

It’s also the time when kids go back to school. Life has to settle back into a “routine” and a lot of us have that feeling that we have to stop messing around and get back to life/work/normalcy after a summer of weddings, camping, trips, and doing whatever the heck we want.

And usually..this time can feel stressful. Trying to juggle the pick up schedules, work, life, and staying on top of health can feel overwhelming. Plus…I don’t know about you but even though I haven’t been in school for years, I still get a bit of anxiety when I see back to school stuff in Target and the air starts to chill.

Stress is common. It’s something so prevalent in our lives we probably don’t even recognize it as stress anymore. But the problem with stress is that when we have it, we aren’t able to act calmly and reasonably. We might want to slap a stranger for cutting us off in traffic #guilty. We might snap at our loved ones. We might feel overwhelmed. Our bodies might take on the feelings and start shutting down making us more susceptible to sickness.

But more than any of that…stressful life things happens all the time and we don’t have to live in that state of anxiety or stress. We can practice becoming calm even when your ex’s new girlfriend is sending you nasty emails or your boss piles more things on your plate and you don’t feel appreciated. And this meditation is one way to do that.

Now…please excuse the lo-fi nature of this. I meant to get all fancy with it, but truthfully…I didn’t have the energy (still dealing with some health issues). BUT I still wanted to send this along because this is a SUPER simple and easy meditation you can do anytime and anywhere to get yourself all calm and less stressed.

Check it out.

And once you watch, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below let me know…

  1. Did you try it?
  2. How did you feel before you did it?
  3. How do you feel after?

I hope you enjoyed the video and make sure to sign up for my list if you want to be the first to know when new meditations come out.

 

 

Why do I even care?

As you know by now, I have a 40 Day Meditation Challenge coming up called Enchanting and Magnetic Personality meditation. I want to share a story with you but in case you don’t want to read all the way to the end I want you to know that TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF EARLY BIRD PRICING, which means that as of 6 pm PST tonight, the price will go up $50.

Now that that’s out of the way…back to the story… :)

As I was thinking about what I really wanted to share with you today, I realized I wanted to talk about WHY. Why am I doing this?

Why am I putting together a meditation course for you (which let me tell you…most people don’t jump at the idea of meditating…it’s not exactly something sexy to sell you like a business course or a “find the ONE!” course)?

So…why do I even care?

And as I was thinking about this, I came across this picture of myself that was taken over three years ago. I can remember the moment like it was yesterday… (btw #nofilter)

You probably wouldn’t guess by looking at it, but this picture was taken during a really overwhelming and hard time of my life.

My business had grown by three times in a really short time which was absolutely incredible in a lot of regards, but it also had me so busy and stressed that I was hardly sleeping, seeing friends, getting help, or talking to my family. I kept trying to hire people to help me and I just found myself tossing thousands of dollars out the window. At the same time I had a broken heart that I couldn’t seem to shake and didn’t have the emotional stamina to keep my business running. It felt like everything was falling apart and about to explode. I felt lost.

Right around this time my friend told me to check out this thing called Kundalini yoga. “I think you’d like it” he said. And so desperate to find anything that would help me, I found a class in town and went to it and IT BLEW MY MIND.

Within the first hour I was bawling. I didn’t know exactly why, but I knew I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) stop it. It was like all this stuff I had been hanging onto my whole life was finally getting released.

Things became clear that were hazy before. I had access to my emotions and myself that I had never experienced. I had a tangible tool to get me through specific emotions. And I felt like there was something I could DO to feel better.

So I decided to take on my very first meditation 40 day challenge (which was about 39 days longer of meditating than I ever had been able to do up to that point) and picked a meditation that I thought sounded awesome. It was called “enchanting and magnetic personality” which was supposed to make me irresistible to my dreams and bring new unexpected friends and opportunities my way.

Within a month a complete stranger had gifted me a motorcycle, I got free backstage passes to a show I really wanted to see, I had my first $20,000 month, 22 women from all over the US and Canada flew to Montana to join me at my first ever live Wildheart Retreat, and two people stepped in to run my entire business for a whole week so I could be completely “off” with no computer and no phone.

This pic was taken during that week. All I did was read and lay in my hammock and go to yoga and drink green juice and go mushroom hunting and see rock shows and go to the hot springs and get lost on a back road with a cute guy on the way to the hot springs. When I see this pic I see the clarity in my eyes. The absolute surrender. I was a magnet.

So what does this have to do with you? Well…everything.

I wasn’t always the type of person to bring things to me. And I definitely wasn’t always the type of person to meditate. In fact, I thought it was stupid and so boring. But I’ve seen what is possible when you commit to do something that is helpful for you in your life, and you do it regularly.

$20,000 months are great. But what is even greater is that I’m a better person now. I’m more loving to my family. I’m more honest with my loved ones. I’m more direct in my communication. I’m more clear on what I want. I’m less focused on getting people to like me and more focused on just being who I am. And all of these things combined make me a magnet for opportunities.

And by being this way, good things seem to come to me and I feel so grateful.

I truly believe that the more people feel these ways, the better we will be to the people in our lives. Which then has a ripple effect on the planet. When we are kinder, more fulfilled people, we contribute more kindness to the world. And the more we do that, the better the world will be and the less we will all suffer. And that is my greatest goal in life.

So why am I doing this?

Because I truly believe it can change the world, your world, and the world of everything and everyone around you. It only takes one person to be better to inspire a whole nation. It only takes one decision to change the entire landscape of your life. Is that person going to be you?

Today is the last day of Early Bird pricing. Don’t let today pass wondering what could have happened if you said yes.

Worried about the time commitment? (it’s only 7 minutes a day) Worried about the money? (it’s less than your grocery bill and will last far longer) Worried it won’t work for you? (well it DEFINITELY won’t if you don’t try it)

Get all the info you need to join us and get your questions answered by clicking right here. You don’t have to just “wish” for your dreams. There is actually something you can DO. And you’ll be doing it together with me and a bunch of incredible Wildhearts who want the same thing that you do…a great life.

Early Bird ends tonight at 6 pm PST. Say yes.

Love,

Your Manifesting Sister

P.s. If you are like “I REALLY need this in my life but I literally can’t pay rent right now” reply to this email and let me know and I’ll see what we can do. But don’t do that if you technically do have the money but you’re not willing to spend it here.

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