If you’re looking for a good book about spirituality, personal growth, healing, wellness, cooking, etc… – HayHouse.com is where it’s at. I’ve long been a fan of this publishing house, ever since learning the story of Founder Louise Hay a few years ago and watching the You Can Heal Your Life documentary.
This was truly life-altering for me; the concept that the physical ailments we experience are rooted in spirit. (This truth would return to me time and time again since.)
I have read and enjoyed countless Hay House books and authors including Louise Hay, Erin Cox, Kris Carr, Wayne Dyer, Carolyn Myss, Gregg Braden, Denise Linn and Doreen Virtue and am very excited to finally attend one of their I Can Do It conferences that are held throughout the world. Saturday, June 29th, 2013 I will be in Toronto for the Eastern Canadian leg of the tour with thanks to Hay House who kindly provided me with a Press Pass.
Follow along with me on my Twitter page for live Tweets throughout the first day of the conference where I will be sharing lots of wisdom from a great line-up of speakers! (Sadly I won’t be able to make day 2!) And check back afterward for my thoughts on the conference.
Disclosure: I was provided with a press pass for the I Can Do it Toronto conference from Hay House – however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
I love this quote from Wayne Dyer: “Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.”
Personally, it reminds me of my own struggle with having a strong “rescuer” archetype or characteristic, and the freedom and peace I have felt since truly grasping that we are each on our own paths in life.
Thanks for the reminder Wayne & Happy Wisdom Wednesday!
So I am back from BlogHer ’12 and something very lovely came out of the experience – I met Wioleta Gramek from Louise Hay’s brainchild, Hay House – and we bonded over Louise Hay, Carolyn Myss, Wayne Dyer, and Doreen Virtue (and Italian food!).
What I didn’t know before this trip is that Hay House is doing something very special for Bloggers out there – Book Nook, a Hay House Blogger Community.
Here you can sign up and have access to a ton of new Hay House releases to review on your blog. I can never read enough, so I am more than thrilled to join in and have this opportunity.
I just signed up, and you can too – here is the link to apply: http://www.hayhousebooknook.com/
Note: This is not a sponsored post, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
With 2011 nearing it’s end, reflection is inevitable, and I have been so busy since the beginning of fall that I really haven’t had the opportunity to reflect. My meditation time in the evening often ends in sleep (in about 10 seconds), and my spare moments recently have been spent baking and enjoying the extra play time that the holidays allow.
On a professional level, I am so happy to have created this blog. A space for me to share, learn, and guide others with both similar and opposite passions, thoughts and ideas. A space of non-judgment. The support has been amazing, and I have much gratitude for each of you who are taking the time to read this, and every other post you have read. The next year holds much growth in terms of this blog, and other ventures I can’t wait to share in the near future.
On a personal level, this year has been one of growth and expansion. I have been though ups and down, like everyone, but what I have gained is what I have been seeking my whole life – an inner knowing that everything happens for a reason and regardless of what comes my way, everything will be okay. Or, as Gabrielle Bernstein says, “the Universe has my back”.
I have witnessed tragedies and miracles this year – both small and big. Being both witness and participant through many events has allowed me to realize that though we are all connected, we are truly on our own paths. The events that are occurring are not happening “to” me, they are happening “around” me. Now I see that even my children are on their own paths, a thought I could never have imagined having years ago.
Much of the time my job is to listen, and provide support and love during times of sadness, and celebrate, smile, and be grateful during times of joy. The emotions aren’t any different – tragedies are heartbreaking and miracles are exciting – yet it is simply that my reactions are derived from a different space than before.
Gratitude, kindness and compassion are words we hear often, particularly this time of year, and we know how important they are. Yet acting from a space of even one of the three is something we so easily neglect. Each morning when I wake up I set the intent that my actions will come from a space of love, and though it doesn’t happen 100% of the time, the frequency is increasing everyday.
If I could set one true “goal” for 2012 beyond material accomplishments, it would simply be to master this practice and become more compassionate and loving towards everyone, and grateful for everything, both big and small.
I recently heard Wayne Dyer speak of kindness and the effects of being kind, receiving kindness, and witnessing kindness. The impact is profound, and everything else is icing on the cake.
What’s your personal growth goal for 2012?
I finally had the opportunity to sit down and watch the Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer event which was filmed last week in Hawaii. As expected, it was amazing. Engaging, thought-provoking, funny – the kind of thing you pause multiple times to discuss.
Wayne Dyer often uses analogies, stories, or poems to get his message across, which is why I find him so intriguing to listen to/watch. During the video he told of an interaction with Dr. Christiane Northrup, (a fellow Hay House author), where she excitedly shared a new piece of research; food which we grow ourselves will provide the exact nutrients our bodies are lacking. (I have searched high and low for this study but came up empty handed, likely due to the fact it is so new).
This is not truly surprising if we think of what we already know about plants. Have you ever heard of the Backster Effect (aka plant perception)? In the 1960′s an American polygraph expert, Cleve Backster set out to prove that plants are sentient. He began his experiments by dipping the leaves in hot coffee only to find that the plants were not reacting. Eventually, he decided to mentally visualize harming a plant by burning it – this cause a huge spike on the polygraph.
The plants were reacting to the Backster’s thoughts. Multiple tests confirmed that this was the case – that plants are able to sense human thoughts and emotions.
While his theory has been discredited by scientists who question his lack of following experimental protocol, I believe Backster’s evidence is convincing. If you have ever successfully grown anything yourself, you can likely attest to the fact that plants must be nurtured to grow. I have many family members with thriving gardens every summer, and have always noticed that they treat their plants like family members. They talk to them, care for them, encourage them, and are rewarded with abundance.
Taking into consideration both what Dyer shared and our knowledge that plants are sentient, can you imagine an even greater disconnect between us individually and our food thanks to large scale farming and genetically modified crops?
I relish in the thought that those of us who have the opportunity to grow our own food will do so on a larger scale, and those of us who don’t due to location, or lack of free-time will support local farmers.
For those of us who cannot make it over to Maui, there will be three events live-streamed including; A Dialogue with Ram Dass & Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer & Eckhart Tolle in Conversation, and A Retreat with Eckhart Tolle (Tuesday-Thursday). The price for the two talks are $19.95 USD for live-stream, and $99.95 USD for Eckhart Tolle’s Retreat. Kim Eng (Tolle’s wife,) is participating as well, leading her trademark “Presence through movement” retreat for three days.
I’ll definitely be tuning in for as much as I can. Particularly interested to hear the conversations between Tolle, Dyer, and Dass.
Visit Eckhart Tolle’s website to learn more about purchasing tickets.
Photo Courtesy of Eckhart Tolle TV