Monthly Archives: April 2012

Pearls of Wisdom

Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure to get to know two of the authors featured in the compilation book, Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life Now!

Though the book starts of with some pearls from bestselling authors, Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff, Chris and Janet Attwood, I found the fun part of the book to be the chapters from, as the publisher states, “some of the best and brightest up and coming self-help authors of today.”

The chapters themselves are quick reads that get you thinking.  Getting you inspired to try some of the ideas presented by the authors.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Liz Bryne:  Just Sit Down:  A Premeditation Routine
    I always wanted to develop a meditation practice, but my mornings are so inconsistent.  Some days I need to leave my house at 4:30am to get to a client site.  Those mornings, I know if I sat to meditate, I would just fall asleep.  But, what I encourage to try from reading Liz’s chapter is developing some type of routine.  So I found some meditation music and developed a little ritual that I do before I put it on.  I also journal when the music is over.  I feel like because I have a routine, I am more inclined to start the routine be it the morning, afternoon, evening it doesn’t matter to me.
  • Siobhan Coulter:  Just Being You:  The Secret to Inner Bliss
    Siobhan starts her chapter by posing a question; Do you glow from the inside out?  When you are connected to your inner bliss you do.  You can’t help it.  How do you do it?  Just be you.  Connect to those things that make you happy, that you like to do.  When you do this and feel the positivity oozing from your pores, you’ll want to experience it more.  After reading Siobhan’s chapter I started thinking about times when I am glowing from the inside and times when I am not.  I am now evaluating those times when I am not glowing and asking myself some hard questions:  Why am I doing the activity?  What can I bring to the activity to get my glow on?  And the big question, should I just eliminate this activity?
  • Patricia Cohen:  Redefining the Great American Ritual
    When I saw this title I thought, “Oh sh*t.  I have no idea what the great American ritual is.  Is there something that I should have been doing for the last 44 years.”  My critical inner voice was quickly put to rest when I continued reading Patricia’s piece.  America, being the melting pot, has blended so many cultures and rituals, “melded into a country without a uniform formal practice for acknowledging growth and what is sacred.”  Patricia has an idea us.  A ritual we all can do with our family and friends and it centers around the birthday celebration.  You can learn more on her website:

I could go on and on.  I loved Asia Voight’s chapter on trusting the body’s intuition.  Asia shares with us how after a terrible car accident she defied her doctors and walked again.  Stephanie Bennet Vogt has a great chapter about the energy in your home.  Lisa Merrai Labon explains how her family took a sabbatical.

It’s a great little book.  By little I mean it is the perfect size to stash in computer bag or desk at work to give you a little boost of inspiration whenever you need it.

Here’s hoping you find that pearl you’ve been looking for.

Siobhan Coulter

My interview with Siobhan Coulter was just plain fun.  We shared stories and talked about how we both wanted to write children’s books.  Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy all the interviews I do for SOUL, but Siobhan had such a joy about her that it was, well . . . fun.

The day after my interview with Siobhan, I was still riding high on the fun vibe as I was getting ready for work.  My mind started up with “You’re not going to have that kind of fun today.”  My mind was right, but I realized I can inject some kind of fun into the day.  I then set the challenge for myself to have fun at work.

I thought about the ideas Siobhan gave on finding your bliss and I remembered what she said about music.  Since I write about music monthly here on SOUL, it’s pretty evident that I too believe in the power of music to lift the spirit and feed your SOUL.

So that day at work, though I usually have music playing, I decided to crank it up just a little louder.  That got the attention of a guy in my office who is in his 20’s.  He heard, Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know, eminimating from my office.  He stopped and we both shared our obession with this song.  We talked music for just a few minutes and you know what I had fun.

Insert some fun into your life everyday.  It feeds the SOUL.


Those of you who have been with me for a while know how much I love synchronistic events.  Well my latest one is tied to this month’s song post.

I was driving in the car thinking, OK stressing a bit, about my song post for this month.  I worry if my monthly music posts excite people.  Does anyone care about these posts?  Do they help people?

I catch myself and I quiet my monkey mind (that’s what I call it when my thoughts are all over the place).  I know how music helps lift my SOUL, so inspirational music I shall post.  Then my iPod shuffles to a great song from the 80’s, “Fascination,” by The Human League.

Then my monkey mind butts in again.  Is it a song people will know?  Do you want to feature this song because you like it?  Now I’m not sure what to do.  So I park the idea.  This was Friday.

Jump to today, Sunday.  I know I want to get this post up today.  What should I do?  So I find myself vegging in front of the TV (because that’s what I do when I can’t decide what to do), and what do I hear, “Fascination.”  The song is being featured in a commercial for Kingsford Charcoal.  OK.  Got the message loud and clear.  This month’s song is “Fascination.”

The techno 80’s pop in this song brings me right back to high school.  I love the idea of this song, of feeling fascination.  I sing these lyrics and I want to find something to be fascinated about.

Keep feeling fascination

Passion burning

Love so strong

Keep feeling fascination

Looking learning

Moving on

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