New Beginnings

The number one is often associated with new beginnings and this being November 11 (11.11) I got to thinking: what new journey, what next step, what new path am I embarking on and supporting?

Something about it being Monday and all those ones are inspiring me to take new, more focused, deliberate and directed action towards creating the life I want.  I find it interesting that I had just completed a specific 40-day meditation cycle yesterday and am starting a new one today.  And to tend to the practical, this-life-in-this-dimension-on-this-earth-reality, I’m spending the morning in a business planning workshop to map out my goals for 2014.

So there’s new beginnings, planning and envisioning on the spiritual level and the physical level.  My goal as I continue to grow and evolve in my personal practices is to be more consistently connected to my embodiment so that my inner self and my outer self are more fully integrated.  Yoga taught me how tending to my body can help clear my mind.  My physical body is the home for my spirit.  So perhaps it is not surprising that now, as a real estate professional, I view houses as the structure for housing the physical body and how they support the spirit.  My personal experience is that, just as there are certain practices that are more suited for different physical bodies as they move through their transformation, certain physical spaces are more supportive than others of that journey of personal transformation.

If you were free to pursue your passion, what would you do?  What is stopping you?  What ONE thing can you do to begin incorporating more of that passion into your life, beginning today?

Share Your Beauty

Beauty matters.

True beauty can inspire action, bring joy, give hope and lift our spirits.

I’m not talking about artifice passing as beauty.  I’m talking about real, authentic beauty.  The kind of beauty that has nothing to do with the application of make up or having the perfect body.

I’m talking about the beauty you experience when in the presence of nature.  Or an incredible piece of artwork.  Or musical performance.  Or a meal cooked with love.  That kind of beauty.

And I’m talking about the kind of beauty we can infuse into our daily interactions.  This is the beauty of our presence when we show up as our authentic selves, when we act mindfully, when we speak with kindness, when we show respect for each other and recognize the humanity in the other.

It doesn’t really matter what it is that we may be doing or where we are, we can always bring more beauty into the moment.  We just have to set that intention and act accordingly.

Which may be easier said than done sometimes.  Like when I am sitting in traffic.  And yet, being angry isn’t going to get me to my destination any faster.  Me sitting in my car being frustrated by the situation isn’t going to change anything other than give me more wrinkles and up my stress level. Stewing in all that negativity just makes me less attractive.  Generally speaking, don’t you think people who are pleasant, happy, smiley, kind and nice are just more attractive?

Will you be bringing more beauty into your daily life?  How do you bring beauty into your life?

Energy and Your Home

Every home is imbued with the consciousness of its tenant.”  – Deepak Chopra, New York Times, October 20, 2013

If you are a writer or any kind of artist, if you change something as fundamental as where you live – the way you live – then I think you change the very instrument that is trying to make the art” – Dani Shapiro, New York Times, October 27, 2013 

I was so inspired when I read these two quotes because they encapsulated so concisely two main things I think of (and feel for) when I look at homes.  I have no doubt that how we live our daily lives leaves an energetic imprint on the living space and that the configuration of our space as well as the external/environmental conditions surrounding the space impacts our relationships to our inner and outer selves.

As a real estate professional, I see lots and lots of houses.  One of the services I provide my clients is to preview homes on their behalf so that clients don’t waste time looking at houses that don’t live up to the potential of their photographs (just as some people on online dating websites post information and photos that do not accurately represent who they are, photos of houses often only tell part of the story).  And I’m not just looking at the stats and criteria; I’m looking (or more accurately, feeling) for something a little more.  To me, there is no denying that some houses just have better energy and that’s something I take into consideration.  Which is not to say that the energy is fixed; it is possible to clear the energy of a space (maybe through burning sage or incense, or chanting mantras and playing sacred music, or hiring vastu or feng shui experts, or various other possibilities, depending on personal preference and what’s going on in the space).  And certainly anyone who meditates or engages in any kind of spiritual practice over a sustained period of time in the same space knows very well how those practices shifts the energy of the space, imbuing it with a powerful energetic charge.

Just as a space is imbued with the energy of its occupants, the space in turn can influence occupants in such a way that a greater commitment to wellness practices may be encouraged, a deeper connection to creativity may be fostered, and work/life balance may be more easily attained.  That’s the flow of a specific dwelling as well as the location in which it is situated.  Part of us getting more connected to our inner selves and tapping into our wisdom is learning how to identify what kind of space we need and being attuned to when our needs change.

Again, let me quote Deepak Chopra: “We [Chopra and his wife] have a big house that overlooks the ocean.  It’s idyllic.  You can walk on the beach and see the dolphins, and to a visitor that would be amazing.  But to me at my state of life, I can get almost brain-dead after a while.  I need the stimulus of the city to keep my mind dynamic.” (NYT Oct. 20, 2013)

Sometimes we need to be closer to nature, sometimes we need to be in a more urban environment.  When we are aware and true to ourselves, we know which kind of environment we need to bring the balance we want in our bodies, mind and spirit.

How do you cultivate energy in your home?  When you look at houses, do you feel for their energy? What have you observed about the relationship between the energy of your living space and the wellness of your being, the flow of your creativity, the ability to access and follow your dreams?