Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Just Do It!


I have been wanting to do free informational videos as part of my coaching business for a while but I kept putting it off for one reason or another...then one day recently I just got a bug up my butt to record one and post it. Well, I went crazy that day taking inspired action - I set up my channel on Youtube.com, uploaded my video, posted the link on my Facebook business page and sent the link to my list in a special email announcing my new feature, "Feel Good Friday!". I was very happy with it and although I knew there was a lot of room for improvement, I felt a sense of accomplishment for just getting it done.

I don't know why I hesitated for so long...well, actually, yes I do - it's a little intimidating to put yourself out there in a way where you are sharing your knowledge, beliefs, advice, expertise and intuition - basically baring your soul for all to see. There are so many haters out there who will cut you down mercilessly (and anonymously) on the Internet without giving it a second thought, so it took me a while before I was in a good place to allow myself to be seen and heard. When I tape these messages, I am coming from a place of love and wanting to be of service, and I am having fun! So I know that whomever resonates with what I am putting out there are the ones who will find me and benefit from what I have to offer.

Now I am really enjoying taping these messages! I feel like I have so much to share that I am recording messages weeks in advance while the inspiration is overflowing. And I am also noticing weird things in these videos...like how asymmetrical my face is and that I need to smile more while delivering my message. But that's just a matter of me accepting and loving myself the way I am, and knowing that I will get better over time. (I am very excited for the day when I will have a production team to take care of the filming, lighting, music, editing and the all-important hair and make-up :) But for now, it's just about the message so I do my best with what I have and what I know right now. Which is all any of us can ever do with our goals.

I will most likely be posting my videos here as a visual blog - more interesting than just reading, don't you think?

My point is this: If you have a dream or a goal that you have been putting off, take the pressure off of yourself to wait until you are perfect before you do it. Just start now and know that you will improve over time, otherwise you are depriving the world of your special gift. If you are doing your best, that's all you can ask of yourself. So heed the words of Nike: "Just Do It!"

Enjoy!

Much love,
Tanna

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Living Peacefully ™ is written by Tanna Marshall, Author, Holistic Life Coach and Spiritual Teacher. If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these services, please contact: tanna@tannamarshall.com or www.tannamarshall.com.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Reconnecting and Adjusting Your Speed

I was inspired by my experience of being glued to the computer for hours while I followed a whim to create my new Facebook Business page.

I had been meaning to do this for a while, both to simplify my life and my involvement online. And suddenly I just had the desire to do it and get it done. Normally I do not love doing things involving technology – it tends to make me feel very tense and stressed, but when I feel inspired to do something, I run with it.


When I was done and new posts directing to the new page were posted, invites to the new page sent out, I realized that I hadn’t had a decent meal all day and I really had to pee. I was also feeling the need for my outdoor alignment time – this is a ritual I have been adamant about keeping up with every day, weather permitting. I have taken some time to really slow down (partly because I was sick for a few weeks) and reconnect with my soul. I have found that the best way to do this is to get outside – I walk barefoot in the grass and spend at least fifteen minutes in the sun for my daily dose of vitamin D and to align with the rhythm of nature.

Most of us are programmed by the corporate world to keep your nose to the grindstone for at least eight to nine hours a day – and if you take too long of a break or any break at all, you are perceived as unproductive and lazy. Our usual pattern is to work for hours until we realize, like I did, that we are hungry and need the bathroom. Often we will ignore these bodily needs and continue working until our blood sugar drops and our bladder is about to burst. The way we handle this is to grab the first food item available (usually sugar) and make a beeline for a quick bathroom break, and then – we run right back to our desks and continue working diligently until it’s time to go home. Or beyond. Then we usually have to deal with traffic on the way home and perhaps there are more responsibilities to take care of at home. We grab another convenient item of food, maybe watch some TV, finally collapse in bed and do it all over again the next day.

This programming took me a long time to break free of, especially since totally switching gears to a completely different line of work in the self-help/personal development/ spiritual community where it is crucial that I take care of myself and stay connected. I cannot expect to be a good coach to my clients or to the community I serve if I am not walking my talk and honoring myself every day. The world I operate in now consists of many other heart-centered entrepreneurs, specializing in many different areas of personal and professional development and they all understand that this is a much different world than the corporate world most of us came from. To be successful in this world, we need to be accountable for staying true to ourselves and honoring our own needs first.

Regardless of which world you live in, you can always commit to making the time to honor yourself without neglecting anyone or anything. You just have to be firm about it and stick to what you find works for you.

I have a coach who like me, came from the corporate entertainment world. I love her stories about working in this predominantly male environment and how during meetings she would announce that she needed to take a break and connect with Spirit for an answer or a solution to a problem they were working on. Of course the men didn’t understand and thought she was a bit wacky, but after coming up with countless, perfect solutions over time, the men would come to her and ask, “Can you go get quiet and focus on this issue?” I love it. This is where we are headed eventually anyway, so we all might as well start learning how to connect and receive messages from our higher selves.

Here is what I have discovered since fully committing to making time to reconnect with my soul out in nature every day: it is the fastest and easiest way to readjust your energy, calm down, slow your heart rate and get into a receptive state. There are endless inspired ideas and divine guidance that are just waiting for us to be able to receive them – we are just usually too busy with our daily business to hear or feel or see them. When you make the time regularly to get into this state, can you imagine how much will come to you to take inspired action? Who’s lazy now?? Some of the most productive, successful, famous and wealthy people who have lived on this planet lived and worked solely through their inspiration and their dreams. Anyone who knows me well knows that the top of that list for me is Walt Disney...what better example of following your dream in spite of all obstacles and everyone thinking you are crazy? Disney is one of the largest brands in the entire world and it all started with one man who believed in his dream. My favorite Walt Disney quote is, “If you can dream it you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” ‘Nuf said.


 
So back to how we can get there…


When my day gets busy, I literally feel like my engine is revving at 60mph and I feel my body getting stressed and fatigued. Then I know it’s time to take a break. When I get outside, it takes me a good five to ten minutes for my energy to adjust and align with that of nature…which feels more like 5mph. But once I have slowed down and I am present, I feel totally refreshed and reconnected to my Source energy. When you go outside, pay attention and be fully present in the moment: feel the wind blowing on your skin…how is it moving the trees or plants around you? Do you hear birds singing? How many different sounds do you hear? What kind of scents are in the air? How does the sun feel on your skin? I always feel like my body is solar-powered and my internal battery is being recharged by the sun. Notice how your energy has slowed and mellowed out just since beginning this paragraph. Do you feel the difference? Take a breath and just imagine this scene if you cannot get outside right now.

This brings up a valid point – if you have no place to go during your day to reconnect with yourself in nature, just close your eyes a few times a day and go there in your mind – it can be just as powerful.

My point is that we all need to take a time out regularly – not just on the weekend (and many of you don’t slow down even then…), not just when you have vacation time (and really, let’s admit it – you still stay connected through your phone and/or laptop and/or Blackberry…) so I’m sure you can see how crucial it is that you make the time for yourself, no matter what else is going on in your day or in your life, to slow down and reconnect with the energy that created you and supports you every day. When I do not do this, inevitably I will have some sort of meltdown followed by illness.

Make a commitment to doing this for a week and I guarantee you will feel the difference, and you will not be any less productive – probably more so, if anything. It’s very simple:

Stop.

Breathe.

Go outside.

Breathe some more.

Walk barefoot in the grass.

Notice the wind, the birds and the scents and sounds around you.

Feel your energy align with the slower pace of nature…keep breathing.

Allow your being to absorb the luscious feeling of this slower energy.

Breathe some more.

Return to whatever you were doing.

Repeat often.

I actually had to wrestle with myself about writing this blog…I was inspired while I was outside but I knew I still needed to give my body a break from work and relax. But the inspiration was too strong so here we are J I compromised – I wrote it while it was still fresh in my mind and I allowed myself to wait a day before posting it. It’s an art that we fine-tune over time – when to stop and when to continue on with inspired action. What you are reading is a result of a balance of both.

Wishing you a beautiful day with a slower pace and lots of inspired ideas!

Much love,
Tanna


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sticks and Stones...Leave Marks


I had lunch with a dear friend from high school yesterday and we were reminiscing about old times and people we used to hang out with. Although it was a fun and crazy time, it was also one of the worst times in my life as far as my self-esteem. I surrounded myself with a lot of people who did not treat me well.

Over the years I learned to take responsibility for everything I attracted and created throughout my life, from a chronic illness to my job situations to the people I spent my time with. I also learned a lot about forgiveness…what an interesting subject. I’ve learned, as I’m sure many of you have, that forgiveness is not condoning another’s behavior, nor is it releasing them from responsibility for their actions. It is for you to have the peace of mind you deserve. It is to allow yourself to let go of any grudges, resentments or negative feelings that are not doing the other person any harm, but are festering within you. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. Let’s stop drinking our own poison, shall we?

I have also heard of many people who transform their hate and resentment into love for those who have wronged them…Jesus was the first one to teach this principle. This is a hard pill for some of us to swallow, so let me just suggest that you send good energy that person’s way and wish them the best if it is too difficult to bring yourself to actually love them.

I have had a lot of people to forgive in my life and although I became better and better at forgiving, I would still not forget, just to make sure I did not let the same thing happen again as a form of self-protection. I often felt that I wasn’t being spiritual by not forgetting those past hurts, and once again, it messed with my self-esteem. Until I heard a story recently that made me feel better.

There was an angry little boy who had a difficult home situation. He was becoming very mean and bullying not only other kids at school, but he was disrespectful and rude to his single mother. She finally sent him to spend some time with his grandmother who quickly took control of the situation. Every time the boy said something mean or disrespectful, she had him go into the garage and hammer a nail into a large board. He was a small boy and this was a difficult task for him. After about ten nails, the lesson finally began to sink in and he slowly improved his behavior and caught himself before those mean words could escape his mouth.

Then his grandmother had him get the board and remove all of the nails, which was an even more difficult task. She told him to look at the board and think of the nails as every mean thing he had ever said to anyone. The nails were removed, but they left a permanent mark. This really hit home with the boy and he finally had a deep understanding about the damage he had done.

I love this story because I realized that even if I were the most pious, spiritual, above-it-all person in the world, those emotional wounds from the past would still remain, and nothing can make them disappear. However – I can choose to fill those permanent holes in my heart with love and forgiveness, not only for those who hammered those emotional nails into it, but for myself for allowing those people into my experience.
 

I’ve had several people from my past reach out to connect with me and although much time has passed and they might have changed, I still don’t feel the need to reconnect with them. Now I live in a place of love for myself, where I only do what feels good and spend my precious time with people who love and appreciate me. And I live a pretty wonderful life these days surrounded by amazing people.

Of course, it goes without saying that we have all inflicted pain on others, whether we meant to or not. All we can do is forgive ourselves and do our best going forward each day to spread love and happiness whenever and wherever we can.

So let go of those past hurts, forgive those who have wronged you – for YOU and YOUR peace of mind, for no other reason – and live each day in a place of loving and honoring yourself. You will find that you no longer attract anyone with an emotional hammer or nails J
 
Much love,
Tanna

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