Intuitive everything

If you’re not able or willing to read the post below, have a listen to the audio above.

At the beginning of the year, I decided to try something different. I was feeling stuck toward the end of last year and prayed for some clarity, ease, inspiration and connection.

A couple of individuals, books, lectures and courses flowed my way, all which pointed to a decidedly different view of and approach to life for me that would become the answer to my prayers: follow my intuition.

What does that entail?

More feeling, listening and receiving, less thinking.

Instead of pushing or forcing myself, I would allow myself to be pulled, compelled, inspired.

For someone who has lived her whole life doing quite the opposite, this was a tall order. Pushing myself, pushing through, pushing forward had been my m.o. up to that point. For me, pushing was the only way I could attain, achieve and experience what I wanted. I thought, how could I possibly trust I’ll have the life I want if I don’t push?

And less thinking? I’m a person who values critical thinking and prides herself in being a critical thinker. How can less thinking possibly help me experience more clarity in life?

What does more feeling, listening and receiving even look like?

I was reluctant to apply this new approach, but I also knew that the way I was going about life wasn’t working all that well for me either. This allowed my ego to surrender a bit, and me to commit to this new […]

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Spotlight: Lianne Raymond

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I was first struck by Lianne Raymond‘s work when I read her explanation on the difference between actualization and ambition. It was incredibly refreshing to read a writer with such intellectual and spiritual integrity, a voice that stands for intellectual rigor and intuitive wisdom.

A life coach, teacher and lifelong student of human development, Lianne’s work brings together “the best of yin and yang, science and wisdom, intellect and intuition.” She is a champion for living life from the inside out and exploring what it means to be human, to be alive and to grow.

Although she isn’t widely known, Lianne has worked with and is lauded by some of the leading voices in personal development and spirituality. And I can see why. I consider Lianne one of the wisest voices we have today, and following you’ll see why:

[On actualization] Actualization is an awkward word for the beautiful and somewhat mysterious essence in every human being and every living thing to grow into the fullest expression of itself.

When we are swimming in actualization we feel light, buoyant, the water is supporting us and we don’t worry if we swim so far out that we occasionally lose sight of the shore. The water is warm. We are in our element. We feel at one with the water.

[On ambition] Once we become initiated into the world of ambition we often lose […]

DEPTH Picks

In the past few weeks, there have been a couple of series and films that have captured our hearts and minds…

Wild Wild Country: A documentary series about a controversial Indian guru and his followers who set up what some may view as an intentional community and others as a cult on a remote location in Oregon in the early 80s. What ensues in the next couple of years is laid out in a way that compels us to explore and question spirituality, humanity, religion, society, values, ethics, transformation, vision, actualization, power, force, love, evil and a host of other matters related to consciousness. The story is shocking and the fact that we have never heard of it is even more shocking.

Roxanne Roxanne: A stunning, hard-hitting biopic on Roxanne Shante, the first female solo artist in hip hop. Beyond seeing her emergence in the 80s hip hop scene, which will give anyone who’s grown up in 80s New York all the feels, we get a close look into Roxanne’s personal development outside of the music. The film does a great job of portraying complicated and multi-dimensional people, dynamics and relationships, and reminding the public of a young woman’s impact in the art form.

Behind the Curtain:Todrick Hall: An inspiring documentary on the making of artist and performer Todrick Hall’s visual album and musical about growing up as a black gay male in Texas and becoming successful in showbiz. We get to follow Todrick […]

Compassion: What It Is; What It Isn’t

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I first crossed paths with Steven Morrison about 15 years ago just as he arrived back to the U.S. from an international peace conference in Croatia. I was intrigued by his demeanor, so comfortable in his own skin and at peace even in the most chaotic of environments, yet totally accessible, raw and authentic. Fortunately that intrigue led to one of my most coveted relationships. A teacher, a model, a friend and the most non-judgmental being I know, Steven has been an integral force in my evolution.

After several years as a psychotherapist, Steven created the Spiritual Workout and founded The Consciousness Company where he infuses higher consciousness, applying 15 universally spiritual concepts, to empower individuals, organizations and the world at large. I credit Steven with deepening my awareness, helping me truly understand a whole set of principles that enrich my daily life as a spiritual/non-physical being having a human/physical experience.

My understanding of compassion, for example, was completely transformed. Steven broke it down for me in a way I’ve never heard before and since then, my perception and experience of compassion has never been the same, to my benefit and that of my relationship to others. Here it is from Steven himself, in his own words…

First, a disclaimer. My intention is to offer a few insights about compassion in everyday life and to spark a more comprehensive conversation.

Let’s begin with the […]

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DEPTH Picks

From time to time, DEPTH will highlight some gems on the web that are very much aligned with its mission to feed minds, move souls and transform the world:

*An illuminating piece on the power of making time for what you truly love to do by Tara Mohr.

*A powerful loving kindness meditation for strengthening our compassion muscle (toward ourselves + others) led by Tara Brach.

*A short interview with Iyanla that exemplifies the power and necessity of compassion, and what it really is.

*An enlightening interview with Terri Cole about self awareness and relationships (we might not be as self aware as we think we are).

*Joseph Aldo’s spot-on explanation of the dark night of the soul and profound transformation.

*Dr. Kelly Brogan on the power of minding our energy and owning our ability to choose.

Spotlight: Lisa Nichols

Sometimes we’re blessed to come across individuals that make you say, “Thank God this person exists in the world.” They have a powerful presence, an infectious spirit, the ability to help you get into alignment. One of the those people is Lisa Nichols.

I had the honor of interviewing Lisa about 10 years ago, just as she started to blow up in the personal growth and spirituality space. What I love most about Lisa is her unshakeable belief in the power of the human spirit and real transformation. She wholeheartedly believes everyone is worthy, we can beat the odds, and endless possibilities.

Whenever I come across Lisa’s work, my mood changes; my perspective expands; I feel more aligned with the truth. She truly is an embodiment of love and a reliable source for inspiration. Below are a couple of gems that are bound to strike a chord, if not, move the needle:

[On purpose] The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you know why.

Your human spirit simply says, What’s our command for tomorrow? What do you want to create? It’s not keeping score. Your mind is keeping score. Your mind is designed to keep you safe. Your soul, your intuition, your human spirit is designed to make you soar. Some days you have to be willing to play between your mind and your soul.

[On ego and beyond ego] Your energy is consumed with protecting, proving, hiding and defending. But if you let go of that, then […]

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