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June is an artist, writer, speaker and advocate for self-empowerment. In 1999, illness overcame her life. During her unwavering search for physical wellness, she stumbled upon the subject of emotional wellness. This discovery led her down a path of self-empowerment for which she will always be grateful. It opened the doorway to her heart. As a result, she has spent a great deal of the past fourteen years focusing on personal growth and self-help. June’s mission is to share what she has learned with other people to support them on their wondrous and sometimes rocky journey. She conducts workshops, writes and paints to share her passion and wisdom with her fellow advocates for self-empowerment.

Monday, September 6, 2010

One of those weeks...

Well, this has been one of those weeks that demands that I walk my talk. My oldest child, my daughter who is now a young woman, went away to school for the first time. My husband unexpectedly lost his job. Both of these situations evoked (and still do) an entire set of intense emotional responses. I won’t get into the emotional details as you can imagine what they might be.

When life gets challenging and difficult, I rely on my heart. The internal force that reassures me that everything will work out and even better than before. Life is never void of challenges, we have to learn to rise above adversity so that it impacts us in a less negative and self-destructive manner. This is what allows peace to come into play.

There was a time when I had hoped that positive thinking and developing more constructive habits would eliminate adversity. Needless to say, hard times still present themselves.

Over time, I discovered a process to rise above life’s challenges and experience peace regardless of what is happening around me...

  • I acknowledge my feelings and fears; I flat-out accept them instead of resisting or judging them.

  • I let the feelings and fears pass on through my mind (and body, that sickly stomach or heaviness in the chest feeling—you know what I mean).

  • I become aware and experience them, and let them fade into the distance.

  • I avoid entertaining their self-destructive properties; I don’t allow myself to be misled into any destructive beliefs that my feelings and fears create.

After the feelings and fears pass, I feel grace—a beautiful and peaceful feeling that pleasantly overcomes my entire body and mind.

I applied all of these processes in full force this week. In addition, gratitude and love kept me going in the preferred direction and induced a more peaceful state. Trusting my heart, knowing that I am prepared and allowing myself to see solutions instead of barriers let peace come into play.

If you are experiencing some challenges this week, give the above process a try and allow yourself to rise above adversity and experience peace instead.

Monday, August 23, 2010

A bit about me...

Through my own illness, which eventually overcame my life, I actively pursued wellness. Out of desperation, I happened to stumble upon the subject of emotional wellness. Determined to to heal physically and emotionally, I became intimately aware of my own self-destructive tendencies and fear.

Before my illness, I never gave self-help a second thought or felt that it had anything to teach me. I was dead wrong! My illness taught me a great deal and led me down a path of self-discovery for which I will always be grateful. It opened the doorway to my heart and I realized that I had an amazing  resource that was always there to help me in my time of need.

I have spent a great deal of the past decade focusing on personal growth and self-help. My passion is to share what I have learned and be an advocate for self-empowerment by supporting other people on their wondrous and sometimes rocky journey of self-discovery.

Life is not meant to be filled with fear and limitations. Unconscious and unaware, we close ourselves off from a better life. Join me and become an advocate for self-empowerment. Be a positive influence in your own life and the lives of others!