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We Got Lucky ~ What every moment offers us

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Articles by Shayla, Lifeletters & Articles | 5 comments

We Got Lucky ~ What every moment offers us

I had a bad day this week. It was a day of struggle and self judgment. The kind of day when you feel powerless, trapped inside the stories of the mind. The ruthless logic of my intellect had me pinned to the wall. The story of failure, of missing the boat, was loud and persistent. I saw myself repeating the same tragic mental and emotional habits of my parents, perpetuating the traumatic imprints of my whole ancestral line. Emerging from weeks of wild fire smoke, the infinite bright beauty of...

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A Global Course Correction ~ The Liberating Power of “I Can’t”

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 0 comments

A Global Course Correction  ~ The Liberating Power of “I Can’t”

“We are coming down to earth, we will not arrive intact.” -Bayo Akomolafe A powerful and effective coach does not always encourage people to feel “I can.” This is not what real empowerment is. Our true power springs from a deeper place. It comes from our humility, and the courage we find to face our shadows and our limitations, as well as our gifts and our brilliance. When a client says to me, “I can’t do this by myself,” I feel my heart breathe a sigh of relief, as I say to...

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A Whole New Rhythm… and a new Earth

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 4 comments

A Whole New Rhythm… and a new Earth

The times are urgent, let us slow down Bayo Akomolafe Eckhart Tolle speaks about a new Earth; I see that new Earth arising from a whole new rhythm that we begin to embody in our human lives. When times are as challenging, disruptive and chaotic as they are these days, the sense of urgency becomes acute. It can so easily activate our sympathetic nervous system: the impulse to fight or flee. If we don’t find ways to integrate these energies, our nervous system puts on what Stephen Porges...

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Living with Heartbreak ~ The awakening of our feeling body

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 5 comments

Living with Heartbreak ~ The awakening of our feeling body

I had a conversation that impacted me deeply this weekend, with Keith Witt, an integral psychotherapist, teacher and author. We were talking about the #metoo movement, and his perspective on the root cause of the sexual violence, harassment and inequality that have been a part of so many women’s lives. “We haven’t taken care of our children,” he said. “A good parent raises a child who becomes a healthy adult. A healthy adult does not treat other people like this.” His...

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The Soul’s Long Journey ~ Inside the Belly of the Whale

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 3 comments

The Soul’s Long Journey ~ Inside the Belly of the Whale

Thirteen people: one man, twelve boys, trapped in a cave, deep underground, water blocking all possible exits. The whole world has watched for the last two weeks, as this mythical, archetypal story unfolded in Thailand. Parents stayed by the entrance of the cave, praying day and night for the safety of their children, accompanied by Buddhist monks. The coach who led the boys into the underground labyrinth was a former monk who taught the boys how to meditate, to calm them, ground them and...

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Your Beautiful Sovereignty ~ Moving with your own inner rhythm

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Featured Writing, Lifeletters & Articles | 4 comments

Your Beautiful Sovereignty ~ Moving with your own inner rhythm

In these times of wildness, in these times of chaos, heartbreak and despair, we are being called. Drawn relentlessly into a deeper connection with ourselves, and with each other. Into a new way of moving through our days and our nights. I spoke with an aunt of mine one day long ago, about ‘moving with our own inner rhythm.’ She looked at me as if I was delusional. I received a strong hit in that moment of the severe genetic coding we have received as women, passed down through the...

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