As the new year begins to unfold, I am waking up to a brand new world. I am aware of a bigger love within me than I ever knew before. And I came to this awareness not through reading but by acting on my heart's desires. I returned last night from a week-long immersion in Asheville, North Carolina, where I was trained in a beautifully powerful suite of modalities based on reading the map of the eyes. I could tell you about the iris being a map of our thoughts, words, and feelings believed in our other-than-conscious world. I could describe the role of our words and language in creating states of consciousness. I could share that we have a sacred body language that speaks when our mind has not yet found the words. What I choose to share is my experience of receiving true love. In the presence of true love, I was able to touch and love and feel a place within me I had preferred to avoid. A place that was easier to relate to when it was "over there" happening to "those people", many miles or many generations away from my "here and now" reality. However, I know from my experience that trying live above our suppressed emotions, trying to get by with a comfortable material existence, at some point gets old. We grow out of the tiring routine. We know in our hearts something is calling for us to see, touch, feel, and love in a way we have never been able to before. With guidance and great love, we can touch what we feel, and love what we feel, and experience healing beyond the box of what seems possible, reasonable, or explainable. I know I was raised with an intensity and commitment of unrelenting love, which sometimes felt overwhelming. I now love my parents for their intensity and their commitment, and for never letting me off the hook, even when it was hard for them. I love what I feel when it is hard for me, and I love myself as I do it anyway. This unrelenting love is the depth of love our world is created from, moment by moment by moment. And this unrelenting love is the love that will heal our own hearts, moment by moment by moment. I am grateful to have the experience and the tools required to touch the experiences in all of us that we did not, in the past, understand how to love. With true love received specifically in the present moment, we begin a new trajectory in fulfillment of our greater mission in life. If you are ready to wake up to your new world, please get in touch with me for an exploration of how we can partner in your process. I also invite you to join me for a free teleclass on Tuesday, January 20th, entitled, "All About Imagination". Expand your current container and discover a new activation of your imagination from the realm of true potential. Details and registration are here.
12 Days of Holiday Sanity" begins. As the holidays approach, are you feeling more and more peace, joy, and love? Or are you feeling more and more frazzled, with a longer and longer list of things to do? If you want to experience twelve daily doses of inspiration and clarity to help you find your own source of sanity this holiday season, and learn some tools to bring into the next year, sign up here>> Below, I'm sharing the first lesson from this course with you as a gift to remember this holiday season, and throughout the year as you encounter the feeling of so many things "to do". If you enroll in the course, you'll also see a video and be able to download the worksheet for today's lesson. Each day for the next 12 days, you'll receive a new lesson. All lessons will appear on a password-protected website, which you'll have access to after the course is finished. Enjoy!
Daily Dose of Sanity #1: CHOICE Continue reading
For most of the years of my adult life, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has felt like a race. "A race to where?" you might ask. Great question! Instead of racing through your list of "to do"s, try something new this holiday. Try adding some restorative practices to your days, and checking in with yourself to ensure that you are sharing and giving your best self to the people you care most about. Don't know what restores you? Well, here's a great place to start: STOP. Yes, that's right. STOP doing for even one whole minute each day. For those of us who thrive on the thrill of accomplishment, fitting in, doing more, working harder, and making things look good, this might be as big of a challenge as anything you've put on your "to do" list. That's why you need to do it now. STOP. Just sit still with yourself for ONE ENTIRE MINUTE each day, and watch what happens. Feel everything that comes up. Feel your resistance. Feel your annoyance. Feel your jitters. Feel your desire to be anywhere but right here, right now. Give yourself this gift every day during the month of December, and you'll be on your way to being able to give to others what they truly desire - your full presence and peace with yourself. Want more inspiration and instructions on how to create restorative practices and restore sanity to your holiday season? Enroll in my online course starting December 13th. Register here>>
FRAZZLED, rather than dazzled, by the holidays?This course delivers 12 daily doses of practical wisdom to help you reclaim your own joy during the holiday season, no matter how crazy it gets. It's like having a daily coaching session to help you maintain your peace and clarity through the holidays, within the privacy and convenience of your own computer, iPad, or web-enabled smart phone, and at an INSANELY affordable price. If you have ever experienced overwhelm, dread, emotional volatility, and high levels of stress around the holidays, this course is for you!
Receive 12 daily lessons about how to deal with common stressful holiday scenarios such as:
- being triggered by family members
- feeling pressured to keep up with holiday rituals and activities (cards, decorations, parties, gifts)
- not honoring your own needs and ending up exhausted, instead of joyful, by year's end
- dreading or avoiding holiday family gatherings altogether
- feeling obligated rather than grateful
- annual "replay" of old familiar patterns of behavior and conversations
- handling "difficult" people and awkward situations with greater ease
Format:Online course, with 12 lessons, each link delivered daily to your inbox. Lessons are completed at your own pace, so no worries about "falling behind" or showing up for class on time! Media include written materials, a daily audio MP3 podcast, downloadable worksheets, and videos. Utilize these lessons throughout the year, whenever you need a dose of sanity in your life! You will retain unlimited access to the course website and lessons. Discussion forum and real-time online feedback from classmates and instructor for the duration of the 12-day course.
Starts Monday, December 13th!
Ornaments Photo by David Zellaby, used under a Creative Commons License.
The Art of Self-Care Primer:
5 Principles to Transform Your Relationship With Your Self and Expand Your Capacity To Serve Others
“Only when you have a healthy, honorable, affirming relationship with yourself can you have the same with others. This relationship is the foundation of your ability to demonstrate and practice compassion.” - Iyanla Vanzant
Learn how to practice and apply these 5 principles of Self-Care in your life:
- From Reactive to Creative
- Your Body Knows
- What Restores You?
- Want What You Want
Discover and practice techniques for getting to know your true SELF and develop greater capacity for compassionate care of others, from the inside out.
- Define where your responsibilities begin...and where they end.
- Create a morning ritual.
- Start trusting the messages your body is sending you.
- Explore and notice what brings you true peace and joy.
- Start acknowledging yourself and realize that you CAN feel good.
- ...and more!
"My experience as a Caring Professional started at the age of twelve, with my first paying job as a violin teacher. I lived a life of ambition and striving, going to Harvard, finishing medical school, and becoming the youngest partner in a venture capital investment firm before I turned 30. I wanted to care deeply about the work I did in the world, and I knew that music was at the heart of my deepest passion and greatest offering. "More than five years after moving to California to follow my dream and start my own violin school in Silicon Valley, I was "successful" by every external measure available. But I learned first-hand about the physical exhaustion, loss of compassion, and burnout that resulted from what I didn't know about Self-Care, even when following my own dream. "The lessons in this course are shared with you from my own study, practice, and personal journey of healing and transformation. I invite you to learn with me, try these practices in your own life, and discover what new possibilities are revealed to you as a Caring Professional." - Dr. Lisa Chu
- Learn the 5 Principles of Self-Care and begin practicing them in your own life
- Create a list of Self-Care Practices based on your learning, and start creating the changes you desire in your life
- Get introduced to each principle on day one. Then get a small activity each day to put into practice in your real life.
- Work at your own pace
- Benefit from online discussion with other learners
- Receive written, audio, and video materials to guide you in your learning
- Access online materials even after the course has ended
Who should enroll:
- Anyone who wants to restore life balance, expand their capacity to serve others, and rediscover the joy of compassionate service
- Anyone considering a coaching relationship with me and seeking an introduction to the foundation of my work with people
- Caring Professionals at risk for burnout who want to learn preventive wellness measures
- You are a Caring Professional if...
- You care deeply about what you do as a professional (or what you define as work or service)
- You serve others for a living
- Caring Professionals have a variety of job descriptions across many industries, such as: