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The Secret to a Deep, Happy, Fulfilling Life


Applying and getting into a top university. Getting a law degree. Appearing in federal court. All those things were hard work, but they were easy. Because they gained me respect and recognition. I called myself an attorney with pride in my voice. But life coach? Personal development guru? Because of my buying into what society holds up as respectable, following the path to these has not been so easy to brag about.

Courage and Happiness

I now realize that choosing to be an attorney didn’t come from any strong life purpose or inner guidance. It came from a desire for ego candy like recognition, respect, money and from not listening to my true self. It’s taken real courage for me to step off that ego-candy path and step into a life guided by my inner self. And you know what? I was miserable as an attorney. However, now I do my coaching work, incredulous that something that makes me feel so amazing is mine.

What is a Wild Practical Life?

What are we really talking about at Wild Practical Life? It’s about helping you see that the path that has traditionally led to respect and recognition, the one you think that others expect of you, is what has made you dissatisfied, unhappy and stuck. It’s about helping you find an energetic, happy life led by the guidance of your inner voice.

How to Live A Life From Soul

What does it mean to live a life from soul, from your inner self? It means:

  • Being aware of your thoughts
  • Being aware of your feelings and your body
  • Figuring out what’s blocking you from happiness
  • Finding tools to check in with your inner self for guidance in how to live your life
  • Following the joy and energy to find your path, always trusting that the next step will appear
  • And finding the courage, each and every day, to step off the traditional path of chasing money and recognition, and take the path of soul towards a Wild Practical Life

Something Worth Having

I wish I could show you the way to living a life from the inner self in one short blog post, but like anything worth having, it takes time, curiosity, knowledge and help. At Wild Practical Life, we’re working on the most creative, innovative solutions to get you on the path to a joyful life.

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Connection

Thanksgiving connection
Thanksgiving is a day to be grateful. But today I’m also going to suggest your revel in the feminine trait of interconnectedness.

As you prepare and eat your meal today, settle into the connection to women around the country and to those who have come before you. Feel the connection to your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Or perhaps to ancestors who have prepared food. See them sitting around a fire or a in a mustard yellow kitchen. Appreciate the simple goodness of the human tradition of preparing food. The cutting, the chopping, the stripping, the mixing, the cooking – all can be meditative movements to connect us to the long line of women before us. Feel the power of the sisterhood, owning, appreciating and taking comfort in it.

If, as a woman, you feel an objection rising up about the unfairness of women given the task of the manual labor, I understand. I feel that too. Feel that part of your nature and honor it. But also realize the power you can gain from the feminine aspect of interconnectedness on this day.

Thanksgiving can be a time of stress of many different personalities coming together. Take this time to consider each person at the table as a soul struggling to do their best, just as you are. Feel the love and connection to your fellow humans. Be open to truly seeing the others around you.

Also be open to letting them see you. Relax into your comfortable, natural self (perhaps with a few deep breaths) and let others see you for your gifts. Connect to them from your inner self.

Plugging in to history, to family and to those sitting around the table with you all can fill you with the simple, necessary pleasure of connection.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Playing Small?

Playing Small? dreams
Are you playing small?
Do you close down your voice in conversations for fear that the invisible you see as truth will not be welcome?
Do you let the hard, logical, loud statements of others stand without being questioned?

Are there things in your head and heart that you hide from the world?
Are there visions and dreams that you don’t act on out of fear?

How to stop playing small?
In small continuous ways.

First, dig deep and connect to that quiet part of you that knows your truth.
Listen to what it wants to say.
Connect to its beautiful magic and creativity.
Decide how to bring that out into the world.

Each step will be scary.
Each step will make you worry about what others will think.
But if there’s excitement on the other side of the fear, take the step anyway.

Repeating that step with another variation will be so much easier the next time.
So aim for a slightly bigger step in the world.
And push past fear again to the excitement.

There will always be bigger steps and always be fear.
But if you don’t start on the road with each careful, small step
You will never get to where you need to go.
Take your wild, beautiful, creative, colorful steps.
They are needed in this world.

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Storm Brewing

There’s a storm brewing outside my window.
It’s dark and nasty. The greyness
heralding the power of nature about to hit my town.

It echoes a storm within me.
So many things are being stirred up
And the feeling of a power
Building up that no longer can be contained.

The need to fight for what I believe in.
The winds blowing to uncover that which was complacent.

What storms are brewing in you?
What hidden discontents need to be uncovered?
What power do you have that you must start to own
In order to live your best, biggest, fully-aligned life?

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