Daily Bliss – June 19


The Angels remind us that compassion is always within our reach, for it resides within.  We can cultivate this daily by extending compassion to others, and when we feel alone, we can draw on that feeling and extend compassion to ourselves.  

The Angels remind us that compassion is always within our reach, for it resides within. We can cultivate this daily by extending compassion to others, and when we feel alone, we can draw on that feeling and extend compassion to ourselves.  

For more info and inspiration for Awakening Angels, visit http://www.aspiritledlife.org.

Are YOU an Awakening Angel?

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As Awakening Angels, we are unlike any others.  We feel deeper, see deeper, and experience life deeper than most.  We feel the weight of the world on our shoulders, and because of that, we’ve lived most of our lives serving the needs of those around us, often neglecting our own needs in the process.

And still, that small voice inside, the one that reminds us that we have a purpose, never leaves our side, no matter how overwhelmed or out of sorts we get, no matter how much we ignore it.

I know, because I’ve been where you are. 

I lost my mom when I was 27, after eight years of illness, and I never really took the time to grieve or heal from that great loss.  I simply went on with life. I got married, had children, and completely ignored my own self care for many years.  As a result, I struggled with chronic stress and illness which left me nearly debilitated in my 30s.  At my lowest point, I thought that struggle and overwhelm was my fate, that I was destined to simply survive whatever the world threw at me.

But in those quiet moments, when I was truly honest with myself, I knew deep down that this wasn’t the life I was supposed to live.  That I was here to do more than struggle.  And I wanted so badly to feel better that I could no longer accept my “fate”.   So, I spent the last several years cultivating tools to help me heal from my past, balance my life, and connect with my inner guidance:  my soul, my higher self, and most especially my angels.

Last year, at the urging of my angels, I finally published my first book, The Angel Inside: Inspiration to Connect with Your Inner Guidance.  Ironically, I fought the guidance I was receiving, doing everything I could to avoid writing this book.  However, angels can be persistent; they know when something is needed in this world.  And they know who needs to bring it to life.

What I would have given during my own time of awakening and healing to have had a group of heart-centered, awakening women to help support and inspire me, to help me not feel so alone, to ensure me I wasn’t actually crazy, to hold my hand as I followed my path.   To hold space for me to grow in my spiritual awareness, help me identify areas which need healing and support and elevate my self-care practices, support me to explore the voice pushing me into something new to confront the blocks which seemed to hold me back.

At the urging of my angels, I now offer to you what I didn’t have then: Support.  Inspiration.  Compassion.  Healing.  Empowerment.  Growth.  Connection.

Why Now?

“When women come together and make a commitment to each other to be in a circle with a spiritual center, they are creating a vessel of healing and transformation for themselves, and vehicle for change in their world.”
~Jean Shinoda Bolen

Women have gathered in circles for centuries to connect, grow, develop, and heal.  The power of circles is that we grow not only from our own work, but from bearing witness and holding space for the work of others.  In circles, we are all equal. Our resources are multiplied, our support magnified.

In these times of unrest across the globe, the power of women coming together for spiritual development, self care, healing, and connection to inner guidance cannot be understated.  The world desperately needs healing and the best way to go about this is for women to first work on  themselves, creating a global ripple effect of awakening, fierce compassion, and holistic service.

Women participating in the Awakening Angels Circle will work together to explore powerful topics such as:

  • Safety, Security, and Trust
  • Worthiness and Openness to Change
  • Self-Care and Self-Compassion
  • Speaking and Living Your Truth
  • Seeing New Ways to Move Forward
  • Connection to Self and Spirit

For more details on each of these topics, visit A Spirit Led Life.

Now is the Time…

Now is the time for you to reclaim self-nurturing, shift your energy, and heal your wounds.

Now is the time for you to dig deep into your inner knowing and get reconnected with the truth of who you are and why you’re here.

Now is the time for you to awaken and heal, so you can safely and confidently help to deliver the world into a more awakened existence.

Now is the time for you to:

  • Learn to trust your inner guidance and ask for Divine assistance regularly
  • Explore, connect, and evolve on your personal spiritual path
  • Cultivate greater self-love and self-healing
  • Receive support and encouragement for your healing and growth
  • Share ideas and resources
  • Receive clarity around perceived blocks
  • Be held accountable for changes and commitments
  • Experience authentic connection with other like-minded women

If you feel that calling within, and you feel led to seek support on your path, I invite you to keep reading and learn more about this small and exclusive circle of women.

The Circle

Awakening Angels Circle is a unique and exclusive monthly offering for 8 women who wish to enhance self-care for body, mind, and spirit, grow their resources and support for self-healing and spiritual awareness, and connect to their inner guidance encircled by the safety and sacred space of other soul-centered women.

While the exact structure may change from session to session in support of the women present, each session will include:

  • Opening and Connection
  • Member Check-in
  • Group Support
  • Guided Meditation
  • Spirit Journaling
  • Individual Goal Setting

Start Date

The next circle starts May 27, 10am-noon (location TBD).  We’ll continue to meet the last Saturday of the month, with consideration for holidays and other scheduling conflicts as they arise.

Cost and Commitment

Because growing inner guidance and building confidence and trust in ourselves and others takes both patience and persistence, all group members must agree to regular attendance for at least six months.  You may attend one circle to ensure it’s a fit.  Afterwards, a  commitment is expected.  You may pay monthly ($39/month) or pay for six months in full and receive a discount ($210 – save $24).

Bonuses

As a bonus for joining the circle, all participants will receive:

  • The Angel Inside:  Inspiration to Connect with Your Inner Guidance (Kindle download).  Receive a downloadable version of my inspirational guide to connecting with the inner guidance from your angels.  Readable via a free downloadable Kindle e-reader if you don’t have a Kindle device.
  • Soul Journal (PDF download).  Receive a custom journal to guide and complement your soul journey.
  • Chakra Balancing and Connection (distance). I will assess and clear each one of your chakras, as well as your energy field.  I’ll take notes and share any intuitive feedback I may receive to support your growth and healing.

Questions?  Ready to join?

Due to the nature of spiritual development, it is imperative that the circle remain small and that all members are committed to their ongoing own growth and to supporting the growth of others.  For that reason, I speak with each potential member prior to joining the group, to ensure it is a good fit for everyone with respect to personalities, goals, interests, etc.  If you would like to inquire more about the circle, click the link below!

JOIN THE CIRCLE

Please note that this currently this is a local offering (Louisville, KY area).  I plan to make this a virtual offering in the near future. Stay tuned!

Love Full Out – Being Present

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As you know, I started off this year with the inspiration to Love Full Out.  In doing so, I’m keeping my focus on three main practices in my daily life:

  • Be present
  • Be curious
  • Be open to receiving

Last week, I got my first big opportunity to practice being present.  You may have noticed I didn’t post an article last week.  All week long, I had a sinus headache, an earache, and felt all-around lousy. I thought it was allergies or the changing weather, but apparently, it was a cold.

As per my usual, I don’t have time to be sick.  It’s the first of the year, after all, and there is planning to be done.  After a break from work and school, we were all trying to get into a normal routine.  I needed – wanted – to write, to work, to get back into my groove.

So I tried to rally. I didn’t miss any work, but by the time I got home each day, I was exhausted.  Early bedtimes, Echinacea tea, and even hot toddies didn’t give me the energy I sought.  I finally acquiesced. The cold simply had to run its course.

Such is the way of being present.  My reality was having a cold.  Period.  No matter how much I wanted to pretend or ignore or fight, my body needed rest.  It needed nurturing.  And it needed me to be present to its needs.

How often when we consider being present, do we forget out about our most important instrument, our bodies? 

How often do we run ourselves ragged, while our bodies faithfully preserve to keep us moving? 

How often do we ignore the aches and pains and cries from our bodies to slow down and pay attention?

BEING PRESENT – LOVING FULL OUT – INCLUDES KNOWING AND RESPECTING THE VOICE OF OUR UNIQUE BODIES

Yes, our bodies talk to us. They tell us what they need and want to stay healthy and functioning, but we’re usually too busy to really listen.  Or we don’t believe they actually have this capacity.

So how do we stay present? 

We get in touch with our unique bodies.  We sit in quiet contemplation daily and slowly scan our bodies from head to toe.  We notice how each part feels in that moment.  We ask our bodies what they need from us.  Then we stay quiet and listen for what comes up.  Really, truly listen.

We tell our bodies how much we love them and we thank them for being the vehicles that ensure we move forward.

We apologize for any harsh words we’ve said.  For the moments of disdain and disgust.  For the times we wished for a different shape or size or color.

We touch our bodies gently and tenderly, like we would any other love in our lives.  For this love keeps us alive.

We trust that when our bodies tell us they’re sick or sad or tired, they are.  And we take care of them.  In return, they will trust us back.

For many of us, it will be the first time we’ve given our bodies this kind of attention and compassion.  It may feel awkward and uncomfortable and we may not even fully believe what we’re saying and doing just yet.  Presence is a practice.

Make a daily commitment.  Pick just one of these and repeat it until you really feel it in your heart and soul as truth.  Then add to it.  Make it your own.

Above all, commit to being present with your body.  It’s the first step to being present in all other areas of your life, and to Loving Full Out.

Love & light,
Ashley

http://www.aspiritledlife.org/articles/love-full-out-being-present