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What Place Do You Choose To Call Home?

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What Place Do You Choose To Call Home?

When you take a good look at yourself in the morning what do you see? Someone who is not thin enough? Not smart enough? Not pretty enough? Why is there always that sense of lacking something? Why can’t we look in the mirror and see the beauty encompassing our being…the radiance within that shines so brightly if we simply allow it to be seen?

You can change your beliefs at any given moment. You can move away from the scarcity mindset into a feeling of gratitude for the abundance in your life simply by focusing on the positive instead of the negative. Deepak says, “Finding a path back to your source is a matter of letting life settle down to where it wants to be. What you seek, you already are.” When you stop looking for change outside of yourself and turn inward and simply allow for the realization of your unique talents and gifts, you unlock your unlimited potential.

Like a present waiting to be unwrapped, that beautiful gift lies dormant inside until you choose to reveal it. Start at the source and seek all the answers from within. Don’t follow someone else’s map. Don’t wait for a miracle. Follow the flow of your awareness. Don’t resist what is ready to manifest inside if only given the chance. Open yourself to the unknown and stop censoring what you intuitively know to be true. Reach beyond yourself and be genuine and speak your truth. The truth will set you free of your ego and self-limiting beliefs. Let the center be your home. According to Deepak Chopra, the next time you see your life from a place of lack, instead you can:

– Say, “This situation may be shaking me, but I am more than any situation.”
– Take a deep breath and focus your attention on whatever your body is feeling.
– Step back and see yourself as another person would see you.
– Realize your emotions are not reliable guides to what is permanent and real. They are momentary reactions, and most likely they are born of habit.

This change of perspective will bring an awareness which allows the fight between good and evil, and us and them to calm down in their clashes to make way for a world in which your beautiful self can emerge…a world you deserve to call home.

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Don’t Let Fear Control Your Life

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Don’t Let Fear Control Your Life

I believe we have 2 choices in life: we can choose to live our lives from a place of fear or we can embrace faith to guide us to a more fulfilling future. Most people will spend their lives living at the effect, feeling controlled by outside stimuli. Their minds will not penetrate what it means to live from their essence or core beliefs. Instead, they will place all their time and energy into reacting. If you reflect back on a time where you were really scared, you can recall how you probably felt powerless over external situations or people. Some people choose to live their entire lives from this place which leads to controlling behaviors and can result in patterns of abuse. People who choose to live from this place run the risk of becoming imprisoned by the mind.

In contrast, people who live according to their core beliefs will not feel threatened by others. When their buttons are pushed they will not feel the need to react but rather to lean into the emotions and discover something about themselves. Because they feel worthy, their focus is to get closer to living from their core beliefs every day.  They are able to see the opportunity to learn and grow in moments that are stressful. A simple shift of the mind creates an entirely different reality.

When we choose growing over living in fear we allow our minds to expand. An awareness of our supreme self and a belief in our wholeness will easily dissolve our limiting beliefs, allowing us to blossom into our most authentic selves. This is a conscious choice we make every day. When we can live at the cause rather than the effect, we can find an inner state of peace, calm and confidence. We can free ourselves from the false sense of being separate that compromises our beliefs around safety and trust. We release doubt and toxic energy and allow positive energy to attract positive situations, people and experiences into our lives.

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The Time is Now

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The Time is Now

Yesterday a new moon symbolized this manifestation period we are entering where  we can shed our old skins and release whatever is not working. This is a cycle of completions and new beginnings. Think about what might need to be wrapped up and brought closer to completion in your life. What doors are opening up for you? Where are you ready to go to the next level? Where can you leverage this powerful universal energy to make positive changes in your life?

Dive deep and reach for your real power. This is about healing you….your heart and your mind. This moon can heal your heavy heart. Let go, surrender and connect with your soul. What is it trying to tell you through its soft whispers? What experience in your life has been a constant struggle for you? Now is finally a time to take care of you and love yourself more than something or someone in your life. I know how difficult and uncertain that task may seem but there comes a time where we need to stop giving our power away to other situations and people if we truly want to manifest a better life. We cannot stay stuck simply because it is easier and less confrontational. Listen to your core, trust your intuition and take a stand. The universe is completely aligned and ready to support you fully.

During this period think of your body as a sacred container. Nourish it with good food, exercise, loving kindness and a deep respect and compassion for your entire being. Claim who you are at your core and get clarity on what you desire. This is much easier to do with a nourished channel or container. Strip away and shed the rest. If you don’t, you run the risk of never knowing what you came here to become. The road to self-discovery and possession is a bumpy one but one that must be taken. It demands forgiving yourself so you can thrive by tapping into your gifts and leaving situations that hold you back in life. No one else will do this for you. I believe in you and this transformational period will allow you to plant the seeds for your very best future.

How Long Will You Stare At The Closed Door?

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How Long Will You Stare At The Closed Door?

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Helen Keller was so very wise when she stated, “Often we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened us for us.” When we dare to open our eyes to the door’s surroundings and free ourselves from our tunnel vision, we gain an awareness of what else might serve us better or why we were spared what’s behind the closed door.

Sometimes we just need to walk away from those closed door. There are other times that perhaps we need to open that door and stop being paralyzed by our fears and self-limiting beliefs. Our intuition may tell us that whatever is behind that door is worth investigating.

How do we know you may ask. We know when we can center ourselves through meditation and tap into that answer. We simply need to quiet the mind chatter long enough to let our core (our mindful brain attached to our heart) tell us what we need to do. Today, I invite you to find that all-knowing place. Go within and ask yourself what actions you need to take to free yourself from your self-limiting beliefs. Don’t let your painful past tell you to play it safe. Every situation is a new opportunity to make a change for the better. Today is a new day. A day to pick up the pen and start writing your next chapter of your life. Don’t wrap your choices up in the entangled web of your distorted beliefs that have you feeling unworthy of change, love, and a sense of belonging. Every day can bring you closer to the light of your true self. Let that light and awareness become your guide. It will never steer you wrong. Your brightest future awaits.

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Illuminate Your Hidden Beliefs To Reveal Your True Self

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Illuminate Your Hidden Beliefs To Reveal Your True Self

We all have hidden beliefs that keep us playing small and limit our potential in life. We keep them hidden because we think it is easier to avoid and deny them than to bring them to the surface. However, by stuffing them we create conditions that will ultimately lead to some form of self-destruction or negative consequences. It is like submerging a beach ball under water. We can do that for a little while but eventually the ball is going to pop to the surface and the more we submerge it the greater the negative consequence.
Our hidden beliefs serve as traps and needless obstacles that prevent us from making great strides to achieving our dreams in life. They tell us “we’re not good enough,” “it is better to play it safe than try something new,” “no one is really listening anyway,” and so on. These beliefs will never go away either unless we shine light on them. They become relentless mind chatter that chip away at our feelings of worth, purpose and strength. They take us further and further away from our unique gifts and true self. They develop out of protection the first time we fail at something and they bring us comfort in knowing that by listening to them, we might not fail again.

These beliefs are so painful to hold onto. We are born of unconditional love and acceptance and as we go through life it is these beliefs that have us feeling defenseless against challenging events and powerless in life.

When we shine light on these beliefs, they slowly lose power and the grip that they have on our life begins to loosen. We begin to see how absurd and inaccurate they really are because at our core, we know we are perfect and have unlimited potential to succeed. Let me repeat that, WE ARE PERFECT! Each and every one of us. We are our own worst enemies. The people who are successful in life have the courage to shine light on their limiting beliefs. And, the more light they shine on those beliefs, the more successful they become. The ego cannot survive in the light. It completely disintegrates allowing all the masks we wear to fall way. It is then, and only then, that we can tap into all the power we possess within us and transform our lives from the inside out. So today, when you hear that voice telling you that you are not good enough, turn toward it and let it know who is really in control.

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You Are What You Believe

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You Are What You Believe

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Think back to when you were a young child and you lived life full of wonder, curiosity and a strong belief that you could accomplish almost anything you set out to achieve. When asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, you easily tapped into your true gifts and innate abilities and selected the profession in which you felt you would experience the most fulfillment. There were no restrictions or self-limiting beliefs about it; you knew without a doubt it was the job that brought you delight and revealed your unique brilliance.

Now fast forward 20 years or more. How did that belief and vision change over time? How have the tags and labels you’ve acquired guided you to your chosen profession? Has it worked in your favor and are you feeling fulfilled in your life? Or, can you notice how the labels related to your age, gender, race or nationality and the biases associated with them may have limited your ability to occupy your desired profession? What else may have prevented you from stepping onto the path aligned with your natural gifts? Maybe it is fear that you might fail. Perhaps it is feelings of uncertainty. Now remember how those same feelings as a child propelled you to take a risk and enjoy the adventure. Today, simply observe, without judgment, how your feelings have changed over time.

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Stand In Your Truth

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Stand In Your Truth

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Much of my coaching centers around helping others to stand in their truth and demonstrate a love of oneself. Why is it so hard for us to do this? Why do we serve others so easily yet when it comes to walking our path to the expression of our highest self we struggle to let go of the shackles that keep us trapped in our lives?

I find it helpful to think about the advice you would give a loved one when you can’t find the confidence and security you need to make these difficult choices for yourself. I remember when I was contemplating my divorce and I did an exercise in which I imagined my daughter coming to me with the same dilemma. It then became crystal clear what actions I needed to take. The inner critic that chimes in relentlessly with thoughts of us not being worthy to stand up for ourselves usually wins. Next time you hear that voice, take a stand and don’t listen. Search to find that place in yourself that exists outside of your head and knows what is best for you. Guard your life like you would for a loved one and celebrate the courage to do this. And if you need a little help, I’m always here to guide and empower you until you can do this on your own. 🙂

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Why Are You Fighting the Inevitable?

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Why Are You Fighting the Inevitable?

When we fight the inevitable, we are delaying our destiny. If something is clearly over and you are clinging to it despite the pain it is causing you, you are doing yourself an injustice. Don’t stick around trying to fix what is clearly broken. Know that you deserve the best and don’t settle for less. ‘Letting go’ is not ‘giving up. Don’t waste your time in mediocrity when you were meant for GREATNESS.

There are so many emotions on the path to greatness and living an authentic life. I think all of us can identify a time where we stayed in a job or a relationship hoping it would just resolve itself over time, and we lived life for a while feeling “stuck.” Think back to that time in your life. Did you feel grateful? Overjoyed? Probably not. Why? Because you were living a life of mediocrity. You weren’t living life wholeheartedly. Your true purpose in life was not being fulfilled. You were most likely afraid to step out of your comfort zone on the path to achieving more until things became so bad that you felt you had no choice. This can be a lifetime for some. Wasted time in that case. For others, maybe the lesson far outweighed the short struggle. Either way…our awareness of these circumstances and our courage to achieve more is a huge feat. Keep Going. Each step may get harder but don’t stop. The view at the top is BEAUTIFUL.

Persevere…You Are Worth It!

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Persevere…You Are Worth It!

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I’ve been on a life journey since losing my mom in May 2013 to Ovarian Cancer. I remember thinking the grief I felt that day would be with me forever, leaving me to feel the heaviness of sorrow from that day forward. I had 3 young girls to take care of and I was not going to let this huge loss be my breaking point. My children needed me. I had to “show up.” I had to be brave. I had to be courageous despite feeling like I was crumbling into a pile of sand. The journey was rocky but moment by moment life went on.

In January 2014, I realized my marriage was over. After 10 years, I realized that all that we invested was no longer enough. Our paths were no longer intertwined; our lives were not supporting the authentic people we were destined to become. This moment in time was extremely scary. I adored my children, and could not fathom spending time apart from them as I knew a divorce would inevitably create with split custody. I had to make a decision. Do I stay to keep the family intact or do I leave, allowing myself to experience vulnerabilities far greater than I dreamed possible?  I had to muster courage in the face of fear and reach deep inside my core in search of the answer. I had to stand tall when I felt knocked over and do what I felt was best for our family. I am now divorced and life is very different. However, our new normal is really good.

Little did I know that these two events were life-defining moments.  They opened a door that revealed who I was. At 40, I thought I knew that answer but I only knew the person I showed the world. I wore a cape to protect and hide the pain I felt from the loss of a parent and marriage. That superhero cape gave me control of my world as others saw it, even when it felt like it was spinning out of control on the inside. It kept me safe and hid my raw feelings of pain and fear. I began to realize though that living this way…pretending to be fine on the outside…led to feeling really lonely on the inside. I started opening up to close friends and family and as I did, I realized that all people had these same feelings. Life is beautiful but it is also brutal.

In my search for discovering myself, I slowly began to peel away that cape. I revealed vulnerabilities that made me feel ashamed. I waited for people to walk away, but they didn’t. They opened their hearts to me and embraced me fully. This encouraged me to keep peeling away my capes. In doing so, I experienced peace, dignity, and deep friendships. I learned that it was okay to reveal who I was wholeheartedly. The “real me” began to emerge and I embraced moments when I could tap into that person and learn more. My life mission evolved and I now have the honor of helping to inspire others who wish to do the same. If you are interested in a free strategy session to learn more, please visit my website at www.kristinswarcheck.com.

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You Reap What You Sow in Life

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You Reap What You Sow in Life

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In life, we all have to deal with some kind of loss or disappointment: the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of a dream, or even the loss of a relationship. It’s tempting to feel like something was taken away from us or something was stolen. You can have one of two attitudes. You can say, “It’s not fair. I don’t understand how this could happen to me?” You can get angry, bitter and pass blame. But what if you take that loss and sow it as a seed? By doing this I mean what if you approach loss with faith, hope, strength, and forgiveness? We believe whatever we tell ourselves. There is no reality – only perception. We trust ourselves…why would we lie inside our own heads? When we find the blessing or lesson to be learned, we can also find the strength we never knew we had and triumph.

The problem with life is there are so many outside forces that can impact the way we see the world and ourselves. Over time, this programming can force us to live our lives according to a false set of beliefs that we’ve held so long we take them as gospel truth. And when we allow past hurts, prejudices, and distorted preconceptions to take root and rule our lives, these negative assumptions can create a self-fulfilling prophecy because we’ll create the results we think we deserve.

The message here is to take a step back and try to look at situations more objectively. How can you do this? One thing you can do is take a break from the nightly news. Think about it, how much negative energy is generated from simply watching the news? The news is one of the biggest influencers of our distorted reality. Over 80% of the stories on the news are depressing, yet most of us choose to fall asleep at night watching these stories. The current state of your mind and your life can improve simply by making small tweaks in your daily habits such as turning off the news before bed and choosing to do something that will generate positive feelings and emotions. Over time, practicing new, positive habits will become second nature to you and will allow for better opportunities and growth. This change will allow you to start looking for the silver lining in life. It will allow you to step back and become more grounded in your thinking. Challenge yourself to stay on high alert for your own filters, unfounded assumptions, and distorted perceptions. Hold yourself accountable to continually test whether your beliefs are grounded in facts and cast away those perceptions that prevent you from realizing your potential in life. You reap what you sow in life; we can sow the seeds of a brighter future by opening our eyes to all the possibilities the world can offer.

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