Heart Dancing Radio Show – The Art of Being Human
Heart Dancing is the process of unlearning the world’s messages and remembering who you really are – a spiritual being having a human experience.
When you are being human, that is you in the dance.
The Heart Dancing Mantra is: Let.Love.Lead.
Love knows the way – you just have to follow. Like a dance…
It’s the time of year when the specter of final exams is close enough to create a cloud of visceral fear that trails behind students. Test anxiety can grip the most dedicated scholar and ruin the end result of their month-long efforts.
When I was studying for the bar exam, I hit a wall of fear. I graduated from law school with respectable grades, had a great job at the firm I wanted and was ready to start my career. I had climbed the mountain and was ready to begin my next adventure.
But one thing stood in my way.
The Bar Exam. Just typing those words still causes my heart to race a tiny bit. It is a cruel joke on aspiring lawyers. Endure 3 years of law school, and you’re still not done. Graduate and receive your J.D. degree.
And you’re still not a lawyer.
The Bar Exam is the final hurdle. The last summit to conquer before you can practice law. You have a bit over two months to study (at least in my state), and you don’t know if you passed until four months later. You have already started your legal career, and your future career depends on passing. The first time.
To say that law graduates studying for the bar are under a bit of pressure is such an understatement I won’t even try to come up with an appropriate analogy.
Taking exams and staying calm under stress is an art and a science. When I was studying for the bar exam, I didn’t know how to stay centered, mindful and focused. I somehow managed to pass (Thank God).
I wish I knew then what I know now.
How Mindfulness and Meditation Can Help You Focus
According to Jon Kabat-Zin, generally considered to be the “father” of mindfulness in the West, mindfulness is the
moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as nonreactively, as non-judgmentally and open heartedly as possible.
When you practice being in the moment, then the next, and the next, your experience of the moment is at its peak. The past no longer exists, and the future has not yet arrived. All that is important is the here and now, which you experience without judgment.
Doesn’t that sound like a great way to live? Research studies have proven the physical, psychological and emotional benefits of mindfulness. Peace, calm, and compassion as just a few of the many ways that practicing mindfulness can change your life.
As a student, being mindful while you study can help you understand and remember the information. Setting the intention of focus, awareness, and memory before you study is the key. And the best way to do that is to listen to a guided meditation.
Meditation is one way to achieve mindfulness. By slowing down and watching your breath, you focus your attention on what is happening at this moment. Stress and anxiety cannot exist in this space. Your mind is clear, and when the meditation is over, that clarity will help you focus on the information you are learning.
It’s using your mind to improve your mind.
The Mindful Focus Meditation
Find a comfortable place to sit with your feet flat on the floor and your hands in your lap. Your back should be straight but loose. This meditation is less than 25 minutes, so give yourself about 30 minutes for the entire process. No interruptions (cell phones on mute, computer on mute) and no distractions.
Listen to this meditation in the morning as soon as you wake up. It will help you stay focused in class or when you are studying. If you listen again during the day or at night, it will ease anxiety and increase confidence in your ability to understand, remember and retain the information.
Just click on Mindful Focus Meditation link at the top to listen. Or download it to your phone or tablet. Take can take Heart Dancing with you!
It’s just another step in the Heart Dance!
A New Way to Heart Dance
Instead of having guests on the Heart Dancing Radio Show, I decided to teach on various topics, using mindfulness concepts as a foundation. I also created guided meditations to support each lesson. The topics I chose to explore may seem random (money, fear of flying, and focus), but underneath each one lies a current of fear. And fear is what I want you to embrace and love.
As you dive deep into this information and incorporate the meditations into a daily practice, you will discover your interior world shifting and opening. You may also find that you are calmer, more peaceful and less reactive. Whatever the benefits are, please enjoy these next episodes made with my heart full of love and light.
The concept of money has been abused, judged and manipulated ever since it was first conceived. Money and power are forever linked together in cultural beliefs and patterns. Those with money have influence. Those without money are faceless and unimportant.
Where do you fall on the scale of money, importance and power? How does that make you feel about yourself? Are you afraid of money or what its disappearance could do to you?
I have had my own struggles with money and often fell into the trap of judging myself when my bank account balance was low. Punishing myself for my misdeeds (did I really need that pair of shoes) kept me from seeing the real issue I had with money. It was always based on fear and judgment.
Judgment and fear always cloud your view of yourself. Neither one helps you grow or evolve into a better person.
It wasn’t money’s fault that I indulged in buying impulsively. Just because my bank balance dipped dangerously low to being overdrawn wasn’t because of my lack of a making six figure income. Money was not treating me unfairly or shunning my efforts to become wealthy.
No matter how hard I tried to assign blame, it wasn’t money’s fault.
The outside forces that shaped my thoughts, beliefs and attitudes about money were just signposts on my journey. When I finally woke up and realized that the real journey happened in my interior world (shaped by my thoughts and beliefs), I regained my power of choice. From that point of power, I made different choices and changed my Money Story.
Fear is no longer an active force in my money relationship. I found another way to be with money and I want to share it with you.
The Power to Choose
When you look at your beliefs and attitudes about money, do they support your growth or encourage your fear? It is crucial that you identify what you believe so you can change them.
Cultural money myths and beliefs support the ideas of limitation, lack and competition. If you fail, fear becomes your companion. If you succeed, fear is still your shadow because you can always misstep. Money becomes the enemy and you are its victim.
There is a different way to be with money. Disregard the cultural myths around money and see it for what it is: ENERGY.
Money is simply the exchange of energy. When you use your debit card or cash to buy something, you are exchanging energy for something of value (which is also energy).
When you don’t have enough money for something you want, it’s because you don’t have that amount of energy to exchange. No guilt, shame or judgment. And definitely — NO FEAR!
If you want that thing badly enough, you’ll figure out a way to increase your energy levels to be able to enter into the exchange. Simple, right?
An easy way to remember that money = energy is this: MONEY is My Own Natural Energy Yield. When you produce a service or product, that is your yield. When you pay with what you have produced, that is because of your yield. If your yield is less than what you want, then produce more. It’s all energy!
There is one more step in the process.
Mindfulness and Money
Mindfulness is a way to reconnect with life by staying in the present moment. No judging. No expectation. Just pure and simple being.
Guided meditations clear the clutter of the mind, establish connection to a greater source and align your body, mind and spirit.
The combination of both of these practices, focused on the energy of money, creates a powerful synergy. As you are guided into a deep place in yourself, you will see money from a new perspective.
Introducing: Money Magic Meditation.
This meditation should only be played when you are not driving or operating any kind of equipment. Ideally, you should be in a quiet room where you will not be disturbed for one hour. Have a journal or pad handy to make a note of the insights you receive during the meditation. What you may discover will surprise you!
Listen often and notice your beliefs and attitudes shift around the concepts of wealth and money. As you beliefs change, so will your actions. As you make different choices, your money story will grow and evolve. Almost like magic!
It’s just another step in the Heart Dance!
I have to share a quick story. I have been a student of positive psychology, mindfulness, and meditation for many years. Whenever someone would teach about the Law of Attraction, however, my mind immediately shut down, because it always seemed too good to be true.
I am supposed to see myself driving a brand new car and poof! It will be sitting in my garage? That seemed a bit of a stretch.
The visualization step would always trip me up. I was told to visualize my heart’s desire, feel as if it was already here, and step back into my world knowing that it was on its way.
Someone forgot to place the order because my new Benz never showed up!
I was missing a key piece of information. The one data point that cleared up my confusion and allowed me to clearly and intentionally create.
But how do you energize your intentions with emotions that are authentic enough to communicate with the Universe?
Jennifer discovered the missing ingredient, and she tells us about it during this 20-minute interview. Her background as a professional actress, her ability to clearly teach these concepts and her passion for sharing are almost tangible. Jennifer wrote Directing Your Destiny, and created a powerful 4 week course to show you how to become the writer, producer, and director of your dreams.
I became a student of Directing Your Destiny and had many “aha” moments. I felt so strongly about Directing Your Destiny that I became one of Jennifer’s first Certified Coach in this material! My next class starts on January 14, 2018 – it runs for 4 weeks.To learn more, please schedule a 15 minute interview with me to see if this class is a good fit.
Just go to: HeartDancingYourDestiny.AcuityScheduling.com or check out the course description here:
It’s just another step in the Heart Dance.
Jennifer Grace is a Hay House author, transformational coach, actress, screenwriter and producer. To say that she lives on the creative side of life is an understatement.
I first met Jennifer when I took her online course, Directing Your Destiny. The powerful tools and processes that I learned have changed my life. I feel so strongly that everyone should know this material that I became a Certified Directing Your Destiny Coach. (Heads up: my first class starts October 3rd!)
I wanted you to hear Jennifer as she describes her journey, her struggles and her triumphs. She has been in the trenches and lifted herself up with many of the same tools that she shares in Directing Your Destiny.
Jennifer was gracious enough to appear on Heart Dancing Radio. This special interview provides a glimpse of her passion, determination and motivation to serve others.
Please join us in this very enlightening conversation.
It’s just another step in the Heart Dance!
According to Dixie Bennett, my guest on Heart Dancing Radio, your body acts as an energy transference vehicle. It’s almost as if your body is a filing system for everything you experience – emotional, physical, and spiritual. When strong energy is felt in your body and you hold onto it, you eventually create an “energy cyst.” The body can no longer hold onto that energy and it becomes dis-eased.
Dixie lived through chronic pain for most of her life, until she discovered Somoto Emotional Release. Listen carefully when she describes how this method helped ease her chronic pain and bring her body back to life. Dixie even did a quick release on me!
It’s best for you to listen to how she moved through the pain and into the freedom that she now enjoys. She began her own bodywork healing practice and is passionate about working with people struggling with chronic pain. She uses various healing processes from the inside out, that are gentle, non-invasive, yet highly effective treatments.
StillpointBodyworks.ca is where you will find Dixie on the net.
It’s just another step in the Heart Dance <3!
If you are experiencing angst or anxiety because of the Presidential election, this episode will give you a simple 3 step process to find peace. Instead of going to your “ugly corner,” you can use the 3 steps to see the situation in a new way. The focus changes from “Why is this happening?” to “What can I do to move toward what I want?” Instead of victim thinking, you see yourself and the circumstances from an expanded viewpoint that empowers you to move forward positively and proactively.
JoAnne Marceau is a Results Coach and she has helped many people during the primary and the election season, to move through their pain to find peace. There is a threshold moment when your life can change. When you become aware of the uncertainty, pause at the threshold and ask a powerful question, positive action toward your next best option is waiting.
It’s all about turning chaos into growth opportunities. That is music to my ears, because that is exactly what Heart Dancers do — instead of listening to all the negative noise, we make a different choice and Let.Love.Lead. It makes all the difference in how you feel, how you see yourself in the world and your responses to external circumstances.
You can learn more about JoAnne at jmarceau.com or on Facebook at @jmarceaucoaching.
Please join us in the timely conversation.