I am a GREAT believer in promoting all things vibe-raising, and Tosha Silver fills the role of vibe-raiser in such brilliant ways!
“Tosha graduated from Yale with a degree in English Literature but along the way fell madly in love with yogic philosophy. For the past 30 years she’s taught people around the world ways to align with Inner Love.” – from Tosha’s website.
I became aware of Tosha’s books less than a year ago when a dear friend recommended Outrageous Openness to me. I instantly became a HUGE fan. Now I read a few pages from one of her books each morning to inspire my day.
I follow Tosha on Facebook, so Saturday when she posted that she was going to speak at Book Passage on Sunday, I was THRILLED! I was even more thrilled to discover that my schedule actually allowed me to attend! I took my fun money and drove across both the Carquinez, and Richmond bridges to one of the most amazing bookstores in the world.
If you live in the Bay Area, you should plan a field trip to Book Passage, an independently owned bookstore with over 800 events a year! They have so many classes they are practically a small university. Book Passage is an amazing place with something for everyone.
It’s Not Your Money
Tosha spoke for half an hour, lighting the room with her energy. She said her new book, It’s Not Your Money, is not about creating abundance, it’s about being abundance.
When she took questions for half an hour, one woman who had already read the book, was in tears when she thanked Tosha for the transformation the book had brought to her life.
Then Tosha signed books, and greeted each of us with that radiant smile. I asked her to sign two copies, one for me and one for a friend that has been between jobs for almost four years. She looked up and said,”Oh she HAS to read this book! Can I write that?”
“Yes, please,” I replied. She inscribed it, ‘To Laura, Read this book! Love, Tosha’
She inscribed my book with love as well, and I was left with the feeling of deep connection to myself, my Soul and my creator.
It is my mission to uplift the vibration of this planet each day I am here! This seven minute recording is my gift to you! It’s a great way to center yourself before beginning anything. What does it mean to center yourself? I like to think of it as gathering my energy around me like a cloak of invincibility.
If you feel anxious, nervous, or anything other than supremely confident, take seven minutes to restore your breathing, raise your vibration, and pull on your cloak of invincibility. I use this exercise first thing every morning, before each session with a new client, and with clients to begin a session any time they arrive feeling frazzled or unfocused. Listen to it here whenever you like.
Breathe deeply at whatever pace is comfortable for you.
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So – How do you choose happiness (or at least a sense of calm) when chaos is raining down around you? One of my coaching clients posed this very question to me last week. Here’s my short answer:
Practice happiness daily.
Olympic athletes don’t show up on game day to give a peak performance without practicing a few (hundred) times. To strengthen your faith, you need to practice building faith daily. To strengthen your ability to choose happiness and increase your overall sense of calm, you need to practice choosing happiness daily. And you can’t wait until your transmission leaves you stranded with a huge car repair bill and then hope you’ll remember to choose happiness in that moment if you haven’t been choosing it daily.
Practice happiness daily! Choose it every chance you get, and you get myriad chances sprinkled into your days.
What constitutes a happiness practice?
There are LOTS of options, and it’s different for everyone, so you get to put together the pieces that resonate with you! You get to choose what to call your daily practice (happiness practice, spiritual practice, faith-building practice), and select the tools that fire you up and make you feel energized and ready to seize your day!
A great place to start is to unfollow anyone and anything on social media that is not adding to your joy and start following people and businesses that do uplift your soul. You can find uplifting vibes at Practice Happiness Daily, along with about a million other choices to lift your vibe and inspire your day. When you focus on what you want, the Universe brings you more of what you want.
One of the ways I practice happiness is reading something uplifting every morning. My current inspiration is coming from Jen Sincero’s You are a BADASS Every Day. Jen describes what I am talking about in a much badassier way than I can, so let me quote:
“Strengthening these muscles of badassery is where something I like to call the spiritual gym comes in. As we travel the winding road to greatness, we’ve got to have some sort of workout routine to keep our motivation strong, our belief in the near impossible unwavering, and our focus firm – because muscles don’t stay strong all by themselves.” She continues, “Get specific about which practices make you feel like you could bench press a gorilla and make them a nonnegotiable part of every single solitary day with no exceptions.”
I couldn’t agree more!
Your practice. Your choice.
Despite what religions would have us believe, there is no one right way to connect to Source energy. You get to choose. My morning practice has evolved over time and currently looks like this: five minutes centering, read something uplifting for ten minutes, write a gratitude letter, read it out loud, visualization practice for ten minutes max, core strength & stretching for ten minutes. Then I like to write in my journal to process whatever I am growing through at the moment. It’s the first hour of my day and sets the tone for my energized and thriving life!
I sprinkle affirmations liberally throughout my day and do something active at least five days a week. One of my friends listens to inspirational podcasts while she runs on the beach in the morning, and another keeps a running gratitude journal throughout the day on an app in her phone. Lots of my friends practice yoga and meditation.
Creating your personalized workout for your ‘spiritual gym,’ consists of playing with any combination of options from the menu below, or myriad others that makes your feel like you could hike the Himalayas. Or you know, remain calm, centered, and effective while everyone else runs around with their hair on fire. You could even survive meeting your boyfriend’s parents, or calmly recite all the reasons you deserve a raise to your boss. Who knows what you’ll achieve if you tap into the infinite power of Source! Probably whatever you put your mind to.
Feel Free to add other menu items in the comments! I would LOVE to hear what energizes your day!
Add your faves in the comments to expand my Universe!
It doesn’t matter what you choose to practice, so long as it uplifts your spirit, plugs your Soul into Source, and inspires you to step into a more powerful version of you!
“Make them a nonnegotiable part of every single solitary day with no exceptions,” so that when those less than optimal moments arrive, you’ll be amazed at how little they affect your vibration, and how easy it is to respond from a place of confidence and clarity. You get to choose how to show up.
One option is NOT to practice happiness, and show up like a cork tossed on the raging seas of chaos. My choice is to practice happiness daily and show up awesome!
Awesome feels better in my opinion, but you get to choose for yourself!
Create an awesome day for yourself and those around you!
Twelve years ago I first learned about the importance of reframing negative thoughts. There were all kinds of thoughts in my head that didn’t help me or make me happy and I felt powerless to stop them. My first therapist called it my “monster voice” and Rick Carson described them as gremlins having distinct characteristics in his brilliant book, “Taming Your Gremlin, a Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting out of Your Own Way.” I highly recommend it to everyone who has any self-doubts at all.
My lovely therapist taught me that reframing the thought was the trick. Then practice the new thought until it’s more familiar than the unhelpful one. Voila! New neural pathways are created this way and you can retrain your mind with practice.
Then in 2010, I discovered Esther Hicks. I resonate deeply with the message she channels from Abraham, so I became an avid follower and remain so today. I remember watching an interview with Esther when she was asked how she began the process of raising her vibration and she said “meditation and positive affirmations.” I began writing affirmations that appealed to me on index cards and it was a delightful tool for me.
Several months later a close friend was going through a difficult challenge, and I thought some of the positive affirmations I had been practicing might be helpful for her. I was going to make some index cards for her, but I have terrible handwriting, so I decided to print the index cards using my computer printer so she could actually read them. My printer happened to have 4×6 photo paper loaded in the tray, and as I reached to take it out, I had an inspiration. Why couldn’t I print the affirmations on my beautiful landscape photos? That way the natural artwork of our glorious Universe would uplift the reader even more than just the uplifting words!
I opened one of my images in Photoshop, put a text box on it and made my first photo affirmation creation.!
Not my best image. Not my favorite affirmation. But it was the beginning of something beautiful!
That was in 2011. In February of 2012, I took my favorite 38 photo affirmations and created my first book, Live Joy Fully. It was 3×5 inches – the perfect size to carry in my purse to uplift my spirit whenever and wherever I happened to be!
Over the next three years, I sold 50 copies of my book and over 100 wall calendars full of photo affirmations. I wasn’t getting rich, but I was delighted to be uplifting the vibrations of those I came in contact with!
Positive affirmations continued to find me. I was reading Esther-Abraham and Wayne Dyer. I discovered Jill Lebeau and Florence Scovel Shinn. Everything that spoke to me was added to a list that I could use to adorn my photos. I delight in finding JUST the right image to reflect the feeling of the affirmation.
Every year around October I have new calendars for sale. If you follow my blog or FaceBook, you will see order info in case you want to inspire your year. If you’re not currently following me, you can do that, or just check my photography website in November for order information.
In 2016, I created my second photo affirmations book, Practice Happiness Daily, which has nearly sold out. I have four copies left if you want to grab yours before they disappear forever!
I expect I’ll create another book soon because I keep creating the empowering photo affirmations. To date I have over 400 positive, empowering thoughts printed on my photos, and you can download every single one of them for FREE!
I sell my landscape photography online and in local galleries on canvas or metal prints, but the photo affirmation creations are my gift to the world. They started as my way to help uplift the spirit of a friend in need and grew organically from there. If they uplift you, I want you to have them! Please download any that you enjoy, print them out, post them around your house, send them to friends, uplift the vibration of our planet!
This is one of the MANY reasons that I resonated so completely with iPEC when I was researching life coach schools last year. iPEC’s mission is to “raise the consciousness of the world, one person at a time.” As soon as I read that, I was hooked. No other school appealed to me after that. I could not have found a coaching school more aligned with my own values.
My most recent empowering thoughts on photos are the 33 foundation principles of my school, also known as the iPEC Empowerment Principles.
I absolutely ADORE coaching people and helping them raise their vibration! One of the tools I constantly use during sessions is reframing thoughts! Most of us are thinking something on a regular basis that does not serve us. Many of us become exhausted by those thoughts! My clients are creative and come up with all kinds of empowering thoughts to replace depleting ones. When someone creates one that really shifts their energy up, I add it to a photo for them as a special gift to help them remember not just the new thought, but how easy it is to shift their energy by shifting their thoughts!
Below are three affirmations created by clients and added to my own images. That’s me in the bottom one saying “no thank you” to sugar in my power pose!
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As a self-empowerment coach, my goal is to help you reach YOUR goals, whatever those may be. I happen to believe that one of the BEST ways to start moving in the direction of those goals is to raise your vibration.
Volumes of works have been dedicated to the importance of a high vibration, so I won’t try to reinvent the wheel. I simply want to SHARE with my delightful readers the things I have picked up along my path that truly improve the quality of my life.
One of the most influential positive vibrations in my life (meaning a vibration that is so constantly positive that it acts like a gravitational pull when you are near it and have no choice but to feel joyful) is Jill Lebeau MS, MFT, spiritual psychotherapist, Living in the Flow Coach & author. Jill is on a mission to reconnect her clients with their highest potential, setting them free to create the life of their dreams with ease and effortlessness.
There are many things I love about Jill, and because she is such an influential vibe, I am sure you will see her name in future blogs! Today, however, I want to focus on her upcoming Live in the Flow, mentored course. Jill has partnered with Michelle Dwyer MS, CNC, holistic health coach and certified nutrition consultant to create an empowering course that will supercharge your life. Michelle loves to guide people to personal transformation so they experience greater wellness, energy and vibrancy. She empowers people to create optimal health in all aspects of their lives – which makes ma a HUGE fan!
I enjoyed their Live in the Flow program when they offered it in 2018, and it was truly one of the turning points in tuning my vibration closer to love and joy. I have long been a follower of high-vibe thinking, but as much as I wanted to implement strategies to raise my own vibe, I usually drifted back into lower energies of ego or indifference. Through their fun, easy, uplifting program I reconnected with my own inner strengths and remembered the importance of connecting my mind, body and spirit. Best of all, the course taught me how to implement that connection in my daily life. It was when I discovered this course that I truly began keeping my vibe high on a more consistent basis!
What does that mean to you, to “live in the flow”? Maybe it means enjoying optimal health and well-being! Maybe it means feeling confident in your career. Maybe it means feeling at peace in your own skin, or improving your relationships. Maybe it simply means to move smoothly from one area of your day to the next without stress or anxiety!
The keys to live in the flow – whatever your definition of that may be – and create maximum success through minimal effort truly are here in this program. Jill & Michelle offer a four-step process that applies the ancient technique of Feng Shui – which is really all about living in the flow of life – to the mind, body, and spirit.
I realize that this may sound like hype, but those of you who know me also know that I am seriously allergic to advertising in any form.
I do not promote this program lightly. It made a serious difference in my life! I love the 12 recorded modules that I can listen to time and again. If my vibe feels a little funky, I listen to one of the twelve modules and I am tuned up and ready to take on the world in just 15 minutes!
One of my biggest struggles in life has been my relationship to food! Michelle’s expertise in nutrition comes through in positive, uplifting ways that helps remove the guilt sometimes associated with food choices. The course helped me reframe the way I think about food in ways that have greatly improved my health and well-being.
So please understand that when I recommend this program, it is because I know it can empower you to create the life that you want to live. The twelve weeks of heart-centered mentoring is life-changing if you allow it to be, and FUN every step of the way!
The three-month program includes 12 weekly sessions with not just one, but two high-energy, fun-loving Live in the Flow Coaches, with decades of experience. And the program includes so MUCH more than just the weekly sessions!
Follow this link to find out everything that’s included, and all the details about what makes this course AMAZING: Live in the Flow Link. They include some FREE recordings to give you a taste of what you will experience in the course. It’s fun!
This course is absolutely one of the reasons that I am an empowerment coach. I want everyone to claim the confidence and power innate within them. This course is a very reasonably priced tool to help anyone do just that.
The next session begins soon!
It’s a great value!
If you’ve been feeling “stuck” or uninspired, I invite you to get fired up for a healthier, wealthier life with Jill & Michelle and a community of people like us, who will create a better world for our children.