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Come Home to Love


Inspired by the movie Frankie and Alice.

Sometimes, compassion catches you unexpectedly like a love serum secretly injected in your veins coming alive of its own accord.

You cannot resist its force, its pull, its power.  Your heart overtakes your brain, it commands your body.  Your being suddenly grows much larger, more spacious, and softer than your usual tiny ego-identified self.

The breadth of humanity stretches across your visual screen. You see what’s possible if only love would prevail, dominating each and every mind.

The sensation had been building, and a simple scene made it peak.

In a fix, she looked up at him and said, “You came for me.”  Surprise played in her eyes.

“Of course, “ he replied.

Is there any greater beauty in this world than showing up for someone else?

You might teach them how to love and appreciate themselves for the first time.  You might relieve their poverty, their disease, or their impossible struggle, whatever it might be.   You might melt their worry with a smile and a deep breath of release.

I wish this love serum would become my own life blood, never dissipating but only growing stronger and stronger.  I would become a heartbeat, my one and only job.  Each beat would send a pulse of love to uplift those in dire straights, the lonely, the angry, the aggrieved.  Throb upon throb would spread tenderness throughout this needy, love-starved world.

Then, when I die, I would seemingly fly away on the whispers of this love, yet always be near, invisibly cradling you in warmth, safety, and care.

In this effervescent grace, I will come for you.  I will come for you and hold out my hand.  I will invite you to come home to love.  I will never stop coming for you until you too find love.

With love, Sandra

Open Your Heart to YOU

Open Your Heart to You - Free Loving Kindness Course
There’s an epidemic of low-self esteem, self-doubt, and lack of self-confidence spreading like wildfire, especially among girls and women but men are often effected as well.

So I’ve decided to offer a FREE 5-Day Loving-Kindness course from May 16 – 20 to help turn the tide, in my small way.

Often, these emotional states seem hyper-real, continuous, and impenetrable.  But they’re not.

In fact, research shows that the practice of loving-kindness can increase your positive emotions and sense of connection with others, lessen self-criticism, and switch on empathy and compassion.  On a physical level, loving-kindness has been shown to decrease migraines, chronic pain, and PTSD for a significant number of people.  The relaxing effect of the practice can serve as an antidote to everyday stress as well.

How Open Your Heart to YOU Can Help You

Loving-Kindness is a simple practice. Even short sessions of 10 minutes have been proven to be beneficial.

I’ve created Open Your Heart to You, 5-Days of Loving Kindness to help you:

  • Get in touch with the love that resides within you.
  • Dissolve guilt, low-self esteem, and self-contempt.
  • Quiet your inner-critic.
  • Feel more confident.
  • Shine love on your shadow sides.
  • Love yourself in a healthy way without becoming self-obsessed.
  • Soften your heart so love for others naturally flows forth.

The lessons in this course center around three potent Loving-Kindness phrases that have been used effectively since ancient times.  When practiced regularly, they work far better than a bubble bath as they engage your unconscious mind and so gradually release your invisible blocks to self-kindness as well as the ones you know far too well.

After all, self-love is not just giving yourself a few treats, now and then.  It’s fully hearing, knowing, and accepting yourself and that’s a process.

If the thought of self-love feels creepy, uncomfortable, or self-indulgent to you, you’re not alone.  I’ve been there too.  I would encourage you to give the course a try. You might be surprised by what you discover.

Self-love is not selfish unless you’re self-obsessed.  It’s natural and healthy.

This practice is rooted in the authentic Buddhist teachings, which I’ve studied and practiced for over 20 years.  I’ve led online courses on mindfulness meditation and loving kindness for many years now as well.  The practice is universal however and relevant for everyone, so you don’t have to subscribe to Buddhism to benefit.

What You’ll Receive

During the course you’ll receive 5 lessons, e-mailed to you daily, which cover the following themes:

  • How to practice loving-kindness for yourself, step-by-step.
  • How to lean into and transform whatever emotions arise in the process.
  • Sending love to your shadow sides.
  • Practical expressions of self-love in everyday life.
  • Extending your circle of love, an introduction to loving-kindness for others.

You’ll need about 30-minutes a day to read each lesson, contemplate the prompts, and practice the loving-kindness phrases.

Support for Your Practice and Process

During a course like this, it’s always helpful to come together as a group.  So we’ll have a Loving-Kindness Circle on Facebook, where you can share your experience, ask questions, receive support, and connect with like-minded people on the same path towards healing and wholeness.  Participation is optional, of course.

Let’s put an end to low-self esteem, self-loathing, and self-hatred, shall we?

Because you deserve your own love.  There’s no one in this world who is more or less deserving of love than you.  When you learn to love yourself you’ll feel happier, healthier, and more complete. The invisible line between you and others will dissolve, and you’ll feel inspired to extend your love and kindness in all directions.

Are you ready?

Registration is now closed.

The course is free.  And you’ll also receive Wild Arisings {my monthly note} and be able to download  21 Simple Stress Tips {my free 50-page e-book}.  You can unsubscribe anytime, of course.

I’m so looking forward to immersing myself in Loving-Kindness practice once again.  I can hardly wait.  Please join me.  And please help me spread the word by taking a moment to share this special opportunity. Who doesn’t need a little more self-kindness?

Important Note:  I’m not a doctor or mental health professional.  This course is not intended as a replacement for psychotherapy.

How to Embrace Your Shadow & Release Your Personal Power

Last night, after a particularly vivid dream and fantastic flow of insight, my shadow tendencies poured fourth.  Fears, unhelpful thought patterns, and stifled emotions – the whole lot – revealed themselves in phenomenal clarity.

The dark side!  Does it scare you?  Entice you?  Do you know what it is?

The term “shadow” was first used by the psychologist Carl G. Jung to describe the denied or repressed aspects of the self.

Children and adolescents begin to hide away parts of themselves when they’re told – often wrongly – that these aspects are “bad” or “unacceptable.”  Then, they carry their secret stuff bag into adulthood, never consciously looking into it.  Nevertheless, these hidden aspects still shape their lives.

Can you remember moments as an adult when the prospect of revealing your real self caused you to quake?  When sudden feelings of shame, guilt, or embarrassment popped out of nowhere?  When you fumed about someone’s words or actions for days?

That’s how your inner shadow screams to be set free.

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A Treasury of Free Meditation Resources: 100+ Audios, Videos, & Articles

Want to learn to meditate or re-inspire your meditation. This collection includes more than 100 audios, videos, & articles on mindfulness, loving-kindness, and transforming emotions. Click through to see which ones might inspire you!

Updated on September 6, 2016

The more and more you listen, the more and more you hear; the more and more you hear, the deeper and deeper your understanding becomes.”  – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

You may have moments of peace and clarity, but do they last?

Chances are the upheavals of life are constantly sucking you into chaos, confusion, and uncertainty.  The small speed bumps you encounter on any given day may also slow you down and tip your mood for the worse.

Most of us would benefit from regular doses of inspiration.  Indeed, we need infusions of practical wisdom to maintain a sane perspective, keep an open heart, and see the utter ridiculousness of many of our trials and tribulations.

The Three Wisdom Tools

Meditation is one way to bring your mind home — to relax the stress, release the grasping and find greater ease.

But actually there are Three Wisdom Tools to help you discover and stay aligned to your true self:

  • The wisdom of listen and hearing
  • The wisdom of contemplation and reflection
  • The wisdom of meditation and application

Following are some of the most inspiring video, audio, and written teachings on meditation, compassion, and wisdom you’ll find in cyberspace.  And, they’re free.  They represent the first wisdom tool:  listening and hearing plus reading.

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Vulnerability and Self-Protection

Protective Sphere

I’ve been thinking about vulnerability and protection lately.  It came up in a funny way.

Recently, I went for a rather long health treatment – an infusion of trace  minerals.   I intuitively brought a sarong to cover my legs.  I was wearing shorts, so I didn’t need to cover my legs.  But I knew I would feel better with a light coverlet.  More protected, less vulnerable.  I honored my inner voice.

This is a subtle example, not a dramatic one.  But it keenly raised my awareness of feeling slightly vulnerable and needing to provide myself with a sense of protection.

There are probably countless times in any given week when we feel vulnerable like this.  And chances are the circumstances are more emotionally loaded – from an unkind remark to an irate boss to full on harassment.

Do you know when you feel vulnerable or overwhelmed?  When you feel you need a sense of protection?

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A Refreshing Dose of Solitude and Digital Sabbatical

Refreshed.   Rejuvenated.  Relaxed.  Nourished.  Joyful.  Complete.

That’s how I felt during my personal seven-day retreat and digital release.

Could that happen for you?  Yes, of course!  If you are willing to make the break.

Meditation might not be your cup of tea.  But there are countless other ways to nourish yourself with space.

Seven days might be too long – or even impossible – in your reality.  But there’s always one day, one hour, or one moment when you can disconnect and breakaway.

Will you give it a try?

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