Love Brings You Home

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Here we are 12 years ago. :)

Dan and I are celebrating our 12th anniversary of being a couple tomorrow, and so I’ve been thinking about love even more than usual.

I feel like I have had two lives: before Dan and with Dan.

The person that I was before Dan was hopeful but cynical – yearning but jaded – a dreamer but not a believer. 

While I always wanted to believe in love, I somehow always seemed to feel let down by it. The love that I had built up in my dreams never seemed to come to be in my waking life. The relationships that I had before Dan were a mix of okay to not-so-good to downright horrible.

My heart had been broken. I had broken hearts. And the common thread throughout each relationship was that they never felt completely right. I was always left wanting more. I always had one foot out the door – waiting for something (someone) better.

I was waiting for Dan. My soul knew it. And I just needed to catch up to that knowing. I’ve spent every single day for the past 12 years living in complete gratitude for this beautiful man’s presence in my life.

While I knew that I loved him 12 years ago, I now see that it was just a tiny blip of the deep, soulful that we have built together through the years.

We have spent the past 12 years growing together, honoring and cherishing each other, and loving, loving, loving one another. We are rarely apart. He is my soul’s other half.

What I have come to realize is that our love brought me home. It led me straight to my soul – to the person I had always been but had forgotten. Our love gave me a foundation, a truth, and a knowing that I never even knew existed.

Each “I love you,” each hug, each compliment, each token of appreciation, each look into each other’s eyes, each kind gesture, each loving word through the years has built our house of love.

Because of this deep, soulful love that Dan and I share, love has overflowed from my heart and seeped into every part of my life. Our loving foundation continues to give me the courage to extend this love to each of you. My heart is wide open now. I am now wide awake. I have come home. 

Because of love.

Truly.

And I now see and know deep within my soul that love has the power to bring all of us home.

I know that this can sound cheesy. I know that to a jaded heart, this sounds like complete nonsense. Remember that I was cynical once, too. So I get it.

But I know, know, know that this is real and that this is true and that this deep, soulful love exists if you allow yourself to open up to it.

And it doesn’t have to be with a partner. It could be with a dear friend or a close family member. Or even a sweet pet.

Dan was my saving grace. His love not only brought me home, but it also led me to each of you. 

And I will spend the rest of my life living in complete gratitude for his pure, sappy, utterly everything love.

Please allow yourself to be opened up and swept away with love. Allow love to bring you home.

Your soul is waiting. Your heart is waiting. We are all waiting.

Hugs,

jodi 

My Soul Story – Barbara Badolati

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I recently invited members of the Soul Speak community to share their Soul Stories - that moment in your life when you realized there was much more to you than just a human body, when you remembered that you had a soul, and when you felt on a deep level your connection to everything in the universe. It’s that moment when you felt completely loved and filled with light.

Throughout 2014, I’ll be sharing some of the amazing stories that I received. It’s my hope that they open your heart to what’s possible and help you feel how connected we all are to each other and also to the universe. Enjoy! :)

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I kept telling myself, “pedal faster” as the burnt orange pick-up truck careened down the hill at 45 miles per hour. I was turning left at an intersection along with traffic, but I trailed slightly behind the last car as it completed its turn. The truck driver estimated that he would miss this last car turning, unaware of my approach. By the time he saw me it was too late for him to even slow down.

I was hit broadside with absolutely no barrier between the truck grill and me. Besides this immense impact, I could feel the teeth of the right bike pedal piercing through my flesh and gouging out the side of my lower leg. My body flew helplessly thirty-six feet and I hit the pavement numerous times as my body rolled and bounced uncontrollably. Fortunately, I was wearing my helmet and fortunately, no other traffic was moving through the five-lane intersection at the time.

When my body finally came to a stop, there was silence, a quiet stillness between the trauma and when help arrived. This was only a few moments, but for me, it was as if time stood still. In this silence, something told me to stay conscious, to begin healing my body NOW. Without thinking, I found myself taking deep breaths.

This deep, conscious breathing helped me with the pain much like that of a pregnant woman who uses cleansing breaths during child labor. I could sense the life-giving nutrients from the breath permeating into every cell of my body. At the same time, these breaths kept me mentally focused and probably kept me from going into shock. This moment of silence became a time where I felt surrounded by a comfort that was not my physical form. I was somehow reassured that I was OK, that I would be OK.

Then people arrived, seeming like actors who had rehearsed the actions they took. Several people kept me from moving, insisting that I not look at my injured leg (probably a good thing) and caring for me in every way that they could. Someone called EMS, and yet another redirected traffic. The paramedics were incredible, providing the support my panicked and injured body needed while rushing me to the nearest hospital. When I arrived at the hospital, my mother and her neighbor gave me endless love and encouragement, and the surgeon did a beautiful job of mending my lower leg with 144 stitches. Besides these human “angels,” I believe there were ethereal angels assisting me in this healing process too.

At this time in my life, my overall circumstances were quite grim. In fact, one of the reasons I was bicycling was due to not having any other form of transportation. A few months prior to the accident I had been given an option of going to California and beginning a new life there. This opportunity never felt “right” to me, but I had convinced myself that it would be a solution to my current life circumstances.

There have been so many times that I have allowed my thoughts to rule my life. Where I have allowed my mind to “convince” my Self. I have learned to be logical, a common practice in our society. I have learned to make decisions based on weighing the pros and cons rather than from my heart or my intuition. There are times I have prayed and asked for guidance, but then have not listened. Or if I have listened, I didn’t trust and believe it to be what was best for me.

In hindsight, my intuition was speaking to me from the moment the California opportunity presented itself. As I said earlier, I did not have a good feeling about it, but logically it looked like a decent alternative to where I was in my life. Perhaps it was my wiser, God-Connected Self that knew this was not the road I should take. Perhaps it was Divine Intervention on that five-lane intersection that FORCED me not to board the plane to California. Perhaps there was no way to get my attention other than to literally knock me off my course. And perhaps, ironically, it was no “accident” at all.

It is my belief that there are no “accidents” or coincidences. It is my belief that the people and events in our lives are here to help us become the best that we can be. To be on the path that is true for us. I believe that angels, guides and teachers assist us, even in what we perceive to be a traumatic, life-threatening event. At the time of the accident, I did not believe this. I was already “down and out” in so many aspects of my life that I couldn’t understand how God would “do this to me.”

While in the hospital someone had given me the book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People.  As I began to read, I immediately related to this book. I had played by the rules of life, and it seemed that LIFE had dealt me an unfair hand. However, as in this event, there are some things that we do not understand at the time.

My body was bruised and had turned every color of the rainbow over the next several months. The pain and rehabilitation was excruciating. However, this time of recovery was also a time of discovery. In my time of physical healing, I had the time and opportunity to heal both emotionally and spiritually. I began to listen. Some refer to this as God’s Voice, a Higher Self, an internal guide, or one’s intuition. I listened through my heart. I listened through Mother Nature. I listened by being still.

“Be still, and know I AM God.”
~ Psalms 46:10

“Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.”
~ Lao Tzu

Being physically immobilized caused me to lie still and start listening. This put me on my right path again. It was difficult, but that accident was a valuable teacher. It taught me to listen more deeply to myself. To this day, one of the ways I listen closely is through my physical body. Whenever I have persistent physical pain, it is an indication that something is not in harmony within my self or within my life. Sometimes I ignore it or take an aspirin. This is that detour, nap or vacation I mentioned. But eventually, I come around. My body is one of my barometers to my path. Besides all of the millions of ways our bodies serve us, this is yet another.

Our body gives us feedback; our job is to listen. I encourage everyone to listen. Listen! Whether it is through your body, heart or spirit. Above all else, listen and be true to yourself.

“Listen to your own Self. If you listen to that Self within, then you find the Truth.”
~
Kabir

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Barbara Badolati is a wellness expert, expressive movement devotee, and soul stirrer.  Her incredibly gratifying personal transformation led her to creating Blissful Babe, where women all over the world Awaken their Sassy, Soulful Selves.  Barb is the founder and owner of BE Alive and Well and the MOGA Yoga Center.  She is a sought-after speaker, licensed Wellness-Life Coach, and Nutritional counselor. She holds degrees and accreditations in a variety of holistic health related fields. Receive your free mindful meditation + weekly well-tips here!

Thank you so much, Barbara, for sharing your story and also your heart with us. 

Hugs,

jodi

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Soulful Shout Out – Introducing Rebecca Quave!

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I absolutely love the Soulful Shout Out series here on Soul Speak! I get to highlight and introduce you to beautiful people and their wonderful offerings!

I love connecting people and sharing products that I love, and so I’m just thrilled to be able to do that each week with you here.

If you would like your product/website/service promoted here, please click here to read the details and then email me to apply. (I take what I share very seriously and will only share products and services that I am in alignment with.) Please note that we’re scheduling into July – so be sure to reserve your space soon!

And now, let’s get to this week’s beautiful soul and her inspiring offerings!

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This week, I am featuring Rebecca Quave!

Rebecca and I recently met on Facebook, and I immediately loved her open heart and kind energy. She is an intuitive soul who is known as “The Metamorphosis Mentor,” meaning she helps to lovingly support her clients through their own unique process of awakening and transformation.

Rebecca has put together some soulful gifts for you and also has some truly exciting offers to share, which we’ll talk about very soon! First, though, let me introduce her!

Welcome to Soul Speak, Rebecca! I’m so happy that you’re here! 

Because we just recently met, I would love to know more about your journey thus far. Did you always know that you wanted to help others, or was this an inner knowing that evolved along the way? What pivotal life moments led you to where you are now? 

It has been both of those. Looking back now, the agreement of service to awakening that I made before even coming here is crystal clear to me. But was that in the front of my mind at 13 years old, struggling with the adolescent dramas of life? No.  (laughing) On one hand there was an underlying sense of “otherness” that was always with me, and yet consciously I didn’t always understand what it was.

I first looked for answers by pursuing science. I expected that if I could understand all of the deepest intricacies of the laws of life and nature that I would feel satisfied. However, I quickly realized that what I was looking for was still left unanswered. I then immersed myself in an attempt to be the ideal mother and wife, to have the perfect home, and to have the life that it seemed would surely relieve anyone of their inner turmoil.  Meanwhile, the unanswered questions gnawed at me more and more unrelentingly.  One day I woke up and realized that none of it was real, that none of it was going to satisfy me, that nothing in my life was what it had seemed, and I knew nothing would ever be the same again.

Spiritual awakenings are a huge part of your transformational work with others, and I would love for you to share more about your own experience of awakening.

I recall a time of such overwhelming joy that had me pulling over while driving because the sheer amount of trees and cars and roads and atoms to be cripplingly in love with was just staggering.  But of course that phase came and went, as it needed to.  The point here is to remember that the “big experiences” arrive in order to be integrated, not chased after, maintained, or recreated.

Expansion is continuous. Although there are some moments that the mind interprets as more astonishing than others, it is important to continue beyond setting up the paradigm of spiritual “arrival” in the form of awakening, enlightenment, realization, etc.

My journey was guided by an inner knowing of “something else,” combined with experiences of suffering and an absolute hunger for an answer to my confusion about the suffering.

After realizing the truth of this existence, everything that we previously thought or believed unravels, and we go through a period of rebalancing, then surrender to everything unfolding and playing out however it does.  It is important to let each part of this continue unfolding in its natural course.

Beautifully said.

I get the strong sense that you and I would agree that our messages that we share with others have one common denominator: love. How does love show up in your life? What does it look like? How are you able to share it and see it and allow it to flow in and out of your life?

Love as I refer to it is simply the Love that Is.  It is the fabric of all that exists.  I’m referring to the Love that you Are when you say only “I AM.”

It is ever-present and reveals itself to us, and through us, when we open to the reality of wholeness.

Love shows itself throughout my life because of a willingness to recognize and embrace it everywhere.

At this point, Love is most often to me a constant that is residing in the pulse of  all existence all at once.  But as I said before, that wasn’t always my experience.  I spent many years feeling devastatingly removed from Love, then went through a period of it seeming to flood back into me so intensely that I felt it burst me into non-existent pieces over and over again.

I completely agree that love is everywhere in everything. We are love.

We both believe that the answers are within each and every one of us. It’s completely normal for each of us to move away from our connection with our inner wisdom, and I would love for you to share some ways you have learned to slow down and reconnect with your soul.

Even the “ways of connecting” are already built-in right inside each one of us – and they can change right along with us.  When it is something that you do without force, then you know you are following your own set of instructions for following your innate wisdom.

So explore – find what brings you back to you and savor it.

Sometimes I receive a reminder in something as simple as the license plate in front of me as I drive. : )  Part of the beauty of participating here on this planet is the remarkable variety that presents itself every day. I encourage everyone to be open to and embrace all of the amazing ways that you are capable of communicating with yourself. You are truly unlimited, so let yourself dance in the variety made possible by that infinity.

You have some wonderful offerings available – your audio course and your upcoming retreat!

Your Birth of You audio course feels like a celebration of the soul! Who is it meant for? And what do you hope that someone gains after listening to the audio classes?

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That is a great description of it!  The course is meant for everyone who is ready to live fully as the Love that they Are. Any and every seeming concern, complication, or problem in life finds resolution in our re-discovery of the Truth of our own Being.

My wish is for everyone to re-embrace that Truth of their own Being, and discover the gift that they truly are. Once that happens, they breathe Love into everything.

Every moment that any person (through the course or otherwise) knowingly resides in Truth, Love, Being  – is such a joy to me.

Click here to learn more about this wonderful course!

 

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Your upcoming Joyful Transformation Retreat sounds amazing! I would love for you to share more about it! 

The retreat will be a life changer for a small group of people who will come together in Bimini on June 1st in order to refresh themselves in Love, realize the ease of the flow of life, and return to their worlds now anchoring a new vibration of oneness, harmony, and love.

We will combine the energy of the waters of Bimini, daily boat trips to interact with the wild dolphins there, energizing clean food, yoga practice (suitable for any experience level), transformational sessions, sounds baths with the crystal alchemy bowls, and of course plenty of rest, fun, and delight!

Click here to learn more about this upcoming retreat!

 

I loved learning more about crystal bowls and their healing abilities on your website. Could you share how you began your journey into this arena of healing and how healing sounds have helped you in your own life.

bowlsThe bowls made their way to me quite recently. Prior to meeting them and bringing them home I had never heard of them at all. This worked distinctly well because then there was a complete reliance on inner knowing and communication with the bowls in order to open up my work with them. They are indeed very powerful in more ways than the mind knows how to understand.

Just as light is the building block of what we call the physical world, sound is the building block of what we call the spiritual. And, of course, sound vibration clearly impacts the physical directly as well. This combination allows sound to operate in an immensely healing and transformative way on many levels.

Also, when listening to the bowls, they immediately bypass the rational mind, so the work is much more direct (and therefore accelerated) because of that.

What’s next on the horizon for you? 

1392232933On April 21st, the journey that began in “The Birth of You” will continue – a new, live 6-week coaching circle called “The Birth of Dreams” will focus on working from the new point of balance reached in The Birth of You in order to welcome into creation all that you could have wished for and much more.

Many people have gotten confused or frustrated about the idea of conscious creation or manifesting. During the Birth of Dreams circle, we will bring all the misunderstandings back into harmony so that you can return to your most natural state of allowing what you had desired to express itself into being through you.

Click here to learn more about this coaching circle!

 

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

You are not broken.
You are what you have been looking for.
Love is All there is.

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Rebecca has put together a wonderful free offering that I’m so happy to share!

  • An Infinite Flow video meditation that will help you come back into harmony.
  • A crystal alchemy singing bowls audio recording – you can enjoy the healing vibrations of the crystal bowls along with soothing sounds of the ocean in this healing audio.

Click here to download these free gifts!

 

Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your heart with us!

Please spread the love and share this post on Facebook and Twitter!

Big hug,

jodi

It’s Time to Step into the Arena

truthOkay, so here’s the thing: 

We can’t make everyone happy. No matter how hard we try.

We can’t make someone do something that they aren’t ready to do or believe something that they aren’t ready to believe. No matter how much we want them to and how much we believe it will help them.

We just can’t.

We can’t make anyone see the world through our eyes. We can’t make anyone feel how we feel. We can’t make anyone do anything or say anything or feel anything or want anything.

We just can’t. It’s just not possible.

But what we can do is live our truth and share our truth. What we can do is light the way and leave the door open just in case anyone wants to join us. What we can do is show up completely authentically in the world and live from our heart and speak from our soul. What we can do is take the time to get to know ourselves so that the person we share with the world is the person that we truly are – the person with the masks removed and the “should be this way persona” left behind.

Because when we do that – when we really are able to do that – we connect with our soul’s purpose and our heart’s desire. When we live this way and share our authentic voice with others, we act like a magnet and will attract to us those who are on a similar journey. We’ll inspire those who have been wanting to share their truth as well but haven’t felt brave enough to do so yet. We’ll model what it looks like to be on this Earth journey while staying grounded and loving and honest.

It’s not always easy to live from this space of truth. I know that.

We all have such a strong innate desire to be liked – to be loved – by everyone. We all want to receive that validation that we’re good enough. We all want to fit in and go with the grain rather than against it. I know this.

But what I also know is that there will come a point in each of our lives where we will have had enough of the people pleasing and of not rocking the boat or ruffling any feathers or doing anything at all where someone could possibly be mad or misunderstand or feel disconnected from us. And at that point we will hear our soul’s calling so clearly. We will know, without a doubt, that our truth is much more important than keeping the peace. We will realize that showing up in the world authentically is everything. And that may mean that some boats will be rocked and some feathers will be ruffled and some will be angry.

And that’s okay.

Because there will come a point where silencing our truth will become unbearable. There will come a point where we feel that we’ve been tapped on the shoulder by the universe – where we know on a deep level that it’s our turn to step into the arena. And it’s in this moment where we get to decide if we’re going to show up or step away.

It reminds me of this amazing quote from Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

I’ve been here in the arena for years, and I will be the first to admit that it’s not always easy. Living my truth and showing up authentically in the world has caused quite a bit of friction throughout my life. I have lost many friends and severed contact with many family members because I was no longer willing to be placated – no longer willing to play the game.

And it’s been so painful at times. I know that life would be much easier in many ways if I simply swept my truth under the rug and closed my eyes to my own awakening and my own rebirth. It can be scary for others to hear me talk about the soul and living our purpose and talking to angels and the fact that we have so much control over our life. It can be terrifying for some to open their eyes and see the world in bright color and many dimensions rather than black and white. Change can be scary, and it makes perfect sense that not everyone will embrace it or even want to change to begin with.

And that’s okay.

I am learning to let go of anyone who isn’t wanting to be on this journey with me. And in doing so, I’ve made room for so many beautiful souls who are ready – who do want to be here.

Honestly, all we can do is keep showing up. That is our main purpose in life – to keep sharing our truth and our hearts with the world. To keep the masks off and to let our authentic selves out.

Because what I’m realizing is that after the dust settles, my heart is happy. After the friction dissipates, I am left with my truth. And that feels so, so good.

So I will keep showing up. I will stay in this arena. And I will share from my heart because that’s the only way I know anymore. 

I will continue to stay open and will continue to be vulnerable. Because I have complete faith that these words – these completely honest words – will touch those they are meant to touch. And I take this message that I share very seriously. I have enough faith in the universe to believe that I wouldn’t be given this platform if this message of love and truth and living soulfully and bravely weren’t important and weren’t needed.

And the same is true for you: Whatever your message is, please keep sharing it. Whatever your arena is, please step into it. Whatever you know to be your truth, please honor it. 

Please stay strong and grounded in it.

Those who are ready to hear it – who need to hear it – will gravitate toward you. Please invite them to stay.

And those who aren’t meant to be on the journey with you will fall away. Please allow them to go.

We have all been given such unique, powerful messages to share. But we can’t force anyone to receive our message. Have faith in the way of the world. Keep showing up as you, bravely step into the arena, and the universe will take care of the rest.

Hugs,

jodi

 

 

 

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Free Soul Clarity Reading + Pay What You Want Ecourse!

*** Thank you so much to everyone who participated this month! Time’s up for now, but I’ll be back again on May 1st! ***

Happy April! It’s that time again where I’ll pull one Soul Clarity Card for each person who leaves a comment below!

I do this on the first day of every month, and it’s always so much fun to offer these messages straight from my soul to yours.

Before we start the messages, I wanted to let you know about my Monthly Special! 

Our popular Soulful Journaling Ecourse is pay-what-you-want all month long!

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Over 2000 people have taken this course that my husband and I created, and we’ve received such positive feedback about how it has helped beautiful souls slow down and connect with their authentic selves.

Whether you’re a regular journaler or you’re just getting started, this course was created to support you in connecting with your inner wisdom through writing. We believe that the answers have always been inside of us, and it’s our intention that this course will help you tap into your wise self.

We are such huge believers in the power of journaling that we wanted to make this course available to everyone. For that reason, we’ve decided to let everyone pay whatever they want for this course all month long! It normally sells for $47, but you can sign up right now and take it for whatever price feels right for you!

Click here to sign up!

And now for your free Soul Clarity reading! :)

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The Soul Clarity Card deck includes 48 cards to help you get clarity on what your soul wants you to know. My soul speaks to me in concise phrases, and so these cards were created with that in mind. Each card contains a guided action for you to consider – something to help you live soulfully and mindfully.

I believe that the answers are always within us, but sometimes our light gets covered up by life – all of the to-dos and the shoulds and work and errands and hurt and anger and all sorts of gunk. And it can be hard to sift through all of that and find our way home – back to our soul. These cards are a tool to help you on your journey back home.

Each card contains words that your soul needs you to hear. And whichever card you choose will be exactly the one you need in that exact moment. That’s just how it works!

(You can learn all about the cards and even order your own deck here!)

I can’t wait to pull a card for you for free!

Here’s how it works: I’ll pull one card for anyone who leaves a comment at the end of the post by 11:59 pm pst today (4/1/14)! If your comment is posted before then, I promise I will pull a card for you. Each month when I open this up, I receive hundreds of requests, so please be patient with me. (If you happen to miss this deadline, please know that I’ll do it again on 5/1.)

All you have to write is “Yes, please!” or something similar. Please don’t feel that you need to share what you are looking to heal or what you would like guidance for. You are more than welcome to, but it’s not necessary. I know that this can be very personal, and your soul and the universe already know what you need. (If you are reading this via a reader or email, please click here to be taken to the post.)

A technical tip for you: To be able to find your comment and not receive a barrage of emails by subscribing to comments, you can go to the comments page and do a search for your name. (On a PC, you press the “control” button + the “f” button.) This makes it super easy to scroll to your name and your reading. :)

Big hug to each of you.

Please spread the love by sharing this on Facebook and Twitter! 

P.S. – Remember to sign up for our Soulful Journaling Ecourse! You can pay whatever you want for it this month – what a perfect way to get in touch with your inner wisdom! Click here to learn more and sign up!

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