I See Only Love (Free Printable Poster)

heart1I believe that everyone has a loving core. I really do.

And, for the most part, I see this loving core all of the time in those I interact with most often. I’m pretty protective of who I let into my love bubble, and so I usually see only love from those around me.

However, we’re all human. And we all have our own “stuff” that we’re working through (or not working through). And every once in awhile, I find myself in a situation where someone’s loving core isn’t readily apparent. Maybe they are acting in a way that doesn’t feel loving. Or maybe they are doing something that doesn’t seem loving.

While I avoid the news as much as possible, I sometimes see headlines that don’t seem loving at all. Or I hear about a crime someone committed that certainly didn’t seem loving. Or I get hurt by something someone said to me or something someone did to me that didn’t appear to be loving.

And it’s in these moments that even though I believe that everyone has a loving core, it’s sometimes hard to see it – to feel it.

I’m sure there are people who have said the same thing about me at times. I’m certainly not perfect. And while I’m doing the best that I can, there are moments when I haven’t come from love. Maybe I was hurt and lashed out or got defensive or let my ego call the shots. I am love, but I haven’t always acted with love.

And that helps me so much to see only love with others. Knowing what I know about myself – that I truly am made from love and still have moments where this isn’t apparent – helps me see that this is true in everyone else as well.

So when I come across someone who doesn’t appear to be coming from this love-filled center, I can remember that it’s still there. I can choose to see only love. Yes, I can set boundaries and remove myself from their energy if it doesn’t feel good, but I can still see that they are loving at their core.

This really helps me so much. We’re all figuring out how to live here on Earth. We all have lessons to learn and ways to expand into our highest vibration. And sometimes we flounder a bit, which is okay. It doesn’t mean that we aren’t loving and pure and filled with light. It just means that we’re human.

Reminding myself of this has been so helpful, and I created a poster to help each of us remember to see only love – throughout our days and throughout our nights! To remember that we’re all love at our core – no matter what’s happening on the outside.

You can click on it below to print it out. It measures 8×10 and is saved at high resolution.

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I would love for you to spread the word and share this on Facebook and Twitter!

Hugs,

jodi

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Spiraling My Way Back to Me

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I went away this past weekend to give myself time to go within, clear my head, talk to my soul, and just BE.

To be completely honest, my intention with this mini retreat was to do all of the above-mentioned things, but also to make some headway on the upcoming Soulful Life Sanctuary, which is opening on July 1st. I wanted to get clear about what it was that I was creating and get grounded in it so that it would have a solid foundation before I began sharing it with the world.

But something strange happened while I was in the hotel room: all I wanted to do was draw spirals. 

Let me back up a little bit: A few weeks ago, I had this strange urge to find a spiral making kit. You may remember these from when you were younger – they have grids and circles that go around the grids, and you can make all sorts of fun spiral designs with them. (Here’s an example of one to give you an idea.) I was having an extra sad day (still grieving over my sweet dog-ter, Xena, who passed away in December), and my soul was urging me to go get one of these kits. So my sweetie, Dan, and I headed out to the bookstore where we found the perfect one.

And my time in the hotel was the first chance that I gave myself to really dive in and see what designs came out. So I drew. And I drew. And I drew some more. At first, I couldn’t draw them fast enough – I was so happy to be creating something, and I wanted to create more and more and more.

And then, I settled into it. Round and round and round the circles went around the grids. Round and round and round the pens drew beautiful designs. And while I loved seeing what was created, I was finding that the process itself was so calming.

As you may have read throughout this blog over the years, I have struggled with meditation. I feel called to do it, but it’s honestly like pulling teeth to get me to sit down and actually do it. However, drawing these spirals gave my mind something repetitive to do while my soul could just BE. It gave me something to focus on (similar to the breath in sitting meditation), so that I could get in touch with the present moment. And it was amazing.


circle5Without even realizing it at the time, I now see that I was spiraling my way back to me. With each spiral that I drew, I uncovered a layer that was between me and my soul.
And in taking the time to create these spirals, I was giving myself the gift of stillness and the gift of presence. The only thing that I was thinking about was the pen going round and round. Or what color to use next. Or what grid to try out.

That was all.

Everything that I thought I would be focusing on during my time in the hotel seemed completely secondary next to this time in the present moment – this time of complete focus. This time with my soul.

I was telling my mom about these spirals yesterday, and she said that I used to love drawing these as a child. That I used to spend hours in my room creating spiral after spiral. And while I don’t remember that at all, it’s somehow comforting to know that I’m getting back to me. That I listened to my soul, and it led me to me in a fun, creative way.

Meditating can take so many different forms. Soul work can show up in so many different ways. This is how it’s showing up for me. And I’m sure it will show up for you in its own unique way. And it’s up to us to listen to our soul’s whispers and take action.

If you’re being asked to spend time in nature, go. If you’re being asked to sit still, sit. If you’re being asked to create something, create. If you’re being asked to dance, dance. If you’re being asked to laugh, laugh.

Whatever your soul is asking of you, please pay attention. It’s so important. Because these whispers will lead you back to you. And that’s a pretty amazing space to be in. I truly wish that for each of us.

And after all of these spirals were drawn, I did spend some time creating the Soulful Life Sanctuary. So it all worked out – just not quite in the way I thought it would. In an even better way. :)

Here are a few of the spirals that I drew. (You can click on them to enlarge them.):

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I would love to hear how you’re coming home to yourself, too! Please feel free to share in the comments below. 

Hugs,

jodi

 

 

 

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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 

Ripples of Love – Free Printable Poster!

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I believe that we can change the world. 

I do.

And it’s not necessarily with what we say or what we do. It’s not necessarily with our actions or our accomplishments.

Our ability to change the world goes much deeper than that – it goes all the way down to the core of our being.

Our ability to change the world resides in whether we allow love to flow out of our hearts and into the lives of every person that we encounter.

That’s all. And that’s everything. Truly.

I believe that we each have this amazing light at our core – this inner flame that is fed by love. And when it’s ignited, it has the ability to light the entire universe.

And I believe that it’s our choice if we will reject this love or feed this love.

Imagine living in a world where you were greeted with love, where you received endless love everywhere you went, where you were constantly filled with love by everyone you interacted with.

How would you feel?

Loved, right?

I would imagine that you would feel full and grounded and light and free all at the same time. I would imagine that you would be so excited to take this love that you’ve received and share it with others – to allow it to ripple out into the entire world – reaching one person at a time.

I would imagine that the way you saw the world would begin to change. And I would imagine that the way you saw others would begin to change. And I would imagine that the way others saw you would begin to change as well.

It starts with love. And it ends with love. 

It’s all about love. 

That’s all. And that’s everything. Truly.

I know that it isn’t always easy to open up to love. I know that it can hurt horribly when we get our hearts broken. I know, truly I do.

But I also know that love is everything – it’s our purpose, our reason for living, our essence, our way that our soul speaks to us, our connection with others and with the entire universe. 

And if we have closed off our lifeline to all that is, then we aren’t truly living. We are simply existing.

And I want more than that for you, for me, for all of us.

I want each of us to fully experience life – to fully experience love.

And it starts with one smile, with one act of kindness, with one step into the land of vulnerability.

This is where I live, and it’s honestly a wonderful place.

Are things in this special space perfect all of the time? Of course not. My heart still gets broken, and I still shy away from being so open from time to time. But I always come back because I know how wonderful I feel when I am here.

And I know how many lives my love can touch when I allow myself to be in this love-filled space.

I have seen the ripple. And it’s absolutely amazing. I have seen lives change because I am living with an open heart. And so I know that this is true. I know that we can put so much more love into the world simply by choosing to.

I know it.

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I created a poster to encourage each of us to continue putting ripples of love into the world!

You can click on it below to print it out. It measures 8×10 and is saved at high resolution.

It’s my gift to you because I have seen how powerful of a healer and a connector love can truly be. I know how much my own life changed when I opened my heart and let the love pour out, and it’s my hope that this will help each of us remember how powerful we are and how our love has the ability to change the world.

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

Hugs,

jodi

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Three Amazing Men Who Changed My Life

hearts togetherIt’s no secret that I’m super sappy. I wear my heart on my sleeve and strongly believe in letting people know how much they mean to me. I believe that love is the core of our existence and appreciation is such a beautiful way to express it.

So get ready for a sappy, loved-filled post because I feel like I’m about to explode with gratitude for three men who have absolutely changed my life. I know that I wouldn’t be writing, connecting, and sharing with you or living the life that I live if it weren’t for their love and support.

These men share so many beautiful qualities: they are all sensitive, loving, passionate, heart-centered, brilliant, supportive, and caring. They have each changed my life in such profound ways, and I’m so excited to profile them here!

Dan Teck – My Everything

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This one shouldn’t be a shock to anyone. Dan is my husband, my best friend, my life.

We’re about to celebrate our 12th anniversary, and I love him so much more now than I ever imagined possible.

Meeting him and sharing a life with him has helped me in so many beautiful ways. But the main way that it’s helped bring me to where I am now is that Dan opened my heart. He showed me what love – deep, unconditional, never-ending, always surrounding me love – felt like. He showed me that it was absolutely possible. And with this knowing that he has given me, I have not only been able to open my heart and let his love in, but I’ve opened it to all of you.

Everything in my life changed when I met Dan. I went from being closed off and cynical to getting back to my core, which is loving and open. Dan’s love led me back to me, and I’m so, so grateful to him for that.

His daily support means the world to me – he’s my everything. And I’m just so blessed to spend my life loving him.

In addition to being my husband and best friend and everything, Dan is a brilliant writer, an insightful life coach, and an amazing ping-pong player and Boggle champion. I love him so much!

You can learn more about Dan here.

 

Steve Harrison – My Mentor

SteveHarrisonphotoI met Steve just about three years ago when Dan and I enrolled in his Quantum Leap marketing program.

We knew that we had a loving message to share with the world, but we just weren’t sure how to go about reaching others with it.

Some amazing synchronicities brought Steve into our life – all signs made it clear that he was the one to help us with this next step.

And he did. In such huge ways. Before meeting Steve and his team, I had no idea what a mailing list, platform, opt-in, or affiliate program was. I had no idea about anything marketing related – I just wanted to share my heart in the most authentic way that I was able to, and Steve’s teachings helped me reach the people that I most wanted to reach.

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Steve has helped many bestselling authors share their message, including Jack Canfield, John Gray, and now us!

He’s super sensitive, smart, personable, funny, and has a huge heart. He also wears his heart on his sleeve, and my soul knew that we would make a perfect team. His open heart, integrity, and honesty shines through in everything he does, and he’s been such an integral part of my journey.

He showed me what was possible and helped me reach for the stars, and I am so very grateful for him.

You can learn more about Steve here.

 

Alex Blackwell – My Connector

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I can’t even remember how Alex and I met. I know that I have been in love with his blog for years – he writes from such a loving, authentic space, and I was immediately pulled in because of that honestly and vulnerability.

Alex feels like a big brother to me in many ways. He’s shown me the ropes throughout the years. He sort of took me under his wing and let me learn from him.

He showed me what was possible when we come together to support each other. He helped connect me with other bloggers who shared my message. He helped bring me into the Beliefnet family. He’s just an amazing person.

Alex is the real deal – that beautiful heart that comes through in his writing is really how he is in actuality. He is humble and helpful and supportive and kind. And my world is definitely much brighter because he’s a part of it.

You can learn more about Alex here.

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I am so blessed to have shared my journey with each of these beautiful souls, and I’m so happy to share that gratitude here and give them the love and appreciation that they completely deserve.

We all have had people come into our life who are pivotal to our growth and who become an essential part of our journey. I would love for you to thank those people today. Share what they mean to you. And let them know how grateful you are for them.

It feels so good to spread love and appreciation around!

Hugs,

jodi

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