Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 -Your Best Year YET!

The New Year has arrived. Forget making a list of resolutions that you may never read again or follow through on. How about a radical reinvention or an ultra fine tuning into the "now" of what you are meant to be doing and being on Earth. Perhaps you already know what that is for you. Then how about some quantum leaping springs under your feet?

Are you ready for your BEST year yet? The year you drop more deeply into the life of your dreams AND the life that most wants to live through you?

If your answer is YES, have I got a treat for YOU!

Your Best Year Yet, is a book with a 10 question process designed to identify and dissolve your blocks, clarify your values, and create a potent framework and guidelines to catapult you into your Best Year Yet. I have participated in and facilitated a number of processes like this, yet this one tops them all.

I first participated in this workshop last year with Carrie Contey, in Austin, TX. I can tell you without a doubt, that I went on to have the most amazing year of my life. I identified and peeled away layers of self doubt and released limiting beliefs, I clarified and prioritized my most current life values and visions. I look back on what has manifested as a result of those discoveries and commitments and I am blown away, and so, so grateful.

I was amazed by how much was revealed, cleared and set in motion in just 4 hours with poignant questions, and loving, ruthless facilitation. Now, I want to give that gift back to you!

Keep in mind that this experience will up your game, fill your fuel tank with pure inspiration and jet your life to the next level of genius wherever you are in your process. Whether you know you need big changes, or you are simply ready to step it up and jump into to even more focus in your fulfilling life, this is a powerful process to support you. And, I will be there to guide you!

I am offering a two part "Best Year Yet" workshop in Tucson, AZ

(A teleclass will follow in Springtime for others across the globe)
  • 2 Consecutive Wednesday Evenings: January 13th and 20th, 7:30-9:30pm.
  • Location given upon registration.
  • A $30 Investment in yourself.

Give yourself and the world, the greatest gift possible,

Blessings and Sacred, Joyous 2010!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Transcending the Veil Between You and Me-UNITY LOVES YOU

One Love Nuggets:
Your questions answered on all things love, life and relationships.

"Here is a question for you: How do we transcend the veil that floats between our self and relationship, inhibiting intimacy with ourselves and each other? I swear I can see it sometimes."

You can see it! Sounds like you are describing the Hindu idea of "Avidya Maya". "Maya is the symbol of the cosmic illusion, whose veil does not allow mortals to perceive God. Maya has two aspects: Avidya Maya, the ignorance that estranges mortals from God, and Vidya Maya, the liberating knowledge that gradually leads mortals to the ineffable and intoxicating communion with God."

To transcend, to go beyond perceived limits, means piercing this veil will require your willingness to see yourself, others and intimacy in new way. Don't believe the hype of "you and me". Transcend the belief that we are separate, and embrace the possibility, that we are all part of the same Kosmic being, all wired for communion in God. Maybe God meeting God is what relationship is all about. Perhaps that is what TRUE intimacy is, communion in God. Let's not trip over the "G" word. By all names spoken and unspoken, let's ecumenically agree that there is a divine life force in the Universe.

So, how do you transcend the veil?
  • Commit to make it a must do.
  • Redirect all energy away from separation and place it on unity.
  • Pierce it with your eyes,
  • With your loving touch,
  • With your golden words,
  • With your gentle hands.
  • And your living truth.
The only "inhibitors" are resistance and withholding. The nature of veils is that they are thin, flimsy, transparent, easily moved, and hardly substantial obstacles. It is easier than you think. Just reach OUT and remember, as you do, that you are reaching IN-to your deepest self and to the vast mystery all at once. It is what you are wired for. Unity loves itself and longs to be intimate with you.

Transcend the veil. Go beyond it and tell me what you find. And if you need an ally along the journey, you know where to find me. Thank you for your question.


2010 promises to bring bounty and grace beyond our wildest dreams.

Be open and receive.

The One Love Alliance is welcoming videographers, documentarians and photographers. In 2010 we will create a YouTube channel and begin to share our spontaneous acts of love in motion across the globe.

"The One Love Nuggets" Syndicated Column is coming to every newspaper and internet media network world wide." (Please playfully put out this prayer to The Universe with me).

Participate in bringing Dreams into Being!
Please share this blog with your friends, write in questions... come join the fun!

What are some of your prayers/intentions for 2010?
Tell Us, so that we can energize your dreams too!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

FLASH MOB CAROLING!-A New Tradition is Born

Well, Mercury went retrograde the day after Christmas...what better time to draw creative attention inward and utilize it for radical revisioning!

First, let's remember and give thanks for the highlights of our holiday season. What old or new traditions brought you the most joy? When did you genuinely feel that spark of light amidst the Solstice darkness? or the spirit of giving and the touch of good will?

Our holidays were abundant with quality play time; at home, in nature, and with friends. We even created a new tradition! FLASH MOB CAROLING!

Sitting around the table on Dec 23rd, we decided that it would be fun to spontaneously congregate on street corners, enter into restaurants and stores and sing a song or two. We put out the word to The One Love Alliance and voila, a jolly mob of merrymakers assembled.

We met just off of 4th Ave, an active street in downtown Tucson, and rehearsed our 3 songs for about 10 minutes. We kept is simple with Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls and We wish You a Merry Christmas. We were ready to hit the streets.

First stop, Epic Cafe, which was brimming with peeps cozying up with a hot drink and friends. They were simply delighted, surprised and applauded as we causally departed and walked on. We dropped in on B-Line Restuarant, Hippie Gypsie, Antigione Bookstore, The Food Conspiracy Co-op and Maya Quetzel restaurant.

The merrymaking was funny, heartwarming and joyful. It was unforgettable and definitely the "One Love" ignition of a new tradition.

People put their cell phones up to record and photograph us, they stopped whatever they were doing and received the blessings of songs being sung just for them. They clapped and cheered for "more." We all received the gift of humanity sharing love. Givers and receivers basking in good will and fun connection over timeless holiday songs.

By our last stop, my 3 year old, Talia, who had started the flash mob journey carried in arms, hiding her face from strangers, was now standing on a table top, dancing, singing and smiling, belting out "and a Happy New Year", with her little hand bursting into the air in a gesture of grand finale.

Laughter, kindness, and the power of group song, spontaneously melted away the false boundaries that make us strangers. Thanks to all the participants that sang with such heart and soul. You are beautiful.

Now, it's off to the New year. Keep in mind that Mercury retrograde is a potent time to do all the RE things that need tending...reorganize, recuperate, regenerate, retreat, revision, recreate, renew, revitalize, recenter.

Get ready to launch your best year yet!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

From Doubt To Devotion

Today's One Love Nugget goes out to a sister who wrote in about taking action on her Big Visions. She writes "I must acknowledge the part of myself that fears and doubts. As the part of me that dwells in possibility grows larger everyday, there is still a valid part that is scared and unsure. Gabriela, do you have any suggestions for assuring this part that everything is ok?"

This question is universal. I don't know anyone on the planet who doesn't have moments of fear and doubt. On this miraculous life journey, it is natural, human and humbling to have moments of fear and doubt. Sometimes there is wisdom and valuable insight to discover in our fears or doubts that can support us in redirecting, or reevaluating details of our visions. Journal, writing out a dialogue with these parts or speak out loud in the loving witness of a creative companion or intimate friend. Go ahead and HAVE your fears, so that they don't "have" you. Often when we speak these voices, their gifts are revealed and the energetic charge, that otherwise halts our progress, loses steam and dissolves. In a nutshell, yes, all parts ARE valid, so let every one of them drink of the love, even the scared, self doubting ones. This will enrich your journey with the WHOLE of you being honored and included.

On a more meta level, sometimes my fears and doubts are a sign to me that I need to plug back into my Source. Reconnecting to the Genius that moves through us and staying surrendered there often puts everything into perspective and restores peace. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love gives an excellent talk about nurturing the genius of creativity.

My perpetually reSOURCEful friend, River, recently shared with me that , Louise Hay, Affirmation-Healing expert, found that "I approve of myself" was one of the most powerful mantras she had seen in action. I have been integrating it and find it stops self doubt in its tracks. My energy immediately, shifts from monkey mind to meta mind.

Speaking of monkeys...become like Hanuman, he is the embodiment of divine love, "compassion in action, devotion in motion." Hanuman directed all his energy towards merging with Ram (also known here as the God of your heart). Becoming like Hanuman means embodying the unlimited power that lies within us as we merge with our Source. We can be held and allied here as doubt redirects into devotion to our divine expression as an act of service.

Join me, "put your feet into the river, give your life to something bigger" and let me know if this helps assure the whole of you that everything is beyond OK, and right in the sweet spot. Follow your heart, trust your genius and Godspeed ahead...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Leap Beyond Your Limits


"I am so ready to get way out of my open to very new possibilities that I wouldn't have considered as possible before... What is the main thing you suggest for stepping out into that unknown and opening beyond the limiting beliefs? I am beginning to see past those edges right now and I am really starting to feel past them.
-Releasing the Illusion

Dear Releasing,
Sounds like you are right in the pocket of pioneering into new territory. I have to echo what Jedi Master, Yoda says "Already know you that which you need."

The main thing I suggest these days is taking massive action with heart.
"It isn't enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box." Tim Ferriss
  • Combine pragmatism and prayer.
  • Clear and open space (emotionally, physically, energetically, mentally).
  • Create ritual that aligns your intention with the powers that BE.
  • Speak the unspeakable-to your self and others. Tell the truth.
  • Give yourself permission to change and reinvent whatever is not serving you.
  • Shake it all up. Surrender and leap!
Try out this Mantra: from The Heart Sutra.
Gate (Ga-Tay) Gate Para Gate Parasam Gate Bodhi Svaha.
Loosely translated as, Gone, Gone, Gone Beyond, Completely Gone Beyond, Enlightenment, Hail.

Your deep self knows exactly what you need. Listen and respond. Follow the dreaming, and your path of heart. Envision and FEEL yourself in a fulfilling place of new possibilities. Then, radiate that feeling out into the world. Let this motivate, inspired, non reactive, radical, right action. I trust that soon you will be savoring the juicy fruits of leaping into the Unknown.

Happy Trails, "Releasing"! The illusion has been shattered.
What you seek is seeking you. Bodhi Svaha

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wake Up To Life-The Love Generation

"Buddhahood is your birthright. You claim it every time you wake up to the present moment."
Karen Maezen Miller

My daughter, Talia, is a Buddha. She is a master of living in the now. She savors life. She delights in simplicity. She is devoted to playing, dancing, giggling and exploring her world. She loves all that sparkles. She loves being silly, making up rhymes and singing songs. Though at the core of all of her high energy and life discovery, she is a lover, an awakener. It is not lost on us that she is offering constant opportunities to be present, to let go of rigid adult agendas that at times blind us to real connection, and to the miracle of life happening before our eyes, every moment.

Last week, she said "Mama, let's go play our violins." (She has a ukulele and I have a guitar, but for short sometimes she just calls them "violins.")

"Mama, let's sing about love 'n generation," she said.
"OK," I said, "You start and then give me the signal to come in and we'll duet."

She sang, "We are love 'n generation. We love to sing, dance and play. We love ourselves and we love each other. We are healthy and free. We are the love generation."

Then she gave me the thumbs up (my cue to sing). We continued to sing, strum and laugh in timelessness. Dropping into the sweet spot of creativity and communion with my 3 year old is ecstasy. And on this day her lyrical improvisation was especially touching.

Naturally, I have a bias. I think my kid is channeling the genius of her generation...The LOVE GENERATION... and why not? We have had the Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, and now, the "Love Generation." Their time has come. They are reminding us of what is most important...offering ourselves as love in a life giving way. One definition of generation that I love is Genesis: a coming into being. I extend the invitation to you. Come into being LOVE. BE the generation of LOVE. That is the message I'll take from my child oracle. I give thanks for her effortless modeling of what it is to be truly alive.

"The miracle is not walking on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Loving Humanity This Holiday Season

Today, I had a wild experience. I was stopped at a red light and caught site of the driver in front of me. I could only see half of his face in his side view mirror. He was several years my senior, had a seasoned face, a blank stare. Yet somehow, I saw eternity in him. There was nothing in his expression to bring on such a profound response, though suddenly I was washed with a wave of love for humanity. A subtle sense came over me as if seeing into his soul. I felt his humanness and my love for him...for all of us, in our vulnerable, miraculous, mysterious state. He caught my gaze a few times and though I smiled, the exchange had so much transparency that I felt I should look away. I even did a few times, still allowing love to gaze through my eyes. In a moment we were driving, and life moved on, as it always does.

I have a practice of seeing the Divine in all beings as I walk through the world. I really look at people, noninvasively, yet deeply. I am humbled and graced over and over again by how often hearts are wide open and love is reflected right a gesture, a smile, a warm exchange. Some people are caught off guard but delighted, others are shutdown. Though overall from where I am standing, we live in a loving world.

This week I have been calling homeless shelters. While I can't offer housing, food for a month or a job, I do want to offer a One Love Alliance charitable event. I'd like to bring warm socks and sandwiches to a group of homeless people. I want to offer them kindness, with a smile. Wherever they are - gathered, isolated in survival, roaming the city of Tucson, or standing at scattered street corners, they are my people too. Humanity has every face under the sun. I mumble and grumble and judge just like anyone else, yet at the core, I love life, I love humanity and I want to see us all thriving. I especially feel this surge as we approach this time of year.

For me, the spirit of this season is full of magic and wonder, good will and the power of community, ritual and light in the darkness. I love the inner quiet that Solstice invites, I love the feast of lights, the joy of creating a heartfelt offering. I love baking cookies (and eating them). For Talia, my 3 year old, the holiday time is still about the sparkly sweetness of life. No consumer, toy hungry, gift fixations here (Yet).

This Holiday Season, I want to focus on loving humanity. Today, I spoke with a friend about our mutual value of instilling a sense of gratitude and love amidst what is often an overwhelming, consumptive, pressure cooker of cultural energy this time of year.

We committed to do at least 5 things that weave together the traditions we loved growing up, evolved along with our heart's joy and the current times.
Here are some of my ideas...What are yours?
  • I will donate to my favorite charity, Amala Foundation, who I LOVE, especially their Global Youth Peace Summit, and their focus on the World's Children.
  • I will repeat the 29 Day Giving Challenge , as recently featured in my friend, Britt's Blog (Also check out her past posts for amazing Have Fun, Do Good Holiday Ideas).
  • I will paint a recycled cardboard Xmas tree as a family Solstice art project.
  • I will bake and cook delicious, nourishing homemade food to share.
  • I will give of my time, including the gift of leisure time with loved ones.
  • I will get out onto the earth, go within and give deep thanks and praise.
  • I will see the holidays through the eyes of a child.
  • I will gather and connect with my beloveds both near and far.
  • I will sing, and dance, play my guitar, and play in general.
  • I will celebrate life. Now and Now and Now.
"There is only one nation-the nation of humanity
There is only one religion- the religion of love
There is only one language,- the language of the heart"
Sai Baba