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January 14th, 2016

LIVE ALIVE: 12 Guiding Principles

By Diane

dont-ask-yourself-what-the-world-needsMy father is a 12- Stepper. He has been in a 12-Step program for many years and has during his tenure there provided me with many valuable words to live by. His voice is in my head always reminding me I can handle what ever is thrown at me, to learn and practice forgiveness and to live one day at a time.

I am often asked about the name of my company A Woman Alive and my tagline of LIVE ALIVE.

What does it mean to LIVE ALIVE, to live fully? And what are the intentions we can hold to live a fulfilled and satisfying life? There will always be challenges and missteps. The Buddhist philosophy often explored in yoga emphasizes that there is always in our world suffering and that it is who we are despite that suffering that is the road to enlightenment.

For me LIVING ALIVE means feeling each day like I am living life at it’s fullest, that I am present in the moment, pursuing my passions, engaging in relationships and savoring both the joys and challenges that each day brings.

With all of this in mind, reflecting on my own life, the lessons I have learned through yoga, my sailing journeys and my Dad’s words of wisdom, I came up with THE 12 GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR LIVING ALIVE.

  • Believe in yourself and your own personal power
  • Speak authentically with courage, clarity and honesty
  • Live without expectations
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Take a 100% responsibility for your choices
  • Be willing to take risks and make mistakes
  • Trust and listen to your intuition
  • Learn from the past, live in the present, intend for the future
  • Love, laugh and play with abandon
  • Express gratitude and appreciation daily
  • Take care of your body, mind and spirit daily
  • Practice forgiveness

My greatest passion and purpose is to strive everyday to live my life according to these principles and to share my journey with others through yoga, coaching and workshops.

My wish for you in 2016 is that you LIVE ALIVE each and every day.

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