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A Woman Alive

February 9th, 2015
by Diane

Life Happens and Then……

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My Father shared a wonderful quote with me last week (that I very much needed to hear!) and I felt compelled to share it, and my reflections, with you this morning.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearances, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church…. A home.  The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for the day. We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the string we have, and that is our own attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you.  We are in charge of our attitude.”  Charles Swindle

I love this quote – such a vivid reminder that we are truly responsible for our choices.  I would say, “Life Happens and then we are 100% responsible for who we choose to be in every moment.”  I believe the sentiment is the same.  We absolutely cannot control what goes on around us, and there will be times of struggle, pain, unhappiness and frustration, but we can control WHO WE CHOOSE TO BE IN THE MOMENT.  Read more »

December 16th, 2013
by Diane

Leaning Into Love: Lesson Learned

I met Izetta in September, she is one of my fellow yoga teacher trainees.  And then we discovered that we were both part of the Momentum Community and yet another bond of connection was shared.  And then in early November Izetta was notified that her Mother had passed. When she returned to teacher training Izetta shared with me the lesson she had experienced during her time of grief, sorrow and great loss.  I wanted her to share it with you, my readers.  A powerful story from powerful and truly authentic soul.  Thank you Izetta.

IzettaMom “I knew it, I knew, I knew something was wrong,” I wailed as I collapsed into a heap in the changing room of Sacred Brooklyn. I just received the confirming phone call from my sister, “She’s gone Zetta.” My heart imploded and words came out in fits and gasps.  Supported … Women came to my side; a friend, a teacher, a stranger, a fellow trainee, all with faces full of concern, soothing touches, words and questions, “what’s wrong, what happened sis, are you ok?” Lifted, supported, my stuff and I carried and assisted as I shuffled pass the alter honoring the dead and we entered the massage room.  Lifted and supported I somehow came to sit on the table – 3 women, eyes searching, hands rubbing limbs and torso. Three women, just like us … a mother and 2 daughters … Dearly departed … She’s gone.

I didn’t want to believe it, even as my sister came to get me, I fell into her as we made our way to the car. We drove with my brother-in law and nephew in tow. Read more »

October 9th, 2013
by Diane

A Woman Alone in Two Pieces

TwoPiecesThe most vulnerable place inside of me over the last several years has been my status as a women alone.  I never anticipated finding myself here, in this place at 53 years old.  And yet here I am.  I have been alone (i.e. without a committed partner) for the last 5 ½ years. This was unexpected. There was no plan, no preparedness, and I was, quite frankly, caught off guard.  The overriding and predominant feeling is fear: Will I be alone forever?  Will I be able to take care of myself alone as I age?

Fears I hide in a thick veil of shame as the world around me chimes, “find fulfillment for yourself, create a great life for yourself alone!”

Yes I hear you and I am working on that – but damn-it!  I do not want to be here! Read more »

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