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It's all about SOUL...

July 3, 2017

 

I don't know about you, but I love me some Billy Joel. And I have always loved this particular ditty. It's hopeful. It's upbeat. It's thoughtful. It reminds us that what matters is on the inside. 

 

So in my last blogpost, I talked about Willpower. I actually drafted that post back in February, and then sat on it for a while. For no good reason. At least, not one that I could see. Well, I had a pretty epic epiphany a week or two ago. As it turns out, it was about Willpower and why mine always failed me. I read Gabrielle Bernstein's Spirit Junkie earlier this year, which was all about surrendering to Spirit and not allowing your will, or your ego, to keep running the show. It just took me a little while to synthesize everything I'd read and everything I'd heard and thought, and most especially for my WILL/EGO to get out of the way so that I could put the pieces together. And it walloped me over the head, as if all of this information was brand new and I'd never heard any of it before. So here's how all this came together for me.

 

My Will, my ego, is bossy. And over the years she has bought into every the limiting belief that I have ever had of myself. So my Willpower was never effective because my Ego was trying to make all those stories, those limiting beliefs, my truth. She NEVER had the compassion or the empathy to ask my SOUL what she really wanted. If my Soul ever tried to raise her voice, Ego would just shut her down and say, "It ain't happening. Don't bother." Willpower was actually Can'tpower. A/K/A ihavenopower. When I started spending a little more time in meditation, I could start to hear the faint whisper of my Soul, saying, "I don't want that sugary/gluteny junk food. I want to be vibrant. I want to thrive. I want to believe all things are possible." And the MINDSET MAGIC moment that I had came when I decided to SURRENDER TO MY SOUL. When I honored my SOUL enough to say, "I hear you. You are worthy. I am worthy because of you," I was able to turn the corner on my dumb sugar cravings. I thought those cravings were something to be conquered, but "conquering" is not a concept that has ever sat well with me. I don't like power struggles, I don't respond well to being bossed around. I'm much more of a "let's do this together" kind of girl. So this idea of surrendering to my deepest desire, of working WITH my Soul to change my life, so work through my sugar cravings, THIS works for me. I had to go back to a spiritual place, where my heart could be loved unconditionally. I haven't kicked my Ego to the curb, though. She's part of me and will keep showing up whenever I get afraid or allow doubt to poke its head through the door. But she's not calling the shots. Just like the whisper that FINALLY caught my attention, I allow myself to soften to the desires of my Heart and Soul. Which links me directly to my Creator and my Community. How does this resonate with you? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

 

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The Diva Digests

an opera singer's thoughts on music, food, and the meaning of life

about The Diva

I’m a California native, recently returned to the L.A. area after 15 years as an opera singer in the Big Apple. Singing has always been my favorite means of communication and self-expression. I’m a self-conscious self-editor, so singing someone else’s words and music has given me the freedom over the years to express what I couldn’t figure out how to say. Well, I’m tired of editing, so here I am, writing my own words (for better or worse). Welcome to my blog! I’ll write mostly about singing and eating, and how the two have intersected in my life.

 

My overall health is pretty good (and it’s a lot better than it used to be). Thank God, I’ve never had major illnesses. But repeat sinus infections for an opera singer is pretty bad news. When I realized I was making myself sick with what I was eating (hello coffee, fried food, and refined sugar!), it was a huge wake-up call. I could likely have saved myself an invasive surgery if I had known that my fibroids were growing because of my highly inflammatory diet. I thought surgery was my best option, because it was what my doctor recommended! (By the way, I have kept my fibroids in check and improved my sinus health – and lost 25 pounds – by engaging in new food habits that reduce inflammation.)

 

We have become a magic pill culture. Sit in front of the TV for 5 minutes, and you’re bombarded by direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical marketing. “Do you suffer from heartburn so bad it makes you vomit? Never fear. Go ahead and eat that plateful of atomic buffalo wings, wash it down with a bottle of red wine, and take this little pill. You’ll be right as rain.” UGH. (I paraphrase, but you get the idea.) Actually, you’ll end