Heart of the Soul

Heart of the Soul

The Choice Is Yours

posted by Jodi Chapman

When the sun is shining, do you go out and soak it up? Or do you think about the drought and wish for rain? 

When the birds are singing, do you open the windows and enjoy their songs? Or do you close the windows and gripe about the noise? 

When your kids are laughing, do you join in with them and act silly and goofy? Or do you ask them to be quiet and take their laughter somewhere else? 

When your spouse says they miss you, do you clear your schedule and hug them and let them know that you miss them, too? Or do you say that you’re sorry that you’re busy but you just don’t think you can spare the time because you’re on a deadline? 

When you receive a beautiful message from the universe, do you embrace it and act on it? Or do you ignore it and say that you aren’t ready or you are too afraid? 

When your favorite song comes on the radio, do you stop what you’re doing to sing and dance? Or do you not even hear it because you’re so wrapped up in your thoughts? 

When you accomplish a goal that you’ve long been striving for, do you take time to celebrate and acknowledge this job well done? Or do you immediately move onto the next goal?

Out of all of these scenarios, neither choice is right and neither choice is wrong. But each choice leads us down a certain path. And when we continue choosing one way or another, we’ll find that the choices begin to look alike.

If we consistently choose the first option in the examples above, our lives will most likely be joyful and filled with gratitude and expansiveness.

If we consistently choose the second option in the examples above, our lives will most likely feel grayer and more constricted – less full of life and possibility.

We all are faced with so many little choices each day. And how we react to each situation that we experience creates our life. 

We each get to decide which path we’ll choose. Which option to choose. 

And those that we choose consistently become our existence.

I think that’s pretty wonderful that we have so much power and control over our life. We can’t control what comes into our life, but we can control our reaction to it – our mindset about it. And I love that.

It is possible to consistently choose the first option in the examples above. And it is possible to be happy and filled with joy and gratitude. 

The choice is ours. It always has been.

Does that mean that our life is perfect? No.

Does that mean that everything always falls into place and nothing bad ever happens? No.

Does that mean that we will immediately embrace each new experience and see it as a blessing? No.

But it does mean that when we shift our mindset to one of expansion, love, and possibility, over time we begin to see our world differently. We begin to focus on the positive and on the good. We begin to see love all around us.

It doesn’t mean that we never are in a bad mood or we never feel down. It just means that our overall focus is on love and possibility and gratitude.

That’s all. Sometimes the most powerful shifts are the simplest ones. Sometimes it’s just one single choice made over and over again that determines our life and our happiness.

So as you’re going through your day and you’re faced with a choice, I invite you to choose love and possibility. I invite you to just try it and see how your life changes because of it.

I have a feeling it will be pretty amazing.

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi

Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

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The Revolving Door

posted by Jodi Chapman

Jodi Chapman - dreamsI had a dream last night that I was back in high school, except it wasn’t a high school that I was familiar with. I went into the library and wandered around for a few minutes before realizing that there was only one way to exit: through a tiny revolving door. It was so small that I had to scrunch into a ball to fit inside of it.

While I was hesitant to get in because of my fear of confined spaces, I knew that if I ever wanted to leave the library I would have to muster up the courage and  just do it. So, I curled into a ball and sat down inside the door. Once in, the door quickly spun around and opened on the other side.

But, for a moment – just a couple of seconds – I was completely trapped. In that space in the spin cycle between the entrance being open and the exit opening, everything was closed. And while in that moment, I could feel myself beginning to panic. I could feel my chest tightening and my breath quickening. In that moment, I could feel myself going right up to the edge of absolutely freaking out. And just as I was about to lose it, the door opened, I crawled out, I stood up, and walked away.

And then I woke up, but the feeling of fear and then relief has stayed with me throughout the day.

I believe that the dreams we remember are the ones that we’re supposed to learn from or receive a message from or  listen to in some way. I don’t think that most of our dreams are meant to be remembered – they either just contain remnants from our day or have memories strung together in a sometimes silly way. But, sometimes, in the midst of all of these silly dreams, powerful dreams with messages attached occur. And last night’s dream definitely felt like one that I needed to pay attention to.

I can feel some really big changes happening at my soul level. I can feel myself transitioning in ways that I am not yet able to put into words. And change can be scary. Even though I may want to stay in my current life or even in my past life (the life that was represented by my high school library), I know that this is no longer an option. I know that it’s time to move on. It’s time to allow these changes to occur. And in order to do this, I may feel discomfort and possibly even panic. I may want to run and not be able to – I may feel trapped.

I believe that what this dream was showing me is that no matter how hard this transitional period feels, it will be over before I know it. And I will be okay. I will be able to stand up and enter a new life – leaving behind the pieces of me that no longer fit for where I’m going.

And that feels pretty exciting and pretty wonderful.

I’m ready to walk through the revolving door. I’m ready to leave behind the past. I’m ready to experience this transformation. I welcome it, in fact, because I know that what is on the other side of it is pretty magical. I can feel how light and free and loving it is. And I’m definitely ready for it.

I feel that this imagery from my dream can apply to so many of us. And if you’re also ready to move forward into the possibility and leave your past behind, I welcome you to join me in the metaphorical revolving door. We’ll just be there for a second, and I guarantee it will be worth it.

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

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It’s Up to You

posted by Jodi Chapman

You can hang onto your pain. Shackle yourself to the heaviness of it.

Or you can begin to let it go. You can allow yourself to be free.

It’s up to you.

 

You can be consumed by your anger and your finger pointing.

Or you can forgive others and also yourself. You can invite understanding and compassion into your heart.

It’s up to you.

 

You can be defined by your past – by your regrets and your perceived failures.

Or you can embrace this moment and give yourself permission to start again. A fresh start. A clean slate.

It’s up to you.

 

You can assume because you’ve always done something one way that you’ll always do it that way – even if it hurt you or didn’t work or took longer or caused frustration.

Or you can try something new. You can embrace change. And you can leave your comfort zone and see how great it feels to stretch yourself.

It’s up to you.

 

You can keep your heart closed and your walls up. You can protect yourself from feeling.

Or you can trust and allow yourself to give and also to receive love. You can open your heart again.

It’s up to you.

 

You can let fear envelop you. Tightly grip you. Paralyze you.

Or you can breathe through it. Lovingly embrace it. And move to the other side of it.

It’s up to you.

 

This life is yours to live. However you choose to live it.

It’s all up to you.

It’s always been up to you.

 

Can you feel the freedom in that?

Can you feel the possibility in that?

Can you feel the love in that?

 

You get to choose how you’ll choose to live.

It’s truly all up to you.

 

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

Website   ♥   Facebook   ♥   Angel Fund    ♥   Free Ebook

Just One Breath

posted by Jodi Chapman

relax copyIt never fails. When I sit down to write – when I invite quiet and solitude into my life and slow down long enough to center myself and listen to my soul – I am filled with an unsettled feeling. I am filled with a compulsive urge to check and then re-check my email. And then it becomes extra important to log back into Facebook to make sure no one has responded to my latest comment. It’s in these moments that I realize how uncomfortable I am with not only stillness but also with not having any buffers or distractions between myself and my soul.

That feels scary and uncomfortable. It feels raw and uncensored and a bit too real.

So it makes perfect sense that I try to “protect myself” from myself in the form of compulsion, busyness, and distraction.

Sometimes it feels as though there are two of me battling it out (I am a Gemini after all): the wise part who is open to the possibility and the afraid part who wants nothing more than to protect myself from anything that could make me feel open, vulnerable, or possibly sad.

This inner battle takes place each time I sit down to write, but thankfully I have found a way to move through it – a way for the wise part of my self to take control and be able to slow down so that I can write from my heart and share my soul with you.

I breathe through it.

It sounds so simple, right? I’ve found that the solutions are so often much easier than we may think.

So here’s how this works for me:

I sit down to write. I center myself by lighting my candle and pulling a Soul Clarity Card. I open the blank computer file and wait for the words to flow.

And it’s in this quiet space that I begin to feel uncomfortable. I get the urge to move away from this silence – from this stillness. I immediately feel that I absolutely must check my email and Facebook. This compulsion begins to consume me – it’s all I can think about. I feel desperate to be anywhere but here in this vulnerable space.

I have learned that I don’t have to give into these thoughts. I have learned that I have a choice in this moment. I could open my email and leave this soulful, inviting space. Or I can acknowledge these thoughts, send them love for wanting to protect me from feeling deeply, and I can choose to breathe through them.

In through the nose.

Out through the mouth. 

Which is what I am choosing to do. I close my eyes and thank my soul for showing up and sharing its wisdom with me. And I take another deep breath. And another. And another.

However many it takes until I am clearheaded and filled with love and light. Until I feel centered and grounded and free of this urge to be anywhere but here.

And then I write. And I always, always, always am grateful that I stayed. No matter what comes up in the writing (pain, joy, sadness, etc.), I am always closer to myself and closer to the universe. I always feel cradled in love. I always feel more whole. Always.

This has become such an empowering exercise for me. It shows me how much control I truly have over my thoughts and my compulsions. It shows me how powerful my soul and my higher self truly are. It shows that I am always just one breath away from light and love.

We all are.

So if you ever feel yourself pulling away from your own present moment, whether it’s to keep you from writing or meditating or being still within your soul, I invite you to try breathing into it, too. It’s so freeing. It’s so grounding. It’s so loving.

I have a feeling you’ll enjoy giving yourself this respite from all of the busyness that constantly surrounds you. I have a feeling you’ll enjoy the silence and the soulful connection.

All it takes to stay there is just one breath. And that’s something we all can do. 

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

Website   ♥   Facebook   ♥   Angel Fund    ♥   Free Ebook

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