Heart of the Soul

Heart of the Soul

Inviting the Magic In

posted by Jodi Chapman

Jodi Chapman - ScarfI did something the other day that I haven’t done in years: I bought something for myself that I didn’t need, that wasn’t practical, and that I didn’t even know what I would do with.

I saw this cute scarf and immediately was drawn to it. I don’t normally wear scarves, and I didn’t plan on wearing this one. I just wanted it near me – on my desk or in my office where I could see it often. I felt that this scarf represented something so much bigger than the scarf itself. It represented self care, fun, femininity, and joy – all experiences that I would love to embrace and experience more of in my life. I felt in a deep way that, whether I wore this scarf or not, simply seeing it would help remind me to invite these aspects of myself back into my life again. 

It’s become a magical scarf, in a way. Not magic in the sense of hocus pocus and abracadabra, but in the sense of reminding me of how powerful I am. It reminds me that I have the ability to change my life. I can choose to continue living without self care and joy, or I can choose to invite them in. When I see this magical scarf sitting on my desk, I am filled with excitement for what’s possible and love that I am part of such a beautiful world that allows me to create whatever experience I desire.

I find that absolutely exhilarating and completely amazing.

I would love for each of us to experience this opening to the possibility – this reminder of what’s possible in our world. 

So, if you would like to play along, I invite you to find an object that represents aspects of yourself and of your life that you would like to feel more of and experience more of – such as love, excitement, joy, self worth, beauty, etc.

You may know right away what the object is. Or, like me, it may surprise you and show up when you least expect it. If you stay open to receiving this symbol, it will come. I believe that with all of my heart.

You could even ask the universe to send it to you. And then be on the lookout for it.

It could be anything: a pretty absolutely non-practical scarf (like mine), a gemstone, a painting, a flower – any token that represents the YOU that you would like to embody.

Once you find it, I recommend putting it where you’ll see it often – where you can touch it and take its energy into your heart. Really allow yourself to experience what it means to you – what it’s showing you is possible. And then begin to invite that possibility into your life.

Since bringing my scarf home, I’ve taken much more time away from work and given it to myself. And while it’s still new and I’m still in the midst of receiving all of the gifts that it will continue to bring into my life, I can feel myself changing from the inside out. I can sense that I am beginning to shift and remember these parts of myself that have been forgotten. I am beginning to embrace the magic that this object is bringing into my life.

And I would love for you to do the same with your magical object – your token of love.

It has the potential to be life changing if you’re open to receiving.

It’s my hope that you are open and that you do receive and that your life from now on is filled with never-ending magic. 

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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What Makes You Feel Better?

posted by Jodi Chapman

Jodi Chapman - affirmationIt’s inevitable. We’re going to suffer in this lifetime. We’re going to feel pain. We’re going to experience sadness. We’re going to have our hearts broken. We’re going to feel lower than we ever expected was possible.

It’s true.

Sometimes life just sucks.

Our loved ones die. We get sick. Relationships end. We lose our job. Or our home. Or our connection to our soul.

It happens. Over and over again.

And yet, there is something so special about the human spirit. Because we seem to have this amazing ability to bounce back from all of this heartache and all of this grief and all of this pain. We seem to have this amazing resilience for picking ourselves back up and embracing life again.

I’m sure you’ve experienced this time and time again. We all have.

There isn’t a single adult living in our entire world who hasn’t suffered and lost and been in complete despair.

And there isn’t a single adult living in our entire world who hasn’t felt the strength of their own spirit to pull them through this despair and move through it into lightness and happiness and peacefulness.

I’ve recently been in the depths of my own despair and my own grief and my own sadness after losing an integral member of my family who has been with me for many, many years: my sweet dog-ter, Xena.

And while in this space, I’ve been at absolute bottom. And I gave myself permission to stay there for as long as I needed – crying and feeling the emptiness that goes with losing someone so close to our hearts.

While I’m not yet out of this dark space, I wanted to share some of what’s helping me through with the hopes that it will help you when you next experience sadness, too.

  1. Loved Ones. I can’t imagine having gone through this grief without my husband. We are experiencing this together, and we are leaning on each other to help us heal. Grief goes in waves, and I know that when a new wave is coming, I can go to him and be held until it passes. I know that we can sit at Xena’s bed and share our favorite memories of her until I feel strong enough to stand back up again. My mom has also been a rock during this experience. I have called her almost daily over the past month – we’ve cried together and laughed together, and I’m so grateful for her love. I also am surrounded by so many beautiful friends who swooped in and wrapped my heart in theirs during this time. I’m beyond thankful.
  2. Chocolate. I have had more chocolate in the last month than probably the last few years. It makes me feel better, and I’m so grateful that it’s here. My sugar-free diet definitely went out the window, and I’m okay with that.
  3. Space. I am so used to go, go, going that I had forgotten how it feels to simply be still – to have space around me that isn’t filled or scheduled in somehow. Over the past month, I have remembered what it feels like to sit and do nothing. To space out or reflect or ponder or stare. To rest and relax. I gave myself this space because I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, but it’s a gift that I’m planning to make room for in my life moving forward.
  4. Comfort. When I’m grieving, I yearn for comfort – soft pajamas and slippers worn all of the time, cuddly blankets to wrap myself in while I’m watching a movie, warm spiced tea, and foods that feed my soul and make me feel loved and nurtured.
  5. Escape. It’s not possible to stay in this sad space 24 hours a day – at least not for me. And so I’ve been extra grateful for activities that allow me to escape this pain for a little while – such as movies and books and games and naps and work. Each of these has been a lifeline for me to recharge my spirit – even for an hour or two before going back to the grief.

 

Each of these people/activities/experiences helps me to feel just a little better. I know that it takes time to heal, but in the meantime I am grateful to have each of these in my life to support me in getting through it.

I would love for you to share anything that helps you and makes you feel a bit better when you’re suffering.

It’s something that we’ve all been through and that we’ll all continue to experience throughout our lives.

And while it sucks to be in the midst of the pain, I do believe that there are so many beautiful gifts that can be pulled from it. The first of which being our self-nurturing tips that we can share with each other.

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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A Thought Experiment

posted by Jodi Chapman

Jodi Chapman - positive thoughts

 

I wonder if we could try an experiment together. Right here, right now. It will just take a couple of minutes.

Let’s each take out a piece of paper and spend 1-2 minutes writing down all of our most common thoughts. Those that are deeply grooved into our subconscious mind. Those that are said either aloud or in our heads so often that we have learned to accept them as fact. Those that are positive. Those that are negative.

 

Let’s not censor ourselves.

Let’s not judge ourselves.

Let’s simply write as quickly as we can all of our most common thoughts.

So please pause reading this for a couple of minutes, take out your piece of paper and pen and begin to write. (You can also start a new document on the computer or do this on your phone.)

And when you’re finished, please come back here and continue reading.

Okay, do you have your thoughts written down?

Now, I would love for you to read through your list. Take each thought into your heart and allow yourself to sit with it and feel it in your body.

Go through your list and circle the thoughts (positive or negative) that have the most “charge” attached to them. What I mean by this, is to find the thoughts that stand out on the page for you – the thoughts that call to you in a deeper way than the others.

These are your predominant thoughts. These are the thoughts that are controlling your life – that are determining the outcome of your life. These are the thoughts that have become beliefs – the thoughts that have become habitual (perhaps without you even realizing it).

And now ask yourself this:

Are these the thoughts that you would like to have constantly repeated throughout your day, week, month, year, life? Do they make you happy? Do they make you feel empowered? 

If so, that’s wonderful!

I would guess that some of your thoughts fit into this positive category and some of them don’t. If that’s the case, please take a moment to affirm that you would like to give more energy to these types of thoughts moving forward and less energy to negative thoughts moving forward.

I believe that the thoughts we attach to become our reality. We all have so many thoughts that pop into our minds throughout the day. Random thoughts. Silly thoughts. Happy thoughts. Sad thoughts. Angry thoughts. Negative thoughts. Grateful thoughts. Positive thoughts. All sorts of thoughts.

This is normal.

I don’t believe that we should try to not have negative thoughts. I’ve found that what we resist definitely persists, and so if you tell yourself that you aren’t going to have these sorts of thoughts, that’s all you’ll end up thinking. It’s just the way we’re wired.

So instead, I allow whatever thoughts that want to pop up happen. And I then choose which thoughts I’m going to attach to – give energy to.

I would love for you to go back to your list now and circle all of those thoughts that are positive, grateful, happy, and uplifting.

And make a conscious pact with yourself moving forward that you are going to re-train your brain to attach to and habituate these types of thoughts from now on.

If you didn’t have any positive thoughts on your list, that’s okay, too. This is a great chance for you to let your brain know what you would rather spend your time thinking about. And now you can spend a few minutes writing down any thoughts that would make you happy to think about – to create into a habit.

Moving forward, when you catch yourself thinking one of these charged negative thoughts, you can immediately shift into a thought that brings you happiness. 

For example, if one of my habitual negative thoughts is that I’m really exhausted, I can immediately shift this into thinking about how I love drinking green smoothies because I always feel energized afterward.

I hope this exercise is heart-opening for you, and I hope it helps you see how truly empowered you are – how much control you really do have over your life.

This shifting does take practice, but it’s completely worth it. And it’s completely possible. For all of us. 

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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We Are Loved

posted by Jodi Chapman

loved copyThis post is going to be super short, but I hope you won’t breeze by it because of that. I hope you won’t assume that because it’s not long-winded it must not be important. I hope you’ll give it a chance because I’m about to share something that I feel is essential that we all hear right now in this very moment.

You are loved. 

It’s true.

You don’t have to do anything or be anything or have anything or achieve anything.

You are always so very loved. 

 

We live in such a loving universe – an unconditionally loving universe.

Meaning that you can do or not do, be or not be, have or not have, achieve or not achieve. And none of this has any impact on how much and how deeply you are loved.

Can we all just take that in for a moment?

Really.

Let’s all open our hearts and allow ourselves to let this sink into every cell in our body, every crevice, every molecule.

You are loved.

You are loved.

You are loved. 

We all are. Infinitely. Abundantly. Unconditionally.

We are loved. 

And I think that’s pretty amazing. I hope you do, too.

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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