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About Barb Schmidt

Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Trying to Let Go and Feel Like It’s NOT Working?


We have romantic relationships that have left us feeling alone, friendships that have suddenly gone sour, family dramas that cause us to have many sleepless nights; right? So what do we do to move on? We try to let go, but often it feels like it’s not working. We all have these difficult, negative memories and experiences that we wish we could snap our fingers and let them go. Letting go is one of the most difficult things we can do in life. I want to say to you right now, give yourself a break if you are having difficulty- it’s hard!

I offer the following tips that I have been practicing for decades for easing into the process of letting go, regaining your power, and living your life fully and happily.

1. Become aware of the issue or person that keeps you from being free. This is a big one. Often we feel stuck in the energy of someone or something that has happened to us but we’re not quite sure of what keeps us attached to it. I have a friendship in my life that came to an end a few years back. I processed it, did my work with it and after a time felt comfortable that it was “all good.”thought. “Ok and I person in my life who is pleasant enough, but when I see her I suddenly feel agitation, jealousy, and fear.

We can simply not like someone but when the feelings are strong, we need to pay attention and get to the root of why we are feeling this way in order to release it. This is where a meditation practice is crucial. In meditation the feelings come up, and in sitting with the feeling we become aware of where they are coming from. For me, some of the feelings that were coming up with people in my present were connected to experiences from my past. Meditation practice helps you peel back the layers of the feeling like the layers of an onion to uncover the root cause. Sometimes these feelings can be related to serious past traumas and it might be helpful to meet with a therapist to work through them, as I have done over the years.

2. Give yourself time to process, feel the pain, anger and resentment. Experiences go deeper than we know. Betrayals, hurts, abuses, and deceits can take root in our body and consciousness. If we think we can just let them go and move on, we may be kidding ourselves. I suggest truly giving yourself time, say a week, a month, or a year before saying to yourself, “ I am ready to let this go.” We must feel the feelings in our body and spirit, and then we can decide that this experience or this person is not going to take my life away. In this process we are taking our power back.

3. Breathe and be patient- the deeper the hurt, the more layers there are to uncover. This goes along with #2. Because experiences go deep, it can take time to heal. If you have been really hurt in a past relationship, acknowledge it, feel any emotions that come up, and accept that this is part of the process of letting go. We have to be strong, kind, loving and patient with ourselves. If your emotions feel overwhelming, remember you don’t have to face them all at once. Gently take a look and give yourself time and space. Let the process unfold. There are layers to our hurt and our pain and we peel away these layers that lead to letting go one step, one day, one meditation at a time. We peel away one layer and we think, Wow I’m home free, It’s gone and BAM! it hits us sideways one day. Settle in and know that you are on your way- don’t give up!

4. Use a mantra to help release negative thought loops.

I write the person’s name or the experience at the top of a notebook setting the intention of letting this go from my life. Then i proceed to write my mantra over and over again on the page focusing n the intention that I am letting this release from my body, mind and spirit. My mantra is my life line to

My practice for letting go. Many of you know I have been on my spiritual path for 32+ years now after coming out of treatment for bulimia. In treatment I met some of my greatest traumas and demons and it has been an beautiful process of letting go.

The last part of my book The Practice is dedicated to Reflection and Letting Go. This is what I do:

I have a daily meditation practice which keeps me connected with my inner self, so i am aware of when I am feeling attached to something that keeps me from living my life in freedom.

When I realize that I need to let go of an experience, trauma, or relationship I spend time feeling the feelings of hurt and betrayal and then I make the decision to let it go.

Once I have set the intention to let it go I use my sacred mantra practice. You can find all of the details in my book or on my website but here is a description:
I have set the intention to let this trauma go, I have felt the feelings, worked through the feelings and I am ready to move forward in my life. I want to be free.


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

How to Deal with Difficult People


I’m feeling the call today to write about how we can peacefully and mindfully deal with difficult people. We are all experiencing the challenges of life today. If you are looking to break free from suffering and fear, here are my strategies for living amidst the stress and difficulties of the world without letting them rob you of joy, love, fun, and sanity!

1. Become aware of everything that agitates your mind. This is a first step and a big one. I have learned, over 30+ years of study and practice, that our number one priority must be to become aware of how often our mind gets agitated in order to begin to release these thoughts. We will always suffer and be unhappy if we allow the mind to get agitated whenever if feels like it.

My morning meditation practice is key for this. We sit in silence, without engaging thoughts, developing our capacity to notice; we are becoming aware. This is a must if we want to be the boss of our own lives. So we go out into our day and begin the process of noticing when we get agitated, understanding this agitation is taking away our peace of mind, we stop, breathe, and and bring ourselves back to a calm state of mind; the present moment. I suggest keeping a notebook for a week and writing down in it every time you feel irritated. I promise that this will be eye-opening.

2. Decide not to engage in gossip. This is a hard one. We all have judgments about other people and situations. Sometimes they may be valid, and you may need advice, but most of the time we are writing a story about someone or something that may not be entirely true. We all do it, but if we want to find peace, we must make the commitment that if it is not true, kind, or necessary, we will not say it.

3. Become a master at changing the subject. Continuing with the subject of gossip, here is a useful trick you can use to escape from conversations that start to head down a negative path. Say you are at lunch with friends who start gossiping about another person, when you speak you can ask one of them about their recent trip, or a family members birthday, or a sentence or two that brings the conversation back to the moment. You have changed the conversation and gently moved away from gossiping and into a genuinely interesting conversation. This is a skill that takes practice but definitely gets easier over time. When you practice strategies 1 & 2, you will begin to notice when your mind gets “ruffled” and know intuitively your next action.

4. Be grounded in your Truth, while allowing others theirs. This is another hard one. So important to meditate every day for five minutes to get connected to you before going out into your day. I am a very passionate person and have strong beliefs. Because this is who I am, I don’t want others to try to change my core values. I am firmly established in my Truth, so I allow others the freedom to be who they are, even when they have views with which I strongly disagree. If a conversation gets “testy,” I go back to strategy 3 to bring the conversation back to neutral territory.

5. Have a plan and limit time with family and friends who are difficult. We all have family and friends whom we love but push every button within us. If we are in a dangerous, abusive situation, please get out. Take the steps necessary to make a change. Otherwise, have a plan, and use your mindfulness practice to support you. For example, you can break up the time spent with difficult people by taking a walk and silently repeating a positive affirmation or mantra. Set the intention that you are there to offer love and have no expectation of the results. It is important to enter these types of situations with zero expectations, just be the love and light. If things begin to get tough, go to the bathroom, breathe, come out, and begin again. This is not easy, but with practice it can be your way.

Our external world today needs all of the love and positivity we have to give. You can be a strong, calm force by finding your practice and practicing it in some way everyday.

You are the peace and love you wish to see- you are the change.

Much love always,
Barb


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Tips for When You Feel There Is Not Enough Time


As you may know, I am type A personality. I like to go, go, go. This has gotten me very far in life; however, it has also made me feel like I am always rushing and short on time. Years ago, when my daughter was very young, we were rushing out the door, and she looked up and asked me, “Are we in a hurry again today mommy?” This crushed me and changed my life! I think about this moment every time I find myself rushing through life.

I recently experienced a similar situation, again with my daughter. We were on a trip together, getting ready for an important event, and the entire day I felt rushed, short on time, and very frazzled. My daughter could feel it, and yet again called me out on it. I realized that living with the constant feeling of lack ruins the present moment. I know many of you reading this blog may feel like there is never enough time, and I’m here to tell you that even when you think, “there is not enough time”, there always is.

Take back control of your life with these top tips for managing your time.

1. Be aware of your thoughts. Time is a function of the mind, we are often thinking forward into the future or ruminating about the past. The mind likes to tell us that we don’t have enough time. Bring yourself back to the present moment, and change the thought reel by repeating a positive word or phrase such as a mantra or affirmation.

2. Make a to-do list. When we write things down, we can let our minds take a break from remembering all that we need to get done. Rank your to-dos, and remember you don’t have to get everything done to be ok. Do your best, and you can release the small priorities for another day.

3. Stop, Breathe, and begin again. When you’re feeling completely frazzled and overwhelmed, allow yourself to stop, take a breath, and start again. The few seconds we take to regroup can be a game changer.

I hope these tips help you. Remember that everything unfolds with divine timing, reaffirm that you will get done all that needs to get done, and trust in the timing of your life.

With love,
Barb


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

10 Quotes to Quiet Self-Doubt


One of the most powerful ways to increase our awareness and self-acceptance is through a daily meditation practice. Meditation is simply about going within each day to see what is going on, training ourselves to be in the present moment fully aware.

As Pema Chodron beautifully says, “Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away or become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”

Please remember dear friends: You are enough. You are complete. You are loved.

Sometimes we all need a little extra reminder that we are exactly who, what, and where we are supposed to be. Below are 10 favorite quotes to quiet self-doubt and connect to your inner strength and knowing.

With love,
Barb

1. “You yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” ― Buddha

2. “Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong but because you’re doing something right.” ― Joel Osteen

3. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ― Rumi

4. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” ― E.E. Cummings

5. “Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered — just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.” ― Barrie Davenport

6. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” ― Thomas Edison

7. “Belief in oneself is incredibly infectious. It generates momentum, the collective force of which far outweighs any kernel of self-doubt that may creep in.” ― Aimee Mullins

8. “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” ― Mary Kay Ash

9. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ― William James

10. “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” ― E. Joseph Cossman


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

One Simple Tool to Change the Way You See Everything


For a few years in the nineties, I studied under Thich Nhat Hahn, one of my most profound teachers. While attending my first retreat with him, he said, “Life can only be found in the present moment.”

So often we are ruminating about the past or planning the future and miss fully taking in what is happening right now. As James Finley says, “If we are not careful, we will miss our own life.”

How do we make the moments of every day count no matter how insignificant or stressful our activities may seem? One way is by practicing Focused Attention. Simply put, when our attention is focused, we are present to what we are doing, and we are honoring the moment by giving it our all. We experience the moment more fully, which gives us a greater sense of fulfillment, gratitude, and ease.

As you walk, eat, and travel, be where you are. Otherwise,you will miss most of your life.

To practice Focused Attention, make a choice to be present to everyone and every thing in your life― one person or task at a time. For example, when eating, really look at and taste your food; savor each bit. Put down the phone, turn off the TV until you are finished. You may just end up eating healthier food, eating less, and really enjoying your meal.

When we practice Focused Attention, we are not bombarding the mind with unrelated bits of mostly random, useless information, se we are more efficient because our minds are not wandering or ruminating while we are trying to get something done. We end up having more energy because we are not so scattered. When the mind is scattered it takes a tremendous toll on our mental and physical energy.

By focusing our attention, we develop more patience in all situations, but especially in those where we are not in control and feel helpless. By simply bringing our full awareness to the present moment we can gain a better understanding of current circumstances, which provides us an opportunity to choose our actions in any situation.

We practice by finding one area of our lives where we can be all in- completely present. Don’t try to practice in every area of your life it’s too much, practice fully in one area and notice the benefits that happen for you. Feel how alive you are living present.

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About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

The Power of Kindness: 10 Favorite Quotes


“Be kind, be kind, be kind.” This is a motto of my life. Imagine what a world we would have if we all were kind to one another. Kindness is a practice. The Dalai Lama has said, “The more you nurture a feeling of loving-kindness, the happier and calmer you will be.”

There are so many simple ways to show kindness every day. This could be letting someone move ahead of you while waiting in a grocery line to smiling at a stranger or offering to help someone who is struggling.

One of the greatest acts of kindness we can show is with our words. The way we speak to each other today is often disrespectful, hurtful, and unkind. This plays out in a big way in the media. I ask myself often, “What example are we being for our children?” What we say and how we say it makes a difference.

Try practicing kindness today in this way: Before you speak ask yourself, “Is it true? Is it kind? Is it helpful or harmful? What a great practice on becoming aware.

Recently I was walking in New York City, where my daughter lives, and I began to look into the eyes of everyone walking past me. My sacred mantra began reciting in my mind and I got this overwhelming feeling of love and kindness; the feeling that we are all in this life together.

Blessings and love,
Barb

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Here are 10 great quotes on kindness:

1. “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James

2. “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ― Kahlil Gibran

3. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” ― Ray Bradbury

5. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ― Steve Maraboli

6. “Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

7. “Because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage, years later, and far away.” ― Dean Koontz

8. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ― Dalai Lama

9. “When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace.” ― Wayne Dyer

10. “Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.” ― Pema Chödrön

Please share your favorites in the comments below!


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Top 10 Quotes on Forgiveness


In the past I thought I would never be able to forgive certain people, the wrongs done to me, the hurt, the anger, mostly because I could not forget these unkind things. In my over 30 years of spiritual practice, I have learned that we don’t forget in order to forgive.

Actually we don’t really want to forget the lessons we have learned because in many instances forgetting could possibly put us in harm’s way. These lessons are teachings that transform us, they help us make wise choices and respond differently in the future.

In my experience, I have found that forgiveness cannot be forced no matter how badly we would like to forgive and forget. When we are struggling to forgive, simply setting an intention to forgive is a powerful step in healing. Forgiveness sets us free- St. Francis of Assisi said, “Those who can not learn to forgive have lost the greatest source of joy in life.”

Below are 10 of my favorite quotes on forgiveness. I hope that they will bring you comfort and inspiration. I would love to hear your inspiration on forgiveness.

Blessings and love,
Barb

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1. “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” ―Nelson Mandela

2. “Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.” ―Maya Angelou

3. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ―Marianne Williamson

4. “If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” ―Mother Teresa

5. “If her past were your past, her pain your pain, her consciousness your consciousness, you would think and act exactly as she does. With this realization comes forgiveness, compassion, and peace.” ―Eckhart Tolle

6. “Forgiveness is an act of self-love.” ―Don Miguel Ruiz.

7. “Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.” ―Wm. Paul Young

8. “The spike of defensiveness we feel when someone advises us to ‘forgive and forget’ shows how deep our pain has burrowed. Although the people who advise us to do this may have the best intentions, forgiveness cannot be done on command.” ―Sharon Salzberg

9. “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.” ―Oprah Winfrey

10. “The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person.” ―Louise Hay


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Living Your Heart’s Rhythm


“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
—Joseph Campbell

For years February has been known as Heart Month with Valentine’s Day on February 14. We typically associate Valentine’s day with having a relationship with someone that we want to honor and spend time with doing something special. What if we get a little radical and choose to honor and love our relationship with ourselves on Valentine’s Day?

I speak often about our lives having a beautiful rhythm when we live connected within, through meditation, mantra repetition, and mindfulness. To live connected within means we are not at the mercy of the external world, we live from the “inside out” confident, loving, and strong.

So let’s look at how we can live in the rhythm of the heart.

Be kind: When we are kind in our thoughts, words, and deeds we feel on top of the world. This is living in your heart’s rhythm. Living in negative energy with our words is draining and has a real impact on our psyche. In this world today there is plenty of negativity, but we can have differences of opinions and still be loving and kind. Be the change you wish to see. Be the light.

Meditation: Spend time in silence with you. Begin your day connecting with you. In this sitting you are connecting to your heart. It’s in the heart where we hear our deepest desires.

Mantra Repetition: Choose a mantra that resonates with your heart and use it throughout the day every time your mind begins down a negative path. For example, if you have the thought, “I am not good enough for this job,” immediately begin repeating your mantra allowing you to connect within where the truth resides.

Precious beings: You are more than good enough always!
Remember a negative feeds a negative. Nip negative thoughts in the bud immediately. Your mantra is your gatekeeper for the mind. For more on choosing and using a mantra click here.

Practice self-love: Find time every day, even if just for a few minutes, to appreciate you. Say to yourself, “Thank you body for being here for me. I am strong, confident, and complete.” I talk to myself all the time. Without loving and taking care of myself, I can’t be all in for those around me. Stepping into your life fully means loving yourself unconditionally.

Be in nature: Being in rhythm means coming in and going out. We are in nature all the time. Birds, trees, and beautiful things are all around us. The next time you leave your house, notice during this transition time from one thing to the next that there is beauty all around you. This shift in attention helps you feel a beautiful rhythm with Nature.

Open your heart this Valentine’s Day to great love, respect, and care for yourself. Then this will truly be a beautiful day.

I’m wishing you love, beauty, and health as you come into alignment with your heart’s rhythm.
Barb


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

“We Were Made For These Times” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés


My dear friends- you all know I love my spiritual reading. It is one of the greatest joys in my life. I get inspired and deeply moved by so many incredible beings walking the path, shining light every step of the way.

Today I want to highlight a great author and longtime teacher for me, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, She is a Jungian analyst and a cantadora, or storyteller—a “keeper of the old tales.” Her book Women Who Run with the Wolves was published in 1992. I highly recommend this book, it inspires us to tune in to a powerful part of our psyche and trust it—fearlessly living our lives.

Below is an article she wrote inspiring us and giving hope in this age of difficult times.

Much love always,
Barb

We Were Made For These Times

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly. because the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; is an act of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do. There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

My Yummy Recipe for Inspirational Soup


“Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.”
—Marge Kennedy

We all LOVE a bowl of warm, hearty, healthy soup on a cold winter day- right? So to my surprise January is National Soup Month in the United States. I have always been a lover of soup. I am a vegetarian and good, old fashioned soup combines all of the ingredients making one delicious, nutritious, convenient meal.

This is my perfect opportunity, in honor of National Soup Month, I would like to share with you my favorite “soup” recipe: Inspirational Soup! I am not much of a cook, those who know me would agree, but Inspirational Soup, we can all make, and I believe it is the foundation of all soups of life really! With this soup no calorie counting is necessary, indulge to your hearts content, and feel grounded in your own greatness and goodness. ENJOY!

My Inspirational Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • Every day dose of meditation
  • 2 tablespoons kindness
  • 2 cups trust
  • 1 cup serenity
  • 2 teaspoons hope
  • 3 cans love for others
  • 1 can awe
  • 1 tablespoon amusement
  • 2 tablespoons joy
  • 8 cups self-love
  • A dash of interest, to taste
  • A big bunch of gratitude, for garish

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large heart, combine daily meditation, kindness, trust, serenity, hope, love for others, and awe; allow to simmer.
  2. Add amusement and joy, and stir well.
  3. Pour in the self-love, and keep warm, stirring as needed until tender.
  4. Add interest to taste, and garnish generously with gratitude.
  5. Serve in large portions to everyone you know.

My inspirational soup has a shelf-life of: forever! It is calorie-free, so incredibly nourishing and fulfilling. I invite you to enjoy it while reading a good book, spending time with friends and family, during work breaks, at the movies, during exercise and on walks; absolutely everywhere. I promise you will be amazed by how much it fills you, satisfies you, and brings you and others joy.

In this season of Soup, I send you my love and blessings,
Barb


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.