Giving leads to receiving

What a shift.  I really feel a big difference in my heart after the Nourish your Heart & Soul Retreat on Sunday.

I’m not the only one who felt a shift.

Thank you Joanna for putting this sweet retreat together for us! It was warm, safe, and very uplifting! Was nice how we used your meditation methods and worksheets to open up, encourage and listen to each other.  I feel grounded and lovely! Namaste

I attended Joanna’s Nourish Your Heart and Soul Retreat yesterday. I went home in a quiet, happy mood. My friend was visiting and asked what was wrong with me, I was different! : ) When I woke up this morning, I could feel my heart was more open. Thanks Joanna, for a lovely retreat!”

For me, the shift into a deep feeling of abundance and gratitude came when I donated the proceeds to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.  The six lovely ladies who attended the retreat yesterday helped me raise $160, which is so much more than I would have been able to donate on my own.  I am so grateful.

This retreat was such an interesting adventure from how it was inspired to how it unfolded yesterday.

Back in early October, I received a text message from a colleague of mine asking me when I was holding the Heart & Soul retreat she saw briefly on Facebook.  I had no idea what she was talking about, so I gave her a call.  I determined through our conversation that this was a message from the Universe to offer a Heart & Soul retreat this fall.

I decided to let the Retreat be completely guided by inspiration. I sat in meditation to receive insight on how and what to offer, how many and what to put in the goodie bags, and even what activities to do.   I felt strongly that six women would be in attendance, but I was not sure who or how it would all come together.

After Thanksgiving, I received further inspiration. I was sitting in meditation again, as I do just about every day, and as I vacillated back and forth between gratitude for my healthy family and a feeling of constriction in my heart about not having, doing or being enough this holiday season, I realized I could take action to shift my heart open into a place of abundance by creating an opportunity for giving.

I could give my time, energy and skills and transform them into a way to contribute to the disaster relief after superstorm Sandy.  I could stop dwelling on how inadequate I feel going into this holiday season and cultivate abundance by creating a way to give to others who are truly in need – both the participants who needed nourishment for their hearts and souls and for those who need disaster relief.

And though I did a lot of giving, I feel like I have received so much.   

 In the years since my divorce, I needed so much assistance in so many different ways to get back on my feet again. I am so grateful for all who helped me in the ways that they did during my transformation.  I had to learn how to deeply and truly receive, and I did. Now, the pendulum is swinging back as my life and business are established here on the North Shore.  I am now in a position to bring people together and create opportunities for giving, as long as I stay out of my own way.

So I am going to keep giving.  And receiving.

Another inspiration struck this weekend to open up the Heart & Soul TLC sessions I am offering this fall in a similar way as the retreat.  To make them more accessible and be part of a charitable cause at the same time.

So these sessions will start at $40, pay what you choose $40 or more, and 10% of whatever you pay will also be donated to American Red Cross Disaster Relief in your name.  There is no limit, and these sessions can also be given as gift certificates.  See below for details.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful week!

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