Archive for November, 2010

Life Changes from an Executive Who Now Lives with Certainty

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Here’s an example of someone whose life was transformed when she discovered her purposeful authenticity. A senior vice president of a multi-billion dollar, global company told me that as a child, she had always had a nagging sense of unrest and anxiety, but she distracted herself by being a top student and athlete. She followed in the footsteps of her Ivy-league educated father because she wanted to be able to afford the same lavish lifestyle to which she had grown accustomed. This path was also expected of her so she felt she really had no choice in the matter.

She took great pride in being the ideal daughter, student and now corporate executive. Still, over the years the nagging sense of unrest and anxiety never left her. She diverted her attention by becoming a workaholic. She owned the best cars, clothes, jewelry, and homes — material success and status symbols were of the utmost importance to her. Then one day she was at a week-long corporate retreat when the high-profile author and speaker leading the seminar signaled her out of the crowd and asked her what she stood for and who she was outside of her corporate titles and accomplishments. She found herself at a loss for words. She did not have an answer because she had worked so hard and so fast for so long that her only identity had become that of her title and position within the company.

This one question sent her life into a tailspin as she awakened to the reality that she didn’t know who she was anymore. She did know immediately, however, that she wanted to change her life.

After almost a year of soul-searching, meditation, prayer, examining long-held beliefs and practicing the Law of Attraction, she resigned from corporate America and spent six-months traveling the world. When she returned home, she knew what she needed to do to finally set free, as she put it, the nagging sense of unrest and anxiety that she had experienced her entire life.

Her greatest gift in life is oil painting — her vivid recreations of her family members and seascapes were her life’s proudest accomplishments.  As a child, while her artistic abilities were appreciated, they were not encouraged as a proper career. She decided that she was finally going to live a life that allowed her to share and express this innate artistic ability. Today she has a booming business and gallery in which the focus of her artwork is primarily children, families, and seascapes. Looking back at her accomplished corporate career, she says that she never once experienced the authenticity, depth, fulfillment and involvedness that she now experiences every day. She knows that part of the angst she experienced throughout her life was caused by her soul aching for this missing dimension. She now knows the profound depth and meaning of deep-soul joy.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Have Our Manners and Civility Always Been This Bad?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

As an executive recruiter, I have interacted over the years with so many bright people who were woefully lacking in self-awareness – and yet they had no idea that this was a deficiency of theirs.  They would be shocked after interviews when they received client feedback that was anything other than glowing.  A lack of self-awareness — and a glut of self-importance – seems to be a virus ravaging its way around the globe.  I talk to so many people each week who maintain that civility and manners are at an all-time low.  This may be true, but civility, manners, and self-awareness have always, or at least for centuries, been a struggle for humans.

The Root of All Misdeeds and Transgressions
You likely have heard of the “seven deadly sins,” also referred to as cardinal sins which were thought to be at the root of all misdeeds and transgressions.  They are a categorization of vices that were originally used in early Christian teachings to educate and instruct followers concerning fallen man’s tendency to sin.  I include mention of them here because it is the attitudes underlying the seven deadly sins that provide a lens thru which we can view our own faults and subsequent actions, thereby providing a framework for much-needed self-awareness, a key aspect of living with certainty.

Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride
In the 6th Century AD, the sins were categorized by Pope Gregory the Great as lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Each of the seven deadly sins had a corresponding virtue – lust: chastity, gluttony: temperance, greed: charity, sloth: diligence, wrath: patience, envy: kindness and pride: humility.  These original sins were thought to begin in your heart and color your intentions.  Mohandas Gandhi highlighted the seven deadly sins in this way:  Wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, science without humanity, knowledge without character, politics without principle, commerce without morality and worship without sacrifice – the polar opposites of living with certainty.

The Single Greatest Cause of Atheism…
In the 21st Century, Pope Benedict XVI pronounced that we are losing our notion of sin.  Quite frankly, he is right.  I think the Grammy-winning Christian music trio, dc Talk, put it best when they said, “The greatest single cause of Atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny it by their lifestyle.  That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

Today’s American culture promotes pride and defends ego; encourages overconsumption and gluttony; advertisers encourage envy; and the depiction of lust is far too prevalent in TV, film and advertising. While I am not suggesting that a modicum of sloth and gluttony wouldn’t from time to time be a delightful change of pace for those of us who are far too busy and disciplined, there is real truth to Pope Benedict XVI’s statement.

Dishonesty, Greed and Laziness, Among Other Sins, Are Not in Harmony with the Universe
The consequence of past and present individual sin in our world has clearly affected the Whole.  The natural way of the universe is to seek perfect balance and harmony like a properly functioning ecosystem, an interdependent community of living organisms such as plants, animals and smaller organisms with their non-living environment that work together and create a complex system of interaction which is a stable home for life.  However, dishonesty, greed and laziness, among other sins, are not in harmony with the universe.  These negative traits and behaviors take more than they give, limiting our abilities to develop our purposeful authenticity and to live with love and compassion.  They also create static and imbalance in your life through their failure to generate harmonic energy. 

Strive for a Life of Inspiration
As such, you cannot align with the flow of your spiritual power frequency or the goodness of the universe; you are out of sync.  And this is the key to remaining connected to your spiritual power frequency.  The bottom line is that we have to be self-aware enough to know how our demeanor and actions are affecting our lives and the lives of those around us. We also have to know what we want and how we’re going to get there. Living a life of inspiration through an evolved level of consciousness allows you to revel in the deep-soul joy-laden journey that is your life rather than struggling toward a nebulous destination that you have arbitrarily labeled “happiness.”  The joy and fulfillment experienced through the living with certainty lifestyle can be likened to the difference between living your life in black and white versus full-color high-definition.  Living with Certainty is intended to put you on a mind and soul-opening trajectory that ultimately will lead you to deep-soul joy which is naturally attained when we experience our spiritual and Earthly, day-to-day lives in alignment with one another.  

If we all lived this way, civility, good manners, compassion, and love, just for starters, would multiple exponentially across the globe .

Marines are Meditating: How NOT Flaky is That?!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

I still am so amazed that people push back when I tell them that they must meditate. Occasionally, I get the ohhh…you’re one of THOSE strange people who meditate looks. Some people just associate the word “meditation” with flaky, New Agey stuff that they feel like they can’t relate to. But, hold it. Meditation really can change your life. Dr. Oz’s The You Doc’s column today http://www.denverpost.com/fitness/ci_16543857 states that daily meditation rewires your brain. They state, “Over time it produces very high-frequency brain waves that increase your abilities to focus, pay attention, learn and remember.” Ahhhh….high frequency energy…I may have mentioned this state in Living with Certainty: Experience Deep-Soul Joy. Strive to make everything you do in life come from a high-frequency state and you will have a better life. Perhaps this is why Buddhist monks have found that with daily meditation they can live lives of love, compassion, and service. As high-frequency as you can get.

What I find so encouraging is that Marines are now meditating. The November 2010 issue of Men’s Journal discusses new experiments with the military that are affirming the benefits of mindfulness. “Moments spent in total silence,” even in the “lotus position in their field uniforms with rifles across their back” are becoming more accepted and common. Meditation has great impact on our emotions, helping “healthy soldiers to stay calm and alert in chaotic situations.”

Why not try it? If it can keep a soldier in battle calmer and more adroitly responsive, don’t you think it can help you deal more effectively with your day to day life? Particularly for those of you who are in painful transitions, including divorce, unemployment, or disability, I emplore you to try it. It will change you for the better.

Transitions, Gratitude, and Living with Certainty

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Yes, without question I feel extremely fortunate to have come through the ordeal of the past 8 weeks without having received the dreaded cancer diagnosis. To say that I am grateful doesn’t even begin to cut it. I feel blessed. I feel touched by grace. I feel indebted to the Source for providing me with the opportunity to move forward with a clean bill of health.

This cancer scare really came from left-field. I went to the doctor for a bad back. The next thing I know I am being told that there is a 50-50 chance that I have cancer. In hindsight, all of our transitions and difficulties really come from left-field. “You’re fired.” “I think it may be cancer.” “Your child has been injured.” “I want a divorce.” Yes, sometimes we have some advance notice, but very often we don’t. Not a clue. And when we get blindsided is precisely when we need to walk our talk. In this case, to Live with Certainty.

Transitions Demand a Positive Outlook — Demand Living with Certainty

As a very wise woman wrote about my recent ordeal on the Living with Certainty Facebook page, “So … when living with certainty, everything IS possible and the likelihood of a positive outcome is increased multiple-fold!!” I couldn’t agree more. I really did walk my talk. I stayed so positive that I had a sense through and through — to my core — that there was no cancer in my body. Even after the surgery and the the surgeon said things looked “worse than expected” and we’d have to wait two days for the pathology report, I stayed positive. My OB-GYN said the positive outcome and the clean pathology report “was not what we expected.” What if I had instead taken a gloom and doom perspective? Might things have worked out differently? Maybe…and there’s no way I’m going to go there. It takes discipline to not allow your thoughts to ramble into cold, dark places. And it’s worth it.

Job Search, Divorce, Tragedy, or Just EveryDay Mayhem Require Positive Mind-Set

Irrespective of your personal circumstances, the fact is that you cannot afford to allow your thoughts to take you to the lowest of low’s as you contemplate the worst of the “what if’s.”  You do not have to feel so bad about what you are going through. Rather you can go through it, remain objective and factual, and feel okay. Maybe even feel that this challenge or transition is going to lead you to the next best thing. That you can learn from this difficult time and be the better for it. That you can take this opportunity to tap into a part of yourself that you have never before explored — the Soul-You — and see what is really intended to be in store for you. This is how you find hope; this is how you make your dreams real. You can choose to see things through a different lens — a lens that allows you to take a more objective, 30,000 foot view so that you can begin to make sense of the lesson or takeaway intended for you and get yourself back in your flow and on more solid footing. This is why I wrote the book. With more unemployed people than at any time in my life, I am inundated daily with letters and resumes from those people who have lost hope and therefore have lost their way. Living with Certainty will bring you hope and help you find the way forward using every bit of your authenticity, passions ands talents. I promise.

USA Book News Names “Living with Certainty: Experience Deep-Soul Joy” Best New Non-Fiction Book of 2010

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

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USA BOOK NEWS ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND FINALISTS OF THE “BEST BOOKS 2010” AWARDS

 Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the

7th Annual “Best Books” Awards

 

LOS ANGELES – USABookNews.com, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE “BEST BOOKS 2010” AWARDS (BBA) on October 26, 2010. Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2010 and late 2009. 

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USABookNews.com, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to over 500 winners and finalists.

Award highlights include the following:

(Full results listing available on USABooknews.com)

  • I’m Still Standing: Memoirs of a Woman Soldier Held Captive by Shoshana Johnson and M.L. Doyle (Touchstone, Simon & Schuster) was honored in the “Autobiography/Memoirs” category
  • Fading Echoes: A True Story of Rivalry and Brotherhood from the Football Field to the Fields of Honor by Mike Sielski (Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Group USA) was awarded “Best Biography”
  • Accelerating Out of the Great Recession: How to Win in a Slow-Growth Economy by David Rhodes (McGraw-Hill) won the “Best General Business Book”
  • The Stubborn Fat Fix by Valerie Berkowitz (Rodale) placed number one in the “Health/Diet” category
  • Londongrad by Reggie Nadelson (Walker & Company, a division of Bloomsbury USA) took home the “Best Mystery/Suspense” prize
  • The Fallen by Mark Terry (Oceanview Publishing) was awarded hottest new “Thriller/Adventure”
  • Journey To You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be by Steve Olsher (Bold Press) snagged “Best Self-Help Book”
  • The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda by Swami Kriyananda (Crystal Clarity Publishers) was honored as the “Best Spirituality Book of 2010”
  • The “Best New Fiction Award” went to Fortuna by Michael Stevens (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Living with Certainty: Experience Deep-Soul Joy by Kristi LeBlanc (Thundersnow Publishing LLC) was awarded “Best New Non-Fiction”
  •  Griffin: The Littlest Gargoyle by R.C. Frederick, illustrations by R.H. Obrero (randomUniverse) was given the top spot in the Children’s Picture Book category
  • Full results listing available online at USABookNews.com

Keen says of the awards, now in their eighth year, “The 2010 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.

With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of BBA, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin/Putnum, Rodale, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Moody Publishers, American Cancer Society, Sourcebooks & hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding BBA competition. Keen adds, “BBA’s success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

USABookNews.com is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community. JPX Media, in Los Angeles, California, is the parent company of USABookNews.com.

A complete list of the winners and finalists of the USABookNews.com National “Best Books 2010” Awards are available online at http://www.USABookNews.com.

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