Storm Wisdom Blog
“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you suffer a lot.
When you realize everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” ~Dalai Lama
Do you realize how powerful you are? Not muscle strength but inner strength! It took me quite a few years before I accepted the truth that everything begins within me. In fact, this awareness and understanding continue to deepen all of the time. I look back and wonder why it took me so long to “get it” and now I recognize that when I “got it” was the time I chose! Imagine that! LOL read more…
A New Year has arrived! 2021 is probably one of the most welcomed new years ever, with almost the entire planet ready to put 2020 behind them.
As always we at Storm Wisdom are thrilled to have this time of transition to a new year – front and center. New years, like birthdays or anniversaries, for most of us subconsciously triggers an internal review or personal inventory.
We contemplate what we are ready to create; what to let go of; what has priority; and what no longer seems to fit. In other words, we tend to use these events to become current. We internally update our story.
I was taken by surprise to realize how much 2020 really meant to me. It was a tough year for sure.., but it was also an awakening. It felt almost like a year long workshop on intentional living.
Part way though the year, I began to realize that my years of focusing on mindfully creating life was much more than some distant destination I was trying to reach. I was already living it. I remember writing at one point that I was aware of the storm around me, but felt like I was experiencing the calm in the middle of it.
Yes it required sacrifice and upset many routines. But it was also something I could navigate without losing my sense of self or purpose. Everything around me came into focus and what wasn’t important slipped away. Everyone and everything that held meaning was drawn closer to my heart (even if I couldn’t see them). I could breath.., and I could feel the planet breath too.., at least for a little while.
In many ways 2020 reinvigorated me. It helped to confirm that I am doing what I am suppose to be doing. My business and my passion is helping people to live more intentional lives. As a result, while the shit-storm of an unbridled pandemic raged on all around us.., I found myself submersed in creating even better tools and practices for Intentional Living.
Our websites (Storm Wisdom, The Magic of Crystals and Crystal Cipher) and iPhone app have all been updated to reflect our mission. Plus we developed several online classes and published a dozen guided visualizations on our YouTube channel. All of this you can access from www.StormWisdom.com – And a lot of these are complimentary or very low cost.
This is also important to us… To make personal awareness and spiritual growth easy and affordable for anyone.
Most of what we have developed is what works for us. Let me give you an example.
I really do love to meditate. My challenge is that I find it hard to carve out a consistent 20-30 minutes a day (or more) to maintain a sustainable meditation practice. So the guided visualizations that we developed to go with our “11 Principles of Intentional Living” course… we also made available at no cost on our YouTube channel. (https://www.youtube.com/ playlist?app=desktop&list=PL8yLZa6FDc4PjvKHqryrpQpKbNDSQgKfI)
These guided meditations are each about 5-6 minutes long and there are 12 different ones to choose from. The best thing is you can access them from anywhere… phone, tablet or desktop. I usually listen to one after I’ve finished my morning coffee, just before I start getting dressed and ready for the rest of my day. It makes integrating and sustaining a meditation practice effortless. Now I simply do other longer meditations when I have the time.
Another great tool that we developed to help with creating more intentional living is our Crystal Cipher. It can be used daily to understand how the circumstances and situations of your life are affecting you energetically…, and even your relationship dynamics. It only takes a minute to check in with yourself (and others) and connect with your potential strengths or become aware of possible vulnerabilities.
The most recent release or update of this site actually allows you to track your profiles over time so that you begin to see how deadlines, people, events, etc impact you energetically. Once again this is something you can do anywhere, anytime, on any device. (www.CrystalCipher.com)
All of this is to say that 2020 has inspired us to take our exploration and commitment to Intentional Living to the next level. If you are looking for new ways to focus on yourself and to create a magical life that radiates from the inside out… check us out newly… online or in person!
From all of us here at Storm Wisdom… Happy New Year!
Love – Charles
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’”
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, British poet
2021 has arrived and I’m feeling optimistic and hopeful! Holiday celebrations were very different for us and most of you this year. I took time to reflect on the difference and I realized that the holidays this year were just different – not good or bad! Opportunities for inner reflection and feelings of gratitude emerged and soared during this time. I guess, you might say, I leaned more into acceptance rather than resistance. Instead, I acknowledged the many blessings in my life and now that the energies of change and transformation are supporting us in 2021 I feel new levels of hope! How about you?
I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions; however, I was struck by a reminder that was shared by Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, “Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.” In fact, it reminds me of the intention I say when I wake up in the morning, “I get to be here another day with the people I love and help others. I get to become more of my truest self – LOVE!” Being here at this time is truly a gift! read more…
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist
Happy Holidays to each one of you! This year has presented many challenges as we celebrate traditions, holidays, and significant milestones in our lives and the lives of our families and friends. Re-imagining how to celebrate while staying healthy and safe has created sadness, disappointment and stress for many. I realize this. It’s affected me and my family too. I found that I had to remain open to and accept a new way of experiencing the holidays. I also had to let go of the past and “what was” before I could enjoy something different and new.
Remaining healthy was key to each of my family members. In some ways I feel we had a deeper connection finding meaningful ways to be present to one another instead of meeting in person. I found so much acceptance, joy, and gratitude for the many blessings in my life on Christmas morning. In the past we’ve usually been hustling and bustling with gift opening and preparing food to take to a family gathering. read more…