“Breathe that in.” This is what I kept saying to myself last night as people were sharing their experience and feelings of/for Storm Wisdom…, and me.

I thought about how many times I have said that to others. “Breathe that in.”

Someone getting heartfelt acknowledgement or recognition for who they are or their impact on others.., and trying to bypass it, or move to the next topic. As good as hearing the words might feel, often we attempt to minimize them. Because receiving those kinds of compliments or words of praise are sometimes hard for us to receive.

But to not take those words in is a dis-service to ourselves and to the person who is offering their sincere feedback. So I kept saying to myself “Breathe that in.”

Why is this hard for so many of us? Actually, why is this so hard for me? It is not as if I am not proud of my role in what we have created. I am in awe and appreciation everyday. But my knee jerk reaction is to dismiss or diminish my impact. But last night, my mantra was “Breathe that in.”

Here is the thing. What we have created is amazing. And when I say we.., I mean you too! Even if the only way we are connected is through this weekly newsletter or on social media… you are still part of this growing and evolving community. There is an energetic cord that connects us. Your energy helps us expand and thrive. Breathe that in!

Then imagine if you are one of the many who come visit us, shop with us, take classes here, or lean into the spiritual guidance that is offered. Your presence is vital. Your interactions make us who we are. You are the expanding web of connection that supports and sustains us. You help to shape us and stay current with what is important to you. We could not exist with out you! Breathe that in!

Then there are the amazing artists and teachers who share their gifts and creations here at Storm Wisdom. Many of them are the first introduction that many in our community have of us! We may have forged our own unique connections and/or relationships with those who originally came to experience their teachings or purchase their art/jewelry/book/creation. But it is because of them that so many have found us and chosen to stay connected and be a part of this community. If you are a teacher or artist that shares your talent here.., you are a huge part of our success. You are the pillars of our community. Breathe that in!

Finally.., there is my Storm Wisdom family. Those who work tirelessly to infuse this place with their individual and unique energies. Who, through their warmth, caring, commitment and humor, create a safe and inviting space where this community feels seen and valued for who they are. To my gorgeous family (Gisela, Millie, Mary Helen, Paul, Victoria and Stephanie) you are the personality and life force of this amazing place that is now celebrating its 8th year. Please.., Breathe that in!

And for all of you that spoke to me yesterday, shared the gift of your kind words, whether one-on-one, via e-mail, card or note, social media or from the stage. Please know I heard every word.., and I am still breathing them in! You mean the world to me and you inspire me to keep growing and becoming more of who I Am. I am blessed because of each and every one of you. Now please… Breathe that in!

With Light, Love, and Laughter