How I Channeled John Lennon

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John Lennon was one of the most famous dreamers of our time. Dreaming is awesome and important, but problems arise when we become all dreams and no action. I was so guilty of this. I was an epic dreamer. I got high speaking about all the great ideas I had, the things I was going to do, and all the fabulous places I was going to travel. When it came to actually doing something about making those dreams become a reality, I got scared and and it paralyzed me.  When obstacles pop up (which they always do if you’ve got big dreams), I came up with a million and one excuses (none of which were my fault) about why that dream didn’t pan out  and then quickly schemed up a new and exciting dream to talk about. All dreams and no action.

I experienced a false sense of joy and satisfaction because it wasn’t real. I was living in a fantasy world.

By being a dreamer with no action,  I also experienced harsh feelings of failure and often felt lost in the world. It was much easier to float above the clouds and start dreaming again. If you are like me and are a badass rebel, you will more than likely Continue reading

You May Be Right. I May Be Crazy.

If there’s one book you should read (besides mine slated to release in February) it’s The 4 Agreements by Miguel Ruiz. 

Today we’re going to talk about the second agreement, Don’t Take Anything Personally.”

This one is one of the hardest agreements for most people to master and let me tell you…I’m still working on this one. It’s a doozy!

You may be totally right. I may be totally crazy…but if I am immune to opinions and actions of others then I won’t become the victim of needless suffering by obsessing on whether or not you think I’m crazy.

I put myself out in the world on a daily basis by sharing videos, photos and words. Sometimes people say really nice things and sometimes people are just downright mean. Some of the negative comments I’ve received looked like this:

“You would look better with a bag over your head.”

“Her only talent is breathing.” (On a video of me dancing)

“Taraleigh Weathers is friggin annoying.”

“Are you kidding me with this sh*t.”

“Horse-face!”

You get the point. People can be mean. A couple of years ago these comments would have crushed me. I would have forgotten about all the positive feedback I received and focused on these worrying whether or not I was ugly, annoying and had any talent. Since I read The 4 Agreements I looked at those comments in a different light.

“Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.”

Maybe those people were jealous. Maybe they were bored. I don’t know what motivated them take the time and energy to try to tear me down, but it’s ALL about them and not at ALL about me. People who are happy wouldn’t write these things about someone they don’t even know in real life. It’s obvious they’re suffering and I feel compassion for them and forgive them. Knowing it has nothing to do with me allows me to move on. It allows me to be immune to the opinions and actions of others and kept me from being the victim of needless suffering.

The same goes when I get positive feedback. I won’t let all the awesome things you all say about me go to my head because nothing others do is because of me. It’s pretty arrogant to think what others say and do is all about me. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality…so if you are taking the time to give someone positive feedback it is a projection of your own reality. If you find yourself trolling message boards and leaving mean comments about people think about what that means about you…since it’s ALL about YOU and YOUR Reality.

Don’t give a flying fart what others think of you and you’ll be free to be you in all your freaky glory.  <<<Tweet this

Is this concept hard for you to put into practice? I totally get it. I get a lot of support around this since I’m a human being and as a human I have an ego.

What are you taking personally right now? How can you apply this agreement to the situation? Let’s talk about it. Join the conversation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’m grateful for you.

Love and light,

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Why I Named My Ego Sheila

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Does your ego easily get hurt? Does it whine and complain? Does it love to play the victim sometimes? Does it thrive on attention? Does it keep you from shining your light?

I don’t know about you, but my ego is a bitch sometimes.

Don’t worry.  This happens to the most spiritual people. As my friend Cora Poage likes to say, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” As humans we have egos whether we like it or not.

Instead of shutting down our egos we need to start embracing them.  Give it a voice. I named my ego Sheila. I tell her,”I know you’re hurt right now, but sometimes it’s not all about you. Don’t take things personally and I love you and your sparkly ways.” I give Sheila a hug and a moment to heal from whatever hurt her because her feelings are real and I let her know I acknowledge them. I let her know she may chill out and relax for a little while as my heart and soul are going to step up and make my decisions right now. Since I acknowledged her and her feelings she totally understands. Sheila is a rock star.

Now I’m free to live a life full of love, happiness and joy that is passionate, purposeful, based on heart centered choices, service, giving and receiving.

This quiets Sheila and keeps her happy.

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What’s your ego’s name? 

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2 Minute Dance Break with Taraleigh + Brett Dennen

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Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or do you suffer from the mid afternoon slump? I challenge you to dance with me for 2 minutes. Experience the magic happens when you move your body to some fun music by Brett Dennen. Let me know how you felt before and after you danced in the comments section below. I love you!

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