How to Crush Your Goals (with The $20 Challenge)!

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I wrote a letter to "money..." and it was one of the most interesting activities I have done this year. I hand wrote this letter as if it were to my boyfriend – including secrets, past childhood experiences, insights, apologies and intentions for new open communication, understanding and love. I did this in a workshop led by Vanessa Ferraro.

Before that moment, I had never considered money as an energetic ally in my life; a flowing neutral energy – that sometimes gets a bad rap – but desires to be transmuted into supporting our great service on the planet.

It is a necessary requirement in accomplishing our mission/s on planet earth. And as soon as can realize this and get over our previous socially conditioned narratives, the sooner "money" can flow into our lives more easily. This is something I am still working on.

A lot of our beliefs around money were inherited from our parents.  Whether we may be aware of it or not, the way they talked about/used or abused money, subconsciously shaped our understanding and relationship with it.

My parents were not rich, for middle class North American standards. Though my dad was very conservative with spending, cutting corners with coupons and pulling out the stops with savings, my mom seemed to find ways to go above and beyond to make us feel like we had it all.

I recently discovered that money is necessary in "putting skin in the game" and truly achieving our goals. 

I was inspired by my friend who hired me to develop a program with her, on Intentional Home Design and Feng Shui. Though she is the expert in the field, having graduated from Interior Design School, Permaculture Eco-Village Design, and several Feng Shui programs, she continues to pay me each week to meet with her and develop content.

When I asked her why she insisted to pay me, (since we are both going to be mutually benefitting and getting paid for this program), she revealed that this was her way of showing her professional trust in me, herself and the Universe – that this WILL get done.

I was so inspired by her energetic confidence in achieving her goals... and wanted in on the game! 

The game being a wager on myself. 

This is when I started the $20 challenge.

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I picked (manifested) two friends who I knew were creative artists with strong messages and leadership, but like me, weren't consistent in producing weekly content.

Here is how the challenge works:

1. Decide what project you would like to produce weekly content for, for the next 3 months.

(Do you want to write and post a weekly blog, video, song...?)

2. Find an accountable friend that wants to also release weekly content, and play this game with you.

3. Decide what day, time and platform (the weekly deadline) you are going to publish your content on. It works best if you have a website that you can add content to, but Youtube and other platforms also work.

4. Write a contract to your friend. Include the details, timelines, deadlines, clauses, terms, conditions and method of payment. In the contract, it is also nice to write a manifesto for what you want to achieve and attract into your life. This is your time to declare to the Universe what you are willing to show up for and receive. 

5. Follow through and check up on your pal on their posting day. 

I started this challenge on November 6th and have followed through on creating weekly blog posts and videos! It hasn't been easy trying to bend time to get everything done, however I am getting things done! Things that I wouldn't have consistently been able to do, without this accountability.

The best part about this challenge is that if you miss your deadline and have to pay your friend, that money is going to someone you love and support. It's as if you just bought them dinner – not the biggest deal right? Being accountable and following through on your word, allows your subconscious (and your friend) know that you mean business! 

Participating in this challenge (which ends in February 2018) has allowed a spotlight to shine on the hilarious ridiculousness of how capable we are in achieving our goals. 

A measly $20 on the line is all that it takes to fulfil our life's purpose?! That's laughable. 

I encourage you to share this with someone you may know. Tag the friend that you want to do this challenge with.

Let's start a trend here, of accountability and action in leading the legacy, which is our lives.    

 

 

 

Posted on December 11, 2017 .

If you think you "can't sing" – read this! If you love singing – read this!

It is a celebration that we are all made differently. Every cell and organ in our bodies resonate at different frequencies. 

Have you ever sung or coughed in the bathroom, and suddenly a deep full-bodied resonant note rings and sings in the space? That's acoustic resonance! 

Our bodies are also resonant acoustic chambers, and each carry different fundamental notes and harmonics. It's as if nature has literally made us all instruments – diversified and unified in the greater representation of harmonic spectrum.

Our bodies, bone structure, mannerisms, breath and emotional energy, all play a role in how we carry ourselves and our literal resonance. 

There was a time where I believed I could not sing.

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It was only when I found myself at Humber College from 2008-2012, for Music/Trombone Performance, that I learned how to finally develop a relationship with my voice.

Most of my experiences hearing my voice singing before then, were singing at church (when I use to go as a kid). Honestly, I would feel like I was just barely screeching out the soprano melody lines sometimes! (Haha.)

I remember my dad doing that classic finger-in-the-ear-wobble joke, with the hilarious eye-squint. Haha, at least we could laugh about it..I guess.

It wasn't until Music School, that I actually learned that there is thing called "alto," and that you can sing different notes in the chord! AND you can even change the key of the song to better suit your voice... incredible inventions! ;)

Singing became an outlet for self-love, artistic expression and a a stress relief practice, while in College. It felt so completely necessary to take "the edge off of" the growing pains and navigation of the school environment, with the added pressures and deadlines of artistic expectation.

I remember writing my proposal to the head of the Brass Department in my 4th year, to plead my case for the opportunity to study private voice lessons with Christine Duncan, instead of private trombone lessons. I was so fortunate to be granted that opportunity, as it encouraged the seeds which were in my voice, and my understanding of it. 

We all have seeds for singing; like fields of flowers, we too bloom when we allow our voices to shine and vibrate like fertile seeds of Spring. We are blessed with fire potentials for illumination, as we all have a human voice, with bodies that are able to guide it into full expression.

It is important to remember that we can't and should not all strive to sound like Mariah Carrey and Celine Dion.

In North America, we have set up a social narrative around what is it means to be successful as a singer and what one should sound like, with competitive realty shows like American Idol so prominent in the Arts and Entertainment industry and in the media.

It's not about a competition of voices. 

Each flower is beautiful and complimentary, just as each of our voices have their own place in the choir of life. 

Think of the animal kingdom. We've got some bad ass lion roars, choruses of crickets, blurpin' n' bloinkin' frogs and cawing crows.

They are NOT all trying to sound like each other. Singing is a language art, and a vehicle into the collective consciousness. 

Of course if we have never sung or rung our voices, we will not understand their nuanced needs. If we cannot get over our fear of singing, we are crippling this opportunity to get to know our own voices. The good news is that it is never to late to develop a relationship and conversation with your voice. Sounds funny to be conversing with yourself, but I truly believe this kind of courage, trust, play and release of expectation, is so needed in our personal development and healing. 

I learned to sing while driving to and from College every day. (Cars are amazing for this!) I have explored the depths, grumbles, groans and tones of the thrones of my vocal chambers... while in my parents car!

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Photo taken during New Lineage's (Improvisational Choir) weekly residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in 2017.

Upon graduating in 2013, I continued to write my own music, sing in several different indie/tribal/folk/rock/pop bands, and continued to sing incredible gigs with The Element Choir. Being able to sing several times with The Element Choir on Tanya Tagaq's performances, were some of the most powerful experiences I've been a part of on stage. 

Having travelled to Cognac, France to sing and play trombone with ColinResponse in 2013, was another surreal pivotal moment as a singer (who once thought she couldn't sing). 

I've been a beautiful journey, brushing off the cob-webs-of-fear in my vocal understanding. Learning the nuances of my vocal abilities was super easy to do, as all it took was a little bit of consistency and patience in letting my voice be heard, as well as humility for how it continues to grow and change as we change. 

All that is required to be able to sing is:

1. Having a human body with vocal chords.

2. Giving zero fucks. 

Awaken your voice. Give it permission to sing.

If singing is unfamiliar to you, I'd recommend starting to with sighs and sounds that are spontaneous and that feel good in the body. Remember that this isn't music class or preparation for a dang Christmas recital.

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The Element Choir performing with Tanya Tagaq at The Great Hall, in 2017. 

None of the sounds that come out of your mouth have to make sense, and they don't even have to be in tune. However, the sounds can still be approached with enthusiasm and intention. 

The voice has the ability to transform the body. It can even release nitric oxide and other relaxing hormones. In (Opera Singer and Vocal Coach) Fides Krucker's blog, she writes about how yawning elongates the spine, creates endorphins and benefits humans in other socially expressive ways. 

The voice is genderless, ageless and timeless. 

I invite you to sing your own song. If you are new to singing, bring a gentle and curious approach attitude, as it is going to be different and something the world may have not heard before. This is good. This breakthrough of being you, will change your life. We don't have to sound like anyone else, but ourselves.

Laugh at and love your voice. Laugh when you are out of tune. Record yourself and listen back. Be heard. Share poetry or random spontaneous improvisation that comes from the heart. When will you start?

Let your voice shine in the choir of life. 

Love, 

– Jill Stella

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 4, 2017 .

8 Ways We Can Treat People Like Humans

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The title of this may sound like a joke...and in a way it kind of is, as I do want to bring some pokey-jabby-loving-neighbour-nudges to the table.

We all from time to time need those friendly reminders that we are all brothers and sisters – co-creating the habitation of this planet.

You may not know this about me, but the first job that I ever had (at age 15) was working at McDonalds.

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Hilariously staged-photos of me teaching online ESL - to kids who live in China.

My humble beginnings hustlin' and bustlin' the Drive Thru, responding to what-seemed-like a-zillion different beeps in the kitchen, working regular overnights, and serving thousands of customers, taught me an incredible amount about human interaction, communication, and compassion for others.

I worked there for 2 years then moved onto other several other customer-service/retail related jobs.

Before I came to what it is that I now do professionally

(which is playing music, creating transformational video & visual content, teaching online ESL to kids who live in China, and keeping it real on planet earth), I had several jobs that paved the spaces and places where I have presently landed.

I feel it is is important to honour all the jobs and communities that have contributed to our our own spectrum of experience.

Oh the lessons learned... 

High amounts of #streetschool "cred/respect" are awarded to those who work/have worked in any service-related industry, as they practice the art and mastery of navigating the energetic nuances of dynamic social communication and relationships.

#Props.


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Story Time:

Fast forward 10 years from my first job... I found myself at a commercial agency, auditioning with a band, to play the role of "the hip band"  in a commercial.

We didn't end up getting the gig, but funny enough, I was the only one to receive a phone call back... however it wasn't about the commercial I had auditioned for...

Someone from the agency called and said, "we are looking for a young, healthy, trendy-looking individual for a McDonalds commercial, and would love to offer you a position to feature in it!"

All I could think of in my head while that nice lady was offering this position was, "how can I politely tell this person – fuck no."

Though I would never judge anyone who has decided to be in a commercial for McDonalds (and all the other shades and variations of McDonalds), nevertheless, participating to endorse such an establishment (and everything that it does and does not stand for) would be completely misaligned with my values – no amount of money could skew that.

The hilarious juxtaposition and irony of McDonalds asking the furthest-fitting candidate to be in their commercial (a plant-based-peace-n'-good-vibes-gal)... is another blog post all together. 

One thing I have to be honest about, is that when I told that agent on the phone that I wasn't interested in being in that mcDonald's commercial... I have never felt so badass in my entire life.
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Working several other customer-service related jobs has allowed me to have better social awareness, compassion and appreciation for every single person behind every counter.

Though I understand that not everyone will have a "Drive Thru gig" in their life (nor would I endorse that), I believe that we need to continually put ourselves in the shoes of those working minimum wage trench-like jobs, and honour the humans behind the uniforms who offer up so much energy and time to serve our society. 


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It's not only in coffee shops and restaurants that we see attitudes that "roboticize" humans.

Ego-centric-entitlement can creep onto our city roads, as well.

Being a cyclist in the city of Toronto, I sadly witness a lot of mind-baffling-dangerous behaviours and acts of inconsideration on the roads.

It's as if people forget that there are actual humans in vehicles and on bikes.

When I see that person dangerously cut off and flip-the-bird to another car on the road, I sometimes think, "What if that randomly turned out to be their grandma?"

Well guess what... that IS your grandma – the collective grandma, aunt, son, daughter, uncle and friendly librarian that we all know and love! 

 

I've compiled a "check list" of 8 ways we can be better at treating people like humans

Some of these ideas and guidelines are geared toward those who work in the service industry, but the main message and metaphors can be applied to any team or relationship. 

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1. Acknowledge the person that is about to make your coffee.

  • Greet the person that is making your beverage.

  • Look them in the eyes and acknowledge their existence, their humanity and service – before jumping into the demands of your desired purchases.

  • Recognize that they have served dozens of customers prior to you, and stand out with kindness.

  • Make their lives easy and energy efficient.
  • Be mindful of the questions that you are asking, so that they don't have to read the entire menu on "a silver platter" for you, when everything may already be listed in front of your face. (Straight up.)

2. Order "The Staff Special". 

On the subject of social mindfulness...

We've all seen that lady holding up the line with her/his unprepared vague order requests, catalogues of questions, and personal story-telling – directed to the person making their burrito.

Though the journey of ordering your meal doesn't have to be done alone, that person behind the counter isn't being paid well enough to hold your hand and personally coach you through the process of getting your lunch.

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  • Instead of delaying Christmas with open ended questions about the intricate nuances and demands of your order, enlist the trusty advice of the employee or the waitress who is serving you.
    Ask what their recommendation would be. This may be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to try something new and incredible to you.
  • Recognize and encourage that they have the "street cred" knowledge of the secret sauces.
  • Let them show you the ropes on what the best thing to order is. These are great-vibe, time saving conversations that energize their creative skill sets and expertise in the industry. Everyone develops some sort of superpower when working a job – it's great to give people admiration and #props for that.

3. Think of Out the Box with Random Acts of Kindness.

Have you ever received a kind note from a stranger or had your meal paid for by a mysterious stranger-pal? Those are the little things that create such a ripple boosting affect! 

The small stuff adds up. 

One of my favourite things to do at a bar is to leave a tip on my water.

Not only do I feel like a badass doing that, instead of slightly shy and non-contributive for not ordering an alcoholic drink, but the act also serves as another reminder that we have each other's backs.

The smallest acts of kindness have a powerful affect on lifting each other up and making each other's days better. 

4. Be a leader in equal energy exchange. 

  • Don't expect others to do favours for you, without making an offer for an exchange.
  • Don't ask an artist to play for free for your ticketed event.
  • Respect each other's time and treat each other like the professional badasses that they are. 

5. Go above and beyond to thank someone – then thank them again!

Sure we have money as a form of currency and exchange, but usually when people have had the same job with the same salary for many years, their work is no longer (or was never) "energized" by money. They are ignited by recognition, appreciation, feedback and gratitude from others.

Even if you have paid a lot of money for a service, and that service was matched with the exchange of your money, it goes such a long way to go above and beyond, and thank that person with sincerity and enthusiasm. 

 If someone benefited your life or provided a great experience for you, follow up with them and let them know that you truly appreciate them and the work that they do. Receiving follow-ups, kind messages and compliments helps to encourage others to provide their best work and service to others. 

6.  Be curious, ask meaningful questions and receive incredible knowledge from others with different life experience.

Everyone has their own story and has hidden gems of wisdom that are applicable and can be interesting to you.

Use the opportunity of talking to someone new to receive information about fresh approaches, processes, ways of doing things and areas of interests.

Find out what the other person is excited about, and use the time talking with them to be enlightened by something you never knew. 

Be of a student of life, ask meaningful questions, learn new things from others, honour them and extract their stories. 

7. Bless everyone that cuts you off on the road. 

When we get angry by the inconsiderate acts of others, we perpetuate the problem.

Calling people "assholes" just creates more assholes in the world. 

Remember, that "asshole" in the car could be your grandma. It could be anyone's grandma. They did an "asshole" act, but THEY ARE NOT an asshole.

Everyone makes mistakes. 

Tip: if you catch yourself calling someone an "a-hole," just remember that they are A WHOLE human.

8. Assume that every person is acting/coming from what they think is a positive intent. 

As mad as you can be at the person that cut you off, it is important to remember that everyone acts from a place of positive benefit – whether it be personal or collective. You don't know their story; they may cut you off because they thought it would benefit them for whatever reason.

This can be a hard and sometimes frustrating concept to grasp, because it gives a stranger the benefit of the doubt. 

Everyone's filter and level of communication is different.

We are all able to grow when we are able to feel safe in our own skin. Trust your fellow humans and support each other as we orbit the sun. 

 

Rainbow Warrior, may you move over the earth like a great whirling rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere you go. I love you!  (A note from Jill Stella, Nicole Tupechka & Trevor Cape.)

Rainbow Warrior, may you move over the earth like a great whirling rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere you go. I love you! 

(A note from Jill Stella, Nicole Tupechka & Trevor Cape.)

Posted on November 28, 2017 .

My Journey Healing with Music & Tantric Breath


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Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of studying tantric philosophy with Jesse Stewart & Laura Storey's Spiritual Boot Camp; a five month course that invites oneself to integrate & enhance aspects of our human nature – through breath, discipline of the will, and self awareness.

It's crazy to think that until now I had no idea what Tantra really meant...

After scratching the surface of this ancient practice, I can say that it is one that resonates with my values – as it is so centred around personal development, longevity, and consciousness transformation.

As we know, life can unfold in hilariously synergistic ways. Around the same time that I started this course, I found myself auditioning and getting a position to play in Rob Laird's Mind Body Big Band.

Having gone to Music School with Rob back in 2012/13, it was incredible to see the transformation that had taken place in his life over the years...

Rob went from being a soldier in the Royal Marines, suffering from PTSD, chronic pain and spinal misalignment – to someone who healed his body and mind, through breath awareness.

He was able to overcome physical and mental trauma with the influence of his wife, Julie (who has a background in energy & Kinesiology), as well as acquire metaphysical knowledge about the science of the energetic universe, through an unexpected kundalini awakening. 

You can listen to Rob's story in his presentation at Humber College in this video. (I recommend listening to it in bite sized portions of it throughout your day, since there is a lot there!)

His story and the breath technique he now teaches has been an incredible invaluable resource for my own healing journey/body awareness.

In my experience playing in big bands, I find that with that many amazing humans all playing together with an intent to create beauty, the potency and power of the collaborative collective consciousness can be accessed. 

<<<This video provides further exploration of "the collective consciousness" that is accessible through music. It also celebrates my experience recording a studio album with The Socialist Night School – another epic big band that I am involved in. 

As I mention in my article The Universe is Made Up of Two Main Ingredients, it can be hilarious and awesome how coincidentally aligned our relationships and lifestyle activities can be. It seems that when we bring awareness to the synergistic flow and improbability of these interweaving events, they continually seem to surface.

It is additionally interesting that Chelsea McBride's big band is called, "The Socialist Night School," as the Tantra course I am taking encourages the practice of "extended learning" through your dreams – a type of subconscious mastery through your own "Night School" dream life. (I love that!)

Having played trombone for the past 15 years or so, I knew that breathing had a huge part in shaping my sound, and is also the key ingredient in making any sound come out of the ol' chunk of brass. Breath was something that I learned to navigate, regulate and manipulate through the necessity and nature of playing a brass instrument.

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Though having obtained a Bachelor of Music and the knowledge of how to essentially make a living out of breath control (with brass), it hasn't been something that I have explored in a deeper, more spiritually based way. 

It has only been recently that I have really started to explore the powerful possibilities of what the breath is capable of, and how it can be used as a healing tool for spinal & energetic alignment, longevity and balance in the physiological structures of the body. 

In one of the texts I am studying, "Jewel in The Lotus," authors Sunyata Saraswati & Bodhi Avinasha outline some very interesting points that seem to connect some of the dots in developing a more meaningful relationship to music, mindfulness and the body. As you can imagine, musicians are subject to chronic injury through repetitive motion; setting up the awareness of healthy structural practice was a missing link in my experience going to school for music. 

I am excited to share some of the things I am learning with you!

According to Saraswait and Avinasha, most people breathe using only the middle lobe of the lungs, using less than 1/7th their lung capacity. For such a necessary fundamental function in staying alive, it is quite surprising that we don't put more of an emphasize (in this society) on maximizing the benefits of breathing with intent.

When we invite enthusiasm and awareness in breathing, everything that we do becomes full of vibrancy, Oxygen, and life. 

"It has been said if you would stay aware of every breath for one whole day, you would become enlightened." – (graffiti on a wall)
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Watching newborn babies can be very mesmerizing – almost like watching a fire place. Just like the fire, babies know exactly how to inspire, as they breathe fully, intuitive masters of their bodies in releasing, stretching and restoring. 

 

As we grow older, we are influenced by our environments and social relationships; slowly and unconsciously un-training ourselves to breathe effectively.

 

 

Let's face it, the western world as we've designed it does not encourage our inherent natural responses of breath and movement to be paramount in our days. 

In Chapter 2 of Jewel of the Lotus, one of the parts that stuck out to me was how some of our very first experiences being born into this world can be traumatic – like the doctor cutting the umbilical cord immediately, before the baby has had a chance to drain fluids from their lungs.

It's interesting to think of the implications and habitual trends that may form from each new shocking introduction to a world of "shallow breathing".

The book mentions "that being fully alive to half dead parents was unacceptable” – and in result we entrain our breath to match to those around us. If the majority of people around you are breathing a particular shallow depth and rate, as empathetic human beings (with the innate desire to fit in), we tend to match and merge into our surroundings. 

Entrainment: Physics tells us that entrainment is that when two or more separate oscillating systems (which have independent frequencies) are out of phase, the two may adjust to fall into synchrony. Different vibrating organisms are able to synchronize by a powerful external rhythm.

Just as frequencies and tones oscillate to find harmonic balance, we too as vibratory electromagnetic beings do the same in our relationships and environments.  

When else do we hold our breath?

Ever watched a scary movie and had that one shocking image or scene pop up on the screen, or screeching note played in the violins that suddenly jolted the breath out of you and made you feel like you now have minor whiplash? (Haha.)

We hold or dull our breathing to reduce sensitivity to pain and when scared, and hold our breath to numb our nerves. Could we be suppressing full attention in breath in order to hide from being fully alive and present in certain situations and life responsibilities? We may do this to avoid the consequences of what being fully present means and requires of us; it could require massive action and life change. This is scary...or is it exciting?

It is such an empowering blessing to know that we have the potential to shift emotional thresholds. Tantra suggests that if we can breathe through anxiety we can turn that energy into potential excitement.

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With each and every heart beat, comes a new opportunity to change your emotional state and to change your life. you have an average of 100,800 heart beats per day.
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Is it possible that if we can train ourselves to breathe consciously, might we be able to access and bring hidden areas of our psyche into awareness for transformation?

Tantra suggests that we have all of the answers within us, and as we open up to slowing down and exploring our life and breath with enthusiasm, we unlock cosmic enlightening. 

I find it interesting (and hilarious) that we often think that we need all of these fancy tools, courses, products and programs to gain wisdom and beneficial life experience, however we all have the most powerful tool to work with – our breath. 

“Enlightenment occurs at the physical level, not an abstract one.” - authors of Jewel in the lotus

Going back to how babies breathe...our food was once pumped through our bellies through our umbilical cords – that was literal our life force centre. One of the things that Rob Laird explains when teaching his breath technique to the band, is the importance of looking at babies breathe and how we can learn from them. Giving a soother may stop a baby from crying, as it seems that they intuitively love creating that sucking-vacuum with the breath. 

Rob teaches how we can create that same vacuum space with our own bodies, through engaging the pelvic floor when taking a breath in. He also suggests to imagine "breathing through the ears" and sucking in, as if you have that soother. You can imagine (and feel) the breath spiral and travel up the spine, elongating and unlocking. Learn more about his breath technique in this video

It is so important to get back to our child-like roots and reprogram the unconscious mind to learn to breathe again.

We can be sometimes ashamed and apologetic about deep breathing, yawning, sighing, and being fully alive.

We hide our yawns all the time as if it is a sign of weakness; when in actuality, there are unbelievable scientific and social healing benefits of yawning. My singing teacher, Fides Krucker is writing an entire book on it!

She runs her own boot-camp-of-the-voice-style group vocal classes, called "Slipper Camp." Applying her playful, sigh-ful, sob-ful, pleasurable, enthusiastic, almost orgasmic, pedagogical approach to my own singing... has been another major keystone over the past years in my journey of healing the body through breath and music. What a fun exploration it is to navigate the uniqueness of our own breath of voice. 

Mantra: 

May I be fully alive as I breathe through life, extracting the juice out of every moment.

May I be sexually and socially empowered to yawn, sigh, stretch, release and move my body in whichever way it guides me.

May I take responsibility for the breath, heart and energy that leads my life. 

Posted on November 20, 2017 .

The Universe is Made up of Two Main Ingredients...

1. Improbability

2. Hilarity

Have you ever had a moment in your life that felt like a type of interweaving improbable awe? That coincidental perfect timing when a friend from your past calls you at the exact moment you happened to randomly think of them?

It's difficult to put these esoteric almost absurd experiences into words, as they can sometimes seem beyond us...

It's likely that if you are a human being (as apposed to a robot), you may experience (but are not limited to): 

  • moments in your life that feel like cinematic story telling, laced with improbability, oddity, and wonder

  • a realization that life can sometimes feel like a sketch comedy of perfect rhythmic timing and hilarity

Hilarity and improbability come in light and dark shades.

Bismuth – #83 on the Periodic Table of Elements

Bismuth – #83 on the Periodic Table of Elements

The lines can get blurry between seemingly polar emotional states.

Crying can be easily nudged into laughter. Excitement can feel like nervousness, and moments of sadness can be converted into art.

Of course humans have a great spectrum of emotional depth, however the pendulum can be guided in our favour with intent, and a willingness to include the ingredient enthusiasm in life's equation. 

The etymology of the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek enthous, which literally translates to being “in divine flow,” or possessed by God. 

Have you ever experienced that universally-annoying circumstance of your printer breaking down that one time you really needed it, (10 minutes before the meeting you needed that piece of paper for)? 

Some may call this coincidence, synchronicity, karma or chance. It doesn't matter what we "call" these moments of mysterious timing, but our willingness to submit to the abstract absurdity of our lives measures the magnitude of the value we can extract from them. 

Just because something is coincidental, doesn't mean it's any less magical. We just need to define what "magic" means to us. 
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Our brains contain a bundle of neurons/neural network pathways called The Reticular Activating System. This part of our brain acts as a gatekeeper for filtering information that enters our conscious minds. 

Ever felt hungry for Chinese food and then all of the sudden you start seeing Chinese food restaurants pop up? Or maybe you decided you want to pursue a specific academic path, and then you sequentially notice handfuls of schools in that field (that you had never noticed before), suddenly emerge in your city.

This is the RAS filtering information that is applicable to your conscious mind. Wow, what a useful brain function! 

It seems to make sense that our conscious minds are able to filter information that supports and aligns with our goals and desires; however there are some moments that seem so divinely aligned, that if your life was a cinematic/drama/comedy sketch, you couldn't even write this stuff!

I like to refer to this phenomenon as "the cosmic wink." 

#nofilter

#nofilter

When we take the time to fully appreciate the hilarity of these improbable moments in our lives, we set up the neurology structures of our brains and our RAS to become a receptor for more synchronistic awareness.

The hilarity of the Universe works in mysterious ways; when we are willing to laugh at the jokes (even the unfunny ones, like our printers breaking down) we are able to learn lessons, and extract more meaning and juiciness from life.

When applying and discovering hints of hilarity and improbability, the stresses of life start to diminish as we begin to unlock the abstract nature of our entire world.

We are living on a suspended tiny blue dot in the sky after all – the very make up of our Earth was built on the ingredient of improbability, complete with the perfectly improbable tilted axis of planet Earth, making all life possible.

Even our being conceived into this world is a symbol of our unique rarity. According to this Harvard article, women make over 100,000 eggs over their lifetime. Our dad's have 1 trillion sperm during the years that our moms could get pregnant.

The odds of you, that one egg, meeting that 1 sperm are 1 in 400 quadrillion! 

Applying these ingredients to my life has been a total game changer with encouraging "maintenance of the mind"; transforming mundane to miraculous.

Ironically, "sweating the small stuff" can be damaging for us all. Some artists may choose to never release their work into the world, because of perfectionist tendencies – this can be crippling. Some of us may not appreciate some of the items in our homes because of slight imperfections, slants or scratches. "That desk that is so perfect except for that one knot."

It is unfortunate that this perfectionist mindset can even carry over into the way we view our bodies and our self image.

Does this sound familiar to anyone: "I like my body except for..."

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The story and structure of our cellular make up is miraculous. We are living miracles – let's start acting like it! 

 

The asymmetrical improbable nature of the Universe is always present and the scientific elements of our Universe are all contained within us. This is a celebration!

You aren't just one drop in the ocean, you are the whole ocean contained in that one drop.  – Rumi

Whenever moments of stress and anxiety start to creep into my life. I like to look at things from a macro perspective. Looking at how many years dinosaurs have been ruling the Earth, compared to the tiny sliver that humans have made in the Dinosaur Timeline, gives me great perspective of the hilarious scale of our significant cosmic insignificance. 

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Posted on November 13, 2017 .

Why the hatin' on "hippies?" It's time to take a closer look at the socially oppressive implications of this word, & how we can shift that!

Playing music in the field at Summer Solstice Om Festival, 2017.

Playing music in the field at Summer Solstice Om Festival, 2017.

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The time has come when your 60 year old “Uncle Fred” is no longer the only one at the family reunion wearing that same tie-dye t-shirt with mustard stains on it; millennials are now also bringing these multi–coloured swirl patterns to the party.

Have you noticed the waves of tie-dye take over the fast-fashion clothing stores this past summer? Or could you have been distracted by a Snap Chat of a friendly face, with a super-imposed flower crowned filter, as you drank your Starbucks Unicorn Latte...

All (loving) jokes aside, it seems as though companies were/are successfully catching onto the global shifts taking place right now. Historically in times of war, we have seen counter culture movements of art and social activism emerge to counter-balance the status quo. 

It would make sense to me that the world is ready to invite those tie-dye vibes into the "collective wardrobe" again!

Tie-dye making it's way back in the media almost felt like an inevitable response: the collective physical manifestation for the need to be bold – to show face and colour in a politically darker world. Or could this "freak flag fabric" be seen as a cultural symbol – a global patriotic-like social stance for peace.

Fashion trends in the subconscious are interesting to explore. These revolving trends (though Uncle Fred proves that some fashions are timeless) almost feel as if they are a subtle social unconscious language.

Through clothing and costumery, one can explore degrees of personal (and collective) patterns of identity, in a culturally suppressive society.

This past summer was the summer of my dreams... I was so fortunate to have attended 4 music festivals in the Toronto area and 3 separate camping trips with pals. 

Seeing everyone from all walks of life gather as a tribe for the soul purpose of enthusiastically connecting, celebrating art, nature and synergistic possibility.... was absolutely life changing and indescribable
Photo by DED PIXEL of DED AGENCY

Photo by DED PIXEL of DED AGENCY

One thing that I noticed at these “music/conscious hippy festivals” was that not everyone seemed like that “stereo-typical hippy” that we all seem to know and love, and so willingly make fun of, as a culture. There was a sense of unique fullness, AND united inclusivity. 

The need to find a tribe and connect with others is present in our subconscious minds and ancestral upbringing. There's a reason why we humans go to check our Facebook pages almost every day.

There were CEOS, Founders, Scientists, Artists, Engineers, World Travellers, Dancers, Teachers, Acrobats and all kinds of humans there. Everyone seemed to be a mega leader in their own unique way; with disciplines and healthy holistic practices under their belt.

Seeing everyone amplify their wardrobes, unleash their inner super-hero characters, and sparkle-paint their faces, (to reflect their inherent bedazzled goddess/warrior energy) deeply inspired me. 

 

After meeting all the epic hippy-like human beings attending these festivals, it made me question why we have attached such negative stigmatic weight to this word, and how we could continue to let this trend... 

What do you think of when you hear the word, “hippy?”

Do lazy, non-productive, non-useful-to-society social stereotypes come to mind?

These terms would not in any way be fitting to anyone that I met this summer.

Camping under the stars at Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario Canada.

Camping under the stars at Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario Canada.

Exploring the dunes at The Pinery Provincial Park this past summer.

Exploring the dunes at The Pinery Provincial Park this past summer.

Why have we allowed a type of social bullying to surround those who may have hobbies or conscious practices that may fit into the category of “hippy"?

I think that a part of this scrutiny comes from the Baby Boomers generation. Even though they were the “OG hippies” that some of us may have romanticized as we watched footage from Woodstock and other events surrounding that era, it seemed as if they abandoned some of the values from that time period, to adjust to a world geared more closely toward capitalism and individual gain.

I laugh inside at the response of some of the friends of my parents, when I tell them that I have a yoga practice and that I sometimes take naps after I teach my morning online English classes.

It's as if any whiff of life balance, intentional lifestyle design or personal productive enjoyment is anything other than “useful.” 

It's time for a reality check, buds.

Too many of us who are living conscious, joyful lives are afraid to be deemed as a hippy, for fear of judgment. It's as if being a hippy automatically dismisses you from being a hardworking, disciplined and socially responsible human.

What does this word even really mean? And are we limiting ourselves if we follow along without challenging this ignorant social narrative?

 

I identify as a modern day hippy.

As I wrote in another article, “Why I am Not Vegan”, I explain why I am not interested in being associated with labels, social “isms” or categories, however I want to take back the word hippy for what it is – a compliment! It's not a religion, but a movement of love.

Since when did peace, love, happiness, learning, enthusiasm for music, art, nature, colour, social connection, innovation, positive changes and life, become a such a bad thing?

I want to take back the word "hippy" and own it!

“Hippies” don't have any dogmatic boxes or molds to fit into; no one has to prescribe to a set of activities, lifestyle or wardrobe design to be involved in the conscious peace movement taking place on earth right now.

Are we unconsciously dimming our light and love, in fear of being labeled as a hippy?

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Alanna Ketler

(writer at Collective Evolutioninspired me with her comment on my video. She shares her experience of feeling the need to dress more “plain jane(although secretly wanting to wear expressively coloured clothing),so that she may be taken more seriously.

 

This is a thing! I can totally relate to the essence of what Alanna is describing here. I too, am inspired to learn and share information about the spiritual scientific nature of our world.  Sometimes our language can be so limiting when talking about the energetic, electromagnetic, holographic, meta-physical properties of our world, without it coming across as "floof." (Haha!) 

 

We have a language for math and visuals, however we haven't quite created the said terminology to express the unseen vibrational quantum mechanistic structure of our world.

I am interested in living in a world where we can hang our "dress to impress" superficial judgments at the door. Let's get real with each other! Life isn't a scripted performance with only a few chosen character roles given. we get to to choose the style that represents our own unique stage of badass characters
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Mantra:

May we continue to be bold and brave,

 as we illuminate, in whatever form that may take.

May we continue to collectively create linguistic platforms for cultural inclusivity and transformation.

May we uniquely express the freedom and abundance of our gifts and service. 

If this word fuels you to feel like you are a part of a tribal movement of love, I invite you to use it, redefine it, and align it to meet you at your full spectrum of expression and great purpose.

It really isn't the word itself that matters, or whether you decide to "rock it" or not; it's about deciding to be unapologetically fully expressed in your own skin – empowered, and unified, with the intent for peace & love on the planet.

Your friend, 
– Jill Stella
Fellow "modern day hippy" Kathryn Merriam, doing Qi Gong in Tobermory, Ontario.

Fellow "modern day hippy" Kathryn Merriam, doing Qi Gong in Tobermory, Ontario.

Posted on November 6, 2017 .

13 Unconventional New Years Rituals + How Intention Could Affect the Collective Consciousness

 

It's 2017 – welcome to “the future!”  

This seems to be the time of year where the grunts from “New Year skeptics” start to surface, in response to those “drinking that Near Years Kool-aid.” Though I would rarely support behavioural trends that poke fun at others... I totally get it. We can be hilarious creatures that need to be teased at times – frequently falling into societal holiday consumer traps and sometimes waiting for collective “permission” as to when to give gifts, create dinner feasts, or even set life goals. This may be true for some, but there is also something very endearing about wanting to do things together as a society – and there is strength in that! It might be hard to admit or even pin point at times, but there is no doubt that our actions and intentions affect others.   

 

Can personal intention have a ripple affect on the collective?

Whenever I think of the concept of entrainment, I am always mind blown by the possibilities and potentials of its presence. Physics tell us that entrainment is when two or more separate oscillating systems (which have independent frequencies) are out of phase, the two may adjust to fall into synchrony. Different vibrating organisms are able to synchronize by a powerful external rhythm.

Curiously, if individual thoughts are vibratory, than could a passionate thought (or a powerful New Years ritual) influence another?

If there were ever a time to start doing those jumping jacks or write that play – it's now! Currently in the world people are stirring the pot for personal growth; why not ride that “collective wave” to accomplish your goals?

For reference, inspiration and further investigation on the subject of collective transformation, The Heart Math Institute and Collective Evolution are valuable resources for discovering the science of interconnectivity, and the surprising relationships between health, behaviour and solar geomagnetic activity.

 

Spare change?

My thoughts are that is never a bad idea to assign a check in point for self reflection and vision for your life; if regular goal setting isn't already in your agenda, New Years aims to serves that. Let's face it... holidays that don't seem to revolve around consumerism are few and far between, so when one comes up that is more directed toward "the cosmic calendar," our great significance (and insignificance) – I'm game! We just celebrated another trip around the sun, that alone is beautiful and worth a fiesta.

 

Got Kool-aid?

If one is drinks that “New Years Kool-aid” and emotionally believes that they can make changes in their life, they are creating new neural pathways in their brain. Even if they eventually fall off of the new years “bandwagon,” the journey will continue from that new arrival point. One will never know how that emotional “check in” has changed their brain and their potential motivations for the future. A little change is better than no change; so even if one “fails” at their attempt at a better life, one will have gotten further than if they didn't try at all. It's a simple science.  

 

 

13 Unconventional Life Enhancing New Years Resolutions

 

    • (How to still feel “cool” while ordering a water at a bar).

      Order a Perrier, tea or glass of water (without a straw) and tip like it's a beer. It's simple, smart and effective. 

       

    • Talk to yourself – at home, in public, while doing the dishes, whenever.

      When I talk to myself out loud, it seems to invite an attitude of positivity and play. It can be a silly and casual way to keep things light hearted – which is especially important to do in a world where people can sometimes seem so serious.

       

    • Feel good about yawning in public – let your yawns roar! We seem to be socially conditioned to hide our yawns, yet studies have revealed that there are numerous health benefits to yawning. It also shows empathy, and that we are humans.

       

    • Enhance your dream and waking life by thinking of a visual or reciting a phrase out loud before you fall asleep, and right after you wake up. Your frame of mind can be heavily influenced and conditioned with this powerful tool.

       

    • Commit to bringing energy to people (especially to those behind customer service counters) rather than taking it from people.

       

    • Sing to dogs, cats and other animals and observe if their behaviour shifts at all...just for fun.

       

    • Go out of your way to tell someone that they did an amazing job – whether it be congratulating them on a song they sang, an article they wrote, or for the brilliant conversation you had with them over tea last night.

       

    • Apologize when you have to bring out your phone when in the presence of a friend or family member. If you have to say something like, “I apologize for taking my phone out right now, but it is key that I send this text message to this person at this very moment.”

       

    • Talk to your body as if it has a consciousness... and develop and ongoing relationship of appreciation for the amazing things it does for us all the time.

       

    • Go to the library and read a book first before buying it – you'll save money on books that aren't your absolute favourite. If you truly love a book enough to read it again, buying it after reading it would be that next step.

       

    • Ask yourself, “when is the next clothing swap event taking place in my city or when can I schedule one?” We have way too many clothes that no longer serve us, so swap them out!

       

    • Aim to take note when you get emotionally triggered by something that someone says or does. The act of observing an emotion means that you aren't possessed by it...so it can become clearer how you can choose to react.

     

     

     

    5 ways to ensure successful momentum and completion of a goal:

     

    Aside from those general, silly and smart goal suggestions, it is important to choose goals that you feel passionate and emotionally connected to. Duh...

     

    1. To ensure successful momentum or completion of a goal, one HAS to feel emotionally connected to change.

    You can't non-nonchalantly step into change. You must feel passionate about something to complete it, otherwise the neural mapping isn't being laid out for success.  

     

    2. Commit your ideas to paper or record yourself setting your intentions, and listen back regularly.

    You won't know if your improving unless you have a reference point to check in with. Solidify those ideas so that you remember them.

     

    3. Dig deep!

    Get to the root as to why you are setting the goal in the first place. There may be something deeper that you have to address first. Maybe goals that have to do with weight loss or finding a relationship (in desperation) could actually be a sign that you need to set goals about working towards self love and self honour?

     

    4. Keep it simple.

    I adopted a 20/20/20 goal regime for each day (a 20 minute daily discipline in music study, meditation and movement). Maybe you might want to try something similar?

     

    5. Celebrate your successes and be easy on yourself.

    If goal setting is fun or treated as a “game,” with rewards and milestone celebrations, you are more likely to have to come back for another “round” come the following new year.

    If that is the case it is never a loss and you will have developed self trust to continue playing. Remember, being perfect should never be the goal as that is unrealistic. Small changes can have a snowball effect. You never know how or who you will inspire...including yourself. 

    Posted on January 9, 2017 .

    Powerful Perspective on Standing Rock

     

     

    Listen to this Powerful & Inspiring Discussion about Standing Rock – with Coffee Break with Vanessa & Collective Evolution

    (Music by Tom Richards and Production by Jill Stella)

     

     

    (Photo by Prerana Das)

    (Photo by Prerana Das)

    Pipeline rupture spews oil into creek 150 miles from Standing Rock.

    (A poem)

     

    Sometimes there are no words

    when stories from the media are full of turds.

    It's a world of extremes but I am in it for the ride;

    controlling the tide of social media submergence of the mind.

     

    A new awesome video blows my mind each day, as if “it's no big deal.”

    Another President was elected and I still can't believe it's real.

    Youtube autoplay on until the day is all gone.

    The news that trickled in had me saying, “Have things gone all wrong?”

     

    Yet at the same time that I said it – someone wrote a song...

     

    If only there were a way to measure how many smiles there were today.

    Did you know that light and darkness are actually friends that play?

    They meet every morning at sunrise.

     

    “This isn't about what we are opposed to, it's about what we stand for,”

    said an Indigenous leader at Standing Rock.

    Behind the scenes WE came together;

    uniting all nations and tribes,

    bringing thousands of veterans in to protect our streams.

     

    There is a whole world outside of our screens.

     

    The fact alone that Bernie Sanders exists,

    I would have never even dreamed.

     

    The pot for potent change is about to boil.

    I feel blessed to be an observer and care taker of the soil.

    Listen to my song – I Stand with Standing Rock

    Birthed on Earth out of the same carbon make up,

    we are photosynthesis in formation –

    a literal definition of “water is life.”

     

    Everybody is somebody,

    experiencing this journey through a different lens.

    I won't even pretend that I know how it's going to end.

     

     

     

                                  Special Thanks...

    A special shout out goes to my dear friend Justin Nexus Booth,  (not only for his leadership and service in stopping #DAPL) but for his continuous contributions in bringing awareness to conscious media and the evolution of global unity. ♡

    A special shout out goes to my dear friend Justin Nexus Booth

    (not only for his leadership and service in stopping #DAPL) but for his continuous contributions in bringing awareness to conscious media and the evolution of global unity. ♡

    The movement to #stopDAPL was/is about so much more than a pipeline.

    Despicable acts of unjust violence were met with global organization, cooperation, community service, ongoing financial support, art, song and prayer.

    A history of differences were set aside as hundreds of tribes came together to stand.

    The focus on cultural integration and honour of sacred indigenous tribes were at the forefront for once – and it's about time!

    Despite the odds against "us" with social platform censorship and almost no mainstream media coverage, hundreds of thousands "busted the internet" and brought awareness to the complex webs of vested corporate interest and outdated environmental practices.

    Through sharing stories and independent live streams; making calls to the white house and creating #bankexit, the concept of global action has began and continues to surface.

    Though our service to protect our land is far from over...

    Can we just take a moment to meditate on how fucking awesome we are?

    Posted on December 22, 2016 .

    Why "I'm not vegan"

    Eating a vegetarian/vegan diet over the past 5 years has been one of the most rewarding, informative, spiritual and joyful lifestyle shifts I have ever made...

    As a life long student of quantum physics, global consciousness and the unifying forces that connect us all, I try to make decisions that are in line with my values and the way that I want to be perceived in the world. Wanting to live a life filled with intention, abundance, love for myself and others, I discovered that labelling myself as "vegan" was not conducive to that.

    Though I have always embraced living a purple-cow-kind-of-life in a sea of white wool, I am not going to pretend that I am not affected by the perceptions of others.

    Many people automatically (and sometimes unintentionally) view veganism as an exclusive club, full of restraints, "can't haves," restrictions and deficiencies. Though I understand that these views are out of my control and are often misconceptions, I cannot get over the fact that many people are superimposing their beliefs onto my field of energy.

    No one is to blame as the curious nature of being involved with any “ism” often comes with some sort of mysterious “rule book.” I often get questions usually framed as, “so you can't have this...or you CAN'T have that?” These questions always make me feel uncomfortable because yes, I CAN have anything... but I CHOOSE not to. I know I am being particular, but why wouldn't I be?

    I believe that the words we use all carry a vibration that manifests within us and our surrounding world. The word “can't” is not in my vocabulary.

    It is my understanding that veganism is an umbrella term which celebrates the daily practice of compassion, sustainability, health, and global/personal examination. It is a reference point for living a life that closely parallels these values. It is never about perfection or particulars, but incremental and exponential ripples of personal change for humanity.

    The rewards of living consciously and collectively are not exclusive to any particular person and their dietary lifestyle. We all play an integral role in creating positive shifts on this planet, and obtain different pieces of the pie where our gifts and strengths lie.

    If we were to break down all the boxes and labelling and look at the intention behind our actions… we would be left with love.

    The world doesn't need any more division. As I continue to live an open life, heart and mind, I will continue to evolve and update the language that reflects that. Rather than having to sometimes answer loaded questions or sarcastic remarks at some dinner party, I would rather focus my intention on human connection, inclusion, the abundance of the plant world and what is exciting at the given moment.

    We are not defined by our status, dietary choices, gender or which club we are part of – we are defined by our actions and the love in our hearts.

    From now on you can call me your "plant-based pal"… just don't call me late for dinner.

    Your friend,

    Jill Stella Richards

    Posted on August 30, 2016 .

    My Astrology Reading

    On April 17th 2016, I celebrated my 26th birthday. It brings me great joy, that my 25th year on this planet has been a year of quantum learning and deep self reflection.

    Aside from all the meaningful sunsets, gigs I've played, videos I've recorded, songs I've sung, teas I've drunk, laughs and flowers... my palette of skills and services have also expanded. This past year, I learned several body therapies and Eastern approaches to science and healing – including reflexology, aromatherapy, and sound therapy.

    As I became more in tune with my body and the energetic bodies of others, my thoughts, my friend choices and my surroundings, my relationship and understanding of vibration, music and the universe, have deeply expanded. 

    I read several key books that have shaped the way I view the world: including The Holographic Universe, Energy Medicine, Healing Sounds, When the Body Says No, The Secret Life of Plants, The Secret Life of Water and The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity.

    In essence, I learned a little bit more about the mysteries of quantum physics, how our thoughts carry a vibration, and how our thoughts manifest our reality.

    Knowing this information makes me feel like I have the keys to the universe, empowering me to manifest and design the life that I want to live. 

     

    While taking chances and stepping into my own entrepreneurial pursuits, I have come to know more about my mission on planet earth...

     

    I am here to learn as much as I can about this wild and wonderful universe. This mission comes in three parts: 

    1.) Learn, seek and follow that which ignites my enthusiasm for life.

    2.) Reflect, transform and curate the information that resonates.

    3.) Share and disseminate ideas that will uplift others, (whether through videos, blog posts, song, dance, or over cups of tea). 

    All the things!

     

    Okay, so basically I am artist... and I want to help people. 

     

    I am committed to supporting myself in living in the present moment, and to finding fun and adventure in the every day. I am also passionate about learning how to build online businesses and continuing to find ways to create passive income sources for myself and others. I am a born collaborator and I know that as I find my voice, I will help others to create the lives they want to live as well. 

     

    Okay, so I want to be a leader...

     

    As a student of “the self”, I was inspired to get an Astrology mandala made and a reading done, by Astrologist and Clinical Psychologist, Heather Ensworth Ph.D. I wanted to learn about the unique planetary energies at my time of birth, and how those energy patterns have been documented throughout the ages.

    Aside from the cheesy horoscopes (in teen magazines) I use to skim through as a teenager, I really had no idea about the ancient art and science behind astrology. 

    Having learnt this year that every single particle and facet of our world carries a vibration, and that we are all emotionally and physically affected by “the vibes” and electromagnetic fields surrounding us, I knew that getting this reading done was a gateway into understanding planetary realms (and myself) on a deeper level.

    Though I acknowledge that some may be turned off by the very thought of reading a horoscope, or learning about their astrological sign, I understand that it is a very effective tool for comparing, reflecting and asking questions about our psychological make up. Whether the astrological reading resonates or not, a person that examines the self and compares and their findings to others, understands a little bit more about the universe. At the end of the day, there is nothing to lose!

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    There have been some studies and correlations that more suicides and psychotic episodes have occurred on full moons. In addition, a considerable number of studies have connected higher birth rates with the days that land on full moons.

    There are also turtles in Costa Rica that understand particular lunar cycles/signals, and come out to lay there eggs on a specific day once a year, when the tide is high. There is no doubt that humans and animals are greatly affected by what's going on in the sky.

    After all, we live on an orbiting pale blue dot, vibrating at 7.83 hertz, around a massive gaseous star. It makes sense that we would be affected by what's going on up there, right?

     

    Below, is an edited version of my astrology reading with Heather.

     

    I have taken some of my favourite parts of the reading, and have added the beautiful "Life Drawing" music, by my husband Tom Richards.

     

    This album (released around the same time as I had my astrology reading), was from a life drawing class, where Tom Richards played a solo performance. I find that the title and energy of this music, perfectly suits this astrology art form. 

    The Eagle is my Native American spirit animal. 

    The one pictured, is flying in front of "The Sleeping Giant" in Thunder Bay Ontario. Thunder Bay is where my parents grew up, and where most of my family lives. 

    The eagle represents the ability to see the inter-connectivity of everything. It represents an ability to connect to higher wisdom, truth and creative spirit. The eagle looks at things from a different perspective, and is a powerful teacher to others. I look to the eagle and all animals (as they all have their own unique super powers) for inner guidance, hilarity and truth. 

    Posted on April 18, 2016 .