Monday, December 19, 2011

GET GLOWING FOR 20-12 & WRITE YOUR YEAR!


I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching another class in January of this year. My sister will be in town for the holidays are we are going to be co-presenting:

Get GLOWING for 2012
and
WRITE YOUR YEAR!

An Experiential Empowerment & Intention-Setting Workshop
  • Follow YOUR Passions!
  • Find YOUR Purpose!
  • Love YOUR Life!
  • Write YOUR Year!
The Den @ Mosaic Coffeehouse

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Love ♥ Offering
 
Email to: dearsoulsisters@gmail.com to register

I hope you will plan to join us! I wish you all the JOY of the season and nothing but the best for 2012!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

LISTEN IN

I am not great at promoting myself and putting the word out about what I am doing. This is something I am working on, but I have a ways to go. In that spirit, here are a few links to some publicity I have done in the past few months that I thought you might enjoy. Listen in if you are so moved and have a fabulous day! 

GET GLOWING - My sister's radio show, which airs every Friday at 8:00 AM Pacfic/11:00 AM Eastern. In September of this year my sister and I had one of our great conversations about life, love and spirit and put it on the air for all to hear. Click here to listen in.

OPENING TO ECSTASY - Dear Soul Sisters was on Lynnet McKenzie's show in October of this year. Our topic was "Stop 'Shoulding' Yourself and Go Guilt-free!" We had great rapport with Lynnet and are so excited to have discovered her shining light! Click here and look in the archives for October 2011 to listen.

Friday, November 18, 2011

WRITE YOUR LIFE SESSION 5: WRITE YOUR LIFE!

This week is the culmination of all of our work together over the past five weeks. This is the part where we WRITE OUR LIVES.

First, a couple of my favorite quotes on manifestation:

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it...You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.” --Liz Gilbert
"We are living in a dynamic, intelligent Field capable of instantaneous response to each one of us. (It may help to read that statement again.) Instead of living in a gigantic machine in which we are only a tiny cog, we have the opportunity to recognize and identify ourselves as something much more significant – something that the awesome and intelligent creative force that has created the plant kingdom, weather, human beings, this planet, and galaxies beyond, responds to.” --John Nicholl

To start flexing your manifestation muscle, begin with the Radical Manifestation Worksheet from Colin Tipping (available for download here). Think of one thing (tangible) that you would like to manifest in your life right now. Allow yourself to really want it, to claim the desire for it. Then fill out the Radical Manifestation worksheet.

Once you have finished the worksheet, you are ready for the main event....WRITING YOUR LIFE. For this task, choose one of the following exercises:

1) Taking the phrase "I am so happy and grateful I am living a life that..." as your jumping off point, do a 30-minute free-write on all of the things you want to manifest in your life right now, the tangible and the intangible. Just like with the free-writes from last week, do not edit or limit yourself, let your imagination run free and wild to WRITE THE LIFE that would like to live.

2) Toast to you on your 100th Birthday – Imagine that you are at your 100th birthday party. Your spouse, significant other, best friend, or sibling is making the toast. What would they say about you? What would they say about your life? What did you do? What were your accomplishments? Who is there that they are acknowledging? What was your proudest moment? Think in terms of things that haven't happened yet that you want to manifest. This is the WRITE YOUR LIFE moment. Go for it!

Write "I am so happy and grateful that I am living a life that...” on a post-it note and then write a concise statement of your manifestation (either the tangible or the life one.) Post it somewhere where you will see if often over the next few weeks and repeat it to yourself whenever you see it.

HOMEWORK:

  • Read over your Radical Manifestation Worksheet at least once out loud this week.
  • Claim the power of acting “as if.” “IF I believed it were possible, what step would I take next?” Take that first next step this week!
  • Send energy to your intentions and the intentions of all of those who have participated in this class remembering that,"...[T]here is no greater gift to give another than to hold for them a vision of their highest potential." --Kimberlee Gorgo

THANK YOU for coming on this journey with me. I am so grateful to have spent time with you over the past five weeks. I wish you all the best in manifesting the life you dream of! 

Friday, November 11, 2011

WRITE YOUR LIFE SESSION 4: THE RIGHT TO WRITE

Who is a writer? Often we think of writing “professionally” as the only legitimate way to call yourself a writer, but looking back on my own writing life, it wasn't until I started writing “just” for myself that my writing really took off. The writing I have done because it really pleased me has been much more satisfying than the writing I have done for money. I would urge you to use this measure of your success - Does my writing please me? Am I enjoying the process? Am I satisfied with what I am  writing? - rather than how much money you make from it. And if you write, dare to call yourself a WRITER! 

Here are some of my favorite quotes about writing: 

"Everybody is talented original and has something important to say." --Brenda Ueland from her book "If You Want to Write."

 “...[A] writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” --Junot Diaz

After sharing insights and discoveries from our small stones practice, we read the first two pages of Brenda Ueland's "If You Want to Write." Then we got down to the business of writing:  

EXERCISE 1: A 15-minute free-write (similar to the "Morning Pages" from Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way") - What would you write about if you knew no one would judge you, if you were totally free? This is stream-of-consciousness writing, no reading, no editing, no critiquing, just writing. 

EXERCISE 2: Saying “Yes!” - What are you saying no to, or perhaps maybe to, right now that you want to say “Yes” to? This could be in writing or in life. Why are you saying No? What worn-out belief or old fear is holding you back? Are you ready to let it go? If not, what would you need to do in order to be ready? Can you do that now? If not, what would you need to be ready to do it now? 


Post-writing check-in. How did that feel? Were you able to do it? How long did it take to free yourself from the critic? Did you write what you expected? Did you change what you wrote (for instance did you start out journaling and end up writing a poem?)? 
 
HOMEWORK – Do a 15-minute free-write every day. It can be first thing in the morning or when you sit down to rest, anytime you have a few quiet minutes. Remember to just write. Don't edit or censor or critique. 
 
Next Week: WRITE YOUR LIFE! The culmination of all our work together, we will use our writing skills to write our lives and manifest the life we have always wanted. Please join us!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

WRITE YOUR LIFE SESSION 3: BEING PRESENT TO YOUR LIFE

In today's session we worked on bringing more presence to our lives and to our writing.

Class began with a ten minute full body meditation. Taking a few deep breaths and then bringing awareness to each part of our body, starting with our toes. Feeling into each part of our bodies, feeling its structures, its movements, its energy.

After the meditation we began to explore the concept of small stones. This exercise was created by Fiona Robyn a writer in England whose website is called Writing Our Way Home.  A small stone is "a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment." Writing small stones can help us be more present to our lives and to our writing.

We read some examples of small stones from Fiona's small stones blog, her blogzine a handful of stones, as well as from my own small stones blog pebbles are small stones. Then we went out and wrote small stones of our own for 30-35 minutes before coming back together to share our experiences.

HOMEWORK:
  •  Be present to your life this week. Think of some ways you can do that. How does being present look for you? What helps you to be in that space? Is it meditation? Is it breathing? Is it writing?
  • Write at least one small stone every day. It can be short or long, perfect or half-assed. Just write one!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

WRITE YOUR LIFE SESSION 2: RELEASING YOUR STORY....SO YOU CAN WRITE A NEW ONE

Another great session of WRITE YOUR LIFE this week. We welcomed a new member to the class (Welcome Mary!) and missed those of you who couldn't make it. Hope to see you back next week! 

In this session, we started off with the idea that we all have a "story" about who we are. This is not necessarily a bad thing - it is part of being human - but sometimes our "story" no longer fits and we need to let go of it in order to write a new one.

So ask yourself this question: WHAT IS MY "STORY?" and AM I READY TO LET IT GO? (Some examples might be, "I am the 'good girl,'" or "I am the 'black sheep of the family.'")

As a way to let go of the part of the story that no longer fits, we did an exercise from the book, Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping. It is called The Three Letters Process. In this exercise you write three letters to someone who you feel has wronged you or in some way treated you badly. Choose someone who has been significant in your life and whom you feel forgiving might help to release you from your old story.

We began class by reading The Five Stages of Radical Forgiveness to get an idea about the process. You can download the text by clicking on the link above. Then we talked about The Three Letters Process before going off on our own for an hour or so to do the exercise. You can do this at home by downloading the reading, reading about the three letters process and then doing the exercise.

Afterwards we all came back together to share.

HOMEWORK:
  • Do some kind of a "release" ritual by burning the letters you wrote or shredding them. (Alternatively, you may want to put them some place safe where you can come back to them in a few months or years to see how things have shifted and changed for you.)
  • Notice any changes in your relationship with the person you wrote the letters to. Does it feel like things have shifted? How? Do you feel differently about this person? Are the feelings stronger or less strong now? Journal about these feelings if you would like.  
  • Try the exercise again with another person in your life you would like to forgive in order to help you write your new story. 
Hope to see you in class next week!

    Saturday, October 22, 2011

    WRITE YOUR LIFE SESSION 1: ADVICE TO MYSELF

    Our first class was AWESOME. We have a great group of women writers - ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties - all with similar goals and aspirations TO WRITE THEIR LIVES. Would love to have you join us next week!

    Here's what you missed:

    1. For a bit of inspiration we read Dear Sugar's column "Write Like a Motherfucker."
    2. Then we each wrote our own "Dear Sugar" letter, to Sugar or our favorite advice columnist, about what we felt was the main thing holding us back right now or what we needed advice on to move forward in our lives. 
    3. After a five minute head-clearing meditation "break," we came back to our journals, put on our advice columnist caps and wrote back to ourselves with some objective, kind and compassionate advice. 
    HOMEWORK:
    • Write like a MOTHERFUCKER
    • Try and Take Your Own Advice
    We will meet again on Friday, October 28th at 10:15 at Mosaic Coffee House. Please join us if you can!

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    WRITE YOUR LIFE!

    Starting on October 21, 2011 I will be teaching a 5-week writing class in Seattle. Here are the deets:

    DATES: October 21, - November 18, 2011
    WHEN: Friday mornings from 10:15 a.m. To Noon 
    WHERE: The Den at Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 
    COST: The class is FREE! (Please consider a donation to Mosaic for the use of their space.) 
    TO REGISTER: Email lara(.)g(.)simmons (at) comcast (.) net

    Are you feeling STUCK, unsure about what comes next? Do you love to WRITE, but never seem to find the time? Are you ready to RE-CREATE your life, but don't know how? 

    Join me for a 5-week writing class designed to get you writing and help you manifest the life you desire!

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Welcome!

    Welcome to larasimmons.net. I am so glad you have found me on the web. This site is my all-in-one hub/blog/website for all of my writing and spiritual activities.

    Here's what you will find here:

    the refrigerator oracle - my original personal blog where I post quotes that are meaningful to me and recount my attempts to stay in the moment and walk my spiritual talk.

    Dear Soul Sisters - a spiritual advice column I write with my sister. We offer intuitive, insightful and informed advice. (Think of us as Dear Abby for the new millennium!) Please write to us if there’s something you’re struggling with - we'd love to help you get free and move forward!

    Pebbles are Small Stones - my "small stones" blog started in July 2011 for the river of stones project.

    Please make yourself at home, click around and see what you can find to interest and inspire you. I am so glad you are here!

    Love, Lara