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whenever september comes around: my season for rebirth

1 Sep 2015
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ― Mark Twain

41 septembers ago i was born. 8 septembers ago i felt as if i was reborn. and this september? well, i feel as if i am being reborn once again.

is it possible to be reborn multiple times in a lifetime? some, even many, would disagree with me, saying that a person can only be born again once. but, that’s just sad, i think. i’m not sure i could handle knowing that i had been born again, or reborn ( i like that word so much better), and with that one rebirth i was done. what would be the point of the rest of my life? why even bother living if being reborn meant that i had acquired everything i needed to be a complete human being, that i had already reached enlightenment, so to speak.

no, that’s not how i see life. instead, i see it much more like a lifelong transformation. a long adventure, where the destination isn’t even really that relevant. it’s really all about the journey all along the way.

when you think of it, all of nature is a cycle of rebirth, life, death, and then rebirth once again. we’re wired for growth and transformation. it’s organic. natural. authentic.

if life is a journey, then multiple births must be possible. they just signify the milestones and growth points that we pass along our way. but, they signify very, very important ones.

MY DISCOVERIES FROM THE SUMMER OF LOVE

in the background, as i have been doing my regular old blogging, enjoying summer, having adventures, and soaking up the people + moments of my life, i have also been doing some intense internal work.

it all began when i did 21 days of mantra meditation. like, i repeated out loud a different mantra every day for 30 minutes each day. it was powerful. there was no sitting quietly, meditating in silence. it was active, use my voice, feel the vibrations in my body, mantra-ing. and it was uncomfortable for one day. the rest of the days i felt energized, focused, and way more in touch with my soul than any other meditation series has ever given me.

i also have enjoyed a series of kundalini yoga passes that have been focused on the chakras. again, the movement, the focus, the hour-long yoga passes have inspired me + gotten me in touch with my soul more than ever before.

and i did all of these things at home. for free. by myself. i’ll leave you links to the 2 series (one on spotify + one a podcast) at the bottom of this post.

meditate

somehow, these active times of meditation, separated by a 3 week period of vacation time with my love, my brother + friends, have opened my understanding and my flow. they have been the closing moments of spirituality at this time of my life. my soul, my life, has naturally flowed from learning, listening, and discovering to living and doing.

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my rebirth means entering a new phase of my life. the groundwork has all been laid. the source of my empowerment from within has been tapped. there is nothing left to do but to leap forward and live all that i have been learning.

september + rebirth

so, here i am at the beginning of another september. ready to celebrate another orbit around the sun. in awe that i’ve had the joy and honor to live yet another beautiful year filled with ups, down, mountain, valleys, beautiful sites, terrifying moments, confusions, and moments of bliss. and ready to embark on yet another year of circling the sun. of becoming a little more of who i am created to be.

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on this first day of september, however, i feel something different. a feel a kind of rebirth again. of making another great step into living an authentic life, of not discovering my soul, as i have been doing for the past 8 years, but of learning to live from my soul.

the other day, just before the full moon, a kindred spirit friend of mine, stacy, posted a link to a website that has some “wisdom readings”. kind of like a horoscope, i think. just for fun, i clicked on the link and this is the reading that i received:

Rebirth
beginnings and endings; shedding identity; lunar rhythms; cycles; fresh start; letting go; the only constant is change

The snake bites its own tail, creating a circle that cycles on forever. The end meets the beginning in a rhythm that never stops, is always spinning.

The Rebirth card beckons with a chance to make a fresh start. You need to let go of the old to welcome the new. But through it all you will still be you. The waves of life rise and fall. Go ahead: ride them all.

shut the front door! that could not have been any more spot on. for how i feel in life. for the upcoming celebration of my 41st birthday. for all of the new things that i am undertaking as autumn is beginning. i was totally blown away. and it was a complete affirmation of this feeling of being reborn, once again, in my life.

what comes next

autumn is practically here. september is here as of today. it is the season of beginnings. of gathering the fruit of our planting. of reaping what we have sown. of focusing and getting to work. of embracing the season of finding the joy and sacredness in everyday life, in ordinary things, in living authentically, true to ourselves.

8 years ago, right during my last big rebirth, i was in seminary. studying theology and spirituality. i explored all of the ways (from a christian perspective) that we “know” god. how god is revealed to us. i was studying to be a pastor/priest/minister (whatever word makes sense to you). but, i always knew that i would never actually do that.

my heart + soul challenged me to find my own path back then. to not simply take what i learned and use it for myself in my work, but to reach back into my education as a teacher and use all that i was learning to teach + inspire others. but that process of finding my path has taken a while.

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back then i felt the call to take all of the religious bullshit that made no sense, and inspire others to see that it’s not about the religion, but about relationships. it’s often assumed that to be religious or spiritual means that one also is holy, above others, closed-minded, untouchable, perfect. that religion + spirituality actually have nothing to do with everyday life.

and i can understand how people feel and think that. religion has done a fabulous job of alienating, excluding, boring, putting up walls, creating rules, and pushing away real life. people get lost in empty rituals or old routines that mean nothing, instead of being given tools and ways of meeting the spiritual in every single little moment of life.

because it is possible, my friends., to live a meaningful, mindful, spiritual life. and, oh how beautiful it is when life is lived like that.

spirituality is not a box. it is freedom. and that, is what i intend to use this next part of my life teaching.

in seminary, i formulated my ideas and beliefs on how we can know that life is meant to be lived more deeply, how we are here to do more than exist, and how spirituality is actually a part of everyday life. the creative energies that connect us all (whether you call them god, magic, allah, tao, spirit, or anything else) move in and among us at all times. empowering + inspiring us, and teaching us to live life from our soul. and when we do that, then we are in creation with each other + the whole world, making a difference, spreading love + light.

i want to share + inspire others to find all of the ways to tap into our souls. all of the ways that energy and divine, holy, magical, sacred things show up, helping us to align our lives with our life’s purpose. inspiration is found + created in scriptures, traditions, experience, books, words, people, art, places, stories, music, nature, religions, science, mystery…

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i believe that we are all searching for a deeper way to live life. and i have found a way of living with the mystery and magic – of learning to be, love, and live. how to follow my bliss. of course, my way is not the only way. in fact, my way is only my way for me. but, i am here to help inspire you and others to discover you own way, your own path, your own soul, your own truth.

the one truth that i do know, and i know it from a place that i cannot explain, is that we are all connected. that we are spiritual beings, called to live life as who we are created to be. and all of life is that beautiful journey of discovering + uncovering more of what’s in the depths of our soul, and how those depths are the places where the holy, divine energies of love and peace live.

my commitment

starting with this new month, with this new year of my life, in the midst of this new birth, i have committed myself to two different things which will help me work towards turning my dreams of writing, photography, education, blogging, and teaching into a business. a business that helps to guide and inspire others in finding their own bliss, in listening to their own souls, in living a mindful, intentional life filled with spirit and peace.

yoga mat sat nam rasaya

yesterday i began a year-long training called sat nam rasayan.  in sanskrit sat nam rasayan means “deep relaxation in the Divine Name” or “rise to oneself to the essence of True identity”.  it  is a meditative technique that focuses on the full ability to feel, thus leading to healing, or wholeness. it is a part of the study of kundalini yoga, something that i have practiced off and on for about 4 years now. this is an amazing opportunity to help me in working with myself + with others, in discovering our paths, our souls, and our unique purposes in life.

in october i will also begin a year-long course in life coach training. it will be an amazing year of learning all of the ins and outs of becoming an internationally certified life coach, or as i will say, spiritual coach.

so, in a year, i will be a certified spiritual coach with a certification in sat nam rasayan meditation as well. well on my way of beginning to practically answer my call to minister, guide, teach, and journey with others, as they discover their own souls.

 it is an amazing time in my life. and i am so incredibly blessed.


so. yeah. that was a lot of information. i may have simply written it down for myself. but, if you made it through and read it to the end, then i am eternally grateful for you caring enough to read my thoughts + words.

please know that i am here for you. i will listen to you, just as you have followed and read and listened to me. it’s a mutual give and take.

until next time, dear friends, may the spirit of love + peace fill your souls. may each day be a new experience of birth for you, as you become more + more the person that you were created to be. and may you be inspired by all that is around you, seeking the sacred + holy in the most ordinary of moments.

“The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born when we die – although it is the tragic fate of most individuals to die before they are born.” ― Erich FrommThe Sane Society

onwards + upwards! xoxo

21 day mantra meditation // click –> here
yoga vision wheels of life chakra series // click –> here
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17 Comments

  • Reply Gesine 1 Sep 2015 at 15:08

    I just love to read your blog. It realy is inspiring to me. The way you write and discribe your themes is so colorful and it kind of talks to me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am realy happy for you to be able to attand the courses. xxx

    • Reply Liz 2 Sep 2015 at 08:56

      How sweet are you! Thank you for always reading and paying such close attention. You have no idea how much it means to me to know that you truly keep up with my life. Your friendship is so special to me/us!!

      • Reply Gesine 3 Sep 2015 at 09:19

        <3

  • Reply CarlyBeth's Blog 1 Sep 2015 at 16:36

    I was not deterred by the amount of information – I LOVE this post!! Life coaching (combined with writing I hope :)) sounds perfect for you. I’m looking forward to following your journey. Also, the theme of re-birth/lifelong transformation has given me something to think about today. I’m inspired. Thanks, Liz!

    • Reply Liz 2 Sep 2015 at 08:59

      Most definitely combined with writing! The basis of what I do will be centered around writing, photography, and inspiration. It’s just that I will add the touch of being able to be a private life coach as well – It’s making the change from my blog/wriitng/photography being all about me to beginning to share my thoughts/tips in a more teaching kind of way. 😉 Thank you so much for reading all of these years and for following my journey! I can’t wait to follow your journey!

  • Reply CarlyBeth's Blog 1 Sep 2015 at 16:38

    Also glad you’ve found new direction and loved reading about how your life experiences have come together.

  • Reply kate365til 1 Sep 2015 at 17:07

    You my dear…inspire me! Such a thoughtful, soulful and beautifully written post. LOVE

    • Reply Liz 2 Sep 2015 at 08:59

      You flatter and humble me, beautiful Kate. Thank you so very much!! Love to you! xoxo

  • Reply lanie belluz 1 Sep 2015 at 17:45

    That’s so exciting!

    • Reply Liz 2 Sep 2015 at 09:00

      Yee – haaa!!!!

  • Reply Holly 1 Sep 2015 at 22:04

    Huge congratulations and good work to you for this year ahead! I can see a wonderfully bright future in this way for you dear Liz!
    I look forward to following along 🙂 xx

    • Reply Liz 2 Sep 2015 at 09:01

      Thanks, love! It’s so great to hear that from someone who has been following this journey of mine for a while! xx

  • Reply Rachel Sedaker 1 Sep 2015 at 22:18

    Hello,

    New reader here- I found you via Instagram’s suggested posts. 🙂

    Your bit about spirituality really spoke to me and inspired me. As someone who was raised Baptist, left the church, but remains spiritual (with roots in Christianity), I loved your openness about your spirituality and your path. It offers me hope that I may find a way to be a light, and to find others who shine as well.

    I look forward to following along, and wish you well as you start your trainings!

    • Reply Liz 2 Sep 2015 at 09:10

      Hi Rachel!

      So nice to “meet” you! I think that there are quite of few us out there that have transformed from the spirituality we experienced when we were younger. Of course, we take it all with us. It’s all part of the journey and simply a foundation. The whole exciting thing about life is discovering and uncovering and growing into who we really are. I am so very happy that our paths have crossed at this point!!

      Thank you so much for commenting! Do you have IG? And can I get your name, so we can be IG buddies? 😉 You can send it to me privately on IG, if you’d like.

      • Reply Rachel Sedaker 3 Sep 2015 at 22:18

        Of course! My IG handle is rachsed

        I, too, am glad our paths have crossed. You’ve inspired me to continue in my spiritual journey. 🙂

  • Reply Laura4NYC 2 Sep 2015 at 04:24

    What an amazing, exciting turmoil of a time you are living in. How great that you have stayed on your spiritual path and are now doing life coach training. How suitable! I couldn’t imagine a better career choice for you at this point than the spiritual lessons you are about to take and share. Best of luck throughout the next year.

    • Reply Liz 2 Sep 2015 at 09:11

      It is so very exciting Laura, you’re right! It makes me smile to hear you believe that this is a good path/choice for me. It’s always great to get some outside feedback. 🙂 Hope you are well! xo

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