My home sits on top of a knoll in parts of John Muir’s exploration territory in the east bay of San Francisco. It’s a rural valley, and people move out here for the peace and quiet to retreat from the world. Our neighborhood doesn’t even have real neighbors; we are all spread out with land around us. Sometimes, it feels like I’m the only one who lives here---yet sound does travel reminding me that just isn’t so.
It’s often the people closest to us that are the most difficult to love unconditionally. It could be a sibling that triggers you constantly, a child who is disrespectful, a wavering, taciturn teen, or a boss who is critical. There are any number of people we may be constantly annoyed by, but instead we are called to love.
I knew that Richard’s death must count for thousands of lifetimes of growth to my soul. It had to be because his presence as the love of my life changed me and grew me into being the woman I am. It was a miracle to be loved so unconditionally and healed by that love.
Self-care is an essential practice to living a vibrant life.
The key is to self-care is intentionality. Self-care is a decision and choice to be wholly responsible for your mind, body, and spirit and choose more of what makes you feel good and happy.
I recently did an interview with Women of Distinction magazine. It was such an honor to be asked and I loved getting a chance to talk about my life and career from the beginning to today.
I’m excited to share the interview with you.
I recently spoke with a medium, (a psychic to spirit world) and Richard came through. He was right there—accessible— by my side. I often feel him in subtle moments…crossing the street or walking the footpath at our coastal home in Sea Ranch, California or sitting with me in bed as I write.
A modern-day goddess is the divine feminine incarnate with Gaia. The energy of the earth mother’s womb is carried forward in the essence of all light beings. It is abundant. It is brilliantly intelligent. It is nurturing, contractive, expansive and constantly moving in a spiral creating the vortex of transformation—creating the momentum of change.
I find it interesting that when you look up the most commonly searched question about me on GOOGLE, you get “Has Kristine Carlson re-married?”
I don’t consider that the gauge for my healing from loss. I always say, “we don’t move on from our losses, we move forward.”
Last night, I was slumped in front of a T.V. show—an old episode of Law & Order that really had me hooked. My daughter walked in to talk with me, and I wasn’t listening very well because I was distracted by the T.V. Moreover, I was also in a mood--a low one. I was super tired and and I just wasn’t being all that present. Something, apparently, was going on for her and she stormed out feeling dejected.
It’s all divinely planned and given—not always in the pretty package.
Byron Katie says, “Life doesn’t happen to us; life happens for us.”
If we’re honest, much of our lives have been planned by our egos-- egos that react from the fear of survival and the need to build an identity.
This morning I woke up to the most vibrant sunrise. Pinks and oranges amidst lavender filled the early morning sky—and I thought to myself: That’s what living vibrantly looks and feels like: A breathtaking sunrise bursting in beauty to light up the morning—to light up LIFE.