A Fresh Voice in Radio: Katie Dalebout and The Wellness Wonderland Radio

WWradio-adOne of my favorite things to do with The Simple Salt is to share fantastic resources that I stumble across and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share a new, fresh and insightful voice in radio — Katie Dalebout. Through her blog, The Wellness Wonderland, Katie has launched The Wellness Wonderland Radio, a series of radio interviews that inspire, engage, connect and uplift her blessed listeners. Below is Katie’s interview with Heather Waxman, the beautiful writer and creator of For The Love of Kale – a blog which nourishes the body and soul. Sat Nam Soul sisters!

 

 

The Simple Salt Suggests: Without Fear of Falling by Danielle Boonstra

UnknownHi All! I am so thrilled to announce that Without Fear of Falling, my dear friend and mentor Danielle Boonstra’s new book, is now available on Amazon! Stay tuned as it will be a pick for The Simple Salt Book Club in June! I had the honor of reading an advanced copy this winter and was swept away by this dazzling tale which crosses time and space, speaking to life’s one choice: will we choose Fear or Love? The choice is ours in each moment.

Here is a description of Without Fear of Falling from Amazon:

Twenty-two-year-old Ellie Stewart would much rather forget that she can see into the past lives of those she meets, but when she crosses paths with Declan O Shea, an attractive yet troubled artist, flashes of 18th-century Britain begin to plague her mind and push Ellie to uncover the mystical connection that she and Declan share. Enlisting the help of her childhood mentor and psychic, Mrs. Dawes, Ellie is brought back to a time when she was Louisa, saintly and beautiful, and Declan was William, handsome and driven by a shameful past. Will Ellie be able to face the truth of all that happened so long ago? And if she can, will Declan believe her? Weaving between present-day Tobermory, Canada and 18th-century Tobermory, Scotland is a tale of love, loss and forgiveness across time.

“Dear Mr. Knightley” by Katherine Reay

Hi All! My sister, Katherine Reay, has written a beautiful book titled Dear Mr. Knightley. Slated to be released in the fall of 2013, this video perfectly captures her story’s spirit. It’s amazing! A great way to keep track of Dear Mr. Knightley’s journey towards publication is through Katherine Reay’s website: www.katherinereay.com. Enjoy!

Today is the Day! My Personal New Year . . .

IMG_0803March 6, 2013. Today starts the first day of my personal new year! The day that I commit to the changes that I would like to make, the day when I trust that God fully has my back (and my front, my sides, my everything!), the day when I step fully, confidently and most radiantly into my true self. Today is the day when I trust completely, when I believe completely. 

Why today? Because today is just as good as any other day. I am a work in progress. We all are. But there are commitments that I have been soft-shoeing around, skipping over, hiding from. My fear gets in the way. My thoughts get in the way. Life gets in the way. My fear crept up this morning when I was thinking about these changes. Here are a few of them: I can’t start today, it’s not January 1. I can’t start fresh today, it’s not the start of a fresh month. I can’t start today, I am only going to mess up tomorrow. I can’t start today . . . . 

But I can start today. Every day is fresh, completely new. Every day we have a choice. Every minute is a new minute set free from the one before. Every second is a brilliant chance to choose again.

So I’m starting today. I am starting now.

My New Year’s Resolutions: (as of March 6, 2013)

I commit. . . . 

1. To step fully into my most radiant self

2. To believe that I am radiant

3. To show others that they, too, are radiant

4. To LOVE completely, vulnerably and fearlessly

5. To laugh more

6. To cry more

7. To feel more

8. To join Katie Dalebout and dance more!

9. When fear starts to creep in, to remember that I am absolutely NEVER alone.

10. To love my family selflessly

11. To love myself completely

12. To spread Truth

13. To believe that I have ALL that I need. Nothing “out there” will bring me peace

14. To shine

15. To practice gratitude

16. To count my blessings

17. To fall in love – head over heels in love – with my spiritual practice

18. To show up, rather than shrink from, new opportunities

19. To accept the emotional challenges – life’s knocks – and know who to call when they come up.

20. To talk to my beautiful spiritual running buddy more, Katie Dalebout.

21. To live more

22. To give more

23. To forgive more

23. To be bold

24. To serve

25. To follow the Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

 

Intimidated by Meditation? Here is a Simple One from Gabrielle Bernstein to Kickstart your Practice!

There was a time (very recently) when I felt intimidated by meditation. I worried whether I was doing it correctly. I analyzed what was or wasn’t happening, judged what was or wasn’t happening — the whole bit. And then I remembered the only rule of meditation — be present in the moment. That’s it! Focus on your breath and watch thoughts come and go without judgement. There are many days when I am simply not able to let thoughts go without judgement and on those difficult days, I just breathe and accept where I am. Just  breathe.

Here is a meditation from Gabrielle Bernstein which strips away all complication. This meditation’s beauty and strength shines through its simplicity. This is a great meditation to do at night before bed or anytime you are feeling, anxious, stressed or just need to take a moment to recenter. Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments section!

Gabrielle Bernstein: How To Meditate