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In Response to : ‘What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life’

In Response to : ‘What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life’

***Trigger warning***: this blog is going to be very passionate and big hearted. I hope dearly that you are not offended by such energy and perspective. And if you are, what the heck are you doing here!? (This space is all love and positive energy, and if you find anything I say in this blog offensive or distasteful please know that was not my intention, as I write from a space of unconditional love along with an intention of expansion of consciousness.)

This blog is a response to the blog recently published, that went somewhat viral, from A Life in Progress titled ‘What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life’. I have personal and biased opinions and perspectives on life that is heavily contradictory to this post, but I also found some things mentioned in this post as evidence of a small and simple life of mediocrity that I find powerful and beautifully impactful. My intention here is to showcase those ‘little things’ and offer a perspective shift that brings those ‘little things’ into a shining, powerful and impactful light.

The author of this piece, Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui, seems to be a beautiful soul doing the best she can to bring light and serve others. She is a self-proclaimed ‘imperfect light bearer’, as her website bio reads. I could see us being very kindred, however this is my first issue with this article, as anyone working to bring forth light in this world is in no way living small. That action does not occur without a subtle but eventual world influencing ripple effect. To wish for and hold space for the goodness of others is not a small action or philosophy, and it is far from mediocre at the least.

In Response to: 'What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life?' from the Spirit & Soul blog
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The article begins with this opening, “What if all I want is a small, slow, and simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between. Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that?” To this I would like to say, there is deeply rooted wisdom and power within peace, especially choosing to experience peace. There is nothing small-minded or mediocre about this. If we are speaking of the same kind of peace, what we are speaking of is transcendent and contagiously shifts consciousness when shared. Even further, what I have come to know of the woman writing this piece is that she is not mediocre, and I beg her not to accept something so disempowering and untrue of herself.

The whole piece is written not about mediocrity, but about breaking societal roles and expectations. It is more about embracing of authenticity and the letting go of trying to be someone or something that we are not. Nothing, absolutely nothing, about that message is mediocre. The author shares experiences like, “What if I never build an orphanage in Africa but send bags of groceries to people here and there and support a couple of kids through sponsorship. What if I just offer the small gifts I have to the world and let that be enough.” and “What if I don’t want to write a cookbook or build a six figure business or speak before thousands. But I write because I have something to say and I invest in a small community of women I care about and encourage them to love and care for themselves well.” as validating examples of mediocrity, when the truth of these actions is actually the opposite.

There is absolutely nothing about offering the gifts you have to the world that is mediocre. There is absolutely nothing about writing because you have something to say and something to share that is mediocre. To be mediocre, by definition means to be “of only moderate quality; not very good.” I am not a religious person by any means, but I wholeheartedly believe we humans were made in the likeness and image of God, and I have a really hard time finding anything mediocre about that, which tells me that even in our essence we cannot be mediocre.

You can both impact the world positively and make your life count in a seemingly small and slow way, please tell me you see the immense beauty and influence that has, because there is nothing about it that rings mediocre from my perspective. I’ll tell you this though, you cannot be a positive influence in any one person’s life and be living small. Here’s why, wanting and offering more for someone else is not a small minded desire or action, and that kind of unconditional compassion and fierce light working creates a ripple effect beyond your belief.

From being aware of that ripple effect, I know that I want to make waves and I know that you cannot do that by living small, but that doesn’t mean you cannot still be human and still have space to grow at your own pace. I respect each of you and each of your personal journeys very deeply. I need you to know how much power and true light you are giving away in accepting your gifts, whatever they may be, as something mediocre.

If it feels like you are living in a small way, I ask you warmly to acknowledge that you are not someone or something small. Embrace your power and influence, even if it doesn’t feel like it is that worldly relatable or impactful, because the reality is that every action you take from a heart centered space is one that will ripple out love and light into the world more than you can know. Each one of us was born with a beautiful power to consciously begin that ripple effect and impact the world in our own ways, and to live as if we cannot change things or be the light we wish to see is in denial of our true nature.

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign

Gaia Collective’s MoonBox is a Match Made in Full Moon Ritual Heaven // Review

Gaia Collective’s MoonBox is a Match Made in Full Moon Ritual Heaven // Review

As some of you may know, this past week there was a gorgeous Full Moon in Sagittarius. The energy was vibrant, super-inspiring, and like many full moons are it was a little bit intense. Now, I have written about how to work with the Lunar cycle a few times before on the blog, but I have never shared any products or anything that relates to your moon rituals or practices.

I find that a lunar practice or ritual is a very personal and often quite intuitive thing, and I have always maintained an unbiased place of encouragement and guidance with your full moon practice. Which should tell you, that the fact I am even talking about this service is a big deal for me and the blog.

 

A Review of Gaia Collective's MoonBox from the Spirit & Soul Blog
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The Gaia Collective MoonBox made this past full moon the best full moon practice I have ever had. And I am not laying it on thick or trying to be one of those bloggers that just loves products, because I am not that girl. The MoonBox was simply and simultaneously profoundly the cherry on top of my ritual this past month.

Not only was the box incredibly gorgeous, well put together and very intentionally thought out, it was also quite exciting and inspiring. The items I received were incredibly inspiring to my practice as well as nourishing for my mind, body, and spirit. Just opening the box and exploring what came with it this month was a treat, let alone bringing each divine little goody into my ritual of self-care and personal growth.

I can remember quite well saying, “Oh my goodness. I feel so special.” at least 5 times while opening the box, and that is something that isn’t extremely profound, but to have the small touches of extra abundance and to create such a luxurious richness within my experience really made my practice much more beautiful. It was such a blessing, because the shifts I had that night were a little bit intense and emotional, so to also have the balance and softness of the lovely products from the MoonBox was truly sweet.

I had a really lovely time of practicing my own self-care and personal growth while I shared a good portion of my ritual essentials on my instagram story and I’d love for you to see and get as in depth of a review of the MoonBox as possible. Below you’ll find some photos of the products I received this past month, along with what I thought of them!

 

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I was lucky to receive this month a beautiful turquoise choker necklace from Nabee Jewelry Design, a delicious strawberry tea blend that was perfect for the strawberry moon, a few gorgeous crystals, along with an essential oil blend for wearing and another for room energy clearing, and a bedtime dream tonic. Now, I am head over heels in love with nearly everything in this box. I say nearly everything because if I am being honest, there was one thing in the box that I didn’t use, and that was the bedtime lucid dreaming tonic, because honestly it kind of scared me a little.

I am so excited, happy, and grateful to say that Gaia Collective and I will be collaborating on a box together very soon! If you’d like to get your own Moon Box for the next full moon you can do that here. If you’re interested in what Gaia and I are collaborating on sign up for my newsletter here to get VIP access.

 

Happy Full Mooning!
Namaste
~Riley Reign

Redirect Yourself : How to Shift from Upset to Empowerment

Redirect Yourself : How to Shift from Upset to Empowerment

On the day I write this I have been feeling emotionally out of it. My trust in The Universe has been shaky. My balance between masculine and feminine energy has been, well, not balanced. My consistency with blogging and working toward my goals has been lackluster. I’ve been feeling resistance and resentment more than I’d like to, especially in the last 2 days. Looking at those realities is not easy. Accepting those realities is also not easy. And turning it all around can be even harder. This is the practice in spiritual practice. This is where the climb gets a little rocky and uneasy to navigate on the journey of life.

How to Shift from Upset to Empowerment from the Spirit & Soul blog

After watching some of this year’s Super Soul Sessions I’m here at the keyboard, writing the blog for this Friday. The blog I am writing is not the blog I have ‘scheduled’. This is the dance of doing the work and serving as best as I can. An hour ago I wrote a letter to The Universe and I was kind of blunt, a little angry if I’m being honest. I wrote that letter half to The Universe as a prayer and asking for help, and half to yell at myself for not being where I need to be. This journey, this self-improvement, lead the world to the light, be of the highest integrity at every moment possible journey is fucking hard. I wrote about how Danielle LaPorte teaches to embrace the mess of the journey in her latest book this past week, and here I am fumbling through my own mess.

As I move through my own test from The Universe I’m here to get real with myself, get vulnerable with you, and share my process of redirecting my energy so that even when I find myself out of alignment I can feel empowered and confident in the journey.

I’ve stepped into a huge challenge for myself, I am one of those people who catches the vision and is determined to make it happen. This blog is a part of my vision, as is rileyreign.co, as is writing books and being a speaker at a future Super Soul Sessions. I am in this for life. I’m not sure if that’s something I decided or something that just is a part of me, but it is either way. I tend to believe that I was made for this. Because of this journey I’ve chosen, there is a hell of a lot of growing, learning, and expanding to do. While this isn’t often physical work, it is work and it can become exhausting very fast.

I find that if I don’t keep up with it and keep up with self-care, I do get tired. This is when I get doubtful, scared, or untrusting in my Higher Power. While I feel like because of the path I have chosen I do not have time for that, the reality is that I need these moments. They fuel my growth, they teach me some of the biggest lessons, and they can become my most powerful moments of empowerment — if I allow them to be, and if I do the work so that they can be.

Acknowledge that you’re in a funk.

Doing the work to transmute the tired into the empowered and the fearful or untrusting into the confident and certain is not easy, but if you can manage it, it can become one of the most valuable practices. This work begins with recognizing when you’re out of it. If you cannot recognize when you’re not in alignment and not in your power, you won’t be able to move through these feelings in the first place.

Shift your focus.

Once I’ve taken note that I am mentally, energetically, and sometimes physically not where I want to be, I do something about it. It sounds simple, I know. That’s because it is. If you aren’t where you wish to be, you’ve got to move. Growth does not come from stagnancy, it comes from movement. So when I acknowledge that I am not feeling what I need to feel I do what it takes to change it. Today that became watching Super Soul Sessions, other days it is listening to Danielle LaPorte’s ‘Decide to Rise’ spoken word. This small right action into creating momentum of motion gets me inspired. Or at the very least, it reminds me that I need to get back to work. (see the super soul sessions that inspired this blog post here and here)

Reconnect with your Truth.

Ahhh, I can breathe now. Inspiration. Refreshed by a deep reminder of my intentions. Now that I have gotten back into a place of confidence I can begin the other steps it takes to redirect my energy from upset into empowerment. This often times for me turns into a short meditation, or a rekindling of my connection with my Higher Self. Light sourcing meditations, journaling, and listening to songs that remind me of my purpose are some go-to’s for me. (listen to the song I currently have on repeat as I type this here)

Now I remember who I am, what I am doing, and where I want to go. Often times I have learned my lesson for the week/month/day and I take some deep breaths to soak it in. And I get back to work. Today this resulted in a open, vulnerable, and refreshing blog. Yes, you guessed it, it’s the one you’re reading right now.

May this process of shifting your energy guide you out of discomfort and into empowerment.

How do you shake off your doubt, upset, or fear? Do you have a different practice for redirecting your focus and energy? Please share in the comments below if you feel called to offer your practice to others.

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign

 

Redefining Self-Help with Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth

Redefining Self-Help with Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth

I recently was gifted with the experience of reading Danielle LaPorte‘s new book, White Hot Truth, before it’s release to the world and thought I am a bit biased about Danielle and her work, this book is a MUST READ for any Self-Help lovers. White Hot Truth is not only a charming memoir like expression of Danielle and what she has learned along her journey, it also offers some lessons about self-improvement and spirituality that we often do not recognize or forget to honor.

 

Redefining Self-Help with Danielle LaPorte's White Hot Truth

 

White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another is about devotion, honor, and the white hot truth of how messy our journey’s can be. “Has your self-help become self-criticism? A wise and often hilarious exploration of the conflicts between spiritual aspiration and the compulsion to improve, from Oprah Super Soul 100 member, Danielle LaPorte.

Like a wise girlfriend you can totally relate to, Danielle cheerleads you to own your wisdom and self-worth by having a good laugh (and maybe a good cry) at the ways you’ve been trying to improve on your self-improvement. Rooted in compassion, feminism, and spiritual activism White Hot Truth is an intimate and (hilariously) relatable account of self-help tales gone wrong, and very right.” Amazon.com writes.

There are 2 books right now that I would recommend for someone wanting to deepen their work, and learn how to honor the experience, White Hot Truth is one of those 2. This book has taught me so much about self-work and how to flow within that process. White Hot Truth teaches this and more along each beautiful page.

Danielle expresses the importance of honoring how messy self-improvement and the spiritual journey to enlightenment can be. She shares personal experiences of how she honored herself and her process in trusting her intuition, and clearing her house of all healing crystals and metaphysical tools she had, because she needed to purify and cleanse from some un-desirable energy. All along the way, Danielle shares hilariously personal stories and moments of personal heartbreak and turmoil in a stunningly open and wise way.

White Hot Truth is strung along with Danielle’s iconic Truth Bombs that carry you throughout the book like the breeze of a spring day. It’s refreshingly inspirational and empowering. Danielle writes about how openness, unconditional loving kindness, and boundaries go hand in hand. Personally, this was one of the biggest gems that I took from the book. The principle was something I was already aware of, but White Hot Truth and some personal experiences I went through after reading the book really engrained this lesson in my heart.

The truth of the matter is, we’re all on the same path to this space of betterment (and those of us working toward enlightenment). The only things that differ us are our experiences, but our pains and struggles along the way are all rooted in the same lessons. Danielle shares this in a beautifully personal way throughout White Hot Truth.

Danielle also teaches in this book that there are times to pull away from the self-work. We can get so wrapped up in bettering ourselves and our lives that we forget to see how much beauty and light is already present. There is a time and place to just be where we are, to have deep gratitude where we are. To honor ourselves and have pride in how far we’ve come. There is a time to take a break, inhale some gratitude, watch a sunset, and then maybe we can get back to work tomorrow. Or next week.

White Hot Truth has become a manifesto or mantra of sorts for me. What is the White Hot Truth of the situation? What is my White Hot Truth in how I am feeling toward _____? Am I coming from a place of White Hot Truth? All of these questions and more come up within my life all of the time now, and this intention has created such a beautiful energy around my life and how I am honoring and expressing myself. /i journal with the prompt of these questions to reconnect to and ground into my truths. It reminds me of the core of my work, my life, how I react and choose to be present, and what my intention is for the life I lead.

White Hot Truth has hands down redefined self-help for me, and I know it can for you too. If you are open to the lessons and stories you will find a new trust and truth in your journey and how divinely perfect and humanly messy it is and will be at times.

You can get Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth here and here. Today (May 15th, 2017) is the last day to get the audio book for free, so if you want to dive into this book and the stunning audio from Danielle, you can find that here. Also, I highly highly recommend you join the White Hot Truth book club (you don’t even have to have the book!) here. You can also read more about how White Hot Truth changed my life here.

May your journey be yours.

Namaste
~Riley Reign

 

How To Live A More Aligned Life

How To Live A More Aligned Life

Alignment is such a beautiful beautiful thing when we find it and truly feel it. Today I am sharing a few keys on how to live a more aligned life so that you can experience more light, love, abundance, and much  more.

Before you can begin to live an enriching life of alignment, you must know your truths and allow yourself to be guided by them. Before you can experience alignment, you must live an authentic life. When you live from a place of authenticity you live in a way that is clear, honest, and true to you. This opens up the space for opportunities of alignment to truly arise.

How To Live a More Aligned Life from the Spirit & Soul Blog

The next crucial piece to creating a life of alignment, is to trust your intuition. To follow your intuition is to follow your own clear inner knowing. That is a very powerful thing, and it takes some courage to stand grounded in your intuitive certainty often times. Follow your intuition if you wish to experience a more aligned life. Especially when it seems really silly, weird, or somewhat unrealistic.

Do more of what you love is a quote for a reason, kids! To experience, create, and center your life into a more aligned state, something that I find get’s overlooked is what people are doing in their every-day lives. Do more of what feels good. Do more of what lights you up. Follow your truths and intuition more. Do more of what you love, and you will find more and more alignment in your life.

Change what you dislike. If we want to live our lives by design and not default, we must lean into our fear of change and do the very thing we are afraid of. Change what needs changing. What specifically feels unaligned in your life? If you can, change it. If you think you can’t, do your best to try. If you actually, truly can’t…

Release what you cannot change. If you do not have the power or the will to change something, the next step is to release it. When you let go, you are also opening up. And opening up means creating space. The Universe wants to fill that space with magic. Each individuals definition of magic is tailored, and this attracts aligned opportunities. What are you holding onto that you could let go so you can let something stunning in?

 

I hope you have enjoyed this piece! Please comment below what note you resonated with most, and why!
Namaste
~Riley Reign