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How to Create Your Self-Improvement Practice

How to Create Your Self-Improvement Practice

It seems to be more than just a trend these days to follow a path of self-improvement or personal-development, but what’s all the fuss about? The importance of being authentic and of integrity is becoming more and more valuable, and I think this both influences and is inspired to grow by the “self-help” niche and lifestyle. This blog is for anyone looking to begin their journey toward their highest potential, but before we start, I want to make sure we get your intentions aligned.

This kind of personal work should never be started from a place of comparison or trying to boost the Ego. If you wish to begin a practice of self-improvement, please have your intentions in alignment. Do not begin this work from a place of, “I want to better myself so I can get attention from others around me.” but instead from a mindset of, “I want to better myself, for myself. I want to see how much I can grow.” If you come from a space of the latter, your expectations of the process and the reality of the process will likely not be what you originally wanted.

Self-Improvement

Now that your intentions are sorted, let’s chat about what your practice may look like. This begins with one key: your practice will not look like everyone else’s. Your experiences and lessons will be personal, tailored to you and what you need to learn, when you need to learn it. You may follow an incredibly creative space of self-improvement, you may be more inspired by a very spiritual side of things, or you may be super practical and impactful with your practice (I see Tony Robbins vibes with this one). You might explore meditation, healing crystals, and energy work, or you might dive into the creative process and how to maximize your creativity, or maybe perhaps you’ll explore mindfulness techniques and lessons of compassion.

Let your journey be just what it is… Yours.

So how do you start a life project like this? WHERE do you start?! “There are so many books, speakers, thought leaders, seminars, events, and courses I don’t know what would be best for me!” I can see your concern already. Here’s the best advice I have to offer you. Start simple. Be intentional. Trust your intuition.

You do know what you need the most, you do know who you want to learn with and from first, and you know what will be the simplest first step for you on your personal journey. Honor it all.

If you’re just starting out, don’t go listen to Abraham (Hicks) about manifestation or the Universe… unless you know in your heart of hearts that that’s what you need and will benefit most from in your journey right now.  If you’re a reader, start with a book. If you’re more visual, head to youtube right now! If you like hands on learning, it’s time to get to one of those amazing events you’ve probably had on your vision board at least once in the last 1o years.

A few mindful tips before you begin…

  1. Be gentle!
    Be gentle with yourself on this journey and throughout this process. Do not speak to yourself in a way that you wouldn’t speak to your best friend. Yes, you most definitely need to be real with yourself when you aren’t showing up in the way(s) you may need or want to. At the same time, support yourself. Allow yourself to be supported. Be gentle with yourself, because this is hard work, and you deserve to be your own cheerleader.
  2. Know when to push yourself.
    You’ll know when you aren’t doing what you need to be doing to experience the growth and results you desire. Which means, you’ll know when to push yourself. All while remaining supportive.
  3. Everything happens in Divine Timing.
    If you’re really struggling with something, or when you feel like you’ve hit a wall, just know that everything happens in Divine Timing. You are exactly where you need to be in your journey at all times, even if it really feels terribly sucky. You will get where you need to go, and if you aren’t there yet it may be because the timing isn’t quite right yet. Be patient.
  4. Always be open.
    To learn properly, you must be open. To retain that lesson and apply it to your big beautiful life, you must be open. You may be uncomfortable, pushed out of your comfort zone, and you still must do your absolute best to stay as open as you can. Both energetically, and mindfully.

 

Some tools that may help you start off on the right foot or get super charged inspired:

If you already have a self-improvement practice, sound off in the comments below and share with us how this has changed your life for the better! If you don’t have a practice yet, but are excited to start, share with us what you’re most excited to (hopefully) learn on this path.

Enjoy your journey!!!

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

 

3 Ways to Claim Your Power

3 Ways to Claim Your Power

Before we jump into this post, I owe it to my regulars to give a little update on why I have been kind of M.I.A. lately and that reason would be — I have been pouring most of my vibrant loving, creative energy and excitement into my brand new personal website rileyreign.co! This is where you can find my freelance writing info, and learn about working with me on a personal level with an intuitive mentoring session. The site launched this past Monday and has been such an exciting whirlwind of magic.

Now that we’ve gone over that little bit of info, let’s jump in!

We often times don’t realize, but we give away our personal power on a daily basis and it is totally unnecessary! With a little bit of mindfulness and awareness we can prevent this, and reclaim our power when we notice that we’ve given it away. This post is all about how to do both of those things, in a really gentle but impactful way! Welcome to my top 3 ways to claim (or reclaim) your power.

3 Ways To Claim Your Power from The Spirit & Soul Blog

Simple Mindfulness

This tool is a sneak peek into my 10 day course Acknowledge Your Power.

Being aware and mindful is such a huge part of any spiritual or personal growth practice. Take your power back by simply being mindful of what/who affects it and when. Take a breath in the space of that moment, say a mantra if you wish. ‘I am compassion.’, ‘I am understanding.’, ‘I am protected.’, ‘I control the energy of this situation and I choose _______.” are some great power packed mantras.

 

Cutting Chords

Chord cutting is something you can do to reclaim your power when you recognize where you’ve given it up, more specifically regarding relationships. This is when you ceremonially/ritually sever an energetic chord that is within your aura, or energetic body. These chords or ties are usually connected between 2 people specifically, and you may have this occurence with more than 1 person in your life.

Here are some amazing resources for Chord Cutting guidance:
Pinterest Ideas
Youtube Guided Meditation for Chord Cutting

 

Manifesting Positivity

This is another tool that you’re likely to find (or have previously seen) in my course Acknowledge Your Power.

“Where attention goes, energy flows.” When you can focus on positivity you will very literally manifest more of such in your everyday life.

When you are in a space of amplifying and curating positivity in your life, please remember to protect your energy. That can mean just being aware of what you allow to hold weight in a day to day practice, or you use something like the bubble tool, healing crystals, or energetic boundaries (if you are an essential oil user, Melaleuca is the emotional oil of Energetic Boundaries, that may be able to assist you in some way) to protect you.

Have you tried any of these tools before? If so, what was your experience like, and how do you feel you could use the tools again in your life right now? If you haven’t yet used one of these tools but plan to, share in the comments below so this community can help support you and hold you accountable. I so look forward to hearing what you can share about your personal journey!

 

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