The Good Fight

The world is a frenetically energetic, wildly daring place. As we glide from grain to chaotic grain, we get stuck in the knots of drama. Forgetting to breathe, we miss the opportunities within the grain — the places where we foster peace.

Late last week, I found myself once again preparing to “fight the good fight.” Sanding down the uneven boards in the world floor even when I do not have the right tools or the am not even invited into the house with buckled floors. I forget that I have no control over the outcome of much of what impacts me. Instead of being a change agent, I get twisted in the drama. My fight is less about good and more about being reactionary.

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Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa assists clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

An Oasis of Peace in an Uncertain World

I want to be an oasis of peace, but the kudzu of fear-fueled reaction twines around my being. I am anything but peace. Will ever eradicate the kudzu root of fear that has burrowed deep into the ground of my being? Will I ever be an oasis of nonviolence and peace in the world? Perhaps the better question is, “Will I ever cultivate an oasis of peace in myself?”  Because, really, if I cannot be peace inside myself, I cannot be peace in the world.

Gandhi believes, “We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in our thoughts, words, and deeds.” Even believing this… read more

 

Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa assists clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

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Imperfect in an Uncertain

If we believe that practice makes perfect, we forget that life isn’t about becoming perfect — it is about developing a practice of living from our authentic core. When we consciously engage in practice, our actions become outward reflections of our internal life.

Inward focused practice includes meditation, journaling, creating art, or other contemplative exercises. Outward focused practice occurs in every moment as we listen to our internal voice, recognize the messiness of life, and respond from our authentic core. Through practice we recognize how our imperfections hijack our life. Instead of blaming or shaming  imperfect actions, we choose to reframe those reactions into responses. Read more…

Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa assists clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

Catching The Compassion

’Tis the season: cloudy skies, cold breezes, and lots of malaise. One malaise settling over the world is suffering. Dodging right. Feinting left. Moving down the middle. Splat! I am caught. But, I haven’t caught the malaise. I am catching the compassion, the alleviator of suffering.

Catching the Compassion brings questions to my cloudy mind: Will I be (read the blog…)

 

Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa assists clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

The Older Unity: Connect Body/Mind/Spirit/Heart

We disconnect in real time. Instead of interacting in the moment face-to-face, we post to Facebook, tweet, engage others through Instagram, text, email.

We may believe that we are engaging on deep levels, but as we increase our cyber interactions, connecting from our authentic core diminishes. Our relationships are one dimensional. While we interact with others mentally, these connections are superficial — we do not connect body, mind, spirit, and heart.

Thomas Merton was right that “we have forgotten an older unity.” But, our interactions are more than forgetting…read more…

Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa offers Neural Synchrony™ sessions to assist clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

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Clarity & the Cloak of White Silence

The world is cloaked in white silence. It clings to the branches quieting the noise in my soul. No birds chirping. No animals scampering. Even squirrel is warm and cozy hidden from the white silence. Standing at least six feet from the cold seeping window pane, I crane my neck to watch the swirling white land upon a gray world. The monochrome world of silence echoes quiet uncertainty.

The world is silent, and so am I. With clarity, I hear the ramblings of my internal monologue; feel my struggle to catch even a pinprick point of light. Oh, my soul yearns for the silent beating of the mid spring sun and the rains that soak the earth giving birth to the colors of spring. With the clarity offered by this white silence, I capture sparks of wisdom. These elusive flickers becomes the grace that births my reframe.

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Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa assists clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

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Live Fully in 2018: Detangle Illusion

 January…a time for living out those resolutions. Did you know that about 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions? The other 92% of us are most likely unaware of what is stopping us from being our best authentic self. What if we could flip those numbers? What is there was a way for 92% of us to be resolution stable? The way to successfully be resolution actualized lies on the journey to being our authentic self.

The first days of each year have become a time for beginnings— new year, new way. But, what if instead of focusing on becoming a newer, better version of our self, we turn our attention to those things that have us in a stranglehold — those things that stop us from being who we truly are? We often allow the illusions inherent in our dreams, our relationships, our work to define us instead of allowing our dreams, relationships, and life work (which may have nothing to do with what pays our bills) to flow from our authentic core.

Instead of getting tangled…read more

Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa offers Neural Synchrony™ sessions to assist clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

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Non-Violence: Return to the Older Unity

All around me I find opportunities to react — to think thoughts tinged with judgment, to say hurtful things, to act defensively. So many situations in which I am given a choice – to can act upon growing fear or find ways to be courageous. A new world of growing uncertainty is filled with fear and triggers of anger.

How do we acknowledge our fears while confronting the tumultuous vortex of uncertainty? By living from a nonviolent stance. We do not wake up one morning having shed our violent tendencies. Nonviolence is cultivated through objectivity. As an objective observer we practice non-attachment, non-judgment, and non-defensive behavior. These 3nons are not negative; rather, when coupled with the 4non, non-violence, they are ways of being in the neutral, middle ground.  Read more…

Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa offers Neural Synchrony™ sessions to assist clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

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Bring Intent to Action: Hope, Courage, & Curious Daring

Outside my window is a squirrel leaping from barren branch to barren branch seemingly unfazed by the fact that the greenery is gone and winter is moments away. Exposed to the wintery elements, he springs from one limb to the next. I am amazed that he keeps his balance. For Squirrel, courage and curious daring are inherent in each movement. He lives within the possibilities of his world.

Squirrel does not stop his playful exploration because the world is gray and the air is nippy. He scampers from tree to tree, rustles through the dry leaf carpet, and steadfastly climbs spindly tree trunks. He is the master of living in the moment whether that moment is one of abundance or adversity.  I wonder if he laughs at the antics of humans.

I am curious — does he have an actual destination as he catapults from one branch to the next and then scampers down the side of a tree? Read more…

Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa offers Neural Synchrony™ sessions to assist clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

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Create Your 2018 Intent: Love, Joy, & Hope

The days shorten. We edge closer to the end of the year. There is more darkness than light. It is that time of the year when we wake to a darkened window and drive home with our lights on. We are in the dark, barren time of the year.

Yet, in the darkness of winter are celebrations of light. We share love, joy, and hope with loved ones, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. Our bodies crave the light that our mind, spirit, and heart know — within the darkness are opportunities to live fully. We have only to intentionally experience love, joy, and hope.

Perhaps we are not even (read more…)

Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, is a Mindful Coach, Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, Professional Speaker, and Author who weaves her inner wisdom into all she touches. Vanessa offers Neural Synchrony™ sessions to assist clients in navigating their life paths with intuition. Her books are A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships and Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action. Contact Vanessa @ vanessa@intentandaction.com for keynotes, programs, and consultations.

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