Sometimes these emotional states can manifest in subtle ways, but still keep you wound-up, tight, and a tad defensive. Sometimes they arise as an irresistible force, sucking you into drama and distress.
That’s how it is when troublesome thoughts and unpleasant emotions are in command. At times, your life feels out of control, confusing, and chaotic. Or you may go numb instead and listlessly go through the motions of daily life.
All the while, you’re probably longing for the sweetness, joy, and love that pervades a happy mindset. You just don’t know how to subdue the static and bring alive these positive qualities instead.
It doesn’t have to be like this!
Instead, you can learn to see, release, and replace difficult thoughts and emotions with positive ones. That's called self-sovereignty, self-governing, or self-mastery.
People sometimes associate the word “self-mastery” with being cold, restrained, or rigid. That’s not self-mastery at all; that’s repression.
True self-mastery lightens your heaviness, liberates your tightness, and frees your joy. Self-mastery isn't about controlling, denying, or suppressing. Instead, you use self-awareness to see what appears in your mind, allow more space so it's less disturbing, and develop your capacity to release it. And, you use your conceptual mind to question your unhelpful mental patterns and emotional drains.
Self-mastery means taking an active role in your own growth, reclaiming your life from unwanted demands and limiting inner beliefs, and being in charge of your world: your choices, your responses, your vision, and your direction.
So many readers have told me they feel dominated by difficult thoughts and emotions. So I've created this circle for heart-centered women who want to take back the reins of their life. Every month I create a new Joyful Wisdom Guide for members of the Circle to help you overcome these pesky states of mind and live your full potential. The Joyful Wisdom Guide offers a unique transformational process, which delves deep but moves at a relaxed paced.
Each Joyful Wisdom Guide is thoughtfully designed to help you:
The Joyful Wisdom Guide is not about "sexy" or "epic" or "big." It's about being true to your essence, whatever that means for you - from leading a quiet life to dancing in the bright lights.
At the beginning of each month, you’ll receive a new Joyful Wisdom Guide which includes:
You can sign up at any time during the month and receive the current month's guide. You'll also have access to:
The guides are 15-20 pages in length (1.5 spacing) in a downloadable PDF format - a substantial amount of material to support you for a full month, organized into sections for easy reading and engagement. You can print each guide out and absorb it immediately or read and apply it in small chunks over the month. You'll be able to return to each Guide as often as you would like - they are useful reminders.
In order to develop self-mastery, you'll need to regularly work with the prompts, exercises, and tools provided each month. This isn't magic, but it can sometimes feel magical. There's something especially powerful about setting an intention and focusing as a group though we may live all across the globe. Our energy as a group will support and amplify your efforts, even if you choose not to participate in the Facebook group.
Self-mastery is a life-long endeavor. But as you engage with the ideas and suggestions in these letters, you’ll have bursts of insights, moments of triumph, and tastes of emotional freedom. Success will build upon success. Challenging states of mind will slowly lose their hold on you, making space for more joy, confidence, and freedom.
If you would like a gentle and systematic way to transform your stuck patterns, challenging habits, and false beliefs and instead thrive, please join my intimate, inner circle. I strive to provide an ambiance of love, encouragement, and support. Let’s explore together what it means to live authentically with self-awareness, compassion, and joy.
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I would love for you to join us! I'll be working right alongside you, exploring the same theme each month and looking more deeply within myself too.
These are the themes we've covered so far. When you sign up, you'll have access to the archive so you can download these Guides too and read the previous discussions in the Joyful Wisdom Circle if you wish.
I've been study and practicing Buddhism for more than 20 years. I enjoy sharing its universal principles that are applicable to all, whatever your background, faith, or absence thereof. I've guided hundreds of beginners through online courses on mindfulness, meditation and loving-kindness for more than 10 years. I’ve also completed an in-depth 3-year training program in mindfulness and meditation at the Institute of Wisdom and Compassion.
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Do I have to wait until the beginning of the month to join?
No, you can join at any time during the month. Once you make your payment, you'll have access to previous letters in the archive and will be added (on your request) to the Joyful Wisdom Circle so you can participate in the discussions there.
What if I get easily overwhelmed?
I've designed this process to be low key. You'll receive one substantial letter each month that you can digest at your own pace. For example, the first letter was divided in the three parts, so you could read one a week if you so desired. I also facilitate one conversation thread each week in the Joyful Wisdom Circle so you won't be overwhelmed by daily conversations, although you are welcome to post there any time.
Why are you charging for this?
The Joyful Wisdom Letter isn't a newsletter. It's a gentle, but deep dive into positive personal change, offering specific methods for transforming negative thoughts, emotions, and patterns and cultivating positive qualities in their place.
In addition, when you participate in the Joyful Wisdom Circle, you'll receive personal guidance from me in response to your insights, reflections, and questions as well as support and encouragement from other members in the group. The fee is nominal for what you'll receive.
Do I have to participate in the Facebook group?
Participation in the Facebook group is optional. Each monthly guide is a treasury of insight, knowledge, and guidance on its own.