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Week 4 – Self Care Retreat: Principles for smart living


This week (Monday, 1/24 at 9pm ET) we have a special telegathering with Iyanla Vanzant, New York Times bestselling author of a new book called, Peace From Broken Pieces.  You can send your questions to Iyanla by hitting reply to this newsletter – please put “telegathering” in the subject line.  To join us, call (646) 519-5883 and use pincode 2346#, promptly at 9pm ET.  You can get more info here.

We’ve just added this year’s Movers & Shakers and Writer’s Workshops to our schedule page.  They’ll both be held in New York and San Diego and you can get more info here.

I’m live on the radio this week (1/24 at 5pm ET/2pm PT) and you can listen by visiting  You can also call for laser coaching at (866) 254-1579.

Have a terrific week!



p.s. – Need a little Divine Direction? Use the “Touch of Grace” button on our homepage here.

Topic of the Week

Self Care Retreat

On Sunday, March 27th through the 31st I have the privilege of leading a very special retreat with Louise Hay, a beloved teacher and writer who has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.  This retreat will be held at Miraval Resort and Spa and is based, in part, on a book that Louise and I have been working on for the last few months called, You Can Trust Your Life. “This retreat is a combination of deep inner work, deep relaxation, and joyous fun,” Louise explained, as we planned the program.  “Everybody leaves five years younger.”  Sounds good to me!

Those of you who have joined me at Miraval for past retreats know it’s a life-changing event.  Miraval itself is a very special place.  The resort rests in the beauty of the desert, the food is healthy and delicious, the bodyworkers are true healers, and the energy of the place creates transformational changes in and of itself.  There are a few rooms left and if you’d like to join us, you can get more info here.

It’s been an extraordinary experience to spend time with an elder who has had such a profound influence on the self-help movement.  Louise is a woman who walks her talk and each conversation with her is a gift.  This week, I’d like to share a bit of her wisdom with you…

Keep it simple. I can’t tell you the number of times Louise has said, “I like to keep things simple.  Simple is good.”  Whether it’s creating an affirmation, making changes to how you eat, or adding a new, good-feeling habit to your day, Louise knows from years of experience that it’s small, simple steps taken over time, that lead to big, long lasting change. When in doubt, choose simplicity as your guiding principle.

Stop giving your precious energy to things that make you feel bad.  Isn’t it amazing how often we find ourselves ruminating about what isn’t working in life?  You might be obsessing about a painful exchange you had with someone, an upsetting email, or a task that needs to be done – one you’d rather avoid.  Rarely does Louise give much energy to anything negative.  She shifts her attention very quickly and focuses on how to bring good to a situation.  Remember, you’re an energy transmitter and receiver.  Be sure you’re sending out the kind of signal you’d like to get back #x1F600; .

When faced with a problem, challenge or crisis, use your mind to fix it first.  The very first thing to do when dealing with a difficult situation is to create an affirmation that reflects what you most want to have happen.  Then, repeat it several times throughout the day.  Say it to yourself while in the shower, while driving in the car, or every time you think about the issue.  Use your tendency to focus on what isn’t working as a trigger.  The moment you catch yourself feeling bad or thinking about a problem, choose thoughts that move you in a better direction.  Pretty soon you’ll find yourself doing it automatically and, as a result, life will get better.

Fill your mind with goodness and good will prevail.  In keeping with this theme, I wanted to give you an update on our “good-stuff” giveaway plan.  We’ve created a private, online sign up form for you to fill out so you can become eligible to receive a gift.  Please be assured that this information will only be used for this purpose:  to spread a little joy around the world.  Every now and then I’ll choose someone at random from the list and send a surprise #x1F600;.  You can sign up here.

Have a happy week!

Take Action Challenge

Simple, simple, simple.  This week, implement one principle from above with a small step and notice how your experience during the day shifts.  Start with a little energy boost from this week’s video…

Patti sent this link with a note that read: “I believe this falls into the category of dance hard, badly, and often … and sing way too loud in the car!” You’ll find this week’s video here.  Thanks, Patti!

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