Inspired Life Video: Carrots, Eggs or Coffee Beans


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In life we are confronted with breakdowns, challenges and adversity.  While these circumstances can stop us in our tracks it is our reaction to them that determines if we are victorious or victimized.  While we cannot control circumstance we do have the power to choose our response.  This is truly where our power lies.

Arielle Fords’ video, Carrots, Eggs or Coffee Beans is a powerful message offering you a choice when faced with adversity.

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What insights did this video spark in you?


Inspired Life Message: Follow Your Heart


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Steve Jobs’ words continue to capture my attention.  This morning I read a post on The Abundance of Love Blog that included a Steve Jobs quote:

Almost everything – all external expectations all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.  Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.  You are already naked.  There is no reason not to follow your heart.

As I read and re-read this quote, I hear the words swirling around my mind:  Do I have the courage to follow my heart?  Do I have the courage to stand tall, to claim my space and to embody more deeply than ever before:

I Am a Beacon of Love in the World.
I Am the Worlds Greatest Lover.
And since I Am and We Are One then,
You Are a Beacon of Love in the World.
You Are the Worlds Greatest Lover.
We Are Love.
This Is Our Birthright.
Claim it today.

In the presence of the of Death – what is your hearts’ desire?

Photo: Rizzuti

Inspired Life Thoughts


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As I drove to the supermarket this morning I listened to the last few minutes of Steve Jobs 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford.  (Watch the video).  Tears filled my eyes, and I was initially surprised.

I was reminded of my first Apple Computer that I excitedly took out of the box in 1984 feeling way out of my comfort zone learning to use it.

As as I sit here writing my fingers are dancing across the keyboard of my Mac and my iPhone is nearby.  As much as these gadgets are part of my daily life it is the closing words of the commencement address that were echoing in my mind today.  Quoting the back cover of the final edition of The Whole Earth Catalog, Steve Jobs said, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”

So for the past few hours I have been thinking about what these words mean for me.  Staying hungry reminds me that while life on Earth is finite, as long as I am alive having a hunger to live on purpose, to share my gifts, talents, skills and abilities and to continually deepen and expand my capacity to give and receive love that I will actually be nourished.  Staying foolish reminds me that to follow the wisdom of my heart and to allow the beat of my drum opens the door to possibility, wonder and the infinite creative resources of the universe.

So today I honor Steve Jobs and through his example I am inspired to be the very best me I can be and take to heart his words, “Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Photo by: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Inspired Life Interview: What Are You Waiting For?


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Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Kristen Moeller on her blogtalk radio program:  What Are You Waiting For?  Kristen is a best selling author of Waiting for Jack:  Confessions of a Self Help Junkie:  How to Stop Waiting and Start Living Your Life and the creator of the Author Your Brilliance™ Mentoring Program

What Are You Waiting For? is a dynamic conversation with expert guests from all over the country who have demonstrated a talent for being a fierce disruption of ordinary in their own lives and the world. Our conversation focuses on my experience as a writer.

Whether or not you are a writer or an aspiring writer, if you have a dream that, at times, feels bigger than you – our conversation is bound to inspire you.

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Sharing the Inspired Life


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I don’t know about you, but I need as many reminders as I can get to keep me focused and centered on living my inspired life.  I wear a bracelet that belonged to my Mom and feel her loving presence with me.  I have photos on my iPhone of my family and friends and when I see those pictures I automatically burst into a smile from the inside out.  And my house is filled with special things that evoke the experience of love and peace within me.

Susyn at the East West Bookstore

Since September 13th I have had the additional advantage of sharing my new book, The Inspired Life, at book signings and speaking engagements.  At each event I’ve been reading from the book and talking about what it means to live an inspired life:

  • to be awake to our thoughts and feelings
  • to cultivate a loving and accepting relationship with ourselves
  • to use breakdowns as stepping stones to breakthroughs
  • to understand our co-creative partnership with the Greater Field of Life
  • to unleash our mind’s capacity for joy
Graham, Rudy & Caitlin

In addition to having the opportunity to hear my thoughts, I have the honor of listening to the questions and insights of the people present.  For instance last Wednesday, September 28th I gave a presentation at The East West Bookstore in Mountain View, CA (if you are in the area, stop by – this is a Fabulous place) and I was deeply moved by the openness of the participants to share about their challenges in living their inspired life vision.  The questions they asked were powerful:

  • How do I sustain an inspired life when I am surrounded by people who are negative and always complaining? (Consciously create a community of support.)
  • How do I cultivate a loving relationship with myself when I often feel unworthy and unloved? (Acknowledge yourself for being aware of your self-sabotaging thoughts, then choose a new thought.)
  • How do I discover my inspired life vision? (Answer the question, Who would I be and what would I do if I new I could not fail?)

I have written my brief responses in parentheses – these are a few of the questions that are addressed in The Inspired Life. I would love to hear your thoughts, so post your comments and join the conversation.


Inspired Life Action: Love Yourself


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Do you want to meet the love of your life?
Look in the mirror.

Byron Katie
Loving What Is:  Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

Did you know that your relationship with yourself serves as the blueprint for all your relationships?

Loving yourself is not an indication of arrogance, vanity, narcissism or self-importance. Actually it is just the opposite, loving yourself is an expression of respect, appreciation and gratitude for the magnificent, creative and glorious human being you are.

Think about this: Have you ever experienced a sense of awe, delight and wonder in the presence of a newborn or infant. They are a bundle of love – bringing a smile to your face just by being in their presence.They are filled with curiosity – as they discover their fingers and toes and then the world around them. You were once like this – whole in body-mind-spirit. Free of judgments about yourself. loving yourself.  (Read More and complete the How to Love Yourself Exercise)

Join me on Wednesday October 5, 2012
8:00pm eastern time & 5:00pm pacific time

Loving Yourself University Teleseminar:
Developing a Loving Yourself Relationship
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Inspired Life Question: What Stops You?


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What is stopping you from living your inspired Life?

What beliefs do you have about yourself, others and life that keep you stuck while you are yearning to live your heartsong?

Post your response.
The first 3 people to post will get a free 30-minute coaching session with me.

Photo:  Salvatore Vuono/

The Inspired Life: Books Inc. Book Signing


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Last night was a special treat for me.  Not only did I have the opportunity to introduce people to my new book, The Inspired Life – I got to share this experience with my step-daughter, Maya (truly the daughter of my heart) and my grandchildren, Solange and Rhone.

My book signing was at Books Inc. in Alameda, CA.  If you have never been to Alameda it is a wonderful town and if you love bookstores Books Inc. is a book lovers paradise.

I was inspired even before I began to speak when Jerry Thompson, the Events Manager, introduced me by reading a poem he had written.  My heart was happy as I listened to him describe me.

It was a treat to hear who I am through the eyes of a person who had only met me through my the words I’ve written.  Thank you, thank you, thank you Jerry.

I have more signings scheduled,  So check my schedule and if are in the area, and love bookstores, join me.

Inspired Life Message: How to Live Before You Die


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Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Steve Jobs
2005 Stanford Commencement Address

If today was the last day of your life, what would you be doing?

I’m Inspired By: Ryan Weiss


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I’m always a bit awestruck when I meet someone and we immediately feel connected – as though our meeting is a continuation of a long ago bond.  This is the feeling I felt the moment I met Ryan.  While I’m 62 and he’s 26 we share a view of life and the world that is rooted in a deep spiritual connection with the Divine Loving Energy of the Universe and a commitment to open our hearts to continually evolve our capacity to give and receive love.

In this time of a major shift in consciousness that is occurring in every corner of the world I am filled with hope for the future when I am in the presence of people of Ryan’s generation who are committed to being the change they wish to see in the world.  And at the same time I clearly see that,  in my lifetime, consciousness has and is evolving – the commitment to act on the desire to be of service, to see our time on Earth as a precious gift, to honor the power of community and to acknowledge our co-creative partnership with the Greater Field of Life is expanding every day.

Ryan inspires me in so many way – one of which is reminding me that we each have a vital role in the paradigm shift of consciousness to a more loving world that is enveloping our world.  So I am thrilled to introduce Ryan to you and in the weeks and months to come I invite you to join our conversation.

Susyn: What does living an inspired life mean to you?

Ryan:  Living an inspired life means Knowing who I am.  This is a  deep, profound Knowing that I am not Ryan my personality, I am not Ryan’s things, his body, his job, his relationships, his failures or successes. I am Spirit, Energy, Source, Divinity. In this rememberance, I honor Ryan, my physical expression, for allowing Me to have a human experience. The is an inspired experience, an inspired life.

Susyn: In your daily life, how do you nourish your inspired life?

Ryan: Nourishing my inspired life is a constant commitment. It begins with prayer and meditation upon waking, being grateful for all that I have, Knowing that everything I experience – everything I have – is a gift through my co-creative partnership with God. Ultimately the best nourishment comes in the moments that I find myself pulled off center, off the gratitude – feeling victimized by the circumstances before me.  In these moments I get to remind myself who I really am by placing one hand on my heart and asking, “What would LOVE do now?”

Susyn:  What is your biggest challenge in living an inspired life and how do you approach this challenge?

Ryan:  The biggest challenge is “being” human! Being a human is a tough job! I approach this challenge again with a reminder that I am Spirit having a human experience. For a while, I tried to “know” this on an intellectual level.  Then, something clicked and I could FEEL the truth of who I am. I believe this came with faith, commitment and an open heart. Once we choose to know our truth, then the real work begins as we are present to our experiences, relationships and all the circumstances of life with an open heart – continually deepening and expanding our capacity to be beacons of love.  This work does not cease, and it begins to no longer feel like work, it now feels like love and life.

Susyn:  Who/What has influenced you in living your inspired life?

Ryan:  Community has proven to be the foundation that has supported me in living an inspired life. I surround myself with beautiful people who also KNOW who they are. We get to serve as constant reminders for each other. When I experience a lack of love for myself (some version of “I am not enough”) someone in the community always shows up to be the love reflected back at me.

Susyn, you have most influenced me with your constant stream of love. You create space for me to work things out and get back to my center. And I commend myself, for once the student was ready, the teacher (you, Susyn) appeared.

Susyn:  What are you working on now?

Ryan:  Service. Commitment to service. I believe we are here to love and serve. My service has shown up as a Creative Counseling business. I guide my clients through their creative blocks and resistance into their creative flow.  Through our work whatever block may appear becomes a stepping stone on their path to fulfilling their dream. Universal lessons that shows up in our creative work  that enrich lives.  I am honored to help others on their path.

Susyn:  What words of wisdom do you have for someone who desires to live their inspired life vision?

Ryan:  REMEMBER WHO YOU REALLY ARE. There is a reason we refer to sex as “making love”. In making love, my parents made me, therefore, who I really am is LOVE. So, now that I know I am LOVE, and I am here to love and be love, then all I need to do is be myself.

Learn more about Ryan’s Creative Counseling