Living by Design Tips

A Treasure Map! V20, #18

A Treasure Map! V20, #18

A Treasure Map! by Leslie Sann “When our inner vision opens, our horizons expand.” ~ Louise Hays In a recent newsletter I suggested you create a Living Vision. This week I’m encouraging you to make your vision even MORE powerful. Over the next few weeks, begin to look...

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Different Than What You Imagined, V20, #17

Different Than What You Imagined, V20, #17

Different Than What You Imagined by Leslie Sann "Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose." ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross There is a story about a man who was in an area where the river was about to overflow....

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Do You Have Vision? V20, #16

Do You Have Vision? V20, #16

Do You Have Vision? by Leslie Sann A vision without action is a day dream.  Action without vision is a nightmare. ~ Chinese Proverb Here we are, in the midst of corona chaos and social unrest. Yay! We get to refresh the page and look at the future anew; if we choose....

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Another Way to Pray, V20, #15

Another Way to Pray, V20, #15

Another Way to Pray by Leslie Sann Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.~ Carl Jung I’d like to suggest an unconventional way to pray, it’s called creating a Living Vision. The definition of pray: (verb) to make a request to a god or...

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By Your Design, V20, #14

By Your Design, V20, #14

By Your Design by Leslie Sann We are all in this alone together. ~ David Allen 23andMe is a company best known for providing a direct-to-consumer genetic testing service. It is based on the foundation that all of us are linked by a shared thread — DNA.  Genetically we...

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Life Happens: Now What? V20, #13

Life Happens: Now What? V20, #13

Life Happens: Now What? by Leslie Sann Sometimes things in life happen that allow us to understand our priorities very clearly. Ultimately you can see those as gifts. — Mariska Hargitay “The Corona Phenomena” has shaken us out of our complacency, disturbed our comfort...

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May the Force be with You, V20, #12

May the Force be with You, V20, #12

May the Force be with You by Leslie Sann Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. ~ Yoda By the way, I heard they found the guy who started all this Corona Chaos. His name is Ah Choo. Okay I know you are...

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Care as Important as Cure, V20, #11

Care as Important as Cure, V20, #11

Care as Important as Cure by Leslie Sann Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.Our children will thank us for it.~ Abdu Sharkawy Recently I attended a professional seminar with the focus on grieving. We were shown a movie, A Good Death, that I found touching as...

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Go Home, V20, #10

Go Home, V20, #10

Go Home by Leslie Sann There is no place like home. ~ Dorothy Most of us are sheltering in place which essentially means staying at home. We are being told to go home. Home is considered a sanctuary —  a place of refuge.      Home to me is a place of peace. I carry it...

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Building Immunity, V20, #09

Building Immunity, V20, #09

Building Immunity by Leslie Sann Optimal functioning of the immune system, it turns out, is dependent upon feeling good. ~ Marcey Shapiro In Chinese medicine they believe in building up your chi (life force energy) so that it is stronger and more resilient than is the...

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It Doesn’t Matter, V20, #08

It Doesn’t Matter, V20, #08

It Doesn't Matter by Leslie Sann Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. ~ John C. Maxwell There are all sorts of reasons flying around for the experience we are having. A TED talk suggested that the more we encroach on the animal kingdom, the...

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Choosing to be the Calm in the Midst of a Storm, V20, #07

Choosing to be the Calm in the Midst of a Storm, V20, #07

Choosing to be the Calm in the Midst of a Storm by Leslie Sann Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts. ~ Dr. Abdu Sharkawy  Life is doing what it does, yet again. This time we are ALL facing the same situation, and we each have the same choices. How are we going to...

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Which People Are You? [V20, #06]

Which People Are You? [V20, #06]

Which People Are You? by Leslie Sann I used to be Snow White, but I drifted. ~Mae West Life is neutral. Our circumstances are impersonal. The personal part is how we participate. How we choose to relate to the situation. The way we interpret an occurrence is the...

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The Elephant and the Ant [V20, #05]

The Elephant and the Ant [V20, #05]

The Elephant and the Ant by Leslie Sann Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. ~Wayne Dyer Insanity is holding onto thinking that doesn’t match reality. Then we argue with reality because it doesn’t...

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Problems are Good for You [V20, #04]

Problems are Good for You [V20, #04]

Problems are Good for You by Leslie Sann You are here to solve problems from a loving consciousness. ~John-Roger The above quote landed in my inbox and I wondered, can life be that simple? In hindsight, I see my life has been a series of problems that I, based on...

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Crunchy [V20, #03]

Crunchy [V20, #03]

Crunchy by Leslie Sann I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton Life IS upsetting and that is a GOOD thing. How else can we grow and expand? When the snake is shedding its skin I...

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Breathing Into Peace [V20, #02]

Breathing Into Peace [V20, #02]

Breathing Into Peace by Leslie Sann I keep trying to catch up with my breath while my breath patiently waits for me to slow down. ~ Martha Ringer Conscious breathing is a powerful, soothing influence. We use the breath to call ourselves present into peace. Calming...

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Willingness [V20, #01]

Willingness [V20, #01]

Willingness by Leslie Sann Willingness opens the door to all life's possibilities.~ Byron Katie Here we are at the beginning of the year — an arbitrary measuring device. How do we make good use of it? What do you want to create this coming year? Big things? Little...

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Sour Milk [V19, #21]

Sour Milk [V19, #21]

Sour Milk by Leslie Sann Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.~ Raymond Lindquist​ Have you ever gone through your fridge? Opened a container and found it moldy and stinky? Disgusting yourself with what you were holding onto? Shocked at seeing what you've...

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Author Author! [V19, 20]

Author Author! [V19, 20]

Author, Author! by Leslie Sann Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. ~ Parker J. Palmer Tis' the season when I begin to reflect on the year that is coming to a close, aiming to harvest the blessings of what...

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Gratitude [V19, #19]

Gratitude [V19, #19]

Gratitude by Leslie Sann Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie Gratitude is a Power Tool that fuels my life. I can...

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UP or Down? [V19, #18]

UP or Down? [V19, #18]

UP or Down? by Leslie Sann Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.~ Anthony J. D'Angelo Imagine up waking up tomorrow morning with the opportunity to choose if you want to go UP or DOWN today. Would you choose: DOWN into...

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Freedom and Joy [V19, #17]

Freedom and Joy [V19, #17]

Freedom and Joy by Leslie Sann We have no choice, we must all die. How we live, however, is entirely of our choosing.~ Simon Sinek I am in the kitchen making breakfast. I notice there is a part of me that getting grumpy about the attention it requires for me to...

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And the Frog Jumps [V19, #16]

And the Frog Jumps [V19, #16]

Freedom and Joy by Leslie Sann Do it badly; do it slowly; do it fearfully;do it any way you have to, but do it.~Steve Chandler Imagine this. There is a giant-sized bull frog sitting on a lily pad in the middle of a pond. He decides to jump off. How many frogs remain...

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Just Because Kindness, [V19, #15]

Just Because Kindness, [V19, #15]

Just Because Kindness by Leslie Sann My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.  ~ The Daili Lama I’m on my way to NY. Well, I’m getting on the plane. As I’m walking to my seat I see a zaftig (full, round) woman with her baby asleep on her chest. They are in...

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More Wonderful? [V19, #14]

More Wonderful? [V19, #14]

More Wonderful? by Leslie Sann Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.  ~ Rumi I’ve been working with a client assisting her to release a long standing position of...

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