Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #20

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Socrates

Such old, yet powerful wisdom. I’ve been shown over and over throughout my life how when people use the past to lead with vengeance, division, and rage, we just create more of it. Understanding the importance of creating the vision of the future I want from a loving place has been the best guidepost of how I choose to live daily. Do my thoughts, beliefs, stories, actions, inactions, and energy align with my vision? If they don’t, I’m accountable and responsible for changing it.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from A Better Me

Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #19

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

Les Brown

I need this reminder when those fearful stories come into my head trying to derail me from going after my dreams. Believe me, I was told many of times while writing my first book how hard it would be to get a book deal. My book got rejected by multiple places because I didn’t have enough social media presence. All it took was ONE amazing editor to believe in my work, and I signed the deal. If I had let the fear of not getting the deal stop me, I wouldn’t be enjoying all the things I am by being a Mango Publishing author. Life is good on the other side of fear.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letter from a Better Me

Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #18

“If you catch yourself in the track of fear, just by having that awareness, you can shift your attention into the track of love.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love

I love how this works! Just bringing attention to my stories wrapped in fear help me to shift out of them. I’ve been catching myself more and more and the results are amazing. My relationships with the people I love have become so much stronger. It’s the fearful stories playing in my head that get in my way of living my best life. Fearful thoughts are a part of this journey, it’s what we do with them that matters. Being able to spot them and move away from them is a gift that keeps on giving.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #17

“The love affair you seek is with yourself.”

Alan Cohen

I love this quote because it reminds me of the the choice I made to take the journey of loving myself. It represents one of the most fulfilling adventures I ever decided to take—a love affair with myself. I became everything I wanted in someone else. Only when I could project that energy out was it reflected back to me. The love affair got me to stop chasing other people’s stories of happily ever after and help me make choices to live happily ever now. When I did that, I became responsible and accountable for the love I was showing myself daily. Just like any love story, it’s one that takes daily investment. The more I invest, the better the return.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

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Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #16

“I was once why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”

Mother Teresa

This was the third quote I used in Letters from a Better Me because it’s how I recognized the power and importance of representing what I stand for. If I put my energy into what I’m against, I contribute to the very energy that makes that collective energy stronger. When I speak out of rage and revenge, it’s the energy inside of me. If I’m not projecting inner peace, I’m not contributing to peace outside of myself. I’m only accountable and responsible for the energy I’m projecting, so the question becomes: What do I really want to create more of? I work on in my relationships, home community, writing, and interactions on social media.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

@fromalovingplace

Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #15

“The most attractive thing about the Buddha was that he saved one person: himself. That’s all he needed to save; when he saved himself, he saved the whole world.”

Byron Katie, Hope Beneath Our Feet

Yesterday’s quote was the first of the three quotes I used in my book, Letters from a Better Me. This is the second one. I read this one while I was in college too. It hit me right at the core. Being accountable and responsible for the energy I project out to the world is the key to me living and contributing to the best of my ability. I’m not responsible for other people’s thoughts, beliefs, actions, or reactions, but I’m 100% responsible and accountable for anything that comes from me. When I clean-up my inner world, my outer world changes.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

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Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #14

“If the house is crooked and crumbling, and the land on which it sits uneven, is it possible to make anything lie straight?”

Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers

I was in a creative non-Fiction writing workshop course when I read these powerful words. It was 2015 and I was just about to graduate Eckerd College. Who knew that this one line from a book about life in Mumbai would be what inspired me to dig deep to work on myself. That’s why it’s one of the three quotes I use in my first published book, Letters from a Better Me, and I’ve used it in the past on this blog. I kept trying to build houses on land that was unstable. I would make things look pretty on the surface, while the inside of my house was crumbling. I kept patching up the house to cover things up, but not fixing the real problems. I had to go deeper down to the fundamental beliefs that were making my foundation unstable and re-build from there. So many blessings have come to me since I began this amazing journey. The work hasn’t always been easy, but definitely worth it.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

@fromalovingplace

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Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #13

“The other side of resisting fear is freedom.”

Tara Brach, PH.D., Radical Acceptance

In a world of avoidance, there is great pain. Pain to our bodies, minds, souls, and relationships with both ourselves and others. Even our relationship with the God of our understanding becomes a prison when we resist what is really going on inside of us. I’ve discovered that my feelings are there for a reason. Fear is not my enemy, but my pathway to seeing myself more clearly. Discovering the difference between feeling my feelings without living in the energy of those painful feelings has set me free. Living in repetitive stories of fear, kept me prisoner. When I face the feeling of fear, the fear lessens. I then have the clarity I need to make healthy decisions. My friend Sarah once told me, “The instructions to get out of the box are on the outside of the box.” Understanding that I had to get out of my story, allow myself to feel, and step out of the box, has helped me to make healthier decisions for myself, which then benefits all the relationships in my life.

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With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

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Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #12

“Once we have awareness, we recover free will.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love

Without awareness, I would still be trapped in the prison of my mind. Don Miguel Ruiz’s words in his books helped me to break free from the prison I created for myself. I had to first be able to see before I could become aware of the endless stories I was feeding myself as false truths. When I could see that I was CHOOSING to feed stories that were keeping me in my suffering and that I was creating my reality around those stories—OUCH! I’m not going to lie, it was a painful but incredibly freeing experience. When I can look at the words, thoughts, beliefs, and stories I’m playing in my mind as perspectives, I am embracing the awareness that I have the power to change what’s not working.I might not choose to do it, I might need to look deeper into what feels comfortable about the chaos, but by staying open and aware, I keep moving forward. That’s the beauty of awareness.

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Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #11

“When you change your mind, your brain changes; and when you change your brain, your mind changes.”

DR. Joe Dispenza, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

When I went back to college as an adult, brain science was making great strides. As the years pass, more and more is being discovered. As a trauma survivor, I used to be told that I would “NEVER” be able to move beyond what happened to me. I’m so grateful that I learned that is only true if I keep choosing to believe that is true. When I changed my story (mind) and BELIEVED my new story, I formed new neurological pathways (brain). My brain started to process information differently. If you wonder why I chose to live life from a loving place, it’s because I’m committed to changing the pathways that aren’t serving my highest good. With a lot of progress, I don’t tend to stay in energy that isn’t serving me for long. My mind can quickly find a way for me to feel what I need to feel without staying in the energy of fear, lack, and separation, which I wrote a yearlong series about, which is called “Daily Aligning with Love, Abundance, and Peace”. It’s pretty AMAZING!

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With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me