Being Our Best Selves

by Michela Pasquali

 

When I started coaching sessions with Jeffrey, I didn’t have a goal in mind. Our meetings evolved naturally, focused by Jeffrey’s keen interest in helping others grow spiritually, lean into positivity, and better the world. I’d always had an interest in and desire to deepen my spiritual connection – making yoga, meditation, and reading books by spiritual teachers part of my life for the last 20 years. But it wasn’t until I started working with Jeffrey that I saw a clear shift in my spiritual self. A move toward not only accepting who I am, but reveling in being my best self. Sometimes it’s tough. Other times, it’s wondrous and amazing. Always, it’s a revelation. Which is what makes it so cool. Jeffrey encouraged and inspired me to write about and share my path to being my best self – to help others make the journey. And he is super kind to post my stories here.

You can also find out more about me, along with my business and creative writing at:

www.michelapasquali.com

https://twitter.com/MichelaABC

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelapasquali/

 

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Difficult Relationships Tell Us a Lot About What We’re Resisting

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Every Moment Is a Choice

Every Moment Is a Choice

    How will you create your life one tiny sliver of existence at a time? Every moment of every day, we have the opportunity to choose how we’re going to live our life. We can lean into fear. Or we can stretch toward love. We can choose to give into the thoughts and emotions that fill our days, dragging us along on their journeys of self-criticism, judgement, anxiety, scarcity, fear. Dwell...

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Getting to Always

Getting to Always

    How to open up to a flowing energy of joy and peace I had a tough, few days recently when thoughts and emotions overwhelmed me. A fear-based idea would enter my mind and take me away with it. My son, my husband, a friend, would say something to me (or not say something to me) and I suddenly felt an emotion I didn’t want to feel and would push it away (but then get stuck ruminating about it)....

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The Key to Happiness

The Key to Happiness

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Me First

Me First

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Impatience Is Fear

Impatience Is Fear

    How living in the moment brings you closer to love I tend to jump into things. I have confidence in my abilities, yes, but I also have these permanent rose-colored glasses on, which means I believe wholeheartedly and without any doubt that everything’s going to work out well. It usually makes life a little more exciting and fun. Want to go skydiving? I’ve never tried it, but my answer would...

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Rivers, Not Reservoirs

Rivers, Not Reservoirs

  How changing your view of abundance can change your view of life Ever since I was little, I’ve felt this need, when the spotlight is on me, to deflect the attention and put it somewhere else. Partly it’s because I’m uncomfortable with the limelight. I’m ok with having the attention of one or two people in a conversation, but any more than that and I blush. I become suddenly aware people...

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Be Kinder to Yourself

Be Kinder to Yourself

  Why we replay mistakes over and over in our minds and 5 ways to help let go of them for good. For a long time, I pushed myself to do too much. I took on every writing project for my clients. I helped friends and family whenever they asked. I volunteered in my community. I planned most meals for my family, bought the groceries, cooked dinners from scratch each day, and helped out at school...

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Make Friends with Difficult Emotions

Make Friends with Difficult Emotions

  How seeing the beauty in feelings like fear can help you better understand and accept your whole self. There’s this fear I have and it’s been with me for a while now. It mostly stays at bay, pacing quietly in the background of my mind. It allows other emotions to come up — joy, bliss, sadness, frustration, calm, serenity — but every now and then, it steps forward, whispering in my ear. It...

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Be Curious, Listen and Trust

Be Curious, Listen and Trust

  How being your true self helps you connect more deeply with the people around you. There was a time when talking with someone new or within a group of people, I would spend more time thinking about what to say than speaking. I worried about not having something strong or meaningful or insightful to share. That whatever thoughts or feelings I had weren’t good enough, so I had to edit and...

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Michela Pasquali

Walking through forests, clambering over mountains, swimming in oceans. Visiting far-away lands is something Michela cherishes most in life, next to her amazing and talented husband, Kevin, and their incredibly beautiful 12-year-old son, Rowan. She loves writing about their travels, her inner journey and the occasional piece of fiction including poems, short stories and a novel she’s in no hurry to finish and publish.

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