209 When Women Circle Up We Can Heal Ourselves and Change the World

May 8, 2018

This Sacred Life is a soulful, sensual and sacred exploration for women who want to walk in beauty and reclaim their feminine sovereignty. This podcast is hosted by Shann Vander Leek, Transformation Goddess, producer, best-selling author, teacher, and wisdom keeper.

When Women Circle Up We Can Heal Ourselves and Change the World.  

Our technological umbilical cords and Online connections have contributed to the growth of an enormous virtual community for many women all over the world. I facilitate a couple of online groups and enjoy the interaction. However, what we need more of, is face-to-face, in person gatherings of friends and acquaintances sharing our struggles, sacred ceremonies, nourishment, and big hugs.

We have so many responsibilities, and the roles that we play can often overshadow our true voice. I spend a lot of time running my small businesses, raising a daughter, nurturing a marriage, and being with my family and friends. Carving out time to join my soul sisters in a sacred circle, sweat lodge or drum circle is a sacred gift that transports me to a place where I can shed the masks I wear and the roles I play in the world. I circle up to actively listen and to be heard without judgment. I circle up to prepare and share a nourishing meal, offer a shoulder or ask for support. 

When I sit in circle I learn about the joys and struggles of the women in my community. I practice being patient with personalities who trigger me. I practice being fully present. I learn to be sweet with myself and supportive of others. I remember that I am not alone. I remember that I am human.

When I needed an energetic cord cutting to release of decades-old wounds and stories with my Dad, I circled up with my spiritual teacher and eight more beautiful souls, who held sacred space for me as I shared my truth and then let it go. This particular sacred circle was a precious gift from the Divine. Two months after our gathering, my father passed away. I realize now that being witnessed in circle and initiating a cord cutting ceremony prepared me to say goodbye.

I am blessed to be immersed in the sacred work that allows me to celebrate my sisters, ask for support, cut energetic cords, and release old stories. Every time I gather with other women, I am grateful to experience a deep dive into the wisdom, power, and magic of the Divine Feminine through our sacred work.

Do some research in your local community to find a women's circle.

If you prefer to gather Online, you are welcome to join the Goddess Talk Sessions & This Sacred Life Private Facebook Group 

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208 Open Wide with Self-Love Teacher, Melissa Ambrosini

April 18, 2018

This Sacred Life is a soulful, sensual and sacred exploration for women who want to walk in beauty and reclaim their feminine sovereignty. This podcast is hosted by Shann Vander Leek, Transformation Goddess, producer, best-selling author, teacher, and wisdom keeper.

Today it's my honor to introduce you to Melissa Ambrosini. 

Melissa teaches women how to unlock their full potential, master their inner Mean Girl, smash through limiting beliefs, and ditch the self-doubt, so that they can start living the life of their dreams. 

Melissa is the author of and the newly released book, Open Wide: A radically Real Guide to Deep Love, Rocking Relationships and soulful sex she also hosts The Melissa Ambrosini Show.


In this episode, Shann and Melissa discuss how Melissa learned to heal her mind, body, and soul after hitting rock bottom. We also talk about her thriving marriage and brand new book, Open Wide available at book stores and online. www.melissaambrosini.com/openwide 

You are invited to visit www.transformationgoddess.com to get my free album of guided relaxations for women who do too much.

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207 Five Secrets to Successful Marriages & Relationships

April 9, 2018

This Sacred Life is a soulful, sensual and sacred exploration for women who want to walk in beauty and reclaim their feminine sovereignty. Enjoy wisodm teachings and Divine Feminine Spotlight interviews hosted by Shann Vander Leek, Transformation Goddess, producer, best-selling author, voice over talent, and podcast coach. www.shannvanderleek.com and www.podcastbath.com 

In this epsiode I share Five Secrets to Successful Marriage. My husband Thomas and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last October with a once in a lifetime trip to Costa Rica. I’m in awe of the respect, intimacy, love, and challenges we’ve experienced over the life of our partnership. I never dreamed I could be loved and love my husband as much as I do. Each day I see him in a new light. It still blows my mind that he chose me. To love and be loved unconditionally is a glorious gift.  Over the years Thomas and I have learned that there are 5 secrets to our successful marriage.

 

5 Secrets to a Successful Marriage

1. Demonstrate respect and loving kindness for each other.

2. Practice open and honest communication – including being fair when we are angry or have a disagreement – We will not open old wounds, yell, or try to throw each other into a shame pit when we make mistakes. We laugh at ourselves and each other a lot!

3. Walk through life side-by-side with plenty of time to be independent.

4. Practice replacing closed expectations with open invitations.

5. Make love notes and random acts of kindness a priority. My husband often leaves me notes by the coffee maker to wish me a good day.

You are invited to visit www.transformationgoddess.com to get my free album of guided relaxations for women who do too much. 

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206 Divine Feminine Spotlight with Mystic and Spiritual Midwife, Joni Advent Maher

March 20, 2018

Welcome to the This Sacred Life and The Divine Feminine Spotlight.

The intention of The Divine Feminine Spotlight is to share transformational conversations with women who have learned to walk in beauty, with the strength, courage, and pleasure of claiming their feminine sovereignty. 

Today it's my honor to introduce you to Spiritual Midwife, Joni Advent Maher. Joni is a Spiritual Midwife and Transformational Coach who supports women to remember their Sacred nature and become inspired leaders in their lives, relationships, and worlds. The founder of Revolutionary Heart, she works with wise, soulful women ready to create their vision, free their voice, stand in their value and increase their visibility. Joni provides Spiritual Mentorship for women ready to embody their Feminine Soul, follow the North Star of their deep inner wisdom and partner with the Great Mystery to live their heart's desires. You can listen to her podcast, Trust Your Sacred Feminine Flow on iTunes and claim her free gift, Standing in Your Sovereignty at www.revolutionaryheart.com

In this episode, Shann and Joni discuss how Joni walked through the sacred fire of transformation and opened her heart to love.

You are invited to visit www.transformationgoddess.com to get my free album of guided relaxations for women who do too much.

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205 Nine Sacred Ways to Walk in Beauty

March 13, 2018

When you read the words ‘walk in beauty’ what comes to mind for you?

I’ve learned that walking in beauty is creating an intimate relationship with the goodness of all creation. I feel deep gratitude and respect for the Native American people who inspired my deeper curiosity about living in a beauty way.

There are nine elements that contribute to the beauty way: awareness, prayer, stewardship for the Earth, creativity, sacred living, self-love, community, personal responsibility, and feminine sovereignty.

In this fast-paced world, we can easily get lost in a sea of auto-pilot responsibilities and become blind to the crushing beauty all around us. We become out of balance with the natural rhythms of life when we try to push, control or go against the flow. Many women experience lives of quiet desperation because they believe they are trapped in the roles they play, and that these roles define their true feminine nature. They do not.

I walk in beauty by standing in my authentic power and expressing my voice through my teachings, writing, mentoring, podcasting. My personal practice began after my daughter was born and was amplified during an intense Yoga teacher training experience. Practicing Yoga, Joy Spotting® and reading Shambhala Sun (cover to cover). Since then, I’ve been deepening my spiritual practice by circling up with wise women, exploring Shamanic teachings and practicing loving kindness.

Today I will walk you through each of the nine sacred ways to walk in beauty. Each element comes with several questions for your consideration.

Learn more about Shann and claim her free guided relaxation album for women who do too much at www.TransformationGoddess.com

 

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