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Have you ever lost a loved one suddenly?

Maybe you’ve lost someone you loved, and didn’t get a chance to say goodbye?

Check out my video here.

I lost my husband when I was 37, but it wasn’t sudden and because I’m a medium, I’ve been able to keep in touch with him on a regular basis.

I know first hand how difficult it is for people who lost a loved one suddenly or felt like they didn’t get to say goodbye – in fact when I lost my mom 3 years ago, it was a total shock!

We had just been together on vacation in Hawaii and then a week later she collapsed and died from having a stroke.

I was heartbroken

It truly was the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced …

Fortunately I’ve again been able to be in touch with her on a regular basis which has helped me move forward.

I realize that most people don’t have this ability or opportunity, so I’ve decided to create a program to help people with sudden loss.

I was thinking you might have some ideas as to what would be most helpful for people who have experienced this – maybe even you have experienced this first hand?

Feel free to respond to this email with ideas as to what you think would help you, or someone you know who has lost a loved one suddenly.

Did you see the video?

Watch it now!

Hope you have a wonderful day – and thanks (in advance) for any ideas you might share with me.

Love and Blessings,

 

 

 


Do you believe?

Do you believe that with a little Divine Guidance the answers you seek, the life you are striving for, the new love will be found?

Do you just need to know if you are on the right path?

Today is the day to take advantage of a Private 1-on-1 reading with me …

Book your Angel reading today!

I’m ready!

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If you’ve never tried meditating, I can’t recommend it enough! The lasting effects on your personal well being are just so massive, and this is something you can do in your own home – without spending a dime or even going out of your way to prepare or set up.

Meditation encompasses a rather large portion of different, more specific practices, but at its root, meditating is about relaxation, controlling your mind and body, and clearing away the cluttered thoughts that cause so much tension in all of our lives.

And people have long understood the benefits that meditation can bring in terms of an overall sense of calm, better sleep, relieving physical tension in the body, and a lasting sense of peace – but studies have shown that meditation actually helps the brain reduce stress reactions and increases brain activity in areas associated with compassion, self-awareness, and happiness!

Meditating even one single time makes these positive effects all the more apparent – the good vibes and calm sensations stick with you throughout the day, and as it becomes a part of your normal routine, these feelings of calm acceptance and harmony with the world around you only last longer.

The same sensations of relaxation and oneness actually prime our brains for increased empathy, which means we have an easier time connecting with others (another important element of happiness). Not only does this happen in the first few minutes after meditating, regular meditation can also change your brain chemistry in a long-term way, rewiring your brain for increased happiness!

You don’t even have to take my word for it. Try it out and see!

There are plenty of great meditation aids available out there, that will walk you through steps to relaxation and controlled breathing, and once you’ve got a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to do it all on your own.

Just give it a shot, and I promise that you’ll immediately see the benefits!

Don’t Give Away Your Power

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You’re your own person, right? Everything you say, do, feel, or think – it’s all going on with you and no one else. No matter how we might be influenced, our experiences and actions are not shared with others.

When you really think about it, everything that goes on inside our heads is untouched territory – as individuals, we are the only people who have any say about what goes on in there. At first thought, this might feel a little isolating, but instead, let this realization make you feel empowered! You’re in control! At the end of the day, you’re running the show, no matter what anyone else has to say about it.

And with this in mind, here’s a tip to help you maintain your happiness and optimism, regardless of what anyone else has to say about it:

Don’t give away your power to control your actions and emotions.

If something stressful happens, or someone tries to put you down, don’t give away your power!

If someone makes a snide remark, intentionally (or accidentally) does something that upsets you, or tries directly to make you feel bad, that is ON THEM. If you let these kinds of things get under your skin and dictate your reactions, your mood, etc., you have given away your power to control your own happiness.

Since you are your own master, shouldn’t that mean that you get to choose whether or not you let something upset you?

If someone’s foolish actions are starting to bother you, remember the role that your own choices play before you get upset. You have to acknowledge their behavior, and choose to let it affect the mood that you have control over.

When you can learn to hold on to that power over your own moods and actions, you gain a new sense of calm. You start to understand that you can deal with a situation or respond to a problem without letting yourself get out of control, that recognizing something that could make you angry and getting angry are two very different things.

Holding onto this power over your own mood is essential living a happy life. There will always be stressful situations and people who bother you – that you cannot control – but you can control how you react to them. Don’t let outside forces strip you of your power to be happy – your happiness is up to you and you alone!

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In the pursuit of happiness, many people hold the opinion that an improved body image would make them happier. With this for motivation, people hit the gym, start dieting, and look to make other lifestyle changes that will help them achieve the ideal body they desire.

While this is usually just fine, it’s worth noting that healthy and “fit” are not always the same thing, and focusing too much on a desired body image (instead just focusing on having a healthy body) can be quite damaging.

We all have different body types – different shapes, sizes, needs, deficiencies, etc. – and that means that while there might be an “ideal” version of your unique body, setting your sights on certain appearance may actually be counterproductive to your health and happiness.

To maximize looking and feeling good, it’s important to make it about YOU and your individual needs. Choose the diet that is right for you and your own chemistry, choose a workout regimen that fits with your life, and make sure your point of comparison is yourself!

Look for improvements in your own progress instead of comparing yourself to someone who isn’t you!

Making your efforts to slim down or get in shape about the desirable image of someone else’s body is not only unrealistic, it can also lead to unhealthy diets, overexertion, and in the long-term, disappointment when this ideal is unreachable – no matter how much progress you make.

If you want to be happy about your body, focus on your health first, and the “fit” version of your body will emerge. Some people are thin but terribly unhealthy, others are less thin, but in excellent health and the best shape of their lives. No two bodies will be exactly the same, so worry about your own.

If you want to be more muscular, thinner, etc., work toward that goal, but not with the image of a particular athlete, model, or celebrity in mind. Create the body you want out of the body you have, and do so with your health at the top of the priority list.

You may think that it’s about looks, but feeling good because of your healthy body will bring so much more happiness than an appearance.

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Did you know the act of smiling is good for you? The simple gesture, one that most of us think of as showing other people how we feel, can actually affect our own happiness as well!

In fact, smiling has a way of working like a feedback loop: when something pleasant happens, and the muscles in your face make you smile, the act of smiling actually reinforces those positive feelings by sending more “feel good” sensations to your brain, which in turn make you smile even more!

And because smiling tells your brain that you feel good, even a manufactured smile can help bring about sensations of happiness! Thinking of a pleasant memory (to make yourself smile), or even just practicing the motions of your genuine smile, will actually make you feel happier!

These smiles stack up too! Smiling leads to more smiling, of course, but also reduces stress, can help foster improved social interactions and relationships, and even lead to a more successful career and a longer life!

A pair of studies, one focused on success and happiness in women, the other on longevity in men, both looked at the sincerity and quality of smiles in photographs for correlation to a long and/or happy life.

Both the “yearbook study” (focused on women) and the “baseball card study” (focused on men) found a strong correlation between those showing full, genuine smiles and longer, happier, more successful lives!

Smiles reinforce happiness and confidence, help maintain relationships, and help others connect with you, so why not make a point to smile as often as possible?

Flashing a smile has so much impact, but most of us never consider it as a way to actually grow our levels of happiness. We assume that we smile when we’re happy, but never that smiling can make us happy!

Now that you know, get to putting it into practice! Smile as often as you can, even when you have to do it consciously – it’s such a simple little thing, but makes a world of difference.

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Romantic relationships can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling things we ever experience, and they can also be some of the most painful, stressful, gut-wrenching experiences we ever endure. Human beings are terribly complex, with all of our hangups and emotional responses, our needs and wants, our selfishness…

There’s an awful lot going with every last one of us.

This stuff gets even muddier when we try to mix two people together. Suddenly, all of those shortcomings and personality traits have to coexist with another person – who is just as full of individuality as you are.

So how can you possibly make it work?

It’s simple really: if you want to be in a happy relationship, you have to be happy with YOU first.

Part of coming together and sharing yourself with another person is about what you can do to mutually improve each other’s lives. It’s about growing together and creating a sum that is greater than the parts. But if one (or both) of the people involved are unhappy with themselves, their station in life, their notion of self-worth, then the opposite is likely to happen, and people will drag each other down.

If you’ve ever been in a relationship with an unhappy person you know this is true. Unhappy people (though it isn’t necessarily their fault) probably won’t want to seek out new experiences to share, or be supportive when you need it most, or even be able to enjoy your company because of the shroud they live beneath.

To be able to contribute the happiness of another person, you first have to be able to own your own happiness. If you aren’t happy with your body or personality, how will you feel about another person being attracted to it? Will you even be able to believe the compliments they give you?

I’m not suggesting that you have to be perfect, or that you need to exorcise all of your demons before you even think about a relationship. I’m saying that if you want to find joy with another person, you first have to know how to find joy on your own – or at least be on the lookout.

Positivity tends to breed positivity, and vice versa. A person with an optimistic worldview is going to help others, support others, and look to the world with open arms. People struggling with unhappiness, however, tend to close themselves off, to feel distrusting of the world, to find the bad in everything. Which seems like a more capable partner?

Happiness doesn’t come from other people. It has to start within first, and only when that inner happiness begins to grow, can we effectively share it with someone else.

Even if you’re already in a relationship, look to build your own happiness first. The happier you are as an individual, the greater your contributions will be to the relationship. Problems are easier to solve, setbacks are less stressful, and you’ll both be able to lift each other up, not drag each other down.

My life has been filled with a lot of drama. I was adopted at birth, molested as a 4 year old, date raped at 16 and physically abused by a boyfriend during my college years, which resulted in a fractured skull. I lived in San Francisco during the 1989 earthquake, and survived the fires of the Berkeley Hills in 1991. My father in law dropped dead of a heart attack while visiting our home in 1992 and our daughter was born with her esophagus not attached to her stomach in 1993. Not to mention the death of my husband when I was 37. I could go on, but I won’t. Whenever I’d share a few of these details with people I would always get the same response, “Wow, you should write a book!”

Well, I did. I started writing it soon after my husband, Ian, died from cancer in 2004. It started out as a memoir about my life up until Ian’s death. However, once I met, started dating and ultimately married my second husband, David, I put the book down, wanting to concentrate on all the happiness I was experiencing. For the first time, I felt I could fully embrace life and not dwell on past traumas.

In the fall of 2011, I decided I had to share my story. Since Ian’s death, I’d had such a dramatic shift, having given up accounting, started connecting to angels and the spirit world, and was coaching other people, both individuals and groups.

When I revisited the book this time, I focused the beginning on Ian’s death and my spiritual awakening the very moment he passed. It took me over a year and a half and I’m finally done! I could have never done it without my book coach, Caroline Allen from Art of Storytelling. If you have a desire to write a book, Caroline is the coach for you. My book is currently with my editor for the final polishing with the expected publication to be early summer of this year.

To give you an idea of what I’ve written in my book Art of Living Happy, here is an excerpt about my experience of connecting to the angels:

One of the girls, Barb, lived in London. She came to my home for a visit. We were chatting and she asked me if she could ask the angels a question. I told her I’d have to get a pad and pencil.
“Can’t I just ask the question, and then you just directly tell me the answer? Without writing it down? You know, just speak what they say?”
“I’ve never thought of doing that before. Ok, let’s give it a try.”
We sat on the floor in the guest room, crossed-legged and facing each other. I closed my eyes and said, “Ok, what’s your question?”
Barb said, “I want to know about the direction of my life. Am I on the right path?”
Suddenly, I felt as though a train dropped on top of my head. I felt this huge rush of energy pouring right into that spot.
“Welcome, Barb. We are glad you are here and are very happy to answer your question.” My voice sounded like a robot, mechanical and halting. “We want you to know that you are on your path and that…” The energy wouldn’t stop. My teeth started to chatter and I felt as though I was floating or being lifted off of the ground. My entire body was vibrating and my neck became stiff. No words were coming out; a rush of energy, like a lightning bolt, was coming through the top of my head.
I called out to Barb, “Make them stop! Make them go away!” I tried to push the words out of my mouth, because I felt as though I had no control over my body. “Tell them to go away!”
Barb said, “Stop! Angels, leave Lisa’s body now! She wants you to leave.”
As quickly as the energy rushed in, it rushed out. I felt light-headed and disoriented.
“Oh, my god, Lisa. Are you ok?” Barb asked.
I rubbed my forehead. “Oh God, I’m ok. I just need some water. That was crazy. I’ve never felt that way before. It was a rush, but scary too.”
Having the angel energy enter my body was mind-blowing. When I wrote down their messages on paper, the energy felt lightly connected; yet, when I opened myself up to channel the message through my voice, it was as though I became an untethered live electrical wire. The experience reminded of the time I touched the glowing red wire in a toaster with a knife.

In writing my book my goal was to not only tell my story, but to help support others who happen to find themselves in a similar situation. The more I share my story the more people I am connecting with who have had their own struggle. I had felt so alone and now I’m finding a whole community of people who understand where I have been or who are just starting out and appreciate the support they are finding from my experiences.

I’d love to know if you have ever had a psychic experience? Please leave me a comment below and tell me all about it. I find all of this so fascinating – and the best part is now I get to help people all over the world connect to spirit and help them with any issue that they are dealing with, so they can live a happier life. Let me know how I can help you.

Love and Blessings, ~Lisa

Day 16 – Taking Risks

Day 16 – woohoo! Look how far you have come!!!  This is a really fun day.  The first time I did the 28 Day Soul Coaching® course I remember that I decided to say “Hi” to everyone I saw as I drove into town on this day.  Now, keep in mind, I live in a very conservative, small New England town, where people don’t normally wave to one another, unless you’ve known each other for years!   I rolled down the window of my car and waved to everyone driving by me, going in the opposite direction, as well as to the people walking along Main Street.  I had so much fun and I was filled with energy by the time I got to where I was going.  Get out there and have some fun!  Let me know what you do and what types of reactions you get.

Blessings, Lisa

Fire: Day 16 – Taking Risks

If you do what you’ve always done, you will get what you have always gotten. In other words, if everything stays the same, nothing changes.

Discovering your authentic self means being willing to step into the unknown. It means being willing to do things in a different way. We all fall into old patterns and habits; some of these are a result of protecting and defending ourselves from being hurt, humiliated, or from failure.

Remember the Japanese proverb; “Fall down seven, get up eight.” When you make your decision with faith, and keep on getting up no matter what, it is then that you are truly embarking on a new beginning.

Affirmation for the Day: I am free to experience joy in every moment … no matter what is happening in my life.

Today: Constantly ask yourself, “How can I experience even more joy and fun today?” and see what your subconscious comes up with!

Level 1: Fun!!

No matter what is happening in your life today, find a way to create fun and joy while doing it. Maybe you have to run errands all day; ask yourself how you can have more fun doing this. Perhaps you could put on some hot salsa music on the radio and rock out in your car at the stop signs. Or maybe you could belt out a song at the top of your lungs while you soar along the highway. (Driving is one of the few places that you can sing as loud as you want to your heart’s desire without worrying about other people’s reactions.) List in your Process Journal what is really fun for you to do. Continue to ask (and answer) today’s question, “How can I experience even more joy and fun right now?”


The next exercise involves taking a risk, but it is one of the fastest ways to break out of old behavioral molds. Laugh yourself silly! Don’t just giggle. Laugh with the exuberance of a child. Even if you don’t feel like laughing, pretend to have a huge belly laugh. Roll on the floor guffawing. Snort when you laugh. When was the last time you had a good rolling, cackling, chortling, falling-down-laughing fit? Never? Why not start today. Even pretending can have an amazing affect on your soul. Hey! Come on. Really do it! You have nothing to lose … and everything to gain. As you do this exercise notice what emotions, memories, and thoughts spontaneously arise.

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Day 1 – Life Assessment

Today is the first day of the 28 Day Soul Coaching® FREE program by Lisa Sharpe Jones. I’m so happy that you are here and taking this first step to the rest of your more HAPPY and FULFILLING life! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below or email me directly at Lisa [at] ArtOfLivingHappy [dot] com.  ~Blessings, Lisa

Days 1-7:

AIR – Mental


The first seven days of this program are dedicated to Mental Clearing.  During this week you will embrace the Spirit of Air, which is the energy of change and transformation, inspiration, aspiration, mental clarity, freedom, perception, communion, and communication.  The mental component of you is also the part that has the capacity to discern, analyze, evaluate, and judge.  The element of Air also allows you to see situations from a higher perspective.  Every exercise in this week is aimed at clearing mental cobwebs and also inviting the Spirit of Air into your life even more.

 

Air is a potent, integrating force that unites us all, so this is also the week to begin to connect even more deeply with the world around you and the inner world within you.  Though seemingly subtle and unseen, Air is composed of the most rarified energy fields, and we are in constant communion with the vast universe through our breath.  With every breath you take, you are inhaling air that has been in every nook and cranny of our world, from the dry region of the Sahara, to the heights of the Himalayas, to the lush and humid Amazon rain forests.  The breath that you just took contained at least four hundred thousand of the same argon atoms that Gandhi breathed throughout his life.  The air that you are breathing now has been in me, and the breath that I am taking now has been in you.

 

Thus, aligning to the Spirit of Air is a powerful way to deeply connect with the inner and outer world.  It is also a way to purify and balance the mental aspects of yourself.  Mental challenges may come your way this week.  Do not be concerned; this is all a part of the program.  This first week focuses on mental cleansing so that you may fly high!

Connecting to the Spirit of Air

Pick a time every day for the first seven days to relax and focus on the air that enters your body through breath.  Be aware of your breathing.  Observe your breath.  Is it shallow or deep?  Do you periodically hold your breath?  Where is your breath concentrated—in the abdomen or chest area?  Focus on your breath and the air as it enters and leaves your body.  Concentrate on the air as it enters your lungs when you inhale and exhale. By doing this, you are activating the Spirit of Air that dwells within you and around you and this will help you with the deep internal mental clearing process that will be occurring in the days ahead.

Air: Day 1 – Life Assessment

The journey to discover your authentic self starts with stark honesty about where you are.  Be honest in your self-appraisal.

Affirmation for the Day:My evaluation of myself is not who I am.

Today: Periodically take deep breaths.  Visualize life-force energy filling your lungs and body.

Level 1: Assessing Your Life

Take some time to assess where you are in your life right now and write it down in your Process Journal.  Include where you are regarding your health, relationships, finances, career, creativity, and spiritual fulfillment.  Also write out your intention for the 28 days.

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As a Certified Soul Coach I am happy to provide you with a FREE 28 day Soul Coaching® course to discover your true authentic self.  For the month of February, I will be posting a blog-a-day which will take you through the first level of Soul Coaching® so you can see for yourself how powerful this coaching course can be in your life.  Sign up for my RSS feed, so you can get the daily blogs as they are posted! (To sign up, click on the “SUBSCRIBE” button at the top right of this page.)

Soul Coaching® was created by Denise Linn when she realized the need for a connection of spirit, intuition, mystery, and wonder in the ever expanding space of life coaching.  Attending Denise Linn’s certified Soul Coaching® course was a life changing event for me!  After connecting to my true self and realizing what I am here to do, I went from full-time corporate to full-time consciousness.  In this spirit, I’m honored to offer YOU this free 28 day course so that you too can discover who you really are and why you are here on this planet right now.  If you are interested in becoming a certified Soul Coach click here.

Please note that all the material printed in blue is copyright © 2007 material by Denise Linn and reprinted on my blog with explicit permission by Denise Linn – thanks Denise!  I am sharing this with YOU as my gift.  Also know, that I am only sharing snippets of the full coarse with the first level of participation (there are a total of 3 levels of participation).  If you are looking for a deeper level of coaching, before, during or after completing this FREE course, please contact me and I’d be happy to discuss my rates and availability.

What Is Soul Coaching®?

Do you know who you are and why you are here?  Do you know what your mission in life is?  Are you aware of the daily guidance from your soul?  No matter how great your outward success is, if you don’t know the answer to these questions, you might feel that there is something missing in your life.

The 28-Day Soul Coaching® Program is a powerful program that anyone can do.  It is a process that takes you to your spiritual source and helps you find meaning and sacredness in your everyday life.  It allows you to take an honest look at yourself and life, face fear, release old negative patterns, get motivated, and step boldly and joyfully into your future.

Once you have committed yourself to the program, life seems to unfold in a remarkable, almost magical, way.  Declare that you are ready to discover your authentic self, and are willing to dedicate one month of your life to doing it, and loving forces of the universe will coalesce to propel you in the direction of your destiny.  Synchronistic events and seeming “coincidences” begin to expand exponentially in your life.

I’m not quite sure why it happens, but once you commit to this program, it’s as if the universe has heard that declaration and amazing events seem to emerge within your life, all aimed at a deep soul cleansing and clearing.  The events of your life are not an accident.  If you are attracted to the Soul Coaching® program, it is the right time for your soul detoxification.

The aim of Soul Coaching® is to align your inner spiritual life with your outer life.  It helps you to clear away mental and emotional clutter so you can hear the messages from within.  It also helps you to discover your purpose so you can design a life that supports that purpose.

Regular life coaching usually focuses on the attainment of a goal or a dream.  This differs from therapy, in which the intention is usually focused on emotional healing.  Soul Coaching® is different from these modalities, as its primary aim is to clear away inner debris in order to connect you with the wisdom of your soul.

The understanding of who you are can never be told by another.  It is only when you reach into the wellspring of your being that the truth of the soul springs forth.

I invite you again, right now, to sign up for my RSS feed, so you’ll get this program delivered to you as soon as I post it. (To sign up, click on the “SUBSCRIBE” button at the top right of this page.)  Here’s to exploring, experiencing and expanding your life!!!

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