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Letters from Lana: Hummingbirds and Vultures

Letters from Lana: Hummingbirds and Vultures

 From our June newsletter...   Hi Kurlies, I just wanted to reach out and give you a big hug! We made it to June and I hope you have fun summer plans ahead! I wrote this reminder to myself and I wanted to share it with you. Pull it out when you need it. I hope it helps :)    -- You are not your thoughts your fears your doubts your self-loathing. When you stop identifying with your thoughts, a universe of opportunity appears. But can you detach from your ego? Your identity? The drama you create to keep yourself busy? You...

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Letters from Lana: Meditating on Goodbye

Letters from Lana: Meditating on Goodbye

From our May newsletter... Hi, Kurlies. You are such a blessing in my life, and I want to thank you for making these newsletters part of your life. Thank you for coming along on this journey with me and thank you for sharing your stories with me as well. Today, it’s on my heart to talk about romantic love and infatuation. So often we strive for romantic love to distract ourselves from our lack of self-love. And Kurlies...   Yours truly has been tested. TES-TED. Sweet Jesus.   I remember when I first made this mistake. I just wanted to experience...

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Letters from Lana: Are You a Slave?

Letters from Lana: Are You a Slave?

From our April newsletter... Have you ever had a dream? It often feels like an objective you have to accomplish to be successful. So you bind this experience to your destiny. You attach it to your self-worth. You think, "If I could just make this happen I would feel extraordinarily happy." You know what I've learned, Kurlies? Dreams can be false gods. You create them and place them on a mantle in your heart, and they promise security. They promise feelings of love and worthiness. But these little dream gods are human-made statues. They can't give you a sense of love...

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Letters From Lana: How to Deal With Your Worst Enemy

Letters From Lana: How to Deal With Your Worst Enemy

From our March newsletter... You know why I love Spring? It's the season of fresh starts. But what does a fresh start mean to you? To me, it means rooting out the enemy within.  Leena is one of my best friends. We met in high school when she was living in D.C., but these days, she lives in her home country of Bahrain. We both love studying philosophy and religious texts. Recently, she's been studying the Arabic word for devil in Islamic literature.  She said, "You know, Lana. People often speak of the devil as a beast with horns. But I believe that interpretation...

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Letter's From Lana: Outsourcing God's Love

Letter's From Lana: Outsourcing God's Love

From our February newsletter... Are you outsourcing God's love? I was. I was trying to look for it in everybody and everything except myself. A man - yep, tried that. Puppies - yep, tried that too. Dancing, traveling, career - check, check, and check. I'm not going to lie, Kurlies. This December, I felt like the lyrics to Cranes in the Sky by Solange. Seriously. I listened to it on repeat and ugly cried my heart out.  But this one thing I didn't stop doing: seeking grace. Grace for myself and grace for others. After accepting I was worthy of this grace, my focus turned inward....

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Life Design Journey p. 4: The Wrap Up

Life Design Journey p. 4: The Wrap Up

What you feel, you are. This is why affirmations and positive thinking don’t always work. You might tell yourself 100x a day that you’re a winner. But if you don’t feel like a winner, these affirmations just further emphasize the fact that you aren’t. And that my friend, can do more damage than good. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with your higher-self and feel good about who you are. The easiest way to do that is to have an unshakeable belief that everything will work out well for you in the end. But there’s a catch. If...

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