To Be Healthy, Whole and Soulful!

“Self-Care and Soul-Care are essential practices to sustain a purposeful and prosperous life.” – Harriet Tubman Wright

Beginning the decade of my 70’s has been quite eventful, enjoyable and exhausting!  Celebrating is work and fun! Affirming intentions requires focus and commitment! Staying aligned and balanced calls for discernment and rest!

In recent weeks I’ve been reminded of how essential self-care practices are to stay healthy and whole; particularly when additional demands on my time and energy compel me to re-establish healthy boundaries. For example, learning when and how to say, “No”, “No, thank you”, or “No, not at this time” without guilt, apology or shame.

In addition to regular exercise, I enjoy quality time in nature and/or in the spa. This recharges me, so that I can serve others from a place of vigor and vitality.

  • What’s your favorite self-care practice?
  • In what ways can you renew your self-care or soul-care practices?

Another self-care strategy is to pause. Author, Speaker, Coach Cynthia James provides useful tips. https://cynthiajames.net/the-pause-perspective/

If you have an office or quiet space you can immediately do this process. If you do not have a quiet place, take a break and go outside or to the restroom.

  • Breathe – Simply take a few deep breaths to bring you out of your head and into your body.
  • Attune – Without judging, get clear about what you are thinking and how you are behaving.
  • Release – Consciously decide to surrender thoughts of lack and limitation.
  • Align – Bring in words or affirmations which support you in being grounded.
  • Recharge – Move your body, put on some calming music, take a short nap, and/or take a short walk.

“Self-care is not about indulgence, it’s about self-preservation.” – Audre Lorde

Finally, another way to practice self-care and soul-care is to engage with a spiritual community or cultural gathering to strengthen your connection with like-hearted others.

The choice is yours, to burn out or blossom, to flounder or flow…

“Our soul is like a soft and gentle flower, it needs to be nurtured, cared for, tended to, with sufficient sunlight, fresh air and freedom to bloom into its most precious and beautiful form. This, my friend, is self-love.” – Miya Yamanouchi

Find Releasing Stress, Creating Serenity A BodyMindSpirit Self-Care Primer for Busy Women by Harriet Tubman Wright, for additional resources.  https://www.thewrightresort.com/book/

3 Keys to Appreciate Milestones and New Beginnings

As some of you know I’m celebrating a milestone birthday this year; 70 years young on April 6!  Most friends know that I normally go to retreat/spa places to celebrate. However, this year I decided to stay in Oakland and have a party!

Maturing into this milestone (along with Mercury Retrograde most of March) has led to a period of reflection and renewal. However, a mini-retreat for more silence and solitude is in the making!

My life is full, rich, ever-changing. I’m increasingly grateful for my BodyMindSpirit health and well-being; my birth family, spiritual family of many branches, village family; appreciating long-time and new relationships that challenge and enrich me. I’m also grateful for the ways in which The Wright Resort continues to evolve into a form of ministry through which I lead mature women career professionals and entrepreneurs to activate, illuminate and liberate their Soul’s Calling, thereby fulfilling their divine life purpose. As change-makers and leaders, they help galvanize those they serve to transform businesses, workplaces, communities and the world.

  • For what are you most grateful at this time in your life?
  • As you enter the next phase of your life, who are you being and becoming?
  • In what ways are your heart and soul frustrated or fulfilled?

As you embark on your own personal introspection, consider that each milestone; a birthday, graduation, promotion, retirement or relocation…is an opportunity to:

  1. Remember your personal mission; that is your divine purpose or soul’s calling. Sometimes as you’re pulled by other people’s expectations or agendas, you can lose sight of the reason you’ve been put on Mother Earth. You absolutely have a higher calling. How are you answering it?
  1. Assess your skills, talents and gifts, and determine to what extent you are sharing them to serve, empower or uplift others. How are you making a positive difference or helping transform your community or workplace so that our world is a better place because of the ways you’ve contributed?
  1. Make renewal and regeneration a priority, be it spiritual, emotional, mental or physical. Refocus and recommit to daily self-care and soul-care practices to maintain optimal BodyMindSpirit health and demonstrate the value of putting on your oxygen mask first! In this way you can serve your family, co-workers or colleagues from a well-spring of vigor and vitality!

Although you may not be able to celebrate with me on April 6, we can still celebrate throughout the month of April. I also want to extend the same invitation I did to my birthday celebrants, and that is to make a donation to my Kemet Nu  Know Thyself Educational Tour. To do so, please go to: https://www.paypal.me/HarrietWrightResort

My fundraising goal is $700! May I thank you in advance for your consideration.

The Kemet Nu Know Thyself Educational Tour is actually my 70th birthday gift to myself and I’m very excited about this long overdue sojourn!

“Take pleasure in your life’s natural unfolding and evolving. Appreciate the challenges and milestones of the journey. Delight in reaching your destiny. Celebrate it all!”  – Harriet Tubman Wright

 

Harriet Tubman’s Leadership Qualities are Keys for Today’s Emerging Leaders

“I freed a thousand slaves – I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”  ~ Harriet Tubman

Freedom is a universal value. We all want to be free from abuse, struggle, pain or fear…free from circumstances that keep us mentally or emotionally enslaved. Ultimately, we want to be free to be and do our best; to pursue and fulfill our dreams; live our Soul’s Calling or Divine Purpose and share our talents to empower those we serve or help transform the world.

How did Harriet Tubman, an enslaved woman who loved her family and worked hard, yet was abused as a young girl by multiple slave masters, who never learned to read or write, ignite her enduring passion for freedom, freedom not only for herself, but for others as well?  Harriet escaped the plantation in Maryland, following the North Star to freedom, by way of the Underground Railroad, a system of Safe Houses established by Quakers, other whites and free blacks, where run-away slaves could rest, eat and get instructions to continue their perilous escape to the North. She continued until she crossed the border between slave-holding and non-slaveholding states, making her way to Philadelphia, where she worked odd jobs for about a year, saving her money.

With freedom and compassion in her heart, Harriet returned to the South 19 times, freeing more than 300 enslaved people, including siblings and her elderly parents. She became one of the most famous Conductors on the Underground Railroad.

“I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.”  ~ Harriet Tubman

What qualities did she exemplify to transform her life and that of others; qualities that women today can cultivate to become empowered leaders in their industry or field; empowered leaders who can help bring about justice and peace in the world. What can you learn from Harriet’s commitment, courage and tenacity to create your own leadership legacy?

Although there are several qualities that she embodied, let me highlight 3 qualities: Vision, Faith and Support.

  1. Develop Your Vision – see in your heart and mind’s eye what you want to create, manifest or achieve. Seek to identify the ‘why’ of your vision. Allow the ‘why’ to be a guiding light and focus. Create a vision board or altar as a tangible reminder of your vision. Just as Harriet Tubman kept focused on freedom, using the North Star to guide her…
    • What is your North Star?
  1. Cultivate Your Faith – Following your vision requires faith, tenacity, stamina; beginning with an unwavering belief in yourself, trust in a Higher Power and faith to follow the course, regardless of perceived or real obstacles.
    • How are you demonstrating faith in your vision?
    • What are the spiritual practices that strengthen your courage and commitment?
  1. Build Your Team – No matter how talented, driven or resourced, you can’t achieve anything alone. Whether it’s a family member, colleague or business partner, it’s essential to have a support system with which you can share the process, delegate certain tasks and stay accountable.
    • How would you describe your current support system?
    • In what way(s) are you demonstrating conscious leadership?

To explore these and other questions related to developing your leadership, please schedule a complimentary Cultivating Leadership Strategy Session with me at:https://wrightresort.simplybook.me/v2/#book This is a 45-minute phone session to identify current challenges, explore possibilities and discover your leadership potential. This session often helps women gain more clarity, insight and motivation.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

Learn more about Harriet Tubman

Women Rising, Women Revolutionizing Leading the Movement for Peace, Justice, Sustainability Honoring Women’s History Month 2019

“Women of every color, ethnicity, cultural, spiritual, social and educational background throughout the world are rising up as leaders, visionaries and agents of change to restore balance, peace and justice in the world.” 

– Harriet Tubman Wright

I’m proud to come from a long lineage of powerful African and African American women trailblazers, movers and shakers, those who have defied the odds, broken the barriers and raised the bar of excellence in every field of endeavor!

Africa – In antiquity: Auset, Queen Hatshesut, Queen of Sheba, Queen Nzinga to more contemporary times: Wangari Mathaai, Miriam Makeba, Winnie Mandela, Sobonfu Some’ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira…

African American Women Ancestors; Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Madam CJ Walker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height, Ida B. Wells, Shirley Chisolm, Barbara Jordan, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Josephine Baker, Marian Anderson, Bessie Smith, Katherine Dunham, Zora Neale Hurston, Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Wilma Rudolph, Althea Gipson, Henrietta Lacks, Bishop Leontine Kelly, Rev Dr. Katie Cannon, to name but a very small few… 

Other Powerful Women who’ve made and are making a difference globally include:

Mary Magdalene, Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa, Indira Ghandi, Benazir Bhutto, Isabel Allende,

Ellen Johnson Serleaf, Dolores Huerta, Aung San Suu Kyi, Winona LaDuke, Wilma ManKiller, Angela Davis, Joan Baez, Gloria Steinem, Yuri Kochiyama, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama.

“We stand on the brink of a great evolutionary shift, and our feminine consciousness is needed. It is integral to the reweaving of the world. It is what will birth a new way of being that will reignite our care and compassion for the Earth, for the trees, for generations to come.” – Clare Dubois, Founder, TreeSisters

Take a moment to think about your sheroes, that is, in addition to your grandmothers, great grandmothers or other powerful women in your family.

  • What women have been the most influential role models for you?
  • In what ways can you apply the lessons of their trials, tribulations and triumphs?
  • What qualities do the women listed above have in common?
  • Identify other women you’d add to the list?
  • In what ways can you cultivate greater influence and leadership? 

We can look to these women of influence, power and leadership; revolutionary women of courage, wisdom, faith and talent who have changed the world and are changing the world, to help fuel our own desires to BE the change we seek for ourselves and our world! 

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.​ Make IWD your day – everyday.

#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2019

 

If You’re Not Living Your Soul’s Calling, Who Is?

“Stress is being out of alignment, balance and coherence by not honoring or expressing your true essence, soul’s calling and innate creativity, a condition that leads to dis-order and dis-ease mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually; and is therefore reflected in your external environment.” – Harriet Tubman Wright
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Updated Version, August 30, 2018)

  •  Are you settling for stress, mediocrity or stagnation?

In my own life, as I sought to find and fulfill my purpose, I accepted jobs and assignments that helped me earn a living to support myself and my son. I excelled in some jobs and languished in others, ultimately recognizing that I was not being all I was meant to be or doing what I really yearned to do.

In my work with mature women career professionals and entrepreneurs who feel undervalued, frustrated and stressed, I find that a fundamental cause of stress is not accepting your soul’s calling or living your soul purpose. It is not honoring that deep inner desire, true essence and innate creativity.

  • Imagine the seed that is never planted and not allowed to fulfill its innate purpose to grow into a flower or food? 
  • Imagine the egg that is not nurtured to maturity so that a new life is brought forth? 
  • Imagine a world without the (r)evolutionary pioneers, artists, scientists, educators, leaders and other cultural creatives who by expressing their soul’s calling, sharing their unique brilliance, and making profound contributions uplifted humanity in myriad ways? 
  • Imagine living your life with the seed of genius and magnificence dormant, never realized or fulfilled?

If you’re not radiating your brilliance and magnificence, you are stressed…and it’s showing up in body, mind, spirit…relationships, livelihood, finances. Yet, you have the power to make different choices.

You have the power to show up as the authentic, brilliant, creative person that you’re born to be, living on purpose with purpose!

  • What are you choosing?
  • Are you doing what you most love?
  • Is there something deep inside seeking to be expressed?

You also have the choice to listen to your Soul’s Calling. Your Soul’s Calling is your true essence and divine purpose. It’s what lights you up and those with whom you interact. It energizes, motivates and sustains you. Your Soul’s Calling is what you were born to do, and doing what you most love!

Imagine how you would feel if you were:

  • Clear and excited about your Soul’s Calling
  • Engaged in work that utilized your unique gifts and creativity
  • Expressing mastery and passion doing what you most love
  • Fulfilling your true purpose with enthusiasm and ease
  • Thriving while empowering others to make meaningful contributions to the world

What to Do Next?

Let’s explore your options in a complimentary Soul’s Calling Vision Session.

During this 45-minute complimentary phone consultation, we will:

  • Identify the psychological and emotional cost of denying your true nature
  • Uncover blocks to expressing your Soul’s Calling
  • Explore your heart’s true desire and possibilities ahead for you
  • Define ways to renew your commitment to a purposeful life
  • Outline options and next steps to fulfill your Soul’s Calling

You will complete the session with more clarity and motivation to live your Soul’s Calling and step into your true power doing what you most love in highest service to others.

Schedule your complimentary Souls Calling Vision Session at: https://wrightresort.simplybook.me/v2/#book

I look forward to talking with you. 

Appreciating African-Americans Who Lived Their Soul’s Calling

Recently, I compiled Black History Month biographical posts and quotes on Facebook. I chose to focus on highly- accomplished individuals that perhaps aren’t as well known by the general public; sometimes African-American “firsts” in sports, politics, science, technology, entertainment, arts, literature and more… The process reminded me about overcoming challenges to be all you could be, to express your innate creativity and gifts, make enduring contributions, and beat the odds to ultimately live your Soul’s Calling.

Therefore, I encourage you to view them at: https://www.facebook.com/harriet.t.wright or https://www.facebook.com/thewrightresort.bodymindspirit/  Many will inspire you!

“Love and accept yourself unconditionally. Honor your soul’s journey, your gifts and unique mastery. From your heart and soul, express and share your God-given talents, as only you can. In doing so, you are living your Soul’s Calling and making a meaningful contribution to the world.”  – Harriet Tubman Wright

2019 – Is this Your Year?

Can you “feel” the potent energy of deep transformation? Are you in the “creative” flow?

Are you ready to:

  • Chart a new direction and explore different territory to expand your horizons?
  • Re-invent yourself or your work to contribute your spiritual and intellectual resources in bold, creative, dynamic ways?
  • Release the mental and emotional chatter, break through self-imposed limitations and free yourself to be all that you can be?
  • Say “YES” to up-level your leadership, expand your visibility and influence in your career, business or community?
  • Celebrate who you are and what you do because you’re being authentic, doing great work and having fun?

These are some of the questions that I’ve been asking myself as I step into the decade of my 70’s. What is the “new story” that I’m creating?

Given this time in your personal or family life, the challenging state of economic and political affairs and the larger impacts of global climate change, a fundamental “re-assessment may be called for. Even in the dawn of this new year, it may be time to: “Slow Down. Be Still. Get Quiet.” 

If you’re ready and willing to do a “re-assessment”, consider one or all three of these suggestions:

  1. Take a Day Away. Spend quality time in nature to shift the energy, breathe fresh air and get a different perspective. Nature has so much to teach us when we avail ourselves to her wisdom.
  1. Make a Gratitude List. Keep writing until you get to 99 things you have to be grateful for…and you can probably name a few more. This changes our view of things.
  1. Lovingly Release. Determine what thoughts, things or people are keeping you stuck, confused or anxious. Lovingly release them and allow the open space to be free of encumbrances. Over time you’ll begin attracting positive empowering energy.

These 3 suggestions are a great start and a great way to shift energy, so that what’s most essential for you and your next steps becomes clear and compelling.

Quite honestly, I’m very encouraged by strong signs of positive change and deep transformation. I see new paradigms of leadership, engagement and community building! I see seeming polarities and divisions creating new alliances and collaborations! I see young people unapologetically stepping up in empowering, resourceful life-affirming ways! The depth and dynamism of our new Congress is indeed evidence of a new day and a new way!

A few more “re-assessment” queries:

  • What is the story I’m creating this year?
  • Who am I being, what am I doing and why?
  • How am I best serving my family, clients/co-workers or community?
  • Am I truly listening to my inner guidance?
  • What help or support do I want at this time? 

If you are open to or want support for your “re-assessment”, schedule a complimentary Soul’s Calling Vision Session ($97 value) or Cultivating Leadership Session ($97 value) now at: https://wrightresort.simplybook.me/v2/#book

 

“Whatever your agenda for the day or intention for the year, make room for joy, imagination, creativity, and silence. Allow your Light to awaken and inspire others! Doing so brightens your day and generates hope and appreciation in others.” – Harriet Tubman Wright

YOUR SOUL SAFARI TO SUCCESS