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Take Care: Things to Lean on During Times of Tragedy

I’m far from the Parkland school shooting, and yet, feeling the waves of grief, anxiety and outrage. Here are just a few things I’m leaning on:

1. Breathe. Tragedy brings all of our emotions to the surface and puts our nervous system on hyperdrive. When you notice your tension, fear or grief, take a deep and purposeful inhale. This may need to happen every few minutes. Inhaling essential oils like Frankincense or Lavender can help calm the stress response.

2. Be extra gentle. Today may not be the day for super productivity. Today may be the day for extra breaks, crying, and a walk outside. This may be more possible sometimes than others, but as much as you can give yourself permission to follow your body’s impulses and needs. Dealing with emotions as they come can prevent the compounded suffering that can come from putting them off.

3. Do what you can. We may not be able to change what happened, but we may be able to work toward change for the future. Call your representatives, share important information through social media, be an ally to those who are directly affected. In whatever small or large way you are able, contribute to something that makes you feel a bit less powerless and helps to make a change.


This week’s call has been ruminating with me, and funny synchronicities are showing up–guiding me to not move on from this topic too quickly.

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When I hung up, after talking about noticing obligation showing up in words like “should” or “have to”, I discovered this sweet Note From The Universe in my inbox:

No more “supposed tos,” OK, Breana?

You’re not supposed to work harder, look better, sleep less, sell more, run faster, talk slower, be happier, stay longer, leave earlier, cook, clean, negotiate, settle, start, stop, move, try, win, shake, rattle or roll.

Other people made all that up.

I love you the way you are,
The Universe

Oh, you can do any or all of the above, Breana, you so can, but you’re not “supposed to.”

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flickr @david ascher

And then this article from Tiny Buddah caught my eye. In it Jordan Sibila describes the experience of striving to be more than you are, and the sense of dissatisfaction that so often plagues us–especially as American women. She says it so beautifully:

We are all engaged in this battle of the heart (truth) versus the mind (illusion).

As we discussed on the call this week: this is where the stress shows up! It is this conflict between the truth that our hearts are so naturally in touch with, and the illusion by which our mind is so easily swayed that creates the perfect incubator for rapid-growing anxiety, fear, and frustration.

She goes on to so honestly and accurately describe her path to the solution that so many of us are seeking:

After five years of living in the dungeon of desolation and desperation, I realized that the only thing keeping me shackled to sorrow and sickness was my own mind.

I realized that if I was going to insist on restricting, I needed to restrict the amount of negative self-talk I had allowed to infiltrate my mind instead of restricting the amount of food I allowed to enter my mouth.

If I was going to binge, I needed to binge on opportunities to make meaningful memories with friends and family instead of binging on anything and everything I could find in the kitchen.

If I was going to insist on purging, I needed to purge through tears, laughter, and signs of affection instead of purging up the remains of my last meal.

If I was going to be free, I needed to be authentically me.

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flickr @anton burmistrov

Uncovering the layers of belief that cause stress has been for me the greatest way to move toward more authenticity. The more I can see a thought for what it is, without getting sucked into the emotions that accompany believing it, the more free I am.

I wanted to add a resource to our notes in addition to Byron Katie, whom I adore. Grace Bell is a facilitator of The Work who lives in Seattle, Washington. She hosts groups with really interesting and rich discussion topics, and sends out a wonderful daily email applying inquiry to a specific example each time. Her writing is so transparent and honest, and I learn so much from reading the universal thoughts. Check out her website and sign up for her notes to see for yourself.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me or book an exploration session if there is a way I can help you move toward your dreams today. It is my honor to help create a nation of people doing their heart’s work and serving others in bliss.

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With love and bright focus,


Week 1: Create Your Vision

This week we talked about the importance of getting super clear about your goal. If you missed this gem you can view the slides and hear the recorded teleseminar here:

Download the slides
Listen to the recording
(Talk starts at 2:20)

The guide to creating Your Heart’s Roadmap that you got when you joined my band of adventurous dreamers comes in really handy during this step. If you would like any extra support, please email or call!


I’m so glad you’re here.

My guess is you are ready for something new and bigger for your life. A sense of aliveness and passion that may have gotten lost or paused at some point. Your spirit is calling out for new adventure and you are heeding its call.

You are in the right place.

That same call has brought me here as well, and what I am finding is turning my world upside down…in the best. possible. way.

This is where we explore those dreams that you’ve never shared. This is the place for working through the fears and limiting beliefs that have stopped you in your tracks so many times before. Now is the time for you to break through to start living the life of your dreams (I’m totally serious).

You are the person who’s going to do it and I’m going to show you how.

The commitment you make is to show up for yourself. To put one foot in front of the other. Starting with tiny baby steps and soon (sooner than you think!) gathering momentum into giant leaps and bounds. You are going to amaze yourself with the progress you will make toward your goals and dreams, and I cannot wait to experience it with you.

Welcome to Brighter Focus. I am so glad you are here.