Books I LOVE

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I’ve been wanting to create a list of books that have made a real difference in my life and finally 9 months later, while Luca naps, I present you with this collection of books that I underlined nearly everything I read.

If you are looking for an INSPIRING book, take a look and let me know what books are your lighthouses.

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Return to Love -This is great if you are craving a new outlook on your life. Marianne Williamson is simply sublime and this book totally shifted my perspective everything about miracles + life.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?…”

 

Spiritual Doodles + Mental Leapfrogs -This is great if you want to tap into your creativity. This book is bringing me SO much joy it’s amazing. Handwritten by Katherine Q. Revoir, it is so playful and helps me access my expression with little drawing and writing exercises. I try to get a page done after breakfast and I feel immediately plugged in.

 

The Alchemist – This is great if you are figuring out your passion and your path. A must read. I devoured this in college and remembered asking my dentist what if this profession was his professional legend. He answered as best he could.

 

Buddhism for Mothers – This is great for ALL mothers. This book arrived for Luca’s first birthday thanks to Caroline, and I am DEVOURING it. It is SO good, and exactly what I need to hear. Motherhood is not all sparkles and snuggles, and it’s so helpful to be reminded that it’s not wrong to feel certain things that I don’t necessarily want to feel. It’s all a part of the journey.

 

The Invitation – This is great if you want to live a heart centered life. Jeanne gave this to me when we started working together and it is sheer beauty in the most raw and real way.

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.” – Oriah

 

The Desire Map – This is great if you just want to feel GOOD! Danielle LaPorte has completely shifted the way I approach life. Focusing on how I want to FEEL has made a subtle yet powerful impact on how I approach my dreams and my goals. A constant practice, but one that feels amazing.

 

Start Where you Are – This is great if you are wanting to access the present moment more. I am currently eating everything that Pema Chodron has to say. Here compassionate reminders to practice mindfulness are always what I need to here.

 

Here is to less phone time and more book time!

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Pop Up Full Moon Yoga : Recap

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The Pop Up class was sold out – we had 16 incredible souls gather together and practice moon salutations that revolved around their mat. We honored the qualities of the moon by cultivating them within ourselves. We started with gratitude and ended in receptivity. The class ended with these words :

“The appearance of things change according to the emotions and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.” – Khahil Gibran

There was connection, laughter, reflection, and softness in last night even with a glitch with the space – we rolled with it.

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This picture pretty much sums it all up. There is no filter on this – it’s just a mystical blur.

Next month I will be hosting a virtual mini ceremony for the full moon, Thursday, March 5th at 5:00 pm. It will be a chance to tune into yourself and clarify and connect to your ever evolving desires.

Email leahannefox@gmail.com if you’d like to participate and say: “Count me in for the next full moon virtual ceremony!”

There will be a recording available if you cannot make that time.

With incredible amount of love and light,

Leah

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I Am From

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I am from the enchanting moon and it’s pull on my heart.

I am from wonder.

I am from dance.

I am from seeds planted centuries ago.

I am from the leaf that falls gracefully from the tree.

I am from deep questioning and the arrival of an honest answer.

I am from bliss.

I am from practice.

I am from the magic of the stars.

I am from the rustle of something deeper yearning to be received.

I am from pathways that zig and then zag, yet always return home.

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Where are you from? In the most literal or abstract sense? Write a poem and share it, I know I for one would love to hear.

 

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Spontaneous Travel

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Claim what you want. Seriously. There is such incredible power in giving yourself permission to feel into what you want.

I wrote less than a month ago that I wanted this year to be filed with spontaneous travel – and we just returned from Puerto Rico. We booked the trip Saturday evening and left early Tuesday morning. And it was magical. Sunshine, naps, early mornings meditations on the balcony, the soundtrack of the ocean, black beans and plantains = straight up bliss.

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Take time to plant seeds and then celebrate once they have found a way to fully express themselves. Give them room to grow and open up to receive.

And just so you know the full moon is a perfect time to claim what you want to call into your life.  Join us for a Pop – Up Full Moon Yoga class!

 

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Programed to Receive

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I want to create space to investigate. I want to deepen my relationship to myself, so I can have meaningful relationships with others.  I want to connect to what is guiding me and slow down so I can receive. I want to worry less and TRUST MORE and experience a lot of JOY.

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There is tremendous power in claiming what you want, and then there is the practice of bringing your desires into your life. Rituals, sacred rewards, and things you do to stay upright must always be present and evolving in order to support the shift you are wanting,  so that  you can receive it with grace and ease. 

Until then have fun creating what you need most in order to support you in where you want to go. This group of lovely ladies also work magic.

 

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Heart’s Longing

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“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.” – Oriah

 

I deeply believe in finding work that is fulfills your soul, and then taking the leap to actually go and do it. I have spent a lot of time figuring out what I am pulled to do and slowly have begun making it real.

Once I became a mom my priorities shifted. I wanted to have time with Luca and space to do things that really make me happy.  I resigned from my job teaching dance and put my health coaching practice to the side to focus on what really lights me up: making things + teaching yoga.

 

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So that’s what I’m doing while Luca naps, when I have some help, or after we put him to bed. I feel so grateful to have finally located this sweet spot, and I have no doubt it will shift and change as I do the same. But it is extremely satisfying knowing I’m on the right path for right now.

It was scary to begin, to claim what I wanted, to change my mind again. And it required faith, support, and a lot of journaling and trusting through the doubts.

If you find that you are asking yourself some of these questions and are want to feel completely aligned with what your heart wants and what you are actually doing – here are some women and resources that really helped me along the way:

 

  • Jeanne Grabowski : I worked with Jeanne for 9 months and she really helped me figure out how to be true to myself and to do what it is I was put on this earth to do.
  • Caitlin Fitzgordon : I ran into Caitlin, my former birth teacher, during a tumultuous transition back to NYC. Working with her helped me navigate the challenge of motherhood and growing a business while creating supportive container to find clarity and confidence in my work.
  • Danielle Van de Kemenade : I met Danielle while living in Frankfurt, and she simply ROCKS. She creates useful experiences (virtual or in person) to help people find their ‘heart work’. I love reading her blog, and taking her e-courses. She has a new one coming up : A Year of Heart Work – which is not to be missed if you are wanting a work / life that is exciting and meaningful.
  • Braid Creative : I love reading their posts and gathering up any wisdom I can from these creative ladies. I took a Personal Branding e-course which was super insightful and have been enjoying their new podcast : Being Boss.

I am forever grateful for these examples and the incredibly rich content they put into this world to help keep me on track.  And this little guy also helps.

 

 

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So what do you want? Give yourself the time and space to ask, then get quiet enough to listen, and be bold enough to trust.

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