A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of coming across Elise McDowell’s Inner Vibrance Project, and was immediately hooked. Elise has such a beautiful and authentic energy about her that every time I read something on her website, I find myself smiling and feeling aaaaaaah….serene. I am so giddy to introduce her to those of you who have not entered her lovely world of vibrance, self-love and fun manifestation! Please support her with some comment and social media loooove, and make sure to visit her website YAY!
Three Magic Steps to Inner Vibrance
By: Elise McDowell
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs
I want to share a little story with you about how I discovered and captured my inner vibrance.
This one little discovery changed the entire course of my life’s direction and is the reason I now do what I do – run a blog that teaches people how to be alive and vibrant.
Sensing Something Big
It was August 2009 and I was all set to venture off to Europe for a month with family and friends. This trip was a gift from my mother to me for my 21st birthday and one I will never forget.
As you can imagine, the excitement was almost unbearable! I was SO ready to leave New Zealand and get away from my life.
You see, life kinda sucked. I had a very mundane dead end job, nothing excited me except for weekends of binge drinking and I had just ended another dramatic love affair.
I was over it. Done. I couldn’t stand another second to be in that negative mind space and environment. It was time to vacate the premises!
But there was something about this trip to Europe. It gave me hope for something better. I didn’t know what but I felt like I was going to get something there.
The Magic Instilled
Europe taught me many things, some I am still trying to understand and some I am meant to share with others.
From a powerful spiritual awakening at St. Peters Cathedral in Rome to discovering how to be alone in love in Paris. My first lesson was learning that the only important thing is this very moment.
After all, I had pranced the unearthed city of Pompeii, rode the mystical canals of Venice and hunted for George Clooney’s house in Lake Como. I was high on life!
I feasted on real Italian pasta, ate mousse-like hot chocolate, drank wine for breakfast and discovered a new found love for mushrooms and olive oil. This was all ‘in the moment’ stuff!
Home, Sweet Home
Coming home was like tearing apart Jack and Rose in Titanic. I really didn’t want it to happen. But something was different and I knew I wouldn’t know what that was until I came home.
When I set foot back in New Zealand, I was a different woman.
I had that something I was talking about before my trip but I just couldn’t put my finger on it.
On my return my friends set up a big celebration (any reason to drink!) and we hit the town with our flowy dresses and glitzy heels.
My friends kept telling me that there was something different about me and that they were so envious of my trip.
I remember feeling an incredible sense of love for everyone and everything and smiling ALL THE TIME.
We were in one of our favourite bars busting some fresh prince moves on the dance floor when a woman in her mid-forties walked up to me.
She has this strange look in her eyes (one I was not familiar with) and suddenly she blurted out “You are just.. SO.. Vibrant! I don’t know why but I had to come and talk to you!”.
I was floored and SO flattered. She asked me what my secret was and how I radiated such vibrance and that’s when I clicked. It’s vibrance! Inner vibrance!
The Secret Recipe
After that experience I dedicated my time and my life to figuring out what that secret recipe was that made me so vibrant. Because once you get a taste of that, you’ll never wanna go back!
I finally boiled it down into 3 steps.
Presence: It took flying to the other side of the world to realize that all you have is this very moment. You can never get those last 5 seconds back, but what you can do is start being in those last 5 seconds.
Be aware of what’s around you and only that. Care about what’s right in front of you rather than what’s happening tomorrow.
How many times have you been on your computer nutting something out when your partner, friend or family member asks you something and you barely muster an answer and with a monotone voice. Or worse, you snap at them?
You can’t get that moment back. So work to being in the moments and not lost in translation.
Perspective: Is walking up Mt. Vesuvius hard and a waste of time or a rewarding experience? Is your job a soul-sucking abyss or a place where you get to show off your strengths and be rewarded cash every week?
It’s all a matter of perspective.
I changed my perspective in Europe. Rather than whining about how much walking we were doing (which I would absolutely do anywhere else) or throwing a tantrum because the train was delayed (again, something I would do) I saw it as a new and interesting way to experience life.
How can you change your perspective about something that frustrates you in your life? What’s on the other side of the coin?
Action: Nothing drives you forward into the positive and fulfilling like taking action.
I took action 100% in Europe (even though some of the time I really didn’t want to). But because of that, I was rewarded with an amazing experience or discovery.
So how can you take action in your life towards inner vibrance today?
You could start today instead of tomorrow, decide that you’re going to notice 3 positive things on the way to work or university in the morning or start planning that dream holiday.
Through persistent presence to life you will become uber focused, and that naturally helps you shift your perspective because you have no ‘big problems’ to worry about. That in turn allows you to propel forward in action taking methods that make you become VIBRANT.
Elise McDowell is a Manifesting Coach and Author of The Inner Vibrance Secrets. Born
and raised in New Zealand she has an
INSANE passion for traveling and after the
experience she had in Europe, she now
scouts the world for inspirational wisdom to
teach her followers.
Visit her at http://www.elisemcdowell.com