Once upon a time my goal in life was to be safe. I grew up in poverty and chaos, and my definition of success when I was a child planning my adult life was to be able to have a roof over my head, be warm, and to eat everyday. In addition, my hope beyond hope was to find someone to love and learn how to be loved in return.
As I got older, I was able to meet my basic needs, buy a house, own a car, and eat everyday.
However learning to give love and to accept love took me several more years, and a commitment to self discovery and growth. As Rumi says, my heart had to keep breaking until it opened. And after it finally opened, the experience was so juicy and alive, I committed to keep expanding my heart.
I vowed every day not to strive to be successful, to be right, or to be admired... but to simply love. Not to love because the subject of my love deserved it, but to love for myself because I enjoyed the experience of loving. When I love, I get to experience love. When I remain open and vulnerable, I get to receive love from all around me. What a gift that this choice is always available to each of us. The old adage, "Love will set you free" is true - but never in the way I thought.
Now, I am living a life that, to me, is the stuff of my dreams and fantasies. I get to love people everyday (and get paid for it). I get to love my community. I get to love my family. I get to love nature, the pebble, the bird. I get to love my chores and my lessons. Vibrating with love has been (in my opinion) the catalyst for all the incredible gifts that life has bestowed upon me. I am ecstatic, honored and filled with awe and gratitude that I have been voted an "Inspiring Woman" in my community. My sincere thanks not only to everyone who voted, but to everyone who up until this point in my life has helped me become the person I am. I am grateful for those who have always stood by me, for those who have taught me, believed in me, held the space for me... and for all the people who have hurt me, abandoned me, and left me with a 'box of darkness'. I love all of you. Thank you for your contribution to my life.
I know without a doubt that Life has more greatness in store for me than I can possibly imagine. I am delighted to wait, watch and see what additional abundance Life has in store for me. I can't wait to share it with you.
I love you. <3
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Mindy Amita Aisling
ICF Life Coach,
NFPT Fitness Trainer,
OMA Certified Mediator
Mindy Aisling is a certified life and business coach in Bend, OR, exceeding all of the educational requirements & training set forth by the ICF.
She has worked with such organizations as St. Charles Hospital, Soroptimists, The Dispute Resolution Center, Olympic Medical Center, Americorps, and Juvenile and Family Services.
Mindy has been featured in the New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Bend Bulletin, The Peninsula Daily News, KOMO 4 TV, The Oregonian and many more. You can learn more about Mindy here.
Mindy offers professional, affordable online coaching to clients around the world, and local coaching to clients in Bend, Oregon.
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