Archive for December 2010

Today is the magical day of  Winter Solstice. It’s the shortest day and longest night of the year. Solstices and Equinoxes are the most powerful days of the years. This year’s Winter Solstice also features a total lunar eclipse. The last time there was a Winter Solstice and Lunar Eclipse combined was in 1544. So let’s take some special time today to set our intentions, release the old to create sacred space for the new, pray for accessing our higher consciousness and create a Vision Board for 2011. Taking time to listen to your Soul Sanctuary is so important and I wish for you the gift of this time on this auspicious day and send you many fairy sparkles and blessings to brighten your Celebration.

If you missed the lunar eclipse then I trust you will enjoy the pictures taken last night by my son Adil! The Eclipse lasted 72 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 If my business would be a magazine it would be O.  At Your Soul Sanctuary I love inspiring Soul Women to live their Magnificence. Here, Oprah talks to O editor in chief Susan Casey about taking risks, overcoming fear, and her exhilarating new chapter. I have selected some highlights and trust they will inspire you to Live your Magnificence. Note how she could make a decision from a place of Power when she connected to her Soul Sanctuary.

On her Fear of starting her OWN Network:

I have never felt such fear in all my life. When it struck me that, Okay, this is what I’m really gonna do, I walked myself through the process of, Is this my ego that wants a network? Because ego can’t create shows, and ego can’t stay up late at night, and ego can’t be giving up your Saturdays and your weekends….

Anxiety like, Oh my God, this is coming down the track. Oh my God. Literally. Capital OMG. What have I done? So much responsibility. Then I would talk myself down and say, Okay, what is that all about? There was an underlying instinct that this was a divine opportunity and I had to separate the opportunity from my fear of it. And then I had to get very clear about exactly what I was afraid of. I was afraid of failing; I was afraid of what the press would say. I was afraid it wouldn’t be what The Oprah Winfrey Show has been, and has meant, for all these years. I was afraid I wouldn’t be as successful. I was afraid that, you know, it just might not work. What if it doesn’t work? What if I want meaningful television and other people really just want The Real Housewives of New Jersey? And then it dawned on me: Well, that doesn’t matter. What is my intention? For anybody who is thinking about taking a risk, you have to always come back to: What are your fundamental principles, what are your fundamental beliefs about yourself and your reason for doing whatever? So I thought, Well, if it doesn’t work, that still doesn’t take away the reason I wanted to do it. I learned a huge lesson with Beloved, which was not successful at the box office but was a great life teacher for me. I went into a real depression after Beloved—a real depression.

On ending her show:

I was approached by all the syndication companies, saying, “We can get you another year, another two years,” but that didn’t feel like the right thing to do. That feels like I’m hanging on to the ropes in the end, punch-drunk, saying, “Don’t knock me out! Let me just get two more years!” I don’t want to be doing that. So the fear of not knowing, the “What next?” is a very challenging, soul-searching, deep, substantive provocation. And you know what? It’s supposed to be. What I now realize is, it’s supposed to be.

On connecting with faith:

Years ago Maya Angelou told me she was in some class, and the instructor told her to repeat, “God loves me.” God loves me. Say it again: God loves me. The magnitude of the universal force that created the mountains, the trees, the oceans, the skies—loves you? If you can create a space to take all of that in, there is no fear, ever. And ultimately that is what I came to when I was talking myself down from my anxiety about starting OWN. I remember one morning being in Maui and looking at Lahaina from my window, and I could see the clouds coming up, and it was an apricot morning sky. I was in my bedroom that looks like the bow of a ship where you can see 280 degrees on either side of Maui. And I thought, Here you are, in bed, afraid of making the next move and look at where you are…look at where you are. Look at where you have been brought from. I started thinking about my little house in Mississippi, and I started to cry. I thought, Look at all the times when God didn’t leave you alone. And I thought, Okay, okay: God is not going to give me this opportunity and just leave me alone—why would I be put in this position, just to fail?

On putting herself first:

A few years ago, I was interviewing Jerry Seinfeld for the magazine and I was feeling so tired—beyond exhausted—you know, where you’re just weary. I was interviewing him during my summer vacation and saying I had to go back to Chicago in a few days. And he said, “I hate it when people whine about their vacations, because your time is yours to design.” I never forgot that. It’s yours to design. So now I get the paint box. I can do five shows a week, I can do ten shows a week; I could take six weeks off and then tape for six weeks, you know? I get to design how I really want to live my life. Up until now, the work has been my life and has defined everything I’ve done. Can’t do that, because you got the show. Can’t do this, because you got the show. You gotta get back, you got the show. But now the show no longer comes first. Yes! I’m putting myself first. Isn’t that big?

Check out the whole interview in O Magazine here.

Love

Fatma

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Dec/10

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The Circle of Life

I so clearly remember the first time I saw a lion upclose and for real. I was 8 years old and we were at the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kenya. I was stunned by its majestic beauty and the peace and stillness that emanated from this powerful animal. I declared it my favorite animal!

Now here I am starting a new Circle of my Life and the song the Circle of Life from the Lion King definitely describes this well.

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

It’s the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

In the ever upward spiraling Circle of Life it is my joy to support women to live their magnificence. Your Soul Sanctuary is the place of power and peace inside of you and it is also the place outside of you where your internal fire will move you into the inspired actions that match the rhythm of your life and the beat of your heart.

In my work I exhibit a fiery spirit as well as provide an oasis of peace to ground my clients so that they can move into living the song in their heart in this magical Circle of Life! I am delighted to serve and support you in connecting to your Soul Sanctuary!

Come join me on a Soul Adventure!

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