The Divine Within – Original Blog Post

Divine Within

Life is busy and seems to keep getting busier, especially if we don’t take the time to slow down. I certainly fell victim to the crazy life. My days consisted of taking care of my two young children, working a demanding job, maintaining a healthy marriage, keeping up with household chores, traveling to visit my family out of state and of course spending time worrying about everyone and everything my mind could possibly concoct. Sadly, nowhere on my never ending to-do list was time for myself. Does this sound familiar? I am certain many of you can relate to “going through the motions of life” but not really living.

From the outside it may have appeared that I had it all together. However, I felt like I was falling apart on the inside. I was emotionally, spiritually and physically exhausted. I was disconnected and felt like a fraud to myself and to the people that mattered to me the most.  I specifically remember going for a hike with my husband and voicing to him that I felt “off path” somehow.  What I didn’t know was that my whole world was about to get stirred up. It was as if the universe heard my quest for clarity and decided to answer with a lot of lessons to learn along the way.  The funny thing is that nothing was different on the outside, but somehow my whole inner world was turned upside down and I had no idea how to navigate my way out.

I sensed a huge void in my life that seemed to grow deeper and deeper as I became more aware of its presence.  I could no longer busy myself with my never-ending to-do lists. I had to address the all-consuming void that I felt. Sometimes, I believe, life has to speak loudly to force a shift in the course that we are on. Through determination and dedication, I have been ferociously working to navigate my way back to what really matters.  It has been a difficult process with many ups and downs. Through it all, I now know that living an unexpressed, unconscious and disconnected life is far more painful than doing the work needed to live the life we are each called to live even if we don’t know where to start.

My intention for this site is to help others who are sensing the same impulse to live a life that matters. I believe that we can all “wake up” from our automatic pilot modes and do the work necessary to shine brightly from within. The process can be difficult and lonely. With the support of others who are invested in living a conscious life, we can rise together. Through my site, I will share the lessons and tools that have been transformative for me. One area that I am passionate about is mindfulness. Mindfulness is a practice of focusing our attention on the present moment without judgment. Through present moment awareness, we are able to accept life “as it is,” process our feelings, become aware of our patterns, and develop true connection.

I hope to bring people together and inspire all of us to stay true to ourselves and have the courage to embrace the life we are here to live.  I also want to offer hope and support to anyone feeling that they have lost themselves.  Sometimes we need to lose ourselves in order to find our way home.

Maybe you are just curious about my journey, or perhaps you can sense the same impulse to live an authentic life, or maybe you find yourself in the dark and want a friend. No matter what has brought you here, I invite you to join me on the journey to self-awareness.  It is never too late to start living a conscious life and be the best version of yourself wherever you are on your path. Let’s face it — life will continue to go on no matter what. We have the choice to passively partake in it or to get in the game and live the life that is so patiently waiting for each of us. We have one life to live and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to anyone.  

Let’s embrace our unique journey and discover the Divine Within.

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Mindfulness is a limitless tool for self-discovery. It is an experiential process, meaning that you cannot just read about mindfulness to understand the process and receive its benefits. You actually have to practice and develop the skill to be present.


-- Amanda Votto

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