On the November 6, 2012 Wealth Psychology Show at Sylvia Global Radio, Emily interviewed author, musician, poet, and luminary, Lenedra Carroll about her experiences over 4 years without having an income, home, or bank accounts.
In the course of our conversation we explored some of Lenedra’s wisdom regarding what it means to be human and spiritual — living fully and passionately from moment to moment.
Lenedra shared how she had to learn to dis-identify with how things had always been done — shifting from being a “mover and shaker” to slowing down and listening to the quiet core of self.
While she closed her bank accounts and cut up her credit cards, she did not simply live off others – she welcomed and received gifts — such as air miles that made it possible to travel to Alaska to see her mother when she was in the hospital — and she also looked at ways to exchange her gifts and talents in return.
She discovered what it was like to flow from a place of peace and trust, and also speaks about that which robs us from being able to live from that place all the time –
1. How the mind questions and worries, wanting to know and have certainty.
2. How others question us and our choices and uncertainty. Simply not having a particular home caused people to feel uncomfortable, worried, fearful, or intrigued when they’d meet Lenedra.
We explored Lenedra’s definition of “enlightenment” and her approach to spirituality, and what it means to live from true grace.
At the end of the show, we offered the following to our listeners:
Evocative Question: How much do you long for that peace and spiritual experience to be the core of your experience of life?
Inspiring Invitation: What is it you long for? more space? more peace? more joy? more time to be with yourself, with those you love? We invite you to name it and declare one way you will begin to cultivate even a few moments of it in your life -
perhaps through taking 10 breaths before making an important phone call; perhaps in putting on a favorite, uplifting song to listen to when you are feeling particularly stretched or stressed – using whatever you find helps to bring you back to that quiet center inside.
Gratitude/Passion/Pearls Journal — a place to capture your moments of connection, of peace, of joy, of flow… to cultivate you having more of what you long for each and every day.
Sharing Dinner Together — having quality time where you are present with each other has been show to make the biggest positive impact in the lives of your family members. You may want to have a game that you play as a family that has everyone engaged, such as “High/Low” where everyone shares a high point of their day and a low point and the other members of the family listen.
Book: The Architecture of All Abundance by Lenedra Carroll – where each chapter illustrates ways of incorporating more of what you want at the core of your life to be expressed in every domain of life (health, work, family, money, time…)