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I have recently realized how much I have to be grateful for.  Most years, at year’s end, I feel this way as I reflect on my life. But this year something feels quite different.  I think it is because there are so many wonderful things happening. My heart is full. I feel this way because for years I have served women to create businesses and lives that they love. However, this year I have been a part of profound new business growth – at an unprecedented level. I have witnessed women I work with – create lives in past years- that they had only dreamt of. I wrote my book on the Essential Feminine to teach women the powerful feminine attributes they naturally hold. They can come alive and lead in a new and powerful way, when lived fully. I have witnessed this repeatedly this year. I have waited years to see this level of transformation in my life and in the lives I touch.

 

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Today we are launching my new private consulting site- www.MaureenSimonConsulting.com 

 

I am excited to share it with you. It took 6 months to complete. The site reflects my professional history and wins, along with the services that I now offer. One of the joys in designing the site has been the opportunity it gave me to reflect back on projects and overall life – as I wanted to share with you –my personal journey. I can now clearly see how the services I offer today were born out of these rich and amazing experiences.

Life is rich and it is up to us to envision and create – with divine support- the life we want to live. I wish the best for you in your life and ventures. Let me know if I can be of support.

Special Thanks-I would like to thank Debra Evans- my friend and collegue of over 12 years – who coached me through and helped me to say what I most needed to say on the site. Thanks for standing by me Debra. Also thanks Debra for your beautiful writing. You are a true gift to the world. Also big thanks to Laura Rike who has supported me with social media and being seen in this great world and helping me to get my voice out strongly.

 

Have a great and blessed New Year.

Warmly,

Maureen Simon

This past week end was Thanksgiving here in the States and I had a truly relaxed and reflective weekend. As a special bonus. I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Patmore (Leslie Nicol) -the cook from Downton Abbey (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/).

 

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What a refreshing treat that was! Having spent years in the music industry, I have had the opportunity to meet many stars and  public figures so when I was invited to come along and meet Mrs. Patmore I was not over the moon. But because I love the show it sounded like fun.

 

I found Leslie Nicol to be one of the most humble and grounded celebrities I have ever met. She spoke of London – a city we shared – as I would with a close girlfriend. She showed her vulnerability and humanness in the most beautiful way. She won my respect and got me thinking:

 

How can I be myself fully expressing my gifs and at the same time be FULLY present in all the lives I touch?  What does humility mean to me and how can I live with this beautiful attribute at the fore front of my life?

 

I always like to look at the day to day situations I encounter and find a valuable take away from each experience. What is your answer to the above questions?

 

Maureen Simon

Do Not Take Life’s Experiences Too Seriously

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Do not take life’s experiences too seriously.  Above all, do not let them hurt you, for in reality they are nothing but dream experiences…  If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them, do not make them a part of yourself.  Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

 

Paramahansa Yogananda is one of my all time favorite teachers in life.  He truly has taught me to live life as if I am acting on a stage.  For this, I hold great gratitude to him.  Each day, life can feel very serious as though this moment and today are all that really matter.  But like most experiences in life, if you look back on a day that seemed to be your all time worst, today in retrospect it may feel far less significant.  Another thought that crosses my mind frequently is how important it is for me to step out of my life and to look at things from an aerial view, from a bigger picture.  Most times, the things that seem so important on the ground hold very little importance when I look at their overall relevance.

So the lesson for me is to take things easy, to take things as they come.  I am committed to learning, to go with the flow and to allow my life to unfold as though I were an actor on the stage.

Maureen Simon

Meditation and Inner Reflection ~Our True Guides in a Fast Paced World?

 

I have had to find ways to stay grounded and open to innovation, peace and the quality of good living that I so value. After two very fast paced years I must now in retrospect acknowledge that my time spent in the quiet mornings in contemplation, meditation and inner reflection have not only been my life savers for creating inner peace but my well spring for creative ideas. This reflective time has been the place where I receive powerful ideas and guidance that leads to inspiration.

 

Contemplation, meditation and inner reflection have actually become essential to me daily as I have been stopping and listening most mornings in quiet- to hear what is most important and what signs thoughts or repeated patterns are occurring.  I now realize how this guidance and information would go right by me if I did not stop to listen and assimilate. I can now see what a huge price we pay in this world when this time is not taken – for each of us personally and for us collectively on the planet. Taking time to relax and listen- I believe—is where we gain and access so much rich knowledge and wisdom. Imagine if everyone stopped and listened each day! I wonder how our world would be different.

 

In the past five years-I have noticed how evolved we have become in the areas of thinking and analyzing – as we live in the fast paced information age. Our minds have adapted to these great skills as a way of receiving information for the guidance we turn to make so many of the decisions in our daily lives. But these are only part of the tools and resources we need to be referencing if we desire to live the amazing, intuitive and guided lives that I believe we are meant to live.

 

So how do we turn from relying often solely on our minds to now incorporate other essential informers?

 

Try a few out in your early morning and throughout the day. Here are some of my daily friendly reliables:

  •  In the morning create a peaceful place to sit- contemplate –gather yourself- a place to -be present.
  • Build time into the morning to sit still- learn a practice to support you. (I find Andrew Harvey’s Book-The Direct Path- a fountain of inspiration and resources for stilling the mind and looking more reflectively at life).
  • Sit
  • Breath
  • Contemplate
  • Make time to include some contact with nature each day.
  • Experience the light, joy and peace throughout the day- some days we actually have to keep an eye out for it!
  • Notice when you are rushing… breath – slow down in that very moment.
  • Value the time you make for you – as a precious gift to and for yourself!
  • Be conscious of how you best create quiet in your life — Go with what works and do more of it!
  • Clarity- notice if things are clearer in your life. Are you seeing things differently? Getting more information?

 

Please do share with me any changes that you may be experiencing in your life. Just two days of being “tuned in“ should yield results!

 

Enjoy!

 

Maureen Simon

Change Is Possible

Change Is Possible

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“What must underlie successful epidemics, in the end, is a bedrock belief that change is possible, that people can radically transform their behavior or beliefs in the face of the right kind of impetus.  This, too, contradicts some of the most ingrained assumptions we hold about ourselves and each other.  We like to think of ourselves as autonomous and inner-directed, that who we are and how we act is something permanently set by our genes and our temperament….To look closely at complex behaviors like smoking or suicide or crime is to appreciate how suggestible we are in the face of what we see and hear, and how acutely sensitive we are to even the smallest details of everyday life.  That’s why social change is so volatile and so often inexplicable, because it is the nature of all of us to be volatile and inexplicable.”

Malcolm Gladwell  “The Tipping Point”
Malcolm is great and right.

Change is totally doable..  Believe it!  Experience it! Go for it!

Maureen

Stretching Our Minds

Stretching Our Minds

“A mind once stretched by a great idea or new understanding will never fully return to its original dimensions.”

William James

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Life is always in motion.  You can never really go back.  Great ideas provide us with the inspiration and innovation that change and add to the quality of our lives.  Stretch your mind today.  Think of a new idea or a new way of doing something.  Notice how this slight change provides a new ripple across your life and affects many other things.
Maureen Simon

 

Divine Destiny? – What’s Yours?

After  many conversations with women — to get a better sense for what most of us need most today to be fulfilled, to contribute, to shine and  to make a difference in this world (which women really love to do)…it has become very clear to us that:

  • We all have a very special reason that we are here in this world
  • When we know this reason and incorporate it into our every day — our life comes alive and we contribute at a much higher level and are much happier doing so.
  • We  also become more excited about our life because it — all of a sudden has   a deeper meaning
  • We can measure our day and life against something greater than us and OUR needs (narcissism is becoming passé).
  • Life becomes VERY interesting.

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In the research for the book the ability for women to make a meaningful contribution to the world she lives in showed up consistently — as a high value for women. When we are giving, caring and overlooking the needs of “the whole”- all- we are most happy.

What is your Divine Destiny?

Happy Autumn!

Maureen Simon

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