Just listen…


December 24, 2014

You Have All the Answers Within You

Finding Answers Within

by Madisyn Taylor

When you realize that you always have the answers within yourself, you can stop searching outside of yourself.

Many of us seek the answers to life’s questions by looking outside of ourselves and trying to glean advice from the people around us. But as each of us is unique, with our own personal histories, our own sense of right and wrong, and our own way of experiencing the world that defines our realities, looking to others for our answers is only partially helpful. The answers to our personal questions can be most often found by looking within. When you realize that you always have access to the part of you that always knows what you need and is meant to act as your inner compass, you can stop searching outside of yourself. If you can learn to hear, trust, and embrace the wisdom that lives within you, you will be able to confidently navigate your life.

Trusting your inner wisdom may be awkward at first, particularly if you grew up around people who taught you to look to others for answers. We each have exclusive access to our inner knowing. All we have to do is remember how to listen. Remember to be patient as you relearn how to hear, receive, and follow your own guidance. If you are unsure about whether following your inner wisdom will prove reliable, you may want to think of a time when you did trust your own knowing and everything worked out. Recall how the answers came to you, how they felt in your body as you considered them, and what happened when you acted upon this guidance. Now, recall a time when you didn’t trust yourself and the results didn’t work out as you had hoped. Trusting your own guidance can help you avoid going against what you instinctively know is right for you.

When you second guess yourself and go against what you know to be your truth, you can easily go off course because you are no longer following your inner compass. By looking inside yourself for the answers to your life’s questions, you are consulting your best guide. Only you can know the how’s and why’s of your life. The answers that you seek can be found when you start answering your own questions.



all of; entire.

synonyms: entire, complete, full, unabridged, uncut

antonyms: incomplete

in an unbroken or undamaged state; in one piece.

synonyms: intact, in one piece, unbroken;


with no part removed.


“all people should be whole in body, mind, and spirit”

a thing that is complete in itself.

all of something.

“the effects will last for the whole of his life”

synonyms: all, every part, the lot, the sum, the sum total, the entirety

*2015 word of the year.


2014 MAGIC

sit. play. learn. heal. be free.

Dear Teachers,

Thank you. Your gifts, your strengths, your knowledge fills me up. You keep me strong. You give me joy and nourishment.  I made a space in my home dedicated to you. When I practice or work- I can feel something bigger. I can hear you with me, encouraging me to practice. To stay with it. to trust. to sit. to know. to not know. to just be me. to learn & heal and to keep believing…. I updated the Thanksgiving post ( below) b/c just creating a blog about my teachers made me want to see them everyday! I started collecting pictures and frames and put them up right next to my computer, right now- I see them. Smiling, loving, teaching, giving, serving, here they are with me.

They say, ” YOU are your OWN teacher!” Isn’t that amazing?

listen more. talk less. & practice.

question things that don’t MAKE sense to you.

do less, live with ease, with love


In gratitude.

Today is Thanksgiving Day.  I woke up early, in the dark, to be quiet for a bit. To reflect on this outstanding & privileged life I am living. To bring to mind all those who are in pain or suffering this day, this year, this moment. All those without.  But today, my gratitude practice, and my day is going to be specifically directed towards the 6 teachers in my life who inspire, challenge, support & guide me daily.  Recently it occurred to me that I actually have had the most amazing fortune to SEE and STUDY with all of them over the past 5 months.  These teachers are the reason I keep going- they give me hope & grounding… I have learned so much from all of them.  My studying with them has allow expand my work AS a teacher, gifts me the  of being a student ( which is one of my favorite roles in life ). I believe in the teacher -student relationship as  a way to grow- a way to get clarity over our purpose & our passions. I am so lucky to know these beautiful beings.

Karen Maezen Miller


Erin Maile O’Keefe


The Mohans


Max Strom


Erich Schiffmann


more of this…

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