Monday, October 20, 2014

Don’t be afraid of change,


I was born on the 16th of the month. For those of you who are into the meaning of numbers and signs, it is the tower card, that some consider chaos or continual change. When I found this out it explained a lot about the way I have live my life and embraced change, looking forward to the next thing with excitement instead of fear. Not staying in one place for very long has also been part of my makeup, so I have always found projects that have an end date that I can see and touch attractive. 

When I took a moment to take an accounting of how many places I have stayed for a month or more in the last year and came up with over a half dozen, even I scratched my head in amazement. The only thing that makes sense of it all is the fact that the “powers that be” want me to be very accustomed to change.

Many of you can not relate to my free and easy lifestyle, but at this point, I know no other way to explore the grand vastness of this world. Although I still enjoy all the comforts of life, I hold on to very little material things and accept each person I meet as a new potential friend that may only be in my life for a short while.

With the new energies coming in, you too may be faced with great changes in your life, the place that you live, your work, family and friends as you’re asked to stretch your wings and prepare to fly. Don’t be afraid of the change that is coming, knowing that there is always a path in front of you that has been laid out for your best interest.

Don’t be afraid of change, but embrace it as an opportunity to take the cards that you have and create something even more spectacular.

Wishing you a beautiful day,

LeeZa Donatella
info@leezadonatella.com
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

See the Beauty in Life


Did you ever go to a place where the weather was lousy and you were told if you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes?

well, my dears, I am here telling you the same about life. Once you realize that you have control over how you see your situation, then it can change, and get even better.

It is when we see the good in everything about where we are right now, that we can effect our future for the better, beginning with our attitude.

Once our attitude changes, so does our situation. So open your eyes, and see the beauty, and you'll be enveloped in it.

Oh, and don't forget to ask for what you want out of life. The cosmos are geared to deliver it to you.

Wishing you peace,



LeeZa Donatella
info@leezadonatella.com
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Home is in the Heart


I am often in a new place every few weeks, but unlike most people, I don’t jolt my head up in bed wondering, ‘Where the heck am I.’ I guess it’s because I’ve lived this way, through both my corporate and writing careers that I am accustomed not sleeping in the same place for very long. It’s a lifestyle that I grew to love as I got to explore the world, for all my projects including those where I have had the opportunity to give back and volunteer to make the lives of others just a little better.  It seems like someone else’s life, when I think back to the last time I had solid roots in one place. Not many embrace my free and easy way of living and at times I miss the old me.

But I am a rare breed as I continue to search for that place where permanent roots feel like home.

I do know one thing, No matter where I am, because of the love that I have in my heart, a love that I share with all I meet, that wherever I lay my head, I am home.

Wishing you peace,


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

You Control Your Reaction


So it seems that the Mercury Retrograde is in full swing, with miscommunication, electronic glitches and delays. For those of you who are seeming to put your foot in your mouth, taking a few moments to think before speak and avoid those embarrassing moments.  If your computer is being testy, or if you’re on a project trying to deliver a system upgrade, take a breathe and breath out that frustration, knowing that it’s not you. Lastly for those of you traveling, take the expected delays in stride, since they are certainly out of your control. As for me, well, I got the triple crown with issues with all the above this 2014 October Mercury Retrograde.  

A perfect example as I arrived at my departure gate to catch a late flight for an early meeting the following morning, I discovered that the first leg of my trip was delayed. ‘I can still make the connection, I thought to myself,’ as I made my way to the counter to get a latte.  After about 2 hours, we started the boarding process. It was then that I received word that my connecting flight had been cancelled due to severe weather. I breathed in deeply then exhaled; the air slowly leaving my body through my nostrils, as the stress exited by body. I took a moment and came up with plan B and alternatives to manage expectations with the folks that would be waiting on me early the next morning. 

‘Thank goodness it wasn’t an interview with Good Morning America,’ I chuckled, not wanting to keep Matt Lauer waiting.

The gate crew was fabulous and apologized. I smiled telling them that it was not your fault as I mused,"Unless you;re controlling the weather."

Why was I so calm?

Well, my dears, there was a time, not too long ago, I might add, when I would have reacted much differently. Yes, I was inconvenienced, but I quickly put the situation into perspective. It was just an unpleasant situation. But no one was injured or died. So often I see people acting poorly when they experience minor inconveniences, like having to wait in line for more than 3 minutes for their morning triple venti caramel macchiato. 

Is it our fault that we overreact? 

In today's society it's considered normal now to rush through life without taking time to breathe. This all began with the computer technology explosion that began in the 80s and 90s. What used to take days to calculate or find, we now can gather using technology in seconds. The pace filtered into the corporate segment as we're pushed to our limit at work to deliver more and more in shorter timeframes. It moved into our personal lives as our patience has become almost non existent, getting agitated when the clerk spends a few extra seconds conversing with the customer in front of us.  And we filter that to our children. 

What has this change of pace gotten us? 
A live filled with stress that's not really living. That leads to a few things including serious physcial and mental illness. Did you know that the scientific community has labeled stress the number one cause of disease. 

I think that as a society we have all gotten spoiled and have forgotten what is really important. The world may be your oyster, but remember that the sun does not revolve around the Earth and the world does not revolve around you. So, stop taking it out on everyone else by stressing the small stuff.


The ONLY thing you CAN control is YOUR reaction. So, let it be one of peace and patience as you break the pattern of the person who has no time to stop and smell the roses. Remember this and you'll life more stress free.

Sending you peace and love this day and always,

LeeZa Donatella  

Have a day filled with love,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Love Begins with YOU!


From the very young to the very old, the US to Timbuktu, we're all looking for more love in our lives. 

Whether you want more enjoyable moments in your life or are looking for finding that special someone, in my book, the answer is always the same.  

Love is the highest most powerful emotion. And when you find the love, you vibrate it. And when you vibrate love, you attract love. No matter your situation, if you look at where you are right now and embrace, love and appreciate it, then you will find the love in it. 

Now you may be shaking your finger at me saying, 'But, LeeZa, I am in a bad way right now, how can I love where I am?'

Okay, let's talk about that. You may be unemployed, or dealing with a mound full of debt. Maybe you just broke up with someone, or perhaps you're homeless or very ill.  

I have also been in all those situations throughout my life and I can tell you that from experience I took some time to feel sad, bad and sometimes I even felt utter despair from a situation I was in.  The difference is that I didn't dwell in that feeling for too long. 

After a short time, I brushed myself off and took an assessment of where I was at, how I got there and what I could find in the situation that I could love.  I can tell you that once I found the positive, I stayed in that moment, embracing, loving and appreciating it. 

For example, I may have been up all night worrying about how I was going to pay my bills, but that gave me the opportunity to be up at dawn to see the beautiful sunrise. Once I saw the positive my situation changed.  

I may have been ill and had major surgery, but I when I started appreciating the fact that the part of my body associated with the issue was really my wake-up call to reassess that area of my life, then I took the illness in stride as I regained my strength. 

I may have broken up with someone after investing years in the relationship, but once I was thankful that I was given the opportunity to spend more time working on myself, the quality of potential partners I attracted increased. 

I may have lost my place to live or the things I owned, but once I realized that I did not need much and that my change in living situation was the universe allowing me the freedom to travel without a lot of baggage, I saw things differently and gained the fortitude to move forward.

I hope that whatever you are going through you can embrace where you are in order to see the love. It begins with you!

Have a day filled with love,





Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Decisions and Bumpy Roads


We're all presented with situations where we need to make decisions. On a small scale it happens each morning as we decide what to wear or when we order our designer coffee's. On a larger scale it happens as we made who to marry, where to live or what job to take.

At times in our lives, the decisions we make, may take us down a different road and we have all had moments in life where we have looked back in hindsight and thought, "Gee, if I had not made that decision I would ot be where I am today?"

They say that hindsight is 20/20, but every experience does shape us into the person we are today.

And when faced with larger decisions, some of you were not sure which direction to take and second guessed yourself. Others probably weighed the pros and cons before making your decision. Lastly a few, the may be labeled mavericks or even perhaps crazy, basically flipped a coin or went with the choice that offered the more interesting alternative as they jumped right into the deep end of the pool.

Some of my most memorable experiences and life lessons happened when the decisions I made had me jumping into the deep end of the pool. In the end, it was as if I took some sort of short cut, although at the time it seemed like I had gone through hell and back.  

So, is anyone way of deciding which road to take better than the other? 

Who am I to tell you how you need to proceed with your life. I can, however, tell you this: "All roads do lead to the same destination. It's just that some are bumpier than others."

Have a day filled with love,






Monday, October 6, 2014

Each Day is a New Beginning


I may be beating a ded horse here but I cannot emphasize enough about not dwelling in the past. The past is just that gone. Look to each sunrise as a new opportunity to move forward. If you do, you'll never live with regret and look upon everything as new.

Blessings and love to you this day,


LeeZa Donatella
info@leezadonatella.com
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania
           Eat Pray Stay Abadiania

Friday, October 3, 2014

How to Reduce Stress in 5 Minutes


I encounter a lot of people who deal with stress, I can relate to them, spending many years immersed in corporate projects with tight deadlines. Although meditation is always a great exercise for relieving stress and quieting the mind, many people find difficulty getting there. The picture I posted today shows something I discovered back in the 1990's regarding ways to "shake off the stress."

By finding a space with a little room, take a few minutes to swing your arms freely from side to side.  

No, guys this is not a regimented exercise, and not a competition. How would you have swung your arms if you were a child; carefree, not rigid and not stiff.  Be free, flow, close your eyes and don't try to control the movement.

Ah, I can sense that some of you out there are still not flowing. Sweeetie, you are not "Edward Scissor-hands," so loosen up your hands too and like the song says "Throw your hands up in the air. And wave them like you just don't care."  

Now you are getting it!

Breathe slowly in and out, smile, laugh and you'll start to feel great and your stress will begin to melt away.

Wishing you a day filled with the beautiful flow of life,

LeeZa Donatella
info@leezadonatella.com
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania
           Eat Pray Stay Abadiania

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Let It Go Already


Oh,  if I had a nickel for every thought I used to hold onto, I would not have to work for a living. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm talking about myself.  If you would have met me in my hay day of climbing up the corporate ladder, well,  I was nothing like I am today.  

Today I breathe more deeply, especially on the occasions where I assist corporate in their endeavours. 

And with compassion I look on the people who have tried to hurt me in the past, even the sociopaths. Why?  Because they're infants to this world of Earth lives as they continue to live in the misery of their mind. They just don't know any better. Dealing with these newbies is like dealing with a young child.  Would I treat kindergartners with animosity because they don't understand String theory? Of course not. And that's what these people are, kindergartners.

I don't hold a grudge;  I have no anger, nothing negative or lower vibrational,  even toward those who have blatantly stolen from me. I don't wish them revenge or to reap the bad karma they've earned.  I forgive, especially myself for being duped so I can release and move forward.  It is only by forgiveness and wishing these people peace in this lifetime that we releasing lower vibrational emotions and grow

Take on this philosophy, and you'll feel the freedom. And boy, does it feel great!

Wishing you a day filled with peace,


LeeZa Donatella
info@leezadonatella.com
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania
           Eat Pray Stay Abadiania


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Great Partnerships


Have you ever had such a great rapport with someone that when you partner up things just seem to flow?  Seldom do we get the chance to gel so effortlessly with another and when we do the magic happens. 

I will not soon forget the months on end I spent with a couple of associates on a massive project. There were 2 in particular that I worked with where we could finish each other's sentences. We toiled long into the early mornings, sleep secondary to getting the job done. 

We pulled off what was considered impossible and made it look easy. Okay, so it was not so easy, but even in the midst of the chaos we found laughter and camaraderie.  I was reminded of my old partnerships this morning and look back on that time with fondness and appreciation.

Wishing you a day filled with great partnerships and synergy,

LeeZa Donatella
info@leezadonatella.com
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania
           Eat Pray Stay Abadiania

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stress and Your Health



Living a peaceful life, where you're free to spend your days focusing on love, seldom puts you into stressful situations.  

Now for the rest of Americans and the world who have to drag themselves up out of bed each morning, deal with getting the kids ready,the commute, traffic, and work overload at a position that imposes strict deadlines. Now that can be stressful.


Based on the American Psychological Association study July 2014 of Americans 73%


regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress and 77%  regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.  The most common physical ailments sited were irritability, anger, crying and nervousness, that feeling like you want to jump out of your skin.  The most common physical ailments sited were fatigue, headache, stomach issues. 

But stress does more than just cause you a belly ache. The US National Library of Medicine April 2010 (PMC2858344) article states that chronic stress may be a contributor to the increased risk for obesity and other metabolic diseases and WdMD lists the top 10 health problems as heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression, gastrointestinal problems, accelerated aging, alzheimer's disease and premature death.


That's some pretty serious stuff folks, just because we allow things to "get to us."

I had a friend who way-back-when introduced me to the concept that if you are not "at-ease" then the body becomes  "dis-eased."  The point of this play on words never hit home until I started doing my research on stress related illnesses. 

Okay, so I've ruined your morning coffee with my blatant statement of fact. By I come with some answers that may make your day a little less, well, stressful. 


Meditate 

The top answer is and will always be to Meditate. I have received countless emails from you and spoken to scores of people that tell me they have trouble meditating. Let me spell it out for you in a few easy steps. 
  • Close your eyes and breathe. Take a few minutes and focus on your breathing.  Start by breathing deeply until you can feel the breathe travel into and out of your nostrils. Now return to natural breathing, still focused on feeling the air flow. 
  • Be Present. We all get distracted. Be present in your breathing and everytime you get distracted, come back to the focus on the air flow in your nostrils.
  • Tune into your Body - You will notice that as you begin to relax in this process, your body will naturally release some of the tension in the muscles of your face, neck, chest and back
Even a few minutes of this type of meditation will decrease your heart rate and lower your blood pressure,  

Wishing you a stress-less day,

LeeZa Donatella
info@leezadonatella.com
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania
           Eat Pray Stay Abadiania

Monday, September 29, 2014

Approaching the October 2014 Mercury RetroGrade


For those of you who are uninitiated, 3 to 4 times a year, the planet Mercury appears to move backward in the sky. It’s an illusion, of course, and occurs because of Mercury and Earth's relationship to each other at a particular point in their orbits as well as each of their relative speeds. Why should you care? Well, it seems that this retrograde motion has an effect on some aspects of our world.

Mercury is the ruler of all types of communications, transportation and commerce. It also rules electronics like your computer and one of our pride possessions, our cell phones, for example.

During these approximate 21 day retrograde periods things seem to go amuck. To add insult to injury,  the up to a couple of weeks before the retrograde officially begins is called a pre shadow period. During this pre-period, the swift-footed ruler seems to lose momentum as we start experiencing delays, misunderstandings as well as mechanical, technological and electronic mishaps and breakdowns.  

As I write this article we are in the pre-retrograde shadow period as Mercury is almost at a station-ary position. 

Mercury Retrograde for Fall 2014
  • October 4 – October 25
Take note of the time of the retrograde.  It is suggested not to engage in binding contracts, expect delays when traveling or don't travel at all, not to buy electronic equipment or a new car and avoid going under the knife.  It's also a time to take care when speaking, since words may fall out of your mouth differently then you intended.

It's not all doom and gloom though. The bright side to this aspect is that during these periods I have learned to go with the flow and spend time in introspection, reviewing old patterns for release. It's all how you look at it and this timeframe also allows me to practice better patience and not to react when things go haywire, because the only thing we have control over is our reaction. 

Wishing you a blessed day,