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Friday

The Power of the Universe from the Seasoned Traveler


Bohemian travel is not new to me as I immerse myself in the culture for the experience of it all. And I've trekked through lands and stayed in places with dirt floors and no windows where the only thing keeping me separated from the natural inhabitants of the insect variety was a thin layer of netting. These are the nights where my full head of curls are securely tucked into a large stocking cap. That's to be expected as I travel alone for months at a time in the middle of the Amazon jungle, in the Andes where the coca tea is abundant, or hanging with locals doing Ayahuasca in remote areas of Brazil. Okay so no one has ever accused me of being a girlie-girl all the time.

When booking through a travel site for a stay in a US based hotel, however, I do expect a somewhat comfortable bed with the amenities advertised in the posting, even in 3 star accommodations.  So what happens when you get to your hotel after midnight and realize that it was a huge mistake booking it?

My first clue was when I called the hotel from the airport to locate the shuttle and they informed me that they had suspended that service last week. I took it in stride as I jumped in a cab and made my way downtown. When I arrived to the Des Moines icon and realized that there was no air conditioning or internet service, I decided perhaps this was not where I was supposed to be.

At times like these instead of lowering my vibration by getting upset or angry, I didn't blame anyone, just smiled as I got on the phone, thinking, ‘Well, I'm sure there's something absolutely incredible waiting for me.” It came in the form of a late night concierge at an upscale downtown hotel, who, out of the goodness of his heart cut the hotel's advertised rate by over 50%, waived the internet fee, excused himself to give me a free bottle of chilled water and put me up on the concierge level. Now that's service. 

Navigating traveling sites for the best deal can be an art form even for the seasoned traveler.  It’s when you take every experience as the gift no matter what happens that's when true magic happens.

I so enjoy sharing these types of stories with all of you and teaching people about a life in abundance as I continue to live it.

Wishing you happy trails,


LeeZa Donatella
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania


Wednesday

Stepping Outside your Comfort Zone



It's when we step out of our comfort zone, not purposely distracting ourselves but allowing the feelings to rise to the surface that great transformation occurs.

I decided to write a few words this morning about walking with courage as I was reminded about how fearless I have been over the years on my journey as I follow my purpose of helping others. I travel a lot, not having much more than the first few days planned and a return ticket. And I stay in places that most Americans shy away from. Don't get me wrong I am no opposed to staying at a 5 star hotel and have done so many times when traveling for business, but love traveling more bohemian style, immersing myself in the culture, the experiences uplifting and somehow making their way into something I am writing. 

Most people think I'm crazy taking the road less traveled, and alone to boot. I will admit at times when I am thrust into a country where I don't speak the language  allowing the universe to guide me,  or find myself at a crossroad,  that even I question what the heck I am doing.   I felt like this yesterday, so I decided that I would look up to the proverbial "them"  and ask for a little help.

Within minutes while searching for something else entirely I came across this interview with an actor that I remember from my youth. 

I’m still not sure how I came across this gem, but in listening, it was exactly what I needed to hear. 

If you find yourself outside your comfort zone, be confident that the universe knows when you are ready to move forward and provides you with guidance.  And be open to the form of the message, like my recent example, that came in a few words from an actor that my girlfriends and I all had a crush on way back when.  You just never know how the universe is going to try and get your attention.

Wishing you a day filled with love,


LeeZa Donatella
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania

Monday

Work Stress effects Body, Mind and Spirit

American Institute of Stress

I hear more and more about work stress these days. Was it like this 100 years ago?

   

Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades.  Increased levels of job stress as assessed by the perception of having little control but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders, per the American Institute of Stress.


Let me describe for you Maria's situation and see it is resonates with any of you. 

On this particular Monday Maria awoke at 4:15 am,  eyes opened wide before alarm clock and the sun.
A feeling of despair came over her as the thoughts of the many tasks that were on her plate for the day filled her brain, overwhelming her to the point where she began grinding her teeth. 

She looked at the clock saying to herself, “Stop thinking about work and go back to sleep.”   
Alas, sleep did not come as she lay there in bed quietly sobbing, not wanting to wake up her husband. 

If you feel like you're jumping out of your skin or find yourself frustrated, irritable or overly sensitive, then you may just have job burnout.  Like your body needs nutrients to remain healthy and your mind and spirit need you to be balanced and centered to remain healthy.  

If you can relate to the above you do have options that will help balance mind, body and spirit to keep them healthy.
Remember, that when you're not at-ease that's when dis-ease forms in your body
Work, Stress and Spirit

Look at Things from a Different Angle
Take a moment to step out of the situation that is causing you great stress and/or frustration. See the bigger picture and look at yourself within the situation in a different way. Let go of what's outside your control.   Here are a couple of examples:

Example 1
Don't ever be worried about losing your job. If it happens, be grateful for the break and time off and don't worry about your future.  Know that the universe has something much more wonderful in store for you and it's just around the corner.

Example 2
in Maria’s story, when she stepped back and re-evaluated her current situation she realized that by using a top management mentality, 8-9 hours a day was a sufficient workday instead of her usual 12-14 hour day. She was much happier as she completed what she could in her allotted day and allowed whatever she could not finish to simply wait until her next workday. When several of her teammates started utilizing the same approach, management brought in more people.    

Singing 
Based on research from Dr Stephen Clift, of Canterbury Christ Church University College, he says. 'If you ask any group of singers, they talk about increased happiness and sense of well-being, enhanced posture, deeper breathing, stress relief and they forget their worries….To some people, singing is almost a life-saver…. It helps them cope with depression, anxiety and bereavement. It can also be good for asthmatic conditions.”  You do not need to be able to hold a tune to get the benefits of singing, so turn on your shower and exercise your vocal cords.
Laughter
Laughter is another way to reduce stress. There are even classes out there where people get together and laugh. Laughing moves our focus from stress and frustration to areas in our brain that are beneficial to better mental health. A hearty belly laugh will exercises our abdominal muscles as well as our diaphragm, and tickles our heart
Meditation
Whether it is prayer, a mantra, listening to Barry White, or a sitting down legs crossed 1 hour guided meditation, I cannot emphasize enough about the importance of quieting the mind for stress relief. If you do not have that kind of time, try the 5 minute vacation for stress relief that I have shared in a prior post.
I hope that you all enjoyed today’s post and look forward to sharing more about spirit, energy and other tidbits with you in future.

Have a glorious rest of your day!
LeeZa Donatella
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania

Wednesday

LeeZa Donatella Shares About Being More Comfortable with Who You Are


For the longest time I wanted to get my messages out to the masses, but hesitated using all the avenues available to me, like TV and video because I didn't look or sound a certain way, what society views as perfect.

That time has passed as I am comfortable with who I am. It does not matter anymore that I am not the most talented, youngest, tallest, most glamorous or thinnest. What matters is the message and helping others move forward.

The feedback I get when someone watches one of my videos, sees or hears an interview is that it made them think, laugh or provided them with information. And that is more important than anything else.

Remember..... do not allow a lower vibrational emotion (fear, doubt, low self image) put your life on hold or wait until tomorrow to accomplish your dream.

Have a beautiful day, 



LeeZa Donatella
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania


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Friday

Experiences from an Abundant Life

Like all of you who are reading this article, I too have had tough times over my lifetime. When I was in the deepness of these harsh or unpleasant experiences, I could not imagine why they were happening or a way out.

Those times seem like someone else life now as I found a way to stay in a better state of being. Once I started living my life a certain way, I knew that the abundance that was all around me was mine for the taking.  


I am speaking about Abundance in Poland in July at a 3 day workshop, helping people move forward. I was asked to provide some input for an article.

I am still continually amazed when what I desire seemingly instantaneously appears, saying it nonchalantly one moment and having it materialize the next. My goal of helping awaken the planet as I help others move forward has me sharing my secrets of how to manifest in my Life in Abundance -The Law of Attraction in Practice workshops. 


I have hundreds of examples to share, including walking into a Casino, sitting down and hitting jackpots in as little as 7 minutes, but that's too easy. Let me provide you with a few different types of wonderful abundant things involving people, situations or what some may consider the supernatural that have happened to me once I understood the correlation between energy, emotions and one’s state of being.

A Taste Experience to Remember
In early March 2014, upon my return from 3 months in Mexico volunteering and performing research on my projects, I found myself for a day in LA. I took time to have drinks with my friend Tone, a producer for reality TV, but happened to get lost on the way back to my hotel.

I followed my instincts and made a right at a well-known street in Beverly Hills called Wilshire Blvd.  As I drove past this incredible upscale Beverly Hills restaurant, called Bazaar by José Andrés something told me to turn around. Having recently come from being out with my friend, I was certainly dressed well, but not having a ton of cash in my pocket I was hesitant and drove passed it.  It was then that I was overcome by wave of “knowing” that had my car practically steer itself around the block making its way back there.

As I pulled up to the valet station, I looked up and said, okay, if I am supposed to be here, my bill should be no more than $20. I laughed as I handed the valet my keys and headed into the restaurant.

I sat at one of their culinary bars where I watched the chef orchestrate tapas like no other, adorning them with several of the many eatable accruements that lay on the 20 foot table before me and ordered a small soup and a Cava trying to keep my bill to the $20 that I promised. 

Something strange was happening. From the moment I walked in the door, I was treated as if I were Julia Roberts. It was the celebrity treatment all the way as I was overwhelmed by the staff’s attention.

“But, I did not order this,” I shyly exclaimed, as they continually brought me delicacies from the menu.

“This is on us,” they replied. Funny, but as I looked around the restaurant no one else seemed to be receiving the same treatment.

The staff’s professionalism, talent and courteousness was unparalleled as they educated me on the different tastes on their menu, guiding me through my first nitrogen infusion experience. ‘These creations would surprise and delight even the most discerning and cultured palette,’ I thought, as the gastronomic delicacies tantalized my tongue, their flavors popping as they combined in my mouth. I sighed in true orgasmic fashion, savoring each mini masterpiece.

To make a great evening even better, I got to provide a channeled message and share spiritual information with a New York businesswoman who sat beside me. 

I was feeling very good about this abundant experience, though still a little nervous as I got the end of the evening, knowing that I had consumed over $200 dollars’ worth of food and drink.  When the bill came, it was less than $23.

It’s nights like these where I am reminded that you can manifest anything when you are in the right state of being. This foodie sacrificed nothing as I was literally provided with life's great tastes and magically, most of them ended up to be free.

An Unbelievable Waterfall Experience
I was visiting John of God for the first time back in 2003 when I experienced what I can only all a miraculous event. For those of you who are not aware, Abadiânia, Brazil is a place for healing body, mind and soul and is becoming a sought out place for the spiritual trekker. 

I can toss around words like spiritual or energetic surgery, all these terms explained in a book about going to visit John of God and my personal experiences that I published after my latest journey in August 2014 called Eat Pray Stay: Abadiânia.

There was one experience in particular that stands out in my mind, I just never get tired of telling folks about it.  In the weeks I had been in Abadiânia I had been to the waterfall several times. It was toward the end of my trip that I was instructed to visit alone. It was considered a great honor at that time and at first, I was not sure why it was given to me. I thought that it was because I assisted in the soup preparation that they allowed be to go to the Sacred Waterfall on my own. I thought that I may never know the reason why the Entity provided me with this instruction when I passed in front of him during a session close to my departure, but after my visit to the waterfall, I realized that the Entities had something special in mind.

Since my first visit, the path to the water had been changed, now much longer and paved with sturdier handrails and a waiting area, I remember the short path adorned by tall grass on either side and rope handrails as if it were yesterday.  Making sure the coast was clear, I disrobed as back then clothing was not typically worn while bathing in these healing waters.

As I looked to my right, I saw this very different looking butterfly perched atop the rope handrail. The texture of this insect was like one of those velvet Elvis paintings. The butterfly’s body was black with one horizontal neon-orange stripe and one horizontal neon lime-green stripe painted on its back, one in each of its main body sections.
‘Ah, I have an admirer’, I chuckled to myself.

The waterfall area was enclosed by a thick canopy of trees above as well as on all sides. I dipped my toe in to discover the frigidity of the water, even at midday. It would be a refreshing treat, my skin warm from the humid surroundings. The rocks were slick, some covered with moss as I carefully made my way to the center of the pool feed by the rushing water from above. 

I was so very excited to be in this place that I began to sing. I made up a song of thanks to all the people who worked at The Casa and the spirits who help people here.  The words of this melody cam e easily and quickly as I continued to express my love in song. I was smiling in my heart as I splashed myself and cleansed the crystals I brought along with me singing louder by the moment. 

As I had finished my visit, I noticed my little insect friend, my butterfly still sitting on the rope hand rail. I looked down on him with gratitude that he decided to stay with me and keep my company, including him in my song of joy as I dressed.

I surveyed my surroundings one last time bowing my head in homage to my little insect friend as I slipped my feet into my flip flops continuing to fill the waterfall with my creative lyrical praise.

As I looked up, I was astonished. I stood there frozen, unable to move, rubbing my eyes not sure what I was seeing was real.

There were now hundreds of pairs of these butterflies flying in a clockwise direction around the enclosed space. They were everywhere. ‘But how?’

It took less than a couple of seconds for me to look down to slip my feet into my flip flops and back up again! I gulped in awe, now motionless.

When I could finally move again, I began singing louder, in thanks, smiling as I left the Sacred Waterfall.

I could hardly contain my joy, skipping all the way back up the hill to my lodging. As I shared my experience with new friends I realized that it was The Casa’s special gift, just for me. Over the years since this occurrence as I searched the internet, I never could find the species I saw that day in that special place.

It was a miraculous moment where I was shown how all things are possible when we are in a certain state of being that the doorway opens to see things even more wondrous than we can imagine. Everyone's miracles are different and I still carry this experience with me as vivid as the day it occurred.

Manifesting in a Moment
No matter how often I manifest, I am always in awe, amazed at how easily it comes when you are in the right state of being.  This one always leaves me with a little tickle in my heart.

Over my corporate life as an independent technology mergers consultant I have had the opportunity to work with senior executives in the financial services industry. It is a feast or famine type role where you are either working or on a forced unpaid vacation. 
I took the times when the industry was slow, which could be more than 1 year at a time, to work on increasing my consciousness and my spiritual practice.
There was one time in particular that I recall when I was visiting my sister in Idaho. As we sat outside late one evening talking, she asked,

“So, what are go going to do next?”

Nonchalantly, I turned and said, “I’m pretty much out of cash, so I guess I need to get a new assignment.”  I looked up, twirling my index finger in the air and said, “Get me a gig.”

I said my good nights shortly thereafter and made my way to bed.   When I checked my email as I drank my coffee the next morning, my mouth flew open. There is was a 8:30 am; an email that arrived out-of-the-blue from an old co-worker that I had not contacted in about 5 years, asking,

“I know it’s been a while and I am not sure if you are available, but I could really use your help on a project for a few months.”

By the end of that day, I had successfully procured my next assignment.

I am excited to be visiting Poland in July, teaching people about A Life in Abundance-The Law of Attraction in Practice and filling in the blanks for people to be more successful at manifesting their hearts desire.

Remember that the universe showers you with indescribable pleasures when you live your life filled with abundance.

Blessings,
LeeZa Donatella

How to Manifest Workshop
Life in Abundance – The Law of Attraction in Practice
Warsaw Poland
Seminar: July 17
Workshop: July 18-19

Have a day filled with love


Tuesday

Believe to Achieve


I was chatting with someone who has gone through some pretty tough physical experiences. I admire people who survive intense physical challenges with the attitude like the Black Knight in that Monty Python movie who insists "It's just a flesh wound!" 

I often wonder having had different, yet equally unpleasant experiences whether I could handle the tough experiences someone else has had. Most times the answer is no. 

What I do know is that whatever situations you encounter, it's what you believe that you can achieve.

Food for thought.
Have a day filled with love and determination,



Sunday

Easter 2015


Wishing you all a Happy Easter
Peace,

LeeZa Donatella
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania


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Friday

Effective Forms of Stress Relief (Video)



There are so few things in this life that I have enjoyed so much that I wanted to do them again and again. This especially holds true for watching the same movie or video clip more than 2 times in 10 years. This particular one however, is different. It makes you smile, laugh out loud and sigh all at the same time. 

The below video clip is a great example of how finding something that makes you smile can be one of the most effective forms of Stress Relief.  

Video by Benjamin J. Ames
"
The fireworks show had just ended, but she thought she kept hearing them outside.
So we sang to keep her mind preoccupied. In the end, nothing competes with fireworks."

Find one that works for you and we'll all live happier stress free lives.  
Peace,

LeeZa Donatella
            Eat Pray Stay - Abadiania


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PS - Thanks to Ben and his singing partner for this entertaining clip