Adventures for Your Soul: 21 Ways to Transform Your Habits and Reach Your Full Potential

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Penguin, 2015 - Self-Help - 320 pages
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"An incredible woman on a mission to help people find peace, happiness, and fulfillment." Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Miracles Now

Have you ever felt like there's something holding you back?
Maybe that something is you . . .

Sometimes the one thing you need to make a change is to see things from a fresh perspective. Discover twenty-one innovative emotional explorations to boldly confront the habits that are holding you back in this breakthrough guide that provides the tools you need to fearlessly embrace your innermost desires.

Drawing from her own transformational experiences, Shannon Kaiser's program utilizes an empowering process that encourages you to go on adventures for your soul so you can:

- Achieve your goals
- Remove limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging patterns
- Feel freedom from fear and live with purpose and passion
- Be unapologetic about your innermost desires
- And make happiness your natural way of life

By focusing on how your life feels instead of how it looks on the outside, you can passionately experience your own life adventures. By changing the way you see yourself, you can ultimately live life to the fullest.

 

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Contents

Press the Reset Button
15
Have you ever felt like you were just simply going to combust from
18
Break Up with Your Issues
31
Free Your Feelings
45
Play Truth or Dare with Your Inner Child
63
Allow Awareness
73
Me Matters
89
Just Do You
103
Fear Detox
157
Go on an Abundance Adventure
193
Rock the Reflection
201
Find Your Purpose and Passion
211
Be a Goal Digger
227
Illustrate Your Illusion
243
Sweet Surrender
255
Laser Your Inner Light
263

Lean into Love
115
Study the Blessing in the Lesson
127
Follow Your Joy Route
137
Nourish the Nudge
149
Let Go
273
Play with the World
285
AFTERWORD
295
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Foreword

Have you ever felt like you were just simply going to combust from the internal pressure that''s been building inside you for a long time as you fill with anxiety and fear of not being able to have what you most deeply desire? Maybe you don''t even know what you desire. Maybe you are so caught up in your head you can''t even hear your heart. Well, no worries, there''s more than hope for you here. Adventures for Your Soul is the book that will be your road map for change.

Scrolling through the Table of Contents of Adventures for Your Soul, I found myself smiling because Shannon Kaiser nailed it! You are about to embark on the adventure of your life! Shannon is one of the happiest people I know, and she will be guiding you on this journey, showing you a lighted path that will change your life.

One important thing to consider is this: We are thinking creatures, and our thinking is as automated as the breaths we take. We do it thousands of times all day long--and it''s just about as invisible to us as our breathing unless we wake up and become conscious and aware of our thinking. Shannon gives you the tools you need to become aware of mental tapes that play over and over in your head and offers a solution by providing a mental makeover to help you change your habits and put you firmly on the road to happiness.

Be aware that happiness is not a pursuit, although it''s tempting to think so. It appears that all of our gratification in life comes from our accolades, the way we look, and all the stuff we acquire. But no, happiness is none of these things in and of themselves. Happiness is the journey. And Shannon provides a "joy route" that changes the mental dynamics holding you back--not from achieving all these things but actually from receiving the JOY when you do achieve. With minds-run-wild, we are subject to being slave to habitual ways of thinking that become unconscious--meaning you might as well be sleepwalking through your life. The only way to be free of the shackles of limitation in this dreamlike state is to liberate repetitive thought patterns that undeniably self-sabotage and suffocate dreams. Muddled by too much thinking, we can easily lose a sense of the natural communication that happens between our hearts and our heads when our minds are clear. Adventures for Your Soul enables us to reopen that pathway and find true happiness.

I once knew a college student named Amy who was very negative and played the victim at every turn. From the outside looking in, Amy had everything. She was smart, attractive, and likable. She had a good family, and she was responsible and caring. What she lacked is the awareness that 100 percent of her anxiety and unhappiness came from inside her mind as she constantly looked for what was wrong with her life instead of focusing on the good stuff happening. Setting too high of expectations for herself and others, she lived with the resentment that follows when all things fall short of those expectations. She sometimes acted out due to the depression that followed, often pushing away the people who cared for her most. She didn''t know that all of this was coming from her lack of awareness of some simple principles to happiness--the primary one being that thought precedes feelings and the emotional reactions we have to what''s going on in our lives.

THERE ARE THREE THINGS YOU WILL LEARN FROM ADVENTURES FOR YOUR SOUL:

1. You don''t have to be stuck in your fears and anxiety any longer.

2. You can recognize and reverse the habits that hinder your ability to hear the language of your heart.

3. The route you can take into your own mind to get back on the journey of joy can be a fun adventure!

Change happens from the inside out, and while many people say it, what Shannon is really pointing to is this: If you want your golden ticket onto the happiness train, you had better first understand the train of thought that you engage with may actually be taking you in the opposite direction of where you really want to go. And, well, that''s like being on a train without a conductor.

What I love so much about this book is the way Shannon shows that self-awareness is the key to success in all areas of your life, whether it be your personal relationships, your career, or your optimal physical health. Shannon''s inquiry of body health and its relationship to our happiness is critical to shape-shifting into the person you were born to be versus the unconscious being that is driven by invisible habits without an internal compass directing the way. Adventures for Your Soul will help you develop your internal compass. It points to the value of aligning mind, body, and heart to be the receiver of happiness that comes through having a joy-filled mind-set that expands our heart''s deepest desire, which is to live the best life we can with maximum fulfillment.

This is precisely why Adventures for Your Soul is such a profound book and a must-read for anyone who prioritizes happiness as the reason why we do all things in life for others and ourselves. This is the playbook for making small changes and shifts that will yield you large results. The principles in this book will help light the path and teach you the tools for a mental makeover that will turn your scary roller-coaster ride into an adventure and joyride as you find your way back to your natural state of being--happy.

Treasure the gifts of life and love,
KRISTINE CARLSON
coauthor of the Don''t Sweat the Small Stuff wisdom book series

Introduction

Today, I consider myself an extremely happy person, but it hasn''t always been that way. The truth is that I''ve made HUGE strides to be where I am today. I had to dig deep inside myself to access authentic joy, the kind that cannot be manufactured by false promises and one-night-stand mantras spit out by pop psychologists. I used to cry myself to sleep every night. I walked around the cold Chicago city feeling lifeless, numb, and bored with life. At night the tears would always creep aggressively back in and rock me to sleep. I would obsess over my day, and feel tremendous guilt and anxiety tied to my eating disorders, drug addictions, poor choices in men, and staying in a job I hated. These bad feelings would just push me back to my bad behaviors. I would do whatever I could to avoid the sinking feeling that I hated my life and myself, so I tried to numb myself with food, drugs, codependent relationships, etc. It was a vicious cycle.

Realizing something was wrong, I went to my doctor. She diagnosed me with clinical depression and wrote me a prescription. As I opened the door to the pharmacy, an invisible wall literally pushed me back. It was as if a force field had sprung up in front of me, preventing me from getting the prescription filled. As I looked at the scribbled piece of paper, I had an awakening. Although I knew depression is a real, serious mood disorder that requires treatment, and that for many, antidepressant drugs are necessary, my inner voice said, "This is not you; you don''t need drugs to feel better. Just follow your heart." I''m not quite sure where that conviction came from. Although I believe that we all have that inner knowing of who we are and what we need, that voice had been muffled so long, drowned out with the thoughts of self-hatred that tormented me. That moment was the turning point of my life. As I ripped up the prescription, I made a promise to myself to always follow my heart and to stop making excuses for being unhappy. I realized, in that moment, that I couldn''t control the world around me but I could learn how to control my own role in my life. I could continue to allow the world to happen to me, or I could happen to the world, meaning I could make a difference by becoming healthy and happy. If I could turn my pain into purpose, then perhaps this depression and these dark days could be worth it. I had a choice: I could continue to go down a path that hurt my soul, or I could clean up my life, my thoughts, and my situations. I set out on a mission to heal myself. My thought was that if one less person in the world was hurting, then that is making a difference and helping the world. So I chose to take responsibility for me. No one else, just me. And the most glorious thing happened; I became happy. I found myself. I fell in love with life.

I will be honest: It wasn''t a miraculous healing or anything that happened overnight, but rather a consistent focus on showing up and taking responsibly for myself and my own life.

Over time things really fell into place. I used the tools I share in this book to help me reach a peaceful state. Finding hope and inner peace and reaching happiness is a process. But when we show up for the process, we are doing our part and that is enough. Just showing up is the largest part of the battle. And I continued to show up for myself by taking small steps to happiness. I adopted a dog (who is still my adventure buddy), who brought me immense joy through fleeting moments of pain. I moved back to the city I grew up in, Portland, Oregon, to be closer to my family; I left my job in advertising to find work that was more fulfilling, which led me to everything I do today. It was lots of small steps that led to the large transformation in my life.

Until that point of my life, fear had been controlling my every action. Fears like "I am not worthy of love," "I don''t matter," "I don''t make a difference," kept me playing safe. These fears were subconscious but ruling my choices in life. For example, by believing I was not worthy of love, I picked emotionally troubled men, who were controlling or drug addicts. They too supported my belief that I didn''t matter. But once I saw how fear was running the show, I saw how my life had played ou

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