Last year I had the honor of attending Claudia Chan's S.H.E. Summit, a gathering of inspiring women who are entrepreneurs, "disruptors," and heroes in many ways. The panel I enjoyed the most was one on personal growth, titled "Personal Innovation: Taking the Leap and Destroying the Fear" featuring some of my own heroes, Gabrielle Bernstein (author May Cause Miracles, Spirit Junkie), and Elena Brower (coowner VIRAYOGA, coauthor Art of Attention).* The panel also featured Lauren Ruotolo and Suparna Bhasin.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from their conversation with moderator Claudia Chan:
Lauren: ...and she said to me, 'You're the smallest girl I've ever met but you're terrifying at the same time.'
Gabby: I was no longer willing to live a life that wasn't authentic.
Claudia: It's always the obstacles in life, the really hard things, that force us to make a change.
Suparna: No change, no change. Change is inevitable, growth is optional.
Claudia: Fear is prayer for what you don't want.
Gabby: Miracles are natural, and if they're not happening, something's wrong. They'll happen when you're living in your highest truth. The outside world is a reflection of our internal condition.
Lauren: As women we have a fear of the unexpected.
Elena: If I don't write down the vision for what I want in any area, I don't have an end game. I have to believe in what I want in every area.
Lauren: You surround yourself with the people who take on your voice.
Gabby: Have clear visions but hold them lightly. Be nimble.
Elena: See what the people who inspire you are doing and it will help create your vision. Gabby is the person who showed me that I could actually speak about God and my connection to Him. Look around you!
Suparna: Your 40's is your wisdom decade.
Elena: All of us are already living in this mansion in ourselves. It's just a matter of what room we're in. Are we in the big rooms, or are we in the freakin' basement? There's nothing to build. We're already here.
Elena: I don't need to do an elaborate 90 minute yoga practice. 5 minutes is all I need. It takes one breath for me to find it again.
Gabby: Sleep is a spiritual practice. I make that a real commitment. I've also learned that if I'm going to play big in this world, you need to tune in big. That could be a book title: Tune In Big.
Gabby: If your life is not flowing naturally, you're probably not breathing. I think it's important to take that very seriously.