Slow Down: Celebrate With My Favorite Holiday Gift Recipes

Are belated holiday wishes a thing? They should be.

I’m still over here celebrating, wishing you lots of love & magic throughout the New Year.

Are you the sort of person who skips right to the recipes? I’m one of you.

We’ve got cranberry sauce and molasses cookies on the menu today. I’ve clearly marked their sections below. Enjoy!

For those of you who are willing to slow down and indulge in some holiday reminiscing, stick with me here for a few minutes…

This holiday season, I’ve been taking it slow quite a bit.

I’ve been taking my sweet time all season.

As many people moved past Thanksgiving and onto the next thing, we stuffed & roasted a turkey the following Sunday.

We cooked all of our favorite side dishes throughout the following week and enjoyed a delicious turkey noodle soup with the bone broth & the leftover turkey.

We brought out our Christmas tree maybe 5 days before Christmas, and it’s still sitting there, comfortably glowing but mostly un-decorated.

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I’ve allowed the present moment to sweep me away from things like social media much more often, spending a lot more time journaling and sewing parked on the couch.

The only thing done early this year was my holiday shopping. I had more to give this year than in recent years and that was a huge blessing I know not everybody had.

My slow lazy-river approach to this holiday season has felt incredible.

In Conscious Wholeness, we practice intentional slow downs as a step towards making our thoughts work for us. We also recognize going slow as an essential part of sinking deeper and deeper into our own skin.

This tactic gives a lot of bang for your buck. It’s key for me in maximizing productivity and efficiency with everything I do.

Plus, I find myself needing way more time & space than usual this year anyway. Living through a pandemic has made this year’s holidays exhausting and weird in so many ways. It has been different for sure.

During this slow-for-me holiday season that’s been different than any other, I found more time to notice what I truly, deeply value in every holiday season.

The collective magic of the holidays is irreplaceable, as generosity, traditions, rituals, creativity, togetherness, innocence, and imagination fill the air.

This year I’ve noticed not only how magic is an important part of the holidays; I’ve recognized on a new level that everyday magic exists all around us when we’re willing to be an active part of the process.

While riding in the slow lane, endless synchronicity and happy accidents let me know everything is working out for me, when I’m willing to let it.

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Like when I brought home this beautiful amaryllis, bonked the flower off on the doorway walking it inside, and let it become my favorite kitchen decoration while the rest of the plant lives in the living room.

That’s the sort of magic that can come alive this time of year, every year, as the world gathers to celebrate.

The deep love of the season is unlike any other too, as we feel gratitude for what we have, long for what we’ve lost, and sit with what we want for ourselves in the future.

Even though this year was complicated, and my late-to-the-game slow approach might seem lackadaisical to outsiders, my winter slow down hasn’t lacked at all in magic or love, so it’s felt more perfect than I could ever imagine.

It’s reminded me that magic, loving vibes like this are available to us all the time, simply by deciding on what’s meant for us in life, and intentionally believing that we will have it, so we’ll do whatever we need to do to bring those desires to life.

I know not everyone feels this way during the holiday season, even on a normal year. Many people feel immense grief, sadness, pain, and loneliness too. I’ve been there, and fully believe we can experience the whole range of human emotions all at once.

I suspect that’s why this year felt so good – because I allowed myself to slow down and lean into ALL of it, without rushing it along.

My Conscious Wholeness practice constantly reminds me that these emotions are all facets of love, as long as they’re sincere.

As I allow myself to drag it all out, taking everything in until I’m overflowing with the nourishment each experience provides, it’s giving me the time & space I need to replenish myself from the shit show of 2020, and I’m walking into next year feeling so full.

I hope you’ll consider lingering in the spirit with me this year by trying a couple of my favorite holiday recipes.

Speaking of recipes, one more thing before we dive in…

Something you should know about me is that I’m *always* going to encourage you to do things your way.

Whether it’s inside of Conscious Wholeness, during a New Year tarot spread, or a trying recipe for something delicious, the key ingredients for more magic & love in your life all live within YOU. They depend on your own unique flair, your personal spin on things.

So, please…

Play with substitutions especially when it helps you avoid a trip to the grocery store or uses up something that needs to be used up.

Don’t be afraid of getting creative while you cook. Follow where the spirit takes you.

Do what feels right. If you want to try something different, do it. Come back and let me know how it goes!

Creative cooking is one of my favorite parts of life. It’s one of my favorite outcomes & practices of Conscious Wholeness.

Cooking feels like a way to love myself & my people. It has become a practice of communion for myself & my body. The people around me always benefit too!

The two recipes I have for you today come straight from my heart to you, and I hope you’ll receive them as a gift from me this holiday season.

When you slow down and infuse your own love & magic into every step of the process, your loved ones are sure to rave about the end result!

Crave-worthy Cranberry Sauce

For the past 7 years or so I’ve enjoyed cranberry sauce all winter long.

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That year, I had a hankering for some *real* cranberry sauce.

Despite what you might think with me growing up until age 12 in Massachusetts, always loving tart cranberry juice, and indulging in cranberry pancakes quite often during my college days in Boston, I never had real cranberry sauce at the holiday table until I started making it myself.

I’d tried the canned stuff a bunch of times – and if you’re a lover of the can cran, I hear you. I will not try to sway you. Other than to say that if any homemade cranberry sauce can make a believer out of you, this is it.

I’ve seen it happen time & time again.

I started bringing cranberry sauce to Thanksgiving because I wanted it myself, and my people also loved it. I refined & experimented every year, and a few years in, people started asking for it.

My younger step brother is a huge fan. It’s always a hit at a party as an appetizer served with cream cheese and crackers. My sweetheart who hates cranberry sauce of all varieties has actually tried it and said it’s not bad.

Believe it or not, this cranberry sauce is a crowd-pleaser.

At this point you might be asking… “does she load it with extra sugar?”. I don’t!

Here’s my “big secret” that I tell anyone who’ll listen – maple syrup.

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Using maple syrup instead of sugar gives my cranberry sauce this nice, subtle, earthy sweetness that feels like a big hug from the spirit of winter itself.

You might be surprised to find it’s exactly what your body craves this time of year.

I constantly make this stuff to keep it in the fridge all winter long. For the first time this year, I gave a few batches out as gifts for the people who really love it.

I hear debates have started over the leftover cranberry sauce and how it should be portioned out to each member of the household.

At this point it might sound suspicious. Is it even possible for people to fight over cranberry sauce like Rachel & Chandler fought over cheesecake? I don’t know, I guess you’ll just have to try it out & see for yourself!

Get those cranberries ready! Rinse them off.

In a saucepan, combine equal amounts of water and your sugar of choice.

Again, I love maple syrup here, but you can use regular sugar if you prefer, or a combination of the two. When I’m making this for a group, I usually do a combination of maple syrup and raw cane sugar.

It’s very easy to cut down on the sugar without compromising on the taste; I tend to use about 1/2 or 3/4 the amount of sugar, especially when I’m making it just for myself.

Heat the sugar water saucepan over medium-high heat while stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Once the water is steaming it’s time to add your fresh cranberries, along with a pureed orange and all the spices you’d like to use.

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I typically use cinnamon & cloves. This year I had some fresh ginger on hand so I zested some of that into the mix too.

Do you like spicy? Chop up some jalapenos & add them! Here’s a strawberry jalapeno cranberry sauce I made last year. It was delicious.

Give it a good stir and let everything heat back up.

Within a few minutes you’ll start to hear the cranberries popping as the liquid starts to boil.

That’s when you cover that red pot of vibrant berry goodness and turn the heat way down to low. Let it simmer for a while until it reaches the consistency you’d like.

Then…. voila. You’re done!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar of choice (I like to use maple syrup or a combination of maple syrup and raw cane sugar)
  • 12 oz package of cranberries
  • 1 medium orange, peeled & pureed
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • optional to taste – ground cloves, ginger, orange zest, dried fruit, apple, jalapenos… get creative!

Directions:

  • Rinse & quality check your cranberries; toss anything that’s too soft or way off in color
  • Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan
  • Heat until steaming over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar
  • Add cranberries, orange, spices, and additions of choice, stir well to incorporate
  • Continue stirring nice and slow while the berries heat up, until you start to hear them popping
  • Turn heat down as low as possible & cover.
  • Simmer stirring occasionally until the cranberries have broken down to your desired consistency, bearing in mind that they will continue to break down a bit while they cool. Keep your eye on your stove to make sure you don’t overflow!

Let cool and enjoy however floats your boat! I love eating this like jelly on toast, mixed with applesauce, with ice cream, with cream cheese & crackers, or by the spoonful. Store in the fridge! I hear it freezes into individual servings well, too.

Next up…

Molten Molasses Cookies

It all started years ago with a desire to bake molasses cookies and this recipe from Just A Pinch.

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I still mostly follow the same recipe, with one main difference – now I substitute oat flour for some of the all-purpose flour, and I bake at a higher temperature.

The oat flour substitution was a happy accident last year when I didn’t have enough all-purpose flour mid-cookie-baking. Upon this realization, I raided the pantry, threw some rolled oats into my food processor and used those instead. The results were delicious so I did the same thing this year!

These have become a holiday season necessity. They’re the only thing my step-dad asks for every year.

I usually make a huge batch and rarely have any left for myself after rationing out as many gift jars as possible. During this strange lonely year we actually have some leftover cookies! They’re destined to become ice cream sandwiches tonight. We’ll see how that goes.

If you need some cookies to round out your holiday season, look no further. These babies will do the trick and then some. Just be sure to bake enough to share!

Here’s how to make em…

I like to get all my ingredients out ahead of time, and put them away as I go. (You can find the ingredients all listed below). If you’re anything like me, your prep spread will almost always include a delicious stout.
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First, put all the wet ingredients together in a large bowl.

Make sure to slow down and enjoy a sumptuous molasses pour!

Mix all of that together with a hand mixer. I use a hand-me-down hand mixer that must be from the 80’s, and I used a whisk for years so that’s also an option. If you have a fancy mixer, by all means, break it out!
If you use a mixer, you’ll have this lovely cloud of whipped sugar when your done.
Then, add the baking soda, salt, and spices. Stir them in.
You could also mix all the dry ingredients (including the flour) separately like the original recipe suggests, but I’m a sucker for one-bowl whenever possible – less dishes!

Now’s the time to mix in the flour bit by bit.

If you’re mixing by hand, you might want to give up around now, especially if you’ve made 3-5 times the recipe like I usually do. It’s a bit of a process and your arm might get tired. You can do it! Keep going! It’ll be so satisfying when you finally have no visible flour left, only soft, dark brown molasses dough (maybe with some oat chunks starring that molasses sky if you used oats or oat flour).

Look at your accomplishment with pride, snap a photo (please, because I never remember to), cover the bowl with some saran wrap, and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours while you go take a break.

After you’ve let your dough chill out for a bit in the fridge, it’s time to form your cookies.

You’ve probably done this before right? If this is your first time baking cookies… Yay!! Congratulations.

You’re gonna want to preheat your oven now.

For years, I’ve followed Just A Pinch’s recipe and baked at 375*. This year, I wanted to experiment. I wanted a crispy exterior and a molten soft just-barely-done ooey-gooey sort of center, so I cranked up my oven to 450* and shortened the bake time just a bit. They were delicious.

How do you like your cookies? Make them perfect for you.

Get out a couple of cookie sheets and line them with parchment.

You’re going to need a little bowl of sugar for dipping the tops of the cookies and a little bowl of water too. Get those ready and set them somewhere between your cookie sheets and wherever your bowl of dough will sit. Now grab that dough out of the fridge.

And we’re off to the races. You have officially transformed into a molasses cookie production line. Please be as slow, messy, and leisurely about the process as you’d like.

Shape your dough into balls, dip the tops into sugar, and set them on your baking sheet. Depending on the size of your cookies, you could have anywhere from 6-12 cookies. (My cookies have rarely been small enough to get 12)!

Right before you put the baking sheets into your preheated oven, dip your clean fingers into your water bowl and let a few drops of water fall onto the sugared tops of each cookie.

Bake 9-12 minutes. If you have multiple pans, rotate them in the oven (turn the sheets, switch racks) when you have a few minutes left.

For many years I rolled the dough into perfectly beautiful spheres, then cooked them at 375* (pictured above).
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This year, I used an ice cream scoop, worked them together just slightly, and plopped em on the cookie sheet (after dipping the tops in sugar). Baked at 450*, they are crispy and darker on the outside, delightfully soft on the inside, and a little rough around the edges. Perfect for me!

What will make these cookies perfect for you? Don’t forget to add all your love (in the form of however you’re genuinely feeling) to make these magic!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup solid shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups flour of choice (I use about 2/3 all-purpose & 1/3 oat)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar for dipping the tops of the cookies

Directions:

  • In a large bowl mix wet ingredients (shortening, sugar, molasses, egg) with a hand mixer
  • Stir in baking soda, salt, and spices
  • Stir in flour until well combined
  • Chill dough
  • Preheat oven – 450* if you like a crispy outside & gooey inside like me, or 375* if you’d prefer a more uniform while still very moist and delicious cookie
  • Line baking sheets with parchment
  • Prepare two small bowls, one with sugar and one with water
  • Start forming the cookies; separate dough into balls, dip tops into sugar, and line em up on the parchment lined baking sheet
  • When the trays are full & ready to go in the oven, sprinkle a few drops of water on the top of each cookie
  • Pop them in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. In a 450* oven, your cookies will be dark toasty brown and borderline burnt on the bottom by the time the insides are cooked through. In a 375* oven, you’ll want to take the cookies out when they’re just set on the top & starting to brown on the bottom. Either way, start keeping a close eye on them around 8-10 minutes.

Let cool & enjoy!

I make 3x to 5x this recipe every year to fill up mason jars & give as gifts. They’re absolutely delicious enjoyed nice and slow, dipped into your morning coffee. Because, who doesn’t eat cookies for breakfast all winter long?

Nothing gets me craving vegetables for lunch like having cookies for breakfast.

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So how about it? Will you slow down and celebrate with me?

If you try these recipes out, let me know how it goes! Leave me a comment or tag me @briannamcinerny on social media.

And as always, I so appreciate you being here. Until next time.

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Finding True Spirituality In a World Full of False Light

True spirituality is available all around us, when we know where to look.

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When I’m struggling to find true spirituality in the big picture, I can always find it in life’s smallest details.

Some of 2020’s biggest disappointments for me have included witnessing some “New Age” and “spiritual” communities’ responses to world events.

Way back in March, before we watched Ahmaud Arbery & George Floyd die on our screens, I noticed several of my new-age-y spiritual acquaintances dropping off of my friends list as I questioned their beliefs about conspiracy theories related to COVID-19.

I’ve really enjoyed this podcast recently that analyzes the phenomenon called Conspirituality.

Its been relieving to see that most of my own beloved leaders haven’t fallen to this trend. This time has also revealed plenty of new leaders for me to trust and follow.

Still, it’s been incredibly disappointing to see science & social issues denied by sometimes widely respected “holistic” & “spiritual” leaders. Disappointing, yes, but I guess it’s not surprising.

This isn’t the first time the spiritual community has let me down. Maybe you can relate.

I will always remember when my Sunday school teacher couldn’t tolerate my plethora of questions. “Why does hell exist if God forgives everyone?”

I remember the feeling of betrayal I felt as an adolescent when my therapist suggested her incongruous spiritual beliefs to me. I never returned even though I desperately needed help. That moment inspired me to pursue my own career in mental health.

The way that some organized religions perpetuate racism and homophobia and other hateful, oppressive viewpoints has never felt right to me. Houses of worship should be full of acceptance and free of judgment, but in practice it’s often the reverse.

Fast forward to now, with some religious leaders preaching “faith over fear” as their religious services become super-spreader events for COVID-19, and some spiritual/holistic white women clinging to “love & light” rather than addressing the realities of systemic oppression.

Cult dynamics founded on charisma and groupthink run rampant in spiritual communities.

For much of my life, I’ve steered clear, staying incredibly selective about the spiritual paths I engage with.

That being said, I am still a spiritual person, because my spirit is too strong to deny.

As an adult I aim to be more accepting, forgiving, and open. I find spirituality in things like tarot, ritual, and meditation. I’m also a critically thinking person who questions our system, does my own research, and values science.

Why should we have to choose between spirituality or science & social responsibility? Seems to me that these things are better together.

So, I’ve been thinking about spirituality and discernment… what are the indicators of real, felt, beneficial spirituality? What signs tell us we should turn and run in the opposite direction?

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Here are some of the things that resonate with me when it comes to spirituality.

Any true spiritual methodology has serious intricacy & depth. It helps us lovingly navigate our way through life’s challenging gray area rather than forcing us to think in black & white.

Any school of though that ignores the depth of the physical – including pain and hardship that comes with living on earth, and the imbalances we’re causing in the physical world – is incomplete. It’s tone deaf, and ultimately, does more harm than good.

True spirituality is healing. It’s a refuge & a sanctuary for those who have been victimized & traumatized – it doesn’t traumatize & re-traumatize everyone who engages with it.

True spirituality nurtures healthy interdependence with the world around us, not dysfunctional co-dependence with a specific leader or school of thought.

It offers MORE ways to love each other, not more reasons to shame & judge.

It offers hope for those who are downtrodden, not blame.

True spirituality welcomes curiosity rather than shutting it down.

Something tells me that your body knows this is true.

Your body is tired of false light methods, tired of all the lies and bull flying around in the world, tired of those methods that tell you to try and silence or escape your body’s experience.

True spirituality helps you make a positive impact on your world by using the guidance of your sacred body – not in spite of it.

As a collective, we need to stop glorifying ideas (even seemingly “spiritual” ones) over the lived experiences of other people, the planet and our physical selves…

So we can cherish this life we’ve been given and leave the Earth (not just our own estate) truly better off for having had us.

You are divine. I am divine. The most deeply felt spiritual experiences I’ve had, the most profound wisdom I’ve received, re-connects me to that fact.

What does your discernment tell you about true spirituality? How do you weave spirituality into your life? What does true spirituality look like & feel like for you?

Conscious Wholeness is how I systematize the groundwork that needs to be done on a regular basis to connect to my spirituality, manage my self-care, fall more deeply in love with myself, and nurture my relationship with the earth.

It’s how I connect with my own inner wise elder & how I strengthen my discernment about who & what to believe… From a place of truth instead of trauma.

It’s a process I follow that unleashes inspiration, expands my edges, and refines my focus.

It’s a framework I fall back on when I want to feel more connected & supported in any area of my life.

It always shows me the way back to myself. I created the Conscious Wholeness course to provide you with this framework, too. I offer lifetime access at an accessible price, always with room to grow.

My clients have shared that Conscious Wholeness helps them dive deeper into connection with their own unique spiritual beliefs – even if those beliefs are totally different than mine.

If you are looking for ways to go deeper with yourself spiritually, or if you want to weave more of your spirituality into your work, I would love to connect with you.

At the very least, I hope you will make it a point to discern the false lights in your world and connect with true spirituality in whatever ways feel best for you today.

I’m sending lots of love, until next time. Thank you for reading.

Move Through Resistance and Show Up to The Work

Showing up to the work of Conscious Wholeness still feels hard for me and requires me to move through resistance every single day.

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This is something I’ve noticed recently during my morning writing routine.

Once I do show up for myself, the work is easy.

When I finally move through the resistance, it always feels so much better on the other side. It always seems silly that I resisted myself for so long.

Maybe you don’t call it Conscious Wholeness, but I’m sure you can relate to the sentiment of “the deep work”… the curiosities that are calling you further into your own self-awareness, whether or not you’re ready to “go there”.

Moving through the resistance to start is hardest part of the whole thing, time and time again.

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Instead of fighting against resistance, I find it faster & more useful to relax into it.

As the creator of the Conscious Wholeness course, resistance to the deep work has held me back at times.

It took me awhile to fully realize that I was wading through huge amounts of resistance to do this work. Every time I timestamp or edit or go back to the videos to make a personalized recommendation it requires me to take the information in again. Every time I refine one of the worksheets it takes me a little deeper into my unknown self.

I guarantee I’ve engaged with this content more than anyone else in the course, and I’m the one who delivered it!! I’ve been intentionally diving head first into personal growth for more than a decade.

Still, I come away with something new every single time I show up – and I still need to overcome my own resistance daily to harvest the fruits of that labor.

When I move through resistance and do the deep work…

I find the inspiration I need to embrace more of my personal power and responsibility in a way that feels good.

I always come away feeling noticeably better than I did before.

And I notice more and more opportunities to put the Conscious Wholeness tools to work in my life, in new & expansive ways.

Still, I resist, and the resistance can be painful.

I resist in part because I personally resist structure. I’m rebellious. Anything that’s one-size-fits-all seems suspect, even if I created it. 😂 (The only reason this works is because I encourage you to put your spin on it every step of the way).

I must always resist my own knee-jerk reaction to put my feelings away in a locked box, even when I know Conscious Wholeness is only taking me deeper and deeper into them every time.

It still feels scary to listen to the weird AF signals my body is sending me. Part of me is always afraid of what I might find or what might have to change.

Resistance and fear can be even more painful & distracting than puppy teeth!

When I let my resistance go on for too long without facing it head on, fear & anxiety start to take over.

I start making choices based around what I “should” do, instead of following what feels right for me.

I find myself a little too comfy smack dab in the middle of my “comfort zone”, even if it’s not feeling comfortable at all anymore, auto-piloting through my habitual patterns. Moving through the resistance only feels harder and harder the longer it goes unaddressed.

Still, here I am, years later, persistent about showing up to do the work more and more every day. Because every time I do move through resistance and show up, I also notice…

Real, deep, supportive LOVE that’s sourced from the inside is becoming a stronger baseline in my life, and it’s not conditional or dependent on anyone or anything else.

I can keep myself well resourced & ready no matter what’s going on around me by tapping back into this love any time – regardless of my relationship status, my financial status, or my physical energy level.

I have better tools to deal with challenging emotions and problems that come up in my life. Since I have the tools, I don’t need to sweep so much under the rug, and I get to create a life that truly works for me every step of the way.

My practice brings me right to the core of who I am in the world, and I come away inspired about what I need to do next.

All of this has a positive impact on every single area of my life, over and over again.

It brings me a lasting sense of peace that keeps me grounded & focused even when the world around me is chaotic.

It arms me with the clarity & passion to put in work every day for what’s really important to me.

I feel so much more connected to a sense of oneness and powerful faith – starting with faith in myself.

And my relationships with everything outside of myself – my family, my friendships, my home, my career – are set up to thrive and persevere no matter what.

As someone who has always been motivated towards personal growth so I can better help other people, the best part of practicing Conscious Wholeness is noticing the impact on the people around me.

The people who aren’t good for me naturally fall off, and my soul people come out of the woodwork.

They start saying the things that I really want and need to hear from them, sometimes without me even asking them to.

I see them stepping up to their life & thriving more and more.

They self-sabotage less, collaborate with me more, embrace more of their own deepest desires, and practice more of their natural creativity.

Most importantly, I’m able to be more genuinely encouraging of them, the more I’m working Conscious Wholeness… the more I’m allowing all the awareness, desires, and inspiration that come with it.

The resistance is getting easier & easier to move through, because man, is it worth it. I see the evidence all around me.

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Are you ready to show up?

Remember how I said before I love helping people? This is the best way I know how.

Doing the deep work to get our inner ducks in a row is always the first step.

Identifying what we want, where our hangups are, and lining up with what we actually want – mind, body, and energy.

Accepting the way things are right now. Believing in ourselves. Knowing what we want. Listening to our bodies. Clearing up and leveraging the power of our energy. Setting boundaries. Taking inspired action and trusting the process.

These are the sorts of things that I break down step-by-step in Conscious Wholeness.

Conscious Wholeness is something that everyone has, and everyone does – I just find that having it broken down like this makes practicing so much easier, faster, and kind of a no-brainer.

It takes away some struggle and confusion and offers up fuller plates of the good stuff – epiphanies, opportunities, magic, etc – all in endless supply.

A strong foundation of willingness & systems for doing our own deep inner work sets us up to be successful in all the other work that life requires from us… the work of building careers, being in intimate and professional relationships, providing value to the world, becoming a better human every day.

For instance, Conscious Wholeness has naturally paved the way for me to continue taking on very necessary anti-racism work. This is an excerpt from Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad.

Conscious Wholeness nurtures a deep love for & belief in myself, which makes me want to be a better lover of and believer in others. And, honestly, this is what the world absolutely needs from all of us right now. When we better love ourselves, we better love each other, and we better love the planet that is our shared home.

So, even if this isn’t for you, I do hope you’ll still find ways to love yourself more fully today. 💜💜

If you’re feeling called to more, and you’re ready to move through resistance, I would so love for you to join me inside of Conscious Wholeness.

Need to talk it out? Set up a time to connect with me today.

Sending so much love until next time.

Digging Out Guidance from Inside

When times get rough, rely on guidance from inside.

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When we’ve lost our job, or a loved one, when the world makes no sense & it’s not clear who to trust, or if we’ve simply followed our intended path all the way to the end & our destination doesn’t look like we thought it would, it’s natural to start looking for answers. We start asking things like “why?” and “what now?”…

Many of us have a tendency to look for these answers outside of ourselves.

We just want someone to tell us what to do. We want external gratification & validation. The perfect dose of motivational porn, the newest school of thought, the next amazing healing, or the perfect person, opportunity or experience…

Anything that’ll deliver our “golden ticket” moment of clarity and turn everything around for us. We want someone to come save us. We want the universe to swoop in with a solution.

Whatever we think we need, we want it yesterday.

Outside information & support is necessary, and it *can* be incredibly helpful – when sought, received, & navigated wisely.

Lord knows you deserve all the support you can handle along your journey. The universe is more than happy to help you along the way.

That being said, the whys in your life & how to move forward towards what you really want always lives inside of YOU.

You and you alone have the information & awareness to connect with your next best step. You and you alone can cultivate willingness to dig out & act on guidance from inside of you. Period.

Following anything else won’t get you where you want to go – definitely not if you’re following without a firm footing in yourself to move from first.

Following guidance from inside isn’t always straightforward or easy.

We have all kinds of internal barriers protecting us from our deepest, most critical information. We have barriers that prevent us from going deeper with ourselves to dig up the truth. These defenses come at us fully loaded.

For starters, our society systematically separates us from our inner guidance – so we can “fit in”, work on the system’s schedule & spend our money to keep the machine turning as fast as the powerful want it to turn.

Basically from conception, we start learning exactly how to suppress ourselves so we can conform with the world around us, & justify it to ourselves however we need to.

Doing something else *is* scary for so many reasons. To shed our conditioning feels like we’re facing death and excommunication – that’s how scary it feels to the deepest parts of ourselves. This fear keeps many people safely stuck.

We have all sorts of ways to keep ourselves distracted.

Different parts of us send us on wild self-sabotaging goose chases. Loaded emotional patterns keep playing themselves out, confusing us & taking us out. We simply can’t find the energy to show up the way we want to.

If you’re anything like me, this stuckness is deeply unsatisfying. You want more.

There’s a way out of this vicious cycle…

It’s understanding exactly *how* to navigate through those inner barriers & find guidance inside – quickly – so we can discern our inner truth to lead us forward. Then, continuing to lean on that solid understanding & inner truth to choose the right-for-us move at any time – whether it’s heeding the perfect advice, setting a new boundary, enlisting the right support, or taking the most powerful & perfect-in-the-moment inspired action.

When we can break it down and understand HOW to better leverage our complete inner wholeness any time, making great choices becomes easier.

I call this Conscious Wholeness:

Choosing thoughts that support me & provide what I need to take a step forward.

Using my body as a wand that moves mountains, parts seas, and summons whatever I want in the world.

Intentionally focusing my energy in the moment on whatever I’m consciously choosing.

Anyone can do this and benefit from it. What does Conscious Wholeness look like for you?

When we practice this over and over, we can spend less & less time circling the truth, and more & more time actually *feeling* it in a lasting, impactful way.

By putting our understanding to use in our lives, we can reprogram ourselves so that finding guidance from inside is our default. When we do this, we give ourselves the power to make a significant difference in our OWN lives any time we choose.

Flowers for you. <3

An ever-deeper breakdown of HOW to go deeper into yourself, to go farther, faster, more consistently in your life & work is what I provide in my self-study course Conscious Wholeness.

I want to help you find answers inside about the “something more” you’re looking for, and make the process enjoyable for you NOW.

I want to lead you over & around those inner barriers to the hidden places where the “more” you’re looking for is already living inside of you.

Sorting ourselves out like this creates space for the outside world to organize around us perfectly.

Man oh man, does the world need this from us right now. Are you doing this work?? Give me some love & encouragement in the comments!

Where are you holding yourself back from your truth right now? What could bring you closer to your own truth today?

Would you love to go there with me? We’d love to have you in Conscious Wholeness – or check out the Work With Me page for other ways to connect. Feel free to message me any time for help finding the right support for you – info@briannamcinerny.com .

Sending lots of love always. Until next time. 💜💜