Your Life is Telling You, Are You Listening?

Callings, purpose, playing big, shero’s journey…

Branding, tag lines, niches, customer avatars, tell a compelling personal story…

Service…

All of these are often worthy, even vital, ideas to guide you in sculpting a meaningful life…. and if you give your authority away to them, they become poison.

It all becomes a schtick, a shell game, a “just a minute and then I will…” zombie shuffle away from your life.

I know of what I speak – Savor & Serve almost became that – watch the video below for more of what I mean – but first, consider:

  • Do you keep trying to get clear about what you offer the world?
  • Do you say to yourself, “I’m made for something bigger?”
  • Do you think, “Tomorrow I’ll figure it out.”
  • Are you searching for the magic sauce recipe that will transform you?
  • Have you spent weeks/months/decades on your personal mission statement/tag line/logo?

Then take my hand and let’s turn away from the false gods of a concretized figured out future. (I need help turning away too – I so appreciate we are in this together.)

We have something far sweeter to guide us: reality.

Your life is telling you right this very minute who you are and what you want.

It’s no secret!

There need be no struggle!

All it takes is diving in right here. Being in fellowship with what is here. Listening to what is showing up here.

What I see in my clients – and myself! – is that we keep running out there looking scrambling searching when life is begging us to pay attention here.

Not because when you pay attention to will get something or get somewhere but because paying attention is what you seek!

Whatever you do, create, experience is simply “a vehicle – a way to know the world” as Stephen Cope says in his wonderful new book The Great Work of Your Life. It’s important to have a vehicle you like that fits you but far, far more important is what the vehicle does.

Life is asking you – always and with immense love – to enjoy a “fellowship with essence,” to allow that which creates everything to work through you. Use the medium of living to know life rather than the map of life.

You need only know this life right here. What you seek is here now.

It only matters that we engage in this life, that we see and communion wholly with what is given.

P.S. And if after reading this you’re craving a handy 5 point guide to doing just that, giggle with me (oh don’t I get it!) and then let us again turn toward this moment and know it.  The books and coaches and advice are helpful but only after the fact.

Here’s my charming video update – click through on the picture if you are seeing this in email. You’ll get to see my pretty new website facelift, too!

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Anne Gregson - September 27, 2012

You brought tears to my eyes I think because this is so the place I’m in as well. Thank you for putting it all out there so we don’t feel so alone in our journeys.

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    jenlouden - September 27, 2012

    you bet Anne, it’s good to know we are not alone, isn’t it!

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Carrie Hensley - September 27, 2012

Thank you Jen for showing up and sprinkling us all with your authenticity and beauty!

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    jenlouden - September 27, 2012

    thank you for filling my heart!

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Mahala Mazerov - September 27, 2012

Love the new look and confetti video opening.
What you said in your video reminds me of a quote I adore:
“The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, and the most important thing is — it must be something you cannot possibly do.”
Henry Moore, British sculptor

Savor and serve forever!

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    jenlouden - September 27, 2012

    love that quote. i really appreciate being seen by you!

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elizabeth quigg - September 27, 2012

Jen – Love the new look. fertile nourishment of heart and soul. Love the confetti, musical tones and words.Creates open willingness and inspiration; positive ‘what if’ all with in seconds. Love your vulnerable truth in the moment. Can feel you; witness you. Thank you fro savoring and serving life …

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    jenlouden - September 27, 2012

    I’m so glad Elizabeth!! thank you for witnessing me.

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Andrea Schroeder - September 27, 2012

Thank you Jen, this is exactly what I needed to remember this afternoon.

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    jenlouden - September 27, 2012

    thanks for reflecting that to me Andrea very thankful.

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Julie Daley - September 27, 2012

so many reasons why i love you, jenny bee.

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    jenlouden - September 27, 2012

    ditto Julie D.

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Maile Topliff - September 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing. Lovely and beautiful message — so appreciate your vulnerability, knowingness, and courage. Looking forward to continuing to learn and be inspired by your beautiful writing and your brilliant spirit.

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    jenlouden - September 27, 2012

    oh Maile thank you!

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Karin Pinter - September 27, 2012

Thank you. So touching and genuine. Feeling the fellowship in full force these days, and embracing every moment!

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    jenlouden - September 27, 2012

    Karin that is inspiring to hear. and feel!

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Beth O'Donnell - September 27, 2012

I’ve been trying to figure out what to say here for a while and all I’ve come up with is “thank you.” You said so much.

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Joanna Paterson - September 27, 2012

I love the video explanation of the questions around the edges of savour and serve – the web seems so full of pat solutions, it means a lot to have places where it’s possible to explore the questions and things that don’t easily make sense.

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scamp (aka Shirley) - September 27, 2012

Adding my thanks for your message. I’m still savoring and growing from Creative Joy…

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Mia McLaughlin - September 27, 2012

Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a wholehearted amazing story and sharing your journey.

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Natalie Currie - September 27, 2012

Dear Jen: Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us and the world. It is such an honour to be witnessing such truth and greatness.

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Aubrey R - September 27, 2012

Well first, that confetti imagery is so fun and I’d love to see it on a huge screen inside my house all the time. 🙂 Thanks for the video update; such a personal and vulnerable and truthful way to share.
I hadn’t made the connection before now that savoring and serving is the big picture, not a “small” (short term may be a better word) experiment. I hadn’t connected either, until just now, that it’s my big picture, too. And it is so.freaking.hard for me to do. But the key is right there, isn’t it?
Thanks for all you do, and for being a voice for our voices when we don’t have the words.

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Sara Dickison Taylor - September 28, 2012

Thank you for distilling the very essence of what stands in our way – so beautifully said, Jen. There is great power in “witnessing” and I am so grateful to you for shining a gentle light. xoxo

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Kelly Salasin - September 28, 2012

lovely…
sharing the journey…
appreciating your brave witness

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Kylie Bellard - October 1, 2012

Jen, as I was reading this, it hit me how important it is not only to come back to *myself* (which has long been one of my tip-top approaches when I get to feeling lost) but also to come back to *myself in the present moment*. I feel like when I intentionally combine returning to myself AND the present moment, there’s magical wisdom there, even more that when I focus on them separately.

Thanks for saying this in just the way I needed to hear it today.

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Terry Jordan - October 20, 2012

Jen,

Thank you for your refreshingly honest, vulnerable, organic way of sharing yourself.

Listening to your message, I realized that “savor and serve” has been your thread all along, ever since we first met in 1989, it was there. I also realized that to “savor and serve” has been my guiding inner message as well. It’s so good to be reminded of the “savor” part of the equation.

Keep sharing your beautiful, amazing self with the world, Jen. I love you.

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