Living with instability, overwhelm, and information overload takes a toll on our personal and collective well-being. The fallout from these pressures is real; depletion, exhaustion, and impatience can make us feel and behave like weary humans in need of a reset.
But how do we find the reset button when we are hanging by a thread in a world that feels upside down? Actually, we start by tapping into what delights our heart and brings peace to our soul.
In Soul Shift: The Weary Human’s Guide to Getting Unstuck and Reclaiming Your Path to Joy, New York Times bestselling author and celebrated motivational speaker Rachel Macy Stafford gently guides us through a process of peeling back layers of stress, reactivity, and distraction, to reveal eight life-enhancing truths. Throughout this practical guide, Rachel shows us how to recognize and utilize our emotional triggers as invitations to release limiting beliefs, build healthy connections, and expand our capacity to flourish.
Stafford’s invitation to all of us couldn’t be more relevant: “Let’s learn how to honor our deepest needs for connection and self-compassion, so we can recover, heal, and thrive together.
How can we learn to quiet the noise within and around us long enough to hear when our soul is offering us guidance?
With Soul Shift, New York Times bestselling author and sought-after speaker Rachel Macy Stafford teaches us how to heed and respond to these life-giving messages. In her first audio program, Rachel helps us recognize how, in our rush to adhere to overbooked schedules, check tasks off our to-do list, and be everything to everyone, we often depart from what really matters to us.
“My greatest breakthroughs and most positive personal transformations have come from moments when I paid attention to a signal my soul was sending me during a painful situation,” Stafford shares, “When we learn to recognize and respond to these signals, we begin to experience more life and love in each moment—even the difficult ones.”
Throughout Soul Shift, Stafford teaches us how to move from distraction to awareness through a series of guided practices, reflection exercises, and compassionate reframing of our stories. This series will help you:
• Learn how to respond to life’s challenges with awareness and compassion
• Create proven, habit-busting practices to help you reclaim your joy
• Use guided practices to embody the teachings of transformation
• Understand how to offer the healing power of presence and acceptance to yourself and others
• Define what true self-worth is for you
• Identify and pursue the passions of your heart
In Live Love Now, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Macy Stafford tackles the biggest challenges facing kids today and equips adults to engage them with humanness and heart, compassion and honesty to discover the deep, life-giving connection everyone is longing for.
What do young people need now more than ever? Adults who are Truth-tellers not taskmasters. Encouragers not enforcers. Guides not half-listeners. The good news is, it's not too late! No matter what's happened in the past, you can help the kids you love face the top stressors of today, including academic pressure, parental expectations, technoference, lack of purpose, isolation, and loneliness.
With illuminating, straightforward strategies, this guide reveals the importance of practicing acceptance, pursuing peace, and exploring wellness and purpose for yourself so you can be the kind of real, relevant, and lifelong role model young people are searching for. Engaging and thoughtful, each chapter includes moving stories from Rachel's personal journey as a mom of a teen and pre-teen along with illustrative narratives and prompts to help you reflect and take steps toward becoming the kind of adult young people trust.
Whether you're a parent, educator, older sibling, coach, or anyone in a role of leading young people, this book will help you meet the goal of raising and guiding young people to become resilient, compassionate, and capable adults.
Rachel Macy Stafford's words fill this beautiful book of short pieces constructed around the seasons of life. This flexible, non-dated, moment-to-moment resource of encouragement can be picked up whenever you need to find meaning in the meaningless…when your soul is weary…when your heart is heavy…when your connections are weak. Only Love Today’s life-giving words remind you of the tools you already possess and the insights you already have to guide you back to what matters most. Regardless of what you’re experiencing or what season you’re in, you’ll find wisdom and encouragement to move each day in a positive direction.
Only Love Today—is clarity when you’re conflicted.
Only Love Today—is unity when you’re divided.
Only Love Today—is faith when you’re uncertain.
Only Love Today—is a reset button directing you back to what matters most.
The steps I outlined in Hands Free Mama to become less distracted were truly just the beginning. In order to be completely free to focus on what enriches our lives, we must acquire a new perspective. We must recognize the all-encompassing distractions of our culture that divert us from living and loving fully.
This is where Hands Free Life comes in.
In my second book, I reveal nine intentional habits that ignite a sense of urgency—urgency to live … love … dream … connect … embrace … forgive … and flourish.
Adopting the nine habits of a Hands Free Life is a deeper, more enduring process than simply putting down the phone, burning the to-do list, and letting go of perfection as outlined in Hands Free Mama.
Living a Hands Free Life means knowing you’re on your true path toward personal fulfillment. It’s going to sleep at night knowing you’ve connected with someone or something that made your heart come alive. It’s investing in what really matters, knowing full well that managing life is the tendency, but living life is the goal.
We live in a culture where grand achievements and small waistlines are complimented … where busyness is a badge of honor … where text messages replace face-to-face contact … where day-to-day responsibilities overwhelm and downtime is extinct. People are hungry for simple ways to live better and love more because knowing how does not come instinctively nor easily in this culture of overwhelm.
Whether readers are just starting their journey toward a life that really matters or have been at it awhile, Hands Free Life will teach parents, singles, women, and men how to create habits that will allow them to invest in the most significant parts of their life.
With a Hands Free Life perspective, readers have the power to look back and see they didn’t just manage life, they actually lived it—and lived it well.
If technology is the new addiction, then multi-tasking is the new marching order. We check our email while cooking dinner, send a text while bathing the kids, and spend more time looking into electronic screens than into the eyes of our loved ones. With our never-ending to-do lists and jam-packed schedules, it’s no wonder we’re distracted.
But this isn’t the way it has to be.
In July 2010, special education teacher and mother Rachel Macy Stafford decided enough was enough. Tired of losing track of what matters most in life, Rachel began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to momentarily let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections. She started a blog to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how both external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most.
Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.
So join Rachel and go hands-free. Discover what happens when you choose to open your heart—and your hands—to the possibilities of each blessed moment.