What does your heart say when it’s wide open?
Have you listened lately?
 

We all know the shoulds. We know the rules and the bad things happening in the news. We know the risks involved in every decision, the consequences, and the popular opinions. But when it comes to us, who we really are, what we really want, and whether that’s alright, we can feel paralyzed.

We say we’re lost or confused. Often, we’re just afraid.

I hear this in the collective conversation in my psychologist work, my creative work, and in the personal spaces of my life. The conversation goes something like...

Is this it? I don’t feel the way I thought I would. Like, not good. It feels like there’s something missing, but I don’t want to be ungrateful. I have so much, but I feel so empty.

I feel stressed. I feel numb. I feel hungry. Tired. I see myself lashing out, but I can’t stop it.

Why do I care so much about what people think? I want to be strong, capable, independent, but I need love, too. I care so much about the people I love, but is it enough? Is it too much?

It feels selfish to think of me, but...What do I want? What will make me happy? What will make me successful? Which is the right thing to prioritize? And if I want this so much, why am I stalling?

 

I believe we’re all in on the same conversation.

 

This is how it looked for me: 

The year was 2007. The place, San Francisco. That’s my poster on girls' depression, loneliness, and friend-related cognitions at the American Psychological Association in San Francisco.

Look closely at the smile. Do you see how it says, "Look at me doing this! I'm figuring it out! I'm fitting in! I'm being successful!"

Look deeper. Deeper. Do you see how it says, "Is this it? Why don't I feel the way I thought I would?"

look happy, right? But I wasn’t.

I thought I'd feel happy. Accomplished and confident, too. But instead, I felt restless and confused.

My work was thoughtful, my evaluations were glowing, and at the time, this is what I thought I wanted. I was passionate about children's internalizing disorders. (Convincing, right?).

 

The truth is, it never felt right, but I didn't know what would.

 

I tried my best to fix it the only way I knew how:

  • Make sensible choices like taking the job with the good health insurance and student loan forgiveness to feel secure. (I still worried.)
  • Work harder to feel accomplished. (I somehow felt more inadequate.)
  • Listen to everyone's advice and consider everyone's opinion to feel more confident about my decisions. (This is not a sustainable remedy for self-doubt.)

With every day crossed off the calendar, every goal accomplished, every milestone passed, that little voice still asked, So...why don't I feel the way I thought I would?

 I used to think something was wrong with me. 

Everyone else I knew was having breakthroughs and lining up their lives.  And there I was, trying to hide my dark cloud in the corner. What was I missing? Why wasn’t this working?

I know now that I'm not the only one. It took all of 30 seconds to find these online:

When I started writing online about things like mindfulness, self-compassion, and fulfillment, I'd get comments on my articles like these:

And today, I send emails to over 2,000 readers every week. After each one, I get back replies like: 

"I want to trust myself again." 

"I don't want to feel so restless anymore."

"I want to feel confident in my decisions."

"I deflect on telling my truth. I feel too inadequate."

"I don't like who I've become."

"Nothing's really wrong, but there's a major sense that something's not right." 

"Right now, I'm lost and floundering."

"I've depended on others for my happiness for so long, and it's not a place I want to be anymore."

(and I thought it was just me...)

Hi, I'm Leslie Ralph, author of There, I Might Find Peace and How to Have Your Back: Simple Instructions for Loving Yourself through the Ups and Downs of Life.

I’m a psychologist who writes for people seeking tenderness and healing, the ones who want to bring the light back into their lives and love themselves unconditionally. 

This is what I've learned about living a truer, more fulfilling life. Maybe you can relate...


We all want the same basic things. A sense of purpose, freedom, and strength. To be seen and heard as we truly are. To know the feeling of peeling back the layers of fears and conditions and loving the person we find underneath. To share our love from that open place.

We want to live with more harmony, less hustle. But we want to succeed beyond our wildest dreams. To fly, be brave, to do something extraordinary with the little time we have.

And so often, we’re scared to get it wrong.

I used to make decisions out of that fear. Everything was about avoiding the painful feelings and reactions I didn't want. Most of all, I wanted to avoid facing the possibility that I wasn't good enough.

I put so much emphasis on getting it right that there was no room for getting it clear.

Today, I guide myself to a different conversation when I'm afraid. Do you love it? What does your body say? How did it feel?

In the end, it always comes back to this. Body, openness, love. I can’t stop myself from talking about love...love for yourself, for the process of living, for your fears, for resistance, for the collective.

Whatever it is you’re after, loving from a clear and open heart is usually step one.

Love is where clarity lives. It’s what allows for healing boundaries and graceful letting go. Love creates confidence, joy, and magic.

 

Today, I know it's all about doing it for the love of it, not the lovability you hope to achieve. 



Introducing...

Clarity is an online class for finding something to hold on to when you don’t know who you are or what you want, calming the overthinking and indecision, and moving forward through the stuck points...all with grace and love.  

The material in this course is based on my years of working as a psychologist and teaching positive psychology, mindfulness, and self-compassion. And these are the steps I've taken in my own life to call upon a healing, loving energy and feel clear again.  

Clarity is broken into 4 sessions over 4 weeks. In Clarity, we're covering...

Start where the feelings are and release resistance with love.

Reconnect with your body and it's inherent wisdom, rediscover the things that light you up, and lovingly release the resistance keeping you stuck.

 

In this session of Clarity, you'll learn...

  • The one trick that will always point you in the right direction when you're confused or overthinking a decision.
  • How to know when to say yes and no without the second-guessing. 
  • The counterintuitive secret to personal transformation. 
  • How to develop clarity that keeps on growing.
  • The top reasons we get stuck and how to move through them with grace. 
  • The one thing you need to learn about clarity if you're an overthinker. 

 

And get answers to real reader questions like...

  • "I can't let go of worrying." 
  • "I don't even recognize myself anymore."
  • "I'm lost and floundering."
  • "I have a hard time with staying stuck." 

 

Tie the whole session together with the Beloved Flame Meditation. It's 10 luscious minutes of getting deep into the feelings of your intentions and nurturing the sacred flame in you. It's all about the light.

 

Listen to a preview of session 1 here:

 

Peek inside the workbook:

Living in alignment with your heart and the art of letting go. 

Approach any situation with a clarifying attitude, build pure confidence that you can take anywhere, learn the language of your emotions, and master the art of letting go.

 

In this session of Clarity, you'll learn...

  • The clarifying attitude that works in any situation.
  • The simple secret to feeling confident anywhere.
  • How to uncover and align with your most meaningful strengths and values. 
  • The secret to practicing true self-care (and the common self-care mistake that's hurting you). 
  • The secret messages hiding in fear, sadness, anger, overthinking, and reassurance-seeking. 
  • The art of letting go. 

 

And get answers to real reader questions like...

  • "I feel so bored, restless, and unfulfilled."
  • "I lack confidence. That's my problem."
  • "I'm always working so hard to find peace. It seems like the harder I work for it, the further it seems to get."
  • "I want to appreciate where I am. I don't want to wish my life away anymore."
  • "I don't understand my emotions. They don't make any sense."

 

Tie the whole session together with the Healing Light Meditation. Bring the healing energy of compassion to your body, mind, and spirit with 15 minutes of love and reverence for yourself. This is the start of letting go.

 

Listen to a preview of session 2 here: 

  

Peek inside the workbook:

The path to inner happiness and living in true harmony. 

Find your path to clear loving, inner happiness, and true harmony.

In this session of Clarity, you'll learn...

  • Why you're not as confused as you think (and what's really going on). 
  • Why you should forget about the advice to "stop caring what other people think."
  • The everyday desire that complicates even simple decisions.
  • The paradox you must embrace to find clarity in your relationships. 
  • Strategies for decreasing the pressure and confusion tied to other people's opinions.
  • The building blocks for true inner happiness. 
  • How the desire for harmony can increase pressure and the subtle shift that breaks the cycle. 

 

And get answers to real reader questions like...

  • "I feel like I have to take care of everyone before I can take care of myself."
  • "There's always someone with a different or stronger opinion."
  • "I want to feel more harmonious with everything."
  • "I've depended on others to make me happy for so long, and it's so draining. I want to seek happiness from within."

 

Tie the whole session together with the Light of Loving-Kindness Meditation. It's a radiant 20-minute loving-kindness meditation rooted in the feeling you wish to cultivate in your life and spread throughout the world. Everything is illuminated in this meditation.

 

Listen to a preview of session 3 here: 

  

Peek inside the workbook:

Define your extraordinary and make clear, conscious choices. 

Clear the way for an extraordinary life built on clarity, meaning, and your most loving intentions.  

 

In this session, you'll learn...

  • If you want to feel more clear, forget about discipline. Focus on this instead. 
  • How to make clarity a way of life. 
  • Four essential practices for making personal transformation stick. 
  • How to flow with the process of change. 
  • How to define your own extraordinary life. 
  • What you can always choose - even when everything else feels out of your control. 

 

And get answers to real reader questions like...

  • "I want more balance. Life is real up and down." 
  • "How long will it take to make this a habit?"
  • "If I could just reprogram my inner critic, then I could get through this block."

 

Tie the whole session together with the Daily Spark Meditation. Get yourself off autopilot with this 3-minute meditation for feeling clear, decisive, and alive. It's a burst of heartfelt purpose just when you need it.

 

Listen to a preview from session 4 here:

 

Peek inside the workbook:

Each weekly session of Clarity comes with:  

  • A 45-minute audio lesson that you can take anywhere. Listen to it while you're walking, painting, cooking, or doing whatever calls to you.
  • A magazine-inspired 30-page digital workbook filled with mini-lessons, thought-provoking journal prompts, clarifying exercises, and clarifying affirmations. Implement what you learn right away!
  • A guided meditation audio recording designed to put the lesson for the week into action. You'll feel the difference - fast.
  • An inspirational spoken word recording for a boost when you need it. Lift up your heart and light up your life.

Plus, you get a bonus Clarity Illumination Kit when you enroll. Inside your Illumination Kit, you'll find audio recordings and a digital workbook to help you set your intentions for this experience. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does the program work? Is it live? 
Clarity is self-paced, not live. The class lessons and class materials are all online. When you enroll, you’ll get instant access to the Illumination Kit and all your class materials. I’ll also guide you through the weekly lessons by email. You can follow along for the four weekly sessions or take them at your own pace.  

 

Does my enrollment ever expire?
All of the materials are downloadable so you have lifetime access and can complete them at your own pace. When you enroll, you'll also have access to your class members area, where you can listen to/view and download current course materials as well as receive any future updates to class materials.

 

What if I fall behind during the 4 weeks?
Clarity is designed to be self-paced. The program is broken up into four weeks, but you can take however long works for you. If you ever fall behind, remind yourself of your intentions when starting this program and find your way back to a schedule that feels good to you. 

 

Do therapy or coaching sessions come with this program? 
Right now, no. But I will be checking in by email as we move through the course. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have over a decade of experience practicing psychotherapy, but this program is not intended as a replacement for treatment. If you feel you need more specific support for a psychiatric condition or are in crisis and would like to enroll in Clarity, I recommend using it together with professional therapeutic support. 

 

People just like you are finding clarity with my tips and exercises.

Try Clarity for a full 60 Days, Risk-Free 

This is not another hack, and you can't rush inner peace and strength. That's why I want you to try the program out and give it time to sink in. If the lessons and exercises in this program don't leave you with more clarity after 60 days, let me know. If you didn't love it, I insist on giving you a full refund. No questions asked.  

Here's to your clear and open heart.

$90 or 2 monthly payments of $45

$5 from each sale will go to the Love and Blessings for All Beings fundraiser benefiting Doctors without Borders, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and Rainforest Alliance. As a special thanks, I'm also including the Love for Mother Earth Meditation with every order. 

Life's too short to spend it lost, confused, or wishing it away. 

We can pour so much energy into chasing what we think we should want and looking outside of ourselves for peace, happiness, and confidence only to wake up one day and realize we still don't feel the way we thought we would. Or worse, full of regret for the life unlived.

I’ve discovered that I can live a truer life. All of us can. And it starts inside.

Your uniquely extraordinary life has been calling you. Do you know how to listen?

I'll show you how in Clarity.


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