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The unnatural nature of Resistance.

The unnatural nature of Resistance.

The unnatural nature of Resistance.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

I know it may not seem that way, but we are constantly in effortless motion.

Every day we are spinning around the Earth’s axis at about 1,000 mph.
The Earth is currently hurtling around the Sun at 67,000 mph.
The Sun and Solar System are whipping through the Milky Way at 448,000 mph.
The Milky Way is whizzing through our local galaxy group at 70 miles per second.

So why, then, does it seem that everything we want take so LONG to hurry up and change?? And why is it so easy for these celestial bodies to travel so effortlessly?

For one thing, Planet Earth is not worried about what we worry about.

I’m pretty sure she is not thinking:
WAIT! I’m not sure I’m ready! or
WAIT! I don’t know enough! or
WAIT! What will people think! or
WAIT! I’m not good enough for that.

No, that script is just for us.

Planet Earth is just herself, a miracle of creation, fostering life and sharing her beauty and bounteousness.

She has surrendered wholly to the unseen force of gravity that not only connects her with all life in the universe, but was the primary cause for her creation. She is, shall we say, going with the flow.

It’s funny how it is part of our nature to resist motion, evolution, and change, even though the laws of gravity are as relevant for us as everything else in the universe.

Why does it seem that when we want something to happen do we then kickstart our Resistance that tries to stop time and keep us from moving ahead? 

Because we fear change. We fear the unknown. We fear that we will lose our controlover what we have, even though we want more than our current situation reflects back to us. 

Why?

I believe it is because our desires are so very precious to us. And we have not been taught how to honor our desires, nor how to understand how they shape our lives.

So when we finally come face-to-face with the actualization of a desire, we kinda freak out?

We want to stop moving. We want to pause Time and halt Gravity so we can properly evaluate the situation: am I safe if I realize what I desire for myself?

Listen, I know that Resistance so well. We are besties. I can smell it a mile away. It is real and uncomfortable. It is a very effective tool for your fear.

But ya know, you are still moving. You are always moving. You are part of nature.

You are a kindred spirit with the Earth, Sun, and Milky Way, all made by a loving Creator, and (sigh) subject to the laws of gravity and motion.

The next time your Resistance kicks up a fuss, just take a notice, and allow yourself to surrender to the inevitable change.

Your life is the vehicle.
Your desires hold the rudder.
And your heart is the compass.

Godspeed!

 

Prompts for Moving Through Resistance

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

What is one Desire that is calling to you at this time?

Notice your inner response to this Desire: your thoughts, your physical body, your breath?

Do you notice Resistance, Fear, Excitement, or something else?

Take a calm breath and ask yourself: what is the true, underlying cause of my Resistance?

CHALLENGE: Let yourself soften as you acknowledge the Resistance. What would happen if you surrendered to the flow of Life?
 

 

A Prayer for Your Desire

Dear Creator,
Make me ready to realize my desire for my life, art, and work.
Help me to know my true nature as a being of Love.
Help me to acknowledge my inherent part of this beautiful world.
Help me to surrender to the natural flow of Your Universe.
I pray for your blessing on my desires. 
May I honor them.
Help me to release the grip of fear and loss of control over how my life is unfolding.
Stoke my faith as I surrender to my unfolding of purpose.
Strengthen me with courage as I step into the unknown with a whole heart.
Melt my resistance so I may rise into my calling, in service to You and the world.
And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

 

About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker

I am a visionary artist, educator, and voice coach whose work stands at the intersection of vocal wellness, spiritual wisdom, and personal empowerment. With 25+ years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, and mentor, I empower others to access their innate vocal gifts through a holistic process, and ascend into their personal greatness. I have helped hundreds of students access their voice and step beyond their doubts into joyful, courageous, and purposeful self-expression. 

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You already have everything you require.

You already have everything you require.

You already have everything you require.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

If there is one thing I could teach you about the voice and singing, it is this:

You already have everything you need.

You can continue to acquire skills and knowledge, better coordination, musical experience, expanded range and breath support, etc.

But that’s not what I am talking about. 

What I have truly learned from all the education, training, experience, coaching, crying, lamenting, rejoicing, and praying is that we, every one of us, inhabits an instrument of divine making.

What we must truly learn is how to access its innate wisdom, brilliance, functionality, and sacredness.

These truths are obscured for most of us. Societal, cultural, and familial conditioning will train us into believing that we have either got it, or we don’t. That our voice is somewhere on the invisible spectrum of Good and Bad.

(I’m kind of over it.)

Indeed, the Truth about the voice? About singing? About accessing your brilliance? About shedding the layers of fear and withholding?

The inner sacred confidence and willingness to share your gifts of sound and spirit does not stem from skills and talent.

It stems from the Knowing that your voice is an instrument of Divine Love, flowing through you in a unique, choreographed, sacred dance of breath and intention.

You have everything you already need, simply by being a human with a reason to sing.

The tricky bit? Well, it’s learning to allow it all to flow without so muchinterruption. Inference. Static. Resistance. Drag. It all comes from the mind.

(And I can spot that B.S. a mile away.)

The medicine is that what you learn how to tap into your innate sacred voice, you have take up the power to wield your voice as the Divine Messenger that you inherently are. 

You can tap into this power whenever you choose, and learn how to release the binds of the mind over your voice, your authentic self-expression, and your creative power in action.

The thing is, you get to choose.

How will you show up with your voice? How will you source the sound? How will you relate to others? And from where will you direct the flow of your musical and creative energy?

From your fear? Or from your heart.

Prompts for Your Sacred Voice

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

How have you related to your voice in the past?

How have you been influenced to think about your voice?

Has this supported you? Has this hindered you? Why?

What would you desire for your voice at this time?

Can you envision a heart-centered way of using your voice?

A Prayer for Your Sacred Voice

Dear God,
I desire to meet, and know, and use my true voice.
You have forged me into a Divine Instrument.
May I delight in my unique form and brilliance.
May I shed the layers of fear and resistance to using my true voice.
May I release the ties that bind my sound, my expression, and my true capacity as a Divine Messenger.
Grant me strength and the courage of a thousand to step into the true power of my voice.
Help me to stand firm in my willingness to share my gifts as an expression of Love.
Help me to use my instrument wisely, with ease, style, calm, and confidence.
Help me to step into my innate, divine brilliance, by nature of being being a divine spark of You.
May I use my voice in sacred service. 
May I shine in the knowledge that my voice is just as it should be in this moment.
May I radically accept the sacred instrument you have bestowed upon me, knowing that it is mine, and mine alone.
May I be an instrument of Your Love.
And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

 

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The wisdom of Rest

The wisdom of Rest

The wisdom of Rest

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

I am taking some time away up on the coast of Maine with my family for two weeks.

(Two weeks. It seems like two years!)

It’s such a vital reflection point, taking the space and time to remove yourself from the regular comings and goings of life and work. It seems like my brain has been literally rewired overnight.

And in the absence of undergoing the functions of what I *should* be doing, I am asking: what do I choose to do?

What are the components of a beautiful, sacred, and thriving life / art / work?

Well, it seems to me that it’s pretty simple, really. 

The tricky bit is waiting for the outside stuff to match the inside stuff. 

It reminds me of the tides. I have never witnessed the tidal shifts as dramatically as where I am here on this rocky, glacier-carved coastline.

High tide is dramatic and feels so full. Low tide reveals something grittier, and even a little fallow. But teeming with hidden life.

I’ve noticed that we are constantly marking the day by the tides: It’s almost high-tide! It must be receding now. Careful! It’s coming back in fast. It’s not quite low-tide. We should wait.

Those highs and lows only come a few times a day. But what happens throughout the rest of the day? We are busy in the midst of actual life! And it’s a beautiful life. 

I’m going to give myself a new practice: to let go of comparing my highs and lows. But rather, to practice staying in the wave of Things. 

Here are some photos of this incredible place. Thank you for reading, and being here with me.

May your journey of life be full of blessings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love,

Allison

About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker

I am a visionary artist, educator, and voice coach whose work stands at the intersection of vocal wellness, spiritual wisdom, and personal empowerment. With 25+ years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, and mentor, I empower others to access their innate vocal gifts through a holistic process, and ascend into their personal greatness. I have helped hundreds of students access their voice and step beyond their doubts into joyful, courageous, and purposeful self-expression. 

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How to be patient ⏳

How to be patient ⏳

How to be patient ⏳

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

Do you know Frog and Toad?

They are *wonderful* anthropomorphic children’s story characters (but really, these stories are for adults).

In a story titled “The Garden,” Toad comes to visit Frog one day, and sees his glorious and abundant garden. My goodness! he exclaims, I wish I could have a garden like this! 

Frog says: it’s hard work. But you can do it. He offers Toad some seeds, and says: plant these in the ground, and soon you will have a garden just like me.

How soon? Asks Toad.
Soon. Reassures Frog.

So Toad goes home and prepares the soil. He plants the seeds. He waters them. But he quickly grows impatient. And frustrated! In the few hours since he has planted his seeds, they have not grown!

He grows more impatient and frustrated. To the point that he begins yelling at his seeds: NOW SEEDS, START GROWING!

Frog happens by to check on his friend, who hears Toad yelling at his garden. He suggests nurturing the seeds, because now they are frightened! So Toad reads a story to them. He sings to them. He tries poems. Plays the violin.

Worried he has traumatized his seeds, and very weary from all the hard work, Toad decides to take a nap.

Frog awakens him, and points out that his seeds have finally, indeed, sprouted. 

This parable is about your inner garden.

Your garden requires some important elements: earth, sun, water, warmth. And patience. 

Let me be clear… Patience is not just waiting around for something to happen. Or surrendering to an eternity of time to manifest your dreams.

Patience is planting the seeds of your intention in a container of timelessness to nurture your garden. I call this sacred patience.

It is, without a doubt, one of the most important lessons I have ever learned as a creative, singer, mother, teacher, coach, entrepreneur, and curious human being.

Having sacred patience is to allow the unfolding of your dreams and desires without measuring the time, having complete trust in the process, and the ultimate manifestation of a fruitful outcome.

The lesson is to know that the timing of the unfolding of your dreams is not going to demand this many hours, days, or years. Because sometimes, our intentions really do manifest in the blink of an eye. (There is no divine ticking clock over our heads!)

And yet at other times, we must allow for the unfoldment of creation. We need time for integration. There may be wisdom to gain, or knowledge to acquire. There are relationships to establish. Or, most often, there is a lesson to learn.

And sometimes, there is a divine plan for you, and it’s simply not time yet.

Our fast-paced, instant-gratification, mercurial-minded muscles are well-honed. We are not interested in waiting around for results if it comes at the expense of a long, drawn-out, endless process.

But your garden is precious. It contains seeds that are sacred: a beautiful life, a beautiful voice, a beautiful work, a beautiful experience, a beautiful vision. 

Try not to rush it. Observe it. But please don’t yell at it! Allow it. Open your heart to its tending. Let go of the impulse to rush, and recognize that time is a thief of the living joy of discovery.

While you do, the fruits that your garden will yield will be more beautiful than you could possibly have intended.

 

Guided Prompts for Sacred Patience

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

What are some precious intentions that you have planted in your garden?

How have you tended your intentions? Have you been patient, or impatient?

How would you like to feel as you manifest your intentions?

What does sacred patience mean to you, as it applies to your own garden?

Can you allow a sense of timelessness to support your intentions? 
 

 

A Prayer for Patience

Dear God,
Help me to be still. Help me to be peaceful. Help me to accept patience.
I plant the seeds of my desires in divine soil.
Help me to sow faith in my own precious garden.
Help me to nurture my intentions with love and reverence.
May they be blessed by you.
Help me to relinquish the energy of pushing, and embrace the spirit of allowing.
I entrust the fulfillment of my desires to you, as I surrender the process of their unfolding.
I pray that I may embrace true patience, with the knowledge that all is possible in the field of your infinite potential. 
Help me to become timeless.
Help me to trust.
Help me to embrace the process of growth in all its stages, for the benefit of my unfolding.
May my intentions be held in love, and breathed on by your Holy Spirit.
May they serve my highest good, and the betterment of the world.

And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

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Finding inner harmony with your voice 🙏🏻

Finding inner harmony with your voice 🙏🏻

Finding inner harmony with your voice 🙏🏻

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

It’s so easy to get caught up in the little things. In life, and especially in singing.

Do this. Do that. I should do this. I should do that. I didn’t do this. I can’t do that. They think this. They won’t think that.

There is a mental chatter, what I call the “ticker tape,” of constant, bubbling thoughts. They either guide you, or distract you, or sometimes completely sabotage you.

What’s happening inside when you are singing? Are you plotting the calculus of your next move, or the arrangement of the notes? Are you anticipating something fearful, or worried about your voice? Are you afraid of making a mistake, or worried about how you look or sound?

Thoughts. Thoughts. Thoughts.

But then there are those moments when you have that clearing… that beautiful moment when all is well. All is in harmony, and you think… if only I could feel this way all the time.

What happens in those moments? The ones that keep you coming back for more? Those moments of aliveness, of connection, of sacredness as you are singing, making music, being with others, connected to something bigger and deeper?

Notice, there weren’t any thoughts

There is a way to access that higher state of connectedness and inner harmony as a regular practice, rather than a hit-or-miss, once-in-a-lifetime kind of miracle. Let me explain.

I want to reveal two secrets I have discovered that have profoundly altered the course of my life and career from a victim of my inner chaos to master teacher.

First: the way in which we are taught to use our voice (I am making a generalization based on my Western classical training) is Mind First.

You are taught to do this with your voice. To think your sound. To make the notes. To shape the vowels. To work your breath. To manipulate your body with your mind, and your voice is under control.

But we are not taught how to distinguish the difference between a willful action, and an intention. So we learn that in order to sing well, we must activate the voice from our conscious mind.

(Cue the mental onslaught.)

Second: we are so focused on the details of our process and the quality of the production that we have completely neglected to include the Number One Most Important Aspect of our being. We have become unconsciously disconnected with the divine source of our voice.

Mental chaos stems from being in a state of thoughts running amok, colored by your emotions and past conditioning, attempting to do all the little things at once.

Inner harmony is accessed from starting at the top, and initiating your connection with source. Your voice outflows from there. It is a state in which the mind is at ease, and your instrument is aligned with mind, body, and spirit. You are functioning at a higher level.

But most importantly (and honestly the greatest lesson I have learned), is that when you quieten the ticker tape, and become aligned with your higher nature, the reward is not just good singing and a capable, trustworthy voice.

The true reward is the recognition that you, and your voice, are a vehicle for Divine Love. And nothing could more harmonious than that.
 

 

Guided Prompts for Inner Harmony

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

Observe your mental state when you are singing. What is the nature of your thoughts?

Do your thoughts serve you, distract you, or sabotage you? Why?

Are you willing to disconnect from the conscious mind, in order to be connected with a higher source when you sing?

How do you allow Spirit to move through you?

Can you allow a more peaceful state of being when you sing?

A Prayer for Inner Harmony

Dear Creator,
Help me enter into a new state of harmony with my voice.
I pray for inner peace when I sing and express myself. 
Help me to become whole as I unite my mind, body, and spirit with my voice.
May I raise my voice in love.
May I raise my voice in service.
May I raise my voice in unadulterated divine joy.
I pray that I may ease the mental tension that obscures my greater purpose.
I pray that I may discover and allow the true nature of my voice.
May I release the thoughts that bind me in fear.
May I release the worries that I will not measure up.
May I release my fear of mistakes and wrongdoing, so that I may rise into my highest potential.
Help me realize the quiet inner space that allows me to be in sacred union with you.
May I be an instrument of Divine Love.

And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker

I am a visionary artist, educator, and voice coach whose work stands at the intersection of vocal wellness, spiritual wisdom, and personal empowerment. With 25+ years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, and mentor, I empower others to access their innate vocal gifts through a holistic process, and ascend into their personal greatness. I have helped hundreds of students access their voice and step beyond their doubts into joyful, courageous, and purposeful self-expression. 

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Transitions can be hard.

Transitions can be hard.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

One of the most exciting moments I experience as a voice coach comes when a student encounters what I call “The Wobble.”

It’s when their voice goes all wonky as they learn something new. The Wobble happens when an old habit meets a new habit.

Alas for any student who has to forebear this kind of transition. This kind of learning can be wildly uncomfortable, especially if you are holding on tightly to your Old habit.

Because when you transition into something New, you are going to meet resistance. You inherently tighten your grip onto the Old because that is familiar and predictable.

Even if it is flagrantly wrong, dissatisfying, or unhelpful! Super fun.

I will admit, Wobbles are pretty straightforward in music-making, yet slightly harder to identify in real life! (Oy.) 

Yet, if you are willing to have the grace, patience, and tolerance to accept what is happening, you will better understand your tendencies, and your Self. And there will be less frustration, suffering, and intolerance of the unfolding that is your natural growth and evolution. 

And when you are ready to move ahead and claim more freedom, beauty, and abundance (in your creative life, or otherwise), you will need to let go of the Old, and allow the New.

It’s the transition process, a natural part of any creative unfolding. But I gotta tell you, it’s not easy. And we are not taught how to be graceful Transitioners. 

But when you gain greater awareness of the transition situation you are in, when you understand what is happening, you have the option to practice radical acceptance of what is really unfolding…

You are disrupting the Old so the New may enter in. That is sometimes scary and hard. But utterly necessary for evolution.

The key to transitions?

Watch, rather than push.
Feel, rather than know.
Allow, rather than resist.

Do pay attention to The Wobble. It’s an indication that something amazing is on the way…

 

 

Guided Prompts for Transition

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

What are you ready to let go of, whether that is with your voice, your creativity, or in your life?

What do you choose to embrace?

What resistance do you feel or sense as you move from the Old to the New?

Why is this resistance coming up for you?

What do you need to let go of in order to move into this new phase?

 

 

A Prayer for Transitions

Dear Creator,
Please support and guide me as I make a change in my life.
May my pathway be clear, may my heart be full, and my footsteps be light.
May I see clearly what is to come.
Please grant me the grace, patience, and tolerance to accept what is, so that I may allow this new phase of personal and creative growth enter in with greater ease.
May I remain grounded and sure-footed as I step into the New.
May I have faith and trust in the good that is coming to me, as I dissolve the controlling binds to what has already come.
May I embrace the future, the magic it will hold, and the greater love that will be expressed.
Thank you for my life, and for the opportunity to live awakened and with a whole heart.
May I celebrate you through my gifts.
May I celebrate this current transition as I up-level my capacity to serve You, and the world, in love.
And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker

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A solution to transcend worry.
A solution to transcend worry.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel I'm sitting in a room full of unopened packing boxes in my new home.It's been a time of rapid upheaval and change in my family's life. My back aches from lifting and my mind is cluttered (just like my new dining room).Yesterday I...

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