Posts Tagged ‘italy’

Giving Yourself Permission to Experience and Enjoy Your Life!

Monday, July 26th, 2010

My last night it Italy…

As I watched the sun set over the Tuscan vineyard that the castle was on I said a prayer of gratitude for this unforgettable experience.

And as I meditated and thought about the past 6 weeks in Italy, I realized the best part of the trip was THE ENTIRE experience!  What I mean by that is the sense of gratitude I feel for all of it; the good, the bad, the difficulty, the tenacity to overcome…

I went from the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence with 10 of my amazing clients to being completely alone in a small apartment in Rome with no concierge, no guidance and no one spoke English!  BOTH experiences were rich and wonderful (looking back).

What I want you to get from this conversation is for YOU TO GIVE yourself permission to ENJOY it all!

Creating an Extraordinary life means you embrace BOTH the “good” and the “bad”.  You live and experience IT ALL full out!

You learn from both.  You grow from both.  And you can even learn to love both.

Notice what you’re dealing with right now that you label “bad”.  (I definitely labeled “being alone in Rome” bad ~ and even cried that first day!)  But then I “found my groove” and discovered my way around.  I adapted to the hot days by getting up early for my sight seeing and then spending afternoons writing in side walk cafes (with a fan or air conditioning!)

What are you dealing with that you label “bad” that you can embrace? Accept? and even transform to actually enjoy it!

While this may be counter to the beliefs of society and our entitlement culture, this perspective is a powerful part of creating a wonderful life.  Change your beliefs about what is “bad”.  Choose to alter your description of “bad” and find the beauty in the circumstance.  Then, give yourself PERMISSION to accept it, embrace it… and even enjoy it!

When you do this, I promise you you will have a very different experience in life…

Remember, God is desperately IN LOVE with you.  Never gives you anything you truly can’t handle and has an ETERNAL view of what’s best for you.  So, please give yourself permission to alter your beliefs about your circumstance and discover the greatness in it!

This way of living made such an impression upon me, I’ve decided to create “Rejuvenation and Meditation Retreats” in Tuscany next summer!  In these Retreats you will enjoy 6 days of being pampered in Tuscany while reconnecting to Spirit!  You’ll experience meditation, techniques to relax the mind to recreate your beliefs AND YOURSELF!  All this in a fun, beautiful and inspiring atmosphere in Tuscany!  If you love experiencing culture, history, beauty, food, fun and love… The Rejuvenation Retreat is for you!  The dates are June 17th – 24th, 2011.  For more information, request a brochure at

To your success,

Lisa Jimenez

The Power of Surrender!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Surrendering… something I wasn’t good at. Most type A people aren’t. We want to take charge; get it done; make it happen!

But what I’ve noticed during this 6 week excursion in Italy is the most special memories were made when I surrendered. The most spectacular experiences occurred when I RELAXED my mind, got quiet and just released control.

These entire 6 weeks have been about “letting go” and “allowing”. When I did that, I met amazing people who befriended me in Malta and Rome. I walked into a building asking for directions to the Museum I was looking for only to find I was standing in that very museum! I ate the most delicious Italian dish after ordering the wrong item on the menu! Getting lost dozens of times, which caused me to discover an incredibly unique “Cat Shelter” with hundreds of cats you could pick up and play with!

All the things that seemed to “go wrong” were really the most special experiences… WHEN I CHOSE TO SURRENDER and just RELAX INTO THE SITUATION.

In fact, this reoccurring theme has the most profound creation! I have decided to expand my business and offer 6 Day Meditation and Manifestation Retreats here in Tuscany!

I’m heading over to the Villa Lucia, a Yoga Retreat Center here in Tuscany to meet with Lucy, the owner of this magnificent place! She will help me create the entire Retreat.

I’ll still have my Mastermind Retreats (in fact, the next one is in Bali in October!) But I realize it’s now time to also offer Meditation and Manifestation Retreats to help people TAP INTO THE SPIRITUAL part of themselves and create even more meaning, joy and purpose in their lives!

And what a perfect place to plan these Retreats! I’m staying in a castle overlooking the Tuscan Wine Country! I’ve posted pictures on my Facebook page. You can check them out by visiting my website and then clicking on the FB icon. Go to:

If you’d like more information about the Tuscany Meditation Retreats, send me an email and request a brochure at:

Bona Fortuna!


Lisa Jimenez M.Ed.