Are You More or Are You Less?

Dear One,

This question popped up in my head while meditating at the Lake Shrine Gardens in LA.

“Are you more or are you less –  after you lost everything in a natural calamity?”

I walked down the path of the stunning garden and thought to myself: “Wow, while so many people in this world have created material wealth and homes, I got stripped of all of it. How does that make me feel?

I witnessed myself and noticed how easy it is to give into the high demands of my ego. I did feel a little sad.

I have not rebuild my home. On the one hand I long for my own sanctuary again – and yet something is holding me back. I know my home has always been my refuge and temple space. I love creating beauty – it could be with something I find on the beach, in the forest, or a piece that somebody threw away. I love a challenge and express it by creating art.

So if I measure myself by the standard of the ego – my healer recently said – “Loss only happens on the level of Ego” – I could easily feel like a loser, a failure, less than.

I made a choice and claimed: ” I am and know my pure existance and this precious life is priceless. I chose not to label and define myself by should, have, woulds.

Isn’t there a quote that says: “less is more”. Hmm, that would be an interesting interview topic, asking people what that sentence means to them?

The Gift:

When I step away from any label and definition of what I should have accomplished by now, there is a sense of freedom.

I feel light. I feel my essence. I feel myself. My life. I feel free.

I will celebrate that today.

And I invite you to find the freedom in change and letting go as well. I am curious how you do it? Please connect and/or leave a comment.

sending tons of encouragement


©Text by Joya P. Gallasch/


Changing Beliefs Can Move Mountains

Dear One,

I remember it was months before my 40th Birthday when I overheard my then husband talk to a friend in Mt Shasta. “I” wanted to celebrate big. I realized they were talking about summiting Mt Shasta exactly the night before my special day.  Continue reading Changing Beliefs Can Move Mountains

How Can We Forget?

Dear One,

‘Energy follows attention’ – I love this wisdom (and it’s even scientifically proven)

Today’s Blog is short and sweet. It is for everybody that is going through a major life change. Continue reading How Can We Forget?

The Earth Got Your Back

Dear One,

She does. The earth became my greatest teacher in the wildfire loss. No matter what happens to us, she is here for all of us. Every step we take, she is (most of the time) right under us offering ground and grounding. Continue reading The Earth Got Your Back

Life Always Wants to Live

Dear One,

Life always wants to thrive.

Life’s purpose is to live, to create life, to grow, to re-new, to offer a second Chance.

As hard as my fire experience was and still is when I see the torched hills, LIFE kicked in again and new plants are growing now where nothing was before.  Continue reading Life Always Wants to Live

Softness – A True Power

Dear One,

Softness is such a special quality. It is NOT to be confused with weakness. In a world that can be so harsh, demanding, challenging and exhausting, it is easy to forget about gentleness and softness and drop into hardness.

Continue reading Softness – A True Power