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Leona Mizrahi Leona Mizrahi revolutionary. miracle seeker. divine opportunist.

Leona is a spiritual gangster by birth, radical mentor by default, and evolving entrepreneur by surprise. She ardently believes that life is lived best with faith, gratitude, love, and courage. [www.leonamizrahi.com]

The answer to my life’s biggest questions weren’t on my yoga mat. They weren’t at the bottom of my green smoothies or in the self-help aisle at the bookstore. I was shocked. Couldn’t 108 Sun Salutations calm my mind and warm my heart? Did I need to realize or shift something, again?

The answer was a resounding “YES.”

My first spiritual journey taught me to ditch toxic relationships and behaviors, meditate for clarity, and allow life to unfold. I thought I knew everything about spirituality and manifestation. After all, I had done the work.

But, surprisingly, at 31, I began to feel a spiritual buzz kill. I felt disconnected, my inner peace dulled, and I was emotionally paralyzed. Life was unfolding, but my spark was diminishing. Ultimate confusion set in.

I gave myself a choice: Either experience deliberate miracles or ignore divine opportunities. I’m not talking about the kind of miracles where seas split and bushes speak but the kind where personal awareness is witnessed. I’m talking about either co-creating a version of myself using past experiences or co-creating a new experience with responsibility, with spiritual spark.

My belief is that co-creating from past experience traps us. It keeps us locked in emotional chains. It’s the easiest and quickest place to go when we’re feeling tense and frustrated. It’s what we already know – autopilot – but it’s exactly what can halt our ability to grow.

What if we react another way? What if we pause for a second and open up to the possibility of miracles? I want to revolutionize miracles because they transform thoughts, composure, and actions in an instant. Rather than become victims of negativity, we can create new experiences. We can each spark a personal evolution – one in which compassion, understanding, joy, patience, and love occur and miracles ignite.

Living a life of purpose takes more than green smoothies and daily affirmations. Manifesting desirable outcomes takes more than yoga practice. It requires us to take the ownership of our lives to a deeper level. It requires spark.

When you find yourself in a misunderstanding or conflict, put the brakes on reactive patterns. Remind yourself that in every moment you have the choice of aligning with the greatest vision of your life or with excuses, anger, and fear. Choose to co-create a new experience. Choose to spark love, kindness, helpfulness, and compassion. Be the spark.

Leona Mizrahi

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