Tova Payne

Coaching you to take action on your Dreams with clarity, confidence + the right plan

What The Buddha Told me in Sedona


Last week I was in Sedona – one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. During my journey there I went to several hiking trails – but these weren’t any trails. These places are known as vortexes since they carry a subtle energy that comes from the earth and are known as mystical places that awaken insights.

One of the vortexes I went to was called Amitabha Stupa. This vortex was different than the others: not only was the landscape breathtaking, but in it was a Buddha statue.




I have to be honest—I’ve never been one to get excited by a statue or so-called monumental-site. For me, all the excitement I need is in the red rock mountainous range. At first I walked around the mountains enjoying the insights that nature provided.

Finally I went to the central place where the Buddha was and decided to approach him.

Here was the conversation that unfolded:

I said to him: “I have trouble believing in you”

The Buddha said back “You don’t have to believe in me.  Believe in YOU.  People who worship me are misguided. That’s all I have for you – Now go on your way”

I smiled brightly and left, walking around the area, but within a few minutes I felt prompted to go back to the Buddha and give him a High 5.

I know – not a typical way to interact with  a Buddha statue, but I was just following my inner guidance, and the Buddha said back to me

“Right On”

And then I said: “I think it’s funny that people like you”

And he said back to me “ I think it’s funny too”

And what I saw then was the Buddha has a sense of humor.

He doesn’t take himself too seriously.

After all—enlightenment means turning on the light, being the light, and seeing all things as light.

It’s a having a sense of humor and seeing beyond the dogma, and the “shoulds” and the so-called proper decorum of how to be.

Later that evening I told the group of women who I was on retreat with about my experience and they all laughed. One lady who had spent years of her life devout to the Buddhist tradition remarked “Oh god, if only I had known that back then”

Because ultimately – that is the teaching:

Relinquish worshiping anything outside yourself

Turn inwards to the teacher and guidance counselor inside of you: your inner guidance, your soul, and your spirit.

It is always speaking to you if you dare to take the time to listen.

Instead of looking without

Look within

This right here is the secret to being your own best adviser:

Take time for silence – in a quiet room or out in nature. Practice listening by consciously doing nothing. Give yourself a time-out so that you can hear above the daily noise.

Then, as you practice listening, begin trusting yourself and listening to the guidance inside of you.

When you do this: every decision in business, work, and life will be clearer.

I hope sharing this story inspires you to trust yourself and listen more intently to the voice within you.


10 Ways to Overcome Writers Block

Have you ever sat down to the keyboard and felt that uneasy cement-like feeling in your fingers…nothing is coming through. It’s what we often call writers block. And whether you consider yourself a writer or merely need to create content for your business—writing is necessary to all online business ventures.

So what do you do when it feels like whatever wire transmits ideas to your fingers has decided to stop working and it feels like there’s nothing you can do about it.

How do you overcome that feeling of writer’s block?

Well, as I went through this myself, I came up with 10 ways to deal with it:
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Go within to gain clarity on what’s next

Today’s post is an invitation:

It’s an invitation to go within in order to gain clarity on what’s coming next:

It’s an invitation to your soul: the stillness inside of you that feels connected to everything else

Your soul is your home—your chamber of light and creativity

And when we spin away from our center—away from our soul, we will feel:

Off balance, depressed, frustrated (more than normal) and that inexplicable feeling like something is off.

When it feels like something’s off—it’s actually a  gift:

The gift is your soul telling you that something in your life’s off balance.

It’s a sign to go within and align your actions with your hearts desire—your soul’s desire.

When you dare to go within: you can get back to your center.

How do you get back to your center?

It begins with intention: intend to get back to your center. Say to yourself that you want to get back in touch with your essence—your soul.

My invitation to you today is to pause.

As you pause + reflect—here is an exercise for you:
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A common question I get is “How do I structure my offerings?”

On the surface it seems simple:

If you’re a yoga teacher: offer a 1-hour private yoga class

If you’re a life coach: offer a 1-hour coaching session

If you’re an energy-healer: offer a 1-hour reiki session


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The Truth About Client Attraction

What you need to know about the words Client Attraction:

I used to hear the words “client attraction” and think there was a magical potion I could take that would bring a heap of clients at my front (online) door.

Ok. Kidding. Sort of.

But really—I thought client attraction was some kind of magic trick. I figured I HAD to find out what that magic was.

You know what it is?
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