Tova Payne

Bringing Meditation, intuition + clarity to your soulful adventure of entrepreneurship

6 Steps to Launch Your Next Business Project

Have an idea, dream or goal you wished was reality? This article is a step by step approach to launching your next project.

Whether you’re just getting started, or have been in business for awhile but are ready to launch your next service or product, this article will give the clear steps to take you there.

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3 steps to clean up emotional clutter for more happiness

It’s a Sunday afternoon and you decide to clean the house up for the week ahead. So you sweep up your living room and within minutes you find yourself sneezing.

Ever experience that?

It’s because when you sweep up the dirt, dust rises, and as the dust enters your system your body says: “Get outta here.” Because your body’s immune system will always do its best to protect you from getting sick. The inconvenient sneeze is your body helping you – it’s stopping the toxins from entering deeper.

Well this analogy is just like what happens when you stir up emotional clutter.
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The Art of Non-Action

Several years ago, after spending months of getting the word out for a retreat, I thought to myself “I wonder what will happen if I practice the Taoist art of Wu-Wei–the art of non-action for the next one?”

Since I had already ran one successful retreat that summer, I was unattached if a second one would fly, and really – it was an experiment of the Tao principle of Wu-Wei – non-action.

So I did nothing. Asides for the retreat being listed on my website, I did not spread the word in my classes, to friends or anybody. I did not make any posters or do any marketing or promotion at all.

I thought: “Let’s see if this art of Tao works”

And you know what happened? Nothing happened.

My experiment of doing nothing taught me that The Art of Wu Wei must mean something beyond its literal naked meaning.

The Art of Non-Action

The art of non-action, also known as Wu-Wei in Taoism doesn’t mean sitting on the couch like a couch potato doing nothing and expecting clients and money to fall into your lap. That’s like visualization without action, or practicing the art of manifesting without moving beyond your affirmations and daydreams. It doesn’t yield what you desire.

Non-action has a greater meaning: it’s action that feels like non-action because you’re swimming downstream. You’re moving with the current. You’re moving from a place of joy and ease.


Joy and ease could mean you tell every person you meet about your next event: you’re so filled with excitement about it you can’t stop yourself from telling your neighbor, mailperson, and cashier at the supermarket about it.

Swimming downstream means taking the action that feels so fulfilling and energizing that it feels like you’re doing nothing at all.
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Flicking on the switch of awareness

The switch of awareness happens in a moment.

Oprah famously coined it having an “Aha moment” – and it’s those moments that change your life forever.

It’s common to feel like for a shift to happen that it takes years of hard work and preparation. Yet, shift happens in an instant. Change happens in a moment of time.

Marianne Williamson said that a miracle is simply a shift in perception – it’s that Aha Moment – that flicker of awareness being turned on that miracles live in.
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Pain Vs. Joy: What’s Driving Your Buying Decisions?

I was chatting with a business colleague the other day who said to me: “I’m starting to wonder if people only feel inclined to purchase because there’s a problem to solve…Because they’re in pain”

I took a moment, and replied, “Well, I think people also buy from joy. It’s not always pain driving the decision”

Yet pain is a powerful tool, often used in marketing to get people to buy. Science has proven that emotional pain registers as physical pain in the brain, and physical pain is so powerful – that it takes all your focus and energy away from anything else.
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What it means to meet your shadow

Your Shadow Holds the Freedom You’re Seeking:

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves” Carl Jung

The shadow. It’s the part of yourself you avoid at all cost. It’s the stuff none of us want to look at. And it’s often so hidden and dark that we have no idea what it is.

But the clue to your shadow is as close as your next annoyance. I’m talking about the person you can’t stand. The person who makes your skin crawl. The person you can’t stand to be in the same room with.
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Are you leaking your energy?

We’ve all seen an example of an energy leak: a faucet that’s been unknowingly left on with a minor drip. At first it seems like nothing, but over time the leak will fill a bucket of water–creating massive waste of a precious commodity.

The same is true for your energy: when there’s a small leak, it will drain you. At first it’s so minor that you likely won’t notice it–but over time it’ll accumulate to the point where you feel exhausted and you won’t even know why.

Energy leaks happen for a number of reasons–primarily when we misuse our energy. Energy is a precious commodity. Just because you have 24 hours in a day doesn’t mean you have 24 hours worth of optimal energy.

For most people, our best work happens in a concentrated amount of time. If you use your time wisely by working when you’re at your peak energy state – you’ll get more work done in less time.

The problem erupts when you leak that peak energy into wasteful activities or interactions that drain you.
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