The Butterfly Effect

By Arielle Giordano

We must take full responsibility for everything in our life. Yes, life can be challenging and it can be difficult to accept this truth. Yes, it can be easier to blame and point the finger at someone else or an outside influence. Sometimes, we would rather turn a blind eye than own up to and stand up for what we know is true.

For years, I believed that I was a victim of my parents’ early death. Over time, I accepted the truth that I choose my parents at a soul level to learn the lessons I needed to learn from them in this life. Embracing personal growth opens the space to make a difference in our worldview. Blame closes and hardens our heart. Acceptance, openness and love open our heart. When we change and grow, we affect everyone and the world around us. This impact is subtle, powerful and real. In the stillness of who we are as beings, we move with sensitivity and delicate awareness.

Like the gentle flapping of a butterfly’s wings, our positive and negative choices create an almost imperceptible air current that drifts out and impacts the world around us.

As life happens, when we experience pain and strive to see our way through to the other side of it, metamorphosis follows. Pain is like cocoon that keeps us trapped, but when we open up and push through the walls, that pain can take us deeper into our being. We can find fresh, new insights once we can see what’s inside our hearts. From this viewpoint, we know that whatever is happening really is okay, even though it may not feel good and we may not like it.

We are born with a heartfelt knowingness, and finding our personal truth gives us our wings. Our wings give us the freedom to fly like a butterfly. Allow a personal metamorphosis to happen and bear witness to the transformational growth will set you free.

Release the stories, patterns, emotions and preferences that interfere with your growth and no longer serve you. Know that you are a being on a journey of change and evolution.

Be grateful and appreciate all of your experiences, whether they are joyous or painful. Dance like no one is watching as you transform and celebrate your wings, freedom and flight. Transform into the beautiful being that you are. Enjoy the dance as you evolve and become the most beautiful butterfly ever!

Arielle Giordano, Masters of Arts, Masters of Education, is an author, professional dancer, inspirational speaker, certified Essentrics/Aging Backwards instructor, and workshop facilitator. She enjoys sharing her gifts and talents with an authentic style rich in the grace of dance, psychology, philosophy and the expressive arts. Her career includes: provisional psychologist, guidance counselor and substance-abuse therapist. As a Lead Faculty Area Chairperson and Faculty Member for College of Humanities at the University of Phoenix, she inspired students with her creative gifts. She is the published author of Dancing with Your Story from the Inside Out! She also writes for Tampa Bay Wellness, We Woman and Transformation Magazine.

Arielle offers classes and workshops on empowering women, creativity, and dance. She also offers consultations and private sessions, and she is a certified instructor in the Essentrics/Aging Backwards program. Arielle has been a guest speaker on radio and television, featured in newspapers and magazines across the United States and Canada. Visit or email or call 813-545-7173.

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