Mercedes Maidana


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  • No car, no home — yet truly abundant


    A couple of weeks ago, I went to a meditation retreat in Texas. For five days, I turned my phone and computer off and immersed myself in Spirit.

    During this time, I was able to focus on my meditation practice and do a lot of inner work that helped me rise above all the things that were stopping me from fully living in Abundance.  When I say Abundance, I mean happiness, joy, enthusiasm, creativity, forgiveness, peace of mind, acceptance, understanding and all those qualities of Spirit moving into manifestation in our lives.

    Last year was a crazy time, but 12 months have now passed from the beginning of the end of my life as I knew it. Over the past month, I felt like the worst had passed and the hell was over. When you let go of everything, you end up empty! What a funny feeling that is. All I had left of my previous life was pure emptiness. It was a little uncomfortable. I felt flat and blah…

    The meditation retreat was the greatest way to fill my cup with something new. The emptiness was replaced with joy, love, forgiveness, acceptance and all the qualities of Abundance. I was elated — overflowing with Loving (that movement of Love-in action), vulnerable and open to sharing with anyone who would cross my path.

    Total Hell Yeah! Zen time.

    As soon as I returned to my car after the retreat had ended, I turned on my phone. There were messages.

    Oh! I wondered what the world was going to throw at me this time? Every time I focus on Spirit, changes seem to come in full force. I knew that something was waiting for me, but didn’t know what.

    The first message I received was from my landlord telling me that in a month I needed to leave the place I’ve been living in. Read More

  • Thoughts on Abundance through divorce


    Yesterday I’ve learned the news that my divorce was finalized. After I heard the news, I felt this urge to go surf Sunset. That is the wave that I’ve surfed for the last ten years, that is in front of the house were I lived with my ex-husband for the last nine years. I needed to complete the “full circle” and face my fears of being in the area where my past resides and face any emotional pain, if there was any.

    So I rushed to Sunset, and told God (call it the Universe, Higher Power, Spirit, that Loving force) that this was my “divorce”session and I wanted a “divorce wave” to complete this chapter of my life. I paddled out, and as soon as I made it to the lineup, I got the most beautiful West set wave.

    That never happens to me. I’m usually so unlucky at Sunset and I take forever to get a good one. I had a beautiful fun session, and there was no pain, just nostalgia as I watched my old house from the lineup. I kept releasing it into the Loving once and again. I feel so much gratitude for being able to see my life unfolding into new realms.

    It’s all one big spiritual experience to me: to have nothing separating me from my truth, that is the energy of Loving moving in the Universe in me and through me.

    I feel grateful to my ex-husband, Gregg, for having been the teacher of so many lessons for my soul to awaken further. What a great person I’ve been blessed to share my life with. I wish him joy, love, happiness and abundance in all ways possible.

    The book keeps unfolding, to more freedom, more joy, more completion…

    For me, true Abundance is not about everything being perfect in our lives.

    If you looked at my life from the outside, some would think it is perfect: surfing, living in Hawaii and doing what I love, while others would say a prayer for me feeling sorry about how things had been unfolding in my life with my concussion, divorce and all the sad story from last year.

    Living and abundant life is not about having the career success, the money, the great loving relationship, the banging body and the perfect health. If all that comes with the flow of Abundance, great — welcome!

    But for me, living an epic, abundant, life is about loving myself during my “Hell No’s!” as well as my “Hell Yeah’s!”

    Living an epic life is about being open and vulnerable, so that whatever is for my highest and best good can manifest itself. It is about knowing that I am always loved and supported by a higher force, no matter what the scenario is. As I’ve mentioned in a recent post:

    Living in true Abundance is not about having it all be butterflies and ponies on the outside. It is about what I do with what goes on inside of me. Read More

  • Life and career changes


    I haven’t shared with you much lately cause I was so confused with everything that I just didn’t know where to start. As you may know, my life has been changing drastically during the last year: from a surfing accident that led me to a gnarly concussion that lasted a good 10 months, to getting divorced after 9 years married in the middle of my concussion recovery, to blah, blah, blah, it’s been rough. I lost my joy in life during the last months.
    In the midst of all these changes, career changes are showing up for me. What I was once passionate about (coaching women to manifest their dreams), blogging and doing speaking events on the subject of living an abundant life),  it’s now all upside down for me.
    I have no desire, nor energy (at least lately) to keep growing this “personal development” leader persona. I couldn’t care less. I was going for a “Gabby Bernstein” or “Danielle Laporte” kind of brand and business model, but now I don’t have that desire anymore.

    I’m being very honest here, and maybe in two weeks, my mind may change cause I know that happens. When I live connected to the flow of Spirit, things are always evolving and changing in the moment.

    But as of today, I don’t have a desire to be this online entrepreneur/personal development star.
    Sooo, I had been doing a reality check with myself and I asked myself the same question I asked myself right before when I manifested my “impossible” dream of becoming a professional big wave surfer 7 years ago.

    The question was:

    If I could do anything in the world, if money was not an issue at all…what would I do? Read More

  • Live Your Dreams


    This website is all about living an abundant, beautiful life. I am grateful to say that in my life, I was able to live my biggest dreams up to date. One of them was to be able to travel the world surfing the best waves and being sponsored by an amazing clothing company (Patagonia). By applying the Principles of Abundance and some manifestation tools, I was able to make my dreams a reality.

    I hope that the resources you find on this website help you go for your own dreams. Here you’ll find information for days: from interviews to blog posts, to podcasts, to videos, you name it, you have it here. I invite you to look around the different categories and enjoy yourself (and take some notes as you go).

    If you have a desire pressing in your heart, I hope you allow yourself to live it. Here’s a video that shows some of my biggest dreams being manifested during the last five years of my life. I am so grateful and feel so complete with my “bucket list”. Nowadays my dreams consist of sharing with people like you about Abundance and how to manifest your beautiful life. Of course, surfing is always top on the list for me, as it is the biggest joy in my life.

    Hope you enjoy this video and that it inspires you to live your life to the fullest:


  • How to quickly move from hurt to happiness


    Guest post by Hanna Bier

    Looking back at my life I notice that what has propelled me forward and what has made the biggest impact on my journey were the breakdowns.

    More precisely, the way I broke down.

    For many years, I used all of my energy to resist my shadows and to ignore my sadness. I tried to push through no matter what and keep my face so that nobody will see my struggle.

    Every time I did this, I grew a little more stiff and bitter and my belly contracted a little bit more. The more I hid my ugly truth, me more I shrunk. Read More

  • A new way to approach the end of the year balance (+How I could bring a positive balance to one of the worst years of my life)


    I hope this time of the year is finding you well. For most of us, the approaching New Year is a time of reflection, a time when we pause to assess the past year and look toward the future.

    We take time to evaluate our projects and dreams, enjoy the dreams fulfilled and pave a path for those we did not achieve. We put into place our intentions for the coming year and plan how to proceed with them. We consider whether we need to switch gears. We wonder if we need to let go of the dreams we’ve outgrown, so that we can move into new ones. We question whether we need to take more action, or if we should stop and focus on resting. We ask ourselves what changes we need to allow into our lives, and how we can best grow in the coming year.

    New Years is a great time to be honest with ourselves.

    In my case, 2014 was a year that most people would consider a horrible year. Read More