Thursday, January 31, 2019

Yes. It's winter. Resistance is futile

@karendarkinA gentle bit of unsolicited advice, stop wishing your life away.

This thought was triggered today as I saw yet another post on FB
wishing for summer to hurry up and get here.

Stop wishing for and "being ready for summer"

When we are in resistance to what is (winter), struggle arrives for us.

Winter is here.

In most parts of Canada or at least where I live we will be in winter until March,
with the last flakes of snow leaving us in April.

What if you sink into what is.
The cozy feel of the long deep nights.
The silence a fresh snow fall brings
The crisp orange and pink sunrises
The large blue sky when the sun is shining as the temperatures drop even further

What if you created an ease about your day
What if you had a stillness in your body which would mimic the earth,
be with the nature around you

What if you became the next level of quiet
What if you expressed your stillness through wonderful words,
either through what you read or through your own writing.

Now is the time for soft blankets, fuzzy soft socks, deep nourishing broths,
candles to lighten and soften the darkness.

Now is the time be quiet

What if you followed the season, as a being of the earth. Followed the rhythm of nature.

What in you could use stillness before the blooming time called spring?

What in you could use a bit of hibernation?
What needs quiet?

Be in what is
Be open to what is preparing to bloom
Nurture it with the darkness the earth settles into

Celebrate the light and rest in the darkness

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Post Without Title

Out of my rhythm

The white sky has me thrown, when did the sky become winter.  Here in the north the sun shines a lot in the winter, and this is good, while it has little strength - it stills shines - the colour is more white than the fire of the summer.

It's white, and seems more quiet in a way. This is alright.

I like the seasonal changes, I like to follow rhythms.

I am right now in a busy, time, with travel, and my spirit seems to want to settle and to be more white, to be still shine, yet in a quiet winter sun sort of way. My travel has me moving between these two energies, the fire of movement, of change and the desire to be in the quiet background, shining.

I have been teetering again between what my business is and what I am actually doing.
Have you felt this way before?

During sessions I deal in the intangible world of energy and intentions, and then I see the results through client success and change.

I love what I do, love the interaction with clients - their brilliance, and the energy of shift, change and realizations they have.

I need to do it more - in the ways it fills me, I know we are in service to others, yes; we also benefit from our work - through deep meaningful engagement - which feeds our soul, to the very real human benefit of energy exchange, money.

I need to work more. I need to engage more. I need to stay connected to the language of my industry, to stay connected with like minded colleagues and friends.

Maybe this recent travel has brought this home to me.

Here's what I say:

Stay connected to what you love, to what fuels your soul, to what creates meaning - stay inspired, play with your passions, dance to the edges of your creativity, ask what now, what else?
Say yes to new ways of showing up in the world, stay current to what is needed, and yet stay present to the foundation of your world - to the foundation of your work, to the simplest breakdown of what it is you do.

Stay inspired
Be inspired
Inspire others

Create a routine which fuels YOU - find what others do - yes, then refine it for YOU

Show up for yourself first, dedicate yourself to the care of self.

Move from your solid foundation. Know why you do what you do. Connect to this daily. Daily.

I began this post because I felt out of rhythm - I had not written is some time, either physically in a journal or what began as a bit of a self care indulgence - I trust you may find a nugget of support, a spark of inspiration and a glimmer of hope - for when we find ourselves out of sync with the rhythm of OUR world - we only need to do one thing (for me, to write this), to move us back into alignment.

It's okay to change things up, to bring new into your day, find what fits, evolve, change, grow - all the while staying true to what you crave, stay true to how you want to bold - say no what no longer fits, say yes to something new and fabulous.

This feels like a mishmash of ideas and thoughts - so it must be. 😉

*Inspire * Connect * BE*

What words resonate in your heart now?
How do you want to feel?
What's been missing?
What needs to be added (re added) ?
What do you need to drop?

I repeat:

Move from your solid foundation. Know why you do what you do. Connect to this daily. Daily.

This was fun! Thanks for being here.
Love to you this day 💜

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Speakers Block

Seth Godin says, you can always write a blog, because when you write as you speak, it's easy; because, as he claims, we rarely have 'speaker's block'.

I am not so sure.

Lately, I haven't had much to say, to share.

I have had a great launch to my new service of Coaching via Email- I guess that is something to talk about.

Our family has welcomed a new baby into the family, a new grandson for my husband and I - that is something to talk about.

Our family has also lost one key member, my mother in law.

All of this happened in the same month. August.

So August was full on with emotions, the fullness of life as it were. The sadness and the gladness.

It was bitter sweet to lose our Mother (in law), she had been unwell, and at the end in a bit of distress. So, of course, we didn't want her to linger in the sorrow of pain and distress.  She was happy to say farewell, she knew who was waiting for her on the other side.

I also wonder now if she had a chance to meet our new grand baby, Jacob before he arrived. I wonder if baby's souls arrive through birth or do they land at conception, or do they hover between the worlds. I had read somewhere once, children hover between here, and heaven until about the age of 2 or so, they see our ancestors, I guess their ancestors and angels easier than we do.


Life is interesting.

I also, in August started a Podcast recording. I'll see where that takes me. I will also share the link when I have a few recorded. My intention is work on the podcast as a lovely fun project and work with the intention of progress over perfection.  If I wait until it is perfect, it will never, NEVER get out.  You know how it is?

It is something like this blog, my writing, progress over perfection.

I often think of an old newsletter I use to put out, and when I say old newsletter, it was in the days before cut, copy and paste on the computer, it truly was read an article in magazine, a newspaper etc and physically cut, or copy and paste it - and then photocopy enough for everyone in the group or class. Anyway, a participant, Lorraine, came up to me and said, 'I love your newsletters, I love the way you write, you write, exactly as you talk.'   I took it as a compliment, it seemed like a compliment, so I took it.  ha ha ha 😊

This brings me back to the beginning of this post - as not having 'speaker's block' - the past 15 minutes, I have punched this post out.  I guess I did have something to say, something to share.

This fall, I am traveling quite a bit and since, in theory, I can up date the blog via my phone, I will continue to share, to post.

I hope you can join me.

Until then, stay well, be fabulous, and be you.  💜

Glorious Sunrise as viewed from the deck 

Friday, August 3, 2018

What daily choices move your toward your happiness?

What are actively doing to create the life you want?

Are you making conscious decisions to live your best life possible?

Are you following through with these decisions (big step 😀 )

When the obstacles arrive (and they always arrive), what are you doing with them?

Obstacles can be perceived outside judgments, not 'feeling' like it, perceived lack of time, lack of resources, the list goes on, mostly in my experience of listening to obstacles they sound very similar to excuses. Do you stop or do you keep going?  Do you shake off the obstacle, climb over it, go around it, modify it?

So what are you actively doing daily to create the life you want?

What ideas and actions do you have lined up to support you when the obstacles show up?  How will you manage them?

Become active in your life, and your choices.

When you choose, remember why you made the choice in the first place, this may be helpful when the obstacle shows up.  Choices are usually made to either move from discomfort to comfort and toward happiness.

What choices do you make daily to move toward your happiness?

Some of my choices are simple;

*make my bed daily
*take my vitamins/supplements
*chatting with friends

I am going to start from this day to pay attention to more of my choices, when I am setting my goals, when I am moving toward my desires, I will question - am I moving toward happiness or simply moving away from discomfort - am I being pushed away from what I don't like or am I being pulled toward how I want my life to feel and to be.  Maybe you would like to join me. Pay attention today about your choices.  Are you simply moving away from discomfort?

When we simply move away from discomfort without the pull into something more we can feel empty, we may feel lost - our path may not seem clear, by adding a move toward something better we can feel energized and joyful. Connect to the why of the choice.  I am choosing this because _________.

I think the most compelling goals are achieved by a bit of both - so being honest and owning the discomfort and stepping into the desire for more and better is the way forward. The way to happiness; is the happiness.

Enjoy. Choose joyfully.  Have fun.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Surround yourself with Happiness

Not sure how to bring happiness in your life?

Well, firstly, I believe we are born to be happy - and as such we then can extend our love to serve the world - lifting and supporting others.

I look around my home and I would say, yes, everything in my view brings me happiness, my books, a bracelet a friend gave me, our granddaughter's puzzle, fuzzy slippers which I wear to the hot tub, my hubby on his computer in the kitchen (I'm on my chrome book in the living room).

I have mentioned things - however I feel the life of these things, the actions of them, the being in relationship with them.

For example, books bring happiness for me; well because they are filled with words, images which spark ideas, which ignites the desire for me to share = happiness

How do you surround yourself with happiness? 

Look around from where you are right now, can you sense your happiness?

If you have something in your world, within view and it doesn't spark a twinge of joy, happiness or love -- perhaps it's time for it to be shared with someone else, let it move on, or maybe you need to shift in some way?

This may have been about 'things' - however, in our world, 'things' can and often do bring an experience, a feeling, if they do not - they are simply things. 

Surround yourself with happiness.

Have fun!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Get Dressed. Show Up

Get dressed.

Show up.

For the past two weeks I have been involved in self experiment of sorts; getting dressed.

Now, don't get me wrong, I get dressed most days.  In the recent past, there were days pajamas were the attire for the whole day. Pajama day.  Easy, relaxing and comfy.

These days, I'm on a bit of a roll with changing my habits.  I have been working with myself to change the way I move in the world, and it occurred to me getting dressed first thing may be an easy change to do.

I thought it would be uncomfortable and I wouldn't like it. Since I love quiet reflective mornings I figured my pajamas were the perfect costume for this.

I was mistaken. Being ready to create the day is more in my style it seems.

It has been very easy in fact - getting up and getting dressed right away has lead me to more productive days.

As I consider - it's possibly because I get up, get dressed and begin - the day has started - and since I am already dressed, there is one less thing to do in my day.

I have been getting up, getting dressed and showing up for myself earlier - and this has enhanced the quality of my day immensely.

What is one small change you could do to enhance the quality of your day?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Wonderful words from John O'Donohue

This morning I am moved by these words:

"There are no manuals for the construction of the individual you would like to become. You are the only one who can decide this and take up the lifetime of work that it demands. This is such a wonderful privilege and such an exciting adventure. To grow into the person that your deepest longing desires is a great blessing. If you can find a creative harmony between your soul and your life, you will have found something infinitely precious. You may not be able to much about the great problems of the world or change the situation you are in, but if you can awaken the eternal beauty and light of your soul, then you will bring light where you go. The gift of life is given to us for ourselves and also to bring peace, courage and compassion to others."

John O'Donohue
Eternal Echos - Exploring our Hunger to Belong
Bottom paragraph - page 146


This is a timeless piece written for those who struggle with the 'shoulds' of who they need to be. It comes down to the essence of ourselves, the self only you and your angels know who you are - and our job as humans is reveal this light of our beings.  We are here to create harmony between our souls and our lives.

This is our gift to the world - to do what brings light and love to us - and as an extension, to others.

How lucky are we to be in this time in history - where being ourselves is the way, you may have seen this mantra "you do you" - I see this so often.

What does this mean for you?  You do You.  -- I may rephase this to You BE You.

Be You.

Light up your life in such a way you bring peace, courage and compassion to others.

Love to you 💖