Thursday, January 16, 2014

Magic was created...
Created by Erin Lee Of The Watered Leaf 
I work with quite a few people for life coaching/mentoring. As well I am pleased to work with independent business owners.  

Now, you would never know which ones because I honour confidentiality of the client.  It is always up to the client to say they work with me. 

Imagine my wonderful surprise when this glorious picture showed up in my newsfeed and tagged on my FB page.  
Yesterday I had the honour of sharing time with Erin from The Watered Leaf - we were moving through The Client Attraction Plan.  
Such an inspiring afternoon. She has such a creative, beauty filled spirit. 

Being in business for yourself is a blessing - yet, being in business as yourself is the treasure and an honour.  

For me, I was blessed yesterday to be able to do 'my work' as Erin approached her work from a new perspective.  

Erin brought her magical personality to the session.  Magic was created, as was this graphic. Beautiful. Thank you, Erin. 

Visit Erin's website or her FB page here.  

{I have full permission to post this, thanks Erin.}

To book a session with me -- email: karen@karenlarkin.caI will be happy to witness your magical moments.   

Bring Reverence

There is a Zen saying: 

Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. 
After enlightenment; chop wood carry water. 

I love this. It calls to me as a way of being in the tasks of my everyday.

Last February, for 3 weeks, I lived in beautiful cabin where I did quite literally chop wood and carry water. 

Today, I am home where I am called to loving clean my house, gratefully pay our bills and with ease push a button to wash my clothes.

Today I will bring reverence to these tasks; a mindfullness of moment and a grateful heart for heat, electronic money, running water & the ability to wash clothes with a touch of a button.

John O'Donohue reminds us that reverence means we remain always secretly ready to receive the words that could illuminate our destiny.

I am off to 'chop wood & carry water'

 Have an illuminating day
My wood pile and buckets of water

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Fullness of My Life Crept into Our Time

I was sitting with my friend on our last day of her 4 day visit and I apologized for not being 100% present for her and I.

I worked a bit while she was here -- and I felt badly ( an indicator that I needed to shift something)- she was okay with it, she was glad to be on her own retreat from the full schedule of her life; it was my feeling about it.  

While she was here I hosted meetings, personal and professional, I answered emails, I worked on promotions & behind the scenes tasks for a big event I am part of in March. and while I only did 'just' enough to maintain energy in my business, and while I was contemplating this - I realized my business and my work has begun a life of its own and I am the breath.  So while I provided just enough breath to keep it's heart pumping - I had pulled  my time away from my connection with my friend; I did not feel present with either my work or with my friend. 

The fullness of my life crept into our time.  

I was unsettled. I am still unsettled.  

As she joined me at the table we had set up for our daily activities I shared with her, "I didn't realize my life is as full as it is until I attempted to be quiet in it." 

I am sitting in observation of my world right now, with the question, 'what may need to shift?'

I am thankful for understanding my feelings, as they are an indicator, as I may need to shift, to change things and now as I am in observation. 

I have asked for my life to be different and I will honour (through feeling) what the Universe suggests. 

It has been interesting <3 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Glorification of Busy

Source Unknown 
I love this article.

Busy has been glorified in our world and it can create a life filled with overwhelm, sadness and guilt (I know this from years ago when MY life was 'busy'). I also hear it so often from clients and participants in my workshops; from people longing for something different for their lives. 

Remember: You create the life you want. 

I love this part from the article: 

For one month, I’m going to stop using the word “busy.” I’m going to resist the comfort of it to try and dig deeper to explain how things really are. If I feel busy, my hope is to be aware enough to discover why and to learn how I can change it.

I highly recommend you invest a few minutes to read this article


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Be playful

This card was so perfect for me to pick this morning.

Yesterday I was at the computer for something like 6 or 7 hours (not straight), yet it was a long enough day.  I was not playful, yet it was in a space where time moves ahead and I am in lost in it.  I sat down at 3:30 and the next time I looked up it was 7 PM. You know times like these.

Well, today after this post -- no more computer until tonight.

Today it is clear clutter and sort my office day.  There is no picture -- it would send you into shock. Truly.

However, I picked this card and I am going to be more playful in my approach -- for sure music, maybe a movie on -- coloured labels, dancing as I sort -- singing out loud -- you know, bring the fun back into the task.

Today, I encourage you to be more playful - bring joy into your tasks. Ask: how could I make this more fun, more playful.

Let me know how you make out.

Much love

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Flinging Myself Forward into the Future Makes Me Want to Recoil Backwards and Retreat

I am in a space of hmmmm....

I am in a space of 'don't want to'...

So I am starting with what I love and want to do and I will let the momentum bring me to the task which must be done.  

I am like a lot of people, I may be like you.  I have moments where - I simply do not want to do what needs to be done.

I am in that mood right now -- I am not even in the mood to procrastinate - {not sure if that is possible}.

I feel I am not in the mood to get back to work, to get back into moving forward -- so I sat down to write about it.

Now as I sit and write about my passion less moments - I realize I am craving stillness.  Pure stillness.

Stillness brings me back to myself, because as I write this I realize I am scattered - and need to gather my energy.

My mind is already forward into spring, and I am just now settling into winter.  I realize my mind is also focused on all I can do in the upcoming three days without other commitments -- all my projects I have been wanting to get done for the past year, I now feel compelled to complete in three days. Seriously.

Stillness is required.
Being present is necessary.

Flinging myself forward into the future makes me want to recoil backwards and retreat.

So I will sit, perhaps walk in the snow filled trails behind our home or I will do both.
This is my version of being still. Yes, I find stillness in movement, through walking, through my yoga practice. Stillness, for me, is a state of mind, a state of heart.

I will be still long enough for the joy of my work, my desire to find me - or probably a better way of saying it; I will be still long enough for the my desires to catch up with me.

How are you feeling right now?

Are you in need of stillness?

How do you find stillness?

I begin. Again.

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