Thursday, September 1, 2016

For me, and for most people, whether they realize it or not - decisions are powerful.
Once a decision is made, things settle in - the universe springs up to support the decision. The birds sing and the sun shines {okay, this may only be in my world :-) }
I have not officially worked with clients since May 2 - and since returning to our home in June - I decided I would take the summer off from work, which is fine, it slows down considerably anyway - so it was simple.
About two weeks ago I was playing with the idea of how to begin again and what the fall/winter would look like, what it would feel like. I wasn't landing on anything. It was time to schedule the private yoga class I lead -- so it began, looking ahead, when would I be able to begin? Sept 19th.
So this morning, as I puttered around my house - in my fabulous jammies = feeling luxurious with time :-) I decided I would begin all my business then. Workshops
Private and semi private coaching sessions
Yoga classes

It all begins back the week of September 19th -- now to sit down and plan the workshop dates! Now I am excited. I love having dates to work with -- I love the parameters. I love how creativity enlivens as I work within the boundaries of these self decided dates. There is freedom. While the wondering and dreaming stay - the wondering when is gone. Freedom.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Inspiration

I have read many opinions about inspiration.  It's come down to two ideas for me at this moment.

1. You move only when inspired to.
2. You have a project or a desire and you set up a regular time to be inspired.

For me, I move between the two.

First I move when inspired to and then I NEED to remain inspired to see it through.
So for this, it requires a regular time and commitment.

I had read a great quote years ago from a writer: 'I get inspired every day at 9 a.m.

There is something to be said for moving from inspired thought and then keeping the inspiration alive through devotion. 

I had restarted writing this blog recently with the intention of posting daily and it somehow started off fabulously....and then you know; life, travel, lack of devotion.

So my inspiration has been reignited. How? I sat down and I began writing, and now as I am finishing this post. Inspiration burns once again.

Devote time after the initial inspiration and when the flame lessens, fuel it through action.

What in your life needs more of your devotion?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Let's be soft

Why be strong? Let's be soft.

Let's feel the sadness. Why create an armour of strength?

Let's melt into our deep dark grief. 

Why create a shield? Let our hearts be broken. Let the love spill out until we are empty and drained.

Let the love be our strength. Let our world be held up by light and love.

Why do we need to be strong?
Now is the time for softness.

(This was a piece I wrote after seeing comments on someone FB page after death, reminding them to be strong - and thought why? )

The Morning

Lately I have started my mornings with work on the computer, FB posts etc. However starting my mornings this way is not always in the best interest of my being, of my spirit.

So today, I set myself up at my journal table, where it seems time slows.

I light a candle and allow the light of the morning to filter in. I hear the outside world on the move and yet the ticking of my desk clock keeps me present.

So this morning I am writing, reading and watching the sunrise over the trees.

What is best for your spirit in the morning?

Friday, March 25, 2016

Being generous

I saw this quote today and I love it.
"Attention is the rarest form of generosity." It's from Simone Weil.

Now, I wasn't sure about rarest, until I wrote it out. Until I sat with it. And, yes, it may be the rarest.
What do you give your full attention to, ever? Your. Full. Attention. 



Pay attention to your day, to your actions.
Be generous with yourself.
Be present.
Be attentive. Fully. Even for 5 minutes. See how it feels to be fully generous.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Power of the Love Note

A note of love 


During Self Esteem Workshops - I have the participants create love notes for each other; words of appreciation for one another.  I feel this is so important as it allows the acceptance, the receiving and the gifting of the compliment. It is a practice for a lot of people.  

At the beginning of the month (it's a 4 evening course over a month), and at the beginning, the women, of course, are new to each other.  So they may connect with each other on a superficial level, and this is fine. The writing of the notes is scarce and there are few secretly placed in the envelopes. 

However as the month moves on and the women connect, as they feel for each other, as they see themselves in the other - as compassion rises -- the love notes increase. 

The benefit of writing the love notes, the notes of appreciation written during our class are:
For the receiver:
  • it is a practice in accepting the gift of the compliment, without diminishing it
  • it is a gift in written form, an acknowledgement of something wonderful, someone else has noticed in them, someone without a personal agenda.   It is a free, loving -- no strings attached gift.  {for some women, this is new for them}
  • while they may not believe it, at first, they can pull from the belief - someone else sees them as different than they may see themselves.  They can choose to believe someone sees them as competent, able and worthy
For the giver: 
  • they become better at seeing the positive in others, and therefore better at seeing the positive in themselves
  • it shows they can have the ability to have an impact on someone
  • they tell the other - they are worthy of notice 
  • by noticing the good in others and in the world around us, it boosts mood
Seems like fabulous reasons to write wonderful little love notes.

You can write a note today for someone -- and reap some of the benefits I have listed above.  
Would you love to express appreciation to a neighbour, a friend, a family member.  Can you slip a love note in the mail to someone far away, or even around the corner?  Is there anything as nice, as a hand written note?

Begin. Begin to notice the wonderful world you live in, the positive people who are in your life.  Spread some love and happiness through appreciation and gratitude; either verbally or through the written word -- you both will benefit. 

Much love. 


Is it ever too late?

Last night during the final evening of Building Women's Self Esteem, a participant called me over to ask a question.

"Do you think is ever too late to go back to school?"
"Ummmm? No!"

At least that is what I believe.  I believe if you have the desire you then are given the ability to complete. Now; you may need to step up and raise the expectations of your daily life, refine your habits so that you become the person who is able to complete your dream.  

Is it ever too late -- no.  In all fairness, she wasn't asking, was it too late to become something incredibly out of her reach - out of her scope - and as I write this; I also wonder what would be out of her range?  

Is it ever too late, no.  I also believe - part of the success of the journey is in the enjoyment of the journey itself.  One never knows which path will open for them once they say yes!

Begin with your dream, say yes. It's never too late. 
#truthbomb from Danielle LaPorte

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Inspiring Day

I have had an inspiring day, from the this gorgeous sunrise to the quiet of my afternoon. 

I have been feeling more inspired lately and following through on the thoughts and feelings this has brought. Recently I began back on my treadmill after a good year of non consistent walking, the time felt right to begin, again.  {It's okay, to begin again}

I have decided to walk for 30 minutes, while catching up on podcasts I have been saving.  One of these podcasts I listened to was Dave Ramsey speaking to Seth Godin - it was a wonderful conversation.  Seth shared how he believes everyone should have a blog, and write everyday, and it didn't matter if anyone read it. It mattered more, it was written. It matter more that an idea, a thought was shared.  He said it could be as little as 200 words, it was important to write.

I thought, I can do that! So I am.  I am writing. I am not waiting for it to be perfect, or for when I have the perfect topic, I am going to write. Everyday.

I then shared this bit of inspired action with a business FB Group I am participating in - and there were a few more people who loved the idea - and it inspired them to do the same - and others went a different route, and thought, what else could they do, daily; and release perfection.  Simply to do it, to contribute? 

This is the way inspiration works.  You move on it -- and it grows. You share it and it gives permission for action -- maybe someone else is waiting to hear, or to read exactly what you are inspired to say.  Maybe. Maybe it is enough that I am inspired.  

I ask you; have you taken action on an inspired thought recently?
If not, why not?  Please feel free to share in the comments.


Inspire others.  Inspire yourself. Set yourself up for inspiration. Act on an inspired thought.  The world is waiting to be illuminated by your brilliance. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring in a Vase

Where we live, in northern Alberta snows stills sits on the ground. I know this is true for many other parts of Canada as well.

Therefore, since we don't see the tulips pushing through the cold ground or see the grass revealed, trampled and worn from the heavy snow of winter as many do in less northern climates do. We can still experience the feeling of spring.

Colour, life, freshness, and renewal are the gifts each spring shares with us. We have cycled through the hibernating energy of winter. It is now time to shine with renewed sense of wonder, of life.

This is how I feel when I experience spring in a vase.

How does spring affect you?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring

Today it is the first day of spring. It is welcomed.

Today is also the first day in a long while, perhaps a month, since I sat down with the healing, nuturing power of my journal. 

I wrote intentions for moving forward, I wrote about desires I want to see come into full being.  I wrote.

Is there something from your past, something from your wellness care that has worked and yet you have dropped it or it has slipped from your daily round?

Is it time, now, to begin, again?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Choice of Happiness

"Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design." -- Jim Rohn

{Originally posted on my private blog: Monday February 27 2012}

I love the quote above.  Why?  Well, because it suggests we are responsible for our own happiness. Something I discovered and have rediscovered again and again as I have moved through these last 48 years. 

I am responsible for my own happiness. I wanted to be happy when I grew up and I bet you did too.  I bet when you are speaking about your children, about your friends, or your parents – you say, ‘ I don’t care what they do; as long as they are happy.’ True?  True.

Happy, happiness, big meaning.  What does it mean to you?  Of course it is subjective, relative and an in the moment answer.  You could be out in the freezing biting rain, and you would be happy to be dry and warm by the fire.  You could be in a horrible relationship and be happy to be on your own or you could be alone and be happy to be in a relationship.  Do you see how we could go around in circles with this? 

This brings me back to personal, responsibility with regard to happiness. I am happy right now – I am sitting in my beautiful home, looking out over the snow-covered garden and writing (typing).  So right now I am having a moment of happiness. 

My life is held together with threads of these moments – each tied to a memory; each reaching for the next moment. While I have these threads weaving my life together, holding me up, supporting me– I say I AM happy and that would be true; I feel happy, I look happy.  It would also be true to say I deal with depression.  Some of my threads are darker than others – all weaving the story of my happy life; my charmed life.

I was diagnosed officially some 7 or 8 years ago.   Now, all through my life time I have had moments of depression, seasons as it were.  I come in and go out – it welcomes me and greets me like a long-lost friend. I sink into it – remembering the language, remembering the routines; the rhythms of this mysterious world. 

Would you believe me if I said I am happy and depressed?  I would. I do. I am.  I believe it because I can express gratitude for moments in my day; my week, my month and my life.  I can do it when I am in the dark and I can do it when I am in the light.  I am bilingual as it were, sitting in the dark, speaking the language of the light.  I am actually blessed to live in this world of duality – the one where I search, I seek and I find the joy, the light and the happy moments.  I see them, I feel them and I love them. 

I also love the darkness – it wraps me up, comforts me and welcomes me without question – there is no effort on my part to sink back into the world of comfort, comfort for me. This world is where I speak more to my guides, ask my angels for help and pray more.  This is the world where I put effort to keep going; talk myself into the light. From this world I make conscious choices. 

This brings me back to the quote.  I feel my happiness is earned, received and appreciated.  I take full responsibility for it, ask for it and accept it with gratitude when it is received. I do not expect others to fulfill my happiness, to create it or to be the responsible for it.  I am the one.  I say to you; you are the one.  You are the one!


I begin. Again.

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