Once a year for the past eighteen years, I have been blessed to spend three days in the Canadian North with five dear women friends. As we are all trained in personal growth facilitation, we have used this time to support each other in dealing with the events of the year prior and jump starting what’s next.
As you can imagine, we have been through much together - the death of one of the women in our circle, the birth of grandchildren, the death of a grown son, the divorce of another son, my own divorce – and the list goes on, like life. 2009 saw one of us lose her husband to a rare disease.
This circle of friends/professionals was a safe place for her to truly share her grief this year – and she did just that. Her biggest challenge was coming to terms with her husband’s life as a seeker. Continue reading
Actively trying and striving to ‘make’ something happen can stop true creativity in its tracks. Spending conscious time in stillness plants the seeds for creativity to emerge. Easily. Fluidly. When a client and myself enter the stillness of our true nature, insights and new ideas burst forth in a way that is very different from those times when the mind is ruling.
It is in the Stillness that is accompanied by deep listening where we get in touch with the truth of who we are. From this truth, we simply know what we need to do. Our hearts tell us. Our bodies share their wisdom with us. We are awake to life, our own lives, creatively moving through us. Continue reading
A client came to a coaching call filled with the pain of ‘one more thing’ that was not working. It had been a month of difficulties in relationships, work, and health – a very real time of challenge for him. Disappointment, confusion, and discouragement were present.
Like this person, during the painful times, we may hear ourselves think, “Why does this stuff keep happening to me? It’s not fair.” It can be the voice of the child within us from long ago who has been disappointed in some way. Or it may be the voice that has watched a life unfold differently than what had been dreamed about in much younger days. Continue reading
The mind can be brilliant – inventing, designing, creating, integrating, synthesizing, memorizing – all of this and more as it deals with the details of modern life. The paradox is that the mind can also be ‘crazy’. It feeds us stories and beliefs orginating from old conditioning and habits that are limiting and based on untruths. The mind can stop us from feeling joy – that inner state that is free from external circumstances and is always present when we touch deeply within. Continue reading