Archive for June, 2010

Are you willing to give up who you are today for whom it is you want to be tomorrow?

This is not the actual quote for I cannot remember the proper one or who said it, however the message has been burning in my thoughts the past few days!

Willingness is one of those loaded words that are really the key to success in what ever we endeavour to do!  I say loaded for this little word can create such resistance in myself and others.  Somehow it signifies that when we are not where we would like to be in life that we are unwilling!  This little truth is a hard pill to shallow but there it is “Willing”. The key to change!  

I realize with all the work I have done in my own journey, that there is still a part of me holding onto an old new story of who I am.   I am comforted by who I have become; I really love this new reality that I have embraced in myself the past few years. My soul is ready though for something more, much much more and yet I find myself unwilling to give up who I am today for whom I might be.  

The stir in me is so great now though that it is time once again for me to go inward in a very committed and deep way to let go and make way for who I am becoming.  This stir needs much more than my slotted time of silence during my normal day.  

For the next month I am giving up media, TV and radio and at least one day a week have no contact what so ever with anyone.  I call these desert days.  These days even my computer will not be turned on.  I need to focus on my inner world and reconnect also to my body in a focused way.  I feel this stir in me to listen to the stillness without any distractions.  This is still hard for me at first for I like the distractions especially CBC radio :), I am not always comfortable with what comes up in silence that I need to look at but I do know this familiar place is waiting for me once again.  I know that this place although can be uncomfortable gives way to such joy and surrender that in the end I cannot believe I waited so long.   

Today I invite you to find silence and listen to your soul stirrings!  Can you let go of who you are? Are you willing?

Stepping Into Our Light

One thing I have come to understand is that most of us are not even close to our full potential!   We all have amazing gifts, talents, dreams and aspirations and yet we still prefer to wallow in our pity parties with all the very familiar excuses not to make any changes. 

As a coach I am continuously inviting my clients to let go of their excuses and move towards a life they love.   Personally my challenge is to be willing to do this very thing each and every day.  We all find ourselves falling back into old patterns and excuses but we don’t need to stay here.  Make a new choice today!

Choice is what this journey of life is about.  Continuously making a choice to dust ourselves off and start again each time with a little more humility and a lot more wisdom about living authentic lives.

 Our Divine light is so bright but only by having the courage not to blame others we can step into our own brilliance.  By doing so then we give permission to those around us to do the same. 

What a glorious world if we could teach our children that to be good stewards of our earth they must first be free to shine bright with their gifts and talents. Wrap these with compassion, humility, service and great love for one another and wow endless possibilities can happen!.

Today I am writing down all the negative self talk that is going on in my mind and will choose to let them go today.  Putting things down on paper can stir our soul into letting go of those thoughts and habits that no longer serve us.  I invite you to journal this week and uncover more of your light!  I will finish by the famous quote by Marianne Williamson

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Inspired and Healed by the Rhythm of Mother Nature.

For over 25 years I have been using mild medicinal herbs for me and my family.  I was lead to their use after both of our sons become very ill as toddlers with asthma.  I read and researched a lot and also switching to a very natural diet of whole foods they became very healthy and remained so.  Back then all natural had a very different connotation then today.  For one thing it was not a fade word and people such as myself were seen as either hippies or granolas.  Which by the way I have an amazing homemade granola I used to make for my family! : )

I have also decided this year to study and collect herbs for my personal use.  Until now I have relied on my Naturopath to purchase and guide me and trust me I still do but I have always wanted to wild craft my own herbs and I have started this spring!  There is no greater healer than what God has given us naturally.  With each passing day I have learned that to heal my body, mind and spirit means to tap into the intuitive nature of Mother Earth and all her abundance.

I love being out doors, nature has always provided me a safe haven to find a bit of peace.  

Living in Nova Scotia provides me with 4 seasons to enjoy.  Each season seems to be such a gift.  The summer is usually a time for me to slow down somewhat and inside I feel nourished with the sights and sounds that surround me.  Fall with its color and crisp air has a feeling for me to reorganize and plan. Fall is a time for me to enjoy the harvest of my veggies and of my life.  It’s so funny for many years I hated winter.  Now that I have learned to accept winter more I feel a kind of stillness set in as the cold air arrives that brings a very deep contemplative feeling that I now love.  And when spring arrives I feel a stir for new growth and creativity!  This is where getting my hands in the earth has always given me a connection that is hard to describe unless you are a gardener!

As I fully step into spring this year I am reminded once again how much we are in rhythm with nature and how our great grandparents knew this on the deepest level.   When we understand just how interconnected we are with the earth we can find inspiration and healing from her beauty and bounty everywhere. 

Please take this time to pray for a quick solution to the oil spill for we all must be much better stewards of our world!   

Making Friends with your Fear.

 Fear is one of those words that even sound ominous!  This human reaction to some of life’s more benign circumstances can often be traced to a younger memory when some of us were taught to be afraid of everything.  As children we could interpret this to mean that the world was a scary place. “Don’t touch that you will get hurt” etc.  And of course these things were taught often by loving parents who wanted us to be protected.  Some of us had good reason to be afraid in our childhoods, yet the more I live my life from another filter of faith, fear although has not disappeared from my life seems to have taken on a different light.

Fear is of course one of those emotions that we need especially when our life is in danger, when we get that “gut feeling” that something is not right.  This fear we need to listen to more!  The strange thing is that we listen to that kind of fear less! The fear I am talking about today is another kind, the kind that comes up when we are out of our comfort zone. 

When we think of something we would love to try and just never get around to it for it seems way too different or too difficult! I heard it once said that all of this kind of fear really stems from fear of being embarrassed.  We don’t want to do things that are different for we may fail or look foolish.  This can be so paralyzing so we end up each and every day doing the same things over and over again until we go through our days completely on auto pilot.  We live a cookie cutter life that looks good on the outside but we feel empty on the inside.  

How often have you climbed into bed and can’t really remember the day for it seems like a blur? 

I meet more and more people who are stifled and stuck, frustrated with their lives yet are unwilling to do something different.  We live in a world of the “poor me” syndrome.  Albert Einstein says it best!“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Our body, mind and soul need to be simulated on a daily basis! I have learned better to be embarrassed then to stop trying. I make it a point each and everyday to do something different, and I have discovered that the more I am willing to change the more alive and present I am during the day!  Check in with your fears, are they real or are you just afraid of failing or looking stupid? Dialogue with yourself, a little bit of fear is good before we begin something new!  

It really does not need to be huge, only new and different.  Step out of your box today!   If we are willing to start small then in time change becomes the norm and fear is a friend that you can simply embrace.