It doesn’t take much to be bombarded by ways to give of our time, talent, treasure, energy. Open your eyes to the elderly woman crossing the street slowly, shopping bags in hand, cane nearly useless. Turn on the news and hear about natural disasters, wars, political gridlock, leaders failing to lead.
What impact do these have on you?
How do you respond?
Maybe you find yourself: Continue reading “Find your own Calcutta”
WARNING: Today’s topic is meant to wake you up – jar you a bit – invite you into a deeper level of responsibility for how you show up in the world. Proceed with courage!
Think about a time when you have done something you didn’t want to, perhaps resentfully or grudgingly. Or, recall a time when you were physically present but emotionally and spiritually, perhaps even mentally, “out to lunch”. Or, what about those times when your reason for doing “it” was all about what you would gain – perhaps business or recognition? If it weren’t for the benefits, you so would NOT be there!
Now, think about a time when you’ve been with someone else whose energy was at a disconnect from their “good” actions. Continue reading ““Come From” Energy”
Recently, some American journalists traveled to North Korea and were assigned a tour guide for the duration of the visit. The guide denied many of their requests for sightseeing and talking with the locals. They were forced to spend much of their time in the hotel!
It occurred to me that, at times in my life, I have had a “Korean tour guide” living in my head, telling me things like:
You can’t … because it’s not allowed.
Don’t go there, it’s not safe.
Don’t do that, you’ll fail.
Don’t ask questions.
Many such messages began as well-meant guidance from parents, teachers and loved ones. I heeded them and they protected me. As time wore on, however, Continue reading “Do you have a Korean tour guide in your head?”
Once upon a time, mirrors did not exist. Dates vary, but one account says that the mirrors we know today were invented a mere 183 years ago. Imagine with me now a world without mirrors (or photography for that matter):
- no reflection of your morning face in the bathroom mirror
- no full-length reflection of your toned, untoned, thin or not-so-thin body
- no reflection of your body dressed in the latest fashions of this year or last year or the last decade
- nothing to show you your own exterior
Stay until you feel it – NO mirrors – NO reflections
Were you able to sense what else is missing in this world without mirrors? Continue reading “Without the Mirror”
What would a day apart from the usual responsibilities of life, a day:
- in nature’s beauty
- to be nourished
- to be inspired
to BE with other women give you? Each time I gift myself with time apart – whether a personal day alone at home, a weekend retreat, or even just a few hours in nature, I come away changed. I am softer, more open and ready to make needed shifts in my life.
My next retreat experience is this month – September 22-23. I will be inspired at Continue reading “Your retreat day …”