Allowing Life’s Current to Carry Me

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Allowing Life’s Current to Carry Me

I’m enjoying the ease of flow into a new direction

For the past weeks I’ve been deep within myself, working on opening to the changes that have been bubbling to the surface of my awareness for months. I’ve been looking at many choices that I’ve made in my work life and sorting through them all as I opened to change.  Now that it’s flowing quite effortlessly, it all seems so easy….so great.  Yet it has included several months of deep work, asking for guidance, letting go of a deep attachment that I’ve held throughout my lifetime (and well beyond I suspect).

I heard myself repeat often that all my soul really wants right now is to write, and to share through speaking and teaching my passion for living in the present and becoming fully alive. But that meant asking myself how to completely shift my business to allow that.  Along the way, I’ve opened to many layers of my own process, that on the surface seemed appropriate and fulfilling, yet held me in a habitual path that needed to change.

Gratefully, after months of meditation,  healing work, and discussion with my inner circle, I’m now enjoying the ease of seeing it all fall almost seamlessly into place. Of course I love this time, and look back at the past months as having been a challenge. And of course, I also understand each experience as completely right and part of the perfection of the creation of this for me.

I am so grateful for it all. For the deep sacred that is always there to guide me, for the beauty of those I love so completely that have been willing to walk through my sorting through it all. And for this place in my life, this time in my life. Ahhhhhhh, thanks be to God.

 

Journaling to Mindfulness

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Journaling to Mindfulness

Join me as we use our journals to explore our deepest selves

Join me for a day long introduction to using our journals as a meditative tool, as we explore the various aspects of mindfulness. We will explore our deepest self as we move into gratitude, compassion, forgiveness, and beyond.

A catered lunch will be included, as well as time to walk the beautiful natural surroundings of the Ephraim WI shoreline.

Dates and times being arranged for the Fall, 2016.

Inspiration From Nature

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Inspiration From Nature

Using our incredible natural environment to stir our souls

Next week will be here before I know it, especially with our plans for the holiday weekend looming. I am excitedly preparing for the Meditative Journaling Workshop at Write On, Door County that will be held on June 4th. We will use the rugged and peaceful terrain of Write On’s grounds as our prompt. What could be better?

Meditative Journaling creates a sacred conversation within our own selves. Using meditative tools and a writing journal, deep connection and awareness of our true self is a natural outcome. This workshop will really be special because the prompt will be from the sacred, from Mother Earth. What better inspiration could we possible have?

Leading this workshop is a gift to me; as I connect with the other contemplative writers that attend, and we all enjoy the expansion of walking the grounds, I am so blessed by the assurance of deep peace and connection. I hope that those in our Door County WI area will join us.  For those that aren’t able, grab a notebook and pen, walk quietly through the outdoors, and watch what happens!

Savoring the Preciousness of Time

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Savoring the Preciousness of Time

Easing my life to deepen my living

I just finished two projects that have really had me consumed…both of them occupying my thoughts and my time commitments in deeply expanding ways. Yet being so engaged for the past few months, has helped to show me the changes that I want to make in my life to allow more time.  It’s funny, I want to allow my mind and time commitments to be consumed. I want to allow more of this deep opening into action and life. I want to shift my work and personal life to once again give me unstructured days that will allow my meditation, reading and research to flow naturally into my writing.

The challenge of being me includes my love of “doing”, of being busy as a way of feeling productive and alive. This is very good, but it also habitually shifts into too many commitments, and too little down time to explore, create, and relax. I know myself well enough to realize this is an ongoing pattern, but each shift I open to creates a deeper well of being. And with that, a deeper need and want for the other to take priority.

As I sort through the files that I created during my writing of programs and planning future events, I breath deeply, ground, and sigh. I see and feel the culmination of my work opening into the structure that will stay long term and allow both sides of myself to flourish. At least until the next time I recommit those unstructured days for more busy-ness!

Embracing Life

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Embracing Life

Finding deep connection with others as we talked about living, dying, and much more

I spent Sunday afternoon with a wonderful group at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County. My presentation was Embracing Death with Life, yet it did not feel as though a presentation. Instead, we held a deeply honest and profound conversation about our experiences with living and dying, our feelings and fears, and our thoughts about this subject in many other ways. It was an incredible afternoon.

This group again showed me the depth of connection I experience with people that seek honest exploration of themselves, and are willing to risk becoming vulnerable as we share so truthfully. I left the group feeling expanded, deeply connected, and joyful. Thank you to everyone there.

Mother’s Day, As We Remember Motherhood

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Mother’s Day, As We Remember Motherhood

My mother and I, intertwined in this memoir

As another celebration of mothers and motherhood approaches, I again share my own intimate story of the final year with my mother in Sally: A Memoir. She lives on through me and my entire family. Our story is one that touches all mothers and daughters intimately, and opens our hearts ever more deeply. I hope that you will share it with the women in your life this Mother’s Day…and that your story will join with my own as we bring our memories alive and our love forward into the world.

Embracing Death with Life

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Our living becomes precious when we consider our mortality.

When a child enters our world, we herald this new life in all of its preciousness and vulnerability. Do we consider that each of us joins this life in daily growing one day closer to our exit from it?  Do we realize our own vulnerability along the path? Do we live with this awareness in an effort to fully embrace each day spent in this life?  How many of us think about living a meaningful life in preparation for our own exit from it?  Do we embrace death as we live our lives?

Join me at the  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County as I lead an experiential workshop, designed to consider our mortality, to consider our own choices for our life path, and to consider what a meaningful life is for each of us. We will discuss, meditate, and share as we journey deeply into these topics.

May 1, 2016 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm

10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211

 

 

Bridges Along Our Path

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Bridges Along Our Path

Words, images, people, and guidance as we walk

I have been delving deeply into my work these past few weeks, aware that a new path is opening for me. And along with that, has been the wonderful addition of like minded people sharing new insights, their own stories and their own tools for learning with me. It has been a monumental period of deep peace and quiet for me as I continue to open to it all.

What I have learned included a wealth of new books, music, workshops, and personal stories; but most importantly I have opened to a deeper and more clear definition of my own work. Now, to begin to integrate all of this into the steps that I take each day. Both in my personal and professional lives, as of course,they are both deeply connected within me.

It has been a transformative time, including a bout with the first illness that I’ve had in several years. That also is guidance for me, as I knew I was being cleansed of old beliefs and self images. As always, transformation is personal, it holds space for letting go only to be refilled. And as our weather continues to limp ever so slowly into the spring that is promised, I walk across my own bridges and embrace all of the people, the experiences, and the inner knowing that shines from the other side.

Mothers, Daughters, Aging and Loss

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Mothers, Daughters, Aging and Loss

The natural transitions of our lives 

This memoir evokes deep resonance with anyone who has begun to experience the aging of their parents. As my mother began to decline in her older age, my journal became my healing tool that helped me to explore my deepest feelings. I have brought some of those pages into Sally: A Memoir, along with the path she journeyed until her hospice death. As an RN and Reiki Master, I was blessed to guide her through this process, providing moments that even these words only begin to capture.

My work now focuses on these topics, as I devote myself to opening conversations about these life transitions and work with those dealing with caregiving, facing terminal illness, and grief. I am blessed to surround myself with these individuals while I share my own experience to assist their walk through these times.

I hope that you will touch on your own loving memories and reach out to embrace those that still remain in your life as you walk with my mother and my family through these words.

Touching Reasons for Healthcare Planning

Hospice and EOLC Presentation

Touching Reasons for Healthcare Planning

A beautiful group sharing personal reasons to plan

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Alexian Village of Milwaukee, speaking with a large group of senior residents. This was very close to my heart, because my father was seated in the front row, and my presentation was centered on my mother’s own hospice care and death at this very special place.

I was asked to help show the need for planning, especially to help illuminate that we all need to question, to help guide, and help determine our own care choices.  Using my mother’s journey made it very personal to me, and to many of the residents there that knew her and my Dad.

This complex of complete senior care, from independent living through assisted living, to skilled and hospice care provisions truly allows a community of residents and caregivers to exist. As I shared with those present yesterday, I experienced it first hand during my mother’s illness. And I continue to witness it with each visit to my Dad. I am grateful they were blessed in life to allow this.

As I spend this early morning reviewing yesterday, I feel blessed to be a tertiary part of this community. Yesterday was another view into the depth of caring and concern that is extended. And it provided me a chance for my Dad and I to relate in another way also.  Thank you to the staff at Alexian that invited me, and especially to all that provide this loving community to the residents.