For a long time I've been drawn to hearts, spirals and rainbows. When people (usually kids - adults don't ask those kind of questions) ask me "what's your favourite colour", I always say - ALL of them. Except brown - brown is the colour you get when you mix all of them together - yuck. I like a lot of variety in life - in food (appetizers are my favourite meal), in people (the quirkier and more interesting the better), in books (anything from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged - which just happen to be on my bookshelf at the moment - and lots in between). I'm CURIOUS about life and people and connections - all the time.
It's not hard to understand the heart symbol - it always means L O V E and who ISN'T drawn to that in all it's forms? That isn't to say I'm mushy about it but I am FIERCE about who I love.
The spiral symbol is a bit more complicated though. I looked it up and it means many things but these resonated with me:
*Evolution and wholistic growth
*Letting go, surrender, release
*Awareness of the one within the context of the whole
*Connectivity & union with deific and cosmic energies
I am always working on those. People have asked me WHY I am always questioning and seeking answers to my questions. I can only answer that because questioning and seeking and getting answers are what make life, for me, interesting and meaningful. Understanding why life is what it is, is vital to my being. Probably because the more I learn about myself the more I can master the art of BEING human.
The spiral is also another way I have of seeing who I am being in the moment. I imagine that at the center of the spiral are the people closest to me and working outward from there are people less close. I imagine that all of those people are a reflection of me. That being the case, I wonder what KIND of reflection they are offering of me? In my mind that is - not theirs. I have no control over what they're thinking about me and it could be a completely different view (and often is in my case.) If I feel like they are unsupportive and don't believe in me and I feel bad about that - then I have to ask myself "what part of ME am I not supporting or believing in?". If I feel like they're shaking their heads and worrying over my choices I have to ask myself "what part of me is unsure and afraid about my choices?". And then, I can choose to love and nurture those parts of me or beat up on them and transfer my feelings TO the actual people. (The poor unsuspecting souls.) Except for my immediate family - whom I will always love and trust to believe in and support me - everybody working outward fluctuates in and out of the center depending on how I feel about myself.
So yeah, for me, the spiral is a huge learning tool. Is it for you too? What are the symbols you're drawn to? Do you know why? Do you care? I did try to find a good website on symbols but discovered that there are MILLIONS of symbols out there from ancient cultures and even some present day ones. I even searched "Sacred Symbols" and there are too many differing kinds depending on what's sacred to different individuals. So, if you're curious and a seeker and a quester you might want to Google your symbols and see what comes up.
To me everything we see and experience is a learning tool - some just happen to be more powerful than others for us because we happen to need to learn a particular thing. It's funny though - I was never a particularly good student in school - in fact I thought it was a big fat waste of my time! But now, I can't get enough knowledge about life, the universe and everything. Go figure.
I think I have reached that halcyon age of getting to enjoy life on my terms. That age where I am unapologetically doing exactly what I want and with who I want to be doing it with. This is BIG for me because it also means that I'm not going to be liked all the time. I've spent my whole life wanting that. Wanting everyone I meet to just like me. I've spent a lot of time doing stuff because I thought I should, I've kept my mouth shut when I wanted to speak, I've made bad choices because I wanted to make other people happy so they would LIKE me. Making other people happy is not necessarily a bad thing - it's just not MY job. It IS my job to make ME happy. Sounds selfish but it really isn't - happy people spread happiness.
So I was watching a thing on Oprah (who, along with all the teachers she's making a platform for, continues to inspire me and open my heart) by a guy who was asking people to ask themselves what their "calling" was. Now, I have asked myself this question probably a thousand times over the course of my life and have even asked a few psychics. But this guy - he asked 4 simple questions that we've ALL heard before but I noticed that this time - my answers had shifted. They were not the same answers I would have given 5 years ago and 10 years ago and 20 years ago. Except for the last one - that never changes.
1. What are you more afraid of than anything in the world?
2. What would you do if you knew you were going to die in a few months?
3. What would you do if fear and/or lack of money wasn't stopping you?
4. What is your calling?
I'm not going to share my answers from 1 - 3 here because they're deeply personal - as yours will be - but I will say that the answers were not what I expected. As for the last one - I am realizing that all that is ever required of us as humans BE-ing is to do it authentically (and I'm not talking about labels "wife, mother, artist, writer, coach etc") for the pure JOY of it. Be OUT and PROUD and tickled pink with who we are! So our "calling" is just to be who we ARE and not try to be somebody else FOR someone else. Naturally, what will follow is to let go of being "liked". Some people are going to love and/or like us no matter how we show up and some people just aren't. The people who aren't don't need to BE in our lives.
So yeah - I'm going to say what I think (gently), do what I want (even if it's wild & crazy), and be who I am (which may appear to change from one day to the next haha). As I get older that could involve multi-coloured scarves and purple hair and red shoes and who knows WHAT all else? (My secret wardrobe is starting to get a little funky-town peoples.) The picture you see up there? That's Iris Apfel - she's my old lady style icon. What she's wearing says SO MUCH about who she is. Fabulously, unapologetically, herself. That's where I'm aiming my sights.
So the other day my 5 year old niece says to me - "Auntie Barb, every night I do my prayers to God (she's been going to Sunday school with her grandparents) and because I'm talking to her parents too, I say "ohh" and "mmmhmmm" and I forget to ask what she's praying FOR. A few days later, we're driving past a fountain and she says - "Auntie Barb - a fountain! Let's go take all the money out and buy stuff". I reply (a little shocked) "you can't do that!" and she says, puzzled "why not?" so I say "that money is people's wishes! If you took it out their wish might not come true!". She says "so? wishes aren't REAL and they're just for toys from Santa anyway".
So, in her 5 year old mind - prayers and wishes are clearly very different things. I'm guessing that prayers are for and to God and for mommy to get the job she wants or for Gran to feel better. Wishes, on the other hand, are for material things that Santa brings. I had to laugh because it was cute how her brain had processed the concepts.
But really - it made me THINK about what we teach our children based on what we think we know (which happens A LOT with me and kids - the learning that is). IS there any difference between a wish and a prayer? Both are thoughts that go "out there" into the vast wherever with feeling because we want our need or want met. It's only just language we've used to come up with for that thought/feeling energy. I wonder if, in other languages, the words prayer & wish are the same? Or whether there are many words for different KINDS OF prayers and wishes? Like the Inuit people have many different words for snow? I wonder if wishes - in our culture - are thought of as somehow less important and more "silly" than the more sacred word "prayer"? What I noticed - in looking for images of wishes and prayers - was that when wishing, people smile. When praying, people are very serious. Hmmmm...interesting huh?
What I'm most curious about is what gets the prayer or wish actually MET. Does the degree of feeling that we put into the thought determine that? Because I'm pretty sure there are some people who are pretty passionate about winning the lottery and we know how often THAT happens, and I'm pretty sure there are people dying from terminal illnesses who would passionately like to LIVE; with a battalion of "prayer warriors" praying for that too. I wonder if some things are encoded right into our DNA - think about it - our destiny encoded into our DNA. Speaking of which - I do believe Elizabeth Gilbert's new book - "The Signature of All Things" (which I am SO excited about!!) may talk about this. I only have a very sketchy idea that the book is about a woman who devotes her life to the study of botany - I don't WANT to know more than that!! But I'm excited to think that I'll expand my thinking around this idea with this book.
Anyway, back to the idea of destiny being encoded into the DNA - if it IS true then no amount of prayers or wishes is going to change an embedded outcome right? But, it does mean we have a whole lot of ROOM for free will too - for sending out wishes and prayers that for some mysterious reason (which there are 100'S of theories and thoughts on), sometimes DO come true. Especially wishes and dreams about how we want our life to unfold - barring illness, death or the lottery that is.
So to my niece I'll say "here's what I think about wishes and prayers - but YOU can make up your own mind about what to think about that". As always.
Well hello again! I have no idea what I've been doing all summer but it has been BUSY. And, I'll admit it - I have been uninspired writing-wise. But fall is here and like spring (and Jan 1) - there is a wonderful e n e r g y in the air - I guess that starting something new energy? I always used to get SO EXCITED going back to school every year - not because I was necessarily excited about the actual learning - but because I'd get new school supplies! and new clothes! and there was always the possibility of making new friends! That's the energy - the energy of POSSIBILITY and newness. Is there anything like it? I think it's the most A L I V E feeling there is.
Now if I could only sustain that feeling every minute of every day all year round - wouldn't that be AMAZING? I wonder if it's POSSIBLE for human beings to do that? I wonder if that state of constant aliveness is actually how we're meant to experience life? Yikes - sounds exhausting. I'm thinking that there's a reason for the seasons and that humans need their seasons of rest and aliveness too.
Well winter is coming soon enough but right now, what's exciting me are harvest-y things. Like all those gorgeous colourful vegetables that are filling up the farmer's markets right now - tomatoes and squash and peppers and delicious corn-on-the-cob. I'm smelling (in my imagination) the aroma of thick and yummy nutrient-rich soups like Butternut Squash Soup with Sage Brown Butter mmmmm. It's still hot hot hot out but I don't want summer salads and barbecue - I want warm and wonderful comfort food. I have imagined many times living in a place that's season-less but I WOULD miss the autumn. It is, hands down here, the absolute best time of the year. If I'm really really lucky I'll get to see one of those big fat orange harvest moons - that would just be the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie for me.
So anyway, because my daughter is looking to become a healthier cook and I said I'd find her some easy recipes and because I'm craving robust healthy food with tons of veggies and because I recently saw a show about making mushroom soup without dairy, I went cruising around the net looking for more colourful and healthy foodie blogs. There are SO MANY great healthy food blogs out there but I found this one today: www.teachagirltocook.com and I like the way she (Nancy) thinks. I'm still not ready to give up meat entirely as she seems to have - pork fat rules!! and I loves my chicken wings once in awhile - but I've been gradually going in the direction of - as Nikki from Food Network Star called it - "Meat on the Side" for awhile now. Even my husband is ok with it. Instead of eating meat, we watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives WHILE eating dinner and get our meat fix mostly virtually these days. (Can you tell we're Food Network junkies??) If doing that ALSO helps the planet (vegetarianisthenewprius) even better. Now if we could only break our other bad food habits... One small step at a time - we'll get there one day.
Anyone got any healthy food websites or healthy recipes to share? I'm always happy to add to my recipe file.
In the end of my "work life" I used to hate Mondays and going to my job and doing work that was boring and uninspiring and did nothing for my spirit. In the beginning of doing the work that I did for 25 years, it wasn't so bad. Most times I was learning and growing and meeting new people and developing work "families" which I always thought was THE single most important part of being at work anyway. Connecting authentically you know? I worked mainly in the oil & gas service industry so as you can imagine, it wasn't exactly rewarding (except financially). And as you can imagine, I wasn't a stellar employee because I didn't really care about the work or the business - just the people I worked WITH.
Now, my days consist of keeping my house clean (for the first time ever since the kids moved out),hunting and gathering (in other words shopping for supplies), keeping myself healthy, and connecting with those wonderful people I've chosen to make connections with. But, Mondays are my favourite day. For some reason, I am always inspired on Mondays and generally have the entire day to myself to do the work that really matters to me. The only stuff I actually consider "work" but that I love to do. Like reading and researching everything and anything that interests me, and playing with art, and writing. Always writing. Sometimes it's this blog, sometimes it's stream-of-consciousness morning pages, sometimes it's an article intended for a magazine, sometimes it's a workshop idea, sometimes - very rarely - it's even a poem!
So this morning, after waking up at 4:00 am to the sound of thunder, I was inspired to write a short "fiction" piece (that is really non-fiction) and I joined The Writer's Market online and am now in the process of seeing if there is a magazine willing to publish it. Well, damn the torpedoes! You can only succeed (or fail) if you're at least DOING right?
I'm also still working on the workshop and finishing up a few more quotes boards for my soon-to-be-married friend AND I'm feeling inspired to splash some paint on a canvas and see what shows up. We'll see how it goes...
I'm feeling SO inspired that I may actually have to extend my "work" days to include Tuesday's too! And yes - though I often forget it - I DO know how very lucky I am to CHOOSE my work. I've dreamed of having that freedom for a very long time and now it's here. Big giant smile.
Wishing you an inspiring day doing what you love doing or at least appreciating the parts of the day when you ARE doing what you love!
So the book that I talked about previously - "however long the night" has REALLY made an impact on me. Even more so than I thought. The message in it is that ONE person CAN actually make a huge difference has been reverberating around in my brain for days. It's reminding me that I can too. Eek.
Ok so this morning, I was talking with a former client who is now a fabulous life coach - Tracy Coan (I just love her!). She is, like me, a-person-who-wants-to-make-a-difference-in-the-world. Because really, if I'm completely honest, that's what it's all about for me. Reaching out via my own life experiences - good, bad and ugly - to help and support others who may be experiencing similar stuff and have similar questions about Life, the Universe, and Everything. I ALSO want to point the direction to OTHER people doing fabulous things that may help to enhance and expand your life experience.
I have to admit though - I have been kind of just doing the hokey-pokey with this life-coaching thing for a long time now. I put my foot in a little - shake it around a bit and then pull that foot back in fast in case in gets bitten - and when I say "bitten" I mean rejected or even scarier....NOT rejected. Because that would mean I would have to REALLY step into it. Since starting on this path I've coached a few people, made this website, put a few "recipes" on it and then blogged sporadically and thought that was enough. But, except for my coach training which was AMAZING - I've chosen NOT to fully put myself out there. I didn't want to market myself because somehow, that seemed icky and wrong and a LOT of work and I'd need a whole lot more education about technology and social networking and I'd have to make actual PRODUCTS like e-books and workshops etc and I have MS and I'm always tired and frankly, it was all overwhelming and I'm really content with my life as it is and my brain is a little full now and I can't even remember some WORDS sometimes anymore because I'm getting OLD. Uh huh. (Did you HEAR all those excuses??)
BUT (and as I know - anything that goes before "but" is really the exact opposite of what is true) the voice inside me will not stop saying "you can be so much MORE - you CAN make a difference" despite what that OTHER little voice - the scaredy-cat doubter voice - says. Back to talking with Tracy - turns out - she has the very same feeling right NOW and has similarly been doing the hokey-pokey with stepping into her full brilliant purpose (but I KNOW she can do it!). Oh the beautiful synchronicity! It doesn't mean that I have this giant desire to change the WHOLE world, but I do want to BE the change I want to see in the world and I have to start with myself FIRST right? I have to change the perception that I CAN'T make a difference all by myself. I have to get back on track with my VISION for this Creativity Garden.
So if life really IS the hokey pokey (and I am beginning to suspect that for a lot of us - IT IS) - my foot is definitely OUT right now. Working - again - on a workshop, thanks to the encouragement of a couple of VIPeeps in my life and I'm dusting off my rusty coaching skills and opening myself to actually actively coaching (limited for now) AND will continue to experiment with art (am currently working on wedding quote boards for my beautiful - inside-and-out - friend Alishia) and art journaling. There will be changes happening here as I come out of my safe cocoon and test my wings again.
This time...this time, she whispered encouragingly, you will wiggle free of the soft, safe cocoon and
But...what if...? Yes, she answered...what IF?
I have been BUSY the last few weeks which is why I haven't been posting! I've been discovering some good stuff too which of course I want to share with YOU!
My oldest and dearest friend gave me this book about this amazing woman called Molly Melching because she knows I'm interested in people who make a difference. People like her just inspire me tremendously - because she was just ONE person who had made a huge incredible difference in the world with her organization called "Tostan". She was and is still, instrumental in ending femal genital cutting in Africa and SO much more - a truly incredible individual. Aimee Molloy wrote a just beautiful book about her called "however long the night". The book gave me giant shivers and of course made me want to run off to Africa and HELP immediately! (You will probably want to too.) Oh and by the way - the practice of FGC has actually been a "tradition" perpetuated by WOMEN as a rite of passage into adulthood for hundreds of years in Africa - that was an eye-opener for me!
I don't know if you saw Beyoncé's special from London about "Chime for Change" which is an organization founded by Gucci and its' Creative Director Frida Giannini. They are doing wonderful things in the world with individual projects that help women in ALL countries - not just developing ones. They're building schools, assisting women who have escaped sex trafficking, and helping women get proper health care. You can join a project or even start a project! This is kind of a new concept because normally you're donating to a project but you have no idea where the money is exactly going. They're also partnering with celebrities to help fund the projects. Maybe you know someone with a high profile who could get something started!
Also, because I'm not ALL about charities for women, I'm about creating ANYTHING that makes us all happier healthier human beings - I found a wee little book that you might know about called "How To Steal Like An Artist" by Austin Kleon which Is wonderfully helpful for anyone who thinks that if they're not ORIGINAL then they must be a terrible artist.
And finally, I know I keep saying I'll post NEW stuff under my tabs and then I don't - I confess - I have this little problem - it's called ED syndrome - as in EASILY DISTRACTED! I'm working on it but I suspect it may be a lifelong work in progress. Squirrel!!! (For those of you who have seen the movie "UP" - which I also highly recommend.)
Anyway, here are those books:
I've learned a HUGE lesson this week. Like HUGE. It's so big I don't think I have fully connected all the dots yet. It has to do with ego, and being right, and being scared.
I've been thinking a LOT about ego lately and understanding the nature of it. So of course, things have shown up to help me with that lesson. Like an Eckharte Tolle video, and an article about the "Self in Self Help" that was posted on Facebook, a friend pointing out my gifts, and finally, a ginormous over-the-top fight with my husband this morning.
First, the Eckharte Tolle video - I've read his books and seen him on Oprah and I understood what he was saying about the ego but I was missing what the ego was FOR. I mean, it didn't seem like it was a terribly great thing to HAVE the way he talked about it. So then, I read this NY Magazine article - written by an obviously extremely well-educated individual who was looking to understand who exactly the "self" was who was helping the "self" you know? That seemed totally obvious to me - God/the Universe/Source/Divine Self - whatever you want to name it. So then I started thinking about the "self" that needed helping - oh she means the egoic self, thought I. The "self" that makes us human.
Ok so then, a friend came over last night for dinner and she started pointing out my gifts and encouraging me to do a workshop (not for the first time) which makes me feel good but at the same time makes me think "oh wow that's pretty EGOIC isn't it?" to think that I have anything SPECIAL to offer to people. I mean, who do I think I AM? In my case, I'm always trying to shove the ego DOWN because I've been conditioned to think that the ego is BAD (as have many of us). Turns out - it's NOT. It's not "who we are" as a whole but it is definitely the part that allows us to EXPRESS who we are. Sometimes clumsily and sometimes GRACE-fully (with guidance from...well, you know.)
Finally, the fight with my husband. After it was over, I took a hard look at what REALLY was going on there. How I contributed to it. What things I said that came from the ego because I wanted to be RIGHT dammit! And "I" was scared and wanted to blame. And push buttons. I wanted him to know that he was being STUPID and that the "I" that is my ego really knew what the situation was and he didn't! My ego going nah-nah-nah-nah-booboo. My ego TOTALLY shutting out the guidance.
Anyway, I still don't FULLY understand the whole spirit/ego connection but I do think I know this - they are a "whole" together. Whether we acknowledge it or not - there cannot be one without the other. The only difference is - the ONE is always listening but the other isn't always.
So MY answer to the author of the article - there is no actual real separation from the Self that helps self. It's just that sometimes the ego self thinks IT'S all there is (or that it's separate) - it's very "self"-centered (like a child) that way and gets itself into some terrible messes - which is why the self-help/spiritual book industry thrives. We aren't LISTENING to the guidance that's right inside us - so we need a book or a therapist or a coach to hear ourselves. It's all good though - learning to listen and get ourselves OUT of these messes (or not get INTO them in the first place) is kind of one of the points (I think) of being human.
Yeah, that's my big epiphany today. Thanks for listening!
(Oh and by the way - my pushed down ego is screaming shut up! shut up! who do you think you are saying these things!!!)
A friend asked me the other day what I do to maintain a "healthy" weight (she really meant what it means to look good by her definition of that). Well first of all - I no longer DIET. I have been there done that and experimented with almost ALL of them. Low-carb, Jenny, Weight Watchers, vegetarian, gluten-free - you name it. The great thing about that is that I've learned stuff from all of them and I incorporate elements from them all in my weekly menu-planning. I also fall off the wagon - frequently (Five Guys Burgers & Fries? YUM-MY) but I am OVER feeling guilty about that. Oh I KNOW that maintaining a low-carb/high protein plus tons of veggies or a vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free diet keeps the mind/body/spirit clearer and will make you live longer - of course it does - that only makes sense! But, I know about me that I am not WILLING to miss out on life's glorious food banquet for that clarity and longevity - at least not yet.
I also listen to my body - if it's hungry I feed it, if it's not, I try not to eat at all or overfeed. I don't believe in starving myself trying to have a "perfect" body. What IS that anyway?? Perfect to me is feeling healthy and good and COMFORTABLE in my own skin. For me that's around 155 - 165 pounds (at 5' 6"). Yep. Although some would judge that "fat" - that's where I feel best - for anything less than that I DO have to starve myself. That's different for everybody. Right now research suggests that we all need to have the same "healthy" BMI (body mass index) depending on our height - I think they don't know what they don't know - yet. I think your body "knows" where it feels best. Call me crazy - again - but I believe you have the KIND of body you have for a reason too but that's another long ramble for another day.
In my 20's and 30's I was a gym rat and did a lot of cardio/aerobic type classes and weight training (which I loved) between doing NOTHING (the raising kids years were challenging) and gaining and losing and gaining and losing on various diets. In my 40's I skipped the gym and switched to walking vigorously around my neighbourhood in the spring/summer/fall and walking my treadmill in the winter and doing hatha yoga 3 times a week or so with an occasional hike thrown in and pretty much gave up dieting entirely. Unfortunately, I also gave up exercising frequently (like for weeks and months at a time) and gained and lost depending on how much EXERCISE I was doing - wasn't making many concessions in the way of food but was beating myself up every time I fell off the wagon. Now that I'm in my 50's and the MS has advanced a little I've slowed down and love walking the trails in the park near my house for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour (when I'm up to it) at least 1 - 3 times a week and doing gentle hatha yoga 1-3 times a week. My exercise breaks last a couple of weeks now instead of months (or even years sometimes). I still eat whatever I want but I have changed my THINKING about it. Where I used to beat myself for being "fat" and scold myself every time I put a bit of "bad" food into my mouth - now I fully enjoy it and then just balance it with good food.
I really think that the most important thing I've learned is to NOT FOCUS on gaining weight. I mean "thinking obsessively" about it. I just do what I need to do when my pants don't fit right. I make the choices that will bring me to feeling good in my skin again. Salad instead of crab cakes and aioli in the restaurant. A happy meal instead of a McChicken meal. Skip the bagel at Tim's and just have the coffee. TEA instead of coffee with cream and sugar. Add another walk or yoga to the week. A low-carb meal once in a day. Gluten-free and/or vegetarian days. Lots of water. LOTS of veggies. Chicken or fish instead of steak. A piece of chocolate instead of a piece of chocolate CAKE. Regulated portions of snacks that I have to have (crunchy salty ones at night - this is non-negotiable). I never ever get on a scale. I very rarely compare myself to others either - I just compare myself to ME. I find what works for ME. I think THINKING about weight and not feeling good about it and yourself is just as damaging as eating bad food regularly and being a couch potato.
As I age further I'll slow down more and will take a tip from the Chinese elders I see in my neighbourhood - just plain walking on the paved paths and doing tai chi. I'll eat fewer and fewer meat meals and more fish and vegetarian ones - actually lately, instead of starting with the meat when meal planning, I think about the vegetables FIRST and then match the rest of the meal to them. I'll worry even LESS about how my body looks when I pass by a mirror naked (or just remove all the mirrors haha). I think everyone just needs to find the ways to be in their body comfortably in whatever stage of life they're at.
Anyway, that's my personal philosophy and I've found it works for me to practice some restraint and exercise when I need to, to feel good in my body AND to enjoy the food of life because feeling like crap and denying myself pleasure is no fun at ALL.
(By the way - I say "I" as much as possible in my writing because as I learned from my wise coach - I can ONLY speak for myself.)
I kinda forgot over the last couple of months that this website is about RESOURCES for life? And focused on my own self. Sorry 'bout that. I hope you got something out of my ramblings anyway.
So here are the people and sites and courses that have come to me in the past couple of weeks:
I've re-discovered MeetUp.com - I totally forgot about it! If you have never visited - you might want to if you're looking to connect with people with similar interests in life. You'll find everything from life & business support to people building spaceships (seriously!!!) There are meet-up groups in every major city in North America.
For creative art journalers - I just heard about this mixed media online course (from Lori Danyluk who has a practically ENDLESS supply of art+life resources) being offered by Willowing - Life Book 2013. Lori and I are thinking about putting together a group on MeetUp.com to meet and do this course in the fall. I'll keep you posted!
Thanks Andrea Schroeder for posting the Hiro Boga blog "Build A New Body of Experience" - she sounds like a truly amazing person that I personally would LOVE to meet. Plus she has my dream job - coaching individuals from her very own retreat in one of my very favourite places on earth.
Through a book called "Quest" (A Guide for Creating Your Own Vision Quest) - I discovered Denise Linn. I can't believe I've never heard of her before - she's incredibly prolific. This particular book isn't available on her site but is available at Hay House Books (see link in Life Resources under Wonderful Websites). So far, I'm loving this book and am thinking about a quest although I think the last 10 years have been an endless Quest for me.
Ok that's it for resources this week and I'll leave you with this thought - everything you need is always coming to you - so keep your eyes and ears and mind and heart open!