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Feature July 2010

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Empowering The Joy Within

Count your blessings…name ten attributes of yourself that you appreciate. These can be anything that you like about yourself from your hair color, your laughter, your abilities, your relationships to your desires, your character, or even your vulnerabilities or problems that you have resolved. Reflecting on the present moment brings graciousness and vibrancy to the aspects of your life that resonate with you. When you embrace what you do have and nurture those elements of your life that empower you, good things begin to happen. We all have difficulties, some are more severe than others, yet when facing challenges, keeping our heart and mind strong enables us to live a more balanced life.

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Once you have made this list, take one of your items and for a day express gratitude for and appreciation of that portion of joy that you have honored in your life. Take the time to really understand that joy. What part of it gives you a sense of fulfillment? Is it something that you can expand and develop? Would you like to develop it? Or is it a static expression? Does it offer the possibility of a greater joy?

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Feature June 2010

June 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Types of Relationships in Your Life


Lets look at you and your relationships to begin to get a glimmer of the community that is yours…

List the five most important people in your life today:

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After each of the people above, answer these questions:

What is it about this relationship that attracts you?

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Feature May 2010

May 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Self-Esteem: Facing the Issue

What is it that we want as women? Collectively, there has never been a better time for the recognition for and of women as human beings. What does this mean? What is the opportunity at hand? And what are we to do with our own evolution as women? Individually, our stories vary, some more extreme than others. We each and all have our own journey and hardships along the way. So, how often do our experiences show to us that we are unique? Does the world that we live in reflect who we are? Can we thrive in the world through self-reliance and self-accountability? Is there something more?

What is the issue? What are we searching for in the darkness? What do we want? Do we know? What questions do we ask to begin discovering this answer? How many of you have asked yourself, “What do I desire that will bring me purpose and fulfillment whether independently or interdependently, yet of my own making?” And if you have asked yourself that question, what were your responses? What would be your responses now, today?

For many of us, this question does not even arise. The awareness of a personal self only faintly exists or the consciousness of the self has yet to develop and perhaps will so in time. And for many of us this question is not pertinent because the soul already knows and it is not necessary to ask. Oh, what a beautiful state, to live in the unfolding of life as it is given. Yet, for most of us, the question is present or soon will be and we start the process of uncovering our truth. Much of this evolution of consciousness or “uncovering” eventually leads to a joyous sense of self where your participation in life is substantiated by the change that you create. What changes would you like to create? What changes would you most like to create? Circle the three changes that you would most like to create.

List the changes here:

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Feature April 2010

April 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

An Inspiring Woman

Often times, our inspirations come from influences that resonate with our sense of self. My inspiration for writing this April Feature comes from Kate Douglas Wiggins and the letter she wrote to The Girl Scouts of America where she points out that The Girl Scouts is a training school for womanhood.

An Expose on Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923)

Kate Douglas Wiggin was an American educator and author of children’s stories. She was born Kate Douglas Smith on September 28, 1856 in Philadelphia of Welsh descent and died August 24, 1923 (aged 66) in Harrow, Middlesex, England. A graduate of Abbot Academy, Class of 1873, she started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 (the Silver Street Free Kindergarten). With her sister during the 1880s she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers.

Kate Wiggin devoted her adult life to the welfare of children in an era when children were commonly thought of as cheap labour.

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Feature March 2010

March 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Twists and Turns of Life

Often times, we set a direction and our journeys take us in other unknown directions. This is to say that as women we are even complete in the unknown. Everything we are and have is sufficient for the unfolding of our lives. We may need to take steps to discover our paths and to accomplish the tasks necessary to move along the path, but still we are whole and all that we need is inside us.

Timing is a curious creature. I must admit I never know what the timing is going to be in these twists and turns of life. Sometimes, it is frustrating and at other times, I realize that in actuality it is a blessing to find out that some event would not have happened or some new insight would not have been revealed if not for the timing that actually occurred.

My mother passed away two weeks ago on March 15th.

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Feature February 2010

February 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

The Structure of Life:

The body… health, cleanliness, nutrition, exercise, fresh air, the use and exchange of your energy to maintain and build the vision of your life, sexuality and the exchange of life, the family and the social dynamics of living in community…getting back to basics, the simplicity of physical foundations.

All else beyond that is a question of education, lifestyle, preferences, expectations, ambitions, social upbringing, self-measurements, creativity, the expansion of our joy and roles. Once we know who we are and have an understanding of our emotional make-up, all the above that is beyond our physical foundations, represents an advanced concept of our purpose and fulfillment.

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Feature January 2010

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

A Question of Integrity


Merriam-Webster’s definition of integrity:

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptability

2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness

3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : Completeness

synonyms: honesty

We first learn about integrity through our parents as models of integrity.

Our key significant relationships also teach us about integrity.

How we represent ourselves in the physical world through our actions reveal our personal integrity.

Alignment of the self through our personal integrity of love and joy, even in the midst of transitions, enables us to be accountable for our own lives. In relationships, for there to be any relationship at all, integrity is paramount. And this is true for all relationships.

In relationships between a man and a woman, one’s integrity involves clear communication. Spoken expectations and understandings are important after the courtship, dating or complimentary phase of emotional connection (or if you want to be down and dirty depending on your emotion make-up and the kind of relationship you desire, sometimes directly communicating what you both want can be more efficient). Clear communication of expectations and understandings enable the relationship to be built on a solid structure and a solid structure creates a win-win relationship.

Because people grow in self-awareness about their identity and with that may come change and separations in relationships, this does not mean that the giving, particularly in terms of the unquantifiable aspects of what the woman has given or gives, should be dismissed, not honored nor respected, especially when children are involved. In the case where respect and compassion for the life created has diminished, the question of integrity appears. Ask yourself, when a break-up has occurred or is occurring, has there been or is there honor in character and integrity through action in valuing what was or what is? Often times, when expectations are not communicated clearly during the structuring phase of a relationship and particularly when a win-win relationship for some reason has not been or can not be established, integrity plays a key role. At this point seemingly “victims” and “villains” emerge.

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Feature December 2009

December 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Emotional Light

The Muse looks into the darkness to find the spiritual light by making meaning and then transforms it into her strength and the dignity of her life. How is this begun? Firstly, the darkness must be found. Secondly, the darkness is replaced by light through the trans-formative powers of the mind, a conscious decision is made to own and live in your light and then, by aligning your emotions, you empower your life.

In the November Feature I had mentioned I would be introducing to you the emotional component of accepting who you are and recognizing your light. As a gift to you this holiday season, I would like to introduce you to Wendy Yellen who is an Eidetic Life Coach, specializing in Transformation Acceleration. She very much likes to work with, what she calls “Ripple Makers and Tsunami Makers, those who are really ready for their PASSION to make an Even Bigger Difference!”.

Eidetic Imagery is… “Imagery in extreme detail; a sort of projection of an image on a mental screen….Of, relating to, or marked by extraordinarily detailed and vivid recall of visual images”… your images, the images you have created and can recreate with a new found sense of self. Wendy Yellen states, “In over 25 years of searching, studying, and practicing as an international life coach and therapist, I has never found a life-changing tool that even comes close to the work done through emotional imagery”.

For me, my journey with the work of Wendy Yellen has made a difference in opening myself to emotional possibilities

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Feature October 2009

November 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

The Nature of a Woman’s Body

I was sitting in the doctor’s office the other day waiting for a mammogram and while I was there I began to reflect on the nature of our physical lives as women. A couple of thoughts crossed my mind, the first having to do with the innocence of our bodies. I remember my ex-husband saying to me after our recent divorce that had I not married him, I would have been a nun. I was not sure what that meant as we had an abundantly sexual relationship and I did not give it much thought until today. Now, I sense that we had a different understanding of physical life and its innocence. I then looked across from me and two women sat next to each, one with a very young infant. When we began talking, I found out the women were mother and daughter and the infant was only seven weeks old. I imagined the miracle of life that the infant represented. She was quite amazing with a variety of expressions. The mother told me she also had a two and a half year old at home and she was just beginning to say “No”. Wow, I thought, the miracle of life is phenomenal and not only is the miracle of life phenomenal, so too is the learning process of how we become to know who we are.

The woman’s body is the conduit to spirit and gives birth to spirit. The respect shown for a woman’s body and the spirit that it hers is to respect life. The choices she makes about her life is the foundation of all of life. The need for mammograms, choosing whether or not to have a child, how to express our sexuality, the care of our physical appearance, the kinds of relationships we create are all representative of our physical existence as women. As women, we are the nurturers of life and so the decision becomes for ourselves: “Who, what, where, when and why do we want to nurture”? Nurturing emotionally, spiritually, as well as physically is the energy that we give to foster the growth and support of others. This energy that we give can be appreciated or devalued, either by ourselves or others. A list of questions for you highlights…

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Feature September 2009

September 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

The Beauty of Your Worth

Sometimes our spiritual growth is manifested immediately. Sometimes it takes longer for the beauty of our wisdom to mature, ripen and bear fruit. Our spiritual unfolding is like a flower opening up, each petal delicately expanding to breathe in new life and new opportunities which transform our self-understanding as well as the recognition of the nature of our purpose. Time reveals all if we are at peace with listening to the self, accepting and creating from the space of our own inner “homes”.

What is the beauty of your worth? How will it reveal itself to you? How do you discover it? As a way to begin playing and experimenting with your worth, set aside some time for yourself to complete a fun three-part exercise.

Once you have decided to set some time aside for yourself, complete PART I of the excercise and then in PART II you will be asked to complete the first section before reading and completing the second section. If you can, set aside some time now to complete the first section of PART II before moving on. You will need paper and pen, so if it is not yet by your side, I suggest you get it now.

Take the time you need and want to complete this exercise fully.

Complete both PART I AND PART II of these exercises before reading and completing PART III. If your curiosity can be patient and read PART III only after you have completed the first two parts, it would be worth your while. I wonder how many people will be able to do this??? Are you one of them? The directions are laid out simply below to follow:

PART I

The first part of this exercise is to define what time specifically you can give to yourself, what time you can give to you for nurturing yourself each week. Can you give yourself an hour this week just for you with no distractions or more? Can you make it your time? Can you make a commitment to your time? Can you give yourself time now to do this exercise? Or would another time be better? Please make this decision.

Once you have decided how much time you can give yourself, you will then need to decide what kind of space or environment you like to create in? Is it in your bedroom? Perhaps at your desk or the kitchen table? Might it be in a natural setting, like a park or a special place where you feel most comfortable? Or maybe you even have an artist’s studio? Make a decision about a space where you feel most creative.

How much time do you give to yourself for yourself each week? Does that feel right to you? Is that enough? Do you want or need more time or space? It may be a good idea just to simply take note of that answer to yourself. How does your space feel? Is it the right space for you? Have you want to experiment with other spaces? Take note about the importance of that space to you.

Having made both of those decisions, we can move on to the first section of Part II.

PART II

Now in your space and with your time that you have given yourself, reflect and answer this question: By using an analogy, if you were a home right now, what type of “home” are you? Where is it? What is it? Is it an actual home or is it figurative, like a bird’s nest? Describe this home in writing. What are the colors? The sounds? If there are rooms, what are they for? Is there a natural component to it? Are there animals? What is the season? Are there important people to you? Is there anything else that you might want to add? Make it as creative and detailed as possible! Please write this now or come back after the writing is completed to read further.

COMPLETE THIS WRITING PORTION BEFORE READING FURTHER.

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