I grew up in Oregon, along the Salem/Portland corridor (I-5). I spent my younger years in Salem and I spent my college time and medical training time in Portland. I loved the environment (even all the rain!) and all the things that there was to do, see, and experience there. It was fast paced, engaging, and a wonderful place to grow up. The memories are wonderful!
Amid all that hustle and bustle, I found two Places that I could go to relax, unwind, re-center, and just “be”. One of them was the coast, specifically Lincoln City, and the other was Silver Creek Falls, a state park. (can you tell I love water?) I am not sure when I started going there, but as I hit my late teens, I made it a point to go there frequently, sometimes with close friends, but mostly when I needed time by myself. I think that the need to “be” was something that came from within myself. I am glad that I listened to that little voice inside because it helped to create a habit of listening and honoring myself enough to take the time to “be”.
I don’t live in Oregon anymore, haven’t for about 23 years, and I really miss it! I haven’t found a Place where I live now that gives me that same peace and quiet, or connection that the Coast and the Falls did; those are definitely my favorite places, bar none. There is a Place that is close, the barn where my horses are, but it doesn’t have quite the same feel and connection to me. However, I have found that I can still go to my favorites in my head and heart, if I take the time to do it. I have learned how to center, create space, and balance by going within myself using a vision of where I want to be along with sounds and even smells that I remember. It is a powerful experience! Sometimes I don’t want to leave!
Do you have a Place that you go to to relax, unwind and just “be”? Where is it and how often do you go? It is so important to take care of yourself and this is a great way to really connect to yourself and learn about what is “going on in the background”, so to speak. The benefits are huge and everlasting! The constant demands of others, in whatever role that we play, can be hard to live with over time. Stress, burnout, and even withdrawal can be signs that you have reached maximum overload. Remember that when you are balanced within yourself, it makes caring for others, including yourself, so much easier and gratifying; caring that comes from a place of “want to” and not “have to”.
Where is your Place? Can you get there today, one way or another? Will you give yourself the gift to go there today? I would love to hear from you about the Places that are important to you and why. Sometimes just sharing or talking about them can take you there…I am feeling the beach sand between my toes right now!
“Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time to to waste your life, but to master your time is is to master your life and make the most of it.” ~ Alan Lakein
Refuse to feel USED by life ~ instead, make full use of it!
To do this, we initially need to take control of the time of our lives. Time management is life management, from the inside out. It’s an INSIDE job and you already have everything you need. You have the power to create a life of meaning, fulfillment and joy. Your challenge is to find what works for you! Review all the you know and make your own decisions. To do this, you’ll need to:
- Get to know yourself ~ your desires and passions, rhythms, styles, challenges, needs and habits.
- Be aware that you always have a choice. Claim your independence and power to choose what is right for your life, moment by moment.
“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” ~ M. Scott Peck
“Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now. You are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else.” ~ Wayne Dyer
Close your eyes and imagine that everything that you have and everything that you are is enough. You don’t need to be better or different – you are great just the way you are!
Do you choose to experience the power, peace and contentment that understanding and living those words brings you? As you go into the New Year, is this perspective or shift in your thinking one that you try on and live with for awhile? Moving into this with grace and acceptance does not mean that we stop growing and learning. When we accept who we are now, we open the doors to our own inspirations to do and be even more! Can you imagine the possibilities?!
“Who you are is really enough!” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
“Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.” ~ Julia Cameron
In the midst of this Holiday season, it can be hard not to get caught up in all the materialistic things that are part of the season. During times like these, it is easy to forget about appreciating what you already have and who you are. It seems like the Holiday time is rushing past, and that there is always something to buy, to do or somewhere to go. I hope that your Holiday time has been filled with peace, love, appreciation, and joy and that you have chosen make this the Holiday that you have always wanted. Remember that having the choice about every opportunity that you have in life is so powerful! I wish you a very Happy New Year and I am looking forward to an empowering 2011 for everyone. This is the start of something big and I am so glad that you are a part of the CFC Community!
“You can never get to peace and inner security without first acknowledging all of the good things in your life. If you are forever wanting and longing for more without first appreciating things the way they are, you’ll stay in discord.” ~ Doc Childre and Howard Martin
Develop an attitude of gratitude. We discover a whole new sense of wholeness as we appreciate both the small things and the big things in our lives. And it really helps to remember to appreciate ourselves. Appreciation is more that just acceptance – it is respect and admiration. Learn to let go of criticism and self-abuse.
“Generally, appreciation means some blend of thankfulness, admiration, approval, and gratitude. In the financial world, something that “appreciates” grows in value. With the tool of appreciation, you get the benefit of both perspectives: as you learn to be consistently thankful and approving, your life will grow in value. “ ~ Doc Childre and Howard Martin
Who are you REALLY? To truly know yourself ~ to be able to find that attitude of gratitude ~ one needs to take time and explore. Coaching Full Circle can help you reveal and release all the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that are holding you back or sabotaging your best intentions. Is it time for a NEW YOU in 2011?
“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you must have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hold on to the past is holding you back from a new life.” ~ Mary Manin Morrissey
Journaling is a great way to release and let go. To get things off your chest. Our minds are our own worst enemies ~ the same thoughts go round and round in the same old ways and keep us stuck. If something bothers you, write about it! Get it out so you can see it from a different perspective. Let it out. Let it go.
Owning and healing your life by releasing that pressure/stress is an important step in claiming your power, building your self-esteem, making your stand, and beginning to live your life passionately and purposefully!
Journaling is a great way to access your inner wisdom (or awareness or higher coach or whatever you call your internal dialog). It can help you begin to release stress, blocks and negative emotions, and spark your imagination. Journaling can empower you to realize all your possibilites! To learn more about journaling, please contact me.
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“Every head must do its own thinking.” ~ African Proverb
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~ Joseph Campbell
What a challenge it is for each of us today to truly know who we are! The world outside our own skin is so complex, so busy, so stimulating, so engrossing and so very convincing. We are surrounded by media, society, and people who are so keen to tell us what we want and what we should do. Then, on top of it all, not only is it busy outside,but our minds are just as busy inside trying to process all of the stuff that bombards us, day by day by day.
No wonder we get confused!
So what’s a possible solution? Try giving yourself quiet time and space to tune into your very own thoughts and feelings and inner knowing. It’s only when we shut out the noise of the world for a time that we can begin to connect with our own truth and discover who we really are.
If you don’t know how to handle quiet time and space on your own, then please contact me. I would love to provide some ways, including journaling, that can help you ask yourself questions and then generate your own answers. There are many ways to do this, and by choosing what works for you, it can provide you with vital information about what’s important to you.
The key to fulfilment in life is to find it through your own experience — from your own insights, discoveries and demonstrating to yourself that you can do it. This is why I love teaching journal writing! It is exhilarating to see people make time to go inside themselves and by writing their own words, find new dimensions of themselves.
Is it time to make your life your own?