November 2nd, 2015
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward
November is an excellent month to spend exploring this quote on a daily basis. How often have you felt gratitude, and yet missed the opportunity to express it in words, deeds, or actions?
Maybe this hits a nerve because you have a house full of things you have bought “just in case” you need to give a gift, but you never give them. They are tucked away in safekeeping or forgotten, in that box in the closet, under the bed or filling your attic. In that state they are stale, useless things until you dust them off and give them away. Then they become a brilliant expression of your love, connection or feelings for the recipient. What are you waiting for? Start giving today!
Or maybe you feel reticent to express your feelings of gratitude in fear of rejection. You don’t want others to put you down or reject you for being too exuberant. So you hold back and bottle up those deep feelings that gratitude creates. Why are you letting others bring you down? Bottled up feelings can often “hurt” a whole lot worse then any sense of rejection. Unblock the cork on your feelings of gratitude and let them free! I promise you the outcome will feel fantastic!
For some of you your month of exploration will begin with a gratitude practice. Your daily life has you focused knee deep in the “losses”, “lack” or “suffering.” Turning to recognizing all of the gifts, or grace in your life is the beginning of exploring this quote. Why not start right now? Take a moment to write down 5 things you are grateful for. Need more help? Here is an excellent article about it from Helen Russell, How to Start a Gratitude Practice to Change Your Life.
Once you get this going there is no holding back. Don’t forget to then start expressing the gratitude you feel. Let the feelings grow and be expressed. You will find many ways to express them. Sometimes it will be by speaking the words, “thank you.” At other times you may find a warm smile, a gentle touch, or a look of deep gratitude shared will be enough. Don’t hold back when the gratitude needs to explode in song, dance, a leap of joy or a great big hug. You’ll know when expressing BIG will do no harm to anyone else. Get ready cause you may discover how POWERFUL expressing gratitude is! Spread the feeling.
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October 2nd, 2015
TRUE NORTH NATURE – Part Two
In my last post I shared what is True North Nature and how it helps us to feel connected, inspired, resourceful and empowered in our daily life. This month I am sharing some of the tools or resources you can utilize to strengthen your connection with this powerful inner resource. Are you ready?
TOOLS THAT HELP US CONNECT TO TRUE NORTH NATURE
Are you a seeker? Has the rumbling started deep within you to connect again? Here are just a few ways to help you connect to your True North Nature. You may notice that one just leads you to another. There is no pecking order here, just start with one and you will find that the others will follow.
- SPEND TIME IN NATURE
- STILLNESS, QUIET, CALM
- OFF COURSE SIGNS
- EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN
- EAT FRESH, LIVE and ORGANIC
- BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY
SPEND TIME IN NATURE- Some of what keeps us from being connected to our True North Nature is the discordant way we live, so disconnected from the harmonious way of our planet. Getting off the “junk” of noise, crowd, concrete, electronic, cellular, etc and out into the wild will reset your inner compass. Think natural often, and then go be in it!
STILLNESS, QUIET, CALM – Find ways that bring a stillness, quiet or calm to your everyday life. Yoga, meditation, reading, tai chi, knitting, gardening are just a few ways to get your quiet on. Doing them outdoors in spacious, calm environments will only help to magnify your experience in connecting to your True North Nature.
OFF COURSE SIGNS – Listen to your self-talk. Notice how often you say things like “I have to…” “I must…” “I should have…”. Know that each time you “should”, “have to”, “must” or “supposed to” on yourself (or others) you are OFF COURSE with your True North Nature. Yes, I know you are not alone doing this, but that doesn’t mean it is a healthy way of living. It only means that MANY people live disconnected from their True North Nature. Being unhappy along with many people doesn’t make it happy, it just makes it feel less lonely.
TRUST – YES! Feeling some doubt, recognize it as a signal and then dig deeper. Go sit outside. Be still, be quiet, find your breath. When the rumblings of doubt start to rise take an action listed above, find your breath and let your exhalations help you shed the doubt. Create the intention to TRUST through your connection to something greater than you are- be it nature, a greater sense of order, God, Universe, Gravity, Zero point. Sometimes all it takes is the decision to TRUST, and then let the space around you create the results.
LOVE – OFTEN! It is said that Love HEALS, and yes it does. When we are disconnected from our True North Nature our ability to love shrivels up. Bring on the love, and you will find that your ability to feel life, understand your feelings, and be guided by the essence of knowing is greatly improved.
EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN – Yes, I know this can be a very scary one. As a culture we are taught to “fill it up” with busy work or “control” it. There is tremendous power in finding a calm center when change is brewing around us, and a factor of the unknown is very present. When we approach it with an attitude of willingness to be in a state of unknowing, some of the other tools will also show themselves to be useful. Go ahead and “multitask” with some TRUST, TIME IN NATURE, become QUIET or STILL, BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY. You will find that an ease will guide you through the darkness, to light and lighten the way.
FEEL – Often what keeps us from our True North Nature is a dullness we have created around us in attempt to feel safe. It is a false sense of safety, and can even lead us to miss signals we need to really establish safety. If you have had a trauma in your life that has left you feeling less than safe it is important to work through it with help, and often with professional help. It is crucial that the result of the healing leaves you open to feeling again and not afraid of feelings or using medications that shut off feelings. True North Nature relies on feelings as its communications system. It is through feelings you will be guided. Learn to feel what brings you joy, excites, enlivens you – acting more and more on that!
EAT FRESH, LIVE and ORGANIC – The body, and its feelings, is the communication system of True North Nature. Keeping the body in a healthy, clear, and vibrant quality will help that communication system function in its most vital way. The less you “pollute” the system the greater its ability to communicate and be understood, leading you to be guided by True North Nature. Think in terms of “wholesome” food that is at its freshest. If you can, grow it! If you can’t grow it, buy local, fresh, organic foods. Minimize processed foods. Watch out for eating to dull your feelings.
BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY – Every breath you take is an opportunity to be mindful, to sense, to be present with all that is happening around you and to detox. Your vital breath can be automatic or conscious. You can breath to survive or to thrive. Every inhalation is an opportunity to nourish and nurture and when done consciously you are making choices of what to allow and what to by pass. Every exhalation gives you the opportunity to release those things that you are complete with, or hold on again. When we move from the automatic breath that is patterned, often just enough to sustain the moment, into a conscious breath we open our life possibilities. Our breath becomes a vehicle for our True North Nature communication system. It transports our mind to experience the feelings, and helps us to make choices to let go, nourish or hold on to emotions, thoughts, food, experiences, people, etc. Life is transformed. Connections are made. True North Nature is alive!
Life is a winding path we travel. Just like any trip we take it helps us to have resources – a compass, a map, a guide. Even with all of that we can still get lost, and will need to use our inner resources to find our way again. May you find your connection to TRUE NORTH NATURE. Onward!
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September 2nd, 2015
TRUE NORTH NATURE – Part One
“Bees can fly 12 miles without getting lost. Albatrosses, 25,000 miles. And flying insects, without eyes, have no trouble whatsoever finding their “soul mates.”
Imagine what I can do for you, when you listen to the voice within. “(TUT-notes from the Universe)
TRUE NORTH NATURE: WHAT IS IT?
Somewhere deep within each of us is our own internal compass. It is our inner guidance system, that seeks to explore, learn, delve, liberate and connect us to our deepest dreams and purpose to be here, now, alive! At the root of it is our personal True North Nature. It is that place that always knows what is just right for us, why we are here and has no doubts – it simply is there to guide us.
For so many of us we can’t even begin to imagine how life would be to live knowing what it is that we want, let alone think of living without questioning, doubting and/or fearing each decision. Throughout our life we have been taught the way of the “lost spirit”, in denying who we are by attempting to please others. Life’s challenges have left us feeling DIScouraged, UNsure, or DISconnected. What would it be like to be encouraged, sure and connected?
Take a moment to think back on a baby’s first year. Fearlessly they delve so deeply into the unknown nature of living in their new body, with all of the new experiences ahead of them. Using wonder, instincts, curiosity, inner motivations they learn to eat, see, touch, taste, move, connect, love and receive, to name just a few monumental things. Their True North Nature is strong and very present for them.
They live a life of encouragement, surety and connection.
Slowly, and sadly, for many in the next few years of life we learn to rely on others more, and lose the connection to our True North Nature. It becomes buried in the “have to”, “supposed to”, “shoulds”, “musts” and relying on approval from the collective community we are surrounded by.
TIME TO CONNECT AGAIN
There is this turning point for each of us, when the years of being “lost spirits” and disconnected from our True North Nature reaches a pinnacle. WE WAKE UP! It can be a slow, gradual awakening for some, while others get a “kick in the pants” awakening. Something arises, awakens and rattles the apathetic comfort we have fallen into. Our spirit arises, and there is no shutting it off, burying it or putting it aside. Like a volcano we feel the rumbling of this nature calling to us to feel it, listen to it, and begin to live again connected to it.
Recognizing that there are other ways to live, other choices we can make every day/moment is often the beginning of this transformation. You’ve lived it already, and may still have moments or glimmers of it still, times when you are connected, inspired, resourceful and empowered in your daily life. Then they slip away, you fall asleep again, feel dull, numbed or disempowered. Even as you read an article like this you may be inspired to pursue your connection to True North Nature again. Enticed by the concept, reminded by a niggling feeling or fed up with a lack of feeling connected you are ready to make a shift.
Not sure what to do next? Start by looking around and seeing beyond those who may be doing the “lost spirit” dance with you. Who seems really happy, content and confident in their life? Let them be your mentor/coach by taking in the way they live their life. Again, like a baby would, just watch, embrace and learn. In my next blog I will share some of the tools you can use as you develop a resource library for finding your True North Nature. Stay tuned!
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June 7th, 2015
I first received this wonderful reflection of Letting Go during a course I was taking at the Dovestar Institute. As the season’s are changing from spring to summer when we often shed many different layers, I thought it was a perfect time to reflect on what it means to Let Go. Enjoy, Nancy
Letting Go – Author Unknown
To “let go” does not mean to stop caring, it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To “let go” is not to cut myself off, it’s the realization I can’t control another.
To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To “let go” is to admit powerlessness,which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another, it is to make the most of myself.
To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about.
To “let go” is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To “let go” is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
To “let go” is not to be protective, it is to permit another to face reality.
To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept.
To “let go” is not to nag, scold or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
To “let go” is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To “let go” is to fear less and love more.
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May 7th, 2015
Traveling back and forth between 2 different homes has taught me a number of valuable lessons. I feel at times a gypsy’s spirit of freedom, and the calling of new places. The joy of moving from one beautiful location to another stirs mixed emotions, varying from the sheer joy of gratitude to the heart tugs of leaving a place and all of the wonderful friends, family and beauty it offers me. With that have come lessons.
STAY IN THE MOMENT –
It truly helps me to stay present with the tasks at hand, rather than get caught up with the angst or excitement of the next step. Before departure, I find myself taking each day at a time, and staying focused on what each day needs attending to. Which brings me to the next lesson.
BE BALANCED –
With all that is asked of me during the predeparture days, from the needs of the house and work, the desire to see friends before we go, and the passions that call to me in the form of playtime, I find it is truly valuable to be balanced. I find ways to get all the tasks completed while enjoying the fun of being with friends and family and getting out on the water, seeing plays and movies, or having a game night. Thankfully we are not saying goodbye, but simply see you soon!
LET GO –
As we are saying adieu to friends and family, I find great comfort in the ability to let go. It inspires me to also look at all the “stuff” we have collected and let go of much of it. I get to cleanse each home 2x per year, once when I leave the place and once when I arrive. I find this process very uplifting! I tend to look at what is worn or broken and no longer useable and throw it out. Then I look at what is no longer used but could be by others and I give that away. Finally I look at what is of value but I no longer need and I sell it off.
Each time we make the transition I clean out the house we are living in and shed all of those things I seem to no longer need. We pack up and leave. I then arrive at the other home and I look around at all of that stuff I kept after the last shedding and wonder why I kept it. I live 5 or 7 months without all these things left behind, so I go through it again when I arrive back “home.” Sometimes I am surprised at what I kept, and other times it does seem all useful.
All 3 of these lessons work in a beautiful synergy, and seem to support me in many other avenues in life. Here is to lessons gifted along the path of life!
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