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Where Are You in the Holiday Season?

I am convinced that we can reach the end of the holiday season feeling energized and renewed, rather than exhausted and out of sorts, bloated and fatigued.  This is, after all, the time when the Wheel of the Year tells us we are beginning to move inward, beginning the descent into ourselves.  Are we really compelled to run around, exhaust ourselves, and begin the New Year with more bills and more weight then we had anticipated?

Here’s a couple of suggestions that you might consider.  

The first one is what I am going to ask of my friends and family to do for me. Maybe you might consider the same:  Women all over the world, in developing countries, are fighting desperately to make their own living and support their families.  Organizations like Women for Women (www.womenforwomen.org), Kiva (www.kiva.org), World Vision (www.worldvisiongifts.org), and Heifer (www.heifer.org) give women  the opportunity to support themselves and their families.  You may consider donating to these causes in the names of friends and families rather than buying another sweater or kitchen gadget.

It is unconscionable that so many children in our wealthy country are going hungry.  Feeding America gives almost 98% of what comes in to them to feed the hungry in our own country, according to Charity Navigator, a highly rated, independent charity rating organization, and Feeding America has a 4 star (out of 4 star) rating.

If you give, you may wish to spread your holiday dollars around or choose one place to give.  Want to donate closer to home?  Consider your local food bank, a women’s shelter, or a friend or neighbor struggling to meet recent doctor bills.

You can handle most of these donations easily on line, or with a check sent to the organization’s headquarters.  Use the time and energy you save to find wonder in the holiday season, and in your own heart.  Send a loving letter to each person in whose name you have donated, and tell them why they have been important in your life.

Sound pretty good?

Oh, and while we are at it, here’s a quote from John O’Donohue, the award winning Irish poet:

May you be blessed;

And may you find a wonderful love

In your self  for your self.

And, so it is!

Coaching the Coach: Remember the Love

Stone HeartI’ve long known that, YES, coaches, teachers, and spiritual workers need a coach! As we expend our energies outward, we also need to feed the inner-ness in order to stay whole. I am feeling especially fortunate to have found my new coach. It’s been a serendipitous find for me. With all that I plan and hope to do over the next year, it was imperative for me to find someone who can help me keep my foundation strong.

Dr. Michael Scimeca has helped me in so many ways over the past couple of months. I wanted to share just one of the many ideas we have worked on together that is simple – and profound. It is about when things in my life become heavy, and I am saddened by loss or feelings of defeat, I am to ‘remember the love.’ This is a 2-way remembering: it is the love that I have for a person, a situation, my work, or an experience. But, it is also the love that has come to me from so many different directions and sources. It is the love of Spirit for us that I see in everyday things. It’s the love I have for Spirit and things wonderful that grace my life each day.

Over the next 3 months, we are all going to become extremely busy with plans for autumn experiences and holiday trips and company. We will probably begin to feel the beginnings of stress right about NOW. It’s my plan now to ‘remember the love’ that fills my life as I pick up the pace.
When I may find it challenging to remember the love, I can also ask Spirit to help me connect with what is there – has always been there, and will always be there – the love.

If you want to learn even more about busting the stress so you can ‘remember the love,’ join us either in Roswell or northeast Atlanta for time with Nancy Gnecco, and her Practical Magic, a free workshop to learn how EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) can help you move through the holidays in peace and love.

I’m excited to also announce that we will begin a NEW Practical Priestess 100 group in January 2014. So many of you have asked for an opportunity to tap into the teachings of Nicole Christine that we are moving forward to make this happen. Interested? Click here to learn about our COMPLIMENTARY introductions and how this wisdom can intensify your connection to your inner wisdom and to your highest self.

Wishing you illumination during this time of Autumn’s Fire.

The Year of Conscious Connection

2012 is already moving at the speed of light. I am holding space for each of you that it will hold the magic of your dreams and wishes.

Beginning this rhythmic cycle by celebrating “Create a Dynamic Year” with Lisa Michaels, and several of my friends who came to experience this insightful and helpful teleseminar at my home, helped me begin my year with an intention: Conscious Connection.

For me, Conscious Connection means that I will focus deeply on each person with whom I interact. I will schedule my time so that I will really HEAR each conversation, ask caring questions with compassion and an honest desire to understand, and allow my partner to complete her/his thought without interruption. This will apply whether we are in person or on the phone. It also means that I will respect the written word as I do the spoken.

With the speed of each passing day, I realize the enormity of what I have set out to do this year. It isn’t that I haven’t attempted to do these things in the past. Living in the present is an important factor in my life. It is just that I have allowed time and circumstances to be the catalyst for my not always following through with keeping outside thoughts and plans at bay. Perhaps you have experienced that yourself. It’s difficult not to in the world and times in which we live.

Conscious Connection also keeps me united with the Elements: Staying in my body keeps me bound to Earth; feeling the feelings of the person with whom I am connecting allows me to run my emotional Water clean and clear; Air assists me in keeping focus; and Fire – well fire keeps my desire to stay connected well lit! I thank Spirit for the gift of the friend or associate with whom I am visiting.

Already a few people have noticed the change in me, and commented on it. It feels AMAZING, and the energy shifts daily. So many gifts seem to be hidden in re-learning to listen differently. My intention for Conscious Connection has blessed me more than I could imagine!

Lessons Learned

I recently took a misstep with a client.  Although I had good intentions, and no ulterior motive, she felt that I had had ill-timed a communication.  It was truly upsetting to her (and consequently to me).  Needless to say, I immediately apologized profusely, and without a long, drawn out explanation, accepted my part in the misunderstood communication. Oh sure, I could have blamed Mercury (still in retrograde), and there was a specific reason why I did and said what I did … Still, I stepped into an unenviable place of inadvertently hurting someone I care about.

So, trying to turn the event around, I have studied it since finding out about it yesterday, and am glad to say that I have generated lessons from it.  I have also suggested that all the folks involved do likewise.  This is a stronger position then my “former” defensiveness would have yielded.

What was my learning?  There were several, and I think a couple have yet to unfold.  Still, I realize, once again, something I have always known but had temporarily forgotten: our timing of things done and said must be carefully calculated; and that something I discuss daily in other parts of my life may be extremely sensitive to others.  The fine line that I must walk as a facilitator has, like any other path, pitfalls that still need to be guarded against!