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Precious Items

Precious items

This week I have help decluttering my house.  It’s great having help, however, it takes a strong person to manage my resistance! Some items are hard to let go.

Here’s one:

A plain, simply functional box. For the uneducated eye it’s a pretty generic piece of furniture. But for me, it’s a metaphor of a happy phase of my life – homeschooling.

I used this cabinet to organize and store paintings.

I built it myself to fit perfectly in a closet.

Today, I’m letting it go. Marcia, my helper says, “I’m celebrating your release into a new future. You’ll have the artistic phase in your heart”

I cry, the happy memories flooding my body. I resist. I relent. I let it go.

She’s right. It’s not the box that holds the joy of painting with my children. It’s my heart. And that’s not going anywhere but out into the world!

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Are you willing to take action to shift the energy of politics? Would you rather maintain the blame and separation of vituperism by shooting off another finger-pointing comment? Or even worse, stay out of the discussion altogether?

Now, with the tools of Radical Forgiveness, we can raise our own consciousness and bring new possibilities to all sorts of relationships.  Politics is a good place to start.

Today, vote for peace and free speech that nourishes.

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My Job is to MAKE Peace

AndreaOwen, in her Monday Kick Ass Quote, shared the following: Woen

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
-Dalai Lama 

Her response was this:

“Quick reality check: Can’t change anything that’s already happened, so might as well make peace with it. Plus, the fastest way I know how to get happier about anything, is to make peace with it.
You don’t have to love it, or even like it. Just make peace.
Interesting quote today. About making peace. Just make peace.”

To my surprise, I noticed a visceral response to reading this. My belly tightened and I felt a stifling tightness all over.
“But how?” I wondered out loud.

A memory flashed.
My mom and the nuns were always saying that. But they didn’t appear peaceful. They looked resigned and burdened to me, but not peaceful.

Fast forward to today. I’m so glad that now I have a way to MAKE peace. I start by allowing the UNpeace to be there and loving myself feeling that.
That’s the first three steps of 13 that take about 10 minutes.

I thanked Andrea and her response reminding me that making peace is something I now know how to DO! And that my job is to teach others how to do it. Her message inspires me into action on my guided walk audio to deliver peaceMAKING.

And that kicks ass! My ass!

In joy,
Regina
Forgivenesswalks.com

Helping stifled souls love and express themselves fearlessly and walk into their dream.

Self Hatred Meets Self Love

Self hatred has form. It takes shape in my body and in my actions and in my environment. It takes shape in my feelings in my thoughts and in my actions. It influences my senses and my nonsenses.
Theres one place however that self hatred does not penetrate. That is intuition.
For intuition is the spark of spirit that strives to heal. Intuition flies the flag of Universal Truth. Intuition is inherently self loving and unifying.
No matter how pernicious is self hatred, Intuition is a constant hum of harmony in the background that eventually thrums and sings out the melody of my song. Thus, the coming and going and the ups and downs of my daily rhythms.
Self hatred criticizes. Self love consoles. Self hatred ignores compliments. Self love broadcasts them. Self hatred notices faults and undone actions. Self love enjoys timelessness. Self hatred procrastinates and overwhelms. Self love dances in a flexibly full schedule. Self love plans for assistance. Self hatred pushes through alone. Self love specializes creatively. Self hatred generalizes destructively.

Intuition’s glow brings loving reflection like a light in a cave, illuminating a path around the chasm of self hatred just when I teeter at the edge. I come close, but I don’t fall in.

Soul Time

To everything there is a season” seems apparent today. In a relationship, until it’s time for my beloved to really hear something in his heart, it won’t be heard. And yet, maybe when it’s heard is the perfect time because that’s when it’s heard.

In soul time there is no time but now

Unopened Gifts

I’m always stumped when I offer a gift to people I know and they don’t open it. My mind races with reasons they could have. A veritable whirlwind of thoughts spins around in that space I see in my mind’s eye as my head.
But, no matter how much I think about it, the truth is I don’t know their reason.
That’s the puzzle about marketing to me. Until there’s a conversation that’s a direct query about matching needs and desires with goods and services, I’m going to be guessing! That eases my anxiety a bit. It also makes marketing appear to be verrrry time consuming!

Another question does come up, though. Is the rejection of gifts something that I also do? If my situation is mirroring something about myself, is that what’s being shown?

For now, I’ll be content that what I offered was a good quality gift that I gave sincerely and without attachment. That it was not yet received is merely a current condition not a judgment of its value or mine.

I can keep creating value and offering it, thus increasing the abundance of valuable creations in the world.

Like Nature does with seeds

Clouds and Form

Nature has a metaphor for any state of mind for me. Clouds will do it for today, specifically the big, white fluffy cumulus clouds.
I have big thoughts and projects building with bright magnificence. They are constantly changing in indistinct form, however. My opportunity is to judge this as wrong or to love this amorphous state as the dynamic, surprising phase of creation.
Let the forms shift, for once the cloud descends as rain and becomes incorporated into a tree it’s form is pretty well set.

Passionate Doubt

what you love to do. Find your true passion. Do what you love to do a make a difference! The only way to do great work is to love what you do..” Steve Jobs

Do you doubt your passion?
I do.
I doubt its value,not to myself, but to others.
That’s getting harder to do because I have successful clients who praise my service.

My passion and I are in a transition period. We are shedding the physical structures of our former habits of denying ourselves, hiding ourselves, and not expressing ourselves.
A house. A marriage. A timid business.
Physical structures require physical tools to dismantle them. Or do they? I have been focused on using time, money, and personal energy to restructure these institutions to yield freedom for my passion.
I may have untapped resources, however that could hasten and fertilize the growth of my passion.
What about imagination? Collaboration? Curiousity? Experimentation? What about Courage?
I feel more free just thinking of those qualities!
Today, I’ll use them.

How about you? Are you living your passion?
Leave a comment or send an email to regina@ forgivenesswalks.com

Celebrating Lessons Learned

Celebrating Lessons Learned

This morning I was looking through old teaching materials to find a program I wanted to send to a friend who is a new teacher.  I found it!  My Acclimatization Lesson Plans. This is a binder of specific Nature walks that I had at my side constantly as a new nature interpreter 35 years ago.

What came to my mind was “I don’t need these any more. This way of teaching is so ingrained in my fabric that it comes naturally. I can make up my own walks and sensory awareness activities at the drop of a hat with people of any age! After my walks, I get comments like, “I’ll never look at Nature the same.  You changed my life!”
I realized that I  have mastered this method of using sensory experiences as gateways to conceptual learning and that I don’t even remember that I once had to learn that myself!

Then, the light bulb went off. “Maybe someday it will be like that with marketing Forgiveness Walks and Radical Forgiveness and doing that prosperously! Maybe someday this work will be so ingrained in my fabric that I won’t even remember I had to learn business skills and take notes and be instructed and have my steps all written out so I could do them smoothly.”

In that moment, I really integrated the idea that learning anything is always gradual and progressive and after I practice it for a while I forget that I had to learn it. Moreover, while I’m learning it I wonder, “How can I ever be good at this? I’m just not good enough!”

That’s just not true.

I’m sure that I don’t need the Acclimatization Lesson Plans book to deliver a superior and memorable Nature walk. I now declare that I am on the path to mastering marketing skills as well.

What’s your area of mastery that you’ve ingrained? Where are you a novice?

Leave your comments below.

P.S. No comments section? Guess what?  That’s one area of mastery I’m still working on!  If there’s no comments section, please send me an email at regina@forgivenesswalks.com

Freewriting

Yesterday, I joined in

Isabel Parlett’s

class about successful writing.

What I got was
1. Start with Free Writing
2. Moooove to get started
3.Ask a big question then get started

So, I got started!

This morning, I wrote Free Hand on paper!

I was surprised at what came up. First was my resistance to starting out in a NEW notebook. I had already chosen to write free hand with a blue pencil.  How bold of me!  No digital work today. Freehand felt much, well, FREER!

I wrote about feelings and ideas, then launched a whole section on cost estimates for house improvements and pros and cons of whether to spend my time doing house projects or creating business products.

Now that all of that is out of my mind and on paper, I can let it go for a bit and focus on the tasks I had written down last night to be first on my TO DO list.

Free writing did free me up a bit!

How about you? What’s your relationship with writing?

Write your comments about writing, below.