Reveling in an Experience

I would rather experience something than read or write about it. Describing something that I just did seems to diminish the energy buzz I feel as an activity I enjoyed ends. Maybe that’s why I’m not much of an adventure journal writer. After a  full day’s hike, I want to lie in my sleeping bag and keep feeling the energy coursing in my body. The events and timeline of the day flow together in a tapestry of sensory delights. Reducing them to words seems trite and almost irreverent.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll tell you about it- about walking with 10 other Nature explorers using all of our senses as darkness crept over us and the colors turned to grey.
For now, though, I choose to rest and integrate the tingling thrills of awakening my senses in a physical conversation without words.

Two Days ’til Nomadic Lifestyle Begins: Relieving Stress

I have a confession to make about this countdown! I planned in a few days of “cushion” time, knowing that if I used my drop dead final day for leaving for my new job, I’d be in the state I am today on my truly last day!  Well, that was smart!  I had planned to use that cushion taking an extra trip up to the Len Foote Hike Inn, prepared to need the days for unfinished moving business.

As I had suspected, my fictitious penultimate day has me feeling stressed, on the brink of my Stress Syndrome, when I feel nauseous, headachey, cold, and sleepy!  This time, I caught myself slipping into it and addressed it. Instead of eating carbohydrates that I crave, I ate a salad with living sprouts and nutritional yeast (for the B vitamins). I breathed into the day, and did a Radical Forgiveness “Emerge-n-See” process, those 4 magical steps to energy shift.

The front door buzzed with activity for an hour late this morning when my two sons arrived, one to pick up the tools he gets to keep, one to get off to class before he moves out this evening. Right on their heels was the designer bringing decorations and advice about cabinet knobs. And just minutes before I was scheduled to take a coaching call, the realtor popped in with a contract to sign. I did my best to relax and assist each one with their goals.

Catching Niagara Falls

Receiving Unlimited Abundance

Then, a surprise visitor! My friend, Deanna, had taken a box of photos home with her last week, promising to scan them onto a memory stick for me to help lighten my moving load. Well, there she was, returning them all scanned and sorted! A quick check of the files lit me up with happy memories! One photo helped me realize that even at a young age I imagined myself receiving unlimited abundance from infinite sources. In this photo, I’m letting Niagara Falls cascade into my cupped hands! Now THAT’S receiving!


The coaching call went smoothly, while I paced in my empty studio, missing the couch that’s taking up residence in my sons’ apartment. I had my doubts about taking clients this week while I’m packing, but coaching actually helps ME stay centered and use the powerful shifting tools myself. As usual, I get as much benefit from the session as my coaching “collaborator”.

Time for a relaxing bath! Ease out the sore spots and enjoy the warmth.

Now, I’m recharged and ready to move stuff again. But, the rooms are 98% empty! “When did that happen?! It’s actually happening! There IS an end to the sorting!” I ran the dust mop around the empty rooms, reminding myself to create a blessingway ceremony for each room.

Later this afternoon, another collaborator, Wendy, came to pick up her Satori Game and inquire about learning how to facilitate the game. We explored the possibility of collaborating on a Facilitator’s training. What a fabulous idea! She left an hour later with two projects underway: learning to host Satori Games, and checking into financing the possible purchase of MY HOUSE!

Well, guess what! My stress is relieved!  I feel blessed!  I feel  creative and supportive! I feel productive and supported! Gratitude fills me and I am ready for the next steps!!



12 Days Til Nomadic Lifestyle: Deeper Release

Even a pickup truck is a “small” container for the things I want to keep. Maybe I’m not 100% committed to this Hiking Lifestyle!

That’s true, I admit. And to clarify, I’m calling what I’m creating “nomadic” which means that I can easily move. At this moment, there are still things I want to keep that won’t fit in my backpack!

But I want them “later”. That’s when I’m finished hiking, when I have a small domicile again.

Or, maybe I just like my stuff!

Still, this morning, I hopped up early and picked  through my box of Really Precious Memory Items. I fingered them each one more time, feeling the happy energy arising. I took pictures, scanned, chose a few things to use, then let them go!

If I can let go of the cute t-shirt my son painted when he was three, and the cotton eyelet skirt I made for my wedding, I can let go of ANYTHING!


Handmade items are the hardest to give away! Here’s an experiment. I’ll take a picture and see if that evokes those joyful feelings.

It’s the feelings I want. The skirt with the embroidery doesn’t fit anymore!

What are the things that challenge your ability to let go?

14 Days’til Nomadic Lifestyle Begins: Urgency

Fifteen days sounds infinitely longer than fourteen! There’s something about saying “just two weeks more” that makes the unfinished list look endless and the unsorted stuff look mountainous!

It’s time to step into “through-hiker” mode! On the trail, that means get up early and walk past dark, stopping for only short breaks.

I’m thinking that for moving, it might mean “get more help”! I think the main help I could use is this
         1. Feed me!
         2. Help me sell things
         3. Help me schedule the tasks

There’s something about having a lot to do that actually slows me down!

Right now, I’ll observe this and know that I WILL get it all done!

The mountain will be climbed one step at a time.

21 Days to Go! Focus

LoonThere’s nothing that energizes me quite like a nice walk in the woods,especially if it’s in the woods on a long-distance trail!  Walking from the Len Foote Hike Inn back to my car at Amicalola Falls Park Visitor’s Center, I danced down the trail, meeting a dozen fresh hikers starting their treks to Maine.

It’s so heartwarming to me to talk with hikers just beginning their long walk, knowing what they may encounter. I tingle inside in surrogate celebration and inner pride, wishing deeply for their success.

At home, by contrast, today, my eyes glaze over with the list of pre-move tasks. My house selling team bounce through the house, bursting with ideas for staging it just right to attract the perfect buyer. I volunteer to do some of the projects – change the light fixtures, paint walls, but it all pools in a quiet mud of overwhelm.  I realize today that the complexity and immensity of this transition has not registered in my brain to be organized and scheduled. Randy, the designer, says, “You have a lot to do! Is this all going to get done?”  I respond, “I think I have not internalized it all yet, maybe you need to poke me awake.”

In three weeks, I’m proposing to be ready for my new life, at least in my house. I need to remind myself to focus. Yes, it’s coming. Time to get organized!

First, offer one of my favorite prints to some possible candidates in Minnesota. They might appreciate the hand-painted lithograph of a north lake icon – the loon.



Sharing from the Heart Continued

What would I share more of if I’m “COMING FROM THE HEART” without worrying if I’m being judged or if I’ll make money at it? Here are some activities I’ll CHOOSE to share more starting today:

  • Stories about walking the Benton MacKaye Trail
  • Satori Games. Playing has been on sabbatical
  • Walks open to others
  • Thirteen Steps to Radical Forgiveness calls

What’s in my way is worrying that I can’t schedule them while I’m out on the trail because I can’t guarantee connectivity. Well, here’s a possibility:  What if the calls happened anyway even if I weren’t there?!!!!!

Here’s to sharing “carelessly”!

What might YOU share if you weren’t worried about how it turned out?  If you knew you couldn’t fail?

Please comment!

In joy,


Benton MacKaye Trail Winter Thru-Hike Slide Show!

Regina, founder of Forgiveness Walks, completed the 300-mile Benton MacKaye Trail during a walk in January, 2013. Follow her journey, photographed by John Lemberg in slides and music.

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The Shepherds’ Play Verse

In my heart, a shepherd
In my head, a king
Before the Child together, they offer what they bring
The heart will fire the head
The head will light the heart
The Spirit Child within will know LOVE’S healing art.

Rudolf Steiner


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