Frustrated to Confident

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June 1, 2016
Today was a transition day from feeling frustrated with the technical challenge of setting up an RSS feed of my blog to my subscribers and Facebook page to feeling confident that it can actually work!  Thanks for reading!
The second accomplishment of the day was to pack our backpacks! I’m happy to say that my pack, with a liter of water and 4 days of food weighs  in at 20 -22 lbs.

Now, before you gape with too much amazement, I will remind you that one of the favorite qualities of my heartsinging walk is that I have a hiking partner who shares gear with me! That means that I don’t have to carry everything I use!!

I’ll try for a gear list:
Pack – Gregory Jade 60 with no “brain”
Sleeping bag – Western Mtneering 30 degree down bag
Thermarest prolite 3
Silnylon poncho/groundcloth
2 qt pot w lid
1 pint lidded bowl
Platypus water bladder (no hose)
1-liter Smartwater bottle
Rainjacket
Thermal shirt
Leightweight polyester Long pants
Extra socks (mitts)
Powershield jacket (insulation/rain)
Fleece hat
Sun hat
Trekking poles
30 ft cord for bearbag hanging

Waistpouch
Phone + 5 extra batteries + charger
Pocket knife (7-tool swiss army with the plastic cover missing)
3 colored pencils, 2 pens
2 small pcs watercolor paper
Small paintbrush
Toothbrush
Dental floss
15 ml peppermint oil
Credit cards, i.d., thumbdrive
Small notebook

John is carrying the shared tarp and net, sleeping bag coupler, canister stove, fuel canister.

I love my gear!

In joy,
Regina

Refreshed

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May 30, 2016
Today, I visited a favorite spot on the Appalachian Trail -Spy Rock, Virginia. It sports a 360 degree view atop a 40′ boulder scramble. I’ve had many a visit here in the past six summers when I worked in this section as a ridgerunner. This time I came as a day-hiker with no mission to educate anyone.

I couldn’t pass up the chance to remove a few firerings to preserve the untrammeled appearance of the place, but that was it.

Beauty, space, and freedom to move – that’s what the place evokes! Let the colors flow the same! All is well!

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In joy,
Regina

Forestland

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May 29, 2016
The green here in Montebello, Virginia, is vast and encompassing! Nonsenses immersion feels truly immersed, if that’s even a word.
Forest life is so incredibly lush and vibrant, water enabling uncountable broad leaves, ferns, mushrooms, and flowers to fill the landscape with a dense curtain of green. 

Vibrance abounds!

In joy,
Regina

Moving On

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May 28, 2016
I guess “S” for “Sebastian” is what the feeling of movement made! John and I left the baby grandson in Charleston, SC late this morning – after just one more hour of babysitting so my son could mow the lawn. Mom was at “an appointment” that was revealed on FB as a hair salon visit. I love how they are being generous to themselves!!

As usual, my three-day visit gave me daily opportunities to have feelings and judgements bubble up, more chances to notice those beliefs and Old Stories that let me me separate from others.

After ten years of using the tools of Radical Forgiveness I can actually notice the feelings and judgements – and love myself for having them!  Yahoo!

I can now love myself for parenting MY way of doing the mothering myself, excluding my husband and other potential caretakers by doing 100% of the nursing, homemaking, and infant care. I can now love myself for being “right” about my way and then blaming my ex for being distant from the boys. I thank him for doing this healing dance with and for me!

I honor my children for choosing their own way of shared parenting and community-building so they can continue their own work while raising a wonderful child.

And now, I move on! I move on to express myself as a walking radical forgiveness coach!

I step joyfully and diligently into my job as host of HeartSinging Walk Community! Creating a space for courageous heartsingers  to design radiantly fulfilling walks of the Appalachian Trail.

Join me at Forgivenesswalks!

In joy,
Regina

Mississippi River Delta

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May 23, 2016
This Nonsenses Immersion emerged over the miles between Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and beyond New Orleans.

Another city goes by without stopping to visit a friend. This time its Carla, an Appalachian Trail friend and coaching colleague. A hello text message suffices for this time. My life certainly has provided me with lots of friends! 

Color flows onto the paper between looks at the luminous NOLA. I reflect on Hurricane Katrina, the fury here 10+ years ago. I think about Maria Maria and her Katrina story that she shifted during a Forgiveness Walk in Atlanta in 2011. My work is valuable! It even touches this place with healing and forgiveness.
Forgiving Hurricane Katrina

A rainbow of wholeness, balance, and beauty imbues my reflection.

Nonsenses Immersion is one of the many tools we share in HeartSinging Walk Community where courageous heartsingers gather to create radiantly fulfilling walks of the Appalachian Trail.

Join us!

In joy,
Regina

Lush Green

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May 22, 2016
Nonsenses Immersion coincides today with driving in the wetlands of southwest Louisiana! So much green! The green is dotted and accented with yellow, orange, and red. Blue and purple hover as heavy, gray moisture in the sky above.

I notice that in my search for each color in the landscape that the wholeness of Life becomes evident. If all the colors of wholeness can be found in each landscape, then why not in each of my own moments?

I allow it.
I accept it.
I embrace it.

Where do you find wholeness? Please share your answer here.

Are you struggling with a yearning for wholeness? Join other courageous heartsingers for tips, tools, and support as you create YOUR radiantly fulfilling journey of the Appalachian Trail.

In joy,
Regina

Adjust

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May 21, 2016
I realized that my colored pencils are watercolor pencils! Well, not the yellow, actually. That made the blending uneven.

This reminds me of adjusting preferences in life. When something is important, I figure out how to do it within various circumstances. That may require adjusting details, methods, tools, timing. The essence or value of the habit remains, or even expands, as it is incorporated in a new setting.

As I think of examples, I’m coming up with a long list!
☆ Getting whole grains in various living situations
☆ Staying in touch with significant people while hiking
☆ Walking in Nature in various homes
☆ Cooking, washing, etc. on trail and also in different houses and living situations

Perhaps the basic lesson from this is that being comfortable with adjusting the details of lifestyle preferences is a good foundation for a fulfilling nomadic lifestyle!

That’s the kind of conversation available in the HeartSinging Walk Community!
Join us!

Landscape

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May 20, 2016
We have one day in Big Bend National Park. Color adorns the mountains and the badlands. What if I paint the Nonsenses colors suggested by the landscape?

The emotional landscape also provides space for dancing as well. I’m uneasy with John’s style of exploring in constant motion. I prefer making fewer stops for a longer, reflective experience. I realize  that I’m playing out an old story of being alone, being separate, needing to ignore my own needs to accommodate his.

This time, I’m aware of the dance, yet still attached to that old story.  Although I’m able to calmly maintain my request to stay in one place for a 20-minute Nonsenses Immersion, a silent voice is saying, “Your needs don’t matter, just do what he wants.”

He stops. “You can do your paintng here.”

My Old Story ego is satisfied with his dispassionate accommodation.  Whew! I can get what I want, but with resistance.

I get out my supplies, choose a spot. Colors! In the landscape before me, they are all there. True, the shades are dark or muted, but all seven colors of my Nonsenses spectrum are there.

I turn on the tones app and dip into my tiny pot of red. “Lammm,” the monks sing. Ahh. I am immersed, relaxed, balanced, exhilarated. As you can see, the painting is a rather bold depiction of a natural desert scene, but that connection with my environment imbues my body with ease.

I feel open, accepted, accepting. We drive on. John says, “I’m glad you did your painting.”

I have stepped into a New Story that my needs matter in a fulfilling relationship.

Fan Mail

“You are AMAZING and I’m in awe at what you do– your REAL JOB!
But, I was amazed at you before– when you were home with your boys and teaching me– your other REAL JOB!!”
Love,
Angie

“Love hearing this, Regina!  Keep up your amazing self for you and the world.”

Ann Keeton
XOXO

These emails are from fans who read my newsletter revealing my claim that I have now transformed my Old Story that sharing my skills as nature interpreter and Radical Forgiveness coach are not my real job. They affirm my New Story:
When I show up as ME, everyone loves me!”

Are you yearning to discover or proclaim YOUR heartsinging expression? Learn HOW in my HeartSinging Walk Community!

In joy,
Regina

Adaptable

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May 17, 2016

Nonsenses Immersion is fun and enlivening for me as the liquid paint colors flow and blend on paper. Traveling in a car, however, motivates me to adapt the exercise with a more portable medium – colored pencils!