Showing posts from October, 2013

The Eleventh Body Presencing™ Key: The Power OF GRATITUDE

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend.”                                                                                               Melody Beattie November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving and ironically the month in which we traditionally become stressed, overwhelmed, and irritable.   This year I suggest we look at the holidays in a way that fills us with joy, celebration, and gratitude! Living in a state of gratitude means being aware of our strengths and our weaknesses , the good and the bad, and then consciously choosing how to view ourselves, others, and life in a way that adds rather than detracts from our sense of well-being and vitality.   My first career was professional dancing.   I loved to dance. It made my soul sing. I am now older and while I

The Shadow Longs for the Light

“Evil is like a shadow – it has no real substance of its own; it is simply lack of light. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.”                                                                                                  Shakti Gawain                                                                                         As we move into longer nights and experience shorter days, and we get ready for winter, I am reminded of the internal dance of light and shadow that plays out for each of us inwardly. Our shadow sides point us to our strengths. Instead of thinking of our shadow side as an enemy, what would happen if we thought of the shadow side as an ally?   I believe making that essential shift in perception is what allows us to become our full and whole, vital and healthy selves. Talking about this makes me think of a young woman who is dealing with this very issue. This woman is a lovely and vivacious person who is deal

What Will You Choose?

“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” -   Ruth E. Renkel The Shadow Side shows up in many areas of our lives.   And if we are what we eat, then talking about practical things like food, nutrition and lifestyle choices is critical. How many of us eat the way we really, ideally want to eat? What does it mean when we consistently eat unhealthy foods or we eat for reasons other than hunger or nutrition? I watched a young boy that I know “dealing with food” at only ten years old. We were sitting at a breakfast meal the other week and he was talking about wanting to be a super hero. I asked him if he did have super powers, which one or ones would he like? He answered that he wished to have the power to bring everything he wanted into his life. As he was speaking of this, I was noticing his eating habits. He ordered two orders of fried potatoes with his eggs and a root beer float. Afterwards he was asking for an order of French frie

What is the Opposite of Fear?

“When you face your demons in the deep dark forest they tend to become your friends.”                                                                                               -Tara I love harvesting apples off of the trees, but I have such mixed feelings with the coming of October. On the one hand, the weather is usually still beautiful, the leaves are colorful, and the air has a slightly crisp quality. On the other hand, the days are becoming shorter, the nights are longer, and I have to stay inside more when what I really love is being outside, walking my doges, watching the birds, and sitting under the trees.   But as we mature in life, we learn how to look at both hands, not just the one we prefer. Fear comes in many tones and shades.   If I am honest, there is something about October that brings out a bit of fear in me and in others I love and work with.   Perhaps it is the shortening of the days, the premonition of a cold winter, too much time in doors