Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy 2015!

I hope the holiday season brought you tons of joy. I hope you were able to get all of your needs met and enjoy your loved ones.

That's what happened for me this past season. It was filled with rest, love and joy.

I wish you a Happy 2015. My it be filled with continued light, love and great possibility!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Quiet Season

Right now things are quiet on my blog. It's because I'm finding this is a quiet season for me.

To everything there is a season...and this one seems to be one of quiet reflection.

When this season shifts,
I'll be back, sharing and writing. For now, I will surrender to the deepening, surrender to the stillness.

Wishing you and yours loving light...

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Beauties are Food For My Soul

Here are some recent images I made with my Canon and 50mm 1.8 lens during a photo walk meditation.  The lighting was perfect that day. I didn't have to edit these photos one bit.


This is food for my soul...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What Has Become Clear

In grad school, I had an instructor that would begin class with this question, "What has become clear to you since we last met?" It was a question that Ralph Waldo Emerson would use to prompt conversation when he greeted friends.

When our instructor would make have us answer this, it was a bit frustrating at first, to say the least. I soon began to appreciate the time to share what was going on in my life. Our classes were 6-9pm. Most of us worked full-time jobs and were working on our graduate degrees in our spare time...oh me oh my...

What I now realize is that he was teaching us the importance of reflection. Looking back on what you'd just experienced, sharing about the event as well as what you'd learned.

"What's become clear" isn't a chance to only vent; the nature of the question prompts you to dig deeper. To leave the surface of "something happening to you" and looking more for the why or the take away.

What has become clear to me since we last met? I can't please everyone. No matter how much I plan to support the needs of all the teachers I train and coach, there will be someone or one's that dislike, disrespect or sometimes even dishonor my efforts.

You know what? What's even clearer is that doesn't represent the full group. It's someone's opinion and most of the time, it's the minority. So it shouldn't take up too much space in my brain or my heart.

What's clear is that I'm human and so are others. My job is to show up and do the best I can with what I've got.

Simple as that.

What has become clear to you since we last met?

All photos taken by the lovely and gifted Xanthe Berkeley during our Squam retreat in Providence, RI