My mom just turned 87 and she is one of the hippest people I know. Vibrant, funny, beautiful, intelligent (she keeps me up to date with all of the world affairs), deeply spiritual, and an incredible cook.
I take full advantage of celebrating her greatness on Mother’s Day and year round.
Last Friday I woke up and had my day all planned. And then – life happened.
Three of my clients cancelled their coaching session which was unusual. After the third cancellation I decided to sit, relax and meditate. It felt so good that I thought ‘why not call this day a day off’? So I did. I had my own retreat.
Last week I was listening to people on CBC radio reminiscing about the Notre Dame Cathedral. I loved what one man said, that what he remembered most was the sound of the silence in the cathedral; how the silence was alive, how beautiful it was, and also how rare it is to experience silence of this quality today.
We all have things that trigger us, maybe it’s running late, being around a certain person, or hey – maybe it’s Monday mornings. :)
Interestingly enough, when I ask people what triggers them, a lot of people say driving and traffic. For whatever reason the road can bring out frustration, impatience and sometimes road rage.
On the weekend I celebrated 55 years on the planet - all weekend long. It was wonderful to be with friends, family and dance the night away on Saturday.
I also took time to reflect and be with me. There are so many things to be grateful for. The list is long and includes how at peace I feel in my body and in my life.
Last week I went to a yoga class at Evolation Yoga studio and as I entered the change room there was a sign that said,
“Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.”
I just saw the movie Mary Poppins Returns with my sister Shell and her grandchildren. I loved it! So many incredible messages for all ages. Here are a few of my favourites:
“Everything is possible. Even the impossible.”
“Today or never. That’s my motto.”
“You’re too focused on where you’ve been to pay attention to where you’re going.”
I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays! I’ve really loved spending more time with family, friends and myself this past week. It’s been a nice balance.
And now, here we are, on the doorstep of welcoming in a New Year!
Whether you’re a believer in making resolutions, a proponent of setting new goals or are really not into the hype of it all – I’ve found one thing to be true for most people, the arrival of the New Year encourages us to reflect on the life we’re living.
This time of year, emotions tend to be heightened whether they are high or low. For some people this time of year is happy and joyful, for others it is stressful or sad, and for some they are indifferent.
As an empath I do feel more intensity in the air right now and I feel tremendous compassion for those who are struggling for any number of reasons: the loss of a loved one, job, health, relationships, trauma, addiction, anxiety, overwhelm.
Last week I did a Facebook Live and the topic was the power of mindfulness and vulnerability. If you didn’t get to see it, I shared with the audience that I have been feeling vulnerable lately. I’ve been going through a lot of growth and as exciting as this is, there is also a sense of stepping into the unknown which can feel unsettling at times.
Anxiety’s a bit like a houseguest who’s overstayed their welcome. At first, you think the visit is short-term but somehow, time passes, and the guest has made themselves WAY too comfortable. You can’t get rid of them and your home no longer feels like a safe, peaceful space.
Now what if this home I describe is your mind? And your body? What if anxiety feels like it’s taken over? You desperately want to kick out the unwanted guest and find peace but if feels like a vicious cycle with no beginning or end.
Sometimes I can hear the same message over and over again but it’s not until it’s said by one person at the right time that it sticks. Have you ever had that happen? It was my experience this week.
I’ve been taking an online course with Marianne Williamson. It’s fantastic. She said,
“The spiritual life is not where you are making things happen, the spiritual life is where you’re allowing everything to happen.”