What's Next?

I’m sitting here in the lobby of Pathways of Grace. It is quiet and peaceful, the sky is cloudy and windy. I feel within me the anticipation of tonight’s Sampler Night. In an hour or so, people will be arriving and the space will awaken in a whole new way. As I watch the wind and clouds there is also this feeling of anticipation. Will there be rain? A dust storm?

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What is your vitamin regime?

When was the last time you mentioned something like heart burn or trouble sleeping and the group around you all lists off vitamins or supplements that could help you? As a society we have a wealth of education and opportunity to take care of our bodies and we are learning new things every day. How many supplements are in your cupboard? Do you have one you swear by to help with something?

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Living with Auto Pilot

One of the gifts of being a Feng Shui practitioner is I get to see my home as an extension of my life.  Recently living into that I moved 3 rooms around.  My bedroom went into my guest room, my guest room went into my office/art room and my art room/office went into my bedroom.  I love it!  Having my art room in the most bright and open place in the house has already gotten the creative juices going!

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Who Are You Now?

I have had a wonderfully surprising week.  Pathways of Grace is going through a time of evaluating how best to use the space and what looking at what is needed to allow everyone to listen deeply to their lives.  When we teach Deep Listening we always begin with asking everyone to listen to their own lives first.  We truly can’t hear another without first listening to ourselves.

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Old Haunts

When a new season comes there is a sense of deja vu that comes with it.  As the heat increases in Phoenix memories of summers past come flooding back. I can be in the present and 4 different past places every time I get near a swimming pool. I flash to being a child and doing a cannonball challenge with my brothers, then to relaxing times of floating with the warm of the sun and also to wonderful times swimming with my daughter.

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I Don't Do That!

Have you ever said “that’s not my thing” or “I just don’t do that” ? This can be a stumbling block for many who are in transition or who want to grow. Everything is going along, you're learning new skills, being stretched and challenged, and it’s all good. That is part of growth. Then comes something that you aren't familiar with and the invitation is, “NOW DO THIS.”

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Dancing with Disappointment

For many the practice of Lent is about deprivation. One gives up chocolate, TV, caffeine, etc. This practice holds a lot of wisdom when done contemplatively. Western culture is practiced in immediate gratification. If I need something, all I have to do is click a few buttons on my computer and poof, it’s at my front door in a short amount of time. The hidden gift in instant gratification is it is a doorway to the pain created when it doesn’t happen. That pain is the gift.

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Uninspired

Ever have an uninspired moment?

This has been a wonderful week at Pathways of Grace. Wonderful people, healing, learning and connecting. It was especially nice to watch the new connections being formed! The week ended with the Continuing the Spiritual Direction Journey 2-Day workshop and Emma Garcia's Art Show (check out her class, Your Soul's Palette, on March 23rd). All that to say I find myself happily tired this morning with not one ounce of inspiration for this page.

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Who is Driving Your Bus? Part 2

Buses feel like passive modes of transportation. You get on, someone takes to the next destination. Yet there is a lot that happens on the bus. One agrees to riding with other people. There are unspoken and spoken rules about who can sit where, when to give up one's seat, making eye contact or a conversation with a stranger. I have to say that in my years of being a bus rider 98% of the time everyone was pleasant and gracious to one another. Even if a word was never spoken.

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Who is Driving Your Bus?

This has been the view from my office this week. I have to laugh because the message for me is not subtle! I often use the phrase “who is driving your bus?” when working with clients. It’s amazing how often the keys to our life are handed over to fear, anxiety, negative thoughts, or the inner 5-year-old. And then it’s like being on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Taking a back seat on the insanity bus and wondering why life is so crazy!

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Living From the Inside Out

Last week I had mentioned that social heretical living involved living from the inside out. As I think about this image I only have to go as far as my laundry to get a tangible example. As I look at my inside out clothes what I see are seams and threads, off colors etc. This is not what I would want to present to the world yet without those elements there would be nothing for the outside world to see.

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