How to Deal with Difficult Situations and Not Lose Yourself.

I am in the midst of some challenges that are creating some chaos (movement) in my life.  One is the chaos that comes with creation and will be to my benefit and the other is just the chaos that can happen in life.  As I am moving through these situations I find myself saying "Wow! This practice really works!"  I thought I’d share what I am doing in the midst of these in hopes it may inspire you in a difficult situation.

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How badly do you want it?

We are in the season of summer road trips.  Anyone remember AAA trip maps?  I loved them as a kid.  I could see where we have been and know where we were headed.  I love seeing the whole picture!!  Then along comes GPS.  I have to admit I struggle with GPS.  It just tells me moment by moment where I am to go and I have to trust it.  Having lived in the Valley for a long time I know several ways to get to where I want to go; why listen to GPS?

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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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