You have heard the phrase “When one door closes God opens a window.” Well I have been going through a phase where the door closed and God said “Nope, no window opening for you. It’s time for you to rest, take care of yourself and look at your life before you get back out there.” WHAT??Read More
I’ve got some exciting news!
Starting in two weeks, we’re going to start doing a five-day challenge. It will be totally free, and we’ll do one every month!Read More
Fall is in the air (even if the temps don’t show it). As I was walking outside the other morning, that reality hit me. There is a feeling of Fall in the air, yet the heat of summer is still a reality. This can create some dissatisfaction because you can feel that Fall, shorter days, etc., are happening, yet you are living with the reality that the temperature is still high and Summer isn’t done with us yet.Read More
September has arrived! With the turn of the calendar comes a whole new rhythm in my life. New programs begin, events that were on hold for the summer start up again and if you have people living with you multiply this by how ever many are in your house.Read More
I was part of two great conversations yesterday about reluctance around self promotion, letting people know how amazing your program or services are along with sharing with others something you want to celebrate about yourself. I know I have fallen into that place many times in my life. I can talk about someone else’s gifts and offerings but when it comes to sharing how what I do makes an impact on others I just shut down.Read More
When I brought up the word ponder last week there were some for whom this was a new word. Pondering is reflecting on something. You could use words like consider, meditate, ruminate etc., but they miss the mark a bit. Pondering takes thinking about something to another level. Pondering is where the head and heart meet.Read More
This week I’m trying another video. Our theme this month is all about “Play” and so I’d like us to consider what happens when we play with words. For example, what other words do you think of, or what feelings do you have when you hear the words, “Summers in Arizona”?
Let’s play with those words and expectations!Read More
I recently saw a video about what it means to be a grandparent and to have a grandparent (see below). I loved it because that is the way I am as a grandparent and I’m enjoying the fun that comes with it. This got me thinking that sometimes my business could use a grandparent.Read More
I love watching my granddaughter play in the splash pool in my back yard. One time she had her doll and wanted it to have a boat. She must have tried 7 different things before she found something that worked. Each time she had a story attached to what was happening and she was just delighted. Last night her mom gave her an inner tube that was just a bit bigger than she was and said if you lay on top of it you will find it relaxing. Well that started an entire series of the tube flipping and all of us laughing as she figured out how to balance on that tube. Once she did, she felt amazing and confident.Read More
Why does awareness matter at work? Seems like a silly question yet even though we think we are aware, we really aren’t. This is especially important when it comes to interacting with others. We think we know how we are perceived yet in reality how can we?Read More
One discussion I have frequently with people in business is about discovering your unique way of doing business. I think this also fits for many ways in life. There are many webinars, posts and trainings on the best way to market, increase revenue or balance your life. I have participated in several and benefited from each. And yet, there was often a disconnect as I put it into practice.Read More
I am going through physical therapy for a torn rotator cuff. My arm over the months has decided to protect the injury by stiffening up. Getting my arm to stretch again has been a very insightful (and painful) process. I am experiencing a push/pull in my arm and in my head around “oh, no my arm doesn’t do that,” “oh, my arm can do this.” Do I trust that I can do more than I think I can and where is the line of too much? As I’m stretching myself physically, I’m thinking of all the other areas of my life where I have limited who I think I am. Areas I can quickly say “oh I can’t do that.”Read More
Spring is the time for Holy seasons that surround the theme of overcoming, endurance, death and new life in ways not even imaginable. As I am writing this, I am approaching an unusual birthday this year. As many of you know my two older brothers died at the age of 57 and I am now turning 58. This year is a year of life they never received.Read More
I remember one time I was at a beach you could drive on and decided to try it. The only problem was what I thought was a road to the beach wasn’t and my car quickly sank into the sand. I was alone and had no clue how to get out of there.Read More
Risk is part of every journey. There is always that fork in the road where the questions comes in, “what are you willing to risk?” Either choice requires a risk of some sort. One may be the risk of certainty, are you willing to go into the unknown? The other may be the risk of safety, if you take this safe route you may miss out on something amazing.Read More
Last week I introduced the idea of being open with strangers as a spiritual practice. Now let’s share stories. Here is mine.
When I left Graduate school as a final hurrah my daughter and I were going to Disneyland and while there we were going to visit a friend who was going to take our bird. Where we were moving to no birds were allowed. I did the research with airlines, bought a special carrier and a huge box to put the bird’s cage in and was all set.Read More
Recently I have had experiences that surround the notion of the stranger in our lives. Strangers teach us a lot about ourselves and our inner journey.
Ask yourself –
Do you have time for a stranger? Are you willing to release your schedule for a chance encounter?
Pathways of Grace would like to welcome our new Artist in Residence, Mitra Kamali
Mitra Kamali, a mother, an artist, human rights activist and a petroleum engineer, is an Iranian born American citizen who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mitra’s parents sent her to United States to study abroad and to be independent at age of 17 years old.Read More
The new year is a great time for new beginnings. As awareness begins, so does the want to change or add things to our lives. We often say, “This year I’m going to change ‘blank’”. Having awareness means change!
Deepening One’s Life
Awareness can also mean deepening one’s life. This is what I will be doing for 2019 in my business. Instead of adding a new program or trying a new tool to help the business expand this year, I am going to take what is working and deepen it. By deepening it, I mean become aware of what is working and how I can make it even more useful for myself (and others).Read More
I have had several conversations this week about comfort zones. In our last Connecting To God Spiritual Direction Training group, we discussed our innate desire for comfort and satisfaction. Most of the time you can live within your comfort zone. It is like a security blanket that wraps you up. You know what to expect when going to work, play, and within the communities you belong to. The challenge is that comfort zone is very hard to maintain, and it does not invite growth. Our comfort zone is challenged all the time. Because we desire comfort and want the feeling of satisfaction, it can quietly become what we live for if we are not aware. This lack of awareness can cause more dis-ease when change happens. Like waking a sleeping bear that just wants to go back to bed.Read More