Friday, April 24, 2009

Letting Go and Focus

How often do you catch yourself focusing on the negative or downside of a situation?
It's easy to do unless you really pay attention to what you are thinking.

When I find myself thinking about what is wrong or begin to worry about something, I have been fairly successful at refocusing my thoughts to NOW. Yesterday, our dog seemed out of sorts a bit. She was scheduled to go to the vet next week, so I was going to "let it go". I began to worry that she was getting ill and at 13 years old was on her way "to the other side". I called the vet and she asked if I thought my dog needed to come in right away. I decided to check in with my intuition-I took a moment to let my fear and panic pass a bit and decided to bring the dog in this morning.

Over night, the dog seemed fine and I slept without tossing and turning. It felt a little strange to actually pause and let the panic pass, then check in with how I really felt about her condition. The vet just called and the dog is fine.

How many times are we given these situations so that we can practice letting go to learn how to make decisions beyond our fears? Do we stop and show gratitude for these opportunities?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Gift of Silence

The saying goes, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." This year Mother Nature seems to have a different idea- Strong winds through the end of March and into April. It is as if we need more than one breathe of fresh air.

In the midst of these fierce winds, I have found a place where the world begins to make sense. That place is within the silence surrounding the noise of life. Sitting quietly, I listen to the pitch of the wind as it howls and surrounds the house. High and low, it sings a song of renewal and hope. Some hear desperation and disaster in the song. I, too, began that way. I found that the more I listen, the more peace I hear. It's like learning to pick out individual instruments as you listen to an orchestra play a beautifully stirring piece from the great masters.

I invite you listen for the silence in your day. The silence that plays just under the most quiet of disturbances, such as traffic noises from the higway several blocks away or the distant crying of a baby animal just brought into the world.

It is in this silence that I find true peace within my soul. A gift to be grateful for in such a noisey world.

Coach Renee

Friday, April 3, 2009

Generosity of the Universe

Here's a story from a friend and colleague:

I didn't sleep much last weekend after learning of my husband's layoff. I kept getting this strong feeling that I needed to write a letter to his boss. I heard the one little voice in my head that said, "Don't be silly! He [the boss] will think you're a nutcase!" After mulling things over all weekend, I finally decided to follow my instincts and write that letter.

Basically, I expressed thanks for the dignity in which the boss gave my husband the news and the compassion with which he handled removing my husband from the office (it was done in a much more humane way than his previous company had done it). I then told him that with the layoff, my family was now like strangers in a state w/o a support group of friends and family. I asked if the company would be willing to contribute to our relocation for a new job.

Well, yesterday I received a letter from my husband's boss. He wrote that the company will be sending us a check for two weeks' pay to help cover relocation costs. And he added that I should let him know if he can be of further help. Wow.

Are you stressing out about something? What is that little voice telling you? NO- not those rampant thoughts of doom and marterdom. The small voice in the background. The one you hear when you tune in to your heart! What can you ask for from the universe?

Coach Renee, The Mindset Coach