The Next Chapter

2010, A Year of My Life

December 29, 2010

I am a quiet girl, prone to moving through life at a turtle’s pace and to doing things at small, detailed levels. I am not one for making big splashes, yet I know I can have profound effects. Nevertheless, when I look back at my life, sometimes I feel like I haven’t done much; the [...]

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July 25, 2009

Back when I was teaching improve-your-self-image classes I would expound on how our notions of our selves and others are frequently ill-founded and askew. I would speak of what I had learned about “great” people, and how great people are often plagued by the same fears and doubts as us average folk–we just don’t get [...]

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Water. Week of water, the end.

November 15, 2008

Last day of water week, and I spent the entire day with a sharp knot in my belly and another sharp tension in my skull. Well, we were warned that it would be a week of emotions. Tomorrow begins Fire week, and I will spend part of the day packing for a trip to the [...]

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Water. Drowning in gratitude.

November 14, 2008

If you’ve been following along, you know that this month I am doing two things online, a daily blog post, and working with The Next Chapter group through the book, “Soul Coaching“. It’s a great adventure, even though right now it feels like hell. Today’s Soul Coaching focus is Gratitude. This is an area where [...]

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Water week, cont.

November 13, 2008

After days of stereotypical Seattle rain, today was glorious. The sky was blue with movie-backdrop clouds, and the gold maple leaves fell poetically. The air was soft, dry, and intent on caressing skin–gentle breezes swept across me throughout the day. A hawk flew upon the wind and landed gently in the pond. Such a beauty! [...]

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Day something or other – water week

November 12, 2008

It’s still raining in Seattle. No surprise. I dressed a little more warmly today (juice not zap) and find that I am not cranky about the cold. Yes! In sorting through the nature of my relationships, I’ve found myself contemplating the demise of my marriage (of course) and pondering what it is about me that [...]

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Day Three of Water Week – Rain in Seattle

November 11, 2008

It is true that I adore water, it replenishes my body and my soul. I even love the dance of rain upon puddles and ponds and the magic of watching rain in the distance, rain that hasn’t quite arrived to where I am. But the chill of the rain unnerves me. It zaps my energy [...]

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Day Two, Water Week

November 10, 2008

I love water. I don’t know though that “love” is a strong enough verb for my feelings about water. I dream of water, frequently. Big bodies of water. Magical rivers of water. Water with turtles and water with boats and flowering plants. In my dreams, I enter the water as if I am entering myself–as [...]

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Day One – Water Week

November 9, 2008

Me. Not quite a year ago, happier days. I loved being in Yelapa, beside the sea–all the water, and the relentless force of the water. The waves truly pounding, day and night. I’m told the sea is quieter there in November, about now, and easier to swim. But when I was there in February, the [...]

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Day Seven – Look Sally Look See Sally See

November 8, 2008

Today’s assignment, at the basic level, is to attend to the secret messages. You know, those synchronicities and quiet symbols that meander across our vision. Well, I’ll tell ya, it’s pretty darn difficult to see anything while in survival mode, but I’ve been trying. Just finished watching the rubber decoy mallard swim in the pond. [...]

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