Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 Focus: We take turns encouraging and guiding each other.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Focus: We take turns encouraging and guiding each other.

In the Hawaiian tradition, families and friends often swim long distances together, and when one becomes injured or exhausted, the others will keep the tired one afloat, massaging them in the water before the group swims on. They stop, tread water, and encourage their loved one to keep swimming.

This is an apt metaphor for the art of encouragement: keeping each other afloat when we’re tired, keeping each other swimming and guiding each other back into the current.

The psychologist Ira Progoff puts it this way, “Love depends upon the capacity to reach beneath the surface of persons, to feel and touch the seed of life that is hidden there. And love becomes a power when it is capable of evoking that seed and drawing it forth from its hiding place.” O how we take turns. And the world grows.

Excerpted from: The Art of Encouragement: How to Encourage Yourself & Others by Mark Nepo.

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Finding Inner Courage
by Mark Nepo.

Mark Nepo’s broad range of stories and people, of traditions and insights, offers myriad ways for readers to relate to their own search for courage. The book is divided into three sections — finding our inner core, standing by our inner core, and sustaining the practice of living from that place. Each of the nearly 60 brief essays and stories elucidates and inspires.

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The Myth of the Low Maintenance Relationship by Barry Vissell.

The One Secret to Living a Passionate Life by Janet Bray Attwood.

What Difference Does It Make Who Created the Earth? by Steven Greenebaum

Plugging in to the Roots of Nature: Our Connectedness with All Life by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone.

Preparing to Heal: The Growing-Finger Exercise by Frank J Kinslow.

Following Your Dreams: The Choice to Save or Destroy by Paulo Coelho.


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I am going to write my first real Blog…..Today is the first day of the rest of my Life!

Hello. I am a working musician and a full time student attending The University of Maine at Augusta to get my Degree in Mental Health and Human Services,…. to achieve Certification as an Alcohol and Drug counselor.

If you have ever read my Blogs, you  know they are not my words. I usually copy and paste inspiring or influential blogs from 3rd party sources(and I always reference others’ work!). Up until today, I have not been ready or willing to let my private thoughts enter into the digital realm. A very tough decision, yet lately I have become inspired and have been learning so much about so many things; while starting my senior year in college again! This time I am studying another side of the human being. The side that we either let loose or let go, which has been my chosen career….bad or good….being a musician has been a true blessing and a curse.

Therefore I am going to share my experiences as a musician, and now as an Addiction Recovery Coach for people in the throws of addiction. If this is OK….. then read on…if not click off and read something else! It is a new day in my life!

Life happens every day when we wake up! So I am going to use this time on earth wisely. More to come.

Too all that I know, and the people that still do not know me personally. I love you. Please enjoy your life.


Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 Focus: I consciously organize my home so that it makes me feel cared for and supported.

Every time I enter my home, I feel as if I am walking into a sacred temple, a place where my body, mind, and soul can rest from the busy day.

I have consciously organized my SoulSpace so that it makes me feel cared for and supported. It allows me to let go of my day and slip easily into the comforts of the evening, whether I plan to be spending time alone or entertaining company.

When I walk through the door, soft instrumental music is playing, and I have the lights set on timers to go on when the natural light dims. Fresh flowers are placed around the house, and before I leave in the morning, I lay out my robe and slippers so they will be waiting for me when I arrive home. I make sure that in the kitchen there is always a little morsel to nibble on. After all, whose job is it to care for me if not mine?

Excerpted from: Turn Your Home into a Temple for Your Soul by Xorin Balbes.

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Sunday, June 24th, 2012 Focus: I learn to tune out the outer confusion & noise and engage the super computer that is my higher consciousness.

“Stop the world,” was the advice of author Carlos Castaneda in his amazing book Journey to Ixtlan, based on Yaqui shamanism of Mexico.

This is not to say that we stop the rain, winds, or the forces around us. We can simply stop our own involvement with the physical world around us and the spinning web of confusion and noise that fights for our constant attention.

We can change our perception of all of this during meditation. We can tune out the outer din and reach inner peace deep within ourselves where spirit resides. We can put our analytical brain into a sleeping mode and engage the super computer that is our higher consciousness.

Excerpted from: How to Stop the World with Meditation by Von Braschler.

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 Focus: I silently say “I love you” every time I interact with anyone.

Say “I love you” silently in your head every time you interact with anyone. The busy barista at your favorite coffee shop. Your snooty hairdresser. Your meanest neighbor. Your cranky dry cleaner.

“I see the divine in you.” “I love you.” “I feel the human connection between us right now.”

You’ll be blown away by the magic that simple practice will create in your life.

Excerpted from: Relationships? You’re In The Driver’s Seat by Lisa McCourt.

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A Celebration of Gratitude A Live Broadcast from the Pathways to Gratefulness Conference Saturday, June 23, 2012 1–8 pm Eastern Time

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
—Brother David Steindl-Rast

You are invited to join Brother David Steindl-Rast, David Whyte, Angeles Arrien, Dr. James Gordon, and many more speakers and musicians for A Celebration of Gratitude—a free online event, broadcast live from the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

A Celebration of Gratitude is meant to be an experience that fills your heart, mind, and body with a unique perspective on what it means to live in the spirit of thanksgiving. It is a day to bring together friends, colleagues, and luminaries from across the globe to share visions and practices that introduce the healing power of gratitude into all areas of life.