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Archive for July, 2008

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for July 24, 2008

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for This Week

 

In ancient traditions, living in alignment with the seasons is an integral part of healing and spiritual practice.  It is understood that there are cycles in life as in nature and to be in alignment with nature allows for flow, for synchronicity, for harmony.

 

Pulling together threads from many of the ancient traditions, summer energy is about blossoming; about enlightenment, about giving, about fiery energy, about the light.

 

How do you sense summer energy in your life, in your body, in your thoughts?

 

I recall one business coaching client I worked with, who used summer energy to envision her business plan for the next year.  Summer time often allows for more flexibility and this was the case in her service oriented business.  She leveraged this flexibility to take her books and journal down to the beach and crafted her action plan for the next 6 months.

 

A life coaching client used summer energy to “wake up with the sun, and go to sleep with the sun”; tapping into Ayurvedic wisdom for her body type.  She found that her energy was increased as she naturally aligned with the rhythm of the sun.

 

So, in the spirit of summer, cycles and leveraging the light, the self care enchantments for this week are all you and your unique blend of summer harmony.

 

Self Care Enchantments for the week:

 

1.  For one day, (best if it is a sunny day) throw away your clocks, watches and time pieces and experiment with using the sun to give you the time of day.

2.  Reflect on you and your cycles, and ask what changes for you with the different seasons?  Do you notice changes in your energy, your sleep times, your intuition?

3.  Savour some fresh local seasonal food from a farmer’s market, your garden or the local grocers.  Share your favourite recipes with us on the pow blog!

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in beauty and joy each day.”

– Native American Proverb

Please share about your learning and exploration with these enchantments on www.thepowblog.com in the comments section of these enchantments!

namaste,

Zoey 

Zoey Ryan

coach . catalyst . shakti sage

life & business coach for women

“Coaching for your heart & soul and the heart & soul of your businessl”

www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com

www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com

604-323-3700

 

 

Another great poem – Rumi "The Guest House"

This poem fell into my life again after an absence and I love it!  Let me share it with you:

The Guest House by Rumi

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be claring you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughting,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

This is one of the most powerful poems I have read!  What learning and messages do you get from this?

namaste,

Zoey

Question of the Week: July 17, 2008

What is your favourite summer food and why?

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for July 17, 2008

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for This Week

Summer, nature and poetry seem to go together, don’t they?  This past week, I have received numerous messages from readers commenting on their love for poetry, their favorite poets and their experiences with poetry.  There was so much interest that I would love to start a tele-poetry reading club.  Please let me know if you are interested.  Also, please feel free to share your experiences with the self-care enchantments on the POW blog www.thepowblog.com, just click and search the title and date of this enchantment!

Thanks to Shannon for sharing this poem about dandelions!  Perhaps we have something to learn from this prolific plant:

“In Praise of dandelions” by Diane Corbin

I admire dandelions
They rise up unbidden,
dotting the land
with spots of gold.

You can’t get them out
For every one
dug from the earth
legions sprout
in their stead.

They stand up for their right
to be where they choose,
defiantly yellow in the grass.

They are subversive,
taking back their wildness
from the cultivated bluegrass,
audaciously disrupting
the mowed evenness.

When dandelions turn
from gold to grey
they send their daughters
on the wind to reclaim
the feral earth.

I was unfamiliar with Diane Corbin and knowing that many women love to know more about authors and poets as people, I did some research about Diane, see below:

“Diana Corbin divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, with her husband, their son, two dogs and two cats. She holds a BA from UC Santa Cruz and a law degree from Cornell University. She enjoys skiing, hiking and, most of all, eating artichokes.”  http://aulapress.com/2008/05/20/catch/

So, in the spirit of dandelions and artichokes, the self care enchantments for this week are all about how the qualities of dandelions may inform us and how mindfully eating an artichoke dipped in organic butter and lemon juice can delight our senses!

Self Care Enchantments for the week:

1.  Read “In Praise of dandelions” again and pick out the section that has the most impact for you.  Write about this in your journal and explore your inner landscape and experiences for learning.
2.  Pick some dandelion leaves, clean the leaves well and make dandelion tea or wine (the wine takes abit longer )
3.  Eat an artichoke this week!  If you can’t find fresh ones, add some prepared artichoke hearts to a salad or a sandwich.  Savour the taste and experience and enjoy Diane’s favored activity.

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in beauty and joy each day.”

– Native American Proverb

Please share about your learning and exploration with these enchantments on www.thepowblog.com in the comments section of these enchantments !

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan
coach . catalyst . shakti sage
life & business coach for women
“Coaching for your heart & sou and the heart & soul of your businessl”
www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com
www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com
604-323-3700

Guest Author – "Blogging As Spiritual Growth"

Blogging as Spiritual Growth

by Aley Martin

In 1970 the search for my spiritual self took hold. I was 15 years old and interested in astrology! There was little in the way of books on the subject and it was more of a pop culture interest than a true field of study for me.

As time would provide me with more and more experiences, my spiritual self actively sought out information on different religions, philosophies and subjects with the intention to expand my heart and mind.

Over the course of the next 37 years I spent time reading, journaling reflecting, rejecting, accepting and integrating spiritual ideas in my life. Each new thing held me in rapturous attention! And then….there was a new window that opened in March 2007. Blogging.

I have been actively blogging now for over 15 months and it has literally changed my life. Having been a writer for many years, there was no place to put the thoughts I held dear until I found a new way of entertaining them, in a blog.

For one to watch the growth of their blog posts and the subsequent comments made by others that take those thoughts and move them in a new direction, is an epiphany for the spirit!

There is nothing one cannot ask of ones self or another that does not provide information or insight into the state of mind one is currently experiencing. And the most fascinating aspect of blogging in community is the synchronistic similarities others reading the blogs state in their comments and responses. It is as if we are all walking down the same street at the same time viewing the world with the same eyes, but differing lenses!

Even when we blog and no one comments or responds, we still leave a trail of where we are our spiritual progress. There are certain feelings we express and ideas we let germinate that we come back to later with surprise and great relish!

To see how you can assess your spiritual temperature, try blogging for a month on a series of questions about your feelings on subjects you may not have considered before. How did you come up with your value system? What does the word intention mean to you? Are you reactive or do you find yourself a more passive interaction person? What is your idea of God? Who are you when you are alone? With others? Do you find discomfort in solitude? What makes you sad? Happy? Have you ever thought about death with respect to how you live your life with meaning?

The key is to remain ever open minded and clear in your musings. When you blog do not fear reproach. This is the toughest thing to do when offering your words to the world. Not everyone is going to agree with you, but who cares? If we all agreed, it would be a pretty boring world, and no growth would be possible if we were all in agreement about everything….

Challenge yourself to use this opportunity to reach beyond the normal limits of everyday journaling. Growing means stretching yourself in new ways…beyond the clouds if need be!

And remember, your growth can only be measured by you yourself. No gurus are needed to find you way to the source!

Blessings,

Aley Martin

enlightened.thinker@gmail.com

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for July 11, 2008

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for This Week

One of my favorite poets is Mary Oliver.  I don’t read or write much poetry any more, I sure did when I was a teenager and in college.  I have included a “zoey ryan” original, (written around the age of 17 and full of teenage angst) at the bottom of the enchantments.  I also remember first year college, Poetry 101 and long winter evenings in Camrose, Alberta, reading romantic poetry with my boyfriend.  I was attracted to ee cummings as well as some of the Victorian era poets.  I was also attracted to my boyfriend and the whole idea of reading poetry together.

Back to Mary Oliver, poet and Pulitzer prize winner and her wonderful poem:

The Summer Day

“Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?”

So, in the spirit of Mary Oliver, the summer season and poetry the self care enchantments for this week are all about poetry!

Self Care Enchantments for the week:

1.  Read some poetry while sipping mint juleps on the veranda (oops, getting carried away, let’s leave it at “read some poetry”).
2.  Write a poem!
3.  Spend time outside, simply sitting “idle and blessed” watching grasshoppers, or bees or dragonflies!

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in beauty and joy each day.”

– Native American Proverb

Please share about your learning and exploration with these enchantments on www.thepowblog.com in the comments section of these enchantments !

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan
coach . catalyst . shakti sage
life & business coach for women
“Coaching for your heart & sou and the heart & soul of your businessl”
www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com
www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com
604-323-3700

Laughing

“Sometimes I laugh,
So as not to cry.
Funny isn’t it?”

– Zoey age 17

“Freedom is a bigger game than power.  Power is about what you can control.  Freedom is about what you can unleash” – Harriet Rubin

Morning Meditations – Flowers, the Tao and the Harmony Of Natural Law

During my morning meditation today, I was reading the 29th verse of the Tao and accompanying message “Living by Natural Law” in the book by Wayne Dyer “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living The Wisdom of the Tao”.  Included in this section was the wonderful poem by Naomi Long Madgett:

Woman With Flower

I wouldn’t coax the plant if I were you.
Such watchful nurturing may do it harm.
Let the soil rest from so much digging
And wait until it’s dry before you water it.
The leaf’s inclined to find its own direction;
Give it a chance to seek the sunlight for itself.

Much growth is stunted by too careful prodding,
Too eager tenderness.
The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.

This poem brought to mind a recent experience I had with a water lilly!  Last week, I was very excited to add the water lilly to our little gurgling pond and immersed it in the water as instructed.  I then tried to turn the lilly pads over to face the sum and arrange the pads to fit into the pond in a way visually pleasing to me.  The lilly pads did not cooperate!  I would gently turn and arrange and look back in a few minutes and the pads had gone back to the original arrangement.

This morning I looked at the pond and saw the lilly pads open and basking in the sun.  The lilly pads had their own timing and agenda, and silly me to try and change this.  It was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn (again) to live in the “harmony of natural law”!

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in beauty and joy each day.” – Native American Proverb

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan

coach . catalyst . shakti sage

life & business coach for women

Coaching for your heart & soul and the heart & soul of your business”

www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com

www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com

604-323-3700

Green Tip of the Week, July 5, 08 Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

I learned this tip from my mom and from one of my employers while working as a car hop in Fort St. John in 1973!

Mix your own window & glass cleaner: ¼ white vinegar and ¾ water and use old newspapers to clean the glass instead of paper towels!

It may sound weird to use the newspapers, however, I guarantee that you will have a streakless result!

Share some of your favourite green tips by adding comments!

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in beauty and joy each day.” – Native American Proverb

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan

coach . catalyst . shakti sage

life & business coach for women

Coaching for your heart & soul and the heart & soul of your business”

www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com

www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com

604-323-3700

Question of the Week: July 3, 2008

What are your “fav” summer activities?  Please share with your comments!

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for July 3, 2008

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for This Week

Yeh, it is summer!  There is something about the summer season that feels so freeing and liberating!  For those with kids at home, it may be the shift in the schedules, for others, it is the shift in weather.  Regardless, most women I know love summer.  One of my dear friends, (who happens to be celebrating her birthday right now in Paris, lucky woman), loves to go swimming in the ocean and then “bake” on the sun warmed rocks. Another friend loves hand picking strawberries and then makes strawberry jam.

In our family, ever since the kids were little, we would start our summer season by reading “The Squeeze More Inn” by Elizabeth Ferber.  This is a very short, beautifully illustrated kids book, set in the lower mainland of BC.  Here are some of my favorite short bits (from memory, so pardon any mistakes) “This past summer I went on vacation with my best friend Maureen.  We swam for hours, pretending we were mermaids or movie stars.  Maureen’s dad baked us a blueberry pie and we ate until our tongues turned blue.  At night we made a huge bonfire and watched the stars.  I will never forget my vacation with Maureen at the Squeeze More Inn.”

So, in the spirit of the summer season, the self care enchantments for this month are very light hearted!

Self Care Enchantments for the week:

1.  Go berry picking and enjoy scrumptious sun warmed fresh berries.
2.  Plan a skinny dipping adventure or at least a lake or ocean swim!
3.  Play beach volleyball, lawn badminton or paddle ball.  Remember the exuberance of summers as a kid!
4.  And, especially for the American readers, enjoy some fireworks tomorrow!

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in beauty and joy each day.”

– Native American Proverb

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan
coach . catalyst . shakti sage
life & business coach for women
Coaching for your heart & sou and the heart & soul of your businessl”
www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com
www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com
604-323-3700

“Freedom is a bigger game than power.  Power is about what you can control.  Freedom is about what you can unleash” – Harriet Rubin

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