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Archive for September, 2009

Cottage industry publishing in India – with a Canadian connection

India

A tiny and unique publishing house in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadhu has been improbably successful at a time when bookstores and publishing houses are struggling and the world economy is not helping.

When Gita Wolf moved back to India from Germany, where she was feeling unfulfilled teaching comparative literature, she brought together some writers and designers she knew and formed Tara Books in 1994. She and her friends decided to focus on children’s books so that the children of India would be able to find their world depicted in literature.

Toronto’s Annick Press, famous for producing Robert Munsch’s children’s stories, got involved with Tara in 1996 and placed what was, for Tara, a huge order of 8,000 copies of one of their first titles, The Very Hungry Lion.

One of the things that is unique about Tara is that all the books are handmade. Early on, colours for the paints for the books were mixed in oil drums using cricket bats. Their processes have been upgraded since then and just few months ago, founder Gita Wolf converted Tara into a worker-owned collective.

Now that’s a small business success story with heart!

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan
life & business coach for women
inspiration * clarity * wisdom * enchantment
www.shaktisage.com
604-323-3700

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

September, Kids & Schedules!

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Enjoy this wonderful article by one of our shakti sage life coaches, Shannon, who specializes in working with “mystic mamas”!
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“Mystic Mama’s” Infusion of Inspiration and Delight for Conscious Parents…

“Young children naturally live in the moment, not by the clock, so subjecting them to time pressure usually leads to discord.” –Scott Noelle

These are wise words….?

It’s September and along with shorter days and leaves on the ground comes the seemingly inevitable return to the land of “schedules”. Now, many of us love the return to structure; however, it can be especially challenging to remain conscious as parents when we’re rushing to get the kids out the door, hurrying to make it to piano lessons or struggling to get the munchkins in bed on time.

Let’s face it, rushing around and engaging in constant “struggles” can be just plain exhausting. When we’re exhausted it is easy to revert to un-conscious patterns and ways of being.

How can we honour the natural rhythms of our children (and ourselves) while operating in the “artificial” world of schedules? Hmmmm….

Well, one simple thing we can do is stop and breathe. No matter where we are we always have the ability to access this natural stress reliever. It’s amazing how a few deep belly breaths can transform a mood or situation. Ahhhhh…. (We like to do this as a family when our energy gets a bit off. The kids love it. It’s especially nice when coupled with a peace hug! ?)

Another thing we may do is remember that no matter how hectic, scattered and chaotic things appear, we always have a choice. Always. We can choose to respond or react in any situation. Something that many people find helpful is to recall an affirmation or mantra during particularly frantic times. Simply repeating something like, “this too shall pass” or “I am peace” in our minds can often assist in bringing us back to centre so that we may greet our children with patience and compassion.

Finally, we may choose to work together to build more flexibility and fluidity into our lives. That might mean allowing for more “free” time during the day or changing the way we approach time commitments and obligations.

This week, remain consciously aware of being “in the now” with your children. Breathe together. Look at one another when you talk. Light a candle. Hug. How does it feel to be present together?

May you enjoy every moment!

Namaste,

Shannon
Mystic Mama, Life Coach, Advocate of Love

I hope you enjoyed this inspiring article!

Zoey

Zoey Ryan

life, business & leadership coach for women
inspiration * clarity * wisdom * enchantment
www.shaktisage.com
604-323-3700

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

Are you a heart-centered and “soulful shopper”? Know of a new baby arriving? Keep the heart, soul & hippy love flowing for generations with purchases from Hippy Grandma: an Eco-Boutique selling fair trade, earth friendly treasures.

Through your purchases, you help local artisans, hand-crafting grandmas on a pension, women’s fair trade co-ops and programs designed to support vulnerable mamas & babies. Please share Hippy Grandma widely and wildly with your soul sisters. www.hippygrandma.com

Stress and Strength

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I was in a yoga class recently and the teacher said something memorable that I’ve been reflecting on for a couple of days.

“Our bodies can’t build strength until they’ve been relieved of tension or stress.”

This particular yoga teacher has an exquisitely gentle way of practicing that she teaches in all her classes. Her classes are so gentle, in fact, that I sometimes find myself feeling guilty for not “exercising harder” on the two or three days a week that I go to her classes. But it felt so good being in her class, often spending most of the class lying on my back doing spinal lifts and twists and hearing her say, “Slowly, slooowwwllly.”

So this past weekend when she mentioned that our bodies can’t build strength until they’ve been relieved of tension or stress, it all clicked into place for me.

As successful North American women I suspect that we can sometimes become entirely focused on building strength in so many areas of our lives; bigger businesses, more efficiency in our lives so that we can get more done, etc. But if we feel drained by all that doing perhaps that’s our body’s way of asking us to stop pressing forward sometimes and take care to relax, relieve and let stress fall away.

My yoga teacher reminded me, once again, that there has to be balance in everything we do. As women who give so much, we need to remember that the giving of strength does require the balance of releasing stress and tension.

1. Can you think of three things that help you to feel relieved of tension and stress?
2. Could you book some time this week to engage in one of those activities?

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan
life & business coach for women
inspiration * clarity * wisdom * enchantment
www.shaktisage.com
604-323-3700

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

Menopause & Puberty

 

We’ve noticed several articles and mentions lately of a relatively new phenomenon – that of mothers in a family reaching the age of menopause at exactly the same time their children are reaching puberty. Canada’s Globe and Mail notes that women of the Baby Boomer generation are the first to delay childbearing en masse and that menopausal moms with teenagers entering puberty may become the norm.  At the same time, Dad may be at the peak of his career, wanting to devote extra time to his work rather than engage in the ‘wonderful family dynamics’!

At SheZoom.com, Julie Ross, a parenting expert, recommends that the best way to effectively manage this simmering hormonal cauldron of parent and child is to remember take care of ourselves. By ensuring that we are getting enough exercise and building rejuvenating down-time into our days we’ll not only be refueling ourselves so that we are able to stay centered when we’re dealing with a hormonal teenager, but we will be modeling self-care for our daughters and sons. If we believe and act in a way that shows that we value ourselves, we will raise children who value themselves.

And don’t forget to laugh! If your household happens to be caught in a simultaneous-menopause-and-puberty scuffle the good news is that you’re not alone. Women are even creating art and comedy around the subject.

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan
life & business coach for women
inspiration * clarity * wisdom * enchantment
604-323-3700

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

Women & Self-Care: Embrace Chaos!

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Women & Self-Care Enchantments

“Embrace Chaos & Unexpected Turmoil”!

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” F. Nietzsche

My pattern has been to run away, deny, numb out, stuff down and ignore chaos or unpleasant emotions. This was the pattern in my family of origin and I have been well trained.

I notice that this pattern is not unusual. Folks use food, booze, work, shopping, TV, adrenalin highs, drugs and sex, to name a few, to stuff down the reality of their lives. We have been taught to “be nice”, “not rock the boat”, “be polite”.

Through my spiritual practice, life long learning and coach training; I have been exposed to an alternate view point; that of welcoming chaos and using this time of emotional upheaval as a gateway for deeper spiritual connection and meaning.

Joseph Campbell is “an American mythologist , writer and lecturer , best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion . His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.”[1] In his book “A Hero with a Thousand Faces”, he outlines a “hero’s journey” which is an archetypal myth found in many “narratives around the world”. A hero’s/heroines journey is one where “ A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” (from Wikipedia)

Alexandra Amor, in her book “Cult: A Love Story” talks about her painful experiences in a cult and that her recovery has ultimately brought her deeper relationships with her family and re-connected her with her “voice” and personal power.

Many ancient traditions as summarized in the 13 moon natural time calendar, hold the view that dissonance or chaos is a powerful and highly positive dynamic or ‘the necessary forces of liberation evoking a release from rigid structure and format’. As we release which no longer serves, we make way for new opportunities and understandings to emerge.

With the coaching process and certainly I notice this with my coaching clients (if they are courageous enough to stay present in their process) there is usually a phase in the coaching where they feel like their life is actually starting to fall apart rather than get better. I reassure them that this is a profoundly important phase, the phase that I call getting into the slimy, smelly, chaotic, slippery, mucky mess of life.

If we all can work through this phase, if we can acknowledge in a very light-hearted and gently respectful way, that our lives are a “full catastrophe”, if we can live in the moment and simply accept this phase, there is freedom, joy and a deep sense of well-being that emerges. Upon reflection, folks often see this chaos or crisis as an initiation into a life of deeper meaning and fulfillment. It is the chaos within ourselves that allow “stars to be born” as Nietzsche says!

Shakti sages, this week play around with the following recommendations from the 13 Moon Natural Time Calendar:

“Self-care Enchantments:
1. Let go, let yourself be absorbed by life itself.

2. Welcome spontaneity, seeming disruptions and unexpected detours. Release allegiance to limitations, reliance upon format, or fixation upon control. Un-do, break-down, mix it up!”

3. Do something totally spontaneous and uncharacteristic this week!

Add your comments in to the powblog http://thepowblog.com.

Namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan

founding hippy at hippy grandma
life, business & leadership coach for women
inspiration * clarity * wisdom * enchantment
604-323-3700

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

Are you a heart-centered and “soulful shopper”? Know of a new baby arriving? Keep the heart, soul & hippy love flowing for generations with purchases from Hippy Grandma: an Eco-Boutique selling fair trade, earth friendly treasures.

Through your purchases, you help local artisans, hand-crafting grandmas on a pension, women’s fair trade co-ops and programs designed to support high risk mamas & babies. Please share Hippy Grandma widely and wildly with your soul sisters. www.hippygrandma.com

Coffee that cares

coffee cup and beans Coffee shops are ubiquitous here in Vancouver. We are after all just 200 km north of the birthplace of Starbucks. The good news among all this caffeine and biscotti is that there is a locally owned and operated coffee company here that is making a huge difference to the local community.

Blenz Coffee’s first store was opened in 1992 on Vancouver’s famous Robson Street. Since then Blenz has grown to have more than 85 stores in BC and internationally. This coffee retailer has also taken giving back to a whole new level.

Blenz Cares is a program developed by the founders of Blenz Coffee that is so elegant and simple, we can’t believe someone didn’t think of it years ago. It works like this: when you order a bag of coffee or tea from the Blenz Cares web site, you set up the charity of your choice (or choose one from a list on the site). Each month a cheque for the net proceeds from all your purchases is sent to your chosen charity. So, for example, if you buy one bag of Machu Picchu whole beans for $16, $7.28 will be sent to the charity of your choice. It’s that simple.

Some of the charities who presently benefit from this program are the TB Vets, Canuck Place Children’s Hospital, the Arthritis Society, the Alzheimer’s Society, and Rotary International. Imagine purchasing coffee for your office knowing that each cup you drink gives back to those in need. For more info please visit blenzcares.com.

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan
life & business coach for women
inspiration * clarity * wisdom * enchantment
www.shaktisage.com
604-323-3700

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

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