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Here’s a little video to inspire you:

Sometimes 240 degrees is enough!

 

And if you prefer to read it here’s the text:

I climbed Thorny Butte today! “Why does that deserve an exclamation mark?”, you might ask. Because, I’ve tried to climb it before and found it an almost impermeable forest of cacti and underbrush, hence the name I gave it, Thorny Butte. Yet I know that amongst the cacti are beautiful flowers, some orangey ones sprouting from the prickliest prickly pear, tiny purple and yellow ones growing right up between the spines and tall pale pink  tubular flowers under a scrubby tree. The flowers found their way, so could I.

Today I approached from the right side off an old jeep trail. There it was, a path I hadn’t noticed before, someone had gone before me cutting a path through the rock and brush. It didn’t always look like I expected it to look…there were times today when my path cut through undergrowth and over rocks, but it was still there.

There were times I thought I had lost it, but then it would appear, faintly pointing the direction I needed to go. I often questioned if I should follow the path, I was alone and  it was steep, but I asked my guides, I  listened and knew that I was safe. I trusted my inner guidance to lead me in the right direction as much as I trusted the path.

The last five feet were impenetrable, I couldn’t actually get to the top without forcing my way and I didn’t have the proper tools to make it. The view was still breathtaking even five feet from the top, I couldn’t see 360 degrees but sometimes 240 is enough!

  • Don’t give up, keep looking for your path, it may be around the next bend.
  • It’s okay to follow in another’s footsteps if you can’t find the way.
  • Don’t forget what goes up has to come down, save some energy for the descent.
  • Trust your inner GPS.
  • Be grateful for those who came before!

Namaste, BakeR 

To tap into that inner GPS and much more, join me for the upcoming Dance in the Light women’s retreat June 6-9th here in exquisite Sedona. Click here for all the details.

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I can CHOOSE!

 My dog Cheyenne chose to leave her physical body on June 11th.   I used to say I didn’t know how I would stand it when she left me.

River fork

Even in her leaving she is teaching me lessons.  Like the river in the picture there are two directions I can go.  I can choose grief or I can choose joy.  I experienced deep grief the first few days after Cheyenne passed.  Then something magical happened.

As I would start to feel the pain Cheyenne would appear – she would laugh at me and tell me I could be sad if I wanted but reminding me that I could CHOOSE to be joyful instead.  I can choose to remember all the fun we had hiking , or just sitting looking out over the beauty of Sedona.  I can remember how good I felt witnessing her absolute joy as she rolled around in the grass or on the carpet scratching her head and snorting with pleasure.  I can replay the short film in my head of her chasing a rabbit – always giving up just before catching one.  I can feel the warmth of her against me in the frigid night when we camped at Monument Valley.  I can watch her splash and play in Oak Creek,or run up Castle Rock.  I can celebrate her unconditional love, her peace, her complete absorption in the moment.  I can see those deep brown eyes as they demanded a treat after dinner.  I remember her dignity and tolerance as smaller dogs would bark and nip at her when she looked at me as if to say, “Mom, what’s their problem?”  I can remember how she met me at the door every day tail wagging, grinning ear to ear, dancing around, so happy to see me no matter what….

Or I can CHOOSE grief!

I always have a choice.  This has been a quiet revelation for me that I can CHOOSE to be happy in the wake of her death.  In the past I would have chosen to wallow in my grief.  Now I feel the grief and then it’s as if I watch it drift away, followed quickly with joy that I got to share my life with this beautiful animal friend.

I still believe in honoring our emotions.  I believe that if we don’t honor our emotions we generally stuff them in our bodies where they cause more havoc.  I believe that I can let them come up, feel them and then watch them gently drift away.

And I believe that I can CHOOSE whether to stay in that place of grief or CHOOSE differently.

I’m choosing to:

Ÿ         See the grief

Ÿ         Feel the grief

Ÿ         Let it drift away

CHOOSE JOY!

If you need help dealing with your choices I am always available for coaching…you can reach me at 602.999.2493 or email me BakeR@ThePsychiccoach.net.

Feel free to leave your comments below.  Namaste,

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Thanks to T-Mobile and my friend David Sunfellow, I’ve just  had a wonderful treat this morning.  This beautiful video made at Heathrow Terminal 5, International Arrivals.   For those of you who watch television, maybe you’ve seen the short version, but I don’t watch TV so I’ve never seen this.

I was amazed at the emotion this brought up.  In high school I used to drive over to Chicago’s O’Hare airport from my small town in Michigan, just to watch people come and go.  The coming home greetings would always touch me deeply, as was the case with this video.  How beautiful to see people giving the gift of hugs, kisses, smiles…welcoming each other, loving each other.  We don’t get to see these kind of feelings expressed one to another in many places, airports being one exception.  And in airports, maybe because of the long travel, or the time away, people usually are not shy about being expressive. You get to witness the most unrestrained joy.  Joyous screams, joyous kisses, joyous hugs….joy just oozing out, bubbling over and touching everyone else!

My invitation to you this holiday season is to express your love for friends and family in a new expressive way.  Open your mind, open your heart and give from that place of pure love, with no attachment to the outcome.  Don’t worry about how it will be received, that is their choice not yours!

Here are some ideas for sharing from the heart:

  • Big hugs, often!
  • Kisses too!
  • Find a youtube video that a loved one would enjoy and send to them…free!
  • Share a walk in the park, a hike in the woods, build a snowperson.
  • Send online greeting cards, again usually FREE, and saves trees.
  • Give the gift of service, offer to clean the house, babysit, walk the dog, feed the cat, take an elderly person shopping, fix dinner.
  • More hugs and kisses
  • Tell someone you love them and add why. “I love you because you read my blog and post comments…I so appreciate hearing that you were touched!”
  • Invite someone over for a cup of tea or coffee….talk…turn off your cell phones…that’s right no calls, no texting, no checking email.
  • Go to the airport with a friend and watch people greet each other…let yourselves feel the emotion.
  • Hold hands with your partner.
  • Turn off the TV…watch a fire, or read a beautiful passage from a favorite book, more hand holding is perfectly acceptable too!
  • Can’t afford a Christmas tree, get out your ornaments and decorate a tree outside.   Invite your Jewish friends to help!
  • Share one of your traditions (Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Ramadan, etc.) with a friend who is not of your faith. I went to a friends Chanukah concert one year and cried it was so beautiful (thanks Karen)!  One year I invited Jewish friends over to help decorate the Christmas tree…have you ever heard a grown man say, “This is the first ornament I have ever hung on a tree”?  (thanks Arthur)
  • Go caroling…remember caroling?
  • Trade services, or do a big project together.
  • Visit a temple, church, shrine or ceremony that is not of your faith…enjoy their traditions.    One year I went to  Christmas Eve midnight mass,  I found it beautiful, and not fraught with any baggage for me.
  • Give away a favorite book, or just copy a favorite passage to pass on.
  • Go through old photos and give them to friends or family
  • Volunteer together with a friend at a shelter, charity, park, picking up road trash, etc.  Bonus – more time together!
  • LISTEN!   Maybe the most precious gift of all!

How can you share the gift of your love, your joy, your peace, your compassion, your wisdom, your talents, your caring, your creativity, your heart this year? 

JOY TO THE WORLD!!! 

PEACE TO THE WORLD!!

LOVE TO YOU AND YOURS!

Please leave your comments below.   Have an idea for sharing love and joy? I would love to hear it!

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