“When setting out on a journey, never consult someone who has never left home.”- Rumi
Rumi is one of my favorite poets. Yes, he was a mystical bloke and quite a romantic. He wasn’t afraid to let his freak flag fly and also wasn’t afraid to share the wisdom of his heart. I long to see these qualities in my daily life. Honesty, truth in feeling, openness.
This quote, in particular, is one of my favorites because it reminds me of the traveling I did in my twenties. Where I grew up, I didn’t have any examples of women traveling by themselves around the country. It wasn’t until I moved out to Colorado and started meeting people who were avid travelers that I realized that anyone could plot a course and follow through. It’s a good reminder to seek out people who have taken chances and broken down barriers. Not only are these kinds of people exciting and fascinating, but they are also inspiring. They make you believe in yourself as a trailblazer and someone who can fulfill not just one dream, but many dreams. The way you were meant to.
My mom was recently interviewed for a blog. She has been an educator for many years and I keep insisting that she write a book so that her wealth of knowledge and wisdom can be shared in written form with future generations! Some of her most important work has been teaching graduate students who are seeking teaching certifications. Among other things, she teaches them that being centered and present as a person in the classroom- to be a listening presence- is more important then any content they will teach.
She credits one of her inspirations as Mary Rose O’Reilly who has some fascinating work available. One her quotes is below:
“The ‘secrets’ of good teaching are the same as the secrets of good living:
seeing one’s self without blinking, offering hospitality to the alien other,
having compassion for suffering, speaking truth to power, being present and being real…
I would like to ask what spaces we can create in the classroom
that will allow students freedom to nourish an inner life..”
-Mary Rose O’Reilly
Taking a moment to really honor the wonderful teachers who have softened the tone of our inner dialogue, cleared our walking path, and helped clarify our future goals…that is a moment worth taking.
Here is a post about one of my greatest teachers….Enjoy!
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
Science! Optimism! Perseverance! I love this quote because it snaps me out of self-reproach at not being successful enough, not accomplishing what I want quickly enough. (Whatever.) Edison had the focus to carry on toward his goals despite concrete evidence that what he’d done so far hadn’t worked. To remain undaunted attempt after attempt after attempt….that is inspiring. And honestly, anyone who has ever achieved a goal they’ve never reached before must go through some form of this self-encouragement. But to not waste energy shouting and wailing about what failures we are as we make our way to our goals- that is genius.
For the months of December and January, I’m offering free distance healing to the first twelve people who express an interest. I am especially encouraging new moms to take advantage. This is fantastic for anyone feeling burnt out, kids that seem off-balance or ungrounded, pets, or anyone who wants to restore their energy and reconnect to their own stability.
If you’re new to the idea of distance healing, it begins with the concept that energy is energy and can be treated, balanced, and rejuvenated whether the practitioner is standing in the room with a client or working with the energy from across town or even across the world. It can be profound, deeply stabilizing, and very relaxing.
I am in a wonderful place in my life right now, though my path leading to this place has been rocky. I’ve had some amazing teachers, healers, friends, poets, challengers, guides, and friends helping me along the way. I aim to provide this service, in part, to honor all that has been shared, taught, and given to me.
If you have questions about my qualifications or experience, check out my Services page.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you sit there.” – Will Rogers
I am great at sitting there. I’ve mastered it, actually. Especially sitting there on the right track but not moving in any particular direction. It’s kind of my speciality. But in order to steer the direction of my life, I must make, at the very least, micromovements toward my goals. When sitting comfortably in my comfy comfort zone, eating pretzel rods, and practicing not moving, it helps me to remember one of Newton’s laws of physics:
In order for the motion of an object to change, a force must act upon it.
To me, that means if I want the motion and direction of my life to change, I must make a change, even if it’s a small change. (Yes, I know life is not an object, but just pretend that it is.) Making one small change can often have profound effects. I can change a thought, emotion, or action. Doesn’t matter which. That change is a force acting upon my life’s current trajectory and acts to steer me toward my goals….Wha-bam! Newton’s laws and train track quotes working together to inspire change! Yeah, baby.