“This is the first time I’ve decided to leave a job without having something else lined up,” my friend Tonya* confessed to our small women’s support group. We applauded her daring, self-affirming choice and offered words of encouragement to bolster her confidence in stepping into the unknown. She knew she was doing the right thing, but wasn’t at all comfortable with the prospect of not knowing what was next.
Read more: Lost and Found
I was a senior at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing (BBSH), panting my way through the final year of this arduous education I had insistently and irrationally pursued. The school was like no other that I - or anyone else I knew before enrolling in it - had ever known. Which was precisely the point, of course: I had intended for that education to change my life.
Read more: Getting It All Done
My client sat before me, shoulders slumped and eyes downcast. She sighed heavily with an air of somber resignation. Just moments before she had been brimming with enthusiasm, her posture erect and her voice alive with possibility. Together we had brainstormed different ways she could explore an idea she had about work – not a practical idea about ways she could improve her current job, but a sparkly idea for an entirely new form of work. Work that might fulfill her sense of purpose and nourish her soul. Work that could nudge her lovingly out of bed in the morning. Work that would allow her to develop her innate talents and creativity. Work that that might even be fun.
Read more: It All Counts
At the risk of being seen as hopelessly clichéd, I decided to write about love for my February column. With the inevitable onslaught of media attention on the commercial ways our culture defines and celebrates love, I felt a certain responsibility to offer a different view, one that doesn’t romanticize romance (lovely as it can be).
I think, for the most part, we’re terribly confused about love. We often equate it with a certain kind of feeling that is reflected through attraction, affection and acts of caring, bravery or even wild abandon. Love has been described as a force that sweeps reason to the side and calls us to do things we might never consider in our seemingly saner moments. And that’s the particular aspect of our cultural beliefs about love that I want to challenge: the belief that love is somehow separate from reason.
Read more: True Love
I turned the music up. Maybe the extra volume would supply me with the Christmas spirit I seemed to be lacking and jumpstart my enthusiasm for putting up decorations. Pausing in a roomful of opened boxes and tattered bags stuffed to the brim with memories, I waited for the music to work its magic. Nothing. I sat down and closed my eyes, giving myself full permission to halt the decorating process and, instead, simply invite my favorite Christmas music to infuse me with its exuberant energy.
Read more: Christmas in an Empty Space
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"After a recent Divine Opening with Suzanne I closed my eyes to enjoy and integrate the energy. Almost immediately I experienced a surge of very old emotional energy in my chest. This energy had been 'up' for me for a while. I had been holding and accepting it as part of my daily practice. This time I just wanted to clear the stuckness and I visualized a white light penetrating that part of my chest. Immediately I could feel my chest filled with light. Then, to my surprise and delight, the light spread through my entire body. I felt relaxed and open. This fantastic state lasted for several minutes while I enjoyed it completely. As I moved through my day my energy and focus were strong and steady for hours on end and I experienced increased inspiration and pleasure in my work. Although I have experienced the usual day to day shifts and changes since then, this increased level of energy and enjoyment has sustained and is still with me. Thank you." – Deborah C.
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