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“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

May I Have the Courage Today…

I’m sitting at my orange desk on this chilly morning, sipping hot water (I’m not a purist – I already had 2 coffees :) ) and listening to a cd of Tibetan Bowls I just got from Sounds True. Can I share with you a little bit about my incredible weekend?

So full of gratitude.

I have a favorite line from one of John O’Donohue’s blessings which has been guiding me for a few years:

May I have the courage today

to live the life that I would love,

to postpone my dream no longer

but do at last what I came here for

and waste my heart on fear no more.

I hope this line keeps having it’s way with me for years to come. I’m moving more and more in that direction, and I’m grateful.

I’m grateful to have spent an incredible weekend in Northern California with my loves.

The 12-hour drive was full of beauty, everything glowing and golden.

I got to share the weekend playing, laughing, (and of course, as is bound to happen when women get together and get real – crying :) ) with an incredible group of women at Opening the Creative Channel Retreat, with one of my sheroes, Andrea Scher, and co-facilitator Laurie Wagner. Here I am painting. (I don’t paint!! Except now I do.) :)

Play.

It’s something I don’t let myself do enough, but now that I’ve whet my appetite, well, Play – here I come.

Do you make time for play?

We were invited to stay at one of Russell Delman’s guest cottages at the gorgeous Sophia’s Sanctuary, an hour away from my women’s retreat, and it was wonderful!


Carl and I each got an early-morning-hour to participate in Russell’s day-long meditation for planetary peace before heading into the city for my retreat. One night we enjoyed dinner with an international community of his students. And another night got to share a meal with some of our very dear California-based friends who are going through his mentorship with us.

My beloved partner-in-all-things is having a birthday this weekend, and the celebrations will continue!

Despite having a family-cold from the petri-dish of preschool, I am full of gratitude and amazement at the flow of goodness in my life.

And now, a poem:

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

Dawna Markova

Here are a few other goodies I’m excited to share with you this morning.

First – a link to a very inspiring interview about getting out of our heads and into our bodies. Living an embodied life is one way to make sure we don’t die an unlived life. Here’s a short excerpt:

Buchbinder: “When you teach all of this in a workshop, how do you reply to somebody who says, “That sounds great, but I have to go to work on Monday in the world of ideas and ‘doing.'”

Shepherd: “You can go into your job and remain in touch with your breath. Allow it to drop to your pelvic floor. Remain in touch with that still point at the core of your being. You don’t have to quit your job to do this.

Of course, if you do bring your breath down to the pelvic floor, you might realize that you need to quit your job.”

Next – a link to another source of goodness: I wrote last year about the profound learning I’ve been doing with Bari Tessler through her Art of Money program. I
love her and love what she teaches. This month she’s featuring 30+ people sharing their Money Memoirs – stories about relationships with money. I thought you might enjoy them. Click here to check them out. I’m already signed up for Art of Money 2014 as I still have much to learn in this vein!

And last but not least…

I have some spaces left in my Restorative Retreat at Snowbird in December – if you’d like to join me please send me an email and I’ll send you a registration link right away. It becomes clearer and clearer to me, the busier our lives get, the more important it is to retreat.

We have room for you in our Begin Again Retreat in Costa Rica in January. Please let us know if you’d like to join us or if you have any questions about the details. The kind people who run the retreat center have 2 small children, and tell us that good babysitters are available.

I’ll be spending time later this month dreaming into my next Women Embodied offering. I’m delighted I’ve had great interest expressed so far. If you’d like to join me, please send me an email. I’ll have details and open registration in early November, for both a live-version and an online-only version. I’d love to have you!

Thanks for sharing in some of the fun we’ve been having lately.

Have a wonderful day,

Erin

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