Be Your Word

September 2008

In This Issue
WOVI Presents
This Space: a poem
Illuminations & Ruminations
Coming Soon! The Transitions Program
About Lori
Join me THIS WEEK:

Women of
Visionary Influence

.25 Seconds: 
Beyond Survive to Thrive!
with Lori Darley
At any given moment in life, we can react to the circumstances life hands us or create our lives through our choices, moment by moment by moment.  Lori uses the new brain science to demonstrate how we as human beings can leverage our choice point of power by transforming survival based thinking into intentional, committed action.

When: Thursday, 09/18
Registration: 6:00p Program: 6:30p
Where: Chocolate Angel, 635 W. Campbell, Richardson, TX 75080
Cost (includes dinner): $20/members,

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This Space
a poem by Lori Darley

From nothing
I came
From nothing
I am
From nothing
I act
without history
or reason
    belief or denial
I am a clearing
for all
    that is yearning to be
I am a clearing for all possibility.
Thoughts will come and thoughts
can go
But to nothing I return
    and from nothing I emerge.

For nothing is the space between
the divine spark,
 the rest between two notes
Nothing asks for nothing
and gets nothing
in return
a pureness of reciprocity
From nothing
the wave rises
and to nothing
the wave falls
From calm to storm to calm again.
From nothing the cloud forms,
    lightening strikes and
rain falls.
Followed again,
by the clear,
static free sky
From nothing
my purest heart speaks and these words on this page came
And though they fill up your head  and may move your heart and stir your soul
These too return, like you,
to nothing.
So let us celebrate this nothingness
so that this space and peace and rest
may arise and dissolve
From nothing
to nothing.
Transitions Coach Links
The Space Between

As September picks up speed, and life accelerates with all the goals and commitments made to myself, family and career associates, I notice my body begins to contract against being over-scheduled and yearning for space, both literal and temporal.  While we all know the benefit of returning attention to the breath, I'd also like to share another somatic practice which, as of late, has truly come in handy, in my own life.
When I notice my mind getting caught up in either worry about the future or regrets about the past, I stop what I'm doing, close my eyes, and imagine a warm washcloth across my eyes and temples. Doing so helps me to not only relax my eyes, but also to take a moment to create more positive, life-affirming thoughts. I am brought back to the now-ness of the present moment.

Besides the obvious comfort brought from the image itself, using such a sensory-rich image also helps signal something very important to the brain.  When we're in a state of anxiety or fear, our eyes tend to narrow which then restricts the sensory information received through the pupils. This tells the brain that we're in a threatening situation. By imagining this warm cloth, the muscles around my eyes lose their tension and my brain seems to get the message that there is no threat, and I'm able to return to my activity with a feeling of safety and comfort.

This is one of the ways I create space in my life for self-care. This month, your invitation is to create space in your life for profound self-care and gentle awareness. Whether it's an hour for meditation in the morning, or a 30-second break from your computer to close your eyes and breathe deeply, any time spent in self-care contributes to the sense of spaciousness that will permeate your day and soothe your soul.

Imagine the possibilities,
Lori Darley
The Transitions Coach

Illuminations & Ruminations
More thoughts on space and stillness

"Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down." - Natalie Goldberg

"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths."
- Etty Hillesum

"We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want."  - TaoTeChing

"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." - Deepak Chopra
Tools & Strategies for Success with Lori Darley

Believe it or not, you are 100% committed 100% of the time.  Question is:  What are you committed to?

Through a disciplined process of inquiry, committed dialogue and direct application, you will delve into your inner resources to recognize the commitments that are already operating within your life and make the shifts necessary for a maximized life experience. In this program you will:
  • Gain precise, laser-clarity on who you are in life
  • Release old patterns, stories and beliefs that tie you to a 'victim' stance in life and work
  • Utilize the power of choice to intentionally CREATE your life and your future, starting NOW
Are you ready to author a new story? This program will support you as you take a stand for the fulfillment of a new future. 

This program is for courageous people who are ready for the next step in creating their most powerful, committed lives and transforming their vision into a reality. I invite you to be part of this potent and life-changing program. Your future begins now.

Space is limited, reserve your spot now.

Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10
6:30-10:30 p.m.
8235 Douglas Avenue, Ste. 720 Dallas, TX 75225
Led by Lori Darley, in association with Transitions Institute
Seminar fee:  $2,400
Who is the Transitions Coach?
Be Your WordLori founded The Transitions Coach in 1998 and has coached organizations from multi-national corporations to entrepreneurial ventures and individuals in non-profits, manufacturing, financial services, management consulting, commercial real estate and the arts. Lori received her coach training from David Zelman, founder of the Transitions Institute, where she also serves as faculty. She is a member of the International Association of Coaches.

Lori Darley is a Certified Somatic Coach and Associate for the Strozzi Institute, where she received her certification. Over the last 25 years, she has trained in a variety of backgrounds, developing specialized training techniques to support her clients in reaching peak performance through dynamic communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills.
I would love to know what you think of this newsletter, and in particular, any feedback, questions or responses you might have to its content. Please feel free to email me at the link below.
With gratitude,
Lori Darley
The Transitions Coach