Be Your Word

May/June 2009

In This Issue
New Blog: Darley Lama
"Free For All" Group Call
Illuminations & Ruminations
What's Your Story?
About Lori
 A New Expression...
The Darley Lama Blog

The Darley Lama is an expression that takes life a little less seriously and at the same time, views the current state of the world as a mirror of global consciousness.

The Darley Lama is part rockstar, part guru; Bono meets Marianne Williamson, Pink meets Deepak Chopra. The Darley Lama exists as a reminder that within each and every one of us is a yearning to express our unique gifts in the world.

Check it out  and let me know what you think!

Events and
I'm excited to be participating in these upcoming events. Join me!

SpiritWeaves' "Rites of Belonging" Ecstatic Dance Weekend at the
Sammons Center for the Arts
Click here for info.

Dallas/Ft.Worth Texas Singles' Dating Convention

at the Plano Centre, Plano, TX
Saturday, 9/5/09
My husband, Larry Leon and I will be speaking together about creating more love in your life, and our book "The Love Game."
Click here for info.

Ecstatic Dance
at MoveStudio, Dallas, 8:30-10p, Thursday, 6/18/09
Dance with me... I dare ya! I'll be facilitating this liberating, inspiring form of moving meditation. Click here for info.

Transitions Coach Links
Living on the Grid
Maintaining Awareness in a New Age of Networking
Now that I'm Twitter-ing, Facebook-ing and emailing more these days, it seems like I'm spending an inordinate amount of time at the computer.  It's not all "bad!"  I also notice I'm writing more and using the 140-character Twitter experience as an opportunity to make points more concise and clearer. 

I sometimes fine that the more time I spend connected to these sites, the less time I'm actually connected to myself, the things I want and even the things I value. It's a paradox we've only now had to acknowledge: with every tweet, post, update, comment, note, kudos and quiz, are we connecting or disconnecting?

It's easy to be distracted by everything else that's going on in those virtual spaces and forget to connect to the real space around me.  What I've also found is that it's important to be clear about my intentions for each communication channel.  What is my intention and is time and energy in line with that intention?  Without the clear and specific intention, time slips away and I'm no closer to what I want. 

These may not be your channels, but you may find yourself swept up and away by similar distractions.  When I lost power for over three hours a couple of weeks ago, I realized the beauty of being unplugged and quickly reconnected with what was important to me.  I've since committed to being "off the grid" at least 3 hours per day. 

Where do you need to reclaim your life?  What steps are you willing to take to do so?  How will you be accountable to yourself to fulfill on that commitment?

Stay connected,
Lori Darley
The Transitions Coach

"Free for All"
Free Tele-Coaching Session with Lori Darley

Facing a particular challenge?  Need to design a difficult conversation?  Create a solution you may not have considered. Design your next challenging conversation before you begin it.  Move through conflict with more confidence. Blueprint your challenge and prepare yourself for the best outcome possible. I'll help you through that process!

Join me for an engaging, fun, live group tele-coaching session as I coach callers through whatever situations they are wanting to discuss, in a challenging, supportive space. Let's create this "Free for All" together and see what it becomes!

There is no charge for this call, but your phone plan's long distance charges may apply.  RSVP for the call-in number and instructions.

When: June 10th, 7-8:30 p.m. Central
I will send you the conference bridge number. 

Illuminations & Ruminations
More thoughts on time, values and true connection

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing,
there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase
"each other" doesn't make any sense.

- Hafiz

"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

"Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent." - Parker Palmer

Still gathering stories! Won't you share yours?

I'm looking for stories of women who've made a life-altering transition to interview for a book I am authoring, "Taking the Unimagined Leap:  Women and Their Life-Altering Transitions."  Got a story to share? Please email me at!
Who is the Transitions Coach?
SoftheadLori 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 through 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