Synergy E-News 
April, 2011
It's better than Sunshine...
It's better than Moonshine...
It's Damn sure better than Rain."
~Allman Brothers



Greetings to YOU and Warm Spring Welcome to our new Subscribers!    

Have you ever heard the phrase "put your heart and soul into it"?  How about "follow your heart"?  As empowered busy women we want to work smarter not harder while making a positive difference, yet we can get so caught up in doing, running and pushing to accomplish our daily tasks that we get out of touch with our passion and purpose.


We can miss the quiet whispers of spirit that will help lead us unless we make an intentional effort to be mindful and listen to the message from our hearts.  Resilient high achievers know in order to to stay focused, productive, and positive they must step out of the fast lane on a regular basis to connect in with their inner wisdom. 


Once we stop to listen, though, it doesn't take long to realize just how many of your thoughts are in opposition.  How confusing!  One part of you is gentle and encouraging, yet another is critical and tries to sabotage your efforts.  It's like you're being pulled in two different directions and may even find yourself saying one thing but doing another!  (Ever decided to make a healthy change like eating less sugar then all you can think of is hot fudge sundaes?).  The "Ego Vs. Spirit Synergy Success Quick Tips" below will help you move through this confusion so it's easier to recognize the difference between Ego and Spirit (Soul) guidance when making decisions. 


The ego has a totally different agenda than Spirit!  It's the part of your mind that says things like:  "Yeah, but..." and "What if..." and "I can't because...".  It's about resisting change because it is afraid which keeps us playing safe. If we play safe we stay small, not fulfilling our purpose and the world misses out on the gifts we are meant to bring to others.  And the world really needs what we're here to offer!


May you follow your spirit and let your Soul shine,



p.s. Special Invitation!

Want to learn about a great tool for hearing your inner wisdom? Please join me down by the lake at 2 p.m. Saturday April 16th for a "Synergy in Motion" relaxed group hike to the labyrinth at the JMU arboretum and Botanical gardens where you'll enjoy a calm energy through a mindfulness walking meditation...a relaxation practice that you can do anytime! RSVP by April 15 please.    

Upcoming Events


April 2011
13 "Synergy Success Circle"  Lunch Meeting 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at McAlister's Deli.


14 "Synergy Success Circle" Dinner Meeting 5:30p.m. -7:00 p.m. at McAlister's Deli.

16 "Synergy in Motion" Relaxed Group Hike with Christina to the Labyrinth in the JMU Arboretum2:00 pm - 3:30 p.m.  RSVP by April 15 please.  Everyone welcome to join us for fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and complimentary take-home coaching tips & tools!
Bring:  Comfortable Walking shoes, water bottle, notebook/journal, pen, your open mind, and a smile.  RSVP by April 15 please.  I'll be waiting for YOU down by the lake :)
Self Care Affirmation:
"Today I Turn Up the Silence and allow my Soul to Speak." 
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"Ego Vs. Spirit Synergy Success Quick Tips"
The language and guidance between your Ego and Spirit are VERY opposite!  Here's how you can more easily recognize the difference:

The Spirit is...

  • Loving   
  • Nonjudgmental
  • Calm
  • Forgiving
  • Compassionate
  • Collaborative~ Creates Win/Win situations
  • Friendly and Positive
  • Tolerant
  • Grateful
  • Focused on the Solution
  • Encourages growth and expansion

The Ego is...

  • Fear-driven  
  • Judgmental
  • Anxious and Frustrated
  • Unforgiving
  • Competitive
  • Creates Win/Lose situations
  • Friend-less and Cynical
  • Impatient and Rushed
  • Pretentious
  • Focused on the Problem
  • Afraid of change and Risk

Spirit (soul) guidance

has a mature tone and content, the same message consistently, talks about your life purpose, wants you to take action now, usually says "you" (speaks in second person), has a loving energized feel to it that seems to be heart-centered, sounds supportive and motivational, is very direct and to the point, and comes suddenly in response to request or any type of prayer.


Ego guidance has childish tone and suggestions, switches topics frequently, delays happiness for "some day when", is sneaky and spiteful, uses the word "I" (speaks in first person), drains your energy leaving you exhausted, makes you feel cold and fearful with heart pain or headache, uses abusive and critical words, worries a lot, and loves to compare you with others.(Yes, this is our "inner mean girl!)


Remember, every moment we make a choice (whether it is conscious to us or not), to give our power and best energy to things of the Spirit or our Ego.  This story from Marci Shimoff's book "Happy for no reason" sums this up perfectly...

  • "One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside of people.  He said "My son, the battle is between the two 'wolves'  that live inside us all.  One is Unhappiness.  It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-pity, resentment and inferiority.  The other is Happiness.  It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth and compassion."  The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"  The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed." 

Are you with me in choosing to feed the one that leads to spirit-centered happiness? 


If you feel you could use more tips and tools for staying focused, positive, and excited about your work and life feel free to contact me for a complimentary 30 minute session and we'll get real clear, real quick about what is holding you back from the peace you desire and deserve.


Turn your Speakers UP 'cause

You've Gotta Hear 




Let your Soul Shine!

Shine til the break of Day.


Great Quotes!


You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy. You have to resist the demands of the work-oriented, often defensive, element in your psyche that measures life only in terms of output -- how much you produce -- not in terms of the quality of your life experiences. To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution. -Jean Bolen


Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. -Rabbi Kushner


"Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey." -John O'Donohue


I believe that to nurture my soul and to fulfill my soul's

purpose, I must learn from every event in my life. I must come to realize that every experience has within it a seed of a tremendous gift -- a soul gift -- some new gift. -John Gray 



Synergy Life &Wellness Coaching is poised & honored to serve you in these ways in 2011:
Click for Testimonials: What do participants say? 

As a Speaker for an Event or Workshop  [NEW for 2011!] 

"The Synergy Success Blueprint" How to stay Focused, Positive, & moving Forward in Work & Life.

"Better Together" How to create collaboration and a Spirit of Community in 3 Easy Steps. 


One on One Resilience Coaching Synergy = Shortcut...Invest in yourself. Seek out role models and mentors who can help you get from where you are to where you want to be. Speak up. Ask for help.  Contact Christina for more info and your copy of the Coaching Program Options Guide.

The"Synergy Success Circle" The Success Circle has been created to help busy women balance their energy, purpose, well-being and success in their personal and professional lives.  Together Everyone really does Achieve More!

"Synergy In Motion" at the JMU Arboretum and Botanical Gardens!  You've  been asking for an outdoor coaching option~what a wonderful way to get a fresh perspective!  Each session is customized to YOU, and YOUR goals for our time together. 



Hi, I'm Christina Kunkle, the founder of Synergy Life and Wellness Coaching.  My practice is dedicated to helping Professional Women squelch overwhelm and prevent burn out by promoting bounce-back resilience to stay focused, positive, & excited through challenges of work and life.
In addition to one on one coaching,  I facilitate keynotes, workshops, and retreats on topics related to Resilience and Work/Life balance. Do You know of a group that could use some inspiration and practical tips or curious about how coaching works?  Then I'd love to share with you what I believe to be  the most powerful tool for change on the planet!