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The Transformational Journey
Greetings!

Welcome to "Path & Practice" our e-newsletter for individuals interested in the process of personal transformation. 

 

I am glad you have decided to join us for the journey.

 
Below you will see that in October we start a Boise Meet Up series called "Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!"  I am excited about this series about how to create a NEW life for yourself after your children have grown up and moved out. If you are living in an empty nest and want to learn more about the series, please check out the information below.
 
Additionally, as the business has grown, I find I am working more and more with solo-preneurs and small business owners.  The transformation of a business is linked to the articulation and development of the brand of the business as well as how the business engages with its customers, employees and other stakeholders. To facilitate conversation and learning around the transformation of a business, I have started a Facebook page just for the topic. If you are interested in looking at transformation from a business point of view, please feel free to join us at:
 

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"If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it is your path."
  
                                                            ~Joseph Campbell 

Featured Article
This month our featured article is about overcoming fear on your journey to transformation. 


September 2012 Articles
Can You See The Signs?
Overcoming Fear
Self Care On Your Journey

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The Journey: Trials & Temptations
Can You See The Signs?

When you decide to answer the call, you make the decision to depart and you quickly find yourself in the realm of the unknown.  There are road signs to guide you along your path.  Unfortunately they are not obvious.  You have to look for them.
 
Signs that can guide you along your path will take several different forms.  Some of the forms that your signs might take are:
 
1. Strong Emotions: Whenever you feel strongly about something, know that your emotions are a sign to explore more about your feelings.  Your feelings will give you insights into yourself and out of those insights your path will emerge. 
 
2. Nagging Thoughts: A thought that nags at you is a sign that something needs to be released.  It could be something that needs to get done so that you can let it go. It might be a belief about what you should or shouldn't be or do.  It could be a lingering attachment to your past.  Whatever it is, in letting go you open yourself to something new and your path will emerge.
 
3. Resistance: Resistance is a defense mechanism. It is also a sign that there is a HUGE learning opportunity ahead.  When you experience resistance in yourself, detach from your resistance and become curious about what learnings are there for you.  In opening yourself up to curiosity, your path will emerge. 
 
4. Synchronistic Events:  When you experience "meaningful" coincidence synchronicity is at play.  Synchronistic events typically occur without any apparent causal relationship but have meaning within an underlying pattern, or conceptual framework.  When you are aware and able to identify the under-lying pattern of the synchronicity in your life, your path will emerge. 

5. Your Bliss:  There are activities, events, and experiences in life that take you to bliss--as state of serenity and fulfillment.  By noticing and then filling your life with these types of activities, events and experiences, your path will emerge. 

On your transformational journey, road signs are everywhere.  You just have to open your eyes through awareness, observation and self-reflection to see them.

The Transformational Journey 
Travelers club
Want to learn more about the transformational process?  

Every fourth Wednesday of the month, meet up and join in the conversation with other travelers on the journey to transformation to discuss the application of transformational concepts as it relates to your life.  Club membership is free and all are invited to attend and participate in our monthly Tele-Circle calls.

September 2012 

TeleCircle: September 26, 2012
Finding Joe
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Movie: "Finding Joe"
Director: Patrick Takaya Solomon

Winner 2012 COVR Award, Best Video of the Year. In the early 20th century while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told. He called it "the hero's journey." Finding Joe explores how the hero's journey is relevant and essential in today's world. It provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life or, as Campbell would simply state, how to "follow your bliss." The film takes us on an inspirational quest of self-discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think.

To learn about what books we will be reading for the next couple of months, check out the Calendar below. 

Want to register for this month's book discussion? 

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Success Strategies For Your Journey
Overcoming Fear
 

Fear is one of your traveling companions on your transformational journey.  

 

Transformational change often occurs because of major changes in your life. You get married, you have children, you get divorced, you take a new job, you lose your job, you buy a home or your home goes into foreclosure. These life changes may not be life threatening in the literal sense, but they throw into question how you define yourself and your mind reacts as if they were life threatening.  You experience fear.

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To overcome your fears, you must first understand that fear is nothing more than a conditioned response. It is an automatic and neurological response to a frightening or unfamiliar situation. 

 

There are two immediate strategies that you can use to stop the neurological processing of fear and shift your mind to a more conscious response to the challenges facing you.  Specifically, you can:

 

1. Discernment & Reframing: Change your perception of the situation by understanding that what you are experiencing is a reflection of the way in which you perceive your world and that you have a choice as to whether you see the situation as a threat or as opportunity.

 

2. Pattern Interrupt: Temporarily throw yourself into distraction.  Watching a movie or playing cards are two examples of ways that you can interrupt your physiological response to fear. When you use distraction in this way, you give yourself time to calm down both mentally and physically.

 

Once you have shifted your neurological processing, you can then begin to manage your emotions and respond with courage to your fear. 

 

Want to learn more about managing your fear?  Go to: Overcoming Fear: Managing Your Emotions & Cultivating Courage for a three-part introduction about how to overcome and manage your fear. 


The Transformational Journey Meet Up 
Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!

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Meet ups will be facilitated by Laureen Quick, Transformational Life Coach whose own two adult daughters have "flown the coop" and left her living in an empty nest.  Meet ups will briefly focus on theoretical concepts and focus primarily on providing practical tips and strategies for overcoming the pain of "losing" your child to their adult life and the joy of creating a NEW life for yourself. Cost per meet up is $20.00 per person and may be paid through PayPal or by check or cash at the event.  

 

For more information or to register go to: Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!

 


Practice: Tools For Transformation
Self-Care For Your Journey

On your journey to transformation, it is important that you make self-care a priority.  The journey can be exhausting mentally, emotionally and physically. 

 

Disciplined self-care is a practice that will nurture you and give you the mental, emotional and physical strength to continue your journey--even in the face of your greatest fears. 

 

Self-Care includes:

  • Daily self-care routines like getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, and being physically active.
  • Keeping up with your regularly scheduled health check-ups like eye exams, dental check-ups, mammograms, etc. 
  • Maintaining your relationships with people you are close to emotionally and with whom you share your journey.
  • Doing things (no matter how small) that bring you pleasure and fun. 
  • Developing practices or tools that help you to connect to yourself, such as daily meditation or journaling. 
Self-Care QUIZ

Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.

 

True  False

 

T   F  1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.

 

T   F  2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.

 

T   F  3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

 

T   F  4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.

 

T   F  5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I'm meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift. 

 

T   F  6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, walks in the snow; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, marveling as the leaves on the trees turn color, spending more time inside.

 

T   F  7. Creativity nurtures me.  I do what I love, whether that's cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit. 

 

T   F  8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.

 

T   F  9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful. 

 

T   F  10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I'm out of balance: irritability, being overwhelmed or resentment and I do things to shift my emotional state.

 

T   F  11. If I feel that I'm catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with overactivity, so I stop and take care of myself.

 

T   F  12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.

 

T   F  13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.

 

T   F  14. If I have something planned for myself, I don't just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.

 

T   F  15. I'm busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.

 

If you answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered false and see if you can incorporate something of its message into your life. 

 


 
September 2012

 

Transformational Journey Traveler's Club
TeleCircle: September 26, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Movie: "Finding Joe"
Director: Patrick Takaya Solomon


October 2012

 

Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!  

Part 1: Empty Nest Syndrome & The Hero's Journey 

Date: Monday, October 1, 2012 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time

 

Location:  Studio 53 [Meridian, Idaho]

 

Note: This is the first meet up of a series of six meetings.  It is not necessary to attend all meetings in the series.

 

Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!  

Part 2: Discernment & Reframing

Date: Monday, October 15, 2012 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Location:  Studio 53 [Meridian, Idaho]

  

Note: This is the second meet up of a series of six meetings.  It is not necessary to attend all meetings in the series.

 

Transformational Journey Traveler's Club

TeleCircle: October 24, 2012 

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time

Book: "Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life"
Author: Gregg Levoy
 
November 2012

  

Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!  

Part 3: Overcoming Fear & Cultivating Courage

Date: Monday, November 5, 2012 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Location:  Studio 53 [Meridian, Idaho]

  

Note: This is the third meet up of a series of six meetings.  It is not necessary to attend all meetings in the series. 

 

Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!  

Part 4: Your Life's Purpose & Your NEW Life

Date: Monday, November 19, 2012 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Location:  Studio 53 [Meridian, Idaho]

  

Note: This is the fourth meet up of a series of six meetings.  It is not necessary to attend all meetings in the series. 

 
Transformational Journey Traveler's Club

TeleCircle: November 28, 2012 

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time

DVD: "Shakespeare Behind Bars"
Director: Hank Rogerson

  

 
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