Monthly Archives: September 2011

Reflections on The ONE

Wow! What an amazing weekend!

Walks Within Exhibitor TableAs many of you know (because I’ve been talking about it for the last few weeks), I was an exhibitor and speaker at The ONE: A Spiritual Event in Parksville, BC, this weekend.  The days were pretty long, but the vibration was very high.

The turnout was a little small, though not bad for a first event. Sales were ok, and I made some amazing connections that I don’t know how else I would have made had I not been there. Though it may not qualify as a financial “success”, how do I measure the value of the exposure to new people?

It was such a joy to be a part of a cooperative event that was focused on love and unity. We were all there to lift each other up and help each other out. I was blessed to present two workshops, and everyone enjoyed the guided meditations in each workshop. If even one of those people begins to meditate on a more regular basis, I have achieved success.

I look forward to the next one!

Blessings,

Mary

Autumn Declutter

I know a lot of people go in for spring cleaning – they like to start the spring with a fresh start.  I find myself right now doing a lot of autumn cleaning an decluttering.

To me, in the spring, I am starting to spend more time outside.  I’ve been cooped up in the house all winter, and the last thing I want to do is spend a warm spring day inside cleaning out all my junk.

De-clutter Mind MapIn the fall, however, the weather is not as nice, and the days are getting shorter. Very soon I’m going to be cooped up in my house again, so now is the perfect time to move out all the things I no longer use.

Another bonus about clearing out the clutter is that it makes room for more and better things to come into my life. I’m the kind of person that tends to hang on to something because I might need it “someday”. It’s something I’ve been working on-releasing what is not necessary. Because it really sends the wrong message to the Universe. Instead of showing the Universe that I have faith in its abundance, holding on to something for “someday” sends the message that I don’t trust that I will have the resources to acquire that something later if i let it go now.

This letting go process has definitely been one of baby steps. In high school, I kept all of my homework and assignments, just in case I needed to reference it for something. I threw most of that out when I moved to college, but there was a lot of other stuff I kept. Each time I go through a clearing, a little more goes out the door. And most of the time, I find I didn’t really need it anyway! And I feel a little more free from the attachments to all those things.

Baby steps are good. They mean I am making progress.And the cleaning out becomes a meditation itself, practicing detachment.

“Detachment is a plant of slow growth; if you pluck the tender plant to look for the pods, you will be disappointed.” ~Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Whether it is cleaning out your closet, or cleaning out your inbox, how are you letting go of things you no longer need?

Blessings,

Mary

PS. Please come out and visit me at The ONE: A Spiritual Event if you are anywhere near Parksville, BC!

Walking a Tightrope

Ah, September. The children are going back to school, and so are many adults I know. It seems to me that September is really one of the busiest times of the year, second only to December, perhaps.

I have meetings scheduled, more online coursework to complete, rehearsals are starting, and more responsibility at work. I also have to get ready for The ONE: A Spiritual Event later this month. I’m working really hard not to let myself get overwhelmed, and some days that is easier than others.

In some ways, being so busy is exciting.  There are lots of beginnings, opportunities, fresh starts. And in other ways, it is scary. Will I manage to keep all of my commitments, and still keep my sanity?

Tightrope WalkerI find myself once again looking for that elusive thing called balance. I understand it is not a static state of being – breathe and the balance is upset one way or the other.  I imagine myself as a tight rope walker, with a stack of plates balanced on my head and holding my breath lest they fall. If I can make it from here to the other end of the rope without breaking any plates, then I’ll be able to breathe deeply again.

Why do I do this to myself – take on so many activities that it is difficult to keep up with them all? Partly because there are so many parts of me to please. I am a wife, a mother, an employee, a theater lover, a coach, a life-long learner…the list goes on and on. I wouldn’t be satisfied with coming home after work and sitting back in front of the tv.

And yet, there is a (rather large) part of me that longs for weeks of no schedule, no plans, just sleep and eat and do whatever takes my interest at the moment.

So I take those moments when I can get them. And sometimes it means leaving something undone. I can take responsibility for my actions and my happiness. Taking care of myself is vitally important. And if I can meet others needs, too, then it is a great day.

Here’s to making it through the month! 🙂

Blessings,

Mary

To Spelunk, or Not to Spelunk

That’s such a cool word…spelunk. My spell checker doesn’t seem to like it. Still, just say it out loud a few times. Spelunk.

Today is Labor Day, a day when we celebrate all our hard work with an extra day off. For me, it’s just a regular day off, since I don’t work on Mondays.

Horne Lake CavesAnd I have a decision to make. A friend of mine has invited my family and others to go spelunking as a group at Horne Lake Caves on Vancouver Island. It’s something I have wanted to do ever since we moved to the Island, more than 10 years ago.

On the other hand, my to-do list is about a mile long. With co-workers leaving at work, rehearsals for a play I am in about to start, and getting ready for my upcoming workshops and retreat, it doesn’t look like it will be getting shorter anytime soon.

Then again, this is the last weekend of the summer.  Tomorrow, my boys go back to school.  And I haven’t taken any vacation this year, beyond the odd day or two here or there.  It would be nice to have a fun family day before the craziness of September begins.

I could probably get a lot done if I stayed home while my family went out for the day.

And I would really miss being there with them.

All work and no play makes Mary a dull girl. Given that I have a very busy September ahead of me, I think I’m going spelunking. All my work will still be waiting for me when I get back.

Blessings,

Mary

PS. Walks Within is going to Maui! Do you feel like something is missing in your day to day life? Like there is something more you would like to be? Come with me February 19-25, 2011, and reveal the REAL you. Register before November 30th and save an extra $400!