A Year of Personal Growth

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Woolston-Steen Theological SeminaryIt’s hard to believe it’s been about a year since I made the decision to continue my studies at the Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary. It was a tough decision for me – something I really wanted to do, and knew it would further my own growth, and yet I knew it was going to be a big time commitment.

Looking back from the (almost) end of the year of studies, I am very happy with my choice. I have learned so much about myself and about being a priestess.

It hasn’t been easy, though. It’s been tough keeping up with all the assignments. In fact, I still have a few more to submit before I am officially complete. And there have definitely been some days that I don’t want to do the work at all.

That said, I’ve really enjoyed the year. I’ve been aware of the turning of the Wheel of the Year for a long time now, and this class added a lot more layers to that awareness. I am so much more aware of the energy of the seasons, and how that relates to my chakras, my astrological chart, and several other things. I don’t want to spoil it all for you!

A lot of the work I’ve done this year I probably could have done on my own. And I know it would have taken me many, many, MANY years to learn what I have in this one year. Partly because on my own I would have meandered and allowed myself to get distracted, and partly because I get more done when I have a deadline. If I have all the time in the world to get something done, chances are it won’t get done. Because there is still plenty of time, right?

When there’s a deadline, though, stuff gets done. It may not get done until the last minute, but it gets done!

Where do you want to grow next year? What do you want to learn? And what tools will support you in your growth and learning? After all, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.

Make a commitment and see it through to completion. You’ll feel great when you cross the finish line!

Blessings,

Mary

Summer Reading

One of my favorite leisure activities is reading. There are some weeks that I manage to get a lot of reading in, and others not so much.  I was cleaning the stack of books, some read, some unread, off my nightstand, so I thought I would share some of my favorite reading with you.

In general, my reading comes in three categories:

  • mind candy (otherwise known as fiction)
  • business/professional development
  • personal growth/spiritual development

Let’s start with the Mind Candy, since all work and no play makes Jane a dull girl.

My all time favorite in the Mind Candy Category is definitely The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  It tells the Arthurian Legend from Morgaine’s (Morgan le Fay’s) point of view.  All of her Avalon series is good, and Diana Paxson has even continued the storyline with excellent success.  As with most book to film stories, the book is MUCH better than the movie.

An excellent series that my son introduced me to is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  It is a fun twist on Greek mythology.

While I’m not a big fan of the HBO series True Blood, I absolutely love the Sookie Stackhouse books, starting with Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.  The series is based, very loosely, on the books, and I found the books a lot more fun!  They definitely qualify as mind candy!

Moving on to the business/professional development category, one of the first books I recommend to change your mindset about money is Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker.  If you are stuck in a financial rut, this book will help get you started in the process of turning yourself around.

Another book that really helped me change my thinking about money is The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources by Lynne Twist.  She is an incredible woman, a phenomenal fundraiser, and someone who has done incredible work to feed the hungry. She was also called to help create the constitution in Ecuador, which is the only country that includes rights for the land.

If you are a business owner, or entrepreneur, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin is a wonderful resource. Once upon a time, tribes were small and very localized.  With the internet at our fingertips, tribes have become globalized.  They are seeking leaders, not only for big trends, but also for specialized niches.

Right now I am reading Rules for Renegades by Christine Comaford-Lynch. The tag line is How to Make More Money, Rock Your Career, and Revel in Your Individuality.  I’ve just started reading this one, so I can’t tell you much about it other than that she has an excellent sense of humor, and she’s been through some incredible experiences.

And last but not least, personal growth/spiritual development.  Where to start?  I’ve read several of Dan Millman’s books, including Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior, and The Laws of Spirit. Dan Millman has a wonderful way of weaving life lessons into an easy to read story that draws you in. He keeps it interesting!

One book I read quite a long time ago that really stuck with me is Keys to the Open Gate: A Woman’s Spirituality Sourcebook by Kimberley Snow. the author includes wisdom from many different religions and excerpts from books around the world.  She includes activities and meditations to go along with the writings.  It’s a good book to read a little bit every day.

Most recently, I just finished reading The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. Deepak is definitely one of the enlightened teachers of our time, and this book is clear and concise.  I’ve noticed these laws ineffect in my life just since reading the book.

What are your favorite books?  What’s on your summer reading list?

Blessings,

Mary