Planning My Perfect Day

My Perfect Day starts here

My Perfect Day starts here

The invitation to describe my Perfect Day, from start to finish, is a real challenge. There are so many ‘things’ that I love to do – how could I compress them all into a single Perfect Day?

A theme of Perfect is easier to contemplate, to imagine unfolding in the present moment.

I wake up to the dawn chorus of birdsong. I feel well rested and am looking forward to this awesome day! I meditate on my slow deep breathing, on the Energy and Light filling me from the inside and radiating into my immediate environment, into my greater world, into the Universe. Feeling light and energised I choose which course I will adventure out on for my early morning run – along the beach, the estuary path or residential streets past homes where most people are still sleeping peacefully. It is glorious running so early, when the day is fresh and new, and I think and plan and breathe to the steady rhythm of my feet caressing the earth in Blessing.

I look forward to my breakfast – a smoothie compilation of great fresh fruit and veges, and steaming mug of aromatic coffee. The day stretches ahead. I may have a few Acupuncture consultations booked – my passion in practice. I feel so grateful to be able to share this knowledge and expertise – and my heart sings when my clients benefit. I could spend some time reading and researching, planning future treatment sessions.

I could write my next blog post. I could write a letter to a loved one. I could spend time visioning and reflecting on current projects.

Lunch time! Perhaps meet a friend to share lunch and a catch up. Or create a meal from home grown produce and sit in the garden watching the birds, listening to the ocean. I could spend a few hours working in the garden, or creating and crafting some form of handwork. I could read for pure enjoyment. What about going to the movies, or browsing through the shops in a local mall just for the fun of it?

Late afternoon is a perfect time for a coffee and email check. What is happening in my world? Time to also check that I have not left anything undone that needs to be done today. I am feeling relaxed and satisfied with the way my day has unfolded, with all the events and people that have featured in my Perfect Day.

Dinner time approaches. I could be meeting a friend for dinner and an outing to the theatre or an event. I could be planning a quiet evening at home with a simply delicious home cooked meal enjoyed by candlelight. The time after dinner is one of my favourite times. I feel a sense of order and completion once the dishes are washed, and the kitchen and table are cleared. Now I may finish off any last tasks for the day.

My evening shower is a calming and cleansing ritual, a time to wash away any cares and to express Gratitude. Gratitude for all the events and the spaces in between; for the people I have encountered; for thePerfect Day that I have been gifted with. Time now to read a bit, to reflect some more, and to slip into a deep and peaceful sleep, to awaken fresh to my next Perfect Day.

Does my Perfect Day inspire you to define your own Perfect Day?

 

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Challenges I am Facing Right Now

facing pressing challenges right now

Facing challenges right now

 

Challenges I am facing right now have lead me to participate in Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Blog Challenge. I love blogging. I have realised that creative writing is one of my passions. I have been out of sorts recently, and I believe this challenge will help me to find my rhythm and reason again.

Day One Challenge is to name 2-3 of my biggest challenges that I am facing right now, why they are coming up for me, and any possible solutions I could identify.

Immediately I name my ‘Broken Wing’, the fracture I sustained to my left shoulder joint. Physically, every action is taking longer as I am slowly regaining function of my left arm. I tire more easily, and find my length of mental focus is also affected. I don’t feel quite so ‘driven’ as I did before my fall. I am truly grateful for the space the recovery time has given me – time to reflect on the path I was walking, and how I might want to change course. I see this as the perfect time to reassess my priorities and vision regarding my HeartFire Therapy Practice and my spiritual orientation.

To this end, I am focusing on regaining whole body health – eating well, exercising, resting, meditating and loving myself.

My second most pressing challenge is feeling overwhelmed by all the business models and business tools ‘out there’. In the past I have spent thousands of dollars and thousands of hours completing online courses on all sorts of topics that interested me, in the hope of finding the elusive one that would bring me closer to my dream of being self-employed and financially independent. While I have learnt heaps of interesting stuff, I struggle to bring it all together cohesively.

In the course of my research into the solution to my overwhelm, I have learnt that I need to ask for help, that there is no shame in acknowledging that I am floundering. I have consulted with a number of different coaches, and am learning to accept jewels of wisdom where I find them.  So many styles of coaching, so many personality types. I realise that I need to find a Tribe where I am accepted and Celebrated, where I can flourish and share my talents and gifts.  I am unique, I create my own style.

My third most pressing challenge is prioritising my time. I am so easily distracted by the chores and daily habits that I have created. It is true that living alone creates a certain freedom from ‘have-to-do activities’, yet I am the one who is responsible for keeping my home the Sanctuary I love to live in.  I love gardening, pottering at home, writing, reading, craft work……. I lose track of time, and often put grunty things off in favour of doing easier more enjoyable activities.

Why this challenge comes up for me now, is to bring me to a point of focus. How serious am I really about shining my light, about taking my gifts and talents to those who would receive them? How serious am I really about my HeartFire Business? What is truly holding me back? What would it take to create and hold my Focus?

I am working on this one, planning my next steps.

What challenges are you facing now – and would you be prepared to share them?

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Lessons from Live Love Laugh

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Dayle Hunt is a Life Mechanic and he aims to tune your internal Ferrari to reach peak performance. I attended his inaugural one-man show Live Love Laugh, where he combines personal stories of life lessons with humour and humility.

He maintains that we have six basic Human Needs which need to be fulfilled for us to live a meaningful life. He combined stories and anecdotes to illustrate how we go about meeting our individual needs to have certainty, variety, significance, love and connection, growth and contribution in our lives.

It seemed that one hour was way too short a time to settle in and fully engage with his three personas who occupied the stage in their turn.

Interestingly, for me I guess, my own enjoyment of the evening was marred by the disruptive presence of the young person who sat in the seat behind me. She repeatedly kicked the back of my chair violently, causing the whole row of seats to reverberate, and the man seated in front of me to cast annoyed looks in my direction. Then she explosively crushed her empty plastic cup in my ear. Then she sat with her feet dangling over the back of the empty seat next to me, and proceeded to kick that too.

I had accepted an invitation to Live Love Laugh, and I found myself then pondering whether this young person was actually displaying the effects of NOT having her basic needs met.

  • Certainty. Had her parents explained that they were attending a public performance where she would be required to sit peacefully for an hour during the performance. Had they outlined the expected format of the evening and told her more or less what she could expect to happen? Were there boundaries in place, should she not behave in an acceptable manner? Are her parents consistent with their discipline? How was her need for Certainty met?
  • Variety. If the young person in question was attending a live theatre event, no doubt she has attended many other social outings. School, friends’ parties, family gatherings. Perhaps she was just not enamoured with her current set of circumstances – perhaps she had wanted to be somewhere else, doing something of her own choosing.
  • Significance. Her presence behind me became significant, for all the wrong reasons! I was annoyed, distracted and then heart sore – because I did not want to be frustrated by a child. Her disruptive behaviour made her significant to others that were distracted, and perhaps also to her parents who may have felt annoyed or embarrassed that they needed to ask her to desist. How did her behaviour make her feel significant?
  • Love and Connection. If she had been my own child or grandchild, how could I have strengthened her feeling of being loved and connected? Perhaps I could have invited her to sit in my lap.
  • Growth. Perhaps this was a first ever attendance of a live event for our young person. I am hoping there would be many other opportunities for her to have wonderful experiences – and that she will grow into a sociable and friendly young woman.
  • Contribution. By just being herself, she has contributed to my learning, to my experience. It is up to me to determine the value of the contribution.

I am left pondering the evening. Dayle Hunt and Live Love Laugh will take you to many places. The familiar, the funny, the unexpected, the unexplored corners in your heart. Which brings me to ask:

How have you dealt with the disruptive seat-kicker? Please share your comments with me, so that I can keep learning!

 

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New Thinking – New Experience

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New Thinking brings New Experience

 

Have you recently changed your thinking about something, and noticed how your world opened up? New Thinking results in New Experience.

Last weekend I was one of the many people promoting a service and health based product at our local Mind Body Spirit Festival, which is held every six months at a multi-storied venue in the city. Stalls or cubicles are set up on the first two floors, with talks and workshops taking place on the third floor.

Regulars to the Festival feel a sense of familiarity with the layout and recognise many of the stall holders as they return each time, often to their same ‘space’. For a newcomer, the experience can be totally overwhelming! Imagine how much new thinking is stimulated, which results in new experience.

First, there is the sense of excitement, the hub-bub of sounds – conversation, music, general activity. The visual stimulation is intense. Posters, wall hangings, tables laden with enticing objects, the vibrant clothing and jewellery people are wearing. Your sense of smell is awakened, by the aroma of foods in the food area, fragrances of massage oils, soaps and other products.

So much to see, so many services and products on offer, so many people searching for who knows what? If you came with a particular purpose in mind, it is easy to fulfill your mission and leave feeling satisfied. But what if you had no idea what you were ultimately looking for? A vague sense of wanting something, hoping you would know what it was once it was in front of you.

I met people for whom all of these situations were true.

On the first day I was stationed at our stall, waiting for people to pass by, hoping to interest them in what we had to offer. Many times, these people had a dazed look about them, not wanting to be ‘accosted again’ by a zealous stall holder determined to bend their ear about the “next best thing”. They looked harried, overstimulated, tired, in need of a reassuring hug and a still quiet place to recover their equilibrium. Perhaps new thinking was too active resulting in too many new experiences.

I did not particularly enjoy the hours ‘attached’ to the stall. I did not feel that I created enough opportunities to serve, to offer anything of value to these people who were obviously searching for ‘something’, yet trying to escape from feeling cornered.

Overnight, I realised that my experience would change when my attitude and actions changed. I welcomed new thinking and new experiences. I decided to ‘be the change’, and spent the morning as a Roving Ambassador of Goodwill. I set out to meet each stall holder, to find out who they were, where they came from, what they were offering, and how I could meet any of their needs with what I was offering.

Guess what? I met so many interesting and lovely people! I handed out small samples as an energy exchange. I practiced the art of receiving too, accepting compliments and any snippets of advice or information. The experience was priceless.

Someone suggested to me that I could host my own stall next time – as a Roving Ambassador of Goodwill. It is a thought! Meanwhile, I shall keep practicing the technique: New Thinking leads to New Experiences.

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Are Spiritual People Always Happy?

David Karchere

 

DAVID KARCHERE is a speaker and workshop leader who assists people to renew their Primal Spirituality—an experience that virtually all human beings know at birth, and that ideally grows as they mature.

I recently attended a Seminar co-presented by David – at Riverdell, in July! I receive the weekly emailing – The Pulse of Spirit, and in this most recent one (August 23, 2015) David shares his wonderful insights about living a full and joyful life – despite the current level of physical pain he was enduring! 

With great respect, I share his words:

 

When I began to think about the topic of our first live online public course, a good friend suggested the theme of happiness. It is a subject of growing interest for people.

Dr. Jane Anetrini had introduced me to Dr. Dan Baker’s book What Happy People Know. And I’ve noticed the growing focus on the positive side of psychology – moving away from a study of mental disease to a study of what well-being looks like.

In July, I visited Riverdell, the Emissary Spiritual Center in South Australia. Dr. Andrew Horwood arranged for me to give a public talk in downtown Gawler on the topic 7 Simple Steps to a Happy, Fulfilling Life. Gawler is not a large town. But 60 people turned out in a packed room at the Prince Albert Hotel. They were fascinated and delighted.

Clearly, the topic was of intense interest. Just as important to me, I found that the subject of happiness gave me an opportunity to speak about the most pivotal areas of our human experience. It was an opportunity to explore the primal bond – our connection with all people, all of nature, and with the creative spirit within us.

Returning home to Sunrise Ranch, the team of people working on the course got very focused on the content. What would be important to people? How could we really make a difference in people’s lives?

The first issue to address was the very nature of happiness. Surely, it must go beyond a momentary feeling of elation, even though that’s delightful.

So the first of the three modules is on The True Nature of Joy. I had just written a chapter for Joyce Graham’s upcoming book, Accessing Joy. I entitled it The Joy of Creation. The truth I wanted to explore was fresh in my mind.

Life contains such poetry and irony.

As I developed the material for the first module of the course, I was recovering from a back spasm, aggravated by my travel. At times, it really hurt!

There I was, writing about joy. And my lower back was killing me!

And then I GOT it.

How perfect!  Joy isn’t just about feeling good. Happiness isn’t just a momentary sensation. I was in some pain. But I knew deep joy and fulfillment in my life. I am a happy man!

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like pain any more than the next person does. Truth be told, I’m a wimp when it comes to things like dentistry and other kinds of physical pain. I avoid pain when I have a chance. And that includes emotional pain too.

But I am a happy man, with or without a back spasm. I have joy in my life even if I am having a bad day. My joy is from something way beyond that. How can I share the key to that understanding?

I had collided with a belief that is in the back of many people’s minds: If I am on a spiritual path, good things will always happen to me, and they’ll make me happy.

Really?

When I think about it, the most spiritual people I have known in my life have dealt with all kinds of illness, heartache and disappointment.

And then I think about the people who are spiritual heroes to me. People like Martin Luther King, John Lennon, the Dalai Lama and Jesus. They each faced huge challenges. And they radiated joy.

No, happiness isn’t just a momentary sensation.

I’ve decided to name the course The Master Key to a Happy and Fulfilling Life. It will be a deep exploration of what happiness and fulfillment really is, and how to embrace it your own life.

Below is the link to the page where you can find out more about the course and register.

http://davidkarchere.com/ps-masterkey-register

I hope you can join me in our first live online course.

Next time I’ll explore the question, “What is the Master Key to Happiness?”

Warm regards,

David
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