|"I FEEL. There is a silence into which the world cannot intrude. There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have not lost." ~~A Course in Miracles
This month we look at recovering a sense of connection - a sense of connection with our family, our friends, and perhaps most importantly, ourselves. How do you connect with people? How do you connect with yourself? July is the perfect month to slow down, or even stop. Shed ambition, long commutes and cellular phones. Take a much needed respite from the rigours of the day and sing a tune of contentment and connection.
This month we want you to explore your sense of connection. Create a sense of creative interest as you connect with your personal dreams.
Over the last few months we have been honing our listening skills with both our morning pages and artists dates. These activities help us get something down, engage in listening and feel less strained. With practice, you will become more connected with who you are and how you fit in with this world. You will be able to "hear" what your heart and mind are telling you, and have been trying to tell you for some time now. You will start to hear the dialogue you need, find the right experiences - books, seminars, hobbies - that fit with what you are doing and trying to become connected with.
I feel alive
I feel my heart beating
I feel my life and body dance to its rhythm
I feel my heartbeat
I feel my heart
I feel my life
I feel alive
As we truly listen and become connected with ourselves, we must remember that perfectionism is not an option. Perfectionism is often described as:
• Getting it right • Fixing it before I go any further • Having standards
Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move ahead. It is debilitating and can prevent you from recovering a true sense of connection. Ask yourself this question:
What would I do if I didn't have to do it perfectly?
Step 7: Recovering a Sense of Connection
Perfectionism, fear, lack of self-esteem - these things prevent us from moving forward. We cannot escape fear, but we can turn fear into adrenaline that allows us to take risks. You will feel great once you have done it!
If you didn't have to do it perfectly, what would you try?
1. Modern dancing
2. Learning a new language
3. Taking a cooking class
4. Reading my poetry in public
5. A spontaneous tropical vacation
6. Taking a watercolour class
List the things you would try....
Recovering a sense of connection means uncovering the buried parts of ourselves. Answering these questions will tell you what you missed in the past, and what you can be doing now to find a true connection with yourself.
1. As a kid, I missed the chance to...
2. As a kid, I dreamed of being...
3. As a kid, I wanted a...
4. I am sorry that I will never again see...
5. For years, I have missed and wondered about...
6. Writing my morning pages has shown me I can...
7. I am taking a greater interest in...
8. I believe I am getting better at...
9. My artist has started to pay more attention to...
10. I feel more...
It is important to acknowledge our positive inventory as well as our shortfalls. Take positive stock of what good you have to build on in the present.
To begin Step 7, explore the missing pieces and uncover ways in which you can reconnect with yourself.
Step 7: To begin recovering a sense of connection, I will:
We tend to think that being hard on ourselves will make us strong. In fact, it is cherishing ourselves that gives us strength.
1. Create a pictorial autobiography. Cut out pictures from magazines that reflect your past, present, future
and your dreams, and arrange them in a collage.
2. List five favourite films. Do you see any common denominators among them? Do you see traces of yourself
or your pictorial autobiography in those films?
3. Give your collage a place of honour, and look at it often. Find a way to accomplish those dreams.
This month we encourage you to recover a sense of connection, while enjoying a lovely picnic!
• Dig out that beautiful picnic basket
• Buy some of your favourite naan bread or flatbread
• Buy some of your favourite cheese
• Take along some home-made hummus
• Cut up some raw vegetables and sweet fruit
• Pack in a bottle of wine
Find a shady nook in your local park and relax. Listen to your innermost thoughts and find a true connection with yourself
Tune yourself to the rhythms of your heart and life. Listen to the beat of your own drummer to recover your sense of connection.
July 2011: Electrodermal Screening has arrived!
What are the benefits?
• Restore Cellular Communication
• Improve Nutrient Intake
• Detoxify and Nourish your Cells
• Balance Hormones, Blood Sugar and Metabolism
Who should consider EDS screening?
If you are suffering from any of the following:
• Poor digestion
• Hormonal imbalance
• Arthritis and joint pains
• Elevated cholesterol
• Blood sugar imbalances
• Allergies or sinus problems
• Fatigue, depression
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Susan Holm at 519.886.3000.
Stay tuned for the August instalment of my newsletter, where we'll explore more great tips and tricks for creative recovery, including Step 8 for recovering your inner creativity.
Until then, I remain yours in good health,
52 Bridgeport Road E. Waterloo, ON N2J 2J6
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