Already Good

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This past week I’ve noticed a little shift in my awareness that has been, dare I say, really cool. I’ve been practicing yoga again the past six months, and to be honest, I’ve found it more challenging than I did earlier in my life. Age seems to do that in some arenas of our life.

So, last week I was in a class and I experienced a shift, I noticed more space in my head, less thinking during the class. And with that space came more ease and the time flowed by almost too quickly. I was enjoying class in a new way that felt so lovely. And I hadn’t had to do anything to get to this peaceful place. It felt like it was just waiting for me all the time and only my state of mind obscured it’s presence.

Today I was in a class and I was in a somewhat shitty state of mind, woke up on the wrong side of the bed or something. But this sense of space was still present. I could notice my agitation and in seeing it for the transient nature of all thought, I found it gripped and distracted me less. Blessed relief.

I make two observations from this experience. One, if we stick with things that on some level feel right for us, over time we will find more ease. And secondly, that underneath whatever our state of mind and thinking in the moment is innate wellbeing and goodness. And this is great to know when it comes to our work and relationships, because it’s how we all are wired. Knowing we are all naturally good allows the stormy times to become non personal and pass so much easier. And new ideas and love emerge without us having to do a thing.

Coaching and going with the flow

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I’ve spent much of my life straddling two seemingly different work worlds. One is a coach/counsel/sounding board. The other is what I would call an eco restoration designer and developer. I have explored ways over the years to bring these two worlds together, but for me the restoration work feels more like making art. My passion is in the envisioning and creating and less energy on helping others with restoration projects.

With coaching, it sometimes felt less like work and more like just someone I am. Most of my life people have come to me for a good ear and ability to help people feel seen and heard. And often when we would chat away from all the other people and things going on in peoples lives I could help them find their own wisdom in whatever areas of life felt important.

Last night Anna and I were having dinner with dear friends and work colleagues at the lovely Tasty and Daughters. At some point in the midst of savoring some new gem from the kitchen one colleague turned to me and said,  “You should be providing more coaching to people. When I ran into you the other day I was feeling overwhelmed with what was going on in my work and in 30 minutes talking to you I felt 1000% better. And I often find this to be the case with your support!” It is such a lovely reminder for me to hear that what I just naturally do in life can be such a help to someone else.

Driving home I realized I’m always going to love creating beautiful spaces, but my real work work is helping others find their own wellbeing and move through life with more ease and satisfaction. What I noticed about this insight, is I didn’t force it. I’d been living in the question of how to resolve these two seemingly divergent work worlds, but I wasn’t trying to force an answer or action. At tines I felt impatient for a new thought about how to move forward. But then life has it’s own wisdom and sitting with good friends and chatting and having a lovely meal together leads surprisingly to a new perspective   when I would have least expected it. So coaching will be the focus on work and blogs going forward!