Post ID 747

Posted by on April 22, 2020

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” Aristotle

I celebrate Earth Day today as I do every year – by going outside and being in nature. Pretty simple I know, but I also know the best way to appreciate this earth is to get out there and engage with it on a personal level. And of course this applies any day of the year.

Before I headed out this morning, I noted it’s also a new moon today, so I infused my new moon practice with my Earth Day clebration and voila! Enjoy this walking practice to discover something new about your current desires.

How to Walk with Desire

1) Before you set out, take note of how you’re feeling, in general and about the walk. Aside from being present and enjoying your time outside, you’ll be learning something about what you currently desire. Keep track in a journal if you’re into that sort of thing like I am.

2) During your walk, just get out there and have fun. Be as present as you can be to the sights and sounds of this beautiful earth. While you’re out, take note of something that catches your attention; that causes you to pause and take a second look; or that is cool or special to you. 

3) When you return, note again how you’re feeling, in general and about the walk. Has anything changed since the start of your walk? Also, what was the special thing you noticed? Describe what it was about the thing you noticed that captured your attention. Now how can you apply that understanding to the thing you desire?

For example, my son wanted to come on my walk with me which was a rare offer, so I gladly welcomed him. While I did notice some interesting sites en route, it turned out that the biggest thing I noticed was more about how the walk went down.  Whereas I wanted to go on a nice easy stroll along the trail, my son wanted us to blaze our own trail through the bush, over the rock and into the beaver pond. 

I admit it was a nice change that I wouldn’t have pursued if he wasn’t there. It got me out of my routine to do the unexpected, explore and discover new things. So I can now apply that to my current desires (or new moon intention if you prefer). As I pursue my current desire this month, I will keep in mind that ideally it will help me “get out of my routine, do the unexpected, explore and discover new things”. And that sounds just about right to me.

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, whether or not you try this walk, may you notice nature’s beauty, magic and marvelousness – and how it reflects and nurtures the same in you!

Posted in: Adventure, Dreams, Nature

Post ID 590

Posted by on December 22, 2017

“It’s winter, the time of year when nature whispers.”  

Scott Fitzgerald

I hope you enjoyed a happy solstice yesterday – winter solstice for you northerners and summer solstice for you southerners! Did you acknowledge it in any special way?

I love learning about and trying others’ rituals and celebrations to be more present in my life, while also honouring the past and future.

My family and I had fun welcoming the winter with our ski community at a Solstice party. I also took some solo time outside in the snowy darkness to come back to myself after a busy day, reflect on my action packed autumn and imagine the winter to come.

“From the dark, to the light” is the message I heard as I listened to the snow fall, the squeaks and crunches of the Lake Superior ice, and to my inner self.

As a Canadian, I tend to think of winter as the dark season, because it can feel so dark, cold and long. But this little reminder message highlights that in fact, day by day, the light is returning. And this is exactly how I view “symbolic” winter.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’m an outdoor lover who often looks to nature for guidance. To everything, there is a (symbolic) season. If spring is the season for new beginnings, summer for abundance, autumn for change – then winter is the season for going within to illuminate the way forward.

For me, winter is the second phase of the symbolic cycle of seasons (with autumn as the entry point). The inner work amps up during this phase of “dreaming and planning” before the “leaping into action” of spring.

Even if you are in the Southern Hemisphere and celebrating the start of summer, you can infuse the lessons and energy of winter into every day of your life!

Try these Top 10 Ways to Illuminate through Winter:

  1. LISTEN– In the silence of winter, the inner work continues. Notice what is calling to you and also hear what your heart has to say. Follow your intuition.
  2. ILLUMINATE – Shine light on your fears and desires, your obstacles and solutions, your limits and strengths. The more you find, the more you’ll flow.
  3. WONDER – Be curious and creative about all of the possibilities available to you. Wonder about the options for your life and experience moments of everyday wonder.
  4. DREAM – Open up to all of your hopes, wishes, ideas, goals, wants and desires. Dream deeply, widely, wildly and freely. Record your ideas.
  5. LEARN – What can you learn about your favourite desires? Read, watch, study, talk with others or try them out to discover as much as you can.
  6. INTEND – Turn your “I wish” into your “I will” by claiming your deepest desires and moving forward with the intention of pursuing them.
  7. BELIEVE – Trust that you have everything you need (or the ability to figure it out) to follow and fulfill your heart’s desires.
  8. RECEIVE – Embrace support from others, especially those who believe in you and your vision or have expertise to guide you – and especially in this vulnerable season of contemplating new adventures.
  9. PLAN – This is officially the planning phase, to strategize about how you’ll move from dreaming to doing. In doing so, you’re also planning for the inevitable change of seasons.
  10. ALIGN – Move through this season grounded in knowing who you truly are. Align your plans and actions according to True You, and you’ll be on your way to enjoy more of what matters most to you!

And what if you’re not feeling this winter energy? Remember that this is a metaphor, so you may not be in this season of life (even if it is actually winter). The number one rule is to . . . honour the season that your body tells you that you are in. Remember, it’s likely that you’re in different seasons in your life overall and in each of the different areas of your life such as family, finances, work, health, etc.

And how do you adjust this symbolism to your own time frame?  Perhaps you can relate to having experienced “winter” for a year or more of your life, for a week of your month, for a portion of your day or for a singular moment. Practice applying the 10 suggestions to any time of your life.

For great references on how to do this, learn from other powerful cyclical symbols in nature. So, to learn how to incorporate “winter” into every month, look to moon and menstrual wisdom (the new moon and the menstrual phase would be the phases symbolic of winter). Or to learn about adding “winter” to each day, consider sun wisdom and divide your day into 4 phases to discover which part of your day is best for you to practice “winter” activities (it’s likely midnight to 6:00am, for example, but when else would you benefit from some introspective time in your day?). The First Nations’ Medicine Wheel has countless other applications to learn about and leverage the powerful ways that all things are connected in the circle of life.

So, which season are you in with respect to taking care of yourself and enjoying what matters most? When and how can you dream, decide and design? Pick your favourite idea from the list and try it today!

To your winter wonder and wisdom!
Nicole

P.S. Are you stuck in a season of your life? Reach out to me and I’d love to help you!

P.P.S. I celebrate Christmas, so want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for you and to wish you a very happy Christmas.  May you “let your heart be light . . . ” 🙂

Posted in: Dreams

Post ID 76

Skiing

Posted by on January 19, 2017

It’s the heart of ski season here, and while cross country skiing the other day I was thinking a lot about you and your hopes and dreams for 2017. As I enjoyed my quiet, sunny morning of exercise and fresh air, I thought about the ski tips I’ve learned in the past and what they have to do with you.

We’re more than half way through January, so you may have already hit an obstacle when it comes to achieving your New Year’s resolutions or goals. Are you feeling a bit stuck as you learn the new skills required to achieve your plans?

Enjoy these ski tips as a metaphor for getting back on track with your goals. Even if you have no interest in skiing or you live in the south, there’s a takeaway here for you.

7 Skiing Success Strategies

  • On Improving Technique – Practising new techniques feels so wrong and unnatural at first, but eventually the flow will surpass your expectation. Don’t focus on what you’re doing wrong, instead focus on the proper new technique.
  • On Corners – Lean into the curve in the direction you’re going so that you don’t fall off balance. Keep your head up and look in the direction you want to go.
  • On Uphills – Deliberately place your foot, shift your weight there, place your next foot in front of the other and repeat.  Use the momentum of each step until you get to the top and once you get there keep going. If you stop, you’ll lose your momentum (or fall backwards) and its harder to get going again.
  • On Downhills – Sure, there are tips to learn but eventually you just have to relax an go for it. The more you resist, tense up and worry, the more likely you are to crash! The hardest part is training your brain to know everything is going to be alright. The scariest part is at the top looking down, but once you’ve done it you’re like “oh, I could have done that all along.”
  • On Leaving the Track – When it’s time to change course, step out a little sooner than you feel comfortable, and do it quickly with both feet.
  • On Practice – Learn a few tips, then focus on those a little at a time each day until they come naturally. Commend yourself for trying something new. Enjoy the process.
  • On Celebrating – Sure the experience itself is a reward, but there’s nothing like Finnish pancakes and a sauna to celebrate a job well done!

And I’m sure you can guess where I learned these great tips. A coach, of course! I’m mostly a self-taught skier, but there are just some things you can’t learn from a book or a YouTube video. There’s nothing like the right coach to help you develop more quickly and smoothly than you could on your own.

I love how my ski coach: saw things about what I was doing that I couldn’t see myself and helped me improve them; adapted her lessons to meet me where I was; patiently repeated lessons until I “got it”; helped me through the parts that intimidated me; encouraged me and wanted to me to succeed; was a pleasure to spend time with and made the experience fun!

So as you work on your dreams and desires, may these Skiing Success Strategies help you along your way. But if you’re feeling stuck and would love a coach to help you more quickly and smoothly reach your goals, I’d love to talk. Book a Clarity Call to talk with me about how I can help you succeed in 2017.

Yours Outdoors,
Nicole

Posted in: Adventure
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