Behind the Scenes Look at Planning Supportive Events

I don't think I've ever given a behind the scenes look into planning an event, but I've been planning events for decades, and thought it may be of interest to NOT ONLY those of you who facilitate/host events, but also those of you who participate so you know what to look for when joining your next event!

During my corporate training career, our program/event satisfaction surveys revealed that participants most enjoyed the networking opportunities, storytelling from those with experience in...

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I'm not religious, but...

A long time ago, a baby was born. It was a beautiful scene with a couple who welcomed it into the world, knowing that more light (higher consciousness) and unconditional love could be expressed.

Was this baby raised in an environment feeling loved, just for existing, and being who they are? Did this baby feel special, while growing in ways to experience how their specialness was interconnected with all other beings' specialness on Earth? Was this baby supported and mentored in...

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Ancestral Connections

While hosting a recent Land Listening Walk, there was a point where I spoke about my ancestors. The challenge I have when I speak about my ancestors, however, is that I tend to get emotional. It also happens during private sessions with clients (coaching, shamanic healing, Reiki...) when the client's ancestors have something to say, so I've been prompted to ask myself why I get so emotional.

The answer that I've come up with is that when I bring the ancestors into my awareness...

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Deep Listening

When the same information/data shows up from multiple sources, I pay attention. This week, two different people shared similar versions on the same story, so I thought I'd elaborate on it here. The story goes that there are certain cultures (e.g., Asian, Native American) where it's customary to listen deeply when someone is speaking—which minimizes interruptions that are considered inappropriate, or even rude.  The listener then generally replies after they have had a moment...

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Extending Invitations

empath rejection self-care Jun 07, 2022

When I was a kid, I'd walk to other kids' homes and knock on the door to see if they wanted to come out and play. Today, we have all sorts of ways to extend an invitation from texting to social media, however, extending the invitation to "come out and play" becomes a bit more complex as we age and take on more responsibilities. Instead, many factors come into play (pun intended) like time, energy, and resources, as well as fears and limiting beliefs that keep us from even creating the...

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Trust Issues

I'm not a fan of turkey vultures, but one made itself known to me the other day as I was hiking.  For me, they feel ominous, triggering fears that something "bad" is about to happen.  I knew I was afraid because my heart started racing, and I noticed the thoughts about what I was making its presence mean (i.e. Who, or what was going to die?). 

And yet, I kept going.  I really wanted to complete my mission of mapping out a new Land Listening hike I was planning. My...

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What is Real?

One of the key themes that show up in my Land Listening Walks is how participants notice different things. On one walk, some saw a labyrinth up ahead, while I totally missed it. On a different trip, a couple noticed the lilacs, while I was in awe of the dandelions that made the path look like we were following the yellow brick road. 

This is a simple example of how each of us is operating within our own reality. Our reality is shaped by our awareness, and our awareness comes as...

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Holding Space: What is it?

Even if “holding space” was a common phrase, its meaning can involve various interpretations.  This confusion is less of an issue for those who are consistently clear about their needs and follow-through on them, but for empaths, confusion around what it means to “hold space" for someone is a bit riskier. 

Empaths are not only found in helping roles and professions—where we are frequently expressing the gift of "holding space"—but we also tend...

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What If...

When I ask clients, and members of my The Empath's Journey Facebook group, about their biggest, wildest dream, it's not uncommon for them to feel stumped.

Creating space for day-dreaming, and imagining, hasn't exactly been a core value in our produce and consume culture. In addition, Empaths—those who can feel others' emotions as if they are their own—have learned to become highly attuned to others' needs (to minimize the risk of feeling others' dense emotions...

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Don't Fit In?

It makes me smile when I hear a new client say something along the lines of, "I so resonated with your website and just felt that I needed to reach out to you."

If they only knew what it took for me to get to the point of sharing the copy that's on my website, especially my Home and About pages!

To attract the clients I could best serve, I needed to write—and then share—an authentic expression of my journey, including my experiences in the "Ordinary World" where I spent...

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