The brightness of the sun finally gives way to early morning darkness and later afternoon shadows. Here in the southwest I find myself welcoming the dark as never before. Maybe it’s a more truthful mirror for these days as the natural occurrences environmentally, politically and even socially may feel less than natural. May the love and creativity that inhabit us all, serve to overcome the darkness.

ARE YOU READY TO WRITE YOUR STORY?  FOR YOURSELF OR FOR OTHERS?  IT’S A WONDERFUL WAY TO START A NEW YEAR.  I hope you’ll check out my group offerings at the end of the newsletter and find one that helps you put your story into words.  Blessings to you all.

Deb

I’m not alone I know in feeling grateful for the gifts of 2017.  For me it’s been a remarkable year, marked by some of these highlights:

* living with my POSSSLQ and sharing love, light, and laughter (for more information see our website and read our story at www.possslq.com)

* sharing the POSSSLQ story with others at Senior Centers, HOA’s and other special interest groups (LGBTQ) see calendar at www.possslq.com

* delivering a wonderful retreat at Ferry Beach Conference Center in Saco, Maine and facilitating it with my dear friend Gail McMeekin.  We had fun with 12 other women and one brave man creating soul collage cards and writing sections of spiritual autobiography as they filled in the map of their life journey. Hope to see some of you next year – see below.

* facilitating Collaborative Arts projects in an Adult Care Home for people with severe memory loss

* loving the month-long trip back East visiting friends and family members, as well as my family camp in New Hampshire.  Even got to spend two days on the coast of Maine with a woman who I haven’t seen in 50 plus years, though we went to college together and lived for one year as roommates in downtown Boston. What a trip that was down memory lane.

* being offered the position as part-time Assistant Coordinator for the Old Fort Lowell Live At Home Program matching volunteers with individuals requesting rides, socialization and other help to stay in their homes.

*  leading my writing Spiritual Autobiography groups for beginners and advanced writers.  They continue to inspire me and others to tell our stories before it’s too late.

The coyotes and bunnies (not together of course) ramble through the neighborhood and our backyard. The desert hues of flora and fauna and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets bring joy to my heart.

I am most grateful for family and friends near and far. I wish you peaceful hearts and minds and the knowledge that in the big scheme of things we truly are One. May your creativity and love serve us all.

Warm wishes from the heart.

Deb

To learn more about the events listed here – click on the links below

ONLINE CLASS

Story Circle Network – JANUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 12, 2018

“Stories for the Next Generation: Recalling, Writing and Sharing your Family Legends”

http://www.storycircleonlineclasses.org/classes/knox.winter2018.php

Register online

LOCAL TUCSON WRITING GROUPS

CRAFTING A SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY Writing and Seeking Guidance from your Center –

(INTRODUCTORY COURSE)

MONDAY:   January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2018.   1:30 – 4:00 pm

ADVANCED WRITING GROUP

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES…

Culling memories to live fully in the present.

WEDNESDAY January 3, 17, 31, February 14, 28, MARCH 14, 2018

1:30 – 4:00 PM  CLOSED

CRAFTING A COHERENT AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Continue your Story…

THURSDAY   January 11, 25, February 8,22, March 8, 22, 2018

1:30 – 4:00 PM  (SPACE STILL AVAILABLE) 

TO REGISTER AND FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GROUPS IN TUCSON, CONTACT DEB AT DLKCOACH@GMAILCOM OR 520 780 3834.

REGISTRATION FEE:  $200.00 FOR ALL COURSES. CONVENIENT MID-TOWN LOCATION 

FOUR DAY RETREAT

SOUL PATH RENEWAL

Ferry Beach Conference Retreat Center, Saco, Maine AUGUST 20 – 24, 2018

http://www.ferrybeach.org/aug-20-24-soul-path-renewal.html

Register early to get an oceanside view! 

To register for events locally please contact me directly at dlkcoach@gmail.com or call at 520 780 3834.  See more on my Events page. 

What is My Soul Path?  What is “Spiritual?”  These were the questions posed the first evening of our 3-day retreat at Ferry Beach Retreat August 20 – 24, 2017,  by the 13 participants. When we asked about people’s intentions for this sacred time,  the responses were heartfelt and sincere…

  • be in the flow with myself
  • become more comfortable with being and not doing/feel good about doing nothing
  • seek direction/passion and overcome anxiety
  • change career focus to provide more people connection
  • discover more about self
  • become more mission-focused again
  • face the challenges of living with adult children and/or aging parents… and last but not least,   NO EXPECTATIONS

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We came together with a mixed bag of expectations and needs, and as people were drawn to select various images, they began to trust their intuitive voice.  Gradually, the questions turned to quiet reflection and meditation as confidence increased in their ability to listen to their muse.  Participants created Intention cards, and Source Cards as well as finding their Power Animal.

The drawing of a spiritual storyline brought the imagery into more focus as the trajectory of their life path was revealed.  We noticed how both of these processes (the Soul Collage and the Spiritual Autobiography) start off with an intention and then are followed by allowing the creative to take over.  Participants reconnected with their childhood and adolescent self and the stories they read were filled with insights as to their current challenges, including the willingness to be more authentic.  An early experience of aloneness for one participant provided understanding about how the need to excel transformed her inner self.   Overall deeper insight and personal revelations when shared, inspired all of us.

As the days unfolded and thoughts turned homeward, some powerful intentions were created for significant Next Steps.  Some of the lessons learned in response to the intentions listed above included:

  • spiritual opportunities exist in all I do – therefore, no more rushing or tasking, just be in the moment
  • the light and dark of the eclipse and time alone and with others helps me trust the natural rhythm of life
  • the creative process of finding images and writing about them is powerful – I want to do more
  • engaging in spiritual and creative practices on a daily basis works for me.

A wish for all of us on departing was to get rid of more stuff, the shiny objects as one person described them.  And to let go of the need to be an information junkie, by constantly checking email and other social media. Feelings of aloneness were temporarily replaced with the joy of being in a safe place for 3 days of deep discovery and sharing.

Gail and I were able to go with the flow of the participants’ energy and our own passion for the tools and insight we each brought to the weekend. There merging of Soul Collage and Spiritual Autobiography as compatible tools sparked more creativity and we look forward to providing a follow-up to those who attended.  I have deepening gratitude and understanding for the subtle but powerful results for others in writing and sharing their stories.  I’m excited about bringing the new insights to my “beginner” Spiritual Autobiography groups here in Tucson.  I also look forward to sharing the course through StoryCircle Network in mid-Winter. Stay tuned.

For those wishing to continue to deepen and understand the source of what you consider spiritual, you will benefit from exploring your storyline.

Happy Writing,

deb

Dates for Tucson based – Crafting Your Spiritual Autobiography to Discover your Soul Path

Monday morning 10 – 12:30

October 16, 23, and 30

November 6, 13, and 20, 2017 

Tuesday afternoon 1:30 – 4:00 pm

October  24 & 31

November 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2017

Check out my website www.lifeworktransitions.com/events for more information and to register.

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