September 2010

Autumn – my favorite time of year! There is a perfect balance of cool nights with warm days.
The skies are a brilliant blue, colors are more vibrant, and shadows are sharp.
It’s as if Mother Nature is producing one last, stupendous hurrah before the darker months descend upon us.

I revel in the sheer delight of this season.

As I look out my window, I appreciate this time of change, these golden autumnal days, and I give thanks
for the fruits of the summer. As the final agricultural harvests occur, I also am reminded that this is
truly a time when we reap what we have sown, both as fact and as metaphor.

So, what has my “harvest” produced? I have become a better photographer as a result of my
New Year’s Intention .
I have grown my coaching business from a glimmer of an idea into emerging force of change.
I have a regular yoga and meditation practice, and as a result, more serenity in my life.
I have used courage to change the things I can and have learned loving detachment along the way.
I have learned to be in the moment and to b-r-e-a-t-h-e.

What has your harvest produced?

Here’s to enjoying the fruits of our labor.

Serenity: Who Doesn’t Want More?

Chinese symbol for serenity


absence of mental
stress or anxiety; peace of mind; repose; hearts-ease

Ahhhh, who wouldn’t want this state of being? If that’s true, why don’t we have more of this in our lives?
The Universe has provided a gift certificate with our name on it, so why don’t we redeem it?

Come on, you know you really want this, so what’s stopping you?

Any of these match your excuses for the lack of serenity in your own life?

  • You believe that your busy schedule can’t handle one more thing.
  • The “shoulds” of your life have persistently loud voices in your head.
  • You’re too busy planning for all possible future contingencies – just in case.
  • You’re addicted to the adrenalin rush of busyness.
  • You continuously replay “If I only would have…” for your past actions.

Serenity is attainable!

One of the keys to serenity is mindfulness. I’m not talking about a “full mind” but rather an increased
and relaxed awareness within your mind.

Try this out: look around you, right now, wherever you are as you’re reading this.

Just look. Don’t label. What colors, textures, angles, and varieties of light do you see? Absorb the quality
of the environment you are in.

Now, close your eyes. And listen. Again, don’t label; just hear.

Eyes still closed, what scents are in the air? Pretend this is the first time you have ever encountered these scents, these senstions.

Repeat all of these actions for a few more minutes.

What differences do you notice in your body after having performed these simple actions?
What do you notice about the simple experiencing? How do these exercises differ
from how you normally interact with your surroundings?

Welcome to the world of relaxed awareness – mindfulness.

Every day our experiences provide opportunities to move us. Too often we let familiarity with our
surroundings block our attention from really looking, listening, smelling, and truly experiencing in the fullest
sense. We just move on to the next item on our to-do list, never pausing.

What would happen if, as you walk to your car, …

  • you consciously breathe in the crisp fall air, noting the expansion of your lungs?
  • you perceive the brilliant blue sky and the vibrancy of the autumn leaves?
  • you feel the warmth of the sun on your face?
  • you hear the crunch of fallen leaves under your feet?

Simply observe and then let go.

As you do so, your mind will become quieter. Brief spaces will appear between your thoughts. The more you
practice observing and just letting go, the more you will begin to notice that these spaces will grow larger,
creating more stillness within you – serenity.

Each moment in our life offers us a chance to simply focus, without constantly naming or commenting on what we’re experiencing.
When we still our mind – when we are mindful – we can truly be in each unfolding moment. And the haze
of busyness will give way to recognition of the beauty of each and every moment we experience.

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different;
enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it
will always be this way (which it won’t).”
James Baraz

Women: take control!

When are you going to do something for yourself?

You know you’re out of balance, overwhelmed, and buried by the demands of your busy life.

What if 6 hours could turn your life around?

(or your money back)

to this golden opportunity… learn how to regain control of your calendar
based on your values.

Say NO
to making excuses, believing you don’t have time, and denying yourself.

the details:

Nov. 13, 201, 9:00 – 4:00, at the C. Barton McCann School of Art, just 15 minutes

from State College. The workshop price includes snacks, lunch, workshop materials, journal and follow-up coaching session!

Serenity so close by – you won’t be disappointed! The location is stunning, and radiates peace and positive energy.

Create the change you want in your life and revel in time devoted just to you.

Get off the fence!

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how to get a special deal.

Robin Recommends:

Your Time Is Now

by Katherine Center for the Texas Conference for Women

Want a little uplift in your life? Check out this this video I ran across while searching for something else. (Know that when you leave to view the video the quirks in your browser may not return to my newsletter.) I love the message: Discover what you want — and go get it!

Words from Texas Conference for Women