(If you can't see the graphics, please click here to refresh your page.)
Click here to receive Sage Tidings... a 'now and then' newsletter with updates and life philosophy.
I look forward to sharing ideas, yoga flows, meditations, poetry, and general (sometimes off the wall) life commentary with you on this page. Welcome.
Standing At Midstream
(Lessons in Learning to Flow) Yesterday I said goodbye to Bella. Bella is/was my 20 year old burgundy Toyota Rav4. Some may find it odd or even a little silly to be saddened at saying farewell to a car. But as I thought about the sadness, it occurred to me the many reasons why 'letting go' of her was an emotional event.
I purchased her in 1996 when I was living in Nashville, Tennessee and in 2001 she made the move with me to Birch Bay, Washington. During those two decades, she was privy to many a life event, often joyful, some scary and others heart-wrenching.
Bello & Me
She was there when I lowered the windows, playing favorite tunes singing at the top of my lungs. She was there when I closed all the windows and either screamed or swore in frustration. She was there when loss entered my life and I cried my eyes out. She was there during many journeys carrying several of my past canine companions (at one point three at once) as well as my most recent sidekick, Bailey Nanda. She was there during travels with some of my closest friends, offering us a haven to share our deepest dreams, concerns and triumphs.
So yes. I am sad. Her successor is a very good-looking 2015 Kia Soul who, being her brother, is christened with the name 'Bello.' (Male version of Bella. Not sure how I know he is a boy but it felt right.) When I was about to leave her at the dealership in Everett, tears in my eyes, I asked the salesman if any of his other clients had cried when they said goodbye to their cars. He had a twinkle in his eye as he replied, "Maybe one or two." (Somehow I think there may be many others who will relate to this story.)
As I pondered what I wanted to say in this blog, a poem that I wrote way back at the tender age of 19 sprang to mind. I was considering leaving college to go travel and had some big decisions to make. It was a time of letting go at that early point in my life as well. The words to the poem seem now quite timeless to me. No matter our age, our situation or our evolving path, it seems we all celebrate, mourn and experience very similar life emotions.
Standing At Midstream
standing at midstream...
looking back, looking ahead-
wondering why, and then why not...
smiling at memories, aching at losses.
hoping for more time to live,
more strength to love,
more will to conquer
all that crosses my path.
needing someone near,
needing to be needed,
breathing deep to clear my head...
phrases, conversations, bits and pieces
of long ago and yesterday
flitting through my mind.
intermittent moments shared with friends.
new aims to be molded and strived for.
a whirlpool of endings,
a collage of beginnings...
I will be be teaching various other workshops in the near future, to include Acupressure for Women and Acupressure for Pets in various locations. Please email me or check back on my site for information regarding dates and further details.
SATURDAY, OCT. 14 - 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Whatcom Community College
Well-Being in Body, Mind & Spirit with Specific Info for Health in the Fall Season Click here to learn more and register.
PRESS HERE: Acupressure (& More) For Animals
*If you have a group interested in learning more about the benefits of acupressure as far as seasonal health, women's health, pets or overall benefits, please contact me for more info.
If you are privately interested in learning more about establishing a meditation practice, or your workplace would like to have access to a practice onsite, please contact me for more info.
Come into the silence of you and tap into a place of knowingness and peace.
I’ve come to meditation for the very first time in my 70’s. With Maureen guiding us into deep relaxation, it comes fairly easily, with a wonderful feeling of peace and calm. Very, very good for any of us with a hectic “normal” life, reminding us of what is possible. - M.S.
Maureen’s relaxation techniques and her provision of a meaningful meditation Mantra makes for a deep and enjoyable meditation experience. I appreciate the chance to attend only to myself and to only recognize the external world but then let it go. - L.S.
Authentically YOU - Family Relationships,
Career & Life Transitions
As a long-time consultant in the uses of both the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) as well as the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children® (MMTIC®), I have witnessed first-hand the clarity and guidance these two instruments offer particularly in the world of...
* Family relationship - Learning to honor communication and diversity within the family unit
As well as...
* Individuals seeking life direction during times of transition: changing jobs, retirement, loss of a loved one, geographical move...