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Mothers’ Day: Just Another Hallmark Event?

Make a Real Connection!

So many special days on the calendar! So many great cards to choose from! You can go online when time is short or browse the shelves of a local store to find the perfect image and words that echo just what you want to say (or that leave out what you can’t honestly say?). That’s okay and mom will appreciate your effort: a lovely card goes a long way to lift the spirits and brighten the day. OR you can extend ourselves a little for a chance at something more meaningful, a real connection!

How often do you go one step further and write a sentence or two that is personal and special, a few words to show that she is really on your mind and heart. Even better, take say 20 minutes and share some memories of times you enjoyed together. Not a listing of how great a mom she is or how much you appreciate all she’s done for you, although nothing wrong with some of that. I’m talking about reminiscing about a great experience you had together – it might be getting through a hard time, special laughs on a holiday or adventure, or a family event that you planned together.

If perchance none of this is comfortable due to issues of estrangement, then this is a good time to open yourself to the possibility of reconciliation. In spite of any anger and pain you may have, to simply make the intention of wanting a healthier relationship will bring about a shift in the right direction. The subtle energies carried by your thoughts have power and influence, so when you choose the higher road of understanding and compassion (for yourself as well a your mom), you open the channels for genuine connection – a gift beyond price.

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SOS? Affordable Virtual Therapy

Now more than ever it is important to know that support is available. Please feel free to contact me to schedule a free introductory consultation.  My fees until further notice have been reduced to $75 per virtual session (from $125). And for Essential Services workers 2 sessions for price of 1 (2 for $75). Often one session is sufficient to get the help and take-away tools you need to overcome anxiety, for example.

 

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Mindfulness for Health and Hope

“During this trying time, we can all benefit from positive, inspiring messages and encouragement. Join me every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for a phone-in audio program where I will provide guided meditation and simple exercises to help calm your mind and soothe your soul. This program is offered as part of the City of Barrie’s Seniors Centre Without Walls initiative. To register for this program, contact City of Barrie Recreation Programmer Jessica Gourlie at
705-739-4220 ext 5688 or by email Jessica.gourlie@barrie.ca.”

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Mom’s Day and Pan 2020: It’s Okay to Cry

Sometimes when I allow the suffering around me to fully enter my awareness, I just want to cry, and I’ve finally learned to say “that’s okay”. More people are homeless and hungry, children are cooped up, mothers and fathers are faced with parenting challenges they never dreamed of, those in abusive environments lack protection, so many people old and young are dying unnaturally and unexpectedly and without the comfort of family and friends. If you are human at all and you open your heart, how can you not feel the need to mourn for yourself and others. Continue reading “Mom’s Day and Pan 2020: It’s Okay to Cry”

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Pan 2020: Covid-19 Renamed

This is the first that I’ve written about the pandemic that started early this year. Until now I couldn’t share my thoughts about how it effects us and how to cope, because I didn’t feel able to use the words that are commonly used in headlines; namely, the term for the beastly germ phenomenon,  the particular virus that is rampant. (Indeed, I only wrote the words in the title AFTER this article was finished.) When I see the name of the viral germ repeated over and over again, often accompanied by magnified and colour-enhanced images, I get an emotional reaction that blocks right-mindedness and creates anxiety. Not so much for my own well-being and safety, as for how the messages when presented this way will effect everyone, creating more denial than acceptance, more reaction than response, more fear than love. Continue reading “Pan 2020: Covid-19 Renamed”

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Your Ageless Life: An Evening of Comfort and Joy

Sunrise Reflection over Valley

Barrie Ageless Life Monday – BALM

Monday, December 9, 6.30 – 9.00 p.m.

Life is an ever-changing spiral of light and darkness, expansion and contraction. Especially at this time of year you may be feeling these contrasting pulls, with memories from before, and decisions coming up that want to be resolved. Join Lynne and a group of like-minded women to let go of the issues that drain your energy, and find ways to create more joyful moments that build and sustain body, mind and spirit.

Bring a journal and wear comfortable clothes. If you wish, bring an unwrapped item for “potlatch” that will go into a basket anonymously: Gently used items like a scarf or brooch, jar of homemade jam, a book or candle, any little treasure that you are ready to pass on.

Tea will be ready by 6.15 and I hope to start and end in good time. To reserve your place, please send $25 by etransfer* to my email address, or mail or drop a cheque to S. Lynne Marshall**.

Already feeling the sense of fun and fulfillment that we will create together in this the first BALM (Barrie Ageless Life Monday).

Love and light, Lynne

705-241-7464

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Mindful Qigong – All Ages

Weekly Drop-in Classes: All Ages (9 years and older)

This easy and relaxed class brings big benefits for your individual needs: stress relief,  pain relief, more energy, balance, spiritual centering, awareness and joyfulness.

NO CHARGE for these classes. Donations are welcome and 50% goes to Grace United Church that provides space for so many community programs!

At 350 Grove Street East

Main floor chapel room at Grace United Church

Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. April 9, 16, 23 and 30th

Suitable for all ages, 9 – 99, Make it family time!

Suggested donation of $10

 You will find  a sense of peace and well-being, through proven methods that combine the principles of Mindfulness Meditation with the ancient art of Qigong (Chi Kung). Laugh and learn for fun and wellness. Any fitness level, can even be done seated. Simple, yet amazingly effective!

My mission is to share the tools that have supported my own recovery journey and that are key to maintaining my health and energy. I love sharing the sense of empowerment and well-being that can be gained with a few simple exercises. Give it a try, it may work for you. Leading this group with my husband, Brian, is a highlight of my week.

With love and light, Lynne

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Reinvention: Six Weeks to a More Meaningful Life

A life-Changing Experience! Scheduled over six weeks with personal coaching sessions and four day-long workshops. 

You are Unique! Perhaps you’ve thought about reinventing yourself and adding a new chapter to your life story.I have done it myself with great success and am now inspired to provide the opportunity for other women to experience the vitality and freedom that comes from doing more of what you love and less of what you don’t.

This course consists of four workshops, scheduled bi-weekly, each one a key step towards renewing and recreating yourself: 

1) Rediscovering who you are 2) Finding out what you really want, 3) Exploring how to attract and achieve what you want, and 4) Manifesting now – through action and attraction! The series is spread over 6 weeks, with time between workshops for individual coaching and personal study.

The group is small enough for meaningful interaction and personal support. If you are ready for a change, large or small, this is the time and place to make it happen! Course graduates have changed jobs, relationships,homes; launched creative pursuits, and grown their businesses. You may want a more active, busy lifestyle; or on the other hand, fewer obligations and more time for yourself! Here you will find a safe supportive environment and a team to go with it. No need to go it alone.

The Reinventing Course is built on my many years of professional experience as a training consultant, counselor/healer, and group facilitator; and more importantly on my own journey of personal survival, growth and reinventing myself. It will include innovative applications of tools and methods that will keep the work exciting and effective, as well as interesting homework and individual coaching to keep you on the path between sessions. I will bring to it my boundless enthusiasm and heartfelt commitment.

The course will run this fall, when 6 -8 women are interested and ready:) 

Total investment of  $490 ($450 for early-bird registration).

 “Take Lynne’s course! You’ll learn so much about yourself, your wants and needs, your goals and how to attain them, all from a spiritual energy perspective.” Go to the testimonial tab on the website, for more kind words from graduates.

I look forward to hearing from you!  Your input and questions are welcome:)

Email: info@spaceforspirit.ca   Mobile: 705-241-7464

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Spring Cleaning: Thank Goodness for the Pros!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the many aspects of spring cleaning – the clearing away of every kind of debris that clutters up our lives and drains our energy. The first day of spring brings up images of yellow forsythia in bloom, the fresh sound of rivulets and streams, and the hope of fresh starts. It can also bring up discouragement if you are feeling overwhelmed by the daily household chores that sometimes pile up to an alarming degree. It’s okay to hire help! I have been there myself and am so grateful for the day we decided to engage a cleaning person twice a month. If you too have had the gift of an angel helper in your home, you can share the gratitude and help me acknowledge the value of this under-estimated group of professionals. When we moved to our new city, we had to find a new cleaning service and with the usual synchronicity (miracle) Lindsay appeared. Besides the regular biweekly tidy and clean, she has helped us learn about our neighbourhood, checks the house when we are away, and has been indispensable for all kinds of situations with mail, keys, or guests arriving early. Texting is our ongoing line of communication for professional and personal talks. We trust her completely, and enjoy her company when we are home when she comes. The question of cost is no small matter for some, but if you don’t already know the benefits, you might like to give it a go. I for one would give up lots of things before I’d let our cleaning angel go. Besides the sheer pleasure of a cleaner house, in a time when many of us barely know our neighbours and with family members often far away, a relationship like this can bring a lot of harmony and freedom to overloaded lives. Thank you to all the cleaning professionals out there!

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Love Letter

 

After so many years together, my partner and I are reaching a level of understanding and intimacy that I never dreamed possible. When people learn how long we’ve been together, they want to know “What’s your secret?” That’s a topic for a long story we would have to write together, but today I’d like to share a few thoughts.

Like any long-term relationship, we’ve “had our share of ups and downs”. Wonderful romantic moments, travels, joyous and rewarding times with our daughters, personal successes to celebrate together; and on the other side, times when we came very close to breaking up. Our bank of good feelings would become depleted with the stresses and strains of child-rearing, work, and our individual demons. At such times, relationships can easily become the scapegoat: “this marriage isn’t good for me”, or “if only he would change, he’s never going to change”.  But somehow, with some luck, some wisdom, some blessings from above, we have managed to keep going forward together. We’ve had some amazing help. Once in a while (on average about once a decade) we sought help in the form of counselors, books, workshops, or just taking time out together. This allowed us get back on track and continue our journey, usually at a higher level of understanding and intimacy. Whenever conflict arises, (and hooray for that: if there’s no conflict how much intellectual stimulation, fun and passion is left anyway?), at least one of us manages to take the high road. Here’s three tips I’d like to share about how that works for us.

  1. ACCEPT: Remember that you don’t always have to understand what’s gong on with him or her. They have their own sacred landscape, parts you have not yet been privileged to see. Your job is to accept and stay the course. As long as you feel safe and you have openings for communication, you can stay committed to the journey of living and growing together “till death doth you part”.
  2. WALK AWAY: When you are ready to react badly, saying or doing things you will regret, just walk away, but not too far away or for too long. Just take your leave, with a few words about your intention and find a place to yell, ruminate, call a friend, get a meal, pray, whatever you need to do to weather this particular storm. With luck and a few tools, it should pass within hours.
  3. COME BACK: Someone has to break the deadlock. It might as well be you. You can be the hero. You don’t know how it will go, so you want to have all that anger, frustration and self-righteousness drained away before approaching. Perhaps you need to make amends? Once you have found some humility a genuine desire to understand and be kind, remembering the goodness, the good times and the future you want together, then you are ready to approach. The reunion is a tender time to walk gently, reach out and listen.

My partner and I are so different we will likely always have occasional conflicts. I accept them as a gift, much preferred to denial and disconnection. This spring, we are attending a marriage retreat down in Washington that my guy has taken the lead on. I can’t help but fall in love with him over and over again.

We have learned that our differences are a strength in the partnership, that we don’t always have to agree or understand the other’s way of thinking or of doing something. That we can each go our own way for a while, take a breather from the closeness and then come back ready to go further, deeper, richer. To stay the course takes effort, and it’s been worth it! Oh, we were married in 1966.