The following article, written by my teacher and mentor Janet Amare for her December Inspirational Newsletter, truly spoke to me this holiday season. So with her permission it’s posted here for your inspiration.
Last Christmas, after the grandchildren had already opened a heap of gifts, the littlest one said “no more presents!” We all laughed of course and the kids went off to play before returning to open more things later.
It made me think about how the giving and receiving of Christmas presents has become a bit more challenging over the years. It’s become harder and harder to find the perfect gift for friends and family who are often able to buy anything they want for themselves. And if you ask what they would like and are given detailed specs for an item, you don’t have to put any personal thought into it and there is no surprise for the recipient. You may resort to Gift certificates or a cheque, but that can feel impersonal and monetary – not very satisfying or heart-warming. Sure it might have been easier back in the day with PJs and toboggans, homemade scarves and cookies, but I’m not going to do the “good ol’ days” song. Things are different, the world is a better place in so many ways and that’s what matters! We can keep up by being innovative and re-thinking what constitutes a gift. Some possibilities to consider:
- A coupon to go out together to a favourite restaurant, possibly combined with a gallery visit or window shopping.
- An invitation to go to a special event together – like a play or concert or sports event. For example, taking a granddaughter to a special musical show for her birthday has become a special tradition.
- An offer to provide a service that you are good at – like preparing their favourite meal and serving it up to a group of their friends, or making home repairs or doing alterations on clothes, or taking the children so their parents get a weekend to themselves.
What’s important is making time for one another. Take it from the children, who are so happy whenever we give them our undivided attention. For Christmas, birthdays or whatever the occasion, a gift of ourselves may be the best gift of all!
Reinventing: Six Weeks to a More Meaningful Life.
Are you feeling stuck in your business, your home, your relationships? Are you worried about or fed up with your retirement life? Boost your business, change your career, become more creative, find your life companion, or move to your paradise. You have the right to, and the responsibility for, a truly meaningful life. This 6-week experience is for women who are open to and eager for the next stage, the new chapter in their lives.
This course will consist of four day-long workshops, addressing the four key steps towards renewing and recreating yourself: I) Rediscovering who you are 2) Finding out what you really want, 3) Exploring pathways to attract and achieve what you want, and 4) Manifesting results through action and attraction! The course is spread over 6 weeks, with two-weeks between each day-long workshop to integrate and to receive individual coaching.
Schedule: Fridays, 9.30 – 4.30 , May 6, May 20, June 3rd and June 17th.
Group size is limited to 8 women, which allows for customizing each day to more effectively meet your individual needs and goals – from a possible new vocation to finding more creativity, from enjoying meaningful volunteer work to shifting the quality of relating to others. You may wish to create a more active, busy lifestyle, or alternatively, let go of most of your obligations to focus on something dear to your heart. This is the time and place to make it happen!
The total cost for the course is $390, which includes all materials PLUS three half-hour phone coaching sessions ($150 bonus).
This 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 many experiential methods that will keep the work exciting and effective, as well as optional homework and individual coaching to keep you on the path between sessions. I will bring to it my boundless enthusiasm and heartfelt commitment.
Please give me a call or email if you feel this opportunity may be right for you.
Three slots left for TLC for you!
Here’s a reminder about the $40% discount on all my one-on-one services: counselling, energy work, phone appointments and gift certificates. Available until February 15. Give me a call and see what you can choose for as little as $30. Blessings for warm loving light on this wintery week.
Lynne – 705-241-7464
Is this the time for you to take the step? If you feel that memories and unresolved grief are hanging over you, that you are having trouble finding your way forward into a new chapter for your life, then please call today. 705-241-7464 Continue reading “Final Day to Register for Grief Recovery”
The Grief Recovery Group starts February 16. Final date for an early bird discount is February 2 ! Text or Call soon at 705-241-7464 while space is still available.
This six-week program is for those who are suffering the effects of the death of a friend or family member. The loss may have occurred recently or many years ago. It doesn’t matter. If reminders and memories still trouble you, it’s time to find solutions. The group of 6- 8 people will meet in my comfortable home studio centrally located in the Midland/Penetanguishene area. This small-group format, led by an experienced grief counselor, may be right for you. I welcome your call to talk about it.
Over the six weeks you will learn that you are not alone in your experience and that your “weird” thoughts, feelings and behaviours are probably normal. Here you will have time to safely and gently make progress on recovering from your loss with others who understand. You will find hope and direction for moving forward.
Time: Tuesdays 6.30 – 8.30 p.m., February 16 to March 22.
The investment is $120 inclusive, or $100 if registered by February 2. Registration Deposit of $40 is due by Feb. 9. Balance due at first group. Payment by cheque or cash .If you feel you may be ready – even if you are uncertain or anxious – why not call me to talk about it? Confidentiality is assured and there is no obligation.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Lynne < email@example.com> , 705-241-7464
For the next 5 weeks, up until Valentine’s Day, I am offering a 40% discount for all services, including Gift Certificates and over-the-phone appointments. Offer good until February 15….
If you have not yet experienced the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of an Energy Treatment/Massage, this is your opportunity to give yourself — or someone else – a loving gift for Valentine’s day.
Or if you have been thinking of trying some counselling, or are ready to come back for a New Year’s “Tune-Up”, then call before February 14 to make your appointment.
One hour is $54, instead of $90 Half Hour is $30, instead of $50
The moon woke me up this morning. What did it want to tell me, bright and round in the deep blue morning sky? I gazed and gazed and it didn’t hurt my eyes….
Are you or someone you know struggling after the death of a friend or family member?
In the new year, I will be offering a program of weekly sessions for a small group of people who are ready to address their loss and grief. I’m offering this free seminar to introduce the program. You will learn about effective ways to move through this challenging journey with grace and ease.
Sign up soon to hold your place for the seminar:
An Introduction to Grief Recovery: An Evening of Information and Hope
Tuesday, November 24th from 6.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Donations for Hospice Huronia are welcomed.
Call me or email for more information or to register: 705-241-7464.
Mindful Movements Classes at my home studio at 88 Maria Street in Penetanguishene with space and light and all the comforts you could ask for (tho’ different than shown). FREE-Will Donations welcome. No fee required or expected.
SCHEDULE: Mondays. 10 -11.30 a.m. Starting January 12 until March 22. To resume April 26. Text, email, or call to reserve your place; and in case of cancellation.
These Mindful Movements classes are very simple (deceptively so) and combine the principles of mindfulness meditation with the ancient art of qigong (chee-kung). They have a way of bringing calm and centeredness and a profound body awareness that you can carry with you throughout the week. Both meditation and Qigong are proven to help reduce anxiety and pain. No experience is required and no floor work is involved. You can even stay seated if and when standing is a challenge for you.
Whatever you are aiming for — peace of mind, weight management, pain relief, inspiration, more energy, light-heartedness, hope, prosperity, connectedness, or spiritual growth and enlightenment — the power of meditation and qigong plus additional energy work will bring results. The classes are suitable for men and women, young and old, and the physically challenged. Also a great balancer for those who are very physically fit and strongly into exercise and sports.
I enjoy giving these classes so very much and each week I bring to the class new things to share from the world of Energy Medicine as I continue to learn myself. I invite you to join me on this journey of health and happiness and ask for no payment, since it is such a “labour of love” for me, and I don’t want finances to prevent anyone from participating. A few participants have asked me for a value guideline for the class. The going rate would be about $15.
Please call if you’d like more information, or to register. 705-241-7464.