Monday, April 8, 2013

Positive Parenting Support Group

Leave your pride, ego, and narcissism somewhere else. Reactions from those parts of you will reinforce your children's most primitive fears. - Henry Cloud

 Please join us - All are welcome - This is a class that is designed to foster positive parenting, through the sharing of information, experience, strength and support. We work with the premise that it takes a village to raise our children and we come together in support of the success of each other's families. All age groups addressed.

 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 11am - 12:30pm (you may bring a lunch)

Facilitated by  Master Life Coach, Mir Lynne Pietrzyk and Rev. Renee Bledsoe
239-253-2884 or 239560-6314
$5 donated to space

 Some of the topics we will be discussing:
Spirituality in parenting
Boundaries are everything
Finding Balance and self care
Releasing Guilt
Benefits of energy work in parenting
Learning to really listen
Identifying destructive patterns
Building Power versus Force
Redirecting behavior
Identifying setups for failure
Children whispering
Meditation for parents and children
Creating a Peace Table
Building Team spirit in families
It take a village - the role of community in childrearing
Technology tips for better parenting
Exploring video and role playing games
Money matters
and much more....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April 2013: Art & Soul

April 2013: Art & Soul

We were sent into the world alive with beauty. As soon as we choose Beauty, unseen forces conspire to guide and encourage us towards unexpected forms of compassion, healing and creativity.  - John O'Donohue

Our life must become our art. But what does art have to do with the soul? The way we move through our days, how we spend our time and whom we spend it with all come to be the fabric of our life. Looking at our entire life as a work of art, we begin to understand that we are the co-creators of our experience here in time and space, and we are responsible for creating our own masterpiece. It is our choice if we just let life happen to us, or if we decide to allow the artist soul to emerge by making a conscious choice to open up to the full magnitude of our abilities to create.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. - John O'Donohue

As our lives become more creative and artistic, we are simultaneously getting more and more in touch with our soul, our true essence. The soul is actually the driving force that requires us to get grounded in life and to dream up new expressions of our being and to produce something visceral and heartfelt. While getting in touch with our spirit elevates our soul, purifies our desires, opens our hearts and gives us the higher vision to create amazing grace in our lives and or to see what we already do with new eyes. The spirit and the soul could be likened to canvas and paint, respectively.

If we were to surround ourselves in simple beauty, calm environments, treks into nature, and immersed ourselves in the mystery of our own soul and opened to being surprised we would find that we start to become something unrecognizable. No longer requiring mountains of overstimulation, violence and aggressiveness, we would finally be able to apprehend the exquisite beauty that resides in every moment of life... and in the silences of our own soul.

It is uncanny how social reality can deaden and numb us so that the mystical wonder of our lives goes totally unnoticed. We are here. We are wildly and dangerously free. The more lonely side of being here is our separation in the world. - John O'Donohue

As those of us who have brought our lives forward from the inside out do so, we find that we are every increasingly sensitive to our environment, to each other and to society. And while this can be somewhat painful as we feel as though we are moving in slow motion as compared to the fast pace of society, it is also our calling to help the world "slow down" and re-enter the garden so that we can enjoy our lives... truly to fill our lives with JOY! This is the remembrance of the artist soul within each of us.

To the artist soul, every thing, every moment, every place and everyone has an inherent beauty even when ugliness is present. What we find as the artist emerges is that ugliness is not the enemy, so much as the need for speed. This quicksilver attitude, addictive, linear patterning, which has caused us to be magnificent learners and retainers of knowledge, if not allowed to take its rightful place, can stop the artist soul from ever truly emerging. And this will create a void that we will incessantly try to fill.

When you begin to sense that your imagination is the place where you are most divine, you feel called to clean out of your mind all the worn and shabby furniture of thought. You wish to refurbish yourself with living thought so that you can begin to see.  John O'Donohue

The artist soul helps us to let go and let the God within come forth and create a life worthy of Kings and Queens, with conscious delight at our own true nature. Trying to stuff ourselves into a safe little box loses all appeal and we no longer try to fill our hearts desires with fascimilies of what we really desire. This powerful being within has no such need for tight control and rigid rules.This powerful being knows when to color inside the lines and when to color outside the lines. This One has come to the altar of the soul of the world and has claimed the ability to choose... not from a place of conditioned programming... but from the ceaseless and limitless abundant supply of the Universal Creative Force within and the realization that there is way more to this artist than meets the eye.

The greatest friend of the soul is the unknown. Yet we are afraid of the unknown because it lies outside our vision and our control. We avoid it or quell it by filtering it through our protective barriers of domestication and control. The normal way never leads home.  -John O'Donohue

In this school of life, we are simply learning the lessons of our own artistry and that we have the power to manifest our hearts desires, and also to change our creations as we so desire. It is here as we merge art and soul that we become the artist standing at the gates of everything. And all becomes possible... and we are no longer afraid to make a choice, because we trust that we are always operating from the artist soul and that everything we choose brings us closer to home. This is the gift of the story of our lives and our birthright to create lives of unimaginable joy, light and love. What kind of life will you create?

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
April 07 - Art & Soul
April 14 - Birthday party for CoSL - Celebrating 5 Year Anniversary!
April 21 - Simple Abundance
April 28 - Creative Life Force

Art & Soul Affirmations
My life is alive.
I am alive, awake and aware.
I am a conscious co-creator of my life.
I am a master manifestor.
As I fully realize my powers to manifest and create, I take 100% responsibility for my life experience.
I am in love with life and life loves me.
The universe is conspiring on my behalf.
I embrace the mystery of my own soul.
I am delighted by the unknown joys that await discovery.
The beauty of this life is filled with surprises and mystery.
I allow the mystery of my soul to unfold in my life.
I all my soul to tell it's story.
I listen to the whispering of the wisdom of my spirit.
I hear the instruction of my soul.
I allow my body, mind, heart, soul and spirit to create my life as One.
I read the signs and heed the messages in the synchronicities of my life.
I feed my soul by_________________________.
I nuture my soul by________________________.
I listen to my spirit by_______________________.
I sit in nature and absorb the perfection of the beauty of the earth.
I take inspiration from nature in my own creations.
I learn from masters.
My ability to create consciously and with divine inspirition is ever expanding.
I am open to the unknown and embrace the mystery of my own being.
I enjoy and delight in the creations of my fellow artists.
I collaborate to create even higher levels of art.
I see my life as a masterpiece that is mine to create.
I am an artist soul.