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Overcoming Resistance

When I first read the title of the book, “The War of Art” I was not sure I wanted to go any further. It reminded me of “The Art of War” but it is far from that. The title also seemed in too much ambivalence as I see Art as a spiritual connection and not one of warring type qualities. Steven Pressfield is a successful author that has gone through his share of creative struggles and through them has identified many blocks that he has gone through and how they relate to metaphysics. I could relate to much of what he discusses so thought I would share a bit on my thoughts regarding this book.

In our daily lives we all have felt resistance in one way or another. Sometimes it is resistance feed by others in the manner of negative or degrading thoughts, words or actions. These can shape who we tell ourselves we are and influence our feelings of worthiness. Then there can be inner blocks that come from other experiences that we have had and those feelings. Either way Steven shares that it is by getting through this resistance that we will be able to reach our higher self/soul.

The Art of War is that cycle of resistance that occurs, that mind chatter of the Ego, as we are setting, attempting and working toward a higher path or goal. And actually the closer we get to achieving it, the more intense that resistance (or the trickier) it can get. One of the most profound things I learned was that resistance is a physical force of nature. Just like gravity, we cannot see it but we can certainly feel its effects on us.

Wow, read that again. Resistance is a natural force that you are not in control of. You are not creating it. It does take on our voice and memories from our past experiences, those inner tapes, so it feels like you right? That is how tricky the Ego can be. Interesting! So when I am starting a new venture and I hear my inner voice say, “no one will find this interesting”, I am not really saying this, it is the resistance and by acknowledging that it is NOT ME, it will go away.

So how can we work through and acknowledge resistance? Firstly to have a daily practice of going with in is important. You can do this through journaling, meditation or even exercise. But it is about checking to see how you are feeling emotionally and physically; asking yourself what is going on within. Many of us use creative activities as a way of connecting to this part of ourselves and to our higher self. Secondly, understand and acknowledge what these sensations are and sort out if this really is part of you or just something you tell yourself, is it resistance? Lastly, play big. Don’t let resistance get in your way. Often times the dream you have that you feel the most resistance from, Steven says, is the thing you are called to do. So here’s to you becoming the best you this summer!

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com..
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops this month on the events page of her website.

Nature Inspired Creativity


Summer is making an appearance soon and with this it is easy to go to our favorite places and get inspired by Nature’s beauty. Whether you are camping, boating, cycling, driving, hiking or beaching, you can open your eyes and ears to the surrounding of summer. There are great works of art in museums creatively inspired by nature. We, too, can be masters of nature art in our own way. To do the follow these three steps: first shed your judgment on your art; second, become inspired by nature; and third, enjoy fun, creative ideas spurred by nature.

Step one is dealing with self-judgment, specifically around your art (whatever form that takes). This is a big topic and not one we can fully discuss in detail. I have used the following tips to help myself and others deal with some of this self-criticism. Try as many of these as you’d like.

  • Acknowledge that we are all different and there are many different kinds of art to appeal to all these tastes. You can confirm this idea by going to an exhibit, or listening to various radio music stations. Notice how some things appeal more to you than others. This is the great thing about art and creativity with its individual appeal. It has a unique calling to each of us.
  • Do short meditations before you get into the “creative zone.” This will assist you in tapping into your inner spirit that loves to play and create.
  • Start small. See some of the temporary art ideas listed a bit later in this article. These are perfect starters to get into your creative spirit.
  • Enjoy the process of creativity. Have a goal of having fun with the act of creating rather than worrying about the end product.

The next step is getting inspired. Sounds easy, right? Don’t let your self-judgment psyche you out to get inspired. To get inspired tap into the creative juices inside you and let your environment speak to you. Natured inspired topics are an easy fit for this but you can use man made objects as well.

Here are some tips to assist in getting inspired: Because we tend to be overly visual in our senses try this:

  • Sit quietly outside (no phone or music) and close your eyes for 60 seconds.
  • Breathe deeply and expand your senses.
  • Notice how the air feels, the temperature on your skin. What do you smell? Can you see the shadows of light behind your eyelids? Now listen to the sounds of man and nature co-mingling.
  • Now open your eyes and confirm the sensations you experienced and jot your first impressions in a note book.

Step three is to enjoy the fun and creative ideas. Here are some for you to do individually or in groups. Temporary art is impromptu, on-the-spot and not meant to last. It is to be enjoyed in the moment and a good way to develop the practice of the “process of creating.”

  • At the beach: make sand sculptures or collages out of shells and stones.
  • In the woods: collect fallen sticks, moss, rocks and leaves to make an arrangement that pleases you.
  • On the water: feel the wind and sun, hear the lapping and movement of the waves to inspire a poem: “Ode to the fish that got away.”
  • Around home make a still life of flowers, vegetables and fruit.

Other project ideas to share or to use as a remembrance of nature inspiration:

  • Press flowers, grasses and leaves to use in projects such as making cards or stationery.
  • Photograph collages of favorite events and summer spots. You can have a special bulletin board that you use to exchange photos easily from week to week.
  • Write a short story about a favorite summer trip or adventure.
  • Sidewalk chalk drawings; enjoy colorful geometric shapes or nature shapes of flowers, clouds, rainbows in a large area of the driveway.
  • Make your own wind chime or mobile with items found in nature such as shells, stones, flowers or leaves.
  • Compose a song of nature sounds intermingled with your own words.

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com..
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops this month on the events page of her website.

What Does Abundance Mean to You?

Sitting in an airport with a long delayed flight, I begin to look around and ponder the nature of my fellow travelers. Who are they, where are they going, what do they do? These are all questions that come across my mind as I observe. With a quick glance one can see apparel, travel cases, and an astounding assortment of electronic devices. We view these objects and can surmise one’s level of abundance. Most of us, however, realize that abundance has more to do with what’s not that overt. As I look around I see a group of young brothers, chasing each other and giggling; they have abundance. I see a married couple who (I can see by the articles they carry) just returned from the Caribbean with darkened walnut colored skin. They are sitting close and holding hands; they have abundance. I hear a crew of flight attendants working together like a well-oiled machine. Instead of the routine they would have to repeat verbatim, they joke and have everyone in stitches; they have abundance, too.

  • So what is abundance?
  • What does it mean to you?
  • How does it influence your life?
  • How is it displayed?

I asked some friends these very questions. My feeling was that the meaning will be very personal so I was interested in the diverse responses. I know for me the meaning of abundance has evolved through my life, so I thought it would be interesting to hear what others had to say. At the base level, abundance seems to represent the “plenty” around us. One of my friends defines it as, “what we give thanks for at Thanksgiving,” shelter, food, clothing, having essentials without need for more. For others it may take on a more spiritually-minded light as described by a few of my friends.

Here is a nice response from Colleen: “Abundance to me is the love and support I feel from my family and friends — it is limitless! Abundance is also the opportunities I have and the freedom I have in choosing which opportunities to take.” Janette replied saying, “Abundance means to me: health, joy, well-being, money, great relationships, a solid relationship with God, great opportunities/experiences, a constant flow of all of the positive things that make life so enjoyable. It is all important because it is of my own development so it is an exemplification of my higher self…especially when I do it consciously!”

A friend of mine who loves the outdoors, healthy eating and exercise responded that for her she feels abundance represents living a carefree lifestyle and “to have the ability to go anywhere and do anything I want when I want.” While for Deb she feels that, “Abundance for me is having enough with enough left over to share. So it can be having an abundance of money … food … time etc. On a more spiritual level and an abundance of love for me is the natural flow of the Universe that fills us up with love (when we are open to receive) and spills out with abundance as we share our love with others.”

And yet Sharron adds, “Abundance to me is an awareness that there is enough … plenty to go around … it is gently tied to trust and gratitude … for it is from this perspective that abundance can be experienced.”

Abundance may represent opportunity, freedom, and limitlessness; not only wealth and riches of a tangible nature but of a spiritual nature as well. You can see that there are so many unique responses to this theme from reading these responses. But it makes me wonder that perhaps other questions about abundance to leave you to ponder would be:

  • How would having more abundance change your life?
  • What would it look, smell, taste, sound and feel like?
  • Can you have too much abundance?
  • How do you draw abundance to you?

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com..
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops this month on the events page of her website.

Spring

Someone told me that some cultures they only speak in an active tense. So instead of dancing, it is I dance.

I wonder how much of an impact that small change in thought would have for us. It definitely puts the emphasis on the here and now, seemingly to exclude all else. Let’s try it:

I create
I laugh
I hug
I twirl…

Wow, what a wonderful concept. I know for myself it has taken some time to be in the present moment. I tended to hold the energic memories of things that happened in the past and worried about the future. I had seen myself as a survivor for such a long time that one day I awoke and said to myself, “wait a minute, I don’t want to survive I want to LIVE.

To me that active form of I live is personified and celebrated in spring. What would spring say about itself in the active tense?

I thaw
I blow
I emerge
I grow
I warm

And what is your active tense when it comes to spring? How can you become in the present moment and live in the essence of spring?

I walk
I smell
I plant
I splash
I shift

With recently having experienced the Spring Equinox, I was talking with some friends about the shift taking place. I have been so eager and excited. It is nearly like experiencing the night before Christmas as a child, the anticipation and wonder of what will come.

I have done much work in this preparation; I have cleaned out many inner cobwebs, seen and unseen. I have balanced my energy and sought guidance from spirit. I have used mediation and creativity to stay balanced and now I am ready to be in the active tense of my life. I am hoping for the same for you.

I wish
I bless

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com..
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops this month on the events page of her website.

Is Your Life Inside Out or the Other Way Around?


Living an inside or and outside life is a concept from the author of “The Seat of the Soul”, Gary Zukav. Although not a new concept it is one that strikes home for many of us and in basic terms relates to living an authentic life.

Living from the outside:

  • When we live our lives to a certain standard measured by others.
  • When we present a good exterior weather it is our looks, how we present our emotions, or even our jobs.
  • When we value pleasing others above all else.
  • When we are overly concerned about things, objects, or new trends.

In general when we do these things we are putting our value on the external, what is presented to others. When we give this power to others what is the message we are giving ourselves and to others?

Living from the inside:

  • When we honor our spiritual connection to source.
  • When we honor our own power.
  • When we live in the light of love.
  • When we listen to our guides and our inner voice to make decisions.

In general this is living a more balanced and peaceful life. Living a life of connection and love with ones self and with others. Now what is the message we are giving ourselves and to others?

I lived and outside life for years. I lived in fear and of self- protection. I was a survivor but did not know how to live. As I was living this outside life, I felt my inner being weathering away, starving and dying of thirst. Things looked great from the outside though and most people did not know how much I was hurting inside. Sharing that would have broken the façade I was maintaining with living an outside life. Finally, I woke up one day and wondered who I really was and what I could do to not only exist in my life but to really live it.

I had to do some deep work, probing into and asking myself some difficult questions. This took time and effort. The isolation of an outside life had challenged reaching out to others so to break that cycle; I sought support for the first time. I began to identify and acknowledge the barriers to living a more inside oriented life.

I had to find ways that I could make the shift of mindset and of spirit. These life long beliefs were not easy to break down so I needed to develop some tools to assist me. The ways that I began to reconnect with my inner life, my authentic heart filled self, was through creativity and meditation. I also needed to build up relationships to support my new inner life efforts.

Creativity gave me a medium to explore who I was, what I enjoyed and what my spiritual connection to the universe was. That inner child I allowed to starve and die of thirst was my first connection in living an inner life. I was able to re-wind time, to and extent, and to tap into my inner child easily through creative exercises. Creativity is also a great way to connect with spirit since it increases our joy and feelings of love that transmit at a high frequency. The higher frequencies are where the spirit or source energies exist. Creative exercises were a form of meditation alone but coupled with meditation before hand to brought me into the spirit space even quicker.

Through this process I have been able to work through the outside life barriers to live a more inner life. It continues to unfold and release still today by using the tools I have connected with. I want to assist your facilitation in this process. Join my fellow facilitator Linda and I in a half-day workshop in GreenBay/Belview area. We will be exploring barriers and blocks to living a more joyful and authentic life, we will be sharing some tools and using mediation and creativity to assist in this life’s journey. Exploring in a group atmosphere can accelerate your process and assist you in developing connections of like-minded and hearted people.

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com..
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops this month on the events page of her website.

It’s all About the Relationship


Relationship Challenges are not limited to those of a romantic nature; they can include any kind of relationship, co-workers, family, friends, neighbors, or spouse. The exchange is a mirror to our own inner balance and inner relationship. I have a few tips that you may find helpful in assessing where you stand in your relationship and what you may choose to act on regarding it.

  1. Change things up, be objective:
    • Look at patterns your encounters take and try something new.
    • If you tend to listen to your body and take cues from this, do you listen to your libido or your brain? You don’t want to compromise your personal power but don’t be overly analytical either.
    • To shift the pattern and tone of being negative with a person maybe it will be a good change to send them a heart felt smile.
    • When someone tries to push their weight around remain in a heart space and in your personal power to diffuse this energy.

  2. Ask yourself, am I trying to control or am I being controlled?
    • This is the biggest barrier in relationships and sometimes not easy to see when you may be the one trying to control.
    • To find out if you are controlling, ask yourself; “Do I want things to turn out a certain way? Am I trying to have the outcome being someway that I desire rather than letting it occur in its own way?” If you say yes, then this is a form of control.

  3. Is my heart open or am I closed and protecting myself?
    • This is a wounded state but it can be difficult to assess this especially if I have fallen into a state of protection for a long time.
    • This can be easily triggered in challenging and controlling times. Sometimes the more emotionally committed we are in a relationship the more the sense of protection can emerge.
    • Practice just noticing your feelings by stepping aside and trying to view things from a different vantage point or objectivity.
    • Listen to your body, your breath, am I holding tension anywhere? These may be cues that I am in a state of protection.

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com..
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops this month on the events page of her website.

Useful and Easy Feng Shui Tips

Edited from Rodika Tchi’s web article

To help you get started with good feng shui in your home, here are some helpful feng shui house steps for beginners:

  1. Clear Out Your Clutter,get rid of everything you do not love in your house. Clutter clearing is a time-and energy-consuming process that will feel like therapy, but it will help you “lighten up the load,” so to speak.Do not skip this step, as it is an essential one in creating harmonious house feng shui energy.
  2. Have Good Quality Air and Good Quality Lightin your house. These two elements are essential for good feng shui energy (called Chi) in your home. Open the windows often, introduce feng shui air-purifying plants or use an air-purifier. Allow as much natural light as possible into your home, and consider using full-spectrum lights.
  3. Define the Bagua,or the feng shui energy map of your house, by using one of the two main feng shui methods – the classical school bagua or the BTB grid. Once you define the bagua, you will know which areas of your home are connected to specific areas of your life. For example, in traditional feng shui, the Southeast feng shui area of your home is connected to the flow of money energy in your life.HERE ARE THE FENG SHUI AREAS OF YOUR BAGUA:
    • North (compass reading from 337.5 to 22.5)
      Feng Shui Element: Water
      Colors: Blue and Black
      Life Area: Career & Path in Life
    • Northeast (compass reading from 22.5 to 67.5)
      Feng Shui Element: Earth
      Colors: Beige, Light Yellow, and Sandy/Earthy
      Life Area: Spiritual Growth & Self-Cultivation
    • East (compass reading from 67.5 to 112.5)
      Feng Shui Element: Wood
      Colors: Brown and Green
      Life Area: Health & Family
    • Southeast (compass reading from 112.5 to 157.5)
      Feng Shui Element: Wood
      Colors: Brown and Green
      Life Area: Money & Abundance
    • South (compass reading from 157.5 to 202.5)
      Feng Shui Element: Fire
      Colors: Red, Orange, Purple, Pink and Bright Yellow
      Life Area: Fame & Reputation (a better translation is “The Light Within You”)
    • Southwest (compass reading from 202.5 to 247.5)
      Feng Shui Element: Earth
      Colors: Beige, Light Yellow, and Sandy/Earthy
      Life Area: Love & Marriage
    • West (compass reading from 247.5 to 292.5)
      Feng Shui Element: Metal
      Colors: White and Gray
      Life Area: Creativity & Children
    • Northwest (compass reading from 292.5 to 337.5)
      Feng Shui Element: Metal
      Colors: White and Gray
      Life Area: Helpful People, Blessings & Travel
  4. Find Out Your Feng Shui Birth Element and create a home to nourish and support your energy. For example, if your own element is Fire, you need to introduce the expressions of Fire feng shui element, such as the Fire element colors (red, orange, purple, magenta, pink, yellow), triangular shapes, etc.
    You will also need a strong Wood element in your home, as Wood feeds the Fire in the productive cycle/relationship of five feng shui elements.

    • THE FIRE ELEMENT:(ARIES March 21-April 19, LEO July 23-August 22, SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21)
    • THE ELEMENT AIR:(GEMINI, May 21-June 21, LIBRA, September 23-October 22, AQUARIUS, January 20-February 18)
    • THE ELEMENT WATER:(CANCER, June 22-July 22, SCORPIO, OCTOBER 23-November 21, PISCES February 19-March 20)
    • THE ELEMENT EARTH: (TAURUS, April 20-May 20, VIRGO, August 23-September 22, CAPRICORN December 22-January 19)
  5. Always Be Mindful of the Feel of Your Home and how its energy influences your
    well-being. Make a habit of paying close attention to the so-called feng shui “trinity” that is deeply connected to your health – your bedroom, your bathroom and your kitchen. Nothing is static in the world of energy, so be wise and keep your home healthy and happy.

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com..
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops this month on the events page of her website.

The Gift of Receiving


What? That sounds backwards Teresa. Yes it does sound backwards but really the ability to receive with grace and gratitude are gifts. Being able to receive with an open hear and fully accepting the positive things that come your way can be the biggest gift you can give yourself this holiday season. Sounds simple but is it really? It requires:

  • Practice
  • Relinquishing control
  • Feeling worthy
  • Stepping into your power
  • Keeping your heart open

Practice and relinquishing control can be a big hurdles. You need to firstly recognize that these are issues for you. I often find myself discovering these things about myself and simply wanting them gone. But it takes patience with yourself. Practice being patient for the divine timing of events while keeping your energy in a positive place. And relinquishing control over the details of who, when, how things will happen. Repetitive practice in different situations is a good way of tackling these hurdles.

Feeling worthy of great things happening for you can be another difficult hurdle. This issue can be a stumbling block for so much. And when our unworthiness blocks good thing from coming our way, it fills our unworthiness engine and continues the cycle which we find ourselves perpetually trapped in. Work on your worthiness by accepting small things with and open heart. Then build up to bigger things.

Stepping into your power means to set boundaries regarding things that don’t meet your highest good. This can be related to self-destructive habits or other things. Stepping into your power is also accepting your abilities and using them for good.

And keeping your heart open is like a portal directly to Universal abundance. When you release control and are open to positive abundance, you feel worthy to accept and embrace your own power. Your heart is open and what a gift this is, to allow great things into your life. So my holiday wish for you is to open yourself to the gift of receiving with grace and gratitude. Happy Holidays my friends.

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com..
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops this month on the events page of her website.

Living with your Heart Open


Sometimes it is difficult to have compassion for ourselves or others over things that have been done or said. Or maybe there is difficulty in having feelings of being unsatisfied or stuck and not knowing why. There could also be a general lack of enthusiasm and happiness that affects us and our relationships. This can lead to loneliness and confusion. These are signs that your heart center is not fully open.

My belief is that by having a balanced heart center one is within their power and is being vulnerable with themselves and others. Being in your power means to use your inner wisdom and connection to spirit to become vulnerable. Using this wise mindedness to help you assess your inner and outer relationships will come from a perspective of vulnerability and compassion rather than one of woundedness or lack. This also helps guide us to gain a deeper capacity for compassion and love; to accept love without judgment for oneself or others.

Here are some tips for developing or maintaining an open heart:

  1. Getting to the core of why your heart is closed through mediums such as:
    • Meditation or hypnosis, to delve through the block to the deeper core issues.
    • Reiki sessions to help move the energy and gain balance in your chakras
    • SoulCollage® to help you with your inner dialogue and inner council.
  2. Then use complementary elements to maintain the heart center such as the:
    • Use of flower essence such as rose, magnolia and foxglove to assist with the flow of heart energy. Flower essence is a very gentle way of working with the bodie’s energy.
    • Use of essential oils to breathe in through steam or diffuser or to wear on the skin. Oils for the heart include: bergemount, geranium, lavender, lemon, orange, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
    • Using animal spirit guides such as the wolf; they can assist in developing the ability to love, build community awareness and to nurture support for yourself and others.
    • Use of stones or crytals to support your open heart during meditation, energy work or simply to have on your person such as: rose quartz, peridot, malachite, emerald and anagonite.
    • Use of angel cards, SoulCollage® cards or other transformational cards can assist in your mediation and daily affirmations regarding your open heart lessons.

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com..
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops this month on the events page of her website.

Does you Life have Detours?

Does you Life have Detours?
I have spent many hours driving on Wisconsin’s roadways this year with the construction and detours every few miles. It reminded me of how life can throw you detours that you don’t expect. It is an interesting parallel; going along your day with a clear destination in mind, going a little faster than maybe you should, and all of the sudden you need to slow down, allow for others on the road and follow the construction detours to get eventually back where you initially intended. Our Wisconsin road crews are typically really good about letting us know of these little diversions on our drive, which is not always the case in real life diversions.

I guess life’s detours can sneak up on us if we are not wary of the signs. One day we wake up and say to ourselves, how did I get here? Where did I get detoured from my intended path? Maybe you did not consciously have an intended path in the first place. If that’s the case it is easy to get distracted and travel back and forth with no destination in mind and then you wonder, how did I get here? Other times life’s detours are for very good reasons and may lead us to better destinations than we first had planned for ourselves. Here are some questions to see what kind of traveler you are.

When a detour of life gets in your path how do you respond and what might it say about who you are?

  • “How did I get here? Where am I?” You may be out of touch with your self and out of balance. Many times when people are in stress they can dissociate or compartmentalize aspects of their life to survive. This is a feeling of being lack of control. Your destination is always an idea and never a reality.
  • “I need to get back on track and on my path”. You will correct the detour and get back to where you started. Sometimes this can be out of fear to explore or experience other things or lack of trust that you will be on the right path no matter where you are. Ask yourself, “Did I experience what life had in store for me with this detour so I can avoid it in the future? Or so I can go to a different destination that is right for me now?”
  • “Let’s see where this takes me.” You are an explorer and want to experience what life throws you way. You are flexible and confident that the universe has your highest good in mind. This is an example of living in the moment to fully grasp life’s experiences.

Teresa Van Lanen of Making Art of Life and Soul Connection, is an Occupational Therapist, Life Coach, SoulCollage® facilitator and Reiki practitioner.
Please follow and reach her on Facebook, Twitter and on www.makingartoflife.com.
She works with individuals who are wishing to connect with their inner spirit for a balanced happy life. Look for her fall Soul Connection workshops on the events page of her website.

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