Same Seat, Different Perception

I remember a flight a number of years ago when I was seated in the very last row. The seat didn’t recline, the smell was less than stellar and people were continually bumping into me as they made their way to the bathroom within arm’s reach of me. That day I was annoyed. Perturbed. Frustrated.

Today I find myself in the same seat. The circumstances are the same, but my perception is different. Today I am grateful. Peaceful. Free.

Grateful to my dear friend who gave me a standby ticket. Grateful I got the last seat on today’s flight. Grateful for air conditioning and the adorable sundresses in my carry-on as I head to Phoenix (a cool 36C at 9am, on its way to a high of 45C today). Grateful to join my family as we surprise my eldest brother on his 70th birthday (I won’t be posting this until after the reveal!) Grateful for a happy family occasion (the last two times the 5 of us were together was for my parents’ funerals within 6 months of each other, 3 years ago).

Grateful for Phil’s understanding and encouragement as he gently reminded me of my own medicine this morning.

Ever so grateful to myself for my willingness to embrace my personal growth that has given me the gift of my blissful freedom to just BE.

Grateful to be mindful and experience fully these pivotal life moments.

Grateful for my supportive perspective.

Grateful to be completely at peace.

I forgive myself for believing that outside people, circumstances or situations need to annoy me.

I give myself permission to be who I really am, regardless of the circumstances.

I can let other people or situations (or the weather!) control my life, or I can BE solidly who I really am. I choose to rise utilize all outer influences to Become more of who I really am.

I am free to BE my best self today when I…

I know how empowering it is to rise above challenges, it happened when I …

I am solidly my best self.

I am so grateful for my ability to use whatever happens to be more of who I really am.

Yup, there is still an interesting odor that occasionally wafts over the aisle to seat 24E. Some of the other passengers have a “sorry for you” expression when they catch my eye while they wait in line for the toilet. The flight attendant offers me extra pretzels because I’m “wedged in there so tight”. I’m enjoying a cup of peppermint tea. My back will really appreciate the stretch out in the pool this afternoon.

And I have tears of gratitude for BEing in seat 24E today.

May your day bring you the peace and freedom of BEing an even better version of your best self than you were yesterday.

Namaste,

Suze

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Suze’s Musings – Sunday’s Reflections from Seat 17D

Sunday’s Reflections from Seat 17D
It is a beautiful clear, blue sky day and I’m off to Vancouver Island. On the way we pass over the Rocky Mountains and huge tracks of forested land. I see many, many roads. Some switch-backing up and down mountains. Some wider ones my eyes follow to a town or city. Some others lead to lakes, connecting people to places. And some appear to be remote and go nowhere – and yet I know they must – otherwise they wouldn’t have been built with the effort it takes to create a “way” from here to there.
It occurs to me the same applies to the pathways we create in our lives. So often I hear “I need to get on path” or “I don’t know where I’m going”. Trust. Even though the destination may not be clear, and the path may be winding and narrow – trust. It is going somewhere. Somewhere you may not be able to see or experience until after you’ve arrived. You aren’t stuck. You are on your path. You may want to create it differently than you have been…
I forgive myself for believing I’m stuck and going nowhere.
I give myself permission to recognize I’m creating my own path.
I can feel stuck or I can take steps in the direction that feels like me. I choose to take a conscious step today.
I am free to create my own path purposefully today when I list 10 things I’ve experienced this week that felt right.
I know what it feels like to be purposefully on path, I did it when I (reinforce the items on your list, one at a time with this sentence, and breathe in after each one)
I AM BE-coming more aware of the path I am creating, and trusting myself to navigate it!
I’m grateful for the all paths I’ve been on – both direct and meandering – they all brought me to this place from where I take another step forward.
Take steps in the direction that feels right, knowing you are creating your unique path that will, in its own time, become clear.
And if you are seeing clearly and moving rapidly, add purpose and commitment to your path and enjoy the journey!
Namaste,
Suze

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Suze’s Musings – Sunday’s Reflections from Seat 17D

Sunday’s Reflections from Seat 17D
It is a beautiful clear, blue sky day and I’m off to Vancouver Island. On the way we pass over the Rocky Mountains and huge tracks of forested land. I see many, many roads. Some switch-backing up and down mountains. Some wider ones my eyes follow to a town or city. Some others lead to lakes, connecting people to places. And some appear to be remote and go nowhere – and yet I know they must – otherwise they wouldn’t have been built with the effort it takes to create a “way” from here to there.
It occurs to me the same applies to the pathways we create in our lives. So often I hear “I need to get on path” or “I don’t know where I’m going”. Trust. Even though the destination may not be clear, and the path may be winding and narrow – trust. It is going somewhere. Somewhere you may not be able to see or experience until after you’ve arrived. You aren’t stuck. You are on your path. You may want to create it differently than you have been…
I forgive myself for believing I’m stuck and going nowhere.
I give myself permission to recognize I’m creating my own path.
I can feel stuck or I can take steps in the direction that feels like me. I choose to take a conscious step today.
I am free to create my own path purposefully today when I list 10 things I’ve experienced this week that felt right.
I know what it feels like to be purposefully on path, I did it when I (reinforce the items on your list, one at a time with this sentence, and breathe in after each one)
I AM BE-coming more aware of the path I am creating, and trusting myself to navigate it!
I’m grateful for the all paths I’ve been on – both direct and meandering – they all brought me to this place from where I take another step forward.
Take steps in the direction that feels right, knowing you are creating your unique path that will, in its own time, become clear.
And if you are seeing clearly and moving rapidly, add purpose and commitment to your path and enjoy the journey!
Namaste,
Suze

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Suze’s Musings… I Got A New Chair!

I got a new chair!

This may not seem like that big a deal, but as I sit at my desk this morning feeling the support and comfort of my new chair I’m LOVING it! And, I’m reflecting on how many other things I’ve been putting up with for long enough.
You see I had a chair. I had the same office chair for more years than I can remember. It worked. I sat in it nearly every day. It was functional, BUT the height mechanism no longer worked properly – and hadn’t for a really long time. It continuously, slowly, and irritatingly sunk down until I would notice my chin was practically on the desk and I would pull the lever and lift it up again, repeating the process several times every hour. It was just what I did to make the chair work. It was a habit. The wheels kept getting stuck and that was a mild annoyance as I lifted the chair back into position. And there wasn’t much padding left! But it worked, sort of… and I kept using it…
Three weeks ago I ordered a new chair which arrived the next day – in a box.
And then the box sat there waiting for me to find the time to put the chair together.
Then I asked Phil if he could put the chair together for me as I went out the door to present an Inner Critic to Inner Coach evening.
As I was driving home, a text arrived from him “I have a surprise for you!”
I came home to a smiling partner and my new chair sitting at my desk waiting for me!
It feels amazing to sit in my new chair – I deserve it. I asked for what would support me– and it happened.
AND now I’m re-patterning so that next time I don’t put off what’s good for me for so long!
  • forgive myself for believing I need to put up with something that doesn’t support me.
  • I give myself permission to nurture myself, and ask for what I need.
  • I can put up with stuff”, or I can nurture myself – I can’t do both at the same time. I choose to nurture myself.
  • I’m free to nurture myself today by really enjoying my new chair ( feel free to put your own example here!)
  • I know what it feels like to nurture myself I did it this morning when I had my amazing smoothie. (feel free to put your own example here!)
  • I am nurturing myself more and more and that feels fabulous!
  • I’m grateful to myself for nurturing myself with my new chair and asking for what supports me!
Perhaps there’s something in your world that you been putting up with long enough. Go ahead. Nurture yourself. You deserve it!
All around me I see nature nurturing itself with new leaves, beautiful flowers and fresh growth.
The earth is nurturing itself.
Join me in creating a kinder planet by nurturing yourself and asking for support.
Namaste,
Suze

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Control What You Can – Leave The Rest to Trust

This week’s Musings are written by one of our Practitioners, Julie Thulin.

Control What You Can – Leave The Rest to Trust

The past few weeks – maybe months – have been a big reminder to me that I can’t control everything……..and having been called a control freak more than once, this is a big deal for me. It’s not like I actually believe I have control over everything, in fact, I’m pretty good at recognizing my limitations. But today – after reading and sharing far too many posts about the US Election debacle my inner voice spoke to me loud and clear………”Julie, you have to let this go.”.

Let it go?!?!? But there’s so much to be said, so many opinions to consider, so much at stake!! “Let it go……..let it all go and trust”

Bam!! That last word – trust – hit me like a ton of bricks. I took a deep breath and realized that somewhere along the way I have forgotten to trust. I used to be great at trusting that everything was playing out as it’s meant to, however the death of my uncle, the dementia diagnosis with my mom, the slow start to my new business……..all these and more had me spending far too much time in my head and not near enough time in my heart. I have been overthinking so many things and areas in my life that the small, powerful voice of my soul has been drowned out by noise that doesn’t serve me. Now I completely recognize this noise is my ego……my need to control things, to make things right, to have a handle on life’s challenges……..but today I was reminded that trust is one of the most powerful tools in my toolbox.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve said to clients and friends “Get out of your head and into your heart, that’s where the power lies” yet I forgot to follow my own fabulous advice.

So today I vowed to follow my own advice and that offered in the Serenity Prayer……. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

I can’t change the fact the my Aunt has lost her partner but I can trust that she will be fine as she goes through her grieving process. I can love her and support her during this time.

I can’t change the fact that my mom has been diagnosed with Dementia but I can trust that both she and my dad know my love for them is strong and that as a family we will do our best to deal with this hand that has been dealt us. I can ensure that my time with both my parents is filled with creating memories and do my best to take care of them and love them no matter what happens.

I can’t change the fact that I retired from my career to pursue my dream and the process is moving slower than I’d like but I can trust that it’s all unfolding as it’s meant to and I am learning and growing in this process. I can do my work and trust that I am making a difference.

And as for the US election I realize I have no control over what happens there – I can’t even vote – but I trust that enough people will vote from their heart and that whoever takes office understands the power they have to either unite or divide. I trust they choose unity.

Thanks for the timely reminder Julie!
Here’s some re-patterning statemens to reinforce Julie’s thought-provoking perspective!

  • I forgive myself for believing it has to be hard to let go and trust.
  • I give myself permission to do what I do best and trust the rest will unfold in the best wy to support all.
  • My mind can fret and worry or I can live from my heart. I choose to trust, and act from my heart.
  • I am free to do what I can from my heart today by…
  • I know what happens when I trust and live from my heart…it happened when I..
  • I am learning to deepen my trust and live more from my heart and it feels like ME!

For our American friends, keep believing in the best.

The rest of us are holding a space for you to choose from your heart.

Namaste,
Suze

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