Coleen’s Blog

MY SPRING MANDALA

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Coleen's Blog | 5 comments

It has been a long winter (and still continues) even though it is the middle of March in Nova Scotia. I felt compelled to create this mandala to conjure up my own internal spring.  Pema enlightens us, “Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear, and think forms the mandala of our life…we don’t get to choose what or who shows up in it…everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening…” I am practicing, standing in the center of my...

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Guide Me Home

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Coleen's Blog | 3 comments

‘Tis the Season of resolutions, new intentions and renewed commitments… the challenge is in keeping to the new or not so new goal, intention, resolution (you can substitute any word that speaks to you in this sentence). I for one do not have much luck with resolutions, so I do not make them. Instead, I work with embodied commitments to navigate daily life. Through my presence-based coaching training I learned the value of embodying and integrating my commitment with mind, body and soul. For me this means that when I speak my specific commitment it “lands” soundly within my body and...

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My Wish

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 4 comments

                May you do what you love (at least some of the time). May you have peace & joy in your heart (as much as possible). May you practice gentle-kindness for yourself (so you have the capacity to extend gentle-kindness to others). May you hold yourself with a sense of lightness & playfulness (let us be easier on ourselves). May you remember that often the simplest way creates creative flow.   May you allow yourself to be perfectly imperfect (for all of those reforming perfectionists- including me). May you love and be loved. May...

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Be Like the River

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 1 comment

I am re-reading Pema Chödrön’s – Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears… to quote Pema, “Nothing is static or permanent. And that includes you and me. We have a very solid view of ourselves, and also very fixed views about others. Yet if we look closely, we can see that we are as unfixed and changing as a river… the river isn’t the same even for a fraction of a second… our thoughts, emotions, molecules are continually changing.” How can you be like the...

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Living Our Gifts – Dharma in Action

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 0 comments

I invite you to join Michelle Murton, John Coleman and me for a unique afternoon of yoga, art and sound with the focus on you living your gifts to your full expression. Michelle and John will be playing the most divine music live, while you engage in yoga, mantra and art. Join us for an afternoon of playfulness, creativity and community. Contact the Fall River Yoga Centre to register. Check out our cool video http://vimeo.com/74214189 created by John to give you a better idea of our intentions and the afternoon. Namaste. Coleen      To register...

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A Word is a Bird

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 4 comments

Words are more than semantics – through our words, we are creating our world one word at a time. We can choose to align our words with our actions and live in creative choice. Years ago I was sitting in a community meeting.  An important decision was at hand.  Some of the words being spoken into the circle  were unkind and out of alignment with the intention of the group.  As one of the younger members of the group (at that time) I spoke up about the importance of the words we speak. I was harshly admonished by an elderly gentleman who in a raised voice said to me, “Words...

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The Silent Sound of the Sea

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 0 comments

For me, the sound of the of the sea silences out all other distractions. Recently while on a vacation to Acadia National Park in Maine, I was surprised at the crowds of people seeking “solitude” by the sea. The photos give the illusion of aloneness and the reality is anything but. I live in a relatively isolated part of the Atlantic Coast, so it took me awhile to acclimatize to the crowds seeking their own place of silence by the sea. The sea speaks to me, my innate need for silence, for space and to be at one with the rhythm of nature. Time stands still in the present moment of...

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Connecting at the Berwick Yoga Festival

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 0 comments

On the final evaluation form for the festival there was a question - "Can you offer one word that encompasses your thoughts about your time here?" My word was "connection"... Connection to: nature, under the protective canopy of the graceful and ancient hemlocks old friends new friends deeply soulful music with Surya Chandra my voice, singing out loud and clear with Kirtan Soul Revival my heart center through meditation art with Holly Carr and her fearless story yoga vigorous and light more wonderful yoga with Jenny deeply felt and shared stories and so it is, until next year Om! PS: the...

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A More Expansive Narrative

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 0 comments

I believe that if you can trace and color – inside or outside the lines – you can create your own stories, your own art and nurture your creative soul. Each of us longs to live a more purposeful and creative life. What stands in the way? Old habits, conditioned tendencies, self-doubt… and a myriad list of other items. My question (quest) is – how to meet, embrace and expand into a larger self-narrative beyond these “limiting beliefs” … beyond the lines that we consciously or unconsciously draw around ourselves. Each moment of everyday I (and perhaps you) stand on the...

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Lighting Creative Fire through Art & Yoga at the Living Yoga Unconference

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 1 comment

On Sunday May 12, I had the joyful experience of facilitating a workshop entitled: Lighting Your Creative Fire through Art & Yoga. In the spirit of joyfulness and playfulness and in a safe and sacred atmosphere a group of lovely people allowed their breath and imagination to fan their creative flame.  My belief is that if you can trace and color –inside or outside the lines – you can create your own stories, your own art and nurture your creative soul. To quote, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “The craft of stories, the craft of questions, the craft of the hands…all these are the...

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