Tell me, what is it you
plan to do with your one
wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver
The Summer Day

Paddling Downstream

Living in Long Island, New York in early summer is a gift. Nature is in our backyards, the parks and along the shores. I've been grateful to have the time, stamina and physical ability, as well as a husband/best friend to go kayaking with in peaceful Hewlett Bay-Harbor. As we navigated through high tide this morning, a meaningful excerpt from a book I've been reading came back at me:
Everything that you have ever asked for is downstream, where you can easily find it, experience it, possess it, or live it.

The Astonishing Power of Emotions
Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham)
My bird watching was then accompanied by strains of the Beatles singing "...turn off your mind, relax and float downstream...", from Tomorrow Never Knows.

Ah, taking meditative time in nature during the summer is something I look forward to. Recently I walked a labyrinth (a walking meditation tool) with colleagues, and found it to be wonderfully introspective as well as a connecting experience with universal energies.

It is my hope that you may experience the joy and power of being outdoors, in stillness or in movement, wherever you reside.

I am offering a 4 week evening group series in July, in Baldwin, New York. The combination of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, tapping) Meditation and Coaching is truly powerful. Space is limited to 8 participants with registration closing July 7, 2008.

EFT (Tapping) Meditation Series

4 Week Series
July 9, 14, 23 and 30, 2008; 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: 537 Summit Ave., Baldwin, NY 11510. Enter at back entrance from deck.

Cost: $200

Give Yourself a Gift of Time!

Urgent and Important Task Management: Mental Management of Tasks
  Urgent Not Urgent
Important Quadrant 1 Quadrant 2
Not Important Quadrant 3 Quadrant 4

TIME is a common "stressor" for busy people.

Below are two simple methods to effectively assist managing tasks and time, hence reducing anxiety/frustration/anger levels and greatly improving productivity and relationships in all areas of life and work!

Dr. Stephen Covey's "urgent and important grid" divides tasks into four different categories:
  • urgent and important (top left)
  • urgent and unimportant (top right)
  • non-urgent and important (bottom right)
  • non-urgent and unimportant (bottom left)
You may create the "grid" on your desk. Write out outstanding tasks and projects on cards and then "deal" them out on the appropriate square of the grid. Not only does it help prioritize, but it also helps identify what to delegate to others or simply not doing at all.

You may prefer working with lists:
  • A - Urgent today
  • B - This week
  • C - Soon and see it move to A-B
  • D - Dream List (perhaps a vacation?)
Designate a time each day or week to review and reassess. Do it!