I do know how to pay attention,
how to fall down into the grass,
how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed,
how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.

Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

Spring Awakening

I've recently taken on a new charity - www.goldenfundautism.org. This has come about through my involvement with www.longislandway.com, a business with a charity buzz. It's all good and it feels wonderful to be giving back in this way to an organization that I'm thankful not to have any personal attachment to or taking a salary from!

I've also recently been trained as a Level 2 Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner and have embraced the work personally and professionally. It's an effective tool on it's own, and is an especially powerful when integrated with coaching and other mind-body modalities. Emotional Freedom Technique is a combination of eastern meridian "energy therapy" (acupuncture and acupressure points on the body known as meridians) and western psychology. If our energy is blocked due to trauma (physical, emotional, chemical) the body or emotions may react in a negative fashion. A person may feel pain or negative emotions due to the disruption. When it is removed, the negativity is also resolved. You may have seen it on a recent TV show, or heard about it from a friend. Gary Craig, the founder of EFT claims that when done by a proficient practitioner, EFT works over 80% of the time. Beginners can expect to get success at least 50% of the time. EFT is effective in reversing self-sabotage, conquering fear and reducing cravings. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! I do not believe EFT replaces all forms of other self-help work. I've found it to work effectively in conjunction with my coaching as I integrate it into my one-on-one session with clients. It can also be facilitated effectively via telephone, or with groups. I'll be facilitating a fun, educational and experiential half-day workshop for women on June 8, which will include learning about and experiencing EFT as well as affirmative breath-work and movement. Find out more!

As a Long Island resident, I must express my gratitude to the season for finally being in full bloom (allergies and all). I love 3 out of the 4 seasons, spring and summer being tied for favorite. In addition to the glorious blooms and natural wonders, there are weddings to attend, visits from our daughters in Europe, and the anticipation of peacefully kayaking in Hewlett Bay with Steve.

Namaste Shanti,
(I am peaceful and peace to you.)

May 2008