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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Soul Coaching

I am joining a " book-blogging" group--and today! the 1st of November--- is the first day.

The concept behind a book-blogging group is that a community of bloggers work their way through a book, sharing their experiences by posting on their own blog and by reading what other participants are sharing. You can choose to share as much or as little as you like. This book blogging group is hosted by Jamie at THE NEXT CHAPTER blog. (thanks Jamie!)

We're starting out with the book Soul Coaching 28 Days to Discover Your Authentic Self by Denise Linn.

I was attracted to this group and book because I am in the midst of a huge life transition--a friend recently told me that he thought transitions were just chaos--and since mid July that is how I feel most of my life has been--rather chaotic and messy.

Soul coaching "is a process that takes you to your spiritual source and helps you find meaning and sacredness in your everyday life." (and who could not use that?) "It allows you to take an honest look at yourself and your life, face fear, release old negative patterns, get motivated, and step boldly and joyfully into your future."

Now, I am aware that this life transition---although not from my own choice--was never-the-less caused partly by own action--or inaction; so the above concepts---taking an honest look at my life, releasing old negative patterns and so on--- seemed very appropriate for me at this time.

In three weeks I will be moving from Berkeley/Oakland California to Portland, Oregon. Of course, I am both excited and a bit apprehensive about this move. I guess I thought the process of being in an online book group and reading this book and doing the suggested activities would help to keep me grounded and aware while I pack, apartment hunt via the net, and move.

Am I ready for change? the honest answer: not really--but life thrust it upon me, and so I am endeavoring to go with it. A few days ago I set up a small alter in my room---I was unaware that the Soul Coaching author Linn would suggest doing this--I just felt the need to have one set up....synchronicity already?

"We can't control our destiny, but we can control who we become."---Ann Frank


Kelly Valentine said...

I recently moved from LA to Nashville, so I understand a lot of what your feeling and going thru...I have heard a lot of really amazing things about Portland, especially for artists.

Glad to be with you on this journey!!

Serena said...

Aurora, your altar is lovely! I had a similar thing with mine.....set it up two weeks before coming across the book club site. Obviously, we are on the right path. I too have heard great things about Portland from other artist blogs I've visited so it looks like you are in for a wonderful experience. I'm happy to be sharing the Soul Coaching journey with you.

Katie said...

I wish you the best through this transition. I moved from Los Angeles to Atlanta last October and back to Los Angeles three months ago. It is a lot, but you will find the help you need along the way. I wish you the best this November!!

Aurora said...

Thanks everyone for your encourgement about my move. Thinking about this transition--I don't think it is the moving part that is difficult---I left a 14 year relationship suddenly--not by my choice really--so that part of the transition is the hardest, and the moving is only a result of that.

CelticBuffy said...

Life is all about change in my opinion. I think our part is to learn how to be serene and not let the chaos of change control us. How exciting on your move! Moving always feels like the chance to reinvent myself.

Anonymous said...

Oh you are so well on you way! I am so happy that you have joined the group! It is great to have others that are sharing in the same journey and yet having such vastly different experiences. I know this move will bring great things to you.

Jamie said...

Transitions are such powerful times and there's no question that a lot of the process is painful. I hope that Soul Coaching and the group of us bloggers can support you in this big change. May you leave behind all that was not supporting your beautiful authentic self and discover all that does. We'll be holding your hands as you go.