Saturday, 30 June 2018

July 2018: Procrastinaton, or Stepping Up

Reflections: Procrastination or Stepping Up

'Compass Rose Speaks'

Workshop 7 July in Cornwall

Concessionary coaching place during July and August


Reflections: Procrastination or Stepping Up
 
Procrastination or stepping up? As I sit in a shady spot in my garden during our current glorious June weather, I have been reflecting on this. We are now past the solstice - past midsummer here, past midwinter if you are in another part of the world. Half of 2018 has already passed by - time for action?
 
For the whole of this year I have been saying, to myself, and to others (including on my email signature) that I have a work in progress, a new publication for 2018. As I have just observed, half of 2018 has gone, so if I am to achieve the goal I have set myself, I need to get a move on, as the saying goes. My intention was to be writing sections all year, as the groups I work with on the slow steady version of unfurling the Dare to Blossom Power Flower have been flowing through the seasons.
 
My inner critic has been shouting at me that I have done 'nothing', and yet, that is not true. Not only have I been writing steadily (just maybe not in a file labeled 'book draft'), but I have an immense library of unpublished writing, not to mention other work in blog archives and the like, on which I could draw.
 
In a recent meditation, flying on the magic carpet ride visualisation that I so often facilitate for others, I realised, or, rather, was shown, that the flower symbol has much more depth and richness, and potential, than I have noticed so far. The simple graphic of the flower with a centre point and four petals has proved potent and powerful, for myself, and for others.


Part of the book will be about that practical process, combining the Power Flower with the Rediscovery Cards, (as in the example above), that has been tried and tested with individuals and groups, in person and on-line for nearly two years now. Those petals, those points: Peace at the centre, Purpose to the North, Passion in the East, Power to the South, and Progress to the West - those points have a profound flow and symbolism to them. Whether people are in the workshops here in Cornwall, where people have returned for a second 'turn around the sun' a second year of flow and exploration; in the Dare to Blossom into Joy Mastermind group where an  group of women from around the world have developed a deep and supportive connection as we journey together through the year; or in the shorter more focused versions in one-to-one coaching, or a Dare to Blossom Quest Day, however they come to this  - it works. (I recently described what that symbolism means to me in a prose poem, that I will include at the end of this newsletter.)
 
It works for people right where they are, however they come, dipping in and out, or staying for a long term programme. However short our personal contact, the effect is long term and can be transformational. The process continues to unfold and evolve as people integrate the initial work they have done into their lives. Every time they revisit, or simply remember, a word or a phrase, a feeling, an emotion, that was evoked - then the magic is working.

Speaking of magic, the other tried and tested process, that I mentioned earlier and is a key part of my work, along with the Rediscovery Cards, is the guided visualisation that I called a 'Magic Carpet Ride' over three years ago. People love the idea so much I have not changed that title. For many of us the symbolic Magic Carpet may not appear in our inner journeys, certainly for me it does not feature every time.Yet each time I speak the words of the visualisation that set people on their journey; each time I stand beside them as their companion along the way; each time - true magic happens.

Maybe not a white rabbit plucked out of a top hat, although sometimes it feels just as amazingly wonderful as that, when a new idea for a business or creative work arrives fully formed along their journey. At other times people return deeply moved after conversations with loved ones who have died, or insights into dealing with difficult relationships with those still living. Sometimes, the experience is a simple floating or resting.

The true magic is that of allowing us to be with all the parts of ourselves: the logical, the practical, the creative, the artistic, the adult, the child, the fey, the whimsical. Knowing that each of these parts brings gifts and each is a valued part of the whole. My own journey of rediscovering my inner wisdom and stepping into my power has been about just that. Re-finding, re-claiming those parts, some of which I may have rejected, and allowing them to stand proudly as themselves. Letting go of the fear of other people's opinions and judgment. Letting go of imposing my expectations of these judgments from others on myself without even giving the real people a chance to respond themselves.

This work with visualisation, is where the extra detail will come in the book. I see that there can be many more rows of petal opening. A little like the lotus flower, in between the my flower's simple four petals, there are others: supporting, deepening, growing. (This a slightly out of focus photo was taken at Kew Gardens two years ago, before I replaced my phone for one with a good camera).



The extra layers for the book will be unfolded from the resource of my own journals, my own journeying. The journals contain stories: stories I have seen, created, observed, participated in - however they came about. There will be 'Unfurling' chapters, working with each point of the simple Power Flower, starting with Peace in the centre, and working around the four petals as we do in the workshops. Interspersed will be 'Journeyings' chapters. Some may contain stories from my life, my experiences as I remember them. Others may tell some of the stories of my inner journeys, in meditation, on my magic carpet and through other visualisations.

 
An additional part of my work has been slotting into place over the last few weeks. Being made to slow down by a virus and a minor back problem, being made to let go and cancel some plans, this made space for the new.

I saw afresh what I have always known, the importance to me of being firmly rooted, seeing myself again as the tree shining her light, knowing she has a strong anchor point in the earth. Maybe some of my procrastination in relation to writing came through a little too much stepping out in to the world, or too quickly. I have been pushing my own comfort zone, giving talks at events large and small. Maybe I needed to re-root into my inner power before I could step truly into that place? This painting is the first I ever framed, emerging out of meditative doodles in a workshop with the talented Annie B. It hangs on the wall in my study and continually reminds me to connect with my light within.



So I have been grounding and balancing. Listening to myself. Listening to what my heart knows and I often either dismiss or fail to hear altogether. From this inner work a new offering emerged - that some of you reading this have tested for me, with heart-warming results. "The Root and Branch Listenings". Briefly, in case you did not see the special notice I sent about this a few weeks ago, these are based on the principle that the Rediscovery Cards are for you to use as a tool to rediscover your own inner wisdom, and that my work is about Listening to help you along the way. (Read more here)

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I have used a lot of words to describe all the good things that have developed, and how I know that people gain benefits from the work I do. And yet, I still feel a reluctance, a resistance, to moving ahead with the book. This feeling has another name: Fear.

 
Fear. When I drop inside and allow this feeling, this fear to speak, I find the voice of the young girl, the young Mary. The girl who was punished at her first primary school for something she did not do. The girl who was bullied at her first secondary school, apparently simply for being 'different'. Even as an adult at work, various experiences rocked her world and resulting in her doubting herself. This Mary did not know she had chosen to give away her power, nor that she could reclaim it whenever she wished. I know now not to blame or berate myself for this (nor others): I feel that I (as we all do) was doing the best I could at the time. Protecting myself, and maybe I felt that withdrawing, hiding,  was necessary at that time to keep myself safe. 

In some ways I feel I began an emerging journey in 1994, when I was diagnosed with cancer, and I have experienced a number of 'wake-up calls' over the years since then. Everyone has a stories like these, I am not painting myself as a victim or asking for your sympathy. I am becoming more aware of the cyclical nature of my own journey, and that may have resonance for you. Or it may not. And that is all fine.

One of the meditation journeys I experienced when I held the space for the first Magic Carpet Ride Group, in June 2015, was extremely powerful for me. The full story will be shared in the new book. Briefly, I saw myself faced with taking a decision, to move forward on a perilous journey or to turn back to safety and remain the same. There was no judgment felt then, no accusation of 'procrastination' such as in my heading for this piece, just a simple choice between stepping up, and staying where I was, each with consequences. Neither right or wrong. just different.
 
Here is a very short extract:
 
"How many times have I stood in this place? How often have I been at the point of taking off and flying, of daring to blossom, of unleashing my power within? How many times have I stepped back, retreated to a safe place? I take a deep breath, shake my body and settle my bones, my muscles, lift my head, standing tall, I look at my guide - waiting patiently - I put out my hand to grasp theirs and say strongly: 'Yes! Yes, I am ready.' "

Maybe it has taken three years, or maybe I have been stepping up ever since and not realising that I was. Either way, yes, I am ready. Are you?
For you, for your journal, meditations or artwork:
What does 'stepping up' mean for you?
Where do you experience yourself doing that?
And where do you experience procrastination or resistance?
What else is there? What is hidden beneath those feelings?

And, what else?
What is your next small step?
​What would make that easy and fun?
Or, will you choose to remain content where you are?
How does that feel?


I feel it is relevant here to remind you that this is powerful work you are doing. It may stir uncomfortable feelings, emotions or memories. If you need help, reach out and ask someone, and that may be professional help. I have done this a number of times over the years. Sometimes counselling, more recently coaching (and at times in the past, both of those). If you feel it would be useful for us to talk, simply book a 'complimentary consultation' through my Calendar service here.
'Compass Rose Speaks'

I am your Compass Rose. My centre point is Peace. Balancing, grounding.
 
Look up! Look North, to your Guiding Star. Your Purpose.
 
From the East comes the rising sun. Passion, potential.
 
South is the source of nature's powers. The flowing rivers, the rising tides, the ever-changing oceans. The wind that shapes the land. The power that is arising in you.
 
West is the land of the setting sun. Progressing forwards into the night. Anticipating the promise of a new day. Return your attention to your centre point, Peace. Balanced, grounded.
 
I am your Compass Rose. 
 
© Mary Lunnen 2018

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Cornwall: Dare to Blossom Workshop 7th July 10 am to 1 pm: Stepping into Your Power 4: Power - Stepping Up
The next of the regular workshops at the Blue Lotus Therapy Centre, near Scorrier. It may come as no surprise that the petal we are unfolding this time is Power, and the subtitle 'Stepping Up'.  Read more here.
 

 
Concessionary coaching place during July and August

For those of you who choose not to be on Facebook, here is today's notice about the availability of a concessionary coaching place - could that be for you?

 
During July and August I am retreating a little from being out and about, and from my one-to-one coaching work, so I can focus on writing, and on resting.

Are you feeling at that place, in the words that inspired 'Dare to Blossom', where "....the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.'?



Or maybe you are at a crossroads and not knowing which way to turn? Maybe your children will be starting school in September, or maybe leaving home? Maybe you feel so rushed and stressed that you never stop running? How would it feel to have half an hour every two weeks to breathe; to pause; to hear yourself think?

Here are some words from someone I worked with earlier this year:


"I am amazed how impactful and insightful just half an hour with you can be – which I wasn’t expecting, but loved. All our sessions have been an incredibly positive experience; setting me up on the right tracks to move forward again." read more here)

The concessionary offer is five thirty minute coaching calls on Zoom video-coaching, at half price. The usual charge is £225, paid one session at a time, in advance, or minus 10% for advance block payment (which comes to £202.50). The half price offer is therefore £112.50, £22.50 per session, or £101.25 in advance.

Is this for you? If you think it may be, have a look at my website
coaching page here. Before you make a decision, we will talk first to get to know each other a little, so book your complimentary consultation now using this link to make sure you don't miss out. If it turns out not to be for you then the place will be there for someone else
 
Please do feel free to comment below, I would love to know how you resonate with this.

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the dedicated page.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary


Find 'Dare to Blossom Life Coaching' on Facebook, @daretoblossom on Twitter

Thursday, 31 May 2018

June 2018: Flow


Reflections: Flow
The Midsummer 1:1 Coaching Programme, Events, and Talks


Reflections: Flow
 
My first thought for this month is about how cyclic my experiences are. Does this happen for you? Over the last few weeks I found myself struggling, maybe trying to fight against the flow of a metaphorical river. Busy, busy - promoting the workshop in Devizes on 16th June, worrying that no one had booked. Writing new material for the fourth annual June Global Midsummer Magic Carpet Ride Circle that opens on 18th June.... and worrying if anyone would be interested. Those of you in business will know how your work, and your income, ebbs and flows. Smiling at myself sharing those words, and how vulnerable it feels.

Choosing to change my focus to how much I am enjoying the flow of the regular Dare to Blossom into Joy Mastermind group: In April we focused on 'Purpose': in June we move on to 'Passion' (in the Dare to Blossom Power Flower that you will have seen here). During May we have simply been spending time together, occasionally in our private Facebook group, and regularly every Friday morning at 9.00 am.

Each week, I draw three cards for each of us, and lead a Magic Carpet visualisation. Last time my three cards were:




 
A timely reminder to take a pause in the 'doing' - to simply be for a while, to return to meditation and the magic carpet visualisations. People in the groups I work with receive extraordinary insights and practical prompts for action - and recently I have not allowed myself the time to do this myself.

And to surrender - to surrender to the flow. To allow myself to enjoy the beautiful early summer weather here. To sit on the rocks on the headland and watch the waves breaking below. To allow my eyes to feast on the amazing show of wildflowers on the cliffs this year: the cold spring seems to have brought them all into flower together. To hear the cries of the kittiwakes nesting on the rock ledges by the imposing arch of 'Porthmissen Bridge'. To watch the fulmars wheeling in the thermal currents.





 
For you, for your journal, meditations or artwork, start with the prompts mentioned above, and repeated here for you:
What does 'flow' mean for you?
What else is there?
And, what else?

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Midsummer Coaching Programme and June Events

The Dare to Blossom Magic Carpet Ride 1:1 Coaching Programme
 
Have you tried coaching yet?
Are you wondering what it is all about? Maybe you are a little concerned about an on-going commitment (financial and in time)? Maybe you are not sure what the 'point' of coaching is?  (if so read words from people who have worked with me here...)

Launching on 1st June at a special price for subscribers here, and members of the Dare to Blossom into Joy private Facebook Group, this is your chance to try out a structured programme that at the same time has plenty of room within it for you to do things your way. A new three month program me that you can start at any time that is right for you. This package is a personal one-to-one version of the workshops and on-line groups I run.
Read more and book a time to chat about whether this might be for you...
 
Events and Talks

From 1st June: Dare to Blossom into Joy Mastermind Circle exploring Passion
The third point on the Power Flower is the petal we are unfurling together during June: key words are Expanding, and Potential. The question for this month is about why? Why do you do what you do? Why do people respond to you and your work?
Read more here, and contact me to discuss joining the Circle.

From 18th June: the Global Midsummer Magic Carpet Ride Circle
A five week version of the full year Mastermind group. This was my very first online offering back in 2015, so this is the fourth year now that the Global Midsummer Magic Carpet Ride has been evolving. It is different each time and yet contains many of the same elements. This year we are flowing around the Power Flower unfolding each petal, one week at a time. Full details here.

12th June: 'Self-care is not Self-indulgence' Talk with Jane Hicks
This talk is hosted by the
Truro Professional Women's Network, and this time is at the beautiful Rose in Vale Country House Hotel at Mithian, near St Agnes on the north coast.
22nd June: talk at the "Inspiring Women, Inspiring Women" Conference
Hosted by the Tavi Women networking group, this is a packed day of inspiring speakers =and panel discussions with plenty of time to meet people and make new contacts. My talk is on 'Stepping into Your Power'.
 
Further ahead - the next of the regular workshops at the Blue Lotus Therapy Centre here in Cornwall is on 7 July, the petal we are unfolding this time is Passion: Expansion, Potential Read more here
 

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the dedicated page.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary

Monday, 30 April 2018

May 2018 Laughter

Reflections: Laughter

My first reflection is to simplify this newsletter, for this month at least. So for May, there is just this article. Plus a link at the bottom to find out more about workshops etc and to meet up (in person or online) for a cuppa and a chat.

In order to help you find your way around I have recorded a short video which you will find on my YouTube channel. You will probably laugh at me as I sneezed energetically in the middle. Maybe I will record a new version but not today.

If you prefer the other format with all the information in detail within the newsletter do let me know, and any other feedback and suggestions are always very welcome. Just reply to this email and I will be delighted to hear from you.

I know that many of you who read this prefer not to be on Facebook, for those who are, you can always link up through that medium also and you will find a lively community developing in the 'Dare to Blossom into Joy' group where I share a card of the day and some photos.

And so, back to Laughter - such a big part of my life, and my work.


What is your first response to the word?
To the colour?
What else is there?
And, what else?

In every coaching call, every workshop, in the online circles I host - the delicious moments are when we all dissolve into laughter. My attention was drawn by my little laughing Buddha  - I have always loved that he has a cat on his shoulder as well as his traveling pack.



My cats always help me to smile if I am feeling low - and sometimes fall about laughing at their antics. I don't have any  real action photos to show you - I am usually too busy laughing and enjoying the moment, and if I do think of it then they are moving too fast. However, as most of us love a cat photo, here is one of Evie looking very cheeky to make you smile today. (Even if you are allergic to cats maybe you will enjoy the picture?)



Laughter is such a basic human response, maybe a necessity in life. It gets us breathing more deeply, moving our muscles, creating a 'feel-good' factor for us. 
For you, for your journal, meditations or artwork, start with the prompts mentioned above, and repeated here for you:
What is your first response to the word?
To the colour?
What else is there?
And, what else?
What makes you really laugh out loud?
How long since you have done that?
(If the answer is a long time how about watching some favourite comedy programmes or films, or some of the 'laughing babies' videos on-line - I challenge anyone not to laugh with those.)
What does 'laughter' mean for you?
Do you have memories that spring to mind? If so, are they happy memories? And if they are not, what can you do now to shift and heal that discomfort?


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This picture of big seas at Constantine Bay was taken a week or so ago, in April. It was a glorious day after a winter that has felt wet, dark and very cold this year. It is still unseasonably cold - and today as I write, very windy. And, I am so lucky to be able to walk in places like this at any time of the year.



This month I have decided not to include any 'Notices' about my services and events. If you are inspired to find out more why not take a look at my website? Then you might like to suggest a time to meet for a cuppa and a chat, in person if you are in Cornwall, or on Zoom video-conferencing, to get to know each other a little. Here is the link to the video tour mentioned above in case you would like to see that now.

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the dedicated page.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary


Find 'Dare to Blossom Life Coaching' on Facebook, @daretoblossom on Twitter


Thursday, 29 March 2018

April 2018 Purpose

April 2018

 Reflections: Purpose
One-to-one Coaching
Events and workshops

Reflections: Purpose


This was the theme of the last workshop here in Cornwall, and we will be exploring 'Purpose' in the April Dare to Blossom into Joy Mastermind group, just about to begin on April 2nd (more about that below, and there is still time to join us if you wish).

So, 'Purpose', what does that word, that concept mean to you?


What is your first response to the word?
To the colour?
What else is there?
And, what else?

For me, as I continue to work with more and more people, in different ways, my view of 'purpose' seems to fluctuate. At times it seems very clear. At others it seems almost as if it is still there, over there in the distance, but maybe a sea fog has blown in - as it does here on the coast on a sunny summer's day - and is obscuring that view for a while.

Those times are when I feel I need to stay connected. To continue the metaphor, to feel the ground beneath my feet, knowing that I am still on the path, even when I cannot see the destination.

And what happens when I lose even that, lose contact with the path? What if I do not know my purpose? Or, what if that purpose changes? I have experienced all of these circumstances, numerous times over the years.

What I would say now, and what I wish I could have told my younger self, is that ..... it is all OK. The searching, the feeling lost, is all part of a human existence. What I have learned to do now is to return to my breath. To simply breathe deeply. For that truly is a purpose in itself: simply to breathe, to be here, now, in this physical body.

Knowing that the way is always there - multiple ways, perhaps, many choices. Knowing that the sun is always there - that the light will return as the earth turns and night becomes day. As the clouds clear and the sun shines. I also recognise, and have experienced myself, the depth of the seemingly impenetrable blackness that seems to have no end, no possible chink to let the light in, no hope of coming home to myself.

If that is where you are, or where you find yourself at any time (as you probably won't be reading this if you are there right now) - please ask for help, from professionals and from those around you. My work is not in therapy or counseling: I have enough professional training and experience to know where the boundaries lie, when the person I am talking to needs a different type of support than I can offer. 


Hmmm.... interesting where my musings on 'Purpose' have taken me this morning. And that is just it, the prompt of a single word, on a coloured background, can take the thoughts off on different paths. When I am working with people one to one or in groups with the Dare to Blossom Power Flower - and we reach the 'Purpose' petal to unfurl, as we will be during April - then we have plenty of opportunity to reflect in different ways, on different days. Each of our reflections will be unique, and each will have nuggets of gold within to be harvested.

So, if I draw a card for 'Purpose' - what else is there? When I did this for myself, out on the cliffs near Trevone, here is what I received: Aspiration. My first response is to smile: having just written about breathing, the Latin root of this word 'Aspire' is to do with breathing.

And there is the the other dictionary definition of the word: 'the hope or ambition of achieving something'. Or maybe something else is arising for you? There are no right or wrong answers, simply different views at different times.




For you, for your journal, meditations or artwork:

What does Purpose mean for you?
Can you see clearly?
Or do you need to return to your breath and wait for the fog to clear?
What tools can you use to enjoy exploring what might be coming next on the path?


One-to-one Coaching
There are lots of opportunities listed below to join groups, in person and on-line, or to visit Cornwall on a Quest Experience Day.

The simplest way to access your own inner wisdom is through your own reflections and meditation. If you would like a companion at your side for a while, then I can offer one-to-one sessions on video conferencing.

Here is an unsolicited testimonial from someone I worked with very recently:


"Hello Mary,
I just wanted to say a big thank you for your guidance over the last couple of months. You have helped me through a period of transition and taught me that cutting back - or drawing on your insight: “pruning” - is not the end but the start, allowing time and the capability to blossom; to continue to evolve. I am amazed how impactful and insightful just half an hour with you can be – which I wasn’t expecting, but loved. All our sessions have been an incredibly positive experience; setting me up on the right tracks to move forward again. Thank you for helping me to find that the clarity and balance again."


Jocelyn shared these two images to illustrate how she experienced this:

 


Events and workshops

The April 'Stepping into Your Power' Mastermind group, is about to open, on Monday 2nd April. There are just three spaces left, so if you are called to join us now - be quick and contact me to find out if this is for you. Before anyone joins the group I offer you a complimentary consultation so you can ask any questions you may have, and we can get to know each other a little.



The next workshop here in Cornwall, on 12th May, is on the theme of 'Passion - Expanding'. We will focus on the expansion that passion brings. Using that power, that motivation, that joyful feeling to expand without effort, without struggle. To simply open and expand as the flower does as it blossoms.



Stepping into Your Power one day workshop in Devizes: 16th June

This is a new location, hosted in a private house in an easily accessible location with good public transport and road links. The full details and booking link
are here. We will share a day of exploring as we unfurl each petal of the Power Flower, in a relaxed and supportive environment with plenty of laughter.

Time: 10.00 to 16.00
Price: £65 per person, including refreshments and lunch.





Booking is open now for your Dare to Blossom Quest Experience. Will you choose a specific focus? Maybe Peace, Purpose, Passion, Power or Progress, or maybe a theme personal to you. The first step is a complimentary consultation, then once you book there is another hour call to start the process - though in reality, that begins as soon as you make that commitment to yourself, as Sheryl describes so eloquently in her video reflections.



When would you like to come to the magical land of Cornwall? Maybe you would like to plan a very special visit around your Quest Experience? I can help with suggestions for places to visit and to stay. Maybe you are coming anyway on a family holiday and will be able to negotiate with them to take a day out just for you? Maybe, like me, you live here and will simply need to find a convenient date. 
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As always, please feel free to comment below with your thoughts and comments.

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the 
dedicated page.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

March 2018 Growth

Reflections: Growth
Events, workshops, and your individual Dare to Blossom Quest Experience

Reflections: Growth


This month I have left writing this until the very last minute, so, although I should get this out on 28th February, by the time you read this it may already be March. Here in the UK, even in normally mild Cornwall, we are just entering a very cold spell. This often happens in March, though not for a few years now. Some years back it was below freezing for about ten days. The fountain in our pond, which we left on to aerate the water for the fish, created an amazing ice sculpture as the water gushing from the top froze around it and a frozen cascade grew and grew. It must have been a while ago as it was before I had a digital camera, so I have no photos at hand to show you.

The subject for these reflections - growth - will, I hope, be a chance to reflect on green shoots, rather than ice accumulating. It is also the theme for the last week of the 'Peace' Mastermind group (in the Stepping into Your Power programme) that has been running through the month of February. This has been the first of five in-depth months as we journey through the year together. In April we unfurl the 'Purpose' petal together.

The chance for you to apply to join the Mastermind group will be opening soon, just as soon, in fact, as I can get the information ready. February has been a wonderfully busy month, culminating in a trip to Surrey to exhibit at the Holistic and Mystic Show at Dorking. I was also invited to be a speaker on the talks programme there, and I was delighted to share a little of the Dare to Blossom story with those who joined me, along with offering each person their own Rediscovery Card to take away with them. For those of you not able to visit, here is the interview I did for their blog.

I was lucky enough to be taken to some scenic spots - we had lunch in the village of Forest Row, I loved this building - it was actually a pizza restaurant, but I think I managed to get a shot without any signs to distract you from the beautiful architecture.



So, back to 'Growth'. In spite of the occasional cold spell, I love this time of year. The first signs of spring are well-evident now: my miniature daffodils in the pots outside my office in the garden are in full bloom, the first starry white flowers of blackthorn are out in the hedgerows, and the blush of swelling buds is misting the trees with a touch of colour.

For me, it feels as if nature is pausing to take a deep breath, maybe even welcoming the pause of the cold setting back the pace of growth just a little. And once this has passed, then the buds will burst and the green leaves appear; more and more flowers will blossom, the birds will be nesting and spring will truly be here.



In personal terms, where is growth taking place for you? It may not be showing itself yet. Maybe you are experiencing 'growing pains' as you work through a process of change. Or perhaps, the time is not quite right yet - like those buds pausing in the cold weather and suspending their opening until the temperature rises again.


For you, for your journal, meditations or artwork:

What does growth mean for you?
Do you feel that your are frozen into inaction just now?
Where is the potential for you in this pause?
When the thaw comes, how will you choose to grow and blossom?


Events, workshops, and your individual Dare to Blossom Quest Experience

The next workshop here in Cornwall, on 17th March, is on the theme of 'Purpose - Reaching'. What do you want to achieve, what is your gift to share with the world?



While I am preparing the details for the April 'Stepping into Your Power' Mastermind group,
here is the general information. Before anyone joins the group I offer you a complimentary consultation so you can ask any questions you may have, and we can get to know each other a little.



Booking is open now for your Dare to Blossom Quest Experience. Will you choose a specific focus? Maybe Peace, Purpose, Passion, Power or Progress, or maybe a theme personal to you. The first step is a complimentary consultation, then once you book there is another hour call to start the process - though in reality, that begins as soon as you make that commitment to yourself, as Sheryl describes so eloquently in her video reflections.



When would you like to come to the magical land of Cornwall? Maybe you would like to plan a very special visit around your Quest Experience? I can help with suggestions for places to visit and to stay. Maybe you are coming anyway on a family holiday and will be able to negotiate with them to take a day out just for you? Maybe, like me, you live here and will simply need to find a convenient date. 
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As always, please feel free to comment below with your thoughts and comments.

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the 
dedicated page.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary