Tuesday, 29 August 2017

September 2017 - A Quest, and an invitation to join me + some offers expiring on 1st September

Welcome to the Dare to Blossom Newsletter

There is a lot in this issue - new ideas, thoughts, and some notices and details, so do look through first and see if any of the offers that expire on 1st September are of interest to you, I am sending this out before the end of the month to give you a little more time.

Reflections: A Quest, and an invitation to join me
Events: Global Autumn Magic Carpet Ride, plus workshops in Cornwall and London

Notices: price changes

Reflections: A Quest, and an invitation to join me


This autumn, I am embarking on a quest, a journey to the edge of the land, where new horizons are visible - or maybe hidden just beyond the curvature of the earth. The literal edge, for me is exemplified by the place I sit so often, on the cliffs near my home here in north Cornwall.



Out there, beyond the horizon, is Wales, and Ireland. Looking in another direction, beyond Trevose Head, is the Atlantic Ocean, and North America.



As you, know, if you are a regular reader, I wrote about this last month. Since then something has shifted for me. In some ways plans have become more clear. In other ways the emergence of this new focus has slowed down. Ha! The phrase 'to a walking pace' appeared in my mind - yes, of course.

A quest is at walking pace. The joy, the journey, the learning - is in those paces: one foot in front of the other; one step at a time, whether this is literal or metaphorical. My quest is towards a new version of what I do, what I have always done. In some ways I already feel I have made huge leaps forward, maybe this process is, for me, a means of grounding those leaps into reality.

Over the last year so much has changed for me, and at the same time some things have been constant: the
Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Cards, developed over five years ago,  have been working their powerful magic with more and more people around the world. The Magic Carpet Ride workshops, which I began running under that title in 2015 (building on work I have been doing for about 15 years) - have continued with various different themes. The unfurling of the Dare to Blossom 'Power Flower', has evolved to guide people into deeper and deeper work for themselves and to take that out into the world.

All these are tools I use for myself almost daily: and with people one-to-one in coaching, as well as in groups. Finally, the 
'Point of Focus' membership is proving, as I hoped, to be literally that - a monthly point for you to check in with yourself with the help of three cards and some thoughts and prompts. Plus the option to upgrade to one-to-one time with me to support you.

As you will see below under 'Events' - some plans have already emerged: for the new Global Autumn Magic Carpet Ride - an on-line circle, which will be both similar, and quite different, to previous ones. The workshops in Cornwall are continuing - completing the year-long unfurling our Power Flower.together with the final two petals - Power on 9th September, and Progress on 18th November.

The invitation mentioned earlier is for those events of course - and for the next phase. The stepping up, the emergence into a more powerful (even more powerful) stage - for me, and for you. I already know - for myself, and because those of you I work directly with tell me - that this process is transformational.

And there is more to come, a deeper, bigger, grander level  to be unleashed and explored - of me, and of You. So, my friends, are you ready to step up, to raise your hand to accept this invitation?

A quest of your own?
First - here in Cornwall. If you would love to spend a day on your own quest on the magical cliffs and beaches of Cornwall, I have three places for brave and willing explorers of potential. This will be for a pre-launch trial - there will be a cost, and this will be a fraction of the price when the premium 'VIP day experience" is launched in 2018.  We will walk and talk and unfurl your personal Power Flower as we go.(stopping of course at magical places along the way, and for coffee and lunch). Contact me if you'd like to know more.

Second - three places on a deep-dive day where we connect several times throughout one day via Zoom video-conferencing. In between those conversations you will undertake your own Quest activities. These may be meditations, writing, painting, collaging, walking, photography - whatever we put together for your individually tailored day.

For both the in-person day, and the on-line one there will be an initial conversation and a follow-up call so you are well-supported on your explorations. If you would like to raise your hand for either of these,
email me here, and we will arrange to talk. We need to be sure it will work for each of us, so it is the delicious, challenging, and magical experience that I know is potentially there for you.

I think those of you prepared to dive in will already have experienced how I work - and if you have not you can book a complimentary consultation call, a one-off Rediscovery 'Power Boost' Session, or the new "Unleash. You." coaching programme
here.

Back to my reflections....... I am reading "Crossing the Unknown Sea" by David Whyte, sub-titled "Work and the Shaping of Identity.". So much there is triggering thoughts for me, and connecting dots.

I remember writing about energy in my 2008 book  "Dare to Blossom: Coaching and Creativity" and discovering that the root of the word is in the Greek for 'work'. I wrote then:

"It is interesting that the word “energy” derives from the word for “work”. We tend to think of work as “using” energy, not as “being" energy. Perhaps if we look at it this way it can change our perception of work as something difficult, hard, dull, and as using up energy. The most satisfying types of work are those that do energise us, help us feel full of life and enthusiasm and the joy of living. Those activities that help us grow and evolve and develop to our highest potential."



This, this is what I intend to achieve, for myself, and for you through the "Quest to Unleash You" - finding those activities - the ones that help us grow and evolve and develop to our highest potential.

Maybe the edge, the horizon, holds those gifts for us? David Whyte says: "...I looked out, feeling a kind of magnetism to that far windswept ocean, as if aware of the forces in my future that would draw me into my work, whatever form it would take, over the horizons and unknown seas...." I have spent time on those cliffs at Trevone, many times over the years, beginning as a small girl of around seven - feeling that magnetism, feeling that pull that still draws me on. Knowing I have more to share, more to offer.

Will you join me to explore? Whether literally or figuratively, we can cross unknown seas together, maybe I can be a companion for a part of your journey?


For you: in your meditation or journal:
- what horizons are opening up for you?
- if you cannot 'see' them, as often we can't - explore if there is a way of clearing the mist, raising your vantage point, obtaining a telescope..... whichever metaphor resonated for you - to help you.
- try a visualisation you can journey (maybe on a magic carpet) - to discover what may lie beyond those unknown seas?


Events: Global Autumn Magic Carpet Ride, plus workshops in Cornwall and advance notice for 2018 London & Cornwall

Unleash Your Power Within
As mentioned earlier, there are two final dates this year here in Cornwall. This has been a programme continuing steadily throughout this year, unfurling one petal of the Power Flower each time - and they also will bring great insights for you as a stand-alone event if you have not attended one before.

Power: ripening - Saturday 9th September
Progress - harvesting - Saturday 18th November

Both are at the Blue Lotus Therapy Centre in Scorrier, and will run from 10 am - 1pm, The price is rising from 1st September, so you will need to be quick to book - though if you are a regular already I am freezing the price for these last two events of 2017 for you.

In addition, with thanks for your support through subscribing to this newsletter, I am happy to offer you the current price of £25, even if you have not had an opportunity to join us before - if you find the link shows the price as £45, just contact me direct by replying to this email.


Global Autumn Magic Carpet Ride
Join us on a Magic Carpet Ride, as summer ripens into autumn, as the children go back to school. Here in Cornwall, I can almost feel the land herself breathing as the weight, the literal, physical weight, of thousands of tourists and their cars and caravans is lifted.
Join us for a sweet and simple journey together over 21 days, a chance to catch your breath, a time to hear yourself think. All the practical details are below, if you have any questions, just ask.

There is a free group call on Zoom on Tuesday 5th September at 7.30 pm, UK time, where you can ask questions and experience a little of how the process will work. Here is a link to Facebook to book to join that call, or contact me for the direct link to the Zoom meeting

One query that often arises I can answer now - if your location around the globe means that the coming season is not autumn for you (or even fall, as in N America) - the process will still work for you. If it is spring you will connect with the unfolding of that time of year.
We begin on Monday 18th September and share 21 days together with a daily email prompt containing a Dare to Blossom Card drawn for us as a group. There will be weekly calls on Zoom video-conferencing, three during the 21 days and a closing call after the circle has ended. The calls are on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm UK time, and will be recorded in case you are not able to join us. Once our circle has gathered we can discuss if other times would work better for you.

This programme will be self-contained if you prefer not to connect on Facebook, the daily emails and weekly calls will provide you with a rich experience. On Facebook, there will be a private group, which will open on 11th September for us to start connecting and settle in.

Advance notice of 2018 dates:
I am hoping to add more dates and maybe locations to this list, if you would like to host a workshop in your home or invite me to talk to a group you are involved with - please contact me for a discussion.

For now this is what is in my diary, maybe you would like to pencil them into yours too? Full details to follow.

Workshops
Half day workshops at the Blue Lotus Therapy Centre, Scorrier - all Saturdays, 10 am - 1pm:
20th January, 17th March, 19th May, 7th July, 15th September, 17th November


Full day workshop in Greenford, NW London: Saturday 24th February.

Talks and shows
Saturday 2nd September:
Health, Beauty and Wellbeing Fair, St Austell Arts Centre, 11-3. I will be exhibiting and giving a short talk.
Monday 6th November:
Plymouth Women in Business Networking Group The Treasury, Royal Parade, Plymouth. I attend most months, in November I will be the guest speaker - working title: "What's age got to do with it? Insights from a life in business." (with apologies to Tina Turner.) Free to attend, book tickets via Eventbrite.

And finally, for events:  another special workshop hosted by my friend Anna: 
SACRED CHOCOLATE 
Women’s Empowerment Workshop
 


Join alchemical chocolate practitioner, and shaman, Amanda Waring, in this workshop using  ceremonial cacao and unique shamanic practices to open your heart and ground your gifts. Feel empowered and welcomed as a woman. During this workshop we will initiate with the power of raw cacao, absorbing it in sacred ceremony together to allow the alchemy of the cacao deva as a spiritual ally to guide us.

Sacred Chocolate helps us integrate our dark and light side so that we can embody and share all of our gifts in this lifetime, to live your passion and let your passion live. The workshop will include cacao meditations, sacred drumming and the drinking of ceremonial chocolate. There will be moments for deep rest and reflection. Sacred cacao is needed right here, right now, to help us grow and evolve and to shift humanity into greater depths of compassion and awareness and Love.

When we transform ourselves, we transform the world.

Date: Sunday, 10th September 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm. Arrival from 9.30am, for tea
Venue: 77 Elton Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 0PP
Catering: A variety of hot drinks and snacks will be provided, but bring anything specific you need to enable you to be comfortable (such as a specific tea or type of milk). Lunch will be 'bring and share' - 'breaking bread' together is an integral part of the day. Please let me know it you have special dietary requirements.
Price: £60 per person
Booking: As space will be limited, please contact me by email, or telephone (0208 422 8306 or 07783 366904) to confirm your place. Payment will be made directly to AMANDA, and I will give you her bank details for BACS payment, OR you may pay her cash on the day.

There is more information about Amanda and her work on her website: 
www.amandawaring.com

Notices: price changes from 1st September

The Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Cards
will be £15 per pack, plus packing and postage to where you live. Each will contain a personal note from me. If you are a coach or a therapist and would like to purchase six or more packs as gifts or to sell to your clients - contact me to discuss discounts. The packages with the books will change also.

Dare to Blossom Workshops:
the half day events in Cornwall will be £45 per person. If you are a regular 'magic carpet rider' the last two events this year are at the previous price for you (and of course if you are joining us for the first time, just book before 1st to save £20.)

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


Friday, 28 July 2017

August 2017 Stepping into Power


Hello dear friends,

This is arriving early for August, the rainy weather here in Cornwall means I have had plenty of time in my office, plus there are a number of time-limited offers here, and advance notice of a revamp and change in pricing in September.

A variation in format for you this month - for those of you who also follow my posts on Facebook these photos may be familiar. However, I know many of you here choose not to be involved in social media, so I thought I would give you a taste of one of my walks. 

 
Welcome to some reflections on a walking meditation on the cliffs

Recently I have been working with several of my professional 'support team' - coaches and specialists of various sorts. My aim is to become more clear about the offerings I put out in the world, to enable people like you to understand what they could do for you, the difference Dare to Blossom can make to your life. And, if not of interest to you, to enable you to suggest them to people you know.

As is often the case, my coaches remind me of things I already know. This principle - which I often explain to others, is that it is impossible to see what is right under your nose. Physically - (try it) - and metaphorically, it is necessary to use a mirror. My mirror is the people I choose to work with, who, like the expert coaches they are, reflect back to me the things I cannot see, and provide a sounding board.

So, last night I drew up a Point of Focus Report for myself (click the link to find out more). This begins with three Rediscovery Cards, here are mine:



Thinking through my plans to restructure the coaching service I offer, under the working title 'Stepping into Your Power', these words  make perfect sense, and made me laugh.

Adventure: part of the new programme will be a full or half day quest, taking place outdoors on the cliffs and beaches I know and love so well. Literally stepping through a journey together with me as your companion and guide. This will be the top level of the service, a very special one-to-one opportunity.

Emerging: my ideas are emerging, and so too am I - emerging more into the world with confidence, daring to blossom indeed. The well-known quote from Lao Tzu "A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." is inspiring me in this.

Beauty: the beauty of the natural world around me is a central part of my life and my work.

Today, I took a walk on those cliffs I love so much, a place I often go to reflect, re-centre and gain inspiration. It was cloudy but very warm. Here is a photographic record of the things I saw along my way:



This is the view where I park my car and change into my walking shoes. The barley in the field is just turning golden, the skylarks are singing. Today the sky is shades of slate blue and silver grey. The island in the background is called Gulland.

As I walk down the track towards the cliffs, alongside another ripening field of barley, this is the view, across Harlyn Bay to Trevose Head.



As I get to the gate onto the coastal path I look across to Tregudda Gorge and the rock stack in the distance. Today I decided to frame it with the old gateposts - a metaphor for entering in, passing through the gateway into stepping into power.



Then I turn left and walk along the clifftop, down to the rugged point where I always stop, the rocks covered with orange lichen. On the way I admire the view across Trevone Bay with the surf rolling in. The dark slash in the turf of the field is the huge 'Round Hole', caused by the undermining of the ground by the sea eroding the rocks beneath.



The first place I stop has the view back up the coast, towards Tregudda Gorge again, with the rock arches known as Porthmissen Bridge in the foreground. There are rock ledges here where many species of seabirds nest - herring gulls, fulmars, kittiwakes - these last with their haunting call of 'kitty-wake, kitty-wake.' The swell is crashing on the rocks below and up the cliffs in the distance in a spray of white foam.

As I sit here, I hear a noise very close by and look up to see a gull right in front of me. He or she is looking at me and making a chattering noise - not the loud cry but almost a chirp - sounding as if s/he is talking to me.



I climb around the front of the rocks to see the view towards the west.



Then I walk back around the rocks to the grassy spot where I used to sit with my mother, and where my brother and I  would play as young children when we lived nearby. I look up at the sky - the sun is beginning to emerge from the clouds.




With my new phone I am finally able to take selfies (though not entirely sure if that is a good thing...) I hope to use Facebook Live from the cliffs but there is no service here, so for now here is a simple photo.



I sit a while there and think about the stepping into power process and how I can use the Power Flower and the words - Peace, Purpose, Passion, Power and Progress - to form the steps that people will take in their quest - whether online or in person, here on the cliffs. I had set off that morning having drawn my card of the day - Belief, a soft blue shade echoing the shades in the sea. Exploring my belief that this can work, it can help those who are drawn to the process to take real steps, to make real progress forward in their lives.


(It was only when I got home that I found that in my haste earlier, I had posted the wrong photo - Peace, also a blue colour. I laughed at that as Peace is the centre point, and the starting point in the Power Flower. A process of grounding and establishing firm roots - and Peace was exactly what I had been experiencing in my walking meditation.)

So I turn back, up the cliff, towards my starting point. The view from the top is always one I stop and enjoy.



Then, I pass the gateway I showed you earlier and walk round to my other favourite place, the other side of Porthmissen Bridge, where I find my seat on the fragrant turf. The smell of the wind on the cliffs is hard to describe - a mix of hay, flowers, sea air.....



Here is the view below my feet, the archway with two caves going right through the rocks, where the tide rushes in and out when it is high. The patterns in the rock look like the bones of an ancient animal to me, or the ribs of the land herself.



Slightly to the right I can see the waves breaking on the rocks below me. Then I notice this tiny burrow in the grass - I wonder what little creature made this, a vole maybe?



Further to my right again I look out across the sea to Gulland Island....



I sit here for a long time, not really thinking. Meditating, asking for guidance for how to explore and develop a way of offering this to you. I don't write anything, even though my little notebook is in my bag as always. Absorbing, being part of nature and the land.

When I finally set off home I stop to look back at Porthmissen Bridge from another angle and take these two photos: 






Turning, I say my goodbyes for today, and walk back along the track to my car.

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The walking meditation described above took place last week. A few days later, on another walk in the same spot I took some of my 'tools' with me. To help me in developing my work, to reach more people, to be clear about how what I can offer helps, to ....... 'Dare to Blosssom' more myself.

I have been seeing this work as a quest, an inner journey to find my next steps, new purpose. Undertaking some of this work out on the cliffs has been truly wonderful - and I appreciate more and more how lucky I am. And - that I can share this with you. Part of the development is ways of doing that - ideally with you joining me here in Cornwall - and, if you are unable to do that, through my photography as part of my online groups and 1:1 programmes.


Yesterday I noticed this cloud formation.... for me, it conveys the birth of ideas, inspiration. When I reached one of my favourite rock seats, and found a spot out of the strong wind that was blowing, I began drawing cards for myself for each stage of the Power Flower. I am not ready to share them all yet - but here is the one that came out for Purpose - Aspiration. Another word, like inspiration, associated with the breath......

As you see, I have 'dismantled' the Power Flower graphic. I drew a card for each part, starting with the centre, Peace, then Purpose (as shown above), Passion, Power, and Progress. I am still working with exploring the insights of the cards that emerged for all those and may share with you another time.

And so my quest continues.....maybe you will join me to embark on your own journey in September? There will be several ways to do this, through the magic of the Internet we can be half a world away and still work closely together. I am seeing each of those words as a prompt. And they could be the heart of a seven step programme, for example: 
  • Where are you now? 
  • Peace – where is your sweet quiet centre point?
  • Purpose – what do you want to achieve, what is your gift to share with the world?
  • Passion – why? Why do you do what you do? Why do people respond to you and your work?
  • Power – how will you ‘power’ this, what is your essential and guiding light within?
  • Progress – when? When you will do this and how will you make it happen – the next small step.
  • Review and celebration – how far have you travelled? Where next?
This unfurling of the power flower could be done in a single day together, in person. It can be in the 1:1 coaching sessions on Zoom video-conferencing (probably an hour at start and finish and five half hours for the steps in between). It will be the seed from which I will develop the next online group Magic Carpet Ride Circle programme to start in October. And will continue to be the basis of the evolving workshops.

As you see through me sharing the workings of my own process with you here, this is all very new and still germinating. Putting it out publicly feels a little like putting a delicate seedling outside in the air, exposed to the sunlight, the wind, the rain for the first time to 'harden off'. By the time I write the September newsletter for you the plant will be strong and sturdy, ready to bloom, bear fruit and support others.


For you, in your meditation or journal:
- What does 'Purpose' mean for you?
- Where do you feel resistance to the word, the idea?
- If you do, why do you think that is arising, now?
- How can you feel more comfortable with that?
- And, what else is there?

Use any medium that feels good to you - flow-writing, collage, art (including doodling...), and/or simply sitting and asking and then receiving answers.


Notices
In September, as part of this review and growth, my prices will be changing. One of the challenges for any of us in pricing our own work, especially when that is a service, is to truly value what we do. As mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, I have been investing in my own support team over the past few months (see below for the 'credits' for each of them). They have helped me - along with many of you here - to recognise how much I have been actually devaluing my work by not pricing it fairly for the effort and energy I put into it.

Whatever I decide to do, I appreciate more than I can say all the support you give me. Some of you have been reading this newsletter for years, and many of you comment regularly and send me feedback. So whatever I decide to do on pricing, there will always be special offers to show my gratitude for your friendship and loyalty. And, as I have always done, I will continue to offer special rates in particular circumstances too.

For now though, nothing has changed. There are still some places on the special offer of two sessions for the price of one, just visit the
Welcome page and scroll down to purchase 'while stocks last', or until the end of August, whichever comes first. Speaking of stocks, the same applies to the packs of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Cards - the repackaging is taking much longer than I expected so the price is still the same at the moment (£12 plus p&p), as it has been for around five years. You will also find there special offers on buy the cards with the Companion guide.

Workshops
London: "Unfurl your power within"
- 12th August, 9.30 to 4.30 - £65 - there are still just a few places left, if you are one of those not leaving London in August for holidays in Cornwall (or elsewhere - it just seems to those of us who live here that everyone from the rest of the UK comes here on holiday.....) - why not join me for a very special day.
Book here.

Cornwall: "Power: Ripening" - our year-long unfurling of the Power Flower continues at the Blue Lotus at Scorrier on 9 September (with the final petal, "Progress: Harvesting"  the topic for the final workshop on 18 November). Please note: from the 1 September the price for these two workshops (a half day, from 10-1 each time) will rise from £25 to £45. If you are a regular, the price will be fixed for you at £25 for each of these two events. And, if you have been meaning to join us - well here is your chance to book before the price rise.

And finally.....roll the credits....
In some ways I hesitate to mention names as so many, many people help me with my work and my life. Some are professionals whose services I buy, others with whom I do exchanges and co-coaching. Not to mention family, friends, clients, people I meet in groups on-line, writers whose work I read.... etc, etc. If that includes you, please know how truly grateful I am to you.

Here is a flower especially for each of you: thank you for helping me 'blow my own trumpet' in a way that tells people how I can help and still feels (just about) OK for me.




So, over the past few months I have benefited from the services of these three people, amongst all those others referred to above,. Each with a very different style, each giving me a part of the jigsaw of how I want the next version of my work and my business to be, which has combined with the support of everyone else to produce the unique offering that is mine to give.

Nicci Bonfanti of Trusted Sales Dynamics, and in particular her 'Sell like a woman' Programme. This helped me see there are different ways to sell what I do, other than the traditional 'hard-sell.'

Amy Palko's Goddess Guidance, a delicious, and intriguing mixture of legend, archetype, insights, magic - and very practical guidance on developing our work in the world.

Sheryl Andrews of Step by Step Listening, the 30-day clarity programme has - literally - helped me see more clearly, and move forward with confidence. As Sheryl describes on her website, one of the biggest lessons for those of us helping others is to apply our own tools, something we all know, and often (or I do anyway) forget to actually do.

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And so, during August - as well as visiting London to stay with my dear friend Anna who is hosting the workshop in her home, I will be developing these ideas and gaining clarity on new offerings for you. Building on the solid foundations I have built over the last 14 years since I started Dare to Blossom, and growing into the new programmes, stronger, more vigorous, more powerful, than what has gone before.


As always, please feel free to comment below.

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


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Saturday, 1 July 2017

July 2017 - Curiosity

In this Issue: 

Reflections: Curiosity
A Request for Help, and a special offer 
Events: workshops in London and Cornwall


Reflections: Curiosity

Last year I wrote some thoughts on 'curiosity' in a blog piece. These are the words I began with:

"Are you curious? Do you wonder about the world around you? Do you wonder about the world within you? Do you still ask those questions as the three-year old you did - why? Why? Why?
Or, have you lost that sense of awe, that inner explorer, that curiosity? Have you been told too often that 'curiosity killed the cat'? Or that it is safer to keep your head down, not ask questions, look at the ground as you walk? To let your dreams go and stick to the daily humdrum?"

Twice in the last two days, by two different people, I have been reminded of the joy of curiosity, and of the gifts it can bring. Using the phrase, the thought: 'I wonder what it would be like if.......' is a gentle way for me to rekindle my curiosity, and - in business terms - to revive my love of what I do.

And.... a relevant question for me this month is 'I wonder what it would be like if I ceased to write and send out these newsletters?'

Maybe it is you I should be asking? The software allows me to see who opens the emails - but what I don't know is why? What makes you bother to click the link? Many people have been decluttering their in-boxes recently (myself included) and so I always send a thank you note when people unsubscribe. I would much rather you did that than for my emails to be a source of irritation for you.

For you - who have chosen to stay, and who have opened and got this far in reading - what is there here that works for you? What parts do you enjoy the most? The least?

One of my motivations for continuing is that I know that many people on my mailing list choose not to be on Facebook - so this may be the only contact we have from month to month unless you come along to workshops or take up one of my coaching programmes.

For others, you may see my posts daily on Facebook, occasionally on Twitter and LinkedIn. As you have still chosen to read this I am honoured and delighted - would you miss this way of connecting if it was discontinued? What is different about receiving this in your email to simply reading on social media?



Returning to curiosity - what is out there on the horizon? Do I choose to navigate directly to the distant island (Lundy in this picture)? Or shall I turn left or right, west or east? Or set off directly across the ocean into the unseen distance of potential?
For you, for your journal or meditation practice:
- if any phrase or word resonates with you from this piece, choose to flow write or meditate on those words
- what emerges for you?
- what gifts can you find within?
- do you wish to paint, draw, collage - express this visually in some way?


A Request for Help, and Summer Special Offer: Two for One coaching sessions

Are you aware that you are not experiencing the true joy of living right now? Do you know you can be so much more? 

Would you value a gentle and sensitive guide to help you find your way through all the decisions? 

You and I both know that your inner wisdom is just there, just outside your conscious awareness, yes? With some carefully crafted questions, some still, quiet time to think and the Dare to Blossom Cards and process you can give your inner wisdom time to be heard and cherished.

I have set myself a goal to support 100 people this year to tap into their own inner wisdom. So far I have worked with 54 people and you could help me achieve my goal

Are you fed up of feeling stuck or having decisions made for you? Then I am offering 2 free coaching sessions to the first four people to put their hands up.

To do that - to raise your hand - just click on the passionflower image, and book a twenty minute complimentary consultation.



If you are not one of the first four, I have a 'two-for-one' offer running through to the end of August, we can discuss the details when we speak. If you don't want to wait, just go to the Welcome page on the website here, and scroll down to find the booking link.


Events: workshops in London and Cornwall



Cornwall
Those of you who are regular readers will know that the series of Unfurl your Power Within workshops is running at the Blue Lotus Healing Centre in Scorrier near Redruth. The next event is on Saturday 8 July, when we will be unfurling the petal for 'Passion: opening to the sun''. Full details are on the website here, and there are two more to follow this year, in September and November, completing the unfurling of the Power Flower.



London
A full day workshop at my dear friend Anna's house in NW London. We have already sold two places so if you are in travelling distance of London in August and this is calling to you, here are the details. Places are limited to six or possibly seven, contact me direct by replying to this email if you are interested in booking.


Date: Saturday 12 August
Time: 10am to 4.30pm. Please arrive from 9.30am for tea, and a prompt start at 10am.
Venue: 77 Elton Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 0PP
Catering: A variety of hot drinks and nibbles provided, but bring anything specific you need to enable you to be comfortable (such as a specific tea or type of milk). Lunch will be 'bring and share' - 'breaking bread' together is an integral part of the day. Please let me know it you have special dietary requirements.
Price: £65 per person


Here are Anna's words of invitation:

"I am delighted to invite you a workshop I will be hosting, at my home, for my dear friend and soul sister, Mary Lunnen. Mary and I (who happen to share the same birthday!) met during my Cornwall years and have remained in close contact, since my return to London, supporting one another in our personal journeys. I've had the privilege of working with Mary both at workshops, and personal coaching sessions, on a number of occasions, and have always been deeply touched at where her deceptively simple, yet profound. work has taken me.

Please consider joining us for a glorious day of exploration and the chance to hang out with some wonderful people!!"


This will be a day of journeying together, using the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards, to take us on a magic carpet ride, a creative guided visualisation to rediscover our inner wisdom and unleash the power within each of us. A power - not to control others - a power to shine from within. To find our inner purpose, passion, and peace - and through these to decide how to progress next in our lives. These words are combined in the Dare to Blossom Power Flower - a process that developed through my inner work, with the support of my own life coaches.

Combining these tools and techniques provides a structure and a container for our day together. and provides the freedom to share as much, or as little, as you wish. To journal and flow-write; to explore the prompts provided by the cards and the unfurling process. All in a safe, non-judgemental, supportive environment, where each of us is heard and witnessed.


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


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Monday, 29 May 2017

June 2017: Rest

Welcome to the Dare to Blossom Newsletter


In this Issue:
Reflections: Rest
Events: workshops in London and Cornwall
Video testimonial: Nicci Bonfanti


Reflections: Rest

I began writing this for you sitting in my garden on the first really warm day we have had here this summer, very late for Cornwall. So hot in fact that I was sitting in the shade in a delightful spot on our terrace, surrounded by birdsong and flowers with bees buzzing gently and busily.

The subject of 'rest' comes up so often for me, is that true for you as well? So many of us seem to feel tired all the time - and for good reason, we cram so much into our lives: jobs, businesses, families, children's activities, sports, hobbies, social media - the list goes on.

How interesting (I wrote, as I sat out in my garden last week) - how interesting, having chosen this title, this subject for my reflections this month - now I am lost for words to offer you. Maybe my brain needs to rest as much as my body? To disconnect, to have some time to be unfocused, to meander, to just be.

During the hot weather I took the chance to walk in my favourite spots on the cliffs, and, now that at last it is warm and dry enough - to sit there. To just be - to listen to the sounds: the waves breaking on the rocks below, and - further in the distance, on the beach. The various seabirds calling as they wheel and swoop - kittiwakes, fulmars, herring gulls, black-backed gulls, plus the jackdaws and pigeons that also nest on the steep cliff with layers forming a high-rise accommodation of ledges. The wind has been very strong too so that has been a noticeable sound - and a feeling too, the force of the moving air blowing through my hair and against my body.




The cliffs are covered in wild flowers: pink thrift, yellow vetch, white bladder campion, and their perfume mingles with that of the grasses and the smell of sea below. Ever so often the waves crash up into a crevice in the rocks in the distance in the photo above, with a big 'whoomph' noise that can be heard for miles - and felt through the earth when you are closer.

And then, I come home, back to my garden and find a different sort of rest. Wandering around observing which plants are in flower - some we have put there, others are wild and arrive of their own accord such as this dog rose.




Today, I read this quote:
“Have you considered that it might just be your downtime, your lounging-in-bed-too long time, your walkabout time, watching the rain time and your sad + lonely times that are exactly what will make possible your highest achievements and greatest joys? What if they were the necessary moments of rest and contextualization that greatness demanded? Would they still make you feel guilty or might you allow yourself to enjoy them?” - Mike Dooley, Life on Earth


For you, for your journal or meditation practice:
- if any phrase or word resonates with you from this piece, choose to flow write or meditate on those words
- what emerges for you?
- what gifts can you find within?
- do you wish to paint, draw, collage - express this visually in some way?


Events: workshops in London and Cornwall



Cornwall
Those of you who are regular readers will know that the series of Unfurl your Power Within workshops is running at the Blue Lotus Healing Centre in Scorrier near Redruth. The next event is on Saturday 8 July, when we will be unfurling the petal for 'Passion: opening to the sun''. Full details are on the website here, and there are two more to follow this year, in September and November, completing the unfurling of the Power Flower.



London
A new date to offer you - this time a full day workshop at my dear friend Anna's house in NW London. This has not been publicised as yet (and hence I have not set up a booking link on the website so far) - because places are limited to six or possibly seven. We have already sold two places so if you are in travelling distance of London in August and this is calling to you, here are the details, contact me direct if you are interested in booking.


Date: Saturday 12 August
Time: 10am to 4.30pm. Please arrive from 9.30am for tea, and a prompt start at 10am.
Venue: 77 Elton Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 0PP
Catering: A variety of hot drinks and nibbles provided, but bring anything specific you need to enable you to be comfortable (such as a specific tea or type of milk). Lunch will be 'bring and share' - 'breaking bread' together is an integral part of the day. Please let me know it you have special dietary requirements.
Price: £65 per person


Here are Anna's words of invitation:

"I am delighted to invite you a workshop I will be hosting, at my home, for my dear friend and soul sister, Mary Lunnen. Mary and I (who happen to share the same birthday!) met during my Cornwall years and have remained in close contact, since my return to London, supporting one another in our personal journeys. I've had the privilege of working with Mary both at workshops, and personal coaching sessions, on a number of occasions, and have always been deeply touched at where her deceptively simple, yet profound. work has taken me.

Please consider joining us for a glorious day of exploration and the chance to hang out with some wonderful people!!"


This will be a day of journeying together, using the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards, to take us on a magic carpet ride, a creative guided visualisation to rediscover our inner wisdom and unleash the power within each of us. A power - not to control others - a power to shine from within. To find our inner purpose, passion, and peace - and through these to decide how to progress next in our lives. These words are combined in the Dare to Blossom Power Flower - a process that developed through my inner work, with the support of my own life coaches.

Combining these tools and techniques provides a structure and a container for our day together. and provides the freedom to share as much, or as little, as you wish. To journal and flow-write; to explore the prompts provided by the cards and the unfurling process. All in a safe, non-judgemental, supportive environment, where each of us is heard and witnessed.


Video testimonial

Nicci Bonfanti, of Trusted Sales Dynamics, recently experienced a Power Flower coaching session with me. I was delighted when she posted an unsolicited and unexpected testimonial in her Facebook group, and doubly so when she agreed to an interview to share her experience more widely. Here is a link to the video on Youtube.  (I tried to 'embed' it in a window here for you but the techincalities of that have defeated me so far, if anyone reading this is a whizz with Mailchimp and can help do let me know.) I have since been working with Nicci on her 'Sell like a woman' programme, and I can highly recommend her approach, it helps me to get past my resistance to selling in general which is mainly caused by the old way of hard selling that many of us have experienced. In Nicci's words "Selling with soul rather than selling your soul."


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