Friday 24 May 2024

June 2024 - Vision

 Reflections: Vision

'Space to Be, Space to Breathe' Compass Rose Programme begins on 3rd June
Dare to Blossom Cards Deck 3: 'Time for You' 

Reflections: Vision

My goodness, another blue, a brighter, sky blue, yet still continuing the theme for another month, apart from March's soft red of Story. That is my first response.

Vision. What do I see ahead, away in the distance, beyond my current planning of tasters and the next programme?



 

If you would like to join me in reflection, ask yourself the questions here, and write in your journal. Or, if you prefer, read on and come back later.
  • What is your first response? To the word? To the colour?
  • What else is there?
  • And, what else?
  • What does Vision add to the other cards so far? How do the colours connect together? 

What else is there?

Vision feels like a challenge for me just now. Almost as if I am afraid to look too far ahead.

And, what else?

Am I restricting myself? Putting blinkers on my vision, not allowing myself to see clearly other possibilities? I don't know, this feels like something for some private personal journalling and reflection before sharing.

What does Vision add to the other cards so far? How do the colours connect together?  

The pattern of colours feels extraordinary to me, six months, halfway through this year, and all the cards except one are shades of blue. Somehow each blue is accentuating the soft red of Story, as if to keep asking 'What is your Story? And, where is the Beauty in the Story?'

'Space to Be, Space to Breathe' Compass Rose Programme begins on 3rd June

This is the new six-week turn around the Compass Rose. The final Zoom taster circles is on Wednesday 29th May at 11.00 am UK.  All the details are on the website here - or as always, simply reply to this email to ask any questions you may have about the programme. And you are very welcome to come along to the taster circle simply to enjoy being there, here is the Zoom link in case you would like to join me.


 

The programme itself begins on Monday 3rd June (with the private Facebook group opening on 1st June).The Zoom gatherings will be on Wednesdays at 11.00 am UK time - unless those interested request another time that suits everyone. 

Dare to Blossom Cards Deck 3: 'Time for You' 

In case you did not se this last month, a third Dare to Blossom deck came into being recently.I now have plenty in stock and they are available via my website here, or simply reply to this email to ask me about them.



These are a little different to the Dare to Blossom Rediscover Your Inner Wisdom cards. 'The 'Time for You' cards are prompts for creative play or playful creativity, whichever way you like to look at it. Some people spread them all out and choose the one that draws their eye as a prompt. Others shuffle and draw one randomly. Some words are definitely active, such as Sing, or Drum. Others, while still verbs, are more restful - Observe, Doodle, and others simply fun - Giggle, Hug, Smile.



I send wishes for health and happiness for you and all you love.

Thank you for joining me here this month, any thoughts, feedback, or questions are always welcome.

 
Mary

Thursday 25 April 2024

May 2024 - Growth

 

Welcome to the Dare to Blossom Newsletter


Reflections: Growth
New Dare to Blossom Cards: 'Time for You' now available
'Time for You' celebration at 7.30 pm Monday 29th April

'Space to Be, Space to Breathe' Compass Rose Programme begins on 3rd June

New podcast interview on 'Tea, Toast and Trivia'

Reflections: Growth

This card - Growth - made me smile. The new Time for You cards grew from a seed of an idea, into a new offering very quickly, as you will see below. And then I was struck by the colours - the pattern of turquoise blue/greens with the warm red of Story in the middle.



 

If you would like to join me in reflection, ask yourself the questions here, and write in your journal. Or, if you prefer, read on and come back later.

  • What is your first response? To the word? To the colour?
  • What else is there?
  • And, what else?
  • What does Growth add to the other cards so far? How do the colours connect together? 


What else is there?

Here in Cornwall , spring has finally arrived with some dry weather after weeks of grey skies and rain, although it is still cold with a biting north or east wind. It is so wonderful to see some blue skies and sunshine and to walk on the cliffs again. New blossoms appear apparently every day, primroses and bluebells in the hedgerows and woods, spring squill, yellow vetch, violets and the very first buds of sea thrift on the cliffs.

And, what else?

Today, I am very tired, partly due to tackling the unwanted growth of brambles and nettles in our garden which need clearing so our vegetable plants to produce fresh food for us later in the year can go in

What does Growth add to the other cards so far? How do the colours connect together?  

The warm red of Story now has two turquoise blues on either side, and they tell a story in themselves. Angels, Silence, Reflect, Growth. All adding to the depth of the Story, the current story, the new story I want to create in my life. As I have mentioned before, I do not look ahead at the next word to come - even though I am most intrigued to see what it is when I come to write this piece for you next month.

New Dare to Blossom Cards: 'Time for You' now available

It is hard to believe that it was only a month ago when I had just received the inspiration for this new deck, I have never experienced one of my creative projects coming into being quite so quickly and easily. Rather than one proof pack, I ordered eight sets, one I kept for myself and the other eight sold out almost immediately. I now have plenty in stock and they are available via my website here, or simply reply to this email to ask me about them.



These are a little different to the Dare to Blossom Rediscover Your Inner Wisdom cards. 'The 'Time for You' cards are prompts for creative play or playful creativity, whichever way you like to look at it. Some people spread them all out and choose the one that draws their eye as a prompt. Others shuffle and draw one randomly. Some words are definitely active, such as Sing, or Drum. Others, while still verbs, are more restful - Observe, Doodle, and others simply fun - Giggle, Hug, Smile.



'Time for You' celebration at 7.30 pm Monday 29th April

This month the Monday evening circle is a celebration of the new cards, as well as the regular opportunity to connect. Come along to see the cards and have some drawn for you - despite saying they are a little different, I have been finding they are just as magical as the two decks of Rediscovery Cards when used in the group gatherings. And I will take us on a guided magic carpet ride visualisation too. This link with take you to the Zoom event at 7.30 pm UK time on Monday, or you can book via the Facebook event here.

I am offering a special package of the new cards my most recent creation, together with my first coaching publication Dare to Blossom: Coaching and Creativity (2008). The book is usually £8.95, the cards are £16, UK postage and packing would be £2.40,

I have just three print copies of the book in stock - you can purchase the package for £22, including UK postage, saving £5.35.

Contact me now if you would like one of these three spacial packages. If there are any left on Monday 29th I will offer them to those present - but I wanted you - my lovely subscribers here - to have the first chance. The book is always available via Lulu.com and Amazon, and the cards from me, but this offer is a once only opportunity.

 


'Space to Be, Space to Breathe' Compass Rose Programme begins on 3rd June

This is the new six-week turn around the Compass Rose. There are two Zoom taster circles on 22nd and 29th May at 11.00 am UK.  All the details are on the website here - or as always, simply reply to this email to ask any questions you may have about the programme.


 

The programme itself begins on Monday 3rd June (with the private Facebook group opening on 1st June).The Zoom gatherings will be on Wednesdays at 11.00 am UK time - unless those interested request another time that suits everyone. 

New podcast interview on 'Tea, Toast and Trivia'

Here is my second interview with Rebecca Budd for her 'Tea, Toast and Trivia' podcast.

Rebecca is an ace interviewer who asks the most interesting questions - taking us down all sorts of intriguing 'back lanes and byways' in our conversations. All beautifully recorded and then edited expertly by Don. Thank you both for your time and enthusiasm. 



Here is the link to listen, playing time just over 22 minutes. Season 6, Episode 6: Mary Lunnen on Your Compass Rose Speaks. I hope you enjoy listening.

with love,

Mary


 


I send wishes for health and happiness for you and all you love.

Thank you for joining me here this month, any thoughts, feedback, or questions are always welcome.

 

Mary

Monday 25 March 2024

April 2024 - Reflect

 

Welcome to the Dare to Blossom Newsletter


Last taster for the new six-week Compass Rose programme: "Diving for Life, Soaring in Joy"
Reflections: Reflect
New Dare to Blossom Cards: 'Time for You' coming soon
One to One Coaching: new programme "Deep and slow"
Monthly Dare to Blossom Circles

 

Last taster for the new six-week Compass Rose programme: "Diving for Life, Soaring in Joy"

The group is already gathering for the next turn around the Compass Rose, there is one more taster call, this Wednesday 27th March at 11.00 am. You are very welcome to join me, simply contact me to request the Zoom link.

The programme starts week beginning 8th April, with the weekly calls on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm UK time.

If you have any questions you would like to ask about the programme simply reply to this email and we can always arrange a Zoom chat. The full details are on the
website here.


Reflections: Reflect

My first response to seeing the card for April was to laugh. Once I included this word, Reflect, in the No 2 Deck, it was bound to come up for this piece entitled 'Reflections' sooner or later.



 

If you would like to join me in reflection, ask yourself the questions here, and write in your journal. Or, if you prefer, read on and come back later.

  • What is your first response? To the word? To the colour?
  • What else is there?
  • And, what else?
  • What does Reflect add to the other cards so far? How do the colours connect together? 


What else is there?

On the day I have settled down to begin writing this, Reflect is the word of the day in the Dare to Blossom into Joy group on Facebook (if you would like to join us, click here)  I used this 'water dragon' painting (one of a series of new works)  to illustrate my post there.



And, what else?

Today, I feel I am being encouraged to spend more time in reflection, so often I am busy doing - writing, painting, caring for others, walking, daily tasks. And, I know how valuable quiet time to reflect can be. And now another thought arises (another 'And what else?) - at a recent taster circle for the new Compass Rose programme, I experienced  a magic carpet ride with a profound message for me. My magic carpet was a pool of water, when I dared to step onto it, then it transformed into a beautiful creation, a carpet of silk containing all the colours of the ocean - a little like those in my painting above. 

I was taken to a beautiful beach where I met the other part of me (in a similar way to one of the journeys described in 'Your Compass Rose Speaks'). She took me to the water's edge and into the sea. Ever since an unfortunate experience when I was about seven, I have been rather afraid of swimming in the ocean. not sure if I can float. She reassured me that she was there to support me. The water was wonderfully warm, just the perfect temperature, and she helped me feel safe as I floated effortlessly..... feeling restored, and complete. As I finish writing this I am reminded that the title of the new programme is 'Diving for Life, Soaring in Joy' and I smile at the feeling of floating between those things during the taster  circle.

What does Reflect add to the other cards so far? How do the colours connect together?  

Another sea shade after the warm red of Story last month, how interesting.  They all connect perfectly to the centre point card, to Beauty.

New Dare to Blossom Cards: 'Time for You' coming soon

Just recently, out walking on the cliffs, on one of the rare days when the weather has been fit to do so, I was given an idea - for another deck of Dare to Blossom cards. My first response was to think, as I have in the past, who needs yet another deck?

And yet, the idea was there, and kept pestering me, not wanting to be discarded.  The first two decks are all about rediscovering your inner wisdom. At first I thought this new one might be No. 3 Deck, yet it (she?) has other ideas - the words are action prompts you can use to inspire your own playful creativity. You could spread them all out face up and choose, or you could shuffle and draw one randomly. I began writing a list, and that night, during several sleepless hours due to various worries, they kept on popping up, full of excitement - until I begged them to be quiet for a while and let me sleep, which I did in the end.

Over the next few days I soon had a list of sixty words, some contributed by the Dare to Blossom Community, and I think I now have the final list of fifty. The working title is Dare to Blossom 'Time for You' Cards - as well as playful creativity, they may also prompt actions for self-care and rest. I would love to hear what you think - just reply to this email if you would like to comment, thank you.

I am almost ready to begin creating the cards and allowing their colours to emerge in the printing programme as I do so, then I will order a proof deck before they will be available to order. There may also be a little guide book as well - not sure yet, and that will take longer. Watch this space.....



One to One Coaching: new programme "Deep and slow"

For many people, the deeper connection of one to one sessions is perfect for them once in a while, either for a short block of six, or an on-going arrangement as and when required. People often make big breakthroughs in one or two sessions, and then return for a 'booster' whenever is right for them.

If this appeals to you, I would love to have a Zoom chat with you over a cuppa.  There is no pressure, simply an opportunity to find out what would be useful, and if my approach would be good for you. 


So often ‘fast’ and ‘quick’ are presented as good – and often they are indeed. Yet sometimes slow is good: a lazy walk with a friend on a summer afternoon; a leisurely meal with family, taking time to savour the food and enjoy the conversations. Deep and Slow is about the process, rather than the results you will receive. Those results are different each time. The way I support you now is very different to how I began my coaching career back in 2003. So different in fact, that I sometimes hesitate to call it 'coaching' - although that is still a useful term as people have an understanding of that expression. When you connect with me, for a one-off session or a series, I am there as a companion as you explore your own inner wisdom. Sometimes I can offer guidance along the way from my own experience, always being aware that you are different to me and on your own unique path.

You can read more about this programme here, and  testimonials here on my website. Simply reply to this email to ask more or to book a Zoom chat.

Monthly Dare to Blossom Circles

The regular drop-in circles for April, are on Saturday 13th April at 11.00 am, and Monday 29th April at 7.30 pm (UK times)

There is no set fee, simply an invitation to offer a donation if your circumstances allow, and if not, it is always a joy to have your presence in our gathering. Simply contact me for the Zoom link.

I send wishes for health and happiness for you and all you love.

Thank you for joining me here this month, any thoughts, feedback, or questions are always welcome.

 

Mary

Saturday 24 February 2024

March 2024 - Story

 First Anniversary Book Publication Celebration events

Taster events for the new six-week Compass Rose programme: "Diving for Life,Soaring in Joy!
Reflections: Story
One to One Coaching: new programme "Deep and slow"



First Anniversary Book Publication Celebration events



As often happens, I am sending the newsletter early to give you a chance to join me in events right at the end of February. (I used to send extra 'bulletin' emails but often people only want to hear from me once a month.)

This time it is the two celebration Zoom gatherings to mark the first anniversary of the publication of 'Your Compass Rose Speaks: Rediscover Your Inner Wisdom.'. Each will last about an hour, If you have your own copy I would love to hear your feedback. You may like to choose a short passage to read during one of the events?

And, if you are like me, and enthusiastically buy books, only for them to sit in a 'to read' pile for a while - maybe this is a gentle prompt to dip in? 

They are on Tuesday 27th February at 7.30 pm UK time.  Zoom link here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87557455757

And Wednesday 28th February at 11.00 am UK, Zoom ink here: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86535544264 

There is a new review of the book on Amazon, and my website, with thanks to Jacqui Empson-High. Here is an extract, with a link to read the full review.
 

 A Gentle Way to Discover Who You Really Are

Mary Lunnen has not only written a book that can speak to all who are eager to discover who they are and what they want from their lives, she has created a template that everyone can use for themselves, at their own pace in a time of their choosing.  In a world filled with technology and a need to always be ‘doing’ something to fit in all you are expected to achieve, this book is an antidote to rushing around and ticking off items on a to-do list. 

The book explains how to use it, introduces us to Mary’s Rediscovery Cards, her Magic Carpet rides and visualisations, and then sets out the points of the Compass Rose ready to explore.  Mary will not lead you on your journey, that is your own journey to rediscover your true core, your true self, but she will be along side you and will share in your excitement and discovery of the still, small voice inside you that is you.  You will begin to discover where that magical, compassionate part of you has been and what layers have hidden you over the years.

It is writing, yes, but in all of the words you hear Mary’s gentle voice offering thoughts and ideas of how to explore the landscapes you visit. (To read the full review,click here , including the warning "Beware, you will not be the same person you started out as when you arrive at the end of the book." and scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

The lovely photo above of the book is from Trish Covich in New Zealand.

Taster events for the new six-week Compass Rose programme: "Diving for Life,Soaring in Joy!
 



The theme of 'Diving for Life, Soaring in Joy' has emerged from conversations in my groups, from my own reflections, and from earlier programmes with the title 'Weaving Shadow and Light'.

It feels a challenge to myself to dive deeper, beneath the surface. 

Delving beneath the surface reflections in this photo taken on the beach at Harlyn Bay near my home here in Cornwall. Diving down to rediscover, to retrieve the treasures of my life I may have stored there, down in the depths. Forgotten maybe, hidden so well for safe-keeping that I have lost the memories. 

Retrieving those parts of my life, of myself, that I wish to bring home, to soar again in joy. Here are full details.

The two taster events are on Wednesdays 6th and 13th March at 11.00 am UK time. Contact me by replying to this email to request the Zoom link, or find the events on Facebook.


Reflections: Story

My first response to seeing the card for March was - ah, a different colour! And then, what story am I telling myself today? Can I change that? Do I want to? Many of the events in my life, all our lives, are not under my control, yet I can always choose how to respond. Often my first response is a reaction, a basic gut feeling. Those reactions are programmed to keep us safe from immediate danger of injury, attack, or death - fight, flight or freeze.

Yet I know for me the story that brings up those fears is often not true of the situation in front of me. My protective brain can make assumptions such as 'Last time this happened, then that followed....' When - if - I choose a different way of seeing the event, my perception, my story, often changes. And that means that I can respond in a more powerful way in this moment.



 

If you would like to join me in reflection, ask yourself the questions here, and write in your journal. Or, if you prefer, read on and come back later.

  • What is your first response? To the word? To the colour?
  • What else is there?
  • And, what else?
  • What does Story add to the other cards so far? How do the colours connect together? 


What else is there?

Story - I love weaving stories, for myself and for others. For me they are therapeutic, absorbing, illuminating, 

And, what else?

Today, I do not have an answer, a response to that question. Not yet anyway. And that is fine - as it is for you - there are no rights or wrongs in this process. Simply a word, a colour, and they may or may not spark something for you today. Ah, now I am drawn to the colour, warm and cosy, bringing me a feeling of being tucked up snug in bed, being read a story by my mother as I drop off to sleep.


What does Story add to the other cards so far? How do the colours connect together?  



Those sea shades are now complemented by the warm red, Reminding me of the shades in these lovely chrysanthemums. For me the colour feels gently grounding, keeping me from floating too far away, out in the blue. Like sitting in sunshine in a beautiful garden.



One to One Coaching: new programme "Deep and slow"

For many people, the deeper connection of one to one sessions is perfect for them once in a while, either for a short block of six, or an on-going arrangement as and when required. People often make big breakthroughs in one or two sessions, and then return for a 'booster' whenever is right for them.

If this appeals to you, I would love to have a Zoom chat with you over a cuppa.  There is no pressure, simply an opportunity to find out what would be useful for you, and if my approach would be good for you. 


So often ‘fast’ and ‘quick’ are presented as good – and often they are indeed. Yet sometimes slow is good: a lazy walk with a friend on a summer afternoon; a leisurely meal with family, taking time to savour the food and enjoy the conversations. Deep and Slow is about the process, rather than the results you will receive. Those results are different each time. The way I support you now is very different to how I began by coaching career back in 2003. So different in fact, that I sometimes hesitate to call it 'coaching' - although that is still a useful term as people have an understanding of that expression. When you connect with me, for a one-off session or a series, I am there as a companion as you explore your own inner wisdom. Sometimes I can offer guidance along the way from my own experience, always being aware that you are different to me and on your own unique path.

You can read more about this programme here, and  testimonials here on my website. Simply reply to this email to ask more or to book a Zoom chat.

 

I send wishes for health and happiness for you and all you love.

Thank you for joining me here this month, any thoughts, feedback, or questions are always welcome.

 

Mary

Thursday 25 January 2024

February 2024 - Silence

 

Welcome to the Dare to Blossom Newsletter


Dare to Blossom Monthly Circles on Zoom - with the link for next Monday
Reflections: Silence
One to One Coaching
Early thoughts on new writing


Dare to Blossom Monthly Circles on Zoom - with the link for next Monday 

I am sending the newsletter early as the first Monday gathering of 2024 is on 29th January at 7.30 pm (UK time). As there may not be much time between you reading this and that event, here is the Zoom link in case you would like to join us. We simply share a quiet safe space together, where I draw Dare to Blossom Cards for each of us, and take us on a Magic Carpet Ride guided visualisation. 

The February dates are Saturday 10th at 11.00 am, and Monday 26th. The rest of the dates for 2024 are on the website if you are someone who likes to plan ahead. 


Reflections: Silence

My first response to seeing the card for February was - more blues! I went back and pulled out Angels and Silence to check what I thought I could see in the photo here. Yes, they are very slightly different shades of what I see as a soft turquoise blue/green. Angels from the Original Deck, and Silence from the No 2 Deck.



 

If you would like to join me in reflection, ask yourself the questions here - for either or both these words, whatever you wish to choose, and write in your journal. Or, if you prefer, read on and come back later.

  • What is your first response? To the word? To the colour?
  • What else is there?
  • And, what else?
  • What does Silence add to Angels and to Beauty? How do the colours connect together? 


What else is there?

Silence - 'is Golden', in the words of the song. I am not sure how often I experience true silence, if ever. The silence of nature usually has the wind, the sea, the birds singing, and much more within it. Just now, I am equating Silence with Peace - as if I could, if I choose, drop in the centre point of the Compass Rose, into my centre point, and find that silence there, within me. A silence that enables me to hear the voice of my inner wisdom.

And, what else?

I decided to take a photo of the three cards so far, my word of the year, Beauty, and those for January and February. As you may know, I frequently draw three cards, for myself, for people in one to one coaching, and in the Zoom sessions for each of us. So this triad, these three cards in this arrangement, feel as if they have a significance for me - even it I cannot yet describe what that may be. As I often say to people, there are no rights or wrongs in this process, simply what is here, now, for you, and for me. When I look at these three words next time, either in this image, or in the circular spread for the year, I will see something different.

 Beauty Angels Silence

 











 


 



What does Silence add to Angels and to Beauty? How do the colours connect together? 

Still, it is the colours that are standing out for me today, rather than the words. I see the shades of a calm sea in the summertime, turquoises where the seabed is sandy, darker blue over rocks or seaweed.



I choose to simply sit with the colours, imagining myself back on the clifftop amongst the spring flowers, sitting in the warm sunshine.

One to One Coaching

For many people, the deeper connection of one to one sessions is perfect for them once in a while, either for a short block of six, or an on-going arrangement as and when required. People often make big breakthroughs in one or two sessions, and then return for a 'booster' whenever is right for them.

I would love to have a Zoom chat with you over a cuppa.  There is no pressure, simply an opportunity to find out what would be useful for you, and if my approach would be good for you. 


You can read testimonials here on my website. Simply reply to this email to ask more or to book a Zoom chat.

Early thoughts on new writing

I remember when I began writing the book that became Your Compass Rose Speaks, having begun life with a succession of different titles, I shared a number of times, here and elsewhere that I was working on my next book. Then it took a very long time, probably five years in fact, before it was actually published.

So I hesitate to share the very tiny,tender shoots of new ideas that are beginning to emerge for me. They feel very vulnerable, in the same way that the first leaves of a plant emerging early in the year now, here in Cornwall, may be blasted by a hard frost or battered by a hailstorm.

However, I very much appreciate the support of each of you who continues to subscribe here - and those of you who may see this later on my blog pages, and I know you will treat my green shoots with kindness.

There isn't actually much to share yet. To continue the botanical metaphor, the tiny emerging leaves are still at the stage where it is hard to decide what plant they will become as they grow. The themes that are arising for me just now are about a series of reflections, or maybe they could be called essays, or simply chapters - about my past, present, and future self. "Diving for Light, Diving for Joy, Diving for Life" - these are some of those themes. Something about venturing into those hidden places - of memory, of connections, of the sub-conscious, of myth and legend too, and simply seeing what I find, and what I choose to bring back and weave into words, into a story.

Now I am smiling as the Silence card feels perfect, I am sure there is treasure in that too, in sitting quietly and simply noticing what arises, what chooses to flow through my fingers into my journal or onto the screen.

This very early wax painting sits by my desk - although I had to hunt for it amongst all the other beautiful images (mine and those created by others) that are also stacked there for inspiration. I wanted to find the original as well as share an image here with you, as it has always been an aide to meditation for me. Maybe I will use it to inspire my deep dive for stories to share?

I send wishes for health and happiness for you and all you love.

Thank you for joining me here this month, any thoughts, feedback, or questions are always welcome.

 

Mary