This Month’s Topic

Here’s the place to find the newest monthly video! It’s great to have a notebook and pen with you when you dive into these videos (and/or you can print out the handouts)! We’d love to hear more about what resonates with you about this video and what you want to take with you from this topic. You can share anything you want here about this topic.

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Let’s dive a little deeper in this second video.

Deeper Dive

You will find the recording of the February 6th call on Pause, Listen, Change here. Please start the call at the 1:17 minute marker.

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Sarah Scarchilli-Janus
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Sarah Scarchilli-Janus

Happy New Year! Yoga and connecting with my spine and chakras! Baby steps to aligning my chakras, sensing my chakras, and understanding how they work together. My soul chose my body, my soul chose my spine, my soul chose my chakras…I now desire to choose how they work together. Looking forward to being in the moment! Much love to all!

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

I just want to say that you are amazing, Sarah❣️

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

Movement …baby steps. Every day in January, I would like to move my body either by walking outside, doing yoga with
Adriene and eventually by skiing. I will combine fresh air and movement, even if it is moving firewood or collecting spring water.
Thanks for these encouraging videos, Elizabeth??

Hannah Pechter
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Hannah Pechter

The perfect New Year’s Eve video! I need to meditate more on whether I need tender love or fierce love, and I love the concept of that. The idea of baby steps is timely, especially as I veer into perfectionism mode when it comes to wedding planning and how I think I want to look in my wedding dress. I am also taking baby steps towards my book, and I’ve found that it’s been so helpful for me. I stopped giving myself goals of 10,000-word weekends and now just sneak in a few hundred words whenever I can. I’m now… Read more »

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Hannah❣️ BTW you would look gorgeous in a potato sack! (It would be a bit scratchy tho:)

Hannah Pechter
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Hannah Pechter

I love this month’s topic. It is always just what I need to hear. And I loved hearing about your mom and Christmas music! I’ve realized any kind of physical contact is such a vibration raiser for me. More hugs!!

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

So much to ponder.
Definitely driving through the mountains is a vibration raiser. Also, being with certain “upbeat” people while sharing new experiences is too. When I experience certain performances, especially involving music, I am lifted up. Being able to share “my gifts” with others raises my vibration.
When my vibration is low, getting out in nature is
very helpful in changing its direction.

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

Grateful for these new videos! Wow …those sunshine rays highlighting you at the end of the second video are amazing …angels?

Ana Romero Gargari
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Ana Romero Gargari

Yesterday I went swimming. I sometimes excercise doing some laps at the pool. After some laps, I started to get bored and remembered about Elizabeth’s video about play. I started to swim deeper down, like a dolphin, jumping… it was so much fun that I didn’t want it to end. My excercise turned lighter so thank you

Hannah Pechter
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Hannah Pechter

I love this topic so much. It is exactly how I want to live my summer/life. Thank you for the reminder! 🙂

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

I will definitely watch these videos more than once. I also find forgiveness difficult at times. Thank you for presenting the steps to take that will help me get to a place of understanding and peacefulness. I do believe that forgiving another is a gift to myself. In doing this work, I also hope to realize the benefits of not holding grudges and taking responsibility for misunderstandings. Always grateful for your wise words.

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

Love the concept of nurturing
This month I am untiring my health on every level
I have found an allergy healer that uses naet
I am going to her twice a week to get my body in alkaline state my belief is getting stronger and stronger sbout the gift of health and I feel this is the best thing I can do for myself this summer

Lauren Abrami
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Lauren Abrami

I think for me, I’m wanting to take time to nurture my relationship with spirit and soul. I’m wanting to slow down, take in the day, be present and just BE. For me, that takes the form of getting outside as much as possible! I think an area of my life I want to nurture is home and relationship and then adventure also. So feeling both so landed in grounded in home and place, and then when we’re traveling nurture my relationship with other people, be open to experiencing the country and being open to other ideas, opinions and perspectives.… Read more »

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

Lauren this feels so spot on can’t eait to hear about your adventures

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

Oh my goodness, I am SO EXCITED for this topic! I am really feeling called to nurture myself, specifically my mind and my body. My job can be pretty emotionally draining, and I am feeling the strain of that mentally and physically. What a great reminder that I can give myself permission to be nurturing to myself. I desire to feel more energetic by taking the time to nurture the parts of me that need a little more care. I would love to hear how others nurture themselves when they are feeling drained. Much love!

Lauren Abrami
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Lauren Abrami

Hey Beth, well said. I so hear that work is feeling draining mentally and physically. I definitely nurture myself by going through walks in nature or even down the street. I like to go slowly and actually look at the trees blooming or the wind blowing through the trees etc. For my body recently I’ve been into really listening how my body wants to move…so yesterday I really wanted to sweat so I did a home workout, but today, I really wanted to be outside so I went on a bike ride. As I was riding I tried not to… Read more »

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

Thanks, Lauren! Those are some really great suggestions. I’ve been trying to focus on listening to what my body needs/wants, and today it really wanted to go on a run. Which is weird for me because I don’t typically enjoy running. 🙂 However, I listened to it and went for a run, and I felt so much better afterwards. This reminds me of the group discussion around listening to what feels good. I think I am transitioning from the things that used to make me feel good that perhaps don’t serve that purpose anymore. I like your suggestion of just… Read more »

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

I am going to work on nurturing my body. Not only am I going to concentrate on healthy eating and exercise
(like yoga and chi gong). But mostly I will be making an effort to get out in nature and give my body fresh air and sunshine.
I will also be signing up for some self-care sessions like skeletal alignment, massage, and other spa treatments.
Rest and relaxation is a priority as well. I am looking forward to the month ahead. Thanks for the videos, Elizabeth!

Lauren Abrami
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Lauren Abrami

Go Mary Lynne Go! I am in full support of all of those things!

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

Thank you for this …more later, because I’m staying present during my visit with my brother out West.

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

You guys! I had a little moment today that I wanted to share with the group. So during our call, I set an intention to take action towards my calling to share and then share that action will y’all. Then today at work, I got an invitation to attend a training seminar about advocacy. This is so directly connected with what I’ve been wanting to share that it’s almost ridiculous. The training is supposed to help guide people on how to take action towards systemic change in your community, your state, country, etc. I am happy to share that I… Read more »

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

Wonderful! I look forward to hearing more.

Beth Greenawalt
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Beth Greenawalt

Yeah!

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

Writing a lot about this topic today. Thank you for the videos!

Beth Greenawalt
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Beth Greenawalt

I am learning to feel more comfortable sharing my passion with others. I work with parents coaching them to feel confident, loving and accepting of all aspects of parenting. I really love coaching, speaking and presenting on this topic, but actually marketing myself scares me.
Recently, I was interviewed and I would like to share the interview with you all. My fingers are actually shaking as I post this…here it goes…

http://broad-appeal.com/beth-greenawalt-of-parent-solutions-parent-coaching-on-successful-parenting/

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

This is so great! Thank you for sharing. I work with kids and families in a hospital setting, so I may have to pick your brain one day on parenting information. 🙂

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

CONGRATULATIONS❣️

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

I just watched this interview again, Beth. You were so poised and articulate. What a great job!
Parents need your talent and expertise. Looking forward to seeing more of these. Go for it!

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

I may be going out on a limb by myself here, but I don’t think I am in a “sharing” place these days. When I think about what I want to share or what I’m being called to share, I feel myself almost retracting. Does anyone else ever feel like they’re just not called to share right now?

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

A philosophy of mine has been sharing time is a happy time what I currently want to share is my wisdom that I have learned and become over the last 67 yearsI have a web site I have not done much with Its called finding your aha and I am being pulled to design it The other thing I am being pulled toward is sharing myself with a partner Both will stretch me and cause me to grow spiritually I feel a desire to leave a legacy of love with the time I have let on this earth plane It… Read more »

Teresa Regan
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Teresa Regan

Thank you for this. I am looking forward to watching the second video soon! I want to share a story (not sure which one yet – so many to choose from) and tell it in front of an audience. I want to do this because it excites me, terrifies me, makes me feel alive and I just know that it is something I am meant to do. I want to tell the stories that are meant to be heard and connect with others in such a vulnerable and real way. The human condition is so wonderful, challenging, messy and miraculous… Read more »

Beth Greenawalt
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Beth Greenawalt

I will come cheer you on whenever you decide to take the leap!!

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

I find joy and purpose in sharing stories (literature), especially with young people.
Books help widen our horizons and give meaning to our lives.
My goal is to share mind-opening, heart-opening books with others.
In this complicated world of ours, stories help us come together in understanding
and compassion.

Beth Greenawalt
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Beth Greenawalt

You keep sharing books with me that I love and seem to meet whatever need I have at the time. I think you have a gift of intuitively knowing what book to share, who to share it with and when.

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

Thank you, Beth. I appreciate the compliment. Next time you are at my house, please ask to see my “children’s library”?

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

I just want to say how grateful I am for everyone on the call tonight!
Sending much love and light??

Ana Romero Gargari
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Ana Romero Gargari

I would like to create lots of things 😮 hehe But, for now, I will focus on creating a vision board about my love and family life so I can have a clearer idea of what I want in my partner and how I want to feel in order to freely create together. I also want to nurture some of my other relationships with family and friends with creativity.

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

Something I’ve been attempting to create lately is a sense of “coziness” in my home. I’ve taken to buying fresh flowers, lighting candles, or using soft-light lamps instead of overhead lights. Just little ways of shifting the energy of the space to help me relax and feel supported. I also have been thinking (for months, maybe even years) of a bigger “creation” project having to do with work. As much as the idea lights me up, I always get stuck in thinking, “well, how would I actually accomplish that? It’s too big!” I would love to talk about ways to… Read more »

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

What do I want to create next?
I have been moving in the direction of simplifying my life (spiritually and physically)
to allow more quiet time, listening time, movement that feels good, and time for
opening my mind through reading and conversations.
I do have to remember that I am not alone in this endeavor.
Thanks for being here everyone!

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

Creativity seems to perculate and then explode in me
One thing that has exploded after 7 years of perculation has been designing a beautiful second bedroom that welcomes the numerous guests that visit
In 3 days I have chosen everything and made
It sophisticated and sexy

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

Okay, so day one of my attempt to meditate in different ways began in my dermatologist’s office. As I sat in my “johnnie” waiting to have my skin checked, I decided to try and listen to my breath and think positive thoughts.. It did keep me calmer. Then I tried zoning out in front of a large Takashi Murakami painting at the MFA. When was the last time you were approached by a talkative art museum security guard? Well, I was today and even came away with a couple good jokes! The meditating in front of a large painting didn’t… Read more »

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

Hi friends! One of the things that I wrote down during tonight’s call was letting go of the idea that meditation has to BE anything. It can literally be whatever I need it to be. That might mean 5 minutes of deep breathing or 45 minutes of yoga or anything in between. As someone who has struggled with anxiety, it’s nice to know that I can build a meditation practice that I can carry with me on any day in any situation. Looking forward to experimenting with this over the next 10 days and beyond. 🙂

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

I just want to say that I am so very grateful for this community. Whether you know it or not, you all make such a positive difference in my life.
You are helping me to find my true self. Tonight, I wrote that I would like to be more honest with my feelings. Sharing your honest feelings, helps me to do the same. Sending you so much love❣️❣️❣️❣️

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

For the last two weeks I have been doing a joe Dispensa guided
Meditation meditation ?‍♀️
It is accessible in u tube music
My experience has been really good and unexpected
I have been much more grounded and feel alive
This period of time has been what I would call percalating.

Beth Greenawalt
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Beth Greenawalt

I find that I sometimes get more from actively “meditating”. Walking with my thoughts- often that is when answers and solutions bubble up. I have a goal of sitting in mediation for 5 minutes every day- not meeting that goal consistently yet- but thinking about it is a step right? I am starting small because I like the idea of increasing my meditation time by 1 minute every week- then it grows slowly and simply.

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

This is an awesome podcast about building a meditation practice. I highly recommend a listen!

https://crooked.com/podcast/can-meditating-make-happy/

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

I have dabbled in and out of guided meditation for the past few years, but nothing I would really call a “regular practice.” Elizabeth, I so hear you on resisting a call to develop a regular practice of meditation. For me, I tend to resist any activity that invites me to be quiet alone with my thoughts because that can feel scary at times. I do want to commit to doing a guided sleep meditation at least two nights per week. When I do this, I find that I fall asleep easier and sleep more soundly. I have also been… Read more »

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

I just listened to the two videos on meditation and mindfulness. I think I am an active meditator. I like to walk through the woods and meditate. It’s my “greenness”, I think. When I am in nature walking and taking in the beauty of nature, I can be present more fully.
I have tried guided meditation at bedtime and that does help me to relax and be present. (Oprah and Deepak) My goal this month
is to sit in silence and practice being present.

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

How do you stay in the “here and now” when you would rather be somewhere else? Okay, I know …. just breathe and look for the positive aspects of the situation. Be grateful.

Debra Esparza
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Debra Esparza

So glad I made time to listen to video before tonight’s call. I’m pretty clear that all I really have to work with is ‘now”.

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

To be present is to accept where I am right now, this moment. I have been practicing being quiet and just being.
Easier said than done, but I am working on it. I am trying to just listen.

Beth Greenawalt
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Beth Greenawalt

I had to remind myself to be present the entire time I was listening to the video. At first I started thinking about answering your questions, then I reminded myself to be present to the video; to feel the warmth of the fire next to me and to really hear Elizabeth.

The idea of being present is what I think I will make my intention for 2018. I was thinking about it before I saw the video and now I know it is where I really need to explore and practice.

Happy New Year!

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne

I love this response!

Beth Allin
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Beth Allin

Oh man on man. This is such a great topic for this month! Practicing presence for me is so important because it helps me stay grounded. I typically struggle with anxiety about the future. I find myself being particularly anxious these days in light of everything that has been happening politically over the last few months. I am so scared for what the future consequences will be over choices that are made today. Unfortunately, anxiety about the future can be paralyzing. SO practicing presence can help me connect to tangible actions I can take today that will hopefully make my… Read more »

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

Elizabeth thank you so much for this video The holidays are magnified my yearning for family that isn’t there most of the time comes leaping on to my heart and ways heavy Then when I allow myself to come to present The sadness leaves and is replaced by gratitude And wonder Snowflakes that stay on my nose eyelashes the first taste of my coconut milk late my dog snuggling on my chest with unexpected kisses The call from the perfect person to hold my hurts the support I feel from the universe Even allowing tears to come in the moment… Read more »

Sue Test
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Sue Test

One thing I do to get unstuck is to make juice or a smoothie every day. It just starts with a little self care and all kinds of things shift around. I haven’t done it for a few days and really feel the pull to go back to it. I like Kris Carr’s juice book Crazy Sexy Juice or something like that.

Sarah Scarchilli-Janus
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Sarah Scarchilli-Janus

I just posted my stuck comments in the wrong section…now that I am in the right section…and am watching the video…
I recently have been ok with being in the stuck place and was able to do the bare minimum, but I felt guilty about it. Thank you E for reminding us that doing the bare minimum is ok until you are ready to become unstuck! I am now shifting my guilt to gratitude for caring for myself.

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

This month has been an internal month and for a flaming extravert it has been a lovely experience
Reding by the fire no rushing treating myself with gentleness and watching witnessing my body
Some interesting observations
I feel so centered.
I am getting more of the important satisfying stuff done
People are reaching out not me
I am more open hearted not from a forced place but from a genuine heartfelt place
I am finding great unique gifts for people without struggle I even have a date tomorrow with a man that seems so alive when I spoke to him

Happy Holidays to all of you

Laura

Sarah Scarchilli-Janus
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Sarah Scarchilli-Janus

awesome Laura! Hope that date rocked!

Beth Greenawalt
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Beth Greenawalt

When I am stuck- I try to remember to physically move. A great resource I have connected with is Erin Stutland Shrink Sessions- She has created a combination of movement with positive mantras. She has short 5 minute videos that really help me move. Recently I have been using one that has mantras related to getting ready to change- very powerful for me to combine movement with mantras.

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

So something that I haven thinking about is being gentle with myself and how many ways I can enroll myself in the alchemy of gentleness I have been slowing down asking myself what do you really want What would satisfy you instead of what would please you I have been quiet and listening more to that divine place in me that I recognize now as my higher self This practice has informed my friendships my home where I spend money what I eat what music I listen to what activities movies even choices in shopping and flowers Its coming from… Read more »

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

Since I listened to our call I have included meditation in my mornings Just 10 min and I feel so much calmer I have also been gentle to myself and actually with others Huh ? Just noticing

Laura Jacobs
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Laura Jacobs

Listening to the call I love the part of distinguishing what age wants to be stuck It gives me such a great opportunity to flush out the healing opportunity and hold my wounded self with love compassion generosity . Bringing this into my consciousness is such a gift to myself
I am craving quiet major self care and I am being a big mother bear to honor that place even in the midst of the holiday season
Thanks Elizabeth I am feeling more centered grounded content compared to immense sadness this summer that I thought would never end