A great realignment
(c) Lisa Galinski 2012
Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve written. Actually, I can. This whole autumn has been….really something. Movement inside, feeling big inner shifts. Some significant happenings on the outside – our Creating Infinite Possibilities
women’s retreat, lawyering on the side for 1 month and what that opened up for me, and exploring new and exciting ways I can work with people. And creating, mapping, visioning, planning what’s coming into being as we move into 2013.
Leaning in. This fall has been process of looking deeply
. Looking deeply with clear eyes, an open heart and a desire to connect
A time of getting real. Asking myself: What do I deeply, truly want? Where am I’m holding back?
What matters most when it comes to how I spend my days, my breaths and my life energy?
I’ve been asking many many questions and noticing what questions the universe is asking of me
. What’s really working? What’s not? What needs to shift to be in greater alignment with my self, my purpose, my soul, heart, mind and body?
All of it has been deeply transformative & allowing me to see things newly and differently. I feel like a different person than over the summer (and before I got married
). It’s oddly wonderful.
But, by all means, it’s not all roses. It’s frustrating, disorienting, confusing.
Noticing parts of me that want answers, that want to have it all figured out
. And, simultaneously, knowing that there are no answers.
Only experiments. Only actions. Only beliefs and patterns and choices and ability to see it differently and feel it differently and do it differently.
Facing things I’ve been unconscious of, or consciously avoiding, has been an eye-opening experience. Seeing them, really, and staying
. Not turning away.
I see newly how parts of myself were not working in together in harmony, or even on the same team. My mind not aligned with my heart. My soul and body not communicating effectively. The energy it takes to work against myself in this way, and yearning to start to change that way of doing it.
I am really and truly asking myself what’s going to bring out the best in me, what is being called forth from me now.
I don’t have any answers. I’m intending to do better with what I have and know (and don’t know) now. I am continuing to look deeply. I am continuing to foster natural alignment within myself. I am continuing to gulp and take another step. And for all of that and so much more, I am deeply thankful. Wild Heart is growing. She’s evolving.
She’s taking in sights, sounds, smells and tastes from her environment, noticing what happens and asking important questions. She’s learning and maturing. I am thrilled. So you’ll see that evolution in this space and on my website in coming weeks and months.
I’m awakening to a new experience of myself, my passions, my gifts, my offerings and my joy to share it with others. I am calling forth more of myself than I’ve ever brought forth before. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Naturally, organically and from my heart
It’s thrilling, and I feel excited anticipation in my stomach. I remind myself to trust. Trust and hold this vision with deep care and love.
Lisa p.s. New News! On Wednesday the 28th I will be launching a sweet little treat that I’ve been working on for the holiday season and I can’t wait to share!! My heart is full.
Today I'm thrilled
to announce our women's retreat, Creating Infinite Possibilities
, which will be held in Canton, Connecticut on Saturday, October 13, 2012. If you are a woman who is wanting more in your life, we would love love love
for you to join us
on the 13th!
Why Create Infinite Possibilities? My good friend and fellow coach Carla and I designed Creating Infinite Possibilities earlier this year because time and time again we talked about how important it is for women to be deeply connected with their wildest dreams. Carla and I know that powerful things happen when women connect to our own truths and believe that we can do something about those truths. We intuitively know that a supportive and nourishing environment is can make all the difference to women who are wanting more in their lives.
We know that taking some time -- just a little bit of time! -- allows women to open doors and expand their beliefs about what is possible. From these talks, we dreamed our own wild dreams and
Creating Infinite Possibilities was born! We are so excited to offer this transformative, fun, powerful and affordable day-long retreat to women in Connecticut! Click here for more details and to register today
! Creating Infinite Possibilities changes "the way things are" You are a woman who wants more freedom, meaning, aliveness,
inspiration, connection, fun, personal power, creativity and passion in your life. BUT
(there’s always a but, right?) . . . It's so easy to think that things are "the way things are." And it's *so* easy to believe that there's very little we can do about the "way things are."
What happens when we believe this?
We go along. Life takes over
and we accept what "is." We go through the motions. We do this day after day until we stop and finally wonder, why am I doing this?Life becomes dull and boring when we limit our possibilities.
Creating Infinite Possibilities is day-long experience for women that flips the conventional way on its head.
(Yup, with it’s derriere in the air!) During this day-long retreat, we guide you to open the door to new and thrilling possibilities in business, relationships and all areas of life.
Ideas. Visions. Plans.
You learn practical tools to tap into your creative mind,
to build upon your ideas,
to make your dreams come to life,
to strategize engaged action that gets you there.Join us! Click here for more details and to register today
The possibilities that you envision for your life matter
. Treat yourself.
Take a day to create more joy, aliveness, passion, fulfillment, learning and authenticity in your life and work. (Heck, you'll be done by 4 pm!)
Come together with other women to create compelling visions for your life, work/business and relationships.
Creating Infinite Possibilities
Because you a powerful creator of your life.
Because you have choices.
Because you're worth it.Click here for more details and to register today!
Yours in wildness~~Lisa p.s. Stay tuned for next week's post: What I Learned from Going Corporate for 22 Days.
(Boy, oh boy, were there some juicy insights during those 3 weeks!)
The Depth of What is Within Us
I often wonder about the unexplored and unknown potential within all of us humans.
I’m sure you’ve heard the ages-old statistic that we use only 10% of our brains. So we know that we’ve got a whole bunch of untapped brain power – hooray!
And what about the rest? The ability of our bodies to tune into things that are happening within us and around us – our intuition, our gut instincts, the range of what we experience with our senses if only we paid attention. The ability of our hearts to open up – and the depth of love and goodness in our hearts that we could be putting to use.
My sense is that we don’t have a clear idea of what’s possible in our own lives and the many forms those possibilities could take.
What I do know is that a whole heckuva lot
is possible, and that it’s worth the time to be with this question and consciously to stretch into our unknown depths.
To put things in perspective, for a moment think back into the past. Look back one year or 5 years to who you used to be, at the time.
Go ahead, think back 5 years – who were you then? What were you doing?
· What surprises came up along the way that caused you to grow and expand?
· What happened in the meantime that you didn’t know you were capable of back then?
· What new things about yourself or your abilities have you discovered?
This question about the unknown potential within each one of us fascinates me because it seems endless. Humans are ever-changing beings.
We are constantly taking in new things, experiences and information each day. We are always adding to our experience, with each passing year, day and moment. Think about that. You are never the same
as you were 1 minute ago, because something
has happened in that time. Maybe that bit of time seems inconsequential, but something
has happened nonetheless. You are not the same. Our lives are made up of minutes that turn into hours that turn into days, months, years, and so on.
Now, take a trip into the future and imagine that you are 80 years old. Imagine your wrinkly hands and the color of your hair. Imagine that you can look back on 80 years of your life and see ALL that you have done, learned and experienced – a whole lifetime of amazing things that happened. Challenges that you went through, things you didn’t know if you could make it through…but you did
. Imagine highs and lows and the capacity that you stretched into to meet those highs and lows.
Look back on it all, just for a minute. Take it in. It was a lot.
Throughout our lives we will all change and evolve in unimaginable ways. You have a part in deciding what you want to do with that life.
Because you have so much potential within you. We all do. Deep, deep potential. Beyond our wildest imaginations. What would be possible if you knew the depth of your potential and accessed it?
Yours in wildness,
Lisa p.s. Interested in doing some exploring? Give me a call or send me an email and let's talk!
What Are You Going For?
What are you going for in your life? In your work?
(Because they’re really the same, aren’t they?)
What are you aiming for?
What do you want?
Go ahead, picture it.
Okay, you’re living that.
What do you want beyond that?
What’s the wildest version you could imagine?
Double it. What’s that look like?
We need to raise the bar what we’re going for.
It doesn't have to be hard.
How much good can you do?
How much love can you create in the world?
Yours in wildness~~
Why Nature Matters So Much (To Me)
If you’ve read my blog, you might have noticed that I use images of nature to illustrate the life concepts that I often write about. If you’ve read more than a couple entries that you’ve probably noticed that I use photos of nature very often in this space.
As I look back through my blogs over the last year I notice that virtually all of them use images of the natural world. And virtually all of them (99.8%) are photos that I take in my daily travels and select specifically because I feel that they resonate with the writing for the particular day.
You may be wondering...
Why so much nature, Lisa?
Isn’t it all a little too abstract?
Don’t you take photos of anything else?
Sometimes I wonder about these things myself. Yes, I do take photos of other things, but the majority of my photos are of nature. I mostly them on my iPhone, and I also take them on my Canon 50D. I take videos of trees blowing gently in the wind because I am awestruck. I take photos of grass and flowers and trees as if I were a scientist studying them – from different angles, capturing just-the-right light, documenting them.
Why? Nature moves me. It speaks to me. It evokes my emotions – reverence, amazement, gratitude. When I go out into the natural world, somehow I remember who I am.
My internal voice comes through loud and clear. My head empties out and I can hear what my heart is saying
I am at peace.
I experience a different perspective of reality on this Earth – of tiny humans on a big planet, the vastness of it all, and how small a human life is while at the same time holding infinite potential to have an impact on this planet and its inhabitants.
When I am out in the natural world and slow down, I think about how the air (oxygen) I’m breathing could have come from the tree next to me. How the sun shining on my forehead is the same sun that fuels the life of the grass beneath my feet and the food that grows in fields miles away from me.
It makes me realize that the kale I ate in my salad tonight was grown with the help of the very same sun and the very same oxygen (and much more, of course), and that by eating it, then the Earth becomes part of me. The sun becomes part of me. The oxygen becomes part of me. It fuels me as I go about my day to day life. Same thing for the chicken that was on my salad.
I realize what I’m saying is something learned in a middle school biology class, and yet when I experience it
, I am amazed each and every time. Because everything is connected.
There is no Lisa without the sun, just as there is no trees or air without the sun. What I breathe, eat and take in from my environment becomes part of me – literally!
(And it leaves me and becomes part of something else, but truth be told I know much less about that whole process. But ‘nuff about that for now!) Thich Nhat Hahn
says that when you drink a cup of tea, you can see a cloud in your tea. The simplicity and truth of that is so beautiful. So beautiful it feels beyond words and comprehension sometimes.
And then there’s the effect that nature has on our souls, our spirits, our hearts – whatever you want to call it.
Nature brings us home to ourselves.
You know that sense of peace that seeps in when you walk through the woods when you’re mulling over a thorny issue? The quiet of the trees, the rustling, the breeze. It seeps deep into you and soothes. It helps you, and you may not even know why or how. But it does. You come home to yourself with help from the trees and the breeze.
What a gift we have to be on this planet. We can’t ignore that fact. And the power of nature – what it can do for our wellbeing, our minds and our hearts – is something that I’m going to be exploring more and more. In real life, and on this blog.
Nature helps us to know ourselves more deeply. It gets us in touch with the natural parts of ourselves, the wild parts of ourselves, the parts that are free and deep and knowing.
The world needs humans who are in touch with these wild, natural, free, deep and knowing parts. It’s how we’ll heal ourselves, our relationships with each other, and our connection to our planet.
Stay tuned for more :-)
How has the natural world spoken to your soul recently?
Yours in WILDNESS,
What is Your Personal Mission?
I believe that each human being on this planet was born with purpose. Each of us is unique and has something to express, something to offer in the world.
This unique offering is sometimes called a Life Purpose.
I like to call it a Personal Mission. A mission implies that the human being is aware of and is taking responsibility for their purpose. Fulfilling the purpose is a conscious undertaking that is carried out with intention and deliberateness.
It’s important to note that I didn’t always believe that people were born with a purpose. About 5 years ago, this concept was barely a blip on my radar screen. I had become blind to it, and purpose played a very small role in my life.
It was when I was working as an attorney that I started to get it. I looked at my future and was faced with the prospect of a lifelong career that held very little meaning for me personally. The prospect of spending days and years doing something with minimal meaning became too ominous, empty and increasingly impossible to live with.
Sidenote: I became a lawyer to help people. And, yes, it is very possible to help people as a lawyer. I had the opportunity to do so through my pro bono immigration work, and it was extremely rewarding. However, at some point I realized that the legal profession was not MY path of meaningful work. It just wasn’t the right fit. No judgment about lawyers dedicate their lives to their legal careers, especially if they are passionate about it. It’s just not my path.
So I embarked on a search for meaning and for meaningful work. I set out to discover what on earth I could possibly do that was more than just a paycheck, more than an “intellectual challenge,” something that would be personally fulfilling and a way to use my time and energy in a way that actually meant something to me.
When I discovered the profession of coaching, I discovered what meaningful work could be. I began to understand meaning first as a concept, as a possibility. I began to see how meaning and purpose could lead to greater fulfillment and contributing to something larger than myself. I began to understand.
Then, gradually, as I continued my training and began working with people to create transformative shifts in their lives toward their own versions of meaning and purpose – I felt it. I felt the presence of meaning in my life.
For me, meaning feels like energy. It feels like life force coming alive in my chest. It feels light and clear. I feel the swell of pride that comes from overcoming challenges. I feel the frustration and discomfort that comes with going outside my comfort zone, and I feel the gratitude that flows from taking those risks and learning and growing as a result. I feel content. I feel uncertain sometimes, and simultaneously I feel the unmistakeable pull to continue. I feel alive.
My Personal Mission
My mission is ignite the power of the heart. My mission is to ignite the power of the heart to connect people to themselves and to the web of life that connects all living things.
I believe that the heart is the path to connection. I believe that the heart is the pathway to understanding that what we do to any living thing is actually what we do to ourselves. It’s the pathway to healing. It’s the pathway to changing the world.
I’m on a mission to ignite the heart’s power for the sake of aliveness, love and a thriving planet.
One way I fulfill this mission is by coaching passionate, purpose-driven humans who want more. There are other ways too, and coaching is the best way that I know of to fulfill that purpose today.
I’m sharing my mission with you so that you can get a sense of what I’m up to, what I care about in the world. I share my mission with you so that you can get a sense of what a mission is in the first place. I share my mission to underline my point that in a matter of less than 5 years I went from having no concept whatsoever of what a purposeful life could entail, to being clear about my purpose and coming back to it every day so that I can work toward living it more fully.
Do you know what your personal mission is?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! More and more people on this planet are feeling the call for meaning, purpose and contribution. I am honored and privileged to talk to some of them (more and more of them) every week.
- Are you looking for more meaning in your life?
- Are you looking to understand what purpose you’re alive to fulfill?
- Do you want to connect with your personal mission?
- Do you want to live your personal mission in the world?
Knowing that these people exist, knowing that they want more, knowing that they want to be part of the solution gives me hope. I know that there are people who want to make the world a better place. It gives me hope because I know that other people have hope.
Believe me, I realize that it’s not always easy to talk about our yearnings for meaning and our desire to contribute more fully to creating a better world. A lot of people we meet every day don’t get it. It’s not on their radar screens yet. Or maybe they do, but they’re afraid to talk about it.
I want you to know that there is a growing community of people that DO get it. They want the same things that you want.
If you’d like to talk with someone who gets it, simply call me or email me!
I would love to talk with you.
I’d love to help you plant that seed of meaning, and/or water it, and/or nurture it’s growing and expression.
I specialize in coaching people who feel that yearning, people want more for their life and are finding their unique path to creating it. I coach people who want to contribute to the world, people who want to feel useful. People who want to feel that what they do each day has meaning. I would love to help you on your journey in whatever way I can.
So drop me a line! Pick up the phone! Life is short and time is precious.
I’d LOVE to talk more with you.
Because you matter.
Who you are matters.
What you do matter.
The world needs you.
Yours in wildness~~