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Monday’s Random Thought: Hello Lamppost, Hello Eagle February 23, 2015

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In the Paul Simon Lyrics of The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) we are reminded to be present, stop the rushing around and to be in the moment.

 

Slow down, you move too fast

You got to make the morning last

Just kicking down the cobblestones

Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy

Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy

 

Hello, lamppost, what’cha knowin’?

I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’

Ain’t’cha got no rhymes for me?

Doot-in doo-doo, feelin’ groovy

Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy

 

I got no deeds to do

No promises to keep

I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep

Let the morning time drop all its petals on me

Life, I love you

All is groovy

 

For some reason that is the song that entered my brain on my walk with the dog Thursday morning. A song from my childhood that crept into my heart reminding me to take in my surroundings. To slow down. To stop moving so damn fast.

 

In today’s fast pace life style of going, going, doing, doing, I have found that when I hush the noise of busyness if even for a fifteen minute walk or five minute break holding a cup of hot tea, or thirty seconds of stillness, that indeed all is groovy. The urgency of time disappears. I connect to myself. I connect to others. I remember there is a Universe with a kind God supporting me. I put back the groovy in my life by slowing down.

 

Yes, it takes practice. Yes, it doesn’t come naturally at first. With patience I see so much more clearly when I slow down. I recognize what matters. I am truly present noticing that I have everything I need and that hurrying is helping no one.

 

When we have taken the time to engage at a slowed down pace the hurrying seems so unneccesary. Hurrying for what? We will still get where we are going, but what about enjoying the journey along the way? Is it going to make you late to stop and smell the roses or to witness your surroundings?  Is engaging with your feelings, acknowleding your state of mind or connecting with another person going to make you so late you are locked out of life? I bet not. To be locked out of life is to ignore those little moments where not only we can slow down, but we can breathe in our life.

 

On this morning’s dog walk, I forgot about hearing Simon’s Feelin’ Groovy tune in my head on my last dog walk as I pulled my dog’s leash to come along and quit sniffing every scent we passed by. As I watched him sniff at the next spot we passed the song crept in again. What am I rushing for? In the next fifteen minutes of our walk I saw the colors of the trees, I said “hello” to passerbys, I allowed us to turn down the hill, taking a longer walk and head to the beach.

 

It was on our way back home from the beach that something really groovy happened. A bald eagle flew over our heads. I saw that the magestic bird had long grass in his talons, heading back to his nest perhaps.

 

If I had been in a rush, with my head down walking up the hill, I would have missed it.

 

I get it. I am a parent. I work. I am not speaking as one who never is in a rush, notices every detail of my surroundings or who has finished every cup of tea while it is still hot. Like you I have deeds to do and promises to keep and a To Do List in my head that is longer than any lamppost.

 

So how does one slow down in this fast paced world? By being present to what you are doing. By pausing to hear your own breath, look into the eyes of whom you are with and by noticing the bird song when you walk down the street. Or better yet, by stopping to look up above you as a miracle flies by.

 

Slow down, you move too fast

You got to make the morning last

Just kicking down the cobblestones

Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy

Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy

 

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Hard Wired February 16, 2015

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Am I so programmed to doing that even while I am under the weather, fighting a virus, I can’t shut down?

I know that the wisdom comes in the silence. I believe down to my toes that in stillness I find peace and healing.

Yet, here I am fighting the urge to do and to accomplish, to get things done, when my body is telling me to rest, my heart is whispering be still and my spirit is nudging me to be.

 

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Fruit for the Journey February 9, 2015

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In the poem, The Fruits of Practice, by Danna Faulds I feel affirmed in the reality that I don’t get to control the outcome but rather by being completely present to it and looking it right in the eye, I get to control how I choose to respond. By fleeing or by breathing it in. Today, I choose to breathe it in.

Despite fervent pleas for ease and safety, there are many days when reality doesn’t quite line up with what I’d choose. Breakdown. Letting go. Surrendering even the illusion of control. Breathing into the unknown – sometimes that is what life holds. Practice hasn’t brought an end to pain. I still increase my suffering like a fish caught on a line. My struggles only draw the hook in deeper. But being in reality is its own reward. It’s the perfect paradox; the courage to stand and breathe when everything in me wants to flee is as great a gift as the freedom to seek retreat. No, practice hasn’t brought an end to pain but it has honed my willingness to experience the moment and sometimes see perfection unfolding in ways I wasn’t big enough to plan, much less predict. Practice isn’t about achieving a goal. It’s not a means to pole- vault over suffering. Practice is my way of looking life in the face and saying yes to all its disparate gifts. Practice keeps me awake when I would sleep, and reminds me it’s the journey, unfolding in this very moment, it’s the journey that reveals the truth, and not the destination.  – By Danna Faulds

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: After the Anticipation February 2, 2015

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On this Monday after the Superbowl, it’s a cold, wet, grey, dreary day here in Seattle. And I’m not just talking about the weather.

Food was made, elaborate food that requires time, patience and creativity. Shirts purchased. Signs made. Flowers died green and blue. Houses were cleaned like we were preparing for the arrival of royalty. Life was put on hold so we could cheer on our beloved Seahawks.

Then they lost.

My son is home sick today, so I haven’t even been outside yet, but if social media is an accurate gage on the mood of the city, it’s gloomy.

Do we feel let down? Totally disappointed? Or just really, really tired from the excitement, emotion and crazy making of it all, not to mention the jello-shots.

We have all been there. The anticipation often trumping the real thing. I wouldn’t take back my expensive t-shirts, green hair spray, or the fun that was had all in the name of possibility. The Seahawks brought a city together. And even me, the girl who really doesn’t care a peep about football got pumped up and hopped on the fan wagon. A bit of joy, a slice of celebration, a little craziness, a shift from the regular routine all for nothing? No. Not nothing. Winning is awesome. Winning is fun. But is it greater than the anticipation and the road of joy that comes before it? No. I don’t think so. Or is it?

Thank you Seahawks for a great season. Thank you for the possibility that awaits us next season. We will anticipate good things. More fun with friends and family and yes, more green and blue food, more Skittles and even more expensive t-shirts.

Anticipation, greater than the real thing? You decide.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)