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Monday’s Random Thought: Which Wolf ? May 25, 2015

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Walking out of the recently released Disney film, Tomorrowland, with my daughter last night she stated, “There are a lot of deep moral messages in that movie.” We live a couple of blocks from the movie theatre so on our walk home we spoke about those valuable lessons not just about how good George Clooney looks as the male protagonist.

In the film, teenage protagonist Casey, played by actress Britt Robinson, recalls a story her father, portrayed by Tim McGraw, tells throughout her childhood. In the story there are two wolves. One wolf is darkness, the other light and hope. The dad asks, “Which do you choose?” The daughter who knows the story well gives the answer,  “The one that you feed.”

Throughout the movie the characters are given the choice of which wolf so to speak, to feed. In other words, where are you putting your energy? What is getting your attention? That which you have faith in, will show up and manifest in numerous ways.

Something to think about today on a quiet Memorial Day Monday. Which wolf will you feed?

P.S. I chose to ignore the ‘box office disappointment’ movie reviews. The negative wolf doesn’t resonate for me for this film. I walked out of the theater inspired, entertained, hopeful and smiling.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, her restorative retreats for women business, 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: You’re in my Heart May 18, 2015

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“I love you.” We all have a relationship with this sentence. We either speak it all the time, shorten it, don’t speak it but feel it showing it in other ways, grew up always hearing it or never hearing it. This sentence means everything. This means nothing. Whatever it is, it is personal and you can not deny its power.

In a recent episode of one of the few sitcoms I watch, The Goldbergs, the individual differences of speaking I love you in this family varied all over the map. The mother said it too much and the father never said it. Each way demonstrating and reflecting personal traits and values.

A few years ago at a gathering of six women friends I brought up this topic. I found the variety of histories with this phrase fascinating. Our relationship to these words has a lot to do with our personal experience growing up. My dad said it all the time, my mom not as often. Instead of speaking the words my mom lived the words, showing her love and giving from her heart in her actions.

Talk to any family and each member has their own opinion of this powerful phrase. In the Goldberg family the father and teenage daughter both did not like to speak the words but felt love for one another deeply. The mother, Beverly Goldberg, had her panties all in a bundle because they never spoke their love in that specific phrase of I Love You to one another. At the end of the episode she got it. She awoke to the realization that there is more than one way to express love and to feel loved without speaking that one phrase. (It’s hilarious if you get a chance to watch it.)

I invite you to be aware of these words, how you use them, when, the feelings you feel as you hear or speak them, your expectations.

My ten year old son who tells me, I love you, on an average of thirty times a day has another phrase that sends me to the moon in back filled up with love. He says, You’re in my heart, when he gets on the school bus, hops on his bike to ride to a friend’s house, as I head out the door to a meeting. That phrase stops me in my tracks every time as if I am hearing for the first time.

You’re in my heart, he says with absolute sincerity and I feel loved all over, from head to toe, to the moon and back, inside and out.

 

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, her restorative retreats for women business, 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: Yin and Yang May 11, 2015

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Yin and Yang in themselves are of course opposites, so we use Yin and Yang to generalize opposing elements such as up and down, left and right, day and night, water and fire, male and female, inside and outside. But Yin and Yang do not exist in separated and independent forms. Yin and Yang are two faces of a whole, or, it may be said, Yin and Yang join together and combine into a whole.  – Jinghan He

Opposites need one another to thrive. Too much of any one thing leads to its own demise. In honoring two sides we create balance.

Last night I attended a Yin yoga class at the studio where I practice a yoga that is all Yang. I learned there are three parts to this practice. 1.) Going to the edge. 2.) Stillness. 3.) Time. Each pose is held for three to five minutes as you gently find your edge. Go to the place where you can  breathe easily but you are stretching to your limit. Then be still without labored breath. Being in this place longer than usual, letting go of thoughts, abandoning the need to rush.

These three parts balance out the way I rush around in life. Doing just enough to get by, buzzing like a bee, hurrying to the next place. This practice got me to thinking where I can bring Yang to by Yin and Yin to my Yang. Balance out creating wholeness.

Where in your life would it benefit you to consider the opposite?

 

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, her restorative retreats for women business, 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: A Way not a Thing May 4, 2015

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When it comes to prayer it is not one passive action completed then done with altogether. To me prayer is a way of being and how I strive to live my life. Prayer is personal, individual and the line of communication in your spiritual relationship with God or however you refer to your Higher Power.

 

It is not just a thing because it has a vast array of methods to be demonstrated. One can sing praise in the shower, on a walk, in church or driving down the highway. Prayer can be wordless. A piece of art, a conversation with a friend,  a letter can all be ways to give thanks, honor, recognize and be in awe of God’s miracles. Silence is my favorite form of prayer. The creation of a garden is an ongoing prayer, life and death in an endless pattern.

 

Prayer is much more than asking for help, it is being willing to sit still in the silence and listen to the voice within. It is about trust, surrender and faith. I receive God’s answers through interaction with another person and hearing the still, quiet voice within.  There is no one way to communicate with God.

 

When another asks me to pray for them, I immediately respond, “Done.” Their words have been spoken, now I surround those words with light and love, believing all will be well not matter the outcome.

 

In the past I have made prayer so complicated, rambling on without listening thinking I never have the time to pray. It can happen along with everything else. Washing the dishes, walking the dog, driving to work can all happen in the midst of prayer.

 

Prayer is a dance. There are times you get up and move your feet and times you wait your turn. Listening deeply, finding your own rhythm, dancing and singing in union with Divine Mystery. Living profoundly in every moment, making your life a prayer.

 

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, her restorative retreats for women business, 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)