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Your Heart Is Where Your Home Is

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For most of my life I wanted to live on the coast, near crashing waves, where the air smelled like salt and ocean, and the energy felt relaxing yet powerful at the same time.

I am drawn to the life force of the ocean, definitely not a lake or river. It always had to be the ocean. There had been no other place where I could feel grounded, perfect, complete, and at peace, so I thought…

I always believed that there was a piece of me missing because I did not live near the water. The thought of this made me feel as if I was deprived of something my whole life.

I dreamed of beach houses and walking with my bare feet on the sand every day.

I longed for the sound of waves crashing on the beach and making that sweet fluttery sound as they drifted back into the sea over the pebbles.

The idea of blue sky and warm sun on my face all year long was exhilarating yet depressing at the same time knowing it was not my reality.

I wanted a life near the water, on a boat, close to the wild ocean creatures.

That slightly changed when I was diagnosed with melanoma, the dis-ease from the sun. For a couple of years I lived in fear of the sun and it’s golden rays. I missed many opportunities to play outside, to go where my heart longed to be. Much time was spent inside. It was like a little prison while everyone else enjoyed beautiful sunny days (out here in Portland, Oregon they are far and few between until July-September but treasured as much as life itself in our rainy city).

My dream, my deepest desire, my girlhood wishes to have a house on a sunny beach forever shifted the moment I was told I had melanoma. This was a wake up call in infinite ways. I gave up that dream and worked toward focusing on others. I felt sad. Letting go of this dream was like giving up a friend.

That was almost 8 years ago. A part of me had been feeling sad every since until last week. And what I love most about the revelation that I had was that it came from my husband and his wise and very surprisingly compassionate words. We were on our 5th wedding anniversary vacation in Maui (one of my dream trips as you can understand why). I was sharing with him how I always wanted to live somewhere like this and was sad that I couldn’t. It was funny that I was thinking the whole trip how nice it was but that deep down I wouldn’t have been happy living there. Ray looked at me and said, “It isn’t where you live. It’s what you have here (pointing to his heart) that makes you happy and feeling fulfilled.”

Wow. From my computer geek husband who hardly ever talks about feelings or his heart. He is loving but in a different way. I was flabbergasted by the words and who they were coming from and the power of their resonance with my soul.

I will always remember Maui as the place where my lost dream transitioned into a beautiful memory and where I truly heard the voice of reason-It isn’t where you live. It is what lives in your heart.

Amen

May you find beauty, love, and happiness in your heart and learn to understand that wherever your heart is is home.

Love,

Darlene

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Girls, Reiki, and Lemonade

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When the world hands us lemons, what is a girl to do?

The answer to this question will provoke many opinions on the subject. Believe it or not, much of it will depend on one’s childhood and the role models she has had throughout life. That’s not to say, if it is an unfavorable reply, that you cannot then decide to expand your perspectives and become more creative and confident whenever you choose, regardless of the past. I write this blog about confidence and girls as a veteran teacher with many years of observing girls and ways of behaving in the classroom.  And as a girl and adult with very little confidence until my 40’s.

Now, you might ask, “What does being confident have to do with how I answer this question about being handed lemons?”  Thank you for asking. It has everything to do with it.

There are across the board associations people have with lemons. The first is often the color yellow. A common second meaning, one that I feel determines a low level of confidence and self-esteem, is the fact that lemons are very sour and are likely associated with not tasting very good or being duds, flops, or mistakes.

A person with low self-esteem often considers the disapproving aspects of an issue. If she does not have positive feelings of self-worth and judges herself regularly, her view of the outside world will reflect that. Someone with low self-esteem, I predict, would first respond to the world giving her lemons with an unenthusiastic and downbeat reply such as, “Oh great! Of course. More duds for me. It figures I am always being given something that doesn’t work. That’s what I attract, duds and failures.”

Now, a girl with healthy self-esteem and confidence in herself, a girl who recognizes her own worthiness, radiates happiness and a bright outlook of the world. Ask this girl, “What do you do when the world hands you lemons?” She most likely would reply, “I can make lemonade, add it to my water to make it more refreshing, and squeeze it on apples so they last longer. Lemons smell citrusy and leave a clean scent in the air.”

Pretty different, right? The same word, lemon, eliciting very opposite reactions depending on someone’s level of self-esteem. Having been a teacher for so 23 years, it was my observation that girls with low self-esteem, timidity, and little confidence in themselves lead to an attitude of being wounded or a sufferer. Whereas the girls with confidence and certainty were enthusiastic, passionate, and noticeably comfortable in social situations.

I go back to my childhood and reveal to you that I was the girl who did not look favorably at the idea of being given lemons. I would have seen only the negative connotations and would have gotten stuck there, as a sufferer, wounded, helpless, doomed. Yup, the lowest of self-esteem on the block.

My mom coddled and protected me. I hid behind her comfort, ran to her when it got too rough. Stayed frightened and wounded. Allowed suffering to stir and boil. I love my mom dearly. She did what she thought was best and wanted to be protective of her children, not ever wanting us to feel pain or defeat. Secluded in that protective bubble didn’t give me the answers I needed as an adolescent or adult. That bubble kept me safe from the outside world but not my inner critic. I saw no value in myself. I had no skills to cope with disappointment, or lemons. I was a frightened middle schooler and teenager. I was a terrified adult making impulsive decisions without considering my self-respect. Choices and outcomes were simply because it was what I deserved. Abusive relationships, panic attacks, and frustration. Settling for what I was handed. Jealous of what others seemingly had and I didn’t.

Something shifted. I can’t say exactly when. I can’t pinpoint the exact age other than it was definitely in my late 30’s. I do know what instigated it. Reiki. I committed to healing. I decided it was time to look at why I experienced life through the eyes of a sufferer. I no longer wanted to be wounded. I let Reiki, this gentle, life force energy, flow through me and show me what to do. This healing healed the physical me, migraines and chronic digestive issues . Reiki softened and balanced the emotional aches and pains I carried as a child of divorce and insecurity and confusion. Reiki helped give me mental clarity. Reiki introduced me to my guides, the angels, the most amazing people in the world, faith, trust, and most important, my inner power and courage. Reiki put all the pieces together as it healed on all levels. I am now whole, balanced, confident, and sure.  Reiki, even though I am infinitely grateful for now, would have been so powerful to have as a girl enduring low self-esteem and fears of a big insensitive world .

If there was something I could give and wish for all girls to have, it would be Reiki. With Reiki, a girl could experience feeling whole, hopeful, spiritually protected and safe, and always having a tool to help somehow, in some way, the world which she is a part of. Reiki is a gift one has forever, a gift one has to share every day of her life. That sure is a confidence booster. Consider this for any young girls in your life. It just may be the gift she cherishes more than any she ever receives. A gift that reflects stability, assurance, self-love, and the enthusiasm and creativity to turn lemons into lemonade!

Please visit my website for more info about Reiki and the infinite benefits. If you are in Portland, Oregon, I am offering a free talk on how Reiki can assist you with self-esteem, confidence, and self-love. I highly recommend we include girls in the power of Reiki. http://www.insyncenergy.com/Special_Events.html. Join us on Sunday, May 19th at 11:00AM-12:00PM.

If you would like to hear more how we can work together, for you and your daughter, contact me for a free 15 minute consultation. I have extensive training in education and hold a Master’s of Science in Family Support and Parenting Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. I would love to be of service.

Have a beautiful May!