Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2013 DAY ELEVEN. Suzi Snyder

Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2013
DAY ELEVEN. Suzi Snyder

You know how life is going along swimmingly and you are filled with gratitude and delight in what is unfolding? And then your path changes and you encounter one challenge and then another and then another?

I find that when that happens I try and hold on tighter to what was, only to find my body reminding me that I have to let go.

Four weeks ago we moved from Pittsboro to Wilmington, North Carolina. A move for the betterment of our lives with more to do, the ocean and new opportunities – possibilities abound! We quickly unpacked and moved into our temporary home with pictures on the walls and everything. I traveled to Boston for the next step in my energy medicine training, then home and back to the Raleigh area to see my current clients. Life is full and good!

Two days ago a dear friend in Arizona died suddenly. It was a shock and we will miss him. My beloved dog was out playing fetch and tore up the pads of his feet and now limps around moping. Today is his birthday and the major joy in his life is no longer available right now. And since cycles like threes, a significant pain has started up in my lower back forcing me to slow down and take note.

I can’t go backwards and I can’t move forwards. I have to sit here and be. I remember reading several years ago that members of an Aboriginal tribe travels for two days and then stop and wait for a day or two. When asked why they had stopped to wait, their response was they were waiting for their soul to catch up.

Now I’m waiting for my soul to catch up. Life isn’t the same without it. As I wait, I cherish the friendship we had with our dear friend, I comfort our dog by wrapping his paws in sticky tape so he can still go for his beloved walks, and I thank my body for the reminder and let go of the need to be perfect. Can’t wait to share all this with my soul!

Is your soul there with you?



About melindarabrams

Melinda Abrams, CPCC, MSA is a champion of the shared experience. She consistently moves individuals and groups to deeper levels of connection and support, and models ‘being moved’ by what is present in the space. She believes that in this creative combustion, capacity expands ….simply, naturally, magnificently. In addition to coaching corporate executives, Melinda takes great pleasure collecting and sharing messages about Loving the Life you Lead on facebook and her blog Moving Leaders. She loves coaching, delivering experiential programs at outdoor education centers, teaching teleclasses, holding weekend retreats, and guiding leaders to MOVE. Melinda brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership development to Moving Leaders. Her work spans experiences with youth, corporate clients, and both business and medical graduate students at Duke, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest Universities. Her commitment is to serve emerging leaders as they move towards shared enthusiastic leadership. And YES! Melinda is also an artist. She creates unique handpainted scarves. In my art, my coaching, and my spiritual practice I consistently return to wonder and awe. As I turn to wonder and create from there I experience a profound connection with source. This movement brings me to this latest series of scarves. I love the idea of wrapping oneself in an idea–an intention– a possibility, and creating beauty with that intention. My hope is that when one chooses this scarf to wear, they turn from disconnected bland to soulful brilliant. Of course when the scarf is open and hung you can read the message, yet when it is draped and worn, the message is simply seen as a design. My promise is that the wearer is reminded to turn towards the message and that the message is shared through the wearers actions and interactions with others. Melinda Abrams Melinda loves living in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and three children.
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