Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2014. Day One: Samantha Dye

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What Does Your Heart Say?

I have a plaque that sits on my 3rd floor office window sill. It sits on the sill of the window that looks out over a downtown street in Juneau filled with shops and people. It sits on the window that looks out past the street to the Gastineau channel where orca whales and cruise ships can be seen in the summer months. It sits on the window that looks past the street and the channel to Douglas Island and the mountains beyond. The plaque that sits in that very prominent place says, “What does your Heart say?”

I bought the plaque several years ago when I was living with my oldest sister in Ohio. I had returned from Afghanistan a few months before and left my job in the DC area because it no longer felt right. I was on the brink of starting a Master’s degree in Organizational Development.

The plaque, whose origin I can no longer remember, spoke to me – to my mind and my heart- when I first laid eyes on it. I was at a point where I needed to be reminded daily to check in with my heart, to shift some of my thinking from my head to my heart.

When I moved into my current office, I put the plaque on my desk so that it would face people coming into the room. A few weeks ago, I moved the plaque to my window sill – listening to my heart is a process, a growing ‘edge,’ and I still need the daily reminder. My heart can often fly away like a kite, and staying connected to it, checking in with it, is what keeps me grounded.

I challenge you today and every day to take a moment to say to yourself, “what does my heart say?” Check in with your heart… it will be good for your heart health.

Samantha Dye, MA, PCC
Organizational Consultant & Executive Coach
Dynamic Consulting

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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