Spring Cleaning…

As I’ve stated in earlier posts spring is the beginning for me… The world is welcoming new life in all its forms. The air is cleaner, the rain even smells fresh! Birds are building nests and we’re cleaning out the residue of winter.

Then why not a Spring Cleaning for the spirit or the soul? Christians celebrate Easter.  Jews are celebrating passover. We need to put into practice some of the introspection from winter. How are we going to be better at who we are? What do we have to offer the world? What are we willing to do to be God Realized spirits? It’s more than claiming to belong to a faith; how do you practice your faith? All the great religious philosophies preach love, selflessness and forgiveness… Is it time to rid yourself of hate,selfishness and resentment? A Spring Cleaning…

No one is perfect we’re all here to learn about our selves and our place in the world. Spring is a good time to start – Nature is renewing her commitment, why not us?

Namaste,

Ginnie

Next Steps…

I’ve noticed a lot of changes in the lives of people around me and including me. Some have lost loved ones. Others have gone off to college or changed jobs or simply moved away. For what ever reason many of us are on the precipice of our next step. No matter how large or small the step maybe, it still can be daunting. Especially to those of us who don’t deal well with change.

In the next couple of months I’ll be preparing to leave a space I’ve occupied for over twelve years.The current training area of my karate school has been a source of  inspiration, heartache and celebration – Soon it will be a memory. After twelve great years we will be moving to an adjacent area in the plaza which is more affordable. Although the move should require very little labor or disruption it will be difficult to leave. There are so many “next steps” that will be left behind as we march into the future…

I wonder where this Next Step will lead? I’m looking forward to the challenges that await my martial art family and me. The path has been interesting so far…

Ginnie

 

When The Rubber Hits The Road…

There’s an old song I love called I’ve Stayed Too Long At The Fair.  It always reminds me of when its time to move away to or from something. Everyday is about growth and that growth leads us toward another phase of our lives – Or it should. Just like we outgrew diapers and third grade we outgrow who we are now. The big issue is when we become a certain age there aren’t the obvious “road of life cues,” like graduations and birthdays. Now instead of looking toward 16 and a driver’s permit we are looking toward 60 something and social security – Oops there isn’t going to be social security.  I digress, okay 50 something and a colonoscopy. See what I mean, the “road of life cues” are less obvious and far less appealing. So we need to follow our own heart and now wisdom to see where to next. Change can be challenging at any age, but we must embrace it if we are to continue to grow. What is your next thing?  Who do you want to be in the next five years? Where do you want to be? What do you want to be doing?

Me, I’m blowing it all up! Yes my next thing will happen because I’m moving away from who and what I am now… Sarah’s little girl is growing up!

Look out world – I’m BACK!

 

Ginnie

 

 

Ready When You Are…

Here is the thing about change, it  is available to us at any moment. The trick is we have to be ready and willing. Because no matter how much we say we want things to change we still have to give up something in return. It may be as simple as giving up a favorite old chair for a new one or as difficult as leaving a marriage or a job. So if you feel stuck and nothing is how you imagined or wished it would be. Maybe you should look deeply into yourself and ask what am I afraid to lose if I go for what I want? Only after you recognize this and remove that block will you be ready for change.

 

I’m willing to give it a try how about you?

 

Ginnie

Same Show Different Day…

In this morning’s staff meeting I was explaining how as instructors we get tuned out when we become one dimensional.  The example I used is when we view the same dvd over again we know exactly what’s going to be said and what’s going to happen.  This sort of thing happens in almost every area of our lives.  We don’t always realize it  but it’s described as “the classes are boring”,  “there’s no surprises in our relationship”, “the job is old hat”…  Any of these sound familiar?

So how do we fix it? First of all in order to solve a problem you have to recognize you have one! Many of us are in a comfort zone (rut) – The only way out is to change  something and be conscious of the change. Ask questions, how can I be better? Is there someone somewhere who is doing what I’d like to do? If there is call him/her ask them questions, ask them to mentor you!  The universe is multidimensional and things are being duplicated constantly – Why not your happiness or success?

If your tired of the same old show everyday, put in another dvd!

Namaste,

Ginnie