forgiveness

Letting Go and Moving On

This is a blog about personal growth.  I am not faithful in my writing here, because mypersonal growth takes me in multiple directions.  My marketing coaches tell me to pick a niche and stick with it.  That is the only way I will grow readers, and perhaps get clients.  This is difficult for me because my interests are fairly eclectic, as are everyone’s.  I read books that capture my interest, I go to church and learn, I am interested in my health (more so as I get older and things start feeling my age), and my work takes me in many directions.  In short, I am living my life.  And my days ebb and flow on that current.

I have decided that for this blog to work for me, I am going to share what I am interested in, what I am learning, and the meaning making that has for me.  If that also works for you, please join me.  Converse with me – I will answer you.  Share your opinions, even when they are different from mine.  I will seek first to understand your point of view, and have a dialogue with you.  This is where we practice the skills I often talk about in my leadership training:

  • Discerning our values
  • Developing our vision and mission
  • Setting goals and making values based decisions
  • Having fun
  • Being creative.
  • Listening, and being empathetic
  • And, so on

Today, one third of January has passed.  My word this month is JOY.  I am faithfully posting on Facebook each day what I am joyful for each morning and evening – and my followers tell me they are truly enjoying those brief statements.  I hope they recognize the everydayness of those thoughts, and that some days, like them, I have to look for the very small things because there are no huge JOY moments to talk about.

Last week was a growing experience at our church, Unity Lincoln.  We participated in Discovery Circles to find out what it is, or who, the church wants to be.  Over the weekend, we held full workshops on Making Peace With Your Past, along with a Healing Circle on Sunday afternoon.  The purpose?  To learn to be truth seekers, open and honest with each other at all times.  To call each other on it when we are being less than our best – with love and respect.  And, it was about forgiveness, letting go of what was so that you can begin to live what is.

I’m glad I participated – I relearned what I already knew.  I identified situations I need to forgive because the feelings they stir up haven’t served me well in my life.  I knew them before, but I wasn’t done with them.  These are additional opportunities for growth – and to offer myself compassion and acceptance, and rest in the joy of who I am today.  Because, I am perfect, whole and complete in the eyes of the Universe.

I have been drinking Kangan water for three days now.  A friend of mine is supplying me with the water so we can get a taste (no pun intended) of the changes it can induce in us before we take on a major investment in the machine.  Karl and I, along with Joe, are taking a hard look at the food and drink we put in our bodies, and doing some research on the affects of our “meat and potatoes” American diet.  Karl is struggling to give up his daily “dinner”, and the sandwiches he normally eats each day.  I am struggling to identify what I want for my breakfast besides the traditional breakfast food I really enjoy.  We are such creatures of habit, continually falling back into what we learned and lived as children.  It is difficult to make the adjustment to a different lifestyle, and a healthier life, because we must break lifelong habits.  Each day, we are consciously making the decisions we need to make and continuing to do the research we feel necessary to find what is right for us.

Last night, Big Dog had a seizure for about 30 seconds.  Afterwards, he paced throughout the house for about an hour and a half.  He stopped frequently to drink, but often stood at the water bowl as if he wasn’t quite sure what he should be doing or how to lap up the water.  Once we got him to lay down, he began to whine, and then to howl as only an Alaskan Malamute can.  I sat with him, giving him Reiki, for almost an hour until he laid his head down to sleep.  The remainder of the night was quiet, but sleep was elusive for us.  We didn’t know if this was the beginning of something new for him.  He is over ten years old now which is the lower limit of his life cycle.  Malamutes generally live between 10 – 12 years, and it may be his time to transition.

This morning, I am joyful we made it through the night with Byron.  He is a good dog, and so very loving of his humans.  We have had him in our home since 2006 when Joe moved in with us, and he has become part of our family, becoming our dog when Joe moved out in 2010.  It is my wish to help him through this toward whatever end we are headed.

The values I am living today are:  love, patience, generosity of spirit, focus and a willingness to be vulnerable.  Completing and posting this blog fulfills all of those.  Thank you for being part of my community.

Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator.  She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner.  Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life.  You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.   Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.

National Forgiveness Day

Forgiveness takes a lot of Faith

That faith comes more easily if we are not fully buying into the system of separation. But it also has to do with the heart.

Often it is an intuitive flash that tells us that not forgiving, but holding vengeful, hateful thoughts, is actually more damaging to our own system. This poison of hate and resentment will also affect the person we are projecting those thoughts onto, but in the end it is going to hurt us more.

So forgiveness is the willingness to let go–of our self-importance, our pride, our hurt, our resentment, and the feeling that we have to get our pound of flesh.

Deep inside us we do know the truth, that we are not separate and that we are love. When we awaken to the truth, about our real self and thus to love, we do not proudly and self-importantly pamper and cherish ourselves. We love ourselves in a much more respectful way, all the while knowing that our and others’ baggage does not matter. It does not have to be important. That is true nobility of soul.

As Alexander Pope said, ‘To err is human, to forgive divine.’ Learning to forgive is the very real awakening of our divine nature.

October 30th is National Forgiveness Day

The Center Of Unconditional Love (COUL) is dedicated to creating as awareness and understanding of the power of love and the joy of forgiveness in producing good health, happiness, and stress-free living in the lives of individuals and in our home, work, and worship environments.

With this mission in sight, we celebrate October as Forgiveness Month, the week of Oct. 24-31 as Forgiveness Week, and Saturday, Oct. 30, on the 5th annual National Forgiveness Day.

Volunteers and organizations such as yours will celebrate the joy of forgiveness by publishing/printing/distributing/sharing forgiveness information and copies of the “Power Of Love Joy Of Forgiveness Health & Wellness Plan” with as many people aspossible by email, newsletters, publications, worship center bulletin inserts, flyers, word-of-mouth, etc.   Please enjoy www.unconditionallovelive.com.   The goal is to reach 5 million people this year.

Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership transition coach, writer, and workshop facilitator.  She is also a Usui Reiki Master.  Georgia specializes in career, business and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life.  Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life.  You can also find her on her websites http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, http://www.rainbowbridgecoach.com , and http://www.georgiafeiste.com.  Georgia can be reached at (402) 304-1902 or you can schedule a 30 minute consultation via Automated Appointment.