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The Resurrection

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Wow, I cannot believe I have not written on my website since the New Year.  My word, life has been full and rich and rewarding during this time.  Life is also in transition, constantly changing, shifting, evolving.  I find myself a life long learner, noticing, with curiosity and wonder the changes within me, my family, my relationships, my environments.

For me a resurrection is a rebirth. It comes right after a process of  sifting through, a de-cluttering, sorting through what works, what is important, what  is no longer needed, a releasing, a letting go, a surrendering and a reclaiming and re-commitment to what is truly important.

A resurrection is refreshing, liberating, inspiring, enlightening.

As I get ready to renovate my home, repaint, repair and resurrect my environment to a loving, warm, inviting, relaxing sanctuary, I look around to see what no longer works for me, what is no longer needed.  My husband and I have now found ourselves as “empty nesters” - the result of bringing up our children to be independent, adventurous, and taking opportunities when and where they present themselves, living and enjoying the lives of their own creation.

With all their university fees almost behind us, we can now concentrate on us, our home, our future.  We have both dedicated much of our lives to instilling values, loving, caring, providing for and nurturing  our children to adults.

Now it is time to resurrect our dreams, re-evaluate again what is important. It is now time for our bucket list.  Here are just a few samplings from mine:

  • Go on a cruise
  • Visit the greek islands
  • Visit Macchu Picchu
  • Lead coaching workshops in Trinidad  for our youth, teachers, and parents.
  • Hike to Matelot ( a tiny village on the northern coast of Trinidad)  on the northern Trail.
  • Continue my enneagram training with the Enneagram Institute, and Lifewise Institute.
  • Introduce the enneagram to Trinidad through a series of Enneagram Workshops
  • Work with a team to bring motivational speakers to our shores to help uplift the consciousness
  • Own a comfortable, relaxing beach house retreat on the north coast
  • Host a weekend enneagram retreat with Russ Hudson and Gayle Scott in Trinidad
  • Reconnect to wonderful authors through my radio show Empowering Space -Your Hour of Power once again
  • Lose 10lbs while learning to live and eat healthy
  • take care of myself - body, mind, heart and spirit because I have so much I want to be and do
  • skydive
  • learn to ski well
  • connect with friends regularly
  • see the Phantom of the Opera
  • Acknowledge and appreciate others, see their gifts and strengths- develop this as a core competency in my life- see the greatness in others and meet them there.
  • Spend regular holidays with my family and by extension those important people in their lives.

What’s on your bucket list?  How full is your bucket?

Please feel free to write and share on this blog by commenting on the post.

I appreciate and enjoy  the wonderful ideas that are generated through the Participation.


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The Power of Passion

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

This week clear out of the blue, My coaching partner Georgina Terry www.bpdassociates.com gifted me with a wonderful experience. Georgina had designed a  workshop on developing Presentation Skills which she was going to present at the Commonwealth Youth Forum aboard the Caribbean Princess docked here in Trinidad for the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting.  This ship was being used as a floating learning center for the youth of the Caribbean Region to discuss different topics and to offer free training and development for the youth.

Well as the story goes Georgina only found out two days before she was supposed to facilitate that the workshop was not one hour but rather one day and she could bring along other facilitators.  So she called up her Associates Kaffi Phillips and myself to see if we would be able to help at this eleventh hour. Georgina redesigned the entire workshop and here I was off to facilitate a presentation which I had not yet seen. Because coaching is my passion, I rearranged my day so that I could attend this workshop.

At 8:00am after we had breakfast I sat with Georgina and looked through the slides as the workshop was begining at 9:00am.  Slowly people started walking into the room one by one. Young people between the ages of 19 and 29. We greeted and had introductory conversations with different people as they found their ideal spot and made themselves comfortable in the room.

I do not believe that any of us in that room were prepared for the transformations that were about to take place.  Being a transformational coach, those AHA! Moments (a higher awareness)  when we stand in a truth and things can never be the same are some of the most meaningful moments in coaching.

Georgina began the introductions and began the facilitation, with everyone sharing their expectations and the ground rules- rules of engagement.  The group got very involved setting out the guidelines of how they wanted to show up in this space.

As the presentation continued the youth realized that this was going to be an extremely interactive and engaging workshop and no one would be falling asleep or have time for boredom.

We worked with them around creating a vision and reconnecting with their passion in order to develop their compelling story for their presentations. Some people got to work immediately and there was a buzz in the room but others could not remember or find something that they were passionate about. So we walked around the room and supported those who needed a little help by using empowering questions.

I noticed one person in particular who had a blank page and was staring ahead of her in thought.  I asked her if she needed some help reconnecting and she said yes.  So we sat together and I began asking her some questions helping her reconnect to the things that bring her joy in her life. She started jotting down all these ideas and then I asked her to see if she could find or make a connection between them. I asked her not to think if it was possible, but to just open up to the image and create a space for the possibility. I asked her if I could share a possible perspective and option with her.   As soon as the words came out my mouth there was a twinkle in her eye and her body shifter. She wanted to be able to write and share stories of different cultures and travel around the world doing so, and had never ever thought of that as a possibility for herself. Now she had a vision.  It was as though a light went on inside her.  I could see the energy of excitement, possibility, and passion pulsing inside her. I told her this was just one possibility and when looking at the words on her page see how she could connect them with the word and versus or and create something new and exciting.

After we had finished the exercise while Georgina was speaking two gentlemen came over to me to say that they were reporters with the BBC.  They had visited the different workshops and wanted to interview five from our workshop as this seemed like the place where people were passionate about their views. So I asked them to wait till the session was nearing and end and then I would let them speak and introduce themselves so they could choose the volunteers.

In the end everyone was connecting with their “joy juice” the energy in the room changed, people were excited to share and participate and were eager to share and receive feedback. One person shared her story and had touched on a truth of why what she was saying was so important for the youth and shared a personal story, she became very emotional and continued as Georgina and myself stood at her side.  She told a compelling story and it touched everyone in the room.   She thought she had done a terrible job, because she had gotten emotional.  I shared with the group that many of us think that power is a strength, a force, being in control of our emotions, not showing our weakness, but true inner strength comes from being able to stand in your truth no matter how difficult and share your vulnerabilities with others from the deepest places in our hearts.

At the end of the first session The BBC broadcasters stepped in and asked for people who were willing to share their stories, both the shy girl who I helped and the one who thought she had done a horrible job, were two of the volunteers that stepped into an empowering space.   I realized that as the shy girl had allowed herself the opportunity to believe in the possibility, her energy shifted and BBC reporters arrived to receive her very first story.  Validating the saying by Napolean Hill -What the mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve.

It was such a joy and privilege for me to be standing on the brink of an empowering space, witnessing these youth rediscover the passion in their hearts and their untold stories.

I was not present for the evening session as I had my radio show that evening the Power of storytelling and Kaffie Phillips took that session with Georgina.  Georgina shared with me that the stories in the end were all beautiful and inspiring.  Everyone had stepped into the empowering space of sharing their vulnerability, a truly powerful place where they stood in their truth, and were transformed as speakers, and presenters.

It was a wonderful journey from the head to their hearts.

Power of Communication- What do you really want to say?

Monday, September 14th, 2009

There is nothing more moving, inspiring, or effective than speaking form the heart.

Join my guest Sheila Radha Conrad M.A. and me, Lydia Mattison host of Empowering space - Your Hour of Power as we share an insightful and transformational conversation on the Power of Communication

at 8:00pm EST Thursday 17th September, 2009

Come join in our conversation and learn to express yourself genuinely as we discover how we hide behind our language.

Have you ever noticed that most human interaction is based on enrolling people in complaints?  Complaining is such a huge part of human interaction that we are not even aware to what extent we are doing it every moment of our lives. We are either complaining about something or a complaint waiting to happen.

  • I am so busy, I don’t have time to breathe.
  • I wish we could get together but I just don’t know where the time goes.
  • Why don’t people do their job?
  • Oh my back hurts?
  • Why don’t you come visit more often?
  • This sun is so hot.

We relate to our complaints as though they were the TRUTH.  A complaint is a projection.  A complaint is a request waiting to happen.  A complaint is an opportunity to look at yourself. An opportunity to give what you want to receive.

Looking at your complaints, consider how your life would be without those complaints?

Consider that you can have a life free of all those complaints, what would life be like?

How can you transform complaints into possibilities?

How does our communication block us from our compassionate nature?

How can we remain present and connected during our communication?

Meet us Thursday 17th September 2009, 8:00pmEST at www.blogtalkradio.com/empoweringspace

Call in number: 347 215 8414

Power of self acceptance - loving who you are

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

vWe see things not as they are, but as we are….Immanuel Kant

  • Why is it important to accept myself just as I am?
  • How can I accept myself when I am in a negative space?
  • How can I accept myself when I know I am insecure?
  • How do I know whether or not I accept myself?
  • What is the difference between self awareness and self acceptance?

The beliefs we have can shape our entire lives and we may never know what they are. Find them. Then shape them so they work FOR you. Your self image is the lens through which you see the world and upon which you base all your decisions.  Your perception is a projection and the world is a mirror.

Join me Lydia Mattison host of an Empowering Space- Your Hour of Power on Thursday 20th August 2009, with my special guest joining me for a second time, Dr. Sheila Radha Conrad as we discuss the Power of Self Awareness.

Sheila ’s titles are diversified: a Spiritual Guide, Philosopher, Truth Seeker, Aritist, Dancer, Lover of Life.  She describes herself as a seeker of truth, equality and human justice. She has been a transformation counselor for 36 years.  Her purpose is to assist people in coming to clarity and alleviating their suffering, so their innate joy, wisdom, and beauty will arise.

What is the balance point between self-acceptance and personal growth, wanting to grow and improve ourself?

Self acceptance - accepting yourself - the good, the bad and the ugly, without guilt or a sense of inadequacy versus setting goals and wanting to evolve and grow and experience something even better than you experience now?

How do we resolve this conflict?

What do we accept?

What do we change?

The Self Principle according to Robert Holden is an essential key to potential, and talent, transformation and growth, success and happiness.  “The Self Principle states unequivocally that: the quality of your relationship with yourself determines the quality of your relationship with success, happiness and love, God, money, time, health, luck and everything.”...Success Intelligence - Robert Holden Phd.

  • What is the relationship you have with yourself at this moment?
  • How is that mirrored in your other relationships and your environment?
  • How do the beliefs you hold about yourself create your reality?
  • What beliefs have you accepted about yourself as truth?

Date:  August 20, 2009
Time: 5p PST/8 EST
Location:     www.blogtalkradio.com/empoweringspace

Call in Number: 347-215-8414.

You can register as a listener in four easy steps at www.blogtalkradio.com/register
Come join us for an engaging conversation.  Give this one hour to yourself.

What’s missing?

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

What is that illusive thing we seek, that no matter what achievements you have accomplished, something just seems to be missing,  there is an emptiness and you can’t seem to put your finger on it?  Sometimes when we are with friends or family we still feel lonely, something is missing.  We lack confidence to move forward even if we have the resources, there’s something there that just does not feel right. There’s something more to all of this - what is it?

  • Who are you when no one else is around?
  • Why do you still feel isolated, misunderstood, dissatisfied and unfulfilled?
  • What is your path to happiness?

The longest journey you will ever make in your life is from your head to your heart…Gary Zukav

Embarking on a journey to the heart, a journey of self awareness, self acceptance and self love, requires courage, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, clarity, choice and compassion.

Why do I need to know myself?

  • To understand what motivates me, what drives me
  • To understand my reactions in certain situations
  • to discover my unique strengths, talents and gifts that I bring to this world
  • to uncover my weaknesses
  • to know what limits and traps me
  • to observe my patterns and cycles
  • to face my fears
  • to know my defenses
  • to become aware of the specific issues that represent life challenges for me
  • to see where my attention goes
  • to understand why I see things differently from others
  • to deepen the connection in my relationships
  • to become more present and grounded in my life
  • to make better choices
  • to explore where I am hiding and keeping myself small
  • to uncover my personal truths
  • to live true to my authentic natural self that knows the way
  • to know what I truly want and what fulfills me
  • to live a magically empowered life
  • to use my personality to express the true brilliance of my soul
  • to heal my  past and move forward
  • to know what gives you meaning and purpose
  • to explore all aspects of my being, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
  • to see that we each have a unique spiritual path and just because I am not on yours does not mean that I am lost.

So how much of your life is controlled by your personality and how much is inspired by your soul?

If you can’t quickly and confidently answer the list, then perhaps it is time to spend some time with yourself, getting to know yourself on a deeper level.

If you need to make changes on the outer it is time to look on the inner.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE

Friday, July 17th, 2009

A dear friend sent me this in an email today and I wanted to share it with my readers. What a shift in perspective and an empowering thought! We create our realities, with our thoughts, words and actions. How do you choose to empower yourself?

“Recently, in large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said:

¨THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?¨

A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and have virtually no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don’t exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them — not to mention , how could they have sex? Therefore they do not have kids. Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my friends. With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, “Good gosh, look how smart I am!”

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

I would love to acknowledge the author for her wisdom, awareness, wit and ability to reframe.

This is the power of reframe, shifting a negative perspective to a positive and empowering thought.

What issue do you need to reframe today, that will empower you?

Power of Inner Communication- Healing and Harmony

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

“Nature knows that it is more intelligent than you are, because all the important things in the body have not been left to you, they have been given to the body.  For example, breathing, or the heartbeat, or the blood circulating, or the digestion of yourfood, they have not been left up to you because you would have been left in a mess a long time ago.”

Osho

  • What is the body mind connection?
  • How can we tap into the wisdom of the body?
  • How do we learn to listen to this wisdom?
  • Why do we choose unhappiness over happiness?
  • The negative effects of “ought” and “should”?
  • How can we unhook from misery?
  • Do our negative thoughts create dis-ease in our body?
  • What are the basic conditions for well being?
Join me, Lydia Mattison and my guest Jamie Durner, Thursday 28th at 8:00pm EST on an Empowering Space.  Jamie is a body mind coach, yoga teacher, workshop facilitator, speaker and author.
She is one of the contributing authors of the book “Yoga in America” and is one of the Expert Authors for HealthyWomanGuide.com Find out more at http://www.discoverhealingandharmony.com
She believes that your best answers are already inside: you simply need to know how to access them.
The show is a call in program so listeners are invited to call 347 215 8414 or post questions in the chat room and we will answer them on air.

Power of Healthy Relationships - Soul Mate or Cell Mate

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Hope you are having an exciting New Year and have taken the time to clear out the clutter and energy drains from 2008.  I must say I have had quite a ride between October my last radio show and December.I will need to slip some of my experiences into the blog bit by bit.

This year I have a new motto “Less is More”. I am starting my radio show once again on the 22nd of January, but this year have decided to host one show a month.  I am deep into training with the Enneagram, it has added such depth to my coaching, using it as a tool for profound transformation.

Last November I co-facilitated our first Enneagram workshop in Trinidad and had a wonderful turnout.  We are hosting an Introductory workshop “Stepping out of your Box”quarterly this year. I am excited and enthusiastic as we, SERENDIPTY WORKS, steps into the New Year creating a series of workshops on the  Enneagram.

The Enneagram is a wonderful tool for self discovery and gaining insights into all your relationships.

My first radio show for the season on the 22nd of January will be Power of Healthy Relationships - Soul Mate or Cell Mate with my special guest Jackie Woods.

Jackie Woods is an expert in the field of self-actualization with more than 25 years teaching experience. She brings healing through accelerated personal growth. Unlike traditional self-help publications and classes that often focus on “fixing” symptoms and “coping” with dysfunction, Jackie’s teachings focus on eliminating the causes of problems and Empowering Your Heart for Extraordinary Living.

We will discuss her latest book Soul Mate or Cell Mate: A Guide to Healthy Relationships.

Are Soul Mate relationships found or developed?

Please visit her site for further information on this book www.jackiewoods.org

Jackie’s Love Quiz

Please join us on the show Empowering Space - Your Hour of Power Thursday 22nd January at 8:00pm EST and 9:00pm Local Trini Time.

Bring all your relationship questions and step into an EMPOWERING SPACE Just click on the link, we’ll see you there. You can call in at 347 215 8414 or post your questions in the chat room.

Power of Release - learning to let go

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Well this will be the final show for this season. I will begin again in January. I will be busy for the next three months, with new training, facillitating workshops, Xmas and the kids all coming home with friends.

It is so funny how the universe tests you when you make a decision, just to ensure that you are commited and serious about the decision you have made. This month when I decided it would be the last all of a sudden I have a flood of emails from fabulous people wanting to be a guest on Empowering Space.  I am sticking to my decision and so have written to all inviting them to be guests in January.

So naturally I thought the best show to end with would be the Power of Release - learning to let go. I have decided to have two guests to share the space with us.

My first guest is Buz McGuire a friend, husband, father, business owner, writer, entrepreneur, bank director, forward thinker, counselor, life-student and the director of the Viral Happiness Expansion Initiative.

He has studied positive-living and self-development for over twenty-five years. During that time, Buz has owned and operated retail stores, been in the residential and commercial rental business, taught classes, served on various civic, church, and business boards, and counseled people in their business and personal lives.

Over the past three years, he has dedicated himself to developing the thinking and material that has become the Viral Happiness Expansion Initiative.

My second guest has been a guest before and I am thrilled to have her back Amanda Goldstun.  Amanda coaches and helps others to find their own GREATNESS. In 2003 she developed a series of relaxation audios and workbooks called, “Clear Limiting Beliefs, Creative Problem Solver, Create Your Ideal Day and Develop Your Intuition in Business.”

The self-development work Amanda undertook led to the realization that the biggest obstacles to success for many people are old, unhelpful beliefs about money and success. Amanda found that most beliefs can be changed quickly and easily, and coaches people on “how to release Limiting Beliefs in a couple of hours”.

She is based in the UK, but with the wonders of technology, she has clients all over the world, who have benefited from her “Clear Limiting Beliefs” programme.

Amanda’s aim for her clients is to quickly and easily identify and clear major limiting beliefs, so they can find their GREATNESS within and be free to soar to whatever heights they choose.

Join Amanda, Buz and myself, Lydia Mattison at an Empowering Space, for the final show this year, Power of Release - Learning to Let Go. Thursday 16th October 2008 at 8:00pm EST.

  • What disempowering thoughts, beliefs, behaviours, fears, feelings are you willing to release this year?
  • What worries clutter your mind that you could let go today?
  • What one step could you take to de-clutter your environment, your mind, your relationships that would bring you peace?

Number to call in is 347 215 8414.  Join us at www.blogtalkradio.com/empoweringspace

Power of giving youth a headstart - parenting with intention

Monday, October 6th, 2008
  • With all the distractions in the world today, and your teenagers communicating through the latest technologies, do you feel like you are unable to get through and communicate in an effective way?
  • How can we as parents help our children develop life skills in an ever changing world?
  • What is youth coaching?

As an award-winning educator and Parenting & Youth Coach, Rob Stringer BA, BEd, CPC has spent almost two decades helping kids, teens, and adults meet with success, and live lives they LOVE!. Although based outside of Toronto Ontario, Canada, Rob’s coaching practice is global, with clients across Canada, the United States, Australia, and Asia.

Published in parenting journals across North America, Rob also appears on TV and radio, speaks at conferences, and is the founder of several coaching web sites including www.ParentingWithIntention.ca and www.YouthCoachCanada.com.

Join my special guest Rob and myself, Lydia Mattison your host of an Empowering Space - Your Hour of Power Thursday 9th October 8:00pm EST