Seize the moment-seize the day-follow your star

I have noticed changes in myself during this pandemic- things I would have done without thinking, visiting friends and family became difficult and complicated. I noticed myself becoming more insular and my world becoming smaller. Then something inside me changed- I decided to move- to take action! I wanted to be nearer my family and realised that now was the time! This decision made my life expansive again, planning and moving to a lovely home in Hay-on-Wye.

Beautiful views

My son made the brave decision at Xmas to book a holiday for all the family in Annecy in France so that we could all meet, not knowing whether we could make it with all the restrictions on travel. We did make it with the result that we had a fabulous time with family and cousins who we hadn’t been able to see for a long time. What a breath of fresh air and joy- a holiday to remember and take golden sips from in the winter cold.

So my intention is to take my steps even if it feels scary,  be in control of my destiny and decisions and not to be ruled by fear!

A Time Like No Other

A time like no other…..

What a momentous year and the paradigm shift is continuing!

Personally, as well as dealing with the pandemic and lockdowns, I realised that it was time for me to move nearer to family. As a result I have moved from the North East of England, which I have loved, to the borders of England and Wales- Hay on Wye to be exact!

It is a magical part of the world, and it is said that C.S.Lewis who wrote ‘The chronicles of Narnia”was inspired by the Golden Valley, and Aslam by ‘Arthur’s Stone’.Certainly the area is very beautiful, with Hay nestling between the hills, views wherever you look, with the river Wye running through.

Hay-on-Wye
Beautiful birthday cards- lucky me👏👏

I have carried on my coaching practice virtually and will be delighted to receive clients face-to-face when that is a possibility again.

What is the River to the Ocean

Why do this process?

As people have undertaken the Life River Journey have had experience of operating daily from a perspective of their strengths, gifts and talents, they may find that, after a while, their priorities alter in line with their true essence. This can result in a opening of many possibilities going forward and lead to a crossroads and a re-evaluation of their life direction.
I have developed the River to the Ocean to support this process, to consolidate and give clarity to the way forward, in line with the uniqueness of the individual.

The purpose of the River to the Ocean is to:

• Reflect on your progress emotionally, physically and spiritually since undertaking your Life River Journey
• Identify the deep core values that underpin your true nature and support you on your Life Journey
• Take forward your gifts, talents, strengths and values into key areas of your life that reflect your uniqueness into the Ocean.

Below is a vide and a written testimonial from a client who completed her Life River Journey a year ago, and recently came to complete her River to the Ocean journey.

Testimonial from Cath Darling

I revisited Jan a year after completing ‘The River’. We worked together to complete the ‘River to the Ocean’ which I found incredibly enjoyable and powerful. Jan has a wonderful gift for being present, and witness to, and facilitating the process without interrupting the flow of attention and development. She has helped me enormously.

The ‘river to the ocean’ helped to consolidate the work I had completed with Jan a year previously. I enjoyed working creatively, drawing and writing and using colour. We explored where I had been emotionally over the past year and what values I now identify as being mine. We also looked at ways that I can bring my values into the way I live day to day. I had never reflected upon myself in this way before, and it has helped me tremendously. I use the gifts and knowledge I have gained from working with Jan, every day.

Her approach is gentle and non invasive, yet appropriately guiding and steering. She holds a warm loving space in which I have felt able to do some of my most private and important spiritual and emotional work. I trust that she treats my disclosure with sensitivity and care and I have total faith in her ability to maintain confidentiality and respect. She is a wonderful woman, with a gift for helping others discover their own true nature. I am so grateful to have met her and to have had the opportunity to work with her.

Joanna Clark – testimonial- May 2020

I started working with Jan about 6 weeks into this lockdown. Everything felt quite overwhelming and I was confused and anxious about taking the next right step, even for simple things like choosing my breakfast.

Using Jan’s skills and compassion along with The Life River process enabled me to find my centre again. I was supported to look back over my life, to accept and celebrate everything which had gone before and build on my strengths to direct me in the future.

Immediately I realised why nurturing a spiritual connection is so vital, as this allows me to feel fulfilled and whole. Jan opened me to possibilities which I’d not considered and nurtured a renewed sense of self belief, so important in these challenging times.

I even found the process of doing it virtually (rather than face-to-face, which would generally be my preferred option) very helpful as it enabled me to set aside some important personal space in my own home to honour my journey and my life.

Joanna Clark, May 2020

A testimonial from an inspiring client

‘I joined Jan for a weekend retreat in her serene home at a time when I was feeling particularly vulnerable and in many ways emotionally stuck; I felt that the personal relationships I had chosen had invited chaos into my life. I was in need of intuitive guidance, a confidante and a friend with the experience to guide me towards a more conscious way of living.

Jan provided all these things, as well as the tools to identify my unique talents and a clear path to set about creating a life with a deeper, clearer purpose. Jan’s wealth of knowledge and training underpins her practice; it is her compassion and generous spirit that creates a safe space where issues and struggles can be worked through comfortably.

Since our retreat I have had more focus, drive, clarity, more creative energy and a sense of urgency to get the real work in my life done. Furthermore, Jan’s nurturing energy has taught me a great deal about self-care, mindfulness and realising the wonder in each moment and each breath. These are life-affirming skills I will take with me always.

I feel honoured to have spent time with such a generous and experienced mentor and can’t recommend her services highly enough. I believe we owe it to ourselves and the world to be the best we can be; Jan helps to unlock our innate potential.’

Lizzie Whyman- journalist

I Love This Quote!

‘You are not accidental-existence needs you.

Without you something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it.

That’s what gives you dignity, that the whole existence will miss you-the stars, the sun and the moon, the trees and the birds and the earth-everything in the universe will feel a small place is vacant which can not be filled by anyone else but you.

universe
This gives you tremendous joy, a fulfillment that you are related to existence, and existence cares for you. Once you are clean and clear you can see tremendous love falling on you from all dimensions. (Osho)

Changing Skies

The time has come for me to change the focus of my work.

For many years now I have been working in education promoting health and wellbeing in schools, and have been doing coaching in addition to that work.

Now I have decided to put all of my energies into my coaching practice – this is where my heart lies. I’m following my bliss!

The way through to your spirit

I had no idea of what I wanted to put on my collage for this year. It had taken me ages to get round to doing it – it never seemed to be the ‘right time’ and I hadn’t got a definite trajectory I wanted to follow.

‘Practice what you preach’ my spirit whispered- ‘just start and see what comes’.

I got out old Xmas and birthday cards and started to pick ones I was drawn to – and then went on to the magazine images and words. It all happened exactly as it should – I relaxed – tore out the images and words that I was drawn to and put them together on card and here is the result .

It was a surprise to my conscious mind – so much green and gardens and flowers and magic- peace and light and unfolding power. I’m getting to know what my essence wants and working with it without the boundaries of the monkey mind – who knows what will unfold- exciting!

Come to one of our youcan2 days and try it out for yourself – it’s powerful, quiet and revealing. Treat yourself to a pamper day for the spirit and see where it takes you.
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