What Was Waiting for Me in the Woods

Each morning last week I walked my 3 munchkins out of a quaint rental cabin, down a hilly gravel road, knowing exactly where they were going . . . but not totally sure where I was going after our kissy good-byes.

After breakfast each day, we trekked to an outdoor gathering area tucked behind horse fields at Serenbe, a farmland retreat just south of Atlanta. We would arrive at Camp Serenbe daily with shoes covered in morning dew and cut country grass, eyes still bleary from the long day before. Toting their backpacks, my 3 met up with other freckled-face kids under a large shaded pavilion alongside a still pond with colorful canoes lined up at its bank.

West showing me the pond.
West showing me the pond.

The camp’s activities were centered on nature and fun and gave them permission to be exactly who they were: moppy-headed youngsters eager to spend the day outside, amongst farm animals and within their own hearts. It was a beautiful thing.

These days at camp also gave me with a beautiful thing: five days to do and be exactly who I was – full of my own wild wonder. I set a goal to look inward and seek outward, no matter what. This meant taking time to investigate the crunchy trails meandering between the pines on the property and challenging my own spirit to travel to new places of soulful openness.

I had no idea what I was soon to discover. Read more

You Were Meant to Feel HUGE with HAPPINESS

What makes you feel SMALL? Fear, anger, insecurity, bitterness.

They all make you shrink into a littler you by the moment.

What makes you feel BIG, MEANINGFUL … HUGE?? Gratitude, love, happiness.

Then why aren’t you filling up with it every moment that you can? I have an idea.

Let’s go back to your childhood, where you learned how to live:

Were you taught to listen to your heart and do things that made you happy? Did you learn how to put your own needs first and find joy by choosing it? Were you taught to listen to your inner guidance system to find that personal joy?

My guess is that your answers are mostly: “No.” Read more

Why You Should Have Moments This Weekend

Look past those things that stressed you out about this week … about Monday’s meeting … about Wednesday’s bad news … about Thursday’s change of plans … and try to rest in some moments today, tomorrow, and into the weekend.

Grant yourself some reprieve from the worry as you turn the corner into Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Not because you are in denial or are avoiding life. But because you want to be present to being where you are in the MOMENT – where you are PLANTED right now.

Because, remember, things will change over the hours on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, and the worries will change. You cannot predict what will come or what blessings are on their way. So let go of trying to figure it all out now.

Some things will work themselves out … some things will surprise you with success … and some things will not go as planned. Your obligation is to do your best in the present and believe that you can handle what comes in the future.

 But that is not for you to solve today – because YOU CAN’T.

 Trust that your hard work is good ENOUGH.

 Trust that your talent is purposeful ENOUGH.

 Trust that your intuition is wise ENOUGH.

Rest in that trust.

Be PRESENT to the life and the love that is around you as the weekend opens its doors and calls you into its open rooms. Sit on the couch, walk in the fresh air and catch up with someone you have not seen in a while.

Be planted in those moments. They are what hold your gifts.


© 2016 Doctor Karin Luise