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Here in North America, autumn has just arrived. I love Fall, but I love all the other seasons too. I really don’t have a super strong preference anymore. All four seasons are so great.
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan (my parents met at the University of Michigan) and when I was 9, we moved to Rhode Island. Both of those places have HARD winters, but not as hard as Maine.
I lived for several years on Deer Isle, an island off the cost of Maine. But winters there are not as rough as on the mainland, and up north and inland.
The worst cold I’ve ever experienced was once, on Deer Isle, when it got to 20 below zero. That’s about -29 Celsius. Brrrrrrrrr, cold! At that temperature, it actually hurts. Your nose hairs freeze!
And still, I don’t mind winter. I LOVE it. I love the snow, and even the cold. I love the change of seasons. After 22 years of living in Los Angeles, and experiencing mostly the same thing every day, it’s so wonderful to experience weather again.
I like weather on the outside, but not on the inside. Peace is never boring to me. Peace is where it’s at.
Sometimes, in our relationships, it can seem like we hit stormy weather. It can feel like a fire, a flood, an earthquake or an hurricane. Maybe you’ve felt a volcanic eruption. I certainly have!
When we go through the rough times, and we don’t hold it against each other, when we can have compassion and extend Love for what others are going through, then people can feel the REAL Love – they can feel that it’s not conditional, and that it’s genuine.
Sometimes, there’s a great benefit to going through a difficulty.
I’ve been through tough times in my very closest relationships and, because we have Love and compassion, we got through it, and then we’re even closer, even more connected, having gone through a rough patch. And, there’s no holding onto the past.
My favorite A Course in Miracles lesson is #68 Love holds no grievances.
When the relationship storms hit, we can rise to higher ground!
Love holds no grievances, nor do I.
Practicing forgiveness has helped me to heal my heart.
I have such gratitude for my relationship healing that I cannot begin to express it. My life is ENTIRELY different. I feel completely different from how I used to feel. That’s worth everything!
We can activate the grace of God.
Forgiveness is that great activator.
In my retreats, people have consistently experienced healing of relationships that were believed beyond repair. I’ve witnessed healing of chronic physical and emotional issues because of the deep healing work we do together.
If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls to have fun doing it together. I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in October. You’re invited to our healing party!
I’ve only been doing these retreats once per year. It’s a small group. We go deep. Now’s the time to rise and shine. Let us be the fulcrum point of healing in our family and in our workplace. We have all that we need within us – let’s do it this year and set ourselves up for the holidays and for our new year. It’s not too early to get the healing ball rolling!
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