At the end of this September my husband and I were blessed with the opportunity to visit my childhood home-away-from-home. In the mid-1800s my great grandparents emigrated from the west coast of Ireland and worked the land (see the picture above) as tenant farmers growing hops.
The “Farm” left our family once, but was bought back years later by two of the more than 10 children who were born and raised there; my great aunts. My grandmother lived there too and we would go to the farm to see her every summer. My six siblings and I inherited the farm from my mother when she passed away.
My two brothers still live there in separate homes. Seventy acres still belong to my four sisters and me. There is a lot of family history here and much to figure out now, big decisions to make about the future of this land.
During the time of our recent visit the daytime temperatures were still warm enough for morning fog to form after a clear cool starlit night. The fog obscured the view and often enveloped the entire house until the sun started to rise over the hills to the east.
I would go outside each morning and pray. As I sat on the cold, damp ground I did not wish the fog to go away. I was present with it. I was part of it. Coming to visit from the Southwest, I actually delighted in its velvety soft moisture. I simply watched for signs of the sun. With patience and trust, the fog “lifted” with the heat and light of the morning sun. In time the view reappeared in its entire autumnal splendor.
When mingled with childhood memories, spectacular fall colors, and thoughts of future visits, it is challenging to describe how beautiful this experience was for me.
Later, as I sat down to write this month’s article for the VOICE, it occurred to me that skillful use of Mastery # 4, Processing in the present, was on display as well as the view of the farm.
Processing in the present helps people center themselves in the dynamics of the present moment and patiently await the fog of confusion and uncertainty to be illuminated and warmed by the energy inherent in self-love and personal growth. This is likely to reveal the splendor of purpose, passion, dreams, goals, and desires. BAM! The clarity of a next step ensues! Even a baby step is a step.
As coaches practicing IAC Mastery #4, we support our clients by helping them stay focused on:
The here and now vs. the past or future Responding from awareness vs. from a conditioned response Attunement to the present moment rather than merely being alert
I am not a child anymore. I now live in Colorado. I will not live at the farm again. So I treasure my visits to the farm with pure delight in the present moment.
Circle back around to IAC Mastery #4 and become acquainted with its genius from where you are, in this present moment, in your life and in your coaching practice.
My passion for witnessing the beauty and mystery of life, healthy healing and the promotion of Peace on Earth are integral to my daily life. I have been life coaching since 2004 as a Fearless Living Coach after working 30 years as a health care professional.
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