IAC Mastery #4 Processing in the Present

Martha Pasternack


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

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

Martha Pasternack
Martha Pasternack, MMC www.CircleofLifeCoach.com

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.

Scroll to Top

IAC Login