Soundtracks for Life (Coaching PLUS)

a  unique and powerful life-coaching offer

coaching + music = transformation

(Molumen)

Remember the cassette tape you labored over for days… picking just the right songs to celebrate an occasion or to help a friend through a hard time?

Remember how you listened to the tape that same dear friend carefully made for you–fast forwarding to all the songs you liked–till you wore it out?

Music has always been a powerful tool of presence and transformation for all ages–but often we loose touch with that as we grow older and our lives get more complex.

(Hodler; visipix.com)

As a Kripalu-trained YogaDANCE Instructor, I witness the power of music in each class I prepare–moving every-day people to greater levels of self-awareness and expression.  I see tears and laughter and transformation. I hear about work finally envisioned, babies conceived and blockages overcome.

In Soundtracks for Life, I combine my skill in creating powerful soundtracks with my work as a life coach.

In your private half-hour session, you’ll share your hopes, struggles and passion–and I’ll listen closely–reflecting on what it is that would most support you and your goals at this time.

Afterward, I’ll go to work harvesting inspirational sounds from my amazing YogaDANCE library.  Unlike the cassette tapes of your youth, this skillfully selected soundtrack will take you on a journey through the chakras with songs intuited specifically to support you on your path.  And just like your best friend, I’ll take the time to get it right.

For $90, you receive a coaching session–PLUS a 50 minute Soundtrack for Life.

Your life soundtrack is truly a gift that will keep on giving–serving as a powerful fulcrum for awareness, healing and empowerment–(plus it won’t wear out like those old cassette tapes 🙂

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A Year of Coaching

“The content of our own lives is the curriculum of our own evolution.” ~Mary Manin Morrissey

November 2008
Dear Friends,

It will be a year since I began my work as a life coach–a role that I find I’ve been cultivating much of my life.

To my delight, my experiences as an educator, mentor and facilitator seem to lend themselves seamlessly to this role, as does my personal practice of yoga and writing. But what astounds me most is how little I actually have to “do” as a coach. (Isn’t that a strange bragging point! 🙂

Certainly my skills at designing systems of organization and productivity benefit others, but mostly I discover that the simple gift of presence and clear reflection is all the fulcrum needed for transformation.

This points to the truth that each of us is our own best expert, and it is the process of coaching that helps bring this expertise into the light. Often, the bold act of commitment in simply scheduling a session sets the process into motion even before the actual meeting… and continues well after our time together is complete.

Earlier this fall, I received an exquisite hand-painted card from a client I saw almost a year ago.  This creative expression was born of our work together and serves as a touchstone for the presence she wants to bring to her role as a mother (as well as a new form of creative expression in her life.)

This week an email arrived from another client thanking me for work that was initiated last spring.  His process of decluttering home/life/thoughts is still bearing ripe fruit, two seasons later.

If this lighted attention would benefit your own journey or that of your family, friends, or clients, please spread the word. Meetings can take place in person, on the phone or on-line with equal success. References are available.

In the Light of Awareness and Thanksgiving,

Kelly

STUFF!

“You can never get enough of what you don’t really need.”

Stewart Emery

“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”

George Carlin

“If we have become a people so self-centered that we are willing to step over a lifeless body to get a bargain, we have problems that go beyond terrorists, a credit crunch and bad mortgages.”

Bob Shieffer

Kelly Salasin

Last week, we spent an entire morning working on the chaos of toys, games and gagets in the cellar with our son Aidan.
There were tears and yelling and complete family meltdowns.
He and we were– and are– overwhelmed by how much there is to manage.

Once again, we’ve created beautiful, manageable order; and we’ve agreed that at 8 years old, Aidan will be accountable for that which he wishes to keep.
That said, how appropriate is it for us to allow our child to be immersed in stuff and then to berate him for it? With Christmas on the horizon and his bedroom wobbling on the constant precipice of cluttered chaos, what’s a family to do?

Surely, everyone loves new things and it is a delight for us as parents to “present” thembut at what cost? Isn’t it a call to action when fellow Americans crush another human being in order to get the best deal in Wal-Mart?

In some ways, consumerism is easier on our family than others because we just can’t afford to buy much of anything, particularly this year with my husband’s continued unemployment. This limitation forces us to put needs, desires and holiday shopping in perspective with the rest of the country and the economy.

And yet, even we– in our modest one-income rural life– are responsible for passing on the culture of “stuff” to our children.

Did you know that one of the largest growing markets in this country is– “storage”? People buy storage units for their extra things while other human beings live on the streets. Something is off with this picture, isn’t it?  And it’s off for all of us–not just the poor or the wealthy.

Imagine what we could do with our time and energy if we didn’t spend it managing our stuff— and that includes everything from our houses to our bills to our cars and our nicknacks and family treasures and photos and catalog orders and box store purchases and boats and bikes and…

With an “overstuffed” mind, I searched for support with this crisis and found two solid resources that I’d like to pass on:

The first gem is a “clutter-free gift list” posted by parents at Flylady.com.  Ideas include:

recording books on tape

-family memberships to local museums

-gift certificates for art classes.

Clutter free gift guides are available on the site for each age group–from preschoolers to college. You can also surf <flylady.com> for tips on decluttering your home and your life.

So called for her love of fly fishing, “Fly Lady” is a self-described “personal on-line coach to help you gain control of your house and home.”  Her “services” are free in the form of daily email reminders. You can also follow on her Twitter and Facebook.

A popular offering on the Fly Lady site each year is the “Holiday Control Guide,” complete with weekly Holiday Cruising Missions—“so that you can sail through the holidays.”  FlyLady covers everything from cleaning to shopping to budgeting to decluttering.

While “decluttering” doesn’t address the problem of “stuff” at its roots, it does offer some breathing room while we re-think our priorities.

The new book, Simplicity Parenting, by Australian born educator Kim John Payne, is just the place to do some of that re-thinking. Each chapter highlights both the philosophy and tools of “Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids.”

Payne’s trademark compassion and sense of humor make this an enjoyable and practical read.  Chapter Three of Simplicity Parenting discusses the toll of “too much stuff” on our children’s emotional and mental health.

Payne offers a “10-Point Checklist” of types of toys to discard and suggests getting rid of half of them—and then another half— and maybe even another half–while holding on to those sentimental items that are most precious to your child.

Surprisingly, Payne applies the same approach to books, as well as clothes and other items that crowd a child’s life.  Even lighting and “scents” are addressed as issues of “too much.”

Embrace experience over things, and ‘enough’ over always more,” counsels Payne who works on behalf of social well being in schools and communities around the world. “Clear out space, literally and emotionally (to create) a container for relationship and the slow unfolding of childhood.”

Simplicity Parenting is published by Random House and is widely available at local bookstores and on line.  For more information about Payne’s work, see <www.simplicityparenting.com>.

As parents it is often a challenge to feel that we are “enough.”  This may be the root of our constant striving toward “more.”  Perhaps if we slow down and take the time to notice just how much we truly have, our need for “more” will dissipate and our holidays will be filled with just “enough” of all the truly good “stuff.”

From our stuff to yours,
Hoping for more nice stuff,
Kelly & family

Note: Your voice welcome here.  As a parent, how do you manage the “stuff”of childhood?  What do you think about our “culture of stuff”?

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