I live in a safe and sacred home in Ventura. 5/26/2012
Last week I found myself beginning Chapter 10 of Lucia's book, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams. Chapter 10 is celebrating the dream coming true. Oops. I'm still in Morro Bay, dutifully applying for full-time work in Ventura and the surrounding areas. I looked at the journal exercises which all had to do with acknowledging myself for going for my dream. I toyed with journaling anyway, imagining that the dream came true, but that is actually discussed in Chapter 8, in the Writing by Heart exercise. This brings up an important point: reviewing our work.
Reviewing our work is the same as appreciating how far we have come. Looking back at my 6/5/12 journal, I found this entry prompted by Writing by Heart, #2, page 135. DH stands for the dominant hand; NDH, the non-dominant hand.
DH: Dear Patio Table and Chairs, who are you?
NDH: I am the seed of laughter and enjoyment.
DH: Why are you in my collage?
NDH: A strong, fenced, nurturing outside space is vital for your inner life.
DH: What qualities do you have that I need to realize my dream?
NDH: Strong frame to set your tools on, to rest, to meet with friends and to work.
DH: What do you want to tell me about realizing my dream?
NDH: Light filled intention is the way to your dream. Let go of each minute and flow with the good feeling stream.
DH: Thank you so much. I really, really appreciate you being here. Please write me a poem or prose from your lovely, lovely self.
NDH: The Patio Prayer
Come close my child, come sit in my heart.
Would you not find comfort and peace here?
Be with me, be with me even if you are weary and lost.
Be with me in the sun to quench your thirst.
I am always here, my love.
DH: Thank you. I need and love you.
This entry actually did turn into a song entitled The Patio Prayer.
During this review, I realized that good dreams take time. It took 10 years to move to Morro Bay permanently in 1994, after I discovered this area in the early '80s. The surprise was that I arrived in town as a beginning songwriter.
While I am hoping that Ventura won't take that long, my work is to enjoy packing, gassing up the car, smiling at the other driver's and to remember to take snapshots of the scenic views. If I'm being prodded to “hurry up and move already,” then I know the Critic is trying to hitch a ride. Review page 109 in Lucia's book to ditch this naysayer, pronto!
One last thing. I realized this week that there are two smiling women on my collage. One is seated inside. One is sitting outside with her eyes closed, facing the sun. (That image's non-dominant hand voice yielded a different song.) Both women are smiling—happy to be where they are.
Guest blogger Dorothy Segovia, is a certified Visioning® Coach and author of My Body, My Car: How to Coach Yourself Through Life's little Accidents, featuring an original music CD. www.writeinside.com
Come hear Dorothy sing The Patio Prayer at the free concert and book signing on
Sunday, November 18, from 1-3pm at Coalesce Bookstore and Garden Chapel in Morro Bay, CA.