Many people have been asking what motivated my husband and me to move to the Oregon Coast. 0430091957

This wonderful question reminded me of what I am often supporting my clients to connect to  … that is …their vision and their authentic values.

What motivated us to move to the coast? Simple answer … It’s been our dream and vision. We’ve had a vision for about 5 years now, of us living by the ocean. Every time we visited the town we now live in (which was about 2-3 times a year) we would say, “Okay, we are going to live here one day!” We both truly believed it. We held the dream in our hearts and vision in our minds. Then, it was as if the ocean, the town, the mountain, called us and pulled us here.

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Each time we visited it was as if the vision grew stronger within us. Each visit solidified how much the place was in alignment our values. It was important for us to live closer to nature. We felt a desire to live somewhere that felt quieter, simpler and had a slower pace.

Then there was a change in the housing market and homes at the coast were suddenly much more affordable than ever before. We decide this was a magical message from the universe and an opportunity to manifest our vision. So we acted quickly and followed our inner wisdom. Even when our offers on houses were denied and big stumbling blocks seemed to be in the way. We knew it was meant to be. We just trusted it would all work out and with faith we moved forward one stepping stone at a time.

Because …
“The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is
whether you are cursing your bruised knee or admiring the view.”
Silent Owl

The energy of the place feels like it reflects who we are now, more than where we had been living before. We have changed and we felt called to move somewhere that honored who we are now. The beach also brings out the kid in each of us!

We moved to a luminous place that reflected back to us our authentic values and contained things that were important to us such as lots of space to be in nature, a small community, a health food store, a fabulous wine bar, a great coffee shop, a book store, an eco-friendly clothing store, and so much more. We fell in love with the beach and mountain and the small friendly town.

Sometimes I wonder did we move here or were we moved by our vision and naturally ended up where we belong right now.
This isn’t the 1st time I’ve followed my vision and values. Listening inward and following my vision is what moved me from Texas to Portland OR; It’s what moved me to open my business, LunaGaia; It’s what moved me to hold Ocean Retreats for women each year http://www.lunagaia.com/oceanretreat.html .

I am moved to empower other women to connect to their inner wisdom, authentic values and vision.

Below are examples of questions I ask my clients. I invite you to consider them for yourself.

What do you love doing?
If you had all the money you needed, how would you spend your time?
What makes you glow?
What fills you up on all levels (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).
What is really important to you? Why is it important to you?
What are some tiny, bit size steps you might take to invite more of that into your life?

Connect to your values and follow your vision. I dare you!

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Awake Within My Dream

August 20, 2009

My husband, Aaron, and I have realized a 5 year dream by moving to the Oregon Coast! It feels light and surreal to be typing this from my new home looking out my window to evergreen trees and a hazy-sunny-misty day. The fresh smell of the ocean air refreshes me as I reflect on the journey that lead me here. As a light rain begins to fall at the same time the sun attempts to shine through the light clouds, I am reminded of how the sun is always shining no matter if there are clouds or not. The sun glows brilliantly above the clouds.

View of Ocean and Sky on drive into town

View of Ocean and Sky on drive into town

I am so grateful to be living in the center of my dream. To be physically living in a place that fills me up spiritually. The light here is magical. The evergreen trees return me to my childhood and connect me with my inner little girl. I feel like my environment finally reflects who I am and how I feel inside. When I look outside and around me, everywhere I look … out my windows, in my home, in my mirror … I am reflected back to me.
It is this reflection that nourishes me deeply, fully, completely.

Ocean Reflections

Ocean Reflections

I am lighted with bliss from within and this light reflects back to me from without. And, when I am feeling less than blissful and having heavier thoughts, these too are reflected back to me through people, situations and things around me just the same. What a chance for growth, learning and expansion!

Even when I feel emotionally or mentally stretched beyond belief, I feel more easily connected to an inner sweetness and calm. Even as tears fall I hear the affirmation: “All is okay. I am supported, loved and cradled in the loving energy of the universe” whispering to me in the ocean air.

Beach where I love to walk

Beach where I love to walk

The current manifestation of my five year dream allows me to flow into appreciation effortlessly on a daily bases. By practicing Ahimsa (loving-kindness, non-violence, compassion … there are many ways to interpret this Sanskrit word and yoga philosophy) with myself and those around me, my life and my days feel blessed. Even when there seems to be pain or sadness, it is as if I feel more fully in touch with a loving awareness that has blossomed in my heart.

There is so much to do and learn and share yet with the gift of loving awareness I trust it is all unfolding as it is meant to. With gentleness I walk forward in my dream.

A New and Sacred View

May 12, 2009

Beach and Neahkahnie Mountain

Beach and Neahkahnie Mountain

Well, I’ve just recently returned from the Oregon Coast. It’s one of my favorite places! The beauty and power of nature are apparent everywhere. The slower pace and quietness (at least until summer hits) are a comfort to my introspective soul.

During this visit my husband and I finally hiked to the top of Neahkanie Mountain.

We’ve visited dozens of times and always intended to make the hike, yet always seemed to find ourselves at the beach … where we gaze at Neahkanie Mountain in all her sacred magic and beauty.

I am so glad we finally did the hike. It was long and challenging at times … especially at the end where we scrambled over an outcrop of basalt to get the very top! How different is was to be on the mountain instead of just looking at her. What a view from the top!

View atop Neahkahnie!

It is as if my relationship to the beach and the mountain has now shifted.

FawnLily on Neahkahnie

FawnLily on Neahkahnie

Since I’ve had the honor of that new, magnificent perspective I feel differently when I’m on the beach and I hold a deeper, more sacred connection to Neahkanie. Knowing all the beautiful details of her.

It’s makes me think about how different our lives seem when we are willing to take different perspective. When we are caught up in the middle of our daily activities, it can be challenging to see the blessings and opportunities that are right here in front of us.

When working with my fabulous clients, I often invite them to imagine floating up above themselves, as if they were a beautiful butterfly or bird. Try it yourself! From way up here, imagine looking down on your current situation … what do you notice about yourself? As you BE a gentle witness to yourself and your current situation, what new connections do you notice? What stands out as important? As you consider what you want that you have control over, what might you do differently now?

Life is a blessing and each of us brings our own unique perspective. No one perspective is right or the best. Each of us is sacred. We all have something of value to share. As we honor and share our unique gifts, as well as celebrating others’ gifts, we add light and love to the planet!

What new perspective will you honor today?

Over the years I’ve found that the most amazing things are revealed when I  spend time with ME! Yes, I really do enjoy spending time with myself. And, I am not talking about a few minutes or hours on a weekend. I am talking about days on end where my only focus is on what I feel like doing and asking myself,  “How do I really want to spend my time right now?” The answers are usually something like …  taking a nap, going on a hike, reading a book, sitting quietly and staring at a tree or the ocean, or writing in my journal.

Each year I schedule time for myself before I host my annual Ocean Retreat for Women.  This year I took a long drive … 9 hours  … luckily the price of gas came down a bit … to my first stop, then 3 more hours to a retreat center in the redwoods of California where I stayed for many days (part of which include a transformational workshop with a wonderful teacher and a brief visit with a dear friend). The long drive back was broken up with a beautiful stop at my sisters place for a few days.

My first stop on the way to the retreat center was at my Grandma’s. She is an important part of my life and we’ve been very close since my childhood. As such a significant person in my life, she provides a very powerful mirror for me to look into and see the WHOLE of my being. By just being around her I became aware of some of my ways of interacting with others …The light and the dark; the beautiful and the ‘not so pretty’. It provided me with fertile soil to dig into over the coming days on my retreat. I returned home with a fresh perspective and clear ideas of how I wanted to move forward in my life.

In taking this time for myself I was reminded of the deep value gained by spending quiet, dedicated time for myself away from all responsibilities and daily tasks.
The value that I have gained from my retreat this year is appreciation of gratitude and connection. The value of true gratitude  … not just on a surface level but a deep feeling of gratitude for my life as it is today, for all that is in my life, all aspects of it. Seeing the beauty and gifts even within the struggles. When I mention connection, I mean to all of life and to my deeper sense of self.

Every year is different, and this year I really feel like what I got overall was a DEEPENING:
A deepening of gratitude.
A deepening of my knowledge of myself and my current struggles.
A deepening of my perspective on my life – where it is now and where I am going. A deepening of my vision for my life.

This deepening for me is a clarity of my vision; clarity of my goals; clarity of my priorities. It is also a feeling deep within my bones. A deep knowing of who I am, right now. And an honesty with myself. That who I am changes. I am dynamic. I change sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes in drastic ways. And I honor myself through it all as I honor my connection to all things.

Through all of this, I am reminded of my vision, years ago, of being called to offer this time to other women … to hold Ocean Retreats for Women.
I am reminded of how deeply this vision and the value of this still holds true today. What an honor it is to share my learning and growth with others and hold the space for others to do their own inner work.

Thank you,
Rena Hatch, MS, RYT
ICF Certified Life Coach