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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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?