finding your soul's song

I developed a workbook and game-board as a companion for the work we do in our sessions.  The workbook is filled with practices, tools, exercises and information to help you design and build a foundation for your spiritual journey.   It is a base framework which inspires and invites you to use it as a scrapbook, map, and place to record exercises and techniques we practice during our time together and between sessions. . During our sessions we will work with the game-board as a hands-on and interactive way to track and celebrate the progress you are making.

 These are the core elements of my coaching approach which are outlined in the workbook.  

A regular check-in with self: 5 minutes-1 hour daily. Examples: meditation, breathing, singing, dancing, journaling, list of questions, pausing.

A personal mission statement:  what you know about your own gifts, talents and abilities and how you want to live your life to its fullest.

Practices: tools for working with gratitude and acceptance and tools to shift and expand limiting beliefs. How you cope when things fall apart.  How you work with hardship and grief.  How you move through difficulties.  Defining, designing and implementing your own practices so that you can remind yourself in those tough times what your soul’s song is.                                                                   

A personal definition of God/divine: exploring and clarifying relationship to purpose, meaning, will, divinity, higher self, something larger than self, reason, unknown, hope, belief, unconditional love, acceptance and whatever else calls to you.

Identifying a long term mentor or guide: A teacher or elder, therapist, support person to go to when you need to be reminded who you are and to guide you towards your own inner light.  A place to receive full loving attention from someone who can witness your journey without trying to fix or change you.

Goals: tools for measuring success and growth in life. Seasonal or weekly reference points to support growth in the following areas: health, relationships, family, work, personal projects, hobbies, education.

A personal scripture: inspiring poems, videos, radio shows, books, pictures, stories, or drawings; anything that allows you to connect with something outside of yourself. 

A personal history: a place to reference and keep track of experiences, lessons, goals, visions, dreams (a scrapbook, a journal, picture books, maps of self discovery

 
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Tree song office & sanctuary

Tree Song Sanctuary: A nurturing & inspiring example of what it looks like when a tree & a human sing together a song of hope for a regenerative future. Come join me here as we sit by the window sipping tea and give your soul a comfortable place to sing.

I call my office Tree Song, a custom designed Tiny House Sanctuary located at Woolman Hill Retreat Center, surrounded by the wild forests of Deerfield. Tree Song was inspired by three years of visioning and design for a better way of life.  I built this space so that I could take a step towards living my own beliefs and values in my day to day choices.  Tree Song was built from locally harvested and produced material sourced from local businesses who care about their ecological impact.

I built this space as a sanctuary and a sacred place, with the knowledge that dreams can come true.  Tree Song has its own song, which I sing when I enter and leave; it has its own story and purpose which continues to grow and change.

 
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Key Terms

As a Transpersonal coach, I use Psychosynthesis as a guiding framework with my clients. Below are some definitions of key terms:

Transpersonal:

Transpersonal psychology is a sub-field or "school" of psychology that integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience with the framework of modern psychology. It is also possible to define it as a "spiritual psychology". It uses techniques and tools from a broad range of psychological schools, such as humanistic psychology and Gestalt, as well as practices from Eastern and Western mysticism, philosophy and mythology.

According to the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, "Transpersonal Psychology is a full spectrum psychology that encompasses all of [traditional psychology] and then goes beyond it by adding a serious scholarly interest in the immanent and transcendent dimensions of human experience: exceptional human functioning, experiences, performances and achievements, true genius, the nature and meaning of deep religious and mystical experiences, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and how we might foster the fulfillment of our highest potentials as human beings." Learn more.

Psychosynthesis: 

Psychosynthesis is a term coined by the psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli in 1910 to describe the natural process of growth of the whole person through both daily manifestation as well as so-called higher purpose. The Psychosynthesis process facilitates an empathic relationship between the client and guide, the discovery of one’s inner empathic, wise voice (most authentic and mature self), and the conscious integration of all parts of one’s personality into a healthier, fulfilled you.

Along with a comprehensive theory and methodology to support access to the authentic self, the theory and practice of Psychosynthesis include the use of the full range of psychological functioning (imagination, thinking, feeling, sensation, impulse & desire and intuition); work with subpersonalities; techniques of imagery, dialogue, journaling, goal setting, cognitive, emotional, and sensory awareness and a commitment to purpose, meaning and values as the path to well being.

The Call of Self, a phrase coined in psychosynthesis, is the center point of work. It is the assumption that each individual has the capacity to tune in, deeply, to a sense of life purpose. Learn more.

Spirituality: 

Spirituality is a broad concept with room for many perspectives. In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience—something that touches us all. People may describe a spiritual experience as sacred or transcendent or simply a deep sense of aliveness and interconnectedness.