July 2006


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Let Freedom Ring!

About Midlife Journeys

For many people, midlife is a time of transformation, a time of seeking greater purpose, joy and meaning in life. Midlife Journeys is a monthly newsletter designed to support you in reconnecting with your authentic self and energizing your life through deep self-nurturing, creative expression and heart- centered living. Each issue contains inspiration, resources and information about upcoming events to help guide you on your journey to greater aliveness, joy and fulfillment.

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Let Freedom Ring!

Bondage exists nowhere in the Universe except in the mind of (wo)man. True freedom, true liberty has something cosmic behind it. -Ernest Holmes

Welcome to the first issue of the Midlife Journeys newsletter. I am thrilled to be sharing this with you and am so grateful for your interest and support!

As I begin to write, I have to admit I feel a little performance anxiety! I feel inspired to say something about freedom in the month of July. But, what do I have to say that would be useful to my readers? A little negative self-talk creeps in:
"What makes you think you have anything meaningful to say?" and "How will your readers respond to this first issue? Will they immediately unsubscribe?!"

So now I have a choice. I can either give into these voices, accept the limiting belief that I have nothing valuable or original to say and stop right here. Or I can trust that if I speak from my heart, at the very least it will be an offering of love to my readers. And there is the possibility that at least one person would find it useful. That would be enough. I choose B, knowing that I can always choose to free myself from my mental bondage and move forward with courage (the word
"courage" comes from the French word "coeur", meaning heart!). It's a choice available in each moment. A choice of freedom and loving kindness towards myself.

There is a saying I once heard:
"In our 20's we're terribly concerned about what other people think about us; in our 40's, we could care less what people think about us; and in our 60's, we realize no one was thinking about us in the first place!"

Midlife offers a wonderful opportunity to free ourselves from old patterns and beliefs developed in the first half of life that no longer serve us. Having had deep and varied life experiences, and perhaps having experienced some disappointment or loss, in midlife, we often feel an urgency to look deeply into our hearts and rediscover our joy, aliveness and freedom.

The urgency is there, I believe, because in the end, we want to look back and feel we
've lived a meaningful life of few or no regrets. What would that look like for you? What's most important to you in your life? How much time and attention do you devote to that? Is there something meaningful on which you've been holding back because of some limiting beliefs ("I couldn't do that!"; "It's too late to start something new"; "I don't know if I could succeed so it's too risky"; or "Other people would really disapprove.")

What would you do if you knew you couldn
't fail? What would it feel like to recognize and then, with courage, step through your limiting beliefs to create the life you truly desire? I invite you to explore your inner creative yearnings and then take a first, small step in their direction. Ah, there's definitely freedom in that!

Many blessings, Carol

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