Bound by an Invisible Thread – by Anne DeButte


Understanding Homesickness is another kinda Grief

The longing to return isn’t something conscious at times but shows up as a restlessness, sadness or even a depression.  “Something is wrong with you,” you fear, and you set off to fix it, leaving behind a trail of shiny bright objects that haven’t quite helped but that doesn’t deter you.  Always forward motion, with hope in your heart. Some days it is almost invisible and you get to relax and forget about it, life continues.img_1410

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Transformation & Change – by Anne DeButte


Finally Completion – time to Celebrate?
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Wouldn’t you think once you reached the top or completed a long time goal that you would automatically feel elated and happy?  Finally, you have made it – completion at last!  Apparently not so in all cases.  Instead you may feel numb or empty inside, become unmotivated and may wonder what it all was for?  All that hard work and the long hours you have put in to just get there and for what?

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Sensuous Summertime – Ontario Peach? – by Anne DeButte


We in the north, after six months of hibernation, totally delight when light begins to return. The curtains don’t need to be closed so early to shut out the cold and darkness.  So you can imagine when the warmth begins to return, how that lifts our spirits, our blood warms and there is excitement in the air of what is to come.  We come out of hibernation and gRecord-crowd-for-yoga-in-Ottawa-000021219422_Largeo out doors again, we meet our neighbours in their lane way, say “Hello, how was your winter”? We stand outside to chat for a while, catching up.  Even our workout routines come outdoors instead of heading indoor to the gym.  Runners are now visible, enjoying the sunshine and being free to run in the warmer weather.  Yoga returns to Parliament Hill. Other will connect and head down to the open patios to meet up with friends.  Life returns to us here in the North.  Streets that lay empty and barren piled up with snow and frost are now teaming with life, fun, romance and whatever else delights our senses.  Summertime is returning, full of promise; turning life into a slow sensual dance, the pace of life slow downs but quickens up also as we need to soak in as much fun and sensuousness as we can.

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Enchantment is when the Ordinary becomes Exraordinary – by Anne DeButte


Can you recall the last time in your life you felt enchantment – that moment when time stood still, you felt a pure sense of delight, you were enthralled or lost for a moment or even felt caste under a spell?
It seems, not many of us can. Is it a state reserved only for children; perhaps we as adults have lost our ability? Has our childlike wonderment given way to the harsh reality of everyday life and routine?

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Mindfulness an Oasis for Today’s Mind – by Anne DeButte


Ah mindfulness, its concept so simple yet at times so hard to practice with the business of our modern lives. Really, how hard can it be to remain in the Now? The Now is all we have according to Eckhart Tolle.
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The mind appears to like to journey into the past and the “what ifs or could have been” or to consider future possibilities. I am even finding it harder and harder to remain in the moment. It has seemingly gotten harder since my cell phone and IPad became part of my life. My attention span shortens daily.

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Why do We Need Eternal Hope – by Anne DeButte

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“Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest.
The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
Alexandre Pope
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Life has many ups and downs but what keeps us going is hope. It is our resilience, that invisible thread that pulls us along. Buoys us up and keeps us afloat. Take away our hope and we are lost. A part of us dies. “Why continue on” we think? Hope brings in the potential, the possibilities, new beginnings, new learning, newborn ideas, new pathways to follow or new journeys to pursue. amazing-hope-The hope that tomorrow our dreams will come true, our “ship will come in”. Hope lifts us like a balloon and can make our bleak situation manageable as long as we have hope. We treasure it and bring it out for those moments of need. We can polish it off and let it shine bright. We can follow where it leads us. To all those possibilities we wouldn’t otherwise get to see.

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Let the Magic Continue – by Anne DeButte

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Looking back on my earliest recollections I always wanted to be a nurse with my primary motivation being to help others to feel better. At 21, I achieved this goal, however, life decided if I were to really help others, I would be required to learn through a number of personal life experiences. I have learned many lessons, with one of the primary ones being “how to navigate and heal from loss”. This learning came from: the loss of hopes and dreams of two divorces, job loss, the loss of two beloved Old English Sheepdogs, and the biggest loss for me, losing one of my parents. It was this experience that taught me the most. It changed me in many ways and helped me find my many gifts from grief. Instead of running from the pain as I had during my 1st divorce, I had to face it head on and move through it the best I knew how. My foundation had cracked, I was no longer satisfied with my life, my job and was so grateful to have the opportunity to retire early. Four days after I did retire, information about the Grief Coach Academy magically found me, the seed was planted. This was how I truly could help others, I would become a Grief Coach.

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