Extraordinary Living & Working

How do you wake up in the morning? What is your mood like? What are your thoughts? Do you wake up with dread and anxiety; or is it peace and anticipation? What if every morning could be greeted with excitement and high energy?

It is my belief that everyone deserves to wake up happy and ready to get on with an extraordinary life and work experience. If this is not the case for you, take this quick quiz:

  1. How many days out of the week do I wake up energized and expecting to have a positive life/work experience?
  2. On the positive mornings, to what am I looking forward?
  3. On the other days what thoughts of dread, fear, or anxiety am I experiencing at awakening?
  4. What are all the reasons for the negative thoughts and emotions?

Once you have given this some observation and thought, try to select one item in number four and commit to do something about it. Even if you feel stuck in a situation that is causing you unhealthy emotions, you can start to diffuse the charge of the emotions surrounding the situation simply by becoming more aware of how it is impacting you, and changing how you think about it, or changing the amount of time and energy you give it.

I hope you join me for the April & May workshops in Mankato, MN designed to build your own set of tools and treasures to increase the number of days you feel like leaping out of bed and getting on with an extraordinary day!  MORE INFORMATION

We sill soon be launching an online and telephone version of these workshops for those that do not live in this area or who just want to attend from the privacy and comfort of home. Stay tuned and sign up for our Fusion newsletter to stay abreast of upcoming opportunities and more articles.

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Guided Meditation for Connection & Freedom

How do we find freedom in connection? Spend a few moments with this meditation to find your own answers.

Meditation for Connection and Freedom – Podcast – AAC

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The Fusion Meditation Circle is free to join at this time. Please enjoy and share. Donations for the Surge Youth Leadership Program are appreciated, but not required.

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Intention-setting Guided Meditation

Please enjoy this guided meditation. Check back for more posts and meditations frequently.

This guided meditation is all about intention. Setting your intentions for your ideal self — your genuine you. Let’s begin…  Intention Meditation

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Thought for the day

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SURGE Program Receives Significant Funding

So happy to share that our SURGE! Youth Program has received THREE grants this year! See the list of organizations and more information on the program here.

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Fabulous Girls Enrichment Afternoon!

Fabulous afternoon with girls here at Fusion Farm… If there is enough interest we will schedule more girls camps for Friday afternoons!

Here’s a touching slideshow of the event (about 1 minute download): Girls Leadership Camp, 08-2012-Mobile

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Leadership Day Slide Show

WOW! What a great day of personal development. These women wen’t beyond their limits and built new realities for themselves – and made new friends too. Super day!

Fusion Leadership retreat

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What’s the Link? Humans & Animals…

Why are people so connected to animals? What is that bond that can sometimes feel stronger than anything we experience with other humans? Why do we go all soft and gooey when we see a picture of a baby animal or feel inspired when we see an image of an eagle in flight?

All animal-lovers probably have their own answers to these questions. I recently found research on this topic that inspired me to share the information and to share some of my own experience working with people and horses.

Here is an excerpt from the “Center for the Human-Animal Bond”. (Purdue University of Veterinary Medicine):

“The Human-Animal Bond is the dynamic relationship between people and animals in that each influences the psychological and physiological state of the other. Human-animal interaction has profound physiological consequences. People, in the contact with animals experience a decrease in blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and a general feeling of well being. By observing the behavior of animals, children learn to be more nurturing and perhaps better parents to their own children. The therapeutic value of animals for socially isolated individuals in nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, and prisons has been documented. People in the presence of animals are often perceived to be more happy and healthy…” … More at http://www.vet.purdue.edu/chab/index.html

What follows below is my paper on how horses can be extremely powerful partners in human personal development based on my studies and experience:

Equine Guided Education (EGE) or Horse-Assisted Learning is less about horsemanship and more about “human-ship”. While it certainly increases the bond between horse and rider, the focus is on what horses can teach us about the rest of our lives or certain situations that we might be experiencing such as relationship issues, grief, career transitions, etc. They teach us because they are masters at reading and reflecting our energetic state. Anyone who’s ever gotten into an argument with a horse over getting in a trailer or going away from the herd knows this–the more frustrated we get, the more frustrated and stubborn the horse gets. This is the most obvious example of energy attracting like energy between you and the horse, and it’s not even the tip of the tip of the iceberg of how horses read us. They are truly “human whisperers”.

Equine Guided Education accesses your ability to learn concepts through three channels: kinesthetic learning through physical activity; metaphorical learning through symbolism and comparative conceptual application; and metaphysical learning through core energy connections. In other words, it access your body, mind, and spirit to internalize what you learn.

So Equine Guided Corporate Training is similar to other experiential learning programs such as ropes courses or rock climbing. Teams do activities safely on the ground with the horses to learn about things like leadership and team building. We find that the learning sticks better with this style of learning because it is outside their normal business box and therefore extremely metaphorical and memorable.

Private coaching with horses is the same. We learn through the benefit of having the horse as mirror and the coach to translate and probe for deeper opening and access to that inner wisdom that we so often ignore or can’t hear anymore because of the rush of daily living. This is a powerful, transformative method and perfect for anyone who is contemplating life changes or anyone who just wants to take their experience on this planet to the next level.

The difference is the horse as your learning partner. It’s just one big bundle of information, energy and spirit, and it is the missing link in our modern every day. Humans and horses have cohabitated for most of our existence prior to the invention of the automobile. It is a piece missing in our daily learning and energetic connection to the earth, our spirit, and the rest of the species.

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Activate your Inner Leader

Trouble making decisions? Ever procrastinate on something important because you didn’t know where to begin? Stressed about all the “should do’s” in your life, but not sure how to prioritize them? Having a hard time communicating with someone who always seems to get the better of you? Finding your path can be difficult if you’re not practiced at consulting your inner leader.

“Inner Leader” might mean many things to many people. For purposes of this article, I’m referring to that voice inside you that mixes intuition and mission. It’s that piece of us that knows exactly what to do or say, if only we would quiet the mental chatter enough to listen and hear what it has to say.

Here are three steps to begin to acquaint yourself with your Inner Leader (your IL). Use this as a daily practice for a couple weeks to start.

  1. Start to recognize your IL: Quiet your mental chatter for a few moments by taking several deep breathes and closing your eyes. Try to simply listen to your breathing. Put all of your focus on taking in oxygen. When you feel relaxed, ask yourself a question. Then just keep breathing with your eyes closed. Make the question simple and low risk to start with, but something you’re trying to figure out. Once you have an answer, open your eyes and consider the answer.
  2. Trust your IL. It might be hard to trust the answer you get, but give it a whirl.
  3. Record the outcome.

Continue this process over a couple weeks. See how this works for you. You might even find yourself making decisions quicker even without the deep breathing.

If your IL is particularly buried, or you have a high level of stress contributing to the challenge, you may decide to work with a coach on this, read some good books on the subject, or attend classes to help you access that leader within.

A few suggestions to uncover that leader within:

  • Write your personal mission statement (life coaches are skilled at helping you to do this, or you can find good books or material online). The process of writing your mission statement will help you to have confidence in your IL.
  • Attend classes, workshops, etc. that pop up and look interesting. Listen to your intuition here – if your interest is piqued when you saw the workshop information, it could be your IL nudging you.
  • Learn meditation. Just a few brief moments each day spent quieting and refocusing the brain begins to expose your IL. Try guided meditations or affirmations available on CD.

A SPECIAL EVENT TO HELP YOU ACCESS YOUR INNER LEADER! (Mankato, MN)

HOPE Interfaith Center  is holding an empowering day with horses for adults at Fusion Farm.

June 23, 2012
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Access your core energy and bring out your inner leader through the ultimate horse experience. This leadership workshop combines a unique blend of Core Energy Leadership Learning and Equine Guided Education (EGE) to access and renew your inner leader. Participants work safely on the ground through a number of experiences with horses, facilitated by an experienced Core Energy Leadership and EGE Coach, to uncover personal strengths and opportunities. Horses have a unique ability to help us be better humans. This workshop is specifically designed for women who are invested in continual improvement as leaders and humans.
Cost: $85 (A portion of proceeds to support HOPE Interfaith Center)
507-386-1242

REGISTER ONLINE:  http://eepurl.com/kVGPz

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Got Clutter?

What is it about clutter that makes us crazy? And why do we feel powerless to stop it from taking over our homes, workspaces and ultimately our minds? There’s all kinds of clutter to face, and ultimately, clutter = stress. The very idea that we call it clutter means that at least a portion of whatever it is we don’t desire. The stress is the result of our inability to be able to decide what it is that we don’t desire or need.

As I looked at my email box clutter this morning, I decided that the main thing that was holding me back from cleaning up that clutter was FEAR. (or maybe just Feeling Especially Apathetic and Reluctant) At some point I gave up on managing this part of my life. I wrote some rule that tells me I will never have it under control, and I’ve come to believe it. I have conquered so many things in life, but email clutter eludes me completely.

What is the clutter in your life? Is it physical house or work clutter? Afraid to walk to the bathroom at night for fear of tripping? (been there)… Is it mental clutter? Is your head so full of stuff that you can’t focus on your next step – do you forget what you were going to do when you get to the next room? How many projects do you have started today? These are all signs of some kind of attachment to something that amounts to clutter and confusion.

Take an honest assessment of your attitude towards the stuff in your life. Which of these statements best fit you:

  1. “Stuff controls me. It seriously impacts my ability to enjoy my life. I feel powerless to overcome it. Often I just give up trying to get organized because I can’t decide what to give up.”
  2. “The stuff in my home, workspace, and/or mind is driving me crazy. Sometimes I just get mad and want to throw it all out. But I always regret getting rid of something. As soon as I get rid of it, I need it again. This makes me nuts!”
  3. “I have a system to stay organized. If I can just follow the system and keep it all organized, I feel in control.”
  4. “Stuff is not important to me. I regularly give things, thoughts and wishes away to others. I feel clear.”
  5. “I have no attachment to any thing or thought that doesn’t serve me or those around me. I have no desire to accumulate things or thoughts that hold me back.”

Now decide which one feels better. Which one will facilitate the life you ultimately want? What I find is almost always under my fear about releasing things or thoughts is some attachment to them. Maybe it’s a memory, or the original cost of the item; maybe it was a gift, or someone else might value it. Maybe it’s some nagging thoughts that you can’t shake because you need to remember something that you keep forgetting, or you would rather forget something that you keep remembering…

Whatever is under the attachment, if it is hindering the life that you want to live… it is clutter. You do not have to feel powerless. There are so many ways to start to change these attitudes and patterns: work with a life coach, work with a personal organizer, break up the tasks into manageable amounts and tackle it yourself or with a partner. Most importantly, if you can change your thinking, you can begin to eliminate this barrier in your life.

For more information on eliminating life’s clutter:

  • Join me and other smart people who want to gain control of their physical and emotional stuff. FREE Teleclass: Details here.
  • Take an Energetic Leadership Index Assessment to get under your attitudes and attachments. This will increase your self-awareness and enhance your effectiveness and happiness in this and all other areas of your life. Call 507-278-3553 to set up your assessment today. Mention this email and get a free coaching session to debrief you on your assessment results.
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