How to Speak the Language of Your Body: Summer of Meditation Week 5

Tapping. Week 5 of the Challenge

Watch this week’s video above to learn my two favorite tips for speaking the language of your body (and to hear about my own recent crash landing back from vacation.) These are some of the most powerful techniques I’ll be sharing all summer. Try them out and leave a comment below to tell me how they go for you!

Warmly, Courtney

Getting Started with Tapping or Acupressure

This week instead of a guided meditation audio I’ve recorded a brief how-to video to share the 9 acupressure points and help you get started using this technique to manage your own stress, physical and emotional symptoms. If you are brand new to tapping you may also want to check out the second video where I show in detail how to find the acupressure points. You can also find my Written Guide here.

Try tapping at the beginning of a regular meditation practice or reach for it when your stress is high. This video includes a demo of tapping on a headache, but it is most powerful when you can specifically name your problem. Try it out– tap through the acupressure points giving voice to your concern as if you were talking or complaining to a friend. Then tap in some more positive approaches when you feel better.

And if you want to learn more about how I use essential oils for stress relief + to boost immunity you read more here and contact me with questions or to set up a conversation.

Also feel free to share comments + questions with me via Facebook or Instagram. Who knows, what you share may just be what another needs to hear to truly lean into their practice.

Summer of Meditation Challenge: Let’s Take a Break + Jump to the Deep End

Sparkler_Ancient

But wait we just got started… Why take a breather? Because in my experience, dear one, the 4th of July weekend is not a great day to roll out new content. (At least for those of you in the U.S.) For my international readers let’s just consider this a mini break to celebrate summer.

If you missed our first two practices you can catch up with those videos here and here. And stay tuned for one of my favorite practices next week: “No Cheesy Self Love, Only Kindness.”

Warmly, Courtney

PS I love this pic with the beauty of an old hand and the light from the sparkler. I have been thinking a fair amount about death and aging lately. (Not to jump from the shallow to the deep end of the pool in a postscript.) A mom in my neighborhood as well as a yoga student at the studio where I teach both died recently, well before their time. It rattled me. It rattles me still and provides that reminder to, as my friend a visual artist likes to say, “show up and make marks.” Let us all commit, right now, not to die with our song still in us. Sing, bird, Sing. Sparkle Birder Sparkle. Not in that outside-in way. But by bringing what is in you out into the world.  Could you use some help in that department? Stay tuned for my Soulpreneur Mastermind, a group coaching program to help women who are birthing a new biz or project with the support they need to break big goals into turtle steps and the community to make them real. Details + applications opening next week. xo

Summer of Meditation Challenge 2016

Come on in. Feel the fresh and verdant air. Let’s detox your brain and nervous system so new ideas and iterations of you can bloom!

Join 500+ people from around the country who have participated in this free, 8 week online program to start or deepen a regular meditation practice. Enter your email into the box below to receive a weekly email with my favorite guided meditation practices + videos with tips for how to integrate them into real life. The Challenge starts Friday June 17th.

Xo Courtney


Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a popular blog on soulful living. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and MindBody practices as well as supporting other “soulpreneurs,” aka women who want to lead with heart in their work + lives. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

Summer of Meditation Challenge 2016: Week 4. The 9 Vital Messages

Today’s reflection balances out all the self love conversation from last week.

Yes we need to show ourselves some kindness. But we also need to hold our definition of ourselves lightly; to give our identity a chance to grow and shift.

Today I link the Enneagram, a powerful personality map, with our Challenge to create a new meditation. It is a variation on the loving kindness practice but incorporates 9 vital Enneagram messages.

Depending on your personality type you especially need to hear one.

EnneaMeditationWeek4

Sometimes we have to say goodbye to beloved treasures to make space for the new. (You can read all about my purging of books last summer and see the “before” picture of my home office here. ) And sometimes we need also to say goodbye to ways which we may nursing a particular version of our identity. As we grow we can create more space for our essence to emerge.

I hope you will try today’s meditation practice. And if you want to learn more about the Enneagram — here are a wealth of resources. You can also read more about my Enneagram-based coaching and schedule your own complementary laser coaching session here.

Now Over to You

I hope over the past few weeks you have had a chance to experiment with different options for your meditation practice: morning, lunch, early evening or the “happy hour” meditation. It is good to be creative and try various options to begin to discern a time that works for you. I also want to share that it does help meditating to become a habit to identify one place where you practice. I can’t explain it but it is almost like wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket to sit down in the spot where you consistently meditate. For me it is in my home office on a yoga mat with cushions or couch. When I travel I of course get flexible.

Where feels best for you to meditate?

Could you try to stick with one spot this week + see how that feels?

Plus I’d love to hear your experience with this practice. Leave it as a comment below and share it on social media with #summerofmeditationchallenge

Warmly,

Courtney

PS I’m really excited about my Soulpreneur Mastermind group coaching program and would love to talk to you if you are starting or growing your dream biz or project. Details + Application Here.

SoulpreneurMastermind

Summer of Meditation Challenge 2016

Come on in. Feel the fresh and verdant air. Let’s detox your brain and nervous system so new ideas and iterations of you can bloom!

Join 500+ people from around the country who have participated in this free, 8 week online program to start or deepen a regular meditation practice. Enter your email into the box below to receive a weekly email with my favorite guided meditation practices + videos with tips for how to integrate them into real life. The Challenge starts Friday June 17th but you can hop it any time. Remember the best meditation is the one you do!

Xo Courtney


Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a popular blog on soulful living. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and MindBody practices as well as supporting other “soulpreneurs,” aka women who want to lead with heart in their work + lives. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

No Cheesy Self-Love. Only Kindness. Week 3 of the Summer of Meditation Challenge

Self-love talk always freaks me out. It sounds cheesy, like a Saturday Night Live skit on affirmations.

I still am not really comfortable with the idea that I need to love myself. I mean, I understand it intellectually but can’t easily find a doorway into that love as a lived practice.

Please don’t send me invitations to ecourses to cultivate self-love or Oprah + Depak’s latest meditations on the subject. Really I get it. It is a good thing. I am just searching for a way to offer myself love that feels authentic and not forced.

But one thing I can understand is the need to stand with myself, even when I’m struggling.

Perhaps you too have noticed that those inner critic voices get louder when you are growing or changing?

So when you find yourself marching in lock step with your inner critic this is your clue to slow down… and offer yourself some kindness.

I love the Metta or lovingkindness meditation practice.

It has an awkward sound to it because we don’t have an exact translation for this sentiment of Metta into English. “Love” doesn’t quite cut it– it is too multivalent.

So lovingkindness it is sort of a made up word and an effort to capture a positive sensation we experience in the body.

Historically the meditation starts with offering a set of blessings to yourself and extending them to others: first a friend or benefactor, a “neutral person” like your UPS delivery man, and ultimately (if you are feeling brave) to someone who irritates you or has hurt you in the past. Lastly we extend the blessings to the whole world.

Increasingly some meditation teachers flip it, and invite you first to call to mind someone you love and offer the blessings to them. Then once your heart is warmed up, you can offer the kindness to yourself. Apparently this is because some of us have such a hard time generating that feeling of loving kindness for ourselves.

This inability to authentically offer ourselves kindness is a serious problem.  A major roadblock to being happy and present.

Because if we only stand with ourselves internally when we think we “did a good job” or “got it right” then our love is quite fickle. And we spend a lot of time trying to earn that external approval because we can’t depend on ourselves to offer it.

Here is your week three practice, recorded one evening al fresco out under the stars.

Loving_KindnessOutsideWeek3

We live on a street realtors describe as “a country lane in the city” which is near a creek and quite wooded.  Lots of bugs and an occasional car driving by find their way into this recording. You can use all those noises as an extra invitation to stay with the mantras– but if you find it too noisy feel free to try an earlier version here. 

And Now Choose Your Commitment!

Take a moment right now, a few breaths, close your eyes and feel into your body. What is the right commitment for you?

Could you do this loving kindness meditation for 10 minutes every day?

Or maybe 3 times a week? Or just once right now?

Share your commitment in a reply to the post. Share it with a friend or on social media (Don’t forget to tag me + use #summerofmeditationchallenge).

Remember there is no behind in the Summer of Meditation Challenge! Just begin today and set your intension for this week.

xo

Courtney

PS Applications are now open for my Soulpreneur Mastermind, a monthly group coaching program for women. Read more here.

SoulpreneurMastermind

Summer of Meditation Challenge 2016

Come on in. Feel the fresh and verdant air. Let’s detox your brain and nervous system so new ideas and iterations of you can bloom!

Join 500+ people from around the country who have participated in this free, 8 week online program to start or deepen a regular meditation practice. Enter your email into the box below to receive a weekly email with my favorite guided meditation practices + videos with tips for how to integrate them into real life. The Challenge starts Friday June 17th.

Xo Courtney


Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a popular blog on soulful living. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and MindBody practices as well as supporting other “soulpreneurs,” aka women who want to lead with heart in their work + lives. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

Summer of Meditation Challenge Week 2: Pernicious Thoughts + My Lunch with a Horse

Repeat after me: the goal of meditation is not to stop the mind from thinking.

Make this your goal and you are sure to fail. (And be mean to yourself along the way.)

It is the nature of the mind to think. We think upwards of 12,000 thoughts a day (that’s 1,000 or more an hour!).

Meditation helps us strengthen our attention muscle so we don’t chase the thoughts like a puppy but instead can stay with ourselves in the present. Which is where we have a choice.

Interestingly, in meditation, thoughts can actually be one of the ways the body is releasing stress.*

A thought in meditation is simply inviting you to into your practice. This is the very moment where you are rewiring your brain to be more resilient by choosing to notice the thought and return consciously to the present moment. There are many tools which bring us back, the breath is one of them.

Try this week’s guided audio meditation to detangle your thinking.

UntangleThoughts_week 2

Building our attention muscle in meditation we are more capable of noticing the painful thoughts as they emerge in daily life and creating a little distance from them. Which is how we grow our sense of freedom + agency in the face of life circumstance. Thoughts often position us as a victim.

Come home to the present and you remind yourself that you have capacities to respond creatively to life.

You are on your own hero’s journey.

What are some of your recurrent painful thoughts?

What are some of the painful thoughts you encounter regularly in your social context? Often people share their painful thoughts with each other without realizing. Rather than drinking in another’s anxiety… could you return to your breath and meet your friend or coworker with compassion even as you choose not to internalize their pain? This is a fresh form of thought leadership.

And Now Choose Your Commitment!

Take a moment right now, a few breaths, close your eyes and feel into your body. What is the right commitment for you?

Could you do this thought dissolving meditation for 10 minutes every day?

Or maybe 3 times a week? Or just once right now?

Share Your Commitment Leave a comment below. What you share may be just the inspiration another needs to hear. Share it with a friend or on social media. (Connect with me on Facebook. And don’t forget to use #summerofmeditationchallenge so I can find + read all about your experience.)

Until next week… where we will have fun with lovingkindness. xo Courtney

PS Read on for details about my recent Soulpreneur retreat and an upcoming group coaching option for Soulpreneurs.

*For more on this theme check out Sarah McClean’s book Soul-Centered.

Soulpreneur

We had such a beautiful gathering of heart-led entrepreneurs out at Shooting Star Ranch this week. Hearing all of the women’s stories about their businesses or dreams of businesses I felt like I used to feel back when I was a doula — each birth a brush with the holy. So too these dreams struck me as sacred and powerful. Women heeding that voice of wisdom which calls them to step out on their own, to create a container through which they can contribute their unique gifts to the world. If you are interested in this conversation please stay tuned about a new Soulpreneur MasterMind (a group coaching package) I’ll be starting next month. So much more to share about that. Details coming.

After the event was over I was cleaning up and sat down to enjoy a late lunch. This beauty ambled up to me and we shared a moment. Each of us chewing and held by the hush of the green forest around us. It was one of those moments where I felt deeply witnessed and grateful to life for its magic.

magic

LaCasita

Summer of Meditation Challenge 2016

Come on in. Feel the fresh and verdant air. Let’s detox your brain and nervous system so new ideas and iterations of you can bloom!

Join 500+ people from around the country who have participated in this free, 8 week online program to start or deepen a regular meditation practice. Enter your email into the box below to receive a weekly email with my favorite guided meditation practices + videos with tips for how to integrate them into real life. The Challenge starts Friday June 17th.

Xo Courtney


Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a popular blog on soulful living. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and MindBody practices as well as supporting other “soulpreneurs,” aka women who want to lead with heart in their work + lives. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

SUMMER OF MEDITATION CHALLENGE 2016 WEEK ONE (Now with videos!)

SummerofMedWeek1

 

To avoid the most common frustration I hear in my meditation class and elsewhere– let’s skip the sit all together today, shall we? No need to force your mind to be empty. Instead, walk.

And try out this delightful, simple, easy practice from Thích Nhất Hạnh, master of mindfulness and all things good:

Oui + Merci.

Listen here.

Oui + Merci_Walking Meditation

On the inhale you say “oui…oui….oui” and the exhale “merci….merci…..merci.”

We say yes to life. And thank you.

But wait doesn’t it have to be harder than this? Um, no.

Actually it turns out that being kind to yourself and treating this meditation project as play is so much more likely to open the space for you to grow into a new routine this summer. So if you need a metric, something to keep an eye on, rather than noticing how many thoughts you have (which are actually evidence of stress leaving your body…more on that next week) — could you instead observe how kind you are to yourself?

How kind are you when you miss a day of meditation? Or aren’t able to do your practice when you planned? Or find yourself distracted and in need of redirection to the mantra and the footstep?

Might you be even kinder to yourself next time?

Kindness is the secret sauce for any kind of inner growth.

And Now Choose Your Commitment!

Meditation reconnects you to your sense of choice and freedom in each moment: freedom to enjoy your life, freedom to be with what is here, freedom to begin again.

Engage your sense of choice as you design your practice this week.

Take a moment right now, a few breaths, close your eyes and feel into your body. What is the right commitment for you?

Could you do this walking meditation for 10 minutes every day?

Or maybe 3 times a week? Or just once right now?

Could you begin to play around with different times of day to see what works best for you?

If you already have a regular sitting practice, perhaps you want to add this in as an evening practice or before you sit?

Share your commitment in a reply to the post. What you share may be just the inspiration another needs to hear. Share it with a friend and on social media (Don’t forget to tag me + use #summerofmeditationchallenge).

Social accountability helps to make it real.

While the gold standard for rewiring your brain with meditation is 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks, the benefits come much sooner and even with smaller doses.

And the best meditation is the one you do. Oui? Oui.

And merci.

Courtney

Summer of Meditation Challenge 2016

Come on in. Feel the fresh and verdant air. Let’s detox your brain and nervous system so new ideas and iterations of you can bloom!

Join 500+ people from around the country who have participated in this free, 8 week online program to start or deepen a regular meditation practice. Enter your email into the box below to receive a weekly email with my favorite guided meditation practices + videos with tips for how to integrate them into real life. The Challenge starts Friday June 17th.

Xo Courtney


Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a popular blog on soulful living. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and MindBody practices as well as supporting other “soulpreneurs,” women who want to lead with heart in their work + lives. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

What Connects You to Your SuperPower? (+ My Secret Mantra)

Spiral Labyrinth Bouquet

When my hem is wet and water tricking down my parka and it is round trip # five in the rain to the minivan hauling nature bits for the spiral labyrinth which is our preschool graduation (now moved indoors) I have a little mantra I say to myself:

“I was in the Peace Corps.”

It is my own way of saying “Hey, Corina, you got this!” (Corina is my nickname and what I call myself. A throwback to my time in Nicaragua where “Courtney” comes out “Corny” in the mouths of Spanish-speakers and who wants to be called “Corny” for 27 months? So I rechristened myself…)

And in challenging moments some wiser part of me comes up saying, “Sweety, you forget what you can do. Sure maybe time is tight and you feel a little squeezed on the last day of school and so ready to graduate from preschool yourself after 7 years and 3 little ones. But take a breath. And remember. You hauled your own water. You lived on a volcano. And you loved it. When it wasn’t breaking your heart.

This is no different. This is life. The too-muchness of it all. And you got it. Or rather, it has you.”

My self talk isn’t always so kind. But I am grateful when this better angel of my nature shows up and reminds me to hold my own agenda with a light touch. Otherwise the day will be a blur and I won’t have had that moment to let the shift happen, to really feel into the saying goodbye to one era and hello to another. And that is not the way I want to live, at least not anymore.

So it has me wondering, dear one:

What mantra do you offer yourself to tap into your resiliency? 

How do you remind yourself of what you are capable of?

Maybe your story of discovering resources you didn’t know you had happened closer to home.

Maybe it was in the service of another: a loved one or friend.

Maybe it is happening right now today, as you contemplate a shift in your life or dare to name a transition you desire.

We all need inner touchstones which help us stretch back out to our rightful size.

I would love to hear your resiliency story or mantra in a comment below.

What you share may be just the inspiration another needs to hear!

Love + All the Good,

Courtney

PS Read on for details about the Summer of Meditation Challenge (a free 8 week training program) plus 3 live events I have coming in June. My Soulpreneur Day Retreat is more than half full so grab a spot today if you are interested! Click on each photo for full details + to register. xo Courtney

Summer of Meditation Challenge 2016

Meditation_Workshop

ParentingPotionswTitle

Soulpreneur

You Are Invited: Soulpreneur Day Retreat

Soulpreneur

Working for yourself can be such an adventure. Every day throwing open the window to new opportunities….

Except for the days when you really wish you had someone to talk to over lunch. Or when you work too late to prepare for a workshop or launch an offering on your site and the tea gets cold and no one else is around to see how very hard you hustle. Or when social media feels like a beast you must feed rather than a tool you employ.

Are you a woman entrepreneur who wants to serve others with your services and/or products?

Do you desire to lead from the heart in your biz and life but sometimes find yourself caught either in old workaholic patterns or stuck unable to launch your content out of fear?

Have Facebook and Instagram have become spheres which equally excite and torment you as you notice what others are creating in their lives and businesses (things you can’t help but compare to your own efforts…)?

Or maybe it is all going swimmingly but you could just use a little structure to your flow–  creating the comfort of waking up each day knowing exactly what to focus on, when.

So you can live the freedom that you desire– that core motivation which launched you into business for yourself:

Maybe you want to be present to your children and have a flexible schedule.

Maybe you want to travel and working for yourself opens that door (+ the tax write offs:)

Maybe you want to own your creative license– putting out content you feel great about without having to ask permission.

Or maybe you just woke up one day and realized you couldn’t fit in anyone else’s box anymore. So you created your own box.

And then one day you woke up and realized you didn’t even want to be in your own box anymore.

And instead that you wanted work which nourishes you as much as others.

Work that connects you to your deepest soulful longings and yet feels like play.

I so get it.

And the best medicine I have found for tempering the isolation and complexity of soleprenuer life is to gather with other soulpreneurs aka women who lead with heart in their life and biz and with whom you can share your struggle and draw in support.

So this June 21, a Tuesday, from 9AM-1PM I am hosting a Soulpreneur Day retreat at Shooting Star Ranch, just 20 miles south of downtown Dallas.

Our retreat will include a delish vegetarian, gluten free, and local/organic lunch as well as fresh herbal teas from my garden.

Each participant will also get a copy of The Conquer Kit by Natalie MacNeil, which we will use to guide our time together. So you leave with a real actionable plan for your life + work which is centered in your deepest wisdom and the support of this group.

Enjoy forest bathing, time to relax and a chance to get the big picture on your priorities. When we pause to shine our light first inside, the warmth and glow will naturally spill out into the communities we serve.

Price $97 (includes vegetarian organic/gluten free lunch + your copy of The Conquer Kit).

Space is limited. This will be a small group of women meeting at the intimate La Casita at Shooting Star Ranch so click on the button below and register today! (You can either pay via PayPal or using your credit or debit card.)

xo Courtney

Yes Please!

Photo Oct 01, 12 56 17 PM

Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

Rewild Your Life

OurTrinityRiver

This is not what I’m supposed to be writing. Now “supposed to” when you work for yourself is always subject to change.

The truth is I am much more of a go with the flow person than one who craves structure. But I have learned that creativity thrives with a constraint and thus the benefit of an editorial calendar mapping what I share via my blog. This keeps writing feeling light and not like something I have to do even if I don’t happen to be inspired.

On the Bird calendar today’s post is busting meditation myths to get you ready for the Summer of Meditation Challenge (a free 8 week online training program which starts in June!) And I’m actually super excited about that content which you will see next week but instead I want to share something else today.

So I am.

Lately I’ve been feeling possessed. Is it spring fever? I’m not sure. Hard to wrap words around it but with the turning of the season I am going a little stir crazy and yearning for more of a relationship with the growing things out my window —  that whole world of trees, plants and waterways, what indigenous communities call “the green nation.”

Last year this spring fever impulse fueled many a trip to the farm store and the hauling of animal troughs to convert to planters. I needed more growing space.

TroughPlanter

This year my garden feels nice and full.  Aside from adding flowers and seasonal herbs to freshen it up and helping my husband install a new flagstone pathway through the garden beds (something I have wanted for about 4 years — here I am getting back from a walk on the day our two tons of flagstone were delivered. You can see the stack to my right and the path meandering behind me.)

ContentCourtey

Yet I still feel restless.

So rather than taking on another big outdoor project I’m attempting both to feel this stir of spring energy and slow myself down to actually enjoy, relish even, time outside. 

To help encourage me to savor the outdoors I am doing the #rewildyourlife challenge. At least 30 minutes a day every day. For 30 days. Here are some pictures from this week’s rewilding activities ranging from an outing on Mother’s Day to the Trinity River Audubon Center, lemonbalm tea from my garden, and walks around our neighborhood.

Mudwalk

MothersDay

LemonBalmTea

VintageCarGladiolusLn

I’m curious, are you feeling Spring Fever?  Craft your own ReWildYourLife Challenge. How would you like to enjoy the shifting of the season this year? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear!

Warmly,

Courtney

PS Just two spots left for my Spring Clean Coaching Special (including two bonus sessions from a nutrition coach and a home organizer).  If you have been curious about coaching or feeling an inner nudge to get support in creating work and a life you love– this month is a great time to start! Just grab a free laser coaching session today to talk more. xo

Spring Clean

UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS

ParentingPotionswTitle

Parenting Potions is Back! Just in time for Summer join me at our local Oil & Cotton Creative Exchange for a popular class to help you find more freedom and choice in your parenting role + other relationships. Plus you will make and take three roller balls with essential oil potions to help you reset when pressure builds. I’m offering two times: come in the morning for tea (or grab a delish coffee at Davis Street Coffee Roasters next door) or join me for the evening class and enjoy wine and adult conversation. Full details + link to register below.

June 11 or June 18 Parenting Potions

$35.00

Saturday, June 11, 6-8pm or June 18, 10-12pm
Location: 817 W. Davis #110 Street

What is Your Parenting Personality? Do you lead (and filter) primarily with your head, heart, or gut center? Do you tend to lean into conflict? Or need time to retreat to regain your center? Utilizing a powerful tool called the Enneagram you can recognize your own dominant personality pattern and “de-velcro” from habitual approaches to life to instead find more freedom & choice in parenting and all relationships. Join Courtney to learn more about this dynamic tool + create three aromatherapy blends (in convenient roller bottles for easy application) to balance your mood and help you ground, open your heart, and clarify your mind. (Participants will receive a written guide with specific tips and practices plus the three roller balls with a choice of aromatherapy blends, and a carrier bag.)

*There are two class time options for this class. The June 11 evening class will include wine, you are welcome to contribute more drinks and snacks. The June 18 morning class will include tea, again you are welcome to bring snacks.

*Bring a friend and receive a 10% discount. If you’d like to bring a group please call or email for discounted rates.

Register Today

Also, the Summer of Meditation Challenge is Coming (a free 8 week online training program.) This year I will be adding brief videos to each week! Stay tuned for more details … the training will start in June.

Photo Oct 01, 12 56 17 PM

Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

Diggin’ this content? Sign up for weekly inspiration sent straight to your inbox!

  

Shine_Series

This Spring I’m writing on the 4 key myths I had to burn through before I was ready to really own my own juiciest goals. If you have a juicy goal I hope this series might help you clear out any inner obstacles so the goal can go from “out there” to “right here + totally possible.” xo Courtney

Myth #1: To Be Spiritually Awake Requires You to Stay Small

Myth #2: When You Are in the Flow Nothing Will Ever Go Wrong

Myth #3: Reaching Big Goals Requires You to Work Your *ss Off

Myth #4: It is All Highly Personal

Two of My Favorite Teachers + Austin Delights

Marion+Terry

When I find myself in rooms with wise people I always wonder the same questions:

Does what you do on the outside match who you are on the inside?

And more… are you happy?

Not in a fleeting way but in a deep, wholehearted way?

I have this thing about teachers. I am always hungry for a mentor.

Which drives me to attend many a lecture, meditation workshop, and conference. I’ve heard esteemed lamas, spiritual masters and prolific authors speak.

And often the answer to these questions would seem to be yes. In fact the more I move up the teacher food chain, the more irreverent and playful they become.

But other times I sense a dissonance — like maybe they are playing a part or have developed their intuition or spiritual dimensions at a cost to their bodies. And other times I simply feel an awareness that this teacher is not for me.

Discernment of our guides is a vital part of the growth process.

And in this season of my life I am clear that I’m not looking for a guru.

Or someone to mold me into them (been there).

I’m looking for teachers who are authentic.

Who help me be more of myself.

And who show me how to live with my weaknesses, vulnerabilities and honesty as part of the package.

I just got back from an immersion in the Enneagram + Body Wisdom this weekend in Austin. (The Enneagram = an ancient personality map and one of my favorite tools for transformative inner work.) The photo above shows me with two of the most gifted Enneagram teachers I know of, Marion Gilbert and Terry Saracino, who led the training.

We meditated. We did energy and body movements. We heard from panels of people sharing their experience of their personality type. We received live coaching from Marion and Terry to aid in identifying how our personality habits live as neural pathways or tracks in the body as well as how to soften and work with these habits.

And after hours and hours of all the above plus other trainings I can say with full clarity:

These ladies are the real deal.

I don’t hold them on a pedestal. I know they are full human beings with lives and relationships most of which I know little about.

But they are masters at holding space.

Space where I am equipped with fresh tools for how to work with the wisdom of my body rather than “pushing the spiritual bypass button” and somehow pretending that the signals and symptoms from my tissues are not intimately related to my life and path.

Space to connect with other people at various ages and stages who are also committed to this work in their lives.

And space to sit on a panel and share a piece of my story during which my chest began to vibrate. This happened at a previous training where I learned that shaking is evidence of the body releasing old or stored energy. My heart took advantage of that moment with the field of kindness in the room and Marion’s guidance to do some serious thawing. (I had gotten caught in a “freeze response” i.e. numbing my heart space as a way of coping with the intensity of the sensations. This tracks with my personality type (3) and is one example of how our type lives in our tissues. Other types are more likely to get caught in a fight or flight response. See… I told you this stuff is interesting.)

Now over to you… have you had teachers who inspired you?  

Who helped you grow into you rather than molding you into them?

I’d love to hear in a comment below. Warmly, Courtney

PS I know not everyone is as into the Enneagram as I am or has the time and resources to sit in a room with these beloveds. Which is one of the challenges which lights me up: how to make complex spiritual tools, like the Enneagram and meditation, accessible in everyday life for busy people. Because none of us is meant to do this awareness work alone. So if you could use some custom support or would like help identifying or working with your personality type, I have two more spots open for my Spring Clean coaching package this month. Reply to this email with questions or if you are ready to get started!

Below I share a few more pics of Austin beauty. For the fun.

Also, the Summer of Meditation Challenge is coming (a free 8 week online training program.) This year I will be adding brief videos to each week! Stay tuned for more details … the training will start in June. xxo

Spring Clean

ColoradoRiver_Austin

AustinCactus

AustinStairs

Also, the Summer of Meditation Challenge is Coming (a free 8 week online training program.) This year I will be adding brief videos to each week! Stay tuned for more details … the training will start in June.

Photo Oct 01, 12 56 17 PM

Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

Diggin’ this content? Sign up for weekly inspiration sent straight to your inbox!

  

Shine_Series

This Spring I’m writing on the 4 key myths I had to burn through before I was ready to really own my own juiciest goals. If you have a juicy goal I hope this series might help you clear out any inner obstacles so the goal can go from “out there” to “right here + totally possible.” xo Courtney

Myth #1: To Be Spiritually Awake Requires You to Stay Small

Myth #2: When You Are in the Flow Nothing Will Ever Go Wrong

Myth #3: Reaching Big Goals Requires You to Work Your *ss Off

Myth #4: It is All Highly Personal

Holistic Life Coaching for Lovers, Creators & Social Innovators