New Video + A Story I’ve Never Before Shared

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In today’s video I share one of the moments I remember the most about my time at Harvard. This video is number one in a two part series… so if you want to hear more about the elegant scaffolding for your dreams I mention at the end there, stay tuned for part two next week. (Click on the photo above to watch today’s video).

Also when we talk about dreams or desires for a new project or goal that are bubbling up in our lives, one of the things to notice is that our egos can jump in there and hijack the process.

Shutting it down for its size and scope:

“Moving to another country with your family? That is too ambitious, it will never work.”

Or

“Creating quilts?! That idea is so small it would never amount to much in anyone else’s life.”

And questioning your skills:

“Starting your own coaching business?!  You need to do it perfectly, or not even start.”

“Developing a blog — you don’t have the writing capacity or the consistency to pull that off.”

When it comes to the voice of our personality, we really can’t win. But dreams don’t come from the voice of our ego (which just wants to keep us safe and maintain an illusion of control.)

Dreams come from our soul. And they invite us into a life which fits us better than the one we are currently living. This process of perennial unfolding is part of what it means to be human, if we say yes to it.

But dreams they need space to breathe and mature.

So this is my invitation: is there something you are noodling with or listening for? This could be the idea for a new side business, or a community project like a garden in your neighborhood. It could be even vaguer than that, just a hunch or a knowing that you have creative contributions yet expressed.

Would you be willing to draw a sacred circle around this dream this week? Maybe you hold it in your heart and mind during a meditation. Maybe you take yourself on a nature walk and just let the ideas flow. Maybe you risk telling a dear friend about it and asking them simply to listen while you get your ideas out of your head and into your shared airspace.

I would love to hear what you do to honor the dream in your life. Leave a comment over on the below. It may be just what another needs to hear! And you sharing it may also catalyze you further in your process.

Warmly, Courtney

PS I have one spot left for a new coaching client to start this month. Check out all the fun Fall gifts here and schedule a quick chat with me if you would like a taste of coaching or are ready to get started.  The Soulpreneur Mastermind is one of the bonus gifts for one on one coaching clients, so you get automatic inclusion in this new group coaching program when it starts next month. xo

Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life 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. You can read more about her coaching options here or Courtney can be reached directly at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

Balm for the Over-Harried + New Fall Coaching Gifts

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When our animal body feels threatened it can hijack us out of the moment (our stress response) but I’ve also found the opposite to be true. When our creature-self knows it can trust us to take good care of it, it rises to the occasion: providing you with good health for the big presentation, clarity of boundaries for that difficult conversation, energy for meeting your beloveds and your work.

We are made of many parts, at minimum mind, body, and that ineffable spirit/soul. We are most present when we have access in real time to all three.

And small acts of kindness which seem insignificant can be a balm on our over-harried lives and reintroduce ourselves into our circle of care.

For me this looks like pausing to put ointment on a burn on my finger rather than ignoring the persistent discomfort. Prioritizing supplements which nourish my health. Enjoying a cup of herbal tea (my current favorite, lavender. Did you know you can drink it!?)

In this spirit I am so happy to present my fall coaching gifts. Fall is a grounded season and I was wanting something concrete and body-centric. If I could have sent you a bushel of fresh-picked organic apples, I would have done it. (Don’t think I didn’t look into that.)

But instead I lovingly crafted a wellness bundle for you including Red Moon Cider (a nourishing apple-cider vinegar tonic), a favorite sustainably harvested tea, dream-decoding and more. You can find all the details below.
xo Courtney

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Self-Care Bundle of Three Healing Potions from Red Mood Herbs

I fell in love with Red Moon Herbs doing research for our recent trip to the Carolinas. They create potent herbal products in small batches using quality, fresh, and almost all local plant material. I’ve selected some favorites as gifts this fall for new or renewing coaching clients: Red Moon Cider (a fiery tonic with 100% locally grown produce and herbs in organic raw apple cider vinegar and mountain honey), Loco for Local Herbal Tea (organic herbal tea from all North Carolina grown organic herbs, including: Red clover, Tulsi, Peppermint, Lemonbalm and more) plus an all-purpose balm called Green Wonder Salve useful for cuts, bruises, chapped lips, dry skin, insect bites, burns or other moments you need some TLC and a bandaid.

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Bonus Dream Analysis Coaching Session with Katie Wise. 45 minutes

Fall always strikes me as a moody time of year. A time for the inward turn, sloughing off old habits and watching them fall lazily to the earth like the leaves swirling around us. And when I think moody, interior spaces I think dreams! Katie is an absolute gem of a human and coach and a gifted dream analysis guide. She will not only help you capture and decode the helpful messages in your dream in this session (if you come with a fresh one you would like to discuss) but will also share with you her written dream interpretation worksheet which walks you step by step through how to start a dream journal so you can glean those nuggets from your deeper self as an ongoing practice.

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Participation in My Up-Coming Soulpreneur MasterMind

During the course of our one on one sessions together you may find yourself starting a new creative project, side biz or even entertaining a whole new employment option. So I am including participation in my upcoming Soulpreneur Mastermind as one of the bonus gifts for fall coachingclients. You can enjoy the audio lessons, hop on the live calls (one a month) for some group coaching, or enjoy the recording of the calls and guided meditations down the road at a time convenient for you.

Ready to Get Started?

My fall coaching calendar is now open for new or returning clients.

How it Works

We connect for two powerful 60 minute sessions a month
(minimum 3 months.) You get recordings of our calls + custom guided meditations, email support, targeted reading + gifts.

Plus all the Fall Coaching Gifts outlined above: the herbal potions, dream analysis session, and participation in my Soulpreneur Mastermind group coaching program.

Investment: $425/month.
Discounts also available for clients who purchase a 6 or 10 session bundle.

Curious to Learn More? You can read all the details about my signature Bird in Hand Coaching program here and what other clients have shared about their experiences here.

And better yet schedule your free 30-minute laser session to get a taste of coaching and ask any questions!

You can also send me an email directly at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

I have two spaces open this month for new or returning clients and would love to share these gifts with you!

All the good,

Courtney
PS. Maybe you have been following my blog for a while. If something in you is ready to feel better, to make the shift you know it is time to make, I hope you will reach out. September is the new January and it is a wonderful time for fresh starts. Let’s launch you into yours (with all these fun fallbonuses) together! Send me a quick email at cp@courtneypinkerton.com or Schedule Your Complementary Laser Coaching Session Today

Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a certified holistic life 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. You can read more about her coaching options here or Courtney can be reached directly at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

My Big “Aha” over the Summer Plus a Taste of My Two New Fall Coaching Offers

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Something happened to me recently which has never happened before. Read on for all the details (this post was written a few weeks ago as our family vacation in the Carolinas — pictured above — morphed into long summer days at home.) It turns out that rest can be quite generative! And so you will also find at the end of this email a taste of the two new coaching offers I’m opening this fall. Look for details next week on all those fun seasonal coaching bonuses when my fall coaching calendar opens for new clients. September is the new January– I’m excited to step back into the fullness of this coming year and to share it all with you.

All the good,

Courtney

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I spent so many years suppressing my urge to rest, I came to mistrust it.

Long after I have built a life and a business centered around intuition, meditation, and self-care I am unearthing another layer of self-deceit:

I think I have to drive the show (in my life + biz) or nothing much gets done. 

But lately all I feel like doing is floating through my days with my children enjoying the home we have created. Playing with the toys which require thick imagination, reading the Big books, picking back up with unwatched Downton Abbey episodes, listening to the toll of the church bells down the street and reclining at the neighbor’s house with the pool.

And more delights … Harry Potter (three of us reading this series for the first time in one house!), travel memoirs, Spicebush herbal tea (pictured above) made from ingredients I harvested on an edible landscape tour, white wine spritzer when the kids have gone to sleep. And the butterflies which show up, sometimes in glorious pairs outside my kitchen window, bright orange — flitting between my son’s mandarin tree and the zinnias i potted this spring with their bursts of red and yellow.

But can I trust myself to go over this edge? To float on these waves of doing as little as I can manage? Lazily dipping my hand in my biz, wondering what it needs to keep rowing forward and doing only that, one stroke a day. Sometimes one a week.

And my home– one extra household task a day to keep the tidy equilibrium is all I can muster on top of daily dishes and meals. Putting away two loads of laundry an accomplishment.

But will I ever return from the land of hazy rest? Or will I forever drift down this river and when I emerge be disoriented, wondering what happened to my life and my work?

Here is the strange thing: during this month of doing nothing and a social media fast I received: three new coaching clients, an invitation to teach a weekend long retreat in the spring, and a request to help design a wellness theme for parents and teachers at an area school. I’ve also been able to capture a handful of writing snippets as they emerge (you are reading one right now!) And I am enjoying appointments with existing coaching clients — showing up grateful for the quiet and the chance to be with just one person and to listen deeply, a respite from the multi-tasking which is my mama life.

In short something is moving, but it has such a different quality than my own ego-hewn sense of how work should feel.

It feels light. Driven by a fuel far distinct from my narrow-focused sense of the work equation: time at my computer screen = time of accomplishment.

As I sat yesterday and listened to my friend talk about her recent visit to a shaman (how do I find a shaman?!) I felt the world quivering at my feet: the grass moving and bending, the leaves dancing, the vibration of life surrounding me, this green nation converting sunlight to their own sustenance.

What if work could feel like that? As intuitive? As self-nourishing?

What if our love-affair with discerning our own work and offering it to the world was as simple as using the processes at our own interior disposal, chlorophyll and like, to create food. Food for ourselves yes. But leaves inevitably are food for other animals and fall, nourishing the earth.

I am coming to trust the river of rest and to know that there is an end to how long I will even want to float here. At some point it feels good to get out of the water when your fingers are all wrinkly to enjoy the rub of a towel warmed on the beach. And the hunger in your belly invites you to work again, to start the fire.

For this is what i am coming to learn: my yearning for Downton Abbey will fade, depositing me grateful and open-hearted in the real life web of human and nonhuman relationships where I make my home. My impulse to lay and read another travel memoir will transition to dreaming and research about an upcoming trip to the mountains of Mexico to celebrate a big birthday. I will eventually want to wash my hair and to cook a hot meal of fresh beet greens and basil and an omelette of goat cheese from the farmer’s market, all a drizzle with the Palestinian olive oil we got as a gift. And to reconnect to writing, coaching, and lovely you.

In short, rest deposits me back into my life. More awake to its subtleties. More grateful. I won’t get lost there, i can trust it.

And so can you.

Now many of my coaching clients are tired. Sometimes an early bed time or a nap is the next best step toward discerning the life that wants to live out of you. Other times that fatigue actually indicates that more activity is needed both in terms of moving your body in whatever way you find fun and risking sharing your talents with others.

I’m curious: what one step could you take this week to bring your rest/creativity relationship closer to equilibrium? Do you need more sleep to enjoy your days? Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier tonight and see how you feel. Or do you need to find some support to take concrete steps which bring your dreams + desires into the material world? Read on, I got you!

Wherever you are in the cycle of rest or sharing your creative gifts, if you could use some support finding your equilibrium I hope you will take stay tuned for my new coaching options:

One is an autumn-licious version of my signature coaching program (meaning in addition to the one on one coaching sessions, custom guided meditation recordings and other goodies you get some season-specific treats. (Think wildcraft herb-infused Fire Cider drink and a luscious bonus dream-analysis coaching session. For starters.) And the other is a new group coaching option launching in October, called the Soulpreneur Mastermind. What is a mastermind? It is like a combo between an eCourse (with audio lessons + written guides you download and enjoy at a time convenient for you) plus group support.

I’ll have all the details on those fall coaching bonuses next week + more on the Soulpreneur Mastermind shortly thereafter. But for today just a taste. Because when I came out of the water, it turns out I had so very much I wanted to share with you.

xo

Courtney

*This post is an excerpt from some new writing I’m working on for an upcoming book called Flourish: an OverAchiever Recovery Guide. You can look for more about this book + accompanying coaching program in 2017.

Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a certified holistic life 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. You can read more about her coaching options here or Courtney can be reached directly at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

My Favorite Pic of the Summer + What to Expect this Fall

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Birder* I have so much to share with you I almost overheated in my effort to stuff it all into this email. I felt like my kids who simultaneously present me when walking through the door with handheld nature treasures, homemade art or the stories of the day — all too precious to wait. They are bursting with the newness and goodness of it all and just have to share, right now. I feel that way about some writing I crafted over the summer as well as fresh content and many more details about my Soulpreneur Mastermind (think eCourse + group phone coaching program) which starts in October and fun, autumnlicious (yes I made that word up) goodies for coaching clients this fall.

But then i remembered the how is as important as the what.

That how I feel while working is as important as the content I create.

And so on this first week back in the saddle after a leisurely end to the summer (and in the middle of a kitchen remodel)

I just want to share a favorite moment from my summer, the pic above from an edible landscape tour outside of Asheville, North Carolina. My love of medicinal herbs and growing things in the garden is taking a wild turn and leading me into the forest. It was truly one of the more sacred encounters of my whole summer. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about it and other ways we can hold hands with nature in upcoming posts.

Be on the lookout for all that fresh content and special offerings in the coming weeks. For now I just want to say thank you for being a part of my summer.

All the good,

Courtney
PS I share more pics + fav resources over on Facebook and would love to connect with you there! xo

*Why do you have a nickname? Well as any creative will tell you the people who enjoy, read, or share your art are dear indeed. And I know I’m biased but the readers of this blog are some of the most interesting, soulful women (and a few good men!) I have had the privilege of encountering in person or through the interwebs. A powerful tribe. I call you Birder because like me I think you are out there listening. The voice of the soul is like a wild animal. And rather than stomping through the forest of our lives and scaring away everything timid and beautiful we pause. We step slowly. We listen for the birdsong.

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Here are some examples of what participants in the Summer of Meditation Challenge have shared so far. I love reading each one of your reflections — please add your thoughts today!

“OMG!!! I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful the impact has been on me. I decided to take on the Challenge in the most hectic month of the year for our family. I was feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and almost in a victim state feeling burdened with too much responsibility for my three girls while my husband had to work extra hours. When I read about your Challenge I decided it was the perfect intervention. I needed something. Through the consistency of meditation my days became so much more manageable. My energy increased (and I wasn’t getting more sleep or doing less) and I was way more grounded with my children, husband and my self. I even had to stop drinking coffee as my constant tiredness seemed to lift and the coffee was too much for me and I LOVE coffee but I just didn’t feel like I “needed” it.” Christina, busy mom, Bowen Island, BC, Canada

“Every time I did the suggested meditation, I was transported from a busy mind/body to a more still, comfortable place. It was a ten minute reminder of self compassion.” Lisa Baer Frederick, Art Activist, Rockport, Texas

“I successfully did two of the meditations – walking & pernicious thoughts. On the days I did those I felt both relaxed & energized. I liked your suggestion that the meditations can be done in small chunks during the day. I am very grateful for you and your passion for transformation!” Karen, quilter, life long seeker, Oak Cliff, Texas.

I would seriously love to hear from you. Plus you would be gifting future participants by letting me know how I could make the Challenge better.

You don’t need to have done all 8 weeks perfectly to complete the survey. That is in fact all part of the feedback:) Share with me which videos piqued your interest and why. Which audio meditations you tried. What you liked. How it could be made better. Even if you only tried one meditation one time, I want to hear from you. Here is the link to the survey.

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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 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 8: Finale!

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Click on the above photo to watch today’s video about the power of celebration. (Hint: if you naturally are drawn more to self-criticism than celebration, this one is for you!)

I am not a natural celebrator. I can forget if I am not careful to pause and drink in the milestones. (Correction: I notice other people’s milestones, just not my own. Click on the photo above for today’s video to hear more…)

But what we pay attention to grows.

It is the intentionality and care that creates a little ring around that moment and marks it as special. We celebrate with all our senses. In addition to the classic examples of a special meal, dessert, or glass of vino, even a lit candle or fresh bouquet can feel like a celebration.

Don’t be afraid to be generous with yourself.

Try this week’s guided meditation


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I have heard hospice nurses talk about how sweet & celebration-worthy everything gets at the end. Sunrise, sunset and the hours in between. So I hope you will notice one simple way you showed up for yourself this summer, had a new experience, learned something, were touched by nature or another poignant moment. Pause and drink it in. Even better plan a special moment for yourself, snap a picture and/or share your experience as a comment below or over on my Bird in Hand Coaching Facebook group.

And know that I celebrate you. Whether this is your first video or you have been with me from the beginning. Whether you engaged every practice this summer or just tried one that one time. (Or might yet try today’s guided meditation …)

I celebrate your curiosity, your feedback about meditation, your sharing the posts with others. And more than anything I celebrate that hunger you bring to life, to be faithful to your gifts, to contribute with a capital C, and also to know how to reset and care well for yourself when stress builds.

For we gain nothing if we lose our quality of life at the hands of our ambition.  Even if our ambition is about Serving big.

So it is my deep hope that you tuck one or more of these practices is your pocket. (You can see the whole review of the summer below.) That they might become part of your self-kindness repertoire. Not because you should but because they help you find your way home. And because that is the place from which you best share what you have with the world.

A bow from me to you,

Courtney

PS And with that I am off for two weeks of unplugged time. I try to take a digital detox every year in August, maybe you want to join me? But know come September I will be back with weekly mindbody posts and ready for new clients for my transformational coaching package. xo

“Thanks, Courtney, for your helpful meditations. I look forward to your Summer Meditation Challenge all year. You’re the only person so far that has been able to teach and inspire me to meditate. Thank you!” Margie

Thank you to Margie and others who shared their experiences this summer. The interwebs can feel lonely, I treasure your feedback and perspective. Please do take a quick moment to leave a comment below about how you enjoy celebrating and also about what you learned this summer in the Challenge. Who knows what you share may be exactly what another needs to here! xo 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. Even though this year’s Challenge has come to a close, enter your email to receive special meditation offers.

Xo Courtney


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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 Week 7: Find Your Core-Desired Emotions

Watch today's video to learn more! xo Courtney
Watch today’s video to learn more! xo Courtney

Do you ever feel like you spend your day pinging between anxiety, sadness, or anger without a moment to catch your breath?

Identifying your core-desired emotions is a powerful antidote. Today’s guided meditation (audio below) shows you how.

What are core-desired emotions?

They are those feelings you long to feel, each and every day.

For here is the important thing to know – something heralded as true by life coaches, neuro-scientists, and elite sports trainers alike –– often we chase external goals without knowing that what we really desire is how we anticipate feeling when we get there

Once identified, our core desired emotions work both like a compass and a filter. Try out different words: spacious, present, happy, grounded, rooted, playful, at ease. These are some of my favorites to get you started… Write that word on a sticky note. Begin to develop a relationship to it. When navigating choices try to pause + listen. Which option leads to more of how you want to feel?

This attentiveness is especially important because positive emotions can be subtle when compared to the steady drumbeat of the negative emotions which undergird our Enneagram personality type… be that sadness, fear, or anger.

If this sounds simplistic, great! Give it a shot anyway.  Simple does not equal easy. And this is one of the most important meditation tools to practice especially if you are navigating growth or change.

Identifying your core-desired emotions can be life-changing and fuel for other shifts, big and small, as you grow the activities, work, and relationships which make you feel really good and begin over time to edit out that which doesn’t. For what we pay attention to grows.

When I first started doing this exploration with core-desired emotions I was bummed to realize I actually didn’t even know what happiness felt like for me. Sure I knew about those big life-changing highs– but developing a relationship with everyday happiness, that was a bit of a mystery to me. Honestly I was just too busy. Busy pursuing credentials. Busy making sure other people were happy. Busy working. Busy trying to look good and to make it all look easy. I experienced happiness, sure, but it kind of took me by surprise + felt like a gift. I didn’t know how to grow it in my life.

Try today’s guided meditation to identify and grow your relationship to your own core-desired emotions.

Meditation #7: Find Your Core-Desired Emotions

A little backstory…

Several years ago in a period after leaving a salaried job and with three little kids I only knew that 1) I wanted to feel more joyful + present in everyday life 2) I wanted to write 3) I had no idea what this all meant. So I said no to any job opportunity that didn’t make me feel joyful. It took a while to really trust the joy -I was so used to pushing myself hard- but eventually I came to.

Sometimes as you might imagine I learned to trust it by ignoring my desire for joy and saying yes to things I should have said no to… Which only led to less joy until I reoriented. Eventually that feedback loop became very convincing + I started listening more on the front end.

I also came to realize that nothing external like a job or other’s opinions could make me feel joyful if I didn’t know how to “catch” simple moments of pleasure as they came down the pike each day. I still had to do some inner work, start a biz, get trained as a coach, and all kinds of other lessons as part of that time of transition. But joy led me, step by step. Still does. Getting clear about your core-desired emotions is one of the best ways I know to lead your life from the inside out.

I would love to hear the word/s you settle on as your core-desired emotion! If you try this week’s guided meditation leave me a comment over on the blog or reply here. Also feel free to share comments + questions about your meditation journey with me via Facebook. Who knows, what you share may just be what another needs to hear to truly lean into their practice.

*For more on core-desired emotions check out Danielle Laporte’s The Desire Map.

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.

Xo Courtney


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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 6: Use Breath as Your Ally

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As summer goes on I’m feeling an overpowering urge to hibernate with my little people, to enjoy Topo Chico (our favorite Mexican sparkling mineral water) with paper umbrellas, and catch up on Downton Abby episodes. Nothing noble happening over here, other than rest and unstructured time. It is the season for, as my son Coleman puts it, chillaxin.’

However sometimes something messes with your relaxation time: perhaps a thought, concern or feeling of tension in the body are intruding into your long summer days and disturbing your inner equilibrium.

Today’s practice is your ally for such moments.

This is actually the most popular practice I’ve shared with coaching clients and meditation students. It is adapted from the teaching of Marion Gilbert, a Body Wisdom expert and one of my favorite teachers from the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition Community.

Even when you are in a lot of physical or emotional pain, there is already a part of you which is experiencing a sense of wellbeing. This inner resource is like an oasis, and if you can train your attention to rest there it has powerful repercussions. Watch the above video for all the details and try the accompanying guided meditation practice (it only takes 10 minutes) today!

Here is the Breath as Your Ally Meditation which walks you through this practice.

As always let me know how it goes! Leave a comment below or connect with me on Facebook. xo 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.

Xo Courtney


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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.

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 experiences or questions with me as a comment to this post or 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 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.

Xo Courtney


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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: Let’s Take a Break + Jump to the Deep End

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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.

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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.

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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.

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