When did I become someone who takes pictures of my plate? I just get so proud of growing things, like these greens from our Rosemont elementary garden. And grateful.

There seems to be a pattern here. Every other week I encounter a sea of complications in my home life as I move through this series on core myths which keep us from our juiciest goals. Earlier this month it was my beloved down for 5 days with bronchitis, a blissfully rare occurrence in our house. (I credit his hearty German stock).

And this week we had a gas leak (!) and now our gas is shut off thus we have no heat while the plumber tackles a serious repair. Actually repair is not the right word. A replacement of 40 feet of gas pipe is more accurate. Add to that a second grader with a stomach bug turned cough and you hit the highlights.

In the past I might have pressed myself onward and felt an obligation to get something out because I said I would. But now I trust a gentler voice inside me. Which reminds me that whatever truth I have to share in my writing surely benefits from me knowing the difference between when to push and when to rest. When to stay up late and when to treasure platefuls of kale from the school garden and pray my immunity holds.

Today I choose to rest. Trusting that my upcoming post on the 3rd myth will be better for it.

If you missed the first two myths they are:

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

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

So instead of meaty writing I share a dose of everyday beauty. I have been enjoying capturing these and sharing them on social media. (You can connect with me on Facebook and Instagram.) In fact during the stressful moments this last month I have found myself drinking in comfort from daily pleasures. In some ways this is the psychic payoff of a year of shedding excess material possessions. Only my favorites survived the purge. Thus the beauty is forgrounded.

I share a few pics below. I hope they might spark you to capture and treasure your own everyday beauty.

Love and all the good,

Courtney

PS You will see that nature, green and growing things are a big part of what brings me comfort and beauty. That is one of the reasons I am so excited about this upcoming retreat I’m hosting at Ghost Ranch. I feel like I get the privilege of co-teaching with those iconic O’Keeffe mountains. Seriously just put yourself there and let nature, community, and my favorite mindbody practices help you detox and reset. I’ve expanded my bonus offer — details here. xo

You know those little bouquets you throw together, just to make you happy? This is one currently in my windowsill, the yellow flower from a broccoli stalk in the school garden.

Beatrix has the right idea.

Beatrix has the right idea. Midday Mammal Meditation.

Sundays are my deep detox day. And while I have a few basic guidelines for enjoying it (no or limited technology), prioritizing nature time and spiritual reading/community, increasingly I have come to orient around one question: what tastes like freedom? Probably a good question to live my whole life by, but I start where I am. Today I am making green ice cubes from the bumper crop of kale we harvested at the Rosemont school garden yesterday. Blended with mint, oranges, and apples these beauties will keep me in green smoothie heaven well into the spring. What about you? What tastes like freedom in your life? Xo Courtney ‪

Sundays are my deep detox day. And while I have a few basic guidelines for enjoying it (no or limited technology), prioritizing nature time and spiritual reading/community, increasingly I have come to orient around one question: what tastes like freedom? Probably a good question to live my whole life by, but I start where I am. Today I am making green ice cubes from the bumper crop of kale we harvested at the Rosemont school garden yesterday. Blended with mint, oranges, and apples these beauties will keep me in green smoothie heaven well into the spring. What about you? What tastes like freedom in your life? Xo Courtney ‪

This is what I look like this morning, no makeup just happy! I just purchased my airfare and car rental for a retreat I'm teaching at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico this April. I can't wait to commune with gorgeous mountains and the lovely women who are coming to learn my 3 favorite MindBody practices for de stressing (bonus they are all things you can do for yourself!) Ghost Ranch is surprisingly affordable as a retreat center so if you are at all curious (and in need of a long weekend breather) check out the details at www.courtneypinkerton.com/events

This is what I look like this morning, no makeup just happy! I just purchased my airfare and car rental for a retreat I’m teaching at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico this April. I can’t wait to commune with gorgeous mountains and the lovely women who are coming to learn my 3 favorite MindBody practices for de stressing (bonus they are all things you can do for yourself!) Ghost Ranch is surprisingly affordable as a retreat center so if you are at all curious (and in need of a long weekend breather) check out the details at www.courtneypinkerton.com/events

Upcoming Live Events

MindBodySpirit

Join me at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico for a special retreat.

Dates: April 7 – April 10, 2016

This workshop will be offered in the beautiful Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch (near Georgio O’Keefe’s iconic home) and include multiple mind/body tools to help you support yourself in and through those high-stress moments which are part of being a change-maker.The course includes guided meditations, lessons on tapping or acupressure, aromatherapy, ample time to hike and enjoy nature and as well as specific mind/body coaching techniques.

You can read all the details and learn more about a bonus gift offer here.

Price: Starts at $525 (including 3 nights lodging and meals.)  Register Today

I have also tucked in a few answers to common questions below. xo CourtneyGhost Ranch Q & A

How do I get there? Albuquerque and Santa Fe are the closest airports. You can take a shuttle from the Santa Fe Sage Inn or rent a car to drive to the ranch. (Bring a friend and share the car rental!) You can also read more detailed directions regarding the shuttle ($40 roundtrip) over on the Ghost Ranch website.

What is the menu?  Meals are served cafeteria style, with choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Menus include vegetarian entrees. A salad bar is featured at lunch and dinner each day. Ghost Ranch has a Farm to Table program using their own seasonal farm produce whenever possible. We also have our own kitchen at Casa del Sol if you need to bring your own food for any reason. Gluten free options are available for breakfast. (Email me for details.)

Can I come on Friday? Yes. We do have one group gathering Thursday night on the Change Cycle, but if you know you need to miss that one I can send you the handout and answer any questions ahead of time. Our Friday morning session (after meditation) starts at 10AM.

Will I have time to rest? Yes! Don’t let fatigue or the fact that you “don’t have time” stop you from participating as it may mean that you need the respite even more. Every afternoon is completely free to explore heart-thumping hikes (and views) or just to nap, journal, and chat with others.

 

Enneagram Workshop

For those of you in the Dallas area I’m teaching a special workshop at Sync Yoga on connecting your head, heart and body centers using the Enneagram. It is Thursday, March 3 from 7-9PM in Sync Yoga’s gorgeous new studios in the Sylvan 30 complex. Price $35 in advance $45 at the door. Details + Register HerePlus if you are looking to learn to meditate or deepen your practice join me Monday nights at 6:45PM at Sync. Xo Courtney

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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 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.

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This month 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


Love and all the good,
Courtney

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