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On the morning after I arrived back home a friend came over and observed:

“You are like a tree which has been deeply watered.”

I paused. Yes that is exactly right.

I’m easing back into my coaching practice after almost three weeks of travel—first two weeks in New Mexico and then a powerful leadership training in Boston which felt like a homecoming. (I lived and studied in that fair city + neighboring Cambridge for 4 years).

And this time, I’m finally learning the art of integrating. (I say finally because normally, as in almost every other time, I slam back into my to-do list after a break– ending up grumpy and out of whack.)

This time I tread lightly as I tune back into daily rhythms, hoping that I might entice the space which has taken up residence in my chest and mind to stay with me. Forever would be good. Or at least until I next enjoy deep nature and rest. 

But I miss you, Birder. 

So this post marks the reanimation of my weekly blogs after the Summer of Meditation Challenge and my unplugged August. You can expect more in the weeks to come as I unpack the gifts of my travels and digital detox as well as open up my Fall coaching calendar and some new offerings.

But for today, a curiosity:
Where might you find soul space this week?

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My office which we converted to a studio is where I find soul space. Think bamboo floors and lots of morning sun.  A studio to write in.  A studio to read in. And to do yoga and meditate in. And to lay on the floor and play with fairy houses. (In case you are curious, the gnomes above are “moon gazing.” That is according to Perl who set them up on the roof. Sounds like a great practice.)

I’ll share more pics once we get it finalized but for now just know that it is my favorite room in the house and the setting I am sure for more good things to come. Plus there is a gorgeous orange accent wall for my books. Because if Pinterest is good for anything– it is good for helping you realize you always wanted to have an orange library.

And you, my lovely? Where do you find the space between the notes of your life?

I’d love to hear in the comments below, if it is a physical location, a time of day like a morning cup, or something cool I have not even thought of yet. Tell me. Xoxo


PS An “Almost Wordless” post is my name for one with lots of pictures and a few words or a question. As often happens I ended up writing more than I thought I would:) But I do hope the pictures of Ghost Ranch and the labyrinth at a near by hotspring inspire. More to come. xo

cropped-UpLevel-Filming.jpgCourtney 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 young children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at and you can read more about her coaching and teaching at

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