How has your summer been?
You haven’t heard much from me in the last couple
of months because I’ve been wrapped up in my very
ordinary summer. I’ve been enjoying family life and
the theatre, the swimming pool and a couple short
road trips. And I discovered the delight of having
a hummingbird feeder at the window!
I used to think ordinary was boring and something
Until I began to realize the stuff that dreams
are made of aren’t really that snazzy or out of this world.
Ordinary life contains the moments we look back upon
with nostalgia and longing. An ordinary day contains
things like: fireflies; the laughter of friends; the
welcoming gaze of the beloved; hands to hold; trees,
hills and birdsong; hugs; even a sky that reveals
wispy clouds, streaming sun shining out of brightest blue,
rainbows, salmon-infused sunsets or a glittering
festival of stars.
The secret of happiness is to figure out how to stop
looking back at the life we failed to appreciate and
instead wake up to the wonder of those ordinary,
precious moments as they are happening.
Decades ago, one of my grad school professors introduced
me to a former student of hers, Dr. Samantha St. Julian.
I’ll be forever grateful for that day, because Samantha
became my mentor in waking up to the wonder.
Samantha helped me discover the magic in being alive.
She supported me in releasing inherited patterns
and habitual ways of seeing the world that kept me
from being fully present.
We wake up to the wonder of our lives by showing
up here and now, moment-to-moment, instead of staying
trapped in our old stories, fears and defensive
strategies. This isn’t a new idea of course, but most
of us struggle with living it out day-to-day.
Fortunately for me (and many others), Samantha
distilled her “waking up to the wonder” genius
into a teachable healing modality she called Synergia.
If I had to choose one person and one school of thought
with the most influence over the way I work as a professional
counselor, a Communication lecturer and leadership trainer
focused on Presence, as well a teacher of manifestation,
it would be Samantha and Synergia.
That’s why I’m incredibly honored and excited to
announce that Samantha’s asked me to co-teach Level One
Synergia with her this fall in St. Louis! I hope you’ll
consider joining us for one of these two-day workshops.
I’ve included a link with more information below.
(Incidentally, if you can’t make the St. Louis classes,
Samantha also offers classes in Kansas City).
Meanwhile, I’m wishing you the joy of many delicious,
sweet and ordinary moments.
Here’s a poem celebrating waking up to the wonder
of here and now:
Pray for the pause.
Hope that when
the tender moment
solid as a
hand in yours,
a backward glance,
you’ll notice it.
You’ll step into
breathe the primacy
for just a blink
of a thousand
while you stand
in one truth:
resting on your shoulder,
of that sky,
a silky sweetness
that lingers on your tongue.
into being just for you.
To unwrap any one of them
you only need
and be the miracle that you are.
It takes one
to know one.
©2013, Kimberly V. Schneider
For more info on St. Louis Synergia classes:
Love and Blessings,