Monday, November 03, 2008

Soul Coaching Day 2: Making a Commitment to Change Your Life

Day 2 of Soul Coaching is about commitment. As a freedom-loving Sagittarius, commitment isn't always my favourite word! But where I understand the power and (surprisingly) the freedom of this word is in its relationship to integrity. When I commit to living a life that is in alignment with what I value and who I truly am, I experience freedom. Have you noticed that?

And the more I think about commitment's association with air the more layers of openness I feel there must be within something I usually think of as binding. Perhaps another way that commitment is spacious is that it honours our ability to choose. In this respect, I particularly love that Denise points out that we can renew our commitments each day. In doing so it feels like a fresh start each morning. That feels like 'air' to me.

I was also struck by the fact that Denise explains the power is in the act of commitment rather than in what we choose to commit to. By making a decision and following through, we learn that we can trust ourselves.

Here are my commitments, what I can trust myself to do, today and this month:
  • One empowering act daily: I will go on a walk each day for the rest of the month. In doing this I will walk with the others on this journey who have chosen this task too :)
  • My Values: I wrote about my values here and the commitments I'm making to them.
  • What have you been putting off? I promised my body and spirit a trip to the spa and have been repromising every week for quite a while without taking action. I will book an appointment today and come back here to share that I have done so. This not only honours my commitment, my body and my spirit but also my values of celebration and love. Update: My spa appointment is booked - water therapies, a facial and a 3-course meal. Blessed Be!

What's will you commit to? You can still join us at The Next Chapter: Soul Coaching.


Anonymous said...

Excellent, excellent! you spoke so eloquently of how commitment relates to Air and the quality of choice. Ah. I loved reading it, it really felt soothing to my soul. Thank you!

Fatma said...

I too love the connection of commitment to Air and your

Thank you for the reminder of another thing I had been putting off - a trip to the spa. I am going to book it today and mention it on the blog. I actually wanted to spend this month doing extreme self care. Hmm, I knew there was something I was putting off.

BelleEnchanted said...

Beautiful collage, Jamie. And I loved how you've associated commitment with freedom - that's definitely something for me to think about today.

miss*R said...

your words always, always touch my soul Jamie.. thankyou
and a spa!! well done..!!

I am off to have lymphatic drainage on my sinuses - I guess that is related to air too!! (never thought of it like that)

Serena said...

Jamie, you have such a great way with words. Enjoy the freedom of your commitment....a perfect way to put it.

Btw, I really like your collage pic for today. :)

megg said...

SO??! Did you do it?? Come on! We're paying attention!!

Freedom of commitment... what a big thought that has opened up... THAT'S what I need to think about - the freedom! You are, as always, an inspiration!!


Tori said...

Hey, we're both Sagittarians! Commitment has never been my strong point either. I always tell people that I reserve the right to change my mind about anything. It's very important to me, because I am constantly learning new things that can change how I see the world.

I love how you equate commitment with freedom. At first it seemed like an idea I couldn't wrap my head around. The more I think about it, though, the more sense it makes.

Enjoy your spa appointment! You deserve it.

Genie Sea said...

Spa!! Lovely! :)

Aurora said...

so--we are both walking! so far so-ggod-- I have managed to walk 2 days in a row!

Sunny said...

Jamie - I just wanted to say that I love your approach to this subject and wish you and everyone else much success this month! :-)

Turtleheart said...

A spa day! Sounds lovely! What a wonderful gift to yourself.

This one is on my list but $$$ is a challenge. Perhaps I could scale it down to getting my very first manicure.

I, too, was struck by that paragraph stating that the power is in the ACTION rather than what we choose as a commitment. Now that you have reminded me of it, perhaps that is a quote that needs to find its way into my journal. :)

1,000 Faces of MotherHenna said...

Jamie, I am sooooo inspired by your art and photos. Every time I visit here, there is some amazing image that leaves me grooving for days! And thank you for hosting the Soul Coaching, too. I'm as inspired by Linn's work in this book as I was back in the 90's by Cameron's Artists Way!! Very cool!