Gratitude: More Than Just for the Season!

It is now October, the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a season that reminds us to think about what we are thankful and grateful for. 

But what is gratitude and how can it shift how we live our lives?

I looked up the definition of gratitude and found it includes three important elements:  Being Thankful, ready to show appreciation and willing to return Kindness. I was a bit surprised by this third element. Certainly, being thankful and showing appreciation were in my thoughts about gratitude but, being willing to return kindness expands this concept so much further. 

About a year ago I was strongly encouraged to start a gratitude journal and write down 10 things I was grateful for every day. At first, I felt like it was sort of a punishment, having to write out lines of what I was grateful for. I recalled It was like having to write lines on the board for chewing gum in class when I was a kid. 

Soon, though, I came to recognize that it was more than just making a list. It became a way to remember at least 10 things in every day that I experienced and thought about and was thankful for. It was a way to show appreciation through my pen and then also remember to show appreciation to those who showed me kindness. And it was a reminder for me to be kind to others so that they could have something to add to their gratitude journal. 

Don’t get me wrong!  There are some days where finding one thing, let alone 10 things can be extremely difficult, but consider this. When you have those challenging days and get through them, what have you gained? What have you learned about yourself that you may not have known before? What positive things did you learn about others that you had not noticed before? There can be some amazing insights from challenging days that you may never have noticed before if you were not looking for elements to be grateful for. 

Another piece to gratitude is the shift in perspective. You may have heard of the adage that you get more of what you focus on. Well that is very true when it comes to gratitude. If you are searching through your day for things to be thankful for you will learn how to find them. As you find them you will notice that there are more things in your life to be grateful for. The mind is an amazing thing. It wants to please you and find what it is you are looking for.

Practicing regular gratitude in my daily life has made a huge shift in how I see the world and appreciate things around me.

How do you think regular gratitude might shift your life?

If you are looking for help to start shifting your life to one that expresses more gratitude, please Contact Me to get tips and one-to-one support.

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First Steps To Reclaim Your Life With Coach Libby

Find Your Beginning Today!

Everyone has a unique gift to give to this world and it not possible to share that gift when you are stuck in fear, guilt or shame. YOU have something to offer the world! So for you, I have created Find The Beginning Package, which is presently 30% off to the first 5 individuals to sign up with promo code FIRST-5 . This package will help you get crystal clear about where you want to be & support you in taking the first steps to get there. Find Your Beginning Today! Please share this with a friend to join you on this journey!

Register Here !

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Find Your Path

It is possible to move away from isolation and pain once you find your path.

This fall take transformational steps to find your path to connection, peace and joy. The Find Your Path Package includes 7 sessions that support you to not only find your path but give you the vision that will support you to continue moving forward.

To see if this is the right opportunity for you contact Coach Libby for a Private Call.

If you know this is what you need you can get the details of the sessions and Register for this program now. It is only available until Thanksgiving!

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Network of Pillars

Help the Healer – Network of Pillars

I was inspired to write this article last week and jotted down the points I wanted to make.  There are days when inspiration hits you from all sides and you do your best to jot the ideas as they come fast and intense.  Then they really sink in on the days where nothing seems to click, like today, and you realize how much value was written in those few scribbled notes.

Network of Pillars

Those who are there when we are down, hurt or in a panic are healers on so many levels.  They slow down, give you all the time in the world, seek to understand and do their best to support you to a better place.  What happens to them when they are down, hurt or in a panic?  I know from my 2o years of experience working in crisis response that first responders and other healers struggle to seek out help, even though they are keenly aware of its value.  Why is this?  The individual may be afraid that seeking help will impact how others see their ability to do their job.  They may perceive it as a sign of weakness or just feel they don’t have the time to help themselves when so many others need the help more. 

I can sympathize with this from my own experiences.  As a volunteer and assistant trainer at the Distress Centre for Windsor Essex, I was drowning myself in shifts and extra training events.  My home life was falling apart and the work of training volunteers and helping those on the phones gave me a false sense of purpose when my life at home was devoid of meaning.  This happened again many years later as a full-time manager and trainer at Community Torchlight when funding was being pulled and there was huge shifts and pressures along with personal challenges with mental health with members of my household.  There were huge pressures, huge overwhelm and a fear that if I admitted I needed help that I would lose respect, lose my job and it made more sense in my stressed mind to find a way to get hurt so I would have a valid reason to escape real life and rest for a while.  In both cases, I was fortunate enough to have people who recognized that something was wrong.  My deepest gratitude goes to both Sybil Lowry and Katherine Johnson for being the people who stepped up when I was burning out.

This is happening for others. I am not an isolated case. Our network of supports are all burning out and suffering from compassion fatigue everywhere and the system is not set up in a way to give them what they need to fully get back on their feet. We need to find a way to create a safe space for healers to reach out and support each other so they can take the essential time to recharge, and find their footing again.  What I envision is a network of healer pillars in overlapping arches so when we need it we can step away and know our load is supported by the entire network around us.  The network creating a space that allows full recovery so we can come back and take our space again. Safe people to talk to. Those who will hold the space for you and support you to find what you need to go from empty to full.

Having my own independent practice I have the flexibility on a day that doesn’t flow to be able to move away from the desk, meditate, contact my supports, be in nature and all of the other things that I know will heal me so I can be fully present for those I support.   This is not the case for everyone.  What I am proposing here is an opportunity to create this network of overlapping arches to be that safe place to support those who are looking for a safe place, because we all need someone to lean on so we can Live Strong and Authentic Lives and not just smile and fake it.

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Events Moving Off Meetup

In order to streamline and make finding the events and groups I support easier to find I have decided to move away from Meetup and have everything on my new scheduling program.

Check out the Calendar for upcoming events and register for them HERE! or through the Schedule Appointment Button.

Let me know if you have any questions.

libby@listeingtreestudio.ca

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Reclaim Your Power – Recovery from Shunning Course Online!

https://listening-tree-academy.teachable.com/p/shunning-recovery

Start Healing From Shunning!
Register Here!

This course is for individuals who are being ignored, marginalized and/or shunned by their family, friends, community. You will be provided with:

  • clear definition of shunning
  • introduction to the reasons why this type of loss is more damaging than other forms of loss
  • receive validation for the physical, mental and emotional affect of being shunned
  • practical and effective ways within your control to start counteracting the negative affects of shunning

Who is this course designed for?

This course is for individuals who are being ignored, marginalized and/or shunned by their family, friends, community. This could be because:

  • you have been dis-fellowshipped, dissociated, marginalized, banished, exiled or excommunicated from our faith community
  • you have been ostracized because of your sexual orientation or gender identification
  • you have been marginalized because you are adopting ideas and beliefs contrary to those of your community

Coupon

If you are an existing client of Coach Libby and have an active Package Program with her or are pre-registrated up for Group Sessions, please email Coach Libby for your 100% Discount code to join the course for FREE.

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My Why – Vlog and Vulnerable Post

The written Post from Jan 31, 2019

For the past 2 years, I have been blessed to support individuals to Live Strong & Authentic Lives through my private Life Coaching Practice. I am also honoured to have spent over 20 years training volunteers and working frontline on distress lines and victim services.
Things have not always been as good as they are today. As a youth, I never felt like I fit. As an empath living in a family that I interpreted as being “emotionally constipated”, I sought the affection, attention and recognition that I could not feel at home. I had been cheated on by mates and was looking for guarantees. Then I found a young man who showed all signs of loyalty and his family and religious congregation welcomed me with open arms and loads of attention. I thought I had found the answer and all I had to do was reject my old life and embrace this new faith and lifestyle.
As you can probably guess this bright and shiny jewel turned out to be polished glass. Over time I realized how much of myself I had lost and the suppression became suffocating. No matter how hard I tried to be what they wanted me to be, it was never enough. I was even blamed for others indiscretions! My marriage was deteriorating in front of my eyes and without an education and my child depending on me, I had to do something!
I remember that day vividly. I was in the kitchen and had a glass visions pot in my hand full of spaghetti sauce. I was in a heated discussion with my husband. I quickly turned and crashed the pot on the counter as I screamed “ENOUGH”. It was not only enough to the marriage but also to the life I had been living. It meant everything would change. That day I lost my community, my surrogate mother (my mother-in-law) and my faith. Just like the visions pot, I had to pick up the pieces, clean up the mess and start again.
It took a while, but everything turned around for me after that pivotal point. With the help and support of mentors and coaches, I finished my honours degree in Psychology with two unofficial minors in Women’s Studies and Theology. I completed my solution-focused coach training and certification through the International Coaching Federation and started my private practice. Through my own self-development, I was finally able to see and accept the love and attention from my family!
So why am I passionate about the work I do. I know how immobilizing it is to live a life that is not my own and then to be shunned for choosing a life that is mine. Everyone has a unique gift to give to this world and it not possible to share that when we are stuck in fear, guilt and shame. I know YOU have something to offer once you have healed the pain and uncovered your life purpose. Many people that seek my services have felt the intense pain of shunning from their family, friends and community. In response to this, I have created a Free 30 minute Reclaim Your Power Strategy Session that I will be offering to 20 people in over the next 90 days. During this confidential time together, I will help you get crystal clear about where you are now in your recovery journey, where you want to be and that vision you want for yourself in the future. I will give you some powerful information to get you closer to the life of joy and connection you want.
So … Will you hold this vision for 20 individuals sharing in this gift?
If you know of anyone who is struggling with the effects of shunning or in building a new life, will you share this post with them? I would love to offer them this gift of Reclaim Your Power Strategy Session.

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Announcing Listening Tree Academy

Listening Tree Studio & Coaching is proud to announce the creation of Listening Tree Academy!  There will be a variety of courses available in the coming year.  Our first program will be launching February 22 and it is called Reclaim Your Power – Recovery from Shunning.   Pre-Registration is open now.

The benefits of pre-registering now:

  • access to the material prior to the launch
    • as a material is finalized it will be published and will be accessible to pre-registered students
  • permanent access even after the program grows and more content is added and developed
  • the opportunity to support the building of accessible and valuable resources for those suffering from shunning

 

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Workshops, Groups, Meet-up and Classes

Groups & Meet-Up Style Connections

Reclaim Your Power – Recovery from ShunningStart Healing From Shunning!

 

This course is for individuals who are being ignored, marginalized and/or shunned by their family, friends, community. You will be provided with:

  • clear definition of shunning
  • introduction to the reasons why this type of loss is more damaging than other forms of loss
  • receive validation for the physical, mental and emotional effect of being shunned
  • practical and effective ways within your control to start counteracting the negative effects of shunning

Who is this course designed for?

This course is for individuals who are being ignored, marginalized and/or shunned by their family, friends, community. This could be because:

  • you have been dis-fellowshipped, dissociated, marginalized, banished, outcast, exiled or excommunicated from our faith community
  • you have been ostracized because of your sexual orientation or gender identification
  • you have been marginalized because you are adopting ideas and beliefs contrary to those of your community

Coupon

If you are an existing client of Coach Libby and have an active Package Program with her or are pre-registered up for Group Sessions, please email Coach Libby for your 100% Discount code to join the course for FREE.

Walk A-Way for Good – Group walking meetup that provides release from the negative and makes space for the positive in your life.  Takes place the third Saturday of the month Rain or Shine, but not sleet.  Reserve your spot Here!

EX- JW – Kindle Your Own Spark Meetup – Group for individuals wanting to move forward from their experience with the WatchTower Society.  Happens the Second Saturday of the month in Belwood.  Reserve your spot Here!.

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