Last year I was introduced to using twelve images, picked at random, from twelve different magazines to intuitively help create my New Year.
Initially, I was intimidated. While I enjoyed going through the meditation process for each month that led me to choosing twelve different images, when it came time to get all those images onto one 5 x 8 card fear set in. I thought there was no way I’d be able to do it.
In the “normal” process of doing SoulCollage(r) we work with an average of 2-5 images per card. I say “normal” as there is no right or wrong way to do this process, just helpful hints and suggestions. But twelve images on a card? That really did seem impossible.
But I’m happy to report I did it!!…and was quite pleased and ecstatic that I did.
Well, then I was hooked, and repeated the process again this year, which I then also facilitated a workshop at my Joyful Pause studio this past Saturday on this very process which I learned from SoulCollage(r) facilitator, Andrea Thuler who lives in Switzerland.
Above is my card I put together for 2017, which I did a few days before I taught it to seven other wise and wonderful ladies. I have to be honest and humble here…I am in love with my card! I look at it and I can hear and see my soul with clarity, which is such a beautiful thing.
It speaks to me of my uniqueness in who I am, how I want to continue to dance more fully into who I am, how I find strength and courage from my rituals of meditation, yoga, and listening to my inner voice, how I feel the light inside me burning bright again, how my inner compass is my true guidance, and how I want to live more and more from that wild and wise person that I know I am.
But what lit me up even more was watching the participants in my workshop, half of which were new to SoulCollage(r) as they went through this process…and the revelations that it presented for them.
To watch as many began the process of letting go of what no longer serves them and finding the strength to step into who they really want to be….well, let’s just say, it was magical, priceless, and left my heart with a very good feeling, which still vibrates within me today.
I’ve walked the journey of letting go, and continue to… as like everyone else, I am a work in progress….which is perfectly OKAY…we are unfinished women, with so much more to give, finding our way to shine in this world.
One woman said of the experience, “My soul gained a little serenity today.” I wanted to weep with joy from that statement as this is the calling I’ve felt drawn to for quite some time now…
to help and encourage others to open to their own souls whispers and wisdom.
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Another pup up and rolling! Get along little doggie and roll, roll, roll!
I’m excited to share that Elmo is the 62nd dog the Frankie Wheelchair Fund granted a wheelchair to.
Elmo took right to his wheels as it seems most dachshunds do. You just can’t tell a dachshund that they can’t fly, because they are always eager to show you otherwise.
Elmo’s one ear back I’m sure is to help with speed in his new wheels and the other ear out to the side to help in navigating turns. Gotta love those determined and high spirited doxie’s!
And really good news about Elmo who was being fostered through Lovey Loaves Sanctuary is that his foster mom has become his forever mom! That deserves a spin around the floor in his slick wheels a thousand times over.
I know you will all join me in saying congratulations to dear Elmo!
Our Frankie Fund was also recently able to help a little dog named Wiz with a new saddle for his wheelchair. It seems Wiz was having an issue with his male part – and oh dear – even with a name like Wiz.
He had just gotten his new wheelchair, which has already set his caretakers back financially so they didn’t know how they could swing a new saddle so his delicate male part would be more protected.
Eddie’s Wheels contacted me asking if the Frankie Wheelchair Fund could help. And of course, we don’t want to keep a good man doxie down, so it was a pleasure to help.
While I’m on the topic of wheelie dogs today and IVDD, I want to take a moment to once again share two excellentresources regarding this disease.
I talked to a woman yesterday afternoon distraught after her 8 1/2 year old dachshund just had surgery and needed to know there is hope.
It’s a good reminder to share these resources I find so helpful and gave me peace of mind when my dear Frankie went down.
Dodgerslist is an online organization dedicated to educating the public about IVDD and helping pet owners whose pets have been given this diagnosis. I highly recommend signing up for their forum group and purchasing their three dollar DVD on living with, and caring for a dog with IVDD.
The other relatively new resource is an excellent and very detailed book with a splash of humor written by Kristen Leydig Bryant and Dr. Adam Christman called Honey Have Your Squeezed the Dachshund. Every dachshund owner, whether your dog had IVDD or not, should have this in their library. You can purchase it on Amazon.
Elmo’s wheelchair is custom-made by Eddie’s Wheels for Pets,- the company that I prefer and always refer when asked.
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My name is Barbara Techel and I enjoy encouraging others to live a more meaningful, joyful and purposeful life through the wisdom of animals, nature, creativity, and the intuitive knowing already in one’s soul.
What Others Are Saying About “Wisdom Found in the Pause”
Techel takes us along as she gently navigates the waters of grief and over- commitment and takes a self-imposed sabbatical to heal and seek direction. She teaches us that pausing doesn't mean stopping as she connects with, and draws on the wisdom of, trusted teachers and learns to listen to her heart again.
~Linda and Allen Anderson
I loved how Joie, the little special-needs dachshund Techel adopted, helped teach Techel, through both the life and loss of Joie, how important it is to slow down now and then and take the time to reassess.
This memoir reads like a meditative guide to life. The challenges faced and the lessons learned from Joie made a lasting impression on me. I feel enriched and inspired for having read it.
I have a shelf of books that contain nuggets of wisdom have helped me become unstuck in different seasons of my life; books I consider classics that I return to again and again. Wisdom Found in the Pause will take its place among these.
The book is a great reminder to us all to slow down and look inside for the answers we seek. Techel's writing is so honest and open, I feel like I know her innermost secrets.
I find Barbara has a way of touching all of our hearts, not only with how much she loves her dogs but with her way of teaching us how to find ourselves.