The Love Dog News

Issue #1 6/15/2008

The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.

Your pure sadness that wants help
is the secret cup.

Listen to the moan of a dog
for its master.
That whining is the connection.

There are love-dogs
no one knows the names of.

Give your life
to be one of them.

- Rumi - *

* Reprinted with permission from The Illuminated Rumi by Coleman Barks & Michael Green, Broadway Books, 1997
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In this Issue of The Love Dog News:

The Love Dog News is a free quarterly newsletter for those of us who long for love, authenticity, and truth. Issues contain messages from Patricia Flasch and Leading From the Heart, inspirational thoughts and stories, and tools to use in your life. Subscribe Now

Looking to the future, perhaps this quarterly newsletter could be a way to build community. We might want to create a networking board so that if you want to post a notice about something you'd like to create or share, you'd have another resource for doing so. I'd love to share a poem or a song.... And, I'd love to be open to what the universe may offer now that I've opened the door for the Love Dog News to begin. If you have collaborative ideas you'd like to share, please offer them by email to Patricia.

I offer this first newsletter in a Spirit of Tenderness and with all my love, Patricia

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Message from Patricia

Dear Sweet Souls:

I'm sitting here in Santa Fe experiencing a 'holy moment'. I was just realizing as I was coming out of my morning meditation that I haven't written a newsletter in over a decade. I see that it's TIME... I've missed it - this short opportunity to touch hearts. It feels as if I'm coming home. And, of course, as my mind has been known to do, the doubts come marching in.

"I don't think I have anything to say." "I won't communicate clearly." "Who wants to hear from me?" "Who has time for yet another e mail?" "What was I thinking?"

And, then I do as I always do -- bless the doubts. Bless the wounded little guys in the back seat of my unconscious mind. Thank them for sharing. Remind them that while they are welcome along on the journey because they are a part of me, they don't get to drive as I write. This newsletter is a place for my soul to speak.

I spend a few moments forgiving myself for these doubts and for all the doubts I've had since time began. "Ho o pono pono, Patricia. I'm so sorry for your doubts and the pain they've caused you this morning and throughout your whole lifetime. I am so sorry for all the times I've doubted you and gotten lost in low self-esteem. I am genuinely sorry and I truly love you. I love you right smack in the midst of your doubts and right while you don't know what to say. My love for you is eternal."

Ho o pono pono is a Hawaiian healing technique based on the statement, "I'm sorry and I love you." If you'd like to know more about Ho o pono pono, order the new book, Zero Limits, The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More by Joe Vitale and Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, © 2007.

The purpose of this quarterly newsletter is to offer moments of introspection for all those Sweet souls I already work with in the context of my healing hearts practice and to create a larger network of connected souls.

There is so much conflict we face every day all day in our world at war, in our country's internal divisiveness, in the larger world outside of us and the world inside our own hearts. Together, let's create something different -- a moment of peace and connection.

Let's pause a moment, right now, whatever you are doing, so that we can rest. Join me in a few cleansing breaths... Feel your connection to your body, to your heart, to my heart, to the heart of the world, to all that is. Let these few moments be a gentle breeze that sweetly touches your mind, emotions, body, and soul.

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Coming Attractions

Patricia's new book, Becoming a Love Dog - Sustaining a Deep Relationship with Yourself and the Divine, is in it's final draft. We are very excited about this new book and invite you to read an excerpt from the Introduction on the web site.

Leaving Your Patterns, Not Your Partners, Patricia's next book, is in it's first draft.

If you enjoy this newsletter, and would like to receive future issues, please go to the web site at to sign up. When you subscribe, you will receive a FREE copy of the 35 page article, The Vehicle of Self Compassion, on the dynamic system of self-management Patricia uses and teaches.

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Book Review

by David Chittak Caldwell

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (Penguin Books, 2006).

In 1993 Greg Mortenson, exhausted and disoriented, was descending from his failed attempt to reach the peak of K2, the worlds second tallest mountain. Mortenson became lost, but eventually stumbled into an impoverished Pakistani village where he was nursed back to health.

Before leaving the village, he asked to see their school. What he found was the village's 84 children sitting outdoors, scratching their lessons in the dirt with sticks. The village was so poor that it split the $1 a day cost of a teacher with a neighboring village. When Mortenson left the village, he promised that he would return to build them a school.

To fulfill his promise to the village, Greg Mortenson sold most of what he owned and lived in his car so he could save every dollar. He wrote letters to 580 people asking for money. His only reply was a $100 check from NBC's Tom Brokaw. He wrote 16 grant proposals but these fared no better than the letters. His luck began to change when a group of elementary school children in River Falls, Wisconsin, donated $623 in pennies. Then one donor gave him the $12,000 he needed to build his school. Twelve years later he'd built fifty-five schools in the area.

Mortenson uses knowledge, empathy, openness, love, compassion, collaboration with the locals, and lots of hard work to promote peace with books, not bombs, and successfully bring education and hope to remote villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Three Cups of Tea is an exhilarating adventure as well as the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world -- one school at a time. This is an American we can all be proud of.

Go to to learn more about the Central Asia Institute and how you can support their mission to promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Movie Review

by Patricia Flasch

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Abigail Breslin, Greg Kennear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, and Alan Arkin

Though this scrappy human comedy about the dysfunctional Hoover family came out in 2006, I'm choosing our first newsletter to review it because it was an honest path to laughs and it so touched my heart.

This smart, dark road comedy by first-time screenwriter Michael Arndt depicts a quirky family that we follow en-route in a dilapidated old Volkswagen van to Redondo Beach, California to attend the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant for 7 year old Olive. Olive (played beautifully by Abigail Breslin) finds out she's a finalist and gathers her chaotic family around her to support her vision.

Her father, Richard, played by Greg Kennear is a motivational speaker who wants the world to think he's the next Tony Robbins. Her grandpa, played by Alan Arkin, has been thrown out of his retirement home for shouting obscenities and shooting heroine. Her brother, Dwayne, played by Paul Dano, reads Nietzsche and has taken a vow of silence until he gets into the Air Force Academy. Her Uncle Frank, Steve Carell, is a gay academic who has just been released from a hospital for trying to commit suicide over the loss of his lover. Olive's mom, Sherill, played by Toni Collette, tries to hold the family together by sheer will, though her own marriage as well as Richard's career seem to be going to hell in a hand basket.

Some of the movie's most poignant moments take place as Grandpa coaches Olive to be a vamp for her performance at the beauty pageant. This is a place where the movie truly sparked my spirit.

This movie touched me because each zany, offbeat character is honored with humor and love. It is a wonderful reminder that when honored, the broad spectrum of humanity (and our own inner characters) with all our quirks and foibles, makes the tapestry of who we are so rich and lovable.

This is a must see movie/or even a must see twice movie.

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About Patricia

Patricia has always been fascinated by the discovery of her own soul and in her career as counselor, mentor, and coach she has spent a lifetime passing on her learning to countless students. It is Patricia's intention to be a hollow flute for Truth and Tenderness. In other words, to allow Truth and Tenderness to whisper in her ear and for her to whisper, accordingly, in the student's ear.

Patricia's realizes she can work with only a limited number of people through her private practice (which is currently overflowing.) Therefore, her new emphasis is to touch and inspire soul seekers through this newsletter, workshops and writing.

Patricia lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, David, and their new dog Rosie.

Patricia's mission statement:  To welcome the most willing souls on earth, the love dogs, into a partnership of truth and tenderness so they can leave their caves, stand in all their glory and celebrate with their tribes.
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There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.

There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.

You feel it, don't you?


** Taken from Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Patrica's newsletter design,  web site design and  maintenance, and technical editing provided by David Chittak Caldwell, Please direct technical suggestions, problems and questions to him.