The Love Dog News

Issue #9 8/23/2010


Knowing When To Retreat

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"In Impossible Darkness

Do you know how the caterpillar turns?
Do you remember what happens inside a cocoon?
You liquefy.

There in the thick black of your self spun womb
Void as the moon before waxing

You melt
(As Christ did for three days in the tomb)

in Impossible Darkness
the sheer inevitability of wings."

- Kim Rosen -

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

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Message from Patricia

Dear sweet souls,

I don't know about you, but WOW summer is coming to a close and I still haven't really taken a vacation. We did get to enjoy a week in May in Wisconsin with family and will be attending a dear friend's 60th birthday party in the Grand Canyon at the end of September, but still, a summer Vacation??? A respite??? A time out???

I have certainly learned this idea, that is now deeply ingrained within me, that what matters most is what I DO, not how I BE. As children, we were taught, you can't play until all the chores and the homework is done. Your value is determined solely by your accomplishments. No wonder my own "to do list" could cover a tri-state area and my capacity to just "be" is still relatively limited. Perhaps this is also true of you.

Even at this "advanced "age of 61, there are still times my inner life looks like a greyhound at the starting gate of a race - protruding my chin and my whole being towards another goal - adrenalin running through my arms and legs, thrusting myself at full speed towards the future. Whew, this greyhound is getting tired and I'm not really sure I want to go to the next race. Perhaps I'd like to take a nap or hang out with my buds on the sidelines, maybe I don't even care if someone else gets the trophy.

Who would I be if I took a few hours or weeks or even a month to pause and hang out in the dugout before returning to the game renewed and refreshed? Who would I be if I didn't try so very hard to win the race?

Who would I be if I considered the possibility that I have taken breaks and I've survived AND even thrived all these years of my life? When I look back over 30 years of my career, I see that there were many times I have retreated, even for significant periods of time. We once took a 6 month sabbatical when we completed our work in Seattle and then in Denver after 5 years of intense teaching and training, we took a 3 month pause. Finally, when we moved from Denver to Santa Fe, we took an entire year OFF. These major pauses, as well as the regular pauses for massage or yoga or my own coaching, have been reviving me as I go. So, PAUSING has been a wonderful part of being alive and present in my work and life, though my poor mind and patterns have trouble remembering that.

Sometimes I am so busy riding on the treadmill that I don't hop off and ask myself, "do I want to be on this treadmill?' "Do I need to be moving this fast?" "Do I really want my life's trajectory to be about how much I've accomplished?

How about a rest - a pause - a stepping away from the daily grind? What would it be like if I took a breath and just remembered the me that lives behind all my roles? What would it be like if I said I wanted to pause and touch base and hearts with those who are part of my inner circle - family and friends that really matter to me? Who are those people, (and usually this is a small number of people), who are there for me when I am on "top of my game" and who are there when I am spending time on my butt or my knees?

Do I even know how to "be there" for me when I am not performing at my highest level? Could I find a place in my heart to love this one who wants a rest, a respite, a retreat?

So that's what's happening right now for the soul coach from Santa Fe. The husband is off for a 3 day retreat at a men's conference, and I am just hanging, just wondering about all the possibility that exists in this empty place. I'm not that used to "emptiness" but I do feel open to its invitation.

I have also decided that I'm working hard enough - seeing enough clients and taking in enough poetry - that I should really rest. Hmmm. We'll see what happens. This "enough" word is new - can I really decide what "enough" is or is it arbitrary and decided by the parents, authorities, outside of me?

Just now I notice that there is a humming bird sitting on the feeder out the office window, a grey squirrel and a few doves feeding at the large patio feeder. The new deck has a broken monk with a colorful scarf on his head sitting below the rock garden. Our golden lab is snoozing at my side

Maybe my life is a meditation, not a race... How about your life?

Here is a wonderful break that you might want to join us for. Soon, October 8th and 9th, Kim Rosen, author of Saved by a Poem is coming to Santa Fe at my invitation - perhaps resting now will allow me to prepare for the event more than the "pedal to the metal" approach I often take. By the way, I am attaching a flyer, in case this "happening" appeals to you. I'd love to share it with you, but either way, you are good enough and I respect your own knowingness about what is right on your Path right now, this very moment...

Please ask yourself - do I need some kind of retreat or vacation? If the answer is YES, please stop to consider is it a time out from work, is it a time away from everyone so I can return to my Truest self? When I review my day and my schedule -- where are the places I can take time outs that really replenish me. What is it that really replenishes me? Can I really bring my "best self to the table" when I am tired, stressed and cannot find my own inner connection? Your BEING is asking you to step away, even if it's only for a few hours, from your DOING... Can you hear its call?

You are dearly and deeply loved,


P.S. As a result of writing this newsletter, prior to its publication, we've just taken a 4 day timeout in Taos. What a delicious, adventurous sweet time it was. We ate at new restaurants, hiked, swam, went to the movies and took naps. Today, as I return to work, I am very present and I can SEE each client more clearly. Taking time for me is a gift to me and all those I touch.
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"Soon We May Be Kissing

There is dew on these poems in the morning,

and, at night a soft breeze may rise from them.

In winter, they are blankets.

In summer, a place to swim.

I like talking to you like this,

Have you moved any closer?

Soon, we may be kissing..."

- Kabir -

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Coming Attractions


Saved by a Poem:
The Transformative Power of Words
with Kim Rosen

An Evening of Mystical Poetry, Music and Inspiration
October 8, 7:30pm,
Cost: $20
at Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park East

A Day-Long"Poetry Dive"
October 9, 10am - 6pm
$130 early registration (extended to 9/10), $145 thereafter
at Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park East

Kim Rosen, MFA, author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words (Hay House), has touched listeners worldwide with poetry's power to awaken, inspire and heal. Her devotion to poetry plus her experience as a spiritual teacher and therapist are combined to create a performance and workshop you won't want to miss.
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Definition of a LOVE DOG
Rumi, the 13th century Persian Mystic, coins the term love dog in his ecstatic poetry. He says that a dog's moaning for his Master IS the connection with the Master. A love dog is someone who yearns to deepen their connection with the unseen world. This is the world of love, communion, inspiration, compassion, tenderness, truth, authenticity, emptiness and the Divine rather than the world of creating victory over another, deception, being right, or amassing fortune and power.

"Come, Come, Whoever You Are. Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come." - Hafiz


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About Patricia

Patricia has always been fascinated by the discovery of her own soul.  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 realizes she can work with only a limited number of people through her private practice. 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 purpose 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 tribe.
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