It’s interesting how clues reveal themselves in order for us to see more clearly. That is, if we dare to look closely enough to notice them.
I recently meditated to delve deeper into a nagging sense of disappointment I struggled to shake and upon opening my eyes at the end I found myself staring deeply into a painting on my wall. I have various paintings in my house, works from friends or local artists, but most are personal paintings from a “time-piercing” layer in my life as a younger woman. The painting I found myself staring into was of woman standing naked and exposed, arms covering her chest. With the exception of red lips and the pale tip of her nose, her face is obscured by a wild tangled shroud of indigo blue hair as bursts of fire orange color spray from behind the entanglement likes rays of light strangled by a black hole. This painting always hangs near the deep inner chambers of my hive (my home). It’s personal to me because it is me. A self portrait I painted almost 20 years ago at age of 30. A woman struggling with her image and inner acceptance, her mind deep with intuition, her soul fire trapped and begging to emerge.
Another painting bears a signature on the bottom right - that is, it bears the word Signature, cut sloppily from a magazine like a ransom note begging you to investigate the perpetrator. Yet another of mine that hangs more prominently is of a beautiful horse, painted half black and white, a photo negative of itself, turned on its back with a hint of crimson red that oozes from its heart center when the lighting hits it just right (see photo shown above).
These paintings I don’t hold onto. They are not the past for me but rather they represent the duality of Inner Acceptance and the Betrayal of Compassion I commit within myself and to those around me time and time again. The more I come to understand myself in these paintings the more I grow, accept and admire what makes me “Me". These depictions in my paintings speak to the vastness of living a full life, of practicing compassion and identifying the confrontations within to better manage that which surrounds us. What amazes me is the accuracy my inner truth was showing me through the movements of my brush so many years ago.
And these paintings showed me recently that my personal pattern of disappointment is just that - a PATTERN. A pattern that shadows what I am (dynamic, powerful, feminine, savvy, and courageous) and highlights what I believe I am not (not good enough, not worthy enough, not valuable enough and more)
Disappointment, expectation and feelings of betrayal can create a constant mental visual "flash-card" in place of our view of reality. It is no different than the “virtual reality” toy of the 1970‘s (and earlier years) known as the View-Master. The View-Master was a hand held device that you looked through to view corresponding View-Master "reels", which were thin cardboard disks containing seven 3D pairs of color-slide images that each eye viewed separately creating the effect as though viewing real life through binoculars. As a child I recall how awesome yet weird those images seemed to me. They were real but not real, miniaturized, stunted, trapped and overly saturated.
This is exactly how I conceptualized my recent disappointment which I initially experienced on a professional level after a serious let-down by a women’s group I personally held in high esteem. This disappointment somehow seeped its way into my personal world and took hold - tapping into my roots of femininity. In business you move on if something doesn’t align with your Vision & Values but on a personal level our conditioning, those things that shaped us in our early years and which occurred before our professional lives, leaves us staring blindly into a mental View-Master, confused and let down.
To help shed light and wash away the false colors of my disappointment I decided to do a meditation I recently taught during a Corporate Workshop I hosted on Setting Intentions. I call the meditation “Emptying the Mental Garbage” and it helps to break down negative thought patterns, clearing our mental clutter to reveal (from a place of clarity) the true mosaic of what’s behind our false mental slides. The efficiency of this meditation always astounds me! In just 11 minutes the breath technique used in this meditation calms the Mind enough to help us to acknowledge (and clearly see) what no longer serves our growth and personal vision.
Just to give you an idea of how layered my disappointment was, I have provided a chronological breakdown of how my thoughts shifted in the course of 11 minutes.
My thoughts went from:
So here’s a good answer to solve the problem --- Don’t expect anything! Problem Solved! Right?
Exactly!!! and this takes practice and understanding. The description of the thoughts I experienced above might sound awful and sad - but getting closer to the truth can be such a relief. Most importantly it turns the focus COMPASSIONATELY WITHIN for deeper introspection - rather than putting it on something outside of ourselves we can’t control anyway!
The fact that I opened my eyes from this meditation to view my self portrait with compassion and understanding of my inner beauty, when for so many years it represented inner conflict, struggle and rejection was to finally witness my disappointment for what it was, A LACK OF COMPASSION FOR MYSELF, rather than what I wanted it to be ----> a failed expectation of someone else.
There are so many things we can be disappointed in and when you feel this way ask yourself what is really nagging you!? Meditate, follow the breath and see where it takes you. Join us in Kundalini class on Unbeaten Yoga Wednesdays to learn the tools and exercises you can use to clear the blocks and open your mind and heart. Working our Heart and Solar Plexus Chakras can help clear feelings of rejection, disappointment and self worth issues. The bottom line is this: When we better ourselves - we better those in our life. We lift them and they lift us and we interconnect as all things do in Nature, ultimately giving us Peace.
And it's important to remember - the higher we put people on a pedestal the greater the fall and feeling of vengeance and disappointment.
Yogi Bhajan once said, “To have no enemies is to have no friends at all” and the same goes with disappointment and betrayal. These things are a fact of life and to live a full life is to have Compassion and to have Compassion is to be HUMAN. And to be human is to manage our disappointments by working to see some version of ourselves in those we accuse of letting us down. It is something that tests me all the time and, I confess, I struggle with it often but I would rather work toward living a full life of compassion than a partial life of confrontation. Ultimately, though, each step helps me draw the line and to recognize what is skewed, what no longer serves and to make a decision for the compassion of myself in order to grow. There are challenges everywhere and there is adversity everyday - but the bottom line is this:
YOU ARE YOU no matter what.
YOU HAVE GRACE no matter what.
YOU HAVE IDENTITY no matter what.
Contact Margaret Lindgren, Owner of Unbeaten Path Tours & Yoga, to learn more about our private and corporate workshop offerings. Locals can join Margaret's Unbeaten Yoga Wednesdays class - every Wednesday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Gualala Dance Studio in Gualala, CA - Drop-Ins welcome! Contact us for details
Turn the page of our inner journal
The WHIMBREL (Above)
The LONG BILLED CURLEW (Above)
THE WHIMBREL - note the head stripes! Especially through the eye - their bill is also not as long at the Curlew
The Curlew - this is the largest of the shore birds and it doesn't have the stripes on the crown. Also note that its bill is longer than the Whimbrel!
THE MARBLED GODWIT (right) - is another that you may confuse with the above Curlew or Whimbrel… but they have a distinctive pinkish/black bill (that slopes upwards towards the heavens --- connect this hint with their name -the GODwit - and you have a clue to help you identify the species.
Marbled Godwit - winter plumage, upward sloping bill and long legs
Dunlin - Winter plumage - their dullish color is more uniform and they are not as bright white as the Sanderling. They are slightly larger than the Sanderling.
Sanderling - Winter plumage - Note the subtle blackish smudge on the "shoulder" along the top of the wing chord… and their head and chest are a brighter white than the Dunlin. THEY ARE EASY TO SPOT ALONG THE SHORELINE as they titter along quickly along the wave lines… their legs a blur as they follow receding waves, stabbing at the wet sands! They have a bicycle-like motion of their legs when they run quickly
Here is a great picture I found that shows the WESTERN SANDPIPER in front of a DUNLIN (in the back). Note: The bill of the DUNLIN is 2/3rds larger than the WESTERN SANDPIPER … and the Western Sandpiper is about 1/2 the body size…
In this picture below both are in winter plumage. The Eared Grebe is on the Right (back) and the Horned Grebe is on Left (front).
Eared Grebe Non-Breeding plumage ADULT
- Small, stocky waterbird with peaked crown
- Thin, pointy gray/black bill - NOTE how it almost points upwards near the tip
- Mostly dark gray with white on face, nape, and flanks - NOTE the distinction between their face and the clearly defined white vs black on the face of the Horned Grebe.
- Eared Grebe Rump/tail area often appear inflated and "fluffy"
Arena Theater Ocean Film Festival this coming Saturday, April 9th beginning at 2PM! Screenings at 2PM, 4PM and 7PM
Screenings at 2PM, 4PM & 7PM
ARENA THEATER OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 9th2:00 p.m. Family/Kids Animated Films - $5
- Ain't No Fish (4 minutes)
- The Great Wide Open (10 minutes)
- Song of the Spindle (5 minutes)
- Coralax (7 minutes)
- A Sea Turtle Story (9 minutes)
- Zoe and Her Adventures (3 minutes)
- Net Positiva (11 minutes)
- Whale Aware (8 minutes)
- TBD: Q&A with Filmmaker Lauren Gilberston (10 minutes)
- A Small Surfer Makes Big Waves (7 minutes)
- Cordell Bank: A Sound Investment (4 minutes)
- Feature: Sonic Sea (55 minutes)
- Domoic Acid Attack (3 minutes)
- Sanctuary in the Sea (18 minutes)
- The Cook, The Hunter, The Whales and Their Watchers (5 minutes)
- Feature: Of the Sea (55 minutes), includes Q&A with Filmmaker Mischa Hedges (15 minutes) Few California fishing families remain. In 1981, there were nearly 7,000 families; today there are only 1,800. To revive a fading way of life, Bay Area fishermen and entrepreneurs are exploring ways to support sustainably produced seafood.
All three screenings feature different films. Attend all with a $50 VIP Pass which includes local merchant discounts!
VIP Passes - $50 per person, Includes all screenings, discounted admission to Point Arena Lighthouse and other local merchant discounts. If purchased online before Thursday, VIP Passes may be picked up in Gualala at the Visitor's Center located at 39150 S. Hwy 1(west side) in the Forte Gualala building.
For Family & Kids: At nearby Point Arena Library, the festival will offer FREE ocean exhibits and children's activities Saturday from 11am to 4pm, with special presentations and free raffles for kids from 2:30 to 4pm.
214 Main Street
Point Arena, CA
All Saturday screening tickets are available in advance at
www.arenatheater.org or at the door.
On Saturday Evening, 215 Main Wine Bar sponsors a special Festival Reception with featured filmmakers. All Adult Festival Participants are invited to attend. Come meet the film directors. Donations are welcomed at the door and raffle tickets will be available.
On Sunday Morning, to complement the Film Festival, the Greater Farallones Association and California State Parks will conduct a naturalist-led "Wildflowers & Whales" Walk at Salt Point State Park, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Wildflower & Whale Walk*
*Contact email@example.com for $20 Walk tickets sold separately or call (415) 561-6625 x 315 for further information about ALL of these events.
Ocean-themed Indie Films; Festival Reception; Family Activities; Q&A with Filmmakers and Marine Life Experts; Great Raffle Prizes! Proceeds benefit the non-profit Greater Farallones Association's ocean education and science programs in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
Happy New Year! 2015 has started off with great success and our new Rack Flyers are now available!!!
The front of each flyer has our signature eye catching photo from one of our tour experiences and the backside provides wonderful overviews of our most popular tours along with testimonials from our guests.
Be a part of our progress! Contact us for your free Unbeaten Path rack flyers and let's make 2015 a year to remember!! We look forward to working with each of you!
Unbeaten Path participates in first ever Beach Watch training program along Mendo Coast with Farallones Marine Sancturary!
I spend so much of my time observing and touring the Mendonoma Coast that when I heard of the Beach Watch program I knew instantly that this would be a great way for me to personally contribute and give back to this special and significant region of the world. The Beach Watch program was an intensive 4 days (with more training to come). It was also a weekend of giving and receiving which is everything my tours with Unbeaten Path represent to me. I am honored and proud to have been part of this training as well as the ongoing efforts to survey, protect, and understand this coast. I have been assigned Walk On Beach and will be surveying this section of the coast on a monthly basis!
Click here to learn more about the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association!
Below is an excerpt of an article from The Independent Coast Observer (ICO) about the Beach Watch program and was written by Beach Watch volunteer and ICO reporter, Meg Kailikole. Thank you, Meg!
Twenty-two local volunteers were the first graduates of the Mendonoma Coast Beach Watch program sponsored by the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association in partnership with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, completing an intensive four-day training session from Nov. 6 - Nov. 9th. Graduates learned how to conduct a shoreline survey, to properly collect and record data on live and dead birds and marine mammals, as well as document human activity.
The data collected by Beach Watch volunteers provides a long tern database of information used by scientists and natural resource managers to study and help manage and protect natural habitats and wildlife …
Since 1993 Beach Watch has monitored 150 miles of California Shoreline from Bodega Head through Año Nuevo State Park Reserve in San Mateo County, collecting data on the abundance and distribution of wildlife and human use on 142 beach segments and adjacent waters. According to Kirsten Lindquist of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, the program is expanding from Bodega Head to Manchester Beach in Mendocino County, adding 61 miles and 16 new beach segments to its survey area. …
Connecting People to Place! Unbeaten Path Tours partners with Susan Routledge & Barking Rocks Studio for a Tour De Force!
Connecting People to Place, this exclusive tour provides private access to the work of renowned artist, Susan Routledge, and one of the most magnificent sections of the southern Mendocino coastline not normally accessible to the public. Tour with Susan as she takes you through her personal art gallery and working studio, view her custom art demonstration and tour areas of the estate as well as some of the works & collections of Millard Sheets! Please see our media brochure for further details. This is a one-of-kind tour for art, architecture, nature enthusiasts and Millard Sheets fans alike! WOW! Advanced reservations required for group bookings only (6 people min). Contact Unbeaten Path Tours by Telephone: 707 888 6121 or email us directly firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a truly moving, powerful and sensational tour. We are very pleased to be working with Susan and her Barking Rocks Studio. A total honor.
Protect the Field Station in Stornetta National Monument
Save the Point Arena Field Station by Preserving it in the California Coastal National Monument
For over two years the sale of the former LORAN station that is now surrounded by the national monument has been discussed with those of us who are partners with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on the California Coastal National Monument Point Arena Gateway Group. The buildings at the station are in serious need of repair and the rehabilitation costs are estimated at between one and two million dollars. Mendocino-Lake College District, finding even maintenance expenses in this exposed coastal environment to be a serious drain on its budget, actually initiated the proposed sale to BLM.
Everyone agrees that the state-owned tide pools of the station’s cove must remain inaccessible to the public. BLM has offered to protect this area with fencing and signage identifying it as a Special Study Area and closed to the public (as some areas of the Point Arena Unit are currently protected). Furthermore, the college is considering “reserving” access to the tide pools, legally blocking public access under trespass statute.
The valuable research and long term studies will be allowed to continue as a condition of the sale.
Additionally, several options have been identified that would reserve some of the buildings such as the classroom/lab building and the houses. This would reduce the $1.5 million sale price to some extent, although considering the poor condition of the buildings, they may be more a liability than a value.
An appraisal is now underway to take into account these various options. The college has determined that $40 to $50 thousand a year will be necessary to maintain the buildings once they are renovated. Even this expense is considerable for a facility that serves between 11 to 100 district college students a year. We hope that other academic institutions that use the facility will help defray these costs and allow the buildings to be preserved for education, research, field trips and for a full-time caretaker.
We would hate to see the college lose this opportunity to save and maintain this facility. The $1.5 million Land and Water Conservation Fund allocation will expire in December of this year. This funding will not come our way again. These funds were secured because of the national monument designation and all the outreach, advocacy and publicity that went into this effort. Furthermore a key decision-maker in the allocation of these funds, who helped make the acquisition of the Point Arena Lands possible, is retiring this year.
We urge the Friends of Point Arena Field Station and the College Board of Trustees to work quickly toward closing a sale agreement that would: Save the pristine tide pools; Retain the education and research; Provide funding to restore the necessary structures.
Let’s go forward to make this happen – Save the Point Arena Field Station!
Leslie Dahlhoff, Point Arena
Merita Whatley, Point Arena
Lori Hubbart, Point Arena
Susan Moon, Point Arena
- Check out Unbeaten Path's recent BOOK REVIEW of Jeanne Jackson's new book release and Mendonoma top seller!
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Unbeaten Path was recently interviewed by Mendonoma's very own Peggy Berryhill of KGUA 88.3 radio.
A very dynamic and interesting interviewer, Peggy and I had a great rapport and I was so very pleased to spend time KGUA's studio! Please listen to our session - learn more about what makes Unbeaten Path tick and WHY WE ARE UNIQUE
Listen to our interview HERE!
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