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Big Sister Talk

Big Sister Talk is a monthly Meet Up progressive group that is a sisterhood & siblinghood. It is available for the straight & LBGT-friendly, male & female community with Goddess energies. We want to offer support to one another & provide a safe place to discuss women’s issues. We will meet monthly at the location below. Please be respectful of one another’s views. The topics will change each month and we’ll discuss how to support what individuals are going through in the moment. Love donations gratefully accepted. None turned away.

Join us on these dates: Saturday’s 10am – 11am Jan. 3rd, Feb. 7th, Mar. 7th, April 4th, May 1st,

Looking forward to seeing you at our coffee klatch spot at La Madeline, in Northwoods Shopping Plaza, at S. Hwy. 281 N. & Loop 1604.

La Madeline is located at 18030 U.S. Hwy. 281 N., Suite 201,  San Antonio, TX

We have also have Big Sister Talk on FB. Please join us! https://www.facebook.com/BigSisterTalk

In love and light,

Betsey xo

Elizabeth Garland, M.S., MNLP, CPLC, CGRS

Big Sister Talk Meet Up Facilitator

Soul Nourishing Founder & Personal Development Coach

www.soulnourishing.com

210.218.2075

Copyright 2015 Soul Nourishing, LLC

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Hope as a Soul Anchor

 

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”  ~ Hebrews 6:19

“Never deprive someone of hope – it might be all they have.”  ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

What is Hope?  I cannot poke it. I cannot smell or taste it. I’ve tried to see it but have had no such luck yet. Expecting to hear chimes, I hear nothing. The closest I can come to describing it with my senses is the Place where Calmness, Serenity, Desire, Wisdom, Knowing and Intuition all blend together.  So, what is Hope to you?

Many people use the word “hope” just as they do the word “wish.” It is much greater than that. What is hope? The dictionary tells us that hope is “a yearning with expectation or anticipation.” The Greek definition of hope means “to be intensely expectant, to be confidently looking forward to something you fully expect to happen.” Do you desire something to be different in your life? To be better in the lives of your entire family? Do you desire to be out of debt or to help meet the needs of others? Hope or anticipation may be the anchor of your soul.

That got me thinking more about this symbolism and the metaphor of Hope. The anchor has been interpreted in different ways throughout history.  The Anchor is the Victorian symbol for Hope. Early Christians used the anchor as a disguised cross, and as a marker to guide the way to secret meeting places. The anchor was a key Christian symbol during the period of Roman persecution. The first century symbol wasn’t the cross; it was the anchor. Christians were being burned at the stake and thrown to the lions, so hiding their faith was important at that time. Thank goodness that doesn’t happen anymore! Yes, intolerance is a fact. However, acceptance and toleration of diversity in our belief structures and religions is more widely supported in modern society.

The Anchor symbol can also be found alongside a heart and cross in charms, necklaces, artwork, etc., as “Faith, Hope and Charity” or “Faith, Hope and Love.”  Sometimes these items are simply found in sets of three rings with just the words on the rings. I recall when my sister was going through surgery several years ago, I bought two necklaces, one for her and one for me, so that we could wear them during that time period and any other time when we wanted to feel connected across the distance. The mere act of hooking the clasps around our necks and wearing them brought good feelings to us both. In this case the charm necklace served as an ‘emotional anchor’, so that whenever we wear it, we get those feelings.

The word ‘Anchor’ is also defined as “something that serves to hold an object firmly in place.” An anchor keeps you from drifting. Hope can keep our soul – which is made up of the combination of our heart, mind, and body – at rest, safe as if anchored in the harbor. Where is your safe harbor? Is it a special place at home, or the home itself? Or is it your family or loved ones who are like family to you? Is it a place of worship or a natural place to meditate? Now, when the waves are crashing against your ship, and you’re in the middle of turbulence at sea, you do not want to drop the anchor and possibly sink. Let’s think about the proper use of this metaphor and how it applies to your life! The ship is the vessel that is allowing you to go with the Flow. It provides direction as well as support when one is in ‘troubled waters’ (i.e., anxiety, worry, doubt, depression, negative talk, avoidance, replacement, escapism, over-indulgence, self-destructive behavior, etcetera).

Hope keeps you steady. Hope keeps you grounded. Hope works with Direction and Support for you to  set and reach inspired goals. Hope is linked to the deeper pool of knowing vs. not knowing, and once you are ready, you may release yourself into it, allowing all to flow and to be available to you. Hope is connected to your Belief System or Faith, however you may refer to it: the Source, your Divine Self, the Greater Spirit, Oneness, God, the Goddess, the Light, the Universe. It is True and Good for you and that has value.

Please, enjoy Michael Card’s song, Soul Anchor, from Scribbling in the Sand: The Best of Michael Card (2002). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFNtVaJBJvM

In love and light,

Betsey

 

Elizabeth  Garland, CEO & Soul Coach of Soul Nourishing, LLC

M.S., NLPP, GRS

egarland@soulnourishing.com

www.soulnourishing.com

210.218.2075

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