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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Turning Inward

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Celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year and the Spirits of Nature

My friend Trish has inspired me to write today's post. She wrote: "I'm suffering from a deep lack of motivation (aka the blahs)... maybe it's the weather, maybe I need more veggies, maybe I need more sleep. For now I'm doing a little yoga, having a cup of tea, popping out my markers and notebook, and...It's time to nourish myself until the motivation moves back in full swing."

Congratulations, Trish! You are in tune with the turning of the season.

The Celtic new year is just days away with the Samhain celebration! Samhain (pronounced "sow-in") is the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter in the Celtic realm. It is a time of celebration before going into the dark time of the year, a time when the veils between the worlds are thin, spirits walk about, and intuition and visioning are enhanced.

In our Western solar calendar, Samhain (Hallowe'en) falls on the eve of October 31st and the day of November 1st. But in the ancient traditions of rural Ireland, time was marked by the cycles of the moon, so on a lunar calendar, Samhain falls on the New Moon, which this year is November 3.

Read more about Samhain click here!

Edie Stone, teacher of Celtic Studies, encourages us at this time to focus on honoring our loved ones and ancestors, releasing old patterns, and welcoming the New Year. She writes that the days following Hallowe’en (All Hallows Eve) are a soul-infused time, ripe for releasing old patterns and welcoming transformation.

Stone invites us to use this time to honor ancestors and loved ones, to journey to receive messages from beyond the veil, to release, heal and transform grief or loss.

In Native American Medicine Wheel Teaching, this is the time of the second moon of the Spirit-Keeper of the West. The Medicine Wheel represents the many cycles of life and this position on the west side of the wheel, like the Celtic tradition, teaches us how to travel between the different realms of creation and how to become a messenger for the spiritual aspects of life.

I use a Medicine Wheel as a useful tool that works towards maintaining and restoring balance. An animal that shows up in the Medicine Wheel at this time of the year is the bear. Bears teach us to slow down and reserve our energies.

Think of what the bear is doing at this time... preparing to go inward, to go into the dark. She is busy foraging for food to build fat to sustain herself throughout the winter months, nourishing her body with food that will carry her through the winter months and into the spring.

The sacred energy at Samhain is the dance of life and death that brings rebirth. Bear medicine also has to do with awakening from within. The strength of Bear medicine is the power of introspection.
bear hibernating
Bear Hibernating 
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Bear...invite me into the cave
Where silence surrounds
The answers you gave
~Jamie Sams

Use this time to allow your intuition to come alive and energize intentions for the new year.

Affirmation for this time:
As I wake up today, I welcome clarity and inspiration!

For more understanding of the bear, check out the Wildlife Detectives as they follow Lilly and her cubs day by day, and record her activity and post photos. I've been watching Lilly at this site for a couple of years. Currently Lilly seems to be trying to decide where to spend the winter as she goes from den to den. Click here to go to the site!

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Check out these books for more info on Medicine Wheels and the Celtic Wheel of the Year. I have both of these books in my library and refer to them for information that I post on this blog and my blog Celebrate Every Day 

Edited 5/1/17

Friday, October 18, 2013

Get To Know Your Customer Day

The third Thursday of the beginning of each quarter (January, April, July and October) is Get To Know Your Customer Day.  This is a day that happens once a quarter to remind us to put emphasis on getting to know our customers or clients.

Of all the businesses that you patronize, I wonder how many will tell you in some way how much they appreciate your business? I can't remember the last time someone let me know they appreciate my business except at Christmas.

The biggest asset to our business is our customer.

How Valuable is a Loyal Customer? 

Peter Drucker once said the only purpose of any business existence is the customer. Do you connect with your customers when you are not trying to sell them something?

"There is more hunger for love and appreciation
in this world than for bread." ~Mother Teresa

Here are some tips for showing customer appreciation:

Send a thank-you note to every client past and present. Do not attempt to sell them anything, simply thank them for the business.

Make connections by sending cards on special occasions including key dates such as anniversaries and birthdays. Customer Relationship Management tools help us recall family, pet names, spouses and significant others. Customers think we have a great memory and they admire the attention. Sending cards takes no time, little investment and pays a huge return.

Click Here for the Customer Relationship Management tool I use.

Here are some more Tips:

Pick up the phone and call a customer you haven’t talked to in a while or don’t know that well. 

Take someone to lunch or coffee.

Have a reception for a few of your customers. 

Our goal is to take dedicated time to build a stronger relationship with a few of our customers. People do business with people they know, like and trust.

Use the "comment" below to say how you let your customers know you appreciate them!

I appreciate you for reading my blog!

Updated 9/29/15