Desert Messenger

April 6, 2011

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P��� 14 THOUGHTBUSTER.COM By Coach Louise Rouse Starting Anew No matter what temperature it is outside, spring is a marker in time. Every season has its message. We think of spring as the time to clean out closets, get rid of the old, to prepare for the new. One of my favorite memories is when I was vacationing in Bali. Something woke me up around 5 o’clock in the morning. I wasn’t sure what it was, however there was nagging feeling, urging me to get up. Like an inner calling beckoning me to run to the beach even though it was dark out- side. I tried waking up my husband to go with me. He wasn’t going for it. I tried waking up my sons; they weren’t going for it either. The inner drive was stronger than the rejection. I just had to go. As I started walking down the luscious path to the beach, I started hearing noises like birds chirping in the early morning. Only the noises were not birds; they were people giggling and laughing. Curious, I continued my journey toward the beach eager to see what was going on. The sun was just starting to cast golden rays of light. When I arrived I looked across the ocean. It was lined with beautiful smiles of joy from all ages of Balinese people. There were families playing in Pattie’s RV Park OPEN YEAR-ROUND! LARGE LOTS! 455 E. Main St., Quartzsite ~ Walk to shopping! - Propane Sales - Open 7days/week • 7am-5pm ~ Laundromat ~ RO Water ~ Thrift Shop ~ Propane 928-927-4223 Benefi ting Quartzsite’s No Kill Animal Shelter Check out the newly remodeled gift shop & boutique with new designer jewelry! 455 E. Main St. Quartzsite Open 7 days 9-2 951-764-6072 ���.D�����M��������.��� the water with their children, a preg- nant woman sitting in the water sur- rounded by young women pouring water on her belly. Elders were gen- tly splashing in the waves, while lov- ers danced and laughed caressing the ocean. Every direction as far as I could see, there was love on the beach. It was breath taking. I wondered,“What is going on here?” Is this how the Ba- linese celebrate their morning before the tourists come? As the sun slowly started rising, pour- ing sunlight along the waters, sunrise colors in the sky, I was mystifi ed seeing so much happiness in the wee morning hours. I asked a stranger near me if this is what they do every morning. He replied that no, this was a ceremony to -- celebrate a new moon. The Balinese Hindu tradition is to wash away all of their sadness, their frustrations, and their fears – anything that was bothering them from the last month to prepare them for the new month. They accomplish this through A���� 6, 2011 the joyful art of cleansing themselves in the healing ocean waters. I ran to the ocean and splashed water all over my body, playing in the waves in child like behavior. Happy and free, to join in the tradition of starting over. Each marker in time, like a new moon passing, is a chance to start over. May we be like the Balinese: let go of the past and begin with joy. Happy Spring! Coach Louise Rouse If you are having a hard time mov- ing forward, fi nding joy call for a free coaching session 541-821-6213. Coach Louise is a highly trained certi- fi ed Professional and Personal Coach graduating from the one of the top schools I.C.A. and a member of I.C.F. Coach Louise has completed extensive courses in Relationship Coaching with Relationship Coaching Institute and Coach Training Alliance in Coaching Singles, Executive Coaching, The Law of Attraction, Ministry and Meta- physics. RV & TRUCK REPAIR BEST AUTO SERVICE YOU CAN DEPEND ON! 585 N. Central Quartzsite Open Mon-Fri 8-5 928-927-8787 Johnny DelPino, Owner Pets & Children Welcome! Animal Refuge Thrift Shop

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