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August 19, 2019

Quiet The Mind

Take an hour to immerse yourself in the beauty of quieting your mind.

Unplug, sit or lay down, stop moving and doing.

Breathe.

I hope you enjoy.

Quiet the Mind.

Questions? Please email, jennifer@jenniferschelter.com

Join us Sept. 22, 11-Noon est for our next call – Back To School – Goal Setting.

All calls are free! Share with a friend and join the fun.


August 3, 2019

How Women Succeed Together

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Honestly, I’ve always felt jealous of women with strong female teams in the workplace.

How did they complement each other instead of compete? How did they have straight conversations instead of gossip? How did they negotiate, have each other’s backs, and share their best work?

Last year, I set the intention to create intimacy and learn more about the experience of female partnership in the workplace.

Thus, I want to introduce you to the success story of meeting Sarah Webb, my colleague, and collaborator on the Radiant Retreat 2020.

Sarah and I first met as Freshman’s in 1984 at Connecticut College. We said, “Hi!” in the dining hall and nodded to each other at parties. Friendly, but not friends.

However, in 2018, we happened to sit next to each other at dinner during our 30th Connecticut College reunion.

We talked. Really shared. We listened. We found out since graduation Sarah and I both completed MFAs in the theatrical and visual arts. Equally, we work professionally life coaching, lead yoga, and writing retreats/workshops, emphasizing memoir and meditation. Our conversation at dinner was a profound, and unexpected, happy connection and continued to develop in the following months.

In February 2019, while driving home from the Women’s Radiant Retreat at the Lodge at Woodloch, my gut said, “Ask Sarah if she’d be interested in assisting me on the remarkable Radiant Retreat, Tulum, MX!” I felt the need to take a leap and despite never formally working together, I called Sarah. Without hesitation, she agreed.

What transpired was an extraordinary process of preparation, working together during the retreat, and the realization that our voices and professional skills combined were stronger, highly effective and more supportive for the retreaters and our selves.

After a joyous and successful retreat week, Sarah and I committed to developing a partnership, and a new path of collaboration offering transformative creative retreats of writing, meditation, goal setting and yoga.

If you had asked either of us, “Why are you attending the reunion?” it was not because we were searching for new career paths, new business opportunities, or friends. We went to get to know our fellow classmates anew. We went to listen and share stories about what the past 30 years had taught us, the bitter and the sweet, how we had grown, and how we were still growing. We went with respect to where we had begun our young adult lives. And I went to pay tribute to, and celebrate, my beloved classmate, and life long friend, Bruce Sutphen, memorial.

Through each other’s presence and conversation, Sarah and I came away refreshed, and re-inspired. Re-educated, in a sense, getting to know ourselves through each other. We believe what has developed only because of a chance meeting, vulnerable conversation, trust, and a leap of faith has the potential to inspire others to consider attending a retreat (or reunion!). As well, to simply know we can begin again and meet new friends you never expected to need to meet.

We hope our story inspires you to join us on the Radiant Retreat and to reach out, share life stories because you never know the beauty of where your story will lead.

Kindest Regards,

Jennifer Schelter

Sarah Webb


July 18, 2019

Setting Effective Intentions – San Kulpa

IMG_1813Dear Friends and Students,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying summer!

As a community, I invite you to join me and my colleague, Sarah Webb, to explore the themes of the Radiant Retreat 2020.

What Is Your Heart’s Longing? – Trusting Your Path and Possibilities

Over a series of six free calls, we’ll set the foundation of the Radiant Retreat 2020 and begin the journey to Tulum.

Can’t make the call? Send a quick email note and we’ll send you a link to listen at your convenience. All welcome to attend the calls.

Our first call: Wednesday, July 17, San Kalpa – Setting An Effective Intention Click here to listen. We recommend you set a quiet hour aside to relax and let go.

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Sarah shares the San Kulpa Mudra. Don’t miss her beautiful explanation as to why it’s effective.

Mark your calendar for upcoming calls: Call in # – (712) 775-7270, Pin: 407949

11-Noon est, Sunday, Aug. 18 – Quieting The Mind
11-Noon est, Sunday, Sept 22 – Setting Goals
11-Noon est, Sunday, Oct. 20 – Why Write?
11-Noon est, Sunday, Nov. 24 – Gratitude
11-Noon est, Sunday, Dec. 15 – The Wisdom of Exploration

Bring yourself, invite a friend, and be inspired by the possibilities of this transformative and creative retreat.

Bonus: Refer a friend and if they enroll, receive $100 off your retreat.

We look forward to the quiet focus and discovery.

Thank you for sharing this offering with friends and family!

With Gratitude,
Jennifer Schelter
Sarah Webb
Radiant Retreat, Tulum, Mexico


December 29, 2018

How To Create Trustworthy New Year’s Intentions

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Recently a student emailed me and wrote, “…I feel horribly cranky, negative and overwhelmed. This time of year makes me feel untethered. I want to create New Year’s intentions that work and that I can trust. No pie in the sky. Can you help me focus my intentions and goals!”

Here’s my response (and what I practice).

Resolutions don’t work because creating an intention or goal from what’s not wanted, “I don’t want to be overweight” states the negative and the negative begets the negative and more resistance. When we state the positive with intent like “I’m excited to learn how to treat my body with respect” we have a greater chance of committing, and patiently learning new behaviors or skills.

In my experience, I’ve found it helpful to study the passing year with an eye for all affirmative behaviors, moments, turning points, relationships, activities, and work that created positivity, happiness and forward momentum.

By reviewing 2018 week by week, month by month, and writing honest reflections, studies show we have 90% more chance of following our own best advice and wisdom.

The process takes around two hours. It’s incredibly thorough. Don’t over think it. Have fun. Be open to what you find. Get comfy with a cup of coffee or tea. Be prepared with at least 10 clean pages in a journal or notebook.

The process is simple and enlightening:

1. Title the first page: 2018. Draw a line down the middle of the page. Write Positive – Highlights on one side and Negative – Lowlights on the other.

2. Review your 2018 calendar. Scroll through each week and month. Write the Positive – Highlights – people, places, work, or activities and the Negative – Lowlights. Take stock of each week throughout the year. Be open to this assessment providing an instant – Aha! Yes! No!

3. On a new page, title it: “Do Not Do”. This is a tip I learned from author, Tim Ferris. Read over the negative-lowlights. What no longer serves? What must end, or be faced? Write a list of “Do Not Do’s.”

4. Now review your positive – highlights list. Note: who, what and where is best for consistent happiness, joy, and fulfillment.

5. On a new page, title it: “A MUST For Happiness”. Make a list of all the MUSTS. List all the people, places and actions that are a MUST! Schedule potential musts – dates/times – on the 2019 calendar as soon as possible.

5. On a new page, title it: “The Top 10 Things I’m Super Proud of Accomplishing in 2018”. List them and if in a groove, keep going until the energy of accomplishment and celebration is complete. Give full attention to all happy growth and development no matter what size or shape.

6. On a new page, write and complete this sentence:

What I’m taking into 2019 is:_________________________. (Example: What I’m taking into 2019 is a relentless belief in my capabilities and courage.)

What no longer serves is:__________________________.
(Example: What no longer serves is self-doubt.)

7. Now take closer inventory. Write a list: Friendships, family, finances, career, love, health, spirituality, beauty, sex, philanthropy, quality of life, alignment with Self/body/mind – consider areas that matter to you.

Rate them between a 1-10; 1 being the least, 10 being the best experience.

Write about why; uninhibited, honest, without judgment, and take responsibility. With this data and information, don’t should your self or beat yourself up. Just note what is.

How would you like it to be? Why?

What do you need to learn this year?

If you don’t make changes, what are the predictable outcomes you take responsibility for?

8. Imagine life a year from now. Pause. Close the eyes. See. Really try. Consider repeating these questions to your self out loud:

Who am I becoming?

What am I providing in my relationships?

Who do I want to be around?

How do I need to spend time?

What does my perfect day look like?

What conversations do I want to be in?

9. Now zoom into 2019. Choose 3 specific areas you need to focus on to have the positive results you desire. What do you choose to focus on and accomplish? Studies show the fewer things we choose the better.

What are the positive, potential outcomes?

What do you need to do on a regular basis to get excellent results?

What must you stop, let go of or face?

10. On a new page, title it: 3 Games to Play.

Makeup titles for the 3 games you’ll play this year, like:

“The year I adore my body.”

“The year I take my career to the next level.”

“The year of Yeehaw! And being outdoors!”

Relating to 2019 as a game gives permission to the kid inside to play, and explore a happy ending. The inner child loves to keep a game going because it’s entertaining fun, educational and authentically fulfilling. The game and story may change but continuing to be positive, and curious as the year unfolds are intentions to bet on.

Write: My intention this year is to__________________, ______________, and _____________. Yes!

As my friend Lu Ann Cahn says, “I dare you.”

Here’s to 2019 being the best yet!

Much love and light,

Jennifer Schelter
Founder


March 8, 2018

Reflections On Beauty: Reach & Raise 2018

On Sunday, February, 25 we kicked off Reach & Raise in the Eagles locker room. 150 of us enjoyed the adventure. To register for Reach & Raise 2018, May 20th on the Philadelphia Art Museum Steps, click here and register with Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Below is the poem and reflections shared during the class.

“In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
Where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.”
– Rumi

4 Reflections on Beauty:

Take a moment to pause: Lay on the ground or find a comfy chair. Take a few conscious breaths. Do that now. Please do it. You’ll feel better.

The word “transform” means to go with your form, go with your beauty and light. Here are four simple things to reflect on:

1. Beauty is you trusting yourself, your gut feelings. You know your beauty is inside you. You have beauty. You don’t have to go find it. Your beauty is your brilliance, your consciousness, your inklings of ideas, seeds you have planted. You have greatness in you. Rest there. Beauty move from inside.

2. Beauty is your sacred quest. You are sacred, one of a kind. The quest opens inward. Know yourself intimately. Embrace your inner beauty. Dare to love your self or do what’s necessary to love yourself.

3. Beauty is knowing there are no accidents, that everything and everyone is a teacher. Appreciate with awe, how things are unfolding. Appreciate through your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, all your senses what you are learning. Release judgment. Grieve when needed. Learn what beauty there is to learn today.

4. Beauty is the appreciation of your fullest self. Your fullness your challenges, struggles, depression, joy and successes. Bring all of your self under the light of your appreciation. Appreciate where you are today and praise yourself. You are beautiful.

(Copyright Jennifer Schelter)


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