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A Story We Tell

I am getting a very late start on blogging tonight but for good reasons. Most of you know that Tuesdays are my crazy days so there was no time during the day for any computer work and tonight I was invited to a Landmark Seminar with a friend. The seminar was part of a 10-week series she is attending but she is encouraged to bring guests.

I won’t go into a ton of detail about Landmark but they offer educational programs to help people achieve extraordinary lives.

You start out by attending a three-day event called The Landmark Forum:
The Landmark Forum is specifically designed to bring about positive and permanent shifts in the quality of your life. These shifts are the direct cause for a new and unique kind of freedom and power—the freedom to be absolutely at ease no matter what the circumstance, the power to be in action effectively in those areas that are important to you.

And then after the forum you are encouraged to attend a 10-week seminar on a topic that is relevant to your life. A bit of continuing education, I guess. I am not going to launch into a whole recap of tonight’s seminar but here is what I left with…

Our view of ourselves is just a story with tell over and over. Let go of the view of yourself. See what becomes available when you let go of that view. We had to write down how we see ourselves, how family perceives us and finally how friends do. It was pretty rough and reminded me of something we’d have done in teacher training!

And with that we will transition into lighter topics!

I stopped by Energy Cafe for lunch between a yoga class and private. I had carrot ginger soup and a build your own salad with tons of good toppings.

Dinner tonight when I finally arrived home around 10:15 was a quesadilla with avocado, spinach, scrambled egg and whit cheddar. Sour cream and salsa on the inside once it was all cooked up. I accidentally bought full-fat sour cream and it is life changing. Soooo good!

I ended up taking a rest day because there was just no time to exercise. I can barely keep my eyes open as I type this so it is time to crash. Tomorrow is just as crazy as today…if not even worse! The good news is that I have some seriously exciting things in the works and I cannot wait to get you all up to speed soon!

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  • Tracy February 1, 2012, 6:44 am

    I have several family members who attended the landmark forum and they all LOVED it. Good luck!


    • Jen February 2, 2012, 11:36 am

      oh, i’m not sure if i’ll take the plunge but it was cool to learn about it and definitely something i’ll consider in the future!

  • Whitney February 1, 2012, 8:45 am

    How is Brandon doing? You haven’t mentioned him lately!

  • Clara February 1, 2012, 9:02 am

    That is so interesting, I’ve never heard anything like that before. It’s definitely made me think about how I view myself and how that my view can definitely be limiting in terms of what I’m capable of! I actually think my friends and family may see me as more capable than I see myself, so clearly there needs to be a change in my attitude!

    Very excited to hear your news! Have a great week!

    • Jen February 2, 2012, 11:37 am

      thanks, hope you are having a great week too!

  • Pamela February 1, 2012, 9:02 am

    My husband and I did landmark and it saved our marriage. I loved it! But I will also say its influences by ZEn Buddhism and its similar to yoga. I am finding my yoga teacher training even more transformative than landmark. Have a great day and some sleep! Xoxo

    • Jen February 2, 2012, 11:38 am

      oh wow – that is incredible! yeah, even in the first seminar i saw some similarities to things we discussed in TT.

  • Tiff February 1, 2012, 10:08 am

    Whew – I’d be worn out too! My bedtime is 9 through the week. haha, I know, I’m an old lady.

    • Jen February 2, 2012, 11:38 am

      omg, if only i could get myself in bed at 9 p.m.! 😀

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit February 1, 2012, 10:37 am

    Your food always looks sooooo good I can barely stand it. Can’t wait to see what you have in the works!!

  • Kira February 1, 2012, 11:00 am

    I find it really interesting how similar some of the secular self-help kinds of things are to some of the religious/theological/pastoral care stuff I read. I just finished a book by Ed Wimberley about helping pastors re-write some of the myths (“stories”) that have led us into unproductive behaviors or relationships. Very similar to what you are talking about above!

    • Jen February 2, 2012, 11:42 am

      it is interesting. i think that most people deal with the same “stuff” but look for answers in the places/things that resonate with them.

  • Casey @ oatsandnanners February 1, 2012, 11:15 am

    I was really excited when I read this post! I’ve taken a landmark forum course and it really is enlightening. One of the most profound things I learned was letting go of all the “conversations” we have in our head – conversations about ourselves, about others, about our strengths and weaknesses. Most of these “conversations” are, like you said, just things that we tell ourselves and come to accept as truths, even when they could be completely made up!

    • Jen February 2, 2012, 11:43 am

      yes – we talked about all of that in yoga teacher training too. we are definitely our own worst critics and totally “talk ourselves into” believing things about ourselves, our environment and situations that may not even be true or accurate.

  • Erica February 1, 2012, 12:59 pm

    I love Energy Cafe! I eat there at least once a week. Their pick two combo is great!

    • Jen February 2, 2012, 11:44 am

      such a good deal! what’s your favorite thing to order so i can branch out!? 😉

  • Mary-Catherine February 1, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Yummy eats, as always, and so interesting about the Landmark Forum! I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds awesome! Do you think you’ll go to more seminars or events? I just looked at their website, but no events scheduled in Tallahassee, so if you do go to more, I’d love to hear about what you’re learning 🙂

    Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

    • Jen February 2, 2012, 11:45 am

      i’m not sure if i will…i’m considering attending the forum at some point but now is not the right time!

  • Marty February 1, 2012, 4:42 pm

    Just be aware that Landmark is nothing more than EST repackaged.

  • Jen @ The Well Read Fish February 10, 2012, 12:49 am

    I too (like Marty above) am more wary of Landmark. I have not been to a seminar but had “friends” try to rope me in in a very uncomfortable way. I’ve heard negative cult-like things about it.

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