Tao of Inner Peace Newsletter
Diane Dreher Coaching & Consulting, LLC
Seasonal Newsletter: Spring 2019
New Beginnings
A tree that reaches past your embrace
Springs from one small seed.
A building over nine stories high
Begins with a handful of earth.
A journey of a thousand miles
Begins with a single step.
                                    Tao Te Ching, 64

Over twenty-five centuries ago, Lao-Tzu wrote about new beginnings in the Tao Te Ching with a wisdom that still holds true today. From the smallest seeds, the smallest actions, new possibilities arise when we take one mindful step at a time.

The redwood tree in my front yard was planted years ago when Betty, who sold us our house, and her friend Rhonda, who lived next door, planted a “friendship garden” between their two houses. This tree now reaches for the sky in an enduring affirmation of friendship and hope. 
Small beginnings can lead to great possibilities. “A tree that reaches past your embrace begins with one small seed.” But it’s easy to forget this fact when we’re caught up in the day to day demands of our complex lives. Exhausted by daily distractions and all the disheartening conflicts on the news, we can feel trapped in the status quo. And yet. . . the wisdom of Tao, the wisdom of nature, affirms the cycles of growth within and around us, reminding us that we can plant new seeds of hope in our gardens and our lives.

A few days ago, I sowed snow pea seeds in my garden. Now tiny seedlings have begun rising from the soil. They don’t look like much but with enough patience, sunshine, and rain, they will flourish. I look forward to harvesting snow peas for delicious stir-fry meals in days to come and watching these small plants grow as a daily affirmation of hope.
This Spring, take a mindful moment to notice the natural world coming back to life—from the buds on nearby trees to wildflower blossoms on the hillside to the first daffodils blooming in a neighbor’s yard.

As you connect with this springtime of new growth, ask yourself what new possibilities you’d like to plant, listen to what your heart tells you to cultivate. Whether your goal is personal, professional or political, the process is the same. It begins with one small step that leads to another, generating powerful momentum to create new realities.

To begin this process, write down your goal, then take the first step to cultivate greater hope in this season of Spring.

For as the Tao Te Ching reminds us, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” 
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About Diane
I am a positive psychology coach, researcher, and best-selling author. My books include  The Tao of Inner Peace The Tao of Personal Leadership The Tao of Womanhood Inner Gardening:   A Seasonal Path to Inner Peace , and  Your Personal Renaissance: 12 Steps to Finding Your Life’s   True Calling .

My coaching uses the latest research in positive psychology, mindful listening, powerful questions, and other creative techniques to help people like you overcome roadblocks, achieve your goals, and discover greater joy and meaning in life.   
I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and a member of the  International Coach Federation   (ICF) a leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals. 

I am also a Certified MentorCoach (CMC) with the internationally recognized coach training community  MentorCoach LLC.

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Diane Dreher, PhD, MA, ACC, CMC
Diane Dreher Coaching & Consulting, LLC
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