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Nancy Rosenfeld Daly Nancy Rosenfeld Daly candid author. passionate speaker. peaceful warrior of change.

Nancy Rosenfeld Daly is a speaker, author, facilitator, and former CFO who merges neuroscience, consciousness, tribal wisdom, and business savvy to ignite discovery and change. [www.nancyrdaly.com]

In my work of speaking and facilitating, I am “out there” a lot. I love the energy exchange with clients and audiences. However, sometimes I can feel depleted of energy and need to refuel, renourish, and recharge. Nature and spirit help me refuel and renourish, and relationships recharge me with connections and aliveness.

When in nature, I feel expansive gratitude, especially when I’m at the ocean experiencing its power and dynamic life. Walking along the beach and saying, “I am …” then adding a description of the water brings meaning to the interconnectedness and presence I feel. “I am movement. I am powerful. I am change.” After seeing and breathing the ocean, my perspective of life calms down and everything makes more sense. I feel centered and refueled by peace and gratitude.

Meditating also brings me back to center. Through meditation, I feel energy, love, and guidance from a universe that’s larger and wiser than I am. Peacefulness results, along with clarity and direction. I feel centered and nourished.

In contrast with that quiet gratitude are the times I connect with friends. When dining, wining, talking, and dancing with great friends, the energy is glorious! Those active energy moments make me feel alive and connected to what’s most important in life – joy! I believe we’re intended to live in community, honoring the contrast of reflecting alone then coming back together.

I discovered the meaningful state of being centered and then connected while participating in a retreat for “quality of life” professionals. One activity involved taking a square block of Play-Doh, closing our eyes, and molding the clay while connecting to our highest spiritual self. When I opened my eyes, I saw that I’d created a ball with gentle thumb imprints in it, like a golf ball.

Next, we took a new block of clay to form with our eyes open, creating without thinking – just being. I rolled strands of Play-Doh and pressed the ends into the round ball I’d created earlier, making a structure with clay “hair” strands extending all over.

Then we asked ourselves, “What does this creation mean to me in terms of quality of life?” Finally, I understood! The initial round ball was my need to draw inward first, to be centered and whole. Yet I allow others to connect with me, inviting them in through many connections which take me out of my comfort zone to experience life more expansively.

– Nancy Rosenfeld Daly

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