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Sunny Schlenger

Organizing for the Spirit
by Sunny Schlenger

Living soulfully is:

  • living in tune with yourself – discovering who you are and why
  • you’re here
  • knowing that everything is connected;
  • a lifelong adventure, and the best possible trip you could ever take!

I believe that appreciating your uniqueness is the sine qua non of living soulfully. No two people have exactly the same combination of talent and life experiences, and therefore there’s room for every individual to make his/her mark. Not just "room" actually; there’s a designated place for you at the table of life, and you’re not fulfilling your destiny if you don’t pull up a seat.

Living soulfully is the way to learn where your place is, and to take it proudly. By living with integrity, enjoying the present moment, utilizing your gifts and reaching out to others, you are nourishing your soul and keeping the connection healthy.

This is the basis for my Organizing for the Spirit program – a focus on who you are, where you are, the importance of taking pleasure in your activities, and giving to others out of gratitude for your blessings. Building on these four cornerstones enables you to manage the details of your life in concert with the vision of your soul.

Living soulfully allows you to stay in touch with that vision. When you feel disconnected from your soul, you lose sight of the big picture of your life. Day-to-day activities become overwhelming instead of fulfilling and it’s easy to be distracted by insignificant happenings around you. The art of managing your time and space has as much to do with the whispers of your spirit as it does with understanding the principles of organization.

How to Be Organized in Spite of Yourself by Sunny Schlenger

Since everything is connected, it’s important to look for the markers that tell you when you’re living soulfully. Synchronicities abound when you’re in flow with your Higher Self, and you see meaning where you might not have seen it before. For instance, the "stuff" around you becomes more than just "stuff." It’s all an extension of you; representations of decisions you have made in the past -- decisions that can be re-made in the present to reflect more of the person you are today.

Have you thought about what portion of your daily activities, and how much of your surrounding space is representative of your current needs and interests? At the end of the day, are you pleased with the choices you have made? Are you listening to what your soul is telling you?

Living soulfully involves uniting mind, body and spirit in the ever-changing present moment. It means sustaining a broader perspective that allows you to shift into patterns of behavior that are more supportive of who you are, and who you are meant to be. It’s opting for inner peace and hope and joy, instead of negativity and worry.

Living soulfully is not necessarily easy. It means surrendering to reality in order to transcend it. It means battling your insecurities and fears, so that you truly accept your own power to make a difference. It means appreciating the small things. It also means being kind to yourself, and knowing that in spite of everything, you're always doing the best that you know how to do.

Living soulfully is at the same time a journey and a destination. Like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," all you have to do is follow your heart’s path home.

© Copyright 2002 Sunny Schlenger.  All Rights Reserved.

Sunny Schlenger
Sunny Schlenger has been a Professional Organizer for almost 25 years, working with large and small corporations, non-profit agencies, and individuals to help them manage their time and space more creatively and effectively. She does personal coaching as well as group training and special project facilitation. Sunny also conducts The Happiness Seminar, a practical and motivational program on how to maintain a healthy balance in one’s life, and has designed an on-line corporate newsletter to help employees deal more positively with the stress that can be caused by time overload.

Her clients and sponsoring organizations have included Hoffmann-LaRoche, Lipton, Computerland, Kidder Peabody, Dupont-Merck, Pfizer, U.S. Navy, International Association of Financial Planners, Bloomingdale’s and The Wharton School of Business. She has spoken for non-profit organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Institute of Banking, the International Platform Association, the Maryland State Department of Education, the National Association of Female Executives and the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners.

Sunny is the co-author of How To Be Organized In Spite of Yourself (Penguin-Putnam), a Book-of-the-Month Club selection that is now available in an updated 10th anniversary edition. She has been profiled in such publications as The New York Times, Fortune, USA Today, Working Woman, Self, Success, New Woman and McCall’s. She has also been featured on national television broadcasts, including ABC’s "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee", CNN’s "Sonya – Live in LA," FNN’s "Money Talk", and Lifetime Cable’s "Working Women’s Survival Hour." Sunny appears in The Power of Flow (Belitz & Lundstrom) as a Flow Master who has learned to adapt the principles of flow to create an exciting and fulfilling life. Her next book, Organizing for the Spirit (Jossey-Bass/J.Wiley & Sons) will be released next year.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Sunny holds a B.A. in Social & Behavioral Sciences and received her Masters degree in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sunny believes in growth, achievement, renewal and joy – at both personal and organization levels. By combining specific how-to’s with dynamic philosophy, she has created a unique and successful approach to mastering the dual challenges of staying productive and feeling good.

Her website is www.suncoach.com.


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