‘52 Ways to re­con­nect’

Hum­ber Vil­lage woman col­lab­o­rates with two friends on book about spir­i­tu­al­ity

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY DIANE CROCKER [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrock­er

A med­i­cal cri­sis that re­quired emer­gency surgery in 2008 led Veronica Con­nors onto a new path in life.

The Hum­ber Vil­lage woman said that’s when things re­ally started to change for her.

“When I came home I had al­most like an epiphany. It’s time to start liv­ing my life for me, for my pur­pose, shar­ing what I know.”

While stay­ing at home to raise her three chil­dren she started to take an in­ter­est in spir­i­tual life coach­ing.

So, Con­nors, who had pre­vi­ously been a teacher for the deaf and hard of hear­ing, de­cided she wanted to share some of her ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to help oth­ers.

“As a teacher, I re­ally be­lieve that I am a spir­i­tual teacher. That is who I am at the core.”

Her plan was to write a book, but she wasn’t about to do it alone.

Con­nors had spent a cou­ple of years work­ing with the for­mer Burin Penin­sula School Board in Marys­town and while there met Natalie Fin­lay and Florence Strang.

The friend­ship, with a strong mu­tual in­ter­est in spir­i­tu­al­ity, con­tin­ued after she left Marys­town.

Their re­cently re­leased book, “Soul Steps: 52 Ways to Re­con­nect with Spirit,” is a prac­ti­cal ap­proach to spir­i­tu­al­ity.

Each chap­ter has a story, some are per­sonal, some are about friends and some are about clients the three women have en­coun­tered over the years.

At the end of each chap­ter is a full workbook sec­tion com­plete with tools, ques­tions, ways that guide a per­son to prac­tice the emo­tional, men­tal and spir­i­tual tool talked about.

With Fin­lay now in Grand Falls-Wind­sor and Strang in St. John’s it took the women 10 years to com­plete the book.

Con­nors said they would have in­tense pe­ri­ods of writ­ing and then go away from it for a time as life took them in other di­rec­tions.

One of those di­rec­tions for Con­nors was to start train­ing as a spir­i­tual life coach in 2009.

Even­tu­ally, they would go back to the book with all in­di­vid­u­ally adding what they had ex­pe­ri­enced and learned.

Now that it’s com­pleted she’s proud of the book and in awe that they ac­tu­ally did it.

She’s also thinks it will help peo­ple.

“In a way, it’s a be­gin­ning, but in an­other way, it’s a com­ple­tion for the three of us.”

The au­thors will launch the book with a cel­e­bra­tion at St. Pat’s in Woody Point on Aug. 16.

It will fea­ture read­ings from each of the women and mu­sic by ta­lented lo­cal women — Brid­get Swift and Dahlia Waller, AcaBella and gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Kyleigh Bris­son.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Veronica Con­nors poses with her new book “Soul Steps: 52 Ways to Re­con­nect with Spirit” and her dog Ori­anna at her home in Hum­ber Vil­lage. Con­nors co-wrote the book with Natalie Fin­lay of Grand Falls-Wind­sor and Florence Strang of St. John’s.

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