Leaning Into 2020
“We might think, as we become more open, that it’s going to take bigger catastrophes for us to reach our limit. The interesting thing is that, as we open more and more, it’s the big ones that immediately wake us up and the little things that catch us off guard. However, no matter what the size, color, or shape is, the point is still to lean toward the discomfort of life and see it clearly rather than to protect ourselves from it.” - When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodrun
2020 has offered up an unbelievable range of sizes, colors and shapes of discomfort … with no end in sight. For most people the thought of leaning into those discomforts is a tall order. Did you know that at-home sales of alcohol have risen 27% since the start of the pandemic?
As tempting and even intuitive as it may be to try to protect ourselves from the daily gauntlet of challenges and disappointments that seem to be 2020’s specialty, I personally can attest that there is no lasting value or benefit to doing so. On the contrary, numbing ourselves – building walls around our heart centers – impedes the potential for good, for healing, for possibility, for the grace inherent in even the direst situations.
Here are a few suggestions:
Consider that these really are extraordinary times, extraordinary circumstances that are asking a lot of us. There’s a learning curve here that’s been unfolding day by day – sometimes moment by moment. Be gentle with yourself and any missteps along the way.
Be honest with yourself about what and how you’re feeling. The more we ignore feelings and emotions that may be heavy or hard to hold the deeper, stronger and more influential they can become.
Maintaining a façade of invulnerability takes tremendous energy. Select a few really special friends/family members you can trust with your real self, warts and all, and be yourself with them.
Write your genuine feelings down on unlined paper, with a pen, regularly.
Move your body.
If you’re on Zoom a lot, make the extra effort to occasionally direct your gaze at the camera instead of the screen so the person you’re speaking with experiences eye contact. Ask others to do the same for you.
Fill your inbox, ears and mind with stories about and from uplifting people and situations. Yes, they’re out there!
Laugh as heartily and often as possible.
If you’re struggling, please don’t wait to reach out. Video sessions bring an entire world of resources directly to you. If you have questions regarding how my work in particular can be of service to you, please call or email.
Until next month, remember that in spite of all evidence to the contrary, all is moving toward the good…
A Higher Perspective
2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite 254
San Ramon, CA 94583
Happy to report that my office survived the Great August 2020 Indoor Waterfall incident. Thank you for all the kind words and good wishes in this regard. It was one unsettling experience among many this year. I guess that muscle in me needs lots of exercise.
Tapping the Panic Out of Pandemic
I’m happy to share an excellent resource from a trusted colleague for navigating these uncertain times.
Tapping the Panic Out of Pandemic is an inexpensive eBook, just $3.99.
This short eBook demystifies the survival brain. It also gives you all the basics of tapping in an easy-to-read format.
Just 5 minutes a day with this practice can totally change your life.
Calm your brain
Move beyond the panic, irritation, and fear that so many of us have been feeling lately
Remove old programming that no longer serves you
Tap into your intuition and inner knowing
Shift from surviving to thriving
The author, Mary Sise, LCSW, is donating all the book’s profits to the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), the professional organization I belong to that supports training, humanitarian work, research and ethical practice for energy psychology.
Grab your copy here: Tapping the Panic Out of Pandemic
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In May, I had the great pleasure of chatting with renowned fertility specialist Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh about the mind-body-spirit connection to fertility on her weekly video and podcast. Access via www.draimee.org or The Egg Whisperer Show channel on YouTube.
In keeping with Shelter in Place edicts, I have temporarily switched to video chat and phone sessions exclusively. I've been using these remote formats successfully for several years with clients outside of the San Francisco Bay Area and the results are comparable to in-person sessions. We can arrange the sessions via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime. Call 925-820-1949 to schedule a free consultation.
Someone to Watch Over Me is here!
Please add Someone to Watch Over Me to your list of supportive resources for children and adults. Here are some reasons why:
It's beautifully illustrated by visionary artist Mary Derrick
It offers 26 avenues of connecting with Heavenly Guides and Angels - one for each letter in the alphabet.
It can be a door to spirituality for children and adults who are aren't already oriented that way
It's non-denominational and non-religious so you don't have to worry about offending anyone you give it to
It is a keepsake hardcover workbook that the reader makes his/her own
It requires the reader's active participation through questions
It invites and fosters artistic imagination through the reader's own illustrations
It establishes life-long pathways for spiritual resourcing
It generates conversation and discussion about spirituality within families
It teaches kindness, compassion, confidence, inner peace and inner strength
It's simple enough for children and sustaining enough for adults
Autographed copies are available directly from me
Direct ordering is available from Amazon (qualifies for Prime shipping) and Barnes & Noble. See details below.
I now have copies available for purchase via PayPal which can be individually autographed and shipped as you wish. The cost per book directly from me is $19.95 + 8.5% sales tax and ground transportation costs. Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble are fulfilling orders within a couple of days and depending upon your account with those online retailers, you may qualify for free shipping.
Those of you who have taken the time and care to post your review of Someone to Watch Over Me on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, thank you very, very much! Those online reviews help tremendously to bring new awareness to the book.
My goal is 100 5-star reviews by December 31, 2017. Will you help me reach it? You don't have to have purchased the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble to write a review of it on either site.
Did You Know...
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A Portal of Grace
The Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) has been "a portal of grace." It's the newest technique in my celebrated mind-body-spirit toolbox and there's nothing else like it in the cutting-edge world of meridian therapies. If you enjoy the tranquility of meditation, then TAT may just be the mind-body-spirit avenue of healing for you. Even the creator of TAT, licensed acupuncturist Tapas Fleming , doesn't know exactly how TAT works - it just does.
Tap It Away!
I have been using The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) with adults, teens and children since 1997. A recent study confirms that there's nothing better than EFT for the stress carried by returning veterans. If you are interested in a copy of the study, please email me. My website has a lot more information about EFT, including client comments. EFT can be done in person, via Skype or by phone with outstanding results.
A Higher Perspective Anywhere!
Skype sessions are now available for handwriting coaching, The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and the Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT). I'm excited about bringing these extraordinary mind-body-spirit tools to a new, world-wide audience. Since I will be conducting all the Skype sessions in my San Ramon office, those clients will benefit from the high vibration so many of you have enjoyed there over the years.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston TAT professional Patricia Thatcher put out a call to the TAT Professionals community worldwide for volunteers to join a Trauma Response Team . Along with many of my colleagues, I answered Pat's call.
Please keep me in mind as a resource in case of future need. I am available for three free TAT sessions via phone or Skype (preferred) in the aftermath of any natural or man-made disaster.
Success at Your Fingertips
Believe it or not, writing in cursive is an important mind-body-spirit connection. Although handwriting originates in the part of the brain that's most capable of change, I've always thought of The Vimala System of Handwriting as success at your fingertips. Using The Vimala Alphabet in a daily handwriting practice offers incredible benefits to your mind, your body and your spirit. Check out Vimala Rodgers' wonderful alphabet for the 21st Century on my website; then call me to arrange a series of handwriting coaching sessions in person, via Skype or by phone.
Vimala Rodgers has designed a postage stamp using the Vimala Font. You can see and purchase it here.