Chainsaws and voiceover recording don’t mix

Rushing to meet a deadline on some voiceover recordings, I raced into the office, hooked up the recording equipment, looked over the script, adjusted the mic, pressed “record” … and was interrupted by the sound of chainsaws outside my window.

A couple of weeks ago, a sudden storm brought huge branches down from some of the old trees in my neighborhood, including the big oak tree outside my back gate. The city has been going around the neighborhood removing the debris, and apparently this afternoon it’s my turn.

So now that I can’t finish the recording … at least for the next few minutes … I have a choice. Do I jump up and down, curse the chainsaw-bearing men for interrupting me? Or do I see this as a chance to spend a few more minutes with the script, get a cup of tea, and relax until it’s the right time to begin this work?

Often, when I’m in a panic about getting something done on time, the Universe will throw a spanner in the works to get me to slow down. What’s the good of doing work you love if you’re too rushed to stop and feel how much you love it?

Musing on Mindfulness

stonepileEmbracing the grace of every moment, expressing gratitude for what is now, is not easy.

It requires being mindful of exactly who you are in this moment … not as you were in the past or hope to be in the future, or could have been if things had only gone your way.

Being aware of who you are in this precise moment, and being grateful for it … even if this particular moment is not comfortable, pleasant, or ideal … opens you up to gifts and opportunities you might not even notice otherwise.

Fear, Love, and Hope

I’ve talked with a lot of people in the last week who feel like they might miss the boat. If they don’t scramble, grab, clutch at opportunities, crush the competition, get out in front … all will be lost.

Fear tells us to hold on tighter, ferociously guard what little we have in case someone tries to take it away. Fear brings all the light and air and possibility in the world down to a dark, desperate pinpoint focus.

Love invites us to relax our death-grip, give freely from what we have so there is space to be filled with more good things. Love lifts our head from that desperate, narrow focus, and opens our senses so we can breathe the air, see the light.

I often say that shifting your perspective from fear to love doesn’t make a lousy situation any less lousy. But all that fear-based scrambling leads you right back to where you started … stuck, paralyzed, miserable. And love invites opportunity, welcomes change, embraces new partnerships, new horizons.

Make the shift … and welcome choices, chances, hope.

Pre-Interview Jitters

The Dr. Pat ShowI’ll be interviewed on the nationally syndicated Dr. Pat Show today at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern. You can listen live here, and yes … I’ll be taking calls for on-air readings.

Pat is a wonderful interviewer, so I know I’ll be in good hands. And her show is a magnet for people who are passionate about spiritual growth … just like me!

I’m nervous … but in a good way. I want to use that excess energy to help open me up to Spirit so that I get across what I’m meant to say today. When I meditate before I go on the air, I’ll be setting an intention to open up to sharing words and ideas that will touch the lives of others for the Highest and Best Good.

If you can listen live today, please do! And even if you can’t, please support me energetically by vibing me for clarity and coherence.

A listener to my show last night messaged me during the broadcast to say, “I’m not using my coherence. You can have it!” Send me yours, too, if you’re not using it for a few hours.

Message from Spirit

Before I connect with a client on the phone, I sit in meditation for a few minutes. Very often, I’ll receive guidance from Spirit about what needs to be communicated to that person. This morning, I got a very clear message for my client … with the understanding that I was also meant to share this message with all of you.

Here’s what I received:

“If you will just breathe, it will come to you. You don’t need to pull it toward you … that’s working too hard. This is a time when you must embrace the grace of every moment, and express your gratitude for what is now.”

This message has tremendous resonance for me personally, and my sense is that it will be useful for many of us during this time of shift and transformation. When we are afraid, we hang on more tightly, clutch at what we have, especially when we feel it might be taken away from us.

Once we make the shift to love, we can open our hands … open our hearts … and allow ourselves to receive what we need and let go of what no longer serves us.

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I felt guided to jump on the airwaves today for a special 30-minute long episode of “Out of the Fog” to take your calls for readings, and share this message on the air. We’ll be live at 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific.  http://t.co/jDihgt0 or 646-929-2947 is how to connect if you’d like to listen to this impromptu special episode! If a compassionate, no-nonsense intuitive reading will help you have a better Friday … please call in today.

 

Brainfreeze!

Have you ever had so many things coming at you, so much that needs to be done, that you just … stop?

Sometimes you’re not meant to power through that massive overwhelming mound of to-do immediately. Sometimes you’re meant to step back, wipe your brow, say “Wow … that’s a giant heaping pile of obligation!”, and then go do something else for awhile.

Brainfreeze happens when we take in too much, too fast. If you keep going after that point, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Our fear drives us forward, even when we know it’s time to take a break.

Letting go of that fear … whether it’s of not getting it all done, or what people will think if they see you take a break … is key to shifting your perspective. When I allow myself to walk away for awhile, I’m giving myself the gift of being able to look at that mountain of work with a clearer head, more objectivity and less panic when I return.

Looking at the things I must do through the eyes of love and gratitude beats the living heck out of letting fear give me brainfreeze.

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