Good Friday

On Good Friday we mark the day that Jesus was crucified. As Christians, we honor the suffering that Jesus went through for us, and that he died for our sins. This is a day of reflection, a day that we look at ourselves, and our faith.

Worldwide we are experiencing the cornavirus pandemic, which includes the need for isolation. We will not be celebrating Good Friday, or Easter, in the company of other people. This year we will be experiencing an isolated holiday.

We can reach out through digital media, including phones, Face Time, Skype, e-mail, text, and You Tube. We are actually rich in resources, if we look for them.

Something that crossed my path was the concert that opera singer Andrea Bocelli is giving a free, online concert at 1 pm EDT on Easter morning over his YouTube channel (https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/a32106751/how-to-watch-andrea-bocelli-easter-concert/). Accompanied by organist Emanuele Vianel, he will be singing alone at Milan’s famed Duomo di Milano. (He will literally be in the cathedral with only his accompanist, due to the continued need for isolation in Italy.)

May you all have a wonderful Good Friday, and a joyousd Easter!

Surviving Change

We are in a time of major change. Because of the coronavirus many people are out of work, many people are working from home that normally would not be, we are experiencing a level of death that we had not expected, and we feel out of control. How can we keep ourselves grounded and centered during this time, and what can we expect our future to be?

Here are some of the things we can do to make it through this time:

  • We can acknowledge our feelings, and our fears.
  • We can be willing to talk about what is going on.
  • We can actively listen to what those around us are saying.
  • We can expand our perception of what life is.
  • We can re-prioritize our needs and our goals.
  • We can offer help to others.
  • We can ask for help when we need it.
  • We can limit our time with toxic people/situations.
  • We can give thanks for that which we have on a daily basis.
  • Consciously live in the present.

What tools can we use to cope:

  • Write our thoughts out in a journal.
  • Take a walk (keeping a good social distance from others).
  • Do a breathing meditation.
  • Listen to music.
  • Get up and dance.

What challanges can we expect in our near future?

  • Our entire health care system will have to be re-evaluated.
  • One-time stimulus payments will offer some financial help.
  • People will re-evaluate which expenditures are important, and which after not. Things like new cars and new clothes will be much further down on the list.
  • People will be making more of an effort to set aside 3-6 months’ worth of money to cover bills.
  • There will be an effort to stock essential foods for at least 60 days.
  • Many people who lost their jobs will be looking for jobs.
  • We will be looking at the November elections in terms of how the current crisis was handled, and what we found out about our government.

This is not a time to be afraid. It is a time to move forward with confidence into a future that is unlike one that we have ever known.

The Alchemist

“The Alchemist – A Graphic Novel” is food for the mind and the soul. I just finished reading it, and it was a marvelous journey. Written by Paulo Coelho, with artwork by Daniel Sampere, it is an incredible collaboration that defies description. (It is an illistrated interpretation of Coelho’s story “The Alchemist.) It is what I needed, right now, at this point in my life.

I absolutely could not put this book down. The beautiful imagery, the intense colors, and the magical storyline grabbed me and would not let me go.

The story follows the life of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd. He is happy with his life, but he ends up on a search for treasure. Along the way, he meets many different people, and is placed in many different situations. Each has something to teach him on his journey to find his own story, his “personal legend”. He becomes, essentially, an “alchemist” inhis own right.

To me, our personal wellness journey covers all levels of our being – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. We find all of that in this book. We see how all parts of ourselves are bound to our personal story/personal legend.

The original book (in text) is a classic – as is the graphic novel version!

Daily Focus

To accomplish anything, we need focus. There are many tools out there that we can use to help us focus, including prayer, affirmations, and visual images. I recently had the very good luck to have the “everyday Enlighenment” cards, by Becky Lundin, cross my path.

This is a 48 card deck whose purpose is to help us focus on our day, as well as to help us find our inner strengths. I have started drawing one card each morning to give me some insight into my day. I am very pleased with my results!

You can find more information on the cards, as well as a purchse link, here: https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2020/01/19/review-everyday-enlighenment-cards/.

Thoughts For A New Year

I made a major decision at the end of November to put my author’s newsletter on hiatus for a year. I realized that I needed to regroup as an individual, to spend some time sorting myself out. I have committed to doing some very specific things for myself in 2020 – starting in January (this month).

I have always remembered my dreams, and been able towork with them. In 2020, I am going to work with flow-dreaming. The focus here is connecting with the universe and manifesting abundance – whatever we perceive as abundance. I am very much looking forward to working with meditations, affirmations, creative visualization, and more!

I will also be working with a 10-week journaling course entitled “The Productivity Habit”. This will be interesting, as notes are “supposed” to be written in the book itself, which I have no intention of doing. I will be creating an e-file, which, while it may be time consuming, I think willwork well for me. the focus here is on boosting productivity. I would like to see my fiction writing start selling – I think this journal is a very positive, forward step to making this happen.

The third tool of empowerment that I will be working with is crystal grids. I have worked with them on and off for years, and feel that 2020 is the year to step it up a bit. I came across Karen Frazier’s book “An Introduction To Crystal Grids”, andfound everything that I needed to get started again. There are layouts for specific intentions (prosperity, health, joy and many more), crystals that are appropriate for each layout, and information provided about the energy of each crystal, so that the reader can construct their own grids for their own purposes.

Whatever your own tools of empowerment are, may you use them wisely, and have a healthy, abundant, and prosperous 2020!

Clearing Out Books

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” 
~ Nora Ephron

I recently started going through one of my boxes of books – to sort what I wanted to keep, and what I wanted to gift away. The third book that I picked up (and that was as far as I got) was “Gong Hee For Choy – Book of Fortune”, by Margarete Ward. It was initially published in 1948 (the year of my birth!), and reissued in 2009.

It is a book of fortune telling, based on the energy of regular playing cards. The twos through sixes and the joker are removed from the deck. leaving 32 cards. To read the cards, the individual shuffles the cards while making a wish. (I would advise suffling the cards while focusing on the individual/issue/situation that needs clarity.) The cards are not cut, as this interferes with the continuity of energy in the reading. The cards are then laid out, face up, on the game board.

Houses (categories) on the board include Compass, Wishes, Success, Journey, Papers, Marriage, Messages, Health, Trouble, Disappointment, Gratitude, and Luck. Whatever you need insight on, this system can be used to help you obtain.

I am very much looking forward to doing a reading for myself using this system. I am a Tarot reader by profession, so I will use one of my Tarot decks, take out the aforementioned cards from each of the suits (which are comparable to regular reading cards), and have some fun!

I see this system, the Tarot, and other divination systems as tools that we can use to become self-empowered. They are definitely a part of my wellness journey!

Mind/Body Breathing

What we call ’I’ is just a swinging door, which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. ~ Shunryu Suzuki

I have mentioned that I am reviewing the book “breathwork”, by Valerie Moselle. I am just starting to get into it, as I finish reading an English tranlation of a Japanese locked room style mystery. (Which, by the way, is an excellent read!) This book combines breathwork with yoga, with each day building on the previous work that has been done. (This is a three week program.)

I have just finished the Introduction and Part One. Here Moselle is explaining the physical mechanics of breath, and how breath awareness helps us to bring a better quality to our overall life. Not just being able to do more things, but having better clarity, better focus, sleeping better, and being better able to control any pain that we might have. (From personal experience, I can also say that conscious breathing helped me to lower my blood pressure.)

Moselle also has a chapter that she calls “foundation”, where she discusses setting a time for breathing practice (morning and evening), and keeping a journal covering how your body feels, and what emotions come up during the practice of breathing.

In another week I will be ready to start the daily breathing practice. I will be doing it seated in a chair, rather than seated on a folded towel (as the book suggests) because of a bad hip. I will do what I can do, and am certainly looking forward to it!

Moving Forward

“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward. Just take the next step.”  Anonymous

We have to be willing to move forward to continue growing. It isn’t always easy, but as we step out, as we move forward, we open up our perception of what can be, and we open up our life. I did that in October of 2015 when I made the move from Washington State back to Nevada. It was an interesting (and scary!) trip, driving alone, with three cats and a packed to the brim car! But we made it (even after my alpha male managed to chew through his carrier while I was zooming down the freeway, and jumped onto my steering wheel!) The house that I had rented, unseen except for photo’s on the Internet, was perfect for us – in a safe, quiet neighborhood, near everything that I needed.

I had lens implant surgery done right after I moved to Nevada – long story short, I had cataract surgery done when I was in my early thirties on both eyes. The ten-year study had not been finished when I had my first surgery, so they were unable to implant a new lens. The interesting thing is that when the lens was implanted, it did not improve my ability to read, but it did give me better peripheral vision.

I am continuing my journey with reviewing books: I am currently reading a book from an author that I met on LinkedIn. I have reviewed his previous books, and am thoroughly enjoying this one also. I just received quite an interesting book from a delightful publicist that I have been working with for many years, and will be reading and reviewing it next.

I am incredibly excited about my decision to become involved in a new business! I am signing up for it on May 1st, and will take you on this journey with me! Opportunities that I would never have imagined as a young woman are opening up for me now.

Stay tuned!

Authenticity

“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.” 
― 
Roy T. Bennett

I have referred in previous posts to the book “The Good Millionaire – How To Make A Lot Of Money by Helping A Lot Of People” (by T. Harv Eker). One of my goals is not to necessarily be a millionaire, but to help people in the process of doing so. By that I mean having the money to donate to what I consider to be worthy causes, but also to do the kind of work that helps other people get to where they want to be. T. Harv Eker has a system based on eight action points, which I am going to share with you here.

  1. Choose supportive beliefs.
  2. Understand you get paid for solving a problem.
  3. Decide what problem you will solve.
  4. Articulate the problem clearly.
  5. Solve the problem differently than anybody else.
  6. Systemize the process so it can be done without you.
  7. Duplicate the system.
  8. Take action in spite of fear.

Action Steps To A More Evolved Life

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”  ~ Eckhart Tolle, “The Power of Now”

I am constantly amazed at the resoures that come my way. Logically, I know that I draw to me what I am thinking about, what I am focused on. But to have resources come to me, in so many differnt ways – to me, it is just short of a miracle.

One of the things that I am concerned about with a vegetarian diet is where I am going to get enough protein. My sister, Becky Lundin, shared a link with me that really opened things up. I want to share that link with you:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/protein-for-vegans-vegetarians#section16 . Some of these sources I knew about, some I did not. I have some new ideas to play with now when planning meals! (Go tofu!)

I am also borderline high with my glucose level – which I never have been! Cutting down on sugar from obvious sources is one way to help control my glucose, but I also found another very interesting way – eating kiwi fruit! Here are a couple of links that may help:
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311220.php ,
https://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/best-fruits-for-diabetes/#zesty-green-kiwi-for-potassium-fiber-and-vitamin-c .

We also need to watch our financial health. I have followed Internet guru T. Harv Eker (author of “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”) for many years now. Several years ago my sister and I attended one of his weekend seminars, facilitated by the incredible Adam Markel. I loved T. Harv’s work ethic, and his mindset. He recently came out with a free book entitled “The Good Millionaire”, where he talks about making money (a lot of money!) while helping people. You can get your copy of the book here:
https://www.harvekeronline.com/tgm-book/free/ .