practicing presence. in the ER.

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My friend’s daughter was sick last week. She started the day at the Minute Clinic, was sent to Urgent Care, then the ER, who asked why she had been sent to the ER, “they could have written a prescription for you at Urgent Care.” This, after a 6 hour wait….

The craziest thing about the day, she told me, was that her and her daughter had a great day.

She put into practice what she’s been learning in A New Earth and simply accepted “what is.” Normally, she would have resisted it, focusing on all that could go wrong from being taken out of routine, all the to-do’s that would not get done.

When she let go of the monkey wrench life threw her, one she had no control over, she felt lighter. Her daughter felt it too. They immersed themselves in the reality of the moment. They connected, talked and giggled their way through the crazy day.

What was really crazy, she said, is that all the things she would have worried about, magically took care of themselves. Things got done. Rides were found. Without drama.

She’s “experiencing” the power of being of acceptance… of presence…  that “peace that passeth all understanding,” that Eckhart (and Jesus) talk about.

Sign up here… join our chats… End the Year A New You! (Even if you haven’t read the Chapter, you’ll learn something about becoming more accepting, grounded, present.)

Crazy Sexy Kitchen Cookbook is here!

“It”s here, it”s here!”  That was me, so excited, when UPS dropped this off on my doorstep. My pre-ordered copy of Kris Carr”s Crazy Kitchen was here! Now, I haven”t immersed myself in this as I would like to, but from what I can see, it will be the main cookbook I”ll be recommending to anyone on a New Year wellness path.

Like everything Kris does, it”s not just about the food or a trend.  She has Stage 4 cancer. This way of life has literally saved her life.

You can read jameshallison casino more about her here… I just want you to know about this gem. Add it to your holiday casino online wish list. Give it to someone you care about. Immerse yourself in it. Play with it. Try it…

If you buy it on-line, you get 10 free cooking video classes with her and Chef Chad Sarno.

If you buy it at a bookstore, you get an invitation to 4 “virtual” dinners with Kris in her own kitchen, where she”s prepared the food for a variety of guests in the wellness field. You”ll get to ask questions via live chat, or watch the video at your leisure.

I bought the book online. You can bet I”ll be buying another book at the bookstore so I can check out the dinners.

I”ve already made her sage pesto sauce for the pumpkin ravioli that I made (yes, I went for it and roasted those pumpkins on my doorstep). I used this recipe for the ravioli (so easy) but substituted Kris”s “cashew” ricotta (so easy). No one could believe there was no dairy in this creamy, tasty dish.






a-ha’s from A New Earth chapter 6 tele-chat


In Chapter 6, Eckhart says we can lessen the pain-body’s hold on us through “vigilant observation.”

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Or, turn on your power-eyes, as my niece’s kindergarten teacher used to say when the kids couldn’t find something.

Awareness is kryptonite to ego and the pain-body. Developing your ability to recognize it in action is going to make life a whole lot easier.

If you’re not sure what to look for, workshop participants are noticing these physical sensations when their pain-body is triggered:

“a pit in my stomach…

tension in my shoulders…

tightness in my chest…

a lump in my throat….”

Next time that physical sensation or urge to create drama comes over you, try to breathe into it, give yourself some space to realize that what this really is, is a chance to feel a deeply embedded emotion that wasn’t acknowledged or experienced when it should have been.

Rather than trying to avoid it by medicating, over-eating, over-working, or denying it… know that this feeling, or unhappy story, has nothing to do with who you really are….

Use these opportunities as triggers to get present. Then notice what happens when you do…

“When I’m going, going, going, it’s harder to be present.”

“The more my mind races, the more tired I feel.”

“The slower I go, the more present I am, the more energy I have.”

“I’ve always resisted slowing down because I worry about what I’ll miss. But, the less commitments I make, the more I realize I’m not missing out on anything.”

“When I was compassionate and deeply listened, the other person changed how they felt or how they were acting.”

“When I felt my husband bait me into an argument, I slowed down, got present and didn’t react. I could tell he wondered why I wasn’t participating. I wasn’t feeling righteous, just disinterest in the pattern we’d created. The argument didn’t grow into the animal it usually does. It diminished much quicker than if we would have had the argument.”

Be vigilant about observing, without judgment what’s going on inside you.

Ask yourself regularly, especially when you’re not agitated, “What am I feeling? What am I thinking?”

Be vigilant about removing the obstacles preventing you from living your best life.

Chapter 7 tele-chat starts Tuesday, 10/30 at 8:00 pm PST. It’s going to be a good one, “Finding Who You Truly Are… ”   Even if you haven’t read the chapter, sign up here for the call-in info and join us!
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