meditate lakeI remember so clearly that when I was a kid right through my very early twenties, I became bored so easily, and silence was impossible. Silence just made me feel like I had absolutely nothing going on. It wasn’t until December 1988 that I became aware of my spiritual life. Through stillness and meditation, affirmed by signs and synchronous events, we experience our inspired soul-view.

I know that meditation is the essential practice that allows me to view my life as an objective observer as it slows me down, heightens my awareness, enables greater compassion and allows me to be more contemplative. During short periods when I have stopped meditating, I noticed that I quickly lost my baseline and became more prone to emotional responses, anger, stress and knee-jerk reactions.

I look forward all day to my meditation practice which is the foundation of all of my spiritual efforts and the primary means by which I remain in alignment with Source energy and live from my inspired soul-view. My practice typically takes place at the same time and place every day and is the time when I can finally exhale, surrender and just be. The benefits for me have been extraordinary. Almost immediately I noticed that I was experiencing much less anxiety; lifelong patterns and conditioning that were limiting me were weakened. This is partly due to the extraordinary physical benefits of meditation as well as the fact that this time of communion with my inspired soul-view led me to transition out of a particularly stressful circumstance which allowed me to transform my entire life.

Fortunately, the practice came very easy for me; however, I have many friends who struggle with it as they are simply unable to still and quiet themselves. If you find this to be the case, I strongly suggest that you search for a qualified meditation instructor.

Meditation has taken me to the place of essence so deep within myself that when my session ends, I have several minutes in which I feel like a completely different person than the often frazzled, working mom I was just 40 minutes prior. As I leave the deep, still, peacefulness of meditation, I find the transition to be fascinating as it gives me an idea of what an out of body experience might feel like. I think of it as if I had been temporarily frozen; as I thaw out, the ego’s personality and thoughts return. I have also had the opposite experience in which my body pulsed with vital energy during my session creating a keenly dynamic experience. There have also been times when I have intentionally pulled myself out of meditation because I became fearful of the intensity.

During my sessions, my sense of self becomes one of interconnectivity and compassion as I grasp the vastness of the universe and experience my soul in glimpses and glimmers. I know now that much of the restlessness I have previously experienced in my life was my soul longing to be nurtured, express itself and experience a deeper, sustained connection with my physical, Earthly life. My spiritual journey has been a step by step process. Once I began to pray, the door was cracked opened; once I began to meditate, the door swung wide open allowing me to further know and experience prolonged periods of connection, compassion, enlightenment, peace and joy. Once I focused on these things and made them a priority, the transformation in my life was remarkable. Meditation has empowered me to focus and feel in my life in a way that I could not have previously – it has allowed me to live with certainty.

Yes, without question I feel extremely fortunate to have come through the ordeal of the past 8 weeks without having received the dreaded cancer diagnosis. To say that I am grateful doesn’t even begin to cut it. I feel blessed. I feel touched by grace. I feel indebted to the Source for providing me with the opportunity to move forward with a clean bill of health.

This cancer scare really came from left-field. I went to the doctor for a bad back. The next thing I know I am being told that there is a 50-50 chance that I have cancer. In hindsight, all of our transitions and difficulties really come from left-field. “You’re fired.” “I think it may be cancer.” “Your child has been injured.” “I want a divorce.” Yes, sometimes we have some advance notice, but very often we don’t. Not a clue. And when we get blindsided is precisely when we need to walk our talk. In this case, to Live with Certainty.

Transitions Demand a Positive Outlook — Demand Living with Certainty

As a very wise woman wrote about my recent ordeal on the Living with Certainty Facebook page, “So … when living with certainty, everything IS possible and the likelihood of a positive outcome is increased multiple-fold!!” I couldn’t agree more. I really did walk my talk. I stayed so positive that I had a sense through and through — to my core — that there was no cancer in my body. Even after the surgery and the the surgeon said things looked “worse than expected” and we’d have to wait two days for the pathology report, I stayed positive. My OB-GYN said the positive outcome and the clean pathology report “was not what we expected.” What if I had instead taken a gloom and doom perspective? Might things have worked out differently? Maybe…and there’s no way I’m going to go there. It takes discipline to not allow your thoughts to ramble into cold, dark places. And it’s worth it.

Job Search, Divorce, Tragedy, or Just EveryDay Mayhem Require Positive Mind-Set

Irrespective of your personal circumstances, the fact is that you cannot afford to allow your thoughts to take you to the lowest of low’s as you contemplate the worst of the “what if’s.”  You do not have to feel so bad about what you are going through. Rather you can go through it, remain objective and factual, and feel okay. Maybe even feel that this challenge or transition is going to lead you to the next best thing. That you can learn from this difficult time and be the better for it. That you can take this opportunity to tap into a part of yourself that you have never before explored — the Soul-You — and see what is really intended to be in store for you. This is how you find hope; this is how you make your dreams real. You can choose to see things through a different lens — a lens that allows you to take a more objective, 30,000 foot view so that you can begin to make sense of the lesson or takeaway intended for you and get yourself back in your flow and on more solid footing. This is why I wrote the book. With more unemployed people than at any time in my life, I am inundated daily with letters and resumes from those people who have lost hope and therefore have lost their way. Living with Certainty will bring you hope and help you find the way forward using every bit of your authenticity, passions ands talents. I promise.