I often struggle if I should share negative things because I don’t like to come across as bitching, when life is truly amazing. Though many follow my blog for inspiration, and it sometimes seems that running my own show is effortless, in many ways it is. It’s been a blessing to be self employed and running Pear Tree (www.peartreeenterprises.com) since 2008: managing entertainers and natural health practitioners; editing books; public speaking and writing. All the stuff I love.
On a down note, two days ago, I was completely stressed out when a former client failed to show up at a gig I booked her and the facility called me first thing in the morning.
I’ve always taken pride in my work to have things run smoothly and it’s frustrating when clients don’t cooperate, not to mention embarrassing because I once represented her.
I apologized to the facility, from the bottom of my heart and am so humbled and grateful that the director took my side, knowing the screw up wasn’t my fault. She even booked me to present one of my own lectures at a later date!
However, instead of looking at the incident as a positive, the negative portion of the incident set the tone for the day and I ended up sick and stressed for two days following with a headache, shoulder pain and feeling absolutely drained.
So, this morning I decide to take some “me time” and head out to my favorite health food store, Dean’s Natural Food Market (http://www.deansnaturalfoodmarket.com/) as they were having a Health Fair.
Speaking with like-minded people and shopping in a positive store almost immediately put my mind at ease. I was in incredibly high spirits.
Then a life-changing event happened. I met Beth Wishbow.
Beth Wishbow is a Reiki Master Teacher and Therapist in the traditions of Usui and Karuna Reiki, medical intuitive, Qigong practitioner and ordained minister.
I had some tension in my shoulder area, which she relieved, but even more of a blessing was her compassionate method of how to handle stress and negative people — with LOVE!
As an aside, lately I have been operating more from a loving standpoint than ever. Because sometimes a certain key phrase will strike you and make a big change in your life. A few months ago I heard the phrase “To belittle is to be little” and have been using it ever since. Because of that phrase I don’t insult people anymore. Now no matter what someone says to me, I will not insult him/her back. I just let them have their say and be done with them. (And you know how nasty people can be with their verbal vomit!)
ANYWAY … in Beth’s wisdom, she taught that you take the loving standpoint a step further by not even taking the negativity with you and continuing to operate from a place of love. That makes even more sense, because then stress doesn’t harm you.
Each morning, since 1996, I’ve been starting my day at my altar in a state of prayer. But now I will take it a step further and go into that euphoric state prior to each part of the day: before checking emails, before logging on to Face Book, before phoning clients, etc.
If every moment of the day could be about love, love, love — it makes perfect sense that the poison in your body will dissipate and the healing will begin!
When I’m stressed, I miss my late grandmother terribly. But I am so blessed to have married a man who reminds me so much of her and loves me unconditionally like she did. Just like there is no one like my husband, there is no one like my grandmother. Beth reminded me that in the spirit world, your loved ones are always with you. I suppose with some practice I can continue to channel my grandmother’s love.
Moving forward, I want to continue my life in a state of love, whether I’m feeling it or not, until it gets to be a great habit!
Beth spent a lot of time with me and it was a wonder that people weren’t lined up to meet with her — because they should have been. What she gave me was a lifetime’s worth of wisdom. Thank you, Beth for making me see the world from a more loving place.
I will definitely contact Beth again for another session. Check out her website at: http://insightholistichealth.com/