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A few months ago, I picked up My Biggest Little Teacher (BLT) from school.  She was really quiet in the back seat and I finally ask her what she was doing.  She hands me an 81/2 x 11″ sheet of paper she has colored pink  with the words, “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”   Its beautiful. At the next red light, I turn to ask her, “How did you come up with that?”.  She casually states it is a quote from Martin Luther King.  I ask her if she knows what it means, and she tells me,  “its about being loving when others are hateful”.  Needless to say, I was impressed, and it now dons the fridge.

Fast forward to last week… BLT comes home from school and tells me about a classmate that has been giving her a hard time.  This particular classmate has been a thorn for BLT for 3 years… since she was 6.  I always tell BLT this particular classmate is really her “biggest teacher”, and  is teaching her about herself and how to deal with conflict.   Worried I may get a big sigh and “mom, give me a break”, I  took a chance and suggested she remember the beautiful quote from Martin Luther King that she wrote and put on the fridge. She gets very quiet for a moment, then looks at me and says, “I try, but I can’t seem to do it.  It is so HARD!”  I  grin on the inside as I know she is preaching to the choir.

BLT decides the solution is to offer some form of love instead of arguing with her classmate.  BLT tells me, “I think I’ll tell her, thank you for the lesson, and then walk away.”  I agreed she should try it as long as she means it with her heart.  BLT then says, “But, what if she just says, ‘what lesson?  How stupid!’?”  I asked BLT what she should do in that event.  She thinks for a minute and says, “I’ll just say it again and then say, ‘you are a good soul.’  Then, she will just be confused and we won’t argue anymore.”

I smiled… “Brilliant!”

Now, if I could remember to do that!!!  Opening the heart in the most frustrating and hurtful situations is true POWER.  I can’t wait to see if it works for BLT. I can’t wait to try it out myself!

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WHERE DO WE SEPARATE?

There is something really powerful to be learned through Mother Nature. If the most unlikely of animals can come together for survival and companionship, why can’t we? How important are those lines of separation we keep drawing between our tribes, families, countries, religions, politics…etc?????

Check out this video, its truly amazing!!! The Cat and The Crow



Recently, I was having a wonderful conversation with my friend about life and work.  He was telling me about a time in the past when he had taken a job in which his friend told him, “you can make $7,500 a month!”  (Now, we’ve all been approached by this friend at one time or another.  And, like most, we take the bait at least once.  The job sounded easy enough and wow, what an income!)  So, my friend eagerly signed up.

He confessed,  “I lasted 4 weeks, and I just couldn’t do it.  The job seemed easy enough, but I couldn’t make a sale.”  The job required him to get on the phone and sell modifications.  It would seem with this economic climate, it would be an easy sell, “but I tanked!”  He went on to tell me about one woman in the office who used the full “fear tactic” to get the sale and she was good at it.  Another successful guy was super lax and would simply ask for their credit cards. It was like magic.  His routine would go something like this, “Yeah…I hear your home is in foreclosure…well then you need this modification…. what is your credit card number…” and viola! Sale!

My friend was a bit discouraged in himself.  He blamed his “failure” on the fact that he was way too detailed and got the potential clients confused in all the minutiae.  He figured he gave too many facts and scared the customer off.  He concluded by saying, “I’m just not a salesman.”

Because I’ve gotten to know my friend pretty well, and know how amazing he is in his “element”, I asked him, “Were you passionate about selling modifications?”  He paused, and gave a crooked half-smile, “no not really.”  I believe there is a ‘salesman’ in all of us.  We are constantly selling ourselves in one aspect or another all day long.  Whether it is in the quality of our daily tasks, the distribution of information, the winning of a debate, etc.  And when we are passionate about something at our core, we can sell absolutely anything!  Sure, some people are passionate about the act of selling itself, and make great salesmen.  Those are the people who give credit to the cliche, “Selling Ice to Eskimo’s.”  The key ingredient to being a wonderful salesman is to be passionate about your product.  You have to feel its benefits in your core.

For me,  when I talk about the powers of the mind and spirit and how effective they are in meditation to preserve peace of mind and lasting good health, I cannot stop myself!  I feel a wave of excitement and passion that I cannot fake or pull out of a hat.  I love telling people how and where to get it. My friend looked at me and his smile got bigger and bigger.  He knew exactly what I was talking about as he has been living in his passion for over a decade.  He has an amazing business teaching people about the music recording industry, and inspiring others to live in their passion!

Where are you a passionate salesman?

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In my guided meditation classes, I am often asked the difference between prayer and meditation.  Because there are so many different types of meditations, and they range from secular to spiritual, the distinction becomes gray.  The basic fundamental difference is that in “Prayer” we are making noise, asking for things, and talking to our Higher Power, Source etc.  “Meditation” is where we listen, receive and be quiet.  If we are running around sending out prayers so we can have things the way we want them, and we do not slow down, get quiet and listen, we never really know our prayers are answered.  I think about how many times in my life I’ve thought to myself, “This Prayer stuff doesn’t work, nothing is happening, I still feel terrible…” yada, yada, yada. And when I look back, I was not spending any time in meditation.  I was just asking, complaining, begging and taking up all the space with ME.  As I’ve become a participant in meditation, I have created a space for Source to respond…. and you know what????  My prayers are always answered.  I simply failed to notice because I was too busy looking for the answer in the way I deemed it to manifest, not in the way Source brought it to me.  I’ve come to conclude that the “Gift of Prayer is in the Meditation.”  I invite you to meditate with the intention to simply  “listen and receive” nothing more… then notice what you notice….

Many Blessings and Incredible Awareness!

Jennifer

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