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Encouragements | Jennifer Jade Enterprises | Meditation | Hypnosis | Peace of Mind - Part 4
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Its a typical Tuesday morning, and I wake up with a feeling of anger and frustration.  My typical M.O. is to take it out on those closest to me – subconsciously – or at least I tell myself so.  Instead, on this particular Tuesday, I decide to lie in bed for an extra 15 minutes and repeat the Serenity Prayer over and over again.  Each time breaking it down into smaller bytes. First, I go over each sentence, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”.  I realize the things I cannot change are all things outside of me – people and their behaviors in particular.  I feel a little deflated because my ego is sure I know it all and can offer others – especially my significant other some pointers. Then I go to the second sentence, “The courage to change the things I can.” I become painfully aware that the only thing I can change is ME! My ego wants to suggest I am perfect and everyone else has the problem, what could I possibly change about myself?  I move to the third sentence, “and the Wisdom to know the difference.”  This is the topper and I slow way down.  “Know the difference”, what does that mean exactly?

I repeat the Serenity Prayer in this manner over and over again, and suddenly out of left field, I feel this incredible sense of peace.  I begin to “get it”.  The ability to accept the things I cannot change, means I don’t have to change anyone or any situation! WOOT! WOOT!  I can give it to my higher power and leave it alone. As a result, I get to increase my peace by having the courage to change my MIND about the whole thing! Yes, changing my perspective takes courage because my ego is strong and constant but, I can and do.  As time passes, especially in this meditation, I receive the Wisdom to know the difference.  So long as I make time for my higher power in my life, the wisdom comes naturally and I can make decisions and choices elegantly.

I open my eyes 15 short minutes later and feel like a whole new person.  I did not have to figure out the answer to everyone’s problems or my own, I just had to stay focused on something positive for 15 minutes.  That is about the length of time I’ve waited in line for coffee or lunch. I LOVE THIS!

May you give yourself the opportunity to take 15 minutes out of your day to celebrate in your connection to Source!  Much peace and love.


Last week, on the way to pick up my Biggest Little Teacher (BLT) from school, my significant other (SO) and I got into an argument that left me very angry.   So angry that I’d quit speaking and went into pouting mode.  We pick up BLT from school and she is immediately angry because I did not pick up her finished pottery at the pottery shop as I said “I might”.  I let her know I was sorry I did not get to it but the traffic was insane and there was not enough time.  I tried to console her by reminding her that she had just been allowed to stay at school and extra 2 hours to be part of an extra curricular activity she loved.  She didn’t care and proceeded to throw her backpack around the backseat and not speak to either of us.  Great, now we had 3 people in the car pouting.

The entire 20 minute ride home I am biting my tongue because I want to tell her that she is a spoiled brat and should be grateful she got to enjoy the extra curricular activity at school.  But, then I look over at my SO and remember I’m already angry because of the way he is and can’t take it out on BLT.  Ultimately, its everyone else’s fault I am unhappy – of course!  Poor me.

We get home and SO gets in the house first, leaving BLT and I to reach the porch alone.  BLT turns around and says to me, “You know, I’m starting not to be so mad at you, but you really should have picked up my pottery.”  That was it!  I lost it, and I said, “Oh really, I’m not sure what you’re mad about, you got your way.  You got to stay at school and have fun like you wanted.  What do you have to be mad about?!!”  BLT glared right at me, stomped in the house and ran into her room.  I thought, “oh boy this pouting may last a decade.”

I decided that I was not going to give in.  I felt completely justified with the anger I felt.  So, I went on my merry way doing the tasks I needed to do while pouting.  I was not going to run to either of them and make amends after all, it was not my fault! Poor me.

Ten minutes pass and BLT comes into my bedroom where I’m folding clothes and sits on the bed.  She looks at me and without hesitation says, “Mom, I want to apologize for pouting and being bratty.  I just thought you were going to get the pottery and I feel… oh I don’t know…”  I suddenly felt ashamed for my behavior all afternoon.  Here in front of me was a 9 year old kid who had more humility, love and awareness than most adults I know, including me.  I felt the icy hot anger melt away as my heart began to open again.  I found my voice and talked it out with BLT and later with my SO.  Amazing how quickly a crappy day can be turned around when the pride and pouting are identified and then over-ridden!  I guess I do have a choice and power over my own happiness.  Thanks again BLT!

Gosh, as an adult, I think I know what I’m doing and tend to justify all my fits of anger and my pouting stints.  Then, along comes a 9 year old girl to whip me into shape! Thank God!

My BLT (Biggest Little Teacher) has been taking singing lessons for a few months now, and loves it!  Her teacher is a professional singer and has created a children’s choir that will be performing at a professional venue for Christmas.  BLT is beside herself excited!  It has been apparent for many years that BLT loves to sing, dance, and perform.  Yet, when I ask her what she wants to do when she grows up she replies, “I don’t know”.

The other day we were chatting and she began to tell me about how she does her warm up scales with her singing teacher at the beginning of each lesson.  BLT began to speak as if she were alone in the car and proceeded to tell me, “Sometimes when I sing I just pay attention to the notes and I watch the keys on the piano…and then….I like…become part of the piano…Sometimes when I’m tired I just go into the music and I will all of a sudden know the lines.

Ahhhhh, I was in love listening to her subconscious take over and spill out of her like a flowing river.  When she finished speaking she was quiet for a moment and said, “Wow, I don’t know where that came from!” and began to laugh.  I asked her, “So do you want to sing when you grow up?” and she said, “I don’t know.”  Feeling frustrated I wondered how could she not know?  Isn’t it obvious????  Then I thought, maybe I’ve been asking the wrong question.  BLT knows what she wants to do right now, in this moment – not 10 years into the future.  All that matters is right now.  Passion is felt right now. Sure it can be followed, but not forced.  Now wonder she doesn’t  know!LOL!  Maybe what she becomes 10 years from now is not really important.

All I could think about that day was how amazing it must feel to become the music, the piano, the notes.  I tried to think back to a time when I’d lost myself in something I absolutely loved, because “that” would be my true passion… A place where the “shoulds” did not exist.  A place BLT knows all about.

Thank you BLT once again for reminding me of what is important in life!!!

To you readers, may you enjoy this Thanksgiving Holiday by being in the moment.  Blessings!

My Biggest Little Teacher (BLT) has a love and a flair for art in all arenas.  Today, for the first time she actually used a suggestion I threw out regarding a piece of art she was working on… well, if you consider decorating a brand new hairbrush “art”.  She felt that her ornate “J” looked more like an “S”, and I suggested a small change to the tail of the “J”.  A few minutes later I heard her say out loud from the back seat, “Thanks for the suggestion.”  I was a bit shocked and asked, “So you used my idea?”  She said “yes” and went back to what she was doing.

I thought for a moment and in an audible conversation with myself said, “Well, I bet I could suggest anything to you and you could make it beautiful. The only beautiful thing I’ve ever made was you.”  I could see her smile in the rear view mirror.  I continued, “Well, I didn’t do it on my own, God did most of the work.”  She responded quickly, “You are still creating beauty.”  “Huh?” I said dumbfounded.  “Mom, you are still creating beauty.”  I asked “How?”  She said, “You teach me to be a better person, that is beauty.” I hear her words and want to cry. In my most humble of tones I tell her, “I hope that is what I do.  I try to be the best guide I can be.”  She senses I’m getting teary and says, “Well, it can be fun too.  It doesn’t have to always be so serious.”  Ah-ha!  The big reminder!  So we talked about life being both fun and serious, and if it were serious or fun all the time, life would not be very well-rounded.  She nodded her head and went back to her hair brush art.

Sometimes I wonder how the heck she figures these things out at age 9, and then I remember how most kids these days have this brilliant clarity and knowing that seems so grown up for such little bodies.  I love taking time to listen to the children, as they are the genuine keepers of truth and knowledge!

Even though I am the first to console someone whose had a bad day by telling them, “We all have days like that”,  I forget to apply it to myself.  That is until my Biggest Little Teacher (BLT) gives me a whopping reminder right between the eyes!!!

Last week was energetically rough for me.  Work was overly demanding, money issues, scheduling issues – you name it, I felt overwhelmed.  On one particular day my fella had a really rough day too, and when we came together that evening there was no room for error or understanding.  Basically, we snapped!  Dinner was very quiet except for BLT’s sweet voice telling all kinds of stories.  But on this day, her stories could not jar us out of our self pitying egos.  The three of us uncharacteristically spent the entire evening in our own spaces – separated.  My fella spent the evening in the bedroom reading, while BLT and I remained in her room doing homework.  The evening ended, and my fella and I went to bed angry.

Morning came and I felt horrible for the massive tension I’d created for BLT and the family in general.  By 6:30 am I decided to put my ego back in its sheath, and waive the white flag.  Before BLT awoke, I swallowed my pride, apologized to my fella, and made peace with a tight kiss and a good bye as he left for work.  Feeling sure I’d made BLT very uncomfortable the night before, I went in to wake her up and talk to her a bit before the day began.

She woke with a good attitude, which is not always the case for this night owl, and we spoke about the upcoming day.  I gently began to apologize for the evening events prior and explained, “Man, I apologize for being so grouchy yesterday.  I was really feeling angry and overwhelmed. I was even irritated with Sunny” (That is what she calls my fella).  She looked at me a little surprised and said, “Irritated with him about what?”  I thought, “oh no, why did I bother to bring this up, she didn’t even notice!”  But, since I opened the bag, I had to round up the cat…  “I was just irritated with him because of all my stuff going on. I simply lost my patience. I was having a really bad day.”  BLT, looked at me with soft deep brown eyes and said, “Well mom, everyone has days like that. Today will be better.”  I cannot lie, I was shocked!  BLT seemed so mature and aligned it was as if God were smacking me directly!!!  I smiled at BLT and gave her a big hug.  She looked up at me again and said, “Yeah, everyone has days like that once in a while.”

I do hope this reminder will assist you when you have one of those “days like that”.

All my best,


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