Ok, are you ready for some deep conversation? Recently, my husband and I had those difficult discussions about funeral arrangements and what kind of burial we’d like. Sounds gruesome, I know, but these are real, straightforward talks that need to happen. We’ve all had those thoughts about our own mortality: What if I died tomorrow… Have I done all that I wanted to do? What would I have done differently?
It caused me to reflect on my life and the changes that I have made in the past decades and the legacy I’d like to leave behind. I am definitely not the same person I was twenty or thirty years ago. The struggles and triumphs I’ve endured got me to the place where I am now. By no means, am I perfect. Rather, I am a student of life – constantly learning and soaking up information like a sponge. The older I get, the more time I want to spend grabbing onto knowledge as if it were an outstretched arm from a firefighter as my house was burning. I want to learn all that is humanly possible, while trying to get through an ordinary day of work, paying bills, household chores, taking care of pets and my family.
When I was a teenager, I went to a church with my mother and grandmother that was a nondenominational Christian church. While there were biblical quotes given in every Sunday talk, there was also discussion about a book called “A Course in Miracles”, which is a philosophical interpretation of the Bible.
Hang with me, this is deep talk.
For more than three decades now, I have been the student of “A Course in Miracles”, just as I have been a student of life, and Christianity. In my opinion, you never can gain one hundred percent knowledge of those, or snow skiing – but that’s another story, and another blog. The goal is to keep studying and continue learning and have fun while doing it.
This blog is sort of a coming-out opportunity for me. I have been posting spiritual commentary on social media like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and in my book “4 Minutes a Day, Rock ’n Roll Your Way to Happy”, but have never gotten very deep. Beginning now, I am jumping into the pool of spiritual teaching and in a way, preaching. Like the well-known saying goes, we teach what we’d most like to learn.
In a recent Facebook post with the picture used in this blog, I stepped outside my comfort zone and dove deeper into teachings in “A Course in Miracles” and meditation. The response was overwhelmingly supportive and appreciative. It seems like more people are interested in how to gain inner peace and be happy, just like I am. In future blogs, social media and in a brand new program I’m developing, I will expand on this metaphysical concept and continue to dedicate my efforts to helping others find peace in their lives.
Having been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness certainly gave me time to reflect on what’s most important in my life and the human body’s amazing ability to repair itself after serious illness or injury. It made me realize that I have to make my health a priority so that I can continue to help others on their journey to happier, healthier living. God wants us to be happy and healthy, and being healthy is not just about looking good in a swimsuit. It’s about having peace of mind. Lesson 34 of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) discusses how we can replace our feelings of depression, anxiety or worry about difficult situations with peace.
Before I pass on, I hope to share information that will be educational and enlightening for those who wish to absorb it. If you are at a similar point in your life where you’re asking yourself, “is this all there is”, then you’re in the right place. Thank you for receiving these blogs. Please share them with family or friends who might be interested. With more than thirty years in the fitness industry, a Master’s degree in metaphysics and nearly three decades of marriage to a rock star, the content should be educational, enlightening and somewhat entertaining. If not, have a nice day and enjoy the pictures I post.
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