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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 229 :: it’s late

23 Aug


So….bliss for me right now is… going to sleep.

Ah…. such is simple bliss….

More tomorrow.

  {blissed out?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 298 :: mother nature’s peak performance

27 Oct
Just when I thought the peak performances couldn’t get any bigger around here… we turned a corner on our way home and saw this today:

To which I exclaimed, “Holy Mount Shasta, Batman!”

After the last few weeks of seeing peak performances from the likes of Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell, Iyanla, and then this weekend watching Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence and the Machine, and duets from Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Neil Young, Tom Jones, Norah Jones, Lukas Nelson, Band of Horses, Brian Wilson, and more rock The Bridge School benefit you would think it couldn’t be outdone.

I didn’t think it could be outdone.

But then the snow capped tip of Mt. Shasta stepped up to remind me of the biggest performance of all.

Mother Nature’s.

Ah, yes. Good reminder my dear.
Thank you.

More tomorrow. 


 {what is your definition of peak performance?}

Day 109: 5-5-5 and other ways to face fear

18 Apr

I believe in the power of everyday — of each and every day. 
All 365 of them (or 366 this year, but who’s counting?)

And, really, what else do we have?

Today, I had a great conversation with a friend (and fellow Women on Fire member!) Heike Vogel.

Heike had the distinct pleasure of attending Oprah’s Lifeclass in New York City earlier this month and she gave me the complete scoop du jour.  I applied for tickets and did not receive the calling for this… but, hey, the next best thing is having a friend who DID!

Heike not only listened to Deepak Chopra, but also Tony Robbins — all in one day —  can you imagine?   Divine.

What Heike shared with me, makes so much sense and adds to my FEAR FILES.

Tony Robbins said that we actually don’t want to become fearless — because fear helps us, it has a purpose.

His advice was to go to a place where you have COURAGE to move beyond the fear.

And, just what is the recipe for THAT?
I don’t know …yet.

But, I will say this:
I have lots of ideas.

One of which came from Heike herself.
She shared a 5-5-5 rule that she implemented into her own life.

Which includes:

  • 5 minutes of reading
  • 5 minutes of journaling
  • 5 minutes of meditation

Every morning.
This, she learned from August Gold, and I think it is brilliant.

The other point Tony Robbins shared (and Hieke imparted to me) is this:

We need to do what moves us forward — and take massive action.   

I suppose that is always the answer, taking action.
And, I’m pretty sure that is also where courage comes in to play.

All 365 (or 366) of them.  

P.S. You can watch the Oprah with Tony Robbins Lifeclass at this link — and that’s where I am going — right now!

Day 12: what do you want?

12 Jan

You can have what you want.
What a beautiful message.  It gives me hope and comforts my soul.

And it came to me through my computer.
I listened to a guided meditation from Deepak Chopra tonight and it was a gentle reminder about the power of intention.

So, what do you want?

My intention this year is to focus on the power of love and apply it to my head, heart, body and soul.  I have no idea how it will change my life, but I’m up for the challenge.

Isn’t it funny how intention leads to sight?
As if it brings exactly what you need to see into focus.  I now see “LOVE” everywhere I look.  In emails, walking down the street, in my food, on my bookshelf, even in my clothes and shoes.

Yesterday I saw it on my water bottle.

I totally forgot I owned this water bottle, until I needed one to carry fluids around with me to help soothe this sore throat.  When I pulled it out of the cupboard I had to do a double-take.

Right there in my hands, sitting on the side of the water bottle was emblazoned the word LOVE.

As if I was supposed to see it. 
As if I needed LOVE to be written out in plain English.

Tonight, after listening to Deepak’s guided meditation I am not surprised this water bottle found me again.  My body needed some love to get over this cold and it was a good reminder of my intention.

As 2012 takes it’s baby steps forward I hope you hold in your heart what you desire and what you dream of — and I hope you get what you want.

If you want a little inspiration, you can listen to the meditation here.

Day 262: what do you know for sure?

19 Sep

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
—Mark Twain

There are so many things I don’t know, and, the deeper I go into this year and this promise, the more I am learning about what I don’t know.

Tonight I met up with my dear friend Gavin at a restaurant, getting in a little time to catch up during my short stay in Boston.  As we chatted, Gavin asked me about what’s changed in my life during this year and specifically what will I keep doing once the year is over?

The answer was easy: Sugar.
I never before knew just how addicted to sugar I am, or how terribly evil sugar can be on the human body.  I was never aware.  I just didn’t know.

Not only did I not know how very destructive sugar could be, rather, I KNEW that I loved dessert.  And, I thought it was completely normal to be a sugar aficionado, a woman who never left a restaurant without ordering dessert.

In fact, I would always complain that restaurants should have a tiny chocolate chip cookie that was warm and gooey available for dessert — just so you could have a tiny sweet treat even if you were stuffed and couldn’t stomach a full blown dessert.

It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so that gets you into trouble.

Now, I know, at least about sugar.
I also know a little about meditation and the power and peace it brings. I know about toxicity too, and the importance of detoxing my body.

But, what I don’t know (although I feel I am getting closer to understanding) is that ever present question: what is the soul?

This weekend Deepak Chopra touched upon some soul food and some answers.  He pointed out that when it comes to the soul, science cannot locate it.  Through body scans, PET scan, radiology, surgery, the soul cannot be located … therefore, the simplest explanation is: if you can’t find something in the body, it’s not there.

The soul, he described, is our core consciousness and it is not local.  Meaning, it is not locatable in time or space.

Then, he had the audience, the entire 4,000+ person audience sit in silence and listen to him speak.  As the room fell silent and his voice filled the void, he reminded each of us that the one listening to him, the one focusing on nothing else but being present, is the soul.

Try it for a second if you like.
Sit in silence.  Who is there.  Who is hearing the trees blow in the fall wind outside your window? Who is hearing children in the room next door?  Who is hearing the hum of the air conditioner?

Who is it with you, when you sit in silence and observe?

I may not know …yet.
But, I’m going with Deepak on this one:  It is the soul.

“I am not in the body.
I am not in the mind.
I am not in the world.
It is in me.”

Day 261: do you want to meet deepak chopra?

18 Sep

At the beginning of this year I set out with a promise.  One to prove that you CAN do anything and specifically that I could not shop for clothes or shoes for one year and instead invest in my head, heart, body and soul ~ and of course, write about it each day, for 365 days.

If you would have told me back in January that I would be sitting in the same room with Deepak Chopra on Day 261, I would have been surprised.

But, it’s no surprise to me now.
For I know that once one sets an intention even more amazing-than-our-own-minds-could-dream-up stuff happens, including surprises.

Today I found myself waiting for Deepak Chopra to take the stage in New York City at the Integrative Nutrition Fall Conference.

As soon as the gates opened the mad rush of early birds waiting to be enlightened trampled to the stage at the Jacob Javitz Center.

I was one of them.
Let me be clear here:  I have never been one of THOSE people.

Deepak Chopra may be to me what Pearl Jam is to Justin, or your favorite hero/musician/artist/speaker/thinker/guru is to you: just who is worth getting up early for, skipping breakfast for and waiting in line for an hour to be guaranteed a good seat?

As the stage sat empty and the room filled to the rim with more people and much anticipation, it occurred to me that I didn’t want to be disappointed.  I have read and listened and meditated with Deepak on many virtual levels and now, the real life version was about to take the stage.

I didn’t want it to be let down, bubble burst.

Like the time I met “Rocky” otherwise known as Silvester Stallone and realized I was so much taller than the larger than life actor that I could pat him on the head if I really wanted to.  It permanently rearranged how I viewed the Italian Stallion and Rocky series forever more.

(Just for the record, I did not pat Silvester Stallone on the head.)

But, today, I was not disappointed.
I was inspired. 

Deepak arrived in all his synchrodestiny glory and shared both good stories and good ideas from which any of us could find inspiration.

Here are the ten questions he posed to the crowd today, call them The Deepak Top Ten List if you will.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Who am I?

2. What do I want?

3. What is a peak experience for myself?

4. What is my life purpose?

5. What kind of contribution do I want to make to society?

6. What meaningful relationships do I have?

7. How do I contribute to the relationships I have?

8. What are my unique skills and talents and how do I use them to serve humanity and the world?

9. Who are my heroes?

10.  What is my story?

And, there you have it.
The Deepak Top Ten.
They are all simple and complex.  Easy and ethereal.  Straightforward and meandering.

Here’s the — Surprise! 
These questions do not need answers.

Deepak encouraged everyone to come up with no answers, and instead just ask the questions — to yourself everyday.  Just ask  the questions.  That is the only work to do.

All to ponder.  None to answer.
And, I have to admit, I like that line of questioning.

(There was much more to share, which I will write about tomorrow, including the question that has stumped me most: what is the soul?)

Day 214: going back-to-school oprah style

2 Aug

At the beginning of this year I promised to take care of myself.
Specifically, my head, heart, body and soul, and, write about it everyday … which I am.

I promised to avoid shopping and frivolous purchases. To truly care for my body, and not only what I put ON my body … which I am.

But, I didn’t plan on living a chocolate-free existence.
Which, painfully at times, I am.

I did expect to find good, healthy things to invest my time and energy into.  At the beginning of this year, I could have guessed I would take yoga classes, but, I didn’t expect to take a class from Oprah.

Today, I found out the consummate teacher herself will be back in the classroom.  School may be out for summer, but come October, Oprah will teach her OWN students some of the best lessons she has learned over the years.  The class is called OWN Your Life (the Oprah class) and is being billed as the ultimate life class.

Now, how can I resist that?
Especially during this promise of 365 days where I am taking care of my own life and all the crazy, weird, and wonderful adventures it entails.

So, I signed up.

Back-to-school must be in the air.
Because, I also signed up for The Chopra Center’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge in August.  This is the same challenge I completed in the spring, and the closest I came to soul food so far on this journey.

So, I figure, why not try it again?
Maybe I’ll learn more this time around.
Maybe I’ll learn something different.
Or, maybe, I’ll just learn.

And, in the end, I guess that’s all that counts.

So, here I find myself, entering the month of August and already signed up and ready for fall classes; one from the life guru herself, the other from Deepak Chopra’s “sweet spot of the universe”.

There just seems to be one thing missing…
Back-to-school shopping, new shoes and a fall wardrobe.

Day 104: one small change changes everything

14 Apr

What’s your style?
Do you remember Day 14 when Holly Getty gave me my style points?

In case you weren’t with me then, it is Holly’s signature service, and a really amazing visualization technique she guides you through to uncover three very powerful words.

Each word stands for something very personal and empowering that you apply to your wardrobe.

Here again, are my three words:
Naturally Glamorous.

After being fully immersed in this 2-week cleanse, I am ready to apply these three words, not just to my wardrobe, but to my insides and my body too.

As Mama Sling always said:
It is what’s inside that counts.

Just ask Stonyfield Farms and Deepak Chopra.
Tonight, I listened to the live conversation Deepak hosted with a few experts around how chemicals are changing the foods we eat.

Pretty scary statistics like:
Babies born today (no matter where) already have 287 chemicals in their tissues.
41% of us will be diagnosed with cancer

The points they made were saddening and a bit scary.
Like 23 million pounds of toxic herbicides will be sprayed in communities across the country, for the first time ever, and annually thereafter, if USDA allows open and widespread planting of GE alfalfa.

The good news:
In true Deepak style, the night was dedicated to solutions, not just highlighting the fear of the problem.

There is hope in actions everyone can take to reverse the issue.

The easy solution?
To help reduce intake of foods with pesticides make one small change in your life: buy at least one more item “organic” ~ meaning switch at least one of your current purchases to the Organics aisle.

And that makes me think:
Isn’t it always one small change that changes everything?

Looks like my style points not only apply to my clothes, and body, but also my food. And, I would love for them to apply to our planet too.

Here’s wishing you a world that is loved, bright and naturally glamorous.


P.S. If you want to see more, learn more, or do more, you can check out the links below:

To learn more go to Center for Food Safety http://nogmoalfalfa.org/

If you need more reasons to buy organic, and to get a really bad song with a good message in your head, watch Stonyfield CEO Gary Hirshberg and the Stonyfield Moms video:

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