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Activism - Art - Authorship

☀Stay Safe and Protected in Your Light☀

The Shift Outside Reflects the Shift Inside

Photo from LA based mental health non-profit, The Painted Brain, for their virtual mental health art show, "Discovering a Place for Us"

"One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world." 

- Buddha

The past two years are now the bookends to a major transitional shift that started six years ago. One day I woke up, and my world scattered at my feet in sharp, unrecognizable shards. Suddenly, I was standing alone, surrounded by a void. This massive shift all occurred when my doctors told me of my potential to contract Multiple Myeloma, a disease that wreaks havoc with your immune system. I was just 52 years old at the time of diagnosis.

A published writer and stay-at-home mom, I decided the most important thing was to stay alive to see my daughter through high school and document my journey, making sure to share how I made it. I decided early not to let the 'potential' MM time bomb implanted at the center of my life stop me from living: I intended to reclaim my life and emerge a better version of myself on the other side---wherever that maybe.

By the time the pandemic hit, I had experienced multiple mini epidemics in my personal life, so much so that I fully prepared for the radical shift it brought about. Isolation was now my second name. I barreled through many crises before, so the moment was merely an unappetizing, sour cherry dropped on top. What could one more epidemic do to me that had? I had already hit bottom financially, physically, emotionally, and mentally so bring it on! Fortunately, the only light source was my spiritual practice, and I decided to anchor my shaky life there. It was the best decision I made.

Today, as we begin to emerge from the darkness of the past couple of years, I am vaccinated; my daughter is a high school graduate and reclaiming her life as she charts her way forward into a promising career. I am about to restart my life by taking a course that will clarify my career and put me on the cutting edge of my chosen field. Thankfully, I am healing and recovering, having made it through the unexpected shifts and radical changes the macro-pandemic forced upon all of us.

Serendipitously, an opportunity at Painted Brain, an organization in CA, has presented itself at the right time, allowing me to showcase the art and writing I created and stored in my computer over the last decade. Life is looking up, and I am still here, living in clarity, awareness, presence, acceptance, and gratitude for all that has transpired. The massive, positive shift on the inside is finally making an appearance on the outside.

At last, I feel the choice to live with courage, wisdom, and compassion driven by an empowered life force, garnered from a consistent and deep reliance on my consistent, daily spiritual practice, has led me back home to my true self. My advice to anyone experiencing a shift in their lives is to let go and be. Do not fight it. Find the time to listen and hear. I believe that the moment we are in is a rare opportunity ripe for accurate, in-depth, courageous self-development and realignment, but we have first to see and acknowledge it. My best advice is to let go and trust that you are where you are supposed to be and work outwards from there. I genuinely believe there are no coincidences. 

Charge forward with confidence and live your best life. 

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