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What's Your Poison?

And the soft, tender voice said "Stop poisoning yourself"girls soccer players

Another soccer tournament weekend. My daughter had a game at 7:30 a.m. which meant she had to be there at 6:45 a.m. for warm-ups. I had 45 minutes of "free time" before the game was to start. I decided to sit in my car and listen to an audio book I have called "Thousand Names for Joy" by Byron Katie.

I have come to love Byron Katie. At 43, she had what seems to me to be a spiritual awakening, though I do not think she would call it that. She had spent the previous 10 years of her life in severe depression and the final 2 years she was barely able to leave her home much less take care of herself. When the enlightenment happened, Katie was in a halfway house sleeping on the floor in the attic room because she did not feel worthy enough to sleep in the bed. She says she woke up and was filled with laughter and joy. She realized she hada thousdand names for joy been believing thoughts that weren't true and this was the cause of all her suffering. She went on to develop a process called THE WORK , whereby, in simple terms, people consider a thought that is causing them pain and come up with a thought that could be at least as true or even more true than the original thought. Not only have I found this to be profoundly helpful in my life but as a life coach, this is my go-to tool when helping people remove limiting beliefs and behaviors that are getting in the way of living the life they yearn for.

Meditating in the car waiting for a soccer game to begin is a great way to solve problems. Where do you meditate best? Tweet your answer using #meditating.

So, back to my car on this early soccer morning. I am listening to the CD and thinking about a battle I was in with Fannie May. I love Fannie May Dark Chocolate. I had been eating some almost every night for a very long time. Sometimes I would just have a 3-4 pieces and other times I would have 12 or more. While thinking about this, I doze off. Hey, it's early!fanny may

I wake up and hear the soft, gentle voice of Byron Katie say,"Stop Poisoning Yourself". WHAT! Did I just hear that? I did not have time to consider this because I had dozed off long enough that I had just missed the start of the game.

As I was walking to the field, while watching the game, as I was driving home from the game, while I was eating lunch and throughout the rest of the day all I could think about was what I think I may have heard "stop poisoning yourself".

I knew that she spoke to my truth. I have been poisoning myself in a Thousand Different Ways. Maybe my autab sodadio book should be called A Thousand Names for Poison. Fannie May candy was a form of poison for me as was my favorite beverage, Tab diet cola. I decided in that moment to stop poisoning myself. I have not had Fannie May or Tab since Columbus Day. I feel like an explorer who is discovering herself again. I am intrigued by this and want to know "WHAT'S YOUR POISON?" How are poisoning yourself? Tweet your answer using #whatsyourpoison poison bottle purple

Post your poison on my Facebook Page and let’s stop poisoning ourselves right now!

I have your antidote: A FREE COACHING SESSION! If you want to PUT DOWN YOUR POISON, call me between now and January 31st to set up a FREE 30-minute coaching session.

Do you have a SPIRITUAL MIRACLE like my “Poison” story? I am sure many of you have experienced strange coincidences and messages of unseen guidance. We are putting together a series called “My Spiritual Miracle” where we plan to share stories that seem to come from beyond. Email your story to Look for it on our website in the future.


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