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“There are only two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle, the other as though everything is a miracle.”- Albert Einstein

Sometimes I find it useful to remind myself of the beautiful, abundant, and miraculous nature of the universe. Our very existence as a human being is one of the most miraculous events of all. First, just imagine all the individual circumstances of each set of your ancestors coming together, having their children, and eventually leading to your parents coming together to create the unique human being that is you.

As if that isn’t mind-bending enough, let’s explore the actual creation of a human baby. We all understand that any animal gestation results, at its most basic level, from the division of cells. But consider this; not only do the cells divide and divide and divide, eventually resulting in roughly 30 trillion cells in a human adult, but each new cell knows what it is supposed to become and do. During the nine months that a human baby is in the womb, cells divide, but also know how to become legs and arms and brains and hearts and all the other organs. Mind-bending indeed.

Then, consider the stars in our sky. Beautiful to see, but so numerous and vast that it is impossible for our little pea brains (or mine at least) to comprehend. Our Milky Way alone contains over 100 billion stars, one being our sun that is placed in the perfect place to support life on earth. In total, scientists predict that our universe has about one septillion stars. That’s a one followed by 24 zeroes. Again, impossible to understand. And that’s not even discussing the vast distances involved.

I’ll highlight just one other example for your consideration. There are about 380,000 known species of plants. Our planet hosts about 3,700 species of bromeliads alone. The one you are likely most familiar with is the pineapple. I remember first seeing this information posted while admiring the plants in the Balboa Park Botanical Building. At the time I was amazed, never having considered the immensity of the varieties of flora on our planet. To this day, I continue to be impressed and awed by this statistic.

I hope you’ll take time today to ponder the wonder of this miraculous universe and appreciate all the beauty we’ve been given to freely enjoy every day.

“The (wo)man who views the world at 50 the same as (s)he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of (her) his life.”- Muhammad Ali

I saw this quote the other day and have been pondering its wisdom. As a person who has been pretty committed to learning and growing throughout my life, I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment.

My early life was very small. It consisted of a small group of friends, school, church, and my family. We were not well off and didn’t travel, or really do much of anything at all. My social activities revolved around my church, and I eventually became the youth group president. All the way up through my high school years I had very limited visibility to other religions, races, or political views.

After an eye-opening incident that resulted in me resigning my church membership when I was 21, I started to re-examine my spiritual beliefs. Simultaneously I was working full-time at an office job and began going to college at night. Slowly, slowly my horizons began to broaden. Over time, I learned more, grew in my world view, got an education, and became much more informed about the world. For many years, this mostly happened organically, with very little intentionality.

Once I finished my degree (eight long years after I started) I followed a pretty traditional path of pursuing a career, getting married, and having a family. It wasn’t until I began experiencing bouts of depression and anxiety that I decided I had to address some pretty serious childhood trauma. I won’t go into the whole long and winding road I experienced for many years, but what ultimately happened was I was led to further seek a deeper understanding of universal truths, spirituality, and healing modalities.

After travelling down this road for some time now, my world view, the way I think about my life, and my (limited) understanding of our role here on earth as powerful spiritual beings, looks nothing like the views I held 30 years ago. And, although life continues to present me with evidence that I certainly don’t have it all figured out, I’m very proud of my continued growth. I know it’s my purpose to help others who are willing to grow and evolve too.

I’m a coach, whose job is to bring the tools, skills, and concepts to others so they can address issues, eliminate unwanted patterns, and generally transform their lives. As such it can be very difficult to admit to unwanted patterns and painful circumstances in my own life. The term ‘physician heal thyself’ comes to mind. I’ll admit that I sometimes have the “who am I to teach others” kind of feelings.

I value authenticity and transparency so I would never pretend that there aren’t bumps in the road (and sometimes huge boulders) that appear to be obstacles to my peace and joy. But my superpower is I know that ultimately all is well, there is always a way forward, and I need only stay present and awake as life unfolds. I have tools at my disposal to help when the going gets tough and I can’t get out of my own head. These tools, like EFT (tapping) and meditation, help to break the emotional grip of the situation and help me to relax and allow the universe to guide me, rather than spin my wheels trying to control the uncontrollable.

I’m a fan of Adyashanti and listen to his teachings often. One of the principles he discusses is pain as part of the human condition. A concept that I’m embracing (if not 100% consistently) is that although pain, both emotional and physical, is often a fact of our human existence, suffering is completely optional. This idea can be difficult to accept, and even if accepted intellectually, can be difficult to embody in our daily life. Although we can theoretically just decide to drop our stories (and therefore our worries and angst) in an instant, the capacity to do so mostly eludes us. We have been so thoroughly conditioned to respond, react, worry, fret, and try to wrench control of the situation that we truly have no idea how to just let go and be present with what is.

Arguing with what is, or what was, however traumatic or unfair, can only lead to pain. Acceptance, which really means letting go of our stories and interpretations of what it all means, is the only way to peace. Acceptance of exactly where we are gives us the space to listen to our inner knowing, in order to be divinely led along the path that best serves us.

EFT is an effective tool that can release us from our stories that often developed over a lifetime of repeating and reinforcing old hurts, traumas, and patterns. Most of us laid the foundation for our current stories and beliefs through experiences we had before we were old enough to have any discernment. If you are repeating the same painful patterns in your finances, relationships, or other life circumstances, I can help you break free so that you can more easily and peacefully open to new possibilities.

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