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The Creative Portal

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Sep 30, 2011 , , , , , , , , , , , , 22 Comments

(Photo Credit: Gilderic, Flicker, Creative Commons License)

Lots of healing this past month for me. In hindsight, I laugh at myself for sometimes (well, usually) taking a hardcore approach to my own healing process. (Gosh, eating two tins of Rescue Remedy Pastilles in two weeks is not a good idea for me!  Oops!) But, sometimes,  healing works that way. It can be intense or gentle. It can be gently intense–okay, that is how I will describe the recent version.

I was processing a ton of emotions about love, life, work, and the past. I felt overwhelmed. Thank goodness that I knew when to take a break. I had purchased my friends’ guided shamanic journey as an mp3 a while ago. It seemed appropriate this week to take some time for my own healing. (My shaman friends specialize in helping artists and other creatives get past blocks.)

When I did the journey, I went through a creative portal of sorts. I recognized it as an enchanted forest leading to of all things, my grandparents’ home. You see, my late grandparents lived with us in a basement apartment from the time I was around four years-old until I was around 11 years-old. I was truly blessed to have them be such a major part of my upbringing. While doing the shamanic journey, I came across the bookshelf that had my coloring books, favorite story books, and a prized, wooden music box of my late grandma’s. I picked up the music box, winding it up in the meditation journey. It felt soothing to my spirit. I walked into the living room of the magical basement sitting right down on the floor at the coffee table. (My late grandma always teased us about replacing it one day when we got our first jobs since it  had cracks in it, but she was only joking. It seemed to convey more loving energies with the cracks in it, so she kept it for years, for the rest of her life.). In the meditation, I colored in some books, drew some pictures, and listened to the radio with my late grandparents. They were younger, as I always remembered them. We sat and enjoyed each other’s company.

My late grandma and I always played music, whether it was on the stereo (vinyl records still are my favorite), radio, or one of us playing the organ (we both took lessons). As I finished up the shamanic journey, it was hard to leave. I realized how much I missed that sacred, creative portal, the magical basement. Yet, my grandma conveyed to me in the journey that I always could come back if I needed to do so. My intention with the shamanic journey was to heal blocks related to my guitar playing. In the journey, I saw my late grandma hand me my TV Yellow Les Paul Jr. electric guitar, which is my baby. It felt like my grandparents were approving of me.

As I came to, tears of healing came, the type that are partly sad and the type that are joyful all at the same time. I woke up in my own living room, on my couch. I smiled as the first thing I saw were my amplifiers and my very own coffee table. Later that night, I was driving home from a couples’ class that hubby and I are taking the next month or so still processing from earlier in the day from the shamanic healing journey, as well as from hubby’s kind, healing appreciation expressed to me in the couples’ class. I felt happy, but just a bit teary ’cause I wear my heart on my sleeve. It’s just the way I roll.

As I drove home, I was randomly changing the stations on my satellite radio, when I heard my grandma and I’s favorite song to dance to when I was growing up. Saturday mornings we would put some records on and crank up the volume and dance around. The song, in case you’re wondering is “Peace Train” by Cat Stevens. (My grandma was hip, what can I say?) I heard my late grandma whisper in my ear, “Don’t forget about our dancing.” I smiled and cried at the same time.

How divine, to have your creativity on all levels nurtured by an adult while growing up, whether it is singing, dancing, playing music, doing artwork, making up plays, and reading and writing poems. I enjoyed all of this with my grandparents. What a gift!

I invite you to find your own creative portal or magical place where you can go for healing and support. Us artists can be very sensitive to the world at times. We feel more deeply. We sometimes use addictions to mask our true selves or our pain, instead of reaching out for love, hugs, and support. Or, we use addictions to numb ourselves from feeling at such a deep level. I did the shamanic journey yesterday for removing blocks around my book project too. I was taken to one of my favorite beaches in the journey, El Matador in Malibu, California. I saw myself starting my day with meditation and yoga. It was such a profound message since I usually start my day with coffee and answering emails (two of my own personal “addictions” I use to self-medicate). I had been receiving repeated guidance for a very long time about starting my days differently. Wow.

I envision a world where artists and creatives are championed, appreciated, and paid their worth. This would be utopia, in my eyes. The world would be rather boring without art and music.  The world needs you, by the way. The world needs your creativity to be expressed.

Here’s my shaman friends’ link, if you are interested in going on your own journey:  http://www.abundantheartliving.com/Products.html

Here’s to creative expression!

Blessings,

Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™

http://punkrockpsychic.com

©2011

(FTC disclaimer: I mentioned a product in this blog post and do not receive commissions or payments for any purchases of said product.)


It Doesn’t Get Any Easier

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Sep 8, 2011 , , , , , , , , 22 Comments

I might get flack for this post, but I’ll write it anyway. I don’t think that life gets any easier. In my own life, I’ve noticed that I just get wiser from more experience. Then, I’m able to find more resources and tools that help me to handle challenges and also, to live more fully.

I thought of this after reading over hubby’s shoulder last night as he wrote an email addressing one of his coaching clients’ frustrations over not feeling “fresh” during races.

Some background:  Hubby was a category 2 (Cat 2) bicycle racer back in the day. (It’s probably the highest amateur level you can go before needing to quit your day job to train and race as a Cat 1/Professional.) I also did some road racing, but didn’t like it as much as my first love mountain bike racing. We both know what it takes though to be a success as a bike racer. Part of it is learning to enjoy suffering. Yes, you read that correctly.

Anyway, back to the email. Hubby ended up sharing part of what he wrote to his client. He loosely quoted bike-racing legend Greg LeMond in the email. Greg has a quote that basically says, “Training and racing doesn’t get easier. You just get faster.”

This morning, I was thinking about how to apply this to life. I think of happiness and success as a direction that you choose. I see my life as training on the earth school for evolving my soul.  So, I wouldn’t want to make life easier.

Sure, you can have a more prosperous life, but that just makes you comfortable.  I’m all about having fun, but I wouldn’t want to take easy earth school classes. It’s not my style. When I was in regular school, I always challenged myself to take a heavy course load with hard classes. I wanted to get the most out of my experience. It’s the same with electing life lessons. I never signed up for life to be easy. I signed up to learn and grow here on earth.

I do think it’s possible to learn your lessons via fun, joy, and laughter though. But, it might take you a while to get there. You’re human, and well, us humans don’t always learn things the easy way.  After you walk through fire a few times, you’ll have enough of the old way.

I’ve noticed for myself that even when I learn my life lessons via the fun way, there is still work to be done.  I liken it to hosting a party. Of course, the party is going to be fun. Yet, I have some work to do such as making food and cupcakes and cleaning house. I can choose to do this work with a positive mental attitude or with drudgery.  Yet, either way, the results will be a party.

The title of this post might sound a bit emo.  It’s not intended that way though. You can’t always control what life throws at you, but you can choose how you respond to it all.  Over time, you develop the ability to speak your truth with love.  You develop strength and courage that you never knew that you had.  You learn how to handle people and situations in the appropriate ways.  Even if you have experienced loss such as a loved one dying or filing for bankruptcy or losing a job or losing your home, you still persist in moving forward in life.  These are the times that might test you, but really, you will see in the future that you learned so much.  I’ve heard many clients say that they would never change a thing in their lives since all of the challenges and hardships made them who they are today.

The best thing is that challenges help you to have compassion for others.  You will be able to pass along your knowledge and wisdom to others.  Also, when you experience self-doubt, you can tap into the memories of how you overcame even more serious challenges in the past.

I myself would never ask the universe to make my life easier. I’d ask for the strength, courage, ability, and skills to transmute any hardship into blessings for myself and others.  That is just how I roll.

Although I’m no longer a competitive athlete, I push myself to excel in other life areas.  As I write my book, I notice that it’s not easy, but it stretches me and forces me to grow. It is my first time writing a book.  When you’re doing something for the first time, it can feel scary.  But, you were given the challenge for a reason.  That reason is unique to you, and only you can know what it is.  It is your life lessons.  By the way, don’t allow anyone else to tell you what your lessons are. They are yours and yours alone.

I’ve often been nudged to write about my personal life challenges.  I tend to be private here about what I’ve been through.  I suppose part of it is that I don’t want to dwell on the past.  Another part is that I don’t feel the need to show you my scars. I don’t want us to sit here comparing scars, “Oh, I can top that, I almost died.”

A person recently emailed me to say that I didn’t have enough punk rock in me since I was so positive and happy-go-lucky.  This made me laugh, seriously. Yeah, I’m not punk enough :)  My punk rock rebellion just looks differently from this emailer.  My life challenges were different than his. It’s all good. (I’d even venture to say that my challenges are very common.  They are not that special. So, I don’t give them energy. Although one day, I might write more about my own life story. It’s an old, old story that I no longer live.)

What do you think?  Does life get easier? What have you learned?  Feel free to share by commenting here!

Blessings,

Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™

http://punkrockpsychic.com


Versatile Blogger Award!

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Aug 26, 2011 6 Comments

I’m so grateful to accept a Versatile Blogger Award from writer Tia Silverthorne Bach. Her and her mom, Angela wrote their first novel called Depression Cookies.  Check out their blog: http://depressioncookies.blogspot.com/ and also, their book: http://depressioncookies.blogspot.com/p/ordering.html. Their novel is written from the perspective of a middle-aged mom and teenaged daughter, working to retain their true selves during life challenges.  (I can’t wait to read it, once I get my own book done! Yay!).

There’s a few rules when it comes to accepting the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Thank the person who awarded it to you, by linking back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself in your blog post.

3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs (contact the owners to let them know too!)

I’ll share the 15 blogs after I share my 7 things. Here’s my 7 things:

1. I’m a jock. Yes, you read that correctly! I don’t compete any more, but I still exercise for stress reduction. I’ve played many sports. Most of my talents were in endurance sports such as running and bicycling. These days, my “sport” is electric guitar.

2. I avoid gluten. I also avoid dairy, soy, corn, refined sugar, artificial colorings, and lots of caffeine. I’m really sensitive to chemicals.

3. I’m an omnivore. I’ve tried being vegetarian, even vegan and raw vegan for a good portion of my life. I always seem to return to eating fish, seafood, and occasional meat. I feel healthier when I have animal protein in my diet. I used to really beat myself up about this, feeling like I wouldn’t become enlightened as quickly. I just do my best to eat healthy.

4. I dislike scary movies. I’m a wuss. I am too sensitive to watch them. Some action/adventure movies are too intense for me too. I prefer music documentaries, romantic comedies, and nature films.

5. I’m not into the paranormal trend. I feel as though ghosts (earthbound spirits) need compassion and love, along with a loving, swift kick home from Archangel Michael. I get disgusted when people like to exploit the ghosts. They are lost souls, needing help getting home.  I’m open to life on other planets, but it doesn’t inform my spirituality. I admit to being curious about Big Foot though. I think I saw one once in Northern Michigan at a mountain bike race, deep into the singletrack. He seemed friendly!  Vampires, werewolves, and other interesting creatures are okay too, but aren’t my thing. (I still haven’t forgiven them for hiding under my bed as a kid!)

6. I don’t do astrology. Astrology is a fun tool that I use to understand myself.  I don’t like to live my life entirely by it though.  I am not an expert in it either. I don’t take people’s birth dates or towns to give readings.  I tend not to use many tools when I give readings, other than psychic skills.

7. I rarely drink alcohol. Again, I’m sensitive.  I might have a drink or two on vacations once or twice per year. I drink a couple of energy drinks at the bar when I see live music. Since I don’t usually do much sugar and caffeine, it really works! Ha ha ha! (It’s true, you will get wings!).

That’s it…for now, about me…

Now, to share the blogs–yay! Here the 15 blogs, and I recommend that you check them out. (They are in no particular order since they are all #1 to me!).

1. Rock Your Biz Into X-treme Productivity

2. Sassy Psychic

3. Abundant Heart

4. The Sassy Minx

5. Chocolate and the Meaning of Life

6. Angelic Alchemy

7. Healive

8. Frugal Science

9. The Niche Clarity Coach

10. Karmic Kappuccino

11. The Inspiring Bee

12. Everyday Gyaan

13. Heather Bestel

14. Rebuilding Tori

15. Coaches Circle Mastermind

I hope you will check out the above blogs. It’s some good stuff, seriously!

Thanks again, Tia for this fun blogging award!

Lots of hugs, love, and gratitude,

Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™

http://punkrockpsychic.com


Saying “Goodbye” to a Friend

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Aug 17, 2011 12 Comments

(Photo Credit: Rebecca Wiliamson, Flickr, Creative Commons License)

This week is a sad week for me. Borders, the wonderful book store chain is closing. I feel as though I’m saying goodbye to a friend. It sucks, to be honest.

The other day, I thought I’d stop by for the big sale at one of the remaining locations in my area.  I needed a book, and although I have an ebook reader now, I just thought it would be nice to buy one last physical book from Borders.  I also picked up a book on songwriting since I’ve been playing around with that for a while. As I walked out, I felt the characteristic wood of Borders’ doors, took one look back at the store with tears in my eyes. I saw all of the black, red, and yellow signs with things like “Store Closing” and “Nothing Held Back,” and that is when it all sunk in. I cried.

Yes, I had tears.

You see, Borders and me go way back. As a high school kid in the late 1980’s, I would make pilgrimages with friends in beat up, old cars to their original store at 303 South State Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which was about a half hour from my home. Later, when I attended the University of Michigan there in the early 1990’s, I found solace and refuge at that store in between classes. I would spend a spare five or ten minutes in there in between my crazy schedule of classes and work.  Years later, the store moved up the road to Liberty in Ann Arbor, taking up residence in the old Jacobsen’s department store building. They also had opened up several locations in Michigan, including one in the suburbs, closer to my family home. Later, the store spread all over the United States as a very successful bookstore chain.

So many times, people advocate spending money at local businesses. I couldn’t agree more.  But, when some people would dissuade me from shopping at Borders, I had to stop them. To me, Borders was a local bookstore. I found them to be so involved in their local communities with events for young and old, along with supporting local authors.  It also was a thrill to shake the hands of my favorite authors at book signings who came from Michigan or the Detroit area.

My hubby and I have spent thousands of dollars on books, music, magazine, coffee, greeting cards, gift certificates, and other products at Borders for ourselves and loved ones.  Borders was our Saturday night date.  Hubby and I would get dinner out, and then, follow up with coffee, conversation, and book browsing at Borders.  It was a huge part of our lives!

Whenever I needed to recharge or get some creative inspiration, I would stop at Borders.  In fact, Borders felt like a friend to me.  I sometimes felt challenged by life like most human beings on the planet, but shopping there always made me feel better.  I also will miss the staff there who would go the extra mile to find a book that I needed or order it especially for me.

I even had a stint there briefly after college as a bookseller in 1996-1997.  It was where I discovered a book on holistic medicine that changed my life, helping me to heal chronic fatigue syndrome, along with getting on the path to becoming a massage therapist, energy worker, and then, professional psychic.  All of that stuff led me to my spiritual path.

I once even celebrated my birthday at Borders.  Hubby and I were low on funds a few years ago. We did lunch at a restaurant, and then, had a special coffee drink at Borders.  In fact, many of our anniversaries, birthdays, and special occasions have involved Borders.  We would gift each other items from the store or buy a joint gift for and from each other.  The best gift anyone could ever give me was a gift certificate for Borders.  I’ve also visited Borders in all of my travels from Washington, D.C. to Chicago, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky to Seattle, Washington to Santa Monica, California to Kona, Hawaii–and other places in between.

Saying goodbye is hard.  I know that there are other bookstores.  I know that change is all there is.  I feel sad though in a big way.  Just as I’m writing a book right now, I’m disheartened that I won’t ever see it on the shelf at Borders.  Such is life, I know.  You can’t always have what you desire, I realize.

So, goodbye, dear friend. I will miss you Borders!  Thanks for the good memories!  We will miss you!

Happy Trails!

Blessings,

Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™

http://punkrockpsychic.com


Clarity According To An Illuminated Mind

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Aug 10, 2011 , , , , , , , , 10 Comments

(Artwork by Gustavo Silva, used with permission)

Today’s blog entry is a guest post by Gustavo Silva of Frugal Science.  Check out his website/blog here:  http://frugal-science.com/blog/ Gustavo writes about creating more simplicity in our lives.  Read more about him here:  http://frugal-science.com/blog/about/ His following post really resonated with me since I work in the business of helping people find more clarity.  And, well, I’m a big fan of Krishnamurti’s work, considering him to be a paper mentor of mine.

Anyway, here’s Gustavo’s post:

Clarity has become ubiquitous lately. Ever since the anti-marketing approach stated that you should search deep within yourself for authentic branding, many bloggers are trying to seize a bite of it.

In order to be successful in your online biz, you have to start by answering “What do you rally want in life?” –they say. With infinity of choices available nowadays, Clarity becomes a great tool.

Moreover, loads of information incoming every second thanks to new technologies from the “age of distraction” makes Clarity of Perception a very good option against “information overload.”

But, what is Clarity? And, how can we get some? Let’s take a look at what one of the wisest men of the twentieth century said about the topic (shall we?).

The “Holy Man” goes solo.

Jiddu Krishnamurti was very smart. Of all the authors I have ever read, I consider Mr. K to be one of the smartest. His writings however, are not the easiest thing to digest–not much for clarity there–but, once you courageously decide to follow his argument, you discover that his proposal is clean and consistent.

Raised to be “the chosen one” amidst his fellows, he abdicated to his holy man status when he was still a young man, and decided to become an independent thinker.

And independent he was.

If you know the man’s work, you may acknowledge that his ideas were not aligned with any trend of thinking. In fact, he was an acrid critic of all religions and ideologies; he often stated that any kind of preconceived idea, judgment, ideology or belief defeated any possibility of really finding the Truth. In his own words:

“All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man.”

Also:

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.”

Via Negativa.

Clarity was one of Mr. K. recurring topics. The main idea was that Clarity could not be reached by any kind of method but only by identifying what is obstructing our perception.

That is called “via negativa”: trying to infer the outcome by identifying what is preventing it: (i.e.: health defined as the absence of sickness and happiness defined as the absence of sadness)

The full argument is much deeper than that and has a lot of connotations. This is my attempt to synthesize it:

* Clarity is there for anyone who really is serious about finding the truth.

* Clarity can not be obtained by any kind of method.

* The moment you propose a method, you are introducing a concept.

* Conceptual thinking provides a false sense of security to people.

* People search for the sense of security and not for the Truth.

* People are ready to fight to defend this concept against everybody.

* That is how Conceptual thinking produces division among people.

* That is how Conceptual thinking prevents persons from obtaining clarity.

Summing it up:

If we really want to have Clarity in our lives, we have to identify what is obstructing our perception of reality. If we are really serious about the Truth we have to be ready to dismiss all our pervious knowledge of what is the Truth. We have to discard all preconceived ideas of reality and life. Only then we could start seeing life as it is.


5 Tips for Tarot Beginners

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Aug 4, 2011 , , , 2 Comments

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I was inspired to write this post by The Tarot Lady’s kind mention of me in her recent blog post.  (Check it out here, as there are tons of great resources/websites listed, not just yours truly’s: http://thetarotlady.com/2011/07/26/78-tarot-blogs-and-websites-worth-checking-out/)  And, if you look closely at my header graphic, you’ll notice which tarot cards speak to my heart.

Before I go into the good stuff, the tarot tips, I’m going to talk about my experience with the tarot.  Early in my career as a psychic, I tended to use oracle cards, specially angel oracle cards more than the tarot.

Oracle cards, by the way, vary from tarot cards.  The tarot is a set of 78 cards that has both Major Arcana (22 cards such as the Fool, the Empress, the Sun, the Moon, etc.), along with the Minor Arcana (56 cards that are in suits such as cups, coins, wands, and swords–there are variances in the names/terms, depending on the deck you buy).

I started to study the tarot seriously about 2 years ago.  I took some classes, read some books, and used myself as a guinea pig.  It took me a long time to find a tarot deck whose artwork didn’t creep me out, I’ll admit.  But, I learned in my studies that even the “scary cards” are simply symbols of something that is subject to interpretation.

Nowadays, I don’t use any type of divination tool such as cards in readings very much, but I still enjoy the cards.  So, I will use them from time to time.  Any divination tool simply amplify your own psychic and intuitive skills.  See it as an extension of your own skills.

I get asked a lot of questions about how to get started with the tarot.  I thought I’d write this post with some tips for beginners.  (I love the idea of beginners mind from Buddhism, by the way.  Even if I have a good amount of skill or expertise in something, I still consider myself a newbie.  That way, I’m still open to learning.  It’s just how I roll.)

Here are five tips for tarot beginners or those new to the tarot:

1. Find a deck that appeals to you. Many start with the Rider-Waite tarot deck.  But, if you find one that you prefer more, go with your preference.  You and your deck will become friends, so you want to make sure you like your tool.  I myself found the Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti to be beautiful, and it still had enough symbolism in the artwork to correspond with the books I was reading about the tarot.  A lot of tarot books will refer to the Rider-Waite when speaking to beginners.  So, it’s nice to have a deck that isn’t too abstract and still retains some of the Rider-Waite’s character when you’re first starting out.

2.  Draw a card for yourself every day. Don’t worry about elaborate tarot spreads yet.  Start your day by drawing a card for yourself with a message for the day.  This is a great way to learn the meanings of the cards.  Eventually, you will have your own meanings established too, especially if you start to give readings professionally.  Using the tarot will open you up psychically, but it’s at a gentle pace.  Just start out slowly by doing readings for yourself one to two times per day.  Don’t start reading for others for money until you feel comfortable and have had a lot of practice.

3.  Learn about energies. Learn about how to ground, shield, and set your intentions.  All divinatory work goes more smoothly with clearer results if you do energy management. Learn how to clear your tarot deck and also, your own energy field.  Learn some methods, but then, adapt them for your own use.  You will find your own methods that work for you.  It gets easier over time and the process will streamline as you get practice.  Learn too how to disconnect after the readings, especially if you read for others, even if it’s just for fun or for people you love.

4. Have fun. Enjoy the process of learning.  Don’t go crazy trying to read every book all at once.  Let yourself enjoy learning.  It can be stressful to want to become an expert overnight.  I still at times forget some aspects of the cards and tend to rely on my own intuition to interpret the cards for the particular question or client.  Guidebooks are great, but over time, you won’t even refer to them at all.  They are a nice reference when you’re first learning, however.

5.  Start a tarot journal. Write down your questions and the card(s) you draw in response.  Write some notes about what you think it means for you.  Just one or two paragraphs is sufficient.  Look at the prior day’s entry.  At the end of the week, check in with yourself to see how you feel about your week’s happenings and the cards’ messages.  You might even have a page for each of the 78 cards of the tarot to record meanings that you have discovered for each card.  This information will compile in your memory bank too, so don’t worry if you forget to make some notes.

I hope these tips are helpful.

Do you use the tarot?  Or, have you always wanted to use it?  What burning questions do you have about using oracle cards or tarot decks?  I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings,

Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™

http://punkrockpsychic.com


Caution: Grumpy and Need Nap

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Aug 2, 2011 , , , 12 Comments

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If you’re read my blog for a while, you know that I’m a big proponent of self-care.  One of my favorite ways to take care of myself is to take power naps.  I know that the experts will say to only do a 15-20 minute power nap so you don’t wake up feeling groggy.  Well, it takes me that long to fall asleep, so mine tend to be 30 minutes long.

In college, I could nap anywhere.  I was working part-time with a full class load.  I would take naps in the graduate library study kiosks (some even had a door for privacy), along with the computing cluster.  I used to take naps at half-time at football games since I was so tired.  Nowadays, I prefer my futon.  (Futon or couch naps work better for me than my bed.  If I go into my bed, I will sleep for hours since it’s too comfortable.)  Oh wait, I also should mention my ability to sleep in any moving vehicle.  I somehow developed the skill of sleeping in the passenger seat quite comfortably.

I’m a really happy, laid back type of person, but when I’m tired, I get grumpy.  Anyone who knows me well knows this about me.  I don’t get grumpy towards you.  I just find a way to take a quick nap and then, get on with the rest of my day.

My one confession about my naps is that I like to make productive use of the time by listening to a guided meditation.  (Yes, I even like to make sure that my nap time is productive.  I know, I am a Type A person.)  Or, at times, if I only have 15-20 minutes, I’ll do a brief meditation on my own.  I once read that 15 minutes of meditation time was equivalent to eight hours of sleep.  I’m not so sure that I buy that 100% yet, but I keep trying.  I keep putting it out there that I’ll awaken to feeling totally refreshed and relaxed.  It seems to be working, but progress is slow.

When I’m working on a big project, I still like to make sure that I take care of myself by getting sleep, exercising, meditating, playing guitar, and getting some fresh air.  I used to try the sleep deprivation, work-around-the-clock, and ingest as much caffeine as possible method.  It doesn’t work.  I end up getting exhausted.  A few months ago, I lowered my caffeine intake substantially.  I used to drink a full French press pot each day.  Now, I have one cup of green tea each day.  I’ve noticed that I sleep much better, almost like a rock (or like a bear, perhaps?  I sure hope that I’m not snoring. Poor hubby.).

What about you?  Do you ever take naps?  Does napping help you?  How do you alleviate your grumpiness?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  Feel free to leave me a comment.

Off to take a nap,

Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™

http://punkrockpsychic.com


The Daily Habit of Writing

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Jul 31, 2011 , , , 14 Comments

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What I love the most about doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge is that it gets me back into my daily habit of writing.  Writing is a process.  It’s a practice.  It’s something that you can’t make time for usually.  You just show up at the page.  I can’t wait for inspiration, I have to write to be inspired.  That’s what I’ve discovered.

Even if I feel like I have writer’s block, I don’t allow myself to dwell in it.  I will look at a photo and try to get ideas.  Often, that is how it happens for me since I’m so highly visual.

I used to journal every day, but now, I’m finding that I am using that time to write blog posts or other content for my website, newsletters, or other on-line projects.  I do turn to my journal when I need to process my feelings and emotions.

I’ve decided to make writing a daily habit.  I figure I brush my teeth every day.  I workout pretty much every day.  Why would writing be any different?  (That’s how my logic goes anyway.)

Writers, what about you?  What do you think about writing being a daily habit?  What’s your process and path with writing?  I’d love to hear your thoughts here.  Feel free to comment.

On a side note, many thanks and much love to all who read my blog posts this month and left comments.  I so enjoyed “meeting” everyone in the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  It’s my second time completing it, and each time, I’ve learned something about myself, as well as others.  I’ve so enjoyed reading your posts too!  Thanks for the generosity too with retweeting and sharing my posts.  You guys rock!  Love and hugs!

Blessings,

Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™

http://punkrockpsychic.com

(This is my post #31, completing the Ultimate Blog Challenge.)


How Do You Handle Surprises?

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Jul 30, 2011 , 2 Comments

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How do you handle surprises?  I myself am a delayed responder.  Surprises shock me.  I turn into a bumbling idiot.  I can’t speak.  My body shakes.  I trip on my own two feet.  I start repeating slowly, “Oh, my God, oh, my God.”  In the past, I’ve even bumped myself.  Ouch!

About two days later, it will hit me.  I then find myself jumping around (if you have me over, make sure your mattress is sturdy ’cause I might jump on your bed or any available bed!).  I start giggling for no reason.  I become giddy, much like a 2-year-old, I’ll admit.

I think part of my slow response is that I can’t believe that I could manifest something so cool and amazing.  So, when it shows up, I need to touch it and make sure it’s real.  Or, if it’s something intangible, I have to think about it being real.

But, just know, if you ever do surprise me, I am truly happy.  My heart bursts with joy.  I love even the smallest surprises. The big ones though—wow, not sure yet how to handle those.

I’m learning though.

Okay, now, it’s time to go jump on the bed!

(I also think a cupcake will be involved in my celebration.)

So, again, I ask you:  how do you handle surprises?  Tell me a good story about how something good came into your life.  How did you handle it?  I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings and love,

Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™

http://punkrockpsychic.com

(This is my post #30 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.)


What Satisfies Me the Most

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Jul 29, 2011 , , 10 Comments

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This might sound funny, but the thing that satisfies me the most is check marks.  Well, I mean, check marks on a list of things you need to accomplish.  The one list that I love to put check marks the most on is my weekly workout list.  I feel such a gratifying sense of accomplishment when I put a check mark next to each completed workout daily.  I also like putting check marks in my planner.  I’ve never been able to make the switch to an electronic schedule/planner.  I like the feel of pen and paper too much to have one of those. (And, I do distrust electronic devices at times.)

I’m sure I’ve just programmed my mind to make check marks so satisfying.  Oddly, I don’t like using them with my grocery list.  It’s too distracting when I have to stop to put a check on my list as I breeze around the aisles, hunting for healthy foods.

I’ve tried the check mark bit with my business areas too.  I tend to look at my lists infrequently though so that I can make a big number of check marks when I do.  I love the feeling of a marker, especially if it’s a hot pink or red one.  It’s the fun way of saying, “Done!” and then, “Next!”

I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves the check marks.  What about you?  How do you feel about time management and completing of tasks?  Do you feel good about it?  Or, do you feel anxious since there is always more to do?  Feel free to share, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Check!

Blessings,

Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™

http://punkrockpsychic.com

(This is my post #29 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.)


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