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YOUR TIME IS NOW: Your Life, Your Choice, You Have the Power; Today Is the Day ~Keith E. Smith

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

I so enjoy reading books about people’s success and the path they take to get to the next level. They always inspire me to renew my energy to change and keep my efforts fresh and well practiced. YOUR TIME IS NOW is just a marvelous example of that successful living model and a great permission to dream your dreams.

Smith tells his story of change emphasizing that it was not an instant kind of journey but rather it was a process, which included a feeling that he was not manifesting his true potential. He has an extensive bibliography of the study he undertook to figure out his passion and what action he was going to undertake to work towards and hone in on defining his brightest goals and aspirations. His stories illuminate his process, which is shared in a way that gives everyone the small steps necessary to work on their own goals and dreams.

I liked very much that Smith writes in his own words, uses quotes that he found personally helpful and which actually illuminate the steps in the process. There is a truth and relevance to the steps.

YOUR TIME IS NOW brought me into the present moment and allowed me to set down a worry or two; I had a big sigh and then listed some of the tough times I have weathered and survived. I opened up to a deeper appreciation for the experiences of my life and was so grateful for those opportunities. Yes, gratitude is a large key to the process of change and movement. In the authors own words,” This is actually a good thing because it helps us snap out of auto-pilot and awaken to more!” (Page106)

Synchronicity happened around this book, a friend on Facebook was thanked for gifting this book and I mentioned in the comments I would like to read and review Keith Smith’s book. Keith Smith sent me a copy of the book. Thank you!

I recently completed a review of a book about Alice James, sister of William and Henry James. Both books ALICE IN BED  and YOUR TIME IS NOW included this William James quote: “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create that fact.”

Thank you so much Keith E. Smith for sharing your terrific book with me and I hope my sharing will bring more readers to your work.

Congratulations on the release of your new Novel: BLACK CHAMBER: Paradise Lost

Keith E. Smith Blog: Straight Up Living

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A SHORT PATH TO CHANGE: 30 Ways to Transform Your Life ~Jenny Mannion

Monday, April 4th, 2016

“The purpose of this book is to help you discover your own inner power for healing aspects of your own life.  Remember, we are all self-healing creatures.”

I have been reading and following Jenny Mannion’s blog posts for many years now.  I was very excited to hear that her book was to be published.  When you purchase her new book, you will receive a free 30-minute consultation.  I received a free consultation with Jenny years ago, when my knee became inflamed and she did a healing treatment over the phone which fixed the problem and reduced the swelling dramatically.  Pain relief and I subscribed to her blog.

When SHORT PATH, was published, I offered to review the book on my blog and Jenny sent me an e-galley copy.  I was doing a Detox Diet at the time and just incorporated the 30 exercises in SHORT PATH into my new routine and it became quite a wonder-full experience and healing for me.

The exercises were easy to follow and I enjoyed the additional suggestion to add the results into my journal writing.  I challenged myself to add getting my walk back to 2 miles everyday along with the detox diet and doing Mannion’s exercises.  It became 40 days of change and release for me.  I found the “let go”, forgiveness, and releasing the past to be the hardest part for me; the gratitude and visualization work were the most rewarding.  My focus was to clear up several muscle spasms I was having in my body and in my eye.  I also wanted to get off all 21 medications I was taking post surgery.   We achieved that and no more sugar also.  The muscle spasm in my eye truly is gone and I lost 8 pounds.  I think I will use SHORT PATH for several more healing focus experiences, right away to keep the momentum going forward and achieve more healing.

Jenny Mannion is quite the healer, beginning with being told she was so ill that she would need to be in a wheel chair and by changing her focus she was able within 15 days to walk and heal her own dis-ease.   She has been able to return to her love of dance and she has an active practice of intuitive healing.  We are still clear across the country from each other and I am still reading her blog. The book helped me empower my own healing with the book giving solid guidance.  Mannion is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.  It has been marvelous to follow her bookstore tours and read all the wonderful comments about the book and her work on Face Book .

The book is so positive at the minimum it will lift spirits introducing one to the other healing modalities available to our self-healing bodies.  I highly recommend SHORT PATH TO CHANGE.

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SINGING BEYOND SORROW: A Year of Grief, Gratitude, and Grace ~Carole Marie Downing

Monday, June 29th, 2015

An extraordinary personal journal of grief is translated into a book of comfort for those suffering a loss or tragedy and it holds a person/the reader up and carries them into a new stage of gratitude, faith and hope.  It does not leave out the ups and downs and it is personal and yet encompasses ideas and strategies which connect to numerous situations and it is healing.

Downing found that writing about her day- to-day experience for the year after her husband’s death from cancer assisted her in coping and understanding her emotions.  As a former Hospice Nurse studying to become a consultant to families and individuals making big changes in their lives, she found the practice of keeping a journal kept her grounded in her progress and real with the changes she needed to undertake as a widow and a single parent.

The poetry and quotes in the book are just amazing and kept this reader contemplating their relevance in her life situation.   The writing was just lovely and the organization of the journal entries were meaningful and although I was not grieving a death, I was recovering from a big surgery that is changing my life significantly;  I found reading this book to be soothing and challenged my thinking bringing a calm to my deliberations and energies.

The last section of the book is a grouping of the profound lessons Downing learned over the year.  These are things about self-care, making decisions, parenting a grieving child with bursts of big happiness, and how to keep love, gratitude and hope within reach to become a guiding light in those moments of profound darkness.

I have read a number of books about death and grief and I believe this one is one of the better resources I have encountered.   I would like to get the word out about this one because although very personal, I think it covers so many of the stages and aspects a human experiences after a death or trauma, that I believe the insights are extremely worthwhile.  Will you please share this review on other social media sites and assist me in getting the word out?  Thank you

I underlined so many wonderful statements in this book, I just need to share the whole book with people  – it is that good!

The author sent me a copy of her book and asked me to review on patriciaswisdom and I was very happy to do so, I am hoping that the word will travel far and wide.

Carole Marie Downing has a gratitude coaching practice in Portland, Oregon, sings with the Portland Peace Choir, shares life with her son and a dog named Alta.

Carole Marie Downing On Twitter
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Beautiful Discoveries for Which I am Thankful

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Pacific Ocean at Ruby Beach

Pacific Ocean at Ruby Beach

We went to pick up our CSA (community supported agriculture) share at the Farmer’s Market and we noticed that the flower stall was filled with a different kind of beauty.  As the weather was cooling down the flower merchant had packed up and a photographer had move into the spot.  We were drawn to her stunning pictures of our world and of things smaller.

We recognized the beach where we had visited for our honeymoon and returned just this summer to celebrate our 35th anniversary.   My partner purchased one of the prints as he wants to paint it for his Thanksgiving painting days.  We went back to purchase a card of the picture for a family in grief.

Ice & Snow blackberries 2011

Ice & Snow blackberries 2011

I asked Linda if I could show case her beautiful work as a Thanksgiving gift of beauty to my blog readers and she said yes!

In her own words:

Linda Schwerzler was born in 1960, the second child of four children.  She grew up in Iowa and loved spending time in the woods.  She met and married Kirk Schwerzler and moved to Western Washington in 1991.  She and Kirk have three beautiful girls and a home snuggled in the woods of the Great Northwest.

Linda is the author to all her verses, registered with the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress.  She was a professional portrait photographer for over five years.  Her love of nature and photography are combined in this print.

“I received my first camera when I was nine years old.  I’ve loved the art of photography ever since.  I hope you feel the same thrill viewing this print as I did when I first printed it.”

social responsibility and protectiveness

social responsibility and protectiveness

You can see more of Linda’s work at Zazzle.  The t-shirts with her nature photography are just wonder full and she has poetry and cards and many other products to showcase there.

Contact her via email or phone: 360 427 5359.

What beauty does your eye see and allows you to feel grateful or inspired?

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s from this site I will receive a few beans in my bucket.  Thank you.  Donations also welcome.

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