Last week, Michael and I had the pleasure of enjoying a long, leisurely dinner with Russ Hudson, my co-presenter for the next "Self Care by the Sea" retreat in York, Maine in May (5/18-5/20). Russ is the co-author of The Wisdom of the Enneagram.
As we talked about the state of the world, the calling of our personal and professional lives, the way our teaching has changed now that we've arrived at midlife, and the vital need for peer-to-peer conversations about what really ma...tters, I felt excited about presenting together.
These are some of the conversations we'll have during the retreat.
"Self Care by the Sea" is now more than half full and it's sure to be a special experience. If you'd like to learn more, you can visit here:
There are a couple of events I wanted to remind you about.
First, tomorrow night (2/22), I'll be at Gibson's Bookstore, 45 S. Main Street, Concord, NH, for a 5:30 talk about "Waking Up in Winter."...
For those of you planning to join us, Gibson's suggests using the Capital Commons parking garage at 75 Storrs Street, which is one street east (or downhill) from South Main Street and Gibson's Bookstore. The 2nd floor of the parking garage stairwell and elevator exits directly onto South Main Street, one and a half blocks from Gibson's. Parking is free after 5 p.m. You can find more info here: http://www.gibsonsbookstore.com
I'll also be delivering the sermon at "Unity on the River" in Amesbury, MA, this Sunday (2/25) at 10 am. You can get more info here: https://www.unityontheriver.org
I hope to see you in person if you're in the area!
Tap Away Your Anxiety, Stress, Worry, and Overcome Procrastination and Feeling Stuck!
Thanks for joining me on tonight’s Facebook Live. This session consists of the following (with the time stamp next to it):
10:00 - An explanation of tapping therapies...
13:00 - Tapping session to eliminate stress/worry/anxiety
29:00 - Tapping session to handle procrastination/feeling stuck/lethargy
You can watch my video interview with Jessica Ortner from TheTappingSolution.com, where I share stories and examples of how I’ve successfully used tapping for myself and with others. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/2GZNpHH
You can register for the Tapping World Summit here: http://bit.ly/2CxY1dC
Nick Ortner’s book, The Tapping Solution, is a great resource. You can find it here, http://amzn.to/2CABEEg
So grateful to have the deer visiting now that the snow has melted and the grass is exposed.
Nature is the great healer, the surprise maker, and the sweet connection to something greater than ourselves.
Get outside today. Look carefully at your surroundings. Pay attention to the whispers that occur inside....
~*~ Drink the good wine first
Yesterday, while loading the dryer, I thought about what to serve for dinner when our good friends, Bob and Melissa, showed up later in the day. I always enjoy when they visit because we hang out, catch up on our lives, and eventually dive into deep conversations about the things that really matter.
I need to do some shopping, I thought to myself as I removed the wet clothes from the washing machine. I have to pick up vegetables, some kind of d...essert, and I want to remember to get wine.
That’s when I thought about the only bottle of wine sitting in the small fridge in our pantry. It was a fairly expensive gift to myself more than eight years ago, and I’ve been saving it for a special occasion ever since.
What if hanging out with your closest friends is a special occasion, I told myself as I stared out the window at the muted sun sinking below the trees. How long are you going to wait for a worthy event?
Ever since we lost our cat, Poupon, I’ve been nursing a broken heart. Not a day goes by when I don’t miss his human-like talking, his gentle paws kneading my belly, or the way he’d sit motionless at my office door, staring at the birds.
If you’ve been blessed to experience a soul mate connection with an animal, you know exactly what I mean.
Animals have so much to teach us while they’re alive, and I’m learning that the lessons continue long after their bodies are gone.
Here’s what Poupon’s death has taught me so far:
I can’t control life.
I can’t prevent heartache.
I can’t predict when loss will occur.
To love is the greatest risk of all.
And the only life we really have is right here in this moment.
So I went downstairs and opened the damn bottle of wine I’d been holding on to for years. I removed the foil, pulled out the cork, and left it to breathe.
This is the wisdom of midlife, I told myself as I went back to finish the laundry. Stop waiting to live your life. Now is the only guarantee we have. Celebrate everything.
I’d say that’s a special occasion, wouldn’t you?
P.S. – Order “Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife,” here: http://www.cherylrichardson.com/waking-up-in-winter/
P.S.S. – This week’s Facebook Live session will be held on Tuesday at 6pm EST/3pm PST. You can join me on my Facebook Page here. And you can watch previous sessions on my YouTube channel at CherylRichardsonTV.
P.S.S.S. - I’ll be at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH on Thursday, February 22nd. You can get more info here:
I'm so grateful to Dr. Jeff Nichol for sharing videos that support the relationships we share with our furry friends.
If you (or someone you know) struggle with a cat who scratches the furniture or other valuable items, be sure to check out his new video.
And watch for the moment when both of his cats turn to the camera at the same time - adorable!...
Thanks, Dr. Jeff Nichol!
P.S. - If you've been thinking about rescuing an animal, consider this is Divine sign .
Home Wrecking, Ripping, Scratching Cats
It would seem logical to correct or punish a destructive cat but these apparently nefarious acts are actually part of th...e normal feline behavioral repertoire.
Feliscratch is a synthetic analogue of the scratching pheromone that cats feel compelled to spread around their territories. Applying liquid Feliscratch, where you want your cat to scratch, will communicate in cat-speak that you actually want scratching and this is where you want it.
Making it easy for a kitty to succeed is good pet-parenting and better for the spirit than angst and frustration.
There's nothing more satisfying as a writer than to be interviewed by someone whose read your work and wants to go deep.
This podcast with Bob Olson, from Afterlife TV with Bob Olson, is just that. Not only do we talk about Waking Up in Winter, we talk about the five faces of grief and...
The truth about aging...
How what we lose is tempered by what we gain
Career adjustments that come with age
The changes that happen that we don't talk about
Loss of loved ones, including pets
Where to put your energy as you age
How our perception of life changes
Tribes and how we become better able to challenge outdated rules
And so much more!
If you choose to listen online rather than download the audio, you'll get to see some of the beautiful art Bob's wife Melissa (of Melissa-Olson.com) creates in her photographs including photos of both Poupon and their dog, Libby. We all lost our furry family members last year and it's a sweet tribute (we talk about how to survive the loss of a pet, too).
You can download the podcast and take it to the gym or on a walk, or listen to it while watching Melissa's slideshow, here:
Thanks, Bob & Mel!
P.S. - You can order Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife, here:
~*~ Lingering in Limbo
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been visiting bookstores and hosting intimate conversations with readers about what really matters at midlife. Men and women have joined me to talk about the feelings that accompany change, their desire to navigate transitions with grace and ease, and the freedom that comes with caring less about what others think.
These deeper conversations are exactly what I hoped to have when I published my account of what happened wh...
Guess what helps you live the longest?
Please take two minutes and find out. The answers might surprise you!
The Tapping World Summit starts next week and I'm happy to help kick off this event with a special video interview I did with Jessica Ortner of The Tapping Solution.
During our conversation, I tell the story of how tapping changed my life and I also share stories of how it's been successful in my work with others.
Please give yourself the gift of learning about this powerful technique. As many of you know, I rarely sponsor an event, but this one is too important to miss....
You can watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2GZNpHH
The launch of "Waking Up in Winter" has given me an opportunity to do something I've wanted to do for a long time: engage in meaningful in-person conversations with readers about what really matters.
Tonight, I'll be at Longfellow Books in Monument Square in Portland, Maine and if you're in the area, I'd love to meet you.
So many of us (including myself) have gotten used to communicating with each other via text, email, and through social media....
But it will never compare with face-to-face contact.
Time with friends - high quality, open-ended time where you get to move below superficial catch-up to something deeper and more intimate, is nourishing on so many levels.
Today, make contact with someone who matters and schedule quality time together.
And if you're near Portland, come join me. I promise it will be a soul-nourishing conversation, too .
Just in case you forget who you are and why you’re here: