Rock On To Your Greater Future
Easy Principles for Living in Your GrooveSM
May - June, 2009
Listen to Your Body
A Note From Karen
A Change of Heart
Lately I've been spending a lot more time with my husband Mark. We've been having such a good time. Just hangin' out and getting caught up with each other while one of the most intense springs in years is rebirthing around us.
Spring here in the east has been longer than in years… and wetter. Everything is bursting with new life. Renewed potential. There are so many greens it's dizzying. Mark and I have been taking country walks talking about life and smelling everything. It's a perfect time to find ourselves spending more time together.
For way too many years Mark would commute to Manhattan and back several days a week. It seemed like we were living on the run with short bursts of what matters most. We knew we better.
But now everything has changed.
For almost 34 years Mark has been my "one and only".
Who ever thinks we are going to lose the person we love the most...at 58 years of age? Certainly not me. Couldn't happen to us... not this soon.
This was our wake-up call and today's feature speaks about how important it is to trust our inner wisdom and the messages from our body--now more important than ever in these times of global transition and midlife shifts.
Heart at Work
Savin' his pennies for someday
Mama Leone left a note on the door,
"Sonny, move out to the country"
Oh, but workin' too hard can give you
A heart attack-ak-ak-ak-ak-ak
You oughta know by now
... And it seems such a waste of time
If that's what it's all about
Mama if that's movin' up then I'm movin' out.
"I can't believe it happened to me!
I can't believe it happened to us!"
On May 12th, in the wee hours following Mother's day. I was awakened to find my husband of 34 years sitting up in bed in silent distress. Moments later we were on our way to our local hospital, about 20 minutes away. It wasn't until I watched my husband being lifted onto an ambulance gurney that I truly understood the enormity of what was happening. As if in an altered state, I heard the words of the ER doctor telling my 58-year old husband: You are suffering a massive heart attack.
How could that be? Mark is my hunk, my anchor.
In those moments of "shock and awe", I instantly knew we were now entering a new "after".
Everyone asks us what were the symptoms? As if we know something now that they don't know. Perhaps we do in hindsight. The best advice we can give is: Don't ignore the symptoms and pay attention to all messengers.
We've learned that every heart attack is unique. So don't blow anything off. You'll be better off hearing your physician say you're okay and that 'You're wasting my time." than ignoring your body's alerts until its too late. Let's face it, you have to be in charge of your health and your health care.
Please check out the Heart Association site so you are up to speed on the latest information and the telltale symptoms.
Check out Doc Childre's Heart Zones for music to better entrain your heart and soul.
Tools, Tips & How-To's
What we've had to learn from this experience... as if for the first time!
- An inconvenient Truth that "they" is "we".
- Embrace change, don't fight it.
- Let go of outworn behaviors and outmoded perspectives.
- Know your limits without being limited.
- Have a game plan in place for any emergency.
- Cherish our angels and messengers.
- Make time for what matters most.
- Expect a miracle.
A survivor of breast and ovarian cancer captures it this way:
" It's time to let go of the life you planned to live so you can welcome in the new life that's waiting just ahead."
Widening The Circle
When you look forward to the unfolding of 2009, are you able to say that you will use this recession to your advantage? What are you doing to make your future rock?
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