Dealing With My Stress

“Just enjoy every moment – don’t stress. Just be yourself.” ~ Mabel

“The way we think about ourselves will give rise to the world we live in.” ~ Gregg Braden

I admit it, I’ve been struggling since the Fall semester began. Trying to balance all the new responsibilities at the college and keep up with the creative endeavors I feel called to do has been a challenge. And, of course, there are so many stresses bombarding me (us) from the bigger world. 

I’m not opposed to my life being turned upside down every now and then. I get bored if I feel like I’m in a never ending routine. The trick is to find a balance. Some days that’s a challenge.

Here’s what I’m learning to do. I make sure I take time in the morning to meditate, and some days I write in my journal to help me vent, and/or listen for guidance. I do this no matter how busy my day is. Even if I only get to meditate for ten minutes, that’s good.

Another thing I’m learning to do is live in the present moment. I have a bad habit of projecting myself into the future. What will be the outcome if I do this, or that? I try to anticipate and mitigate disasters, which, of course, never works. When I do that I have so many things in my head that I get overwhelmed and that’s not good either. My productivity is impaired and I exhaust myself.

True rest is another thing I am learning to do. If I need to take a nap, or just lay down for a quick rest, it’s good not to futz around watching YouTube videos, or checking social media. I find it’s better to read my novel or watch a fictional story to give my mind a rest from work. It’s amazing how much more I can get done when I’m not in such a big yank to tick off lots of tasks in one day. 

I am grateful for all the things I’ve had to deal with these last months because some of them have helped me get clear on things that still need another round of healing. And some of these things are issues I’ve been working on for decades.

I guess life would be really boring and not worth living if we didn’t face challenges that forced us to grow.

Thanks for following, liking and commenting. Take care as we head into the end of the year.

Blessings for a great weekend.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Am I Famous Yet?

Funkboy aka Ivan Bodley is bass player and music director to the stars. He has performed with 50 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, has appeared in 12 Broadway shows, and has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He can currently be seen on tour with Humble Pie.

Funkboy’s debut single “Crab Walk” is available on Color Red Music and features performances by Crispin Cioe (Uptown Horns), Moses Mo (Mother’s Finest), Kenny Soule (Dag), James Dower (Sam Moore), and Doug Hinrichs (In the Heights).

His new memoir Am I Famous Yet? Memoir of a Working-Class Rock Star is also out now.

Ivan and Sting

Ivan has been music director for Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, The Shirelles, The Crystals, The Tokens and has performed with Sting, Elvis Costello, The Temptations, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Bo Diddley, Buster Poindexter, Uptown Horns, Paul Rodgers, Wynonna Judd, and David Foster.

Notable appearances include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Spider-Man, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, SpongeBob, Kinky Boots, Ain’t Too Proud, Once on This Island, Fun Home, and The Prom. Performed at the Obama Inaugural Ball featured in the Barry Levinson documentary Poliwood, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Today, Emeril Live, Imus in the Morning, Charlie Rose, Live with Regis & Kelly, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Istanbul and Israel State Symphony Orchestras.

A magna cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has traveled to 29 countries and played to audiences of up to 82,000 in settings from duos to 150-member symphony orchestras.

Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Ivan has resided in: New Orleans, Los Angeles, London, Boston, and is now based in New York City. He has a BA in Psychology from Tulane University, where he was Musical Director of college radio station WTUL, New Orleans. He was also a publicist with Epic Records/Sony Music.

More information is available at http://www.funkboy.net.

Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley uses Fender, Moxy, Warrior, and Gretsch basses, Hartke amplification, DR strings, PRA Audio wireless, and Tech 21, Digitech and Line 6 signal processors. Ivan eats only Little Debbie snack cakes.

People, Bands, and Broadway Musicals we discussed

Am I Famous Yet: Memoir of a Working Class Rock Star, Ivan Bodley

Little Anthony and The Imperials

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith

Ivan’s Podcast new segments: The Playing for a Living series.

Color Red Music

Epic Records

Cyndi Lauper, American singer, songwriter, actress, activist

Gregg Allman, American singer, songwriter, member of the Allman Brothers Band, is now a solo artist

Sade, British singer, songwriter, actress

Cheap Trick, American rock band

Alice Cooper, American singer, songwriter, actor

Stanley Clarke – Jazz Bass player

Tulane University

Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles

The Tokens, A doo-wop style vocal group known for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

The Crystals, Popular 60s girl group

Sam Moore from Sam and Dave, A Soul and R&B duo

Rock of Ages Broadway Musical

Escape to Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet Musical

Spider-Man, The Musical

Donna Summer The Musical

The Portland Musical Company, Portland, Oregon

San Francisco Opera

Jay and The Americans, Jay Black of The Americans dies at age 82

Ain’t Too Proud, The Temptations Musical

Motown Records, a music label founded by Berry Gordy in 1959

Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

James Jamerson, American bass player

The Beatles, need no introduction

Documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) about The Funk Brothers, Included with Prime Video

Marvin Gaye, American singer, songwriter who helped shape Motown

Aretha Franklin, American singer, songwriter

Jennifer Hudson – The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize 2010, Tina Faye

Sir Paul McCartney, Needs no introduction, but former Beatle, British singer, songwriter

Harrison Ford, American actor

Links to all of Ivan’s social media, books and music – funkboy.net

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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Aha Moment!

All the Love and Support We Need

This past week I had a conversation with Kate Wallinga for her podcast, Ignorance Was Bliss. One of the things we talked about was spirituality and the difficulty some people have with the concept of God as a man with a white beard in the sky. I was a little surprised by my response to that. I said that to me, God was a feeling of love, acceptance, support, and protection. Kate liked that. And I liked it too. I’ve never talked about God in that way before.

Later I was thinking about one of the spiritual teachers I follow, Gregg Braden. In his work he combines science and spirituality and his main focus is on how powerful our heart is. Since everything is energy, love is the most powerful of all the energies. 

I often listen to Gregg’s videos on YouTube, or on Instagram and one of the things he talks about is how centering our prayers in our heart to send out powerful emotional energy, is much better than using words. 

Gregg tells a story in some of this videos to illustrate this fact. He was out walking with one of his Native American friends in the hills in New Mexico near his home. As I remember the story, they were experiencing a drought at the time and his friend was going to pray for rain. When they reached the location his friend had chosen, the two of them stood in silent prayer. After a few moments, Gregg’s friend said, “Okay, we can go now,” and they left. Later that day, the rain started. The weather reports had not predicted rain. But this was an extremely heavy rain storm which lasted for a day or two complete with flash flooding. Gregg asked his friend what he prayed for to get that much rain. His friend said, “I didn’t pray FOR rain. I felt, smelled, and heard the rain. I experienced what it was like to be in the rain.” To me that’s how God comes to us. We feel her/his presence. Our heart swells with love. We feel accepted and protected as if no matter what everything is going to be okay.

This past monsoon, I decided to try Gregg’s friend’s method of praying. We really needed a rainy monsoon season. Since I’m not very proficient in this kind of prayer, I took time every morning to feel, hear, and smell the rain and we did have good rains during monsoon. So now, instead of trying to quiet my mind during my daily meditation, I touch my heart and feel all the love and support that is always present. All I need do is tap into it and I’ll get the messages I need when I need them.

When I’m tempted to fall into fear, I remember Gregg’s friend and stop to center my attention on my heart. It can be daunting to live through times like now, when everything around us seems to be crumbling. I mean we get used to life being a certain way. But change is inevitable. We don’t have to panic. We’re never alone and are always supported even if we don’t think we are. All we have to do is ask for help and expect that we’ll get an answer.

Thanks to my new and old followers. I hope you will leave a comment, and share these posts with your family and friends.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden ©2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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All Hallows’ Eve

Jim and Goldie Sage

This year I see Halloween in a whole new way. All Hallows’ Eve can be a celebration of our loved ones who have passed on instead of going trick-or-treating and partying. On Halloween, we have an opportunity to thank our ancestors for all they’ve contributed to our evolution.

I live near the Mexican border where Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. I didn’t understand this holiday at first and thought it was a morbid kind of ceremony but I was wrong. It’s a joyful celebration to gather, feast, and pay respects to and remember family and friends who have passed on. It’s meant to remember the good things about them and how they touched the lives of the celebrants. Now that I know more about it, I think it’s beautiful to take time to remember our loved ones and celebrate who they were.

This year I’ve been thinking a great deal about the things that my ancestors passed down to me. Maybe it’s different in other parts of the world, but in the United States, we tend to think of ourselves as pretty much self-contained. I’m reminded of this every time I watch shows like Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. on PBS. There is always a point in the show where the guest says that knowing more about their ancestry helps them understand certain things about themselves and makes them feel more complete. It gives them a different perspective about who they really are. That’s the point when I cry with them. Our ancestors helped us become who we are in more ways than we might have previously acknowledged.

Not only did our ancestors pass down their DNA, they also passed down states of being, attitudes about life, and other tendencies that might be playing out in our lives. I only know a little bit about my ancestors. I do know this. Most of them were people who worked hard to sustain their families. Many had the courage to move hundreds of miles to find a better life because they didn’t have lots in the way of material goods or opportunities where they were living. Some of them were and are remembered as deeply spiritual people who ministered to others in very humble ways. Those themes run through my life. I inherited good tendencies and not so good ones, but one thing I’ve learned over this last year is that I can heal old wounds suffered by them, which allows me to stop repeating family patterns and head in a new direction.

Today, I want to honor and thank my ancestors for all the things they passed down to me. For the support I feel from them from the other side during this time when the veil is thin and we can communicate better. I want to learn from their mistakes and use what I’ve learned to change my life in positive ways. 

Here’s to those who preceded us! Here is to who we will become as we move forward on our spiritual journey! I look forward to winter, a time I use for self-examination and contemplation so I can heal more old stuff and start a new year fresh.

Welcome to my new followers. I hope you will take time to comment on my posts, or share them with friends and family. And thank you to all of you who have stuck with me all these years as I grow as a writer and a person.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Story Sharing

Sam Thiara is a professional who has created a personal journey as a storyteller, writer, workshop facilitator, problem solver, educator and entrepreneur.  His goal is to engage individuals in their personal and professional development and was recognized by the Governor General of Canada for his work in the hundreds of individuals he has mentored and the thousands he has engaged. Added to this are the 45+ non-profits that he has worked with over the years.
Presently, Sam is the Founder and Chief Motivating Officer at Ignite the Dream Coaching and Consulting, a platform that engages his audience to define their path.  A key element is transformational practices where he is an expert in youth career coaching and supports teams and organizations in corporate alignment.  He co-founded a youth career platform that has gone nationwide.

He is a lecturer at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University where he blends academic and professional experiences into a rich environment that captivates his audience.  Finally, he is an accomplished and sought after speaker and has two TEDx talks to his name and speaks at conferences, seminars and workshops about 30-35 times a year.  Added to his speaking is the book he recently wrote a book called, ‘Lost and Found: Seeking the Past and Finding Myself’.  It focuses on his journey to India to find his ancestral roots with little else than a faded photograph and determination.  The book is also about realizing one’s cultural identity because many struggle with understanding who they are.

Sam’s signature tagline is, “Everyone’s life is an autobiography, make yours worth reading.”

Lost and Found: Seeking the Past, Finding Myself, Sam Thiara

Personal Storytelling: Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Sam’s WebsiteYou can access Sam’s TED talks, his blog, book and more through Sam’s Website.

Beth Hanson and Ceci Lewis Story~Power Episode 24 “Every Life is a Library”

Gemma Germán Story~Power Episode 26 “Finding Your Niche” 

Sam’s acronyms discussed in the episode

Carpe

Curiosity

Appreciation

Reflection

Perspective

Experience

Care

Collaboration

Adaptability

Resilience

Empathy

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist 

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