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Leading With My Left

Leading With My Left

What happens when you ignore a “pattern interrupt?” When that pattern interrupt is your body trying to tell you that something is amiss (I wrote about the pattern interrupt we call pain in the last post) you end up learning a few more lessons. As I mentioned in that post, the last 18 months have offered many personal and professional challenges. I got sick, I published one book and completed another. I lost some friends, I gained some amazing but challenging clients. I had pain… I kept working. None of those things are unconnected, of course. While many of my friends and clients either have published books or have a goal of doing so, I had never considered myself a Writer (a writer, sure, but that was just a job requirement - to be a Writer with a Capital W meant something different to me) nor did I aspire to be one. Publishing a book put me far too much in the public eye for me to feel safe. So I got sick. Losing friends is hard, even when you understand what’s happening. This was harder. Because these were friends I never expected to lose. I asked myself what I was doing to attract this kind of treatment. And the answer came from an unexpected corner. On a whim, and because she came recommended by Kimberly Schneider whom I respect and admire without reservation, I had an Akashic Reading with Heather Gray. I keep an open mind about spiritual and energy readings. I know that the connection exists and that it can be navigated, I also know that some people who...
What is Your Pain Inviting You to Do?

What is Your Pain Inviting You to Do?

You’ve probably heard of ‘pattern interrupts.” If not, no worries. It’s not a complicated concept. You use pattern interrupts every day, and probably never notice. Let’s say you have a pattern of chewing your thumbnail when you’re working on a difficult problem. So you put a bandage on that thumb so you’ll notice when you’re about to chew the nail. Boom! That interrupts your pattern, makes you aware of what you’re doing, and (theoretically at least) trains you out of that pattern. Or you notice you’re in a downward spiral of overwhelm and frustration. So you take a deep breath, go for a walk, call a buddy, whatever stops that pattern. That’s a pattern interrupt. But here’s the trick with pattern interrupts – you have to realize you’re in a pattern that needs interrupting! We all have patterns. And, believe it or not, every one of those patterns served us well in some way at some time. That’s why we kept them. Chewing on a thumbnail is a common self-soothing pattern. So is snacking, and playing solitaire and scanning Facebook for the latest “What kind of ______ are you?” quiz. Even that spiral of overwhelm and frustration, while not productive in the long run, can bring on bursts of energy, garner sympathy and support, or just make us feel a little less guilty for sticking our heads under our pillow and refusing to get out of bed for a day! Some patterns have been reinforced by outside conditioning. Like the pattern of just pushing through when we’re exhausted. Or caring for the needs of others while refusing to acknowledge...