This Week on WomanTalk Live: “Listen… The Messages Are There for You” – A Conscious Conversations Café Show with Mare Cromwell, Alyscia Cunningham and Natalie ForestThursday, May 23, 2013
The cardinal that shows up on your patio every morning
A shooting star
The person who calls you just as you are thinking of them
The hand you feel on your shoulder when no one is there
A smell or fragrance from out of nowhere
The energy you feel from a certain place
The meeting someone for the first time and feeling you’ve known them for years
Hearing just what you need to hear at the perfect time
The song on the radio that answers your question
Yet, we often say…”I NEED A SIGN!”
Hello? You’ve got ‘em. They are there all the time. But in the rush to get everything done and being blindsided by our “to do” lists, we often ignore the messages or are so busy we can’t even tap into them.
This week in the Conscious Conversations Café, three women are joining me who know how important the messages, the signs and the hunches are. They pay attention to them and know their lives are richer for it:
Mare Cromwell - an author, plant intuitive, sacred gardener, and worm herder. Her two award-winning books are “If I gave you God’s phone number….” and “Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother.” She has studied for sixteen years with Native American medicine people and calls Western Maryland her home.
Alyscia Cunningham – a professional lifestyles photographer based in Washington D.C. who comes from a family full of multi-talented artists. As an author and accomplished photographer, Alyscia has contributed to National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, America Online, and the Smithsonian Institution. She is the author of Feminine Transitions: A Photographic Celebration of Natural Beauty.
Natalie Forest – lovingly referred to as a “change agent”, Natalie is a visionary leader in transforming coaching, better known as the personal Self Love Catalyst and the Queen of I.D.E.A.L. She is in the final stages of creating a Center for Excellence that focuses in mentoring those who have a message and are stepping out to share it.
Need a sign? This is it–> Tune in this week to find out how messages show up your life, the value of these messages and how they can be a guiding star for you.
Saturday, May 25th, from 6:07-7:00 pm ET on Talkradio 680 WCBM Baltimore or “Listen Live” online
Be sure to check out last week’s show – Building Families That Transcend Barriers – when I talked with Sarah Hemminger, the Co-Founder of the Incentive Mentoring Program, an amazing organization that creates mentoring relationships (intentional families) between university-based volunteers and underperforming high school students.
If you missed the show or you want to share it with a friend, it’s in the podcast archive now – It’s the May 18th show!
Another tragedy in the news this week – in Moore, Oklahoma, where people lost everything within a matter of minutes. So many things that couldn’t be replaced. So many people who will never be forgotten. Utter chaos and destruction.
Whether it’s a housefire, a tornado, a hurricane… anything that takes away everything whether it’s possessions or lives, makes us all stop and think. Life is so precious. We wonder, how do people make it through? How do they keep going?
In the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornado, someone posted a photo on Facebook sharing that people she knew had gone down to help in the cleanup. While surveying the destruction, they uncovered this sign:
“the most important things in life aren’t things.”
On some level – deep where our fingernails grow – we all know this. Our loved ones, our pets, their health and safety – and ours, is of paramount importance. In the grand scheme of things, nothing else matters.
But, what if, just what if when destruction like this comes along, you had those things of great sentimental value to you all pulled together, and assuming that your loved ones, friends and pets were safe… what would be the five things you would take?
I’ve been looking around trying to figure that out. So many things that I love could be easily replaced. But, what about the things that couldn’t? What would leave a little hole in my heart if I never saw them again? This is what I came up with:
- Photos – boxes and boxes of them from the beginning of time. Just looking at them whether they were from my parents’ collection or my own, telling stories of time, they are precious.
- All of the love letters and cards from Bob since Day 1.
- A scrap book my Mom put together to chronicle my Dad’s service during World War II – photos, postcards, cards, love letters, newspaper articles, etc. – truly a story that happened before I was even born but rich with history.
- My wedding ring. I remember meeting the designer artist who made it almost nineteen years ago – loving it then and still loving it.
- My cowboy boots from Back at the Ranch in Santa Fe. Made to fit. Feel perfect. And, I’ll still be wearing them when I’m an old lady.
Yep, the most important things in life aren’t things. They never will be. And yet, it can still be a good exercise to look at all of your “STUFF” and decide what holds the most important space in your heart. And, what you might be able to retire.
And, in the meantime… none of us are immune to tragedy. Does that mean we go around expecting it to happen right around the corner and live our life in fear? No, it means we savor every minute of every day, let the people we love know how much we love them, include laughter and play in each day, do what you can to make a difference in the world, and reach out to others.
And, while you’re at it…. send some much needed $$$ to Red Cross for their relief efforts: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief.