It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

Listening:

We are overrun with microbes no matter how much we clean nor how much antimicrobial soaps we slather all over our bodies. In fact, scientists have found over 100,000 different species of microbes that are content to live with us, on us, or near us within and around our homes. But have no fear. The majority of these microbes wish us no harm. Those that can prove harmful to humanity are generally detoxified through the careful use of good washing techniques that employ soap and hot water. Many of us take probiotics to assist our intestinal flora in maintaining our good health. While unable to be seen by the naked human eye, microbes have recently taken center stage and many are enjoying a much more positive reputation these days. Learn more about our neighbors who have come to stay in close and intimate contact with us.

Reading:

Sharon Blackie’s, “The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday” is designed to gently awaken you to possibility of enchantment at any moment of your life. She starts her book with a quote from the great Sufi sage, Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. “The wind at dawn has secrets to whisper/Don’t go back to sleep!” Therein is the very secret of enchantment. Staying awake and allowing yourself to connect to “a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world, a profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life.” This way of being is natural to children. It is our birthright but over time we trade it in for things that seem important but rob us of the wonder and enchantment that makes life so special. Give yourself a treat and check out this book. Even if you allow yourself only a few moments of enchantment while reading it, hopefully it will inspire a search for the many more moments that you so deserve!

Watching:

Most adults don’t actually believe in magic. We know that there is a logical explanation for every move the magician makes. Despite this knowledge, we still remain entranced by the conflict between what we see and what we “know” to be “true.” Gustav Kuhn, Ph.D. is both a magician and a neuroscientist who points out that both magic and neuroscience have a lot in common. It’s all about attention, blindspots and misdirection. Even though we know that something else is happening that is different from what we are seeing, our beliefs are strong that what we see (or don’t see) is not possible. Have a look at this entertaining and magical video which will give you insight into how are minds are truly operating at a physiological level, beneath our conscious awareness.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy