In the summer of 2000 I did a weekend workshop at the Omega Institute with Wayne Dyer. I was in what I refer to as my “New Age period,” devouring all the best-selling books by the top spiritual and self-help experts of the time. Because I live in New York, most would eventually drop-in for a lecture or workshop, so I got to meet such key players as Louise Hay, Shakti Gawain, Deepak Chopra, John Gray and Marianne Williamson; however, found no one could command the audience’s attention like Dyer
What struck me about those two days I sat listening to Dyer lecture in the sunlight auditorium at Omega is that he spoke without notes or prompts. He could eloquently weave words together to explain ideas on universal energy, self-actualization and spirituality and never pause. His presentation was seamless. There was also something about his energy that felt very calm and grounded.
After a day of repeating “pick up your coat off the floor” and “put your dish in the sink,” I watched my 10-year-old transformed from disorderly deviant to well-mannered super child within seconds of our houseguest arriving. With the charm and personality of a behind-in-the-polls presidential candidate trying to secure votes, Savannah gave the guest an apartment tour that included demonstrations of the shower and thermostat. She even made the weary traveler tea.
“You daughter’s so mature,” the guest gushed the next morning.
I wouldn’t saying throwing your homework in the garbage and later lying about it mature, but okay.
Every second, a large hurricane releases the energy of 10 atomic bombs.
I recently read a blog post where the writer, a single mom like myself, listed the drawbacks of solo parenting. The list included the obvious: lack of sex, money, no one to help with household chores, etc.
While certainly applicable to my life, the list could have been ripped from one of those pointless government studies. If asked what I need and crave most, it would be having somebody to share in making decisions. To me, a luxury item is a warm body I can turn to and utter those simple words: “What do you think, honey?” or better “You decide!”