Challenging times for all of us. Who knew that a virus could turn our lives upside down in a short period of time?
…I didn’t. Very few people saw this coming.
My youngest son and daughter have both been laid off. My eldest son, a businessman, is at home with his kids.
How has the corona pandemic impacted you and your family so far? Feel free to write and I will respond asap.
Please know that I’m sending you good energy. Here’s what I’ve been telling my children and some of my clients.
1. Maintain a Daily Spiritual Practice: Doesn’t have to be long or complicated, but it’s crucial you maintain one. I’ve been meditating daily. Maintain a practice that resonates with you.
2. Keep Your Body Moving: If you can’t go outside, or prefer not to go outside, do some kind of daily exercise indoors. My wife, Stephanie, has been keeping up daily yoga classes with her teacher via Zoom.
3. Learn Something New:. My son, Diallo, started learning how to trade and earn money in the largest financial market in the world — it’s called forex. I’ve been teaching him what I know, and now he’s trading independently after just one week. (By the way, I mentor people who want to learn how to trade. If you’re interested or want more information about trading, hit me up.)
4. Use This Time Wisely: What can you do NOW to position yourself to be stronger once this crisis is over? What does your future self need from your present self in order to function at the highest level?
5. Check On Loved Ones Often: You’re loved ones might not admit to being depressed or scared, but that doesn’t mean they’re not struggling. We’re all struggling in some way as we try to come to grips with this crazy new life we have. A phone call, or a text, or an email can go a long way.
6. Stay Positive: Try not to take what’s happening to you personally. We’re all in this together. We will get through this together. Envision what you want your life to look like 90 days from now? How does that feel emotionally, spiritually, financially, creatively? What steps can you take today to manifest this life?
Hope this helps.
I’m going for a walk. Hit me up if you feel like it.
It’s still spring and the birds are still singing. Let’s make the best of a tough situation.
Author Meditations Across The King’s River
P.S Still available for coaching and/or spiritual readings.
…I was surprised because it’s been many years. She hit me up on FB Messenger.
And she was telling me how she’s in a totally different place now. As I read her text I smiled, and the more I read the more I smiled. It was refreshing.
Fanya is no longer in a dark place like she was years ago.
Back then it was one problem after another. Relationship problems, financial problems, depression.
“I had to go through this to understand what I know now,” she explained. “My ancestors supported me until I realized there was no need to hold on to past hurt — that I could let it all go.”
“Your growth is beautiful,” I told Fanya.
“It is beyond beautiful,” she replied. “Every day I learn something new about life.”
My conversation with Fanya made me think about YOU. I thought about recent experiences and old experiences I’ve had too. See, we tend to hold on to past pain even when we don’t have to. It’s the human condition, I guess. But why do we do that? Why do YOU do that?
We can be free…
You can choose to let it go now. You can also choose to hold on to pain if you want.
But Fanya is saying you don’t have to.
I asked what helped her to make the shift in the way she saw things.
“I made the drastic decision to take care of my well being first,” she explained. “The root of my situation was in my heart. Every day my heart is opening up a bit more.”
And she’s discovered two gifts she didn’t know she had. Painting and singing. “I repainted my house with bright, joyful colors, and I dare to sing too.”
She sent me a song. It was beautiful. It was an ode to Yemanja. Loved it. I told her I want her to sing in my film.
…I had to share this story with you.
I’ve learned that part of our problem isn’t merely our problems — it’s how we see our problems — our perspective.
You can shift your perspective. You can be empowered and free.
Reply to this blog and I’ll hit you back asap. Let me know what you are thinking. Until then all my love.
Sending you good energy on your journey.
Author Meditations Across The King’s River
Please know you can count on my support as you navigate through 2020.
I saw Steel Pulse — one of my favorite reggae bands — in concert, two days before the new year began.
Seeing them in concert brought back lots of memories, but it also made me think of you and me and your new year goals.
I assume you made some goals:)
Now wait, I’m sure you’re wondering why being at a Steel Pulse concert would make me think about you and your goals.
Let me explain…
I met David Hinds, the lead singer of Steel Pulse on St. Croix in my mid-twenties. I was working as a news reporter at the time, and was blessed with the opportunity to spend a few hours interviewing David in his hotel room.
He told me what it was like being a musician and a Dad, and the band’s commitment to fighting injustice and racism through music. I asked what was going through his mind when he wrote Wild Goose Chase, Soldiers and some of his other hits.
He has to do lots of finger exercises to keep his fingers nimble while playing the guitar.
And David also told him something I’ll never forget…
It’s not easy touring and being on stage night after night, he explained, and that’s when he has to rely on sheer talent and discipline to get him through a performance.
David’s comment about self discipline is very much connected to your New Year goals.
Can’t hit your goals if you’re not disciplined or consistent.
Let’s be honest….
How is 2020 going so far for you? It’s the middle of the month. Have you been doing what you said you would do? Do you have clarity about what you want to achieve in 2020?
Do you have someone to help keep you accountable?
You don’t have to hit your goals all at once. You can break them down into daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly goals.
I would love to hear what you’re working on…
As for me and my goals? I’m working on getting my book, Meditations Across The King’s River into more stores, and I expect to get a lot of shooting on my film completed.
I’ll also be doing book talks at colleges and universities, and hope to come to a city near you.
I bought a Steel Pulse T-shirt at the concert to remember the moment and my commitment to crush my goals this year.
Knowing David, I’m sure he’s still working on those finger exercises… Didn’t get a chance to see David up close in person, but I was blessed to take a selfie with his son, Baruch, who was selling T-shirts and other merchandise.
The last time I saw Baruch this close was when David let me ride on the tour bus with them from Oakland to Santa Cruz back in the 90’s. Fun times. How time flies.
Anyways, this is all for now. Respond to this blog and I’ll definitely write you back.
Again, Happy New Years from us in King’s River Land.
Talk soon All my love. P.S. Still available for spiritual readings. P.P.S. If you would like a signed copy of my book, email me at email@example.com, and let me know if you prefer to purchase a softcover cover or a hard cover. James Weeks Meditations Across The King’s River
Thanks again for all your love and support over the years. I hope to see you during one of my upcoming book tours at a city near you.
All my love. P.S. Still available for spiritual readings. P.P.S. If you would like a signed copy of my book, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know if you prefer to purchase a softcover cover or a hard cover. James Weeks Meditations Across The King’s River