I just read an article in Parabola Magazine by Deepak Chopra, “Making God Necessary.” It was an enlightening read. I recommend it.
I’ve been reflecting on how certain people I’ve never met in a hand-shake kind of way are so important to my life. The internet has certainly made these introductions easier. And it seem so important that I met them. In some cases, their presence in my life has been life-changing for me.
Two such people are Audrey Owen, in Gibson, BC, Canada and Julie Daley from San Francisco. I can’t remember now, exactly how I met either one of them, but they are both important to me.
Audrey brought me to my own business, and a better sense of my writing. She still helps me when I write, and sends me regular writing prompts and lessons from the writing world. It’s one of the few ezines I make a point of actually reading when it comes in, instead of “marking it as read” and intending to read it later (which I rarely do). I found Audrey before Facebook, so I’m not sure how she came to me. I’m sure it was about writing, though, because that’s the focus of her website.
Julie is almost the same, in that I don’t remember too much about how I found her, but in her case, Facebook was involved. She posted these fabulous photos of flowers and some amazing wisdom. I began following her and still do. Julie is a life coach and runs courses called “Writing Raw.” She invited me to participate in one of them about 6-8 months ago. It was a fun experience, and it was going to be the last one she did. I thought she was just being nice, and didn’t think too much about it after that.
Well, Julie decided to hold another series of Writing Raw and invited me back. She calls this series “Writing Raw: Writing the Animal Body” and I find it interesting timing when I look at some of the things I’m working through.
For a while now, I’ve been having trouble sticking to the Keto diet. It started as every 4th day, then it went to every 3rd day, then it went to the 3rd and 4th day together. I still start each day intending to stick, and there are no “carb foods” in the house. It’s just really hard right now. I run to the machine, or run and grab a bag of chips from the little store across the street.
Add to this, I’ve been having incredible feelings of wanting to move back west, be near family and friends, and just be on the road. I recognize this thinking as my “run away” mentality, which kicks in when I don’t want to face something.
I’ve been running away from things most of my life.
When I compare the running away and the messed up diet, I recognize that my fears and vulnerabilities are popping up. I have a habit of putting on weight as armour, to protect myself and keep people away. I’ve been hurt a lot, and it’s been my protection. But it’s killing me and it needs to go. By starting to lose the added pounds, I triggered my internal fears which I thought I’d dealt with in therapy over the past couple of years.
However, this thinking and behavior tells me that those fears and feelings are coming up again. At the same time, I can’t identify what they are, what they relate to, what they are tied to, like I used to be able to do. Most of the old baggage is unpacked.
Enter Julie with “Writing Raw: Writing the Animal Body.” If this isn’t perfect timing, I don’t know what is.
Then, finding the Deepak Chopra article this morning. Another coincidence? Another nudge from God? Synchronicity. That’s what it is.
There is no time but God’s time.
I’ve heard it said that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
Meanwhile, I challenge you, my dear reader, to think of the people you’ve met in a virtual way that have changed your life. Then, think about the way our lives are all intertwined.
To me, this is the Universal Thread. Pull one string and so many things are affected.
We are all one.