I haven’t been in touch lately with you, my subscribers, except to notify you of the launching of my new book.
You deserve an explanation. My son, Justin, was diagnosed with a terminal brain disease called Frontotemporal Degeneration in April of 2019. At the beginning of this year he declined rapidly, and he passed away in May. A link to his obituary. It has been hard to write about, talk about and live with, as you can imagine. Gradually working back into my book project was one of the ways I could spend my time where I was able to shift my attention to something other than my grief.
I’d like to let you in on one of the ways I found to lighten and process the grief. Actually, there are many ways we receive help in crisis, from family, friends, support groups, books, spiritual teachers, chaplains and counselors to name some. This one practice anyone can implement anytime.
Establish a ritual. Do it before any crisis. One thing that is certain; we all will have a crisis, or crises at some point. When you have a ritual that you are already practicing, you have something that gives you comfort and is nourishing, and for a small time, relieves you of pain. It may be devotion to your spiritual practices, but it may be something else. It ought to be an activity that takes you away from your normal thoughts, away from your chattering ego. Your ego is like a demanding child always wanting attention and control, full of judgements and self-pity. A ritual can invite your inner self, your higher consciousness, your soul, a connection to something much bigger than yourself, into your awareness. Peace is found there.
The obvious ritual is prayer and/or meditation. But it could be reading poetry and sitting in contemplation of it. A ritual that encourages mindfulness. You could just focus on your senses, like sitting in nature listening to the sounds, feeling the air on your skin. Or create a ceremonial practice of a tea ritual, done with intention, purposeful with mindfulness. A walking meditation is lovely also, while reciting a mantra or prayers.
Once you’ve decided on your ritual, do it every day in the same place and at the same time, if possible. You are creating a groove in your daily life which will invite a tranquil energy to fill you. Your physiology will become trained to shift into this perspective. You will look forward to it. It won’t be another to-do, it will be a break from your busy life, a rewarding time that will fill you with insight and inspiration. As Deepak Chopra says, if you are too busy for this, then you really need it!
As you do this, while in a crisis, it may happen that emotions arise, and that is OK. Certainly. Allow them to flow up and out, wait until they dissipate, and return to your mantra.
I embraced my meditation and prayer ritual with all my heart as I cared for myself in my grief, and still do. I wanted to share this with all of you, because I want you to have this skill for yourself, when you need it. I see so much suffering in others that could be helped by this practice.
Here is my 13 minute recording on how and why to meditate just below my Hay House interview. Enjoy.
I’m excited to share below the first Editorial Review for The Money Map! 5 STARS!
And I feel a deep appreciation to all of you who have already bought this book. You’ve been giving me wonderful feedback.
To Your Prosperity and Wellbeing,
THE MONEY MAP: A Spiritual Guide for Financial Success
By Kasey J. Claytor
Rating: 5/5; Highly Recommended!
“…”There is something magical about money—the way it appears and disappears, grows and shrinks, and, in a similar way of taming a hesitant wild horse, with calm assuredness and confidence, not only will you learn to control it, but you will find you can joyfully master it.” -Author Kasey J. Claytor
Claytor offers insight on how one can change their thinking and behavior to allow the floodgates of abundance to open up, with solid advice for achieving undivided focus, intelligent poise, and a competent thought technique.
She asserts that everyone can step outside of themselves and hold the point of view of the observer. If one is mindful and aware of their present moment, they can move toward much-needed peace and confidence, allowing the growth of new ideas and productivity.
The route to monetary independence may appear too steep to ascend, but The Money Map will guide readers to the summit, one checkpoint at a time.
This book’s eye-opening revelations about the mindsets of affluent people and its secrets to what they carry inwardly, earn it must-read status in the business resources category.
The Money Map: A Spiritual Guide for Financial Success will provide readers with invaluable advice, standing beside such works as Spiral Dynamics by Dr. Don Edward Beck Ph. D., Map of the Scale of Consciousness by Dr. David Hawkins M.D. Ph. D., and Integral Psychology by Ken Wilbur. The Money Map will aid anyone in discovering the most beneficial path to financial success, regardless of their current situation….”