Here's Anne Sermons Gillis' 10/19/2021 newsletter, The EZ Secret: Tips on Living in EZ
Published: Tue, 10/19/21
The Anne Report brings you up to date on Anne’s latest activities. The Main Article, Handling Life’s Misfortunes, provides tips for dealing with the curves life sometimes brings us. Today’s Anne Talk is The Phantom of the Soap Opera is Here Inside our Minds. Anne spills the beans about where our phantom lives. Click to see Anne’s Art. Today’s Dr. Money Talk is The Four Basic Emotional Elements of Prosperity. Anne gives us four emotional components of creating prosperity. Click to see the Quotes, Quips, & Thoughts. The Featured Product This Month highlights Anne’s Five Books and includes a reduced price when purchasing All Five Books. Click to learn about EZosophy. Click to learn about Anne’s Abundance Affirmations. Click for Shareables From Anne. Click to learn about Anne’s Schedule. Click to Schedule Anne. Click to learn about Anne’s Services.
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The Anne Report
I attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions this past weekend. It was virtual this year and I was glad, because it was originally scheduled to be somewhere in the far east. I attended two other parliaments in person, and they were wonderful. Though this virtual experience is different, not as intense, I delight in sitting in my comfy old clothes, in my soft, wingback chair, and listening to speakers from around the world. It’s a spiritually cozy event. I’m not spiritually lazy, but my body, no doubt, likes this lazy approach. The older I get, the pickier my body becomes.
This parliament was dedicated to compassion. “We are tasked to love one another. It is time that we include our animals and our planet as being one another.” People were urged to switch to a plant-based diet, not only to relieve the suffering of the animals, but to relieve the suffering of the earth. The most important theme, other that the direct mention of compassion and how we need to move from our white privilege and denial of it and wake up from our patriarchal hierarchies, was the danger facing us with climate change. I have been concerned with the fate of living systems for almost fifty years. I am glad to see that people are finally paying attention to the sixth great extinction.
I just finished a great book by Roland Merullo, The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama. It was fiction, but, as with many books, it was truth filled. When I finish a great a book, one that is wrapped around my heart, it lingers. Great truths renew my sense of awe. That’s the way truth is. The soul recognizes the truth the same way a fiend recognizes a friend, after being apart for a long time. The friends feel as if no time has passed, and they start their conversations as if they had just spoken yesterday. Yes, the truth is like an old friend, and when it catches up to us, there’s a warmth afoot, and a blessed familiarity. The heart leaps up in an enthusiastic remembrance, as did mine, in this parliament. And that’s it for the Anne Report.
Handling Life’s Misfortunes
Healthy living is a lifestyle. It includes what we eat, how we eat, how we sleep, how we relate to others, how we treat ourselves, and how we handle our responsibilities. When we think of health, we think of taking positive steps; we think of strength. Yet how we react to troublesome situations, shattered dreams, and genuine loss, is as much a part of healthy living as taking steps to maintain our physical well-being.
I had a friend who lost his leg in an accident. He was on a motorcycle and a car hit him. My friend was a motorcycle safety instructor. He did nothing wrong, yet he lost his leg. I went to see him in the hospital. He was in good spirits. His friends rallied around him. The medical staff wondered who the 70 plus year old man was who had a parade of friends marching in and out of his room. The year before, he went through a trying divorce, and to have this accident come on the heels of such a difficult time, seemed unfair. How much can one man take? Then the unthinkable happened: he had a stroke. Now he had a paralyzed arm and a missing leg. I lost touch with him, but I heard he had given up. He just couldn’t handle the cards life dealt him. I am not sure what happened to him. I hope he rallied.
I can’t say that I would have handled things any differently, but I would hope that I could stand the winds of time, with its perils. I would hope to continue to live a useful life, regardless of the circumstances. I may be wrong, but I think giving up is not an option. Okay, maybe temporarily, but not permanently. Life is a gift, regardless of the form it takes.
I have another friend who contracted rheumatoid arthritis when he was in his teens. He has chronic psoriasis and has been in and out of hospitals more times than I can count. Once he was in the hospital for months, and he got quite angry and turned away from his life-sustaining beliefs. He suffered financial difficulties due to his health issues and missed as many breaks as he received. But after he recovered, he eventually returned to his life. He is in the helping profession. Today he is in his late seventies. He has lost mobility and spends his days in a wheelchair, yet he joyfully, on occasion, sings professionally and still works with people. His life was not fair, but he is living a meaningful, productive life.
We have partial dominion over what happens in our lives, but we don’t have total control. None of us is exempt from tragedy and disaster. Healthy living includes being able to say yes to life, over and over, during the good times and the bad. Our relationship with life should be like a marriage, for better or worse. When we sink down in despair over the events and calamities in our lives, we turn off any good that might come our way. We won’t see our good because we are so absorbed in proving our point: “Life is a bitch and then you die.” We can always prove that point. We can gather plenty of evidence because life does suck part of the time. Yet if we don’t face those tragic times with courage and self-compassion, we sentence ourselves to life in some sort of self-constructed psychological prison and give up ourselves to a lower power – our egoic mind.
Life brings with it many complications, including unexpected hardships. We must learn to handle them because there is no other good option. We must resist the temptation to turn our problems into sanctuaries where we worship irritation, rudeness, hopelessness, and despair. The captain of a ship doesn’t run away when the ship hits rough seas. S/he stays at the helm to bring the ship through the storm. If s/he gave up, it could lead to death. When we give up on life, we become the walking dead, and yuck, who wants that?
Life brings with each situation a special gift. When we remain present and listen to life, we find an awakening to something deeper than life’s events. We find courage. We find inner strength. We find support. We find compassion and a softening of the heart. We find ourselves in a new and different way. This is not about remaining positive. This is about contacting the part of ourselves than can’t be harmed by life’s events. When we do contact that self, we find that life can always be EZier and EZier.
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The Phantom of the Soap Opera is Here Inside our Minds
Today’s Anne Talk is The Phantom of the Soap Opera is Here Inside our Minds. Anne spills the beans about where our phantom lives. 5:14
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The Four Basic Emotional Elements of Prosperity
Today’s Dr. Money Talk is The Four Basic Emotional Elements of Prosperity. Anne gives us four emotional components of creating prosperity. 6:48
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This group is a place to post uplifting affirmations and thoughts about prosperity and abundant living. Let’s create a right relationship with money so that we feel comfortable about money. Let’s use money as it’s meant to be used, and not as a way to accumulate power or to fill a void. We don’t need money to buy more stuff. We need it to create a world that works for everyone. We want to cast off old beliefs of lack and reclaim our natural state of abundance. Anne, AKA Dr. Money, posts a nightly goodnight video for the prosperity team, and everyone who watches those videos becomes a part of the prosperity team.
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