Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Mind, Body, and Spirit: The Balancing Act, by, Marie Lavin, MSW, LCSW

The Mind Body and Spirit

Marie Lavin MSW,LCSW
Edited by: Susan Bierzychudek
© Divine Healing Energy 2015
Contributor to Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook
© Serendipity Press, all rights reserved, 2015



The Balancing Act

The mind, body and spirit, in their perfect state, act to support one another. But in our stressed and scattered lives, that perfect state is not always the norm. Attaining a perfect harmony of these three will lead us to a peaceful inner balance, allowing us to open to opportunities that are presented, and to be our very best selves.


It is important to identify ways in which we can change our thoughts and behavioral patterns to bring our mind, body and spirit into balance. Recognizing patterns that may once have served, but no longer work for us, is a critical part of this work.


First let’s address how the mind, body, and spirit fall out of perfect balance. When we are not taking care of ourselves—not paying attention, not listening to our basic needs of hunger and sleep, or becoming overwhelmed by our everyday lives—we tilt off kilter. We lose our balance when we are involved with addictions to alcohol, drugs, food, shopping, gossiping or working, for example. When we are in those addicted states, we become distracted and lose our focus on balance. We may use those addictions because they feel comfortable, often because we’ve been that way so long that we simply don’t know another way to be. It’s like wearing old comfortable shoes that may be held together by threads, barely giving us the support we need. We may think those tattered shoes are better than a new pair of shoes that feel stiff and need breaking in. Old patterns feel comfortable and predictable, despite the fact that they’re no longer useful. New patterns of thinking or behaving may need the same gradual breaking in before they feel natural and right. But the result is worth the work, many times over.


One common example of a behavior pattern that may no longer serve us is avoidance. We may not want to examine our tendency to procrastinate. It may feel like too much work to change that pattern, in which we conveniently back-burner issues we’d rather avoid. Our old pattern allows us to think that we’ll deal with the issue or task tomorrow. But when tomorrow comes we feel disappointed in ourselves, often opting to do something that will distract us from that feeling—perhaps focusing on an addiction to gossip or alcohol or food. That distraction is just another pattern that is not serving us.


It takes work to balance our mind, body and spirit. It takes time and patience, and the desire to move to a more peaceful inner harmony. It also helps to identify what behavior and thought patterns need to change. At its foundation, this work is about self-love. But how do we begin to work on our issues? The first step is to recognize that our behavior and thought patterns are interfering with a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Then we need to take small, manageable steps to find ways to make the changes. Part of your success will be in discovering which healing modality works most effectively for you.


Looking at my own journey towards greater balance, it was energy work that allowed me to release the blocks of thought and behavior patterns that were not serving me. That modality was such a perfect fit for me that I found myself compelled to become a practitioner, helping to teach others how to become their best selves. Energy work may also be your key to a better balance of mind, body and spirit.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

7 Steps To My Writing Process, Why I Write, by, Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith, a fellow Bewitched Television fan and friend, shares her thoughts on the writing process and candidly shares, "why and how she writes."

7 Steps To My Writing Process, Why I Write
By, Carrie Smith

1. I've always subscribed to the theory that anyone can write--and write well. What matters most is the idea; syntax and grammar is secondary. In that light, a vivid imagination is paramount and style will develop over time. When I write, I start by jotting down ideas first and worry about structure later. I have volumes of titles and opening sentences which I look back through for inspiration.
2. I give awesome feedback when asked to critique/edit someone else's work but I am my own worst enemy. I have a very hard time deciding when something I write is "done."
3. Learning other languages has helped tremendously with learning grammar.
4. I'm most comfortable writing creative nonfiction/memoir. Taking creative license with events from my own life is therapeutic and helps to give closure. Putting something funny or troublesome onto paper forces me to examine all the details and think about them from other perspectives.
5. I have a hard time sharing my work. I'm very protective of it because in my eyes, it's never good enough.
6. I wish I was better at writing fiction. I'm too consumed by the actions taking place and too often skip over smaller details which would help the reader understand why they're happening.
7. My first publication was a in 2004 in a local writers column in the Gannett News syndicate. It led to proceedings to appear on a talk show for public television. Unfortunately, the host died before my episode could be filmed...

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook, 21st of the month exercise, by, Linda Ferrari


The 21st of Every Month: A Plan for Keeping Your Life in Balance
(excerpt from Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook, Serendipity Press, all rights reserved, copyright 2015)

By, Linda Ferrari

Ever make a New Year’s Resolution and then three weeks later you realize you haven’t “kept” your resolution? Me too. Or, perhaps worse, you can’t remember what your resolution was? Or, perhaps worst, you decide to simply not even make a New Year’s Resolution?

For me, a New Year’s Resolution is a metaphor for positive change—changes—big and small. And I believe change is inevitable. So why not plan for change? Why not make a “New Year’s Resolution” once a month? That’s what this plan does—help plan for change on a monthly basis.

Another advantage of the plan is that it helps keep your life in balance. Have you ever found that when you concentrate on improving one area of your life (such as finding a new job) that another area of your life starts to suffer (such as then getting less exercise)? Me too.

So here is a plan that helps manage change while helping to maintain a balance in your life at the same time. I have practiced this plan myself and have shared it with a few others who have also found it useful. I hope you will find it beneficial to your life.

Here is how it works. I check in with myself once a month and see if I am keeping my life in balance while meeting goals I have set for myself, and then setting new goals as needed. It’s, therefore, a time for personal reflection.

I chose the 21st of each month because the shortest day of the year (Dec. 21st) is on the 21st of the month and the longest day of the year is on the 21st (June 21st) and the seasons traditionally change on the 21st (Sept.—autumn), (Dec.—winter), (Mar.—spring), (June—summer) but any day of the month will do. The main point is to choose one day a month and have it be the same day each month. I mark the day on my calendar so I will not forget.

This is what I do. I bought a pretty notebook with blank pages, and I write in the notebook on the 21st of each month. I evaluate my life in nine areas and then sometimes add goals that seem especially important, or just notes or random thoughts or an overall evaluation of my life.

Here are the areas: Spiritual, Work/Career/Vocation, Family, Financial,  Physical, Mental/Education, Love, and Friendships. (You may add Social and Emotional to your workbook). Directions, print out the below wheel. Give yourself a rating for each area of your life and place a dot with pencil or pen on one of the three lines in each category. The line closest to the center is (below expectations), middle line is (needs improvement), top line is (pleased/satisfied with expectation). Once you do this for each area of your life, connect the lines and then ask yourself, "will it roll?" View this as a bicycle tire or a car wheel, is this stable or are one of the spokes in need of repair?

Manifesting Magnificence is a personal growth workbook with a series of exercises to promote positive benefits in the areas of mind, body and spirit. How would it feel if I took a hike to Yosemite one day and met a woman named Cecelia? It would feel exciting and serendipitous. While on that hike, I discovered that Cecelia is a Drama Therapist who has shared for this workbook her tips. How would it feel to have a book signing in Manteca and be seated next to a man named Richard? It would feel fun, energizing. While at that book signing, I found out that Richard is a Yoga Master and he has shared his meditation techniques in this book. How would it feel if I was looking for an online Dreamboard and met a woman named Anita? It would feel enlightening and wonderful. Anita is the Co-Founder of and she has shared her Law of Attraction tips in this workbook. The stories behind the collaborators in this personal growth workbook are stories in themselves. Enjoy a bounty of rich information intended to uplift your mind, body, and spirit.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook, in the news, Directions on how to create an online dreamboard

If you haven't heard yet, Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook has sold 17 copies since it was published, just three weeks ago. To keep the momentum going, I have asked Co- Founder and Visionary, Anita Rani to share our book with her friend and colleague, John Gray. I have requested he write the Foreword to Manifesting!

John Gray is the foremost authority on relationships. His best-selling book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, has changed for the better the way men and women relate to one another.

Anita recently interviewed John for the website. Anita writes about why she started an online Vision and Dreamboard Company in Manifesting and I have contributed How To Create  A Dreamboard Section in Manifesting as well.

Dr. Allan Hedberg is going on TV today to discuss his collaboration and his Self-Esteem techniques found in Manifesting. For those that don't know, Dr. Allan Hedberg is  a Clinical Psychologist practicing in Fresno, California.

I went on Central Valley Talk TV last Wednesday, and had Manifesting Magnificence on the coffee table as Mike Scott was interviewing me about this book as well as my cookbooks.

Yoga Master and Author of Emotional Sobriety, Richard Parenti is teaching a Meditation Course at Modesto Community College and has shared similar meditation techniques in Manifesting.

Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook has something for everyone. If you are teaching a course, the perfect accompaniment to your lesson plan. If you are a stay at home mom struggling to find your life purpose, and need a new fresh perspective, Manifesting offers it. If you are a college student, in need of some easy and healthy recipes, (dorm room friendly even), Manifesting has that too.
If you would just like to show your support for someone who has contributed to Manifesting, that would be wonderful as well.

Each author in Manifesting Magnificence would enjoy an opportunity to teach a workshop or share his/her passion for a cause.

My two causes that I support are NAMI Fresno and The Madonna De Lume Society.

I have a request: In the next couple of weeks I will be a guest speaker at a renowned university--would you consider ordering two copies?

Let's start a change reaction. Thank you for supporting Serendipity Media Group and authors who need a voice.

Anita Rani, Co-Founder of

Dreamboard Exercise:

You are responsible for your life. The way you think creates your life.

We are giving you multiple tools to create your own Dreamboard online as well as in this workbook. Go to to create your profile.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Manifesting Magnificence: A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step in the right direction

A Journey of a thousand miles... 4 steps towards achieving your dreams and goals
by, Gina Meyers

Do you want to have change in 2015? Yes, there will be challenges, but I mean do you want to have more control over the way you think, and feel? Do you want your life to truly be the life of your dreams?  A new year gives us a chance for a fresh start, a new beginning.  This book is a road map for your future. It gives you handy tips and advice to help you achieve success in mind, body, and spirit. Create the feeling of what you want NOW. Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook, is a collaboration of authors, teachers, spiritual leaders who are sharing simple yet proven techniques to develop skills to be effective in reaching your goals.

Break through the mundane habits of yesterday and into your magnificence.
Be the best you!

Here are some handy tips to take the first step towards your journey. Many other helpful tips and worksheets are found in Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook, by, Gina Meyers (and friends).
4 Steps to Achieving all of your Dreams and Goals….

1)      Get a clear vision of what you want to create. (Go to Anita Rani’s section in the book entitled: Using The Law of Attraction and Creating Dreamboards)
2)      Hold that vision in your mind as often as possible every single day. See it in your mind, and feel it throughout your body as if it is happening right now. If you visualize it, your brain has the capacity to activate the feelings that come with that picture. This is what Olympic athletes do regularly when focusing on the “win”
3)      Say “yes” to those opportunities and events that are in alignment with your dreams and take massive action every single day towards manifesting and achieving your goals and dreams.
4)      Say “no” to anything that veers you away or steer you away from your true bliss, your true calling found in your brightest visions. Unless you make room for your new dreams, you will stay stuck with what you don’t want rather than attracting and keeping what you do want.
Never stop believing in your self. Take responsibility for what doesn’t work, but move on. Empower yourself to move in a completely new and uplifted direction.

As Lao Tzu  said, “A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Manifesting Magnificence: A New Year, A New You, by, Serendipity Author Liz Longo

Liz is change agent. A native New Yorker, Liz knows how to multitask. In her commentary, “Relation Ships”, she sails you in a new direction by working in a healthy current of progressive thoughts. Relation Ships Relationships - it’s a compound word with a complex problem. It kind of depends on where you split the word but even then there are issues. Nevertheless it ain’t easy either way. What do I mean? You jest... Scenario 1. First word - relation. Second word - ship. Relation, a noun, per Dictionary.Com is: “an existing connection; a significant association between or among things: “the relation between cause and effect.” Tie that one onto a ship, a sailing vessel (the heart) square-rigged (non-flexible, though portable) on all of three or more masts (possibilities), stay sails (more considerations), and a spanker ( thank you) on the after-most mast (structure that holds the sails) (the relentless disposition of one party of a relation-ship that cause the effect of morning sickness without any relaxing fetus making a chaise lounge out of your cushy womb wall at all, or - if you are a man, the lifelong dent in your wallet and social life as well. The way I view it is the ship sails, relations go adrift until they reach so far enough way to a far, far, far off shore that you can finally wave painlessly. List the people in your life that have set sail? How did it make you feel when they left? How do you feel about it today?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thoughts For The Day, by, Serendipity Author, Richard Parenti

Thought for the day, by, Richard Parenti Thoughts for the day are simple, yet effective ways to explore possibilities in your own life and ponder on the powerful meaning of words, feel the inspiration. Serendipity Media Group is proud to share Mr. Parenti’s thought provoking quotes. “If your happiness depends on what other people say or do… you are in deep trouble.” “The wise man and woman gives 99% of their attention to how they feel about what they want, while continuously reaching for the next best feeling thought, and 1% to inspired action, thus enjoying the journey and staying in their power!” “When you find yourself in alignment with your source energy, outside conditions won’t matter.” “You can change your vibration about people or events in your life or in the world simply by finding the beauty in it all… and realizing that the imperfection you are observing is perfect as it is, as it cannot be any other way.” “Feeling good is the ultimate manifestation, because it feels good to feel good, especially when it comes from within, without any outside action.” Richard Parenti has more than thirty-four years of experience with mentors and yoga masters in the science of emotional mastery. He is the author of “Emotional Sobriety: Feel-Good Secrets for Everyone” published by Balboa Press. He is also contributor to Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook, Serendipity Media Group, 2015. After returning from a 40-day silent retreat in the Himalayan Mountains in India he authored "Naked Before God" and "Your True Self" both of which appeared in Himalayan Path Magazine. In 2007 he was recognized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northern California for having the ideal yoga class for people with multiple sclerosis. Since 2000 he has been the spiritual director of the Yoga Health Institute in Modesto, California.