Balance, Baby

“It’s all about balance”, they say — to which I reply, “You’re talking to a Gemini!”

But…it’s true and the Equinox reminds me of the importance of balance, especially in my “work” life.

In August, I sold more books on Amazon than I have in 3 years. This month? It’s a wasteland. I could say, WTF, Universe?! (and I actually have) but then I go back to balance. Ebb and flow. Ebooks are eternal so I have to keep that writer’s impatience in check and…keep writing. I have about 5 projects bubbling on the stove that could use my attention, instead of obsessively checking my Amazon rank.

Last month, I had very few Tarot clients. I was like, hm…I wonder if I’m supposed to do this? This month, clients are flooding in (thanks, Equinox!). It’s been years since I connected with some of them.

I asked for new projects over the summer — and two authors contacted me to help craft and edit their books this fall.

If I had my way, I’d want straight-on success, all the time. No ebb. Just flow. Sales, clients, everything clicking along like clockwork. But that’s not balance. The ebbs are there for me to step back, reassess, take me-time, work on other things, not to mention strengthen my faith. It’s not easy as an entrepreneur to see one stream dry up — but it’s always temporary. That I know after many years.

So now I say, bring on the balance!

Meditation Challenge Update

I’m happy to report that I sat for 20 minutes of meditation every morning.

“Sat” being the operative word. I can report that my butt sat on my Japanese buckwheat pillow. As for my mind…well, that’s another story. It helped that I was half-awake!

I’m glad I did this practice, though I doubt I’ll stick to it every day. Hopefully, I can because there is a sacredness to early mornings before the world starts bustling. I did have a moment of weakness one day and stumbled into my office, grabbing for my Ipad. I had to remind myself that meditation comes first, then everything else.

What’s helpful about sitting is not only the ease I grant myself but that the quiet doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. I can fritter away the day online, with friends, writing, projects — and then watch movies at night. I spend plenty of time in my quiet office thinking — but that’s not the same as meditation.

Meditating in the morning also helps set the tone to my day. It doesn’t mean I have a peaceful glow wafting around me. I’m still the same Raven with my irritations, grudges and questions. But I’m also Raven who has more patience, inspiration and love. My yoga practice is a great help, too.

And speaking of inspiration, I had the most amazing, inspired ideas during Sunday meditation at both ends of my week. I received a download for a future book or two and it simply popped into my mind. I didn’t try at all; I just sat in the yard and it came to me! That’s what I love about meditation. I can almost hear the angels saying, Thank goodness she finally slowed that brain down. Let’s get to work before she realizes it!

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Two great classes coming up in September:

“Mastering the Tarot, Level I” — 9/7
“Learn How to Self-Publish Your Book” — 9/14

Check out the details on my Classes page!

Also, my great Tarot Sale happens in September/Fall Equinox — but it’s only for my Newsletter subscribers. Please sign up at the right —> if you’re not on my list. I’ll be sending out the news this week!