Podcasts: fan or no?

I haven’t been a fan, but since I stopped drinking I needed something to help with that little voice in my head, and I didn’t want to dive back into audiobooks. So podcasts.

I’ve found some I like, and some that while I want to hear the content, drive me nuts because the podcaster invites guests to discuss things, but then interrupts and talks about ‘me, me, me’ over and over again. If that’s what you’re going to do, do like Leonie Dawson and just ramble whatever comes to mind and skip the guests. It works great for her.

Do you have any podcasts you really enjoy? Let me know so I can give them a try!

Oh, speaking of audiobooks, if you haven’t listen to Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The book is soooooooooooooooo good, so timely, and her voice is amazing. I’m not linking to Amazon, because not everyone uses Audible, and Bezos donated to The Rule of Law, which funded the Capitol takeover. You can listen to it on Hoopla if you’d prefer. I love Hoopla.

We’ve got a storm coming in, which usually means we don’t get much precipitation, but everywhere around us does. It’s cold, though. January cold. Which is nice because I’ve been walking around in short-sleeves and we’ve had the front door open almost every day. Even in the high desert, this isn’t normal for January.

I spent the day running a few errands, picked up The Starless Sea at a local bookstore (the blurb had me at “…a mysterious book…”, and sending light. The light was for a gamut of ailments, and it was, as always, amazing to be able to help people (and Crackers the horse) feel better, even if it’s only for a while.

It was a good day.

How was yours?

Much love,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – January 2021

Choosing A Word For 2021

Picking a guiding word for the year is something I’ve done for a while now. Last year I decided to go with a feeling, lighthearted, and quite frankly, this year has left the vast majority of us feeling anything but, am I right?

Normally I just wait til a word pops into my head that feels right, and I go with that. Thing is, I also don’t really do anything to help that word along. Not this year!

I use Passion Planners, which come with a Roadmap to help you focus on and achieve your goal. December hit me hard and I’ve been super depressed. Rereading The Desire Map seemed the thing to do, and Bing! Lightbulb! Feelings, not goals. How do I want to feel next year and more importantly, how can I make it happen? I dropped the gamechanger part of it, choosing instead to focus on all 4 important emotions that compromised my core desired feeling: Light.

It’s not easy finding a picture to represent what I mean by light…

Light? Didn’t I choose lighthearted last year? I did. Is there a difference? Honestly, not much. The world is too heavy right now, and as any empath can tell you, it’s suffocating. Anything that isn’t heavy is how I want to feel, so light, light-hearted…same difference.

I scribbled all over my current planner’s Roadmap, which I never filled out, sifting through words and what would help me feel light, and finally, finally, narrowed it down to Delight, Comforted (a big one), Peaceful, and the hardest one to pin down, Financially Secure and Independent. I’d first chosen “like I make a difference”, and that is a part of it, but mostly I want to work for myself, helping others feel better. Which is a way to make a difference, so yay.

Then came the important part. What will help me feel each of those 4 feelings? Under Comforted I have “my journal, fleece as much as possible (soft soothes me), special treats such as hot chocolate and ice cream”. Nothing major, but little things I can focus on weekly to make sure I stay in the Light lane and don’t veer off into the No Eating for a Week and All I Want to Do is Sleep lane again. I’m still not out of that one yet, to be honest.

I’m still fine-tuning it and haven’t transferred it to my new planner. I feel good about it. I hope next year is better because of it.

Do you choose a word? What method do you use to do so, and have you ever felt the need to repeat one because it means so much to you? Let’s chat in the comments! I’m curious how others go about this.

Happy Yule!!!!

With hope and much love,

Pip 😎

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By the Glow of a Salt Lamp

This morning I read a newsletter from Amanda Mays, and in it she included a writing prompt:

“What was the practice or ritual that sustained you through difficult times?”

What an excellent question! I love her newsletters. And her Insta account is calming and filled with what she calls “celebrating dailiness“. Check it out!

This year has been…well, there aren’t even words. To paraphrase a line from Buffy, “It sucks beyond the telling.”. SO much.

But there’s still good things, like the roadrunner who perched on a chair on the porch, staring at the screen door with look as if it was thinking, “Excuse me? Is the drive-thru window closed??”

From Dec last year

Or my cat, who disappears all summer long, every summer, except to eat; when the weather is changing she’s back to cruising the house, asking to be pet and paid attention to. Sometimes a bit too often, actually. It’s as if she needs to make up for all she missed in during the hot weather.

As for what practice that has sustained me? I had to think about it. There are a few things I do on a regular basis, but they don’t necessarily help me through this tumultuous time. They just are.

Then it hit me. Every evening my other half heads to bed at least 3 hours before I do. He’s the morning person, I’m the night owl. Somewhere along the way this year, I started to lightly massage his back while reading a book (I’ve been on an Elizabeth Hunter kick since I discovered her Elemental Mysteries series) by the light of a large Himalayan salt lamp. The orange glow is bright enough to read my old keyboard Kindle by, yet soothing enough that it doesn’t wake him. This has been the routine every night for months. So much so that when I get in bed, he automatically turns over, even if he’s not fully awake.

The massage helps him sleep, the books calm my frantic mind, and the light winds down the evening…it’s a ritual that we would both miss if it ended.

Have you come across a writing prompt lately that made you think? Comment, please!! 🙂

Much love,
Pip

©Pip Miller – September 2020

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Hygge and This Hobbit

A while ago I came across a post by Dominee about Hygge, and I loved the concept. I didn’t know there was a name for something so comforting (isn’t there one for everything, though), and the idea has been stuck in my head ever since.

Yesterday at the library I came across “The Hygge Holiday” by Rosie Blake, and as with some other words, ‘hygge’ jumped out at me, and I brought it home. Devoured it in a few hours – it’s a cute romance, just what I needed after some heavy reading lately.

Now I won’t tell you what happens in the book, but there is an idea the main character has that must have burrowed its way into my head, because I couldn’t sleep last night and that idea blossomed into something pertaining to what I do, and I was so excited I don’t think I fell asleep til the wee hours of the morning.

You all know me; how I bounce from one thing to another, not in search of the perfect something, just in search of…

I found it. 🙂 As the month goes on, you’ll see little changes in my website and social media accounts. I’m so excited! This feels so very, very right!

With excitement,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – December 2018

 

 

A Month of Prompts

Amanda, of MagnoliaYogaBr , sent out her first newsletter with monthly prompts in quite a few years. I’m so excited!!!

Yesterday the prompt was “Perfect Day”. And it was! Mornings have taken on a routine, starting with feeding the cat, then then dogs, and now the crows and the birds. The crows came back to the neighborhood on the 30th (timing), and they call out when they come in the mornings, waking me and starting my day.

Usually we babysit on Thursday, but didn’t yesterday, so I was able to sit outside and read…something I haven’t done almost all summer because of the heat. I’m just beginning “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness, and I’m loving this series!! History, witches, vampires, daemons…it’s got it all.

Today’s prompt is “Take Steps”. Doing these prompts here is a big step. I’ve fallen out of the habit of writing, and my domain name needs to be renewed sometime this month, so responses (and clients) will give me a reading and tell me whether to keep it all or let it go.

Do you want to join along? The link to sign up for the newsletter is in Amanda’s bio!

With hope,

Pip

©Pip Miller – November 2018

ETS: I forgot to add the hashtags she uses! #cultivatewellness #writewellness

Calgon Isn’t Helping Anymore

Found this on Instagram:

And yeah…

So much has been going on since my last post, and every time I sit down to write, you know what stops me? SEO. Thinking that I need to write the perfect subject line for SEO. I don’t know about y’all, but it is, as she says, exhausting.

Also, really? Doctor branding?? Just help me feel better, gorramit!!

So simple things first:

Twitter. Still using it, but a bit less because the news is so overwhelming and I’m in complete despair about the direction our country is taking. It was mentioned by a coworker that every single healer he knew has been sick since last year in one way or another. I hear that. Bronchitis twice, abscessed tooth that caused my face to swell up like a grapefruit, and the kicker…I have fibromyalgia.

Yep. I’m a spoonie. And let me tell you: finding out that I have fibro explained SO much that I thought was simply attributed to stress, age, and other things. It’s both a relief and well, it’s fibro. Not much to do about it. Add in my tremors, and medication isn’t really an option. When your mom, who has been sick for 30 years, tells you, “Wow, you’re really fucked up!”, you know shit has done hit the fan. 😉

As a result of being sick so often, I was let go from my job the day before my birthday. *heavy sigh* It was a relief on one hand, because I was causing so much annoyance and disruption by missing days, and on the other hand, well, there went my income. Unemployment is…we won’t even talk about it. I do enjoy being able to pace myself as the day goes on, and I take a lot more “reading breaks”…aka sitting in the sun for hours with a good book…than I was able to before. It’s helping.

It also means I have more time to do lightwork, so that makes me happy. BTW, did you notice that I changed the look of the blog? I think it’s a bit more device-friendly now.

Tumblr. Giving it another whirl, and so far, I like it. The cool thing about Tumblr is that it seems to be a creative space, lots of authors and artists (and witches…oh my goodness, the number of witches!), and three of my favorite authors are there –  Neil Gaiman, N. K. Jemisin, and Claudia Wair (you haven’t heard of my dear friend Claudia? You will!). I’m sure there are more, but I haven’t come across them yet.

—oh, wait, I just went to copy Claudia’s link, and she’s not on Tumblr now. Here’s her website. Keep your eye on her! You can follow her on Twitter, and Instagram, and sign up for her newsletter!

All in all, I think that’s everything since last I wrote. I hope everyone is well – I’ve been bad about checking in to WP and reading blogs of late.

Much love!

©Pip Miller – March 2018

The Filofax Itch

…and other non-Filofax thoughts.

At the end of last year I wasn’t in the position to purchase new Filofax inserts, so I picked up a planner at Walgreens. It’s about 5×7, has big pages and print…and the pages fit perfectly in my A5 Filofax Chameleon.

Every time I open the planner, I have the urge to tear all the pages out and put them in the Chameleon, but the thought of punching holes, one by one because I don’t have a hole punch that does this configuration, is exhausting. But boy, that Chameleon is calling to me! The pages are too big for my Personal Malden (unless I also cut the pages down to size), but the definitely call out to be out of their binder. Pretty as it is.

What is a body to do?? Lol

In other news, a friend sent me a link to this great post by Starhawk, which is all committing to regeneration in the face of what is going on in the US. This friend is also the only person I know who is actually sanguine about the situation, as she sees the need for the dissolution of so much that is wrong so that we can build newer and better. I see her point, but I’ll be honest, I’m still terrified.

I just watched Arwen’s Tarotscope for this week, and the affirmation she came up with, “Today I create peace” is a really wonderful one. With so much fear and stress, doing what little bit we can to create peace is very important. What ways can you do that in your world? I’m trying not to RT as many tweets about what’s going on, not to ignore it, but to honor those in my timelines who are triggered terribly by all of this. I was a bit crazy with the RTs for a while (I could, and still can NOT fathom all of this), and I had to slow down, even for me. I was giving myself anxiety, and that’s not helpful at all.

I began doing more energy healing on myself, alleviating those feelings and doing my best to bring calm and peace into my head and body. It was the only other thing I could think of! 🙂 I am happy to help anyone else who could use some of that in their life, too.

I’m trying to spend a bit less time online, and took out some great books from the library. I just finished The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and next up is The Marriage of Opposites. The Dovekeepers was amazing, and I’ll be on the lookout for it at my favorite bookstore.

How are you coping with the non-stop barrage?

Oh! Almost forgot! My friend Ronda, she of the fantastic malas, responded to a tweet of mine about trading a session for a Pussy Hat. Yes, the ones worn at the Women’s March. I received it last week and it’s so cool! It’s multiple colors for #solidarityindiversity, which is fantastic! Sadly, it’s been too warm to wear it so far. But I will!

pussyhat2

Take care all, and be kind to yourselves.

Much love,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – February 2017

Comfortcrafter

Say what?

I’ll tell you! Early January I came across a cozy mystery called, “Some Like It Witchy” by Heather Blake. It’s a series about sisters who discover that they are witches – aka “Crafters” – and move to a sort of suburb of Salem, Mass, where many other Crafters live. A magical village, literally. The sisters are “wishcrafters”, meaning they can grant people’s wishes (if they are wished honestly and in a specific way), and Darcy has discovered that she has a knack for solving mysteries. In the village there are Floracrafters (good with flowers), Terracrafters (good with all plants), Ilumicrafters (bring light, both literally and figuratively), Bakecrafters, and Curecrafters (healers), etc.

©Heather Blake

©Heather Blake

At first I was all, “Hey, cool, I’m a Curecrafter!”, but then as I read along and thought about what people have told me over the years, another phrase came to mind, and I DM’d Heather on Twitter to ask if it was ok if I used the one that I thought of (don’t want to step on an author’s toes!), and she said yes. 🙂

Comfortcrafter was the phrase (you caught that, did you?), because I’ve been told that I always seem to find the right thing to say or way to help someone to feel better…I bring comfort to them. Add in the energy healing, and it just seemed to fit!

What do you think? And what type of Crafter do you think you are?

You can find me again on Instagram and Twitter, so look for the hashtag #Comfortcrafter!

©Pip Miller – February 2017

Dear Diary…

Did you catch the subheading change on my title page? I’ve been introspective this week, and reading day-to-day life blogs have been my interest. Real life, no selling, more communication. And as this is my favorite blog of the 3 I have, I’m going to write that way here. More like LiveJournal, but more public.

The reason I’ve had this time is that on Friday I had foot surgery, and I have to keep my foot elevated, so there’s been a lot of downtime. And there will be more to come. I probably can’t wear a shoe for another 5 weeks or so.

my view

My view

I hateses crutches

My nemesis

Hobbitstyle

#HobbitStyle

waiting

Waiting

I had the bandages changed today, but still don’t have a real boot because my Dr. had an emergency out of state and isn’t back yet. Next week. I must say, I suck at crutches BIG TIME thanks to the tremors, and so Himself bought me a walker off Craigslist and that’s been so much easier. Not on my hands, but still, more balance. Plus, still can’t put any weight on it, so skipping along on my right foot. My right knee is very, very unhappy about this. If I ever have to do this again, I’m getting one of those scooter/trike things.

I’m sleeping a lot, which is nice, but the meds make me twitch when I am, which is weird. The first night Himself thought I was boxing in my dreams. Lol!

Oh, I’m rereading Dave Turner’s “How to Be Dead” books on my Kindle…funny stuff. And speaking of Amazon, we were, weren’t we? …I just put a bunch of Funko Pops on my wishlist. No, I don’t need them, but, again, life is short, and they’re fun, and I want them. They really need to make more girl ones, and also to finish sets; Firefly is missing Inara, Book, and Simon. Why??

So, dear diary, that’s it for today. 🙂

©Pip Miller – September 2016

Rereading “Second Sight”

A few years ago I read Judith Orloff’s book, Second Sight, and I recently borrowed it from the library again. This is one of those books that, when I start doubting myself, brings me right back to knowing that I’m doing what I do exactly the way that it is supposed to be done. That I need to remember to trust the universe, and let it lead the way.

She mentions a healer named Jack, “I never saw Jack reverse cancer or perform any such miraculous cures, but his patients did improve. Naively, I had hoped he could relieve them of all their symptoms, but I soon discovered that healing didn’t work that way. What Jack gave his patients was a second wind, a jump-start of powerful energy.”

I know that my work isn’t of the miraculous sort, and yet I also know that it definitely makes a difference in the client’s life.

She then later mentions a woman named Rosalyn, “She’d been treating me for stomach problems the past few months.” (italics mine) “My physical symptoms markedly improved during these treatments. Not only did Rosalyn rid me of the annoying tight knot in the pit of my stomach, but her sessions left me with a sense of extreme well-being that would last for hours.”

That passage reminds me that while most clients request a single session, some issues are not as simple as a headache or a quick release of stuck emotions, and may take more than one treatment. And that I need to step up and let those particular potential clients know this and not be afraid to sound pushy doing so. I have to trust my instincts and stop keeping myself small when it is in the client’s best interest for me to stand tall in my inner knowing.

When Orloff began doing energy healing herself, she noted, “I simply sat on the couch, hands steady on her body, allowing myself to be a vehicle through which love could flow. To be successful, healing requires a transparency, a passive receptivity, rather than any purposeful effort.”

I find that if I let my ego get in the way, wondering “if, if, if”, as I’m doing a session, then the flow of light and love is lessened, whereas when I let my mind wander to the show I’m watching or the birds around the feeder, even the clouds floating across the sky, then Spirit has an uninterrupted conduit through me and can do the work that needs to be done. The love flows to where it needs to be, and in the amount the client’s soul is ready for.

As a practitioner of a not-always-obvious way of helping people, it’s easy to get lost in the worries of “am I good enough, am I doing enough, did I help them, will they notice…and on and on.” Rereading this book reminds me that none of this is about me, and that the universe chose me to do this work, and the universe knows what it’s doing.

I really need to just buy this book. 😉

©Pip Miller – August 2016