Is Digital Minimalism For You?

Happy March everyone!

Here it came in like a lamb; sunny, chilly, some clouds, and finally a few sprinkles. Mild. Which makes me wonder how the end of the month is going to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday I was wandering through links, going from one topic to another, and I came across this blog post by Laura McKowen about Digital Minimalism. Now anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows how I feel about social media overwhelm, so that subject jumped out and grabbed me. The Kindle book she mentions was $1.99, so I bought it and began reading.

There’s just too much to say about this book, so I recommend what she does: read it. And you might want to download an app called Moment, it tracks how log you spend staring at your device’s screen.

The basic jist of the book is to take a 30-day detox from all non-essential technology. Including video games, Netflix, etc. And then making a plan to use the essential ones in a more time-efficient manner. He even talks about how people who get online to read the news or news sites can do so without eating hours of their day.

The key during the detox is to do other things. Don’t just sit around, thinking about what’s going online. No, resume hobbies you’d dropped when your smartphone seemingly became glued to your hand, go for walks, play with your children uninterrupted, read books (offline if you use a Kindle or other ebook reader), learn to knit, write actual letters (my plan), etc… The goal is to fill your life with activities like you used to before the internet. And then when the 30 days are up, decide what you really, really want to add back, and consider why; does it add value to your day, your life? If Twitter drives you nuts, why do you want to jump back on? If scrolling through staged photos on Insta depresses you in the end, why download it again? For your business, what sites do you feel good using, and do they add to your business? This all needs to be considered before diving back into the internet. And, as he says, you may find that less definitely is more. McKowen herself has a list of all the accounts she deleted, and it’s not small. Nor were the number of followers on them. But she chose what aligns best with her values.

What is all this leading to? Yeah, you knew it. ๐Ÿ™‚ My birthday is the 9th, next Monday, so beginning then I won’t anywhere but here, the newsletter, and email for 30 days. I want my focus to be my energy work, not falling into YouTube rabbit holes, or looking at ridiculously gorgeous bujo pics, or raging at what’s going on in the world for hours and hours. I need a break. That means on the desktop, too. I can only log into the sites I’ve chosen, once a day, no more. I’ve removed all apps except Signal from my phone (really!) and I know Twitter is going to be really, really difficult for me to give up, but it’s gone from my phone and tablet and promised myself that I won’t download it during the 30 days. Haven’t decided where or how I’ll get news, but I’ll figure it out before then.

If you were to do this, what technologies do you consider vital? Would you be able to do a 30-day detox? Do you want to play along?

And as always, I’m available for distance Heart’s Peace Healing sessions! They are what brings my life joy, no question about it. Your feedback absolutely makes my day, sometimes my week! So please, don’t hesitate to purchase a session, or mention my work to that friend you have with fibro or chronic migraines; I can’t cure them, but I can help them feel better. And honestly, that means a lot when chronic pain is your life.

Much love,

Pip ๐Ÿ™‚

ยฉPip Miller – March 2020

How and Why I Became A Lightworker

Every now and again someone asks me how I became a lightworker, and it occurred to me that I hadn’t told the story here, where it should be.

I worked on-and-off in a metaphysical store since the late 90’s, and almost every time I had a card reading I was told, “you are a healer.” I thought they were all a bit bonkers, honestly, because there wasn’t, in my mind, anything healing about me. I know my flaws, and they are many. ๐Ÿ™‚

Move on forward to fall of 2009, and a friend of the store was in town. He was at a bit of a crossroads and had a reading with my friend Christina. Afterwards we were discussing the fact that she told him he needed to begin teaching, and I mentioned the healer thing. “Oh, you definitely are!” he pronounced without hesitation, and I was like, fine, if this dude I kind of know but not really thinks that, what the hey.

The next day’s reader, the ever-amazing Darlene Costello, came in, hobbling a bit, and mentioned that she’d messed up her knee. I literally, I kid you not, had an argument in my head, “go, ask her!”, “no, what if it doesn’t work?”, “GO ASK HER”, “but…”, “GO” for about 10 minutes. I finally gave in, asked if I could see if I might help her knee feel better and she enthusiastically agreed.

All I did was kneel in front of her, put my hands on her knee, and almost immediately she began to tell me that she saw “a purple light, in waves, like a skier going down a mountain, that swish-swish movement”, and key and some other things I forgot to write down. We were interrupted by a customer maybe 5 minutes into it, and once the customer left she told me that it “feels like a there’s a huge bandage around my knee, supporting it” and that the pain was almost gone.

Well, as you can imagine, this fired me up no end. The feedback was astonishing and I wanted to see what else could happen. I began asking if I could help just about anyone who mentioned being in pain, and feedback ranged from, “a warm poker shooting up my spine” from my friend Donna who has back and hip problems, to “it’s like little dwarves were working on my back, then the light jumped from my back, over my head, to my heart chakra”, or “lightning bolts in my liver”, and one of my favorites from Beth Pixley, “it felt like angel wings inside, very soft”.

There was one woman I distinctly remember because she made me laugh so much. She and a friend came in and she was bemoaning the fact that she couldn’t smell the incense or candles because her sinuses were clogged. So I asked. And within minutes she almost yelled, “I can smell!!!” and gave me the best tip I’ve ever received.

I also once had a woman ask if I would go to Texas with her on her vacation because her back felt so much better after just a few minutes of light.

So now, dear readers, you know how and why I became a lightworker. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you will allow me to be of service to you, too, and help you feel better in some way.

Much love,
Pip ๐Ÿ™‚

ยฉPip Miller – February 2020

 

Dear January, WTF?

I don’t know about you, but my January went from awesome-sauce to wait, what? in 2 weeks. I’d read someone’s astrology report (don’t remember who, sorry) who mentioned that January was like walking through a minefield. If only I’d read it at the beginning of the month…

Instead of freaking out as I usually do when finances are in the picture, I’m taking The Power Path’s January theme, “If not now, when?” to heart and being proactive. I’ve signed up with Upwork, checked back in with Hirewriters, am going through all the notes and pdfs I’ve saved over the years concerning marketing…and I’m watching Sarah Turner’s “Write Your Way to Freedom” free copywriting course (am I the only one who keeps writing ‘copyrighting’??).

Thing is, this is the third job in 2 years that I’ve lost due to my health. There are new requirements at my present job that I cannot fulfill due to the fibromyalgia and my compromised lungs. This came completely out of the blue, and I admit it, I cried all day Friday after I was told, and a good portion of Saturday, too. Then it was bootstrap time. Only different boots. The boots that aren’t made for walking…the ones that are made for padding around the house while wearing soft fleece pajama bottoms and a hoodie, carrying a cup of hot chocolate, before ending up in the recliner with a book because any more exertion than that is going to send you to sleep for 15 hours. Plus, the pain. The ever-present pain.

I have no idea how this is all going to work out, but I’m determined that it will. Any advice fellow spoonies, soloprenuers (is that a word??), work-from-home peeps would be greatly appreciated.

The hardest thing about this? Believing in myself. I’ve learned so much this past year (such as Excel) and yet, when it came time to fill out my Upwork profile, I found it hard to say I was good at those things. I’ve never been good at promoting myself. Another thing I could use some help with. ๐Ÿ™‚

So here’s to a better February…hello, Chinese New Year! And living life on my own terms.

Much love,

Pip ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: Did you know you can still update your PC to Windows 10 for free? I did last night -not sure I like it, but it’s necessary. Here’s one of the many articles on how. It takes quite a while, so I wouldn’t do it while you need to work!

PPS: Energy healing continues to be my passion and my soul’s mission, so keep in mind that I’m still doing Heart’s Peace Healing sessions!

It’s All Just Too Much

The endless news, the draconian abortion laws, the immigration crisis and people in cages separated forever from their children, climate change…

It’s too much. We are under such a tremendous amount of stress and fear right now, and it seems like there is no way out, doesn’t it?

Mr. Rogers always said, “Look for the helpers”…and now I say, “Look to the Lightworkers”. They come in different shapes and sizes, and they don’t always make a big splash, but they always manage to bring a smile and a feeling of “ahhhhh” to your day.

I do that by helping others with my energy work, my friend Pearl fills her timelines with pictures of all her critters and nature (warning, snakes!!!), Johanne, an amazing card reader and artist, uses Twitter for her mental health diary, and it’s awesome; there are those who refuse to pass on anything stressful, such as Tiny Buddha, which I adore, and Anne Wheaton (yes, Wil’s wife) is unfailingly optomistic and kind, no matter what is thrown at her…the list goes on. I could write an entire post with links to all the amazing lightworkers (who don’t even know they are one) in my Twitter and Instagram feeds alone!

Look for them. Weed out who you follow (my political list on Twitter was insane, and now I’m down to about 10 key feeds because I just couldn’t handle it any more), check out more cute animal feeds, go outside and read a book, take a day or two off social media (believe me, if anything major happens, you’ll still find out about it)…step back. Ask for help! Community is so important now, and an online one counts just as much as in-person.

And if you would like some energetic relief, I’m here for you.

With hope,

Pip

PS: I recently read “Walking Home” by Sonia Choquette, and there’s a line that I can’t get out of my head. It reads, in part, “…all I really wanted, more than anything else…was to be comfortable and comforted.” Doesn’t that resonate with you, too?

Interesting Feedback

clock*may be TMI for guys* ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just received this in an email…unexpected results from weekly distance healing sessions!

“Has anybody else mentioned that prismatic healing affects their periods/menstrual cycle in a positive way? I used to have late periods up to two weeks but since having regular healing they have been either or time, or even early.”

Sweet!!!!

ยฉPip Miller – March 2015