Your reset button?

This morning I woke up planning a mental to-do list.  I wanted to write a blog post, plus work on my proposal for my book. I also have some research and writing for the business class I teach at Oregon School of Massage. That reminded me that I need to grade homework for the class. Plus I planned on working out. And that’s the beginning of my list.

When I notice that I have 34 programs running on my computer and that my mind has at least that many more programs up and running it’s time to hit my “reset button.” Periodically I need a big reset. A weekend away or a couple of weeks somewhere other than home.  But I’ve found I don’t feel as desperate for a complete system overhaul if I include regular resets in my life.  

My daily reset is meditation. Today the message I got was that all that other “important” stuff wasn’t really important. What was important today was to be of service, to feel loved and to allow love in. In a few breaths my perspective changed.

How do you know it’s time to hit your reset button? And then how do you reset? Sharing your ideas here helps others. I know I’d love to hear your ideas.

One Way I Lost and 5 Ways I Won

When I entered the Next Top Spiritual Author contest I told a few people that I’d entered for the experience. They asked why I wasn’t in it to win.

Hmmm…Made me think. I changed my attitude and decided to participate in a different way. I was in it to win and I lost.

But I don’t feel like a loser. My ego would have liked to be part of the 25 chosen for round 3. But when I move into a place of trust, I know that I’m on the right path, right place, right time.

Why I feel like a winner

  1. I felt supported by you! I felt support for my book idea from family, friends, colleagues, former students, even other participants in the competition. All that support felt lovely. I also heard that others believe in the idea of creating and running a Practically Enlightened Business.
  2. Having to clarify my ideas for the book and its promotion really helped me feel, well, clearer.
  3. I wrote. Nothing like having a deadline to get me writing most days. And I enjoyed writing (at least most of the time.)
  4. I learned. I learned how to use a video camera and how to upload a video to YouTube. I learned more about the world of publishing. I learned from getting feedback for my writing. And I love to learn.
  5. I gained momentum. Now I have the habit, so even without a deadline from the contest I’ll keep going.

So thank you for your support and congrats to those continuing in the competition.


For me I’m working on a more in-depth proposal and will be submitting my idea to agents and publishers in the upcoming months. Will let you know how it goes.

When I joined the contest I encouraged you to stretch yourself as well. I’m wondering if you took my challenge and how it’s going for you?

Join Team Practically Enlightened

Want to Join Team Practically Enlightened?

I’m looking for a team. Why? As you probably know I’m working on Practically Enlightened Business: Your Body Mind Spirit Approach. The book’s my entry into the Next Top Spiritual Author contest. You can still vote for my entry by heading to I’ll know late next week if I made round three.

If I’m continuing in the competition I’ll be polishing two more chapters for submission. If I don’t continue in the contest, then I will be polishing and writing chapters to either  1) submit my book to publishers or 2) to self publish as an e-book.

I’m looking for a small, yet diverse group who will be willing to give me some feedback on the book content. Are you?

  • An entrepreneur (or aspiring entrepreneur) who considers themselves spiritual. You do not need to be a massage therapist.
  • Interested or intrigued by the idea of using a body, mind, spirit approach for creating and growing your business.
  • Willing and able to give me some honest feedback about the content of the book.
  • Willing to commit about an hour to 1.5 hours every week for the next month.


Here’s my part of the commitment.

  • I will provide written content with a specific request for feedback. Often it will be a meditation or exercise that I’d like you to try. Sometimes it will provide a section I’d like you to read and comment on.
  • I will provide some group coaching just for the team members via teleclass.
  • I will acknowledge you in the book.
  • I will provide you with a copy of the book when it’s published.

Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? What’s next?

  • Read the first chapter of Practically Enlightened Business: Your Body Mind Spirit Approach. You’ll find it at
  • Reply to this email with a bit of information about yourself.
  1. If you’re currently self-employed tell me a little about your business? If you’re not self-employed are you planning to be in the future? If so, what kind of business?
  2. Why would you like to be a part of Team Practically Enlightened?
  3. What would you like to get from the experience?
  4. Can you commit to 1.5 hour a week for the next month?
  5. What time zone do you live in?

Week 4 of Book Slam


Join us on June 22 11am (PST) for week four of the Author Slam down, Readings From Around the World.  Authors from the Next Top Spiritual Author contest will be reading from their work. They’ll also let you in on a bit of their personal journeys as well as the  purpose of their work.

I’ll be reading from Practically Enlightened Business: Your Body Mind Spirit Approach.  I’m excited about the other author’s who will be presenting. Here’s the line-up for this week.

Host – Renee Baribeau, “The Shaman Chef, My Life and Other Recipes”

Introduction and Opening The Circle Renee is the Founder and Director of the Desert Holistic Network in Palm Desert, CA which is comprised of a consortium of businesses who stand together as one light in order to heal business and our world.  Her book is about how she moved from survival to self-care.  Contact:

Rev Dr Audrey Reed

Author Money ToolBox for Women. 30 years of Business Experience as Corporate Executive and Angel Emissary invites you to step back and listen – look from a different prospective. God does not give you more than you can handle. WE have heard this time and time again. In the moment of crisis in the second before one more thing occurs on a bad day… But what if this was not the case….

What if it was the opposite This webinar explores an alternative possibility, especially in the realm of Abundance. • •

Sharon Roemmel, LMT, BSW, RA

 Sharon began gathering the tools to be a wholistic entrepreneur when she received her massage license in 1991. She’s a registered aromatherapist and certified yoga therapist. Her passion to help others successfully create and run their business in a holistic way inspired the birth of Massage Mentoring. She offers coaching and classes for spiritual and conscious entrepreneurs. She’s been a presenter at events and conferences.  Her articles appear in her own monthly ezine and blog, as well as in publications including Massage and Bodywork. She has also been quoted as an expert in national and local media including Natural Health magazine. Practically Enlightened Business: Your Body Mind Spirit Approach offers a six- step body mind spirit method of creating and operating a business. The tools and techniques are practical, easy to learn, and simple to incorporate into their day. Contact

Katherine T Owen

It’s OK to Believe, Moving From Head To Heart 

Have you ever felt alone in your spiritual quest? Do you sometimes find it hard to discuss your spiritual beliefs? Are you sometimes attacked for your beliefs by others?   Katherine T Owen knows what it is to feel doubt, or feel your beliefs don’t quite fit.

  Katherine pursued the spiritual journey whilst ill and bedbound for fourteen years. At a time when she could barely speak, she found her head filling with inspirations – poems and thought-bites which guided her.  Journey with her as she shares these inspirations. Engage in simple practices of forgiveness. Reflect on powerful quotes from spiritual texts. Allow Katherine T Owen’s poems to move you from the chattering head into the heart of God. 

Katherine continues to regain fitness after the years of being immobile. She reads frequently on the local poetry circuit – in pubs and art-galleries, and has been on numerous radio shows, including BBC Radio Wiltshire. She is trained as an NLP practitioner.  It’s OK to Believe can be bought at Then enter Katherine T Owen or It’s OK to Believe in the Search Engine on this page.

 Lada Lysiniak 

In her book “You Don’t Have to Be Bald or Boobless to Cure Your Breast Cancer – How to Heal Naturally” Lada Lysniak  shares the tale of her own journey with breast cancer and her emergence from fear to freedom.   She dares to tell women that they WILL NOT DIE OF BREAST CANCER. They will not die IF they take 100% responsibility for their own healing!   

    Lada is an award winning host, reporter, anchor and producer on national and international television. When not hosting or producing a new TV show, Lada writes books, articles, and does inspirational speaking.  She empowers all who come to listen to her to take responsibility for their own lives; they can CHANGE, since they CREATED THEIR LIVES in the first place.


Eliana Gilad 

Miriam’s Secret – Midwiving the Birth of Your Inner Transformation

Miriam’s Secret is about loving yourself through the unpredictable process of change and coming full circle with your inner and outer conflicts so that you can live in harmony with others and yourself no matter what is going on around you. 
The inspirational message of Miriam’s voice is that we can be prophets and prophetesses. As we listen to ourselves and connect inside we midwife the birth of our transformation joyfully arriving to our own promised land. Eliana Gilad (born Lynn Horowitz in Los Angeles, CA.) is an internationally recognized composer of healing music, a peace activist, and founder of the Voices of Eden Healing Music and Peace Center in the Galilee, Israel. Since 1994 Gilad has worked with thousands of alternative healthcare professionals, coaches, yoga teachers, birth professionals, musicians and peace leaders, helping them to reconnect to the Source of their authentic and natural voice. Eliana has dedicated her life to revive the ancient healing music practices of the biblical prophetess Miriam through the creation of Voices of Eden music.

Contact:  • •

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Upcoming Book Slams: In order to get the next Book Slam to be Recorded before voting ends for round 2 of The Next Top Spiritual Author’s Contest, we have moved up week five to Thursday, June, 24th at 3pm (PST)

Too Much Balance in Your Life?

Have you attended a graduation recently? I attended the ceremony at Oregon School of Massage where I teach. Stories from the graduates, their families, and friends always rank as my favorite part. I found my eyes tearing up as Maggie’s stepdad talked about how proud he was of his beautiful daughter. Diana’s mom’s emotion said as much as her words. Rachel’s comment about wanting to leave a different footprint, Amber Rose talking about being called to this work… The transformations, the accomplishments…

And yet, there’s so much more to come for these new (almost) lmts. Allen encouraged the graduates to seek balance. I want to advocate for the other side of the coin. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a yoga teacher. I make it a point to have tea regularly with my friend balance.

I’m guessing it wasn’t balance that brought you to school or that got you through. Being a little obsessed helps. Look at people who accomplish their dreams—the Oprahs of the world. Yes, they probably revisit the issue of balance regularly. But they live in the land of passion and obsession.

I challenge you to talk to people who have reached their big dreams, people you admire. I meet former students who are doing exactly what they want to do. They did it by knowing their passion and not letting go. The former students I meet who end up working somewhere so they have a job might have more balance, but they seem to have less joy.

BTW-don’t forget to find some balance in the middle of your obsession.

Readings From Around the World

Renee Baribeau, one of my fellow author’s from the Next Top Spiritual Author contest put together a teleclass series of author’s from the competition.  You’ll get to hear them read from their diverse works–poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and talk about inspirations and experiences. 

Here’s the scoop. presents


A Modern Day Book Slam

  •  Tuesday, June 15 – 3pm (PST)Authors include:  Stephanie ~ Hope Ann,  Roger Joyeux, Carol Woodliff, Stuart Rosen, Lori Boatman
  •  Tuesday, June 22 – 11am (PST)Authors include: Rev. Dr. Audrey Reed, Sharon Roemmel, LMT, BSW, RA, Katherine T Owen, Eliana Gilad 
  • Tuesday, June 29 – 3pm (PST) Authors include:  Michael Robbings, David Wodtke , Betsy Muller ,  Rev Edie Weinstein,  Gunilla Hodges

I hope you’ll be on the call on June 22 with me.   

Schedule is subject to change.   Be sure to register with Renee at:

 to receive the updates on these classes.

Should Anne Leave the Massage Profession?

Yesterday I overheard a conversation between two massage therapists. Yes, I eavesdrop. “Anne” was saying that she was heading to nursing school. The conversation went something like this.

“So why are you returning to school? Have you always wanted to be a nurse?”

Anne’s answer? “No.” She just couldn’t see herself making it long term in massage. Not enough money to contribute to her retirement, afraid her body won’t hold up…

I don’t know Anne. Never saw her before. But I felt sad for her. I would hope for anyone taking on the commitment of school that they would feel excited about their new course of study, drawn to work in that field.

Anne sounded disillusioned with her work as a massage therapist. Or rather she was disillusioned with what wasn’t working for her. Maybe a new career will be her cure.

Is the Massage Profession to Blame?

My frustration is that Anne is blaming the profession. While some massage therapists aren’t paying their bills, others are thriving. That tells me there’s more going on here.

I would love to work with Anne (are you listening?) to help her explore her business model, her beliefs around prosperity, her passions, how she’s tending to her body… I’m not attached to whether Anne (or you) stays in your profession. I’ve known massage therapists that moved into another line of work because they felt finished with their massage career or they felt the pull of some other passion. It’s just as great to know when to move on as to move into this field.

Here’s what’s sad for me. If Anne would still like to offer massage, if she still feels a call to this work, it’s a shame that she’s leaving. I didn’t hear her say “Boy, I’m really ready to be done with massage.”

Hey Anne—It’s possible to fund your retirement from your massage career. I am and I’m not alone. Hey Anne—You could create a self-care plan to ease your fears about your body withstanding the rigors of massage. I know many people, including myself, whose bodies are doing great after 10, 15, 20 years of working full-time in this field.

I Believe…

I believe everyone in the world (including you and Anne) deserves to enjoy work that rewards them up, that uses their best skills and talents, and that stretches them enough that they stay alive and interested in the work.

And You? 

How about you? What can you do to support yourself in fully enjoying your work or in moving on?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. My blog is a great place to do that.
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Trusting Anxiety: The Benefits to Your Business


A fellow entrepreneur recently confided that she’s been struggling with anxiety. Her racing heart was scary. Could something be wrong?  Her doc prescribed anti-anxiety meds and all was well for awhile.

Then the symptoms resurfaced. Back to the doc. The dosage went up and again her heart quit doing the rumba. But once again her heart headed back to the dance hall. She said her head knew she was safe. But her body was yelling danger, danger. Something wasn’t right.

Override switch?

We can try and override the wisdom of our bodies. But our bodies and our spirits are wise. Very wise. Your body wants to keep you alive. Your spirit wants you to be whole. We develop clever ways to cover up these messages. To ignore them.

My friend didn’t want to blame herself. If you believe that your thoughts create your reality you can fall into a trap of blame. For example, if my thoughts were more perfect/pure I wouldn’t have contracted this disease.

And then there’s the law of attraction. Focus on your anxiety and won’t you just get more anxiety? Rather than focus, I’m suggesting you give a persistent message a voice. Think of what you’re doing as enlisting the support of an interpreter. I’m talking about making a safe place for your wisdom to come forth.

When you listen to these kinds of messages you and your business will be more whole, more authentic.

So how do you create do this place? You may have your own way of accessing your inner guidance. Use that. Here are some ways that have worked for me when a message refused to be ignored.

1.     Meditate and ask for information. Then be still and pay attention. During the meditation you can also see the symptom outside of yourself and have a conversation with it.

2.     Draw, paint, collage, sing, write, or dance the message. Let the message come through art.

You need to disconnect from your thinking mind and give your wild intuitive mind the reins.

Your thoughts, comments, and ideas? You can share them at my blog.

© copyright 2006-2010  Massage Mentoring      All Rights Reserved



Forward Bend Your Business

forward bend

woman in forward bend

Ever taken a yoga class? When I teach yoga I lead my students on an internal journey. I invite them to find their perfect stretch. Intensity, yes. Pain, no.  

What stretches you? I don’t mean your hamstrings. I’m talking about you, the inner you. The you that’s a business owner, a healer.

You read my intro about entering the Next Top Spiritual Author contest? Entering this contest was a stretch for me. Why? Because the contest requires me to put myself out there to the world in a bigger way. I’m risking rejection. Then there are the logistical and technical aspects. Making a video, getting the lighting right, uploading it to You Tube…

Practicing massage, healing work, being an entrepreneur… All provide you with opportunities for stretching. You might have experienced a stretch when you felt the call to your work. Once you’re in it, the opportunities just keep on coming.

I invite you to think about a place in your business or life where you’re being called to grow. Maybe there’s a place where you haven’t listened to your inner voice. A place where you float comfortably in your safety zone.

Nothing wrong with having a safe place. It’s just if we stay in our safe place it can become a rut. A big rut.

We’re designed for growth. Our souls crave it. If you ignore that craving the universe gives you a big kick in the rear. Or you get sick or depressed. At least that’s been my observation. Much more gentle to find your stretch point on your own.

Ok, so you know a place where you’re could use a stretch. You’ve decided to take the conscious route. No kick in the butt for you. What’s next?

Once you’ve declared your intention to stretch, pay attention. You might be surprised at how quickly opportunities come. Trust that you’ll have the answers and the courage to stretch in the perfect way. And know that I’m cheering for you.

Are you willing to publicly share your intention to stretch? Heck, that can feel like a stretch. Add your voice to the comment section below and we’ll all say, “Yeah!” to your intention.     

I Apologize

I want to publicly apologize to my friends Sophie and Lauren. I made an assumption that they wouldn’t vote for me in contest I’ve entered.

It wasn’t that I didn’t want them to. It wasn’t because I thought they wouldn’t be interested in the Next Top Spiritual Author contest even though neither of them can read.

I underestimated their abilities. I assumed they wouldn’t be able to use the keyboard without trashing it.

But they’re resourceful. No keyboard needed. They watched my video pitch and voted for me with their IPhone. They even sent me a picture to prove.

Now those are resourceful girls.

dogs watching Next Top Author Pitch

Sophie & Lauren watching Sharon's book pitch