#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Almost Out of the Woods

I think the c-diff is under control, and I am feeling much stronger, though I’m not quite there yet.  The trip to Atlanta was a marvelous experience, and I’m so glad I went.  I’m also glad I kept a low profile and returned home in fairly good shape.  Due to crowds and the general stress of travel (much as I love it!), I’m often under the weather when I return home.  What I’ve learned from this: that it’s okay to take things easy, lounge around in the hotel room when my presence is not required.  :)

Some of you have asked for more information on the Vimala Alphabet, which I discovered quite by accident, while looking online for something else, and have come to love.  I realize, however, that the title of Vimala Rodgers’ easily understood book is not the one I gave you before.  If you’re interested, look for “Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life”.  In short, the book is not about analyzing handwriting, but using this particular alphabet to make deep and lasting changes in the way your brain operates.  Practicing the letters actually alters the wiring and, furthermore, I can feel the sparks flying as my busy brain responds.  I look forward to practicing every day, and consider it a form of meditation.

Ms. Rodgers presents the alphabet she personally designed, many years ago, utilizing a comprehensive knowledge of graphology as a foundation.  Each letter is presented in its ideal form, in order to wire the best possible personal traits into the three pounds of gray matter between our ears.  She holds a Phd, so she knows her stuff, but her book and the accompanying diagrams are simple to understand.  She suggests a 40 day commitment to practicing the letters, and there are a few rules.  One writes in ballpoint pen (never with a pencil or a felt-tip), on plain, unlined paper, turned sideways into the ‘landscape’ position.  Why ballpoint?  Because the pressure the writer exerts matters.  Unlined paper is necessary because the ruled type makes it difficult to ‘think outside the box’, and the landscape position sends a message to the brain: “this is something different, so pay attention.”

At first, the practice was difficult, rather like writing with the non-dominant hand, so one must persist.  As instructed, I fill two pages on both sides, and mark the accomplishment on my calendar in descending numbers, starting with 40.  I have 14 days left on the trial period, but I have been convinced of the value of changing handwriting from the first week or so.  Once I have completed this first round, I will start a new one, focusing on certain letters and ligatures, which are the attachment of two letters, as in ‘th’, ‘be’, etc.  Each letter has a particular meaning and instills valuable qualities.  The letter T, for instance, is always crossed at the very top of the stem, with no gaps or loops.  (There are very few loops in the Vimala Alphabet, which presented a challenge to this loopy ole cowgirl.)  Among other benefits, writing T’s this way affects self-discipline and aspects of creative thinking–Nicolo Tesla, along with other visionaries, crossed his T’s in this way.  O’s are written in a clockwise direction, and that was tough, too–I’m still working on getting it right, in fact.

Have I noticed changes since beginning the challenge?  Yes, though they are quite subtle–I am more tolerant and open to the ideas of others, and I am not nearly so stress-prone as before.  I certainly plan to continue the practice indefinitely.  For more information, check out the website, iihs.com.  Jennifer Crebbin has authored at least two books on the subject of the Vimala Alphabet, and I can recommend them, too.

As I recover, I’ve been listening to TONS of audiobooks.  More on that next week.  

A new contest begins on Monday.  Get those comments in, and have yourself a marvelous, healthy weekend.

27 comments to “Almost Out of the Woods”

  1. Susan Craig
      · May 12th, 2017 at 5:38 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Take your rest seriously for awhile. You don’t want a relapse.

  2. Lois Rotella
      · May 12th, 2017 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Have a quiet and peaceful Mother’s day!

  3. Ann Bartholomew
      · May 12th, 2017 at 6:23 pm · Link

    Glad you are finally doing better. It’s been a long tunnel for you. I wonder how the writing practice works for lefties. We really are a different group in more ways than one! My brain works right to left and counterclockwise. Stay well!

  4. Lynn Hogan
      · May 12th, 2017 at 6:29 pm · Link

    This sounds extremely interesting. I’ll have to check it out!

  5. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · May 12th, 2017 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Here’s hoping you recover quickly–and enjoy those moments of peace in your hotel room.

  6. Roberta Giordano
      · May 12th, 2017 at 7:08 pm · Link

    Glad your doing better. I am intrigued about this alphabet and plan on checking it out,thank you for the info.

  7. Roberta Giordano
      · May 12th, 2017 at 7:08 pm · Link

    Oh I forgot, Happy Mothers Day !

  8. Doris Brooks
      · May 12th, 2017 at 7:38 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better. Take it easy and rest as much as possible. For you I know that must be hard. Sorry we did not make it to Atlanta. Sick too. Happy Mother’s Day.

  9. Virginia Horton
      · May 12th, 2017 at 8:25 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better, take it easy for now until you have totally recovered.

    Happy Mother’s Day

  10. Linda
      · May 12th, 2017 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. As are mothers would say get plenty of rest.
    Happy Mother’s Day.


  11. Linda Beaudoin
      · May 13th, 2017 at 7:14 am · Link

    So glad you are feeling better. Happy Mothers Day.

  12. Ruby Norwood
      · May 13th, 2017 at 7:38 am · Link

    Enjoyed the blog, and so glad you are feeling better!! Hope you have a great Mothers Day!!

  13. Donna Brant
      · May 13th, 2017 at 8:14 am · Link

    So glad to hear you are coming along. Yes stress can really cause a relapse so hang in there and keep doing what works for you. The handwriting exercise (?) sounds like something I might like to try.

  14. Marjorie Hawkins
      · May 13th, 2017 at 11:33 am · Link

    Just wanted to say I’m glad you’re feeling better. I have been suffering with gout and can’t figure out why, but will do whatever to keep it from coming back again. I’m 73 and no one in my family, that I know of, has ever suffered with it. But, otherwise, I’m healthy and happy. Hope your writing is coming along. I’m reading “Once a Rancher” and have the other two books ready to read after it. What’s next from you? Love and Good Health.

  15. Kathleen O
      · May 13th, 2017 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Glad you are okay. My mother had this and it can be really life threatening.. I am glad you are on the mend.

  16. Diana E.
      · May 13th, 2017 at 3:21 pm · Link

    So glad your feeling better. Interesting blog today, Linda.

  17. Carol Luciano
      · May 13th, 2017 at 4:41 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you’re improving and feeling better. This alphabet sounds very intriguing. I’m definitely going to check it out. Thanks so much for sharing the info and your experience so far.
    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers.
    Carol L

  18. Leanna
      · May 13th, 2017 at 6:12 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. I generally like to fly, but last week when I traveled it was stressful because a flight was cancelled and I spent all day in airports or on a plane for what should have been a 4 hour flight.

  19. Jan
      · May 13th, 2017 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you are feeling better. You’re one of my favorite Authors and I want you well and happy. Happy Mothers Day!

  20. Sharon Sovereign
      · May 14th, 2017 at 12:36 am · Link

    Your emails are always interesting. Hope you are feeling well and can get lots of writing done. Have a good week.

  21. Janet Hurt
      · May 14th, 2017 at 2:28 am · Link

    I am so glad you are feeling better. Not fun being sick…for sure!

  22. Debbie Bleege
      · May 15th, 2017 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Hope you had a good Mothers Day and glad to hear your getting better. Take care of yourself.

  23. Melaine
      · May 16th, 2017 at 2:42 pm · Link

    You are amazing, Linda. I don’t know how you do all that you do; write, listen to audio books, all your research, cooking up broths, learning new alphabet to make positive changes in how you think, garden, care for your loved ones, this means, family, friends, and animals.

  24. Sandy Casserly
      · May 17th, 2017 at 2:44 pm · Link

    I am glad to year you are recovering from that horrible c-diff. You are such a talent, obviously in many more ways that just your wonderful books – – that my husband and I both enjoy. Keep resting, knock that infection right out of you and continue on doing what you love!

  25. Colleen B.
      · May 19th, 2017 at 9:07 pm · Link

    Take care. Alphabet sounds interesting. Hope you are getting lots of rest and snuggles with your furry friends.

  26. Terrie (Lessor) Watson
      · May 20th, 2017 at 8:31 pm · Link

    Linda, be careful with the c-diff. My mom passed away from that. :-|

  27. Nancy Rieks
      · May 22nd, 2017 at 9:59 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you are on the mend..

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