#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Serendipity and more ramblings

Yesterday was one of those magical days, where the most remarkable things happen.

Visiting Chico’s, hoping to buy an outfit for an upcoming party, I met a woman named Beverly–and she can only be described as a kindred soul.  While discussing sizes, I happened to mention that I’m returning to Weight Watchers, but wanted to add some kind of therapy this time.  (Yes, I remember my promise not to bore you with yet another D.I.E.T., but this has bearing.)  After all, the food plan only addresses the physical aspect of up-and-down-pounds–but the central issue is probably emotional or even spiritual–or some combination thereof.  Well, knock me over with a feather, because this is answered prayer in action, my friends–Beverly promptly says, “I know the perfect thing.”  Then she described REMT (Rapid Eye Movement Therapy) and the many, many miracles she’d both seen and experienced herself.  She gave me the name and number of a reliable practioner, right here in Spokane.  Am I going to make an appointment?  You’d better believe it.  But the synchronicity doesn’t end there, remarkably.  Sister Sally had mentioned meeting the woman who pioneered this kind of therapy a long time ago–and headquarters just happen to be on Sally’s home street in Salem, Oregon.  The connection seems like an affirmation to me.

Stay tuned for the continuing saga.  :)

Later in the day, I had my first session of full-on sound therapy–think, tuning forks–and I was blown away.  I’d been introduced to the technique the day before, by my cousin, Debra, who is also my acupuncturist, but Lisa practically played a symphony of different tones, and trust me, these were good vibrations.  Since sound frequency is basically compatible with quantum physics, i.e. that everything in the universe is made up of a single energy, vibrating at different speeds, it makes a lot of sense to me.  So do stones and crystals; nothing woo-woo about it, folks; this too is about vibrations and frequencies, albeit inaudible ones.

Again, stay tuned.  Because I intend to experiment with these ideas.  Doubtless, it will be like my art experiments–some fizzles, some brilliant flares of awareness, and, every single time, some new tidbit of understanding and knowledge.   And I can use every bit of those I can get.

I haven’t started my Italian course yet, because I’m waiting for the little microphone dealie to arrive. 

In the Comments section, someone asked how I get so much done.  Well, the painful truth is, I don’t always.   I really struggle with what I call Firefly Syndrome–I am too interested in too many subjects, and sometimes it’s killer-hard to focus on one thing and see it through.  (Remember, I have ADD).  That said, I think it’s a little like that old saying about aiming for the stars–even if you miss, you’re going to hit higher targets than you would have otherwise.  I’m always trying new things–as stated above, I get a lot of fizzles, but the occasional fireworks in my imagination are well worth it to me.  Where I have succeeded, it’s largely because I was willing to fail my way to the finish line.  Success, grateful as I am for it, has taught me next to nothing.  Failure, on the other hand, is a master teacher.  As I always tell aspiring writers, to do something well, you have to be willing to do it badly for a long, long time–and still keep going.  One day, things fall into place and there it is, that marvelous “I get it!” feeling.

I warned you in the title of this blog–more rambling.  :)

This week’s winners will be notified today and announced tomorrow.  A new contest will begin on Monday.

Now, go out there and be your fabulous self.  The rest will take care of itself.


24 comments to “Serendipity and more ramblings”

  1. Iris
      · October 10th, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Thanks so much for sharing. You are a breath of fresh air!

  2. Andrea Lammly
      · October 10th, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Interested to see hear more about this REMT. Sounds very interesting and I do hope it works. Seems once we hit 50 it is so hard to lose those extra pounds that creep up on you! I don’t know how you stay so organized Linda; you have so many irons in the fire! Enjoy your fall. It is beautiful here in Vermont right now with foliage almost at peak in our Champlain Valley area.
    Happy day everyone!

  3. Sherry Wallace
      · October 10th, 2013 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Know what you mean about being into so many things! I’m the same way & struggle to finish something before I’m on to the next idea! I wud much rather be this way, though, instead of uninterested in anything! Looking forward to hearing more about the REM diet – but, I must, say that sounds really hokey HA!!
    Sherry Nan

  4. Norma Stanforth
      · October 10th, 2013 at 3:32 pm · Link

    Linda, you are having needles and turning fork and whats next! Lol. If it help that is what matters good luck. Everyone have a great weekend and God blessings.
    As always your friend,

  5. Ruby Norwood
      · October 10th, 2013 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Linda, you never ramble all the things you talk about is very interesting. I do want to hear more about this REMT.
    Have a good evening everyone!!

  6. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · October 10th, 2013 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Best of luck to you with your new therapies.

    I use a regular regimen of acupuncture to keep things flowing the way they should. I’m lucky that I’m totally addicted to exercise and activities.

    You are an ongoing inspiration for creativity and productivity. Keep the great ideas coming :wink:

  7. zola udell
      · October 10th, 2013 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Interesting! Can’t wait to hear more about this new experience of yours

  8. Cindy Zint
      · October 10th, 2013 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Best of luck to you Linda! Keep us posted! Surround yourself with as many positive people, ideas/thoughts, and things as you can. God Bless! Sending you love and prayers! :-)

  9. Lois Rotella
      · October 10th, 2013 at 5:07 pm · Link

    This is very interesting. I want to hear more about your D.I.E.T. and everything that goes with it. the weather here in NYC is getting cooler and rainy. Have a great Friday everyone !!

  10. Diana E
      · October 10th, 2013 at 5:31 pm · Link

    I love your inspiration, it really uplifting. Blessings.

  11. carole
      · October 10th, 2013 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Hi! Your so uplifting and love your stories, I’m on Weight Watchers and its a one day at a time thing and you can’t beat yourself up been a weight watcher for years and love the diet, and I were all human, so its a challenge, and I like my pasta and sweets but have learned its portion control and excerise, I speed walk and love riding my bicycle, that’s when I get my spirits and thank God for letting me enjoy the day and smile! Have a good weekend and love to hear more on crystals and all! I didn’t know you have ADD, I don’t have that but I do take on projects and sometimes I get bored with them and never finish then but am doing better at it. Anyways, love hearing what your doing and all!

  12. Maryjane Hoffman
      · October 10th, 2013 at 7:38 pm · Link

    You really are one busy lady! Diet alone can be boring but I love your new idea and hope you have much success too. I know our old church had a weight watchers bible class and it really worked out well. Good Luck with all of your projects! Variety truly is the spice of life!!

  13. judy
      · October 10th, 2013 at 7:42 pm · Link

    Good luck with everything you want to do. Have a good week.

  14. Pat
      · October 10th, 2013 at 8:03 pm · Link

    You have given me something to think about…….Again! Having two great-grand-daughters living in the house with me( along with their Mother, four dogs and one cat), I haven’t had time to get my winter projects together. It is important for me to have many books to read and much sewing crafts to keep busy through the bad weather we have. Thank you for the books, the craft ideas, your zest for all you involve your self with. But most of all your faith/

  15. Jeanne Wagner Shaw
      · October 10th, 2013 at 10:54 pm · Link

    Lei parla italiano? Molto bene :)

  16. Lea williams
      · October 10th, 2013 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Sounds a lot like me. Quilting seems to have stuck the longest. Some things I like and some after I start them not so much. Hope the treatment to go a long with Weight Watchers works for you. I go along for a while and lose a little and then in the grocery store I see a bag of Hugs *white chocolate kisses) and then I get them and eat the entire bag. Oh well at 75, I am what I am what I am.

  17. Cheryl Messer
      · October 11th, 2013 at 12:37 am · Link

    Thank you for your reply in your last paragraph. I, like most women, juggle so much everyday too. School, single mom, daughter sometimes caring for Mom, running here and there… I swear, 48hours in a day just MIGHT be enough time. I am a notorious “list maker”. If I do not write it down when I am thinking of it, I will either 1. Totally forget about it, or 2. Not be able to sleep because I am worried about forgetting about it…,vicious cycle. It is a little refreshing to know that you do not get everything done, I really was wondering where I go so horribly wrong. You still amaze me! I, too, am a firm believer of “learning from my mistakes”, they are what shape us into being better people. Thank you for your comments, I love reading them!

  18. Connie Johnson
      · October 11th, 2013 at 12:40 am · Link

    I hear about all kinds of new things from you, that I have never heard about.

  19. Sandra Wheeler
      · October 11th, 2013 at 12:42 am · Link

    Great blog. I to am a firefly, or as I say I have to many irons in the fire and most of them cool off before I get to brand something. I appreciate your honesty about your weight problems and also your courage to try new remedies. Good luck with these and keep us posted.

  20. Anita C
      · October 11th, 2013 at 12:37 pm · Link

    I must admit, I’ve heard and used many of the same ‘different’ remedies to problems we have and I am 100% certain that some, not all, work – at least for me and in varying degrees. I don’t think these are at all ‘woo-woo.’ Some have been around for hundreds of years, just not here in America so much, but that is changing too. Geek that I may be for these, I can’t get enough, even the ones that are not so successful. No harm in the trying…. So thanks for being open about these things, I don’t feel quite so ‘alone’ for lack of a better word…

  21. rosemary
      · October 11th, 2013 at 9:26 pm · Link

    Cool, I get it!

  22. Bonnie Pruett
      · October 12th, 2013 at 8:48 pm · Link

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, NO IT’S LINDA LAEL MILLER, my favorite western romance writer. I dont have ADD but I used to flit from washing clothes, to straightening my livingroom, to whatever else I get a fleeting idea to start. I used to be that way but physical disability has taught me to take my time and if I flit , I flit. I have no rigorous schedule to keep. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis , osteo arthritis from neck to my toes (literally) and pinched nerves in my low back. The arthritis’ are pretty much under control or in remission as we call it. The pinched nerve cannot be given a guaranteed success for surg. the ratio is 50/50. Not great odds. BUT, God must have some reason for me to use my disabilities to help others. Is it fun to be disabled, heck no, but I’ve found when I feel so frustrated because I can’t do what I want to do. I am remindd

  23. Bonnie Pruett
      · October 12th, 2013 at 8:53 pm · Link

    Oops. I am reminded of Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me. What else do I need. I am doing Physical Therapy and it’s really easing my nerve pain. Sooo I resolve in front of all of you to keep doing my back and stretching exercises to keep me moving with little or no pain.
    May God richly bless each of you according to His plan.

  24. debbie g
      · October 16th, 2013 at 9:29 am · Link

    Linda, U wrote that U bougt clothes from Chico’s, did U go there while U Visited Florida. I know the headquarters are report to be down here in Ft. Myers, FL. But I never heard of that store until I moved down here. I guess that because I have no fashion sense.

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