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A message from the Universe

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

Sometimes the Universe whispers messages quietly in your ear. If you aren’t paying attention, you may not hear it. But She is persistent, and will keep whispering. If you still don’t hear, She may have to yell. When She yells, you have no choice but to listen.


This time, that yelling was in the form of throwing my back out. I’ve been incredibly busy over the last month. There have been so many opportunities given to me, and so many ways to share what I have learned, which means I have been running non-stop. It’s all out of love; everything that has kept me busy has been exactly what I want to be doing. Perhaps it was just too much. I wasn’t hearing the whispering to slow down. So the Universe had to get louder.


Now, with an intense pain in my lower back every time I move, I get the message, loud and clear. Life is not meant to be lived going at 100mph every second of every day. I thought that because I was staying grounded through my morning sadhana, I was okay. I thought that because I was busy with stuff I loved, I was okay. I thought that because I am following my dharma, I was okay. But apparently, I’m not quite okay. Now I’m hurt, and there is nothing to do but to stop.

From here? A little slower. A little less.


(Cue Simon and Garfunkel: Slow down, you’re moving too fast. You’ve got to make the morning last…)

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