My father-in-law had passed away and I had to travel to Arizona with my husband for services. We stayed in dad’s old house, which had no internet, television, nor could I turn on my phone due to horrific roaming charges I would accrue from my provider with living out of the country. I knew this was going to be a stretch as an aggressive social media maven having to market my books daily. I was also grieving along with my husband, and of course dad’s death took precedence over my needs of marketing.
I had picked up “Inner Whispers” Messages From a Spirit Guide, by April Crawford in a used bookstore and planned to read it during the trip. It had been a while since I’d read a paperback. I’m all about my Kindle. Funny thing was, this book turned out to be the perfect read for what I was going through. It touched my soul and spoke to me in ways no other book had ever done before. It talked about clearing the clutter from your mind so the soul can speak
The first two days we were all abuzz with family at the house as we busied ourselves with sorting through all of dad’s belongings and mementoes. I was caught up in the moment of reflection and the thought of any social media hadn’t even crossed my mind. Around the third day I began to experience a panicky feeling that I would lose all of my twitter followers, Facebook friends, LinkedIn contacts and the like. I had managed to go to a Starbucks with my daughter for an hour and posted an update, but was still in a depressed state and quickly had no further interest to go beyond Facebook. I found myself not even concerned about marketing this time.
The day of the service arrived and was a most enlightening one for me. We had dad’s ashes along with his wife’s, who had passed six years ago. The plan was to release both of their ashes at the top of Mingus Mountain in Prescott, Arizona. It’s been a while since I’d been in the mountains. I really had forgotten just how magical it truly is. The wind was whistling through the pines as we stood on the ridge that afternoon and witnessed a most emotional, but beautiful ceremony.
During the short time I spent up in the forest and back in touch with nature really gave me the grounding I needed. I seemed to grow leaves myself. I found no urge or panicky feelings to rush to an Internet café or Wi-Fi coffee shop the rest of the week. Was I still depressed or just getting nurtured? I think my soul was speaking. “Inner Whispers” spoke of keeping the mind still and free of clutter to find clarity of mind.
As I sit here at Sky Harbor Airport writing this blog I am still reflecting on this past week and how everything has played out. Still no Internet, no phone. I was experiencing burnout with social media, having a writer’s block and dealing with dad’s death. I really believe after all that had occurred this week, I can honestly say I have never felt more calm, clear-headed and know I need to limit my time with social media. For the past month I was on a path that was leading in several directions but now is leading me just where I need to go. I am taking it slow, and every time I feel the need to hurry up and get all those hours of social media in each day, I will remember to give my husband a hug first, breathe and visualize the sights, smells ands sounds of the forest that day.
“Inner Whispers” Messages From a Spirit Guide by April Crawford can be found on Amazon
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