Enlightenment is Sexy
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his is my story of how Enlightenment Is Sexy came to be:
Four years ago, I walked into the local Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) center in Chicago and came out completely transformed. I arrived at the center a devastated and broken woman. By the time I’d finished my first 20-minute meditation, I was reborn.
Prior to this inward journey, I had lost the one person in my life who was my everything, my mom. Her death left me completely destroyed and what seemed like a blink away from taking my own life. But I was blessed, somehow, with a miracle that came in the form of a spiritual practice. In one meditation, I went from a hellish darkness to basking in a light that can only be describe as God’s grace.
Within weeks, I was standing in front of Oprah Winfrey explaining how her newfound TM practice was going to make her limitless and boundless. Now, one would think standing in front of one of the most powerful women in the world would cause some serious butterflies in the stomach. But this wasn’t my experience. In that moment, when I stood at the front of the room and described my journey to her, I could only “see” her. The fame and the power didn’t exist. I was only concerned with helping the beautiful human in front of me the only way I knew how . . . with honesty, passion and a dash of humor.
I walked out of her office that Friday morning and knew I was about to head down a very different life path. My soul and heart were breaking open and I was watching the right words leave my lips before my mind could even think them. I felt the power of the whole universe in my little body. That day, I decided to give everything I had to try and bring peace and goodness to the world. To do my part.
Every single day going forward, I found myself realizing that everything I thought I knew was wrong. But it has actually taken me the past few years to understand this new way of living, from the inside out. I began writing in my journal every night. I mean, the realizations I was having were just too profound to not write them down.
Fast forward a couple of years. After working non-stop bouncing from corporation to corporation, talking about happiness, consciousness and true freedom, I decided it was time to go off on my own. Share my experiences in my own way. With my own voice. I promptly moved to Fairfield, Iowa, rented a home in the country, sold everything I owned, quit my job and sat down to write this book. The entire book was written at Revelations, a cafe in downtown Fairfield, Iowa. I sat at the same table every day and just bled all over my laptop. The energy of this magical town was fueling my desire to write. I was unstoppable.
Looking back, I can see that I gave up everything to write Enlightenment Is Sexy. I left my home in Chicago, left all my friends and family behind, stopped dating, spent days and endless hours just thinking and writing alone, lived in dirty boots and old t-shirts, and in the process ended up with a book I am extremely proud of. The people back home thought I had lost my mind, but I knew exactly what I was doing. Down deep, I knew what it took to really make my dent in the world . . . and regardless of how challenging my road has been, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
And now the day to launch it has come!!! The book, Enlightenment Is Sexy: Every Woman’s Guide to a Magical Life, is finally here!!! I could cry from happiness. My whole soul went into this . . . and more! I actually would wake up some mornings with “new information” in my mind just begging to be written down. As far as I can tell, this type of “download” could have only come from a higher place. It wasn’t anything I learned from a book or school. Interestingly, my thoughts always came back to my brilliant mother, who I truly believe played a big role in the writing of this book.
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So today, I just want to thank every person who helped me and believed in me along the way. I don’t even have the words to describe how grateful I am!
I hope you love Enlightenment Is Sexy. I wrote it for you.