Maintain your old Siemens Hipath system

Essence of Awakeness

Be conscious, aware, and alert. Pay attention. Remember when you were in elementary school and the teacher used to say pay attention now, this is important? Well, this is important. Wake up! What does it take to wake up an adult? Many people go through life on automatic, doing life as it comes along. What kind of things occurs that is considered a wake up call? The death of a loved one, a miracle, a near death experience, the birth of a child, a divorce, a marriage, a spiritual experience, a great accomplishment, a serious illness, an award, losing a job, winning the lottery, which of these would wake you up?

It seems like a joke to think of people living their lives asleep, but is it? How many of you miss out on a good part of your own life because you are not present? What does that mean? Present is a word that is highly overused and has become a buzzword for enlightenment junkies. So let's look at what it really means. When am I present?

When I am fully in my body at full attention to what I am doing at that very moment. Noting of course, that moment to moment my presence changes depending on who is coming and going in my life. I had a spiritual teacher once who used to tell me to practice staying present while I was driving the car. I don't know about you but my mind goes elsewhere the minute I get that seatbelt hooked and turn the ignition key. You know that commercial where the guy is testing the cell phone and keeps saying "Can you hear me now?" That to me is a great example of being present. It's like constantly saying to yourself "Am I here now?"

In a conversation, are you thinking about your response? If you are, you're in the future. Are you thinking about what you forgot to say or your tone of voice when you responded to the last statement? If you are, you're in the past. So what does it take to be present? I think it takes giving up thinking about being anything. I think it means being.

That sounds very mysterious, but in the realm of living, what does it mean? I have coached many people in crisis to deal with their situation by being present. The only time one has to be in fear is if your life is in danger from something specific. Most fear and anxiety exists primarily in our brains. When someone dies, we immediately go to what will life be like without this person. Is that present? Not at all. Present in that situation is I am here breathing and seeing and hearing and experiencing grief. I am not in danger. I am not threatened. I am healthy and well and in my body. Yes, I may miss this person, even now, but most of the anxiety comes from the projections about what will life be like in the future or remembering all the great times of the past.

I once climbed a 60 ft high telephone pole and jumped off of it to a trapeze and I am very afraid of heights. How did I do it? I knew that I could step from one piton to another, it was only looking up or down that would cause me fear. So I reminded myself each step of the way that I was only stepping up one step at a time and I only paid attention to the part of the pole that I could see in front of me. What happened? I climbed to the top one step at a time and when I got near the top I let go of the pole and walked up those pitons like I was walking up a short flight of stairs. It was a physical experience of staying present, which has stayed with me for many years.

So what about awakeness in terms of relationship? Are things happening in your relationship that you ignore? Do you get intuitive flashes that your partner is putting his/her attention elsewhere? Do you ignore slights or subtle insinuations? Are you assuming that everything is okay because you don't fight, argue, or disagree? Perhaps you don't communicate enough to create dissension. Does your partner really hear what you are saying and is what you are saying what you really mean? Are you the husband who tunes out his wife's nagging? And is she nagging because you don't really listen to what she says in the first place? Are you the whiney wife who wants attention and complains about what a joke it is to have your husband get anything done?

Relationships are an entity unto themselves. Ideally wives and husbands listen to each other exclusive of outside interference. A time to decompress and unwind after work is optimal. What a fantasy it would be to have a little decompression chamber that you step into as you leave your work and it stores and detoxifies all of your work stress until you return the next day, leaving each of you free to be yourself with your partner.

What does it take to be awake and in relationship? A good start would be a real understanding of each other's personality, knowledge of each other's stress strategy, love strategy, and relationship strategy. The primary thing necessary to be awake in your relationship is a solid sense that no matter what, this person that you are in relationship with is ALWAYS on your side. Does that mean you can never disagree? Not at all. It does however, mean that you believe in that person and he/she believes in you. That you have an awakeness about each other that doesn't allow you to buy into each other's stories. That you can agree to disagree and still love each other. That your relationship is free of hidden agenda, secrets, and mistrust. There is a basic commitment to support each other and be honest and that you tell each other the truth even if you are the one who will be vulnerable in this particular situation. It is the ability to be wrong in this person's eyes and still be right by virtue of being wrong and admitting to it.

I like to think that I am one of those human beings who has made the choices necessary to stay present in my own life. I wasn't always that way, but through a series of courses, enlightening experiences and tragic circumstances, I have managed to shake myself into a heightened state of awakeness a good part of the time. Presence is a mantra. I preach it. I live it. I honor it as the most useful tool in a crisis. Presence is awakeness. Embrace it. It will give you life.

One more thing! If you combine presence with passion you will rise out

The essence of passion is love. Passion is what drives us and gets us up in the morning. My life purpose is to live a passionate life of spiritual connection, creative abundance, playful exploration and pure honesty. When I live my life from this, it flows. I have successes. I have money. I have fun. In relationship, passion is a prime ingredient. Although sexual passion is vital, passion for living is what I am referring to here. Loving what you do. Being excited about getting up in the morning because you have something to do that turns you on. Someone you can't wait to see. Work you can't wait to begin. Somewhere you have never been before that you are about to explore. Dragging yourself to a job that holds no energy for you is mediocrity and just doesn't cut it. In your life and particularly your relationships, settling for less than what you want is a sell out. It is possible to have a relationship that isn't just about logistics, money, work and kids. So many people settle for longevity or security when they are in long-term relationships. It's easier to stay in a mediocre relationship and settle for financial security than it is to confront the issues and risk having nothing. I'm not suggesting you quit, I'm suggesting you take action. Delve into your relationship. Find the gaps, the baggage, the ruts and the time bombs and start removing them. Get some help if you need it. Hire a coach. Get a strategy, don't just watch it disintegrate. It is my belief that you have to be willing to risk losing whatever you think you have in order to get what you want, but isn't it worth any price to have joy and passion and love and trust and true spiritual connection in your life?

In order to get what you want you have to know exactly what you want. Design your life. Design your relationships. Think big. Do you think that anyone who has ever won an Olympic gold medal accomplished that without ever having decided to do it? I think the decision part is the hard part. Once a decision has been made and you have a clear outcome in your vision, all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and take care of the business that shows up. The rest is up to God and the universe.

So, if you want a relationship, decide to have one. Design the person you want to meet and go out and do what's in front of you. Decide if you want to get married. If you want to revive your relationship, decide to have it different. Then go do it. Passionately attack life and take risks, what's the worst that can happen?

Relationship coaching is life coaching. Life becomes extraordinary when we discover that being absolutely committed to taking care of ourselves leads to abundance in every aspect of our lives.

Susan Sheppard
Getting What You Want

Official Words from Getting What You Want If you would like to use the article written by Susan in this edition of Getting What You Want, permission is granted as long as the copy remains unchanged and the resource information is included at the bottom of the article:

Web site: Buy my book http://www.HowToGetWhatYouWantFromYourMa Enroll in an e-course e-mail me at

"I help people who want sacred intimacy in a hot relationship, get what they want from each other so that they can experience more fun, more sex and less bickering!"

In The News:

Major IS terror attack in West 'expected', Kurdish general warns
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:17:00 +0000
Another Islamic State (IS) terrorist attack in a Western city is "expected" because of the West's inaction and indifference in the region, the top Kurdish commander in Syria has warned.

Venice flooded by highest tide in more than 50 years
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:11:00 +0000
Venice has been hit by its highest tide in more than 50 years, leaving much of the popular tourist destination flooded.

Further Hong Kong clashes after man shot by police
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:09:00 +0000
Further clashes have erupted across Hong Kong a day after leader Carrie Lam called pro-democracy protesters the "enemy of the people".

Disgraced cardinal granted final appeal against sex abuse convictions
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:54:00 +0000
The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children has been granted leave to appeal by Australia's highest court.

Grace Millane: CCTV shows accused 'taking backpacker's body to woods'
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:37:00 +0000
A jury has been shown CCTV of Grace Millane's body being taken to woodland where she was buried.

Erfahrungen mit Pallhuber Wein
Agen Bola SBOBET Terpercaya

Travel in comfort and at your leisure with CT Airlink Limousine & Car Service for top quality private transportation and exceptional customer service. We operate Sedans, SUVs & Vans for CT Car Services to covering all Connecticut airports including Car Service from CT to Newark Airport , Mohegan Casino Uncasville CT, Foxwoods Casino Mashantucket CT, Manhattan Cruise Terminal NYC, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal NYC and Bayonne Cruise Terminal NJ. CT Airlink hire licensed and friendly chauffeurs who have in-depth knowledge of the Areas.

Mid Life Crisis and the Great American Dream

One of the mainstays of American culture is the "Great... Read More

Finding a Mentor in the 21st Century

Traditionally, mentors volunteer the wisdom of their experiences to help... Read More


What does this word really mean anyway? According to Webster's... Read More

The Non-Conscious Mind at Work. Harness it for Your Success

Thoughts are real things. As soon as you realize how... Read More

A Visualization Exercise on Managing Expectations for Adults with ADD

As adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), we often find... Read More

Plug in Your Systems for Success

Have you ever noticed that so many of us who... Read More

Eureka! I?ve Found It!

OK, so it wasn't quite that big of a deal.... Read More

Email Etiquette 1

I thought it might be worth visiting some email etiquette... Read More

Help! I Need to Make a Decision!

Many people who come to my office say they have... Read More

You Are Never Trapped!

"The meaning of life is that it stops." -Franz Kafka... Read More

Profitable Idea Generation in 4 Steps Using Improv

A large percentage of business are stuck, tied to narrow... Read More

Overcoming Work Addiction

Why are you so busy? Do you really have too... Read More

Communicating Anger Compassionately

Whether it is irritability or unmitigated rage, anger is an... Read More

Why a Self Help Book May Not Help You

For a self help book to work, we have to... Read More

Run to Win

I was never much of an athlete growing up. Notoriously... Read More

Curbing the Public Nuisance (Part 1)

He's been around since the dawn of humanity. His profession... Read More

Tempering Temper

I'm almost always a calm and collected person. Or at... Read More

A Simple Strategy for Managing ADD

As an ADD Coach, I usually begin my conversations with... Read More

Coaching - An Adapting Tool For Attaining Fulfillment In The Global Economy

At a time when the global economy is bringing innovation,... Read More

How to Control Your Anger: Retreat and Think Things Over

How to Control Your Anger: Retreat and Think Things OverJim... Read More

How Can Sceptics Get the Proof They Need

Are you one of those folks that needs to figure-it-out... Read More

What The Buddha Says About Coaches

There is a Buddhist saying that goes like this: "If... Read More

Mentors and Coaches: How to Find a Great Mentor

A career coach or mentor is a person who can... Read More

Why Therapy Fails Sometimes

I saw a couple for marriage counseling this week, and... Read More

Two Pillows and One Dead Husband

That's what I needed when I delved deeply into my... Read More