Shining Brightly Through Cancer

On the day he was our guest, Howard Brown was also launching his first book, Shining Brightly.

This is a section of the forward by Dr. Robert J. Wicks

In Shining Brightly, Brown’s stories and guidance help us to meet suffering and uncertainty in new ways. In the pages and chapters that follow, his own story of confronting death is one we now refer to as an example of “post-traumatic growth” (PTG). This occurs when someone facing serious stress or trauma actually deepens as a result of it in ways that would not have been possible had the trauma or stress not happened in the first place. It is very similar to what for ages was known as “the spirituality of suffering” in which the person did not seek the undesirable, play it down, or romanticize it, but was also open to where such frightening events might take them. In other words, they did not see darkness as the final word but possibly the first step in new meaning-making and personal depth.”

Having survived Leukemia and Colon Cancer both in Stage IV when discovered, and about 26 years apart, Howard Brown is inspired to talk about the greatest health challenge humans are asked to endure.

He was only 23 when he faced death the first time. His career was blossoming when he noticed a little purple spot on his left cheek in front of his ear.

An example of a Non-Hodgkin’s lesion

After several appointments trying to figure out what was going on, Howard was sent to a cancer institute…first clue that he had cause to fear.

You have stage IV accelerated T-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” the doctor said.

All Howard heard next was “blah, blah, blah, blah.”

My mom is sobbing, and my dad was a statue. I had no idea what was going on.”

Howard failed each chemo regimen they tried. Then, his twin sister offered to donate her bone marrow.

She was an exact match!”

Howard’s immune system hit a reset and the cancer went into remission. It was the key defining moment of survival from cancer number 1.

There is no blueprint for survivorship, but I got myself back together.”

Howard Brown

Patients that have had as much chemo and radiation as Howard did often develop cancer later in life effecting other areas of the body. When a polyp was discovered during a routine colonoscopy, Howard faced cancer again.

And again….chemotherapy failed, and the cancer grew. It spread to his liver, stomach lining, and bowel. With less than a year and a 4% chance of living, Howard faced fear a second time.

When you hear those devastating words, you get beaten down. Everyone around me was crying.”

The doctors tried a Hail Mary which was a massive surgery.

They cut me open and poured hot chemotherapy inside me. Then I was rotated for 90 minutes. They call it the mother of all surgeries.”

No evidence of disease at this time.

I have a lot of side effects, but I’m breathing. I hope to walk my daughter down the aisle at her wedding.”

Howard Brown

Howard attributes the following to his ability to survive:

  • Medical technology
  • World-wide prayer network
  • Family
  • Luck

I’m still here and have work to do. I need to give, and be, an inspiration. Together we make this world a better place.”

Shine brightly with Howard at his website here:

You Are More Than Your Mistake

Tuskey the clumsy elephant goes to Paris with his friends. Tuskey knocks over the Eiffel tower and says outloud, “bless me.”

“You just knocked down a great monument, why are you saying bless me?” his friends ask.

Tuskey explains, “the mistake is already done. I can decide to give myself grief or grace. I matter more than my mistake.”

Tuskey knows the next step is to make it right, and his friends help him do so.

This is just a few of the inspiring lessons Brenda Miller taught us on our recent episode of Life Mastery Radio with Todd & Jackie

  1.  When a mistake is made, give others grace not grief
  2. You matter more than your mistake
  3. Make it right

The book about Tuskey will be out in a few weeks and is already in the process of becoming a screen play by Hollywood.

Brenda Miller is the author of many books published and almost published.

Bully Proof Yourself & Your Kids

I can’t imagine not having many parenting books to help in our absolute most important job.”

Brenda Miller

Tuskey’s Travels consists of 15 stories based on the strategies Brenda teaches in The Kid Code | 30 Second Parenting Strategies.

Another book not yet published is Grumpy to Grateful based on research and Brenda’s own experience.

In our discussion Tuesday, Brenda reminded us:

Gratitude increases our immune response. A few minutes of feeling gratitude will dissolve toxic emotions.”

Brenda Miller

4. Gratitude is a doable miracle and almost as good as medication

Brenda provided examples of ways she teaches her grandchildren to feel grateful.

Because I have six grandkids, I have a television on the back of my driver’s seat for them to watch on longer trips.

They enjoy watching movies and would get upset when it was time to turn the movie off when arriving at our destination.

I began to probe the kids before each trip. ‘How do you feel right now about being able to watch the TV?’

The answer from the kids was they felt good about being able to do that.

I would then ask, ‘How do you want to feel when we get there and turn the TV off? Do you want to have gratitude or attitude with a temper tantrum?’

They replied that they wanted to feel good then, too.

I would say, ‘You can’t put a lid on lava. Once it starts it’s going to blow itself up and out.’

That was one strategy my grandkids understood.

In our desire to give our kids everything, we may have created a sense of entitlement. It’s a painful state to be in, but it is reversable.”

Brenda Miller

5. Entitlement is painful and reversable

Feel thankful right now. Feel it. Now feel it all day long.

Brenda teaches an evolution out of stress. We are stressed when we are feeling or behaving outside of our natural, joyous state.

How do we know what our true nature is?

  • Ask yourself, “I feel natural when I’m in the state of……”
  • Ask yourself, “What makes me long-term happy?”
  • I can make me long-term happy.

Stress comes because I’m not aware of my nature and trying to get destressed with something other than what will cause me to be joyfully harmless.

Brenda Miller

6. Every stressful moment is a wakeup call.

7. Addiction has never delivered what it promised.

8. Truth is a natural stress reliever.

There are many ways to discover the truth. First, I notice when I have an upset, such as when my husband doesn’t do something I wanted him to.

Secondly, I consider what I gain when he disappoints me. I need to feel I matter. When my husband doesn’t do what I wanted,  I overreact to prove I matter.”

Brenda Miller

We’ve learned to use anger as a manipulation tool to get what we want.

9. If I’m upset it’s my job to self-regulate back to my true nature. Feeling resentful is not natural.

10. Be what you want your child to be. If you model it, they will follow.

There were so many inspiring gems which can be extracted from Brenda’s interview. She gives ideas about ways to teach your kids how to identify  entitlement in other people in order to observe whether it creates happiness or not.

She gives tips on ways to manage pain through gratitude.

Brenda teaches ways to motivate your children to do something they don’t want to, and to transform them from a state of anger to one of harmless joy.

In one part of our interview, Brenda gives suggestions to parents about how to  prevent getting pulled into your children’s meltdowns and arguments with each other.


Brenda offers programs for parents, kids, and teachers on her site:

Parents, you are doing an excellent job because you’re trying. You can change yourself and influence your kids to change in a short period of time.”

Brenda Miller

You matter more than your parenting mistakes.

Behavior is a Symptom

Behavior is a symptom of what’s going on in the entire family. Parents, your child is talking to you and showing you something you need to see.”

Peggy Ouellette

Peggy Ouellette is a tremendous resource for families, and I’m delighted we had such an important discussion with her on our recent show.

In her youth, Peggy was the most sought after babysitter in the neighborhood. Being the oldest of six kids, she was always drawn to children.

Peggy is now a nurse practitioner and independently licensed in child and adolescent psychiatry. She focuses on finding the source of behavior using eastern and western medicine in her online practice Functional Family Psychiatry.

When you heal a family you heal the world.”

Peggy Ouelette

One 10-year-old client came to Peggy because the parents didn’t understand why he was refusing to attend school. This was not normal for their son, and the parents had tried behavioral interventions, home school, and other alternative schools.

Because of the deep dive Peggy took into the investigation of this young boy’s case, she discovered that mold in the home was making the boy sick.

Mold was creating neuropsychiatric changes in this boy, and he was having separation anxiety and paranoia. Every behavioral problem disappeared when the family moved into a different home.

We tend to miss what’s right in front of us.”

Peggy Ouellette

Peggy mentioned another patient who was having behavioral issues every time the moon was full. This link was discovered through careful tracking and journalling.

Parasites are effected by changes on the planet during a full moon. This child had a parasite.”

Peggy Ouellette

Peggy suggests we often miss the big picture until we examine the family with a different lens. As in the case of a visual-learning patient who was having meltdowns at school because he couldn’t see the teacher.

Or the little boy whose behavior went south because of a reaction to the blue dye in Gatorade given to him at a friend’s house. And another child because of constipation.


Kids don’t always have the vocabulary to describe their emotions, and that leads to acting certain ways. We should look for patterns to discern what our children are trying to convey.

When you know differently, you can communicate differently.

Pay attention and track your child’s behavior considering diet, environment (like mold in a house), imbalance, and digestion issues.”

Peggy Ouellette

Peggy’s practice, Functional Family Psychiatry searches for the root-cause using laboratory tests, genetic testing, dietary discovery, lifestyle, and environment to get the patient back to baseline.

Heavy metals and toxins since birth have been stored in our cells. Just about every patient can benefit by improvement in the S.A.D. – Standard American Diet which contributes to our toxic bucket.

Peggy Ouellette

Peggy is the first to remind all parents…

It’s not your fault. Speak out and stop suffering. If you’re not feeling heard by a medical professional, keep looking for someone who will listen.”

Peggy Ouellette

I’m very confident to proclaim Peggy is one of those people who will listen.

She asked us to share with you the gift of her morning routine for families. Start every morning with the most effective routine by going to this link Morning Routine

We have to be the leader in our family because it all rolls downhill.”

Peggy Ouellette

Take a Hike…with a Lighter Load

If you’ve ever taken a hike, you likely filled a backpack with essentials, as well as comfort items. Imagine as you hike, you pick up souvenirs of your journey and you put those into your backpack.

Some parts of your hike are on level ground, while other parts are uphill, on shifting rock, or require climbing over fallen trees.

As you continue to fill your backpack with treasures of nature, you’re soon breathing heavy and exhausted from the altitude and heat of the day. It would certainly help to lighten your load, wouldn’t it?

Nathalie Ekobo is a returning guest to Life Mastery Radio with Todd & Jackie. She has an interesting background with brilliant advice to share. With her wonderful French accent, listening to Nathalie share her advice is just that much more enjoyable.

Nathalie is known as an Energy Master, Intuitive, and a Business Alchemist.

Nathalie uses the metaphor of a backpack to explain how she helps clients clear their invisible backpacks of the negative souvenirs of life and replace them with positive gifts from the Universe.


Alchemy is defined as any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.

We take all the lead, the muck, and the heaviness of business. We apply a few things. We clear it out. Then we activate the gold and create something new in a partnership.”

Nathalie Ekobo
A gold pour

In a collaborative effort, Nathalie helps her clients tap into their higher selves, refine success, and create miracles together.


Discordant is defined as being at variance, disagreeing, or incongruous.

We all have issues with relationships both personal and business. There is a bag those relationships share. We put energies in that bag related to our common encounters and experiences.”

Nathalie Ekobo

Nathalie has the skills to reach into our backpacks and your relationship bags to remove everything that is discordant.

I have an MBA, experience in marketing and sales in both France and the United States. And I am tapped into Source.”

Nathalie Ekobo

Nathalie has the ability to remove people’s blocks. She can see what they cannot see. She helps clients discover what prevents them from going to the next level.

Let’s find out what’s buried under the carpet, put it to the light and shift it.”

Nathalie Ekobo

Nathalie’s Success Acceleration System teaches how to tap into Source through energy and give you answers to your business and personal life.

There is power in being present. Connect with yourself and your Source.

Nathalie Ekobo
  • Show me where to go now…
  • Show me who to talk to…
  • Show me ten perfect clients…
  • Show me what will bring me closer to my goal today…
  • Show me what will make me happy today…

Let go of the outcome and watch it happen.”

Nathalie suggests you close your eyes and imagine another state of you. You feeling joy. You feeling peace. You imagining someone you love. You bringing love to trillions of cells in your body.

There is fear of what we may find. There is no bad or wrong, just experiences. Embrace the monster and love it away.

Nathalie Ekobo

Here are a few Nathalie nuggets of gold you need to put in your backpack today.

Change yourself with ease, not with struggle

There is always a silver lining or gift

Life is working for you and not against you

You’re going to be fine

The Universe has your back

When it’s too hard, let it go

Give it to the Universe

Nathalie is hosting a complimentary virtual retreat September 30th – Oct 1st. Enroll now in A Magical New Beginning.

I just turned 60. What am I going to do with my next 60 years? I want to share my gifts.”

Nathalie Ekobo

Step in and get a new vision. Learn how to pack more effectively for your hike of life. Enroll in her retreat at this link today:

You Can Only Stuff So Much Stuff

The brain can’t tell what’s real and what isn’t. You can only stuff so much stuff into it.

Doug Stoddard

Doug Stoddard, a Habit Breaker Expert, and our recent guest taught me and Todd so much about our brains. We like to beat ourselves up for the mistakes we make and the behaviors we exhibit, and Doug tell us:

It’s all biology. It’s not who we are. The system gets triggered and drives emotions, thoughts, and action.”

Doug Stoddard

Doug teaches his clients to become aware and then learn to create a new way of thinking and reacting.

A personal story related by Doug Stoddard…

I was delivering newspapers. Daily I’d encounter a mean dog who didn’t like me. Every day was a race to see who was going to survive.

After months of winning the survival race, one day the dog caught me. He ripped my leg, it got infected, and I had to have a lot of shots. For a 10-year old it was pretty traumatic.

After that, every time I’d see a dog I’d run from it in a panic. Three months later a 10-year old bully knocked me off my bike and started pounding on me. In my 10-year old brain, the bully looked like the dog. I created a pattern of reacting to this kind of stress. If anything got tough I ran from it, quit, or simply didn’t deal with it.”

Doug continued fifty years with anger issues. Because of depression, he felt his dad had left when he was a young boy. Doug never felt he knew how to win in life.

I was trying to look like a 9 on the outside, when inside I felt like a 2.”

Doug Stoddard

We go through life acting on the the programing left in our brain by experiences (dog attacks & abandonment issues) which are triggered in tough times, and from which we form our self-worth and habits – which may not serve us well.

These experiences are stored in our neural pathways. They are little grooves in our brains. There is a gate in front of each groove, and each gate has a trigger.

When life shows up and something resembles an old story, the gate opens, and chemicals drop into the groove of the pathway. We will feel immediate emotions associated with similar events of the past.”

Doug Stoddard

The brain turns the reaction into thoughts. “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I figure this out?”

We get distortion about ourselves and other people. It causes us to focus on the behavior instead of an individual. The individual becomes the behavior in our subconscious mind.

These emotions and thoughts distort and change our true identity.”

Doug Stoddard

You can only stuff so much stuff. It erupts at some point.

The challenge is the neural pathways are under the surface. We don’t know what to do with it and may not be aware of it. Therefore, the first step to taking control of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors is AWARENESS.

Todd & I took an assessment Doug offered, and in which he gives any potential clients. It was eye opening to understand and become aware of our triggers.


When someone challenges you or your ideas, your brain attaches the negative thought to your self-worth. The brain tries to keep us safe and predictable.”

Doug Stoddard

Doug tells us the next step is BREAK IT INTO SMALL PIECES. This is where Doug can help with the process after his assessment provides the answers.

The biggest problem most people have is they don’t feel like they’re winning. Constantly comparing ourselves to others makes it difficult to celebrate the small steps and reach the big still unmet goal.”

Doug Stoddard

Doug assures us the steps are simple, but not easy.

Everything you want is behind your triggers

Doug Stoddard

Please book a 30-Minute Habit Breaker Discovery Call with Doug Stoddard. Click HERE You may realize your dreams much faster than you ever imagined.

Turn your triggers of emotion into sparks of creativity. Here’s Doug’s website…

Mystical Connections and Men at Work

Men at Work is an Australia rock band who released a song in 1981 called Who Can It Be Now? The song was written by Colin Hay who at the time lived next door to drug dealers whose customers often confused his home for the dealers’ home.

Take a listen to the way Colin described his situation…

Our recent guest, Marilyn Alauria described her first experiences into the psychic realm in a similar way.

After the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in which 13 people died, Marilyn saw the students killed in the massacre at her bedside.

After September 11, 2001, Marilyn had visits from the pilots of the American planes lost from terrorism that day.

My soul had cracked open, and a new world opened up to me. I was sensitive to murderers and their victims. I could see them, hear them, and feel them.”

Marilyn Alauria

Marilyn had had this spiritual ability since childhood but had never known what to call it. Now she didn’t want it. It was scary.

Today Marilyn hosts a weekly podcast called Who Can It Be Now.

Marilyn is also the author of

Marilyn’s guides have taught her:

Learn to use your gifts to move your life along.”

You’re helping us as much as we’re helping you.”


The dreams in your heart are meant to be lived.”

Marilyn looks at everything as information.

It’s happening for me not to me.”

Marilyn Alauria

Guides help Marilyn understand her experiences. Our guides do the same for us.

During our interview I gained a greater understanding of guides. They are direct reflectors of our soul. They might be plants, planets, trees, colors, music, animals, etc. They are here to help us live from our light and soul.

To help us identify our Guide(s) or to call on them, Marilyn suggested the following steps:

  • Decide on someone you connect with
  • Ask permission to have them as a guide
  • Decide where they are in relation to you
  • Breathe with them and create an umbilical cord of breath
  • Feel their guidance
  • Ask them to show you something you need to know
  • Identify how you feel

Everybody can do this

Marilyn Alauria

Marilyn’s program is called Membership for Your Soul. She and experts in varied areas teach within her community of clients. Find her at

Listen to her podcast Who Can it Be Now. She is soon to record her 100th episode.

Our guides are all around us. The next time you’re wondering WHO CAN IT BE NOW? It’s probably your guides trying to tell you, or teach you, something.

Living Fearlessly

Have you ever wanted to…

  • Discover how to live fearlessly?
  • Reconnect to your true spirit?
  • Build a positive relationship with yourself?

It’s time to get radically honest and cleanse your soul. At least, that’s what our recent guest, Dr. Pamela Gerali would tell you. She would also tell you since she’s done what she suggests, she now dances like a divine diva!

I was raised in a small town in a conservative home, and in an ultra-conservative religion. There were so many ‘thou-shalt-nots’ it was easier to list what we could do rather than what we weren’t allowed to do.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

Living in this religious la-la-land was limiting to Pamela. When she went to college she left the unholy trinity of guilt, shame, and fear behind. She took on a career in healthcare, working with the American Cancer Society and other nonprofits.

While attending a leadership conference Pamela acquired a new vision for her life and left her job upon her return from the event.

Pamela became a spiritual junkie. Her drugs were books, workshops, and the study of self-improvement. Having been raised to believe if knowledge wasn’t directly from the Bible, it was wrong, Pamela felt FEAR. Still, she was driven to learn who she was.

One morning upon awakening, I started receiving divine downloads. Spiritual information flowed into my thoughts and mind for about 6 months.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

What emerged was a beautiful matrix containing sacred geometry Pamela named The Blueprint for The Human Spirit. You can find her creation on her website

I embraced what I learned and began to live my truth. I learned my purpose and why I’m here.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

Still, Pamela was FEARFUL.

I had discovered a divine databank. The Blueprint for the Human Spirit has five dimensions and five fields of existence. When we release the blocks, baggage, and blinders from our minds, we can live authentically, passionately, and consciously for the greater good.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

The five dimensions Pamela speaks about are:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Intuitive
  • Spiritual

The five fields are:

  • Quantum
  • Personal
  • Social
  • Global
  • Eternal

I knew I was one with God and that I am an eternal being. Everything changes when we are brought into alignment with our truth and essence. We are all made in the image and likeness of God.

Dr. Pamela Gerali

One balmy morning in October 2001, Pamela experienced a life-changing meditation.

During ninety minutes I relived an intensely dramatic event in fifteen past lives. There were children, men, and women from all walks of life, and they spanned the ages from ancient Mayan times to early 1900’s. Each one revealed a shift in consciousness relevant to our spiritual growth. Each past life mirrored exactly what one aspect of the Blueprint taught.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

Pamela says the Blueprint is relevant to students of all faiths. The key to changing the world, is not protesting; it’s changing ourselves.

There will be no world peace until we find inner peace.”

Pamela no longer feels FEAR. There is no more FEAR of death, lack, or judgement. Pamela claims each of us can discover the truth of who we are.

Pamela’s book, The Dance of Ego and Essence | Confessions of a Divine Diva came about after a 6-month illness. In a revelation she was told to journal confessions for 40 days. Words came to her, and feelings followed.

In Pamela’s book you can read her confessions about the following (and so many more):

  • From Discipline to Direction
  • From Illness to Wellness
  • From Resentful to Grateful
  • From Desire to Contentment
  • From Addiction to Freedom

Her book has a companion journal so you can walk through and record your 40 day journey. There are meditations and music included.

I am grateful for my beginnings because without that extreme childhood I wouldn’t have searched for anything else. I can see the symbolism now. Everything has come full circle. The whole process was so freeing, I wish everyone could participate in their own soul cleanse.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

Liability or Strength? Only a Coach May Know

Imagine being a short, smaller, older person in a Taekwondo sparring match against someone taller, bigger, and younger than you.

Would you have limiting beliefs about your ability to stand your ground and hold your own against such a competitor?

Susan Erickson describes this scenario when she started taking Taekwondo and the intimidation she felt when facing a seemingly more advantaged opponent.

My sensei saw my strength when I could only see my liabilities. He helped me see the advantages I had because of my size and experience.

Susan Erickson

Susan’s sensei helped her discover more about herself than she may have been able to do on her own.

That’s what I do as a life coach now. I help clients see through their limiting beliefs to discover their hidden strength.”

Susan Erickson

Susan Erickson, our recent guest, is not your typical life coach. Her background in healthcare differentiates her from other coaches since she combines art and science to track the efficacy of her clients’ results.

Susan offers clients Mindset Abundance and Leadership Coaching programs.

You can be a very successful person and still not feel content with where you are. It’s usually an indication you are not aligned with your values or not living authentically.

You already have everything you need to manifest what you want.”

Susan Erickson

What changes with an abundance mindset?

Susan reports we all come with limiting beliefs. A small shift in thinking can produce miracles. The goal is to recognize limiting beliefs, then use the tools Susan provides to make a shift in your thinking. It’s a process.

I’m a light house not a lifeboat.”

Susan Erickson

A life coach will help you discover what’s right for you, but never do the work for you.

Coaching can be considered foo-foo, but it is demanding work to discover, change, and move forward. Having a coach will help you believe you can achieve more than you have now with no predetermined outcome.”

Susan Erickson

Fear holds us back and shows up in subtle ways. A coach can help us understand how our emotions are manifesting themselves and keeping our beliefs limited.

To learn a little more about yourself right now, you’re invited to take Susan’s Abundance Quiz here:

Take Susan’s Abundance Quiz

Susan is hosting The Wholestic Institute of Wellness Summit in a few weeks, and you’re invited to attend and hear many experts in areas you’re likely interested in.

Besides, you’ll also be delighted to hear youth speakers from The Speak Feed Lead Project which Susan is supporting and taking donations for.

What is your legacy?

What do you want to be known for?

Visit Susan’s website, take her quiz, attend her summit, and reach out to her on social media. Watch for her programs beginning in October.

Tales Born from Tragedy

The most important lesson learned from our guest this week is that our stories matter. We have stories from our youth that are still relevant and perhaps even part of our life’s mission.

When a very young girl Rebecca Murray wrote a story about a bird and a hippo. She very likely related well with the bird who wanted to get to Hollywood, but instead crashed into a tree in Africa where she met a hippopotamus.

It was only a few years ago Rebecca recovered her story long since forgotten. In asking her mother about her memory of the story, Rebecca learned real details of her life she did not know.

This little story was written during the most traumatic years of my family’s life. Divorce, loss of home, mental illness, threats of murder, an escape to Africa, and living in hiding underground.

This threw me into the most intense grief. We had never talked about this as a family before. I didn’t even know where my dad was buried upon his suicide. So many details are connected to the story I wrote without a recollection of them.

It’s amazing to me how emotionally effected we are by details of life we didn’t know during our youth.”

Rebecca C. Murray

Learning about her father and his mental illness filled Rebecca with sadness, yet she was also inspired to share her story which soon became a children’s book titled The Bird and the Hippo.

People said, you need to publish this. You need to publish this. In the back of my head, I thought I should listen to them.”

Rebecca C. Murray

Rebecca has since added a workbook so young readers can consider who they are as they read the book and learn to act on their own values.

Soon after her first book was written, Rebecca decided to published a story she’d written about a real-life tragic event related to animal cruelty.

Pasado The Heart of a Donkey is now her second published children’s book told through the eye’s (and heart) of a donkey killed in 1992 by three young boys.

Although the story of Pasado is tragic, in the state of Washington, animal cruelty is now a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

The boys who committed the misdemeanor crime were given very light sentences, and that alone caused an uproar and impetus for change in animal cruelty laws.

The law in Washington state said Pasado was not a being; he was a thing (like a hairbrush is a thing). Within two years a new bill was written, and the new legislation enacted is called The Pasado Law.

Pasado the Donkey before his tragic death

Pasado’s Safe Haven is a foundation set up in Pasado’s name which now shelters domestic pets and livestock for adoption. They are filled to capacity right now and in need of your support.

It’s amazing how stories can get us through tragedies, give us new perspective, and even change laws. I encourage you to discovery your long-forgotten stories and begin to share them.

Rebecca is soon facilitating a workshop called The Art and Craft of A+ Stories. She teaches her 5-step process to create our legacy stories. Find out more here:

Conscious Humanity

Conscious humanity takes a lot of thinking. For instance, how do we clean our homes or dispose of our garbage?

You are the one who’s changing the world. We all must start with our inner world.

Marcela Benson, author of a coffee table book, recipe book, and compilation of poetry called Love Peace and Vegetables: Recipes for Conscious Living was this week’s guest.

Marcela’s journey to live with conscious humanity began when she was 15 years old. Growing up in Buenos Aires Argentina, she ate a lot of dairy and meat.

When Marcela was exposed to the idea she was eating dead animals, she needed little convincing to upgrade her meat-eating diet.

Marcela learned how to meditate and be a vegetarian. Yoga also became part of her nutrition, and she added wild food and live food to her daily menus.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can neglect your weight. Portions are important.”

Marcela Benson M.A.

You must learn for yourself from the inside out.

Marcela’s mother was in her 50’s with high cholesterol, high sugar, and not sleeping well. Marcela convinced her mom to make changes, and after one month went through an intense detox.

Now in her 70’s my mom feels better than she ever has. She lives in New York City and walks 40 blocks every day.”

Marcela Benson M.A.

Marcela stressed how much we should all want to enjoy our bodies.

Isn’t it better to be able to dance, and play with our children rather than just exist? Working out; and working on our emotions is all part of holistic beingness.”

Marcela Benson M.A.

Marcela cautions hydration with the right water is vital, and the first step to health. The first chapter of Marcela’s book is about love and self-love, followed by the idea that nutrition starts with water.

Natural drinking water

The best water is spring water from the source. Don’t drink water in plastic. Drink from glass bottles. Hydration feels more complete when you drink spring water.

How do you know if you’re hydrated enough?

When you are going to the bathroom every 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Marcela is aware that making changes to your diet and nutrition routine can be overwhelming. Which is why she encourages each of us to

Start somewhere.

Some places you can start:

  • Put minerals and oxygen in your water. Purchase a reverse osmosis and a hydrogen machine to create delicious water.
  • Use pure salt, not mined with dynamite. (Sea salt now has too many nano plastics in it.)
  • Grow your own vegetables and/or purchase fresh from your local farmers market.
  • When you can’t grow your own food, be sure to buy organic.
  • Plant protein is more bio available to your body.
  • Cook several meals at one time.
  • Be patient with yourself when making changes.

Marcela’s book contains both simple recipes, and some for the avid cook.

Whatever changes you make to your conscious humanity, start from a place of self-love.

What are you saying to yourself when you look in the mirror and when you’re eating?

Bless your food. This in another form of nutrition.