The Last Banana Banana Bread Recipe: How to make the most out of procrastination


(If you want to skip ahead to the recipe and not read into all the reasons that I hoard bananas, just click here!)

I’ve got a funny little quirk. I love bananas. I buy big bunches of them (the organic kind) whenever I’m shopping. And I snarf them all up as I go through the week — except — except the last one!

That last banana — oh how sad! I leave it in the fruit bowl. I don’t eat it. I wait. It’s the last one so I save it until it can hardly be called a banana anymore! Poor thing.

Why wait?

I’m not really sure. Sometimes you leave the last bite of something out of a social sense of sharing. But I’m really the only one in my house that eats them. Maybe I’m using it as a sad and sagging little reminder that I need to go shopping for groceries soon. Or maybe I’m saving it for a ‘rainy day’ when I need a little banana to nourish me.

Well, you may now be thinking ‘Why is she talking to me about bananas?’ And really, this little quirky story isn’t really about bananas at all (though I think they’re great).

No. Its really about waiting for something really really good. Something you’ve always wanted, something you’ve been waiting for & saving for & planning on.

And yet, the expiration date comes and goes. And you’re still waiting to start.

Hanging on to perishable things. That’s really what it’s about. That little wise banana sitting in my fruit bowl is a great teacher about the power of now. It’s not going to hold onto its ripeness for me. It’s following its nature.

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Quantum Leaps: How Reiki Works


I have always been fascinated by distance Reiki. When I first learned about energy healing, I read stories about people being healed through sessions where the practitioner and the client were in different places, sometimes even different cities or countries. The effect of those Reiki sessions was just as powerful and profound as when they were done in person. Now that I am a Reiki Master, I have personally experienced and witnessed amazing changes in distance Reiki Sessions.

As a practitioner, I don’t do anything differently when I do a distance session compared to an in-person session, except I am visualizing putting my hands on the person and we are chatting on the phone. It is fascinating to my science brain.

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Enjoying the Journey


“So often we become so focused on the finish line, that we fail to enjoy the journey.” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf

This has been coming up for me a lot lately.

In a world where we’re always striving to be someone or get somewhere, when I take a moment to appreciate my surroundings, and notice all my senses — how I’m feeling, what thoughts are swirling around me, and whether they’re serving me or not — I can consciously make a choice to react differently, because I care how I feel in this moment.

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Full Strawberry Moon: Riding out the Energetic Turbulence


Hello lovely peoples!

I hope you are riding out the intense energy surrounding this full moon on the summer solstice. There was a bunch of things shifting in the world at large and it generally meant that a big ol’ spotlight was shone on any parts of your life that needed to change.

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What is Reiki anyway?


I had the privilege of being interviewed by Deanne Barrett of thegratitudeworkshop.com recently. It was an amazing experience and generated such a great conversation.

In this video clip, Deanne asks one of the most common questions I get asked by people. “What is Reiki anyway?”

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Why I left my science job for Reiki


About a year ago I took a huge leap. I left a sure-thing, solid, well-paying job as an environmental risk assessor to pursue my Reiki business full time.

So, you may be wondering, why on earth would a person with a Masters degree in science even be interested in something like Reiki? Even more, why would you leave a career that you invested so much time and energy into (and were also pretty damn good at!)?

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5 Things I Learned from Falling Down the Stairs


I fell down the stairs this summer. Actually, it was more like a carpeted ladder, and I more flew than fell. I was just waking up from a powerful dream where I was pulled into the time of Julius Ceasar. I wanted to creep downstairs (downladder) and steal a few morning moments of writing in peace before my son and husband woke up. Before all the bustle and holidaying would sweep me away from the memory of this powerful dream.

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Try this experiment! Only a few minutes will change your life.


A little while ago I posted a couple of meditation and Reiki quizzes, where you rank your stress and happiness levels before and after meditation or a self-healing Reiki session. So cool!

The results are so neat and clear. Meditation and Reiki, even just five minutes, can completely change your state. Your stress levels drop and happiness levels go up. What is so cool is that the results are statistically significant and consistent. That is nerd speak for, this is the real deal!

In the Reiki and Meditation Science Experiment, I have people rank their stress in 30 categories of stressors, everything from losing a spouse to getting a big zit. In the experiment, you rank your stress before and after either a 5 minute meditation or a 5 minute self-healing Reiki session.

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Reiki and Meditation Science Experiment!


So, true confession time… I love statistics. I mean I really love them. I love data and analyses and spreadsheets. Yup.

I love it all so much that I created my own stress index, the Robins Holistic Stress Scale, and I have been collecting data in bits and pieces over the last few years on the effect of Reiki and meditation on self-reported stress scores. Oh yeah! How cool am I right now!!! 😀

I am also so supremely happy that I have figured out a way of hosting this experiment on a broader scale here on my website. My plan is to take the aggregated data and determine if there is a difference between the effects of meditation and Reiki. I am so cool right now I can’t even stand it!

All the information you need is below. Just follow the instructions and you will get to test out what works best for YOU, five minutes of meditation, or five minutes of self-healing. The whole thing will probably only take 15 to 20 minutes and you can retake the quiz as often as you would like!

If you have any issues viewing the quiz, try clicking here.

Enjoy! Let me know how it worked for you. I would love to hear from you!

 

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I’m so proud of you 


standing here

looking in your eyes 

I fully see the person you once were and the person you are now. 

The full weight of all the changes you have made are fully visible to me now. 

I see how hard you have worked. I see how hard you have cried. I see the anger and fear and loss that have been fully digested and transcended. 

Your shiny new self did not arrive here without some bumps and bruises along the way. Some of those, sometimes most of those, self-inflicted. 

Forgive yourself of the struggle. Allow yourself to stretch into who you now are. 

Becoming. 

You stand before me all together new. No longer needing the struggle to make yourself matter. No longer needing restraint of any kind. 

You are launched, fledged, metamorphosed. You, but more YOU. 

Oh the good! The tremendous change! The ripple! The tide of others now changing because they see the courage of YOU. Your courage to break it all down, breakdown, and bit by bit, arrive new. 

Thank you. 

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