Monday, February 28, 2011

I'm right here, sweetheart ...

... and of course, I’m lined right up to share yet another Happy Habit. It’s called “I’m right here, sweetheart”. (No, that is not a misprint!) This isn't a meditation, it’s more of a ... Moment of Redirection. It only takes a few seconds, and I tell you, it always makes me feel better, despite whatever might be going on in front of me (or in my head).

First, think of someone that you find extremely comforting, loving and non-judgmental. This could be a person you know, live or dead; it could be a historical or fictional figure. In other words, it could be Winnie the Pooh, Jesus, your best friend, Buddha, Batman, your dead grandmother, Oprah or your dog. It could be an angel or fairy or however you picture your higher self. Whoever you choose, it should be someone that makes you feel warm and cozy and safe and accepted when you think of them. (I have a friend who would seriously pick Batman. I’m not kidding.)

So, let’s say you’re having a moment. A very unpleasant moment. You feel stressed, or angry, or unconfident, or sad, or confused. Now, just close your eyes and take a deep breath and stop. Imagine the person you’ve chosen. As vividly as you can, imagine them coming right up behind you and wrapping their arms around you. And now they rest their head gently on your shoulder and whisper in your ear, “I’m right here, sweetheart”. Take another deep breath. Don’t forget the “sweetheart”; it’s the best part.

That’s it. I find that this can really push a ‘reset’ button for me in a big way when I’m off kilter for any reason. I remember … oh yeah, I’m really not alone! And I’m okay no matter what’s going on! Which is a good thing to remember at any given moment, I’d say.

Happy March! Please feel free to comment, or write to me at Keep practicing, whatever your practice is. I’ll see you in the hammock!

Love, MJ


  1. Ahhh, so perfect!
    Who doesn't need a big hug when things are feeling scary or insurmountable?

    Keep up the posts!

    (from all the way over in Seattle, Wa)

  2. Thanks, darling friend, without whom this blog would not be! Sending you a Giant Hug from the East Coast!

  3. I read this at a time when I really needed it. Great writing. Keep up the good work, MJ.

    Rick Bell

  4. Yet another wonderful idea...

  5. hello mj i got a chance to read your booklet early on via lisabet and i found it to be in good timing for me in battling the negative mind and a reminder to treat it with prayer and meditation.thank you i will continue to check in to be inspired;]