• Adrienne

Updated: 13 hours ago

Growing up I shared a room with my sister. For many years our dad would come in on weekday mornings and turn on what we called “the big light” to wake us up for school. It was a simple quiet act done with caring, so that we wouldn’t oversleep and be late. It wasn’t a rude awakening, but it got our attention none-the-less.


I’ve been thinking it is kind of similar to the times we are in. Somehow we’ve been suddenly awakened to a new day, and hopefully the light is shining on what couldn’t be seen in the dark. Of course it’s easy to pull the covers up over our heads, keep our eyes closed and try to go back to sleep, but something around us has undeniably changed.


Perhaps it’s time to wake up and take a good look around, both inwardly and outwardly. How have I been living, what do I place my hopes and sense of security in? What REALLY matters to me and how do I spend my time? These can be seemingly trite questions, but actually now is a good time to seriously consider them. It’s so clear how I hold on to this world and the people in it, as if that is what will fill my needs. That is an illusion, even in the best of times. It can all be taken away in an instant, as we have seen over and over again.


I must admit, I’m finding myself wanting to count my money, how much food I have, how many days I’ve been in isolation, all the times I need to wash my hands, etc.. And then I am reminded, I only need to count to one. One Source of hope, power, security, and Love. One Source of safety. One God Who is available to every one of us!


I realize not everyone reading this believes that, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It’s a loaded topic on many levels, but taking another look might bring the very relief and comfort we long for, (as it could for those who already believe as well). I’m not talking about God as a religion, but about Jesus Christ as the Life that can fill our souls and set us free. The One Who can truly save us from the mess of this worldly existence. All we need to do is turn to Him, and be willing to let Him have everything we cling to in ourselves. The same things that will slip away someday, whether we choose to let go or not.


I hope this is something we all stay open to, now and always, Maybe we’re in a perfect place to examine our beliefs, or unbeliefs, and perhaps our current condition is exactly as need be.


Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”


-John 8:12



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  • Adrienne

Updated: 7 days ago

Hello lovely ladies,

I thought now might be a good time to check in via my blogpost, as I have yet to make that a habit.

A quick FYI along those lines, I’m much better at posting things on my FB business page, and would love to be able to share with you there:


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So, in light of all that is going on in our pretty crazy world, I have the chorus of an old pop song playing in my mind, some of you might know it:


On and on the rain will fall

Like tears from a star

Like tears from a star

On and on the rain will say

How fragile we are

How fragile we are


I remember those same words playing in my mind right after 9/11. Only at that time, although the whole world was set aghast and involved in what was going on, it didn’t necessarily pose a direct threat to their own environment or cause an immediate change in their daily lives, (and it didn’t mean they couldn’t be together).


I do believe the feeling was the same though, how precarious our time is here, how uncertain any turn of events can be, and how little control we really have over anything. All of which could be really great news! I don’t know about you, but me being in charge of how things go feels like a whole lot of work, with no guaranteed results. Hard as it may feel to stay open and let things unfold not according to my plans, it’s also a huge burden lifted, (and offers a far greater number of possibilities).

I can honestly and often do say, the greatest things that have ever happened and that have truly altered my path were totally not my idea, let alone even on my radar.


So, maybe all that is stuff you’ve heard before, but I wanted to share the beauty and simplicity I have experienced in knowing a Source of strength, power, protection, guidance, abundance, and Love that far exceeds anything I will ever be able to conjure up on my own, or find in this world. In fact, there is no comparison to the grandeur of Life that we are offered when we are willing to surrender what we think we need, and find out that all we could ever hope for is already here.


All we have to do is get really quiet, still and open to hear whatever may come into our hearts. To cry out for help when we feel totally helpless, and to let ourselves feel the pain of that. Sometimes that’s incredibly hard, and sometimes it can be incredibly comforting.

I hope this time isn't wasted by taking our busyness or even our leisurely time and bringing it inside our homes rather than out in the world. Instead, I pray it be a time for us all to turn to God, for those who've never believed, and those who already do. To ask to be shown and abide in the truth.


A.


“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” is the one will, and one hunger, that feeds the soul with the life-giving bread of heaven. This will is always fulfilled, it cannot possibly be sent empty away, for God’s kingdom must manifest itself with all its riches in that soul, which wills nothing else; it never was, nor can be lost, but by the will, that seeks something else.

-William Law



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  • Adrienne

Some have wondered and others have asked if people usually talk during their massage. I would say some do and some don't. The important thing to remember is that this time is all about relaxing and enjoying the experience in whatever way is best. One thing I've come to realize in my own experience of taking time daily to sit and be still is that quiet on the outside can sometimes make me more aware of the chatter that goes on inside. I get to hear all my thoughts and other things that may be whirling around in my heart. What I've also found though, is that when I give it some time and turn from the clutter, it eventually settles down.

Being quiet during a massage however can be different than that. It's a time to "hear" what's going on in my body and be aware of what it's asking for. My ideal state in that time is to be conscious enough to feel everything that's being done, but also be somewhere in a dreamy drifting state....kind of like sweetly falling asleep. I can get pulled away from this peaceful place when a therapist is talking to me about things other than what we are there for.

I realize of course that not everyone experiences that in the same way, and some find conversation to be relaxing. By all means, I want to respect each person's preferences, and do appreciate the chance to know my clients better.

From my perspective as a therapist, I can say that sometimes it's a little harder to focus on what I'm doing when someone is talking to me, (especially if they are facedown and I'm straining to hear them). It's easier for me to get in-tune with each stroke and the muscle beneath it when I'm able to "listen" to the person's body.


The most important thing is that there are times when it is important to speak up. If ever I am doing anything that makes someone uncomfortable I want to know right away! If the pressure isn't right, if it's too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, the music too loud or too soft, etc. Certainly any questions someone may have during the massage or feedback they want to give about how it is feeling is more than welcome.

My hope is for each woman to get what she needs in whatever way I can provide it.

I by no means want to discourage anyone in asking for what suits them best, and I will do my very best to offer that back. Communication is the key to getting a great massage, and quiet listening can be part of the beauty of it!

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