This is the article I published in an e-magazine put out for musicians and ministers of Unity Church Worldwide. I thought it was also appropriate for my blog. Enjoy!
I feel very honored to have been asked to write about my life on the road for the first re-issue of Sound Connections. I’ve been touring full time for 12 and a half years. I am home for a week at a time every month. When I tell people that they gasp! “How can you be away from home for that long?” I reply that I get a week off every month. How many people get to say that? It a matter of perspective! Isn’t everything?
Driving by myself affords me ample opportunities for self-reflection. I rarely listen to my books on tape or my Sirius radio because I have so much fun redefining who I am, what I do and how I do it. I sing, meditate (with eyes open!) tone for my body when muscles start to ache and I take a break every single hour without fail to stretch and do some yoga for my self-care. I breathe deeply and stay relaxed at all times. In traffic I blow bubbles out the window! I get quite a few reactions from passers by! One gal pulled along side and asked, “What are you doing?” Without thinking I declared, “I am changing the way traffic jams feel!” She said’ “You know, you really are!” Another time I was told, “You’re having fun and we get to enjoy it!” He got it!!
I have learned patience and flexibility on the road. I never know how an event will flow, how much money I will make, where I will be staying or whom I’ll meet. Most often the host or hostess of my workshops will find me a room of my own in someone’s home. I make life-long friends everywhere I go. I am told I am a great guest because I need for nothing. I have my protein shake in the morning. Lunch is often at a café where I can get online and do some work. Dinner is often a granola bar, a hand full of almonds and cranberries. If my hostess doesn’t have a coffee maker I have my French press in the van at the ready. I am very self-sufficient.
Never knowing what will happen when, has also taught me to trust. I trust in the process. I trust in God and I trust myself more and more everyday! “Just trust.” becomes my mantra. IF money does not flow in from one source, I know it will flow from another. It always does…if I trust. I wouldn’t be honest though if I didn’t confess that at times, when money is not flowing in that trusting becomes difficult. When I am in that place, when I can’t sing to feel better, when I can’t meditate to bring myself to a higher vibration, when prayers don’t seem to work and I still feel contracted, That is when I go within and ask- “Who Can I forgive right now to bring my abundance to me?” When my body is less than perfect and yoga, a biweekly massage and walking doesn’t help, I go within and ask- “Who Can I forgive right now to feel better?’ When any part of my life feels the least bit tense or stressed and I ask that question, I always get an answer! Then the work begins! Now I give workshops called “The Vibrations of Forgiveness.”
Using the power of the breath and the voice for my inner work creates miracles every single time! I am more open. Blocks have been removed and the flow increases right before my very eyes! My newest workshop incorporates this process about and around the Body Temple because in order to be of service to God and human kind, I require a healthy body! BIG forgiveness issues come up often to remind me that I didn’t always love my body. In fact, in my 20s I pretty badly abused it! Forgiving myself and my body has shifted everything and on my 50th birthday I reached and now maintain a healthy 118 pounds!! My new “Body by GOD” workshop was born and is more popular than ever!
All of this came about because I learned how to love all of my life-or it wouldn’t work at all! Believing that all I wanted to do is sing, I thought teaching was something I was falling back on. But learning to love teaching, saying out loud through gritted teeth “ I love my students” changed everything. I am an awesome teacher! I can teach anyone to sing on key in an hour but when I hated teaching it just didn’t work! I learned how to love the driving across the country, on purpose. Now I really do! I learned how to love marketing myself and guess what!? Not only am I good at it, I teach that now too! “Honoring Your Inner Entrepreneur” has participants thinking and feeling way outside the box, with the right brain to allow Spirit’s guidance in our very business! A 7-8 hour class goes by so quickly because we have so much fun recreating ourselves together with God fully in charge!
My main workshops, the “Harmonies of Healing” and the “Toning Circle” are still my mainstays. These remind people how to use their own voice as an instrument of peace and healing by deepening the breath and singing, speaking and toning authentically and naturally. Stress is released; pain is reduced; peace and harmony is restored. Of course I still do concerts. I love to sing and I love my own music! I am a prolific composer. The workshops allow me to do all of that and more!
While I am quickly branching out into healing art centers, hospitals, hospice, conferences and seminars and while I am now working with church boards, Reike practitioners and other healers, my first love is still with Unity. Unity is my family and I love being a part of its ever-changing evolution and growth. Typically I do the whole Sunday service-Message/meditation/music. My talk title for 2012 is “The Dynamic Energies of FAITH!”
I speak of embodying what we know by being the peace we want to see in the world as Ghandi taught. I speak of smiling on purpose all of the time at everyone I make eye contact with. If I am not shining my light though this face of mine constantly, I miss the opportunity to tithe to the world. If I am negative in thought, word or deed I am not in alignment with Truth. If I am not in a state of constant prayer and meditation I am not in the flow of the now moment.
By design I LOVE my life so much tears of joy often erupt when I think of how blessed I am. I cry those tears often! Let them flow!!!
Please visit my evolving website. www.harmoniesofhealing.com
My facebook is Lauren Lane Powell and my pages are “Harmonies of Healing” and “Holy Shift!”
I am now blogging when time is created
and twittering a little bit! https://twitter.com/#!/HarmoniesHeal
My original music is on CDs. My workshops are on DVDs and CDs. My Sunday services are available on CD upon request. My sheet music can be found on www.heartwindmusic.com
I’ll soon be doing webinars and podcasts and my e-book, audio-book and video-book should be finished this year! I have many pieces on youtube.
takes you to my theme song.
take you to my video trailer introduction of my passion for the voice!
Introduces “toning” with the voice and the singing bowls as means by which to heal body mind and Spirit.
Other videos both my own and my sister Kristen’s can be found on my dad’s youtube channel: lpowell201
PS Part of my passion is helping others do what I do-Loving my life, living my dreams and laughing all the way to the bank! I am more than willing to talk with, email or otherwise communicate my systems of marketing and self-promotion. Is your life truly blissful? It can be! Let me show you how!! Donations graciously received!