Rafferty Vogt, son of "Richard from Texas" of 'Eat Pray Love' tells his story of enlightenment to Jennifer Ettinger in another episode of "At Home With Jen."
Have you ever read a book that transforms your life? Yellowed paper and dog eared from all of the years of reading?
For me, that book is EAT PRAY LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I wrote an essay about the book in 2015:
I didn't divorce, change my career, or live in an ashram. I did thanks to the wisdom of EPL was to find within myself a higher spirituality thanks to "Richard from Texas, so eloquently shared by the brilliance of Elizabeth Gilbert.
I have spent over 22 years on the teachings of self-awareness, spirituality, and my inner child, seeking peace within and also to gain a higher level of consciousness while dealing with the raw existence of real life.
Like a "light bulb switch, Richard's mindset was the electric conductor that I needed to gain a new understanding of myself and the real meaning of LOVE.
My copy of Eat Pray Love is worn, dogeared to the pages that are my "go-to" when I feel my level of consciousness is "low," and my ego is out of sync.
Like most human beings, I have experienced pain that is like an old war wound. The scar has faded, but the moment I focus on its shape, the emotions come rushing in, like watering breaking through a dam. They are strong, ever so powerful, and can take over my rational mind. That is when I return to my book and its message to combat the inner war within my soul.
As Richard from Texas would say, " If you could clear out all of that space in your mind that you're using to obsess, you've had a vacuum with a doorway. And you know what, the universe would do with that doorway? Rush in! God would rush in! Fill you with more love than you ever dreamed of.
I read and reread this quote as a lifeline mantra when I need an SOS. I am allowing God to rush in, cleaning that headspace that has been filled with pain, remorse, and regret. I envision a powerful ray of orange and yellow light, flooding my body and soothing my pain. I feel love like I never dreamed of. For that moment of clear consciousness, I am high, transparent, and light. Full of joy & hope.
I aspire to daily practice. Of surrendering these thoughts and just letting go. I ask God to free me from my emotional shackles. It is like a mental marathon: I have to train, feed my mind to stay on this enlightened path. As Richard would say, You want to get to the castle; you need to swim the moat."
"You need to learn how to select your thoughts the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so badly work on the mind. That's the thing you should try to control." - Elizabeth Gilbert
I would later post an image of my loved book on Instagram, hailing the brilliance of Richard From Texas. Years later, the post was tagged. It turned out to be the wife of Richard's son - Rafferty Vogt. I was thrilled to connect with Rafferty & his wife! I wanted him to know his dad changed my life.
We connected thanks to the power of Mela and social media! I asked for an interview. He graciously said yes. Rafferty is a yogi and has his own compelling journey to share. Richard has passed, but his legacy lives on through his "one-liners." I hope you enjoy this two part series #AtHomewithJen as Rafferty shares his light and his father's wisdom.
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Meet Stephanie Nassis, a Canadian police officer for 20 years; her current role is in the wellness unit for member wellbeing, also part of critical incident response and peer support.
She is recently certified with the FBI National Academy as an Officer Resilience Instructor, trained in Quantico Virginia.
Stephanie shares her guidance and resources for those struggling with Covid-19 Stress.
I hope this conversation is useful to many.
Welcome to another episode of #AtHomewithJen. You will recognize my next guest immediately from her signature smile and warm energy - it is in her DNA! Meet Jennifer Candy. @therealjencandy Jen Candy is a "Self-Proclaimed," Entertaining Entertainer. She is also the creator of the series #CouchCandy. When I first met Jennifer, her eyes sparkled, and her smile lit up the room. I immediately felt comfortable and connected, dispelling any celebrity stigma. Her Instagram posts bring laughter and wisdom: "Stay Calm, Be Smart, Be Kind, and wash your hands." I thought, who is the perfect person to lead us to some comedic and kindness relief? That would be Jen, of course! Let's hear from Jen. :) as to how we can find Happiness and Humour during Challenging Times.
"Laughing is incredibly contagious," According to Professor Robert Provine. Sharing laughter is one way to bring joy into difficult situations. - PSYCHOLOGY TODAY March 23, 2020
My Guest @evaredpath needs no introduction; She has built a healthy Instagram following showcasing her various areas of expertise in the wellness and fitness arenas. Have a listen and learn as Eva shares her 4 pillars for Optimum Health and well-being. As a single woman going through COVID in her home alone, Eva had the vision for a on-line Zoom community and created the Collective. In a short period, she has cultivated a community of women coming together weekly to share and unite during challenging times. Enjoy!
Meet one of my favorite people in the entertainment industry, @jasonblicker. Jason Blicker is an actor and producer. You will recognize Jason from his role as "Todd" on the Jann Show.
I met Jason on the set of Jann Arden's show, but we bonded through social media and good energy!
In addition to his extensive acting portfolio, Jason is known as the "The Energy Dojo," creator of " Infinite Energy Flow.”
Let's learn from Jason about the Power of Energy and how to bring it into your life!
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To apply or not apply? 💄- That is the question. Our skincare and makeup habits during COVID have a psychological and physical effect based on our beauty decisions. Experts say applying makeup can make a huge difference in navigating these unpredictable and overwhelming circumstances.
"I tell my patients to put lipstick on in the morning if they're having trouble separating home and work life," says Samantha Boardman, MD, a clinical instructor in psychiatry and assistant attending psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College. "It can [help] to separate your weekend self from your work self by presenting differently."
I have turned to celebrity makeup artist Sandra Yang @sandrasyang to offer her expert advice on managing your at-home skin and beauty routine.