Hi, my name is Jennifer Putnam-Petrone and I live in Seattle, WA. I am near the end of Emily Fletcher’s “The M Word” meditation program. This is the first meditation program I have ever taken and I am so very pleased with the content as well as the instructor.
Emily intrigued me when she said her program was not about getting better at meditation, but getting better at life. I have been a perpetual student always seeking to get better at life. Recently I have been going through what some would call a meteoric personal change that started about 7 years ago when I discovered my true identity as a transgender woman. This epiphany took everyone by surprise….including me.
Prior to this discovery, I was considered to be a quote/unquote “normal” person. I had a wonderful childhood, graduated from college, got married, worked jobs to buy the things we’re told will make us happy, trying desperately to live up to the expectations of others….I was well liked, highly respected, successful at the things I did, multitalented….considered stable, conscientious and kind. There was just one problem….I wasn’t happy and I had nothing left to give anybody.
This is where my true journey began. A path that took me inward on a spiritual quest to discover and unlock not only my true identity but also my soul purpose and passions. I read all the spiritual self-help books I could find, became a student of the law of attraction and developed my own daily meditation practice by assembling bits and pieces of things I had read.
For the past several years, I automatically (no alarm clock) rise at approximately 2 am every morning unable to contain myself. I rise with positive thoughts, affirmations, and gratitude. I pour my coffee and head to the fluffy pillows on the floor in front of my fireplace. This is where I do my morning meditation, set my intentions for the day and visions for my life. I visualize and anticipate the most wonderful things coming into my life. I set my intentions and go fearlessly with complete honesty and trust in the universal spirit of love for all that is. I don’t know where it came from but it has flooded me with overwhelming joy and gratitude.
I start by focusing on my breathing, calming my spirit, relaxing my body….releasing any and all angst and negativity within me. I then acknowledge my oneness with all things on this earth and in the heavens above….and I affirm this is where my true strength and courage resides. I realize it is here where I can create my life by clearly envisioning my desires.
I visualize in great detail these desiderations and feel overwhelming joy at the thought of already having them….and then….I release all fear and doubt….and simply allow it to happen with gratitude. This is it….this is what I do every morning without fail….not out of duty or requirement but with joyous anticipation and expectation for it has changed my life dramatically.
I’ve fallen in love. I’m in love with my life again. I’m in love with my future. I can look at my past and it all makes sense. I’m in love with my opportunities, the road ahead and most importantly….I’m in love with me. For the first time in my life….I fully know and truly love who I am. And I love everything about me. I love my heart and my soul….my clothes, my hair and my skin. I love my body, mind, and spirit. Never before have I known such full unequivocal acceptance of myself….until now.
Emily’s M Word technique not only fully supports my daily practice but enhances it by providing very thoughtful guided meditations for specific situations that arise for each of us throughout the day. It doesn’t matter where we are in our personal journeys, whether at the beginning, middle or end, I believe everyone can glean something beneficial from Emily’s M Word technique. My personal favorites are:
Day 16: How to make meditation non-negotiable
Day 20: Stress
Day 23: Pep Talk
Day 28: Better Sex
Day 29: Forgiveness
Day 30: Finding Your Purpose
I love Emily’s positive approach, her soothing voice, her sense of humor, her understanding of us as imperfect/perfect humans and most of all….her deep, deep desire to help all of us….get better at life. I hope you realize….you can’t go wrong with this.
All my best,