Smile and Say ‘Chi’: Your Essential Energy Never Changes

April is spring cleaning time around my place. And since I like to put themes to Chi For Yourself episodes. I thought we would spend some time this month taking a look at de-cluttering. We all have stuff that we don’t really need but somehow never seems to get thrown out. I’ll bet you’re thinking of one or two items right now. Of course physical items are not the only things that can go to the scrap pile. Our thoughts can use a ‘cleaning up’ too. To that end we’ll get started with an interview with Polly Campbell, author of Imperfect Spirituality:Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People.

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Polly Campbell


Polly is scheduled to join us on Thursday April 4th. I plan to stream the interview on before putting the recorded version on BlogTalkRadio the following day. So, if you’d like to join us we’ll get started at 1pm Pacific time..again that’s Thursday April 4th.

The following week we’ll hear from Tammy Strobel. Tammy is the author of You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too.

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Tammy Strobel

The title says it all and Tammy will talk about how she did it. You can join in on this one, too. We’ll start the conversation at 1pm Pacific time on April 11th.


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Overheard: “Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them!”

– Peace Pilgrim



Article: Smile and Say ‘Chi’: Your Essential Energy Never Changes

You’re looking through some photos that you stumbled upon and you can’t believe the gangly youngster looking back is you- all dressed up for a school function or possibly for a little league baseball game. The photos stir up a lifetime worth of memories, yet with all the changes in your appearance or your clothing you notice in each one there is something that seems to stay the same.
The quality that seems to burst through each picture over the years is the genuine self. It’s the marker that identifies us even more than ‘Dad’s smile’, or ‘Aunt Clara’s eyes’. The genuine self is our innate GPS. When we stay true to this self we will always have our direction.
We really shine in situations where we can express the true self. When our interests are recognized and supported we fell better. And we get clear about who we are and what we want. We feel that we are encouraged to follow our interests and demonstrate our abilities. There’s real joy is this feeling. It comes from moving toward our wants and passions and it can lead you to exactly where you want to go. But you must listen to it and trust it.
At some point you may feel that you don’t have the freedom to express youself and your desires. That’s the time when you’ll most feel the need for change. You may feel you are unappreciated or not getting the recognition you deserve. You may even be outright discouraged or punished. At these times you can ask yourself these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What brings me joy?
  • What do I want/don’t want..what will I do/not do?

Find the you that doesn’t change. The you that you’ve always been. That’s your genuine self. It will lead you. Will you follow?


JohnK 4/3/2013
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