What a Gift!

What a gift to spend time with the beautiful and talented Karen Drucker!

I have been listening to the inspiring and uplifting music of Karen Drucker since a friend gifted me her “Songs Of The Spirit, Vol. 2” CD back in 2002. That CD lived in my car stereo for many years. The beautiful lyrics of each song touched me deeply and helped me to remember the truth about myself. The timing of that gift was perfect because that year my spiritual journey took off like the accelerated launch of the Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster at Disney World.

And like that coaster, my journey took many spectacular twists and turns after that launch. One of those twists took me to the Big Sky Retreat in Montana where Karen Drucker was invited to be part of the event’s 40th Anniversary. What a treat not only to get to hear her sing live but also to meet her! I soon discovered that I loved her as much as her music, and I’m so grateful we’ve stayed in touch over the years. 

Since Karen lives in California, she rarely comes to the East Coast. I was thrilled when she sent me an email a few months ago saying she was facilitating a March women’s retreat in Orlando. I was even more thrilled to reconnect her with some beloved Big Sky Retreat family members at the Center for Spiritual Living in Ocala. To my delight, the timing worked out, and Karen was the special guest speaker and musician on March 10. I’m so glad I made the 2.5-hour drive to Ocala to see her! 

On that drive, I asked iTunes to shuffle songs in my Karen Drucker playlist, which has grown to 75 songs since that first CD. I listen to her music all the time and it still uplifts and inspires me. Even though I was running late, (which I blame on setting the clocks ahead an hour!) I remained peaceful and joyful singing along with Karen as I drove north on I-75. The service began at 11 AM, but I think I arrived right on time at 11:11!

In between lovely songs from her extensive catalog, Karen shared a beautiful message about the power of kindness. She illustrated her points using fun personal stories from her travels as well as stories she had curated from Facebook and other sources. I will be repeating some of those kindness stories with my clients and groups because they were so moving. What a gift to experience all of that in a community that has welcomed me with loving, open arms so many times over the last 9 years.

And speaking of gifts, during the service Karen sang her song titled “I Am a Gift” which reminds us how loved and valuable we are at every age. Coincidentally, (if you believe in coincidences) that was one of her songs that “randomly” played on my drive to Ocala. I hadn’t heard that song in a long time, so hearing it twice in one morning felt like Spirit telling me to pay attention to those lyrics.

For anyone reading this who may feel like time marched on without them, I encourage you to listen by clicking this link. In fact, I encourage you to check out all of Karen’s music on her website. It truly is balm for the soul during these challenging times. 

If you are going through a particularly stressful time, I would be honored to assist you with a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions or a private Family Constellations Session. Both will give you tools and perspectives to help navigate the storm. Please look around my website for more information and to book a session. I look forward to working with you!

Until next time, may you always remember that you are indeed a gift. 

The gifts are yours, entrusted to your care, to give to all who chose the lonely road you have escaped.

A Course in Miracles ~ W-166.13:1

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