My guest this past week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime was Monique Lessan, known in some circles as the female James Bond. Monique is a licensed private investigator who specializes in the recovery of missing children and adults.
Her path to investigation crystalized for her when she successfully escaped after being kidnapped at the age of 19.Understanding first hand the dire consequences of the loss of personal power and the subjugation to cruel and abusive incarceration and servitude, Monique dedicates her life to the recovery of missing children and to the education and advocacy of a safer world for children and adults alike.
Monique Lessan not only searches for those who are missing, Monique is a fierce advocate and activist speaking out about crimes of humanity- informing and educating; exposing those responsible and empowering the disempowered. She is the voice of the voiceless……..
This is her story and the story of too many children and adults around the world……….
Attaining happiness and the search for joy in our lives has become something of a cultural obsession or at least a dominant attitude requirement in certain circles.Retreats, religious and spiritual practices, choosing country vs. city living, yoga and the quest for a guru are some avenues for seekers.
Step into any bookstore and you will be bombarded with every conceivable kind of book about bringing happiness and joy into your life. Amazon lists 22,368 titles on joyand 18,465 book options for happiness.
Today you can listen to or read personal stories, scientific studies, newspaper and magazine articles all espousing ways to find nirvana. There are books with daily affirmations, and TED Talks offering tools and avenues out of the misery into the light. Neuroscience teaches us how we can re-wire our brains to cultivate positive emotions, inner peace and lasting happiness,
Books have been written by scientists, researchers, journalists, Harvard professors, psychologists and spiritual teachers. Even the Dalai Lama has a book on the topic.
And while it seems quite apparent that many people are searching for this eternal bliss, how often do you actually meet someone who finds it? Are YOU that person? Are you a seeker?
You’ve probably figured out by now the focus of today’s show is about joy and happiness. My guest, as far as I know is not someone who has a book outthere on the subject nor has she written an article or done a TED talk…… yet she is an expert on this topic because she embodies joy in every aspect of her being………her words, attitudes and actions…….her generosity of spirit – her big heartedness, contentment, peace and love.
Want to really learn about joy?Skip the bookstores, magazine articles, TED Talks and instead hang out with Debby Meagher for 5 minutes and you can experience first hand what joy looks, sounds and feels like.When you look into her eyes, listen to her words and watch her, there can be no question that this woman’s inner light shines……andshowersthose around her with unconditional love………. and joy………
I invite you to listen to KOWS Wise Woman Storytime and meet Debby Meagher, probably the most authentically joyful person I have ever known……..
This week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime, my guest was Lynn Kwitt.Let me tell you a little about the story she told.
Imagine yourself a young child and think what would it look like and feel like to grow up unable to participate in childhood games and activities because the right side of your body just didn’t move the same way your left side did.
What would it be like for you,bright and smart as you were, to not be able to clearly express yourself because it took you longer to articulate your thoughts and say your words?And what would it be like to be called a “Retard” and to be constantly bullied asyour differences became the target of abusive and cruel behaviors and taunts?
And what would it be like to have this physical deficit and have absolutely no idea why you were so different and what caused it?
When my guest today, Lynn Kwitt was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck 3 times, no one at the time had any idea of what this young baby had already suffered in utero.It wasn’t until Lynn was 8 months old that arigidity set into her body ultimately limiting movement and sensation on her entire right side.No one had answers or solutions. Her mother overprotected her; Lynn self-isolated and stayed to herself and as you can imagine this young child became extremely self conscious.
For many people an early beginning like this could lead to a complete shutdown and withdrawal from the world.But not Lynn. Instead of giving up, Lynn eventually sought answersand ways to give new life to her body and spirit as she began a lifelong quest to understand her condition and to find healing and peace.Along the way, she became her own healer and now offers hope and healing to others through the many healing modalities that changed her life.
I invite you to listen to Lynn’s story.
And, if you would like to learn more about Lynn, make an appointmentor contact her, here is her information.