“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not the mind.”—Lionel Hampton
So I’m reading this fascinating book called Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain. It’s written by neuroscientist David Eagleman who presents compelling evidence that our DNA is not a blueprint, but the opening domino that kicks off the show. He says our brains are constantly reconfiguring, constantly making new neural connections, way more than any other species. We’re all hard-wired to eat and mate, of course, but after that there’s a lot of leeway.
Which is why I’ve decided to share my new response to “How are you?” I learned the word OTSA from Tippy, a wonderful ACIM teacher who recently contacted me about a group she started last year to work the Course, using the original lessons along with my irreverent version. She says there are more than 50 “bright open minds” from Estonia, Norway, South Africa, Spain, India, Slovenia, Finland, Scotland, etc. who, bit by bit, are relinquishing layers of fear. She jokingly calls it a gathering of the UN Peace Corp and reports that, after a year (and they’re starting up again), everything is becoming light and fun.
So when people ask her how she is, she answers OTSA! It stands for Off the Scale Amazing.
Which is why I decided to share two videos guaranteed to switch up your neural programming.
The first is of Gurdeep Pandher who reminds me of the power of one person to make a difference. From the Yukon, not exactly a high population center, he dances and spreads joy.
The second is a video you may have seen. I was reminded of it yesterday because Deborah Cohan, who became known as the dancing doctor, is speaking at our Awakin call this Saturday. This video went viral (Beyonce even shared it) after she created a flash mob of dancers in the OR before her double mastectomy.
Hopefully, after watching these, you can all answer OTSA if someone happens to inquire within. #222 Forever
Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World) that has just been turned into an app. Badass ACIM (badass-acim.com)