Hidden gifts – gratitude

For me, cover-19 has brought many gifts. It has not been fear based or negative. It has been a time for me to go within, reassess my life, appreciate what I have and focus on my health and well-being.

I am grateful for this time! Me time… plus awareness of others and how I can minimize risk to them, help them through these times, appreciate my relationships and friendships, offer support.

Stress Card

I found myself on a treadmill of busy-ness, constant movement, go-go-go… on the run continuously. A tarot card that captures how I was feeling is the Stress card from the Osho Zen Tarot set.

It has been a real gift to stop, slow down, be at home, go within… I am blessed to have a debt free house to live in, private backyard with lots of sun and a salt water pool, a freezer full of food, and supportive loving relationships. Shelter in place has been a beautiful time of reflection, a time to catch up on things around the house, creative projects, self-care…

My pool

Usually at this time of year I am in Europe visiting family and friends, riding my motorcycle around the Alps, lying naked on a beach in the South of France… this year all international travel has been curtailed and I have been “stuck” at home, making me appreciate what is literally in my backyard… Las Vegas has a lot to offer… Lake Mead being one of my favorite therapy spots! And swimming (in my pool/at the lake) my solace, my fitness regime, my health routine.

Lake Mead therapy

I have enjoyed watching movies, especially movies based on real life that I can learn from, that inspire me to look at my own life. There are so many themes of dishonesty, corruption, hidden agendas… Conspiracy themes abound… Yes, the news channels are full of corruption, deceit, abuse of power, lack of leadership… all this exists, is real, a reality of life here on this earth. But I am also aware that what we focus on is where our energy flows so I am conscious about focusing my energy on things I can change/improve, my own life, my own health, my own abundance, my own relationships.


I feel it is important to see what annoys us as a mirror of what is annoying us within ourselves. On what level am I being dishonest in my communication? Do I have any hidden agendas? Am I taking leadership in situations that affect me and my close ones? Am I being honest in my communications? Whatever it is that is frustrating you at these times… turn them around and look inside to see if those aspects/qualities are ones you need to work on within yourself.

I am so grateful for the friendships and relationships I have in my life. I choose to be surrounded by people who love and adore me, respect and appreciate me. People who are honest in their communication to me and with whom I can be honest in mine. No secrets or hidden agendas. Everything open and clear.

Gratitude quote

In my work I realize I have an important role to play in leadership. Acknowledging my own life experience and being willing to share that with others. I have had over 50 years in this body, on this planet, focusing on health, personal growth and sexuality. I have worked in the field of sexual openness and enlightenment for over half of my life (more than 25 years) and have a PhD specializing in human sexuality. I have taught personal growth, health and awareness for over 20 years with my partner and traveled the world studying tantra, meditation, ancient healing practices and consciousness for more than 30 years.

Osho Zen Tarot

Rather than holding back I realize it is time to spread my knowledge and insights and share my wisdom. Hence my blogs, and one-on-one work. I have also started incorporating tarot readings into my sessions. One of my favorite set is the Osho Zen Tarot one I was introduced to in India back in the early 90’s.

I am grateful for…

Take time to reflect on what you are grateful for, the positive things that cover-19 has brought into your life.

Dr Shelley