Today I have a really special blog that I know will totally inspire you!
I’m interviewing Meredith Stack, a children’s book author who had an awesome transformational experience at an event with me. In our interview we talk about how we met; her new book, Breathe In, Breathe Out, which teaches young kids how to meditate; and the amazing altruistic work she’s doing.
You can watch the video below or keep reading for our Q&A!
GABBY: Let’s jump right in! I want to hear the story of how we got to this point. Share your story of our connection.
MEREDITH: Your book The Universe Has Your Back came out, and my girlfriends and I decided to go to your event. I wasn’t planning on standing up or asking a question that night, but I had this thing happen in my life and I thought, I wonder what Gabby would say about this?
I got the courage to stand up and tell you my story, which is this: For most of my life I’ve always not let the joy really happen. I’ve always been very scared that if I feel the joy it’ll be taken away from me. It’s a recurring thing throughout my life. For example, if I got a new job, I wouldn’t tell anybody until it started.
I created these children’s books for pediatric cancer research. One thing I really wanted was to go on a specific morning talk show to share them. I was manifesting it, I was meditating on it, I had it on my vision board, and the opportunity came where I could meet the host and they had a Q&A afterwards. I stood up and I was shaking. Her book was about taking chances, and we’d met once before. I told her how we’d met before and I said, “Your book is all about taking chances, so think I might take one.” She said, “Do it!” I said, “Is there any way my books can be on your show?” And she said, “Done! Done. Give me your information and we’ll make it happen.”
That was one of the few moments in my life where I allowed myself to experience pure joy. I was crying, people around me were crying. I called my parents, I told my friends. I was like, Wow, it’s okay! It’s okay to let yourself feel the joy.
So … days went by. I didn’t hear anything. Weeks went by — nothing. I reached out to them and didn’t get a response.
A year went by — nothing.
So I stood up at your book event and asked you, “What’s the deal?! What is the Universe trying to tell me here?”
The thing that disappointed me the most was this lost opportunity to raise so much money for these children. I just kept thinking, Why would the Universe not want to raise this money for these kids who are sick?
You said to me, “Meredith, the Universe has a different plan for you. I’m going to help you sell those books!”
The joy was back. I was so grateful. And the best part? The next morning you emailed me to set up a date. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and for coming through.
GABBY: Thank you so much for telling the story. It’s so impactful to remind everybody listening of a few lessons in this story.
First things first: Don’t let your plans get in the way of the Universe’s plans! Sometimes when we hold onto a desire SO tightly and think it’s the only way for it to happen, we block another manifestation. We block another opportunity. That day when you got up and expressed your desire and asked for a different solution, that was a prayer! When you ask for guidance, you will receive it. Always, end of story. Period.
Another lesson in here is to have faith that if something doesn’t work out the way you had planned or envisioned, there’s something better coming. Stay grounded in that belief system. If things aren’t working out the way you planned, there’s an opportunity to redirect your focus and trust there is something else coming.
Anytime you are trying to manifest something, wear it like a loose garment. Allow for it to shift and move. Allow these desires to be strong but adjustable. Let them flow! Our job when we’re manifesting is to stay in the joy of what we do. When you stood up, I could feel your joy and enthusiasm. I knew, between that joy and the altruism of what you’re doing, that I wanted to help you.
Patience is a big lesson too! You were very patient as I was on my book tour and we kept the door open until we had the time to take action.
Now, tell us about what Breathe In, Breathe Out is all about, and tell us about the philanthropic element of this launch!
MEREDITH: Breathe In, Breathe Out is an introduction to meditation for young children. Meditation is a huge part of my life, and I’ve noticed that anytime I’m stressed or having a hard time deciding about something, I turn inward.
I have three boys, and as they get older, there’s so much going on. They have so many expectations on them, and they get stressed just like we do. My older son has been experiencing anxiety before bed. So we started doing a meditation practice at night, and it made a big difference for him. He was able to calm his worries and get to sleep faster. So I introduced it to my younger sons, and now we all do it. We all have our Meditation Monkey, and sit down when we feel overwhelmed. We either pick a mantra to say or we read through the book, which has a calming, rhythmic pattern.
We just get calm and peaceful together. It’s been so helpful for them that I wanted to help other parents introduce it to their children as well, especially when they’re young because meditation is such a great coping skill and practice throughout your life.
GABBY: I know there are Spirit Junkie mamas out there who are like, “Get me that book right now!” And all the proceeds of this book are going to pediatric cancer research.
MEREDITH: I don’t take a dime!
GABBY: That is the energy I felt when you stood up. You just wanted to get the book out and support and serve.
When you are in alignment of the energy and intention of service of your work, whether you are earning from it or not, that is felt by others.
Is there a specific organization the money goes to?
MEREDITH: Right now I’ve been donating it to different organizations. I’d love to partner with one charity one day.
GABBY: What’s next for you and your books?
MEREDITH: I’d love to partner up with either a publisher or a charity, like I said, to get the book onto an even bigger platform. You can buy a book for yourself and on my website you can donate them. I take books to different hospitals so a child can get a book when they’re receiving chemo. It helps brighten their day.
Only 4 percent of our funding goes to pediatric cancer. It’s just not enough. I want to raise that number.
GABBY: I’m committing to buying a bunch of books today! I’m going to start the train of book buying! I’ll buy a book for anyone out there who truly can’t afford one, so just email firstname.lastname@example.org. This offer is valid until July 31, 2017.
If you can afford them, buy some books and share them. Give one to parents you know whose child struggles with anxiety. Give them as holiday and birthday gifts. And know that all the proceeds go to pediatric cancer charities! So let’s buy a bunch of books, spread love, and make money for these organizations.
Most importantly, let’s support the mission and message behind this book, which is to help children release anxiety. This is how we can create happier, healthier, more mindful beings in a world that desperately needs that.
Who can you share this book with? Do you have kids? Have you meditated with them? Drop into the comments and let me know!
I hope this serves you.