One of the best things a realtor can bring to your negotiating table is a sense of calm determination and unruffled  control.  Your real estate experience should be be delightful, serene, a little exciting and positive all the way.

I work on creating calm by practising mindfulness on a continual basis and have added multiple daily meditation breaks to the mix.  I am discovering that ''the powers that be'' will  test our resolve at every step; there must be someone up there with a naughty sense of humor!!



I arrive at my desk, sit down and start reading my master plan. I have the best of intentions to start the day with 5-10 minutes of quiet meditation.

I lean back, close my eyes and breathe deeply. This is nice.





"Today is the first day of the rest of my life…Good morning Body, I thank you for being strong. I am grateful to all my parts for keeping me going for so long"

In the next room my son’s alarm goes off. I breathe deeply, ignoring the beeping and focus on inner peace and tranquility…this is nice…

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life….I am healthy…mind, body, soul…thank you"

"Hey…who is that speaking in my head?" Ego wakes up and notices something different

"Don’t worry, Ego, it is me, Mind. Today is the first day of the rest of my life…. "

I try to stay focused. I thought Soul was supposed to be leading events this morning, but Soul does not talk, it just feels… Soul tries to contribute but nothing comes out. It feels hurt and slightly useless.

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life…Hello Feet!! I can feel you tingling down there…thanks for keeping me grounded. Please keep going and I will take better care of you!"

AAARRRRRGGGHMMMFFF…My eldest son croaks out a groan as he stretches and gets out of bed.

"And Bodily Tension?! Defense Mechanisms? I know you are there, ready to spring into action, all wound up and raring to go…Thanks for keeping me safe all these years but there really is no   threat. Things are ok. You can relax now, take a break. Soul can take over, we will be living     through her for the next little while."

Soul tries to say something but just feels love…Ego sends out a wave of fear.. "Wait, what??"

"Today is the first day of the rest of my..,"

"Hey, what’s that noise??" Ego knows Mind gets distracted easily and this meditation stuff is not a path it wants to go down.

"Today is the first day of the rest of my …"

My son heads to the shower, breaking into song as he meanders by. I am happy he is happy but his timing sucks.

"I am grateful for the health and happiness of my children…Today is the first day of the rest of   my life…"

"I smell coffee!!! Someone is making coffee!!" Ego can be pretty insistent at times.

Downstairs someone turns the music on and youthful energy blasts through the house.

My eyes open, I cannot help it, the coffee smells great.

Sigh. Time to start the day.

Catherine Dawe Real Estate Broker picture