Sometimes You Get What You Need…and What You Want Too!


The Preface:

I saw the event announcement in my Facebook Newsfeed. I wanted so very very much to go to see Deva Premal at MantraFest 2013. Instead, I chose to practice financial restraint… knowing that another opportunity would come along some day, when the circumstances were right.

As I was looking over the concert program itinerary on the event website. I saw the offering to enter a drawing for FREE tickets to the concert. So, I entered the drawing. Anyway, I had nothing to lose.

The Surprise

The day before the concert, I received an email announcing that I had won!!!

From: Jennifer Beeson <>
Subject: Free tickets to tomorrow’s Deva Premal matinee concert in Miami!
Date: September 28, 2013 2:49:49 PM EDT

To: “Amanda J. Sheldon”

It’s my pleasure to let you know that we’ve just completed the drawing for the free ticket giveaway to the Deva Premal & Miten concert in Miami on September 29th and you’ve won a pair of free tickets!

If you are able to attend tomorrow afternoon’s performance (2PM at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center), you may simply go to will-call at the box office prior to the start of the show. TWO free tickets are already reserved in your name.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Best wishes,

Jennifer Beeson
BrightStar Live Events
510.517.2891 *

The Reply

From: “Amanda J. Sheldon”
Subject: Free tickets to tomorrow’s Deva Premal matinee concert in Miami!
Date: September 28, 2013 3:33:41 PM EDT
To: BrightStar Events <>

Dear Jennifer,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My heart overflows with joy!
I will be there tomorrow at 2:00PM.
This is exactly the Birthday gift (Oct 2) I had wished for, but was unable to afford at this moment in my life circumstances.
I am truly blessed.
Namaste and shanti,
Amanda Sheldon

The Gift

I am very so grateful for the opportunity of presence at Sunday afternoon’s (September 29th) event,

MantraFest 2013: A grand experience of mind-transcending, soul-filling, spirit-lifting, resonant-vibrations of countless frequencies and amplitudes of instrumental and vocal compositions.

Which then got me to thinking…
how exponentially grateful I am for the gift of my EARS:
…divinely designed to collect each of these separate variables and funnel them all together at once in to an orifice in my cranium equal to the diameter of a pencil.

Of course, following this line of thought, I was then lead to the realization that I am equally grateful for my Primary Auditory Cortex:
…that some how receives, filters and interprets this entire collection (of-would-be-chaos), decodes, translates, and delivers it down the precise and correct corridor to this single one (of my five major) Penthouse-Senses in my Body-Temple-Tower called “HEARING” (not to mention the 355 other condominium-senses inside the winding Temple corridors).
In less than the blink of an eye*, I am listening to SOUNDS!!! (*Let me not go there, now.)

Still and perhaps even more profound, these “SOUNDS” that I hear, are capable of evoking from within me (i.e. stimulating that which must be what we refer to as The Divine Spark) such emotion… such joy… such peace… and yes, even the tranquil sound of such silence.

In awe, I stand in Panamasana.
Any attempt at a greater gesture would surely be futile.

Sometimes you get what WANT & any you get what you NEED…especially when they happen to be the very same thing!


About Coach Mandy

I am goal driven, knowledge seeking, challenge needing, balance finding, Child of The Universe. I believe that what I can dream, I can manifest; it's all just a matter of priorities. I've found that when I do the next right thing, life falls into place. I've learned my most valuable lessons through adversity (usually on the other side of & often long after). "I've been up and down and over and out and I know one thing...” Nothing lasts forever except for the love, beauty & truth of The Great Universal Spirit. This One Source (manifested in my life as The Goddess, Isis), always loves me, finds no imperfection in me, and is perpetually & infinitely available to me. (The only other being I know of in this realm who comes close to this is my dog.) I own and operate The Coaching Corner & Pro Fitness Studio where I offer a variety of fitness services, but my true passion lies in the work I do as Personal Trainer & Fitness Coach. I enjoy all aspects of self-improvement & well-being; but I have found that my joy in working in the fitness industry lies not just in witnessing my clients achieve their goals, but in seeing them actually transform their lives. In this, I get to be a part of something greater than myself. There is nothing of value I can obtain, that does not increase a thousand fold, upon my bestowal of it to someone else. Furthermore, when I am seen by others as a leader and a role model, I am forced to be as accountable (or more) as I expect my clients to be. In this arrangement I have always gained so much more than I could ever give. I have completed my entire didactic curriculum requisites for my PhD in Exercise Physiology at University of Miami, including an outside-supporting-field in Psychology. (Doctoral Qualifying Exams and Doctoral Dissertation remain to be addressed...) My current credentials include:  • M.S.Ed., Exercise Physiology • B.S., Exercise Physiology/Biology (Double Major) • Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR)  • Licensed Certified Wellcoach® • American College of Sports Medicine, Health & Fitness Specialist (ACSM/HFS)

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