The Cosmic 2x4

"A Cosmic 2x4 is a phrase used to describe a personal crisis; a situation that arises in life and hits us over the head, stopping us in our tracks unexpectedly and causing us to shift gears." 

~ Kathy Reardon




I have just recently experienced this (again) in my life.

Seems like forever since I’ve felt good. Only last November I wrote a blog about Embracing Life at 65 and feeling great after my 5 day hiking trip in the Sierras. But then everything changed.

You see, for the past 30 years, I've had the honor and privilege to help facilitate health and healing in others primarily as a massage therapist. While this type of physically demanding work takes its toll on the body, I have always practiced excellent self-care (body, mind, & spirit) to keep myself healthy and strong.

Then the “flu that would not end” hit me on Christmas Eve and hung around till the end of January. That was immediately followed by a fall that really messed up my spine. For 5 weeks I tried to keep working and “deal” with the pain, but it became so unbearable last weekend that I put myself on medical leave from work. This is a huge decision, but yet I made it instantly knowing that it was absolutely the right thing to do. I simply couldn't keep doing that to myself any longer.

I created a Go-Fund-Me campaign to ask for financial support - which was also a HUGE thing to do for me - but again it really felt like the right thing.

Last Monday, at my brother's insistence, I learned that my normally perfect blood pressure was REALLY high as well - probably from all the stress and pain. Despite doing all the correct nutritional support, acupuncture, and chiropractic, I ended up in the emergency room on Wednesday with a Hypertensive Emergency. 




"If you see the cosmic 2x4 for what they really are; a chance to grow, to align with your truth, to clear out your past that no longer serves and move into your own sense of power and love within yourself, then it is easier to ride those waves when they come crashing." 

~ Kathy Reardon


At least we know that’s this is VERY REAL!!!  I'm home now and on blood pressure medication until I can figure things out and turn this around.

It’s pretty clear that big changes are happening, AND I trust that all of this is unfolding for my highest good. Obviously, more will be revealed, so stay tuned...


"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."

~ C.S. Lewis


Happy, Healthy Living!



JoAnn Newton is a Master Massage Therapist, Certified Diet Counselor & Holistic Nutrition Educator, and Spiritual Counselor who is committed to creating, living, and enjoying health, balance, and freedom on all levels, both personally and professionally, while providing educational and healing services.