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79: The Universe is Speaking. Are You Listening?

The universe listens. The question is, do you? In this week’s episode of Breathe In, Breathe Out, I challenge you to stop and just…listen. Take your time and you will soon notice little things. Answers to your requests for help, love and guidance. May your answers be present and your “ears” hear clearly.

Think meditation is hard. Do me a favor, take a slow, deep breath in, and now breathe out. Congratulations, you just meditated. Hi, I’m Krystal Jacosky, and this is Breathe In. Breathe out a weekly mindfulness and meditation podcast for anyone ready to own their own shit and find a little peaceful while doing it.  

Krystal Jakosky:   Welcome back to Breathe In, Breathe Out. I’m Krystal Jacosky and I’m really excited to share this week’s episode with you. I first met Kevin Pinnell when I was a guest on his podcast, which is Award A Better Life. It was such a delightful experience. We had so many things in common that I really wanted to bring him on my podcast so that we could talk about the indigenous people. Kevin began his journey with the indigenous people of North America in the early nineties. He met Ken two feathers early on in that journey, and Ken Two Feathers became more than Kevin’s teacher. They had a wonderful friendship. And 10 years into that friendship, Kevin wrote the book, Two Feathers, Spiritual Seed Planter as Kevin Laughing Hawk, which addressed two feathers life and Native American spirituality. There is so much more to his experience and his life. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. We’re going to talk about some of the keynotes of Kevin’s experience. I really hope that you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed having him on my podcast. Hello, and welcome back to Breathe In, Breathe Out. I’m Krystal Jakosky, your host, and I am so excited to have Kevin on our show today. Kevin Cannell, welcome.  

Kevin Pennell:    Thank you. Great to be here. This is awesome. I’ve switched roles for a change. I’m not a host. I’m actually a guest. 

Krystal Jakosky:    Oh, isn’t that fun? When you get to switch it up a little bit. Kevin and I have actually been recording right now because whenever we have the opportunity to chat, Kevin and I go off on so many different tangents and so many different realms, and it’s because we are both interested in so many different things. We are always looking for something new to learn or something new to teach, which means that we have a plethora of things that we can talk about and go down rabbit hole after rabbit hole after rabbit hole. So we’re going to make an effort to keep this a little shorter, meaning not four hours long, because we could talk for hours.

Kevin Pennell:    We’re going to try to focus.  

Krystal Jakosky:    We’re going to give it the college try, you know, the good college. Not the one where you smoke pot for the first four years and then decide to do college. We’re going to actually try to focus. Welcome to my world today. Kevin, tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are and what brought you to my podcast studio.  

Kevin Pennell:    Oh my goodness. Well, if you got about two or three hours, hang in there. It’s just actually been about a year ago that I decided, I’m going to try doing a podcast because for 35 years off and on, I was in broadcast journalism and radio. So I just have a lot of fun with it. And I published a book, worked on a couple of other books, and did some magazine articles. I love to write, but for whatever reason, the publisher just wasn’t impressed. Okay, this is great, but you’re not going to publish it. It’s good stuff, but we’re not going to publish it. And I’m going, Yeah, fine, whatever. And I realized part of writing is you have to be able to accept a little two letter word called no.  

Oh, that’s standard procedure. And I just, in one of those moments, I said, you know, I did broadcast journalism and I did human interest stories for years. I really enjoy doing that, just listening and talking with people about their lives. And literally, I think it was like 3:30 or 4:30 in the morning. That tends to be what I call my spirit time. Some of the most significant little truths that I’ve ever had. The title for the book that I wrote came to me in the middle of the night. And when I wrote that book, I wrote it from five o’clock in the morning until 6:30 every day until I got done with it. But that’s my spirit time. This time it came through as you need to do a podcast called Toward a Better Life.  

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Think meditation is hard? Do me a favor, take a slow deep breath in and now breathe out. Congratulations, you just meditated. Hi, I’m Krystal Jakosky, and this is Breathe In, Breathe Out: a Weekly Mindfulness and Meditation podcast for anyone ready to own their own shit and find a little peace while doing it.

Welcome back to Breathe In, Breathe Out. I’m Krystal Jakosky and as always, I am delighted that you’re here. I’m delighted that you’re choosing in. Thank you for joining me on my journey and letting me be a little part of your journey this week. I wanna talk about the universe and how it is speaking to us. And all we have to do is listen. I mean, really seriously, literally, are you listening? Because it’s speaking. It is so speaking, you are getting notes and pings and notices all the time and it’s up to you to listen because it’s, there, there have been countless occurrences in my life that I chalk up to the universe speaking and whether or not I listened, it’s gotten to the point where people ask me, how the heck did you do that? You just said it was gonna happen. And it did.  

Or how did you find that thing? It’s so perfect. And it took no time at all. You said yesterday, you were gonna find it and now it’s here, but that’s something I didn’t think you were gonna find for weeks. They often answer their own questions with, it’s just your thing that you have with the universe. Isn’t it? I mean, it’s almost a sarcastic comment and yet it’s a genuine, oh yeah. She’s just tuned in here’s the deal. Yes, I absolutely agree. I have an air quote thing with the universe. I do believe in the messages that it sends us in the law of attraction. I believe in a mindset of abundance. I believe that we can accomplish anything that we truly set our minds to and believe that it will happen. Let me say that again. We can accomplish anything. We set our minds to and believe that it will happen because it will happen.  

The universe listens. My question is, do you, when I was younger in church, I was taught to pray to a heavenly father who would listen to my joys, my heartaches, my fears, my pleases, my hurts. I was told he would always be there. I distinctly remember a lesson in my teen years about stopping to listen to his response. What does he have to say back? Are you doing all of the talking? And if so, would you actually like an answer? Because the only way you’re gonna get an answer is if you stop and listen, as long as you’re talking at him, he doesn’t have the ability to respond. As long as you’re talking at the universe and saying, this is what I want. Dang, it. Give it to me. Does it have the ability to respond and tell you how or where or what?  

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