Inner Peace, Earthquakes and Calming "The Adrenaline Rush"

Yesterday, at 11:42am Pacific time the walls started shaking vigorously.

As millions of southern Californians, I wondered what this was about.

My first thought was our beloved neighbor. When he runs up and down the stairs, our condo shakes and reverberates throughout. Perhaps it was his washer or dryer going haywire? Could he be blaring his music LOUDLY, once again?

Uh, no.

This was something more.

An earthquake?

Uh, maybe so.

The last time I was in an earthquake, I lived in a home up Laguna Beach Canyon — on stilts! I had never seen my roommate RUN so quickly to the front door!!

Thus, when the entire room was shaking, I thought to myself, “Maybe I ought to get outside BEFORE the house tumbles as proof it IS an earthquake.”

I bolted.

By the time I got to the bottom of the stairs to meet my husband, the shaking stopped.


As timing would have it, I was scheduled to interview best-selling author Cheryl Richardson at 12 Noon. Over 300 people had pre-registered for the call. There was now less than 15 minutes before the call would begin.

Uh, no problem, right?

Except my heart was pounding uncontrollably.

My inner peace quotient was out of reach. In fact, I felt EXACTLY as I did after climbing a 30 foot trapeze platform. You know that feeling? Okay, so maybe you haven’t flown on the flying trapeze yet.

But, you know that feeling, where you FEEL okay, but your BODY is sending loud signals that you are NOT okay? Breathing is tight. And, you can’t quite shake the pervasive anxiety rushing through your nervous system.

I took the advice of the “trapeze instructor” and did a few breathing exercises, to reconnect to my breath. Deep breath IN. Hold 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. Exhale slowing, and drop your shoulders. I repeated this several times.

Deep breath IN. Hold 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. Exhale slowing, and drop your shoulders.
Deep breath IN. Hold 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. Exhale slowing, and drop your shoulders.
Deep breath IN. Hold 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. Exhale slowing, and drop your shoulders.

Okay. A little better.

It was time to dial into my conference call. Of course, the first time, I received the message, “All circuits are busy.” What? Yikes!!! Was I going to be able attend my own live conference call? Gulp.

Fortunately, I got on the line on the second try. Whew.

As hundreds were assembling on the live call, talks about the earthquake started bubbling. Turns out it was centered in Chino Hills at 5.8!! Hearing this ADDED to my own underlying angst, even though I was trying my best to remain calm, cool and collected. (After all, I am an inner peace coach, right? Uh, yeah.)

It was time to start the call. Cheryl Richardson was present and ready.

To start the recording, I attempted to patch Audio Acrobat into the bridgeline, as I’ve done thousands of times. But, because of the earthquake, I was getting static, thrown off the line, and that annoying “all circuits are busy” message. After several attempts, and a note to my Virtual Assistant to record the call for me, I knew I just had to get started.

As I came back on the call, Cheryl Richardson asked about the earthquake, realizing it had JUST occurred 15 minutes before our scheduled start time.

Grace moved.

Cheryl softly said, “I invite everyone on this call to focus on sending Mary peace, and anyone on the call from that area who might feel their adrenaline system got a little tweaked. Let’s just send some really calming energy your way.”

By the time Cheryl finished this sentence, I felt instantly transformed.

What is it about RECEIVING loving support from another human being that alters every cell in our body? It’s magic.
Her calming presence and the supportive energy of my listeners was just what I needed to reconnect with my own sense of inner peace. It’s like basking in the warm sun.

As I recognized this angst for what it was, an adrenaline rush, it disappeared instantaneously.

And, after a deep breath…I stepped into my role as host of “Conversations with the Masters of Coaching,” and began the call.

All of this occurred in a matter of 30 minutes.

From peace, to an adrenaline rush, and back to peace. It really got me thinking about the role adrenaline plays in interfering with our inner peace.

And, one of the best remedies of all — is simply LOVE. You simply MUST let it in.

Thank you Cheryl Richardson and all the loving listeners yesterday. I’m so grateful for this “inner peace moment.”

BTW, if you weren’t on the live call, it WAS recorded by one of the angels listening in. Thank you Martha Carnahan! Just follow the link below. I’m still reflecting on all the wisdom and inspiration Cheryl Richardson instilled during this remarkable one-hour interview.

Did YOUR adrenal system get tweaked yesterday by the earthquake? Or has it been tweaked in the past?

What do YOU do to return back to inner peace? I would love to hear from you.


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3 Responses to “Inner Peace, Earthquakes and Calming "The Adrenaline Rush"”

  1. Kathryn/

    Hi, Mary! I got tears in my eyes when Cheryl made that request yesterday.It was instant consciousness and compassion in action.I always tear up when I witness one human being offering another human being that blessing and grace. I’m sure it had a similar impact on all listening in. As my daughter lives in S. CA I was well aware of the earthquake–she had rung me only moments before to assure me she was OK. It was an interesting start to a teleconference and probably would have had a very different outcome had different folks been dealing with same situation. Well done, all. Thanks for putting it together! It was special and I was a lucky woman to have participated. Kathryn xoxo

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