The Day I Knew I was Magic

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2023

Back in the days of yore, I taught the dance option at a high school in Calgary. In my first year, the class was held in the theatre. There was a stereo on wheels that we used for the music. It was handy in that it could be rolled around and it was also not handy because there was no remote control. I had to walk up to the stereo to stop and start the music. (Come to think of it, I could have just asked whoever was closest to turn it on or off, but that wouldn’t have occurred to me in those days… asking for help was not something I knew about.)

So, I put on a lot of miles moving to and fro to do the music. One day, as I approached the stereo to turn it off, it stopped by itself. 

“You guys!” I exclaimed to my grade 11 class. “Did you see that!?! The music turned itself off!”

They nodded but didn’t seem nearly as excited as I was. No matter; I had enough enthusiasm for everyone.  

The next time I walked towards the stereo to get it going again, the music started by itself! I was thrilled and said so (yelled with glee) to the class. They smiled at me, probably wondering if I was insane. 

And so it continued, every time I needed the music to start and walked towards the stereo, it began of its own accord. Same thing when I motioned to turn it off - the music stopped without me pressing any buttons or even being nearby.

“You guys,” I said in wonder, “I think I’m magic! This is going to come in so handy!!!”

There was no doubt in my mind that I was indeed magical. I didn’t question it; I just accepted it as a new feature I had somehow developed. How wonderful!

Towards the end of the class, one of the students said, “Um, Ms Marlett, you might want this…” and handed me a remote control. 

He had found the remote, which I didn’t know existed, and had been starting and stopping the music the whole time. We all had a great laugh (like we rolled on the floor laughing with tears running down our faces). 

What can I say? I’m just adorable. Fortunately, I didn’t take it personally or use it as an opportunity to be hard on myself so I didn’t feel silly (surprisingly). In fact, I actually still felt magical. 

That turned out to be the gift in the very hilarious class. To this day, regardless of whether I have a remote control or not, I consider myself to be very magical. The trickster student didn’t know that he opened up my mind to possibility. It was a powerful blessing. 

Here are some ways that I work my magic. Reading this list, you might notice that you’re magical too.

  • When I walk by automatic doors, they open, just by my presence!
  • I created life! (my two kids)
  • I can transmute stuck energy/emotions into flowing energy
  • I can have dreams/ideas and bring them into reality
  • I can heal pain in my body
  • I can write books!
  • I can tickle people’s funny bones and even make them laugh out loud!
  • I can take a bunch of ingredients and turn them into delicious food, like muffins (don’t you think muffins are magical?)
  • I can listen to people and hear what they aren’t saying 
  • I can stay calm in chaos (even the teenager kind of chaos!)
  • I can digest food!
  • I can feel things with my intuition
  • I can breathe and feel better
  • I can help other people feel better too
  • I can imagine things that have never existed before
  • I can be moved by beauty
  • I can type these words into my computer and then do some fancy things to have them arrive in your inbox
  • I can grow hair and nails without even knowing how!
  • I can be optimistic when there’s no good reason why

That is Magic.

I know for sure that you’re magical too. Perhaps you’d like to make a list of the magical things you can do. Maybe you even want to send it my way. I’ll read them. 

That day in the theatre had such a profound impact. I love how it served to show me that although I don’t have the power (yet) to turn music on and off with my mind, it revealed that there was a lot more magic happening than I realized. 

May you have a week filled with the joy of discovering your own magical powers.

With enchanting love and supernatural courage,


>Creator of Courageous Self-Care

>The magic trick I can still do from when I had a magic kit as a kid is to make a magic wand (or less magical pencil) look like it’s made of rubber by moving it up and down in a special way. Can you do that too?

>Bewildered by how the same body in the same bed can feel wildly uncomfortable at 3:37am but when it’s time to get up they become the most inviting place to be in the world. How is that even possible?

PS - Check out the new Song of the Week feature below. I’m so excited to share the magic of music with you.

PS - Join us this Friday for a short and sweet Body Awake Yoga class; just 30 minutes starting at 9:15am Mountain/8:15am Eastern. Or catch the recording at your convenience. Get access to both the live classes and replays here. 


Dry Body Brushing

I love using my dry body brush. In fact, it’s often what gets me out of bed in the morning (not that it’s some kind of fancy alarm or has a built-in feature of hauling me from my sleep). When I’m contemplating getting up, I know that a full-body dry brushing experience is waiting for me and that’s often the little boost I need.

It feels so good to do it and it has all sorts of health benefits like increasing blood flow, improving circulation, exfoliating and even helping with cellulite. 

If you’re in the market for a dry body brush, I recommend the long handle so you can reach all the places on your back. Health food stores generally carry them or you can check this one out on Amazon if you don’t want to go out searching. 

Dry Body Brush

I like to start on the soles of my feet and work my way up towards the heart. That’s the key, always brush towards your heart. Once you get to the heart from the bottom up, do your hands, arms, shoulders, chest and upper back down to the heart. 

I also have a little dry face brush that’s more gentle. I’m telling you, it’s such a fantastic way to start the day!

 Dry Face Brush

I love music. It’s a beautiful example of magic. You can’t see it, it comes from “nowhere” and yet it has the power to evoke feelings and even change lives. It’s like the wind. You can’t see that either, but you can certainly experience its effects.

When I have facilitated retreats and run events, people always comment on how much they love the tunes. My interests in music are broad and varied and so I thought it would be fun to share a song of the week with you. 

To kick it off, here is a song by a Canadian artist that I was obsessing over last week. 

Until the Hurting is Gone by Billy Raffoul is so romantic, vulnerable and evocative. I love the message that he conveys and I think he’s sharing about the most connected and intimate relationship that beloveds could have. 

If you’d like to have a listen click here for iTunes and here for Spotify. Prepare for your heart to melt.