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Archive for the ‘Dreams’ Category

Your Energy Budget

I recently came across this quote from Duke Ellington, “I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”

This is a good example and great inspiration for re-directing the negative energy that we all feel and experience at times. We do have a choice. We can choose to entertain negative thinking or we can switch gears and re-frame our thinking along more positive paths.

In the quote above Mr. Ellington didn’t try to push his pout away or try to force himself to get over it. Instead, he used the creative, energetic process to give voice to his negative feelings thereby transforming them into a beautiful, powerful expression of feeling. He used his energy in a positive rather than negative manner.

Daily Bread

One of the books I am currently reading is Entering the Castle by Carolyn Myss.  One short sentence is having an enormous impact:

‘Intention without discipline is useless.’

In my personal struggle to secure my daily bread, incorporating the spiritual component has precedence for me.  Yet, the daily demands of the mundane clatter ceaselessly for my attention.  Discipline is the heart of my effort.  Discipline is a word that for me means can’t; can’t have, can’t do, can’t become, can’t, can’t, can’t.  The favorite chant of my negative chatter-box. 

As part of my personal growth work,  I am focusing on countering that definition of discipline.  So following definitions (discipline as teaching; teaching as guidance; guidance as nurturing) I am now working to change the negative impact of discipline to a positive, supportive self-nurturing.

My intention is to grow in spirit, to mature wisely, to live a disciplined life.  I am having great success in some places and not so great in others.  And discipline is becoming the well-worn path of self-nurturing as I seek my daily bread.

Spring

Seasonal change is upon us. Spring brings renewal. As we prepare for spring-cleaning and yard sprucing, I invite you to look into ‘spring-cleaning’ your mind and renewing your spirit at this most sacred time of year.

Take a day. Honor the gift of life in all it’s myriad forms and all it’s magical beauty.

Active Spirituality

I recently read an excellent article in Spirituality & Health by Thomas Moore in which he stated what is to me a basic spiritual truth.  It is not what you believe that reflects your spirituality, but rather, “…the way you live.”

Japan

There are many times in life that we are left feeling helpless.  Certainly the situation in Japan is one of those fateful moments.  Yet, we are not powerless.  Beyond the rescue efforts in myriad forms, there is the power of prayer.  I invite you to prayers of comfort and healing for our fellow man.

From the Sanskrit

This quote  from a book I read yesterday really stuck with me and I wanted to share it with you: 

“Look to this day!  For it is life,  the very life of life… For yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision;  But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Pussywillow  by Mama San Ra-Ab Rampa

Seize The Day

As we stealthily move into 2011, I invite you to seize everyday however it comes to you.  Everyday presenting the opportunity to put your best foot forward.

Elements

This is my ‘Word for the Day”.   I invite you to meditate throughout the day on the various elements of/in your life.

Wellness

Today I am participating in a Wellness Fair.  As I prepare for the event I am reminded that wellness really is a whole or holistic affair.  For the body to be ‘well’ the mind and spirit need to be healthy too, and vice versa.

I invite you to take a few moments today and do an inventory of your personal wellness.  Marking for change those habits/behaviors you want to  improve; creating an outline for future reference; a foundation for creating successful strategies tailored to who you are and to your lifestyle. 

Remember,  change is a process not an event.

Spring Forward, Fall Back

It is that time of year when we adjust our clocks.  Spring Forward, Fall Back is a great way for me to orient myself regarding where the precious extra hour is supposed to go.

Daylight Saving Time was designed to give folks extra evening summer hours so they could have some fun after work, beneficial to retailers, but not so for farmers.  The idea of saving time got support in the early days of electric consumption.  People would have extra hours of sunlight and not have to turn on indoor lighting and in doing so stress  early delivery systems.

However, even though DST was touted and talked about for a few years, it was not until Germany enacted a plan in 1916 to save on coal consumption.  DST was adopted by the United States two years later in 1918.

My computer clock adjusted itself several days ago, but the ritual of changing the clocks  is pretty much done by hand, one-at-a-time.

I get the concept, I experience it’s effect.  But twice a year I marvel and giggle that we mortals actually think we can literally save time.  I know that in the process many of us lose sleep, and during the adjustment period we are either running early or running late.  And, to add to the confusion there is EST, MST and PST. 

I am an early-bird,  I like light in the morning.  However with ageing I am suffering ‘night-blindness’  when I drive, so I also like the later evenings.  Hmmmmm, life is indeed about compromise.