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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Qualities Yet Undiscovered


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Nobody

~ Nobody can bring you peace but yourself~
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gratitude in Motion




 ~the honey pours in and soothes the heart~


Gratitude in Motion

Life swirls, unfurls, and throws us about like a ship at sea.
Life gives, it lives, in the smile of a small child.
Moving forward, confusion reigns; deeply sad no reason; treason?
Walking in the dark of morning perceiving a glimpse at why
one would take their own life.
Shocked by this thought; never had it before.
No fear or concern; only curiosity and then,
compassion.

Why now…from where did it arise…aren’t I wise
enough to know better?
Dare to even have this thought.
More swirling, more whirling, more breathing into feeling, not believing in the thinking.
And…then…there it is…motion, the ocean,
the energy moves forward, out and away from the darkness,
the sadness, the inexplicable, what?

Oh hello, it’s you…its love, each moment, one breath at a time.
Gratitude, look up at the stars.
Look …feel your feet touch the ground.
Look…the light breathes the leaves on fire.
Look, see, touch.
Love…another.
Miracles are happening every moment.

No need to take your life, life will have its own way with you and give
you all the joy and sorrow you can take.
You can make
your life anything you wish.
Right now and forever
in the blink of an eye
in a lifetime.
Your lifetime.

Go live it...now.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

They Were Many

                                   There were many and they found their way home.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Just wondering and wandering


"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy." ~ Rumi

Saturday, November 10, 2012

What To Do










What to do with all this time in front of me or… the care and feeding of Mary after getting fired and…discovering how to be in every moment to create the unexpected and the beautiful and then… the miracle.

All this time in front of me; 
in back, in front, all around; time to be confused, to process, to be granted, to figure out, to allow. Run out and look for work, apply for unemployment, push, wonder, search, question. It’s all a question of faith and not allowing fear to take hold. The universe had the timing down perfectly. 
“No time for writing or photography”- I do now.


The care and feeding of Mary after getting fired; 
was I fired?…an amicable firing? No time  for wandering/wondering into others thought processes; not my business. So I… take baths, drink hot chocolate, buy roses,  meditate,  alter my consciousness, run away from the feelings/emotions inside…don’t take it personally. I can’t get far enough away from me. I walk Lucy, feed the cats, I read…beautiful, healing language/story/poetry.

Discovering how to be in every moment; 
to create the unexpected and the beautiful. Pema says,“Be fully present, feel your heart and leap.” Historically, I’ve leapt quite a few times in my life; work and relationships. When something or someone, a situation doesn’t feel right…I go…I can’t stay…the energy moves me. But I’m learning how to not “throw the baby out with the bath water.” Such an odd turn of phrase but everyone knows what it means; knowing when to stay and when to leave.
 
I connect with source, find my creativity,  make images…write. I breath…deeply and oftenly. I remember the beauty of practicing prostrations. It comes to me in the morning, freshly showered. Hands folded, palms in prayer at my solar plexus. Do I remember? I bow and, begin. Bring prayered hands to the forehead (I take refuge in the Buddha), bring hands to the third eye, (I take refuge in the dharma), bring hands to the heart; (I take refuge in the sangha). I bend forward, kneel, sliding forward, moving hands/arms outstretched before me. A full prostration; powerful to lay it all down, give it all up, surrender, allow. And the practice itself, right now, is larger than any one lineage and I bow deeply for all the teachings/teachers. The Buddha: all my teachers throughout time and lineage. The dharma: every word I’ve ever read/heard/received throughout all incarnations. The sangha: every community I’ve ever had the honor to be part of and this includes my sangha of one – me. 


And then…the miracle…
the rainbow appears, notes from my lover’s guitar float across the air, sandalwood candle burns bright, the champa incense sends out its fragrance waving smoke lines. Shades/hues of pink roses so fragrant waft and fill my senses. Lucy leaves the cats to rest. I see the last light of day. I feel the keypad beneath my fingertips. I am warm inside a house with a refrigerator full of food and running hot and cold water. I taste the fruitiness of the wine as it travels the back of my throat.
I am alive and I am loved.




Saturday, November 3, 2012

Breathing it all In


Surprise
It's always a surprise to me when I find that I am depressed or sad or melancholy or lonely. 
I'm usually quite the happy one/positive one/supportive one. But as I get older I find these states of mind showing up more often. 

Peculiar
It's even more peculiar when I can feel sad/lonely/raw; when I encounter another (my partner, my son, my boss/co-workers) I find that my brain immediately switches to being "ON". I unconsciously/consciously, willingly leave that state of emotion and get on to the present moment of interaction. 

Healthy
Is this a healthy response? I choose to say nothing (most of the time) because I don't want to be a martyr, don't want to seem negative/cranky/complaining. (You've got so much to be grateful for, for god's sake).

Another
And if I'm feeling a certain way because a thought/emotion/feeling has come up in regards to another, I tend to take responsibility and say, "Well, if I'm feeling this way, then surely this is what I must need in order to grow in this moment."

That is Why
That is why I keep the mouth shut/move on. Am I discounting my feelings? It's hard to say because I also watch as I can immediately turn on a dime from feelings of loneliness and separateness to laughter and joy. If my feelings/emotions/moods can shift so rapidly, then I don't even wish to spend time with the negativity.

Just Move On
I prefer to simply move on.

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