Monday, November 13, 2017

breathe, deeply, repeat ....

A friendly and needed reminder for us all!!
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As the holiday season approaches and the days are getting darker quicker, making it feel like time is just vanishing, it is very important to remember to breathe!!!
Stress and anxiety are truly unhealthy and can cause serious health issues, so don't get caught on the gerbil wheel. Take time for yourself, even if it is just a minute to sit quietly and breathe.

Quieting yourself is also a great way to approach a quiz, exam or paper.  This is also the time when trimesters are ending and midterms are common.  When it feels like the work load is piling up and you can't think, that is the best time to sit back, breathe deeply and let go.

From personal experience, I can attest to the myriad of negative results caused by stress.  Stress lowers your immune system, making you more vulnerable to germs and viruses (yuck!).
Stress can affect your thinking. Have you ever taken a timed quiz, and while you are timed you can't remember the answers only to have them all flow back into your brain once the clock had stopped?? 
Lastly, you are not at your best when stressed.  Just think about how when you are running late and getting stressed out, these are the times that you more often than not, will lose something or forget something?!? 

So for today, a friendly reminder to us ALL - 

take a moment (even when you feel like you don't have a moment to spare) take a moment to stop, to breathe, breathe deeply, to exhale, exhale fully and let go of stress (as much as possible). XX

love, mom

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Happy November (a bit late...)


When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -
to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. 
Marcus Aurelius

Feel free to download and print out this calendar 
for your personal use this month.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

today, just let go ....

"She Let Go" 

She let go.She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…
~ Rev. Safire Rose

I discovered this poem yesterday. The words spoke so directly to my heart and gave me some semblance of peace. I hope you find this poem as inspirational as I have. love, mom


"She Let Go" A Poem by Rev. Safire Rose
 Read by Susan B.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Go out beyond and I'll meet you there ...



Out Beyond Ideas


Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense

Rumi

This poem has been banging around my head today, and even more so when I saw these blossoms ... I saw a meandering path beyond. 

And i've always been captivated by the idea of going beyond the ideas of wrong and right, beyond judgement and criticism. 

So today let us quiet those inner voices assessing all of our 'doings', and let us lay down be in the deep, lush green grass of just being! 

This is my religion! 

love, mom


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today, remember the importance of ‪#‎selflove‬!!!!


I've come to believe that caring for myself 
is not self-indulgent. 
Caring for myself is an act of survival.
Audre Lorde

So much is written about self love and self care.  It is so important,
for you, for those who depend on you, for those around you and
for the world in general. 

What the world needs is more people to love themselves. 
Rune Lazuli

so PLEASE practice self love!
love, mom

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

today, let us NOT get paralyzed ...


"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you;
they're supposed to help you discover who you are."
Bernice Johnson Reagon 

a simple reminder, as lately i know so many people dealing with so many difficult things.  so let us all not get stuck or  paralyzed, but let us remember to breathe and grow!! 

love, mom


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

in Autumn ... this is my religion



Starlings

Sometimes when you're driving
alone in autumn, a gust of wind
will sweep forth a sling of starlings
fresh from a maple in late afternoon
and they will fly out of the tree together
one swift movement of bird flight
dipping and rising before you
as if they knew all along
you were coming, as if they
knew your whole day depended
on seeing them there, at that moment
in the last curve of sunlight.

Andrew Green


Remember to look up and around,
Fall is gorgeous, enjoy nature.
love, mom














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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

cultivate an attitude of gratitude ...

use this sticker to remind yourself to be grateful
Yesterday I went to a meditation class and the teacher announced that in light of recent tragic events that she was going to lead us in a gratitude meditation.  
It was a good class.
There are numerous studies and articles about the transformative power of gratitude.  Below is a link to a wonderful article from www.huffingtonpost.com called The Transformative Power of Gratitude, by Dr. Randy Kamen.   The article speaks to the power of being thankful, listing the benefits of gratitude, suggesting some strategies and exercises to help one cultivate a grateful attitude, and even offers a gratitude meditation.  

a possible 'gratitude journal'
I have personally experienced the power of gratitude and consciously practice being thankful every day, especially when things are hard and it would be easy to spiral into anger and despair. 
A few years back I heard the amazing Louise Hay talk about thanking the universe when anything good, big or small,  happens.  She continued with this example, 'if you gave another person many gifts but that other person never ever said thank you, then you might not be so excited about giving that person anymore gifts?!' That made a lot of sense to me.  She then said, 'why not say thank you to the Universe, or to Mother Nature, or to God or the Goddess or whatever larger power that you believe in?!' For me that idea resonated and since hearing her theory, I thank the universe constantly, throughout the day.
When I find my keys ... "thank you universe"; when I get the 'walk' sign when I am in a hurry to get to work .... "thank you universe"; when I have a moment to sit on my front step and watch the setting sun ... "thank you universe"; when my girls are both under my roof,

safe and sound for the night ....
"THANK YOU UNIVERSE"
Of course when you are having a bad day, or you are involved in a natural disaster or violent act, to think about being thankful may seem like a sick joke, and I am not saying it is easy, at all.  But I have come to the conclusion that it does not hurt me to be thankful.  Even when it seems absolutely impossible to believe that there is anything for me to be grateful for, something happens when I just start to consider being grateful, there is a ever-so-slight inner shift, and I find something small or everyday that I am thankful for and I seem to stop that negative spiral.  


One gratitude exercise that the article recommends is keeping a gratitude journal.

    some 'gratitude' swag ...
  • Keep your gratitude journal by your bedside and each night list 3-5 positive experiences from the day. Elaborate on one of these ideas.
  • I believe you have heard me mention a gratitude journal, once or twice?!? I have been suggesting that your Grandmother Gommie start one :) Again, I have experienced a lot of benefits from keeping a gratitude journal. There is something reassuring about ending the day thinking about some of the good things that had happened during the day.

I appreciate that this all may sound a little too 'mom crazy' for you two, however it can not hurt to try being thankful.  
And I speak from experience, you will lose nothing and you will gain so much
 when you cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

love, mom
p.s.  In case you didn't know, 
I am so so so grateful, beyond words grateful, for you two, 
my two amazing daughters!! xxxx


p.s.s. and if you are hankering for some 'gratitude' swag ...
you can find this journal, t-shirt and other fun products 
(displaying Meister Eckhart's wise words) 

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should ...

    This is a poem/prayer that I return to many, many times and wish to share for us all today. Now more then ever these words resonate!!! 
    Desiderata 

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.
    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass.
    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.
    Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
Thank you Max Ehrmann. This is my religion.
love, mom


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Monday, September 25, 2017

Do your best, whenever able ...


"I have done my best... 
that is about all the philosophy of living one needs."
Lin Yutang

Always a good philosophy to remember!!
love, mom

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