Wednesday, September 17, 2014

may this dress help us see the fathomless mystery . . .

Listen to your life. 
See it for the fathomless mystery it is. 
In the boredom and pain of it, not less than in the excitement and gladness; touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.
- Frederick Buechner


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

May this dress remind us to be kind to each other, and ourselves . . .

'precious . . . ' 

"These are really terribly rough times,
 and we really should try to be as nice to each 
other as possible." Lou Reed

Lou Reed
 such wise words . . . .
peace


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Monday, September 15, 2014

may this post bring you love!!! xxxx

#fromthelandofdragons

Today's posting especially goes out to my sweetest loves . . . 
Maya and Harriet
xxxx

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

may this dress remind us to blossom . . .



All beings are flowers blossoming
In a blossoming universe.
- Soen Nakagawa



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Friday, September 12, 2014

May this dress remind us to relax and go with the flow . . . .


“May what I do flow from me like a river, 
no forcing and no holding back, 
the way it is with children.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

may this dress bring solace to those who lost loved ones 13 years ago and for those who lost their true love more recently . . . .

this day is burned into my psyche, my being and my heart.  for those affected by this tragedy (which really includes everyone) my heart goes out to you and yours and for all who have lost loved ones, then and now and whenever, I hope this dress brings you solace . . . <3




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Monday, September 8, 2014

may this dress remind you to like yourself and all that you do . . . .

“Success is liking yourself, 
liking what you do,
and liking how you do it.” 



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

May this dress encourage you to accept and say YES . . . .


"Accept -- then act. 
Whatever the present moment contains, 
accept it as if you had chosen it. 
Always work with it, 
not against it.
This will miraculously 
transform your whole life."

Eckhart Tolle

Ever since I read this quote, a few days ago,  
I have noticed a shift in my attitude.
To be mindful and welcome each moment as it comes,
instead of fighting it . . .  
it is a very powerful practice. 
I highly recommend you 'try it on'.
peace 


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An invitation to be thankful . . .

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."  
 Meister Eckhart
Today in my meditation practice the centering thought is gratitude, a most important and powerful practice. So much I written and preached about the power of being grateful, for everything. Gratitude breeds gratitude, once you are thankful for the obvious blessings you start to notice more blessings.   

Here is how Oprah and Deepra Chopra describe this level of gratitude:
There is a deeper kind of gratitude that goes beyond our conceptions and beliefs of good and bad. This expanded sense of gratitude rejoices in life exactly as it is, right now . . . life is perfect in spite of its imperfections. We find ourselves grateful to simply breathe and greet the sunrise. We feel privileged to engage in the full range of human experiences: busy traffic, strong coffee, and missing a loved one. Our heart is big enough to embrace and appreciate life as a whole, just as it is, without worrying about whether it is “good” or “bad.”                                     
                                                                                 
Every day I learn the vastness of gratitude, it's perspective shows everything in a more manageable light.  So today I am going to make a list of the blessings in my life and share some of my list here. And I invite you to take a moment and note the blessings in your lives.  See if you can find the blessing in the situation that you feel is a hassle or a bother, can you find something in the struggle that you can see as a blessing?!?! 

Like the extra long red light when you are in a rush?!? Maybe during your waiting you get to see a blue heron fly overhead, or really get to listen to a poet read their work on the radio, or better yet it allowed you to take a deep breath and you realized that in your rush you really haven't been breathing.  Those are all things to celebrate. 


I feel as though we have been programmed to see things as a hassle, hard or overwhelming.  Maybe it a way of us showing others that we are really working, that we are really responsible and deserve their attention. We have become a society that rewards busyness, multi-tasking and overtime.  But I have a feeling that as a society we are getting tired of that pattern and we want to step back, slow down and smell the daisies.  Or maybe it is more my generation. I'm not sure.  But I am sure of the wonders of gratitude! So take a moment, maybe while you are at a red light, and note your blessings, give thanks, and if you can write it ( put ideas and thoughts into words is also powerful) 

If you wish write some in the comments, sharing such things allows the gratitude to expand as you are giving others ideas of the blessings in their lives.  

For me I believe I could spend the entire day listing what I'm grateful for, but for this post I will note a few AND, importantly, they are in no particular order :) 


I am grateful . . . 
-for my most amazing daughters: Maya and Harriet, 
who both started another year of school today!
for that I live in a community with a good school system 
and a community that believe in the importance of education
-  for amazing friends!!  those who live near, those who live far, 
those I see often and those whose visits are less frequent 
but full of joy and familiarity 
-for my land of dragons, aka my recently developed garden that 
I have created in the little yard of my rental.  It is a godsent to me! 
The pictures in this post are from my garden.   
for  plants I put in my garden, some from friends and some on sale because they looked as if they were dead ( they only needed some water and TLC) 
- for the furniture I have in my graden, that I have found on the side of the road 
during my scruffy walks or from thrift shop and junk barns.
-so thankful for my loyal fellow explorer, Scruffy.    
-for finding my favorite crochet hook after looking for it for weeks!  It is a beautiful wooden hook that was given to me by a friend's mother, Polly. I love it.
-for a moment to enjoy a cup of strong coffee in my land if dragons
- for my new installed bird feeder which is continually busy with feathered friends and the occasional squirrel.
-for my rental apartment which is providing my girls and me with a comfortable home.
-for the Apple store which has my laptop (that is why this post may look odd)  , I'm grateful that they can fix my computer  AND I'm grateful that they needed to keep it overnight so that I get a break from the continual demands that the computer offers. 
-for a beautiful tallish summer day, long shadows, soft breeze and a pool to visit later today when it's really hot.
- for this blog! For this place I am very grateful! It is a place that allows me to really focus on the good intentions and profound quotes that I find.  It allows me a moment to exhale and be mindful and it allows me to share. 

So that is a bit if my list, what are you grateful for . . . 
Be well & peace 









Monday, August 25, 2014

May this dress remind us to take a moment . . . .


here in my world we are revving up for another school year which is a big transition.  as we are all figuring out new schedules and new routines, possibly new friends, definitely new situations I am thinking it is a good time to take a moment and gather ourselves!! so with that in mind here is a repost from the amazing and beloved Maya Angelou ~ 

'strata 1' mixed media on wood

"Every person needs to take 
one day away.
A day in which one consciously 
separates the past 
from the future
...
Each person deserves a day away 
in which no problems are confronted, 
no solutions searched for. 
Each of us needs to withdraw 
from the cares which 
will not withdraw from us."

Maya Angelou



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