Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Think Good Thoughts"

"Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life." --Grenville Kleiser

Friday, June 26, 2015

Where You Are

"The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. 
The great opportunity is where you are." 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mouse Medicine

The past couple tipsandtricks days I've thought of looking up mice in Animal Speak, now that they're not keeping me up at night, I'm more open to learning from them.  My voice teacher said she remembered mouse medicine is about "details." "Details?" I asked, "I'm pretty good at details." We talked about one time when all of the pencils at her studio had worn out erasers and I brought her some new ones. "Well if you're good at details, maybe you're too good a details," she said. I guess just like tarot cards, animal totems can be read reversed to indicate their opposite.

Animal Speak says "When mouse shows up at a totem, it is either time to pay attention to details or an indication that you cannot see the forest for the trees. You may be getting so locked into details that you forget the big picture. Ask yourself some important questions. Are you taking care of the trivial but necessary things in life? Are you getting so lost in big dreams that you are neglecting other aspects of your life? Are you becoming so focused on one or two activities that you are neglecting to see other opportunities? Are you missing what is right in front of you? Is there something obvious you are missing or need to focus on? Are you trying to do too many things at once and thereby scattering your energies? Mouse medicine can show you how to attain big things by working on little things. Whenever mouse shows up there are lessons associated with attention."

Yep, I'm not really your big picture gal. I even have two big picture things I want to do and I keep putting off focusing on them because of the little stuff I do every day, like cleaning up mouse poop, making a playlist and promoting my upcoming workshop. I've always liked the expression "can't see the forest for the trees," and luckily I live in a place with lots of forests, so I can practice seeing them.

Friday, June 19, 2015

"There is a Field"

It never feels good when I find myself comparing my path to someone else's.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"We have art..."

I don't mean to be bleak with this one kids. I found this quote in the book I'm reading which has been such a nice escape from the challenges of the past couple of weeks; aka it rings true.

Friday, June 12, 2015

All That There Is

"You, just as you are, and your life here, right now, are all that there is and all you need to know. You don't have to do anything special. Mostly, you have to be open to meeting, face to face, and even dancing with, the truth that pertains to your life right now. You have to find a way to collect your fractured pieces, examine them, and then accept them as part of who you are. Spiritual practice is about transformation, but it's also, and more importantly, about working with what is." --Angel Kyodo Williams

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"It's All God"

I've taken my time and my own little process to decide that it's OK to put out mousetraps and get those little guys. The ultrasonic things may work, but not well enough for the bold mice of Taos. The mouse in my house has caused me to miss out on four nights of sleep in the past two weeks. I told Jen I'd taken four Advil in the past two weeks related to mouth and ankle pain. Jen tells me the mice, killing the mice, and the Advil is all God. I don't want to kill anything and I'm learning not to be so rigid. I prefer not to take Advil, especially not often, but it's been the right medicine for my physical complaints of late. If Advil's just another form of God, then so is the pain in my neck related to all that work they did on my tooth. So is laughing and so is crying and especially so is laughing and crying at the same time. Thanks God, I'm starting to get it.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sunrise at My House

I'm in the weeds right now friends: my ankle is still tender, I had a bunch of dental work done and my mouth is still sore. I have a very loud mouse in my house that's been keeping me up at night, and two packages that were supposedly delivered went missing...until we found them.

My sponsor suggested I "pray without ceasing." Thanks to my night-owl, un-invited, loud mouse, I only got two hours of sleep last night. Somehow this morning, feeling daunted by my busy day, I remembered my sponsor's recommendation. I soon felt more present, I looked out the window to this view and got hit with gratitude. My people and I are all OK, after hearing from a close friend of Chachi's, I feel more peace about her death. People who have babies pretty much don't sleep for the first year. Ricardo is coming tomorrow to mow the lawn; I'll be out of the weeds soon.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

High Tides

"As you do your own spiritual work, it lends a hand to the collective and helps keep things moving in a positive direction. High tides raise all boats."--Kay Kamala