Friday, February 26, 2016

Rise and Fall

This week has been one of letting go. Some of the letting go has been the "on purpose/spiritual practice" kind of letting go and some has been the "oh no! I didn't know that was ready to let go" sad kind of letting go. We learn when we practice yoga for an extended period about how life is so much like the rise and fall of the breath. And sometimes there's more rise and sometimes there's more fall. 

"And don't worry - there will be more grief. It's not going anywhere. There will always be more. The idea is to go there, and come back. It takes people to help you with that. It takes a village to grieve. When you grieve, you feed Spirit." --Martin Prechtel

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Disappointments of Others

Thanks so much to Jen and Al Anon I'm learning that I can't control the disappointments of others.

I can't even control the disappointments of my sweet dogs, Panda and Smokey (Smoke's in the background) when some days, there just isn't enough time to go for a walk.

Friday, February 19, 2016

"Give Yourselves"

 "To the wrongs that need resistance, to the right that needs assistance, to the future in the distance: Give yourselves." --Carrie Chapman Catt

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This Mountain

Taos Mountain

Deepak Chopra says "Everything that is happening in this moment is a result of the choices you made in the past." I had a jillion things to do today, homework, taxes, returning emails, more homework and I chose to go for a walk. Nothing got crossed off the list, actually the list got added to because my shoes got so muddy they now need to be cleaned.

I'm more ready now than I've ever been to keep working full time while going back to school part time because my priority is truly, deeply, to take care of myself. This priority is a balm for stress, a way to keep perspective, to not let the list rule my world. I will let this mountain and my gratitude for my ability to walk rule my world every chance I get. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Morning Hugs

"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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

On Why I Love Cleaning

(and that I cleaned it.)

Louise Hay (Goddess) has a buncha good stuff to say about cleaning, especially cleaning out closets; she suggests using the affirmation "I am cleaning out the closets of my mind," during closet cleaning time. I do love a good closet clean and a good drawer dump-out, and also a good surface spree. And Feng Shui Touching Everything feels fantastic if time permits. But sometimes there's only 5 minutes. 

Last night before settling in for 3 hours of online classes, I did a tiny cleaning sesh. I swept my office floor and started up some incense; nothing fancy. 

I love cleaning because it changes the energy of a physical space and because it's a physical action, it changes my energy too.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Productive Putzing

My Aunt Sheri and my mom were recently in town for a visit. During their stay, my mom made a special point to tell me about Sheri's packing and unpacking procedure. This ritual takes place at least once a day in the hotel: Aunt Sheri takes all of her stuff out of the various little bags it's packed in (the bags, by the way, are referred to by both Sheri and my mom as marsupials) and then puts the stuff back in.

My mom thinks it's kinda cuckoo. I relate to what Aunt Sheri's doing. When I'm out of town, for the most part,  I like to keep my stuff in my suitcase and refold it frequently. This putzing doesn't make logical sense, in fact it might seem like a strange way for me to waste my time, but somehow it helps me feel grounded. And anything that helps us feel grounded, whatever it is, wherever it is, is productive. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"There is a river flowing..."

"There is a river flowing now, very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold onto the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and suffer greatly. 
Know that the river has its destination. The elders say we must push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open and our heads above the water. 

See who is in there with you and celebrate. 

At this time in history we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves, for the moment we do that, our spiritual growth comes to a halt. 
The time of the lone wolf is over. 
Gather yourselves; banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary. 

All that we do now must be done in a sacred way and in celebration. 

We are the ones we've been waiting for."
--Hopi elder