A Gift

Ken Fales writes just what I needed this morning, what I wish I’d written if I had the insight and if I had the time. Notes for a blog post sit on my desk, just waiting for me to take the time to write and post it. But first, meeting a professional deadline takes priority. And life goes on. Enjoy reading this!

Ken Fales

In spirituality and religion, the notion that all is illusory is common. Beyond being simply a notion, it’s a liberating realization.

Prior to realization, the illusory nature of this world can be a confusing notion.

Today, I want to talk about the illusion.

It’s a gift.

Life is a miracle. Every moment we appear to have here is precious. It is precious, because it is perfect, not because it can be lost.

There is every reason to enjoy every moment of life, to live every moment of life, to love every moment of life. Living in love and joy, you invite awakening by your willingness, acceptance and surrender.

There is no need to search for the illusory nature of life. You will know it as your willingness allows. You need not worry or make effort.

You are free to accept, surrender and enjoy every moment of the gift that is…

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Sad News About Missing Man

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Some time ago, I reposted my friend Xenia Tran’s blog post about a man from Scotland who went missing after a bachelors party in Hamburg, Germany. Here’s a link to today’s post, and it contains a link to her original post.

Haibun: Missing in Hamburg

Life brings us all heartaches and bad news. We’ve had both in our lives of late. We got a devastating diagnosis with no hope for a cure, and my dear uncle’s wife has died. We can’t go to the funeral because of our own health drama currently unfolding, but we sent cards and expressed our love and condolences. Despite this sadness and concern we feel for ourselves and our immediate and extended family, we are able to feel deeply for others, and doing so is very important and even healing for us.

Our hearts go out to Liam’s family and his friends.

With much love,

and gratitude for our many blessings,

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Solar Mason Jar Lights

Here’s a little joy for your windowsill or outdoor space! Let’s lighten this up!

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Mason jars are so farmy and sweet. They can do everything (everything) it’s unbelievable. SO now they can even provide clean, green outdoor lighting and an ever so lovely ambiance. Oh how I wish it were a breezy summer night right now!

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SO, the set of eight includes these cool little solar screw on tops that collect energy during the day and sote it in a small battery in the lid that powers up a bunch of tiny led lights that live inside of your mason jar like tiny fireflies. I’m in laaahhhvvveee. ❤

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The set includes the 8 tops the lights and hangers.

You do need to provide your own mason jars which are cheap and useful for all kinds of things if you get sick of the lighting for some unforeseeable reason (totally impossible) then put sauces, soups and smoothies in there or, my favorite, flowers.

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Your Diversion: Spring

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Photo courtesy of Emilie Leger, Deviant Art

It’s Spring! Happy Dance! It’s just a date, as the weather forecasts remind us, but it’s something! As you no doubt are aware, the vernal (spring) equinox means that the night hours are equal to the day hours, and the days are getting longer, as opposed to the autumnal equinox when they start to get shorter.

I’ve been remiss in posting original things of late due to life challenges of various kinds. You know, medical appointments of the “we’re getting older” variety, legal things to bring up to date, issues related to being snowbirds. Stuff we can handle, but that also require excellent self-care. The other day it was doing 3 loads of laundry and making dinner after a fun day of being out and about. I made a video of our visit to the city dock. We love to visit the pelicans. They are such majestic birds. A woman and her children were speaking with a fisherman who was cleaning fish, and the pelicans were hopeful for scraps. He couldn’t give them any, however, because pelicans can’t digest the bones of fish any larger than they can catch in their beaks. All the fish seen at the start of the video were larger than that. The red ones were called vermillions, and the biggest was a grouper. The fish he was filleting was a porgy.

We try to get out to the City Dock often. It was mostly destroyed in Hurricane Irma and we’d been watching the rebuilding process avidly. There were huge cranes brought in to set pilings and do other big tasks. The little covered sitting area was gone, so a new one has been put up, and yards of old, unsafe pier, once a favorite hangout for pelicans and manatees, were dismantled and removed.

My cousin is here for a visit ❤️, so this is my post for today. We’re headed for Tommy Bahama for lunch! Mmm.

Namasté, y’all!

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How we learn

Karl Duffy’s mindfulness post today really resonated with me, personally and professionally. I am known to say this to clients:

Perfection is not an option;
It’s okay to make mistakes;
Making mistakes is often how we learn.

 

I like this quote even better!

Mindfulbalance

We learn, grow and become compassionate and generous

as much through exile as homecoming,

as much through loss as gain,

as much through giving things away as in receiving what we believe to be our due.

David Whyte

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The life we actually have

“The path is the goal.” This quotation by Pema Chodron shared by Karl Duffy today communicates hope, no matter the apparently insurmountable obstacles or terror before us, threat or pain of death, threat or pain of annhilation, termination illness, incurable prognosis. As she says, “Everything is workable.”

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What does it take to use the life we already have in order to make us wiser rather than more stuck?  

The answer to these questions seems to have to do with bringing everything that we encounter to the path. Everything naturally had a ground, path, and fruition. But it is also said that the path itself is both the ground and the fruition. The path is the goal. This path has one very distinct characteristic: it is not prefabricated. It doesn’t already exist. The path that we’re talking about is the moment-by-moment evolution of our experience, the moment-by-moment evolution of the world of phenomena, the moment-by-moment evolution of our thoughts and emotions. The path is uncharted. It comes into existence moment-by-moment and at the same time drops away behind us.

When we realize that the path is the goal, there’s a sense of workability. Everything that occurs…

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