Just When you Think You’ve Got it

Good morning! Let us wake up and remember today is another important opportunity to practice mindfulness and gratitude, patience and courage. Less reactivity and more humility. Val Boyko reminds us we’re still on our path. Namasté 🙏 Shielagh

Find Your Middle Ground

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Many of us continue our path into 2019. We are on a journey of curiosity, inner exploration, trying on new ideas, committing to better behaviors, taking care of ourselves … and taking time out to nourish mind, body and spirit.

We see ahead clearly and then something comes along to bring doubt, temptation, discomfort or rejection.

So soon… Really?

The most significant lessons are unexpected. And they often come along just when we were hoping or counting on something else.

Let them be wake up calls rather than obstacles in your mind.

Be alert. Wake up.

The class of your life is in session.

Take time to pause and reflect on the real lesson waiting to be seen.

p.s. My thanks to Mike Bizeau for the permission to share this image.

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Winds of Change

How beautiful this always awesome blog from a friend in Northern California that brings me smiles from playful chipmunks, oohs and aahs from gorgeous autumn leaves, and nods in glad remembrance of Thäy’s wise words today. Thank you, David!

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Rising with sunshine, feeling
gratitude for a brand new day.
Vowing to bring happiness
during morning, to myself
& others; & reduce misery
in the afternoon.

15th holiday season for Fang the Terrible ~d nelson

Recently a friend said to me,
“life’s always been tough.”
Me: “yet, has it
ever been this tough for
so many at the same time?”

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Walking slowly in nearby park
taking in an array of natural expressions,
i.e. miracle of life, continuing
in all its hues & shades.

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Feeling gratitude for nature’s gift
of renewal & smiles
experienced when being with
mother earth’s plants & critters.
A few images for encouragement
to take a meditative walk in wilds.

May we offer each other,
whoever we are with,
supportive comfort,
warmth & little lights shining,
moving into this season’s
winds of change.

Impermanence makes everything possible.

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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!

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.

I’m just…

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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!

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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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Haibun: Missing in Hamburg

A friend posted this about a young man who is missing in Hamburg Germany. His family is very worried. Please read and share.

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It is twelve days ago today that a young man from these parts went missing. The timeless sky reflected in the water are part of the landscape he might still know as home. Concern is growing that he does not remember how to get back here. The small number of witness sightings since he disappeared speak of a man who seems confused and alone. It was meant to be a fun trip he had organised for his brother. With plans for meals, bars and drinks, a game of five-a-side football. He would not willingly abandon that. He would be in touch if he knew how to. If you are in Hamburg please look out for his face in the crowd.

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a long way from home
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© Xenia Tran

Missing in Hamburg Liam Colgan Poster

29 year old Inverness man Liam Colgan went missing in the early hours of 10th February 2018 during…

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Your Weekly Diversion, Week 52

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Week 52 has arrived and I’m pretty late in getting to it. I’m not sure why my blogging year is up before January 20th, but so it is! It’s been a busy week for us, nothing worth noting here, but plenty nevertheless. The news continues to create stress and distress, especially the devastating mudslides in Southern California. It’s heartbreaking to see the damage and even worse to learn about the deaths of people and countless pets. Sometimes it feels as if Mother Nature is trying to shake us loose with earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, fires and floods.

 

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Hillary Brooke (1914-1999) (photo from Wikipedia)

My first diversion this week is a tribute to a woman I knew in childhood, actress Hillary Brooke. She was an actress, first noticed in “New Faces of 1937” and she appeared in Abbott and Costello sketches and even had a role in the ‘70s TV show “Soap” and My Little Margie” decades before that. Her name was Hillary Brooke. I met her as a friend of my godmother, a lovely Englishwoman who worked as a diction coach in the film industry and taught Hillary her distinctive, plummy British accent. She was born in Astoria, Queens, after all! Hillary gave me my set of Mary Poppins books, and took me hitchhiking when I was about 12 years old during a stay at my godmother’s mountain cabin, after walking back from the little town center tired us out. She had a dog, a black Scottie named Barney. Hillary was the most glamorous, fascinating woman I’d met at that time. Growing up in Southern California, I met quite a few people in the entertainment industry, most friends and clients of my father. Hillary was the first, and I remember her with love.

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Photo by Peter Landers, Wall Street Journal

Okay, next I have a weird diversion for you. In Japan an unusual version of Coca Cola is grabbing attention. Called Coca Cola Plus, it contains a high fiber, laxative additive that fans believe allows them to eat unhealthy food and not digest the fat, thereby leading some to dub it “weight loss cola” as opposed to regular or “fat” cola. If you have trouble accessing the WSJ article here, since they have a paywall, TimeOut Beijing has the goods. And the text in the second link is funnier!

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Now, remember Superstorm Sandy? So does the City of New York, and the City as an investment entity recognizes climate change as the result of fossil fuels raising the planet’s temperature. Therefore, the City is severing ties with their fossil fuel investments. This divestiture could be a huge deal in global economics and spur positive change.

And there’s no one like Bob Dylan to remind us that A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall.

Cheers, all, and…

Namasté

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