Ritual and Intention = feeling and action = results
When rituals are your mainstay and you infuse them with intention, that single minded focus will produce an outcome.
There is one caveat. You will encounter detours during your process, you will not arrive how and when you thought you would and the effect you were seeking might look unlike anything you ever thought possible.
Keep searching, keep your mind open and keep experimenting.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
Philosophers take walks in nature and think. They build and scaffold up through generations of sages. Great minds pondering great minds and stretching the idea box.
We are the best of the best stock. To be here, alive on this planet now, our ancestors had to have survived war, famine and the odds of human survival.
Our children learn and reach higher. Each generation raising the bar, raising the consciousness level and raising the stakes, even higher.
Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, I lapsed a day of blogging.
Is it possible that in order to clarify my goals and find balance in my life I need to come back to the basic theme of SIMPLICITY?
The more I give away, toss out and re-distribute my house, the more I shed burdens, the past and old thinking patterns.
Releasing objects, I discard beliefs that do not serve me anymore.
Synchronicity : my friend told me about a book she is reading about tidying up and organizing and this is exactly my focus for the past week and goal for the summer. Needless to say, it is on its way to my front doorstep.
Follow me as I de clutter, re-work and re-order priorities – shifting my perspective, reframing my thoughts and restructuring my internal compass.
Like meditation, it is a paradox that if you spend time doing joyful even productive tasks, the return is so much greater than the effort you extend. What you can achieve when happily engrossed in even a menial chore with mindful attention is more than completing the job itself. It is time well spent when you are focused on doing something with intention. Performing and executing without being engaged is not as juicy or rewarding. Stopping even intermittently to reflect is better.
Today, I pause to consider my actions and work joyfully in the moment.
A friend shared this with me and I wanted to share it because I endeavor to spread the idea that there needs to be a revival of good fortune by way of good thinking and these words are splendid, timeless and essential to positive thinking!
The Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.
To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
The original Optimist Creed, written by Christian D. Larson in his 1912 book, Your Forces and How to Use Them
At Bedtime – Every night, adopt one or more ideas and incorporate into your daily round.
1. Make a cup of herbal tea and sip. I love licorice with its naturally sweet flavor.
2. Review the day and your behavior. Do you need to rectify anything? Add it to a small pad and pencil you keep on your nightstand. Having writing material near makes it easy for recording dreams.
3. Curl up with a good book till your eyes get droopy.
4. Give Thanks to the Universe for keeping you safe and alive another day.
Structuring the day by bookending it with AM and PM habits gives us comfort and continuity. It grounds us, gives us roots and keeps us stable no matter what else is going on.
Try to incorporate one or two of these or all seven when you wake up.
1. Prayer – Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, open your eyes and pray or at least say aloud that you are grateful for another day of life. I say – Goodness, ‘thank you, help me stay safe and sane today, guide me today and let me be of service, thank you.’
2. Meditate – Read something inspirational and sit still for at least five minutes or do any practice you find meditative like yoga or breath work.
3. Journal – Alongside your morning beverage, have a spiral notebook and favorite pen that just glides and write down in a stream of consciousness. Release all the clutter from your head or note the events of the day or the day before.
4. Review – Give your calendar and agenda a once over. Check things to do, organize, map out your day and keep tabs on the weather. Make sure you are not overdoing it and delete or reschedule so you are not overwhelmed daily.
5. Eat Slow and Mindfully – Try to stay in the healthy range and never miss breakfast.
6. Move – Walk, work out at the gym or do some sort of movement like yoga or stretching. Any exercise counts. Otherwise your blood just doesn’t circulate.
7. Mantra – Every forty days, repeat a new Sanskrit mantra or affirmation of your choice in English using mala beads.
Three years ago today I posted on Angels and the theme for yoga that week. I believe I will take a cue from the past and use this topic for yoga classes this coming Monday.
I have learned so much more about angels since this time and yet have only scratched the surface of the benedictions we are bestowed by our living, loving human angels all around us each and every day.
Even particularly difficult days come with blessings and rewards.
Posted on June 12, 2012
Whether you believe in ethereal beings or you have a loved one who always watches over you, directing and gently guiding you or perhaps someone you can always depend on – these are your angels.
Angel Cards and Blessings Goddess Juice with Angel Music by Midori enhance our practice this week.
What is your favorite Herb?
What is your favorite Flower?
I love the smell, look and flavor of rosemary.
Rub the soft needles of a rosemary stem or flower and the oils release right into your skin. Rosemary can be made into a topiary bush. Some types are ground covers, others are upright medium height plants. All will flower with white to blue flowers that attract wildlife. All varieties make a great addition crushed or whole to potatoes, chicken and other traditional pairings.
The rose is my favorite flower. I know. Pretty common favorite flower. But what is special about the rose is it is edible as well as precious as a bud, and every moment of its unveiling of its petaled layers as they bloom, and its end, when it is called rose hips. Plus, the delirious scent is heaven.
Obviously, the scent, flavor and looks of both my favorites is important to me. What qualities does your favorite herb and flower have? Why do you appreciate them?
To our 22 year old little Hummel V,
Happy Birthday to a bright, young and beautiful woman with ambition!
You set high standards, you have an innate and impeccable sense of values. Your longing and passion to right the wrongs is ethical and inspiring. You have your whole life ahead of you and a whole world to conquer! Be the Change!!!
Love, Mom and Dad