This blog includes reflections, creative work and resources. It is a glimpse of one person's journey within the realm of inquiry, experience with the human body and spirit. Look for ideas rather than answers. No claims are made. Perfection is not implied. I write as inspired to do so. Take what works for you, leave the rest. If you share anything from this blog, either verbally or in writing, please do your best to give credit where credit is due. Thank you for visiting.
Monday, November 10, 2014
I put together an Edgar Allan Poe Halloween using primarily things around the house. I did buy 2 ravens and a cat!
How many times
We work on this
I don't get it
Leaves will whither down
Before it comes to me
Or you, for that matter
Understand that things mean this---
Or that, for that matter
It matters no more
Too many spaces to fill
Words to read
Roles to play
Let it be your own
Only if you want, you wish
There needs to be nothing
- I wrote this on 4/28/93 in one of my sketch books.
All baths combined, they melt into a stream
One particularly humorous comment was made: when following one's bliss one should be prepared for blisters! It reminds me of the idea of the trickster, which is present in many traditions.
"If you can imagine something then it exists. If not right now, it exists as potential because imagination is a never ending horizon." - Deepok Chopra
Mythic Journeys is on Netflix Watch Instantly
Monday, October 27, 2014
The Reaper - husband as the model, holding an antique scythe, on our land in New York. October 2014
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced with sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. - Carl Jung
Monday, September 22, 2014
"The Buddha saw death and life as inseparable. These are two sides of the same thing. Death is always with us. Death is part of a whole large unknown. And if we are unable to smile at the idea of the unknown we're in big trouble. That's the realism the Buddha was talking about, trying to come to terms with reality."
- W.S. Merwin, PBS Documentary - The Buddha
Friday, September 5, 2014
When I read, "what can I do myself to fix the problems I perceive?" one of the first things to come to mind was: "I'd better carefully manage the number of perceived problems." Eckhart Tolle teaches about problems being a matter of perception. He acknowledges the existence of life situations to be handled. Do we ever run out of opportunities to exercise choices in what actions to take or not? I will embrace Smith's quote, carry it around in my mind and apply it today.
Here is a direct link to socio-political article that led to the above thoughts:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
O'Neill says, referring to a nun reveling in cheers of support, "She thinks she's a rockstar."
"She is" replies Yoga Jones.
"Whatever happened to humility? Isn't it a virtue or something?" asks O'Neill.
"One of the highest. People in power are always saying so" replies Yoga Jones.
(Season 2, Episode 11 entitled Take A Break From Your Values)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
This phrase is found in Anna Pittman's information about Satya or Truthfulness. The material was handed out in yoga teacher training back in 2000. It is confirming to revisit this concept fourteen years later.
Letting go of the tendency to want to control other people leads to being more focused and responsible for the Self. Those 3 words are italicized and underlined for a very good reason. WE CAN ALMOST NEVER CONTROL THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS. Really all that can be achieved is the desire to. When trying to control someone so many things can happen: enabling someone's bad habits, draining the heck out of yourself, not honoring your own and another's path/karma/dharma/consequences, not recognizing healthy boundaries, feeling hurt and frustration instead of serenity.
I'm becoming more fluent in feeling the signals when thought forms arise indicating a desire to apply my truth on to another. I'm laughing while writing this: at first it felt wrong, unloving, uninvolved, disconnected and selfish to allow another to have their own truth! Miraculously the world hasn't come to an end! I'm more intimately connected with my own truth therefore able to exercise healthy boundaries.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A mural by Talent Murals in recognition of what I call the 2012 Good Friday Miracle in Virginia Beach. A Navy jet crashed into an apartment complex to the right of this little commercial building. There were no fatalities. The few who went to the hospital left soon after on the same afternoon. That includes the pilots.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It is a supportive system to refer to with life experiences, whether small or larger, more surface or deep. It is not about banishing your personality or attaining perfection or over-control but about AWARENESS before, during or after a trigger. In fact, the structure provides a framework, in my opinion, to allow you to be who you truly are. The application of Yama & Niyama can help bring experience into THE NOW, offering opportunity to feel and address a situation. It's basic really, taught elsewhere in such as the Ten Commandments. In fact, the Yamas & Niyamas are sometimes referred to as the Ten Commandments of Yoga in order to communicate what they are to beginning students.
If you are a student of Yoga and are unfamiliar with the Yamas & Niyamas I encourage you to learn about them and the eight limb system that is Yoga. Yoga is more than attending a group exercise-type class. If Asana is the one of the limb you choose to practice, great. And knowledge of the big picture will offer fuller understanding. I've written about the 8-limbs throughout this blog. Specifically posts published on these dates will be helpful: 6/13/12, 11/3/11 and 10/23/11.
There's not more to share about the documentary except the recommendation to watch it if you believe in art as therapy.
In looking around on the Pinterest I stumbled on terrariums. The craft seems environmentally harmless enough. I used to keep one as a kid. It was in a big glass container shaped like a mushroom. Very 70's!
In current times the instructions for making one are different than the old days. From what I found on several websites the mainstream process instructs the purchasing of everything from a store: pebbles, charcoal, moss, soil, plants, figurines. Entire kits are also available. The only things suggested as re-use from around home are the glass containers.
Time will tell how successful my little terrarium will be but I did it the old fashioned way: I went outside and hunted. I picked up pebbles, sorted and rinsed them. Next I scooped up some garden soil amended over the years using my own compost. I selected charcoal pieces from my woodstove ash discard pile. Then I dug up moss and little plants while walking around on a drizzly day. Shells were already in the house waiting for a purpose.
What is interesting to me, especially after a weekend of weeding, is to see these little plants taking on a new purpose in the micro-universe that is the terrarium. In my yard they are weeds. Here they are part of a little world with roots going into what used to be coffee grounds, fruit peels and vegetable cuttings. The system is also supported by the remnants of the wood that heated my house over the winter. What fun an old pickle jar and a bunch of weeds can be!
As for the craft sale, it may or may not happen anyway. I may or may not move in the direction of participating. What matters is the idea led to another idea which led to creating something new, as small as it may be.
The analytical side of me comes to the question: where did the message come from? I tend to think it came from the subconscious, sprouted from various structures and programs of study to support inner work. Greater minds than my own have pondered such questions about God, the psyche and brain activity. The source matters less to me than the message so I aim to release pondering. It seems to be a distraction anyway.
As I write this I wonder if there's another interpretation to Grace In Place. Is it also reassurance to simply trust that the gift of grace is with me? As it is for everyone if we can only see? It is very like me to hear the former interpretation which seems to ask for a certain level of engagement. It is less like me to see a simple gift being offered as in the lighter-handed latter one. I open to and allow both to be a blessing to my awareness.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
"Intuition is knowing something without knowing why."
Since creating this post I read his book The Gift of Fear. It is important and wonderfully informative!
Friday, March 7, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
There seems to be a cycle: a declaration is made about a particular thing, then the mind turns over the original declaration, sometimes completely, in order to handle attitudes such as fear, laziness, pride, ego, or psychological pattern. That's behavior in opposition to intention and values. Tony Robbins calls this self-sabotage. Indeed it is!