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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SORRY FOR WHAT WE DEVOURED

"Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork." 
~ English Proverb ~

Food hangovers are a real thing. When we eat what doesn't sit with us cleanly, the effects have a tendency to linger and impact the quality of our life. Let's pay attention to how we feel after we eat and learn what suits us best- what makes us feel lean, energized, and well-fed, and avoid the litany of goodies and indulgences that create a sense of malaise. Life is too short to be sick from what is meant to nourish us.

I enjoy the benefits of clean eating. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

THINKING WE KNOW MORE THAN WE DO

"Most of us retain enough of the theological attitude to think that we are little gods." 
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr ~

What is it in us that thinks the rules don't apply to us, that we are above instruction, above guidance, and above the need to be a beginner and learn new things from scratch? It's some voice in us that says, "Oh, yeah. That's for everyone else, but not for me."
     We can so easily be know-it-alls. We readily make assumptions that have nothing to do with fact, and then pay a steep price for our misconception. Instructions are there for a reason, even if we don't know what it is, so we should pay attention. We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves or the process.

I honor the need for instruction and allow it to ease and guide my progress.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

THE LIMITS OF JUSTIFICATION

"Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure." 
~ Don Wilder ~

Justification and excuses are no substitution for an apology. To be told, "This is why" doesn't sit nearly as well as, "We were wrong and we're sorry."
     Taking ownership of our errors is just as important as taking ownership of our talents and success. Mistakes happen, and that's what forgiveness is for. There is grace and blessing in admitting that we could have done better, and in understanding how it must feel to be on the receiving end of our faulty action.
     Blaming circumstances, on the other hand, does not amend the situation at all, and actually makes the other person continue to feel wronged. And instead of forgiveness, a resentment is born.
     Let's not go there. It's a lousy spiritual space to occupy. Let's step up and apologize instead.

I admit my mistakes and apologize where necessary.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

FOR THE LOVE OF RHYTHM

"Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?" 
~ Michael Torke ~

I am grateful for good music- for lyrics that I love and rhythms that pump me up; the ones that soothe me, and the ones that make me feel good from the inside out. Music is as intrinsic to us as the sound of the wind and rain on the roof, laughter, conversation, hands clapping, and the beating of our heart.

Music is a perfect reflection of the sounds in my spirit.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ATTENDING TO OUR NEEDS

"My greatest wealth is the deep stillness in which I strive and grow and win what the world cannot take from me with fire or sword." 
~ Goethe ~

When we attend to our inner needs, everything feels better. The world feels better- more friendly. Hope reigns, and loving energy bubbles up.
     And when we are over-tired, not well-fed, over-taxed, and over-scheduled, darkness descends. So often we are insensitive to the natural flow of things and push on, forcing our will against unbending conditions.
     At such times, we would do better to stop, regroup, refresh, and come back later when the light of well-being is shining upon us yet again.

I understand the practical application of restorative self-care strategies.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PARTNERING WITH THE DIVINE

"When I have a terrible need of- shall I say the word- religion. Then I go out and paint the stars."
 ~ Vincent Van Gogh ~

Creative engagement is a glorious thing! To be able to use our mind, our experience, our vision, our intuition, and partner with divine energy is energizing and empowering! It's almost a state of play. We experiment and stand back to appraise our efforts, step forward again and make changes; repeat the process- step back, forward, side to side, come to resolution and feel proud of our part in the work.

I love participating in the creative process!

Monday, February 13, 2017

THE BASICS

"I will bring the health of simplicity to my burdened soul and days." 
~ Muriel Strode Lieberman ~

We over complicate our living and our thinking. We take more responsibility for others and for life circumstances than we need to, and not enough for ourselves.
     The recipe for good living is pretty simple if we break it down to the basics: acknowledge our fear, extend our love, and do the next right thing. Life really can be that straight forward if we let it..

I keep life simple by being honest with myself and others and doing the next right thing.