Monthly Archives: November 2012

Paint the Day

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One morning as my teenage son and I were leaving for school, he looked up at the monotone grey clouds and said, “Someone forgot to paint the sky this morning.” Wow, I thought. What a simple and awesome  statement. Glancing up at the canvas of clouds I thought he’s right, we can paint the day however we wish, it’s just there presenting itself in all its simplicity.

How do we paint the days? I know that sometimes I make things so complicated my head spins. Too many projects all open at the same time, the revolving office door, to-do lists, and home-life responsibilities that consume me. It really doesn’t have to be that way. I am a multitasker who welcomes challenge. Still, I do have the choice to paint the day in simplicity. How would that look?

First I would stop multitasking. I can hear you now, but wait! Aren’t you a craving multitasker with the ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-faceted job? Ah, true that but simplifying is appealing. What if I were to take the day down a notch? What if I prioritize each project according to deadline, shut my door at times, well at least to a crack, and concentrate on just one thing at a time, well that would certainly simplify AND provide greater accuracy (to which yes I admit mistakes have occurred, sadly yes).

Family member needs might be approached in the same manner. Helping my oldest with his resume needn’t be upon demand. How about scheduling time instead of being on 24/7. (Ok, I know I’m a mom, but I do have limitations!) Or when the middle daughter wants to sit and spill her guts just because she can and I’m sitting here writing, looking like I’m just playing on the computer. “How about coffee tomorrow honey? We’ll get a favorite latte and sit at the coffee shop.” Oh yeeeeaaah!

A conversation with a colleague about this very thing triggered movement. I was talking about the many tasks and detailed projects, she agreed too many details, then went on to say, “My hope is to simplify.” That one sentence did it.

“Simplifying would be fabulous. Totally and completely fabulous.” I responded thinking and I know how to do that, now I just have act. With a few last words from her I was hooked into making a change. She said, “I look forward to your next blog on the subject.”

You got me sister! Totally. And here it is. Paint the canvas of your day with simplicity. Choose to focus on the task at hand and leave the frantic multitasking to the adrenaline seekers. Take it down a notch, prioritize and remember you are just one person and that it’s O.K. to move from one task at hand to the next.  Addressing one challenge at a time, be it in the workplace or in the personal arena, gives you the opportunity to meet each challenge and do it well. (Thank you my friend!) We are more than this…

“Our life is frittered away by detail…simplify, simplify, simplify!” ~ Henry David Thoreau

The Gauntlet is Thrown

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What people speak out loud has meaning. Their words are verbal representations of themselves. It’s been stated that actions speak louder than words, but I listen to words and expect that what is spoken will be so. I’ve been labeled “Pollyanna” and told I’m naive, well then so be it, my belief in others will not be shattered. Maybe by believing people can live with integrity and expecting honest behaviors will wear down their facades. Maybe my belief that all are ultimately good will be an impetus for them to become more than what exists. I will not, I refuse to think any less, for we are connected all as One in Spirit. He is my brother, she is my sister, we are all part of the Whole.

Living with integrity means being honest, open and above all courageous. It means you will speak and act outwardly your truths with no deception, no deflection and with only good intentions for others. Do it. I challenge you, I throw down the gauntlet. We are more than this…

Daily Practice – Excerpt from Joel S. Goldsmith, The Contemplative Life

“…as we deal with the appearances of everyday living — national conflicts, international conflicts, family conflicts or individual conflicts — we realize that we are beholding only the activity of the universal belief in two powers. We never will know harmony unless we recognize that whatever we are dealing with is but a belief in two powers, and then establish ourselves in the realization:

         ‘I and my Father are one.’ In this oneness, the infinite All-Power, which is spiritual, is the only Presence and the only Power functioning in my experience.”

It is not that we choose good over evil. Rather do we relinquish the good and the evil and exchange these for the spiritual. We do not prefer the good to the bad, but we renounce both good and bad, and consciously realize:

           Since God constitutes the law of my being. I am governed by spiritual Being, spiritual Law, spiritual Light, and spiritual Truth.

If we engage in this daily practice — and we must — we shall soon find that we have received in our inner being the secret of the universe, the secret of harmony, the secret of the Holy Grail. We shall find that we have the secret of life, once we know that the consciousness of the presence of God is the only reality unto us and that there is no two-law universe. There is only the spiritual-law universe of God. When we have that, the discords and inharmonies will melt gradually, but certainly and completely.” p.150 – 151

Slow Your Pace

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Who stood in front of you today?

The world turns in time, seconds, minutes, hours, days and in the midst of it you’ve looked into the eyes of whom? Fellow employees, friends, neighbors and those you don’t know but have contact with somehow. The young man at the check out counter or the elderly woman you passed on the sidewalk, did you nod? How bout’ a smile?

Rushed days, too much on our plates, little time between what needs to be done now and the next moment, we’re pretty much moving from one thing to another. Other people? They’re a blur. In fact, I’ve been one of those blurs. I’ve been one of those not seen. And I’ve been on the other side not seeing. During the upcoming holiday rush, slow your pace, remember to recognize all who cross your path with kindness and respect. We are more than this…

“Holy One, you call each of us by name and you treasure each of us individually as though no one else exits. Inspire us to respect and value each person who comes into our lives this day.” ~ Unknown

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It’s been an interesting few weeks. I’ve been challenged with children’s health issues, financial balancing acts, differing opinions between family members, working the entire time and keeping my famous Pollyanna perspective. I do think I fell down on the staying upbeat job just a bit here and there on the way through it all. Yesterday I made it out to the prairie to walk in the brisk 25 degree air before starting the work day and found my spirit lifting with each step.

Armed with my iPod and ear buds, step by meditative step, I turned inward while enjoying the outward surroundings. Turning round’ the bend away from the prairie into the grove of trees, I realized I needed this. It is absolutely necessary to be outside at some point during the day to connect with nature’s peace and beauty. No cell phone, no computer, no people, just quiet and time to blend with spiritual essence, remembering all is One.

Breathing in, breathing out, centered prayer, just peacefilled time. I forget the peace sometimes, I move away from it and inevitably end up standing in the midst of a Pandora’s box kinda’ day wondering how in the world did I get here? Nature brings me back to Spirit’s promise, the promise of hope, positive change and knowing I am never alone.

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Holy One, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Holy One, and I will change your lot…” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Nature and Spirit’s Promise

The Gift

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A few weeks ago I attended an anniversary service for a local spiritual community. During the celebration, while sitting in the meditative state, I turned my thoughts to contemplating all as One Spirit manifest.

Moving deeper into the meditative state, I was consciously aware of being part of the community of individuals at the spiritual level. We were observing our physical selves, yet simultaneously existing as both the observer and physical persons being observed. We experienced all present as Spirit’s energy living in matter. I was part of each individual present, all of us, each connected with each other were part of the Whole, and as we observed a great Love settled over the gathering, connected and interwoven we existed as One.

As we neared the end of meditation and the reflection song, “In the Name of Love” by Jennifer Corlett was sung, the words “Do you remember the call: Sung in the silent depths of you? Know that its power is deep in your heart, as a fire, a song, a dream,” stirred this great loving Presence, spiritual and physical merged, embraced.

Later, describing the event to a friend I told her, “I’m as excited as a child at Christmas.” Typically, this type of event only occurs while in deep meditation at home alone. As I become more adept at living prayer and meditation consistently through daily routine, I am experiencing conscious connection more readily. What a fantastic, awe-inspiring gift. The gift of conscious awareness and oneness. You dear reader carry this very same gift, all you need to do is sit quietly and connect. Practice prayer-filled, mindful living each day, each moment. We are more than this…

“O, that I might inhabit such a world, so peopled and so pressed at the borders with such fools as lovers are, those who know love’s deep contentment, who are awakened morning by endless morning to love’s timeless suns, those with eternity fixed in the registers of their blood, whose hearts are heavy with kindness, with the lives and well-being of others. O, for a world of such lovely fools, for a world of brave innocents, the beautiful and the betrothed, the healers and menders, who, impatient for heaven, summon the hereafter here and now and make a heaven of their earth…May you trust in the divinity and the inevitability of love.” ~ David Teems