Monday, December 28, 2009
Well its that time agian. I don't like to feed into it, but I have seen people fall apart, and things go wacko. Hopefully this one is not so confusing. I have seen a couple of communications go a bit sideways already. SO just pick your words with some thought. Look inside and make sure that is what you want to say. Make sure all of you want to say it,not just one voice. ;)
Once something is said it can't be taken back, no matter how you may want too.
I am looking forward to this New Year to come. Thing seem to be in motion, so lets enjoy the ride, and participate not just spectate this year. Up Up and Away...
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
"There's no finer caress than a love letter, because it makes the world very small, and the writer and reader, the only rulers."-Cecelia Capuzzi, 1987
A love letter is the ultimate in romance. It's something to be cherished, and read over and over again. When we really make the effort to put into words how we feel about someone, that brings us clarity, and it brings meaning to the relationship. Letters of love can be written to our children, or our parents, or to anyone we love and appreciate. -Lissa Coffey
So with this in mind. Why don't we all write a Love Letter today. It just may be the bright moment in someones day. Plus the world can always use more Love. We always hear the bad, lets pass the Great on today.
Friday, May 1, 2009
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.-- William Shakespeare
Beltane, the counterpart to Samhain, which Pagans and Witches south of the Equator are now celebrating, is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on May 1st. Most commonly it is pronounced “BELL-tayn,” it can also be “BEEL-teen,” “BEEL-tawn-uh,” or “B’YAL-tinn. ” In some traditions, it is celebrated the night of April 30, but as mentioned yesterday, our ancestors generally did not limit their festivities to only one day or night.
The Irish celebrated Sean Bhealtain, “Old May,” and other terms include May Day, Rood Day, Rudemas, or Galan Haf. It is the joyful, lusty celebration of the coming of fair Summer. People throughout the world will set bonfires atop hills, or near the sacred trees, for the name Beltane is derived in reference to the fires of the Sun God Balor, Bel, Beli, Belinus, Belenos, or Balder.
This Sabbat honors the God and Goddess, Lord and Lady, in their Sacred Marriage. Young couples return from their trysts in the woods and meadows, clad in flowers and joyfulness, having enacting the Divine Union, in order to bring fertility and abundance to the land.
Wiccan handfastings are common at Beltane, however the wise grandmothers knew perfectly well that most lusty trysts formed in the merry month of May were not likely to last, so actual marriages were avoided and considered bad luck during this month.
Instead, the smitten couples were encouraged to enjoy their pleasures, but wait at least one lunation before the serious business of marriage. That’s why June is considered a much more favorable time for a lasting union and to this day is the most popular wedding month.
And if a pregnancy resulted after the Beltane revelries, not only was it not a problem, it was a gift! The children of Beltane were beloved by the entire village. The mother was considered blessed and the child was sure to be magical. The boys were usually named Jack, for their “father,” the Jack of the Green.
The powers of the Good Folk are now growing and the boundaries that separate the human world from the Sidhe are thin. The Landing of the Tuatha De Danann in Ireland is recalled today and the mighty Mother-Goddess of the Land, Dana (or Danu, also Danann) is also honored.
If they are in bloom, bring lilacs and hawthorn inside on this day, along with flowers of all kinds to represent the fertility of the earth. All manner of enchantments and offerings should be given to honor the wildlings and Elementals. Celebrations include weaving the web of life around the Maypole and leaping the Beltane fires for luck.
Now we celebrate of the approach of Summer, when the breezes are scented and evenings are getting warm. Beltane is the time of new life! Look around you - baby animals are being born. Plants are growing strong new shoots. Flowers are bloom. The lush green veil has once more cloaked the forests. Here in the woods of northern Durham, our mountain laurels and blackberry bushes will soon turn our hills into a froth of white and the buds of roses are swelling open.
Put all your energy into nurturing your plans and desires at this time. We have from now until the final harvest at Samhain to grow our dreams! By now we are well on our way with the work we will accomplish this year - work in the world and work done upon ourselves. This is a time of self-discovery, love, union and developing your potential for personal growth. May your day be most beautiful, and richly blessed!
In the quest to create a gentler, more loving world, kindness is the easiest tool we can use. Though it is easy to overlook opportunities to be kind, our lives are replete with situations in which we can be helpful, considerate, thoughtful, and friendly to loved ones and associates, as well as strangers. The touching, selfless acts of kindness that have the most profoundly uplifting effects are often the simplest: a word of praise, a gentle touch, a helping hand, a gesture of courtesy, or a smile. Such small kindnesses represent an unconditional, unrestricted form of love that we are free to give or withhold at will. When you give the gift of kindness, whether in the form of assistance, concern, or friendliness, your actions create a beacon of happiness and hope that warms people’s hearts.
The components of kindness are compassion, respect, and generosity. Put simply, kindness is the conscious act of engaging others in a positive way without asking whether those individuals deserve to be treated kindly. All living beings thrive on kindness. A single, sincere compliment can turn a person’s entire world around. Holding a door or thanking someone who has held a door for you can inspire others to practice politeness and make already kind individuals feel good about their efforts. Smiling at people you meet—even those who make you feel like frowning—can turn a dreary encounter into a delightful one, for both of you. Every kind act has a positive influence on the individual who has performed said act as well as on the recipient, regardless of whether the act is acknowledged. Kindness brings about more kindness and slowly but surely takes a positive toll on humanity.
Weaving the thread of kindness into your everyday life can be as easy as choosing to offer a hearty “Good morning” and “Good night” to your coworkers or neighbors, a stranger on the street, or the grocery store clerk. When you commit a kind act, you are momentarily disconnected from your ego and bonded with the individual who has benefited from your kindness. Being fully present in each moment of your life facilitates kindness as it increases your awareness of the people around you. You’ll discover that each act of kindness you engage in makes the world, in some small way, a better place.
Think about this. How many times do we walk by someone stuck in our own little world and forget that there are others around. Being involved in our thoughts and problems, that we fail to see someone else dealing with their own. And stepping away from our own stuff even for a few seconds, can change someones outlook. I know that when I have been having a bad time, just someone smiling at me or patting my shoulder or even just putting their arms around me to let me know that maybe they don't know what is going on, but that I am important and matter, or worth that caring is really wonderful and needed. And giving that to someone else gives you a bit of that light to. Give this a thought, and see what kind of light you can pass on to the world.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
1. Never compromise your values.
2. Love is not enough to live.
3. GOD is, the GODS are real , Religions aren't.
4. Never take more than what you need or give more than what you have.
5. What you need and what you want aren't the same.
6. Love is blind.
7. Justice is Blind.
8. Good things come to those who wait.
9. Good things happen to bad people.
10. Bad things Happen to good people.
11. We are all created equal!
12. Make waves and ride the surf.
13. Never allow an injustice to go unnoticed.
14. Speak up your mind.
15. Pick up after yourself then some.
16. Allow life to unfold.
17. Be comfortable with your discomfort.
18. Where are you going so fast?
19. Listen to the inner silence.
20. Know yourself, not who other people say you are.
21. Don't fear life, live it, death is just part of life.
22. Our Spirit is Eternal our bodies aren't.
23. Don't allow anyone , not even your parents to disrespect you.
24. Gratitude is the attitude.
25. What you focus on becomes reality!
26. March for Peace, don't march in an anti-war rally, there is a difference!
27. Be kind to yourself and the environment.
28. Get off the phone once in a while and actually talk to someone!
29. Learn to Knit or Crochet, it will change your life!
30. There is never enough yarn in my stash.
31. Don't be complacent rattle someones cage today.
32. Real friends are very rare treasure them.
33. Eat Dark Chocolate.
34. Drink water.
35. Brush your teeth.
36. Chant for Peace!
37. Rejoice in the abundance of life.
38. Your brain is a tool, don't let it convince you is you.
39. Don't waste time in Anger, it poisons only you.
40. Self Pity is useless.
41. Don't look for outside validation.
42. You need to give to receive, it is the law!
43. For every action there is a reaction of equal magnitude, it is a Law of Physics!!!!
44. Focus on what you want, don't focus on what you don't want!
45. You can have your cake and you can eat it too, just think portions!
46. You can heal your life!
47. You need to laugh every day, specially before going to bed!
48. Smile make people wonder!
49. You are a unique individual, but you are the sum of your parts!
50. Be spontaneous once in a while.
51. You can't choose who you fall in love with.
I could say or list many more, but one thing is for sure, there are no defeats in life. Enjoy today because today is all you have, tomorrow is not here yet and it may never come.
I took this list from this site: http://crochetandy.blogspot.com/
I really enjoyed this list, and thought it is important to share. If anything on this list made you think, then wonderful. Enjoy your days and nights, and work with your thoughts.
Many Blessings to One and All!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
-Margaret Culkin Banning, 1958
Regret is personal because it really affects the one who is going through it. And we each experience regret in a different way. Some regrets are offered up with an apology, others eat away at a person. They can be big or small regrets - but we each feel them in a different way. Since we are here to learn and grow, it would be difficult to go through this life without any regrets. As long as we recognize that we are where we are because of everything -what we regret and what we don't - then we will continue to move along the path, learning and growing all the way. -Lissa Coffey
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Ways We Numb Ourselves
We are born equipped to experience a complex array of diverse emotions. Many of us, however, are uncomfortable confronting our most powerful emotions. We may shy away from delight and despair and deny life’s colors by retreating into a world of monotone grey. We may numb ourselves to what we are truly feeling. It’s easier to suppress our emotions than to deal with them, so we may momentarily turn to pleasures such as alcohol, food, sugar, shopping and too much television. We may even numb our hearts. While it’s normal to temporarily seek distractions as a means of coping with intense emotions, numbing yourself prevents you from confronting your issues and keeps you from ever finding resolution or peace. When you are numb, there is no pain or powerlessness, but there can also be no joy or healing.
The activities that numb you may seem harmless or pleasurable, but using them to numb yourself diminishes the quality of your life. Numbing yourself so that you don’t have to feel intense emotions can often satisfy a surface need while blocking your awareness of a deeper need. You may find solace in food or shopping when what you really need is spiritual nourishment. The less you feel, the less alive you feel. Your feelings add vividness to your experiences and serve to connect you to the world around you. It is possible to disavow yourself of numbing behaviors a little at a time and once again taste life’s rich flavors. When you sense that you are engaging in a particular behavior simply to deaden your emotions, stop and ask yourself why. Examining the feelings that drive you to numb yourself can help you understand what is triggering your desire to emotionally fade out.
With each numbing activity that you cut out of your life, you’ll find yourself being more aware and experiencing a greater emotionally acuity. Senses once shrouded by the fog of numbness become sharp and acute. Traumas and pain long hidden will emerge to the forefront of your consciousness and reveal themselves so that you can heal them. You’ll discover a deeper you—a self that is comfortable experiencing and working through intense emotions with courage and grace.
Give this some thought. It is very true.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
For a New Beginning
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
~ John O'Donohue ~
(To Bless the Space Between Us)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Anyone else going??? I will see you there.
At a minimus I will be taking 13 or so classes this weekend plus a Trance dance on Friday night.
Got to go pack and clean my car out now. WOO HOOO!!!