Monday, July 30, 2012

Tidbits of my Life

Memento from trip to New Orleans, LA 7-20-23-2012


Stylin' sandals---and, yes, I wore them like this :D

This little unusual chair is a recent thriftin' treasure

Recent thrift treasure---real! wicker (or rattan)--in awesome condition---needs repainting


My two precious heart beats at my feet


The nights have been soooo beautiful, and we will soon have a full moon


“Sooner or later when we surrender to what we cannot control, we have to hold still & let the (inner) demons we have been running from catch us. There is no greater terror. But there can be no greater liberation than to face those demons held in the arms of your own compassionate nature and that which is larger than yourself.” Oriah Mountain Dreamer from The Dance

Friday, July 13, 2012

My Blog---My 'Things to Remember'

Practicing the Presence:
Be present as the watcher of your mind -- of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react. Notice also how often your attention is in the past or future. Don't judge or analyze what you observe. Watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction. Don't make a personal problem out of them. You will then feel something more powerful than any of those things that you observe: the still, observing presence itself behind the content of your mind, the silent watcher.
Reincarnation doesn't help you if in your next incarnation you still don't know who you are.
~ Eckhart Tolle

Stillness Speaks

I'm a slooooow learner when it comes to 'observing WITHOUT reacting' :D; and I DO NOT want to 'reincarnate'---this time around will do it for me, thank you very much.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dancing In the Rain with a Towhee and Hummingbirds







It has been the most GLORIOUS day---slow steady rain ALL DAY and I've been splish splashing all about, dancing among the raindrops, and having my heart stolen by a Towhee and Hummingbirds.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

10 Life Changing Tips Inspired By Rumi

10 Life Changing Tips Inspired By Rumi

By Robert Piper

Here are ten life changing tips inspired by quotes from the great Sufi poet, Rumi:

1. Challenge Fear

"Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious."

2. Be Bold

"Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth."

3. Have Gratitude

"Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life."

4. Take Action

"Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?"

5. Have Faith

"As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears."

6. Embrace Setbacks

"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?"

7. Look Inside

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."

8. Learn From Suffering

"The wound is the place where the Light enters you."

9. Don't Be Concerned With What Others Think Of You

"I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think."

10. Do What You Love

"Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love."
Rumi

If I feel depressed I will sing. 

If I feel sad I will laugh.

If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.

If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.

If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.

If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
 

If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
 

If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
 

Today I will be the master of my emotions.

Og Mandino~

Artist unknown~