Monday, September 29, 2008
So today, my official day 1, my gift is something I've thought about and really just needed a push to do. I've been getting e-mails from Moveon.org. Here is what their site says about them:
"The MoveOn family of organizations brings real Americans back into the political process. With over 3.2 million members across America – from carpenters to stay-at-home moms to business leaders – we work together to realize the progressive promise of our country. MoveOn is a service – a way for busy but concerned citizens to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media."
So today, for the first time ever, I gave money in support of a political campaign. One person can make a difference, especially if you partner with 3.2 million other one persons. Now, can we get 20,000 to sign up to give for 29 days? I've already got day 2 planned and several other great ideas in the works. I can't wait!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I don't have to get milk cups, make meals, change diapers, break up fights, or clean up toys. I can go to bed when I want and I can get up when I want. I'm even going to go to a yoga class in the middle of the afternoon! I need this.
We all need time to restore. I think women, especially moms, are often so busy taking care of others that we feel guilty taking care of ourselves. Everyone needs caretaking at times, and if we don't get it from others, we need to give it to ourselves.
My kids were a little sad when I told them I would be gone for a couple of days. I told my oldest son that I was going to do Mommy stuff and that when I come back I'll be a better mommy because of it. He seemed to understand that, or at least it sounded good to him.
I'm going to go have another glass of water and snack on a few edamame beans, then I'm going to do some Yoga.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
What does this have to do with Yoga, Meditation, Happiness, Joy, Gardening, Beauty and Inspiration?
Everything. It's called fun. There's a day for everything, nowadays. I have an accountant neighbor who celebrates Pi day (March 14th). October 1st is World Vegetarian Day (for Muse Laura) the 4th is National Golf Day (for my hubby) and for my Scandinavian relatives, October 9th is Leif Erikson Day (by resolution of Congress, no less).
In October alone you can Take Your Teddy Bear to Work, enjoy Angel Food Cake or Pumpkin Cheesecake (I know I will), Babble, Smile, Tell a Story, Make a Difference and Increase Your Psychic Powers. Find a day and celebrate it, just for fun of course!
As for Talking Like a Pirate - Why not?
"Talking like a pirate is fun. It's really that simple. It adds a zest, a swagger, to your every day conversation. Do you need another reason? Say "Aarrr!!" Feels good, doesn't it?"
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I am starting over today
All good things are coming to me today
I am grateful to be alive
I see beauty all around me
I live with passion and purpose
I take time to laugh and play every day
I am awake, energized and alive
I am free to be myself
I am magnificence in human form
I am the perfection of life
I am grateful to be me.
Today is the Best Day of my Life
What a Wonderful World
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
“Lasting peace happens in the hearts and minds of people before it ever happens between governments and nations.” – Gregg BradenIf it's true that you are what you think about all day long, then we are a nation of fear and hate and prejudice and insanity. I don't even watch the news and I know what is happening in the political world out there. I don't care which side you lean to, which party you support, you can't tell me anybody wants hatred and fighting and arguing and negativity. This happens every election. I imagine that everyone starts off with good intentions - wanting to do good and help people and make a difference. It's just that money and power do affect people (and not always in a positive way). I think there are very few examples to the contrary. I don't know about you, I know I'm tired of the drama.
So here is my plea, focus on the positive! If all we watch, read and talk about is the "gossip" of what Obama said in a conversation 10 years ago, or how poor John McCain's health is or about Sarah Palin's family, then THAT IS WHAT WE'LL GET. More of the same. If we complain about how bad the economy is, everyone panics and we'll just create more of it.
So I encourage, no URGE, you that if you want to do anything to help this election, this nation, our economy and future generations, think about what you DO WANT. Focus there instead. Let's create better, starting in each of our hearts and minds first.
I want a nation of individuals who have freedom to choose anything they want (religion, personal physical issues, where to live, which school to send their kids to, which cable provider, which fuel to buy...)
I want fellow countrymen and women who feel safe and secure, who have jobs and food and shelter.
I want all of us to find ways to cooperate, to create national pride through helping others.
I want a leader who listens to the needs of the masses and makes a decision based on what is best for humanity and the planet.
I want a leader who is motivated by bringing us back together and doing what is necessary to help create great lives for all humankind.
Let's turn off our TVs and radios and stop reading the paper. Stop feeding the monster. Chances are you all know who you're voting for anyway. Instead, let's now spend that precious time and attention on what we want. What's your dream?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Fear is everywhere and behind virtually every negative emotion. If you are angry at the person in the car in front of you it's probably because their driving causes you fear, or because you are afraid of being late. If you are frustrated at your kids at it's heart is probably fear they won't turn out good, or fear of how you will look as a parent or fear of not being in control. If you are sad at the loss of a loved one it may bring up fear of being alone, fear of change and the biggest one of all - fear of death.
Now is a time when our nation collectively experiences fear. Yesterday was 9/11, the anniversary of a tragedy. one that caused, and still causes, great fear. This year is an election year. No matter who you are, likely you still feel the fear of change or the fear of the future (unknown). If that weren't enough, every campaign appears to thrive on creating fear as it's motivation for you to vote for that person.
I for one have had enough! I want to be fearless! The biggest step you can take in becoming fearless is to stop paying attention to fear. Like a toddler in a tantrum, as soon as you ignore it, it stops throwing the tantrum. Giving attention to negative things only creates more negative things. Stop feeding the monster.
But like that toddler, once you ignore it, it does whatever it can to get your attention back. Don't be fooled! Fear can take many forms. Be diligent in your pursuit of the positive, the good and the happy.
For today I will: not watch the news, not talk gossip with others, not talk badly about myself, drive slowly and enjoy it, be outside and love the sunshine, hug my children. And that's just the start. What will you do?
When you make your next decision, be it what to wear, where to go to eat, what job to take, who to marry or who to vote for in the next election, remember this: The best decision you can make is the one that causes you the least amount of fear.
"Fear always distorts our perception and confuses us as to what is going on. Love is the total absence of fear. Love asks no questions. It's natural state is one of extension and expansion, not comparison and measurement. Love, then, is really everything of value, and fear can offer us nothing because it is nothing." - Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Last night I was lying in bed almost asleep and this is what went through my mind. I wrote it down and felt the need to call it my Birthday Manifesto.
Does it matter which religion you follow?
Does it matter which political party you belong to?
Does it matter which country you live in?
Does it matter if your skin is black or white?
Does it matter if you are a man or a woman?
It matters not.
What matters is that you live a good life, a happy life, a purposeful life.
It matters that you are kind, thoughtful, generous and forgiving.
Your actions words and thoughts all come from a deep well of love.
It matters that you release all your fears.
Fear only serves to make insignificant things seem to matter.
Live everyday as if your very soul depended on it. Because it does.
Live only for Love.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
1. My home page is set to Wayne Dyer's Daily Inspiration and the other day it said something to the affect of: The 2 most useless and futile emotions are worry and guilt. Guilt has to do with the past that cannot be changed and worry is about the future that hasn't happened yet.
2. In a conversation with a friend she started talking about (and getting upset about) something that hasn't happened yet. So I shared Wayne's inspiration with her.
My husband and I do that sometimes although we can now catch and redirect each other. The whole point is to not create in your thoughts or words, an event or series of events that haven't happened yet, especially when you attribute them to another person. Don't decide for someone else what they are going to do when they haven't even done it.
3. In a conversation today with my friend and Yoga teacher Laura, she casually mentioned that she gets a lot of great ideas in the shower or while drying her hair and that she used to spend that time ruminating (worrying). She called it her "ruminating period" each day. Now that she's chosen to not spend that time worrying it has freed up this time for great inspiration! I really loved that.
How much time do you spend worrying each day? Do you even know you are doing it? Can you decide to dedicate that time to something that you love or enjoy instead? Why not daydream and see what inspiration you can find in those moments when they're not spent on worry! Enjoy!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
My mom has recently acquired 3 sheep: 2 Icelandic sheep, mom and lamb, that they bought and 1 baby lamb that was given to them. The orphan lamb, named Sammy the Lamby, is sort of a "Mary had a little lamb" kind of thing - fairly small, white and cute with soft ears sticking straight out to each side. After meeting him for the first time Super Salad (our Sammy boy, age 7) said that he thought Sammy the Lamby was cute but he kept "prancing" on him. My poor mom was horrified to think that her grandson might someday remember that Grammy's house was were he went and got mounted by the lamb.
Who needs the birds and the bees? My work here is done.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Anticipating so much went to bed without fuss
Reading stories called I Love School
and Tiptoe into Kindergarten
Labeling backpacks and discussing lunch menus
Let's not forget the gym shoes
Forms, forms, forms to fill out
What's my teacher's name again?
I wonder what project we'll start tomorrow
Pick out the shirts they'll wear first day
Don't think I'll like school
It's different and new
At least all my friends will be there
So excited he woke before dawn
Don't fix my hair, already brushed teeth, can't eat
Backpack on, waiting by the door half hour early
Thought he missed the bus, almost cried
Rained as we waited, we were wet, not from tears
Smiled as the photogs kept clicking, sustained "cheese"
Boys are gone, baby girl to sleep
House is suddenly so quiet
Nana gone, Daddy gone
Mommy sits in total stillness and silence.