Navigating the aisles of a grocery store has always been a pain/pleasure thing for me (not in the way you may be thinking though). I like it, I dislike it. I love it, I hate it. I adore it, I abhor it. See? Confusing for me too. When the witchlings were young I’d use it as an excuse to get out of the house and leave them with their father. But just as often I’d take them all with me and we’d have an adventure. (Mostly it was an adventure figuring out how much we could buy before the funds/food stamps/WIC coupons ran out.)
More recently it’s become an event that Dan and I plan for and share. Partly. It’s only half-way fun. I enjoy thinking up what we’ll have as far as meals for the week to come, but I also dread the march of shame where I have to avert my eyes (literally, I actually hold my hands up and turn my head away) from all items overly-processed (and fucking delicious). He has to steer me along sometimes, re-directing like I’m a trained poodle who lost the mark.
Food has been a major issue for as long as I can remember. Either we didn’t have any money for enough of it to feed everyone in our house (the one I grew up in and this one) or it was just “wrong” and I couldn’t eat it. By which I mean, I’ve been dieting since I was about 12. It has obviously not helped me in ANY way. Chronic and long-term obsessions, anyone?
The new skills and tools I’ve gathered and learned over the past many months have been helpful. But I still lack that essential SOMEthing to move past this entire situation. I’m starting a new book soon, and will keep you posted. For today though, we are going back to our Exceptional Life. I’d like to finish it before we leave.
Yes, we are going out of town in ten days. I’ll be posting remotely, as I said, and will be using my working deck. I’d like to be done with Cheryl and Louise before then so we can start Kathy when we get back.
In the chapter I read today they are talking some more about letting go of negativity, and reframing any tense situation through the focus of love. Directed and aimed loving thoughts and energy. (Mind darts!) The example given was quite a prophetic one for me, it was how Ms Richardson and her husband were arguing in the car as they traveled in another state. (!!!) I read it carefully, and plan on implementing this the next time it happens to us. Because, believe me, it will!
“The ego has one agenda, it wants to be right, and it has a habit of trying to justify its position .”
When we release that “but I’m right dammit” attitude we are releasing the ego and deflating the negative emotion. Now, I’m NOT saying that we should not recognize this as a learning moment, nor that we always just let someone else “win” because, come on! What the idea entails is more than that. It is deeper and more expansive.
“Too often we feel like we need to grind everything we can out of a problem. We want the solution, NOW!”
A supremely conscious way of implementing this is to open your hands and let go. (That part isn’t in the book, I thought of it while I was reading earlier.) Visibly spread your fingers, relax the tense muscles up your hands, arms, and entire body. Release. This intentionally physical action assists and facilitates the mental follow-up.
We get into a mindset of wanting to be right and then complaining when crap goes sideways. Even the most optimistic person on the planet falls into this at some point. (Key words here: on the planet.) This begins with an idea then it becomes a full thought and by then we’ve manifested it into a horrible reality. The cycle is endless and terribly self-fulfilling.
Again, release it. Let go of those misconceptions that all is shitty. Look instead, at what is good and loving. Finding our blessings, acknowledging them, thinking about them, voicing appreciation for them, does more than lighten our mood, it CREATES more to be thankful for!
One of my blessings is Grand Dogs. I have three. And it’s awesome. Would I prefer grandCHILDREN? Duh. Of course I would. Am I pleased that my daughters have shared their dogs with me? Also yes. Am I whining about not having grandkids? Not right this second, instead I’m saying Thank You to Max for posing nicely, if a bit distractedly, for me this afternoon. My gift to you: The Daily Dog.
The job of monitoring our property has fallen to him, and he takes it extremely seriously. All. Day. Long.
Our message du jour is simple and concise. I like that. I also like the illustration. I don’t LOVE it, but it has palm trees, and that’s always good. Always, always.
“Make A Decision.
Feeling stuck or indecisive? Listen to your intuition and make a decision!
Sometimes life feels as if it is at an impasse while we await Heaven’s next instruction. By drawing this card, however, Heaven asks, ‘what do you want?’ Sometimes the Universe asks us to be the decision maker, and this is one of those times.
Instead of passively allowing life to push you around like a canoe without oars, you are counseled to take charge and set your own course. Know that Heaven gives you all of the resources you need to pull yourself out of any situation, as long as you make a firm and clear decision.
Your decisiveness is the catalyst for Heaven to clear the way for your manifestation. Let go of all fears or worries and focus only on the destination you intend to reach. Enjoy the journey along the way.”
Begin by replacing the words that are not right for you, using substitutes that fit better in your mind. Re-read this one, using your replacements. Do you see how much potential greatness we have here?! It’s very exciting. Pair it with yesterday’s card and we continue to win.
Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
LateNight Long Term Guest Bonus:
This is the kind of mail The Empress Of Couponing gets in our box. Free. And tiny. And very entertaining, while at the same time, edible.