Here we are, all together.

             Another (personal) milestone was reached today.  Sure it was a tiny one, a minuscule marker in my rocky and unevenly jagged path, but it was there.  In my quest for Zen Balance, my endless aiming at Present Moment Consciousness, I continue to reach.  Some days I make it.  Some days I’m not even close.  Some days there is a ladder handy and I get to climb right-the-hell up.

             This afternoon I was given that NOW gift.  Again.  It’s an elusive bastard.  Sneaky and slippery and so damn difficult to hold.  But it IS grab-able!  And that’s what makes the effort worthwhile.  I had it!  And it was, once more, fabulous.

             Have any of you heard of THIS GUY and his work?  He has a CD about healing that I recently picked up from our library.  His introduction was excellent, I’ll be listening to it again, this time with sharing and note-taking in mind.  (Now that I just found his own site, I’ll be heading there as soon as I can.)

             The thing about (any version of) a Present Moment concept is that it makes so much sense.  It’s truly powerful, and simple, all at once.  Immensely moving and yet barrenly basic.  Really, I can see why folks would devote their entire lives to monasteries or quests.

             Oh oh oh!  You guys!  Speaking of spiritual journeys (and seriously, I did NOT plan this segue.  Because you all know me well enough by now to understand that I can barely plan which freaking sweat pants I’ll wear today, let alone a cohesive and focused blog transition) allow me to send you over to THIS POST at Robena’s place.

             Also, here’s another message from the Universe.  Sent our way about half an hour ago.  Yeah, when I tune-in, I REALLY get a clear signal.

messages from the universe

The rhythm of life is when you experience your own body, mind, and soul.

             Because ya know, if a gentle poke will do, a resounding whap up-side the head with a fencepost is better.

             On our card altar, we have what can only be described as a huge screamin’ validation of yesterday’s draw.  (Wow, I love days like this.)

From “Walkers Between Worlds:

Tiger, Hippopotamus, Water Buffalo, Beaver, and Elephant

We do not always think of these messengers in connection with water, but it is vital to their well-being, and intrinsic to their natures.  

Swimming powerfully from island to island, Tiger colonized Bali and Java and strove for Hong Kong; today, she swims in the vast rivers of the Sunderban’s mangrove swamps, perfectly adapted to drink its salty waters.

Hippopotamus cruises in the waters of Africa, and Buffalo in the rivers of Asia; Elephant moves gracefully through the waters of the Bay of Bengal, and bathes daily for her health.

Walkers between the worlds counsel that you too should inhabit two planes.  Neglecting the spiritual in favor of the material will cause our inner essential selves to suffer, but because we are of the material world we must also attend to its demands.  

These messengers also advise us that the needs of both work and home must be finely balanced for fulfillment and happiness.”

animal messages

Hippopotamus  ~

Friends stand close by to shield you from life’s adversities.

Rotund, bountiful Hippopotamus counsels that you nourish those around you and be nourished in turn.  In a world of fast food eaten alone, the time has come to again break bread with friends and family as humankind has always done, and to take succour from confidences given and revealed.

These intimates are eyes and ears looking out for us in a complex world and, like the red-lacquered coat of protective liquid that protects Hippopotamus from sunburn and dehydration, they shield us from the vicissitudes of life.”

             Once again, I had to go a-googling to find out more.  These animals are fascinating, I love learning this shit!  LOOK HERE.

Today’s Deck:

Animal Messages – Seek Inspiration From Your Animal Guides by Susie Green

Today’s Affirmation:

just showed up at the end of my pen earlier,

I am in this blessed moment right now, loving and present.

Tonight’s Baking:

will either be the cheese idea from J3 or those cookies I promised my dad.  Undecided as of yet.  Depends on how much time I have.


7 thoughts on “Here we are, all together.

  1. No diminutivizing milestones! Any milestone is big, and awesome, and great!

    Love the tea-tag validation (or, as you called it “whap up-side the head with a fencepost…” hilarious!)

    Guess I need to get out more, huh? Yeah, good advice. And that articel does look fascinating, but I’m too tired to be able to even focus on the words right now, so it will have to wait.

    Great affirmation!

  2. “Articel…” yeah, my point about tiredness is made…

    On the plus side, you know that all of us have been there/done that. 😉

    1:55 a.m.

  3. I’m with Corina! Celebrate those milestones! (Hey, if I’m not allowed to call myself a sucker you are not allowed to depracate your milestones!)

    I’m a Taurus. I’m rather familiar with the “whap up-side the head with a fencepost” concept. 🙂

    Thanks for the link to Robena’s. How awesome!

    Not saying it was important, just small. 😛
    (And we all know how I feel about SMALL!)

    1:56 a.m.

  4. Well, I am currently living with two other people and, for most dinners, eating with them. And I have a vague date to get together another couple of times with my other friends here in the coming couple of weeks. I’m going to do my best to nourish all these relationships; I already value them a great deal, evidenced by my moving up here. (Sidenote: I just saw my dream job — in HOUSTON — in a jobs email I received this morning. Good thing I didn’t see that one much earlier!)

    And I agree: no diminishing your milestones! A milestone is a milestone and it counts.

    See comment to Robin, above. 😀

    1:58 a.m.

  5. Lovely post. I enjoyed learning more about those wonderful animals. And yes, life is all about balance. I hadn’t realized how much I’d neglected the spiritual in the past few months, until I went to see that documentary on walking the Camino. Thanks for the shout out! : )

    That story needed to be shared.

    And yeah, I had no clue about the amazing Hippo skin stuff. 😕

    1:59 a.m.

  6. “Because ya know, if a gentle poke will do, a resounding whap up-side the head with a fencepost is better.”
    It’s funny and at the same time – I do know.

    I figured I wasn’t the only one. 😆

    2:00 a.m.

  7. Sometimes a whap up-side the head is necessary for real truly sinking in comprehension. So I’m texting with your husband as I write you a comment. 🙂
    And I want to go do the Camino pilgrimage. I’m feeling a deep need for something that is totally not my usual day-to-day life.

    He was sitting there, in his jammies, reading the paper and drinking his coffee, chatting away with you as I was getting my shit together for the bikeride downtown. It was fabulous! 😀

    And yes, I’ll go with you, let’s make that crusade!

    2:02 a.m.

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