Inner and Outer Observations

             I wast late to the Netflix party because . . . . . video stores.  I miss them, I loved them.  Streaming felt like I was cheating on them.

             But now, they’re mostly all gone.  (At least here, anyway.  I heard that there are still some around.  Might they also make a comeback, the way records did?)  I have to move forward, I have to watch SOMEthing when I get done with work and sit mindlessly crafting in my chair.

             Thankfully we’ve come across some fabulous BBC programming.  I couldn’t be happier!  We blew through every single season available of the Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, then moved on to the Great Pottery Throw Down, British Home Cooks, and are now rolling around in the clover field that is Love Your Garden plus Big Dreams Small Spaces.

             Where it all takes me is to a Happy Place.  Speaking the Queen’s English, proper teas, misty cool weather, ancient smooth stones, and a soft genuine caring for others.  Where it has brought my focus is to:

home.

             For nearly one full year now we’ve lived in a rental house which doesn’t belong to us.  The dwelling that DOES have our names on it, isn’t where we currently dwell.  It can feel unsettled.  And not cozy.

             What I keep being reminded, whether it’s by a clay artist, a master gardener, or classically trained chefs who create/toil side-by-side with messy amateurs, is that, the old saying Home is Where Your Heart Is has some truth to it.

             We can make a house a home simply by being in it.  Or, we can suffer with (as Dan calls them when I have a severely strong bout of) The Wanty Wants.  Being miserable about what we don’t have doesn’t make anything better for anyone.  It certainly does not fill the needy gaps.

             Looking for a way to improve our surroundings, even if it ends up being in tiny, inexpensive ways, brightens our mood, helping to lift us up, instead of dragging us down.

             It’s about Transition, it’s about Observation, it’s about Perspective.  There is movement forward.  There are changes we can’t avoid, we may as well embrace them.  It has everything to do with an Attitude Adjustment.

             Which, as a surprise to no one, is precisely where our attention is drawn, here, reminding us of the life-death-rebirth cycle.  It’s a process, and it’s progress.

home and transformation

“Crocodile   ~ the alchemy of energy teaches that death will always yield new life.

Silently slipping through her riverine world, guardian of the margins between land and water, of the mud from which life springs, Crocodile is keeper of all knowledge.

Her wisdom speaks both of the enduring nature of life and its utter fragility, of gentleness and ferocity of how death yields life and the constant transformation of all energy.

If Crocodile has swum to you, the time has come to examine the primordial mysteries of life and prepare yourself for rebirth and the wonders it will bring.”

             My home decor options are limited, so I do what I’m able with what I can find.   Observing our “home” as a feeling-in-motion, rather than a solid place we own or create, can help those of us who are re-birthing right now.

             It seems less severe when we view our living situation as an emotion (a feeling, a heart-flow) instead of a location (a place or a limit).

Today’s Deck:

Animal Messages by Susie Green

Today’s Sharing:

is to say, please do click on all of those links above.  Watch a few fun shows, allow them to sweep you across the pond, away from our current struggles and disappointments, into a lightness of caring and beauty and joy.

 

 

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On the soft side.

             Yes, it’s now officially December, 12th month.  A time of year when stress can sometimes get ramped up.  Not because we want it to, but because we feel we can’t help it.

            Actually…… we CAN.  Help it, that is.  De-stress.  Step away.  Release.  Relax.  Receive.  But we have to start close to home.  Within, before we can let the calm ripple out.

             This morning I was reminded that in the early days of us being people who lived in communities, we went indoors at this time of year.  We gathered around our hearths and we kept each other company.

             We crafted, we built, and we created during those long dark months.  What we DIDN’T do was travel huge distances and put pressure on ourselves to do better, buy more, and eat less.

             The Universe wants us to remember those times of calm.  Those days of womb-like rejuvenation and clan care.

Gently

Kindly

             Can we take it easy in this modern era?  Oh, hell yeah, we can!  But we need to make it a priority.  When we begin with Self-Care, focusing on the positive, we are already removing ourselves from the stress inducing mind-set.

             Keep those words at the ready.  When/If the “holiday” rush and crush is creeping up into no-longer-any-fun, pull them out.  Wave them around.  We can use them to shield ourselves from negativity.  Gently and Kindly.

             And as we return to our regular rotation around the card altar today, we are being handed a variation of our on-going theme regarding: Acceptance.

             A good way to view this together is that, yes, it’s a time of year when sometimes we’ve been overwhelmed (in the past).  But NOW, we won’t be.  We’ll accept where we are, and we’ll look for the joy in it.  Or, at the very least, we won’t collapse under the weight of it.

frog messages of acceptance, oracle cards

“Frog  ~

‘Adapt and survive by accepting the inevitable and seizing potential.’

Mistress of diversity, Frog conforms seamlessly and ingeniously to her environment.  If she has leaped into your cards, your strategy must also be to adapt and survive.

Sometimes life moves inexorably on and nothing we can do will change events or alter fate.  Frog counsels that for now, it is wise to accept the inevitable while maximizing even the tiniest of possible advantages.

That way you grow strong in the face of adversity and may influence events when opportunity arises.”

Today’s Deck:

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

Today’s Gratitude:

is for my son.  He replaced my stolen bike lights.  Plus, he also replaced my broken bike seat.  And, he bought his dad some new socks and sale coffee.

             Thank you, J.D., again.  Even though you and your sisters no longer read my posts, I’m being grateful here, for the entire Universe to witness.

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Vast Value

             There is validity to the old saying “it’s the small things that count.”  Because over time, those seemingly minuscule actions and thoughts, add up.

             They count, they matter, they become enormously . . . .

meaningful.

             We are being reminded of what really is the most important factor of this journey.  And that’s to keep it valid.  It’s about being our own genuine self, and doing that in our most generous and caring way.

             The message is simple, and yet deep.  It’s not easy, but it is important.  Bottom line?  Make it matter, make it mean something.

             Back within our regular rotation around the card altar right now, this messenger has brought us proof of why today’s concept has value.

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“Peacock  ~

‘Protect your heart from those who may cheat before they hurt you.’

Peacock’s call warns of the dangerous approach of Tiger and Cobra.  As forest denizens heed and flee, so you should now fly from the concrete jungle’s double dealer and heart-breaker.

Cosmic vehicle of Kama, Hindu god of love, Peacock knows that although the first declarations of love may be attended by flowers or offerings of ambrosial foods, true intimacy develops later, in seclusion and simplicity.

Outward show is a ritual and should not be confused with the realities of long-term relationships.”

Today’s Deck:

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

Today’s Sharing:

is from last week’s Instagram, in case anyone missed it.

I love my job.  In every reading I do, we both walk away better, and more equipped to face Life.

I love my job. In every reading I do, we both walk away better, and more equipped to face Life.

             Don’t forget, I offer gift certificates, too.

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