Thankfulness and Illness

             I’m sick.  Going on day 3 (or maybe 5).  Throat is painful to the point of no voice.  Head pounding, eyes red and runny.  Lungs aren’t doing well, ribs ache from coughing.

             Sleep is difficult (and you know how much I love sleep).  Just in general this has been a real, no-nonsense, shitty week.

             Some challenges have arisen, struggle has been the norm.  On so many levels.

             Here’s our message.  It was clear and it was loud.

channeled messages

Gratitude

             If you know who I can credit this photo to, shout at me in the comments or send an e-mail.  For now, we’re going with it as is: whale sharks, staying in touch, being together.

             The Universe wants us to remember how important our loved ones are.  Call or text somebody who is meaningful in your life.

             Reach out, hold a hand (or fin).  Give a hug, or ask for one.  Our journey has bumps in the road.

             We need to recognize (and be grateful for) the smooth spots.  We need to remember, both of them help us to be who we are, and who we strive to become.

Today’s Resources:

the internet,

and me.

Today’s Sharing:

out house

Be grateful for plumbing, and electricity.

             This is my July view.  Enjoy.  I’ll be home, in bed.  With the air conditioning on, drinking water from an indoor faucet (and appreciating every single second).

 

 

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In Honest Appreciation

             As we make our way around the Wheel of the Year, turning the calendar pages, moving through seasons of birth and into death, we may be appreciating and noticing more than ever before.

              I know I am.  And for this, I am truly and genuinely grateful.

              Which brings us to today’s message.  It’s a reminder for everyone who might be getting amped up in anticipation of what’s yet to come.  (Because, don’t.  It’ll be fine.)

Gratitude

              For the past few years now I’ve been running through a list just before I fall asleep.  It is compiled of things (people, feelings, actions, events) that I’m grateful for in that day.  Sometimes it’s lots and lots, other nights it’s less.  (But maybe?  More intense for its scarcity.)

             To make the ACTION of Gratitude become more than just a quick heythanks, we have to remember a place or moment withOUT.  Recalling a gap or vacancy will instantly bring us back around to honest thankfulness.

             As with the loss of a loved one, we FEEL that place where they aren’t any more.  They Universe wants us to honour it, but then, recall when they were here, while also enjoying where WE are.

             Let’s take a brief but meaningful few minutes today (and possibly every day) to breath deeply, slow down, and express our Gratitude.  Let’s say Thank You with intention and power.

Today’s Resources:

me

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from our upstairs hallway.  (Be sure to click and look at it closely.)

frozen boats

2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Watcher’s Calendar

             I am enormously grateful for professional photographers and the very fact that they share their gifts with the rest of us.  (Isn’t this picture amazing?!)

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At Least It’s Consistent

             This morning started off with a broken apart schedule for us here in The Burrow.  Training days (with overtime work) are like that.  And it makes for some unrestful sleeping.

             I persevered though, and when it WAS time for me to wake up, I knew exactly what we were going to talk about in this post.  Change, it’s everywhere.  (Including this very week.)

It’s Always Happening

             No matter whether we fight it or embrace it, it’s there.  Never wavering, so steady.  Ticking away, counting down, moving along.

             If we aren’t like the river, and flowing with it, we’re battling against it.  And, as we know (holy crap, do we know!), that way is never successful.  And, often it hurts.

             Bits of change we can ignore, slightly.  Not for long, though.  Eventually it catches up, and we have to face it.

             What’s the simplest way?  Acceptance, obviously.  But that’s not easy, can even be one of our most challenging lessons.  Which is precisely why we DO have to address it.

             Once we let that struggle go, the peace sets in.  Our stress and suffering come to an end.  We are then better able to live in the here-and-now.

             Part of this concept is included in our daily draw.  Receiving and Releasing are connected on a primal and core level.  When we understand that, we have begun our transformative dance, moving and gliding smoothly.  With, not against.

            (Also, can someone come over to braid my hair?  It’s getting long [again], and I can’t do it on my own head.  Thanks!)

release

“Let Yourself Receive  ~

‘Allow others to give you loving care.

Receive without guilt or apologies.’

You are a giver, and you help others in so many ways.  Most of the time, you truly enjoy giving.  So, when you let others give to you, they experience the joy of giving.  

You give them a gift each time that you’re a gracious receiver.

By receiving, you replenish yourself, balancing the male and female energies within and around you.  By allowing yourself to receive, you swim in the flow of life, which washes away stagnant energy, bringing in new forms of abundance, creative ideas, and all types of opportunities.

Even the simplest act of receiving is healing, and it is a powerful step in the manifestation process.”

Today’s Deck:

Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Gratitude:

is to say Thank You, in a heartfelt and sincere way, to all of you for showing up and listening to what this radio hears and shares.

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A Singularly Defining Definition.

             No pictures today, except for our daily draw.  I stayed inside and then I went to the pool.  My only radio-like offerings in this post are going to be the introspective kind.  So welcome, once again, to my smooth brain.

             This swimmy-exercisey class coming back is the same, but different.  We are a known quantity, a regular group of folks who constantly show up.  And yet, we have been away for months now, and things have changed.  It gives the feeling, for me, of an odd dichotomy of sameness with a tweak of time to it.

             One of my fellow splash-abouts made a point this evening of thanking me for coming back and saying that I was doing a wonderful job of leading, making it my own but keeping the basics in tact.  I was very touched by this.  Even though I was CALLED and was specifically ASKED to return and be the instructor, it still wasn’t quite as real as this one woman reaching out and telling me in just those words.

            These small gestures, that, as we’ve discussed here before, don’t seem like much to the giver, are often entirely massive to the receiver.  The action of it sends waves (pun accidental) of good out and past just those two beings.  I could feel it happen tonight.  (It has happened a few times recently when I’ve heard from friends who have simply said, in one form or another, “hey, I’m here and I care.”)

            All of this brings us to our triple treat.  As I looked at this selection there was one single word that jumped out at me.  Read the parts of the guidebook I’ve included with this photo first though.

“Creativity  ~  III  ~  Major Arcana

Creativity is the quality you bring to the activity that you are doing.  It is an attitude, an inner approach… the experience of creativity is an entry into the mysterious… the key is to abandon oneself to the energy that fuels the birth of all things.  This energy has no form or structure, yet all the form and structures come out of it.  It makes no difference what particular form your creativity takes… the important thing is to be open to what wants to be expressed through you.  Remember that we don’t possess our creations; they do not belong to us.  True creativity arises from a union with the divine, with the mystical and the unknowable.  Then it is both a joy for the creator and a blessing to others.

The Burden  ~  Six of Clouds  ~  The Mind

When we carry a load of shoulds and shouldn’ts imposed on us by others we become like this ragged, struggling figure trying to make his way uphill… If life these days feels like just a struggle from the cradle to the grave, it could be time to shrug your shoulders and see what it feels like to walk without these characters on your back.  You have mountains to conquer, your own dreams to fulfill, but you will never have the energy to pursue them until you release yourself from all the expectations you have gathered from others but now think are your own.  Chances are they exist only in your own mind, but that doesn’t mean they can’t weigh you down.  It is time to lighten up, and send them on their way.

Beyond Illusion  ~  XX  ~  Major Arcana

The butterfly in this card represents the outer, that which is constantly moving and that which is not real but an illusion.  Behind the butterfly is the face of consciousness, looking inward to that which is eternal.  The space between the two eyes has opened, revealing the lotus of spiritual unfoldment and the rising sun of awareness. 

 This card reminds us not to look outside for what is real, but to look within.  When we focus on externals, we too often get caught up in judgements… These judgements keep us trapped in our illusions, our sleepiness, our old habits and patterns.  Drop your opinionated mind, and move inside.  There, you can relax into your own deepest truth, where the difference between dreams and reality is already known.”

            Okay?  You ready for this?      Authenticity!   This entire message is about being the most genuine and authentic self we can be.  Shrugging off the burdens that are not ours to carry, allowing our creativity to flow and build and flourish, and finally, seeing all there is to see without the blinders of the physical (the materialistic) bullshit to mess with our loving and positive true selves.

             It’s an inspired and rich message.  One that we can all work with, no matter what our faith or beliefs or followings.  It’s also one that we can take along with us, out into every part of our lives and share everywhere we go, just as we are able to share that generosity of the heart, much like the gift I received earlier.  One small smile, one kind word, one genuine and authentic loving moment will, and CAN, make all the difference.  The trick is to do it honestly.

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

             Also, in case anyone was wondering, the added down number for this draw is a 2.  The perfect balance.

LATENIGHT Outrage Alert:  it is literally minutes to post time and yet I had to add this last thing.  Our Hurricane wrote an article about domestic violence and is getting trolled all over the damn place – go here – and speak your mind, and truth.