More Improvement

             It’s no secret that one of my major life lessons is Release.  We’ve discussed it before, and it rings true for many of you, as well.  The process though, is VERY individual. And yeah, I’m workin’ on mine.

             One of the phrases from this past week (which have been loud and clear) sound one way, when they’re really another.  Example: be higher, be better.

             At first, it’s almost like we’re being encouraged to compare ourselves with others.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  In reality, it means

rise above.

             The Universe is reminding us that competition and comparison is not the healthiest direction, not necessarily the best road for us to take.

             We all know that we’re paddling along, every one of us with the same ending.  Death.  We are dying. It’s the honest and factual reality of our physical experience.

             But, to advance, to rise above, to do better, to BE better, is how we’ll best enjoy the time we have here for this particular and indivdual adventure; it’s how we move forward in our evolution, and how we benefit the most from this journey.

             We simply need to learn how to let the small shit go.  To release the cultural constraints and judgments.  To ignore the comparisons.  To cease the negativity, and to actively Choose Joy whenever we can.

             In validation, this particular draw couldn’t be more perfect.  Just keep in mind, when we discuss “health” we aren’t always talking about the old, outdated, harmful physical restrictions and confining limitations of the past, of the patriarchy.  More often (and more accurately), we are addressing our emotional, our spiritual, our mental conditions, and how best to live our lives in comfort and peace.

mental health awareness

“Health  ~  9

Now is an opportunity to focus on your health.  You have been living life at a hectic pace for some time.

It would be wise to take a break and allow yourself to relax and rejuvenate.

Give thanks for the health of your body and mind and remember to make your health a high priority in the coming months.

Affirmation:

Each and every one of my cells is continually regnerating and radiating light.

I attune to the divine love within me and let it flow through every cell of my body.

I breathe in life and the energy flows freely within me.

I am eternal youth, 

eternal health,

eternal light.”

Today’s Deck:

Oracle Of The Angels by Mario Duguay

 

 

 

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Selection Making

             When I first became aware of the concept (later movement, and hashtag) of Choose Joy, I jumped directly on it, no delay, no hesitation.  I mean, CHOICE and JOY?  Who wouldn’t want to go there?

             We’d recently discovered, and discussed in great detail, the LovingKindness theory.  So, of course, I was all in.

             It’s been a few years, and I’m still enamored with them both.  Following along with several accounts on-line, and doing my own research/practicing daily, I’m finding them to be nothing but beneficial.

             I’ll never abandon my Pro Choice belief, just as I’ll never stop believing that we are all equal.  But to focus on the positive, at the cost of letting go of no-longer-useful negativity, can only be seen (and felt) as progress.

             This comes up right now, in an atmosphere of continuing media trash and unconscionable adult behaviour.  I never want to go back to complaining instead of thanking.  It just doesn’t serve anyone’s purposes to lay blame, incite hatred, stir up misery.

             Here is what I’ve been hearing, and here is where my view has been directed.

attitude

             I don’t know where the image came from, but it resonated with me the second I read it.  Our message of Choose Joy is about that gratitude attitude and recognizing (with intention) what we DO have rather than what we DON’T.

             Our lessons are not punishment, they are ways to do better, be better, and help more.  Improvement, that’s our goal.  Globally, personally, and within our community.  We begin with our very own soul, rippling out from there.

             It truly is a game-changer when we realize how much of our “suffering” is actually perception.

             Here’s one more, like last time, a meditation point, a vista to gaze upon and enjoy.  No one is asking anything of you, other than to be here, and to be you.

palmtree land

 

 

 

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Another Kind of Day

             We’ve never been a family who understood the TGIF mindset.  For generations we were the weekend and evening workers.

             We covered all shifts, we were there when other folks needed time off for holidays with their loved ones.  It’s how we were raised, it’s what we instilled in our children.

             So, it throws me off when I unintentionally end up with a Sunday off.  It also reminds me of how important it is to rest.

             I mean, I know it.  I live for it.  I’m just not always able to do it.  To do it with intention.

             All I have to share today is this:

take care.  Of yourself.

             It’s okay to say “no” when you feel like a request is simply too much.  It’s fine to be selfish.  Because in truth, you are NOT.  You are caring for someone who is valuable and precious.  You are caring for You.

             It can be ANY day, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or commercial or extravagant.  But do make it special.  For you.

perfection

             This is perfection.  For me.  Please find something which speaks to you.  And pursue it.  Sit with it.  Be there.  Be You.

 

 

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Educated Observations

             For days now, this message has been bouncing around in my head.  It has refused to take shape.  The edges staying blurred as I struggle with my own personal “things” versus letting go and opening up to receiving what we all need to hear.

             Partly it’s been challenging for me because the signs of winter ending are simply not welcome.  I require a much colder forecast than what’s been my reality.

            The truth though, is that weather makes a perfect metaphor for where we’re headed.  Wait a few minutes, and it’ll change.

             We are being guided in:

Acceptance Lessons

             A strong wind will blow away.  A frost will melt.  A heat wave wilts, to be replaced by a refreshing breeze.  Rain does dry, and even droughts are eventually washed into green again.

             So, too, are we moving through our journey.  Our learning changes on every level.  We begin with simple tasks, and move (hopefully) in to more complicated lessons.

             That’s our soul’s evolution.  That’s what we’re here for.  That’s the actual goal.

             When we get bogged down with the mundane, the physical, the difficulties, we forget to look at how much progress we’ve made.  We forget to notice the beauty in a tranquil sunset, or the glory that is a glitteringly gorgeous frost.

             The most basic concept, the most simple idea, that of being in the moment, appreciating the gift in front of us, is what the Universe would like us to hold lovingly close, and to take forward as we walk our path, in all types of weather, on all sorts of roads.

           And in validation, here are the two most perfect cards as illustration.

osho zen tarot

“3 of Water: Emotions

Celebration

You are becoming more and more available and open to the many opportunities that there are to celebrate in life, and to share this with others.

Let your hair down, take your shoes off, and start splashing in the puddles right now!  The party is happening all around you every moment.

10 of Rainbows: The Physical

We Are The World

This view, humanity being depicted as a rainbow of dancing beings, represents a time of communication, of sharing the riches that each of us bring to the whole, it shows us joined together in joy and gratitude.

When we recognize the common source of our humanity, the common origins of our dreams and longings, our hopes and fears, we are able to see that we are all joined together in the great miracle of existence.

When we can combine our tremendous inner wealth to create treasures of love and wisdom that is available to all, we are linked together in the exquisite patterns of eternal creation.”

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

From Me to You:

             These are the reasons I still have hope.  These are the messages which pull me out of my depression.  These are the signs I find inspiration in.  And to share them, that is what brings me joy.

 

 

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To Adapt

             Many of us have difficulty with Change.  “New” is not always better, in our eyes.  (I, personally, prefer nearly everything from before 1900……)

             This past year or so has been nothing BUT upheaval and challenges and different for me, for my family.  But, I’ve also embraced much of it.

             I’m not “better” at dealing with Change, but I am learning the lessons of

Flexibility.

             And since our journey here, this life we’ve mapped out, is all about the lessons, it’s beneficial to address our success as well as our less-than-successful experiences.

             There’s no such thing as mistakes, nor failure.  So, all of the aspects involved are worthwhile.  (Some simply feel more positive than others, that’s okay, perception is as unique as we are.)

             The Universe, in Its divine and infinite wisdom, has even given us this gift of validation.  As if to say, “hey, you’re doing well, keep up the good work!”

flexibility

“Opportunity  ~

Release your ties to the past.

When you let go of the old,

you make room for the new.”

             While I’m not such a huge fan of “new” I do feel willing to accept these Opportunities for the promises that they are.

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from  Instagram.

See this #tinyhouse? It's called The Vicarage, and it's some sort of #collectable (from #england, of course). Next to it, for size reference, is a #VotiveCandle. It's no bigger than a medium #pear. I found it in a #SecondHand shop recently. It called out to me (and was incredibly #inexpensive), so I brought it #home. Some days I just walk around the #SmallHouse we live in, enjoying our space, carrying my #vicarage, feeling it with my fingers, and cradling it in my hands. I like the #miniature detailed nature of it, and I really like living here. The two places are similar, linked. New post up, on the website. I'm expressing #gratitude and working to #destress. Join me? #MentalHealthAwareness #ChooseJoy #TarotCards #SelfCare #FromOurHomeToYours

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             I don’t always post when there are updates here; Social Media and I have a complicated relationship.  Sometimes there is crossover, sometimes not.  Sometimes it’s timely, sometimes it’s not.

 

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