It is interesting if one stops and thinks about all the judgements we make in an hour, let alone in a day or year. I should have ……fill in the blank. You should have ……fill in the blank. . . . That’s dumb. . . . That’s smart. . . . I will act sad so I can have another’s attention.
We learn to do this from when we were little. Our self talk can be crazy with judgements. Being aware of this is a move toward freedom. How about this…..get out of the ‘box’ called judgement of ourselves and others, and even virtues are boxes if you give it some thought. Instead of doing, take time to just Be. Be love, Be compassion, Be the light in a dark world. In other words — do what we are here to do, bring the love of God, the compassion of God and the light of God to where you are now. Be who you Really Are.
If you were the only person on this earth how would you be? Judgement-less! You would not have learned to be judgmental. Judgements are illusions we buy into. Look at it. Let it go. Feel your joy in your heart chakra. Your heart is where your joy resides. Go within and find it.
From my joyous heart to yours.
After many days spent with attention to and intention for healing my physical body from a shoulder problem and an ankle and soft tissue foot problem, which some would say is aging, I am back! Happily so. One thing about all this is while some aspects were challenging — the pain in my shoulder — from over use — was the worst pain in my memory. Blogging, typing, emailing, posting all came to a halt. Life became simpler. So I filled my days with what I could do and was content to ‘not do’ some days.
For those of you that drive, drive, drive to do, to do and to do; it is important to find balance to all the do-ing. Schedule time in your planner for ‘you’ time and treat it as important as the most important thing you do. You will find an inner voice that will finally speak, which is different that your mind’s voice running amuck. It is a quiet voice, non judgmental and loving. May you find it, for when you do, you will find who you really are.
So my wish for you is time to stop do-ing and just be. You will hear birds singing, bees buzzing, the sound of the breeze moving what it touches if you are outside. Just Be. All we really have is the present moment. See it, feel it, let it go. Be in the moment. Feel more alive! Be alive in each moment. Be mindful.
Camel Jam is a painting of the camel rides available to tourists when visiting the Great Pyramids in Cairo. Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas and is available for purchase thru my website.
In a way, this painting is indicative of the paths we have in life, some entering and those leaving. What matters most is how the time is spent between birth and death, or what some call the dash. While life can be somewhat difficult to navigate, keeping one’s heart and mind looking forward with love and kindness, without regard to what is in one’s past that could shadow everything in the present with regret or pain is possible. Forgiveness is key. Forgive others and also remember to forgive yourself. Your ‘dash’ can be a lighter journey when love, kindness, compassion and tolerance, and also forgiveness is what you carry with you. Make this year’s journey filled with light, love, and blessings. I hope you can be this to those you meet.
We always have planted the seeds of what we are experiencing in the present. Think back to when you believed in yourself, and you were able to do so much. Or, did you think about yourself with criticism, self doubt, or dislike your body? Where are you now, dealing with weight issues, health issues, relationship issues? What we think about, how we think about ourselves is really important. We are incredibly powerful creatures with the ability to create our experiences and our place in the world. It takes so little time to connect with another person, to smile, to treat them with care and respect. Validate the connection with feelings of love and compassion. One person can change their own world and the world for others. When one is lifted up, all are lifted up. It is the law of the universe.
Live mindfully. Live Lovingly, Live Compassionately, Live with a Grateful Heart!
Please remember our feathered friends during this time of snow covering and cold temperatures that keep most of us wishing to stay inside. Give them your crusts of bread, seed, nuts, whatever you have to help the birds when they cannot find food because of the snow. Show kindness to others, for the walk you walk you know of, the walk others walk you don’t. So don’t suppose to know what another is thinking, assumptions are an illusion we have about others. If you want to know what is happening with someone else, ask. It is that simple. Doing this can help remove drama from your life. I would suggest a book for you to read if this makes sense to you and you wish to know more. It is “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. He also has a Facebook page. Peace and Love to all.
As the year approaches a close and a new chance to start afresh is ever clearer, find the time to ponder your contribution to an increasingly peaceful, kinder, empathetic self. Look deep inside and see your worth, your beauty, your astonishing knowledge of how we are all connected, and as one is raised in divine vibration, all are affected. Take the time to meditate in prayer to find your way to help make this world a far better place than it is today. Peace be with you, Peace be with you, Peace be with you. It is so, It is so, It is so.
Ever wake up in the middle of the ‘night’ with creative thoughts filling your head? Happened to me this morning — it would be a good idea to have a pad of paper and drawing tool of choice nearby. Use these to capture those moments of inspiration before falling back to sleep and risk loosing those images or word thoughts or themes. It is a bit more difficult to do this if you have a partner who is disagreeable to having a light pop on so you can make needed notations, like my situation, so I got up!
When I was single, I would write and draw, then fall back asleep. Don’t get me wrong, I love my partner in life, and I work to find ways to remember what I dream without waking him. I tell myself to “remember this in the morning” and what usually happens is the sub-conscious mind does this work while I sleep. Upon awaking, I remember it!
Give it a try, and remember the sub-conscious mind does not comprehend negative comments. Have you ever reminded yourself to not forget your keys? And you forgot your keys? Your subconscious mind heard “forget your keys”. It pays to be aware of what we actually say to ourselves. We can help our artistic endeavors or hinder them depending on what we give our mind to work on.
This morning was different. My thoughts got me up. Sometimes creativity does not sleep!