Friday, May 30, 2008
If I hear this is as good as it gets one more time, I'll scream.
It's as if everyone is sleeping trying to wake from a bad dream.
Where dulldrums and daily-to-dos are a nuisance and a bore.
Day in, day out, life has become to some a chore.
When did we become so sad and so cyncial?
Probably when we made hand washing so clinical.
Everything we do, we disect and over analyze.
Every good deed we berate and cleverly criticize.
It's no wonder most children today are on prozac.
It's less about hyperactivity and more about lack.
Lack of joy, self esteem and a soft place to land
and being given a lift up when they can't even stand.
But how do we lift up others when we can't lift up ourselves?
Perhaps start by thanking the cups on the shelves
and the dishes and the forks and the butter knives and such.
They are waiting for you and don't ask for much.
Just keep them clean and at the ready they will be
to hold your toast and cradle your tea.
And don't forget the food that's stored up in your pantry.
Like manna from above, those with eyes let them see.
Taking out the garbage is a ritual to hold dear
every day, every week, every month, of every year
is a new opportunity to clean up your mess
To get rid of the clutter and perhaps live with less.
Less of the sour, bitter and tainted
More room for thankful, grateful and sainted
As good as it gets? We need some humility.
We need some lovepassion. We need some loveglee.
Tonight thank the bed that you'll fall into without looking.
Tonight thank your husband for doing the cooking.
Tonight thank the stars for wanting our wishes.
Tonight thank your Maker for overflowing dishes.
Tonight thank your prayers and your Spirit for praying.
Tonight kiss your wife and thank her for staying.
Tonight thank the locks and the doors that secure you.
Tonight thank your dreams that inspire and implore you.
Tonight if grateful is all that you are
Tomorrow's road will not seem so far.
Tonight if a thankful heart is truly yours
Tomorrow you'll gladly do your chores.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Obviously this is the old pool coming down. It was great while it lasted and we had a lot of fun in it. I'm pretty sure the girls hold the record for volley ball but the guys might protest that notion.
Old pool gone. Old fence in background still standing. No privacy. See cars?
Ah, much better. Now, they can't see us and we can't see them. Sweet.
New pool going up. Took about four hours. The water is another story completely.
New pool in place. Water going in slooooowly. Takes a long time to fill up a pool. So far about a day and 1/2.
Precious water. I'm trying not to spill a drop as we put gallons into the pool. I'll use what's in the bucket to water the plants and bird baths. I've used about 5 buckets full so far.
Next we connect the filter and set up the deck alongside so we can actually get in the pool. The water is really cold so getting in the pool probably won't happen for a while.
Let me take this moment to thank God for all of His blessings and abundance that we should be able to have a beautiful house with a yard, a new fence to replace the old fence, a new pool to replace the old pool, enough water to empty the old pool (old pool water used to water the pines behind our house) and enough water to fill the new pool.
Extra water. What an amazing blessing.
God is great. He has always provided more than enough. God be praised.
Love & Namaste,
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Yesterday, late in the afternoon the sky opened and there was a downpour. I had to run a pick up my husband from work. On our way back, the rain began to subside and as we were driving, I said over and over "There has to be a rainbow"! "Where is it"?
I was looking all around and just after I had said it one more time, Jimmy said "There it is"!
And there it was. We pulled over as fast as we could and we were ecstatic. It was magical. We love rainbows. We see them all the time. I think we will them into existence (don't we all).
They remind me that God is with each every one of us. Of course Holy Scripture refers to it this way ... Genesis 9
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 "I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth."
12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."
That's what I'm talking about. God actually reminding us that though the road may be rough at times, it gets better. It gets better because God in us makes it so. Embrace God and you embrace the Illuminating Light of Life. The Light that leads the way.
Yesterday's rainbow and Gods' promises are eternal. Yayy!
Love, Light & Namaste
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I thought the question was odd. She had had a few zinfindels so I wasn't too put off - it's true, I'm a spiritual being, but PUSHING religion is not what I'd describe it as.
Her perception is true and valid though. And after giving it a good think, I embraced the comment.
It's true, I have always been mindful of God and I've had a lot to say about Him over the years..."out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks" so I guess I've been pushing religion my whole life. Okay. I can deal with that.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
We were told long ago what to focus on. Somehow we've replaced that life giving, love sharing focused thinking with negative thinking and complaining. We are not better for it. We are not healthier for it. The statistics show people are more depressed and out of balance than ever before. We are attracting all the wrong things in our lives. We want health and we focus on illness. We want happiness and we focus on sad situations. We want more love and yet we criticise the people we love the most. We want more money and we focus on our bills. Let's change what we know we can change.
One of my personal favorite NIV scriptures (I have so many) is Philippians 4:8:
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Let's break it down a bit. Thinking is a VERB. An action. You can control your thougths - or thoughts can control you. You can either swim in the ocean or you can be taken out with the tide. The choice is yours.
Be mindful of the things you're thinking and DELIBERATELY, CONSCIOUSLY think better thoughts. Think better thoughts about yourself, your circumstances, your health, your finances, your relationships, the present moment, the future, the world at large.
True, noble, right, pure, LOVELY, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy! Great words. Even greater thoughts! More powerful than you will ever know in this lifetime, or make a change in your thoughts today and see if you notice a difference.
Here are a few positive Love Dialogue* thoughts I've come up with recently. I think these are probably some of the most important things I've ever written. Seriously.
Love Dialogue* is a concept I've created consisting of loving yourself, healing yourself, being yourself and caring for yourself through inner and outter dialogue interdependent, interrelating and interacting through grace, kindness, appreciation and need I say, L O V E. It is something we profoundly need in our lives today more than ever before it seems. More about that later.
If one or two jumps off the page at you, give it a good think.
Love yourself as if loving a friend whose faults you're oblivious to.
Love yourself as if loving a friend whose limitations you do not see.
Heal yourself as if you've never known sickness.
Heal yourself from within along with the contemporary from without.
Gaze at yourself like you are gazing at the most beautiful, rare and exotic flower.
Love yourself like the true essence of your life depends on it.
Love yourself as if inside of you exists all spiritual enlightenment, all healing, all wisdom, all love.
Love is a sweet melody. Sing something sweet to yourself.
Love yourself by not associating with or identifying with illness, despite what your body and mind might say. Your Spirit says you are healed.
Love yourself unconditionally.
Love yourself consciously and deliberately.
Love yourself with all the love you've ever given to and all the love you've ever received from others. Now love yourself deeper.
Love the voice within that speaks of, manifests and returns love.
Love yourself like a child with all innocense and curiosity. You've so much to learn about yourself.
Love yourself enough to dream and believe that your dreams can come true.
Love yourself with pure, loving thoughts.
Remove all criticism from your Love Dialogue*.
Make a declaration of love, healing and grace for yourself everyday. Declare what is to be.
Love yourself enough not to take another repetitive, negative thought with you into the next moment. This moment.
Love yourself enough to start hoping for the best instead of expecting the worst.
Love yourself enough to start imagining your dreams coming true.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
You were made complete
Whoever you are
From the very start
Like the very first star
You shimmer and shine
With all of Gods' glory
In this vast cosmos
In the whole of Gods' story
Which is quite mysterious
The universe that is you
With all of its challenges
You persevere through
To spirit, with instinct,
Divinity and drive
We live this life
Side by side
Of love and warfare
Cool and hot to the touch
Ask for what you want
You can never ask for too much
So warm the land
With the sun in your hand
Time is an illusion,
Or hold on until tomorrow
You possess all that is essential
You yourself are quite essential
In fulfilling the Holy mysteries