Musings



Burning Old Belief Systems So Your Inner Fire Can Flow

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in shift in perception | 0 comments

Burning Old Belief Systems So Your Inner Fire Can Flow

Please check out my guest post on “Quietly Authentic”. “Burning Old Belief Systems So Your Inner Fire Can Flow” Offering 5 steps on lighting your own personal prescribed fires.

read more

On Using Discernment…

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in habits | 0 comments

On Using Discernment…

I changed my computer’s home page today. I could no longer subject myself to the images I was seeing daily when it opened up to the BBC. Back when I set it to BBC my logic was that I would get a bit of world events from a “somewhat” non partisan source as I no longer subscribe to cable or watch network television. But now it seems the BBC has also resorted to using the most graphic images of any global event. Maybe I am just more sensitive but I don’t see the point in viewing these images. My enormous black “vintage” tv sits in my living room looking like a boxy, robotic intruder. I keep it around to watch dvd’s on. I half expect it some nights when I am up late tapping away on my computer to turn itself on like in the “Poltergeist” films. Angry that I no longer pay attention to it, it tries to suck me in with snowy distortion like the little girl in the movie. But the snowy distortion is what made me turn it off in the first place. I grew up having television as a default. You flopped down in front of it whenever you had a free moment to “veg out”. I found myself as an adult watching programming I didn’t set out to watch and then feeling like I needed a shower to clean up after. I felt guilty about wasting time on something that made me feel bad. So, some years ago, I went cold turkey and disconnected my cable. When I called to cancel the rep I spoke to did her job trying to convince me with discounts to stay. When she finally asked why I was canceling I replied “Because tv rots your brain”. She finished the transaction in silence. You don’t miss what you don’t have. I don’t feel any less connected not being up on the latest installment of “Game of Thrones”. But I do watch programming of my choosing. I love PBS and can usually access anything I would like to see online. But I find my choices are all much more deliberate. That isn’t to say I don’t love some mindless fun programming from time to time. Downton Abbey anyone? I have found myself of late being faced with the same dilemma when it comes to online “News”. One of my spiritual teachers years back would call the “news” the “olds”. HIs feeling was that nothing you see on the news is actually news. That it is all a illusion meant to keep you swept up in a cycle of fear and anger and not in your highest good. The hope being the next piece of advertising you are subjected to in your weakened state of mind that promises instant happiness you will run out and consume. What you put your attention on will show up, gain strength and proliferate in your surroundings. So use discernment in what you put your attention on. Is it ultimately positive or negative? Its not that I don’t care about individuals on the other side of the globe who are suffering. I offer prayers, mediation, healing treatment, money and assistance in any way I can for specific causes and situations I feel a personal connection...

read more

Choosing to Smell Flowers not Bull

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in obstacles, shift in perception | 0 comments

Choosing to Smell Flowers not Bull

Yesterday I got challenged in my yoga class. And not in the way you would expect. I started doing “Hot” yoga about six months ago. This was actually shocking to me as I normally dislike hot anything. But, back in September, I decided with my birthday having just passed I needed to try something new. So I headed over to “Modo”-a studio that created their own brand of hot yoga. And to my surprise I found my body responded positively to the class. The heat made me more mindful and my concentration more focused. The only way I could make it through a class was to pay attention and breathe, effectively shutting up the committee in my mind who try to distract me every chance they get. I also found the atmosphere of the studio and its instructors light and upbeat with a certain level of structure (no latecomers allowed, strict adherence to the number of the people in the room etc) I find calming. What I also find interesting is the male to female ratio at Modo. Surprisingly close to half the class is male. Having done yoga for over 25 years now seeing this many men in class is wonderful. I think many of the more “masculine” guys need to feel like they are getting a workout to walk through the door. With the added heat they feel its a workout but are also reaping the many benefits beyond the physical of yoga along with some of the meaning behind the practice. But along with my happiness at seeing the guys in class there are some more typically male behaviors that can come through on the mat. And often times it pains me to witness it. Being a yoga teacher myself I want to walk over and help but that isn’t my role in this scenario. And, often times if someone is struggling, there is a lesson happening. Stepping in could potentially negate that process. Unless of coarse the person may hurt themselves and that is when you should give gentle guidance. But again, not my place in this situation. So when one particular man decided to lay his mat next to mine I had a moment. He is an older gentleman and comes quite often to class. You can’t miss him because you can hear him. It sounds like the old north wind just swooped in the room blowing a gale as soon as he enters. It pains me to listen to him. The last time I shared class with him he was two mats away. His face was bright red most of the time with eyes fixed and hard. There were moments I feared he would pass out. Out of concern I actually spoke to the teacher privately afterwards. Many in class, both men and women, breathe with such ferocity it can sound like an angry bull. Its not a calm breathe, its a breathe of panic, of trying to push through something uncomfortable. And the old saying is true “what you push against only gets stronger”. This is the opposite of what yogic breathe is meant to be. I have found the best way to make it through a hot class is to keep my breath even, steady and quiet. Its counter to what...

read more

ZEN AND THE ART OF LAUNDRY DAY

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in slow living, Zen | 1 comment

ZEN AND THE ART OF LAUNDRY DAY

Yesterday was my laundry day.

Because I have so many bodywork sheets to wash it often is quite a big bag once I get round to making time to do it. This time was no exception.

I do my own personal items more frequently in the small washer and dryer shared by the three cottages on the property where I live. But doing the sheets is a production. It requires loading them into the car and going to the local laundromat about 15 minutes from home. As the bag grows in size I often will pick out a few to wash here. I usually do this when I’ve gotten a bit behind in my washing duties. I then stare at the bag and feel guilty its gotten this big, yet again. I always wish I could stay on top of it but life manages to get in the way.

read more

Welcome 2014, Welcome Change

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Change | 0 comments

Welcome 2014, Welcome Change

Hello and Welcome to not only my new website, but my new blog. I hope you will visit often and not only take in what I have to say but add your own voice to the comments.

Its quite an auspicious moment for me who often struggles with change. I debated about changing my website. My previous site was less then a year old. But I knew to move forward, to manifest what I was claiming -change was required. Scary as it can be at times. I feel the fear that shows up is to test us a wee bit-to see if we are up for the challenge and worthy of the reward this new direction shift may bring. The leap of faith required to get us to our new destination only proves that we are serious in our attempt to make it there.

read more