Heading home and chant time

I always head off on vacation with great intentions for keeping up all blogs but busier days than usual leave me tired and with too little time…  Can’t believe it’s already our last night.  I HAVE managed to put up quite a few posts about the trip on the Scribblings blog.  Once home I’ll get back to writing the next part of Shifting and the Winds of Change.

In the meantime it’s time to think about when you’ll chant or pray or meditate for peace on Sunday.

Collective Prayer Sundays:  In case you’re new, we’re finding 10 minutes at a minimum to pray or chant or meditate (or???) for peace every Sunday.  Details are on the CPS page.  For comments:  you can comment here or on that page or you can go to the Facebook page.

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Getting ready to hit the road and thought I’d reblog this excellent post and say hey and don’t forget to chant or pray for peace today!

Originally posted on earth & ink:

IMG00486Soule’s and Fowler’s are my inheritance from my grandfather, along with a Shorter OED (not pictured). The hard copy Little OED was a find in a second-hand store that had me happy for months. Maybe years. I’m actually still happy about it. Also, my nails look uncharacteristically good in this.

So here’s what I don’t have:

I’m not a grammar perfectionist, with me lots of oopsies will slip through. (I admit to loving those who are seriously good at this, though.)

I have no self-restraint when it comes to commas. I don’t know why but: I <3 ,,,,,, !

I rarely use semi-colons because I am too enamoured with commas. There is no excuse for this. It is simply my nature.

I misspell things and sometimes use the wrong version of an homonym homophone. (This is something that began with menopause. I cannot tell you why it happens but it is my single…

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Shifting and the winds of change: Part 1

The more my eyes loosen up and my jaw opens, the more I feel a breeze quietly moving through my being.  Although my eye is still mainly on the prize — finishing the unwinding head saga–I can feel that the shifting in my head is creating shifts in me.

Lately I’ve been feeling poked as tales of similar workshops and theories have been coming at me from many directions.  Within a couple of days of one another there were posts on Alohaleya and Aligning with Truth mentioned Landmark Forum, which led me to examine that course.  Louise at Dare Boldly has written about Choices Seminars many times and I’ve examined their site.   I noticed that both of them emphasize “story” — an examination of the stories you’ve created about life and who you are and that you adhere to regardless of their truth or efficacy.

Then I had lunch with a friend who told me about a webinar she’s been taking that’s about discovering/examining your stories and letting them go.  Okay, Universe, you don’t have to hit me over the head with a book about it, I get that this is something I need to explore.

Tonight I made my first visit to the monthly Spiritual Cinema group that meets at a Science of Mind-based center called Ahava.  The film was The Shift.  When Wayne Dyer talked about the morning of life and getting caught in the beliefs and decisions we made long ago it struck me that he was also talking about the stories we’ve created.  Apparently my higher self has decided that I need to hear about this daily…

So I’ve been starting to ask myself about what my stories are.  I’ve let go of so much, I know that lots of old stories don’t still function.  But I know there are core issues still hanging around and that those are the ones that are hardest to see; I’m intrigued whether some of these workshops/techniques would help me uncover more.

It also reminded me of the long ago transpersonal psychologist who started me down this path.  She worked from a base theory about creating your own reality.  One of the exercises we worked with a lot was to go into meditation asking, “What do I believe that created this reality?” and then ask to be taken back to when and where that belief started.

At some point  I’d like to attend either Choices or Landmark Forum or both, but in the meantime, I’m planning to work a little bit with what I already know and see what shows up.

I’ve also been encountering lots of messages–including a great post on Brenda’s Blog– about following the things you love and getting that those are the things you’re “meant” to do.  And realizing that I’ve been tending to dismiss the dreams I love the most — the ones that feel the most like me but also feel selfish or not spiritual enough, etc.  Which I get is a story I’ve created….  So I’m also looking at changing goals and aspirations.

Next couple of posts will be more on these winds of change..

Keep Smiling Bag, a little gift for trying times …


Love this!

Originally posted on THE POET BY DAY:

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

A lifetime ago I had a job in social work where I was privileged to work with folks who were everyday heroes in desperate circumstances. Fortunately, there were many substantive things we could do to help our clients. However, small thoughtful little gifts –  like a KEEP SMILING BAG – were also much appreciated. 

A Catholic might call this a Caritas Bag; a Buddhist, a Metta Bag; a Jew, a Chesed Bag. A Native American might call it a Medicine Bag. I just call it a KEEP SMILING BAG.  It’s a bag full of affection and support in the form of bracing little reminders.

I originally posted this piece in early 2011 but these are trying times for so many people I know. I thought I might post it again. You may have a few people in…

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i’ve got a little secret. or, it’s not so much that i have this secret that no one else has. it’s more like i have discovered something – but not for the first time. i am rediscovering it. or rediscovering it on a deeper level. that’s more what it is.


you see, i just completed a 21 day meditation series. and by completed, i mean, i did every single day. no joke. i did not skip one day. i just committed and followed through. 21 days in a row.

and it was amazing.

the series was about happiness, our search for it and how we find it. i thought that it might be a bit cheesy, or i wondered how it would be possible to meditate on happiness for 3 weeks. but, i was so wrong. you see, the focus was not at all on happiness in the sense of…

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Specific Prayers, General Prayers and Faith

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Selling papyrus is important but stopping for prayer is more important (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m on e-mail prayer lists for a few organizations.  It’s interesting how many different ways people approach it.  From just asking you to pray for someone to long lists of specific things they want you to pray for regarding that person.  From not too much info about the intended prayer recipient to lots of details.

For every request I see I send long distance Reiki and say a silent prayer that the energy should serve the highest good of all concerned.  And then I assume the Universe knows better than I do how best to use the energy.  I always feel awkward about the ones that are very specific in their requests, from asking for a particular outcome to a surgery or illness to prayers for certain behaviors from the doctors and/or nurses to how the loved ones will feel.

I know one theory about prayers and affirmations is that you need to be very specific.  Sometimes I’ve used that theory and written a really specific affirmation.  But mostly I’ve come to feel that my personality level self isn’t nearly as wise about the big picture and what’s best as the Divine is, so I like to pray or affirm kind of generally and leave it to a higher power to determine the specifics.

Particularly when it comes to the illnesses of people I don’t know it feels odd to me to assume that I know what outcome will serve the highest good of all.  In that situation I have a lot of faith the Universe will use the energy I offer to serve the recipient well.

I also don’t especially feel that I need specifics — in my prayer I usually name the one who sent the prayer request as friend or aunt or whatever of  “Ann Marie” (whoever the recipient is) and assume the Universe knows where it needs to go.  I’ve seen other people ask for more information in order to better focus their prayers.

Ultimately, I don’t think there’s any right or wrong — if the intent is good and the prayers are being offered, I think the Universe knows how to use it.  But it makes me curious to hear what you think about prayers and specificity?  How does faith enter into that equation for you?

Collective Prayer Sundays:  In case you’re new, we’re finding 10 minutes at a minimum to pray or chant or meditate (or???) for peace every Sunday.  Details are on the CPS page.  For comments:  you can comment here or on that page or you can go to the Facebook page.


Forgiveness Project update

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Microsoft clipart MP900399589

I haven’t forgotten my forgiveness project but I’m just now starting to feel that I’ve integrated the first round.  Sometime in the next few days I plan to do the next person on my list.  As before, 1-3 days of lovingkindness chant and, when that feels complete, I’ll do the forgiveness ceremony I created.

And, I’m delighted to announce that Louise from Dare Boldly is going to write a post about forgiveness sometime next week, so check — I can already tell you you’ll love whatever she writes!