J2P Monday: one week to post for challenge

Peace dove graffiti in Madrid, Spain, with the...

Peace dove graffiti in Madrid, Spain, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just a quick reminder that this is the last week for posting about this month’s challenge.  I also posted a couple of exercises and ideas you might use to write a post about programs, policies, etc. that could lead to peace.  See here and here.

Don’t forget to add this link: https://bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/j2p-monday-new-challenge-is-peace-out-there/ (so I get a pingback and others can see it in the comments list) and tag it with J2PChallenge and Journey2Peace.

Judgment and visions; time for a new vision board

Earlier today I watched a recording of Super Soul Sunday in which Oprah interviewed Cynthia Bond about her book, Ruby.  I enjoyed the interview though I’ve been more inspired by others; partly because I haven’t read the book.  But throughout the interview Ms. Bond made references to things she’s put on her vision board –apparently long ago– that have come true.

Every time she named something I either thought, “Why don’t I have that on my vision board?” or jumped to something similar among my dreams that hasn’t landed on any of my boards.  Last fall I realized I’ve had a lot of dreams I tried to suppress because they didn’t feel “right” or spiritual enough.

As I contemplated the missing pieces of my vision boards, I realized there’s more to the issue than I initially saw.  That I have a lot of visions about what I’d like my life to look like and I suppress many things because I’m judging them as not worthy or immodest or…  Suddenly I knew I wanted to create a new board that has all the things on it I’ve ignored.

One of my issues about the dreams running regularly through my head is that none of them involve how to make a living though many require plenty of income–or a LOT of free stuff falling in my lap.  In a flash I knew I wanted to own those dreams anyway.  I’ve started gathering pictures for the new board I’m conceiving.  A board that reflects the dreams looping through my head for some years now.

The Universe knows how to provide whatever is needed to bring those dreams to fruition.  I want to let go of the judgments and assumptions about what has to come first or what’s okay to want and just make the board that really shows my dreams.  And trust that I will feel the tap on the shoulder when the plans, paths, means arrive and show me the next step.  Which could be realizing I have yet another, completely different dream.

I’m so grateful for Super Soul Sunday and the many ways it leads me to contemplate and find deeper truths.

Peaceful Sunday Time

This Sunday let’s add a little exercise if you have time.  Before you pray or chant or meditate for peace, get quiet, move inward and ask yourself if anything within you stands in the way of being peaceful and, if so, ask to see what it is.  See the thing that blocks peace as dissolving or floating away from you. Ask if there is anything more you can do to release whatever blocks your peace. Then chant, etc. as usual.

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 the CPS page or you can go to the Facebook page.

Thankful Thursday — struggling for gratitude

I’ve missed posting for Thankful Thursday quite a few times now.  Been back on the yanking muscles, no sleep schedule* and, besides being kind of out of it about schedules in general, I’ve been feeling a little “grrr” about it all.  Tends to make me a little blind to the many things for which I might feel gratitude every day.

Finally managed to remember on a Thursday — barely, but hey, that counts!

  1. Yesterday it was warm enough to open windows for hours.  I love having fresh air blowing through.
  2. Found a new dish to love yesterday at one of my favorite restaurants. Parmesan Tilapia.  Uh oh.  Gonna be even tougher to decide what to order every time.  That’s a problem for which I’m very grateful
  3. While my smoothies are always pretty tasty, some just come out with an extra somethin’, somethin’–my usual thought is “I want to make that into a dessert” — healthy and YUMMY.  The last two I’ve made have been in that extra good category.
  4. Grateful I can buy all the stuff to make those healthy smoothies.  And that I have a house in which to drink them.

And now I’m thankful I stopped to be thankful because I feel better.

Check out Thankful Thursday to see more of these posts.


 

* You can click on the “Healing Journey” tab above for info on the health stuff

J2P Monday: two more weeks on this challenge

Dove peace

Dove peace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This month the challenge has been to post about creating peace through governments, programs, policies, etc.  Whether you think it’s environmental initiatives, treaties, ending hunger, etc., write about the issue you think could change the world.  The next challenge will be posted on the first Monday in April, so you have a little extra time.

I also put out a couple of exercises to do if you want some help getting an idea for this post here and here.

Don’t forget to add this link: https://bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/j2p-monday-new-challenge-is-peace-out-there/ (so I get a pingback and others can see it in the comments list) and tag it with J2PChallenge and Journey2Peace.

Finding time for peace

Whether you’re in the part of the world where it’s already Sunday or, like me, you still have time to plan for tomorrow, I hope you’ll find time to stop for 10 minutes and pray or chant for peace.

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.

J2P Monday: Getting the details

English: The gazebo at Lincoln Park in , built...

The gazebo at Lincoln Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This week I’m adding a piece to last week’s challenge, both of which are just meant to give you ideas for posts for this month’s challenge to write one or more posts about “Peace Out There”.

Exercise:

  • Write an affirmation about the project or policy you think would promote peace in the world.
  • Every day for five days say the lovingkindness chant* or meditate for 30 minutes
  • After you meditate, repeat your affirmation three times
  • On the sixth day, say the chant or meditate  for 30 minutes, then do this meditation:  see yourself walking through a forest.  Note the scents and sights.  As you stroll see the entrance to a cave tunnel.  Walk through the tunnel and find yourself in a garden with a gazebo.  Enter the gazebo and see some comfortable chairs and an elevator.  As you sit, the elevator doors open and a group of guides/counselors enter the gazebo and sit in the other chairs.  Ask them what the best plan would be to carry out the program or policy to create peace.
  • Open your eyes and take notes on the plan.  If you also created plans the first two weeks, compare them

Don’t forget to add this link: https://bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/j2p-monday-new-challenge-is-peace-out-there/ (so I get a pingback and others can see it in the comments list) and tag it with J2PChallenge and Journey2Peace.  If anyone who doesn’t have a blog would like to write a post for the challenge, get in touch and I’ll put it up as a guest post.