Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Slow down!

"There is little in our lives we need to do that we cannot do better if we are peaceful. Few situations--no matter how greatly they appear to demand it--can be bettered by us going berserk." From Codependent No More by Melody Beattie.

Chances are there are way too much rush, panic, pressure and demands for immediate reactions in your life.  There's the issue--we react, instead of taking the time to consider and CHOOSE our responses.  I am (slowly!) learning from my husband the calm, thoughtful, "just the facts, ma'am" approach to handling situations. It's a good thing to ask for time to consider your response rather than emotionally jumping into quicksand!  Been there, done that, plenty of times! 

So today, when pressured, give some thought to slowing down and considering options--there are always at least two--good attitude and bad attitude.  :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gracious Hosts

'I wonder what would happen if we all acted as gracious hosts in our world in every moment. In order to do that, we would have to consider ourselves "at home" wherever we are.' From Rev. Dr. Linda McNamar
This is an invitation to be so comfortable in our own skin that wherever we are, we are focused on the grace that lives as us and how we can practice it in our world.  Simple acts of kindness practiced regularly uplift the entire human consciousness. Some examples: smile; help a fellow shopper; be patient waiting in line; say "please" and "thank you"; surprise someone with a flower and uplifting note; silently bless harried travelers and workers in an airport.  What other ways can you live as a "gracious host"? 
Blessings and grace,

Monday, May 9, 2011

Holy Gardening

I spent a couple hours on Mother's Day morning sitting on the front steps transplanting seedlings into bigger pots.  It was a beautiful morning and it felt very meditative and holy.  The basil plants I was moving into bigger pots started out as seeds about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.  In that tiny seed was the pattern for the shape and size of leaves and how the plant grows, the smell of the leaves (not rose-smell or orange-smell, but basil-smell), and the glorious taste of the leaves.  I see yummy pesto in each plant's future.
All I did was plant the seeds and give them the proper conditions to grow.  The Universe took care of the rest.  What seeds might you plant today?  Can you trust the Universe to provide the details? 
Truly, gardening is a holy pursuit!!!
Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Choosing what to celebrate...

While I understand the relief of some folks that Osama bin Laden is no longer on earth, I do not see his killing as an event appropriate to celebrate.  Do we want to teach our children that murder should be celebrated, especially when it's someone we don't like?!?!?
What I AM celebrating is that so very many folks are NOT celebrating this event.  Hatred and violence only breed more of the same, and the human consciousness is realizing this on a more massive scale every day.  Now THAT is worth celebrating!  Let's be the peace and love we want to see in our world!