Show Up! –Journey of Beauty 02.09.01

Guiding Thought

How do I act with Beauty? How do I bring Beauty to mundane tasks or actions? Is Beauty created, when I bring Beauty to a project? How do I embody Beauty?

Reflection / Contemplation

I am inclined to think that most, if not all, that we do involves intention and attention. As a body worker, if I don’t have clear intentions about what I am doing, and I don’t pay attention to what I am doing with my client, I could cause serious bodily harm, or at the least, give a lousy treatment. This intention/attention business applies to relationships, or just about anything. Beauty included.
Now I know that I cannot sustain such focus all day. My mind wanders and the autopilot button kicks in. My daily interaction with Beauty is much like this: I weave in and out of intention/attention to autopilot.
This intention/attention business starts before I get out of bed in the morning. More and more, certain phrases, mantras, or the words attached to a vision board that sits by my bedside, help me to garner my forces for the day.
It is then that I get up, get dressed and go for a walk with my daily walking partner. We have, now, an unspoken pact to make sure that we notice something new every day. We stop and appreciate some piece of nature that we have not noticed before. Today it was the first of the irises; and the tulips are not yet done offering their burst of color and happiness. We are lucky to live where there is a constant supply of newness and an invitation to pause for Beauty. My engagement with Beauty starts early in my day.
And so it goes this weaving in and out of intention/attention, to autopilot, and back to intention/attention. As I write, I realize there is a temporal process to all this: the actual stopping throughout my day, being present and noticing. It is my part in the relationship with Beauty. I have to show up!

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Hobbies as a Doorway to Peace –Journey of Courage 02.09.39

Guiding Thought

I accept my light and my lightness! I feel my Self expand! As I perceive change around me, I remain anchored in my Being of Light. I allow myself to sit peacefully in the still place of nothingness as life moves quickly around me.

Contemplation / Reflection

Light and lightness. I’m feeling a lightness about this Journey. Only one more day of commitment. My husband has already congratulated me on a “job well done”. I asked him to save his congratulations until tomorrow. The lightness I’m experiencing is about demonstrating that I can make a 40+ day commitment and keep it.  Sometimes that’s a big deal.

And then, of course, there’s the actual light around me. It’s been one of those days where it’s gray and pouring rain one minute, with the sun shining brightly the next. Sometimes the lack of daylight can impact my sense of my “Being of Light”.

I’ve been playing with a new hobby today. I realized afterward that it required a single focus of attention, a “still place of nothingness” as life was moving around me. It seems like many hobbies are like this. We can remove ourselves to a more still place, somewhat removed from the life moving around us. Perhaps that’s why we gravitate toward hobbies in the first place. When we get really involved with them, the rest of life goes on around us. We sit peacefully. While I was working on my project, I was distantly aware that my husband was playing his guitar, involved in his own still place. Perhaps, when we find that place in ourselves, it radiates outward and impacts those around us. I plan to practice carrying my lightness, my expanded Self, into my days as I interact with others. I’d like to notice if, “anchored in my Being of Light”, I can shed some of that light on those around me, helping slow the pace of the life that moves so very quickly around all of us.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Precognitive Set-up –Journey of Courage 02.09.36

Guiding Thought

I am responsible! I am able to respond with and through conscious awareness of my inner-centered, silent Knowingness. I practice Knowingness moment by moment. Anchored in my inner-harmony, I have the courage to face my own thoughts and actions.

Contemplation / Reflection

Yesterday I posted about letting go of “false boundaries”. I have, for some time, been thinking, “I am not a morning person.” I asked my husband to wake me 15 minutes before my recent wake up time. My plan was to get up earlier in 15 minute increments. Instead of him waking me 15 minutes ahead of normal, I woke myself 45 minutes earlier. It felt great! I’ll do the same tomorrow. I feel this falls into the category of “courage to face my OWN thoughts and actions”. I can OWN those actions, without asking my husband to participate in the shift to “I AM a morning person”. I’m actually looking forward, someday in the not-too-distant future, to being up to witness the glorious sunrise. That’s something I’ve only done in recent history if I had to get up early enough to catch a morning flight.

Yesterday I also took my elderly father out for lunch and to a doctor’s appointment. He requires a wheelchair and oxygen tank any time he leaves home. In past experience, I’ve had someone with me to assist with all this cargo, but yesterday I was flying solo.  I faced the thought that this was going to be a challenge for me.  The wheelchair? That puppy’s pretty heavy to load and unload! Dad’s primary caregiver came out and loaded the chair into my car. He showed me the most efficient way to lift it.  So I unloaded at the restaurant. Reloaded it after lunch.  Unloaded it at the doctor’s. Reloaded to drive him home. Unloaded it at his house. Surprisingly, it wasn’t difficult at all!  So much for “facing my thoughts and actions”. The thought is often a precognitive set-up for the action. Without that negative thought, the action turned out much more comfortably. How often do I unconsciously set myself up to make things more difficult than necessary? Mindfulness/Knowingness is a wonderful thing. I’ll be watching myself more closely to face other circumstances where I think I “know” how things will go, without any real “Knowingness”!

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Facing Fears –Journey of Courage 02.09.26

Guiding Thought

We are responsible! We are able to respond with and through conscious awareness of our inner-centered, silent knowingness, moment by moment. Anchored in the inner harmony, we face our own thoughts and actions with courage.

Contemplation / Reflection

Some days as I respond to these Guiding Thoughts, I wonder “what am I doing here?” I feel like I’m writing a personal diary and putting it out there for the world to see. I feel exposed and vulnerable. When I “anchor in inner harmony”, I feel less naked. I don’t know what you think of me and my shared thoughts. From an inner-centered awareness, I feel like that’s okay. I’m “responding” the best I know how. I think you are, too. Sometimes I try to write what I think someone else will want to read. Something someone else will find interesting, or thought-provoking. When I try to write from that space, what comes out feels forced and insincere, and I have to start over.  It’s taking courage, every day, to continue to share my thoughts. Some days I think I’d rather not. But, I’ve made a commitment to myself to do this work. As always when I directly face my fears, I think “it’s okay to be afraid and to do it anyway”. I gain strength and confidence from seeing myself as someone who keeps their word, no matter what. I see myself as more courageous for accomplishing these daily exercises.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Now, There’s an Idea! –Journey of Courage 02.09.23

Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. We choose to be unconditionally devoted to the Love which is unconditionally devoted to us. We embrace life in Love as our True nature. Connected with All in Love, we stand boldly in our heart-centers, unwavering in our dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

Love is unconditional. Hmm, think we addressed this earlier – like on Day 3, or Day 13. Each time it comes up, it elicits a different response. I am a different person than I was on Day 3 or 13. Tomorrow is my husband’s and my anniversary. Someone once said “if you want to participate in one of life’s most challenging/rewarding personal growth trainings, get married and stay that way”. We’ve been doing this for lots of years now. It’s been easy, hard, fun, tearful and wonderful. My husband and I agreed years ago that we could have whatever differences of opinion we wanted and that would be okay, so long as we agreed that the relationship itself was NOT up for question. I think that may fall in the category of “unconditional”. Once we settled into that, I began to test the waters on whether I could approach other relationships with this same level of unconditional loving devotion and acceptance. I find that, most of the time, I can. It’s a freeing, humbling, enlarging experience. Sometimes I find myself wishing that this person would say thank you or that person would call more often, or someone else would make the plans for us to get together. Then, I take a step back and ask myself whether I REALLY want to change that person, or if I can love and accept them as they are. Usually, the easiest one to change is myself!

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Surprise! –Journey of Courage 02.09.13

Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. Choose to be unconditionally devoted to the Love which is unconditionally devoted to you! Embrace life in Love as your true nature. Connect with All in Love. Stand boldly in your heart-center unwavering in your dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

Today I’m only doing this because I said I would. But that’s reason enough.  I’ve been on the couch under a blanket today sharing this body with a bug.  Sharing my body with an alien being, isn’t THAT unconditional Love?! Trying to keep in mind that every living thing (bugs included) is my relation. That definitely puts a humbling challenge to my “unwavering dedication to Unity of Life in Love”. I’ve learned (yet again) that sitting in quiet meditation ALLOWS for peacefulness in this special sharing with my buggy brethren! I thought, as I read this Guiding Thought, that there wouldn’t be much connecting with all in Love. Without leaving the house, I wouldn’t be having any connecting at all.  BUT, that’s only if I limit my perception to include face-to-face encounters with other HUMAN beings. In fact, I have encountered many, many beings today, including anyone out there reading this, and any in here sharing this body today. So, my total and unconditional love to you ALL!

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

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Personal Peace –Journey of Courage 02.09.07

Guiding Thought

Love is strong! Powerful! I embrace Love and wield it through my awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. I move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.

Contemplation / Reflection

I thought this Guiding Thought would be an easy one, but have found it to be quite the opposite. Thought about the many love songs out there over the years that speak of “love” and they all seem to miss the mark.  Love is NOT something to be reserved for family, close friends or one special “beloved”.  Perhaps Jesus said it best when he said, in the Sermon on the Mount: “for if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? Do not even the publicans so?”  REAL unconditional love is strong, it can also be very difficult.  To hold myself away from the illusions of the mind, to make the space to love the politician whose ideals are so different from mine, the land developers who seem to think the only answer is more density in housing, more money for rents, more yachts and luxuries, more military might, THAT is powerful love. It’s not easy, but it IS essential to personal peace.  I was once very involved in the “peace movement”, a struggle against nuclear power and war. Then, at a retreat weekend, a Buddhist Geshin said to me simply, “you cannot fight for peace, you must simply walk in peace”. For me that was one of life’s “aha moments”. No more struggle, give up the fight.  To live a life of love I must move forward courageously with Peace. To walk in peace, in love for everyone and everything,  I no longer seek to find or to be “the beloved”, I seek to be love.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

Become a Guest Contributor
If you think you might possibly like to be a guest contributor at some point for a future Journey (taking your next courageous step!), as Mary is doing now, please email me: susan@withpearls.com. We can talk. Smooth. Easy. No pressure. Just take that step and we’ll see how it goes from there.

Get your feet wet:
Susanwithpearls has a new playspace. There is a whole ‘nother Journey of Courage happening here: https://journeys.withpearls.com/?affiliateId=bae2-0acc&discountId=172f-8ff7
This is new and different, so anything goes at this point. It would be a good time/place to test your own waters. Come in anonymously. Post a few days to the community. See how it feels. It is free, but you will have to sign up to access it.