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

 

 

 

 

 

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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)

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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)

Chaos and Quiet –Journey of Courage 02.09.20

Guiding Thought

Be aware, allow, accept What is. Go within to your silent Self which Knows and follow your Inner wisdom to Truth. Practice Divine Balance in thought, word, and action. You are! You are your Self! You Are your Self of Love!

Contemplation / Reflection

Chaos and quiet. Went for a stroll through the local botanical garden on this sunny, spring-like afternoon. The garden is under the flight path of planes leaving the large international airport. They’re loud. Add to that a couple of trucks with loud mufflers and a motorcycle and you have noisy chaos. In only a minute, the vehicles and the plane are all long gone. I’m now standing on the edge of the pond in the Japanese garden section and all is peacefully quiet. I am aware. I allow the noise, what choice do I have?  And now I stand in the inner and outer stillness. I breathe deeply.  I am my Self aware of both chaos and quiet. And I love the balance of it! One of my favorite songs from years past was titled “Delicate Balance”.  A part of the lyrics: “it’s all such a delicate balance, as it turns through the circles of air. To live it is real, to love it is to feel that you’re a part of what everything is.” Delicate balance, divine balance, chaos and quiet…………

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunshine on My Shoulders –Journey of Courage 02.09.19

Guiding Thought

Accept your light and my lightness! Feel your Self expand! As you perceive change around you, remain anchored in your Being of Light. Allow yourself to sit peacefully in the still place of nothingness as life moves quickly around you.

Contemplation / Reflection

Spring has rather suddenly arrived where I live. The sun has been shining, crocus and daffodils are beginning to bloom, the first of the cherry blossoms are peeking out. It’s easy to accept my light and lightness on days like this. But what about other days when it’s rainy or cold or windy? Or what about the change all around me. They say the only thing permanent is change. I watch the news and it doesn’t feel like “good” change. So, I sit by the window where the sun shines through and warms me. And I think “sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy”. I can have that thought even on cloudy days, and it warms me and I feel lighter.  Seems like I’ve been spending a lot of time “in the still place of nothingness” lately. Sometimes I feel guilty, like I “should” be doing something more productive. Then I think that being a little corner of peace and light in a fast-paced hectic world IS doing something. And I do my best to let that peace and light carry with me when I wander out into the world.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Love and Teddy Bears –Journey of Courage 02.09.17

Guiding Thought

Love is strong! Powerful! Embrace Love and wield it through your awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. Move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.

Contemplation / Reflection

Love is strong! Powerful! As I pondered this Guiding Thought, I just kept coming up with “I got nothin!” So my husband brought out my favorite teddy bear, suggesting I might find some inspiration there. I’ve had a special teddy bear for many years. Not always the same bear. I seem to have a habit of passing them on to others when I perceive they would benefit someone more than me. And I got to thinking about the role of teddy bears in my world. I once spent six weeks in a hospital. I was given a bear I named “Hugs”. Hugs was with me every minute of every day during one of the more challenging periods of my life. “Kisses” is a teddy bear that supported me through cancer treatments. Teddy bears will listen to any tears, frustrations, anger and fear, and never talk back, never judge, never contradict, never argue. .. Love is like that. No matter the challenges faced, love simply IS.  Hugs went to a new home when a friend needed a hug. Same with Peppermint. Kisses still hangs out with me. Yes, love is strong, but it can also be gentle and quietly supportive, like a teddy bear. I look around my home and see houseplants, paintings, photographs, trees, cards from friends. Everywhere I look, signs of love. Ever present, demanding nothing but to let it be. There’s great power in that!

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Let There Be Light! –Journey of Courage 02.09.09

Guiding Thought

Contemplation / Reflection

Lightness! I love it! I live where winters are mostly grey and wet and days are short. When the sun shines, like today, I rejoice in the sunlight, and I feel lighter. This seems to be true for most of the people who live here.  I consider myself a being of light and often wonder that I have landed in this environment for so many years.  So when the change to autumn and winter darkness comes, I kind of hibernate a bit. Each year it gets easier to “sit peacefully in a still place of nothingness” as life moves around me.  I also find it easier to practice “mindfulness” in the peacefulness of my home.  I’ve had a tendency to “multi task”, doing several things simultaneously. In the quiet peace, I’m much more able to be mindful of one thing at a time. When I eat, I try to savor the food and not just chew it down while I focus on laundry or a phone chat. When I practice artful projects, they turn out much better if I’m in the stillness of the project in my hands.  I’m certainly not perfect at this peaceful still place of nothingness, but that’s why it’s called “practice”!

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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