Thoughts for the Day . . .

“I may not be able to change
the circumstances of my life
but I can change the conversation.” 

It’s not how you react, but how you interrupt it. 

Today . . .

I shape my perception of things. 

I choose how to respond.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic


Relics of Southeast Alaska

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Along many of the beaches you will find any number of things left to Mother Nature to decay and corrode. Here some bundles of cable that caught my eye on a morning beach walk at the old cannery.
 
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Small towns used a generator like this one to bring electricity to the community. It’s no longer in operation but certainly a site to see its magnitude and how it served the people. I recall one of the elders telling me that it was turned on only for several hours during the day.
 
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You don’t have to go too far to see a boat like this relic, abandoned vessel. One would guess it had a lot of stories to tell. Mother Nature can be fierce in these parts. There have been many beach walks where I have found the pieces of boats strewn along the shoreline. I usually take them home, if I am able to carry them, and put them in my garden.
 
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The Harris Mine is the site of many a relic. You can even see the tracks that carried the ore mining cars from the copper mines. The place is abandoned now and all that is left are pieces of rusting machinery and an eerie feeling of hard working days from the past.
 
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And my favorite relic of all …. an abandoned and dilapidated bunk house used by the Philippine migrant workers during fishing season. Shortly after I took this photograph, the city tore it down because it wasn’t safe.
 
 

Take your pick ….

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People inspire you or they drain you. Pick them wisely!

~ Hans F. Hansen ~

It is your choice.

There are no mistakes …. there are only lessons. Life repeats those lessons for us until we learn them and sometimes it takes on various forms.  Sometimes it takes a lot of time for it to sink into our being and we finally learn from those lessons.

Those we associate with are only mirrors of ourselves.   There is something that person has that has attracted you to them, be it something you love about yourself, or something you hate about yourself.  Ultimately, the choice is up to you what you do with them.  You have everything you need to make that decision.  All the answers lie within you, just look, listen and trust your own best judgement.

 Make the happy choice because you are in the driver’s seat.

Once you make your mind up to be happy, everything will change.  Let go of all the emotional baggage.  Give yourself permission to be happy.

While you aren’t always happy all the time, and that’s OK, accept the times when you aren’t.  Focus on how your body feels when you are aren’t happy.  Perhaps letting go of limiting beliefs and stress, along with emotional baggage might help you get more present and be aware of those feelings.  It’s your decision, your choice.

If you choose to look on the bright side of life, your life will brighten.  What you focus on will manifest and the outcome will be far more positive.  And don’t forget to smile.  Release the true optimist within you! That alone will draw those positive and inspiring people into your life that you want to associate with.

The Story of Two Birds – 100th Post

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The Story of Two Birds.

This story comes from the ancient Hindu philosophical texts called the Upanishads, dating perhaps more than 2500 years ago.  It integrates the powerful imagery of two birds.

There are two birds who are sitting on the same tree, inseparable and best friends.

The first bird eats from the Tree of Life, sweet and sour fruits alike, chattering incessantly.

The second bird just watches.

The first bird is your practical self, your monkey mind that chatters about everything, fearing, judging, analyzing and acting. This is the seat many of us take for most of our lives, where we spend our reality in our non-thinking minds. This bird is in the spotlight of attention all the time, running circles around the second bird.
The second bird is the watcher, checking out everything that happens in your life.  That’s all this bird does.

It watches everything, judging nothing. 

It has no opinion of anything, nor does it have a memory.  It is like a mirror, just receiving, keeping nothing.  This is the undiscovered part of you which has always been there. By turning your attention to it, and being aware of it, you will shift. This is the act of meditation when you shift to this seat. It is the place where you reside over the ocean of bliss.  You can go there anytime you want. With practice, this will become a natural space, putting you in control as you just quietly watch everything with calm and centering presence.
Shift to the seat of the second bird and make it become second nature to your being. Once you are in that seat, no one can take that away from you. And that’s empowering!

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

~ Wayne W. Dyer ~

This is my 100th post.  Thank you to all who have supported and followed over the past year.

Solstice Sound Bath

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Celebrating Solstice

This past week I had the privilege of attending a Sound Bath. I have never been to one, let alone heard of one and what a surprise it was to my being, and the 100+ other like-minds that attended.  Filled to capacity, the air of the Art Center was suddenly permeated  with powerful vibrations from gongs and crystal singing bowls sending healing and calmness from without and within in waves of sound. Lying on mats on the floor, we closed our eyes and let the sounds encircle us, sometimes softly, sometimes loudly, sometimes creating sensations of tingling and chills.  You could feel the vibrations resonating through your body almost like an out of this world experience.  Some describe the Sound Bath as if you were traveling through outer space and into an altered state of consciousness, a feeling of pure bliss and deep inner peace.
Rituals such as this, can give us the experience of connecting to the Universe and tapping into its energy to create the calm we so desperately need in this stressful world. It was a time of tuning into the vibrations of the universe, to calm our being inside and out, and to release that which no longer serves us as we are ushered into the new summer season.  What a wonderful way to start the summer season.
I left the event feeling connected to the Universe, centered and refreshed, not to mention fully present.  But Mother Nature wasn’t finished with me yet.  She treated me to a fabulous Supermoon Rise on the drive way home.  What a perfect way to end the evening of Summer Solstice!

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Supermoon – June 23, 2013

In memory of Mom
June 23, 1927 – April 24, 2013

Photo of the Supermoon credit: woodleywonderworks’ photostream

Tribute to Mom

I haven’t been here at My Awakening Life for awhile.  The reason being is that my Mother passed away the end of April and I was dealing with traveling to visit with her earlier in the month, dealing with the emotions of letting go and trying to remain Awakened.
Some thoughts of the events over the last few months that I have learned from . . .
Never take anything for granted.  You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Life has a way of giving you situations that you can experience and learn valuable lessons.

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My Mother was 91 when she passed from this world onto her next journey. She lived a full and rich life and although we didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, I always respected her and loved her because she was the person who gave me life.
In early March of this year, I felt compelled to write her a letter thanking her for giving me life and raising me in the best way she knew how.  It’s difficult to raise a child given the fact that we don’t come with an owner’s manual.  So, we do the best we can at the time even though we make mistakes along the way. I thanked her for teaching me right from wrong and for things like an appreciation of gardening, nature and sunsets, teaching me how to cook,  and guiding me to follow a path as an entrepreneur.  I also thanked her and Dad for always providing more than adequately for our family.  In her frail state of consciousness, she held my hand and thanked me for the letter. It was a moment of peace for both of us.
We gathered at the grave site, where my Father was waiting for her, and said our good byes in the pouring rain.  It was an important moment for our family as we sat there, suspended in grief, holding on to the memories of cherished moments of her life.
Our journey then took us back for a visit to our homestead a few miles away from the cemetery.  I hadn’t been able to visit there since my Father passed away and Mom sold the house 11 years ago.  Somehow, it seemed like the right thing to do and it really wasn’t the grieving experience as I had expected.  It felt like it was the closure that I needed.
Rest in Peace, Mom and Dad.  I miss you!
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This is the Homestead where I grew up.  My parents built this house and paid for it as they built it.  They never had a mortgage.  It sat on 13 acres of land given to my Father by my Grandfather for the cost of $500.00.  It was a place where family gathered during the holidays, cousins came to visit from the big city during the summer, where we grew our own vegetables, played with many dogs and farm animals and a place I called home.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

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Make art …. not war!

Sitting outside a local coffee shop, enjoying the beautiful spring weather, and totally engaged in conversation with a good friend, I noticed this saying on a car parked near of us .  As I am never without my camera, I took a picture.  How appropriate for the theme of this weekly challenge of “change”.   Speaking of change ….. about two minutes after I took the photo, I looked up and the car was gone.
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Ego or Essence?


Do you ever question your thoughts!  Does your egoic mind take over your thoughts?
Step into the NOW and experience your true Essence.
But what is our true Essence?  It’s the real thing.  It’s who we really and truly are.  Its’ the divine Self that is you, me, us.
However, because we are programmed to pay attention to our thoughts, we fail to notice our real Essence or the actual now of NOW.
How would it feel to drop out of the “mental” world and into the NOW to experience peace, calm, joy and the richness of  life … the Essence of our own true selves?
Egoic thoughts like “I’m not good enough,” or “I’ll never have what I want” …. it’s the false self speaking, those voices in the head …. all driven by the ego.
Let go of the conditional thoughts, the shoulds, the beliefs and the opinions that other have bestowed on us, the cultural conditioning about life.
Step into your true Essence – that is who you truly are.
Be aware of your thoughts.  Ask yourself:  Is it true?  Is it useful?  How does it make me feel? The mind isn’t interested in the present moment.  It loves the past and future.  Notice this!
Did you ever notice how your mind wanders into the past and future?  Continually!  Use your Essence to notice this path of the mind.  Your Essence is content to notice the arising moment and respond to it without thoughts.
What is your mind thinking of right now? Are you aware of your surroundings?  Feelings?  Sensations? Urges?  Insights?
Let go of the struggle and allow your true Essence to step forth and shine.
Free yourself from the bondage of the egoic mind.  Let’s have more present moments in the NOW and less crappy thoughts!  Starting now!
About the photo:  The beautiful Amaryllis is a stunning flower associated with the holidays.  It symbolizes pride, determination and radiant beauty …. the kind that emanates from the inner source and flowers outward …. much like the the Essence of our own beauty.