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Sunday In Pictures

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Simple Steps

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Woke to chilly temperatures...35 F (1.7 C )  Floors cold.  Polar fleece slacks and a warm sweater serve me well as I light the stove and get breakfast going.  Conversation at breakfast determines that perhaps a nice gas heater would be good for the living room, as a back up heat, since we seem to enjoy sleeping with no heat on, we often choose in winter not to keep the fire going through the night, making some very cold mornings.  Having some heat on while the fire gets going would be nice.   Its actually a step in making things more simple.   Its not something we will depend on, but it sure will be a nice backup on the coldest winter mornings.
Simplicity, I have learned is in the mind, in the heart and in how we react to situations, more than it is about making your own soap or keeping goats.   True simplicity is about living in the present, not stressing out, not being a worrier, not being full of behaviors and attitudes that strangle our freedom.  True simplicity is about seeing the…

Multitasking, A Thief

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Each day my heart wakes with a yearning sort of feeling.   Not for love, or things, or new places to visit, but for betterment.  Enlightenment is the word that comes to mind, but for so many, there is a religious prejudice attached to that word, that stops them dead in their tracks and creates some sort of fear within.  I do not feel that way, I feel drawn to a word that bespeaks of understanding life better.  Getting a handle on the emotions that sometimes rule us and have us say or do things we regret later.   As I grow older, it feels to me like a time of preparation, of looking within, with crystal clear vision of who and what I really am.  No longer so busy with raising a family, no longer burdened with some sort of self imposed sense of needing to be super woman, super mother, super anything for that matter, but feeling the need to be so full of compassion for others, that all the bad attitudes, all the aggravating situations, angry people etc, appear as they really are....peopl…

New Dawn

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A beautiful sunrise, dawn, waking the world around me, right before my eyes.  Colors to stir the soul, delight, bring joy.  In the rose garden, the first fall rose in bloom there, "New Dawn", how perfect..colors fading from pale pink to creamy white, delighting the eyes, bringing joy, stirring my soul to contemplate the wonders of the Creator.

AMAZING SÁMI FOLK MUSIC | Máddji - "Dawn Light"

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Learning To Be At Peace With Yourself

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There are a lot of people in the world that are uncomfortable in their own skin. Not happy with who they are. Many cannot even sit in a quiet room alone because they need a diversion from their own thoughts.  I have been one of those people.
People run around busy. Compulsively cleaning house, talking on the phone for extended periods or numerous times in a day, shopping, over eating, running from one thing to another. Never having to stop long enough to listen to their own heart beat. Angry thoughts may crowd their mind, or they carry a grudge, or think about what she does or what he said, and never take time to take inventory of who they have become. Many spend time trying to guess what the other person is thinking, when in reality the other person wasn't even thinking of them !It may seem painful at first to look deeply at ourselves. You may want to ask yourself some questions. Am I trying to copy people? Do I think out my own actions ? Do I constantly try to "be" some…

Yard Sale

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Sticking to my word regarding living with less "stuff", this weekend we are having a large yard sale...even some of the antiques are going into the "sell" pile.  The more mindfully we live, the less we want around and or need in our lives.  Simplicity just seems to be the manifestation of living in the moment, with no fear of tomorrow or all the "what if's" that we are so good at imagining.    Life has a way of teaching us lessons with each and every new step.  It seems that the stages in life, keep requiring less than the stage before.  
Here is a picture of one small corner of the stuff that is part of the yard sale, its only a fraction of the stuff we are moving on.  It feels good.  Like loosing weight, in a way, and getting rid of the "fat clothes".

Gregorian Chant Benedictinos, Music of My Afternoon

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Morning Ramble On A Damp Sunday Morning

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None of us can force peace upon another person, the sheer fact of using any force makes it not a peaceful act. We can however find peace within our own hearts and minds and scatter seeds of peace all around us. In our homes, seek peace and show peace to our loved ones. Bring our children up with peaceful hearts. Perhaps, peace within comes from a lack of being attached to things, to objects and from refraining from holding on so tight to our own self interests that aterritorial nature arises within us. I don't have the answers, just the questions. I am walking this path of life just like everyone else. One step at a time, gleaning from life's happenings any bit of wisdom I can find. Watching others, seeing whats working and knowing what is not.
Always, in each step I take, the goal ahead remains the same, to be at peace within.

Morning Joy

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A pumpkin spice breakfast, half a pumpkin spice bagel with pumpkin spice cream cheese, pumpkin spice granola, and of course, pumpkin spice coffee to go with it.  Edgar and Allen had their breakfast at the same time, Poe arrived a little later.  The three of them "talking" loudly the entire time they were here.  Time spend gathering acorn hats for some needle felted gnomes I am working on, pine cones gathered for starting a fire in the stove.  Simple things, delightful things, things I enjoy, things that gave me some morning joy.

Stillness

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When water is still, the reflection found is true to the objects being reflected.   When the water is angry, or being tossed about, the reflection is distorted and not true to what is being reflected.   We are like that, when we are still, not embracing drama or worry, what is being reflected is true, we see a clear picture of what is going on around us, which often allows us to see both sides of a situation and also gives us time to see things as they truly are.  Time to think of the best way to handle the situation.  Calmly.   But, with busy, hectic  lives, the water around us is rippling, then rushing or with great waves. Chaos often steals our chance to see the water around us still and reflective.   

Religion

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"Religion is always an individual, personal thing. Every person must work out his own views of religion, and if he is sincere, God will not blame him, however it turns out. Every man's religious experience is valid for himself, for, as I have said, it is not something that can be argued about. But the story of an honest soul struggling with religious problems, told in a sincere manner, will always be of a benefit to other people. That is why, in speaking about religion, I must get away from generalities, and tell my personal story. "

Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living

Sums up exactly how I feel these days

Living On The Surface

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Last evening as I sat on the shore of Cedar Lake and watched the tiny fish swimming right near the surface, it gave me much to think about. I knew that deeper down in the water, large fish were swimming.

I do not wish to compare the fish, but rather to relate the difference in living on the surface of life, or reaching deep inside life to find hidden gems of wisdom and as much as the term "enlightenment" is used primarily for eastern thought, I find it fits all thought that is deep and profound.
You can go through life, living each day without ever contemplating what is taking place around you. You can just go through all the motions of life. Living life on the surface. Dealing only with the obvious and reacting only to the bare minimum of experiences. In the end, you may just come away wondering what you were ever born for, what are you here for ? The question may never be answered since you never really looked deeper than going through the day.
We all need time to think. Quie…

Inspiration

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Surround yourself with things that inspire you. Art, good books, poetry, music, and people who are inspiring.
Be an inspiration to others. Be a container of goodness that overflows. Notice things around you that draw you to the simple beauty of nature. Look at the sunsets, notice the clouds, the way the leaves are budding on the trees. Seek to find flowers and look deeply at them. Notice if they have a sweet scent. Move beyond the obvious to find the hidden beauty in the things around us.
Reach beyond the worries and concerns that consume you. Seek the things that take you to a moment of inspiration and then you can inspire others.




Sunshine and Shadows

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Autumn winds blew cold yesterday and last night.  A light frost greeted much of the world around me this morning.  Cold floors reminded me its once again time to sleep with wool socks on.  Sitting by the wood stove this morning, building a fire, the sunshine and shadows danced together with an inaudible harmony.  The colors so alive and so unspeakably beautiful in their simplicity.   Imagine how the heart of God must be to create so many pleasures for us to see, hear, taste and smell each and every day of our lives.  One can only assume that His desire for us is, happiness in every breath we take.  I woke this morning, more committed than ever, to be mindful of all that is in each and every moment of my life.  That, brings profound joy and a peace that reaches far deeper than I could have ever imagined.

Morning Walk

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Winter like morning.  Gray sky, cold north wind, mittens and hats.  Camera around my neck, binoculars around Emery's neck.  At home, breakfast in the crock pot simmers, waiting for our return. Walking in near silence, soaking in the beauty and enjoying the cold air.   So wonderfully refreshing after the long hot summer.  A female Red Tailed Hawk, swoops down near us, mouse grabbed up in a move so fast, you were not sure you had actually seen it.  
What a wonderful way to start the day.  Mindfulness  intensified each and every moment.