April showers bring May flowers and the fruit of our labor burst open with color as we move into Spring.
Spring, a time for renewal and opening to what is, not what was. Giving thanks for all we have, not what we have not.
Rebirthing of our human condition is vital to infuse hope into our spirits. The truth is, we are perfect the way we are, even when we feel otherwise. Accepting ourselves where we are is vital to expansion and growth.
Life is movement, and it is this dance that allows for freedom of our physical bodies and minds.
Experiencing all facets of who we are and who were are not, allows what we actually need for transformation.
It’s not arriving at a perfect spot but rather accepting the spot we are in no matter where we are, where we’ve been and what we are walking into. It defies religion but honors our own personal experience of what it means to be truly human and supernatural at the same time. There is not one or the other.
Some days we shine like a rainbow, others a storm cloud. Riding the rainbow and waves is the way of life. Moving is important in opening our souls and nature is a gift that allows us to know truth. When we do that, we naturally move in tune with our body and things change in ways we couldn’t project or control.
Our lives are a microcosm of how we treat ourselves. So next time you find yourself fighting and resisting what is, just be.
Get out in nature, take a deep breath. Your body will tell you what you need next, if you’re kind and listen to it’s inner yearnings.
Love yourself where you are, wherever you find yourself. Plant, Bloom, Grow. Be kind to you and let the grace of God hold you!
Thanks for tuning in and today and have a wonderful Wednesday and holiday however you celebrate. With special thanks to my friend Kumar Harsh for the inspiration to video my poem. I often share things I write with him and when I shared this one he said; Wow, this was such an amazing read Cindy. I felt so warm, it was like you were here and talking to me. If you haven’t read his poetry or new book, definitely by a copy on Amazon.
It is with a heavy heart for me and all of us to say farwell to Sue Vincent who I was only lucky enough to know through all of you sharing her poetry and contributions, towards the end of her life. She picked a wonderful time in spring moving into Easter to make her transition. I appreciated her kind comments and wisdom in our sharing and how she embraced her life the same way she embraced her death, and me as a new follower. One of my favorite comments she wrote to someone was; I’m sorry I won’t be handling that anymore, I’m busy dying right now, please check in with (name forgotten). It was such an example of how I want to embrace my last days on earth. Her writing was beautiful, wise, poetic with such jewels that take your breath away and her book Midnight Haiku was just published and made it to the New York Times Best sellar list. I joked with her and said “we’re always famous after we die” and she said something very funny back which I can’t recall now. She also has many other published books if you search Amazon. If you don’t know her please go to her site and follow it as I believe it will be perserved. She will be a guiding star for all of us in days to come as she takes her place as one of our writing angels. Thank you Diana, Marsha and The Carrot Ranch for the introduction.
May the grace of God hold and house your spirit today and always.
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It’s Move it Monday and as we move into April with the vaccine underway and more and more people vaccinated, we are hopeful for a continued reduction in cases with a hopeful eye on the future, as we get the virus under control.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year of staying in and masking up when we go anywhere and in many ways it feels like a lot longer; especially for those that have gotten Covid, lost loved ones, their businesses and income or suffered from mental health issues. Covid has been a black cloud for some and my heart goes out to all of you who have been shaken to the core of this dreadful disease.
It’s no wonder depression is on the rise and mental health has been compromised with isolation at a high. Winter months with reduced light is always challenging but here comes the sun with spring blessing us with warmth and light, so it’s time to celebrate and get our booties moving.
While some are thriving in this virtual reality world those are far and few between. For the most part, it’s been challenging for everyone and especially for people in big cities that are stuck between 4 walls everyday.
According to one survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 40% of respondents—from a pool of more than 5,400—experienced a negative mental or behavioral health condition in the month of June alone; problems included anxiety and depression (CDC 2020). And the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America™ 2020 survey of more than 3,000 adults found that tension hit parents and people of color particularly hard, with many respondents stressing about the coronavirus, the economy and the government’s response to the pandemic (APA 2020).
The effect this has on our psyche can be insurmountable making getting up and moving critical for our mental state, not to mention our physical state. Weight gain is also on the rise with less movement with everyone glued to our computers. I’ve even spent hours on end at the computer writing when my job is generally active 24-7. Kudos to you if you are making exercise and healthy eating part of your life and adhering to a program.
Never before has it been so important to clear our head and break away from screen time. Exercise increases serration levels which reduces stress, combats depression, anxiety and addictive behavior such as drugs, alcohol, porn, over eating , etc. You are not alone and there are many scientific studies that show how movement and exercise can help combat these conditions and have better outcomes against the negative outcomes of mental health effects of the pandemic. Not to mention it helps weight-loss, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, reduces diabetes, increase immune function, reduces auto immune disorder symptoms, helps with Alzheimer’s etc.
SO…. HERE COMES THE SUN!!!!!
NO MORE EXCUSES! IT’S TIME TO DO THIS AND REMEMBER TO STAY MINDFUL AND BREATH which helps calm your nervous system, increase oxygen levels, and keeps your eye on the task at hand keeping you centered and relaxed.
Some of you started when I wrote my last Move It Monday and I gave you a base program to start with. Refer to that if you let it go by the wayside.
Otherwise, it’s time to step it up and I’ve devised a 22 minute workout to do just that. It’s a begining intermediate class but you can do it in segments and curtail it the level you need to.
Encourage More Daily Movement
We should all move our bodies in some form or fashion every day, says Hillary Cauthen, PsyD, executive board member for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. With the pandemic restricting many of our activities, it’s more important than ever to take daily walks (or runs), twice-weekly weight training, and 10- to 15-minute stretch breaks throughout the workday. Set up a buddy system or check-ins between training days. The more we move, the better they can tame stress.
IDEA is a Health and Fitness Association I am a member of if any of you want to check it out from time to time and I extrapolated some of my information from their sound advise.
Happy Monday wish is was Sunday, I don’t have to work day but it’s just another manic Monday. Hey, but I did have a good weekend and I hope you did as well. We woke up to the coyote laying at the pool sunbathing and Hunter up at 3, 4 and 5 wanting to chase it and so bummed I didn’t get a picture for you.
Make it a great day and week and Happy Celebrations to all of us as we get out in the sunshine and move!
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Jump up with anticipation, ready to hit the road packing up the car, loaded to the brim suit cases, sleeping bags, fishing rods, games and don’t forget the snacks. run back in for Mr. blankie and baby Ellie. God forbid we forget them.
Counting license pates, telling stories catching up on life’s events, playing my little eyes see something that is blue, singing 100 bottles of coke on the wall, everyone talking and nobody listening. Laughing and giggling stopping for a pit stop, filling up with gas and a treat.
Those days are imbedded in my mind, so chaotic and so much fun, up at the crack of dawn but time goes by, kids grow up, move out and make their way. We’re left with memories that enrich our lives with stories to be told.
Jump up with anticipation ready to hit to road, packing up the car, loaded to the brim computors, golf clubs a stroller, food, snacks for all. This time no kids but 2 Dogs, 2 cats, 3 Adults time to hit the road trip. Run back in for the CBD in case the cat howl’s and dog’s growls get too much, God forbid we forget them.
Some things have changed but not that much we just replaced our kids for 4 furry legged ones.
Today at d’Verse Peter, asked us to write a circle poem that begins where it ends and ends where it begins.
I’ve never done this before but when I read Dwight’s poem at Roth’s poetry it was so much fun, I thought I might as well try it since I woke up with nada. I remembered David’s words after reading his awesome circle poem today saying “Cindy, of course you can write in these groups if you try” after telling him that I wasn’t equipped to learn all of these rules etc”. Well, one thing is sure and that’s that I’m not sure I followed it right but at all but at least I gave it a try and it was fun and hey, it’s Fri-Yay Funday!
My husband is hoping I’ll join he and my son for some lake fun so they can golf and I can watch the animals. Hahahahaha… I haven’t decided if this is fun for me or them so the jury’s out whether I go or not but it would be a good break from coyote guarding.
Have a great weekend and have some fun, no matter what you do.
I am so sad and shell shocked once again by the mass shootings, along with the suicide rate rising as I’m sure you are as well. This is a reflection of the inner pressures that build, creating a rage internally that gets displaced by either turning outward or inward. Seek help NOW if you are suffering from thoughts of destruction and save your life and the lives of others. Thoughts are only thoughts so don’t judge yourself, but actions are irreplaceable.Pick up the phone and get helpNOW. My heart goes out to all of the families and friends that have lost someone.
Thank you so much for dropping in today. Life is precious and so are you. I truly appreciate your time to like (if you do of course), comment and or share if you are inclined. Take good care of you!
No one makes it out alive: Some travel straight Some veer off Some in their own backyard Some over mountaintops Some to far off lands.
Either way, there are the peaks and valleys We travel with others and sometimes alone Wearing many masks along the way.
Our travels always take us back home to the essence of who we are and where we came. Walk the journey in love and when you fall down brush yourself off and never look back. There are many stories in your bones, Some to be told and some to strengthen your spirit.
Live a life that you can call your own, that houses your soul so when you make your way to your next dimension, You can take your place as the star that you are, shinning brightly. Yes, we walk the tightrope of time, TRUST IT!
Have a wonderful day or evening wherever this finds you on the globe. Thanks as always for taking time in your day to visit and please like ( if you do of course), comment and or share. Life is short and precious and you are important to me.
We’re finally getting a little much needed rain which we desperately need. I know some of you are up to your eye balls in storms and snow and enjoying bursts of color after such a cold season. It’s too bad we can’t spread the wealth and have equal playing time so we’re not either flooding or in a drought. It’s always all or nothing.
My friend/ dog trainer came over for a visit with his dogs this week and they didn’t mind the cold and to my surprise jumped in the pool. It was the highlight of my week. Memories came flooding back of my kids jumping in puddles and loving the water. They loved nothing more than to slide down the hill in the mud and come back covered head to toe. We would hose them down and throw them in the tub for a bubble bath and I would sing “Splish Splash I was taking a bath”. Those days were never dull and always kept us on our toes and now they are fun movies in my head.
This is just a silly diddily Word Play that quickly evolved thinking back in time.
Babies Play Child’s Play
Parents say…Time to take a bath
Play day Cold play
Splish Splash ….. Your troubles away
Dogs Play Cats Play
Cat eats mouse ….. Dogs chase them up a tree
Byplay Role Play
The plot thickens…… You oughta be in movies
Romance is in the air…… Some like it hot
Foul Play Dirty Play
Air your dirty laundry…… Cut to the chase
Yay for Theater coming soon…….. Drama at it’s best
Double play Ground Play
Cover all your bases…… Catcher at the plate
Horse Play Down Play
Win or Lose……. All Bets off
Word Play Cindy Play
Stay home wear a mask… Another Ground Hog Covid day!
Thanks soooo much for visiting today and have a great Friday and weekend. As for me, I ran out the door to a client thinking it was Thursday (don’t ask) and didn’t get to add the pics I wanted which are lost in space somewhere and I can’t seem to find them. This seems to be the story of my life these days. Have a great weekend and as always please like (if you do of course, comment and or share if the spirit moves you.
I remember when I visited Ketut Liyer, Elizabeth Gilbert’s medicine Man that she talked about in her book Eat, Pray, Love in 2015. You can imagine how excited I was after all of the profound experiences she shared on her journey to find love after her terrible divorce. She had weekly visits with Ketut and he mentored and guided her to self realization of self love and care of her soul.
When I get a notion about something I want to do in my head, I will go to the necesary steps to make it happen. In this case, we were going to Bali and I thought it would be so much fun to see Elizabeth’s medicine that she so much revered in her writing and in the movie. We had to schedule an appointment before we went because he had such a renowned reputation and I wanted to be assured I could get a spot. When I called, I got someone that was not very professional on the phone but the hotel in Ubud I was staying in, confirmed it was indeed the right place.
I couldn’t wait and of course my husband thought I was crazy but what else is new. He is very pragmatic and considers this kind of thing witch craft of sorts but he’s been with me long enough to know not to ask questions, because at the end of the day, I will end up doing what it is I want anyway. His mantra is why waste my breath. He is also very patient and always willing to go along with whatever joy ride I take him on. I wasn’t looking for any kind of enlightenment in the least as my life was a waking meditation pretty much at the time, (well as of the last 10 years I’d say); but it was more the fun of meeting someone with such wisdom after reading so much about him.
We arrived after getting very lost in all of the unmarked streets in Bali and navigating the motorcycles with 2-4 people riding on one, with animals, furniture, plants etc which is in and of itself a challenge. It was mind boggling to us and I hear it is nothing compared to India.
When we got there we were greeted by an old woman who turned out to be his wife who told us to wait and he would be coming out soon. It appeared we were the only people there so there weren’t the lines I expected which was curious to me after all of the hype. It was 20.00 U.S. dollars for the 30 min visit which I happily paid.
A younger gentleman came out as well and took me to meet Ketut and guided my husband to sit in a chair below me, while I had my fortune told and he could read his book. Then his wife came out to meet me and gave me a big hug and said hello as well.
Finally, the moment I had waited for was here and there in front of me stood Ketut Liyer, The Medicine Man. He greeted me with a handshake and the biggest grin you have ever seen with only a few teeth in his head, was hunched over, had a difficult time walking and was about 5 foot tall if that. He smiled ear to ear and then we sat down on the floor of his porch to talk. He like most all of the Balinese people we met had the warmest heart.
I didn’t have any burning questions. I suppose I just wanted to know what was so special about Elizabeth’s medicine man and what knowledge he had to impart and pass on to me. He sat and asked my name many times and said over and over “You are very beautiful” and he would touch my face and then hold my hands.
“What is your name”? Of course I would tell him and he would ask again and say “You are very beautiful and wise and wealthy”. Honestly, I can’t remember much more of what he said other than “you will live long and have a very good life”. And then he would start over saying “You are very beautiful, what is your name”? He repeated over and over again. I’m not sure I even had a question except to wonder if maybe I had met the wrong medicine man. He was the sweetest man in the world, however, this of course was not what I had envisioned. When I left he gave me a beautiful blessing with the Bali bell and a very big hug and smile and again blessed me with his same words. Of course my next mission then became finding a Bali bell, a story for another time.
As we were leaving, we walked in the room of their office home and were once again greeted by the young gentleman and I said “he is very sweet and very old”. He said “yes, he is my father and I am so sorry” but he has dementia”. I said “yes, I see that, but no apologies are needed”. He apologized profusely again and said “we tell him he can’t meet the people but he refuses and wants to see them as often as they come”. “Of course”, I said. I assured him it was all worth it and that I love old people, which is true and besides I said “according to your father, I am very beautiful, I am wise and I am wealthy” and that is worth every cent. That mantra sticks in my head when I think of Ketut Liyer the medicine man, and the pleasure is all mine.
Sadly, and luckily for me he died in 2016 so I feel very privalaged to have met him. The baton has been passed on to his son who is also a medicine man and he will happily see you and show you around the family compound and give you a tour. All of the pictures on the office wall are displayed of Ketut Liyer with Elizabeth Gilbert front and center as well as others. Let me know if you see my picture if you go. I have looked everywhere for those pictures to mark a memory in time in 2015 but so far no luck. The pictures below are not him or his wife or compound but representational of the beautiful people we met and a land we love.
Elizabeth’s book was magical and took off like lightening which only happens once in a blue moon and editors can’t even explain how it happened. Others continue to to try to copy the name in some way or an other but there is some kind of unexplained fairy dust that blessed this book that had a protective aura around it. I believe it was a story that we all needed to hear and the messages she was receiving were being channeled through her as she listened to her inner wisdom and followed her intuition.
“Eat Pray Love” sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and became so popular that Time Magazine named Gilbert one of the 100 most influential people in the world. It was a New York Times best seller. Four years later, her book was turned into a film, starring Julia Roberts as Gilbert.Sep 23, 2015The writer has easily made $10 million in royalties from the book, and according to one source with knowledge of the deal, she earned another $1 million for the film rights.Aug 16, 2010
The movie grossed 204,594,016 world wide. The trailor gives you a good glimmer into both the movie and the book.
Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali. Release Date: August 13, 2010
I have read one of her books Big Magic but had no idea about her life story, passion and career as a journalist and writer. She has written 10 books and is and excellent speaker appearing on Oprah, Ted Talks etc. She is a master speaker sharing from her heart and has many wonderful YouTube talks about writing, her philosophy and it is well worth a visit. Her many life experiences and shared wisdom in writing and speaking is very inspiring. She has a contagious spirt that is motivating, colorful and inspires all of us to honor our process and live in joy while we follow our bliss.
Thanks so much for reading as always, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing. Have a blessed day and follow your heart wherever it might take you today.
“Treasured Moments of far off lands in your own backyard take you home. There is no distance in hearts that love. All the faces I have known come smiling back at me as I ring the bell or spin the sacred Prayer Wheel”.
Strip away the illusion of who you think you are and enter the space of love and connection of all beings everywhere. This safe haven in Santa Cruz, California welcomes all to the land of open heartfelt connections. Just 1 hour south of San Francisco, be transported to your souls deepest desires. Feel the earth move under your feet and the echo of the great teachings of the Buddah, blessed by the Dali Lama amongest many other monks and those that live on the property.
Magic is found at every turn of the junction, while hiking this sacred beautiful land.
Everywhere you walk fills your heart, open your senses, quiets your mind, as you become one with nature.
Sound permeates your soul, igniting the light of the love of who your are, stripping away false illusions, raising your frequency.
And finally a stop at the gift shop for a treasure to bring home to remind me to come to my bell and stop daily to ring in the song of my heart, that’s always there if I only stop to listen.
Thanks stopping in and sharing this secret hidden treasure with me. When we stop to share our experiences in life they reinfuse our spirit and keep them alive; which was the unexpected gift of this post; so much appreciation for visiting.
Cracks make us Human Exposing all our Colors Beauty Beholden!
We are all broken. Each one of us has chips and cracks, like the dishes we eat off of and cups from which we drink. The Japanese call it kintsughi and consider this to be the gift of pottery. We tend to disrespect our broken parts and throw them to the wind. Make up cracks, and so does our skin. Wrinkles form and we inject them to hide the flaws. Nothing wrong with that, but it won’t make us perfect, because nothing is. Bones break but are repaired with exercise, or screws and plates. Hearts break and sometimes can be mended and nursed back to heath. Other times it’s better to cry it out, cut your loses and carry on. Glass breaks but is smoothed by the sea which we collect in jars and use to charm our homes. Cars break, thank god for mechanics. Waves break, catch it if you can. Banks break and the stock market crashes, but the bull always breaks the bear. We have mental brakes and should take mental health breaks so we don’t fall apart, Humpty Dumpty was put back together again and so can we be. Yes, we all are broken, so cut yourself some slack, Get out your Gorilla glue and be kind to you. Come on now, get up and get on with your day!
Have a beautiful day and remember no matter how broken you might feel today, love yourself more, get out and move, shake it off and do something kind for you and then someone else. The gift is in the giving.
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