I love words. I especially love the exploration of words of a different language. What other people call things is intriguing to me. Do you all have this fascination as well? Comment below with your favorite word or phrase from another language. Dust bunnies. You know those little bits of yuck...hair, dust, skin flakes (yikes!) and goodness knows what else, gathering under beds and in dark corners. What a constant nuisance. Can't someone event a dust bunny buster? Or declare a no gathering zone? I'd love it. Spring is just about here, so Spring Cleaning is on my mind. I am going to dig in and prep and enliven my home for the coming of the light and beauty that the newness Spring brings. There will be dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing, cleaning....and then clearing, smudging, and blessing the energy of the house. Yes, sage will be involved, as well as salt, fire, and water. So, what do you think they call dust bunnies in other places? Here's some info from Wikipedia: In Danish they are called "nullermænd" ("nuller-" from the verb "nulre", meaning to move something between one's fingers, and "-mænd" meaning "men") In Finnish they are called "villakoira" (meaning: wool dog) after the language's nickname for the actual dog breed poodle In French they are called "moutons" (meaning: sheep) In German they are called "Wollmäuse" (meaning: wool mice) In Hungarian they are called "porcica" (meaning: dust cat) In Norwegian they are called "hybelkaniner" (meaning: "lodging bunnies") In Polish they are called "koty" (meaning: cats) In Portuguese they are called "cotão". The Scots word is "oose" In Spanish they are called "pelusa". In Swedish they are called "dammråttor" (meaning: dust rats). Cats, bunnies, rats, sheep...seems like everyone knows of these little guys. Not sure if I understand the Danish 'moving men'...unless [...]
A game? Sounds fun, huh? Sounds needed. Sounds like it might help move things out of the density that seems to have its claws dug in deep lately. There's a so much going on in the world that things seem to be magnified and more emotional than EVER. I feel overwhelmed and don't know where to begin to do....um, anything!? In a way I feel like that I should ONLY be focused on fighting, standing up, and showing up. Reading and educating myself on what the most important things are right now. Where to go and what to do. What to say and how to respond. And yet... I still need to take care of myself and my loved ones. I still need to work and do chores. I still need to find beauty and love in the world. I still need to do the work that is for me to do. I can't do it all. Nor can you. Everything is up right now. We are being called in BIG ways to really show up and create the ways in which we want to be in this world and with each other. How are we going to do that? Nothing changes without challenge. Well, we have our challenge now...so what are we gonna do with it? So far I have been thinking of the big picture- of what is happening in the larger world. But truly change happens within each of us first. The growth and progression that needs to be brought forward can't come forth unless we break out of our ruts and find some real true motivation. So let's start with where we are and who we are. This game (which I'll tell you about in a minute) is to find and nurture the things that makes [...]
[originally written for Sibyl Magazine June 2016] I say some pretty horrendous things, some totally untrue things and some downright nasty things to myself. I’m sure I see some heads nodding in understanding out there. Why do we say these hurtful things to our beautiful hearts? Very often I’m not consciously aware of them. They are so far in the background, like a tape just running on loop, I don’t even hear them. I AM developing more awareness, so I am beginning to hear them more and more. The awesome thing is that then I can unpack the story I’m telling myself and then, and only then can I begin heal and grow beyond that limiting belief that was lurking in the background. I totally shocked myself the other day. I was planning and setting goals--big goals and plans—and I heard myself say, “It won’t work.” WHAT?! How dare I sabotage myself even before getting it off the ground. What did I do? I used my tools. I practice affirmations, manifesting intentions and goals and I work with the cycles of the moon to support these. I say clearly what I want. When I hear a negative thought I say, “NO” and reinforce that which I DO want. I also work with my tarot cards to get support and insight into what is behind the negative thought or a different way of seeing how to proceed. This gives me a deeper understanding and guidance. I have also started using “I AM” statements. Powerful combatants to that negative self-talk and limiting beliefs. “I AM a healer.” “I AM in control of my time.” I AM healthy and strong.” “I AM manifesting platforms for abundance.” I have a morning practice as well listing what I am grateful for and [...]
Drop In…Expand Out? What in the HEC does that mean? My original intent was to talk about this Tarot spread reading a group I am in did that really struck me deep- and now I know why-it talks about what I talk about all the time that Drop in…Expand out stuff. Whoa! Super cool, interesting coincidence (do you believe coincidences and synchronicities are teachers? I do) So dropping IN. What I mean when I say this is that you drop your awareness down into your belly and really truly feel (feel in your body and soul) how you feel about something. The truth of what is being presented whether it is an inner thing or something outside of you. Is it your intuition? Possibly. Is it your soul? Possibly. Is it your higher self? Possibly. Or all of the above? I don’t really care what you call it. I call it your inner drop. And I want you to connect to it, to live your life from this place in your being. Feel whole, integrated and on track because you know the truth of what is true for you. And you are strong and powerful in that truth. And it is yours and yours only, baby! Check in with it. Drop down inside. Feel. Listen. Ask a question out loud of it. Wait and feel the response- the answer- the feeling and the truth that comes. And it will come. It may take practice. Keep practicing. Develop ways to hear the answer. (Writing, meditation and oracles are great tools) Okay, so that’s the dropping in (in a nut shell). SO now…what is this expanding OUT stuff? The expanding out stuff IS… what are you going to do with the information that you got from your inner drop? What are you [...]
...then something will always be missing. When you live from a place of ‘having’ instead of ‘wanting’, ‘needing’, ‘lacking’ or ‘worrying’ -you are not living in the NOW and from a place of knowing that you really have all you need. Changing the way you think about things can shift your whole outlook to be one of contentment in the moment and being grateful for what is. This takes practice, but it is an exercise I have recently been experimenting with and it has been truly powerful. I feel less burdened. I feel like I have more time since I am not thinking about the past or what it is I have to do or go buy or need to do to fill in that moment. I drop inside often and discover that, “Wait, I don’t really need to go buy that I have this I can use.” Or I might realize it is not even something I really want. What do you like to practice to keep you in the ‘now’?