Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Simply Be

It is raining hard and has been raining all night! We need this rain and the sound is sweet. It seems to say" stay inside by the fire and enjoy being...just being". I seem to be craving that right now. The time to simply be, with out a huge self-created to do list or an agenda to follow, meetings to attend or people to call....and oh my, what would it be like if I did not open my computer all day?
So, the rain is reminding me that if I make a list, I must put 'simply be' at the top of the list! It does not have to be an all day event but through out the day I must be willing to be quiet,check in and "simply be". It is at these times that I will naturally connect with myself and what I am feeling or needing. It is the basis of self care. I will also connect with the Source of All. How ecstatic to feel Energy spontaneously bubble up and move through me ,like a wave of love embracing every cell of my being. I wonder. why I get to busy for these special moments,freely offered for my health,joy and peace of mind and heart!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Year is Up and Now What?

I gave myself a year after the book was published to promote it and now the year is up!
Well, it seems that the book does not keep track of time and is keeping me as busy as ever. Although I know that this is a very good thing and I enjoy all that the book creates, I must admit I am 'chomping at the bit' to get writing again!I wake up with wonderful thoughts and ideas but before I can get to my writing, I find myself doing the book's work...answering emails from readers,setting up talks,conferences and meetings. I continue to be in awe of the responses to the book. Will I ever get used to the ways the book has impacted readers? I sort of hope I will always be surprised and delighted. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that the book is touching so many lives! Finally, I am beginning to acknowledge that this first book will forever be a part of my life,sort of like a child! I must then just begin to create another! But, can I handle two very active,enthusiastic offspring,I ask myself? Perhaps, that has more to do with my procrastination than anything else!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Delightful Kick in the Pants"

Yesterday, I was speaking with a friend who in a very sweet way mentioned that the last blog I wrote was more than a month ago. It really did not make much of a dent on my thick skull until she told me how much she was getting from reading my blog. What a delightful surprise that was! So, here I am.
What my friend was touched by in my last blog was the story of my didgeridoo lesson. She said it inspired her to try something new and not to worry if she could not master it immediately! Well, that was great but I must fess up...so far that was my one and only music lesson and I hesitate to return because I can not figure out how to blow into the pipe and at the same time bring air back. They call it circular breathing. Do I dare return to my teacher with out having accomplished this? I guess I better! Thanks friend!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

From the time I was a child I was told that I was tone deaf, mostly because I could never sing on key. People laugh when I sing but I sing anyway. My children tell me that when I sing in church others around me stop singing. Perhaps it's hard to sing next to someone who is singing off key. I am so busy singing my heart out I don't ever notice! I am told that when we sing, we pray twice...sounds good to me! All this to preface my adventure today! I took my first music lesson since my one attempt to play the accordion in 4th grade. I am learning to play the Didjeridu...amazing! If you have ever tried to play the Didjeridu, you know that the person playing has to purse their lips gently and blow air into the instrument. I spent most of the hour today trying to learn how to do this,first without the Didjeridu and then with it. I found myself quite amused because it seemed so silly to be making sounds and bubbles as though I were entertaining a little child! But it was also a challenge and finally I got it! Phew!! Stephen Kent is my teacher and he is a delight...patient and very supportive! Next, I will try to learn to breathe correctly. They call it circular breathing and it is definitely going to be a big challenge. Oddly enough,I can hardly wait for my next lesson! You can google Stephen Kent and listen to his music. It is enchanting.
There is something very special about pushing one's mental boundaries, the I can'ts that we live with ...empowering and fun! What might that be for you?

Monday, October 5, 2009

It was 29 degrees here this morning. It was quite brisk as we walked our 6,000 steps (I have a new pedometer)! But now the sun is shining brightly through my windows and warming my cold bones! I try to be thankful each morning for the new day and for the sunshine but too often I find myself hurrying as soon as I awaken. As I write these words a warm feeling arises in my heart...a longing for quiet!
Earlier I saw a line from an email as I passed through the morning's mail. It read "Studies show impact of hopelessness, apathy on cardio-vascular system". Most of us know the impact that the studies have proven...not good!
So, as I pondered this, I asked myself" What keeps me happy and hopeful"? And the word""quiet arose in my mind before I even finished asking the question. I really like our morning walk when we are 'alone together' or quiet! It is a time for reflection and prayer for me and often very rich. I am always amazed by the wisdom in nature and ,of course,the peace! Taking time out during the day is also a way for me to check in,to give thanks and to feel the love within and all around me. It's like a mini nap that people speak about but for me,it's a mini moment of prayer! And then I think of one more thing...gratitude is the very best medicine for the woes that we face. If I am willing there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for and that moment of gratuitude can lift my spirit!
May your spirit be lifted up today by the sunshine in your heart!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Well, here it is the end of September and I finally sit to write my blog...where does all the time go? Let me think!
For starters, Dave and I took a very long walk this morning from our San Francisco condo on the Embarcadrero, near the Giants Stadium to Coit Tower. It is a glorious day and the walk was terrific,even the hills and thousands of stairs we walked. I feel thankful that at 68 I can walk 7 plus miles up and down the hills of this beautiful city! Along the way we saw Daniel. Daniel is a homeless man who we have come to know. He has the most amazing trolly, piled high with his belongings, all neatly placed and labeled with the word 'Empire'. This is his Empire...and he is the magistrate of it all! I have a picture which I would like to post but not sure how quite yet! Looking at the photo, a friend commented" Daniel's Empire is a work of art". I think she is correct.
Then last week Dave and I went up to Bodega Bay for three glorious days! It was our 9th anniversary and we had a ball! We hiked,sat on our deck overlooking the water,ate great food ,laughed and celebrated the gift God has given us in each other. Yes, we are each other's teachers and yes, sometimes that is not easy but wow are we blessed!

The book is about to be republished by 'Irish Dove Press" and this has given the new publisher time to correct a few typos. It will be back up on Amazon soon. If you have not written a review and want to do so, wait a few days and surprise me!
There are lots of invitations to do book signings, give talks,retreats and workshops. I am off to Mount Shasta soon and look forward to being there.I am really enjoying all that is happening and continue to be so thankful that the book is touching those who read it. I am committed to doing what I can to get it to more and more people. I feel as though I am a servant of the book...interesting!Thanks for all you are doing to help!
I hope you are feeling blessed today!

Yesterday afternoon I met with Dr. Gloria Horsley who started and continues to run 'Open to Hope" an amazing web site for those who grieve. She is a delightful person....so real and so warm! We had a very animated conversation. Check out the web site. It is a wonderful resource for those who suffer from the of loss of a loved one.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hello friends,

I met a friend at the farmers market on Saturday and she commented on my blog. She said she was REALLY enjoying it but that I had not written in a while...a long while! I was surprised and realized that people are reading it even though there are no comments.
Like all of us these days, I get busy, but with Ruth's comment,I have decided that since it is being read,I must take the time to write! It actually is a delight once I get started and I am always surprised at what comes out as I press the keys....not just the typos but the ideas.
Today,I am suddenly thinking about my high school reunion! It was 50 years ago that I graduated from Queen of the Rosary Academy in Amityville, New York! Amazing!
I am once again connecting with my 'old' friends and having a grand time. They are reading my book....and so are some of my teachers. Such fun! There were only two that I remained in contact with before now and suddenly there are many. I am sad that I will not be at the reunion. I had made a commitment to lead the St. Patrick's women's retreat....their first ever! Isn't it wonderful to have two very special things to choose from?
Recently,I have spoken to two lovely women who are feeling bored and lonely. They are in the midst of the empty nest syndrome. They feel as though they have nothing to do. I do not envy their loneliness but I sometimes dream about having time to simply be...to wander and to wonder without having 16 gazillion things to DO! They will find their way soon enough but in the meantime I encouraged them to enjoy the emptiness!
Well, I am off to the prison to teach Catholic Spirituality. The men read the reading of the day after check in and then I do a guided meditation. Envision 20 to 30 men lying on the chapel floor,eyes closed entering fully into an experience of God loving them. It is quite beautiful. We always leave feeling blessed!
I hope you are feeling loved and blessed today!