Monday, February 23, 2009

I was thinking....

Wouldn't it be nice to bring a bunch of us together when the weather warms up a bit? It only costs $6 to get into Red Butte Garden - such a beautiful place with the waterfalls and all of the lovely flowers. I can't think of any better place to release stress and breathe in the calmness of nature - plus our admission would help the Gardens so it's a win-win all around!

What do you think about having a 9-noon "picnic" with a variety of spiritual and/or soul exercises plus some meditation, gentle music and possibly a make-and-take craft? Those of you who don't live along the Wasatch Front would be provided with a way to get the materials, I could post photos and we could share stories. It'll be a mini "Tranquility Retreat"!

If this sounds like something you'd like to participate in, please let me know so I can start preparing the materials. If we even had 12-15 people, how awesome would that be? I've checked with Red Butte and there's no need to make a reservation unless we have a whole bunch of attendees, but let's start with baby steps, okay?

My love to you all....and have a wonderful week!


Friday, February 13, 2009

Something to Cherish...Something to Remember

I've always been a big fan of pets. My Dad is allergic to cats so, as a little girl, I had to borrow the neighbors kittens whenever possible. I didn't have a cat of my own until I moved out...which turned into 6 cats that were all lost, strays, unwanted, etc. We made quite a little family of misfits!
These days I have 2 cats and a 6 month old puppy and I'm fully aware of how much they depend on my husband and I to make sure they are safe, well-fed and healthy. When I received the following in an email yesterday I knew I had to pass it on...and I hope you do the same.

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to
be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment.
You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your
voice, when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you,
and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy, or uncooperative, ask yourself if
something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food,
I have been in the sun too long, or, my heart might be getting old, or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you
can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier
for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stick Em Up!

Remember when we were little and we used to pretend that one of us was the Sheriff (complete with a toy gun and a badge)...and the rest of us got to play "the bad guys" trying to stay one step ahead of the law? Maybe it was just like in the cowboy movies when there were trains to rob and masks to wear. Eventually, the Sheriff always caught the culprits and when he (or she) did, they stepped around the corner with their gun drawn and said "Stick 'em Up"! There was nothing to do but surrender, dust ourselves off and eat some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

I'd like to ask you to contemplate on this for just a minute. Do you think surrender means to give up or give in? What if we change our perception and decide that surrendering really means to give of yourself! I'd much rather decide to surrender to love and kindness than to stress and anxiety, wouldn't you? There's everything right about giving in to the sweetness of your child's face even when they're grumpy...or giving up an afternoon to assist someone who needs your help...or surrendering to a challenging day and accepting that you have a choice to either go with the flow or to swim against the current. when life asks you to surrender, understand that there is no shame or failure or anything to give up that won't bring you a whole lot of joy. There's only you and your brilliant ability to manifest the best from every situation.

Monday, February 2, 2009


It's a beautiful day. Blue sky. Sunshine. Happiness.
Today I lived like a monk...kind of. I read that Tibetan monks practice mindfulness by focusing on one thing each day. For example, every time they open a door or every time they take a drink of water or every time they smile. I particularly like that last one so every time I smiled today I paid particular attention to the details.
Who was I smiling at?
Why was I smiling?
How did my face feel smiling?
Did people smile back?
What I discovered was that there is actually a smile in every moment. Even my dog smiles when I walk in the door. I think each moment IS a smile.
When I was younger I was very impatient...okay pushy. I was also very curious which got me into lots of trouble and I always had the right answers. Truth is, when I look back at that young lady I see a very lost, searching soul with no idea where to land.
Honestly, what I know now is that we never have to get caught up in the frenzy of the day...the day is perfect as it is...smiling back at you with all the Universal power it can muster. All we have to do is be mindful enough to see it!