“All of us begin to rethink what is good about ourselves – put the past where it belongs – and get on with the possibilities of the present!”
— Howard Rainer, TAOS PUEBLO-CREEK
There is a saying, you move toward and become that which you think about. So the question for today is, what are you thinking about? Are you thinking bad things about yourself or are you thinking good things about yourself? Are you thinking about a worldly life? Are you thinking good things about people or are you gossiping about people? Are you focusing on past things or are you living in the future? We need to bring our thoughts into the NOW, right here.
Great Spirit, let me experience living in the present moment.
Recently I quizzed my longest known friend of 29 years, and another that I’ve known for 12 what their opinions of me were … the harshest thing that was said is, “Well, you’re weird”. And I thought, whew!
For a minute their (via someone’s vile perspectives) I was sucker punched right back into history. But not now, not after seeing and hearing the perspective of two people who know me well. How ridiculous that I would have ever entertained the opinion of one who knew me long ago.
Guilt or shame from the past can hinder us from progressing into the future. I really thought I had done well releasing that stuff, but a very kind person (a-hem) pulled it up and allowed me to see what still resides inside my heart. Now, because of this, I have opportunity to clean house a bit more, work I was not aware needed doing.
This one did not say the things said in order to help me (although, on a subconscious level this could be exactly what happened), however this is the case, a blessing was gifted me in the guise of attack. A showing of the hidden things in the crevasses of my heart, mind, and spirit/soul. Sometimes a tearing down must occur before a building up can happen.
I am excited, for the last Green Corn experienced was pure bliss. The opportunity I’ve had to face these hidden shames, the release that has taken place, the soothing my sisters have provided, and remaining with those I’ve been doing ceremony with, the next corn planting should be an even greater, heavenly experience.
‘Self’ cannot be truly understood without these ‘helpers’, so I bow to them. We have no need to visit this matter again. Seeing clearly, and thinking we are seeing clearly are two distinct things. In this circle our thoughts either assist us, or further our blindness. It is important to ask of ourself if what people tell us they see is actually there, or simply a reflection, a gaslighting, of their own inner reality.
It is not wise to harbor the opinions of ourself that others hold within their perspective (unless it is awesome!). Those in the practice of tearing people down should be used for the opportunities of growth they provide, nothing more that that. Use the lesson for continued growth, and move on.
I am the Sea! Every wave I feel distinctly as it rises and falls in me. I say to myself, “I’ll sit and wait.”
Why do I light all these candles and close my eyes, you ask? When the wax melts on these home made votives, it smells lovely. Smooth, slow jazz plays in my ears, shifting my energy flow.
There is this need in me to get in touch with my sensitivities … mind, body unity. Meditation (sitting still, in silence) and breathing are super important. Knowing that what we do does not have to look like it does for other people is important also. We are all different, after all, and yet the same.
When I say I am this or that, one or the other, I have not lied about who I am. I am Polarity.
I close my eyes and see the silhouette of a black cat open mouth, swallowing a dinosaur. HA! She ate a dinosaur! A striped tabby at rest, laying atop a wooden banister. CATS everywhere! They’ve been visiting me for a number of years now.
What the heck does Beta, Zemper, Mover mean?
Interesting … I’ve always said I was slow on the uptake … but once I get it, I get it.
“Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth and the Great Silence alone!”
— Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles A. Eastman), SANTEE SIOUX
The most important thing we can do during the course of the day is pray in the morning. There is a special time in the morning that has great power. This is the exact time the sun is rising. During the rising of the sun, everything on the Earth is waking up. Animals, plants, birds, and humans will be blessed at the rising of the sun. This is a special time to help us prepare for the day. During this time we ask the Creator to bless our day. We ask Him to guide us, to protect us and to give us courage to overcome the day’s obstacles. Doing this everyday will give us knowledge of God’s will for us.
Grandfather, Grandmother, guide my path. Let my thinking be guided by You.
Dear McDonald’s worker who will probably never see this….,
Ur drive thru windows aren’t sound proof. Ur probably wondering y I had tears in my eyes when u handed me my iced coffee… or maybe not, judging by the words u said after handing me my oatmeal…
“Look at this white girl, tryin to wrap her head. Lookin all stupid”
As u and ur coworker laughed and passed judgement on my poor head wrap job, I hope ur day gets better. I went to McDonald’s for an iced coffee and oatmeal to try to make my day better, but u made it worse. I hope u never get sick. I hope ur healthy and thriving for ur life. I hope ur family members r healthy and happy. Cuz I didnt wrap my head to try to be anything in particular… I wrapped it cuz I shaved my head when my hair was falling out from chemo and having a baby, and yesterday my stepson told me he liked it. I wrapped it cuz the scarf was given to me from a woman at the office I get radiation treatments from. I also wrapped it cuz I haven’t showered in 2 days cuz I’m a mom who is still trying to figure out how to juggle everything.
So, thank you for reminding me to be careful with my words… and to not judge a book by the cover.💜
That “stupid white girl”
edit I love that my friends and family members have commented and messaged asking which one so they can call and take up for me, but I really posted this as a reminder to be kind- not to get anyone in trouble or to have them inadvertently lose their job that pays their bills. So, please… just be kind!
Love your neighbor as yourself Mark 12:31💜💜