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Quiet days

Our power went out this morning and the phone too.  We live someplace without cell phone access and so it was just us and the waves this morning.   My little man sat on the floor with a big smile on his face before we went out to call the companies and then just hang out for a bit.

I had a great juice made of beet, apple, celery, cilantro, kale, spinach, carrots and a lime — yummm.. I love fresh juices.  As time goes on I drink more and more of these regularly.  I find it’s good to have these amazing cleansing days.

Days without power and phone, internet or television – the quiet days.  If I had my way I would probably have more of them.  They are a great opportunity to think about life and our opportunities.  Great reason to connect with people on a different level.  I find no power makes me leave my house and incidentally or purposely interact with other people.  I can often become caught up in my own little world – it seems very easy to do with a young baby in the house.

A day without power means I can do some cleaning without distraction – sure I can’t vacuum but I can still get most of the cleaning done.  Time cleaning is great time thinking about my self.  It’s great time to work things out.  Quiet days are also great for going outside and working in the garden another excellent time to think about me and to work things out.  And then there is the need to have power to clean up to cook a few things — and that makes me look outside of myself and makes me interact with others.

Every day is like this power or not — but when the power is out I take more time to think about things.

Grateful today for no power, no phone, and great friends.

Make the most of everything – every day – the best you can!

For me, every day is some version of Earth Day.  Take some time today to consider your impact on the Earth and do what you can to make it a little lighter.  If we all at least consider our impact, what we use, how much we use then together we can make a difference.  I think this is one area where one person can feel they really make a difference.  If you were to give up plastic water bottles entirely you would realize a potential of using significantly less amount of plastic than you might realize – just do your own calculation.  If you drink one water bottle a week add it up over the next 20 years.  Small changes can make a difference.  I have been using a stainless water bottle for a long time – and actually I prefer it for many reasons.

Enjoy this beautiful day.

Deutsch: Mutter Teresa (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); 1...

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997);in 1986 in Bonn, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”  ―    Mother Teresa

I know when i was younger I was very idealistic – I guess I still am in many ways.  I have seen the impact one person can have on many, I have seen one persons ideas spread like a viral video on YouTube.  And I have seen and experienced the impact I can have just by doing one small thing each day with love.  Use love to your advantage, spread love, Be Love.

Monks working on Sand Mandala at Nashua High S...

Monks working on Sand Mandala at Nashua High School north. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is a beautiful day, the wind is blowing, the lake is roaring and the temperature has dropped.  Nature reminds us of how quickly things can change.  Like a light switch, anything can change in a moment.

I once was able to watch Buddhist monks create a sand Mandala, I sat and watched as they carefully and meticulously set one grain of sand by another.  They created a strikingly beautiful mandala over a period of one week.  On the final day, they had a little party, singing and playing instruments, they talked about the mandala, it’s meaning and significance, and the impermanence of things.  To cap it all off they swept the mandala into a container and took it to the nearby river and dumped the sand into the river emphasizing that we need to be aware of how temporary everything is.  We can work ceaselessly on different projects in our life, even on ourself, and in the next moment things may change.  We have to learn to flow with the changes, to allow for new things in our life and to enjoy that which we have now.

There are many places we go when we are looking for wisdom, but sometimes the most important lessons are right in front of us, either in front of us right now or we have already experienced them.  Honor the wisdom that lives in each and every one of us.  Sit and consider what you have learned or meditate and just allow.

Today I am so grateful for listening to myself, being able to slow myself down enough so that I can hear myself. I am grateful for spending time with my hands covered in dirt and soil and then cleaning up afterwards!  It’s all beautiful.

I was confronted today with the possibility that it might take more time than we hope in doing the build out on our new business venture.  And in thinking about this and how to work through this situation I am trying to do several different things.  First, talk to more people about the situation – the more people I can talk to about how to do it and how to create this the more ideas I will hear on how to make it happen easier.  Another things I am doing is taking this time to imagine in greater detail what I want this to look like — exactly.  I am expecting that by doing this visualization I might find items I need to change before the actual work begins making the actual build out smoother and the space flow better as much as I can.  Repeating Buddha’s quote: “How wonderful! How wonderful! All things are perfect exactly as they are!”  Believing there is a reason and that learning in this situation will help me as I continue down my own path in this life.  I am also embracing this process, it may be time consuming and it may include some red tape making it seem difficult and the more I embrace this I expect that it will not seem as overwhelming as if I don’t embrace it.  Accept it for what it is so that I can move on and deal with it as easily and with as much congeniality as I possibly can.  AHH … that helps already.

As Wayne Dyer says, “there is a spiritual solution to every problem.”

It is more our attitude about things than anything else.

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