Friday, 20 October 2017

October 20, 2017 Chautauqua


Beth's Ponderings

   How would you describe the course of your daily life?

   Some (myself included at times) would say it is a roller-coaster with dramatic ups and sometimes even more dramatic lows, with twists and turns, and unexpected moments that turn you completely upside down, but the biggest feature is that there is no speed control as you barrel along gong faster and faster.

   Others may describe their lives as a spiral which turns around and around, but you have no idea if you are going up or down, or both directions at the same time.

   Another favourite description is the hamster wheel, where you feel like you are running as fast as you can but you’re just spinning the wheel and going nowhere fast.

   And, we’re all familiar with the “so many steps forward, so many steps back” version - another one I’ve used often - which can either have slow forward motion or backward motion depending on which side of the equation has the larger number of steps.

   This summer I heard that it is healthier to live our lives as a lemniscate (aka sideways figure 8 or the infinity sign ).  It is the natural motion that bees, as well as other insects and animals, follow. 

   The lemniscate is a balanced symbol - there are no extremes, left and right are equal, one side isn’t longer than the other, the distance to the top and bottom are the same as from the middle to the outer sides, and while it appears that one is going over the same territory in a never-ending (infinite) loop, each time is different as a greater degree of balance, calmness and clarity are obtained.

   Walking in the lemniscate pattern provides a great meditation for mental, emotional and physical relaxation.  It is a pattern that just comes naturally to young children, so why do we forget it as adults?  


   Drawing a lemniscate with your finger over your heart, or around your eyes (circle each eye and cross at the bridge of your nose) is healing,  calming, and it relieves stress as it brings balance to the body and brain.

Beth


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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017

Solutions

You are surrounded by simple, obvious solutions...
The problem is you just don't see them.
 - Jay Abraham

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Faith

Faith is willingness to take action
 on that which you can't see. 
- Author unknown

Monday, 9 October 2017

Today

Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
 - Good Housekeeping magazine (September 2017)

Friday, 6 October 2017

October 6, 2017 Chautauqua


Beth's Ponderings


   How well are you able to handle change in your life?  Okay, now be TOTALLY honest - how well are you able to handle change in your life?  If we are honest, most of us resist change of any nature with every fibre of our being.

   We are entering a time when things are going to change for some communities.  Elections are on Monday, October 16, and the results will mean that changes are on the horizon.  Maybe the changes won’t be big, or overly dramatic, but there will be changes nonetheless, and the more we are able to accept them, whatever they are, the better.


   Incidentally, I can tell you some people can’t seem to handle that after ALMOST 16 YEARS, I updated my picture that goes beside my words.  If you can’t handle a small change that doesn’t affect you personally, how can you handle changes that do?  And quite truthfully, I have changed (aged) in those years, and I’m not 28 any more. ;)

Beth


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Trust

Magic happens/every moment/
you release fear/and trust the flow 
Your best self/will trust yourself/
to play the notes/you do not know 
- James McCrae

Friday, 29 September 2017

Candle

Your job is to protect your candle and keep the flame alive. 
It does not matter how many people 
see your candle or how big the light grows.
 The only thing that matters is that your flame always burns. 
The people who will benefit from your light will find you. 
You may wish you had a bigger candle, or you will be tempted
 to abandon your candle so you can bask in the light of another's. But, when you allow your truth to shine, everything you need
 is already within the flame of the candle you were given.
 - James McCrae

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Shine

When a light beam shines on a surface, 
it shines without judgment or hesitation.
 If an object is placed on the floor and blocks the light's path,
 the light does not resist or resent the object. 
It continues to shine without judgment or hesitation 
on whatever it encounters with equal dedication. 
The light beam's nature is to shine. 
It does not concern itself with what it shines upon.
 - James McCrae

Monday, 25 September 2017

Place

The planet doesn't need more “successful” people...
It needs people to live well in their places. 
- David Orr

Friday, 22 September 2017

Enjoy

All of the animals except for man 
know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
 - Samuel Butler

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Don't Fit

If you feel as if you don't fit into this world,
 it's because you're here to create a better one. 
- Author Unknown