The cool, creepy fog that is just as much a part of the city as the beach or palm trees, is almost a resident secret. I imagine thousands of tourist must wake up and think “What the heck? THIS is not what I paid for! Oh well, we’ll probably have to plan for an indoor activity now…” Within hours though, the mist is gone, usually giving way to the beautiful electric blue sky.
The mist comes into the city like a protective, moist blanket. It’s what keeps Los Angeles from feeling like the desert.
This morning, I thought about how many times in life I’d been disappointed or hurt by circumstances and how these problems seemed overwhelming and endless. It wasn’t until I was able to reflect on these experiences that I realized, like the mist, they were a necessary contribution to my life. As I look upon the landscape of my life, I see the diversity of my experience, beliefs, friendships and I realize that most of my peace has resulted from the times I had to surrender.
Surrender doesn’t mean laying down dead, it means being “ok” at worst and at best being “AWESOME;” no matter what happens. I wanna be one of those old ladies with deep laugh lines and strong arms. I wanna have people look into my eyes and still see the twinkle and I wanna lay my head down and sleep like a baby.
For now, I drink my tea and welcome the mist…
Image by emurray via Flickr
Just as the astronauts experience while floating in space, your body is in a state of weightlessness at the top of the bounce. I hadn’t felt so free in a while. The workout was quite good too, so I decided to do some investigating. I found out that jumping is great for the body…
I don’t have a mini trampoline but I’ve decided to leave their mattresses on the floor. My kids enjoy some supervised jump time and guess what? So do I!
|From The Thoughts of an Angel Awakened|
Having just been accused of being an “Optimist,” I thought it only appropriate I post a significant piece of work on the subject. The Optimist Creed was written in 1912 by Chistian D. Larson. I think it’s still a valuable source of inspiration today.
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I used BeFunky to create the “framed art” for this post. Befunky is a super easy and fun online photo editor. I chose Cinch for the podcast. I downloaded the Cinch app to my iPhone but chose to record through my laptop. Cinch also makes creating and sharing media, a breeze.
|Photo by Neal Fowler from his Flickr Album “
GARAGE OF THE IMMACULATE SOUL”
Seeing is a complicated event. I did a simple search for the definition of “sight” and came up with tons of meanings.
1a: something that is seen with the eye
2a : a thing regarded as worth seeing —usually used in plural <the sights of the city> b : something ludicrous or disorderly in appearance <you look a sight>
3a : the process, power, or function of seeing; specifically : the physical sense by which light stimuli received by the eye are interpreted by the brain and constructed into a representation of the position, shape, brightness, and usually color of objects in space b : mental or spiritual perception c : mental view; specifically : judgment
4a : the act of looking at or beholding b : inspection, perusal c : view, glimpse d : an observation to determine direction or position (as by a navigator)
5a : a perception of an object by or as if by the eye <never lost sight of the objective> b : the range of vision <was nowhere in sight>
7: an aspiration
To see, light touches the eyes and the brain interprets the data into electrical signals which in turn are converted into information. The fact of the matter is that how your eye’s scientifically process light may have little to do with how you “see” things in the end. Some people have 20/20 vision yet they don’t really “see” what’s going on. Some people, on the other hand “see” the world in ways that are inspiring, poetic, prophetic…
You ever notice how some people, many of them photographers, catch these INCREDIBLE moments? These are moments that most would miss but these people, these “special” people seem to see differently. For the picture above, photographer Neal Fowler writes “North from my garage is a bush that catches the nicest raindrops and shows them off when the sun comes out, a broken watery bush of loveliness. 🙂 Best viewed holding a glass of something chilled.”
THANK YOU Neal. Thanks for seeing and sharing about the bushes behind your garage. I was inspired to look at the spider infested foliage behind MY garage in a new light and I found a miracle…
When I first started on my journey out of anxiety, I determined that in order to live a beautiful life, I must seek and absorb beauty everyday. Daily, I ask myself “what beauty exists around your home or even in the MIRROR that you are not seeing?” People can praise us for our beauty everyday but unless we see and BELIEVE it, we will never know what it feels like to be beautiful. What a shame because we are ALL beautiful.
To conclude my observation on this subject today, I leave you with a favorite song by the legendary Stevie Wonder…
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I use Flickr as an image search engine. When I make a query, I will often be surprised and delighted by what an artist has tagged as that word or phrase. The photographs on Flickr range from the hobbyist to the ultra-professional so just be sure when you use the photo, you have the license to do so.
Laughing releases “happy chemicals” into the body. By letting laughter into every part of our body and our mind, we’re chemically altering our physical state and immediately into the here and now mentally.
Today, if you’re feeling less than 100%, take the adage of “laughter being the best medicine” literally. Try a little laugh therapy (also called laughing meditation or laughter yoga) The techniques simply involves inhaling deeply, then exhaling while laughing. Really want to go out on a limb? Try to experience the freedom of spontaneous laughter. Just laugh. No jokes, just laugh out of nowhere, like children do! One study on the subject, stated children laugh about 400 to 500 times a day, while an adult may laugh 15 times a day. Why do kids get to laugh, “just cause,” but adults determine that it’s not ok?
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Woke up this morning and the freshness of the air inspired me, so I collected “specimens” for an olfactory adventure. Beauty can be absorbed and acquired through all our senses, even our nose!
These scents were my companions this morning and my urban hike was DIVINE!
Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils
500 Formulas For Aromatherapy: Mixing Essential Oils for Every Use
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment
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This blog is created with a free weblog publishing tool from Google, Blogger. If you can use Microsoft Word, you can publish a blog. SO… if you have something to say, and have been putting off starting YOUR BLOG…there are no longer ANY excuses!
The kitchen spa
These five foods will nourish your skin — from the outside in.
Recipe: Take a spent avocado peel and using gentle upward strokes, lightly massage your face with the inside of the peel. You can either leave on as a nighttime moisturizer or, for daytime, wash your face with it gently, rinsing three or four times with warm water; pat dry.
Recipe: Puree 1 tablespoon each of cucumber and parsley. Then blend in 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt until smooth. Cover your face with this creamy masque and leave on 15-20 minutes. This will rejuvenate your skin as it moistens. Rinse off with water.
Recipe: Mix 2 tablespoons each of ground oats and aloe vera with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice until you have a smooth paste. Gently massage onto damp skin. Rinse off with warm water. Excellent for your face or as a smoothing body treatment.
Recipe: For a simple skin pick-me-up, cut a slice of a juicy peach and massage the flesh on your face. Leave the juice on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Or rub the inside of the skins of a peach on your face for a few minutes at bedtime and let the juice absorb overnight.
Recipe: With a fork, mash 8-9 strawberries into a paste. Add 3 tablespoons of honey; mix. (Be sure not to over blend or the mask will be runny.) Apply directly to your skin and let sit for a few minutes, then rinse off.
In the last couple of weeks, forgiveness has been a reoccurring theme in my life. I hear it in messages at church, I see it posted in quotes online, I talk about it with friends… I wanted to share a letter of forgiveness I received one day…
If it strikes your fancy, you can even listen to me reflect (huff and puff) on an actual “hike” through the neighborhood…
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I created the above presentation in Google Docs. Google Docs offers several free online applications that allow you to create and share your work online and access them from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more all in one easy space.