A relative sent me this picture of myself, taken well over forty years ago. I had never seen it before, but I felt it really captured the essence of me. I had the strange sensation that I was looking at somebody else… somebody that I knew very well… not exactly me. The best part was that it made me smile and I realize that at nearly fifty, I actually like myself. It was a long road, but I got there.
You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind.
You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.
On this Wisdom Wednesday (and my 200th post), if you are not content with what and where you are today, I encourage you to examine what you are putting into your mind. Even if you only need some “tweaking,” changing what you feed your mind can drastically improve your life.
Here I am with more “positive” bathroom graffiti. While I don’t condone writing on other people’s property, the black sharpie on the white exposed area and the black paint… well, I couldn’t resist capturing this Wisdom Wednesday worthy quote.
You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself.
~Don Miguel Ruiz
Miguel Ruiz is one of my favorite authors. I especially love this quote because I spent so many years trying to change other people and circumstances (to no avail and with much frustration, of course). When I learned that the only thing I can change is myself, my life began improving. Happy Wisdom Wednesday!
Today I began the Daniel Fast, a 21 day, biblically based, eating plan. It is a way for me to hit the reset button, as I have been on a weight loss program for a while and I have hit a plateau. The primary differences between this eating plan and the way I eat now is that the plan does not allow meat or dairy. I am not a huge dairy consumer and I am not one who must have meat, so this shouldn’t be too bad. I was on a cleanse last year that didn’t allow meat or dairy for the first week and it was fine.
The most compelling thing for me is the spiritual component of the fast. The purpose for the fast is to gain clarity. I have chosen to make it my own, so I am meditating in the morning as part of my program. I meditate sporadically. I will do it faithfully for months at a time. Then, for whatever reason, I stop. Meditation is good for me. It calms me, centers me, and gives me a sense of well-being. I am hoping that doing the Daniel Fast will help me get back on track and that I stick to my meditation for a while. I will post about my progress over the coming weeks. Until then, here is my favorite meditation story.
The Institute for Self Actualization (isa) has been a huge help along my path. I have been a part of this community for 15 years and I highly recommend any seminar they offer. I have done most of them and have assisted and helped coordinate events ranging from the weekend-long Experience to the 10-day international youth camp, the YPE (Young Persons Experience).
I don’t usually use my blog to promote events, but there is an upcoming seminar that I think will be priceless. It is part of the new Design Your Life (DYL) series. Read about the series and the upcoming event below.
DESIGN YOUR LIFE!
Love, happiness, health, abundance . . . whatever you want in life is available to you!
This series of one-day seminars provides an in-depth look at the “how” of creating what you want. We focus on both insight and application, with lots of skill building so you have what you need to change stubborn, persistent patterns or to simply create new growth in your chosen directions. Each day addresses a specific aspect of life: relationships, health, wealth and abundance, family, work life and more.
Design Your Life: Abundance
Are you missing out on many opportunities in your life because you don’t have the time, money or energy? Come learn how you can become abundant in all that you do! It is possible to tap into the abundance in us all and have overflowing love, health, money and time!
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Open to isa graduates and non-graduates.
Last night I had a nightmare and woke up so scared that I thought my heart would pound right out of my chest. Needless to say, I had a difficult time falling back to sleep. When I did finally manage to nod off, it was time to get up. Then I had one of those days where everything was a challenge. Now I am not one to wish my life away. But whatever lessons I was supposed to learn today, I hope I “got” them. I am not interested in taking those tests again.
Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis will notice the drastic change in my theme. As part of the current blog challenge in which I am participating, I was encouraged to change my blog’s look.
My favorite color (or non-color, I should say) is black. Most of my wardrobe is black (including my motorcycle gear). Whenever I am given a choice of colors in anything, I choose black. It is introspective, sleek, and classic. So for me to go from a mostly black blog to this bright, somewhat color-spattered theme is somewhat unsettling.
However, in the spirit of personal growth, I am going to leave this new theme in place for a few days to see if I can get used to it. If not, I can always go back to what is safe. Just out of curiosity, let me know what you think of the new look.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with extended family over the weekend, I am happy to be home. After arriving home from my grandfather’s memorial, we celebrated my mother’s birthday with immediate family. Now I am composing this post on the 45-minute drive home.
I look forward to my dog bombarding me as I walk through the front door, much like Dino did Fred. I look forward to seeing my teenage son who could not make it to dinner. I am also looking forward to snuggling up with hubby in own bed. It’s good to be back in my own familiar environment. As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”
Mauve helicopters in the hangar replace winter’s crystal buds.
Both photos taken with my iPhone 5S. Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge. Week 1: Nature.