Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Walking on Wednesday ~ Don't Panic

In an effort to relax in the evenings, I have taken up reading again. I feel the need to escape into other worlds at the end of these long, stressful days.
Sadly, I have misplaced my Kindle, much to the upset of hubby and family, who helped me try to find it last week. (Instead we found the largest hairball under the couch, and I found a pile of clothes on my closet floor, all of these things a whole other story.) 

I really have no idea where it is, which is very upsetting first of all because it is an expensive thing to forget where you put it. Second, I really want to get some new books, for free as we are on such a strict budget, and I need a break from the stress. But I really can't think of where it is!!! 
So, I was handed The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by my oldest, who says I will like it even though I have seen the movie. So far, I do like it, when I manage to stay awake long enough to get through more than one chapter. 

Particularly helpful is that it reminded me of one thing: DON'T PANIC, which is inscribed in large friendly letters on the cover of the guide. This is generally good advice for any experience, not just traveling through the galaxy.

When we panic, our normal sense of logic, if we have any, is completely lost.  The panic takes over and nothing gets solved, done, sorted out, or fixed. A state of panic is counterproductive, if not leading us in the entirely wrong direction. 

If we remember those large, friendly letters, DON'T PANIC, then we can take on the problem with a clear head. Add a bit of flexibility and that may just lead us to solving the problem, even if it isn't what we originally intended, or planned. 

Our paths change, even if we don't plan it, expect it, or even think we want them to. We must trust that we will end up where we need to be. 
So there is not need to panic. There is no need to overreact. With a clear mind, we can sort this mess out. 

A nice cup of tea helps as well, and of course, don't forget your towel!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Music Monday! Polyphony Marimba

What a treat it was yesterday to leave the shop, after several very long days working, and find this in the park across the street.
It had just rained, and the sun came out again, and the music started playing. A very light, relaxing way to end my work week. (I have help at the shop today, and thus am still at home....a much needed first day of a two day break for me!)
Though I missed recording the beginning of the song, I got most of it here. (Sorry for the unsteady arms, I am new at taking video's on my phone. )

I was so enjoying this, we bought a CD and I played it while I cooked last night. Quite a pleasant way to cook, I might add.
Their CD cover says:
May the reality and power of love 
imbue each note with redemption, 
magnificent enough to inspire 
us to find another way to live. 
~ from "Kutambura Kwavo"

Enjoy, and if you like as much as I did, you can get a CD of your own on their website. 
(And, I learned how to upload a video to Youtube. Finally. Always good to learn something new.)
Happy Monday!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Find ~ Recipe! Finding Something Good To Do With WAAAYYY Too Many Cherries

I was shopping with my daughter the other day, which is always a nice treat for me to have her help me at a task I do not love. She thinks of things we need that didn't make the list, she is great company. An added bonus is that sometimes we plan dinners together while shopping which is also a huge treat for me because planning dinners is more often stressful than enjoyable for me.

But sometimes I question what she puts in the cart. Like the other day, when she brought a bag of cherries to the cart. I said, "Don't we still have some of those in the fridge? I just bought some the last time I was here!" She said, "I don't know...I think we ate those...". Yes, she kinda trailed off while saying this, giving me the feeling she really had no idea, but didn't want to take the chance that we might be out because she really wanted them. So I gave in, and a big bag of cherries we bought.

We got home, I go to put the cherries in the drawer in the fridge, and lo and behold there was the (full) bag of cherries I bought the previous trip to the store, still good, untouched. (I knew I should have listened to my inner voice telling me I was right, we had cherries...I call this my witchy self, the self who knows things without really knowing them)

So now we have a boatload of cherries. What to do with them???

Cherry Bread
I couldn't wait to try it before taking a picture....

(like banana bread but with cherries)
((you may remember my previous attempt at mixing up banana bread with apples....))

First 3 ingredients in a separate bowl,
then 'sculpted' with the measuring spoon
by me helper (my son)
This is a milk and butter free recipe, as my hubby can't have these items. 

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups pitted cut up cherries (we cut them in quarters)
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar

Bread Pan - floured if glass or metal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl, set aside.

Add to a separate bowl the cherries, and mash a bit with a potato masher. (we left plenty of chunks)

Add the eggs and sugar to the cherries and mix. 

Then add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just blended, over-mixing may make the bread tough.

Pour into bread pan and bake for 1 hour. Check with knife for doneness (if knife is fairly clean, done, if not put in for another 2-4 minutes.)

When I went to take a picture of the finished loaf,
this is what I found. It was still warm.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Walking on Wednesday ~ The Power of a Sunset

It is not for everyone....watching the sunset.
It is bit cliche, romantic types revel in the ease of this tool.
It is boring to some, not worth the effort to get to a great vantage point.
 And normally, it is not on my list of 'must-do's.
(I have seen more than my fair share of beautiful sunsets when we lived in the Caribbean, yes with my love too.)

But when my daughter's friend was visiting us from our old hometown, after days and days of rain and not being able to do too much, and worried she wouldn't get to enjoy the nature and beauty of the area (an important part of being here in my humble opinion), we decided to head up to Craggy Gardens to catch the sunset. We couldn't convince the boys to join us.

I was doing it for the girls, and hoping to get a little enjoyment for myself. That is my attitude going into it.

But once we were there, something happened. I could not avoid the feeling once there that I was so incredibly lucky to have this in my backyard. A surprising calm came over me.

There was someone in the clearing who was playing a flute of some type, and that, along with the birds, was the only noise there was. You could see forever, and the views were spectacular.

When we sat on the wall to enjoy the grand finale, all wrapped in our blankets (it was rather chilly up so high), feet dangling over the side, I was marveled at the beauty, the colors. 

I was awed by the vastness of the mountains, the pure nature as far as the eye could see, with only minimal hints of civilization like the thin line of road miles away. The view of mountain after mountain after mountain after mountain. Breathtaking on a normal day, but that day, with the sun slowly setting, it sunk into me and stopped me cold.

I noticed how dark the front mountains were...until a certain point. Then suddenly -the light hit hills that were unnoticeable just a minute before.

And then in another minute, more hills that were hidden suddenly became softly lit, showing the depth of the landscape that is normally overlooked.

The shadows, the soft light, the brilliant light, the colors. It was getting overwhelming. I was overcome, just in awe. THIS is what it is about - the beauty, the enjoyment, the possibilities.

I almost felt like a tear was trying to escape from my eye, the emotion was almost too much. But I didn't let it, I simply enjoyed the moment, knowing this would shape my path going forward. It was a reminder of how I was when we first moved here. How I embraced the possibilities, the awe of what the future may bring, the serene quiet beauty that we should live our lives with. I had lost this excitement of possibilities, I was weighed down by stress and making others happy and successful. I had lost my own possibilities along the way.

And when the sun finally completely disappeared under the lowest mountain top way off in the distance, it was a vibrant, hot red color, peeking through the clouds until it was gone. We got up, turned to get back in the car and head home, and we were treated with cool blue-gray rain clouds off in the distance on the other side of the road. We were slightly above those clouds, we were above it all. 

My phone camera was the only way I had to capture these beautiful moments. They don't do it justice. So, refreshingly, I am relying on my mind to keep the real brilliance of this sunset, and to keep this feeling that came over me. A photo can't do that anyways.

While we drove home, it started raining, like it had been all week. But I was different. I was determined to get back to living like I really wanted to live. Live enjoying every moment, enjoying my surroundings, my family, myself, embracing endless possibilities for being happy. Making a way to be able to do that successfully. 

The power of a sunset that the rain held off just long enough to enjoy. It is a simple, daily occurrence that is incredible each and every day, if only we notice it. That is how our lives should be ~ noticeably incredible each and every day. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Music Monday! On Top Of The World

I know it's hard when you're falling down
And it's a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now. 

A good sunset hike last week gave me the peace and energy I didn't even realize I had been missing.  I didn't realize how nature, quiet (real quiet that can only be enjoyed far away from houses, streets, buildings, people) and natural beauty could make me feel like I was on top of the world. And of course, this song popped in my head.

A sense that I had been missing something in my life hit me, about when I had found what it was that I had been missing! I had found it in the time I was out there hiking, seeing, feeling nature. The waterfall, the sunset, the streams and trees. This is what I loved doing, and lately that feeling had been avoiding me. 

I found found what had been missing out there, and that alone made me feel like I am on top of the world. Like Imagine Dragons says:

I've had the highest mountains
I've had the deepest rivers
I've had it all but life keeps moving
I take it in but don't look down

'Cause I'm on top of the world, 'ay
I'm on top of the world, 'ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Payin my dues in the dirt
I've been waiting to smile, ay
Been holding it in for a while, 'ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I'm on top of the world.

It felt so good out there! How do I keep this feeling? THAT is the question now. Yes, there is not one answer, but it sure won't be doing the same things I had been doing. Life keeps moving, so we have to move with it. Get up now, get up, get up now.....

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ Trust the Journey

Though we may get frustrated that the path is hard to see, 
and we might think we have made a wrong turn,
trust that the journey 
is where we find the rewards.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ Take a Chance

It can be scary. It can be exciting.
It could not work out the way you thought or intended...
it could be perfect.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Music Monday! One Headlight

Ahhh my day off. Spent cleaning, as usual, and driving kid to friends house. The normal 'mom' duties I used to be able to do any day, but that are now restricted to days off. Sometimes I don't know how I will get through everything that needs to get done, and still keep my sanity. Some days I just get through. But today at least I got to enjoy a bit the duties of Mom.

On the trip, I noticed many cars for a Monday, which actually makes sense due to the upcoming holiday. But what was unusual was the cars with one taillight and one headlight. There were MANY of those. And it never fails, when I see one headlight, this song pops in my head.

It is actually not a happy song necessarily, but it is so poetic, and the feel of the song is quite perfect for a rain filled day. Not depressing, but not happy-go-lucky, somewhere in between. 

Hey, come on try a little, nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than in the middle
But me and Cinderella put it all together
We can drive it home with one headlight

This song is said to be about the death of ideas, (not actual death of a person).Using metaphors and images in the lyrics was simply beautiful way to get the idea through to the people. (Jakob has the talent his father did of beautiful writing) The 'one headlight' was symbolical of getting the ideas through, even with hinderance. 

There is something better than in the middle, and even with one headlight, we can drive it home. A great thing to remember when the clouds are overhead, (it has been raining most of the that is my metaphor) when you must get through despite having to do it with potential difficulties. 

A great inspiration, particularly for us - small business owners, moms, wives, - all hard working people. Drive it home!