Thursday, February 28, 2013
The storybeader's journal: AlphabeThursday - O is for Michelle Obama
What we Eat - by http://littlenostalgia.blogspot.com/
Put a Ring on it -by Memories for Life
Roy Orbison - The man behind the Glasses ~ Magnolia Surprise
Enjoy and Namaste,
Of Happiness and Hope
Happiness is a myth we seek,
If Manifested surely irks;
Like river speeding to the plain,
On its arrival slows and murks.
For man is happy only in
His aspirations to the heights
When he attains his goal, he cools
And longs for other distant flights.
If you should meet a happy one
Who is contented with his lot,
Unlike the rest of all mankind,
Pray his Nirvana disturb not.
~The Procession of Gibran~
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
It can't be bothered by my trivial daily pursuits. Most days I feel as though I am really putting it out just asking it to sit still and quiet down. I need to clear myself of all the insanity and unnecessary clutter that means nothing in the scheme of things ! Jeez come to think of it...hmmmm...where was I gong with that thought? (Squint eyes, furrow brow, scratch the back of my neck). Follow the little butterfly...lalala
Oh yeah! I have to barter with my mind quite often, begging it to give me simple words, common thoughts...things I have taught others and known for years, but mostly it refuses and goes about its business making my life chaos!
I think, and there are many labels for this, we can call it "Monkey mind"!
So yeah...I have a monkey mind, always did!
What is monkey mind, some of you may ask? Well that's a mind that goes about, on its own. Creating futures, fixating on the past. A mind that travels everywhere except here... now! A mind that jumps from thought to thought and is always elusive... never sitting still or remaining calm.
I most definitely have that problem, along with just plain, old, simple not going to work mind! Out to lunch, no one home mind and I am just plain not giving you what you need mind! And I am really exhausted. Exhausted from trying to remember that my keys are actually in my left hand or my purse is under the seat...where I put it 30 seconds ago. Tired of getting in and out of the car because I forgot what I just ran in the house 3 times already for! WHAT???
So here I am, asking my brain to help me out! I beg for simple words or profound mindfulness, but to no avail I have failed to create any cohesive relationship. I make all kinds of excuses these days for it, "I 'm tired , not enough sleep, it's just hormones, I have too many projects in the works"...etc. and they are all true, except I know that little monkey mind is swing around somewhere in that head of mine laughing and waiting. Waiting to confuse me, or to run away and hide more of my thoughts, words and ideas, leaving me scratching my head and awkwardly trying to remember the very names of my own family!
So I wonder when it's going to officially move out. When the day will come that I will be left in the dark and totally unaware that I ever had a working mind at all? I am sure when that day arrives, I will be left with little concern for the loss of words and names that routinely reek havoc on me. I am determined to find solace in the the present. A present that will always be new and current and I will smile and greet everything as though it is for the very first time. Till then, I will keep chasing my tail and appreciate whatever small vocabulary it chooses to beseech upon me, even if the words are a garbled conundrum of gobbley gook and my thoughts are a cartwheeling dervish of insanity!
I will prevail with or without a brain...because the jokes on my monkey mind, I would rather have no thoughts at all!!!!
Andrea trains riders and horses alike and knows the importance of remaining focused on each movement. Learning how to stay focused and in the present moment is no easy task but can practiced on a daily basis with just the simple technique of mindful breathing throughout the day. Taking a moment to consciously inhale.18.104.22.168 and exhale 22.214.171.124 will bring about a calmer, quieter mind, body and create a expansive spirit. Read more about yoga and meditation weekly here or on any one of these wonderful blogs that I support:
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thank you so much Kayleigh for The beautiful treasury Fire and Blood, it is awesome!
Kayleigh has an amazing shop at Etsy.com and I am sure that you would enjoy feasting your eyes on these gorgeous Bohemian/boho silk wraps at Air Sign Studios. Here are just a sampling of what she offers in her studio.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
For those of you that are here because of my dressage training and horse related blogging, I am finally going to do that blog talk that I have been prepping for FOREVER AGO! You can follow me at the below link and get a notification of my scheduled blog talks.
Ride Every Stride blog and blog talk Radio will be filled with educational, informative and practical information that you will be able to apply directly and confidently to your horsemanship tool belt. I have been training and instructing for most of my life and look forward to helping others outside of my local area learn the language of the horse and help resolve everyday issues that sneek up and quickly throw our training off track.
Tune in and be one of the callers who will have the opportunity to "Ask the Trainer" . This will be an excellent opportunity to get professional help and/or an evaluation of your progress.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Copper Wire Ring, Wrapped Pinkie Ring, Enchanted Fairy Ring, Champagne Aurora Borelias Crystal Size 4
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Just ask my mother, she can tell you stories of how much I hated to go anywhere there were people. I am a rebel and an introvert. Most people may never guess that about me. They may think that I am outgoing and very much a talker. They may tell you that I never shut up and I seem very comfortable in crowds, and they would be very much mistaken.
I have never much liked group gatherings. I always make sure that if I go to visit anyone that they know I don't want to go anywhere and most definitely do not want to meet new people. When I travel, I want to be alone, I want to sit silently somewhere and listen to sounds, feel the wind and turn off my mind because it is normally so busy, busy, busy with all the grind that we call adulthood.
So when Tammy asked me to go, I dreaded the close proximity with all those people and all that clammer and interaction that seems to be the main idea behind cruises. As you can see from my pictures I was MISERABLE!
I have always been in tuned and highly sensitive to extreme activity. I can easily be drawn into conversation and with little encouragement, but at the same time I find I am open and fragile to the effects that are occurring all around us. Effects such as the seen and unseen judgements that are continually being made. The effects that the energy vampires leave behind by draining and stealing others life force. And the ability to take on others feelings even though you have little or no involvement in the outcome. I realize that I need to let go more, trust the process and open up to more adventure in my life. But at the same time I find the process and adventure to be overwhelming and crippling.
It is this crippling effect that brings me to my need for alone time to empty my mind and expand my suppressed and stifled energy. This alone time allows me to decide how much I want to open myself up to the energy of any given situation and once again enjoy the journey.
As I grow older I can not say that I am in any way getting better at handling my sensitivity. If anything I find that I need more alone time. I find that I am more susceptible to becoming emotional on a whim. But I can say that knowing what I am and understanding myself, finding room for acceptance and making time to empty and make space inside myself has become a life saver for me as well as for those who deal with me on a daily basis. Being true to who your are, and understanding that you are a constant and ever changing being can bring you peace and help you feel less depressed and more de-compressed.
For this moment I feel a peacefulness. I feel an emptiness that allows me to expand from the tiny me to something so much bigger. Where ever you find yourself today I wish you health and happiness. I wish upon you a moment of expansion where you let everything go. I find even a minute of focused silence with emphasis in breathing gives me that perfect opportunity to release, expand and feel lighter.
Namaste' and happy travels
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Question: Is Copper HyperAllergenic?
My designs are very simple, organic and raw. I love to keep my pieces artsy and asymetrical. You will find that they appear whimsical and are obviously handcrafted. It is important to me that you are happy with your ring if you do not like the design please let me know and I we can talk about something that is more to your liking :)