On Th Lookout…

It was dusk when I drove home from the office today and I knew there could be the potential for spotting deer on route 136. Though I didn’t spot any there I did see a young doe in a clearing not too far from my mother’s home. When I told my mother of the deer she seemed surprised that I saw one so close by, “I’ve never seen one,” she replied.

My mother’s response surprised me at first, because I see at least one deer a week. I also see red tail hawks, wild turkey, and osprey. All of which my mother and many others rarely see.  Then it struck me, I’m always on the look out for these beautiful creatures. Mostly not to run  into them with my car but also to catch a glimpse of nature’s beauty.

My guess people only see what they want to see or what they’re looking for; I suppose this is the basis for manifesting. We don’t conger or create we become aware, and when we become aware we see what we’re looking for…

Ginnie

Caretakers …

There has been a major shock in my professional circle… The kind of news that shakes you to your core — Makes you reevaluate who you are, and ultimately makes you choose to either do something or do nothing…

I’ve chosen to do something, starting with this blog post. We all need to become ADVOCATES for those who are dependent on us to care for them. More importantly to keep them safe… In these next few weeks I will be exploring ways that I can educate myself, and my staff and maybe even a few of you on Preventing Abuse of all types.

We need to come together as a community to protect those who can’t protect themselves.  This past weekend a friend told me about a recent hike, where she witnessed three bucks protecting a fawn from a coyote. The bucks surrounded the fawn. Isn’t this the least we can do to protect our young?

 

Ginnie

School Is In Session…

I’m in a good space right now. When I’m like this I notice things — I become aware. I find lessons in everything, from driving to work, to switching my seasonal wardrobe. There are literally hundreds of lessons every week in my universal classroom. There are subtle messages from the TV I watch (not the Madison Avenue messages). My cats and the rest of the animals I encounter teach me something. Running and Yoga are my first lessons of the day . From the moment I wake up school is in session…

This isn’t just for me, it’s an open classroom everyone is welcome. The only enrollment requirement is you show up everyday open to learn about; life, about you…

Got to go one of my teachers just walked in and needs to be fed!

 

Ginnie

Arrived?

I’m always, okay sometimes sensitive to the same word that pops up in different conversations. I try to take notice to that word, like it’s some sort of cryptic message from the universe. The word arrived has been bouncing in my head for the past few days is .I first took notice of it when Deepak Chopra used it to explain the West’s obsession with needing to get to something and never arriving (This is what I got out of it not a direct quote). Then I heard arrived used again when someone was speaking about a young star.  They said they had arrived, or really made it.

All of this got me to wonder, the following; How do you know when you’ve arrived? Secondly Where are we going?  I once thought  the answers where fame and fortune. Now that I’m older I haven’t a clue about either question…  I’m not even sure I want to arrive anywhere. I think I’m already here…

Be Here Be Now,

Ginnie

Deep Listening…

This past Sunday I found myself once again immursed in another compelling Super Soul Sunday. Oprah’s guest was one of my spiritual heros Thich Nhat Hanh, the exiled Vietnamese monk. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote one of my favorite spiritual guides The Miracle of Mindfulness. During the interview he spoke of deep listening and listening with compassion.

This sentiment hit me hard and got me to think about how I listen. That one bit of awareness has been a part of my mind set for these past three days. I’ve been trying to be there without prejudging or responding with trite answers or advise. This isn’t as easy as it seems, for either party. I find the silent pauses have been uncomfortable. Its like we require the noisy rhetoric out of habit or to disguise our true hearts.

I’m unsure where this will lead me, but I know one thing I feel more honest with myself. I encourage you all to try the same… Maybe by truly listening we may learn to understand one an other… So breathe deeply and listen.

Ginnie

Clarity…

Clarity especially of the mind seems elusive to most of us – In fact we’re unaware of our lack of clarity…

Our minds rarely if ever take a moment off. There’s so much information and stimuli to get through. Even when we’re not doing anything physically our minds are processing. We are so preoccupied with what we need to do next we barely are aware of what we are doing now! It is my belief the lack of clear focus is contributing to stress then to a state of dis-ease then to disease…

How can we train our minds to be clearer? Meditation, slowing down thoughts with focused breathing, when there is no thought and only the breath – Then we will be Clear…

Ohm…

Ginnie

Short and Sweet…

Never discount taking five minutes to sit and meditate or just to ponder… Get off the fast track to no where and sit – Just sit. Sounds like an idle waste of time doesn’t it? Think of it as a mini vacation in the craziness of the day. Time to regroup, breathe and take note of what you’re feeling.  It always amazes me how we go throughout the day without recognizing our moods or emotions. We “get through” the day like some sort of robot. Doing things often times without being aware. I’m sure you’ve experienced the phenomena when you’re driving somewhere and then seem to come out of your programed coma look up and go “Yikes, how did I get here?” It was as if the car was on auto pilot and you fell asleep. As sad as this sounds we do it all the time. By taking time to sit, pray, meditate or just being gratefully aware that we are alive and we are blessed! This moment can be Short and Sweet… Come back to life! Begin to see with all your senses…

Life with all the heartaches, challenges and difficulties is beautiful! Take a minute to reawaken and get to living…

Ginnie