Keep it Simple

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In life we often try to make things more complicated than they are.  If we can just take the time to listen to what our hearts, minds, and bodies are telling us, we can face the world and all its challenges with confidence.

 

New Experiences

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New experiences is the first thing I say to may son when I wake him up in the morning.  He is not a morning person like his mother.  He needs a little extra encouragement. Actually this practice didn’t happen intentionally.  I was saying, wake up little Nigel.  So the next morning after the first day of school, I said it again.  Then Nigel said, “Mommy, I want you to say new experiences like you did yesterday.”  Actually, that wasn’t what I said, but it was a good practice to start.  Now I say it to him every morning when he wakes up.

I have been putting that practice into action in my own life.  I am very fond of rituals and routines and I think that is just fine, but there are times when you need to give new things a chance.  I recently started drinking coffee.  Now I love it!  I don’t drink it every day, but I enjoy a good cup of coffee.  I don’t use it as a stimulant as I have been accused of being caffeine personified, but I drink it for the taste.  In the past I refused coffee because I felt that I had no use for it.  I viewed coffee as a means of staying awake or jolting one from a groggy morning, things I never had an issue with.  One day I decided to give coffee a try.  It happened in a very strange way.  I was watching an episode of Satisfaction on Netflix and I saw one of the characters making a cup of coffee with a french press.  The whole process looked interesting and I wanted to try making coffee that way.  That particular way of making coffee appealed to me for its simplicity. So I purchased a french press, a hand-crank ceramic burr grinder, bought a bag of coffee beans from a local coffee shop, and made my first cup of coffee.  I enjoyed the process of heating the water, grinding the beans, and waiting patiently for the coffee to steep.  I found the experience to be therapeutic.  It is nice slow down and savor an experience, and now I have a new ritual.  It forces me to slow down, take my time and really enjoy the moment.

I would not have gained this new ritual had I not been willing to try something new.  I have learned to let go of feeling that I cannot benefit from something that is not necessarily marketed to me or the identity I have assigned to myself.  I must remain open to new experiences.  We all must let go of notion that something is “not for you” or “you are meant for something like that.”

I would like to challenge all of us to try something or experience something new. Try a new food.  Visit a different place or just take another route home from work.  See what’s out there!

 

Seven Myths of Meditation

Meditation has entered the mainstream of modern Western culture, prescribed by physicians and practiced by everyone from business executives, artists, and scientists to students, teachers, military personnel, and – on a promising note – politicians.

Source: DeepakChopra.com •  Article | Blog | Posts

Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work – Brain Pickings

“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love.”

Source: Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work – Brain Pickings

Write on Wednesday #39

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Today’s Writing Prompt:  Write a thank you note.

Have you ever been so thankful for something that you could barely put it into words?  For this writing exercise do just that.  Write about something you are thankful for.  It could be a gift, a kind word, anything.

10 Things You Need to Know About Real Love – The Minds Journal

This article really spoke to me.  I hope it will speak to others.Many people want to be in relationships, without really having a clue what it is all about or what they’re all about. Real love is akin to getting married, having babies, or even getting a dog. Many people have some romantic fantasy about all these things without looking at the work involved or the responsibility or the commitment required.

Source: 10 Things You Need to Know About Real Love – The Minds Journal

Might as Well Jump!

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I am a very cautious person.  I’ve always been the person who weighs every possible option before making a decision.  It is a blessing and a curse.  I have found this quality beneficial to my friends when they ask me for advice, but mostly it has been a hindrance for me.  I go back and forth so many times and usually it prevents me from making a move or trying something new.  Fortunately, I have been making some much needed changes and they have been paying off.

I have decided in some instances, not all, I might as well jump.  I may make a mistake, I will just learn to deal with it.  The most important part is learning.  I never want to stop learning.  How will I continue to learn if I don’t accept and welcome new experiences?    I have met many amazing people and even made new friends. The process has been challenging and I am not quite at the point I want to be, but I am still working on it and enjoying the journey.

I have made a list of things that I plan to do and I am holding myself to it.  There are so many things that I’ve always wanted to do but, have talked myself out of.  I might as well jump!