Incrementality

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When INCREMENTALITY takes a trip he packs a big bag, knowing that it may be awhile before he gets where he is going. He likes to take the road less traveled so that he can breathe deeply, notice, and enjoy the journey.  He doesn’t usually wear a watch, choosing instead to go at the speed of the body.   Once, in the black of night, he got lost.  Instead of panicking, he just used tiny steps to retrace his path and led himself out of trouble.  “One step at a time” is the advice he can be heard giving anyone about anything.

Incrementality is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

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This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

Stillness

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When Stillness is around everyone has a different response.  Some people are able to relax instantly by her side, while others seem to squirm and wiggle, uncomfortable with her lack of movement.  She doesn’t have trouble with any of it.  In fact, she completely understands.  At one time she was a Type A personality who ran a Fortune 500 company.  She worked 16 hours a day, and rarely took a vacation.  When her sister was diagnosed with a serious illness, she stopped everything and went with her to a retreat center for a month of silence and meditation.  That changed her life.  Now stillness owns a small bookstore.  She reads, writes, naps, and has never been happier.

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Stillness is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

inspiration-deck

This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

Peaceful America

peacefulamericaI found these while getting ready to teach my Mindfulness/Meditation class tonight. I do not remember them and was totally surprised to see them in a box of pastels and colored pencils.

I needed to see them today.

I needed to share them today.

There are 9 of them. There are 9 students in my class. These are the serendipitous moments that make me believe.

Believe that:

light will always triumph over darkness

people are basically good

peace is possible

we are all ONE

So tonight we will string these together with mindfulness practices, with prayers, with our breath.

We will hold a space for the holy that is in all things; all the time.

Wellspring Holistic Center is and will continue to be a place for all seekers to find refuge. A place where all beliefs are welcome. A place where we can put down our shields, our swords, allow our wounds to be seen, and tended to – as our sign says, “PEACE to all who enter here.”

And on this historic day, may that sign, that message come true.

 

 

Morning Inspiration

stillnessI like to get up early so that I can have time to be still, quiet, contemplative, and yes, so that I can make my lists!

I am a chronic list maker.

I admit to actually doing something “NOT” on my list and then going to my list to add it just so that I can cross it off.

There is some feeling of accomplishment and some sense of peace that comes over me when I go down my list and see all the things that I have done that day.

Here is the rub: lately I am also noticing the feeling of tightness and the sense of dis-ease that comes over me when I go down my list and see all the things that did not get done that day.

This has become a theme recently – the “not” getting done and the stress that I notice in my body.

With the computer age sitting heavy upon us, there is so much more to do. We have access to so many people or maybe better put, they have access to us.

I can’t keep up with everyone. I can’t read everyone’s blogs or Facebook posts or even respond to everyone’s emails or messages.

Well, I could but then I would not really be in my life – I would just be talking and writing about my life – and that is not living my life.

This is a problem that I am sure many of us are feeling and facing. What do you do?

I sure could use some help with this one.

Please share your wisdom as it helps all of us.

I always say to my students, ” make sure to ask your questions because if one of you is wondering, guaranteed others are as well.”

For me, I know it is a choice. I must choose me. This is the most difficult thing for me. I am a caregiver. I am a lover. I am a healer.

To care for myself. To love myself. To heal myself. This requires that I make space and time for the things that will keep me healthy and well on all levels.

I do different things on different days. Today, I am turning off the computer, reading a poem (this one from my brother, Gregory’s new book), and meditating for the next 20 minutes.

See you on the other side.

A snippet from the poem, Oneness

This morning I was a light socket again

Yesterday I was the clock on the wall

and the ticking of the time

Tomorrow who knows what I may become,

maybe a night bird

or a blade of grass

May we brag? Equinox brag.

“All it takes is one small taste of Silence, and if asked, you would gladly SHOUT “YES” to this journey a hundred times over.” ~Gregory

May we brag?
OK, twist our arms.

Our brother, Gregory has just released his first book of poetry!

He has created an amazing video to inspire you, meditate with, and help you to appreciate the depths of these poems. It is also an awesome Spring Equinox offering for contemplation.

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The book is called:
Songs of Silence
Poems to Accompany You on the Journey Home Vol. i
Order it here.
And soon we hope to have them for sale at Wellspring Holistic Center.

 

 Wildfire
Poems
are like wildfire, they burn fierce and hot and strong and quick, and if you do not catch the heat as it passes, they are gone.
 
These words
are intended to bring the support structures down, and nothing is meant to be left standing in their wake.
 
This
is an invitation to step into the fire.
 
Only when
we can let every-thing go,
will we then gain Everything.

 

One more time: You must see the video,as it is spectacular.

Thanks for indulging us. We are proud AND for a good reason.

May the Spring Equinox rock your world, or at least create a moment of balance.

Anita and Louise

The girls who cried paddle board!

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We just keep saying, “this is our last time paddle boarding for the season.”

You are probably sick of hearing it.

If that isn’t bad enough, we also feel compelled to keep sharing our images with you.

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The sky was mostly blue and the sun was shining, but the wind was blowing something fierce.  We went out on Sunday to Minsi Lake and once again it was so windy that we spent very little time actually Stand Up Paddle boarding – most of it was “on your knees” paddle boarding. Usually we are up for anything and we find the fun in whatever we are doing when we are on the water, but not this day.  We both looked at each other and said “OK, this is not fun!”    The waves were so big that if the nose of the paddle board was not directly into the wave, the water was coming onto the boards making our pants very wet and our bare feet very cold.

However, we did not let the waves and the wind deter us from searching out the wildlife.  When we first launched onto the lake, we spotted one white swan with 2 swanlings (?).  We never got close enough for a good photo.  Then as we were rounding the corner of the lake, we spotted some white ducks in the distance.  We were very curious to see what they were.  The wind was blowing our boards that way, so we worked our way over to where they were sitting on the water.  Imagine our surprise when this is what we saw …

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seagulls?  Yep!  Seagulls.  They were a long way from home.  Hopefully when the wind stopped blowing they were able to find their way back to the Atlantic Ocean!

We made the most of it, paddling our arms off trying to get back to where we launched, laughing and almost crying all the way back.

Our gift at the end of the adventure was seeing a Praying Mantis. They always seem so special to both of us and so we had to look up   the animal medicine for our new totem animal (or in this case, insect) messenger.

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can you find her?

 Here is one interpretation:

Usually the Praying Mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us. Taking a step back and some simple meditation would be in order here because the external din we’ve created needs to be quieted so that we can come back to our own truth. The Praying Mantis always comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives.

Another perspective:

You call me Praying Mantis, because I hold my front legs in the position of prayer. You should call me Preying Mantis, because when I am focused on having something, these same front legs grasp it and hold it securely. That is part of my mystique. Whatever I focus my attention on becomes mine…and then the twist is that I become it, as well.

We both think it is a message for us to take some time to meditate and get still so we can hear the inner voice that is trying to tell us that maybe it really is time to put the paddle boards away for the season! Just joking. We both know that something new is trying to be born and we need to slow down so that we can listen. In the meantime, we hear that today is going to be a great day, so we are headed to Tobyhanna Lake.

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