Signs of Love

The woods were beautiful over the weekend. In order to practice self- care and to grow in self-love I am working on doing things just for me, just because.

At one point I stopped to take in the beauty and when I looked down I saw a heart shadow at my feet.

I love signs and metaphors.

Of course we can interpret anything for our own gain (and why not?). For me this was a sign I was on the right track – the right track to the right love.

I was blessed during that hour with three natural images of hearts in nature. I am happy to share them with you and would welcome any you might want to share with me.

no part of nature was harmed in the taking of these photos. 🙂

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The Four Agreements

  1. Be Impeccable with your words

  2. Don’t take anything personally

  3. Don’t make assumptions

  4. Always do your best

 

The four agreements are from Don Miguel Ruiz and I have them posted on the side of my refrigerator. I read them every day.

How many days do I actually live them? You know how you can say something over and over again, have it totally memorized (any other Catholics out there?), and still living it daily eludes you?

Like the Ten Commandments (OK, I already mentioned the Catholic thing!), these life tenets can just become nice fluff for your internal landscape, or something to pull out in conversation to make us look better than we are.

Today’s challenge: pick one of the above and do it all day.

Get in touch and let me know how it goes, what you experienced, what you noticed. It is so powerful to share the process with one another. I promise to do the same. I will post again and let you know how I lived into “Don’t make assumptions.”

I think I might need more than one day though.

 

The Peace Book

Going through my somewhat diminished library of books last weekend, I stumbled upon a book titled, The Peace Book by Louise Diamond.  A friend had given me the book and wrote underneath the title in bold letters, or HOW TO STAY CENTERED IN TIMES OF STRESS.

Inside the book I found pretty handmade paper bookmarks with all kinds of gems written on them. By who? By me. Weird.

Even more weird (or would it be weirder?)  is the fact that I have absolutely NO recognition of making these. I mean it – no recognition at all.

Instead of getting myself stuck in the whirlpool of negative thoughts that emerge from not remembering something that must have been a turning point in my (not so long ago) past, I decided to gather up the bookmarks and turn them into blog posts to help myself and my clients and friends.

(I will keep you posted if any memories surface in the process!)

Bookmark 1 – Cultivate Breathcultivatebreath

-learn how to breathe deeply

when you feel yourself zooming

STOP

yes, STOP  ( you can spare the 10 seconds)

breathe deeply from your belly at least 3-5 times.

(you will notice your muscles relaxing and your mind calming)

when you are in a situation and notice you are getting frustrated, walk away.

(leave the room and practice your deep breathing-REPEAT- as many times as necessary per situation)

I found this bookmark on page 2 of the book and here is the first paragraph:

Life is becoming faster and more stressful (this book was written in 2001 and I think even Louise Diamond would agree that it is even faster and more stressful now!) many of us are cut off from the natural world (does it count that I am writing on the computer with the back door open?), dependent on machines and complex technologies. In our rush to keep up, we forget how important the simple act of breathing can be.

Enough said. Let’s just take a deep breath together.