July 5th, 2006

Brown-eyed Stare

Yesterday's daily Om: Bowing

This was something I learned when a friend taught me several years ago
what "Namaste" meant: "The divine spirit in me acknowledges the divine
spirit in you." I like that, and it's a good reminder, both of the
god-spirit in others, and of that essence that is also within me.

Hope you all had a good Fourth.


Greeting The Divine: Bowing

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Brown-eyed Stare

Today's Daily OM: Friends

I got the chance to connect with lots of wonderful friends yesterday, at
a fun barbeque. Lots of nifty, cool people, great atmosphere and
incredibly comfy setting. I had a good time. I'll post more later about
the experience, but since the Om is about friends, I wanted to point out
how good it was to reconnect with lots of excellent people (and a nifty
doggie too!). It felt really good.

And this morning, I got to sit next to a good friend on the bus, and
exchange hugs, and talk. Smiles and comfort and good stuff, to start my
day. (Thank you, Torin.) :-)

Back In Play: Reconnecting With Friends

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Brown-eyed Stare

Bounce....bounce....

I got the opportunity to do something yesterday, to remember some
physical strengths I used to have, that apparently aren't gone yet: I
bounced on a trampoline for the first time in about 20 years. :-) (We
had a tramp when I was in middle and high school, when I was a diver,
and I used to bounce every day).

*bounce* :-)

And Wow! it was fun! *grins* It wasn't entirely easy -- I did overheat
in the sun, and lost my breath and had to slow down a few times
(asthmatics have to go slow sometimes - I forget until it reminds me) --
but it didn't hurt! I did back-drops and sits, and even a few flips
(both front and back). I could propel myself thru the air, and land in
the right way, and I didn't bounce off, not even once! It felt *so
good* to remember the mastery of throw and spin with my own body --
stuff I used to take for granted when I was much younger, when I could
just tell my body to do something, and it just did it. I didn't think I
could do anything like that anymore, and it felt really *good* to feel
my body do cool things again. It's amazing what positive stuff the body
will remember if we let it. :-)

It also told me that my balance and sense of equilibrium have gotten
better as I've lost weight - that makes me feel more physically
confident, and encourages me to do more. *grins*

Oh, yeah, and I got my socks really dirty.... It was so much fun! :-)
Cool, cool people to hang with, lots of relaxing and smiles (which were
welcomed), and even a big doggie to pet (Angus rocks - even on a
trampoline, lemme tell ya).

And I got to bounce.... and it felt good. :-)
Brown-eyed Stare

On Surrender

Sometimes life calls for a "full body prostration of the heart".... the
act of surrender.

(I want to learn to be less stubborn...)

"If there is truly nothing that you can do to change your 'here and
now,' and you can't remove yourself from the situation, then accept your
'here and now' totally by dropping all inner resistance. The false,
unhappy self that loves feeling miserable, resentful or sorry for itself
can then no longer survive. This is called surrender. Surrender is not
weakness. There is great strength in it. Only a surrendered person has
spiritual power. Through surrender, you will be free internally of the
situation. You may then find that the situation changes without any
effort on your part. In any case, you are free." -- Eckhart Tolle, p.
71 of The Power of Now
Brown-eyed Stare

Put yourself on Fluff!

I called and spoke with Jim this afternoon. I told him I felt slightly
agitated.
He said, "Have you considered putting yourself on "Fluff" instead?

*grins*

I think he may have something there: If all else fails, take a Sharp
Left Turn, then go up. Be Silly.

Have a good laugh at the self.
(At yourself; that's irony. Not at someone else; that's cruel and mean.
And there is no humor in cruelty; mean people suck. Don't suck.)

Life is often one Really Big Joke, and lately, I've been a tremendous
punchline.
So I might as well laugh, yes?

*snort*

And it's probably *much* better to be on Fluff than to be Agitated. :-)



*goes off to fluff herself while on break*



"Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice: pull down your plants and slide
on the ice."
-- the psychologist from M.A.S.H.