- Humans are basically reactive emotionally. I'm learning to stop, or hit a pause button when I notice I'm reacting. Then I tell myself that it's my negative reaction that is the obstacle to my inner peace, not whatever it is I am reacting to. Then I open myself up to allow the Light of Spirit to express my Higher self nature.
- I am learning to discern what I call the voice of Satan - the voice that talks us out of what is good and into what is bad for us - from the voice of Spirit, which whispers through our intuition, our dreams.
- Our desires which comes from our ego, needing validation, wanting what others have, thinking we need to have a better house, car, or some other toy, these desires that are purely for self alone, shuts down the LIght from Spirit.
- When I resist my reactive behavior, my Spirit light keeps shining.
- Suppression of emotions causes long term stress, which gathers force, builds pressure, and then explodes in some way (either illness, injury or bad behavior).
- I don't think I deserve joy and happiness if it has come to me in what I consider unearned.
- Obstacles are an opportunity to connect to the Light - the greater the obstacle, the greater the potential Light.
- To overcome our reactive nature requires total certainty. When challenges appear overwhelming, inject certainty. THE LIGHT IS ALWAYS THERE.
- Just like the antidote to snakebite is in the venom, Light is contained within the obstacles of life.
- Certainty does not mean we get what we want, but we get what we need to further our spiritual growth.
Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
I am not the judge of whether it's any good. Editors and readers will do that. I just feel really good about what is here so far. Thank you all for the support and encouragement you've given me over the past few years as I agonized over this manuscript. You rock!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
How about you? Do you make and keep commitments to yourself. Ones that are important. Or do you let them slide, allowing other chores and responsibilities to take over?
Monday, August 19, 2013
What I am doing is working on acceptance. Yes, I am now someone with heart and thyroid disease when before I was very healthy. But meds can manage both of these things. So I will still be a very healthy person. The med I have to take is not an easy drug. I am praying I don't have any adverse side effects and that it does, indeed, regulate my heart.
But the other thing this diagnosis has done is force me to think even deeper about the rest of my life and what I want and need. I definitely need to finish my novel and figure out what to do with it once it's done. I definitely want to keep singing with Sugartime as long as the voice and the body and the energy hold up. But more importantly, I want to heal the connections between the people most important in my life. I want to not be afraid to be myself, flaws and all, and to know that even when I make mistakes, I am loved. I want to feel safe in an unsafe world. And I want to continue to grow spiritually.
My heart issues are not immediately life threatening. However, if I don't treat the irregular beats now, it will be. I have made a decision not to live the rest of my life afraid that I will have a heart attack or stroke. I intend to live the rest of my life full out, giving my best to everything I do. That's all any of can really expect of ourselves, isn't it?
How about you?
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Two things, actually. Documented Atrial fibrillation (a-fib for short) and premature atrial contractions (PAC's).
Neither one is life threatening, but it does put me at greater risk for stroke. I will have to take medication for the irregular heart rhythms because my heart beats dangerously fast when I go into A-fib and the PAC's are precursors to A-Fib. Doc said I really don't have a choice. Hopefully we can get a good dose that eases the symptoms before I leave for South Africa.
I knew I would have to deal with these kinds of health issues as I aged, but I didn't expect this kind of problem at 64. But I guess one never expects a health issue when it happens. And I've learned that to whine and complain about such things is a waste of time and energy. We must simply accept what is happening, deal with it as best we can, and move on.
I guess the reason I am posting about this is that I want to shine a light on language. I've used words like, "I hate my legs, I hate my body," etc, and I think our subconscious takes those words literally.
I am paying attention to my thoughts and my feelings about my body now in ways I never have before. My new motto is "I am perfectly healthy." And my new attitude is respectful towards and honoring this body I have been given.
How about you?
Monday, August 12, 2013
Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle
Friday, August 9, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The whole notion of support groups is that so we don't feel alone with our negative feelings. That we know someone else out there either feels the same way, or has felt that way at one time or another. That we are not flawed because we doubt ourselves sometimes. I think most writers, or any artist for that matter, is somewhat insecure. There's nothing wrong with insecurity, unless we let it stop us from doing whatever it is we are passionate about doing.
I was riddled with self-doubt starting as a very small child. I won't go into the reasons (you can read my memoir if you really want to know, LOL). And I've spent most of my adult life learning to overcome those feelings and feel good about who I am and what I do.
Right now I'm struggling with revisions on a first draft of a first novel. My insecurity mostly comes from worrying about whether I will have what it takes to get this book published and market it so that it can be as successful as it can be at 65 (which is what I'll be when I'm done). My energy is so different now than when I was younger. I don't have that drive. I don't have the stamina.
However, what I do have is an innate belief that things happen the way they are supposed to. That this voice that came to me in Ireland/Scotland, asking me to tell it's story came to me for a reason. That this book was meant to be written. By me. And that whatever and however I am able to bring it forth will be okay. As Nike says, I just have to do it.
How about you?
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
My Monday musings will be short and sweet as I just got back from dance camp and am wiped out.
I brought my camera, but kept forgetting to bring it to the workshops and parties. Oy! Camp was wonderful, even though I couldn't dance as much as I would have liked. Just kept telling myself that after I get my new knee this fall, I'll be able to dance all I want next year.
Hope you are all well here in bloggydom and I'll catch you all later.