Monthly Archives: November 2016

Sometimes… Ya gotta dig deep!

We can not fully live today until we cast off the shackles of yesterday. We have to take an honest look at where we’ve been to know where we are going, but to cling to the past is detrimental to our future.
The Universe is vast and open and there is no predetermined path for which we need to search. Strike out with faith on the road less travelled and find that for which you were created.
Dig deep inside – ask yourself the questions – but find that purpose that will keep you moving forward.
Let not discouragement be near you. We will experience disappointment but discouragement is a choice.

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Let your mind focus on what could be rather than what has been.
Live generously and you will have abundant blessing.
May your Christmas pre-season be filled with hope and anticipation for the new year to come!

Thank you for stopping in! Be blessed today and then spread the blessing around!

Peace,

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Just a Little Something to Think About…

Meditation:

Just a few thoughts about empathy, compassion, and generosity…..

Empathy gives you the ability to emotionally connect with a person who is encountering a loss or a sadness in their lives.  Compassion is a call to action to DO something for someone who is encountering a struggle in their life.

Can we have empathy without compassion – yes – but can we have compassion without empathy….I don’t see how that is possible without the emotional understanding of what the other person is actually going through in their struggle.

And the generosity?  We need generosity to open ourselves up to others in order to even recognize they are even having a struggle in life…

Thanks for stopping in…have a blessed day – and be generous with your blessing for others today too!

Peace,

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To Be or Not To Be Committed

Commitment is a place of dedication
I may want that – but I am committed to this
So where does that leave us?

My family, my husband, my marriage, my career, where I live – to all of these – I am committed.

But where is my commitment to myself – where does it come into play?

We will remain in our commitments to another until the commitment to ourselves becomes a greater need in our life.

And in the time – when we choose ourselves over our commitments – Some may think of it as selfishness – – but perhaps, for most…..it’s life preservation…

 

Thanks for stopping in…be blessed today, but also be a blessing to others.

Peace,
Annimage

How Can I Help You Heal?

I have been working on Centering Prayer – or what one might consider to be meditation. I have this cool app on my phone called, Centering Prayer. It is designed to give you an experience of meditation. It offers a reading and a prayer of your choice…then it moves to helping you become settled by playing some chimes. That is my choice, anyway. They have several sounds to choose from in order to get settled into your position of meditation. It then moves to a timer that has been preset by you. I choose 15 minutes, because if it’s too long, I’ll fall asleep. I do this in the morning and I’m not very good at it yet. After my 15 minutes are up – it moves to another screen and the sound of ‘singing bowls’ is made. It sounds like a soft gong with lasting vibrations. It is supposed to slowly bring you back to reality. Like I said, I’m not very good at it yet.b22293df97a4fc0a0df5f0392b984a3a

During the meditation, it is encouraged to choose a sacred word upon which to meditate. Today, I chose Healing. In this torn world that we live in, I feel that we are all just a little broken and we are all in need of healing. What I’ve come to realize, though, is that healing is not a one person job…it calls for a group effort. It comes from helping others and being strength for others. It comes from reaching out and being there for others, whether it’s working the homeless shelter or hanging out with someone who has just suffered a loss in their life. Sometimes it’s sitting with a friend who has a terminal illness and they need your company.

Take a look around you and see who could use your presence. What can you do for others. If we begin to look to others as what can I do for you instead of what can you do for me, I believe this will be the first steps toward healing one another. It comes with an offering – not a taking.

Just some inspirations that I received today and thought I would share them with you.  This year – I’m going to be thankful for the ability to give!  Be blessed today – but more importantly, be a blessing to others!  Thanks for stopping in –

Peace,

Ann 🙂         image

 

 

Grief is Not a Disorder

Loss comes to us in many different forms…could be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or simply moving from one city to another, a person can incur a sense of loss. We are given opportunities for which to mourn and to grieve, but how do you do it? Do you allow yourself the gift of grieving when you’ve encountered a loss? So many of us pick up and continue on, as if nothing happened.

When we encounter a life changing event in our life, it’s important to take heed and notice that something is changing and we need to give the time necessary to adjust to the changes in our life.  This doesn’t mean to put on the sack cloth of ashes and mope around as though you’re the only one in the world.  But it is important to allow the spirit to heal from some major change that has occurred in your life.

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I turn to prayer.  When I encounter a loss or a change in my life, prayer is where I turn to first.  It may not always give me the consolation that I need, but I feel that it’s important to keep the lines of communication open with my creator and my savior.   In addition, I write.  But that’s my thing and it brings me comfort and clarity.  What brings you clarity?  What brings you comfort?  Do you go out and do for others?  Do you stay home with the covers pulled over your head?  How is it that you deal with grief and loss in your life?  I’m curious to know.

Please leave me a comment and let me get to know you a little!  Thanks for stopping in to see me!  Have a blessed day – but more importantly – be a blessing to others!

Peace,

Ann 🙂

 

What Silence Can Do For You

Shhhh…. quiet the mind. Quiet the spirit. Go off by yourself, turn off the radio, turn off the TV and put down your phone. Unplug for some time during your day. Whether it’s ten or fifteen minutes – simply breathe deeply and learn to get quiet. This can be a tremendous benefit to your mind, spirit, and your body.

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You’ll find that when you first attempt to detach yourself from the world, your mind has a difficult time letting go of the stimulation around you. You will continue to carry on conversations. Your body will fidget and you will have a hard time relaxing. But with practice, eventually, the mind will understand what you’re attempting to accomplish and it will become obedient to the will. Your body will be the same. Breathing deeply – in through the nose and out through the mouth – will put your body in a state of stillness as it makes use of the precious oxygen that our bodies are so deprived of.

After learning to quiet the mind and body, focus your spirit on being open. As though you were a sponge awaiting the rains to saturate the pores of your soul. Breathe slowly, but deeply, keeping your mind focused on the open space of nothingness. In the beginning, you’ll only be able to do this for a short period. The more you practice this, the easier your mind and body will respond and assume the position of stillness and the spirit will quickly become quiet, and the longer you will be able to remain in this relaxed stance. I recommend sitting, in that laying down might be conducive to sleep.

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Giving yourself fifteen minutes of time to allow the mind to rest, the body to rest and the spirit to rest, all at the same time, without sleeping, offers a person a strength that goes beyond that which is offered by sleep. Because the spirit is awake and allowed to meditate on an openness of spirit, your mind will become sharper with a clarity of thought. Your body will gain strength because of the oxygen it is receiving and the spirit will become more open to the whispers of the universe.

Try to offer yourself this little retreat at least once a day for a few minutes. We are bombarded by noise, chaos, and stimulation during our days that stopping for that short amount of time will allow our bodies to catch up and come together as one being as opposed to being blown from one direction to another.

Please leave me your email and I’ll be sure to let you know when I write again.  Thank you for stopping by…..be blessed but further more…be a blessing to others!

 

Simply Age or Age with Grace?

There is a truth in life we all must face – whether we like it or not – it’s inevitable – it’s called aging. And we have a choice – we can age with grace or simply age. I prefer to age with grace if I can at all help myself.

When I think of aging with grace, I think of my mother and my grandmother. They were both wonderful women and I’m grateful I had their influence upon my life. I can only hope to have a small amount of the grace that they encapsulated. There are a few elements that stand out – some they had – some they did not, but a good balance is always essential.

First of all, aging with grace simply means aging with elegance or a refinement. When I think of someone like Rosanne Barr’s character in her show, “Rosanne”, the aspect of aging with grace does not come to my mind. However, someone who does come to mind aging gracefully would be Julie Andrews or Mary Tyler Moore. There are some key differences here!

There are a few ideas that I feel will help us gracefully age. Perhaps you can’t incorporate all of them, but again it’s all about having that balance in our lives.

1) Diet and Exercise. Clean living with clean eating makes a difference in our bodies. Eating garbage can make its appearance in more ways than just your weight. Your hair and skin is healthier when we are getting the proper nutrients and drinking plenty of water. Exercise is important, not just for our weight, but for our blood flow and to help us keep agile enough to continue to move our bodies.2617fd2616bf01adb881bef64436dff5

2) Keep the Mind Active! My grandmother was the mother of 12 children and had 63 grandchildren and over 110 great-grandchildren by the time she passed away. I was down towards the end of those grandchildren and whenever I would go to see her, she would remember the name of my husband. Can you believe that? She would ask how he was doing by name. This impressed me. My mother could always talk about sports with the men. She was not particularly interested in sports, but she read about them because she wanted to keep fresh on what was going on in the world of sports as it pertained to the interest of those surrounding her. Keep reading, learning and stretching your brain muscle, otherwise, it’s going to shrivel from lack of use. It’s important to keep your mind fresh for as long as you are able.

3) Spirituality! Have some sort of meaning for your life. We were not put on this earth for ourselves. Having a meaning and a purpose keeps us moving forward with the knowledge that crawling out of bed in the morning when your body doesn’t want to co-operate has a greater good to it. We can offer our aches and pains up for the betterment of young people, the society, our world. When we have a restful spirit – it shows on our face and in our eyes. When our soul is full of grace because of a spiritual connection to something larger than ourselves – our countenance is reflecting of that connection.20e217408dcaf3a502cfec1ca44ebed4

4) Surround Yourself with Positive People and Keep Humor in your Life. My mother and grandmother were funny and they enjoyed laughter. Having so much family around, they were surrounded by good fun people, which was a blessing! When we are left alone to face our aging years, we can let the negative thoughts overtake us and give into it. But it’s important to keep the negativity at bay in order to be the difference in the world. Humor keeps you young at heart. When we lift our voice in laughter, the years fall from our face and is replaced by the mirth of youthfulness.

5) Have an Encouraging Word for Others! My mother paid attention. When she would see a young mother with several children or a young pregnant mother, she always had a kind word for them. Whenever anyone talked with my mother or grandmother, we all came away with something to hold onto for our lives. It’s all about leaving the world a better place than the way we found it, so to speak.

6) Lastly, and this is paramount …. You must have a great skin cream! I am a Mary Kay lady, myself, and I love the skin care! However, I, recently, have discovered the uses of coconut oil. And I’ve been using that quite a bit on my face and hands. Whatever is your favorite, some type of good skin cream is a must!

All in all, it is known that we age as we have lived. So if we’re hardened of heart during our younger years, our heart is not going to go much softer during our golden years unless we make a concentrated effort to change things. If you find yourself in that category, I hope that you can make the changes necessary to have your grandchildren say that when they think of aging with grace – they think of you!

Thanks for stopping in! Be blessed but more importantly, be a blessing to others!