Friday, 28 September 2012

Letting

True mastery can be gained 
by letting things go their own way.
 – Wayne Dyer

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Resist

Do not resist the natural course of your life.   
In this way you will never weary 
of this world. 
 – Wayne Dyer

Monday, 24 September 2012

Smile

A person says more with a smile
 than with words. 
 – Gregory Dickow

Friday, 21 September 2012

September 21, 2012 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer


   This is my depressed stance. When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this.” (Charlie Brown, Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz)

   Are you concerned about how others are treating you?  Look at how you stand or sit.

   Do you slouch and try to hide yourself like a turtle retreating into a protective shell?

   Or is your head hanging to the ground, like Charlie Brown’s, as if to hide it like a frightened ostrich?

   Perhaps your chin thrust forward, along with your chest, as you puff up in an attempt to intimidate like a bulldog?

   Shape-shifting isn’t a mythical ritual that only special healers can accomplish.  All of us change our shape (stance) every day, mostly unconsciously.

   When we are happy, we are more open and our movements are more expansive and free.

   When we are with someone we like, we lean in closer like a family pet waiting to be petted.

   On the other hand, when we feel threatened in any way, we go on the defensive and our hackles are raised.  We hiss and growl, snarl and attack like a cornered beast.

   One of the easiest ways to make a change in your life and your interactions with other people, is to change how you stand or sit around them. 

   Looking people in the eye when you talk to them, and not retreating, will go a long way to making people approach you in a friendlier manner.

   We can all do our best to stand tall, yet flexible, opening to others, and life around us, as a flower stretches and opens to the sunshine.

Beth

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Trail

Do not go where the path may lead; 
go instead where there is no path
 and leave a trail.   
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, 17 September 2012

Learning

…that is what learning is.   
You suddenly understand something 
you’ve understood all your life, 
but in a new way.   
– Doris Lessing

Friday, 14 September 2012

Move

Give me a place to stand 
and I can move the world.  
 – Archimedes

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Opportunity

Opportunity, for most of us, 
doesn’t knock just once; 
she raps a continual tattoo on our doors.  
 The pity is that much of the time 
we’re either too preoccupied to hear 
or too lethargic to answer.   
– Benjamin F. Fairless

Monday, 10 September 2012

Grieve

Don’t grieve for what doesn’t come.
Some things that don’t happen
keep disasters from happening.  
 – Rumi

Friday, 7 September 2012

September 7, 2012 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer


     Life is a journey, and one aspect of the journey is the healing we do, on all levels.  While I have been reading about Native traditions and shamanism this past year, I never had an opportunity to experience any of it first hand, till last month.

   Out of the blue, I received a phone call from Sandra who was hosting a Healing Circle in the Alix area.  The shaman was Rosie, White Elk Medicine Woman, from BC.  I was asked to promote the event in the Chautauqua.  I hoped to attend, but it looked unlikely, till different factors in my life changed, or details fell into place, freeing up the weekend so I could participate.

   I had no idea what to expect the first day as I entered the wooded site for the Circle.

   Led by Rosie, a delightful woman, the group -  though we were all different and at different stages of our journeys - was exactly the right combination of people for the weekend to be the successful event it was.

   While it was obvious that some were hesitant to begin with, the energy of the drumming, as it echoed off the trees surrounding us, loosened the tension, and people started opening up - not only with Rosie and the others in the circle, but within themselves.  It was so delightful to see everyone relax and start smiling (some beaming and glowing) as tensions and burdens were breathed through and released.

   For those of us who did attended both days, the experience just got better and better as Rosie shared various insights from the “Ancestors” on the Other Side.

   I am very glad, and thankful, I was able to attend the Circle and share the experience with everyone else who attended - the others have shared their insights, which are found on Page A7. 

   Everything happens for a reason, exactly as it happens, and the Healing Circle proved that over and over.  I would gladly attend another.

   But it isn’t just what happened during those two days, it is what has followed, and is continuing to unfold as each new day dawns.  New/deeper friendships, new opportunities, new insights, and more. 

Beth

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Storms

Stormy weather is what 
man needs from time to time
 to remind him he's not really
 in charge of anything.
- Author Unknown

Monday, 3 September 2012

Continually

If we attend continually and promptly
 to the little that we can do, 
we shall ere long be surprised 
to find how little remains that we cannot do. 
- Samuel Butler