Sunday, November 30, 2008

Of heralding the season in cocktails

  • Violet Martini (French violet liqueur shaken with Hendrick’s gin, a touch of vanilla and rosé Champagne)
  • Mango & Basil Daiquri (Mango puree, fresh juice and torn basil leaves shaken with La Maunay Agricole rum and Angostura 3 year white rum)
  • Apple Smash (Fresh green apple, lime juice and mint muddled with Zubrowka vodka and apple liqueur and lengthened with Champagne)
  • Almonds Are Forever (Stolichnaya Vanil vodka and Amaretto liqueur with a piece of marzipan)

Three lovely cocktails each (cant remember the last two...lol...something to do with chocolate and cherries), all dolled up, lovely cocktail bar!!!, cute men (I should have told the cutie that he was cute lol...ah well there's always a next time) great company (cheers bebes ;-)) and talk of cats, shoes and clothes...as always :-)

It already is a very merry Christmas!!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Of what I want for christmas

A silent anti-gravity s-class and slr mercedes
My very own herb and flower garden (and a gardener to boot ;-) )
Free wireless electrical energy
A one person pyramid in clear crystal

Pretty simple lol
Not too much to ask :-)

Of it being true

"There are no happier people on this planet than those who decide that they want something, define what they want, get hold of the feeling of it even before it's manifestation, and then joyously watch the unfolding, as piece by piece, by piece it begins to unfold. That's the feeling of your hands in the clay" Abraham Hicks

I was taught not to expect too much...how wrong they were
I was taught to expect the worst so I wasn't disappointed...how wrong they were
I was taught not to trust in joy, goodness and magnificence...to be realistic and down to earth...HOW WRONG THEY WERE!

I'm teaching myself different
and even in the process of knowing well being abounds
I am ecstatic and knowing it gets better!
Just think!
Wohoooooo!

It is unfolding
In ways I NEVER imagined!
and I can only be softly wondrously appreciative!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Of me, conciously living

I think the simplest message in conscious living, for me, has been how every moment is about choosing love or fear. Thats it! All the other emotions are different expressions of those two...actually some teachings go as far as saying that there is only love and the dis-allowing of love (fear).

Its so simple yet its like trying to tightly grab hold of a wet bar of soap...

All the different forms of fear are so interesting to identify as well lol

It's so weird looking at me now and not being scared of the big bad boogie man inside me :-)

Loving me when I'm: quiet, loving, hating, noisy, clumsy, funny, silly, dancing, lazying, complaining, creating, wanting, inspiring, laughing, sighing, enjoying, growing, learning...

Knowing there are states I prefer and deliberately cultivating those, while making nothing of the states I don't prefer...they just are.

I just am...in every moment.

Knowing I am loved beyond imagination.--feeling blessed, supported, celebrated, empowered.

Mmmmm peace :-)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Of goodness

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” Benjamin Disraeli

Love it when friends share their favorite quotes with me. Inspiring words have really become an integral part of my life now...and in an all affirming spirit...I am a friend who does the above
:-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Abraham says...

"Just do your best to keep yourself in balance. One of the first things that causes Energy misalignment, is asking or demanding too much of yourself in terms of time and effort. In other words, you just cannot burn the candle at both ends, so that you are physically tired, and then expect yourself to have a cheerful attitude. So, the rule of thumb has to be: "I'm going to be very, very, very happy, and then do everything I have time to do after that."--- Abraham

And I agree whole heartedly :-)

Of re-balancing

My out of balance Monday got me thinking...

I Know better.

When I expect others to behave differently in order for me to be happy, I know that they are offering me a wonderful opportunity for self realization. I realized that I really dislike myself when I act "nice" because I'm scared of making other people unhappy. Especially when they seem completely oblivious to the fact that they are a source of irritation and displeasure to me.

I am being less "nice". Period!

After some meditation, gyming and spaing...It occurs to me that

I love the sky, how it changes faces, light now and then dark, how it offers contrast and contours even on the greyest of days, how lovely it is to see the sun peeping for behind the clouds on a crispy November day.

I love the feel of the cold air on my face when the rest of me is cocooned in warm clothes. I love the colors of the leaves on the trees in the fall...red, amber, copper, bright yellow! Especially against a clear blue sky!

I love watching cute dogs being dogs...so easily distracted by anything that moves, sounds or smells. I love watching cute cats...playful as hell even when they have one leg in the grave ;-) I love waking up to the sound of birds chirping as I slowly wake trying to decipher what the hell that song is about :-)

I love feeling my body ache from all the excercise, feeling my heart beat so strongly that I feel the blood pulsing even in my feet, I love being vibrant, alive, present and grateful.

I love being on set, pretending to do, redoing, then redoing again only differently, then waiting, then some more pretending :-)

I love life! and I have a niggly bubbly feeling that life loves me too ;-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Of uncharacteristic conversations

Me: (smiling serenely and sweetly) Do you know what this facial expression means?
Him: (Confused and hesitant, as I've stopped him mid sentence)...er...no...
Me: (Very sweetly and slowly) It means "shut the f*** up! I've given my final answer dunderhead! Which part of no dont you understand?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Of mind over matter lol

'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who
mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.'

- Dr. Suess

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Of being who you want to be...now...today

I just watched Maria Shriver on Oprah talking about her book Just Who Will You Be? and I loved the message.

Here's a 50 something woman admitting to still discovering herself and reaching for higher heights of her true self...unencumbered by "roles", "rules" and "should bes". She wrote the following 10 pledges to help her be who she wants to be, and urges everyone to do the same (I already have mine and I reflect on them everyday!!!):

Marias pledges:

1. I pledge to “show up” in my life as myself, not as an imitation of anyone else.

2. I pledge to avoid using the word “just” to describe myself. For example, I won’t say, “I’m just a mother,” “I’m just a student” or “I’m just an ordinary person.”

3. I pledge to give myself ten minutes of silence and stillness every day to get in touch with my heart and hear my own voice.

4. I pledge to use my voice to connect my dreams to my actions.

5. I pledge to use my voice to empower myself and others.

6. I pledge to serve my community at least once a year in a way that will benefit other people.

7. I pledge to ask myself, “Who am I? What do I believe in? What am I grateful for? What do I want my life to stand for?”

8. I pledge to sit down and write my own mission statement.

9. I pledge to live my own legacy.

10. And I pledge to pass it on.

I think perhaps the biggest scare of approaching life this way is that there is no recipe for success. Success is not being a mother, being married, having a career as x...UNLESS one has consciously chosen those things from a place of acceptance of oneself. I LOVE IT!!!!!

She was saying that for most women saying NO to anyone is usually the beginning of a negotiation and discussion...when NO is a perfectly finite answer in itself. To which Oprah said that when she says NO to someone and the recipient of the NO does not accept it...she knows that the person is trying to control her. Hmmmm....will be using that one!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Of favorite Abe quotes

A happy life is just a string of happy moments.But most people don't allow the happy moment, because they're so busy trying to get a happy life.

Savor more; fix less. Laugh more; cry less. Anticipate positively more; anticipate negatively less. . . . .Nothing is more important than that you feel good - just practice that and watch what happens.

Reaching for the way you would like to feel is the easier way to hold your thoughts in vibrational alignment with that which you believe is good.

It's an emotional journey first, more than it is a fixing something in physical form journey.

Make peace with your worst case scenario.

You can't get it wrong and you'll never get it done.

Those people that need you to do something different so that they can feel betteryou want to say to them"you are deeply troubled, and I am not your solution.

If we were standing in your physical shoes, our marriage vows would go exactly like this: “I like you pretty good, let’s see how it goes. lol

You intended to enjoy through action what you had created throught thought.

And the grand finale:

You are loved, and you are worthy, and you are valued andlife is suppose to be good for you. You are worthy, you arevalued, you are loved and life is supposed to be good foryou.

Abraham Hicks

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Of redefining Pride

Overcoming limiting beliefs is about redefining definitions. I've already written about how "Selfishness" is defined in society to be a "bad" thing...I've redefined it to be a good thing. The way I see it, I only really have my "self" as a point of reference for everything else. I am innately selfish, first and foremost...I cannot! not be selfish. Endorsing a societal negative definition of selfishness only puts my "self" at cross roads with itself...which has been my past experience.

On to Pride...here's another one of those "states of being" that have a commonly held negative connotation. I've come across a definition that enhances my life experience...rather than limiting it...and that I now fully endorse

Pride: The recognition, appreciation and celebration of my beauty as an individual and as part of all that is.

Monday, November 10, 2008

of the power of APPRECIATION

This has by far been the funnest life changing tool so far.
What better way to spend time on a bus, on the train or cycling
than to speak and sing appreciation for what is?

I've had to learn a whole new language
As many others, I was used to beating the drum of what was wrong
Complaining or commenting on the slightest things that were array
It took some will power in the beginning to stop.
To stop that ferocious powerful complaining steam engine.

I'm seeing, smelling, feeling things MORE!
Everything is wonderful and magnificent
Trees that once were invincible to me
Are magical and ethereal!
And their free to look at and everywhere!

Sigh...I have such deep appreciation for what is! :-)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Of getting what you give

In the span of the last couple of weeks I've heard different people express that "the world is not a bed of roses" in different ways.

I know that the world is what you make it. If you say and think it is not a bed of roses...then...

Friday, November 07, 2008

Of momentous realizations

Something in the danish papers today got me to look up speeches by Abraham Lincoln and JFK...Obama's speeches bear the same general sense of integrity and vision...

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Of being the damsel NOT in distress

There is something
about being femininely powerful,
perfectly capable yet softly yielding
that makes men want to do things for me

I'm watching in amused bewildered enjoyment
the unfolding and effect of this new me
there may yet be one
to make this divine me
come deliciously undone :-)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Of directional changes

"Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, "We are not enemies, but friends...though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection." And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too." Obama

Looks like he'll be redefining democracy into something more uniting and individually empowering...brilliant! I'm with!