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Did You Daydream Today?

What are dreams? Are they just random thoughts, images, sounds, and emotions that play themselves out during sleep? Is the unconscious mind actually producing and directing these high definition occurrences as a means of putting the mind in a restful and relaxed state? But that wouldn’t quite explain the reason for our nightmares, now would … Continue reading

Deja Vu, A Memory Or A Mystery?

Wonder

I’m one of those people who do not believe in coincidences. Everything is relative, having a distinct reason and purpose for being. Déjà vu is one of life’s most thought provoking experiences. It makes me feel as though a specific moment from my future life has been recorded and replayed at just the right time in my present life. But how could that be?

The experience envelopes you in a strong sense of familiarity and foreknowledge that you couldn’t possibly have about a time that has yet to occur. Or has it?

In vivid and intricate detail you’re able to recall and feel as if you’ve already lived in that moment. Every touch point of a déjà vu experience, the conversations, sights, smells, and colors seem to be so real and surreal all at the same time. If it’s a memory, from what timeframe does it emanate?

Is it a trick of the mind? Maybe. Or is it something other?

I’m quite sure that the scientific community has some plausible explanation for why we have these déjà vu experiences. But I choose to believe that these occurrences may actually be something more meaningful and purposeful.

Sometimes they make me wonder if I could have possibly lived in that moment at some other point in time. And that specific moment, replete with the associated experiential sensations, is now being recalled and brought to my immediate attention again for an express reason.

Maybe it’s for clarification or corrective purposes. Or maybe that particular moment in my life is so significant that it bears repeating and triggers its own replay.

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A Little Food For Thought

They say sharing is caring…so here’s two of my favorite quotes. “Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people.”—Eleanor Roosevelt “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt If you’d like to share a few of your favorite quotes, please feel free to … Continue reading

On Faith

Prayer

Faith is a spiritual gift. It’s having a blind belief, confidence, and trust in a person, place, or thing without having the tangible proof to support or validate your conviction. Faith is a very distinct part of our daily lives and reality. We exercise our faith, to some degree, in everything that we do. From taking your next breath to relationships to getting on a plane your faith is being actively and spiritually being called upon and utilized. We’re spiritually trusting and believing that everything will be okay as we journey forward on our individual life paths. From faith to faith we grow stronger and more confident in our belief and conviction. Meaning that the same faith we exercise on the little things can also be called upon and applied to the greater things in our lives. Faith is a spiritual seed that grows in steps and stages as we experience challenges, adversity, and triumphs. It’s the ever present hope for things unseen.

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Memory Erasure

Memory

If I could delete a memory I’m not sure that I would. Like pieces of a puzzle, all of our memories are integral components towards our emotional, spiritual, and intellectual growth. Those fragmented and composite bits and pieces have shaped and molded the people that we were and the people we are to become. Over the years I’ve often found myself digressing (just a little) and reflecting on some of the more painful or distressing memories that have punctuated my life. However as I’ve matured I’ve come to realize that the life events which incurred those memories have only served to make me that much better and stronger.

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This Is Not The Life I Ordered

An Inspiring Revelation

Many years ago while out shopping one day I spied a little tank top in a store front window.  It was just a plain, ordinary white cotton tank top.  Nothing special.  But it spoke to my heart and mind and I knew that I had to have it.

As I stood outside of that store gazing at the shirt I realized that it was the inscription on the shirt that had stopped me dead in my tracks that day.  The message on shirt clearly spoke about my life and me.

At the time I was divorced with three small children and trying to find my way and place in the world again.  I was also involved in my first ‘romantic’ relationship since the divorce.  Dating was a process that I had been putting off for quite some time.  I hadn’t quite reconciled myself to the idea of getting involved again.  Just wanted and needed to get my bearings, my center, and my focus back I suppose.

Between the kids, school, work, housework, homework (mine and theirs), shopping, doctors appointments, uh and the relationship that just didn’t seem to fit and was on its last leg I was one hot mess.

I was constantly rushing to and fro.  Never resting and just trying to keep up with the mounting demands of my young and growing family.  Juggling and balancing the duality of being a single mother/father had begun to take its toll.  Keeping up with everyone else’s needs and wants was my first and only priority.  And that alone kept me focused and but barely functioning.   Tired and restless all the time, some days it felt as though I had forgotten to stop and breathe.

But I had set so many goals for my newly reconfigured family and myself following my divorce that I wasn’t about to let anyone or anything deter me from meeting those goals.  I wasn’t even prepared to let my own misgivings or unhappiness about my life stand in my way.  I could worry about me much later.  Pushing down and swallowing whatever I felt or thought and moving on with the business of living became the norm.   It wasn’t the right thing to do but it was all that I knew how to do at the time.

Whenever you live outside of what you truly desire there is no happiness or peace to be had because you’re not being true to yourself.

But spotting that shirt that day was like a divine revelation meant just for me.

I wasn’t happy with the way my life had been going up until that point.  I wasn’t in a place whereas I could say that I was content or at peace with myself.

Although I was living but I wasn’t alive.  Every aspect of my life was being carried out automatically.  Everything was planned, scheduled, mechanical, and executed with the precision of a Swiss watch right down to the most minute and intricate detail.  Outwardly I appeared to be the perfect mother, employee, daughter, sister, friend, etc.  But inwardly I was a mass of tiny little emotional time bombs just waiting to explode.

My ex-husband often teased me about being so meticulous and methodical in my habits.  He went so far as to say that if anyone ever wanted to come after me they’d only have to watch my basic routines for a day and they’d know exactly where, when, and how to find me.

At first I laughed at the remark.  Then I wondered if he was dropping subtle hints since our divorce wasn’t exactly amicable.  Just kidding.  We were and had remained best friends for many years after our divorce.

I knew that he was merely making an observation out of concern for my safety and well being.   But it hit a nerve.  His comment forced me to look at how practical, predictable, and boring I had allowed myself to become.

Seeing the shirt that day marked a definitive turning point in my life.

After a few misgivings about exceeding my immediate budgetary constraints I rushed inside to purchase the shirt.   As I approached the display rack I can distinctly remember hoping and praying that it came in my size.

This ordinary item carried an extraordinary message for me…

In bold black non-descript lettering against the crisp white fabric, the shirt simply read, “This is not the life I ordered.”

As I picked up the shirt suddenly everything became crystal clear.  In that instant I knew what I desperately needed and wanted just for me.  Change and lots of it.

Purchased over twenty years ago, that shirt has seen its better days.  But like and with me it has been through many things and it’s still whole, and in one piece.  A testament to the significant place and purpose it holds in my life.  It is one of my most valued and prized possessions.  And I plan to hold on to it as long as I draw breath.

The shirt was the catalyst for some tough decisions and major changes in my life.  And all of the choices and changes were for the better.  Starting with the elimination of the ill-fitting boyfriend…ugh!

It now serves as an inspiration and reminder that I don’t have to settle for what is right now because I have the ability and power to control and change the course of my life and everything in it.

I pulled my t-shirt out the other day as I sat contemplating the changes that I’m undergoing at this point in my life.  In the present, it has once again inspired me to revive a life that I had stepped away from and forgot so long ago in order to accommodate the other people in my life who are no longer there.

I am no longer leaving myself open to be an option but a priority within my own life.

That shirt has brought me back to where I need to be…centered, motivated, and focused on the things that I need and want from this point forward. And placing a new order for my life…

Meditation Tips for Newbies

Author: Crystal Jade

In today’s busy society the art of meditation has become increasingly popular. With its ability to help the mind slow down and relieve itself of stress it is no wonder that more and more people try meditation. However, although many people desire to meditate they enter into the meditation with the wrong mindset, thus causing them to abandon meditation prior to actually feeling the benefits. There are however, a few things anyone can do that would help ease into the mindset of meditation and thus making it an everyday habit. In order to help the body relax and maintain a sitting position for a long period of time, stretching should be essential before anyone tries to meditate. Making the body participate in stretching movements can allow the body to relax, as well as promotes blood flow to all parts of the body.When a person plans on sitting or lying down for long periods of time, stretching is always wise. Of course, when finding a position to meditate in it is particularly important to find a position that is comfortable for the individual. Like with yoga, the breath in meditation is extremely important.

When beginning meditation, especially the first few times one tries, the breath should be one of the main things to concentration on. Breathing slowly relaxes the body, slows the heart rate and helps the mind concentrate. Once the body is fully relaxed and the mind can concentrate then a person will have a better experience with meditation. The breath is also something to rely on when the mind begins to stray away from the meditation. Calming the mind can often be difficult, particularly for beginners, so concentrating on the breath is always something to fall back on in order to regain the lost concentration.

Set up is always a very important aspect of meditation. A person must set aside a certain time of the day, every day, in order to get into the routine of meditating. Sporadically meditating will make the routine harder to get into, which is why many people give up on meditation. Of course, routine is not everything. It is just as important to set aside a specific room to meditate in. The space in which one chooses should be quiet, and comfortable. Placing meditative candles and other relaxing devices in the room of choice can also help reach a state of relaxation that can help achieve meditation. After one experiments with rooms and routines the body will make it apparent as to when the best times to meditate will be. For many, early in the morning serves as an ideal time, as the household is typically quiet and the mind has yet to speed up. It is also important to research meditation.

There are several books written on the topic of meditation that will not only serve to teach the benefits of meditation, various techniques that may improve the individual’s meditation experience and help to motivate one to keep up meditating. There are also many instructional CDs on the meditation that can be listened to during meditation, or later on for research.

Of course, it may take time to discover the best meditation techniques that work for you, but with these basic steps the chance of sticking with meditation is greater. Calming the mind and accepting the benefits of this ancient art does not just help people feel happier and healthier, but it also helps them function in everyday life.

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Why Should Fear

Why Should I Fear?

  I started this blog with the express purpose of writing to heal, grow, and reflect on my life and the major life transitions that I’m currently engulfed in.  Although I was initially apprehensive in taking on this endeavor I’m now finding an enormous sense of well-being and comfort in my own written words and … Continue reading