It’s all about focus. It’s so easy to fall into the rabbit hole of negative thinking. Sometimes my brain feels like a pinball machine. That silver ball always drop drop dropping and whack whack whack. There are some techniques I’ve learned from various positive thinkers – motivational coaches. I think my favorite right now is one from Christie Marie Sheldon. She has a little phrase, “what would it take?’ that you say before something you want. “What would it take to book this commercial?” “What would it take to have this situation resolve in a way that works for everyone involved.”
The idea is that with that phrase you are giving it over to the universe. That works for me. What I appreciate is that it gives your brain something to do. You are redirecting your thoughts with the easy plug in.
Nothing like birthdays to make you think, right?! Especially this year. There is change a foot – I feel it. The world is doing a spectacularly weird dance of hope and terror. I feel shaken loose. Probably a good thing. So I’ve made a few birthday resolutions on this June the first – and the first is to follow my own advice and do all five of my recommended actions below every day that I can. Today the expressing gratitude one is easy – I had a very special and amazing birthday with more to come. I am grateful to my friends for grape pie and babies.
“There is a way through every block” is a sutra from the Yogi Bhajan. I find the phrase very comforting. I mean, it makes perfect sense right? Because the alternative is thinking that whatever dilemma/troubles you are facing at the moment mean the end of the world. But I’m pretty good at that. That’s why I love this picture. I saw this sign in Taos, New Mexico and thought of this sutra. There is always a way. And it’s even better when you can have a sense of humor about it.
This was Griffith Park Sunday morning. Lots of tourists in the rain. Probably not the sunny California day they were expecting but stunning in its own way. That’s the way I’ve been trying to look at pretty much everything these days.
Valentine’s – you either love it or hate it, right? If you don’t have that one true love thing going on – use today to #1 – Be your own Valentine, and #2 – Appreciate the little signs of love that reach for you. I find them in the most curious of places – here are a few!
I met this cow at a ranch in Paso Robles. She is the subject of my very first post because she looks like she is absolutely sure of the world - so she became my bovine ambassador to bring you the message that you are indeed a hero.
I recently read Brene Brown's book "The Gifts of Imperfection." Her Tedtalk on vulnerability with over four million hits was the reason I found it. What on earth could this woman have to say to get four freakin' MILLION hits I thought. The only thing that gets that type of action is unboxing videos. (Have you seen those? Millions of hits for watching a small Thai woman's hands open Disney toys. Really?! Yup!)