TBT – Stick Your Neck Out


On this Throwback Thursday, I chose an image of this desert tortoise.

For the simple reason that she is not afraid to stick her neck out. She has to in order to survive.

It’s the same for human beings. If we stay inside our safe shells, there is no adventure, no real joy, no opening up of our sensory channels.

Follow your passions. Act on your ideas. The world needs your positive energy now in whatever expression you choose to share with the rest of us. We are all connected.

Close your eyes. Think of what you want. Make it into a scene. Evoke all your senses. Focus on details.

You attract what you love, hate or fear. Focus on love.

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’



Stay Thirsty

Maya Angelou is one of my very favorite authors.  She said, “When you learn, teach.  When you get, give.”  I believe she’s right.  I, for one, am learning more than I ever imagined from my fellow bloggers.  Some teach me new recipes, some new photo techniques, and some teach special lessons for living that always seem to “show up” when I need them most.  Maybe I need to give more attention to sharing what I know to be true.  I will endeavor to do that, starting right now.  One of the things I practice daily is Ho’oponopono. If any of you are already practicing it, be sure to let me know in the comments.  I’d love to hear from you!

Today’s photo reminds us to stay thirsty for knowledge.  But remember to stay physically hydrated, too 🙂  Namaste’

Light and Power Within

This was one of those days when I had a lot of domestic chores to do but went shopping with my husband instead.  Let’s see, shopping or cleaning bathrooms? What would you do? And it turned out that we found some pretty good sales.

All of the above has nothing to do with today’s photo.  Fooled ‘ya!  Actually this was taken after I read Marianne Williamson’s piece below and it occurred to me that it might make a good heart reflection.  Yep, it’s those heart reflections on my wall from the wax warmer, with a few special effects thrown in.

Who Are You Not to Let Your Light Shine?

Light and Power Within – “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

As always, click the image to enlarge it. Namaste.


Regina Recommends

Amazing how time is flying by.  Doesn’t it feel like 2011 is a distant memory?  For some, that might be a good thing.  For others, there are people, places and things that want to be remembered.

For this writer, as the days fly by, it seems that the happenings need to be recorded somehow.  Many of us have blogs for passing along information, sharing our feelings, baring our souls, etc.  But for those who don’t like to bare their souls in the public domain, there’s an alternative for you to shout from your soul or whisper from your heart.

PENZU is an online private journal and it’s absolutely free, secure and easy to use.  Of course, like most free programs, you can upgrade to premium but you don’t have to.  It functions just great in the free version.  I used to keep a handwritten journal (several, actually) but have found recently that I can type faster than I can write, so it’s Penzu for me.  I’ve found that I sometimes  start my entry with bitching, moaning and complaining, but by the end I’m finding something to be in gratitude about.  I think it’s important to write it all down. Some experts say we can even write our way to good health.  If there’s truly a mind/body/spirit connection, and I believe there is, then why not write for a better overall sense of well-being?  Personally, I believe writing in a journal to be a great stress reducer.  Why?  Because we get to write anything we want and there’s no outside forces judging us for it.  The worst critic will be our inner one.

I love how Penzu says “Free Lunch Does Exist.”  Pretty clever and they aren’t kidding about it being free.