World Meditation for Peace

At a time when people around the world are suffering in some way or another, the middle east, Russia and Ukraine just to name a few, I strongly urge you, my faithful readers to participate in this event tomorrow.  It’s free and together we can make a difference.  Meditation is so beneficial for our mental and emotional health.  And it looks like this powerful meditation might even make the Guiness Book of Records!  Wow!

An amazing man, Deepak Chopra, will be facilitating this event and if you’ve never heard him, you’re in for a special treat.  The time in the U.S. is 12:00 noon EDT. Namaste’

Go here to sign up for this spectacular event:  http://globalmeditation.chopra.com

Regina (Gina) Arnold is the author of Uncomplicated Ways to Find Your Financial Freedom, a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist,  and photo blogger.

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Letters to Marilyn

Have you ever started a journal or diary only to keep up with it for a while and then, slowly but surely, your entries dwindled down to nothing?  We start out with good intentions, trying to capture our lives on a blank sheet of paper.  And then the internal critic and/or editor takes over … ahhh, yes, that part of the mind that says “who cares what you have to say.”  “Really?  You’re writing down what you had for dinner?”

Or your English teacher from high school somehow creeps back into your head and you find yourself hearing that voice about verbs, nouns, adjectives and prepositions.  Or worse yet … handwriting.  I can hear mine now, “Watch your penmanship!”  OMG!

Well … (drum roll please) … I’ve found the solution to all those self-sabotaged attempts to put my life on paper.

LETTERS TO MARILYN. (photo below)

Someone once suggested that I write to someone, anyone, living or dead, fictional or non-fictional character – in my journal – so that my inner critic has to take a hike.  So I’ve chosen to write to Marilyn.  I love Marilyn, and since she’s already gone to that big Hollywood in the sky, she can’t say anything, can she?  And if she could, I think she would be honored that I chose to write to her.  But the sole purpose of me writing to Marilyn is for me to get my thoughts onto the page.   I could write to Batman, Robin, the Joker, Buddha, Lincoln, Mother Teresa, the pope … anybody!  So can you.

To my English teacher and my inner critics I say:  A done “something” is better than a perfect “nothing.”  I have the feeling that my kids and grandkids might find a few chuckles in these pages after I’m gone.  They’ll also find out things about me that I probably didn’t think to tell them while I’m still putting one foot in front of the other here on this planet.

So here’s to you and me, Marilyn … may you hear from me for a long, long time.  Namaste’

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An Open Letter to Forgiveness

Dear Forgiveness,

You’re giving me such a hard time right now.  My ego says “That person hurt you and someone you love!  Don’t let ’em get away with that!  You have a right to be angry and upset.”

Then there’s YOU who says, “Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive injury.“   (Edwin Hubbel Chapin Universalist minister, author)

I guess I’ll try and remember that and, for your sake and mine, I will not send the nasty letter I was going to send.  But I think I’ll write it anyway, just to get it off my chest. Then I’ll probably burn it.

Is that bad?

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How do the guys feel about this?

This video came to my inbox and I found it to be very profound.  My question, though, is this:  do men feel the same way?  Let me know your comments below. Have a great Sunday.  Namaste’

It Comes Down to This?

The past few days seem like such a blur, with moving Mom and the details and coordination work that it entails.  Such a stressful time for all of us.  Hubby was so good yesterday to move all the boxes from her old apartment to the new one.  That paved the way for the movers this morning to get the job done a LOT quicker.  Saved her some money, too, because they charge by the hour.  I sure hope she appreciates him.  I know I sure do.

Hubby and I were both pretty tired last night.  I was just thinking as I went to turn off the light in the bathroom right before falling into bed, “I can’t wait to get back to photographing some fun things.”  Lo and behold!  What do I see?  A mosquito eater just hanging around on the mirror.  As I snapped the picture with my phone, I thought, “Is this what it’s come down to?”  Snapping photos in the bathroom?  Aaaarrrghh!  Oh well, at least I had some fun editing this one with the Paper Camera app.  Namaste’

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The Reluctant Blogger

Yep, that’s me!  (No, not really).  By now you all know I’m not reluctant about blogging.  I’ve just been really busy getting Mom prepared to move to a smaller place.  She will be 90 next week so it’s a little hard for her to comprehend that she needs to down-size now that Bud has passed.  Hubby and I will go over there tomorrow to move some of the boxes from the old unit to the new one.  The movers will be there on Thursday.  Let the fun begin!  Ugh!

I’m just grateful that the retirement community she’s in had a one-bedroom available.  Those places make a LOT OF MONEY on our senior citizens.  If I told you how much they were overcharging her while Bud was in the rehab center it would curl your hair!  I had a little meeting with the general manager yesterday … hmmm.  A credit will be given.

But on to better things.  We know that Buddy is in a good place so now we have to take care of Mom.  I’ll be busy for the next few days but plan to be back in full swing next week.  Yeah, Yeah, I know … we’ve all heard that before, right?  But you know what John Lennon said … “life is what happens when we’ve made other plans.”  Namaste”

Today’s photo is one from when hubby and I went to the nursery.  I love the stone statues.

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