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Week 23: “The leg bone is connected to the…”

Human anatomy class…ah yes. The human body is made up of 270 bones at birth. There are about 1,000 individual organs in the body, the skin being the largest organ. We can actually see these bones and organs; they are tangible. But what about the intangible part of our being, spirit. It’s what we can’t see; we can’t touch. It’s non-physical. Just as the leg bone is connected to the hip bone, there are those of use who believe the spirit has its connection. The spirit is the connection to God! We are a spirit with a body.

The spirit is the base for emotions and character. It’s our job to seek harmony between the body and spirit. In our sit we focused on just this very thing, seeking spiritual methods to achieve harmony. What about the 3 Laws of Least Effort? Acceptance, Responsibility, Defenselessness. I thought these were spiritual methods; and they sure require less energy than defending myself all of the time, or blaming other people for my situation, or struggling against the whole universe! I am a spirit with a body.

As I sat I could visualize the other tools I have learned to maintain harmony between spirit and body. The 7 Laws of Life, Mental Diet, Giving, greeting each day with love in my heart. Just as I should strive to have a well-balanced diet for my body, I strive to have that balance between spirit and body by my gratitude, love, and being happy as I finish each sit!! What a great anatomy class this was!

 

 

 

 

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Week #22a “Sticks & Stones can…”

Sticks & stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Wanna make a bet? Words do hurt, but it’s up to me to choose the best way to deal with it. Well, I love to just stew in it awhile, lick my wounds, and judge the person who used those hurtful words. Second guessing myself is always a part of it; that always requires a lot of energy and time. Oh! Wait there’s more–then the stomach begins to churn…rumble…gurgle. It’s noisey! I can’t help it!!

Hold on! I have been learning that I CAN help it! Listen, I’d like to think it would be easier without hurt feelings, but I see where these situations are an opportunity for self awareness and healing. It provides a time to observe–Learn, Observe, Think.

As you can guess, my feelings got so hurt early in the week. The person was a jerk; he didn’t even know…..STOP! I have to figure this out using my new tools. It’s been said that hurt feelings may be an indication of something inside of me unresolved. If in the world without there is something producing hurt feeling, there must be something in the world within still unresolved. So, what do I do with hurt feelings? It’s all my choice. I am in the driver’s seat. I have free will–we all do! Shall I allow the hurt feelings to ruin my week? my weeks? Shall I give that individual the power to ruin my life that day? Or week? Once again, it’s all my choice. It’s not unusual for any of us to judge ourselves for having hurt feelings or for judging the author of those hurtful words. But who will be given the power? Me? Or that person?

I allowed the hurt feeling. But I am in the driver’s seat! I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy. Repeat that! People are going to act and behave according to their own rules. When we are blind-sided by a person’s behavior that is not what we expect, BAM! Hurt feelings. Do we accept the hurt feeling? Then learn from the hurt feeling? Then…let it go? Who has the power? I do! You do! Who wants to sit and listen to the stomach gurgling, churning, and rumbling all day?? I don’t any more! I have Hanaal to read, cards to go through, walks to take in nature, and affirmations to revisit!! My observations indicate that I am better off letting go! I feel so much better…..”sigh”. Thanks!


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Week #22 “Shhhh…I know!”

 

Shhh….I know. Yes, I was going to get around the silence thing…but, well, you know, life got in the way. I’ll get to it, I promise. (did you get that?)And anyway…what did I miss?? I mean really?

Then I sat down and investigated the importance of silence–real silence as was in our assignment. Did you know that Smartphone users check their phones every 6.5 minutes, which adds up to about 150 times a day?? Silence is replaced with the harshness of communication, and solitude is replaced with social media. Yikes! Silence and solitude are becoming extinct creatures. Hummm….is that really a big deal?

I discovered it IS a big deal! Huge! We are basically a culture that assigns self-worth with productivity–gotta get that project done, meet this deadline, get the chores done, go see ‘whats-her-name’. You get the picture. BURNOUT! Solitude/silence provides the much needed break. And I thought a break would be a trip to the islands….Silence is far less expensive and no doubt more healthy even!

After reading several blogs this week, I have concluded that silence heightens sensitivity and awareness. I want that! And I read people were brought back to the present–their DMPs even!

Some sources I investigated explained that silence improves memory. Did you know that combining solitude with a walk in nature causes brain growth in the hippocampus region?? That’s in the middle of the brain and is shaped like a seahorse. Its job is to index our memories! I should build a cabin in the middle of a forest and live there. I couldn’t remember where I put my keys yesterday…they were in my pocket! See?

Silence increases self-awareness. We have learned that in this MKMMA journey. And self-awareness may be likened to a lab test; you become aware of who you are, what’s in your heart. That is good.

Who wouldn’t want this benefit from silence and solitude: Brain growth! UCLA did that research! Sitting in silence, mentally resting, improves the “folding” of the cortex and boosts our ability to process information. Silence in peaceful environment will “thicken gray matter”. I should build a BIG cabin in the woods!

My researching uncovered several other benefits of silence like mastering discomfort, bringing your mind back from distracting thoughts, emottional cleansing.

Shhhh….I know. This is all powerful and so important. It’s not just sitting without the phone, TV, etc. It’s carving out that precious time for something priceless that benefits yourself, your brain, your health, your life, your relationships.

Must close now. Time to get my hiking boots ready for my outting to a favorite path , with lots of trees, sun, sweet smells of pine needles, birds singing. I’m packing a lunch and taking lots of water. I need lots of quiet-time.

Thank you MKMMA and everyone! I am blesed.

 


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Week #21 ” Continuing Education”

Well…well…well. Have I ever been educated this week. And it has been a much needed education. So if I forget to say, “Thank you”, let me say it now…Thank you.

Miracle. That’s the word. Many of us have read about the miracles found in the Bible, those overwhelming miracles! Beautiful stories of events almost impossible to comprehend. So, I now look up the definition and read, ‘a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency’. The other definitions all include words like “welcomed”, “extraordinary”, “accomplishment”. Those are words with positive indications!

I never realized a miracle doesn’t have to be walking on water–how about walking on earth? That’s a miracle to behold. How about truly every day is a miracle? The rising sun? The moon coming out? The changes in seasons? Randdom acts of kindness? The miracles of friendship? The miracle of giving and receiving?

There are endless miracles that surround us everyday of our lives. With all of these miracles we should never ever have to say, “I’ll be happy when….” All we have to do is open our eyes and our minds and recognize these miracles and appreciate them. Hold them near to our hearts and cherish them. And then go out and create more miracles. After all, it only requires a thought.

Remember to give thanks for all the miracles in your life. I am closing now to give my thanks.


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Week #20 “Danger in Road Ahead: Comfort Zone!”

Now doesn’t that title seem contradictory to you? Danger? Comfort? I thought a “comfort zone” was a place or situation where one feels safe, or at ease, and without stress. Sure seems fine to me; those are positive and pleasant words of description. And one can actually feel in control when in a “comfort zone”. Excuse me! What is wrong with that??

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If this drawing of the 2 circles is true, why do we honker down in the comfort zone so long? It’s like that freezing cold morning, raining, windy, miserable. You are all snug in bed; you’re in that perfect position in bed with ultimate comfort and coziness. You still have sugar plums dancing in your head. Now why in the world would you want to leave that warm, cozy, comfortable, safe, dry sleep environment and go out into the cold??? The bed is your comfort zone! The world outside is where the action is and magic happens.

I look back on my life and focus on the last 20 years and see I hid in my comfort zone. Oh I could talk a good talk and say I how I loved to stretch my boundaries and explore options. I’d explore all right and then retreat and wonder why nothing changed. Fear, anger, unworthiness kept me snug in that bed. Those inhibitors blocked me from the magic of life.

It wasn’t until my husband and I had to sell furniture, things, stuff in order to survive that I was forced to use that anger, unworthiness and fear to get out of the comfort zone…not to mention the fact that this zone was all but gone! We didn’t even have a place to live.

But we stepped (rather crawled) out of that comfort zone! We became introduced to MKMMA and the fabulous team. We have studied, done the exercises and stayed focused. People have come into our lives who have presented us with opportunity and growth. We have magic happening all around us now. Just by recognizing these inhibitors or blockades has evaporated them, or almost all of them. Tools gained through this experience with MKMMA has been the battering ram to get out and move forward. What an amazing journey!

Do I want to go back to the comfort zone? Are you nuts? Nothing happened there! It’s happening now! We have a future, we have purpose, we have attitude–the right attitude. I like to say,

My Attitude + My Choices = My life

That’s a great mathematical equation, wouldn’t you say?

Yes! Danger IS found in comfort zones. There is no growth, no life, no adventure. I didn’t even know I had spiritual wealth much less the magical power of thought! And you read what resulted from me being oblivious to this power. Crash n burn!

 Yes indeed! What a future! What magic! Bye bye comfort zone!


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Week #19 “Let’s Give Some Thought to This…”

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The opening sentence to Part Nineteen reads, ‘Fear is a powerful for of thought.’ Hold on here! And go down to #17, ‘…thought constantly, eternally is taking form, is forever seeking expression.’ If thought is powerful, constructive and positive, this will be evident in the state of one’s health, business, environment. All righty then. I understand that. But wait! If one’s thought is weak, critical, negative, it will show up as fear, worry, nervousness. And what’s more, it will show up in one’s finances as lack and limitation, and in inharmonious conditions in one’s environment. ‘Thought is a vital force or energy.’

So much for the review. Let’s give some thought to this: According to Science/AAAS, most people dislike sitting in a room with nothing to do but think for several minutes. Generally, people hate being left alone with their thoughts! WHAT?! Did you know that?

Knowing this, does it help us see the value in those sits? Do we not understand now the power of the sits? And what about the 7 Laws? Oh my gosh! If only the subjects of that Scienfitic study knew about the Law of Dual Thought, Law of Substitution. We are learning how to harness the power of our thoughts. And those of us who hold the Bible and its teachings near to our hearts know that our thoughts are not “private”. Oh yea…they are “heard” indeed.

I read once, “Did your mom ever tell you, ‘If you can’t say anythig nice, don’t say anything’? She was right–“and talking nicely also applies when you’re talking to yourself, even inside your head.”

Thought is a powerful act.

Give this some thought, please: the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it! Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. (Eckhart Tolle) I like that! Wonder if Eckhart took MKMMA from Mark J and the crew??!

We can use our thoughts to our advantage…or disadvantage!

“Silent thought, is, after all, the mightiest agent in human affairs.”


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Week #18 The Daffodil Principle

This is interesting. In the past, if I ran across a story or blog on life, happiness, giving and receiving, I appreciated the thoughts but never took time to internalize them. “Ahhhh, that’s so sweet.” Or “Wow. That was powerful.” But it never hit home. Well it does now. With that, if it’s ok with you, I’d like to share a brief story I ran across entitled “The Daffodil Story”.

A woman’s daughter called her Mom over and over again inviting her to come see the daffodils “before they are over.”

So, the Mom finally set a time when she would get in her car and drive a few hours to visit her daughter and “see the daffodils.”

It ended up being a miserable drive as there was fog, clouds, cold, and rain. Nasty roads. But the Mom made it. Her daughter came running out of her little house along with the grandchildren. Hugs were shared by all and then the daughter announced they would all get in the car and go see the daffodils! Mom had had enough of driving for one day! She was not driving one more mile. No siree! Nope! Somehow the daughter got everyone into the car and she climbed behind the wheel and off they went. “Carolyn,” the Mom said sternly, “please turn around.”

Carolyn assured her Mom that she could handle the rain-soaked roads and continued driving. “It’s all right, Mom. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience.”

They turned onto a narrow gravel road and passed a small church along with a hand-painted sign that read, “Daffodil Garden”.

The car was parked. Carolyn and Mom each took the hands of the grandchildren and began walking along a path and  turned a corner. Mom looked up and gasped! Before her lay the most glorious sight! Flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, deep oranges, whites, lemon yellows, salmon pink, butter yellow. There were 5 acres of flowers!

The Mom wanted to know who had done this? Who planted all of those breathtakingly radiant flowers? Carolyn said that one woman did all of the planting. She said the woman lived in poverty in a small modest A-frame house on the property, right in the midst of all that glory! So, they all walked up to the house.

On the wooden porch was a poster. It read, “Answers to the Questions I know you are Asking”. The first answer was a simple “50,000 bulbs”. The second answer was “one at a time, by 1 woman, 2 hands, 2 feet, and a very little brain”. The third answer was, “Began in 1958”.

There it was! The Daffodil Principle. This woman, 40 years ago, had begun planting one bulb at a time. She planted one bulb at a time to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure location. The planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. The unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. This unknown woman had created something of indescribable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.

We can learn from the Daffodil Principle, that is learning to move toward our goals, desires–one step at a time, and learning to love the doing. When we multiply small pieces of time with tiny increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.

The Mom broke the all-inspiring silence, “What could I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal 35 years ago, or 40 years ago. What if I had worked away at it ‘one bulb at a time’ during those years. Just think Carolyn! I might have been able to achieve something incredible.”

“Start tomorrow, Mom,” responded Carolyn. It’s so pointless to think of lost hours of yesterdays. Instead, ask how we can put this to use today? So…stop waiting…Until you get the new job; until you make that desirable income; until summer; until fall; until I find that someone special; until I loose 40 pounds.

Let us remember–happiness is not an effect; it is a cause. There is no better time than right now to be happy. Yep! Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Now, let’s all go out and smell the roses…or plant those daffodils!