Posts

Showing posts from February, 2019

Mindfull

I mentioned something to a friend the other day, and she said "breathe." And I answered, "If I don't...I die." She shot back a LOL. Mindfulness. It's a practice that gets a lot of attention these days. Seems everyone talks about "mindfulness," stating its a good thing to do.  Thing is very few people can give a clear, direct, simple "way to do mindfulness" in practice. Okay, let me be fair, many practitioners of mindfulness will try to explain that you basically need to focus on your breathing, and be "in the moment."  I swear, if only it were that easy for some of us.  I do get that it's the breath that calms your body, as well as your mind - so that you can practice mindfulness. In a way, "mindfulness" means "concentrate" on the moment (concentrate is probably not the best word, since the idea is to free your mind from hard work). And yet, that's can be hardest part; how to stay your mind "in t

Mindfull

I mentioned something to a friend the other day, and she said "breathe." And I answered, "If I don't...I die." She shot back a LOL. Mindfulness. It's a practice that gets a lot of attention these days. Seems everyone talks about "mindfulness," stating its a good thing to do.  Thing is very few people can give a clear, direct, simple "way to do mindfulness" in practice. Okay, let me be fair, many practitioners of mindfulness will try to explain that you basically need to focus on your breathing, and be "in the moment."  I swear, if only it were that easy for some of us.  I do get that it's the breath that calms your body, as well as your mind - so that you can practice mindfulness. In a way, "mindfulness" means "concentrate" on the moment (concentrate is probably not the best word, since the idea is to free your mind from hard work). And yet, that's can be hardest part; how to stay your m

What's the Meaning?

I love words. I love researching the meaning of words, the slang and even the mis-understanding about the meaning of words.  That's called Etymology Its often said that the English language is most difficult to learn because of  word spelling and unrelated meaning(s). You know...hare and here, to and too and two...etc. Yes, one can how that might be understanding English words. Interestingly, one route to understanding many of the English words, is to look at the root, which is often Latin. Take for instance the word "comfort," it seems straightforward enough.  You think something that feels good, something that offers relieve, even that sense of familiarity.  Neither of these would be the incorrect understanding of the word "Comfort."  However, a closer look at the root gives a slightly different definition of this word. I discovered the word "comfort," like many words is a composition of one of more ideas  in continuum of history with Latin , French

What's the Meaning?

I love words. I love researching the meaning of words, the slang and even the mis-understanding about the meaning of words.  That's called Etymology Its often said that the English language is most difficult to learn because of  word spelling and unrelated meaning(s). You know...hare and here, to and too and two...etc. Yes, one can how that might be understanding English words. Interestingly, one route to understanding many of the English words, is to look at the root, which is often Latin. Take for instance the word "comfort," it seems straightforward enough.  You think something that feels good, something that offers relieve, even that sense of familiarity.  Neither of these would be the incorrect understanding of the word "Comfort."  However, a closer look at the root gives a slightly different definition of this word. I discovered the word "comfort," like many words is a composition of one of more ideas  in continuum of history with

Sometimes a banana...is just a banana

Its funny, how something on your mind, can seemingly manifest as connected experiences to point you wonder "What's that about?" You think coincidence, a quirk, an interesting detour in the otherwise, straight-line trajectory of your life.  There you are in the kitchen at home, or the water cooler at work, or standing in line at the grocery store  telling the story of  "that" experience.  Inevitably,  at the grocery store there's someone in the line listening as you wait your turn to hand over your hard earned money to the cashier.  That person interjects..."That's not coincidence, that's destiny, fate or serendipity and its trying to tell you something." Your initial response is surprise.  Like "Really?" Not only are you listening (conveniently overhearing) the conversation, you are so vested, you share your thoughts.   (Truth be told, there is no privacy, anywhere anymore, and  the point can be made, if its so private, why is it

Sometimes a banana...is just a banana

Its funny, how something on your mind, can seemingly manifest as connected experiences to point you wonder "What's that about?" You think coincidence, a quirk, an interesting detour in the otherwise, straight-line trajectory of your life.  There you are in the kitchen at home, or the water cooler at work, or standing in line at the grocery store  telling the story of  "that" experience.  Inevitably,  at the grocery store there's someone in the line listening as you wait your turn to hand over your hard earned money to the cashier.  That person interjects..."That's not coincidence, that's destiny, fate or serendipity and its trying to tell you something." Your initial response is surprise.  Like "Really?" Not only are you listening (conveniently overhearing) the conversation, you are so vested, you share your thoughts.   (Truth be told, there is no privacy, anywhere anymore, and  the point can be made, if its so private, why is

What Do You Think?

New Thought It's the category assigned to anything spiritual (religious) that people don't understand, can't relate or simply don't believe. A popular practice of some New Thought is "affirmative thought" and "law of attraction" or simply "positive thinking" which basically advises "What you think...is what you get" in your life" according to Universal Law. The Universe is an all powerful energy, waiting to help you shape your life as you desire.  This  philosophy, idea, "new thought" reflects on how we are always thinking thoughts,  which affect mind, body and spirit.  Thus, what you think about a lot, "affirms" the outcome of the life you want In other words, The Universe is waiting for you to tell it what you want...so you can get it. Here, I interject a disclaimer I am because I am not a teacher, yogi or guru in the ways  of "new thought" - at best I'm a student, and therefore the definit

What Do You Think?

New Thought It's the category assigned to anything spiritual (religious) that people don't understand, can't relate or simply don't believe. A popular practice of some New Thought is "affirmative thought" and "law of attraction" or simply "positive thinking" which basically advises "What you think...is what you get" in your life" according to Universal Law. The Universe is an all powerful energy, waiting to help you shape your life as you desire.  This  philosophy, idea, "new thought" reflects on how we are always thinking thoughts,  which affect mind, body and spirit.  Thus, what you think about a lot, "affirms" the outcome of the life you want In other words, The Universe is waiting for you to tell it what you want...so you can get it. Here, I interject a disclaimer I am because I am not a teacher, yogi or guru in the ways  of "new thought" - at best I'm a student, and therefore t

If you persist...

All things change. It's a fact. It's Truth. As simple as that. Most can accept the concept that "All things change," the issue, often the problem is "When?" will things change. Its a question people have probably faced, or perhaps tried not to face for as long as there have been people. However, to embrace and understand that "All things change" is the key to assisting the process.  That is go with the flow; because with or without you, "All things change" anyway. I have a feeling, "Change Agents" like Ida B. Wells, Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hahn have in common that belief, the knowing and faith.   I believe "Change Agents" (fill in the blank with who speaks to you), persist in the mission without concern for the "When" (or even how) change will happen.  "Change Agents" understand that "All things change"...if not in their lifetime, in due time. So "If you persist," that is be consisten

If you persist...

All things change. It's a fact. It's Truth. As simple as that. Most can accept the concept that "All things change," the issue, often the problem is "When?" will things change. Its a question people have probably faced, or perhaps tried not to face for as long as there have been people. However, to embrace and understand that "All things change" is the key to assisting the process.  That is go with the flow; because with or without you, "All things change" anyway. I have a feeling, "Change Agents" like Ida B. Wells, Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hahn have in common that belief, the knowing and faith.   I believe "Change Agents" (fill in the blank with who speaks to you), persist in the mission without concern for the "When" (or even how) change will happen.  "Change Agents" understand that "All things change"...if not in their lifetime, in due time. So "If you persist," that

Muster It from Somewhere

Most of us want to present our self in the best light possible. Like me, most of us don't want people to think we are mean, selfish, unkind, unthoughtful, insensitive or an unloving heart. We want to be likeable, lovable, even better if we are likeable, lovable and popular. However, what happens when you come across one of those people who are selfish, unkind or unlikeable? Are there such people who you can't find anything good, positive or even amiable? And what if those people are the people close to you...say your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, your boss, your next door neighbor, your child's teacher, cousin Ethel, Uncle Bob or Aunt Lucy? It brings to mind the iconic movie Mildred Pierce , starring Joan Crawford in what is probably her most memorable role as a Hollywood star.  If you haven't seen Mildred Pierce , you'd might want to get on Youtube and find it; it is a classic! So the storyline is Mildred Pierce finds out that her daughter is seeing a man, the same

Muster It from Somewhere

Most of us want to present our self in the best light possible. Like me, most of us don't want people to think we are mean, selfish, unkind, unthoughtful, insensitive or an unloving heart. We want to be likeable, lovable, even better if we are likeable, lovable and popular. However, what happens when you come across one of those people who are selfish, unkind or unlikeable? Are there such people who you can't find anything good, positive or even amiable? And what if those people are the people close to you...say your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, your boss, your next door neighbor, your child's teacher, cousin Ethel, Uncle Bob or Aunt Lucy? It brings to mind the iconic movie Mildred Pierce , starring Joan Crawford in what is probably her most memorable role as a Hollywood star.  If you haven't seen Mildred Pierce , you'd might want to get on Youtube and find it; it is a classic! So the storyline is Mildred Pierce finds out that her daughter is seeing a

There Ought to Be More...

Laughter..."there ought to be more laughter"  in the world isn't a cliche often heard, yet the meaning can't be disputed. These days the world is seen as a scary place for many;  or rather the poplar world-view is mostly one of doom and gloom.  Some might say rightfully so because of the political climate, barrage of news reports about far away wars, wars waiting to happen, as well as fighting and mayhem in one's own country, community, not to mention the daily headlines of abuse in the home. Indeed "there ought to be more laughter"; so how do we get more when there seems to be less and less to laugh about in the world? In reading any of my essays, its clear I will look to myself, inside myself for answers based on empirical experiences.  This is not to say I know all, or I'm unwilling to listen and learn from others, its just that I'm convinced we each have a inner knowing; you are imbued with a certain ability "to know" truth when you

There Ought to Be More...

Laughter..."there ought to be more laughter"  in the world isn't a cliche often heard, yet the meaning can't be disputed. These days the world is seen as a scary place for many;  or rather the poplar world-view is mostly one of doom and gloom.  Some might say rightfully so because of the political climate, barrage of news reports about far away wars, wars waiting to happen, as well as fighting and mayhem in one's own country, community, not to mention the daily headlines of abuse in the home. Indeed "there ought to be more laughter"; so how do we get more when there seems to be less and less to laugh about in the world? In reading any of my essays, its clear I will look to myself, inside myself for answers based on empirical experiences.  This is not to say I know all, or I'm unwilling to listen and learn from others, its just that I'm convinced we each have a inner knowing; you are imbued with a certain ability "to know" truth wh

Reason Why

Have you ever lay awake at night and question the "reason why" you get up in the morning? Have you ever wondered what it would be like at your funeral?  Who would show up? How many would not come? Maybe not what you want to be thinking about as you lay awake on a sleepless night. Or have you ever been driving along, almost dazed, wondering where you're going and the "reason why" you are going? Yes, I have. Call it your purpose, your cause, or the thing feel you must do, because its the "reason why" you get up in the morning.  All of which are integral to being with, of, and part of the world, your community, your family, your friends, you and your connection to the world outside of you and those sleepless nights. There is so much information, so many websites, blogs, books, so many gurus, so many religions available that preach, pressure, and perhaps even provide helpful persuasion need find the "reason why" you get up in the morning. And yet

Reason Why

Have you ever lay awake at night and question the "reason why" you get up in the morning? Have you ever wondered what it would be like at your funeral?  Who would show up? How many would not come? Maybe not what you want to be thinking about as you lay awake on a sleepless night. Or have you ever been driving along, almost dazed, wondering where you're going and the "reason why" you are going? Yes, I have. Call it your purpose, your cause, or the thing feel you must do, because its the "reason why" you get up in the morning.  All of which are integral to being with, of, and part of the world, your community, your family, your friends, you and your connection to the world outside of you and those sleepless nights. There is so much information, so many websites, blogs, books, so many gurus, so many religions available that preach, pressure, and perhaps even provide helpful persuasion need find the "reason why" you get up in the morn

Eye See the Light

Many metaphors for "I see the light" including the one I embrace;  "Awakening" into peace. Those familiar with the Buddhist spiritual practice will recognize "Awakening" as the idea, ideal, enlightenment of the Buddha. I read and practiced Zen over the years, however, I am by no means an expert in the spiritual practice. Like I said its the principal (mindset if you will) of being "Awake" to life, the soul, nature, even the physical appearance of self and universe. There are Buddhist teachers who can explain, teach and even guide you toward this spiritual practice, and yet I think they might advise "You will know..." the state of spiritual awakening. Honestly, I sometimes fret when it seems I am not practicing, engaging, being "in the light"  - times when my mind's "Eye" can't recognize "the light" and times when "I" don't feel anywhere near "Awakening" of the spirit. What do

Eye See the Light

Many metaphors for "I see the light" including the one I embrace;  "Awakening" into peace. Those familiar with the Buddhist spiritual practice will recognize "Awakening" as the idea, ideal, enlightenment of the Buddha. I read and practiced Zen over the years, however, I am by no means an expert in the spiritual practice. Like I said its the principal (mindset if you will) of being "Awake" to life, the soul, nature, even the physical appearance of self and universe. There are Buddhist teachers who can explain, teach and even guide you toward this spiritual practice, and yet I think they might advise "You will know..." the state of spiritual awakening. Honestly, I sometimes fret when it seems I am not practicing, engaging, being "in the light"  - times when my mind's "Eye" can't recognize "the light" and times when "I" don't feel anywhere near "Awakening" of the spiri

All About Peace

Don't read the bible often. Perhaps that's not the best of proclamimantions. Thing is there are so many versions and interpretations,one might not understand the message. However, i do appreciate "the word" of the bible, the wisdom that comes from the stories of the bible. I especially love the Prophet Isiah! There is always something beautiful, encouraging and reassuring in the book of Isiah. Like this morning, I read Isiah 30:15 which speaks of finding strength in the quietness when things seem so muddled, confusing or bleak (you can read the verse for yourself fromt he version you are most comfortable with). It's not stretch to embrace this as a call to mediatition, retrreat, to stillness in order to refresh. The verse is  not many words, yet sometimes it only takes a few words to remind you to slow down, be still and know peace.

All About Peace

Don't read the bible often. Perhaps that's not the best of proclamimantions. Thing is there are so many versions and interpretations,one might not understand the message. However, i do appreciate "the word" of the bible, the wisdom that comes from the stories of the bible. I especially love the Prophet Isiah! There is always something beautiful, encouraging and reassuring in the book of Isiah. Like this morning, I read Isiah 30:15 which speaks of finding strength in the quietness when things seem so muddled, confusing or bleak (you can read the verse for yourself fromt he version you are most comfortable with). It's not stretch to embrace this as a call to mediatition, retrreat, to stillness in order to refresh. The verse is  not many words, yet sometimes it only takes a few words to remind you to slow down, be still and know peace.

Ebb & Flow

Its a familiar analogy. "Your life is forever changing like the ebb and flow of the waters." This is the equivalent of saying "There will be good times, and bad times in one's life."  However, neither will last forever, there is always change. The analogy is intended to be comforting when you're going through bad times; providing hope that "this too will pass" with the ebb and flow of your life. Sometimes it is hard to believe that "the bad" will change and whatever the problem, be it health, money, love and combination of any, the tide will change. And yet, although most of us understand and many even believe this philosophy, the question becomes "When? When will the tide change?" It's unlikely you will get a direct, certain, solid answer to such a question.  Perhaps this is another reason to connect and maintain a connection to nature. You've heard the term "bucket list," regarding the things you must do befo

Ebb & Flow

Its a familiar analogy. "Your life is forever changing like the ebb and flow of the waters." This is the equivalent of saying "There will be good times, and bad times in one's life."  However, neither will last forever, there is always change. The analogy is intended to be comforting when you're going through bad times; providing hope that "this too will pass" with the ebb and flow of your life. Sometimes it is hard to believe that "the bad" will change and whatever the problem, be it health, money, love and combination of any, the tide will change. And yet, although most of us understand and many even believe this philosophy, the question becomes "When? When will the tide change?" It's unlikely you will get a direct, certain, solid answer to such a question.  Perhaps this is another reason to connect and maintain a connection to nature. You've heard the term "bucket list," regarding the things yo

French Harp

I adore the sound of the harp. Melodic. Calming. Peaceful. An interesting name for the harmonica is the French Harp. This got me thinking whether the word harmonious is associated with the word harp. More than likely you've seen a harmonica, its hand held wind instrument with holes that looks a bit like organ pipes. As for the word harmonious, its an adjective which can be defined as a sweet-sound, good-natured, compatible, amicable and even cooperative.  There are many various, types and diverse types of harmonica (French Harp).  These different types produce diverse music including classical, jazz, folk and even rock. The music of the harmonica is versatile, complimentary and compatible. Both the harmonica and the word harmonious speak of beauty. The wind notes of the harp working together and the working together of things, situations and/ or people For French Harp (the harmonica), the pitch is played together to produce a lyrical, artful, and pleasant sound. The words harmoniou

French Harp

I adore the sound of the harp. Melodic. Calming. Peaceful. An interesting name for the harmonica is the French Harp. This got me thinking whether the word harmonious is associated with the word harp. More than likely you've seen a harmonica, its hand held wind instrument with holes that looks a bit like organ pipes. As for the word harmonious, its an adjective which can be defined as a sweet-sound, good-natured, compatible, amicable and even cooperative.  There are many various, types and diverse types of harmonica (French Harp).  These different types produce diverse music including classical, jazz, folk and even rock. The music of the harmonica is versatile, complimentary and compatible. Both the harmonica and the word harmonious speak of beauty. The wind notes of the harp working together and the working together of things, situations and/ or people For French Harp (the harmonica), the pitch is played together to produce a lyrical, artful, and pleasant sound. The

Rubberband Reflex

Why is it so hard to forgive? I am one among those who find it hard to forgive. Yes, I understand the philosophy that holding on to anger, pain, unforgiveness hurts you more than letting go. I've even put the matter to visualization which sometimes helps me see things more clearly. To help, I visualize unforgiveness as stretching a rubber band in a slingshot position, pulling it away from your thumb and holding it.  As long as you can hold the rubber band, it feels like you can handle the slingshot with little effort. However, the longer you hold your fingers in that position, pulling away, the effort begins to weigh on you.  Your thumb gets tired of being separated from the others fingers and your reflex is to relax, to let it go in order to get relief from the strain.  This may sting a bit at first, and you feel a bit cheated "for giving" in, but that little pinch, ping, release last only seconds. Perhaps a long visualization, yet it illustrates how holding onto unforgi

Rubberband Reflex

Why is it so hard to forgive? I am one among those who find it hard to forgive. Yes, I understand the philosophy that holding on to anger, pain, unforgiveness hurts you more than letting go. I've even put the matter to visualization which sometimes helps me see things more clearly. To help, I visualize unforgiveness as stretching a rubber band in a slingshot position, pulling it away from your thumb and holding it.  As long as you can hold the rubber band, it feels like you can handle the slingshot with little effort. However, the longer you hold your fingers in that position, pulling away, the effort begins to weigh on you.  Your thumb gets tired of being separated from the others fingers and your reflex is to relax, to let it go in order to get relief from the strain.  This may sting a bit at first, and you feel a bit cheated "for giving" in, but that little pinch, ping, release last only seconds. Perhaps a long visualization, yet it illustrates how holding on

The 3 PPP

When abbreviating my business name I use "PPP" instead of writing out peacepaperproductions.com . However, the "3P"s that were called to mind today are three different letter P associations. Possibilities abound! Probability of rain is 50%. Potential is nothing without action. Of course, "possibilities abound" is familiar, although I'm not sure if it comes from a popular quote, a movie line or the bible. Likewise, the "probability of rain is..." something you hear almost everyday if you watch the morning or evening TV weather report (which I don't).  I'm pretty sure even the mention of a 50/50 probability of rain isn't the favorite predication for most. And the phrase "potential is nothing without action" is a very liberal paraphrase of something a well-known TV Life Coach once said (I wish I could remember better the exact wording, which I actually found a bit disconcerting). I didn't put these 3 "P" idea

The 3 PPP

When abbreviating my business name I use "PPP" instead of writing out peacepaperproductions.com . However, the "3P"s that were called to mind today are three different letter P associations. Possibilities abound! Probability of rain is 50%. Potential is nothing without action. Of course, "possibilities abound" is familiar, although I'm not sure if it comes from a popular quote, a movie line or the bible. Likewise, the "probability of rain is..." something you hear almost everyday if you watch the morning or evening TV weather report (which I don't).  I'm pretty sure even the mention of a 50/50 probability of rain isn't the favorite predication for most. And the phrase "potential is nothing without action" is a very liberal paraphrase of something a well-known TV Life Coach once said (I wish I could remember better the exact wording, which I actually found a bit disconcerting). I didn't put these 3 &