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Familiar, yet Different.

Swanky Sunday feature; Edgeland Residence.

Swanky Sunday feature; Edgeland Residence.

When we come full circle there is the feeling that we have come to a familiar place but we are somehow different.

Life is a circular journey through our issues & processes, and this is why things that are technically new often seem very familiar. It’s also why, whenever we work to release a habit, change a pattern, or overcome a fear, we often encounter that issue one last time, even after we thought we’d conquered it. Often, when this happens, we feel defeated or frustrated that after all our hard work we’re still dealing with the same problem(s). However, the reappearance of a pattern, habit, or fear, is often a sign that we have come full circle, and that if we can maintain our resolve through one last test, we’ll achieve a new level of mastery.

When we come full circle, there‘s often the feeling we’ve arrived in a familiar place, but that we ourselves are somehow different. We know we can handle challenges that seemed insurmountable when we began our journey, & there’s the feeling we might be ready to take on a new problem, or some new aspect of the old problem. We feel empowered & courageous to have taken on the challenge of stopping a pattern, releasing a habit, or overcoming a fear, and to have succeeded. At times like these, we deserve a moment of rest & self-congratulation before we move on to the next challenge.

Coming full circle is like stepping into a clearing where, for a moment, we can see where we came from & where we’re standing at the same time. Remembering that we’ll be tested again is important, but it’s also imperative to pause &take a look at the ground we’ve covered, honoring our courage, our persistence, and our achievement(s). Then and only then can we begin the next leg of our circular journey with a deeper understanding of where we’re coming from and where we’ve been.

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Ridding Yourself from Complications.

Serene Sunday on eyewash

Serene Sunday on eyewash

Regular periods of sleep are key to a healthy body and a clear mind as it is during sleep that your body renews itself.

When life gets busy, sleep is often the first activity we sacrifice. Considered a luxury by many busy people, sleep is actually as vital to sustaining a balanced life as are breathing, eating, and drinking. Getting sufficient sleep can be a potent energizer, just as not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling drained and sluggish. While eight hours is the average amount of sleep for which most adults should generally aim, the right amount of sleep varies upon the individual. Some people may thrive on just four hours, while others don’t feel well rested unless they’ve slept for ten hours. How much we sleep also varies, depending upon where we are in life. Young people often need more sleep, while Elders may need less. However, the benefits of sleep always stay the same. Regular & consistent periods of wakefulness / sleep are key ingredients to fostering a healthy body & a clear mind. After all, it’s during sleep that your body renews itself.

The ability to forgo sleep is considered by some to be an asset. But, while it may seem the nighttime hours can be better used for more productive activities, sleep in itself is extremely productive. During sleep, your body & psyche are both regaining their strength for the coming day. You may even have the unique opportunity to explore the hidden recesses of your personality while you dream. Meanwhile, your long-term memories are reinforced.

Many cultures engage in an afternoon siesta. Taking a nap is refreshing & can increase both productivity and creativity. Author Lewis Carroll is said to have conceived his idea for Alice in Wonderland while dreaming. A good night’s sleep also has been known to bring with it the gifts of clarity, wisdom, and a fresh perspective. Even the ancient Greeks thought of sleep as a gift from the gods. Giving yourself the gift of peaceful slumber, you’ll likely find yourself feeling alert, refreshed & ready for life’s challenges. You may also find yourself feeling more centered, thoughtful, and aware throughout the day so you can live your full potential. No matter what your ongoing complications may be, try and take time to mend yourself this weekend.

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Audacious and Bold.

Striking Saturday on eyewash.

Taking small risks in life teaches us when to take big ones by helping us fine-tune our intuition. When we weigh the rewards & consequences of emotional risks such as asking someone out on a date, asking for a raise, daring to share a piece of artwork, or installing say, a porch swing in our living room, we can see that the benefits usually outweigh the negatives.

There are times when our sense of fear is guiding us correctly, however, we can only learn to understand our inner compass by using it regularly in safe situations and paying attention to the results. As we learn to stretch boundaries, we’re learning to be less concerned about the opinions of others & more about perfecting the art of taking appropriate risks that will allow us to more fully become the people we are meant to be.

Often, it’s easier to practice this newly discovered audaciousness in our homes. Daring to be bold and taking risks can easily be implemented within the walls of our own homes. With each brazen step, no matter how unconventional it may at first seem, we take an opportunity to test these bold decisions upon the fellow inhabitants & visitors to our space. Doing so will bestow courage to implement this outside our normal comfort zones. Remember, baby steps eventually lead to further journeys extending beyond our wildest imaginations!

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Has Your Soul Been Awakened?

Happy Furry Friday!

Happy Furry Friday!

When dealing with people who seem very unaware, remember everyone must find their own way to awakening.

You may be someone who understands the true nature of reality, perceiving deeply that we all emanate from the same source, that we’re all essentially one & that we’re here on earth to love one another. To understand this is to be awakened to the true nature of the self & it is a blessing. Nevertheless, people who just don’t get it are seemingly everywhere and, often, in positions of power. It can be frustrating & painful to watch them behave unconsciously. We all encounter individuals of this bent in our families, at work & in all areas of public life. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling intolerant of these people, wishing we could be free of them, even though we know separation from them is an illusion.

Sometimes, it helps to think of all of us as different parts of one psyche. Just as within our own hearts & minds, we have dark places in need of healing, the heart & mind of the world has its dark places. The health of the whole organism depends upon the relative health of the individuals within it. We increase harmony when we hold onto the light, not allowing it to be darkened by judgment, anger & fear about those who behave unconsciously. It’s easier to accomplish this if we don’t focus on the negative qualities of individuals, instead focusing on how increasing our own light will increase the light of the overall picture.
When dealing with people who seem very unconscious, it helps to remember every one must find their own way to awakening & that the experiences they’re having are an essential part of their process. Holding them in the light of our own energy may be the best way to awaken theirs. At the same time, we’re inspired by their example to look within and shed light on our own unconscious places, sacrificing the urge to judge and surrendering instead to humble self-inquiry. When all else fails, we have our furry friends to call upon for unconditional love & acceptance. Enjoy your weekend, remembering to make every moment count.

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A Marriage of Opposites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letting go of your need to control can help you forge bonds of companionship making you feel wonderfully secure. Though it’s easy to assume the best defense against uncertainty is to be in power, working in tandem with others—rather than exerting authority over them—can give you the security of knowing that they’re on your side.

Instead of becoming your competitors or challengers, they become team members that can lend you strength when you need it, offer you guidance when necessary, & lift your spirits. Letting go of the need to be in control & working side by side with others will give you the support and feeling of security you need to achieve your goals.

The same holds true in design. Don’t be afraid to “let go” and be fluid in your pairings. What made us happy as children can still put a smile on our lips. Mixing old with new, fun with serious and bright with dull can open a whole other world of possibilities you may not ever have imagined possible. It is in learning to let go where the marriage of opposites comes alive and dazzles. Have fun!

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Expectations and Preconceived Notions.

Many of us don’t take the time to notice or acknowledge how beautiful we are as human beings. We may be great lovers of beauty, seeing it in the people, places & things around us, while completely missing it in ourselves. Some of us feel it vain to consider our appearance too much, or we may find when we look at ourselves, all we see are imperfections. Often we come to the mirror with expectations & preconceived notions about beauty that blind us from seeing ourselves clearly. As a result, we miss the beauty closest to us, the beauty we are. Sometimes we see our beauty in a shallow way, noticing how well we are conforming to social norms, but failing to see the deeper beauty shining out from within & that’ll continue to shine regardless of how we measure up to society’s ideal.

If we can cut through all these obstacles & simply appreciate how beautiful we are, we free up so much energy. We also become less dependent upon the opinions and feedback of others since we become our own greatest admirers. Many of us know after a great yoga practice or a long, deep meditation, we’re more able to see how beautiful we are. This is because we have released some of our baggage, thus unburdening ourselves & summoning forth the spirit that dwells within us. It is the heady combination of the divine spirit & the human body that conveys beauty more accurately than anything else.

To keep ourselves in touch with our own beauty, we can surround ourselves with images that reflect our beauty back to us—photos of a relative or child who has our eyes, images of teachers who embody spirit, or self-portraits that capture our essence in a way that allows us to see ourselves anew. The best way to keep ourselves in touch with our own beauty is to keep looking deeply into our own souls & opening our eyes to the human being we see in the mirror every day.

 

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When we Live Fully in the Moment There’s an Aliveness that Comes Easily.

photo: Katie Aaberg

photo: Katie Aaberg

When we’re fully present, we offer our whole selves to whatever it is we’re doing. Our attention, our integrity & our energy are all focused in the moment and on the task at hand. This is a powerful experience & when we’re in this state, we feel completely alive & invigorated. This kind of aliveness comes easily when we’re absorbed in work or play we love, but it’s available to us in every moment, and we can learn to summon it regardless of what we’re doing. Even tasks or jobs we don’t enjoy can become infused with the light of being present. The more present we are, the more meaningful our lives become.

Next time you find yourself fully engaged in the moment, whether you are making art, trying to solve an interesting puzzle, or talking to your best friend, you may want to take a moment to notice how you feel. You may observe that you’re not thinking about what you need to do next, your body feels like it’s pleasantly humming, or your brain feels tingly. As you enjoy the feeling of being located entirely in the present moment, you can inform yourself you may try to recall this feeling later. You might try this while driving home or getting ready for bed, allowing yourself to be just as engaged in that experience as you were in the earlier one.

The more we draw ourselves into the present moment, the more we honor the gift of our lives & the people around us. When we’re fully present, we give & receive aliveness in equal measure. For today, try to be fully present in your daily activities & watch a new reality open.

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