Heading into my evening meditation – meditating on lovely snow and how pretty it will make the world 🙂 Embrace the things you can’t change!
Winter Storm Nika is closing in on me! Are any of you guys getting snow? How much? We’ll get about a foot here :). I’m glad I work from home!! I have my glass of sangria all ready :).
Last call! Mused Literary Review deadline is TONIGHT Tuesday 2/4 – get those photos / paintings / poems / stories in!
Watercolor Step by Step by Kolan Peterson – a large format full color book of ideas for #watercoloring –
Watercolor Painting Step-by-Step by Guptill – written in 1956, how well does this book hold up?
Caught up to today!
Day 7 – Forgive Feelings. This meshes right in with my “aim to not complain” project. It’s not about squelching emotions. It’s about being aware when they begin, and find a way to aim that energy productively. If I sense myself starting to be cranky, I am mindful of it and figure out why. I get food, or a bathrobe to warm up, or I take a break. That way I don’t let myself delve into stronger negative emotions for little reason. If something really is wrong – like a wrong order at a restaurant – I get it corrected without angst. If I get wildly cranky I forgive myself, try to figure out why it happened, and am more aware of that going forward.
Do you get swept away in strong negative feelings at times? Do you get a sense of what causes it? Stress hormones cause physical damage to the body. Is there a way to redirect the energy in another way?
Day 6 – Forgive God / Spirit / Cosmic Energy – This was easy for me. I tend to “blame” myself or other people – not outside forces. If there was a traffic jam or if I made a bad decision, it wouldn’t occur to me to blame any outside entity for what happened. If there’s a strong tornado, there’s nobody to “blame”. It is simply nature doing its natural activity. I’m sure we’re all different in this regard.
Forgiveness Day 5 – Yes, Forgive your #Father :). Dads have all sorts of bizarre expectations laden on them in our society. Tough & Gentle. There was a great SuperBowl commercial about a father leaping to save his child from all sorts of wild dangerous situations. We are trained to expect fathers to be that sort of superhero – always there, always protective, always dependable. The ultimate “Prince Charming”. But few humans could live up to that! Dads do the best they can in juggling a variety of challenges. I’m fairly at peace with that.
How about you?
Forgiveness Day 4 – Forgive your #Mother – I imagine all people have high expectations for moms. They’re only human :). To forgive is divine. I had my rebellious teen moments and my breaking-away young adult moments. Hopefully now I’m in a place where I understand she did the best she could and I didn’t always make it easy on her :). Also, so many people my age have already lost their moms. I’m grateful to be able to talk and spend time with mine. So, like Day 3, this was a fairly easy day for me. Still, a good topic to ponder and consider.
Are you at peace with your mother?
#Forgiveness Day 3 = forgive your life. Interestingly, while Day 1 / yourself and Day 2 / body did bring up issues for me to work on, I’m fairly at peace with “life”. I used to have angst about not getting my degree / not going to MIT even though I got in. But now I’ve earned my Leadership degree at Northeastern and I loved everything about it. So I’m content. I’m content with where I am in life and I adore what I do. My only real issue is the clutter, but we’re working on that. I love watercoloring. I enjoy photography. I love working from home. So on the “life” front, I’m ok :).
Where are you in your thoughts about your life?