How the Universe looks from here

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Defining the spiritual

Being spiritual means being aware of a universe greater than one's personal universe, and realizing one's relationship to it and place in it. The things that ARE, whether designated by our sensibilities as Good or Bad, are all part of the whole. We can't know the whole, but we can know that it exists. Darkness is what we don't yet understand; Karma is what we have not yet learned to love. When we choose to look up at the universe from our human bodies, it is hard to see as real, as more than a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Goodbyes and the Art of Juggling

Having pets in our lives, and loves, we learn about letting go, long goodbyes, and learning to live with loss. We also discover or create our own philosophies about death, what we believe it really is and really means. We find a place, if we can, of comfort that is close enough to those truths to satisfy us. Or we fail to find that place, and remain haunted by the inevitable mortality of everyone including, finally our selves. I realized this over the years of many pets, many small deaths, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Words matter.

The subconscious hears every word, every meaning, and is behind every word choice. So, when we speak, it is useful to listen to our own words and consider why we chose those particular words, and what messages lie quietly among them. Our chosen word reveals us to others, and trains our own inner understandings and beliefs about ourselves. Because we shape our self-esteem and our sense of personal power with the words we use about ourselves, it is useful to make more mindful choices. I try never... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The sky show is on!

I hope there will not be clouds in the way... Jupiter and Venus are coming so visually close together this evening, just after sunset that some reports are referring to another Star of Bethlehem conjunction. That's just silly: That was a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation Pisces, assigned by the Persian astrologers to the Jewish people. This is Venus and Jupiter coming together in the sign of Cancer. Totally different! Venus, astrolog ically, is the planet of love, passion;... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Do you ever forget what you believe?

I read something today over on Facebook that reminded me to remember. It starts out, Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. I agree and I don't, as it goes on to say, Nothing has changed... I understand how this is a comfort to many who would, without this reassurance, feel devastated by a death, experiencing it as the greatest, most final loss. But I have to go further, because this cannot be quite true. Death is as real as birth. It is a huge... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

From comment to post...

I wrote the first part of this as a comment to FormerStudentIntern, sent it over to Facebook where it grew, and now it returns home... A friend of mine turns 30 today. My elder kids are well into their own now, and my youngest is about to reach this mark. I remember my 30s, half a lifetime ago... From here, from now, they look quite different from how they did then. Here is my birthday card to everyone turning 30: The 30s are a great decade, now I look back... It's a time of great energy, high... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CPTSD: Managing the emotional flashback

A key factor in those of us suffering from Complex PTSD is the emotional flashback. It is triggered by things that may be too subtle for the conscious mind to notice, but the subconscious misses nothing! So... suddenly, the subconscious thinks it is in an old scene, one with sadness, futility, abandonment, all sorts of things that make up depression, and it reproduces the emotions of that scene. It can't help it, that's how it works. We don't realize it because... it is just how we feel! And we... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Just an animal...

Just a girl, just a housewife... just a janitor... Just... It makes everything it touches, smaller. It shrinks significance and gives permission to disregard. Some words carry the baggage of 'just' even when the actual word isn't spoken. "Animal..." connotes a range of emotionally-loaded, unconsidered derogation, sneering, despising, disrespecting, all the way to simply considering animals as less than humans. This assumption of 'less-ness' is due for some conscious reconsideration. Less does... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Wrong link, folks!

Charming as it is, the link in the previous post was not the one I meant to share. This is the one: Sign in to see full entry.

We are not the only ones

who are self-aware, and emotionally aware, who suffer loneliness, and rejoice in the love of family. Sign in to see full entry.

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