Category Archives: motivation

It’s Never To Late!

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After sitting and thinking about this post, and what to write, it came to me. In my life I have made many transformations. Regardless of whether you consider them for the bad or for the good, I have learned something from all of them. Actually I’m grateful for the negative experiences, they have made me who I am today. At the time I wasn’t so happy, but reflecting back, some things make me chuckle, and some have made me grow!

As I’ve grown through my life, my ideas and attitudes have changed. There was a time of innocence, a time of testing my wings, a time of my wings being grounded! Then my wings flew once again, and I went through some real growth, I mean real growth! A time of calmer waters, and reflection. Some growth comes from hard times, some comes from quiet reflection. For me this time was one of quiet reflection. Learning why I made the decisions I made, and how I would manage to reverse some of those decisions, most importantly how not to make the same decisions again. Each time, I grew, and reflected, and grew. I grew one more time with the best decision I’d made in many years. This time resulted in being happily married for twenty nine years now. It’s never to late!

Those were decisions. The things I’m going to talk about now are also decisions, however they are internal decisions. The process of Giving myself an attitude adjustment!

Words from Dr. Wayne Dyer

For one reason or another, I won’t mention how I think I downloaded these ideas, but I always thought you had to step on others to get ahead. This went on for many years along with a very negative attitude. At some point maybe forty five years ago, I didn’t like who I’d become and after giving it many hours of thought, decided to change my way of thinking.

I somehow found a little paperback book by Eric Pace. Funny, I remember his name, but not the title of his book. In essence it said to change your thinking, and you’d change your life. It was an easy read, and it rang a bell with me. I don’t remember how many times I read it, but I couldn’t get enough. Just about the same time I was introduced to Wayne Dyer. He said pretty much the same thing, however Dr. Dyer had reading material along with CD’s, lectures, and anything else that would inspire you. I became totally infatuated with Wayne Dyer. I couldn’t get enough on him. Anyone I ran into that was having a problem, I’d tell them about Wayne Dyer. If you don’t know about Wayne Dyer, do yourself a favor and Google him, or look him up on YouTube.

There was so much useful information on those CD’s that before long each time I had a negative thought I’d replace it with a positive thought and I felt better about myself. I was honoring myself, my higher self, and my creator just by those positive thoughts. After that my glass has always been half-full!

You see, negative thoughts pull you down, negative people pull you down, and in the process it’s sometimes necessary to shed the negative people in order to fly like you are suppose to. The shedding process happens all by its self. When those negative energies try hanging around you, they don’t like the change in you, and go elsware to unload their negativity. You may find those people do the shedding for you, they just aren’t comfortable with positive energy.

Make some new, positive friends!

The world is full of negativity, and it doesn’t have room for any more of the same. The world needs positive people to have good thoughts, and deeds. We need each other, and there is a huge group of positive people to be friends with. They will find you because a positive person has a light around them, that negative people don’t have. Positive attaracts positive, and negative attracts negative!

“It’s never to late!”

Spread the light, show others who you were really meant to be, and glow in your beauty. We are all special, and all have that little spark of the devine in us. Let it shine bright, and be a beacon for others!

Much love to you all, until next time. Karen

Nature Heals

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It’s been three or four years since we have taken a vacation to Yosemite. I can’t even remember when we have been to Sedona, Arizona, or a place where trees are abundant. Trees are my happy place, and even though I have three huge Mela Luca trees in our back yard, I need a forest!

Sitting with nature is something I need to do every once in a while. I can feel the fresh forest air, listen to the birds, relax in Gods country. It allows me to settle down and ground myself. Visualize my routs taking hold and balancing me. It is my happy place, and I love trees,

Trees have wisdom, the birds have messages, the water in the nearby streams are cleansing. How could anyone ask for anything more transforming?

Crazy you say, well there is that! But, I never said I wasn’t crazy, or that I wanted to be normal. I’m not like everyone else, isn’t that the beauty of being who we are? All of us are different in our own way!

I always love it when people compare their children or themselves to others. As if their progress was on a scale. We all grow at our own rate, we learn, at our own rates also, and we all have different interests. You can’t really compare one to another. Everyone won’t be, nor should they be the same. How boaring this world would be if we were all alike!.

Well boaring it isn’t! Our world is anything but boaring, infact it’s down right complicated. There is so much going on in todays world that many of us can’t seem to rap our heads around it, or how to function in this complicated society.

In Comes Nature…

Nature is so important, It helps ground us. It helps us quiet our cluttered, and sometimes confused minds. If we could only give up a few minutes each day, to calm our minds. I know it’s not always possible to run of to the forest. Sometimes all we can manage is to sit on our balconies, play in the dirt in our backyards, or just our sit quietly in our livingrooms.

Try this for just three weeks…

It is said the it only takes three weeks to establish a routine, and if it helps us function more peacefully in our lives, why not try? Wouldn’t it be worth it?

Sit in a comfortable place, sit quietly, close your eyes, and think of something that makes you happy, or calm. Sometimes it’s as simple as listening to water gurgling in a fountain, or the birds chirping, maybe in your minds eye visualize yourself floating in water. Whatever helps you to feel happy. Just focus on those things quietly. Slowely take three deep breaths, and as you breathe in visualize yourself breathing in all the love and healing light the Universe is holding for you. As you exhale, visualize yourself getting rid of all the stress, and things on your mind that no longer serve you. Sit in that quiet space for as long as you like, or you are able to. Anything is more than before. After a while it will become easier, and longer. Don’t give up, it will take a while to train your mind to slow down.

I love nature, It’s perfect in it’s inperfection! We are perfect in our imperfection too. I hope this helps in some way. Much love to all of you, Karen

Top image taken from Face Book!

Brighten Your Day

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Each day I sit down to write, I’m at a loss for words. I think that’s because we are all feeling a little anxiety. Sure we can put on our masks, & go grocery shopping, or in some places even go to a casino for a bit of fun. Anything to distract ourselves from what is really going on.

Many of us are depressed, angry, and feel like their lives are hanging by a thread. Money is scarce, and they are barely surviving. They feel they are failing their families. Some do not know who they are anymore, their identity has been lost!

I’m not here to tell you it will all be ok, that feels slightly empty. I’m here to make an effort to brighten your day, and maybe give you food for thought.
Also, I want all of you to know my intention is not to preach anything, just an attempt to lift you up even if’s in a small way. This will be the last time I bring the virus up. We all know what’s going on, and you don’t need me to remind you again.

I’m an intuitive writer, so what I post is from the heart, and full of love.

Karen

I copied this from Facebook.

This is a reminder to me that although everything is different, I still need to have gratitude!

Peace and Love

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I have been thinking about how I could write a post about the healing that is so desperately needed in our world today. After sitting quietly and meditating, it came to me much more simply than I had imagined.

Josef Siegle is a mentor, and I consider him a friend. I respect him immensely, have taken many of his classes, and always come away better than I started.

Face Book is a go to for me because I can check on my friends and family easily. Sometimes I get information my daughter hasn’t thought to tell me. Or a friend mentions they aren’t feeling well, so I can call them to check on them. It has it’s place! In the process of all this, I have noticed the nasty, hateful comments people post, and I can’t help thinking how much better off our world if we toned it down. When I say toned it down, what I really mean is this…

We all come from different places, we have different colors of skin, different thoughts, ideas, political preferences, and ways we’ve been raised. We come from different places, and different religious beliefs. Because of these differences it is sometimes difficult to understand someone else’s perspective, or point of view. Why do some people talk differently, or louder, or their English seems a little scrambled? Why do some of us wear clothes that show how conservative they are, while some clothes seem louder, or gaudier, blinger, or more colorful? How can we understand one another’s point of view if they are a different religion, or come from an entirely different part of the world?

One thing I’ve learned from traveling, and reading is that people/parents all want the same thing for their families, and children. Most people are peaceful, and loving. We are all working, and struggling to pay for our homes, cars, credit card bills, and anything else that is a necessity at the time.

So what’s the answer?

Well I haven’t answers for the immediate problems, however I will tell you that what came to me during a meditation is this…

If we toned it down, stopped posting, or talking so hateful about the other person, and made an effort to hear their point of view regardless of how different they are than us, shouldn’t that be a starting point to bringing peace and healing to our planet. I don’t think it’s as important to change our views as it is to listen. People want to be recognized, heard and this isn’t happening at the moment.

We are spending so much time pointing out the differences each of us has, and not even giving thought to the similarities we share.

Everyone that knows me knows that I am a liberal. In my eyes, I’m viewed as a left wing democrat that wants to spend money that our country doesn’t have, helping people that don’t deserve it. My view is that the other side, the Republicans don’t want to help the sick, poor, or anyone else they consider doesn’t work for it. Are these perceptions true? Does it matter if they are true or not? Certainly they can’t all be true, but if we just sat down and took time to learn why the other has the ideas, and ideals they have, we would have a much better understanding of one another. I would respect someone for sanely discussing our differences. I’m not trying to change yours, I want to understand your point of view!

The same goes for our racial differences, religious differences and any other difference we have with each other. How can we be so different and so much alike at the same time. We are all created the same, our differences make us interesting, and I for one want to know more.

I’ve never been into religion, more into culture, and languages. I love hearing the music of different cultures, or the way others talk. The cadence in the way others speak, I love it, and I love the way people from another culture dresses, the fabric the use, the way others design, it’s all inspiring to me.

I have posted, along with my words, the meditation for healing the world, bring peace to each of us and those around us. The meditation is 33 minutes long, so I’d suggest you listen to it when your household quiets down. I found it soothing, and it made me feel better about life, and the craziness we are experiencing when I was finished. I hope you feel the same.

Thank you for stopping by and reading Stone Soup. Please listen to the meditation, I know you’ll find it relaxing, and it fills you with love!

Hurricane Harvey Rescue

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IMG_0186.jpgMy oldest granddaughter Sarah, rescued another kitty while riding out Hurricane Harvey.  Talk about the luck of the draw, Sarah moved to Houston just a couple of months prior to the hurricane.   She was much luckier than so many people, as she was not on the first floor of her building.   She is a survivor by nature,  and managed to live off of her pantry, and freezer.   I am so proud of her tenacity!

How lucky was this kitty?  They found each other, and somehow many of us  need to rescue something fuzzy to keep us grounded!  So far all my grandchildren are the same.  Loving, compassionate, and kind!

Thank you for visiting Stone Soup, see you next time….

Prayer Flags, Or Are They?

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Last saturday was our monthly Diva Day, and after getting together for so many years it becomes difficult to have a project to share.  But share we did!  We had a small group, but we still manage to have fun.  We narrowed it down to two choices, and our Maxine decided on flags.

Our inspiration comes from everywhere, and I researched for hours trying to bring ideas to the table for everyone to be inspired.  Jane laFazzio is an inspiration when it comes to fabric and hand work.  Check out her website if you get a chance, you will be amazed at her work.

The fabulous DragonFly Flag was created by artist Karin deBaay.  As we all oood and aweeeed over it, she told us she was trying to come up with some ideas to bring to everyone when it just fell into place, and she had to go with it.   Karin showed up to the party with a finished piece!

Maxine Custer and myself sifted through bags of fabric, ribbon, and various other trinkets to decorate with while deciding which  bits and pieces  spoke to us.

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While Maxine worked on her flags, we all decided these flags weren’t really Prayer Flags, but rather, Inspirational Flags.  In fact flags can be whatever we want them to be, and today they aren’t prayers, but rather Kindness Flags!

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My first flag just spilled out in a big surprise…..The birds, the sequins, it was all very unexpected.   It was so much fun to put together, I decided to create another flag, and while waiting for glue to dry Karin worked on some of her journal pages…..

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Doesn’t Karin do beautiful work?  She is a fiber artist, and all of us get more inspiration from her than she will ever know.

Maxine was also working on a lovely piece that speaks more eloquently each day.

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While I completed my second flag, I  realized  I needed more flags for them to fly free on my patio.  An artist can’t just have two flags!

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Since we gathered not just to share and inspire each other, but to celebrate Karin’s Birthday as well,  we had a Yummy summer salad, and Fruit Tarts from the French Bakery.

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Maxine was inspired to keep creating…..IMG_0125

And I’m here to tell the story…..IMG_0128

This is the story of a Diva Day of small proportions, and lots of fun!  Thank you for checking in with Stone Soup,  I love it when you respond, and appreciate all your comments.