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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

Kindness Rules!

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Several years ago I declared my religeon to be Kindness! Does that seem strange to you? Well here was my reasoning….

I was raised in a Methodist Church, so I called myself a Christian. My mother had told me that’s what we were. In my eyes being a Christian was the same as being Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, or any other religeon. I knew each had it’s own way of worshiping, and their differences, but it didn’t matter to me. We were all children of God. I learned that in sunday school, along with Jesus loves me, this I know. Growing up I really didn’t hear about Muslims, or even Mormons, nor even black people, so you might say my world was very limited by my parents choice. I’m not blaming them for not telling me about these differences, I know they did the best they knew how.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more focused of what’s going on in the world, the impact we all have on our enviroment, politics, and each other. I’ve always been sensitive, and an empath, but now after my children have grown, and are self sufficient I have time to pay attention to things that just weren’t that important to a young mother.

My animals seem to be intelligent, they respond to what I say, and I believe they are much more in tune than I ever gave them credit for. All of you know how much I love trees. They facinate me with their graceful branches swaying in the breeze, and the way they seem to breathe in and out on a day when the air is alive with energy. The birds talk back and forth leading me to believe their conversations have meaning, and if I only had the patience to study them, I could most definitely learn every word they were saying, or singing. Their actions are like little people with lives, families, and a social network that amazes me each time I sit and watch them.

People are the same. For the most part we all want the same thing. We want to be happy, have a family, friends, have a social life. We want to educate our children so they may be more successful than we are. We want to clothe, and put shoes on our children, raise them with manners. We don’t want them to wander off in the wrong direction, and get into trouble.

In this busy world, people are not paying attention to the things around them. They work all day, come home, eat dinner, watch a little TV, and head off to bed! That’s it! We all do the same thing. Most of us plod along each day, all year with the same schedule, barely having time or energy to take a vacation, or even play with our kids. Some of us are so busy climbing the ladder, that they still don’t have time for family, friends, or vacations.

Is this the kind of life we really want to lead?

It isn’t any wonder everyone is so preoccupied with their own routine that they don’t realize they are being unkind to others, or teaching their own children to be unkind. Kids learn by example, and their parents are the first people they learn from. They mimic us from a very young age, and it doesn’t take much for them to learn how to be the kind of person you don’t want them to be. We wonder where they get some of this stuff from? Well maybe it’s learned right at home without anyone realizing it. Knowone wants their kids to be rude or insensitive, but they manage to pick it up if not at home by another child who’s parents have no idea they’ve handed it over to their kids, or that they are acting in an undesirable way.

Kindness is my religeon. Budha says the same thing, and to be honest, that’s where I learned it! All it takes is a little mindfulness, and a desire to be a leader, not a follower. A leader will be kind when everyone else is oblivious to others, the follower continues to be oblivious without realizing they are being that way. Together let us be more kind to each other, and to be mindfull of those who really need a kind word or action.. It’s possible they are so down that they only need to know someone else cares. A little bit goes a long way!

Thank you for taking time to read my post. Be kind, and have a great week.

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!

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!

Good Morning Everyone

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Since it’s been a very long time since I’ve blogged, I thought It would be a good time for an update.

Much has been happening since I’ve last posted.  I’ve fallen in and out of love with art…several times. I still love art, but so much has gone on, and my studio looks like a storage unit, I’ve lost inspiration.  I know, me loosing inspiration!   YES..ME.

Generally during the last three months of the year my art takes a seat on the sidelines.  I’m usually focusing on the holidays, and what to buy for each of my kids, and grandkids.  It takes a lot of thought, and planning, sometimes even going in on a larger gift for one or the other grandchild.  It is so much easier when the grandkids are smaller.  It was easier when my own kids were smaller.  As many of you know all too well, the older they get, the more broke we get!  I’m not complaining, just stating a fact.

After the holidays it takes me a few months to recuperate, and get back to normal.  (I’m using the term Normal very lightly). Art slowly works it’s way into my life again, and I’m up and running.  2019 that didn’t happen.  Just about the first of March, my oldest son got sick.  We thought he had the flu, so I got him 7up, and soup, and foods that you usually can get down when fighting the flu.  After three or four days I went over to his home, and found him very sick, very weak, and not getting any better.  My husband and I threw him in the car and I took him to emergency.

After they looked at him, he was admitted to Intensive Care, and that’s where a very nasty journey started.  He had what’s commonly known as flesh eating bacteria.  He spent two months in the hospital fighting for his life,  and a year later he is still rehabilitating.  Needless to say, my art took as back seat.  Ok with me,  my son lived when the doctors said it would be a miracle..

Miracles do happen!

To regress only a few years.   Since I was about four years old I’ve seen spirits.  The funny thing is, I was never frightened, nor did I think it was unusual.   I actually thought everyone saw spirits or ghosts as I called them at the time.  I’m a strong empath, again I thought everyone was the same.  But I would get extremely annoyed when people would act clueless, or had no idea what I was thinking, or talking about. Now I realize, we don’t all have the same skills, nor do we all want them.

Over the years my experiences have been numerous, and again I thought everyone had the same kind of experiences.  Boy was I wrong.  My poor husbands!  Yes husbands!  I’m now married to my third husband, and bless his heart, he’s so understanding and loving. He has never thought anything about my interesting life.  We fell in love, and ten months later…we married.  He bought me a new home shortly before we married, and twenty nine years later here we are, still married, and still happy!

Over the last year and a half I’ve been focusing on my gift, and working at sharpening my mediumship skills.  If you can’t beat it, join it!  Since I haven’t been inspired to paint, I am inspired to speak with spirits.  I am finding it so rewarding bringing messages to people that are depressed or in pain due to their loss.  Messages from spirits can ease that pain, and allow them to process their grief.

For many years I’ve looked for someone to mentor me, and help me understand what I now call a gift.  More recently I was invited to have lunch with a friend. She was meeting a few of her friends, and she thought I might enjoy having lunch with them. It was in that bunch of her friends that I met a “real live medium.”    I have looked for someone like her for many years, and never was able to find someone to mentor me.  Here she was sitting right in front of me.  Best yet, she was so personable, and I immediately loved her. We hit it off, and she agreed to see me later that week.  This was the beginning of a relationship that is strong, and loving to this day.

Since then, I have found a couple other mentors, and I work with all three for different parts of mediumship.  They each give their gift with love and compassion, and I have grown as a medium, and am still learning.

My purpose in telling my story is in part to explain why I haven’t been painting, and in part letting you know I will never stop doing art in some way.  Now I’m going to focus on publishing uplifting affirmations along with a little art.

My focus in this difficult time is to always be a beacon of light to anyone needing uplifting.  We are all feeling caged in during the lock down of 2020.  Our world most likely won’t be the same, and all of us will need to do a little reinventing.  Some are more depressed than others, some don’t feel so caged.  I’m doin fine, but the rest of my family feel very disconnected with life.  We still need to wear masks, and social distance, we still need to stay at home.  Things are opening up, good or bad, this is reality!

I don’t know if I’ll change the name of my blog,  I have considered it.  To what, I haven’t any idea at the moment, but I do know,  I need to do this for me, and for others.

It will be interesting to see what Stone Soup morph’s into, and I really hope you’ll stick with me.  This is my story, thank you so much for allowing me into your home, and taking time to read my blog, bless you all!   Karen

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

When all through the house,

Only Kramer was stirring, in hopes of a mouse!

The socks were placed in the dryer with care, desiring warm feet, as we waited by it’s side.

Daisy was nestled all snug on her bed, while visions of frolicking dancing in her head.

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Les in his boxers, and I in my Tee, had just settled in for some really good TV.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, we sprang up to see just what was the matter.

The moon on the ground shown the drenching of rain, it’d been pouring for days with much to be gained.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear, a miniature sleigh, and two mechanical deer.

It all worked in sequence, with lights blinking fast, a Santa with presents, set up on the grass!

The names of the reindeer we couldn’t make out, as hard as we tried to figure it out,

One had to be Rudolph with his nose shinning bright, the other was Comet sitting just out of sight!

Off to the kitchen to make us some tea, we’ll eat a few cookies, while we watching TV.

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In our heads we both knew, it was the right thing to do to wish all  of you …

“A Merry Christmas,” and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

The shopping is finished, with all kinds of gifts.

 

It’s finally our time to take a deep breath!

Every year I think I’m going to cut back, then I see some new things, and I just can’t resist!

This year again, all my shopping, with little exception came from the internet!

I  always think I’m incredibly clever to be able to pull this off – shopping without leaving the house.  The only thing better than ordering from Amazon, is if Santa himself dropped them at out front door  all wrapped and ready to go.  I would leave a key under the mat if Santa would do that for me!

Fortunately this year, I shopped wise, and quick, all in a months time.  The gifts have been wrapped for over a week, and there isn’t any stress in this house!

Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas. May the time spent with friends and family be magical. I wish everyone good health, warm nights, safe travel, and a happy New Year!

This is Christmas Eve…the family will be here for dinner.   I had minute, and I choose to use it to speak to you my dear friends and wonderful followers.  As usual, in the New Year I hope to do more experimenting, and sharing.  More growth creatively….are you in?

Until next year…..