Coming To Our Senses


“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy.”  ~ C. JoyBell C.

“You must learn to heed your senses. Humans use but a tiny percentage of theirs. They barely look, they rarely listen, they never smell, and they think that they can only experience feelings through their skin. But they talk, oh, do they talk.”  ~ Michael Scott

“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”  ~ Margaret Atwood

“Magic is really only the utilization of the entire spectrum of the senses.”  ~ Michael Scott

“There’s no consciousness without senses and memories.”   ~ Toba Beta

“Lose your mind and come to your senses.”  ~ Frederick S. Perls

“All we have to believe is our senses: the tools we use to perceive the world, our sight, our touch, our memory.”  ~ Neil Gaiman

“Memories establish the past; Senses perceive the present; Imaginations shape the future.”  ~ Toba Beta

“For ourselves, who are ordinary men and women, let us return thanks to Nature for her bounty by using every one of the senses she has given us.”  ~ Virginia Woolf

from the Desk of MarDrag:

We, as human beings, are beautifully complex creatures, made up of many glorious aspects that make us each unique and individual. But the one area in which we are all the same…is our Senses. Those 5 remarkable gifts of Sight, Taste, Hearing, Smell and Touch. We use all of these, every day, in many different ways. But take a moment, and think on just how aware of them you are when you use them.

In truth, we can take a bit of advantage of these splendid vessels, these rich temples we have been given to inhabit while we are here on this planet, weaving our threads through the Great Tapestry. We wake each day, expecting them to function as they are meant to, as we depend on them to perform. We anticipate that all our Senses will be alert (after coffee of course!), and support us through our day while we run hither and there, questing to get as much done as possible in the short time of day.

But, do we stop to smell the roses…as “they” say? Do we pay attention to the fragrant aroma and depth of the richness of that coffee we drink, or do we just gulp it down waiting for the caffeine to take effect? Do we savor the freshness of the droplets of water that spray from our showers as we cleanse, or do we fly dripping to our towels and race to get dressed? And what about how warm and soft those towels feel?

Shall we hear the birds coo outside our windows, or notice the particular instruments that make up the sound of the music lilting from our stereos? And do we look in the mirror and see ourselves and think, what a magnificent being? Or look at our loved ones and pause to think how much we love them and are blessed by their presence?

Just how aware are we of these marvelous, delicious Senses we have been given? They are here to help us with our needs every day….and without them, our way of life would be hindered. But, we are also given them as a way to enjoy life more… savor the richness of the world around us, to experience every tiny moment by touch, or smell, or taste, or to hear, or see.

Today, be a little less in your mind, focus more on those Senses, pay attention to everything you do and which Sense you use for that experience. Notice how much more present you are in the day, how much more aware you are, and how much more you enjoy what you are doing. And how much easier it makes it to “be in the moment”.

The Senses strengthen the mind, for they tell it the stories it needs to hear to think.

Then, offer a prayer of gratitude to Mother Nature and God and the Higher Powers for being so generous as to give us these 5 remarkable Senses….all for the pleasure of living.


Tuesday Affirmation ~ Accomplishing Perseverance


It is “Affirmation Tuesday”, and I sit and shuffle my “Gifts of Affirmations” cards by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber, feeling the warmth of my hands infuse them as I fan them out before me on the desk. Waving my hand above them, I close my eyes and let my left hand drift and hover over them as it dips, and chooses the card for today, which is:

The Gift of Perseverance: “I Accomplish Anything I Put My Mind To”

“Use this gift when you doubt your intelligence, your memory, or your ability to achieve your goals. Your situation is largely the result of how well you blend your logical and intuitive faculties to direct your actions. Several times a day, focus with relaxed concentration on the mental image of something you would like to see come into being.”

from the Desk of MarDrag:

The word “Accomplish” seems like a big word, does it not? It encompasses so many things, large and small. We move through our lives with the dialogue that we must accomplish many things….from as small as washing the dishes to as big as establishing careers or caring for family. The array and difficulty of the things we must accomplish can be overwhelming at times, and when we have trouble accomplishing all that we think we should, we can begin to doubt ourselves, our intelligence, and our abilities.  And then, we have a harder time “putting our mind to it”.

In the affirmation above, it talks about blending our logical and intuitive faculties to direct our actions and achieve our goals. I like this, because it indicates that we do not have to rely completely on only one ability that we have. Some people are more logical, some more intuitive…but we all have both faculties within us. The more we use them, the stronger they will become. And using them both at the same time would double our chances to accomplish what we put our mind to.

Also, there are the obvious practical actions we must take to achieve something, but, as I speak a great deal about here on the blog, there is also the intuitive voice that guides us that we must listen to as well. It is, many times, our intuition that leads us to something we would not have thought of practically. In either area, we could look at a situation and say it can’t be done….but put those two faculties together, and we are unstoppable!

So, as the affirmation says, today, and several times a day, think of something you would like to see come into being. Every action begins with a thought! Create a mental image of it and hold it there as you go through your day. Your intuitive voice will tell you what actions to take to make it happen. Relaxed concentration allows you to go about your other obligations for the day while calmly holding this mental image until you are ready to put into action.

Ease into the idea of “Accomplishment”, using your logical and intuitive natures, persevere, and be amazed at what you can make happen!


Pushing The River


“Impatience can cause wise people to do foolish things.”  ~ Janette Oke

“What you’re missing is that the path itself changes you.”  ~ Julien Smith

“What good has impatience ever brought? It has only served as the mother of mistakes and the father of irritation.”  ~ Steve Maraboli

“Man prays, ‘I want a cookie right now!’ And God responds, ‘If you’d listen to what I say, tomorrow it will bring you 100 cookies.”  ~ Criss Jami

“When we get impatient because something is taking too long, we should remember that Life waits on us a thousand times more than we wait on Life.”  ~ Laura Theresa Marquez

from the Desk of MarDrag:

Life is moving quickly, and the faster it moves, the more impatient we get to make it to the next step, the next plateau, the next level of our lives. Or, we sunk in sorrow, and we are impatient for it to leave us and allow us to find our place in the light and feel happiness again. No matter where we are at in life, we are always looking for, and waiting impatiently for, “the next thing”.

I am sure we have all heard, at one time or another, the phrase “don’t push the river”. I heard that many times in my past as I was a rather impatient person. I thought I had places to go, people to see and things to do….and I wanted it all to happen in the time frame that I wanted, whether it was good for me or not. A few times, I tripped into the future far before I was ready for it, and it caused me difficulty. So, I slowed down, and learned.

If you think about a river, flowing effortlessly down its path, it does not force its waters to move. It flows naturally. There are pebbles in its path, but it trickles over them and adjusts its flow to move smoother. Occasionally, it finds debris in its path causing an obstacle to its flow, but it slowly allows its waters to dribble around the debris until it flecks it away bit by bit and the obstruction floats away. And its waters can flow freely again. If the heat comes, and its waters dry up a bit, it flows on until the rains come and replenish it so it can flow at full force again. The river marches on through all the seasons, adapting and changing, shifting and altering where it needs to, and when it needs to, in order to flow at its best. And it does it all by listening to the song of its own voice, and following the natural movement of life, of its own particular nature, its own river bed, its own path that it has carved out in the landscape.

And along its way, it notices that, on its banks there is fresh green grass, lovely flowers blooming, powerful trees for shade, and sometimes people sitting on its there enjoying its beauty. And it finds joy in all of these things.

But one thing it does not do, is push itself. The river, in its unique understanding, flows at the pace that its nature dictates….and it misses nothing. It embraces every aspect of its life and allows it to work in its own infinite wisdom while recognizing when it needs to twist or turn or trickle or rush.


If you are impatiently waiting for your life to move, or for something to happen….slow down for a moment and be like the river…..allow what is meant to happen to flow into and through your life. Trying to make things happen too fast, or force a situation, can bring obstacles you don’t anticipate, and then you have new problems. Or you may miss a step, or something that tells you to take a different turn, and you leave behind a possibility you may have wanted, but could not see because you pushed past it. Listen to your own natural voice of wisdom, whispering like the trickle of the river, and follow the sound, it will always lead you in the right direction.

And most importantly, you then will not miss the joy and beauty to be seen on the banks of your life where the green grass grows and the flowers bloom.


Sunday Blessing

A Blessing For You Today!

Sunday Blessing

Now…..Reach High And Far….There Is A Way And It Is Right Before You!

Sunday Stairway

Take That First Step!


The Act of Inspiration


“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”  ~ Bertrand Russell

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”  ~ Helen Keller

“One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.”  ~ Goethe

“When I am inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I come up with next.”  ~ Dolly Parton

“Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.”  ~ Cicero

“Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly.”  ~ Arthur Erickson

“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.”  ~ Bo Bennett

“There are no failures, just experiences and your reactions to them.”  ~ Tom Krause

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from the Desk of MarDrag:

Someone recently asked me how I choose the topics of the posts that I write for this blog. My answer was….by Inspiration. Upon being questioned further, I explained that while I am inspired to put pen to paper by conversations with people, by comments on the blog that some of you make, or addressing issues that are brought up….my main source of motivation is truly….Inspiration. And I get that by going quiet and asking for it.

I do sit down in front of my computer, close my eyes, and allow my thoughts to go very quiet. Then I say a bit of a prayer, and ask what is it that I should write about today. What is it that people need to hear today. What is the most important message I can give today. And I always get an answer. I might have an idea already taking form, so sometimes that idea builds and develops….but sometimes, a message comes about an entirely different subject, and I compose the post from that Inspiration.

I share this with you because…..I wish for all of you…..Inspiration in your life. That wonderful feeling when you get a little rush of an idea and it makes your whole mind and body tingle, and you think, “well where did that come from?”, but you like it!

My trusty dusty dictionary tells me the definition of Inspiration is thus: “the action or power of moving intellect or emotions; the act of influencing or suggesting opinions; the act of drawing in; a divine influence or action; the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something; the quality of having been so stimulated”

In this fast moving, crazy, worrisome world that we live in, it is sometimes difficult to be Inspired to do or think anything else other than what we need to tackle on a daily basis. We are tired, overwhelmed and overdone….and some are leaden with anxiety and depression…and are not motivated to be Inspired about anything.

But, this post is written to encourage you to remember that life does need Inspiration and that the most wonderful things you think, feel and do come from Inspiration. It is a source of delight and adds a lightness to our lives. There is a certain thrill of pleasure when Inspiration comes down on us and we see something is possible that was not there before. And, if we really look close, Inspiration is all around us in so many forms.

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In the definition above, one of the things that struck me the most is how often the word “action” was repeated in describing Inspiration. So, if you need a little Inspiration in your life….take the “action” of going quiet and asking for it. All you need is a few moments to quiet your thoughts and ask for a bit of Inspiration to add to your day. Is there something to be had that will give you pleasure today within that Inspiration. Whatever you are Inspired to do….do it.

And remember too, that acting on your Inspiration will most definitely Inspire others to do the same. Be a source of Inspiration to others and you will so be Inspired yourself!


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A Vulnerable Self


“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable.”  ~ Madeleine L’Engle

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”  ~ Criss Jami

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”  ~ Paulo Coehlo

***“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ~ Brene Brown

“I am stronger than words and I am bigger than the box I’m in.”  ~ David Levithan

“We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” ~ Frank Crane

“And that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength.”  ~ Audre Lorde

“Human beings, whatever their backgrounds, are more open than we think, that their behavior cannot be confidently predicted from their past, that we are all creatures vulnerable to new thoughts, new attitudes.”  ~ Howard Zinn

“We are all vulnerable but do not fear this, just revel in the chance to experience that and know and grow beyond.”  ~ Jay Woodman

from the Desk of MarDrag:

There was a time in my life when I referred to the word Vulnerable as “The V Word”. To me, it was a bad word, a word to fear and do everything I could to overcome and suppress it. I did not allow myself to be Vulnerable, because to me it meant weakness and a lack of stoicism. I was taught to be tough in the face of what life threw at me, and was told to never, ever let them see you sweat or show fear.

As I grew, I built a wall around myself and thought I could hide my Vulnerabilities behind it so no one would see them….and I would not be “found out”. I thought I could hold them close, then let myself feel them when I was alone. Those moments when I allowed my emotions to surface were always spent in solitude, well away from others, because I did not feel comfortable showing my Vulnerable side. I thought I was protecting myself, and doing what was best for me, and keeping myself from the pain and hurt that life can bring. I thought it was good to always be tough and strong and at least look like I was handling everything, good or bad, with strength and finesse. Though many times I was really faking that and was only “showing” for the people around me.

Then I grew up and grew wiser and discovered the real truth.

And I realized that, Vulnerable is not a bad word, in fact, it is a beautiful word that opens the door to life and all the amazing things we can receive from it. If we do not allow ourselves to be open or Vulnerable than we are keeping the good things in life out as well as the bad. And, we are meant to experience both. For, how else do we grow and achieve what we want out of life? I know, I know! I can hear you saying “but if I am Vulnerable, then I can be hurt”. But, we need to ask ourselves truthfully, and be completely honest, do we really believe we can get through life without being hurt at some point, or at all? And I know for myself, some of the greatest lessons I have learned, and the greatest self-growth I have had, has come from the greatest hurt I have experienced.

If we stay within the walls we build around our Vulnerabilities, we may think we keep ourselves hidden from being hurt, but the truth is, we cannot protect ourselves completely from what is natural to life. And, in that hiding, we also keep from all the good things that want to come our way. We have to be open to receive and allow the balance of Vulnerable vs. Strength to show us what our life is really about.

Be brave enough to open the door to being Vulnerable, and know that your Wiser Self is always there to protect you and guide you as you experience both sides of life, learn from it, grow from it, and then welcome the wonderful things the universe has to bring you.


Wednesday ~ “Getting Over The Hump Day” Humor

 Happy Wednesday! This week’s humor blog is brought to you by our fine furry friend, the dog, who has some particular questions to ask God that you might not know they are thinking. Have Fun! Oh, and some pictures too! Blessings!   😀

Dear God,
Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever,
smell one another?

Dear God,
When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is
it the same old story?

Dear God,
Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar,
the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but
not ONE named for a dog? How often do you see a cougar
riding around? We dogs love a nice ride! Would it be so hard
to rename the ‘Chrysler Eagle’ the ‘Chrysler Beagle’?

Dear God,
If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human
hears him, is he still a bad dog?

Dear God,
We dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand
signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent
ID’s, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight
paths. What do humans understand?

Dear God,
When we get to the Pearly Gates, do we have to shake
hands to get in?

Dear God,
Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have
to apologize?

Dear God,
Let me give you a list of just some of the things I
must remember to be a good dog:

– I will not eat the cats’ food before they eat it or
after they throw it up.

– I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc.,
just because I like the way they smell.

– I will not munch on “leftovers” in the kitty litter
box; although they are tasty, they are not food.

– The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.

– The sofa is not a face towel; neither are Mom and
Dad’s laps.

– The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

– My head does not belong in the refrigerator.

– I will not bite the officer’s hand when he reaches
in for Mom’s driver’s license and registration.

– I will not play tug-of-war with Dad’s underwear when
he’s on the toilet.

– Sticking my nose into someone’s crotch is not an
acceptable way of saying ‘hello.’

– I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m
lying under the coffee table.

– I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before
entering the house.

– I will not throw up in the car.

– I will not come in from outside and immediately drag
my butt across the carpet.

– I will not sit in the middle of the living room and
lick my crotch when company is over.

– The cat is not a squeaky toy; so when I play with
him and he makes that noise, it’s usually not a good thing.

Dear God,
May I have my testicles back?

Hey Cat

Past, Present, Future

Delightfully Difficult

Tuesday Affirmations ~ Courage & Solutions


Here it is Tuesday again, already! And as promised, here is the post for “Affirmation Tuesday”. Today, the card I pulled from my deck “Gifts of Affirmations” by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber is:

The Gift of Courage ~ “I Invent Creative Solutions To The Challenges In My Life”

“Use this gift when you are confronted with a situation that seems impossible to deal with. Sometimes it is better to study a problem until you understand it well and then put it out of your mind for a while. Many scientists and mathematicians have reported that their inventions and creative solutions came to them in a dream or in the reverie of a daydream.”

from the Desk of MarDrag:

Courage is a powerful gift, but sometimes a difficult one to cultivate. And we need it so much. It takes courage to face down problems and obstacles in life, and to find solutions to situations we must take on that are uncomfortable or painful. And with our instincts usually pushing us to find a solution quickly, sometimes we can act hastily, not thinking things through, and make the wrong choice or take the wrong direction altogether. Sometimes, we do not have the courage to stay our hand, pause, and make the decision in our own time and in the best way possible. Life is in a hurry these days, but we sometimes should not be ourselves.

I like the affirmation card for its message to slow down and study the problems of our lives. Only in doing that will we have a good understanding of all the implications and possible solutions available. I know… say life is moving quickly and you need to keep up. But….are you moving at the pace of life…or should your life be moving at your pace? After all, it is your life and we are in control of it, or should be. We should not be letting life have control of us.

I believe that it is true that, when faced with a problem, if we spend all our time obsessing over it and wracking our brains for a solution, we find it difficult to find one because all our energy and mind functions are focused on the problem itself. We run it over and over, on a loop, and then add anxiety, fear, dread, anger, and frustration on top of it…..and at that point, we have no more brain cells to focus on a proper solution. There is no more space in our minds, hearts or emotions to welcome in the answer. The space is full….of things that will not help us.

So, as the affirmation says….what if we take a productive turn in our problem solving technique? Spend the energy and brain cells on understanding and clarifying the problem. Write it down if necessary. Make a pro and con list, and add a list of possible solutions, even if they sound unlikely. Writing it down helps to get all those thoughts out of our head and put down in the physical. Because the next step, is to let it go and forget about it for a while. This helps in two ways…first, to let your mind have a break and clear out the energy, and second, to open the space and allow the correct solution to come forward. Or to come to you in a dream or half-sleep state….which is actually a great time as the sub-conscious has the time to speak at those moments while the conscious mind drowses.

I know some of you can think of a time when you have said, “the answer just came to me”. And, after all your worry, it seemed effortless. Well, the more you work at retraining your problem solving habits, the easier it gets, and the less effort you will spend on them.

Letting go of something important can be so hard, I know. But this method really does work. I can say that from experience. I used to be the best top notch worrier of all time. But all that worry got me nowhere but wishing for a padded cell. LOL! When I stopped using all my energy up with worry, and started actively focusing it toward constructive thought, and then letting go, things changed and difficulties seemed not so overwhelming anymore. I realized I could handle them and there was always an answer, even when I could not see it right away.

There is a saying that, “there is no problem that does not have a solution, otherwise it is not a problem”.

If we remember that for every problem there is truly a solution, and understand and let go enough to allow that solution to present itself, then we are truly the creative problem solving beings we are meant to be.


What Miracle Is This


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“Don’t give up before the miracle happens.”  ~ Fannie Flagg

“Just because you can explain it doesn’t mean it’s not still a miracle.”  ~ Terry Pratchett

To live at all is miracle enough.”  ~ Mervyn Peake

“An opportunity is a miracle waiting to happen.”  ~ Rue Allyn

“I am realistic – I expect miracles.”  ~ Wayne W. Dyer

“Miracles are what happens when you get out of the way of yourself.”  ~ Brad Szollose

“A miracle is often the willingness to see the common in an uncommon way.” ~ Noah Benshea

“To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.”  ~ Francois Mauriac

“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”  ~ Paulo Coelho

“Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.”  ~ Louise L. Hay

“Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.” – Wayne Dyer

“The moment you want to quit is the moment a miracle happens.”   ~ Author Unknown

from the Desk of MarDrag:

In yesterday’s Inspiration Blog, one of the posts I included was the foot of a baby with the inscription, “If you don’t believe in miracles, perhaps you’ve forgotten you are one”. That particular quote stayed with me throughout the day and got me thinking about miracles, and how or if they play a part in our lives. It occurred to me that it is not a concept most of us think about on a daily basis, but we might sometimes refer to them when something unexpected and wonderful happens to us.

The standard definition of a miracle is “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs; an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment; a wonder or marvel; a surprising and welcome event that is inexplicable by natural and scientific laws and is considered to be divine”

I think most of us can say we have had one of those definitions happen in our lives at some point, and we declare, “its a miracle”. Or, when we are faced with a difficult or painful situation, we may pray for a miracle to happen to fix it or help us through it.

But I started to wonder, if that was not enough, if we were missing something.

Because, you see, I believe miracles happen in some form every day. The miracle of life happens every day. Waking up in the morning is a miracle. Nature, the sun rising and setting, someone smiling, a friend listening to our woes, a group of women offering support on a blog to someone they only know over the internet, the arrival of an unexpected happy event, something that makes us laugh, or think deeper……there are so many things I could name that are tiny, little or big miracles that happen each day…that we take for granted and forget to see them as they are…miracles.

It is in the perspective with which we choose to see life. There are many things that happen to cause us to be down, sad, depressed, angry or frustrated. But, if we countered each one of those things with another that we saw as a miracle, we could counter some of those negative feelings and wash them away with the beauty that life truly does offer us every day.

And the first, most magnificent miracle we can look at, should look at, each and every day….is ourselves. We are unique, remarkable individuals….no two alike….that can claim this gift of life. Imagine that…no two alike. You are your own perfect miracle!

So, every day we wake to the miracle of having yet another day to make a choice about how we will live our lives. See that as the miracle that it is…see yourself as the miracle that you are, and look around at all the miracles about, and once you open yourself to them, see how they come to pass more often, and just when most you need them.