Now and Then or There

 

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This quote spoke to me today as I have been having conversations about the current state of affairs, the uncertain future, and the need to stay centered through it all. So much easier said than done. But, let us consider the most basic nature of the quote…simply that only now, this moment, is real. What has passed has already happened and the future has not happened yet, so the Now is the only place to focus.

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Here are my thoughts…Now is the one full of possibilities. Now is happening as we speak, so we can fill it, decide about it, moment to moment.

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If we focus on those possibilities…not on what we perceive to be the inevitable future…then there is the opportunity for Change.

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Even if we don’t “know” what all those possibilities are, they are still there, waiting to be sought and discovered. As long as there is hope and time, which we always have because we live in the Now, then there is the possibility for something different to occur.

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We just need to be open to the thought that it can be different. Not leave our thoughts mired in that false inevitability.

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* In the blink of Space between Now and the Inevitable or Future…Change can happen.

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Perhaps we should turn our focus to that blink of space, rather than the past or future, and place all our hopes, needs, and desires there…where those possibilities for change live. What might happen then?

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I don’t know…what do you think?

Blessings and Love!

 

Weekend Inspiration ~ Imagination

 

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When I wrote the previous post about Imagination…I realized I have written very little about it on this blog, and as I pondered on the subject, I realized just how important and necessary our Imaginations are…and how the current state of the world conditions us to forget about our Imagination and to be steeped in the harshness of reality. It occurred to me that reality becomes harsh…because we forget to use our Imagination to create that reality.

When we are children, we have no filter on our Imagination, and we see the world through that magical lens. As we grow up and face “life”, that lens gets mucked up with grime and we lose that spontaneity that keeps the Imagination alive. Or, we are told to be “realistic” about our lives and future and focus on accomplishments, money, success, and clamoring up “the ladder”. And we forget that it is within the Imagination that all of those things are born. We are taught that it is childish or unproductive to spend time in the Imagination, or daydreaming, but this is where we find our True Self…and conjure the ideas that become those successes. The Imagination sprinkles our minds with fantastic new thoughts, ideas, and positive energy and inspiration. It is where great deeds and inventions are born. And…it is where we can dream up the ideas that will help change the state our world is in right now.

So, I encourage everyone to use their Imagination. Today…in everything you do…use your Imagination. Think up great adventures while washing the dishes, ponder that next great invention, let your Imagination wander and wind through travels to places yet untouched…and let it change your life…and the world. Here are some quotes to get you started! Blessings!

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Weekend Inspiration ~ Possibilities

 

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Life…Ohhhhhh the Possibilities. They are limitless and always there, waiting for us to see the magic of their potential. Even when we think we have used them up, turn around, find a different perspective, and a whole new set of Possibilities come about. See the beauty of the Possibility of a moment, and make it the best it can be. Have a lovely weekend! Blessings!

 

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Thoughts For The Day

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“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”  ~ Viktor Frankl

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

Something happens to us…then there is a heartbeat…and then we respond. Within that heartbeat, that minute space, there is a vast reservoir of freedom and power because, in that instant, lives our gift of choice. We pass over that moment in a rush to respond…but if we can strengthen our awareness to expand our focus of this moment, it opens up a great potential for growth. As the quote says, there is freedom in knowing we have that choice of how to respond…and that can change everything. Because it is in how we respond that sets the tone of how what happens to us plays out. And that gives us so much more command over our lives, rightly so. It also gives us more responsibility for our lives…but what is responsibility…but the ability to respond.

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“We tend to be held back from our goals by the simplicity of our comfort zones…but just how comfortable are we? Wouldn’t we be more content living in our dreams?”  ~ Michelle C. Ustaszeski

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

“The simplicity of our comfort zones”…This really caught my attention. Because I never thought of comfort zones as simplistic…but it makes sense. It may be “simpler” to stay in our comfort zones than it is to take the risk to break out of them. But as the quote says, how comfortable are we really within those zones? We create them because we are uncomfortable with something in our lives, but we are either afraid or unmotivated to make a change. So really, they do not offer us as much comfort as we would think. The question is ~ comfort vs. content. Should we settle for a comfort zone or aspire to be content by living in and following our dreams?

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“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

We are fortunate in that we do have the ability and the right to choose our own path. We might think that circumstances force our path, and indeed, they do influence our progress. But…we are always at choice about what path we decide to follow. If we can remember that…even when it does not appear so…there are unlimited possibilities at our fingertips, then we will see that those paths are fluid and we can choose how and where those paths flow. Acknowledge this privilege, and honor your path by knowing it is a sacred gift and following its truth.

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Blessings!

Weekend Inspiration ~ Meditation

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It seems the messages that came through for inspiration for my blog posts this week spoke a great deal about potential, space, and going quiet to look into that space to see the potential of possibilities that are close at hand for us. “Going Quiet” can mean many different things to all of us…and they are all good and right…but one of the best ways to go into the quiet, or space, is to Meditate. Whether it be simply sitting with eyes closed in silence or in full on Meditation…these moments help us get back in balance and stay cleansed and grounded so that we can be in optimum form to handle our lives. And also, in Quiet Meditation, we connect with the Divine and are able to hear and feel those wispy voices of wisdom that have so many wonderful things to tell us. Intuition speaks in that silence. An important voice to hear.

So…this weekend inspiration is…to find a few moments to Meditate, or Go Quiet, and listen for the whispers of wisdom that come to you. Or, simply quiet your mind and enjoy the peace that silence and space bring with them. Relax…and feel the calm sweep over you, and know that…it will all be OK.

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I love the following quote because it sends a timely message that…if we remember to consider every action we take, every chore we do, every care we take with others, every meal we make…is an action of our inner spirit…and if we perform each act with grace and harmony, our lives will automatically be full of love and peace. Put love, grace and harmony into everything you do and it will stream back to you.

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Enjoy your weekend in the Quiet of the Soul…

and may you find Peace, Love and Harmony there.

Blessings!

Monday Message ~ Unlimited Potential

 

Good Morning! In keeping with my recent pattern of seeking a message to begin our week with, I am turning to the animal kingdom this week for our words of wisdom. I have my “Medicine Cards ~ The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals” deck by Jamie Sams and David Carson before me…and as I spread the cards across my desk, my hand hovers over them and is drawn to one, which revealed is:

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The Blank Card: “Unlimited Potential”

Message (paraphrased): “Open your eyes! Pay attention! Trust yourself to recognize the gift being offered at this time. The blank card may act as a mirror, reflecting your inner desires, goals, dreams, power, or personality. Sometimes the emptiness of the blank card will bring a vision of what lies below the surface of consciousness. Enjoy the journey of emptiness in this process, and the fulfillment will become pure creativity.”

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

The Blank Card…is so timely! Last weeks Monday Message was about Change. This week, we have a Blank Card that indicates the vast and “Unlimited Potential” there is as Change comes and goes. With a Blank Card…you can fill up that space with absolutely anything we wish to…it is our choice. By allowing Change to take place, we clear our space, and can therefore create and fill it with any and all that we desire.

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And so we must pay close attention. What is it that we REALLY want and desire? We must allow the blank and empty space to be as a mirror, reflecting to us our deep inner dreams and power. Then draw those into the Blank Card ourselves…it is blank for OUR purpose.

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Sometimes, when we are in the middle of difficult circumstances, we spend a great deal of time looking at the circumstance, turning it over and over, trying to find a solution or a way to change it. BUT…often the answer is not within the circumstance itself, but outside it, in the empty space below the surface…where there is room for it. Look deeper than the circumstance…look beyond it…into that blank space and see what takes shape. Look in the blank spaces around the issue or circumstance for the potential and infinite possibilities that are available.

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Creative fulfillment is at hand. You have Unlimited Potential. Create your life just as you would like it…and go live it!

Blessings!

Tuesday Affirmations ~ Remember

 

It is Tuesday Affirmation day and, to keep our week moving with positive energy and messages to ourselves to remember who we are and that we have so much Power within ourselves to draw on throughout the day…I give you three affirmations to say today. Repeat them, repeatedly…especially if your day is difficult. Wrap yourself in the belief of these affirmations and remember that you are the commander of your thoughts, life and the space you occupy. Make it positive!

Be Yourself

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If there are moments in your day when you think you can’t take it anymore, close your eyes, see yourself rise above the fray, and repeat these affirmations…reminding yourself that it is possible to change the energy around you to the positive and deflect the negative energy away from you…simply by Believing In Yourself. Imagine!

May your day be filled with Love, Peace, Harmony, and Infinite Possibilities!

Blessings!