Friday, March 14, 2008

Time for Friday Five

From Mother Laura at RevGalBlogPals...

Can you believe Daylight Savings Time is here already? It's hard to get used to the new, earlier onset. My family has been getting up and out a little late and a little sleepy in the mornings. And can you believe that in two days it will be Palm Sunday for Western Christians?

Our Lent is almost over, while our Orthodox sisters and brothers, whose liturgical year follows the older Julian calendar, are just starting theirs. Nicholas did a recent book report on George Washington, and we were surprised to find out that our first President's birthday was originally Feb. 11, since he was born just before the change to the Gregorian calendar. Apparently the change almost caused rioting, as some indignant people were sure that they were being cheated out of eleven days of their lives!

To help you adjust--and enjoy the process--here's a Friday Five about time and transitions....

1. If you could travel to any historical time period, which would it be, and why?

Well... that's a difficult question to answer. I'm a romantic and there are lots of historical times that seem romantic when I'm watching movies. But those are the movies that don't have lynchings!

So... I think I would pick the time when Jesus walked among us. If I were going back to that time, with everything I know now, and I could get just half an hour or so alone with Him, I could get A LOT of questions answered. And I could offer a few suggestions about ways He has been misunderstood and what He might like to emphasize in His next few talks with the crowd of followers.

2. What futuristic/science fiction development would you most like to see?

The ability to remove painful memories, beliefs and feelings from our cells and every other place they live and hide in an instant and to implant things like security, attachment, safety, self-confidence, optimism, faith, etc.

That can be done now with energy healing but not in an instant. And undoing years of damage can take a long time!

3. Which do you enjoy more: remembering the past, or dreaming for the future?

I love to anticipate good things!!

Whether it's five minutes from now, later tonight, this summer or next year. If I am actively remembering "the past", it is usually feelings. Like how it feels to be held in my wife's arms. Or how it feels to take a walk by the trees in full sunshine with a soft breeze.

4. What do you find most memorable about this year's Lent?

I set an intention to develop a closer, deeper relationship with God and that has been happening!

I even have been enjoying reading the Bible, when normally, I experience some approach-avoidance conflict just at the thought.

5. How will you spend your time during this upcoming Holy Week? What part do you look forward to most?

Well, the church has a lot going on and I'm looking forward to that, but I'm also looking forward to finishing the Last Week by Marcus Borg & Dominic Crossan.

That and the Wed. night Bible study where we're looking at the final week are what I'm most looking forward to, although I'm sure waking up on Easter Sunday will also feel pretty good.

I always wake up hearing the Easter Song in my head! :)

"Hear the bells ringing, they're singing that you can be born again..."

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Long Weekend

I found out this afternoon that today is my "Friday". I had a couple of clients scheduled for tomorrow, but one session got cancelled, so I called the other one today and asked to do it a day early. We did and now, I am off tomorrow and for the next several days (until Tuesday).

What's interesting about that is that I had been thinking recently about how much I enjoy having several days off in a row and just sort of idly wondering how I might make that happen more often. In fact, I'm planning to schedule at least one week off each month, but was thinking I wouldn't be able to start until next month.

And then, life gave me almost a week this month! :)

And suddenly, I am at the end of my workweek! :)

Something else interesting happened today. While my son and I were watching the Waltons, he stretched out across my leg and I decided to take the opportunity to do some reiki on him. Well, we'd already done the Healing Codes and the reiki may have just been more than he needed because he had a healing response.

What's interesting about that, though, is that most people have fatigue, irritability, headaches, cold symptoms, etc. Jonathan's healing responses are always behavioral!!

It was short-lived, but he was able to do quite a bit in that short period of time!

That tells me that a little goes a long way with him, which is great.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Six-Word Memoir

A meme, as seen at another blog (can't remember who)...

Apparently this is making the rounds, but the origin is apparently an article from National Public Radio. The idea is simple: try to write your whole life story in just six words. And the blogger adds...

Be honest.

Here's mine...

Wounded childhood





Monday, March 10, 2008

Insights from A New Earth

Tonight's webinar with Oprah and Eckhart was wonderful! I had several thoughts I want to share before I forget them :) ...

1) Part of my desire to acquire things is my ego's attempt to enhance itself. But it's also a way to appreciate beauty! And what Eckhart said tonight that really struck me was that we can really admire and enjoy the beauty of something and then leave it where it is!

I love to look at catalogs. But perhaps I can apply the concept of "window shopping" to them, too, and just enjoy looking at pretty things without feeling bereft as I decide not to buy them?

It's worth a shot!

2) Today, when my son and I went to his ballroom dancing class (for homeschooled kids), there were too few girls and many of the moms were called upon to join in, much to the dismay of the male students. One little boy told me he'd rather dance with someone else and instantly, I remembered junior high!

Later, during the social graces portion of the afternoon, I looked at the woman presenting the class and instantly decided that she was both beautiful and rich. I compared myself and did not fare well in the comparison!

Well, I heard Eckhart say tonight that those kinds of feelings arise from the ego. And I wondered what would have happened if I'd had the awareness at the time that my "being" had just been interrupted by my ego.

Would I have been able to shake off the sense of junior high rejection?

Would I have been able to let go of the comparison?

It is certainly worth the experiment to find out!!