Living Beyond Our Challenges

Challenge sounds so much more manageable than struggle.  And when we’re in it, we need all the help we can receive.

Fragmenting on a daily basis

I seem to be losing my mind lately

We may go through phases when we fragment daily, only to piece ourselves together enough to repeat the cycle the next day.  You’ve been there, you know what I mean.  Thankfully, these cycles aren’t permanent.  But it is a treadmill of mindless routine that seems to replace mindful ritual.  Yet it’s the routine that allows us to carry on when we are broken down to only the basic elements of getting through the day… the hour….  This too shall pass, I know.

We may find a gift of power hidden in ourselves when we are driven so very far past our limits.  It is here where we find another of our deep truths, and more of our passion.  Sometimes it is also found by its noted absence during these trials.

I also am comforted by the thought that these truths and passions of Self are also learned through peaceful times–we are not doomed to turmoil in order to grow.

I say it’s time for more of this, now.

Do Not Go Quietly

Do Not Go Quietly (A Guide to Living Consciously and Aging Wisely for People Who Weren’t Born Yesterday), by George and Sedena Cappannelli, was given to me by Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it. Do Not Go Quietly

The introduction reveals that over the next decades half our population will be age 50 and older, for the first time in history.  This book targets the demographic revolution that is occurring and how we affect in an unprecedented manner the political, social, economic, technological, environmental, and cultural influences.

Specific population groups included here are older GenXers (40 to 45), Boomers (46 to 64) and Elders (65 and beyond).  These groups are celebrated for having the opportunity, time, talent, resources, and experience to mindfully facilitate this breakthrough that is happening.  Well, hey–as I both fit into the target audience and am all for mindfully furthering a direction to a betterment of an outcome, I was all excited to read this book.

I have to say I liked the large number of quotes from a variety of very familiar and widely accepted icons in the field.  The personal stories of specific people who are wonderful examples of what the authors are encouraging were very uplifting and interesting. I also appreciated what a great overall message the authors had to share of continuing to create a life of quality and accomplishment, especially as we all move into this next beautiful chapter of our lives.  There is a lot of very good encouragement and support for who we are, where we’ve been, and where we can still go–on an individual as well as collective level.

There were a couple recurring areas of struggle that I had, and so I simply treated these as “to each their own.”  Yet it did bog me down a bit in the overall product.  Apparently more than a bit, otherwise I wouldn’t feel the need to mention them….

I can get past the recommendation that one of the most valuable and powerful models of living is a commune.  I suppose I can also choose to move forward from the repeated recommendation to embrace recreational hallucinogenic drugs in order to expand my spirituality.  My spirituality and I are not presently confined, but maybe that’s hard to imagine without pharmaceutical assistance.  What the authors perhaps meant as encouraging instead felt divisive.

The most challenging aspect for me was that I felt a pervasive agenda throughout the book, when I was expecting spirituality instead.

Okay, I am fully aware that perhaps the authors and I are simply in separate demographic age groups.  Or maybe we are in the same age group but have some areas of vast difference in how we experience and perceive life.  All of that is well and good, and I’d like to focus on the parts of the book I appreciated more than the things that made me defensive. (Although the fact that the book had aspects that made me feel defensive is significant…you decide!)  Here they are, in a nutshell:

Support for continued contribution, accomplishment, development, and personal growth.  Great quotes from recognizable spiritual leaders.  Uplifting life-story examples.  Ultimately, we readers bring our own selves to the piece–if you are remotely interested in this book I would certainly recommend giving it your time and energy.

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One Thousand Gifts

One Thousand GiftsOne Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, is a beautiful guide to living grace and gratitude in the middle of regular daily life.

“A dare to live fullly right where you are”, this book does not pretend a perfect practice–but it delivers a spiritually supported process.

Constantly, consistently, with personal failings.  Embrace the imperfections, begin again.  The journey itself is a lifestyle that will transform and ultimately save you.

Download the app and use it as a sharing tool to help expand your shifted view of life.  I have no account with Facebook or Twitter, but I use this app for its uplifting quotes that meet me at its window.

There is an abundance here to explore, and I learn more every day.   May it cradle you as well.

Finding a Measure of Comfort

I share with you a message of comfort, from today’s Weekend Meditation by Katy Brennan from the Archetype Me community:

Many of us read the lovely quote from Fred Rodgers that went viral this week. Ubiquitous as it was, I’d like to launch us into the weekend with a reminder of his sweet and comforting words. “When I was a boy,” he said, “and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” 

(Katy Brennan teaches Buddhist meditation in New York City and writes frequently on dharma and spirituality. Check out her previous Weekend Meditation column here. )

Namaste.

This is the neighborhood I want to be in.

This is the neighborhood I want to be in.

The Everything Theory

The Everything Theory  A big Thank You to Rohan Healy–his review of Dianne Gray’s book The Everything Theory was my final cosmic message to go get this book!  (See?  People do make a difference for others, whether they know it or not.)

From the very beginning of Dianne Gray’s suspense thriller and all the way through, I was wonderfully overwhelmed with the feeling of being immersed in a hugely successful action movie!  If you are looking for a moviemaking opportunity, I highly encourage you to explore this author and her story The Everything Theory.

Luke Canning is a 17-year-old amateur astronomer who, along with a select few others, has discovered a 10th planet returning toward Earth in its 4000+ year revolutionary cycle.  Closely tied to this event are the connections of past advanced civilizations, their messages for the present, and how this relates to our future.  Understanding the information contained within archaeology, mythology, native tribal cultures, and more becomes crucial to the returning planet’s timing, and multiple entities are chasing Luke and his group across the world to end their lives for it.

Oh my gosh, I could not put this thinking person’s thriller down until there was no more to read!  Although I hugely enjoyed the digital version, when finished I promptly purchased the print version and added it to our public high school’s library collection.  This is a story that needs to reach many people–for its sheer intelligence as well as its literary craftiness.  It strongly elevates the reader’s head and heart, and is also a wonderful storytelling experience and example.  Again, if you are considering creating a motion picture I implore you to investigate this author and her story.

I purchased The Everything Theory by Dianne Gray at Amazon.  It can also be purchased elsewhere, including Smashwords.  Be sure to visit Dianne Gray at www.diannegray.wordpress.com.  I enjoy her blog, and am investigating her other books, too!

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