Spontaneus Creativity in a Small Package

The little girl with braided hair was last to enter the room after the bell rang. She joined the others who circled the teacher’s position,  watching attentively over her shoulders as she wet the brush and prepared the ink stone. Continue reading “Spontaneus Creativity in a Small Package”

Sixteen Rules to Live By Revisited

cropped-courage.pngI discovered these ’16 rules I try to live by’ in 2007 but did not know who to attribute them to. Today I discovered they can be attributed to Go Daddy Founder and Executive Chairman, Bob Parsons.

As I read these principles again I found wisdom in them and they immediately brought to mind The Eight Irresistible Principles of Having Fun. So I have included both in this article for your reading pleasure.

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Take care of what’s between your ears

intersectionsA genius is a talented person who has an exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.  It’s those who transcend boundaries such as those of the time and space continuum and provide solutions that extend into the future who we recognize as geniuses. However, if we pause to consider the definition we may recognize that there’s genius in all of us as humans are problem solvers and problem solving is genius.  Continue reading “Take care of what’s between your ears”

Mentoring is Making a Difference

mosquitoEvery one of us is able  to contribute and make a difference to the people in our world in our own unique way. How we define success is up to the individual. Whether you want your life to make a difference and what difference you want your life to make is also up to the individual.  Continue reading “Mentoring is Making a Difference”

Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength

start-overEven when the mere idea of walking around the block makes you want to  crawl back under the covers and never surface again, exercise is essential for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Working through stiffness and pain requires accepting responsibility to become your own healer and summoning the courage required to stay the course. When you have had an exercise program and  abandoned it, starting over again is a shame-filled, fear-filled and painful challenge to overcome.  Continue reading “Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength”

Train Your Brain to Become Happier

Protected by Copyscape Online Infringement Detector Depression has played a major role in my life since I was a child. There have been many times I had to struggle to make the happiness choice minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day.

Granted in some cases of depression therapeutic intervention may be necessary.  But I am unable to take pharmaceutical drugs due to allergic responses so I have to rely on keeping my physical health and mental health in balance through alternative means. Continue reading “Train Your Brain to Become Happier”

An Attitude of Gratitude

gratitude1My program of retaining an attitude of gratitude and enjoying my life every day is going well. I’m living mindfully in the moment and taking small steps to encourage myself to celebrate life.

My life is not less stressful than it was before I began this commitment, but my coping skills are improving as I make attitude adjustments throughout the day. Continue reading “An Attitude of Gratitude”

Beyond Fear: Creativity

Choosing to be happy with everything just as it is, without trying to change anything, removes the desire to control and the unhappiness that results when things don’t go the way we want them to.  Making the happiness choice daily, hourly and even moment to moment is employing skillful means for conscious living. However, making the happiness choice is not always easy to do. This summer, while grieving the loss of my brother,  I became more closely acquainted with some people he admired. Among them is a designer called  Stefan Sagmeister who has also studied happiness. Continue reading “Beyond Fear: Creativity”

Aphorisms and Quotes Inspire Me

Have you read Nichloas Taleb’s latest and very short book The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms? It begins with a short introduction that frames the aphorisms to follow. The Bed of Procrustes title is from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. Continue reading “Aphorisms and Quotes Inspire Me”

Live in Joy, Peace and Love

compassionate lifeCompassion without attachment is possible. Therefore, we need to clarify the distinctions between compassion and attachment. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively. Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections and expectations, but rather on the needs of the other. – The Compassionate Life, Ch. 2  How to Develop Compassion p. 21 Continue reading “Live in Joy, Peace and Love”

Birdsong: Five Minute Nature Meditations

bevy of birdsHumans are by nature perceptive and compassionate beings in tune with nature and with others but these qualities are usually lost in the deluded busyness of  life.  The more exposure we have to the stresses of  life in a busy world the more important it is that we make the time to relieve the pressure and still our chattering monkey mind. Continue reading “Birdsong: Five Minute Nature Meditations”

Autumn: Celebrating Colors

autumn leaves On our early morning walk through the evergreen forest my Beloved and I were both struck by the color change in the deciduous tree leaves. In all other seasons they sink into the background of the many shades of green typified by various species of firs, hemlock and cedar, but in autumn they become focal points. Continue reading “Autumn: Celebrating Colors”

Allow Love

naked in eden bookcoverI have always  loved music and have always loved the sound of wooden flutes.  Once long ago I discovered a recorder in a second hand shop and a little booklet explaining how to use it.  I tooted on that recorder whenever everyone else was out of the house and I day dreamed and  dreamed about becoming a flute player. Continue reading “Allow Love”

Making Mandalas: A Magical Process

mandalaAre you a doodler? Have you ever drawn mandalas ?  I had a very busy week full of medical and laboratory appointments and I spent hours traveling between them. While sitting in waiting rooms I began to doodle and produced several mandalas. My girfriend who was visiting and chauferring me between appointments got into the act as well. Continue reading “Making Mandalas: A Magical Process”

Becoming your dream

dream dancesOur mind is creating possibilities, projections, and variations on themes for our lives even while we sleep. It’s up to us to catch them and make them come true or not.  It’s important to remember dreams but what good does retaining these memories do you if you do not seek the information for the purpose of interpretation? And what good is the interpretation if it doesn’t lead to action? Continue reading “Becoming your dream”

Spread good thoughts!

Have you visited inspired type: where good thoughts are designed?  I love what I see there so I’m inviting you to check out these inspirational images.  It’s  a growing collection with new ideas weekly — thought provoking, encouraging and motivating.

Spread good thoughts!
If you see something there you like, please share it with your own network of friends and followers.

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Joy, Love and Peace

banner The days of  making homemade Christmas cards and writing Christmas letters on store bought cards to send them off to others by mail are fast disappearing.

Statistics are showing that, even more so than other years, Christmas greetings 2010 are increasingly being sent via ecards due to convenience and the instantaneous communication that internet provides.

I considered sending you all ecards and decided against it.  Instead I opted to post my Christmas wishes here in my blog.

Dear readers — thank you so much for your brilliant writing and thoughtful comments in 2010. May your light continue to shine brightly in 2011.

Let’s celebrate . . .
the tradition of friendship,
the beauty of the Season,
the opportunity of the New Year.

Love Dream Musica

New Video – Love Dream Musica – リラクゼーション音楽 Marcome

Marcome’s world of ambient New Age music has a special quality that draws me. Her energy speaks of inner strength and optimism. This latest video remix offers a unique mix of serene sound and kinetic, electronic images. Find out more about Marcome, her philosophy, her music on her blog. Continue reading “Love Dream Musica”

Good Vibrations or Brain Plasticity?

changing brainLaw of Attraction people advise us to raise our vibrations. They believe we are are able to create the things you want including health and wealth by broadcasting our good vibrations into the universe. They have The Secret and ascribe to a belief that they ought to be thinking only positive thoughts.

“There are many books out there that explore visualisation and the laws of attraction, this is definitely not one of the better examples [The Secret]. It is however brilliantly marketed, sadly though for a book so completely lacking in substance this has not done the self-empowerment industry any good.” Source

The Law of Attraction was popularized by a book and video called “The Secret” which Oprah promoted. The book contains the wisdom of the ages and that means there is nothing new in it but please buy the book. The book and movie give the impression that wishful thinking will get you what you want and many people actually end up believing it is so.

In “The Secret” video the claim is made that how the Law of Attraction works all due to the operation of quantum physics. The claim is that all molecules vibrating in your body at a certain resonance attract like things. That’s certainly no secret but it’s not quantum physics.

It’s neuroplasticity. The more you think about something the more your reticular cortex notices similar things. Have you not noticed that if you buy a new car then all of a sudden you see that same car in the same color all over the place. That is your reticular cortex at work. The same principal causes the law of attraction to work.

The discovery of neuroplasticity, that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains, even into old age, is the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years. Dr. Norman Doidge introduces principles we can all use to overcome brain limitations and explores the profound brain implications of the changing brain in an immensely moving book that will permanently alter the way we look at human possibility and human nature.

Norman Doidge on the brain and neuroplasticity

The Brain That Changes – Part 2_3

In Tibetan Buddhism, the concept of neuralplasticity has been around for far longer than Western science has recognized it – the term for it is le-su-rung-wa which means “pliability”; your brain can change based on repeated experience. It’s no surprise then that studies have been performed on plasticity during meditation and have shown that the brain can change based purely on mental training. This of course has huge ramifications for mental practice and its impact on overall well-being. If you can think yourself into being more compassionate, or more positive and more resourceful, or calmer and more content, it seems a little too good to be true. But with some effort, it’s possible. —  Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Amazing Ability to Form New Habits

Oprah began by raving about how the Law of Attraction encompassed everything she had ever believed, but when a viewer wrote to thank her for that show and tell her that she was planning to eschew conventional cancer treatments and rely on the LOA, Oprah freaked out and hunted her down to bring her on the show and urge her to follow her doctor’s advice.

The Secret and its followers are  a cult-like phenomena. They focus on using positive thinking to focus energy on securing material health,  wealth and financial success from the Universe that smacks of religion that puts me right off.  Have you ever heard an Law of Attraction advocate talk about human frailty or death? Well, those are the only certainties known to man.

When the truth is that you don’t like the way things are, then it’s time to set yourself free of the magical thinking you had as a child.  Learn to tune and listen to your inner child self. Is that little child seeking  material things? If so then instead of broadcasting those desires into the universe help that little child within to grow up and face reality just as it is.

Everything we do is based on core beliefs and agreements we have made – agreements with ourselves, with other people, with life. But the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is impossible. One single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that come from fear, deplete our energy, and diminish our self-worth. Remove all core values your previously agreed to that are harmful and/or useless and place them with healthy ones.

Learn how to love yourself by practicing self-acceptance. And when you practice self-acceptance of your feelings just as they are right now, you will experience real changes in consciousness. Learn how to meditate and how to remain  in the present moment.  Learn how to view every failure and/or obstacle to becoming a better person as a stepping stone to success. Learn how to choose to be happy no matter what.

I value my powers of critical thought and I value negative people and circumstances too, because they test my ability to stay in touch with myself and become a happier and healthier person day by day.

If  anyone counsels me to use The Law of Attraction to escape something undesirable or to acquire something like wealth, status, fame, health or love — I run the other direction as quickly as I can, knowing such egocentric broadcasting is doomed to failure because I am objecting to reality.

Use your brain. Change your thoughts. Face reality head on. Live your life honorably. Learn how to accept what is, how make changes where you can, and how use all opportunities to become a better person — a healthier, happier and more compassionate person.

Simple Pleasures: Making Music

make music I was raised in the backcountry  in a family that encouraged vocalization, musicality and improvization.  No one was left out.  Everyone old or young was encouraged to vocalize in any way they wanted to, and to make music on instruments that were available or to create their own. The whole idea was to have a good time. Continue reading “Simple Pleasures: Making Music”

Childlike wonder and wisdom

wee 3Some artists spend their careers trying to recapture the sense of wonder and imagination they had as children.  I was reminded of that this summer while I sketched and watched my friends kids create artwork from flotsam and jetsam on the beach.  Their sand drawings,  sand castles,  driftwood forts, glass and shell and mobiles, and improvised instruments fascinated me. Their sense of awe with every new marine discovery and spontaneous exploration of  its creative possibilities was a wonder to behold. Continue reading “Childlike wonder and wisdom”

Dragonfly or Hummingbird?

I’ve been considering choosing a hummingbird or a dragonfly as a favicon. I have always identified the hummingbird which is one of my totem animals and where my First nations name (brightfeather) is derived from, so choosing a hummingbird as a favicon is a natural choice but I’m also drawn to dragonflies.  Please let me know which one you think is the best choice for me and why. Continue reading “Dragonfly or Hummingbird?”

Happy Earth Day!

goldstream-park-waterToday my husband and I celebrated six major changes we have made in our lives that uphold our ongoing commitment to leave the next generation a  legacy of respect for this planet we live on.

We planted 150 tree plugs (Douglas fir and Cedar) on our own property in the 4 1/2 acres that we have left in it’s natural state for these last 20 years to be enjoyed by wildlife.  This section is fenced and we do not enter it or allow any other people or dogs to enter it unless the fences require mending. Continue reading “Happy Earth Day!”

Tim Ferris: Smash fear, Learn anything

woman in swimming poolI like this video and it’s not only because I used to be terrified of swimming. It’s also because Tim Ferris has a unique approach to smashing fear and learning anything.

As a kid a couple of boys held my head under water in a pool for so long that I passed out and had to be revived by the lifeguard. That’s when my fear of drowning was created. Continue reading “Tim Ferris: Smash fear, Learn anything”

Eckert Tolle quotes

This is a small collection I have made of Eckert Tolle quotes.  I have been immersed in reading Tolle’s books this winter and taking responsibility for my own consciousness.  If you have not discovered Tolle’s inspiring books yet I encourage you to do so.

Beyond the beauty of external forms, there is more here: something that cannot be named, something ineffable, some deep, inner, holy essence. Whenever and wherever there is beauty, this inner essence shines through somehow. It only reveals itself to you when you are present.

Continue reading “Eckert Tolle quotes”

Tony Robbins: Invisible Forces that Motivate

Tony Robbins makes it his business to know why we do the things we do. The pioneering life coach has spoken to millions of people through his best-selling books and three-day seminars.  In this TED talk video Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions. Continue reading “Tony Robbins: Invisible Forces that Motivate”

Kwanza: 5 Simple Rules for Happiness

kwanzaKwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of African Studies at California State University, Long Beach, author and scholar-activist, who stresses the indispensable need to preserve, continually revitalize and promote African American culture. Continue reading “Kwanza: 5 Simple Rules for Happiness”

Marcome: River of Soul

RIver of soul Marcomé NewWorldMusic2007

Marcome – A Canadian singer songwriter who does a mixture of pop, world music, new age, jazz and ambient voices. Her very well written blog entries are passionately composed and focused on a wide range of subject matter, primarily, in the realm of personal growth, personal development, self improvement and spirituality. I adore her  music and her blog and hope my readers will feel the same. Listen to Marcome’s River of Life.

How Deeply You’re Connected To My Soul

I have two near death experiences and many health crises in my life. I have sung this healing  chant many many times.

Not surprisingly,  this song has been a source of inspiration and healing for many around the world and  Shaina Noll sings this song so beautifully. I hope you like it as much as I do. Continue reading “How Deeply You’re Connected To My Soul”

Autumn is awesome

The four seasons are usually used as a framing backdrop for our stories, as each season has traits traditionally associated with it. My favorite season extends from late summer into autumn. I love this season because it’s harvest time and there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables available for eating and preserving. I love the changing colors of the trees and shrubs. I love the short cool nights and the long warm days. I love the fact that most tourists have left but the weather is still warm and the forest trails and beaches are relatively empty.

Spring (East) – Spring is the season of immaturity – leave yet to unfurl and buds yet to become blossoms. The sun rises in the east and we first begin to become attuned to spring when the sun begins to rise earlier and the days begin to become noticeably longer.

Spring is usually associated with new beginnings, birth, rebirth and budding as plants and flowers form new leaves and flowers, animals return, and the weather becomes warmer. Spring, is a time for natural rebirth, reproduction among animals, etc. Spring symbolizes the awakening of life, and positive change.

Summer (South) – Summer is the season of growth and production. The intense southern sun that brings forth burgeoning abundant growth. We witness wildlife babies and birds gamboling, playing and learning how to fly. 

Autumn (West) is normally associated with a time of transition, as life dies (leaves fall off trees, birds and animals migrate or hibernate, etc.). Autumn is the season of fruiting and maturity. It’s the season when after our days work we appreciate the evening sun before it sets in the west.

Winter (North) – Winter is the season of hiberation and death. In winter the northern winds blow, the precipitation falls, the days are short and the nights are long. We huddle by the hearth, close to home, hibernating and looking anxiously towards the east for the first signs of spring. Winter is symbolized by loss harshness, coldness and lifelessness.

A walk on the wild side

Today is a glorious and sunny autumn day on the west coast of Canada. My new dog took me for an early morning  walk through the forests and fields, where the wide array of warm colors of the leaves on the deciduous trees and on the ground were a delight to behold.

The leaves crunched and crackled as the deer darted over them and raced into the underbrush as we approached. The playful fawns who peaked out at us from the salal and wild rose bushes have lost almost all their spots, and have thick winter coats developing.

The woodpecker families  were hard at work on the decaying standing trees, and I noticed there was now very little difference in size between the parents and their offspring.

The crisp and clear morning air was wonderful to inhale and as we passed through the herb gardens into the pumpkin patches, where the pungent smell of compost rose to greet our nostrils. The squash and pumpkins were large and ready for the first visit from Jack Frost.

The miraculous  spiders, had woven their webs in the tall pasture grasses in and they  were studded with droplets of morning dew that sparkled in the sunshine  like glass beads or tears.

On the way home we chose to walk along a trail on a ledge high above the sea where we could see all the small islands in a semi circle  shape like emeralds in a bracelet. As  we  viewed azure ocean below and turned to witness the landscape behind us a sense of awe overtook me. Two eagles made lazy circles in the sky. An otter family splashed and slid down their mudslide into the sea. All was right in my world, in this my most favorite season of the year.


Yesterday I found a quiz online and took it.
My results were not surprising:
You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times… You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings. Whether you’re carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you.

If you would like to take the quiz here’s the link What Season Are You?


If you take the quiz  then feel free to post your results and comments on them. If you would rather not take the quiz, but would still like to share the features of your favorite season of the year then please feel free to do so in the comments.

Wisdom of the Buddha

The Buddha, Siddhāttha Gotama civilized half the world with his teaching. These are a collection of his wise quotes. It doesn’t matter which faith you follow or if don’t particularly consider yourself a religious person, you will find truth in his words. The video is after the jump.
Continue reading “Wisdom of the Buddha”

Detecting Egocentricity

This blog is focused on personal growth, personal development,  self improvement, and relationships. I believe very strongly that we are our own healers so I seek out information focused on self help.

Our human historical records make it clear that people who attempt to rationalize and/or justify egocentric thoughts and behaviors as being requirements of their religion and/or political ideology are the most dangerous people on the planet. Continue reading “Detecting Egocentricity”

Earth Day 2009

Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of the Green Generation Campaign!

This two-year initiative will culminate with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend the Green Generation’s core principles: Family with windmills: Renewable energy for future generations. Continue reading “Earth Day 2009″

Blog readers are the best!

love letter
love letter

It’s past my bedtime and my husband is annoyed that I’m still banging away on this keyboard. It seems like I have been a day late and a dollar short all week. Here we are on Blog Reader Appreciation Day and I did not prepare ahead and schedule a post for publication.

What I want to say to each and every one of the readers of this blog is a heartfelt  thank you. Thank you for  the kindness and consideration you showed me by valuing what I wrote enough to read and comment on my posts.  Thank you also for inspiring me to blog on despite my head injury and health problems.

I love you all and I want to express my gratitude for you taking the time out of your busy schedule to support me in my blogging.  It’s also my  hope that you will continue to extend your friendship to me for another year.

I salute you – readers rock!

Easter and Spring Equinox Greetings

marbled tea eggs
marbled tea eggs

I’m celebrating spring and wishing all my online friends the very best for the wide variety of joyful celebrations that take place around the world, at this time of the year.

My friend and I made some marvelous marbled tea eggs and I encourage you to try your hand at this creative endeavor because the products are beautiful and the process is easy.

Continue reading “Easter and Spring Equinox Greetings”

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! Whichever ones apply:
Jewish, Christian, Pagan, secular!
People of goodwill are not particular,
Perhaps because all people yearn for friends.
Year’s end’s a time of darkness, true, but when
Has darkness ever darkened one small light?
Our pleasures are like candles in the night,
Lighting lamps that burn beyond our ken.
In celebration there is more than joy:
Days of feasting bind our friendships fast,
A fat and full embrace of things that last,
Yet holy in what sense one might employ,
Savoring sweet songs that spirits buoy. Continue reading “Happy Holidays”

Winter Solstice: Festival of Light

winter goddess
winter goddess

Winter Solstice is a magical season that marks the journey from this year to the next, journeys of the spirit from one world to the next, and the magic of birth, death, and rebirth.

Lady of Ten Thousand Names

Throughout the world gods and goddesses of light were being born during the Winter Solstice. The Egyptian goddess Isis delivered Horus whose symbol was the winged Sun. As the personification of the “complete female”, Isis was called “The One Who Is All”, Isis Panthea (“Isis the All Goddess”), and the “Lady of Ten Thousand Names”. The goddess Isis, a moon goddess, gave birth to Horus, the god of the sun. Together, Isis and Horus created and sustained all life and were the saviors of their people. More than any other of the ancient Egyptian goddesses, Isis embodied the characteristics of all the lesser goddesses that preceded her. Isis became the model on which future generations of female deities in other cultures were to be based.

Continue reading “Winter Solstice: Festival of Light”

Depression Busters: Daily Affirmations

love letterAlthough my state of mind has improved greatly I admit that I have been feeling a bit of slippage. Depression is an immobilizing disease and I know that so, to reverse the direction of the downward slide, I’m taking some action that was inspired by a post to the Blog Cataolg forum entitled Only positive thoughts! Continue reading “Depression Busters: Daily Affirmations”

A Spring View


A Spring View


Tu Fu (c. 750)
Though a country be sundered, hills and rivers endure;
And spring comes green again to trees and grasses
Where petals have been shed like tears
And lonely birds have sung their grief.
…After the war-fires of three months,
One message from home is worth a ton of gold.
…I stroke my white hair. It has grown too thin
To hold the hairpins any more.
trans. Witter Bynner
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