Monthly Archives: March 2012

Guest Bloggin’

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I’m so excited to share with you my first guest blog post!  It’s for a highly popular home design/style/renovation blog, Hammers and High Heels.
Did a little, “Say what?” just go through your mind?  Well, truth be told, Hammers and High Heels is written by my beautiful, creative, inspiring, innovative sister-in-law, Carla.  🙂 Regardless, I’m a guest blogger today and that’s cool. Check out my post here!

So who says Yoga isn’t as much a part of home improvement as anything else! In fact, it may be one of the most tangible forms of Yoga at work. Vision, determination, adapting to the unexpected, and reaping the rewards of staying in the fire when you want nothing more than to give up, bail out, or throw in the towel.  Yoga is definitely a thread woven into home improvement.  Just look at some of the before and after pics or DIY projects on Carla’s blog and you’ll be able to relate.

Anywho, today marks a milestone in my blogging life. I hope you will enjoy my guest blog, as much as I hope you will enjoy Hammers and High Heels!

Yogi out.

You Can’t See The Picture If You’re Standing Inside The Frame

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A couple of weeks ago, our family spent a weekend in Chicago. We stayed on Michigan Ave, 30 stories up. Our view of the busy street below inspired me to share a teachable moment with my son. I proceeded to say, what a busy world it is we live in, lots of coming and going. I then said, “it’s our work not to get swallowed up by the busy-ness.” To which my son replied, “No, mama. Look at clouds.”

Boy, was I schooled! What I took from my son’s comment was less about looking at actual clouds, but approaching everything I view with a ‘Big Picture Mind’. In my moment of sharing ‘wisdom’ with my son, I wasn’t even seeing the beauty of all that IS. The way the street-life, and traffic, and people, and sounds, all play their part in making this Big Picture worth looking at!

This ‘Big Picture Mind’ has been especially helpful as I mourn the tragic and unexpected loss of a friend. Over the last few weeks I’ve gone through the natural progression of grief: anger, sadness, disbelief, doubt, and this week with the funeral behind us, a form of peace. A peace that has only come from a realization that the Big Picture isn’t at all about trying to figure out WHY, but in noticing that life progresses forward even out of darkness. In no way am I thankful for the loss of my friend, not at all. But what I am thankful for are the conversations, the re-connections with old friends, and the celebration of life that has bloomed from this tragedy.  It makes me think of something I read recently, it went something like this: When the plans we set forth go awry, when we’re taken off course by something unexpected, it’s merely a way of distracting us long enough so that what needs to be born can be born. Here’s to looking forward to what will be born…
Wherever this moment finds you – whether with an awareness of BIGness, or a focus on the particulars, take rest in knowing that in some way it’s all the same thing. What you’re in right now, is part of the Big Picture. And if all else fails, look at clouds – a subtle reminder of the grandeur we are all delicately weaved into.

Inspiration Begets Inspiration

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We are but energy, casting energetic ripples far and wide. Where our ripples will reach – I don’t know, but here’s one ripple that came back to me. Check out Cheryl’s Blog, In My Workroom. She was touched by my poem, A Walk In My Shoes, which lead her to create an Artist’s Book inspired by the poem. Check it out here!

I wonder how many readers will find inspiration in Cheryl’s book, and how that inspiration will affect their lives, and who they may inspire….and on and on into eternity 🙂

My original poem was submitted for publishing in, The Poetry of Yoga. Copies are still available for purchase at thepoetryofyoga.com