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Love the moment, and the energy of the moment will spread beyond all boundaries. – Corita Kent

Energy, it’s been one of the catch words of late. Energy, Energy, Energy. And we are not just talking about electricity. We are not just talking about physical science—although maybe we are.

We are talking about Chi, life force energy. We are talking about the momentum of an idea. We are talking about how everything in life is in constant change, movement—flow. We are talking about how atoms, electrolytes, planet, stars, galaxies are forever in constant movement and the buzz between them. We are talking about the energy of life, the circle of life. We are talking about well-known science and that which remains science fiction. We are talking about energy healing, reiki, seeing auras, astral projection and lucid dreaming. We are talking about the fact that money, is not an object but is an energy. Energy? What is energy? It is infinite, it defies definition – yet it does not.

The thing is, energy is in the here and now. And although we have come into ways to store electricity for future use, the momentum can only be in the now. If you don’t embrace the now energy it will be gone in a moment, replaced by a new now energy.

This post links to a month’s long daily blogging challenge, during November. See who else has signed up to be a Little Pepper HERE. It’s called NANO POBLANO.

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Feel this moment

The heat of the mid-morning sun blazes down on my face. Wind in my hair, tied up in a messy bun. A slight smell of dust in the air. Hiking through the yellow blades of grass as high as my midsection. Some of the grass is stuck to my shoe. Suddenly, I feel the ground trembling. I hear hoofs hitting the ground. Very close by a heard of antelope are running past me. I freeze. Damn, I’m in the open and I don’t even have a knife with me. This happened more than ten years ago now, but I can describe that moment in detail. In fact, I can still taste the salty sweat as it was dripping down my forehead, which felt sticky and dirty.

In that moment, I felt my full attention pull into me. I was acutely aware: I am alive. Probably the adrenaline as my mind sensed I may find myself in danger. I never was. But that moment is forever stuck in High Definition, in my mind.

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Most moments pass by in dull monotonous beats. We do so many things out of habit. Even the lane I choose to drive while on my way to work is as much part of my routine as the fact that I drink coffee before I switch on my workstation P.C. I remember to say, “Good Morning.” More of a habit than anything else. And sometimes I find myself woken from the autopilot wondering, what was I just doing? This is what’s it’s like when you are not feeling the moment. When you are not being mindful. Your entire day, month, year – can fly by in a haze and you wonder where did the time go.

Feeling the moment, being mindful, being aware is hard when you don’t have a shot of adrenaline. I’ve gotten much better, due to a regular meditation practice. But there are moments I can’t bear the dullness of it all. I’d rather not be in the moment. So I choose to let the autopilot fly, while I’m out dreaming of a different life.

Not the precious moments I have with my children or husband. I cherish those little smiles and hugs. They anchor me to life. And intentionally, I try to be fully present then. Sometimes I fail, when I’m thinking too much or trying to do too many things at once.

All we ever have is the present of this moment. The past is gone, the future is not guaranteed.
There is only now. This moment. Here’s Pitbull & Christina Aguileria reminding us to feel this moment.

This post links to a month’s long daily blogging challenge, during November. See who else has signed up to be a Little Pepper HERE. It’s called NANO POBLANO/ NaBloPoMo.

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If we were having coffee at the halfway mark

It’s the aroma of coffee, which makes this such a popular drink, don’t you think? My eyelids close ever so slightly as I breathe in the fragrance of the moment. Then an acute awareness strikes me. I’m not alone. It’s at this moment, if we were having coffee, I’d look at you and smile somewhat coquettishly.

Ladies and gentlemen, the glass is half full. Not the coffee mug though, that starts off filled adequately, until the very last drop touches your lips. When you stare back into the cup wondering were it all went, there’s more where that came from. If we were having coffee, we’d drink from the bottomless cup. However today, those of us who took up the challenge to blog each day in November have reached our halfway mark. We are halfway there. We may as well finish the race.

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I pause with the coffee mug in my hand. Standing halfway up the mountain we are climbing, we can look back on the incredible view of blog posts published. We can look beyond the limits of this digital space.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that outside this blog, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. My children are both teething. For my one-year-old that means an upset stomach and the need for comfort. He’s not a great sleeper, to start with, but now he looks for more solace during the night. I love him, I don’t complain and never would exchange this for anything else. I’m just not getting as much rest as is desired and find myself constantly tired. What was I thinking challenging myself to a post a day? Oh, I prepared. I knew there would be days I could not post something. So I scheduled a few posts in October. But soon time will catch up with my head start.

In the meanwhile, my washing machine is doing overtime as I deal with poop all over the show, even on me. Apart from growing an extra molar, my five-year-old picked up an ear infection. And on top of that we are busy preparing her for a transition to a new school. Never a dull moment.

Not to forget the clog in the machine of life, I’ve got my job, which I’m grateful for to keep me busy and all that comes with that daily routine. Some day’s I find myself thinking that the things I post here are so unoriginal. So in-authentic. And I see you rolling your eye’s thinking—is she really such an inspiration obsessed being? I need the inspiration as motivation to keep on moving in my own life. I want the things I put here to be a benefit to whoever reads them, even if just a tiny little bit. Words are what I have to give, but the point of this paragraph was to tell you, that there is a human, imperfect human being behind them, with daily struggles similar to those experienced by many other people.

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If we were having coffee on this midpoint of November, I’d point out the posts which have brought me here. Although not strictly part of my NaNoBloMo challenge most of my loyal readers have missed the first post I scheduled on the 1st of November. I guess I can not blame them. I went from writing one monthly post, to writing one each day. On the first, there were two posts.

How to overcome relationship disaster taught to us by bedtime stories was part of my 12 Day’s of it does not need to be perfect series.

I kicked off, Nano Poblano with a motivational video and post titled: How to overcome procrastination and fear. Change your life today!

On day two, I gave y’all a peek ate how I created the 2017 Nano Poblano badge.

Day three, was for a little bit of humor, with a post titled: What’s the best writers joke you know?
Day four and five were short and sweet with a Quote. Do you & Maybe we should let that s*** go.

Day six, I did the unspeakable and tried my hand at a little satire and description thereof.

The seventh post was again short and sweet with a YouTube video, in a post titled: Time to follow your dream?
While the post on the eighth was not much longer titled: What song describes you?
On the ninth, I reflected on the ‘Me too hash-tag’ with a post titled: What Women Want. And, let me give you a little tip, it’s not a chocolate coated ice cream Sunday—although those are nice.
Then on day ten, I went back to keep things short and simple with a very interesting YouTube video. I seem to like YouTube allot, don’t I?
Then for 11.11, I wrote a little poetry – something I’ve not done in quite some time. The poem is titled: One-word obsession, while I created the cover art with Inkscape.
On day 12, I went back to my tried and tested method of a Motivational Quote in a post titled: Results, actions and trying.
The 13th saw a somewhat longer post reflecting on the bedtime story: the ugly duckling. I looked at how this fairy tale really relates to life.
Yesterday, all my trouble seemed so far away and I simply went back to a YouTube snippet and tilted it: Listen …

If we were having coffee, I’d be happy if you’d read all my posts. However, the days are over where I stress myself about likes, views and who are not reading. These days, I find that once I’ve scheduled my post, I pretty much let it go. Sometimes, something will nag me, I will hear the same song played on repeat in my head or whatever reminds me to write a post until I’ve done so and hit the schedule button. Of-cause I notice the same faces for each of my posts—those people who read most everything I write. Thank you.

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If we were having coffee, I’d joke that there is one thing writers want more than coffee. It’s readers. Not bucket loads of cash. Real writers want readers more. The buckets of cash come along as an added bonus. It’s the readers who really matter. It’s the message and the story and what those two things can do for the reader. Well constructed poetry and prose, are both an enjoyment for the author and her readership. Additionally how words can invoke a feeling, a picture, a lesson.

After some thousand words, if we were having coffee I’d look up and ask; if we were having coffee what would you like to reflect on?

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This post links to a month’s long daily blogging challenge, during November. See who else has signed up to be a Little Pepper HERE. It’s called NANO POBLANO / NaBloPoMo

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Learn to be more #mindful with a free online tool – #Instagram

Have you checked me out on Instagram? Not? I’ve been finding this Social Media platform most useful. Although I must confess, when I first joined I did so solely that I can ‘online stalk’ someone there too.

I mean that (online stalking) in the most positive light of those two words. Cause let’s face it; some online personalities literally ask you to follow them everywhere. Most of these people, who are obsessed with the collection of followers, usually label themselves: blogger, writer, social-media-butterfly or all of the ‘above’. You get the type?

Any-hoe, I decided why ever not? After all,  Instagram was the perfect platform for my new endeavor, which was to post one motivational picture per day. Alas, it was yet another New Years resolution I could not keep. Here we are a year and some months later and I’ve been getting back on Instagram. You could say I’ve newly discovered my cellphone camera. The truth is a bit deeper than that.

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Inspiration is all around us. Instagram is a free, fast and easy tool to share that inspiration with the world. In a mission to have something to share on that platform, I’ve become more mindful of my surroundings. It is often the small things in life that we overlook.

As I sip my morning cuppa, I'm reminded to enjoy the small things in life. #mindfulness #coffee

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Sometimes the inspiration does not come in a neatly wrapped photogenic scene. Sometimes a little editing or creation of a picture is required.

One crisp morning the very first words I heard as I switched on my car radio were these: “What are you waiting for?”

It is quite amazing what happens when we merely pay attention to our present tense moment. Yes, mindfulness.

The little angel figurine which hangs on my bedroom mirror ‘prompted’ me to share something, after I’d not done so for a few days. A newly discovered photo-editing app and a recently watched You Tube video lead to this snippet:

Perhaps this post is a change of perspective, you were not expecting.

Life is a journey.

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No, it’s not all selfies up in there. As I said on a recent post, it is all about how you use a platform. In an attempt to look for the beauty in the mundane, some of my friends post stunning landscape, city-scape and nature pictures.

So, what are you waiting for? Come check out @shiningseeds on Instagram and let your own surroundings inspire you.

*This post has been the seventh day of ‘it does not need to be perfect‘, a series currently running on this blog.

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M is for Mindfulness #AtoZChallenge on #Wellness

“There is only this moment. You should have good looking, nice fitting jeans to go with it”

Did I just quote myself? I guess I did. No better time to do so than the present. And no, I’m not actually that cocky. But, I needed to get your attention. How am I doing? Have I got you engaged in what you are presently reading? You see, today I’d like to take the opportunity and talk about something I’ve recently discovered. In essence, it has been around for thousands of years, but only recently has become popular. The word on all the wellness sites these days is:

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Mindfulness is about being present in the current moment. It means doing one thing at a time and being fully engaged in that activity. It means driving, and not thinking about what you are going to be cooking for dinner. It means writing and not checking your Facebook notifications when you ought to be writing. You get?
BeMindful.co.uk describes mindfulness as such:

“Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.”

Mindfulness has its roots in the Buddhist tradition but has now been converted into an everyday solution within the wellness and health circles. Therapies have been developed to help people cope with anxiety, stress, and depression. Again, according to BeMindful.co.uk one such therapy is defined as follows:

“Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed specifically to help people who are prone to recurring depression. It combines mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and stretching, with elements from cognitive therapy to help break the negative thought patterns that are characteristic of recurrent depression.”

Oh yes, this is something I need to learn. Obviously, there aren’t people in my neck of the woods that teach MBCT. So I’ve been doing my utmost best to teach myself to be more mindful.
Mindfulness is such a huge topic there are very many blogs dedicated to the subject. I find everyone could benefit from a daily dose of mindfulness here and there.

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A little everyday problem

Many women – including myself – have problems accepting our looks the way we are at the present moment. I actually have denim jeans which would have looked great on me ten years ago – still tucked away in my closet. Obviously, I do not fit in it at this point and time. I don’t really like clothes shopping. I have this wrong notion, that I should lose weight before allowing myself to do so. In the meanwhile, I wear clothes that look shabby. All because I can’t accept my current weight. The mindful solution: Getting denim jeans that would look good on me now.
In essence, this is mindfulness – somewhat oversimplified.

Mindfulness is a way of life that looks at everything we do and how we do it. From what we eat to how spend our time. There is Meditation specially designed with mindfulness in mind. Mindfulness is everyday. Mindfulness is now.

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If this subject tickles your fancy, check out the below pin from my favorite mindful and wellness website.

 

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