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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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What a bird thought me about opportunities

“Knock, Knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“Bishop.”
“Bishop who?”
“What do you mean, Bishop who? You seem to have a birdy loose up in here. To be more precise a Southern Red Bishop”

Lately, I’ve been getting a visitor. He’s been knocking on my window. How odd, I thought. A stunning bird that I’d not seen in these parts has been knocking on my window. The fellow seems to have built a few nests in my husband’s fruit tree. So I took out my husbands Roberts Bird Guide (that’s a book to identify birds of the area) and found that we have a Southern Red Bishop who has decided to make his home here.

It is somewhat odd because this specific bird’s natural habitat is marshy grassland and wetland. Since I live in an urban area, not close to any dams or marshy grasslands it’s quite odd that this fellow seems to have found a home here.

Then again, we are experiencing a terrible drought in the area. Watering plants have been made a felony, so to speak. Thus, we have been giving our trees water from the washing machine and shower (which is not a wrongdoing). We also have four pet birds, whose chirping attracts quite a lot of wild birds here, including my new ‘knock, knock’ friend. The leftover bird seed also serves to feed the wild ones.

It gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase, ‘when opportunity comes knocking’, doesn’t it? The little Bishop has had to adapt to new circumstances due to the drought.

It gives me pause to think. Can I identify new opportunities in my life?

His appearance certainly seems the right opportunity to write a blog post. I’ve also taken the opportunity and snapped a few pictures. You’ll need to excuse my poor photographing skills, the little fellow takes flight when I get too close. Armed with only my cell phone camera it has been hard to get a better shot. But, at least I got a relatively nice picture. Considering that the first rule of good photography is that you need to photograph with the light not against it, I’ve not been able to take any good pictures from within the house.

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There you go. Sometimes the universe gives us the most subtitles of hints. The small reminders! The little things, we so often overlook. The wind whispers. Do you hear it speaking? This time it has asked me to not overlook the opportunities that come knocking, even if it are only the small ones – such as natures prompt to write a blog post.

What opportunities have been knocking on your window lately? Have you opened that window to let the opportunity in?

p.s. This post has been the fifth day of ‘it does not need to be perfect’, a series I’m currently running on this here blog.

 

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F is for Feng Shui. #AtoZChallenge on wellness

The Chinese word for wind is “Feng” while the word for water is “Shui”. Wind and Water, the two natural elements that flow and circulate through the earth. feng-shui-wind-water
As mentioned in an earlier post, throughout life, there is a constant flow, an exchange of energy. The moon circles the earth. The earth revolves around the sun. The sun orbits the Milky Way galaxy…. Yea, really! On an atomic level (very small) – there is the same model in place. At the center of the atom, we have a nucleus. The electrons of that atom orbit the nucleus. Everything in this universe is comprised of energy. Everything is always in motion. Energy flows and each of us has our own energy.

FFeng Shui looks at the arrangement of an object. Its energy flow, and how that energy affects our own energy. In essence, placing objects within one’s personal living and working environment in balance with the natural flow of our energy has a harmonizing effect on our being.
That sounds all wooshi washi and I was trying to keep it simple. Simpler yet, have you ever walked into a room and felt immediately at ease? The place simply felt like home? On the other hand, perhaps the opposite was a bit more evident? Walk into a space and felt somewhat stressed out? Most of us don’t take note of these subtle shifts in energy in the places we visit, but they do exist.
Plants, nature, and flowing water have a natural way to put us at ease. This is why Feng Shui looks at placing these elements into certain areas of our living space to balance out our chi (which is the actual word for our personal energy).

Feng Shui in the office

In an office environment, better Feng Shui can help increase our concentration and productivity.
For example, it is considered better Feng Shui if you can place your office chair and desk in such a manner that you can see the people stepping into your office by simply looking up. If people can move in on you, behind your back this disrupts your chi. Since my desk and chair are placed at the wrong end of the office, I find this to be true. I constantly have people walking behind me or coming up behind me. I find this annoying and feel that I don’t have any sense of privacy. In the open plan office, I work at, though there is not very much I can do about it. A quick Feng Shui fix for my dilemma is mirrored. I have two small mirrors placed in front of me in such a way that I can see who is walking up behind me.

While the solution is not ideal and I really would prefer my own corner office 😉 I will take what I can get.
We cannot always put plants in all the ideal areas. However, even a picture of a beautiful waterfall has wondrous effects on how a space feels. In addition, some of us are stuck in front of a P.C. monitor all day. You may have read all the bad effects this has on our health. I always have Rose Quartz on my desk preferably somewhere between the monitor and myself. Rose Quartz absorbs some of the bad energy a monitor emits.

I have given a few economic examples. Feng Shui is not only for people who can afford expensive interior decorators. These day’s you can find everyday solutions to fit your pocket.

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