November 20, 2017
All in a Word~ A poem by Aileen Fisher
T for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth and holiday
A for Autumn’s frosty art and abundance in the heart
N for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember
K for kitchen, kettle croon, kith and kin expected soon
S for sizzles, sights, and sounds and something special that abounds
That spells THANKS for joy in living
And a jolly good Thanksgiving.
November 06, 2017
I live on a street that has been undergoing construction, on and off, for several months. Last week the construction was “on” and as I pulled up to wait I noticed a beat up, old blue truck in front of me. Singing along with the radio, I shifted my attention from the truck to some ducks flying above. I was totally enjoying the perfect fall day…the air was perfect temperature; the sun was bright and a slight breeze was blowing.
My calm soon evaporated. The man in the passenger’s seat of the truck in front of me, emerged waist up, leaning out the window, shaking his fist and hollering at the flagger holding the STOP sign in front us and shouting, “What the ---- is going on here??” With his fist gaining momentum and his volume now extremely loud he continued, “We have somewhere to go!! Why aren’t we moving???!!!”
My first thought was the flagger knows how to handle impatient people…after all, surely others have complained about this long wait. However, when I heard expletives flowing from the flagger back to the man, I realized he didn’t know how to handle this situation. I was witnessing a form of violence. Recently having read The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele, my understanding of what violence is has expanded. Before reading this book, I would have thought of this exchange as just rude, maybe unenlightened…but I would not have use violence to describe what I was seeing. According to Adele, an exchange of unkind words and/or heated, unpleasant words is a form of subtle violence. And, a most unpleasant heated exchange was exactly what was in front of me.
Being witness to this scene, I felt involved in it and I felt uncomfortable. Knowing that getting out of my vehicle and coming between them was probably NOT a wise thing to do, I reached for my cell phone. If this continued, I would call 911 for help. Obviously, these men were not in balance, and I sensed both felt powerless, but for different reasons. I took a deep breath. Then I began to offer loving energy to the situation in front of me. A few minutes later, the flagger brought his two way radio to his left ear. Slowly, he bowed to the truck, as the sign SLOW appeared. Then, extending his right arm out from left to right, in a gesture of allowing royalty to pass, he boldly offered more obscenities to the truck’s occupants as they sped by him.
I put my cell phone down, returned my hands to the steering wheel and began my cautious passage. I didn’t want to look at the flagger, and I didn’t, but I could feel anger coming from his being and hear profanities as I went by him.
I suspect these two men have no idea how their exchange of words affected me or if they even thought about this occurrence again after it was over. But I did. The spoken word has great influence over all who hear it, not just those it is intended for. It seems to me, if all people decided to use nonviolent language, even in difficult situations, we might create a happier world, one conversation at a time. What do you think?
October 12, 2017
Out shopping this week, I observed displays offering Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and end of summer clearance items. Although it seemed the other shoppers around me weren't paying much attention to these colorful arrangements of goods, the holidays are coming and will soon be here. For some people the holidays are very stressful time of year. If you are one of those people, would you like to create a different experience for yourself this year ? Choose calm over frenzy? There is an easy way. It is pain free and drug free. Take a First Degree Reiki Class. You will learn how to give yourself Reiki. Daily self Reiki treatment promotes a feeling of inner calm and strength that can carry you through stressful times... not just the holidays. You'll be glad you did.
September 22, 2017
Fall begins today at 4:02 p.m. This balance in nature of daylight and dark time can be a time to pause and think about balance in our own lives. Are there areas out of balance in your life you want/need to bring into balance to find more peace and more joy ? To find a greater sense of wellness?
One way to accomplish this is to include Reiki practice as part of your wellness care. Reiki brings your body, mind and spirit into a place of balance. When we are in are this state of harmony, not only do we benefit on many levels, but our presence offers tranquillity to those around us.
In this times when it seems there are so many things out of balance in the world, isn't it empowering to know there is a way you can make things better for yourself and others?