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Valuable Information
The Message Of Pain

When we feel pain, our first impulse is often to eradicate it with medication. This is an understandable response, but sometimes in our hurry to get rid of pain, we forget that it is the body's way of letting us know that it needs our attention. A headache can inform us that we're hungry or stressed just as a sore throat might be telling us that we need to rest our voice. If we override these messages instead of respond to them, we risk worsening our condition. In addition, we create a feeling of disconnectedness between our minds and our bodies.

Physical pain is not the only kind of pain that lets us know our attention is needed. Emotional pain provides us with valuable information about the state of our psyche, letting us know that we have been affected by something and that we would do well to focus our awareness inward. Just as we tend to a cut on our arm by cleaning and bandaging it, we treat a broken heart by surrounding ourselves with love and support. In both cases, if we listen to our pain we will know what to do to heal ourselves. It's natural to want to resist pain, but once we understand that it is here to give us valuable information, we can relax a bit more, and take a moment to listen before we reach for medication. Sometimes this is enough to noticeably reduce the pain, because its message has been heard. Perhaps we seek to medicate pain because we fear that if we don't, it will never go away. It can be empowering to realize that, at least some of the time, it is just a matter of listening and respond! ing.

The next time you feel pain, either physical or emotional, you might want to try listening to your own intuition about how to relieve your pain. Maybe taking a few deep breaths will put an end to that headache. Perhaps writing in your journal about hurt feelings will ease your heart. Ultimately, the message of pain is all about healing.





wealth

Apr. 24th, 2007 11:04 am
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via Daily Om:
An Instrument Of Change
Wealth Is Neutral

At its most basic, money is a tool that enables us to meet our individual needs. As a form of potential energy that empowers us to generate change, it is neither good nor bad. Yet many people react emotionally to issues concerning finances, unconsciously condemning currency itself, the manner in which money is spent, and people who live lives of financial abundance. Individuals who are rich in gifts such as high intelligence are acknowledged for their positive traits while those who have acquired material riches or aspire to become wealthy are frequently judged harshly. However, wealth is not a trait upon which judgment can be legitimately passed. It tells us nothing about how a person lives, what they believe in, whom they care for, or the scope of their values. Like any blessing, wealth is merely an instrument of purpose that can be used both constructively and destructively.

From an early age, people learn to court wealth while simultaneously associating money with greed, selfishness, and unethical behavior. Consequently, this idea becomes entrenched in their hearts as envy. To attain a balanced and rational comprehension of money, as well as a fairer perspective of wealth, we need to recognize that outward manifestations of wealth tell us little about the individuals enjoying those blessings. When we feel the finger of jealousy prompting us to draw unflattering conclusions about people whose lives seem more financially secure than our own, we should remind ourselves that there are many elements of their circumstances we cannot see. Their wealth may be the result of long hours of taxing labor, they may donate a large percentage of their resources to charitable causes, or their bounty may be an incidental aspect of a life spent doing what they love. Ultimately, we can heal our hurtful associations with money by turning a blind eye toward both wea! lth and poverty when interacting with others and instead focusing on the individual before us.

If you take a moment to consider you own feelings regarding money and wealth, you may discover that you equate financial prosperity with happiness, power, security, independence, or self-indulgence. Money itself, however, is none of these things. You can begin developing a healthier view of wealth by simply accepting that while some possess great wealth and others do not, we all have the potential to create lives of beauty, substance, and wisdom using the resources we have been granted.





Open Heart

Apr. 19th, 2007 11:58 am
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Via Daily Om:
Spiritual teachers have always pointed to the heart as the seat of consciousness, and recently Western science has found evidence to support this realization. It turns out that the heart has its own central nervous system and is not simply under the rule of the brain as formerly believed. Anyone who has taken the time to explore the heart knows this and, more important, has realized that the heart is the source of our connection to a consciousness greater than the ego. Approaching life with an open heart means that we have opened the door to this greater consciousness, taking up residence alongside it in the seat of our soul. Fortunately, at this time there is a lot of support for this shift energetically as well as practically. To some degree, approaching life with an open heart is as simple as shifting your attention onto your heart.

Eventually you will be able do this any time, any place, but at first it may help to try it in a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. Simply sit with your eyes closed and draw your breath into your heart. As your breath expands your chest cavity, your heart expands and opens. You may feel tenderness or sadness in your heart, and you may also feel relief. Any emotions that arise can be effectively witnessed and healed through the meditation process, which benefits both your physical heart and your energetic heart. The more you practice, the more you will find your heart opening to your own presence and to all the situations your life brings. When we open our hearts, they may feel tender and vulnerable, which simply means that they need our loving attention as we cleanse and heal them of past hurts and blockages. This process asks us to practice some of the heart's greatest lessons-patience, compassion, and unconditional love. On the other hand, we may take up residence as effortlessly as a bird returns to its nest. Either way, approaching life with an open heart simply means returning to our true home. What do you think?
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Witch School for sale on Ebay

Hogwarts- an HTML?
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to [livejournal.com profile] jerseygirl_chef and [livejournal.com profile] nachoha. :)
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Via Daily Om:

Centering And Expressing
Communication

When we are in a relationship where we feel listened to and understood, we count ourselves lucky because we know how rare that experience is. We reserve our most intimate selves for the people who, along with us, cocreate an open space where we feel free to express ourselves and listen without judgment. These relationships, which thrive on open communication, can mean the difference between existential loneliness and a deep sense of belonging. We all long to feel heard, understood, and loved, and clear communication makes this possible.

Sometimes problems arise in the process of expressing how we feel, but it is always worth it to do the work. Even in our less intimate relationships, expressing ourselves honestly is essential to our sense of well-being. Whether at home with family or in the outside world, successful communication requires some forethought; otherwise we risk blundering through our relationships like the proverbial bull in a china shop. However, too much forethought can stifle us or cause us to pad our words so extremely that we end up saying nothing at all or confusing the matter further. The good news is that there are many methods that can come to our rescue, from meditation to visualization to journaling.

If the person we need to communicate with is open to sitting in meditation together for a set period of time before speaking, this can be invaluable. When we are calm and centered, we can count on ourselves to speak and respond truthfully. We can also meditate on our own time and then practice what we need to say. A visualization in which we sit with the person and lovingly exchange a few words can also be a great precedent to an actual conversation. If writing comes easily, we can write out what we need to say; it may take several drafts, but we will eventually find the words. The key is to find ways to center ourselves so that we communicate meaningfully, lovingly, and wisely. In this way, we honor our companions and create relationships in which there is a genuine sense of understanding and respect.

Be well and happy out there today y'all- it is a beautiful day. :)

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I SO grok this... I think I'm going to do my travel writing course over the summer as a part of this process.
From Daily Om:
March 22, 2007
Exploring Our Readiness
In-Between Times

It could be argued that life is more about the time spent waiting for something to happen than it is about something happening. What this means is that the big events in our lives are preceded by many days and nights of dreaming, planning, organizing, and waiting. The times of waiting in between the big events actually constitute the majority of our lives. These in-between times are anything but uneventful. In fact, they are rich with possibility and filled with opportunities for reflection and preparation. Like a pregnant woman awaiting the birth of her child, we have a finite period of time in which to prepare internally and externally for the upcoming event that will define a new chapter in our lives.

When we find ourselves in an in-between time, we often can't help but feel impatient for the impending event. We just want to get to the future and have the new baby, the new job, or the new house. And yet, there is a reason a pregnancy takes nine months to fulfill itself. Nature provides the expectant parents with this time so that they can prepare the nest. This preparation plays out on many levels. Materially, a space must be created in the home and resources must be set aside for the baby's future; psychologically, a shift must occur in which the psyches of both parents agree to be responsible for a new life in the world; and emotionally, the heart must open wider to embrace and fulfill a new love.

Whenever you find yourself in such a time of waiting, you might want spend time exploring your material, psychological, and emotional readiness. For example, if you are preparing to move to a new city, you could make a list of things you'd like to do in the city you will be leaving behind, and go to your favorite places and spend time with old friends. This way, you will remain fully engaged in the present as you await your future, savoring the in-between time as a vital experience in itself.







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- Taxes
- Getting a final amount together to send to team Wench- looking at about $125. Woot!
-Listening to "The Law of Attraction Part II- the Processes" Courtesy of SimplyAudiobooks.com. Really good. Giving me lots of ideas for:
- making my Wisdom Cards- need to do one a day and ONLY one a day.
- Want to get in more meditation
-Studying for a big test on Friday, then I have another class next week, then a week off, then a BIG 200 point final.
-Need to get my transcripts sent to Huntington College of Natural Sciences so I can sign up for the last 2 of my prerequisite classes.
- Medical reimbursement from last years Flex Spend account- due by April 15th!!
-signed up for a "move more" program at work- you get a pedometer and various activities to try. It was free- we'll see how it goes. The kettlebells are workinggreat, but I do need some more cardio in the mix.
- reading Anthony Bourdain's "Les Halles Cookbook". Loving it. Will probably purchase and devour "Kitchen Confidential" next.
-"Amazing Party" telecourse- I'm working real hard on just relaxing, not focusing opn where my business is NOW, but where it can be. I'm goign to be totally re-doing my show in the next few weeks. I'm also planning on offering a "dress rehearsal" opportunity, so if someone wants to host a party and get 15% credit instead of 10%, let me know. :)
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to the most Tony Bourdainish, wise crackiing, wrong in that good way sort of bloke I know,

[livejournal.com profile] 3ravensringo!!!

May all your knife blades be solid. :)
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stolen from [livejournal.com profile] ladylyonesse

Cuteness!

Bitterness

Mar. 14th, 2007 10:09 am
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Via Daily Om:
March 14, 2007
Lifting Pain's Veil

Bitterness

It is natural to feel resentment or anger when life does not unfold as expected. We consciously or unconsciously anticipated one experience, and we grieve for the loss of it when the universe puts something else in our path. Most of the time, we work through these feelings and they pass. Occasionally, our anger and resentment do not fade and are instead transformed into bitterness. Bitter feelings allow us to become perfect victims in that we no longer feel obliged to work toward healing and choose instead to identify with our pain. Yet as unwholesome as bitterness can be, it is also a natural element of our emotional palette. When we acknowledge that it is okay to feel bitter, we reconnect with our hurt in a constructive way and can begin the process of working through it.

The nature of bitterness is rooted in the fact that the pain we feel provides us with a rationale. We may feel that we deserve to embrace our bitterness to its full extent. And to be bitter is, in essence, to cut ourselves off from all that is positive, hardening our hearts and vowing never to let go of our hurt. But just as bitter feelings can be self-defeating, so too can the release of bitterness be life-affirming in a way that few other emotional experiences are. When we decide that we no longer want to be bitter, we are reborn into a world filled with delight and fulfillment unlike any we knew while in the clutches of bitterness. The veil it cast over our lives is lifted, letting light and warmth touch our souls.

Divesting yourself of bitter feelings can be as simple as truly forgiving and moving on. Even when your bitterness has no concrete object, you can forgive situations too. Healing pain can be challenging but may be easier if you remind yourself that you are the only entity truly affected by your emotional state. In time, you will discover that letting go of your bitterness frees you to initiate the healing process and allows you to once again celebrate the possibility of the more wonderful life you deserve.

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At least, I'm affirming and believing that my capacity to handle stress and life is growing.

I have so many things I want to do- Temptations, School, event volunteering.

I hope the last one doesn't fall by the wayside, but I want to get better at asking for and accepting help on all three, and accepting that maybe some things are going to fall out.

I'd like to think I'll have energy and time for it all, but it just may not happen- so here's where I am saying that and admitting it to myself.

In other news- my teleclass on Amazing Parties looks to be a good investment, and I'm going to make this FUN, dammit!

Listened to the 40 day prosperity plan in the car, and it's a little christian-heavy, but there's a lot in it that I think is valuable. The next step will be to listen to it, take notes, and rewrite and re-record the affirmations to listen to in the car, etc. with a little less christ/god/lord and a little more Inanna. :)

We leave for the cruise saturday morning. Tonight is laundry/inventory/start packing/bra shopping.

Work is being busy, but oddly doable.

Dammit- I have to get my A&P homework done too! GRAH!
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via Daily Om:

"As We Ebb And Flow Through Life
Changing Roles

As we bob and weave with the ebb and flow of life our roles change, but our true self remains constant. As spiritual beings having a human experience, we go through many aspects of humanity in one lifetime. Living in the material world of opposites, labels, and classifications, we often identify ourselves by the roles we play, forgetting that these aspects shift and change throughout our lives. But when we anchor ourselves in the truth of our being, that core of spirit within us, we can choose to embrace the new roles as they come, knowing that they give us fresh perspective on life and a greater understanding of the lives of others.

As children, we anticipated role changes eagerly in our rush to grow up. Though fairy tales led us to believe that "happily ever after" was a final destination, the truth is that life is a series of destinations, mere stops on a long journey filled with differing terrain. We may need to move through a feeling of resistance as we shift from spouse to parent, leader to subordinate, caregiver to receiver, or even local to newcomer. It can be helpful to bid a fond farewell to the role that we are leaving before we welcome the new. This is the purpose of ceremonies in cultures throughout the world and across time. We can choose from any in existence or create our own to help us celebrate our life shifts and embrace our new adventures.

Like actors on the stage of the world, our different roles are just costumes that we inhabit and then shed. Each role we play gives us another perspective through which to understand ourselves and the nature of the universe. When we take a moment to see that each change can be an adventure, a celebration, and a chance to play a new part, we may even be able to recapture the joyful anticipation of our youth as we transition from one role to the next.





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via Daily Om:

"The Past In Light Of The Present
Knowing Better Now

When we look back at the past, knowing what we know now, we often find it difficult to understand how we made the mistakes we made. This is because once we learn new information, it is nearly impossible to reenter the headspace we were in before we learned that information. And so we look back at parents who spanked their kids, for example, and wonder how they could have thought that was a good idea. Similarly, our personal pasts are full of mistakes we can't believe we made. We did things then that we would never do now, and this is precisely because we have information now that we didn't have, or weren't able to access, then.

From ideas about how to raise children to how to treat the environment, our collective human past sometimes reads like a document on what not to do. In many ways, this is exactly as it should be. We learn from living and having experiences. It is from these past actions that we garnered the information that guides us to live differently now. Just so, in our personal lives, we probably had to have a few unsuccessful relationships or jobs, learning about our negative tendencies through them, in order to gain the wisdom we have now.

In order to live more peacefully with the past, it helps to remember that once we know better, we tend to do better. Prior to knowing, we generally do our best, and while it's true that from the perspective of the present, our best doesn't always seem good enough, we can at least give our past selves the benefit of the doubt. We did our best with what knowledge we had. Beyond this, we serve the greater good most effectively by not dwelling on the past, instead reigning our energy and knowledge into our present actions. It is here, in this moment, that we create our reality and ourselves anew, with our current knowledge and information.





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Louise Hay talks about this too- that we are all doing the very best we know how, in this moment. I've been thinking about this a lot lately; not attributing to maliciousness what can be explained by not being aware, or just working with where you are right now, in this moment.

aw yeah!

Feb. 16th, 2007 04:04 pm
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who got a 103 on the Skeleton, who?

MEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Wintry Mix

Feb. 13th, 2007 09:33 am
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I should make up a "wintry mix" playlist. I am grateful that work doesn't get on my butt too hard on days like this to be physically present... I'm working from home with the grand goal of crawling to the Post Office shortly to mail out some Temptations stuff.

The snow looks lovely, but I draw the line at driving in ice/sleet/ freezing rain, its just not worth it.

My Reiki Master class/attunement went well- got high from all teh attunements received and given. I'll have the most clean chakra channel soon I'm sure...though teh symptoms of that cleansing are not the best. It's all for the best of causes however.

The club party went ok- not awesome amounts of cash, but I did get a couple of party leads, handed out catalogs and had a nice time. I'm somewhat ambivalent on the parties...I want the business to do well and I am affirming that at every opportunity, but I also want to keep things on an even keel with school and learning. We're doing muscles the next couple of weeks, so I'm a bit stressed about trying to cram that much info into the brain, learning origin, insertion and action of each muscle. Luckily we're not doing all 700 muscles, just the major ones, but its getting that required studying in EVERY day that can be a bit draining.

K and I got our kettlebells yesterday from Dragon Door, and we're learning the box (or rocking) squat and some power breathing to get started. It's...interesting, definitely working some new muscles and it is going to be challenging. I'm actually looking forward to it and the DVD with the russian dude is so delightfully cheesy "comrades ladies" *snort*

This weekend- visitors! and hopefully finishing getting the cash register ready for next weekend's Privateer Feast.

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Hi all,

Just wanted to toss out there- I'm getting my Reiki Master cert on Sunday. Therefore, I'm going to want some practice time to really set it in with some folks.

I'm offering this for free, though certianly if you felt inclined to donate something to the Team Wench general fund, I wouldn't stop you. :)

e-me at zammis at hotmail.com if you are interested, or comment here.
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Not Always Easy
Meant To Be

Some of our goals and dreams come to fruition so easily that it is as if an unseen hand has done much of the work for us. When this happens, we say it must have been meant to be. On the other hand, when dreams and goals require a tremendous amount of effort, we may interpret this to mean that our dream is not meant to be. However, difficulty is not necessarily a sign that our hopes and plans are ill-fated. On the contrary, difficulties and challenges along the path can be important parts of the project's overall meaning.

When everything goes smoothly, we feel blessed by the universe, as if a fleet of angels is guiding and supporting our every move. When things are rough or ambiguous, we sometimes feel that we have been abandoned. And yet, the truth is that we are blessed in both cases. Our angels and guides are always present. They may choose at times to back off and let us figure something out for ourselves, and this is when things seem difficult. But when things are difficult, we learn and grow in specific ways. There is a unique satisfaction that comes to us when we succeed at something that has been a challenge. Our sense of self-reliance expands, and our ability to endure and keep the faith is stronger for having been tested. We learn that we are capable of confronting and overcoming the obstacles in our path, and this empowers us to dream still bigger dreams, knowing that we will not be daunted by the challenges inherent in birthing them.

When we find ourselves facing difficulties with a particular plan or project, the chances are we know already whether we are meant to continue on or let it go. We simply need to look within ourselves for the answer. When an idea is meant to be, it comes back to us time and time again. Then we know we can go forward, no matter what challenges arise, knowing that it is meant to be.





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Hi all,

Just as a final reminder, Team Wench Month ends Jan 31st, which is Wednesday.

Due to not much response, I'm extending the deadline until Feb 5th, one week from today.

Remember:
All catlaog orders received by Feb 5th will generate 15% of the product total as a donation to Team Wench

Any party on my calendar by Feb 5th will generate 5% of the party total towards Team Wench.


The catalog can be viewed at www.freewebs.com/temptationswench under "Catalog".

Thanks in advance for your generosity. :)

-Sam
MCL Wench #521

*stunned*

Jan. 20th, 2007 12:19 pm
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I got the letter today.

I'm going to acupuncture school. 

AHHHHHH!!!!!

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