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Favorite Finds in April

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In an alternate reality, it’s the simple things this month.

  • Curbside grocery pickup
  • Hand washing clothes
  • Stay at home shoot photos by Hipstamatic (image below)
  • Nonet
  • Multicolored golf balls (not hail!) fall from the sky
  • The 100 Day Project My project is “My Covid Life”.
  • The RV Park has a tornado shelter.
  • The woman next door looks good in her bikini
View out the window

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Covid, Covid, O’ Covid

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Like a poisonous snake, Covid-19 is worthy of my respect and measured caution. I will not fear either.

As Frank Herbert said, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

I might get sick. I might not. I might not die this time, but one day, I will take off this tiny shoe.

As I have for many years, I continue my journey in faith.

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' ...do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.” ~ Matthew 6:31 and 36

Now, in this moment I have peace.
I believe I am provided for by God or The Tao or The Universe or The Goddess or other gods or you name it. This faith guides me and soothes my soul.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely[d] goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.” ~ 23rd Psalm

As we all know, forever is Now.

In the classic words of Douglas Adams. “Don’t Panic!”

Sending love and peace to each of you.

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My Covid-19 Diary Day 2

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Osho  Tarot Abundace  King of Rainbows

This Dionysian character is the very picture of a whole man, a “Zorba the Buddha” who can drink wine, dance on the beach and sing in the rain, and at the same time enjoy the depths of understanding and wisdom that belong to the sage. In one hand he holds a lotus, showing that he respects and contains within himself the grace of the feminine. His exposed chest (an open heart) and relaxed belly show that he is at home with his masculinity as well, utterly self-contained.

The four elements of earth, fire, water and sky all conjunct at the King of Rainbows who sits atop the book of the wisdom of life. If you are a woman, the King of Rainbows brings the support of your own male energies into your life, a union with the soul mate within. For a man, this card represents a time of breaking through the conventional male stereotypes and allowing the fullness of the whole human being to shine forth.

In the East people have condemned the body, condemned matter, called matter “illusory,” maya–it does not really exist, it only appears to exist; it is made of the same stuff as dreams are made of. They denied the world, and that is the reason for the East remaining poor, sick, in starvation.

Half of humanity has been accepting the inner world but denying the outer world. The other half of humanity has been accepting the material world and denying the inner world. Both are half, and no man who is half can be contented.

You have to be whole: rich in the body, rich in science; rich in meditation, rich in consciousness. Only a whole person is a holy person, according to me. I want Zorba and Buddha to meet together. Zorba alone is hollow. His dance has not an eternal significance, it is momentary pleasure. Soon he will be tired of it.

Unless you have inexhaustible sources, available to you from the cosmos itself…unless you become existential, you cannot become whole. This is my contribution to humanity: the whole person.

Osho Communism and Zen Fire, Zen Wind, Chapter 2

My take away: I am mindlessly shuffling this deck. My mind was evaluating my supplies. How many weeks of food were on hand? How can I stretch things? Suddenly, this card popped out. OK, message received. “…inexhaustible sources, available to you from the cosmos itself….” Thank you!

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Personal Notes

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Scene 1:

Winter takes me down a darker path. I bought a ticket for the long way round. I am getting closer to the end. It’s an awesome ride. I like to think you’ll miss me when I’m gone.

When I’m gone….

Scene 2:

I went to my first Christmas boat parade. Best one I’ve ever seen. Definitely worth trying again.

Scene 3:

A cheery musical interlude for all of you who are mindfully living.

Today’s lesson:  “move away from the crazy ones.”

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2019 in Review

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I don’t usually do this but there is some new feeling that “Time is running out” so this gets a whirl.

There were a few disappointments but overall 2019 was a great year for me.

There were no major problems with WHQ or my Jeep. I even managed to fix some big things myself and that made them minor.

My relationship with WHQ is more comfy. I’ve slowly been making it more and more my own.

With help from my family I put a new top on Jeepy. It was long overdue.

I spent a lot of quality time with my family and really enjoyed most of it.

I did not get sick or die and no people I love died. Those are always a win.

I took back control over two parts of my life that I had neglected and let drift into less than territory.

I revaluated my relationships and rearranged boundaries.

My tribe became more clearly defined.

I became more fit and as a result I lost weight and kept it off.

I physically and spiritually traveled to new places and enjoyed new experiences. Mindfulness was very important for me in 2019.

That’s a short list. Nothing really earth shattering and I’m sure I’ve left out things.

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Random cat in the window

I Can Never Pass This Way Again

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Osho Tarot Celebration

As I consider this holiday season I know I will never pass this way again: these lights, this tree, these tasty treats, this combination of people, and all the rest will never be the same. These children will grow. We all will age. I will celebrate the existence of these unique moments.  I will open my heart, my ears, my eyes, and my mind.

I will remember those who are no longer present in body and I will know they are present in spirit. I see them in the ornaments, the lights, and the treats. I hear them in the laughter of the children. I feel them in the love and traditions.

I am present in this festive dance. I am one with these moments. I can never pass this way again.

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In loving memory of Ram Dass my mantra for today is “I am loving awareness. I am loving awareness.”

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30 Days of Gratitude

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Day 30

New decking

I’m thankful for a day spent installing new decking. Great fun!

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30 Days of Gratitude

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Day 28

I am grateful I am spending Thanksgiving with kind, loving friends. The majority of times I spend it alone eating Chinese take out.

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30 Days of Gratitude

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Day 27

Today I am grateful for some down time to recharge.

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30 Days of Gratitude

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Day 25

A nice meal with Jesse at The Paradise Grill and Bar.

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