Monthly Archives: December 2017

I’m thinking about the plan…

REVIEW AND RECOMMIT

“Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just think: When we are driving, we know where we want to go and we plot out our route. When we plan and prepare a meal, we follow a recipe and monitor the food as it cooks.

How much attention do we give to planning the direction of our lives?

Taking the time to review our quality of life gives us a chance to re-evaluate what we are doing and where we want to go. It lets us fine-tune our direction, to ensure we are on track for what we most want.

Stop and think about your last 6 months. What did you learn? What would you like to do differently? Where do you want to recommit?

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
— A. A. Milne

“Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.”
— Chuck Knox

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I’m thinking about guilt…

GUILT

“When guilt rears its ugly head confront it, discuss it and let it go. The past is over. It is time to ask what can we do right, not what did we do wrong. Forgive yourself and move on.”
— Bernie S. Siegel

“I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy . . . you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.”
— Katherine Mansfield

“If we don’t forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and others for the wounds they have inflicted upon us, we end up crippled with guilt. And the soul cannot grow under a blanket of guilt, because guilt is isolating, while growth is a gradual process of reconnection to ourselves, to other people, and to a larger whole.”
— Joan Borysenko

“Light burdens borne far become heavy.”
— French proverb

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I’m thinking about Christmas…

Thanks, Doug…

Your Daily Reprieve for Monday  December  25,  2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

“I will honor Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.”
― Charles Dickens

“Christmas, children, is not a date.
It is a state of mind. ”
― Mary Ellen Chase

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory,
like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”
― Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”
― Agnes M. Pahro

“Blessed is the season
which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
― Hamilton Wright Mabie

I’m thinking about abundance…

TRUST IN ABUNDANCE

“Once, when we were discussing a world peace project with my teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, somebody asked him, ‘Where is all the money going to come from?’ And he replied without hesitation, ‘From wherever it is at the moment.'”
— Deepak Chopra

How can you open to greater trust that you’ll always have what you need?

Fear, doubt, anxiety and disbelief all serve to repel abundance from us. Faith, love and gratitude for the gifts of our lives keep energy and abundance flowing. The more we trust in our well being, the more it will be realized.

“Manifestation is an act of trust. It is the soul pouring itself out into its world, like a fisherman casting a net to gather in the fish he seeks; with each cast properly made, we will bring what we need to us, but first we must hurl ourselves into the depths without knowing just what lies beneath us.”
— David Spangler

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I’m thinking about generosity…

BRING AWARENESS TO YOUR GENEROSITY

“Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.”
— Jean De La Bruyère

While it’s important to give, it’s also essential that we not give more than we can afford. Only you can determine the appropriate amount of time or money you can give away, but it should not cause you hardship. We need to respect our own needs as well as the needs of others.

When do you give more than you can afford?

“Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging, and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice. You might experiment with using the cultivation of generosity as a vehicle for deep self-observation and inquiry as well as an exercise in giving.”
— Jon Kabat Zinn

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I’m thinking about being still…

TAKE TIME TO BE STILL

“Work is not always required … there is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.”
— George MacDonald

When was the last time you did absolutely nothing?

Our world is so addicted to productivity that we feel guilty if we’re not doing something. But taking time daily to be still and inactive opens us to the spacious present. It nurtures and restores balance. Give yourself a regular gift of inactivity.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”
— Sir J. Lubbock

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I’m thinking about being alone…

BEING ALONE

“I wish Pooh were here. It’s so much more friendly with two.”
— Piglet (A.A. Milne)

Are you willing to be alone?

Ingrid Bacci says, “If you are afraid of being alone, you are dependent on others for your sense of self, and if you are dependent on others, you block your receptivity to inner guidance. Being willing to be alone involves being willing to be different, to have commitments and values that don’t blend with any crowd.”

“Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life.”
— Eugene O’Neill

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”
— Walt Whitman

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Are you ready to re-align with the changing seasons?

How in touch are you with the rhythms of nature and our planet? 

There is a wholeness to life where all parts make sense and there is a natural flow of universal energies. There are laws about rhythms and cycles, where whole complete circles (spirals) of energies are made to support us.

Yet we approach most of life’s stimulus with the same unconscious, reactive, robotic or programmed responses. We think the world revolves around us. It is like golfing with one club only or cooking with one utensil only.

Getting in touch with nature’s rhythms gives us a deeper connection to the earth’s natural rotation around the sun. Every year at precise times the earth and sun find themselves in exactly the same places, showing us the beautiful rhythm of the cosmos. When we forget how connected we are to this natural rhythm we stay self-centered, lose perspective and miss out of the serenity that comes with it.

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy” — William Blake

The Equinox and Solstice mark the changing of the four seasons as the earth rotates around the sun. The Equinox occurs in the fall and spring and is when night and day are exactly the same length. The solstice occurs in the summer and winter, the summer solstice being the longest day of the year, and the winter solstice the shortest day.

In the northern hemisphere we are approaching the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year. The north pole hibernates in its 24 hours of darkness. To our readers in the southern hemisphere, who are now wrapped in the light of the summer solstice, please forgive the northern focus. Information on cycles applies equally to us all, just at different times.

How do you align your life with these 4 important seasonal events?

1. Spring Equinox – A time of renewal and ‘spring cleaning’ that removes any negative and slower energy accumulated over the dark winter months and prepares us for the positive growing energy of spring and summer. A time to spring forward, risk, and start new projects. It is a time of awakening and recommitting to life as spring brings in energy and warmth. It ushers in a time of awakening and recommitting to life. It is a celebration of being resurrected from the dead of winter and being born again.

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” — Henry David Thoreau

2. Summer Solstice – Summer blesses us with light, expansion, fulfillment, holidays, growth and creativity. To honour summer’s approach, you might greet the early morning with yoga sun salutations and celebrate the bright evenings by dancing around a bonfire.

“The summer solstice is a time for strength and vitality, for action and movement.” — Carole Carlton

3. Autumn Equinox – Fall marks the beginning of shorter days and longer nights. This is a time of harvest, community, celebration and thanksgiving. It is a time of completion, balance and realizing the abundance around us. As the sunlight retreats, we also retreat inside to rest, reflect on the past and future, and strengthen our spirits.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus

4. Winter Solstice – Solstice derives from an ancient Latin word meaning ‘stop,’ or ‘to stand still.’ Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year and was a time of both anticipation and rejoicing at the Sun’s rebirth. This is a time of rejuvenation, reflection and healing. A time of integration as our consciousness expands due to the lessons we have learned. A time of anticipation of the increasing light and new experiences of a new cycle.

“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurge of nature.” — Edna O’Brien

Take full advantage of the energies of the season by allowing time for stillness, solitude and reflection.

For winter Solstice answer these questions:

  • What needs healing or completing?
  • What lessons have you learned that you now own and can move beyond?
  • When have you booked time for stillness, reflection and review?

“Four seasons fill the measure of the year. There are four seasons in the mind of men.” — John Keats

Also with each passing year, we appreciate more and more deeply our connections with others. Please know that we hold you warmly in our hearts, and send blessings that 2018 and beyond will be rich with rewards of all kinds for you and those you cherish.

Sending you our love and best wishes,

John & Patrice Robson
Higher Awareness

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I’m thinking about my hands…

OPEN YOUR HANDS

“More than any other part of the body, our hands reveal our inner state.”
— Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Today, be aware of how you hold your hands when you’re not actively doing something with them.

With the stress of our daily lives, many of us find our hands typically clenched in fists. This is proof of the tension we hold in our bodies. And ponder this: how can we receive the abundance of life if our hands are not open to receive it?

When you become aware that your hands are closed tight, stretch your fingers and spread them wide in the shape of a starfish. Deep breathing will also help you relax into the moment.

“What is always speaking silently is the body.”
— Norman Brown

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Jin Shin Jyutsu and Family Life, Part 2

Jill Marie Pasquinelli writes about: “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Family Life” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:

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I would share some, but mostly I asked her what she thought or felt about a situation. We talked about how it might feel after the surgery. Really, we talked about it all. I told her to hold her fingers before and after the surgery, and I showed her mother opposite fingers and toes, so we had all the bases covered. As she was leaving she said, “Thank you Jill. I always feel so much better when I come here. I’ll be okay.”

…And I knew she would be.

She went through her surgery very well, and her recovery was much easier than she imagined. It wasn’t long before she resumed her weekly sessions. Three years later Tara joined a swim team – this was in addition to her weekly ballet and yoga classes.

Through the years I watched Tara handle different situations and challenges in her life with ease and grace. When she was twelve, she learned that she was dyslexic. She started seeing a tutor and got extended time on tests which relieved her stress. All along I was giving both girls self-help, and they were diligent doing it. Last Tuesday she came for her session after she had given a talk to 400 people at her school about how it is to have a learning disability and what she had learned. She decided to do her senior project on this theme with the focus being how you can help yourself, what she learned from having this disability, and using Jin Shin Jyutsu as one of the ways to help focus and remain calm.

There have been a number of challenges in Tara’s young life, but as each event comes along she has a willing and curious approach to what comes her way. She seems to be an old soul. As she’s entering her senior year, I see her blossoming. Being the first student of the year to give a speech to the entire school, including the parents, gave her a confidence I haven’t seen in her before. She said, “I think I’m going to really enjoy college now. I’m looking forward to it.”

At the age of seventeen years, Tara has the foundation for living an authentic life. It’s been so beautiful to see how all of this has unfolded – being a witness to someone so young, and to see her moving ahead with such a strong sense of who she is and who she isn’t. Her journey is nothing less than sacred. This is truly an expression of being one’s own testimony and knowing oneself. Not once in all the years of being with this family was there any doubt or disbelief in Jin Shin Jyutsu. They accepted what came their way – what was, rather than how they wanted things to be – and it was effortless reality. Jin Shin Jyutsu has become a way of life, not something they do but something they live.

Thank you, Jill.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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