Pondering Possibilities

WordPress Prompt:  Second Time Around   Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

 

The Alchemy of Possibility

by Carolyn Mary Kleefeld

It is a wonderful affirmation to be guided to the perfect words at just the right time.  In one of those moments I was gifted a copy of “The Alchemy of Possibility”.  Kleefeld has not just written a book.  It is a work of art. Continue reading

A Box, a Doll and a Curse

Not Lemonade: When life gives you lemons… make something else. Tell us about a time you used an object or resolved a tricky situation in an unorthodox way.

I absolutely enjoy word crafting and doing my morning brain teasers with the WordPress writing challenge. Although, lately I seem to be uninspired by the intended topics.  It may be writer’s block or the winter doldrums. In any case, I’ve devised a way to rekindle my inspiration by scanning the wide world of ‘this and that’ to see what might light a fire under my muse.  Today the spark comes from these two words, “strategic expression”, which I snagged out of my horoscope for today.

So with a writer’s slight of hand, I have artistically paraphrased today’s prompt for my mind’s delight:  When life gives you lemons… make something else. Tell us about a time you used an object or resolved a tricky situation with strategic expression. Continue reading

You Can’t Blame Your Rutabaga

A Reason to Believe : In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.”  What’s your reason to believe?

This morning I got up right on time with the aid of my cat alarm tapping me on the cheek.  I did my ten deep breaths, stretched out a bit and put booth feet on the floor. I was off and running!  Well, not running, I never run on purpose. Continue reading

Now!

Resolved  :  Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

I’m sorry I can’t answer that question because I made a New Year’s resolution to stay in the moment.  So far so good.

Sure I know there is a lot of hype out there about the ‘Power of Now.’ The point is that the present is your most valuable gift and if you are dwelling in the past with regret or moving ahead to the future thinking in fear that you might do something you will regret, you miss the life that is really happening in front of you. Continue reading

Right Action, Wrong Thinking….

WP Prompt:  Unpopular : Tell us about a time when you had to choose between two options, and you picked the unpopular choice.

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Today was a curious day; the fifth day of a New Year.  It seems that I was destined to enter this year in a state of confusion about a very important issue that is close to my heart.  We have all been there. You know how it is when you face a situation in life that calls for a clear plan of action and no matter how hard you try you cannot come up with a completely right choice.

the planEvery time I ponder this particular challenge I end up in a standoff between what I think is the right thing to do and what the feeling in my gut says I should do. Of course the ‘right’ thing to do will have the least popular outcome and even seems a bit heartless. These two aspects of my being have been continually in opposition about a plan of action to solve this problem for weeks.  As luck would have it, I recently bought a copy of Arlene Arnold’s, Mandala Coloring Book and while I was thumbing through it, I came upon an exercise using the colors yellow and purple in a coloring meditation.  (Clarify Your Thinking and Increase Your Intuition P-26). 

The instructions were simple; just focus on your particular question or situation, relax the mind and color.  A calm and quiet peacefulness came over me as soon as I let go of trying to solve the problem and engaged in a playful dance with the colors and exquisite shapes within the mandala.  When I was finished I realized that I could find a balance between my intellect and my intuition if I bridged both ideals from a heartfelt sense of harmony.  I began to trust that the right action would come by honoring the importance of what I know to be true while equally acknowledging how I felt about my choices.

The synergistic partnership of Arlene’s color therapy guidance and the original art work of Dodie Weiss complement puple and yelloweach other perfectly.  Color your way to insightful discoveries and explore mindful living at the edge of a rainbow. Visit The Power of Color and find out more about adding some extra color in your quest for the good life.