Reality Revs Up Our Imagination

How numerous and manifold is everything that is yet to come, and how differently it all surfaces and how differently it all passes from the way we expect. How poor we are in imagination, fantasy, and expectation, how lightly and superficially we take ourselves in making plans, only for reality then to arrive and play its melodies on us. –Rilke

We  plan and visualize and when things don’t go to our plan, we scream and feel all is lost. Trust me it’s not. Reality  is just forcing us to go deeper and bigger.  We sometimes think too small because we feel incapable of the wild big things we imagine. It’s just as hard to do something small as it is to do something big. If we limit ourselves to what we can perceive we rob reality of its magic.  Theres’s always more to understand and learn, be open, go big and see  the places it takes you

A good example

 

What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications.- Nora Ephron

Do what really matters to you in life. Whatever it is, it should be worthy of you.– Sadhguru

 

 

Soften the Shape of Your World

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We must always change, renew,rejuvenate ourselves otherwise we harden – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Today’s world has so many horrid things on offer we close our eyes to stop our tears and miss the worlds beauty. We harden ourselves in order to protect ourselves,but the world can’t be helped by hardness. Hardness can slip in without you even realizing. It masquerades as judgement,being too practical, unforgiving and huffing and puffing about the smallest of matters rather than laughing at them.  We feel helpless not knowing where to start, so we do nothing. Sometimes just changing our mind can be enough.  As Mother Theresa  said   “We cannot do great things in this world. We can only do little things with great love.  

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, wracked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
– Agatha Christie

Nature is a great softener

(Rainer Maria Rilke)

The hour is striking so close above me,
so clear and sharp,
that all my senses ring with it.
I feel it now: there’s a power in me
to grasp and give shape to my world.
I know that nothing has ever been real
without my beholding it.
All becoming has needed me.
My looking ripens things
and they come toward me, to meet and be met.

 

 

 

Year of the Fire Monkey

According to Tibetan Astrology by Phillipe Cornu, a Monkey year is “extremely rich and holds many surprises—anything can happen. This is a year in which one must be cunning and seize new initiatives. All opportunities are open and one should be flexible enough to take advantage of them. This is a year of daring progress, not for the slow or timid.”

The fire element adds to that rather exciting stew: “Fire transmits a vital, brilliant, and transforming energy and enhances expression, extroversion, and the ability to make decisions.”

Sounds good to me. I love monkeys. They are lively, playful and full of energy.

This video explains how unexpected advantages can come from daring to deal with a mess.

 

 

Curious Monkeys

 

 

 

Be Ridiculously Yourself

Life is like an empty box. It doesn’t matter what you get out of it. What really matters is what you put into it.

From my all time favorite writer Sark

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My additions –

Dance

 

 

Laugh

What did one eye say to the other eye?  There’s something that smells between us.

Watch funny movies

Drip. drip. drip the bucket fills .  What are you filling it with?

 

 

 

The Beautifully ImperFect

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Wabi Sabi is a Japanese word which is hard to define. The Japanese don’t even have it in their dictionary, but its essence is appreciating the imperfect. It is beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.

We as humans are imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. We are Wabi Sabi. How freeing that feels. We are a natural thing, only a machine can be perfect and even they can go haywire. The stress we put on ourselves to look, act and create perfectly can make us very unhappy. Let’s celebrate our Wabi Sabi selves. We are made of stardust and what’s more lovely then that.

“The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order.” – Henry Miller

“Perfectly ordered disorder designed with a helter-skelter magnificence.” -Emily Carr looking at the forest

As Carl Sagan says

Remember this every day

Slow Adventures

“Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.” -Eckhart Tolle

Summer is not to be rushed. We can forget that as we hurry from one artificial air conditioned place to another. Heat naturally slows us down. That’s why nature made Summer,to slow us down. We should listen. It’s a time to explore and stretch the boundaries of ourselves.

Drawing is a guilt-free start to slowing our busy selves. We can justify sitting and looking and being still because we are doing something.

Summer is the time for anything to happen……
Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. – Shel Silverstein

Think you can’t draw, that’s okay as this video explains.

Change Problems to Challenges and Lighten Up

Problem – something difficult to deal with

Challenge – a call to test your skill or strength

Changing your outlook can make all the difference. This is a problem sounds ominousness. This is a challenge sounds exciting. Our mind flip flops from oh no to I can figure this out. Example I’m out of chocolate, do I think oh no or how can I get some.

People talk about the reality of their life as if it is important. And we want you to understand, it’s only the temporary indicator. -your gas gauge is on empty-do you go to the gas station and look at your gas gauge in horror? “How did this happen? Why, why, why did this happen to me?” Do you lay your head on the steering wheel and just sob? “Oh, look what it’s come to. I’m finished. I’ve lived all of this life, and look where I am.” Or do you just fill up?”– Esther Abraham-Hicks,

Maybe we all need a little laughing yoga

It’s contagious

Here’s a Ted talk on the science of laughter

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