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Everyday I am Shuffling


New dance routine….I guess it’s my top form of exercise.

Right?

We Just wanna see you Shake that…

I am back into my size 16 jeans. Oh yea!
Glad I kept all my favorites.
I knew in my heart I was not going to hit Size 20.The 18 part was a close call.

All my blouses fit so much better too.

I have never been one for exercise or fad diets, counting calories not for me either.
So, I just started using a smaller plate and ya know it works. Since last year at my highest weight of 220; I am down too 195. This is the same I weighed in 1998.
When I graduated from high school in 1966 I weighed 150. I think I would look like a crack addict if I weighed that now.

I have a bit of a routine I suppose. I occasionally take short walks; or take my bicycle for a spin. It is so much easier and quicker to hop on the moped.

I Love Special K cereal with fresh fruit, especially blueberries.

Yogurt is a biggie with me too, I even use it in my 2 % smoothies, with just ice and added fresh fruit. It taste just like ice cream too me.

I was raised on Fried and Creamed. The more dough and grease the better.
I bake now, and not pies.

At the moment I have a Chicken wing bake in the oven. I put a layer of Julienne carrots on the bottom, then I layered the remaining wings, potatoes and just a bit of onion. Very light on the olive oil for a bit of flavor and lots of seasonings. Bake at 325-350 ° for approximately an hour and 1/2.

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People come into your life for a reason – YouTube


People come into your life for a reason – YouTube.

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support,
To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are..
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
This person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
Things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.

Your job is to accept the lesson,
Love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant

Thank you for being a part of my life,
Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

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Dark Night of the Soul


It is difficult to know that your heart is not beating freely if the weight of the ego upon it is all you’ve ever known. Almost everyone suffers the same ailment. When we pass through the Dark Night we realize “I am a free Self and still connected to the world.”

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Embracing the Dark~Honoring the Light

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DARK NIGHT OF SOUL~Isabel Hickey

One of the principal goals of any spiritual path is to lead us to experience that the true essence of our soul is loving, peaceful, joyful and free.
As our upper chakras open we experience our true soul essence as love and light. The air and fire elements facilitate this liberating experience.This phase of our spiritual journey covers both the taste of the ecstasy of Light and the agony of the dark night of the soul. We discover what the real cause of our pain and anguish is our perceived (unconscious) separation from God.

We realize that we have to work through all the dark thoughts,drop all alienating beliefs and release all false perceptions that keep our mind disconnected from the Divine. We become more and more content as we cultivate our inner relationship to our Divine Source and accept Maya for what it is.
We become more and more self-actualized as we learn to live our truth unflinchingly without letting outer circumstances distract us from our Divine Connection, or allowing external input to define our identity and our reality.

Working with the mental and subtle bodies is satisfying, but we notice that we cannot stay in this “enlightened” state all the time. This is when we realize that we have physical and emotional bodies that must also align with Spirit if we are to maintain this expanded state of consciousness. Enter the water and earth elements and the lower chakras. The good news is that the emotions are the sensory system of the soul. The bad news is that our work has just begun.

DARK NIGHT OF THE SENSES

St. John of the Cross writes about the “dark night of the senses.” Seva Simran Singh has observed “that almost everyone on a spiritual path goes through the ‘dark night of the senses.’ Essentially it is when everything you are seeing, hearing and feeling starts to drive you nuts. You begin to experience that the behavior of the senses is out of sync with the intent of your soul and it becomes a battle for which one will dominate your consciousness. You seek solace by finding sensory stimulus that supports you soul – sacred places, art, deep meditation – but then it is right back into the trenches and the battle rages on. After a while you begin to realize that the senses have been conditioned by past lives and the impressions of this life and that what you are really battling is your own karmic tendencies which, as your soul wakes up, are no longer acceptable to you.”We must consciously work with our emotional body to release the samskaras or scars that distract us from our true essence. Our task is to break the attachment to those tendencies that pull us away from our pure essence. We do so by patiently healing our emotional wounds and by reconfiguring our psyche to support our soul. This process can take years and perhaps is never really over.

There is however a point at which our soul essence begins to dominate our conscious attention. This is a turning point, after which the process of becoming our true selves gets deeper, richer and wonderfully satisfying. As we become more fully awake, we get more adept at rooting out old programming and releasing the hold of the past on our senses.

We are able to identify aspects of our life that are a function of outer reality and let go of sensations that have been cooped by conditioned responses. We learn to release unacceptable and confusing responses and replace them with authentic ones.
As we do so, our sensations become more and more pure expressions of our soul. We discover what it means to live and love at the level of our own truth, which is empowering and directing us from within.

FROM DARK NIGHT TO SENSORY HUMAN

“It is through meditation and sacred spaces that we get in touch with our soul and also retrain our senses experience reality through the eyes and ears and feelings of the soul. During the dark night of the senses this contrasts acutely with the tendency to experience reality through the eyes, ears and feelings of the ego and its conditioning. Thus we are both attracted and repulsed, desire and don’t desire, like and don’t like, love and hate, and so on, as the battle to win our senses rages on. We crave sensory stimulus that will remind us of our soul in order to escape from sensory stimulus that reminds us of our conditioning, known and unknown, personal and collective.”

When we actually experience our soul strongly enough, it begins to alter the mind so that the senses serve the soul. We no longer experience reality through the eyes and ears and feelings of our history/conditioning/ego.

In kundalini yoga this is called the sensory human.

The point about the dark night of the senses is that you don’t get there without a struggle to determine who or what is going to be in command of the senses and the way in which information is interpreted or filtered. Once you are there, your sadhana keeps you there and the journey is one of seeing and feeling and hearing through a different lens, a liberated one, free of time’s weight.

“The senses are capable of taking in billions and billions of bits of information across auditory, visual and kinesthetic spectrums vastly greater that what they have been conditioned to take in through genetics (collective history), samskaras (personal past life history), vassanas (personal- this life impressions) and the associated tendencies to distort, delete and generalize information.

When we tap into the sensory human we transcend our identification with the above and begin to open up the senses to their real potential as the eyes, ear and feelings of the soul.

“Our goal is to become what Yogi Bhajan calls a sensory human. We do so by passing through both the dark night of the soul and the dark night of the senses.

We re-train our senses to align with our soul, to obey a different master and to serve a different reality.

Oh blessed the night of sparkling stars
That brings forth the sun’s comforting light
Blessed and cherished sleep that renews our soul
for the day ahead~
come what may
another darkness of night to come
another daybreak
and so it continues

Written 8/17/03
Copyright ©2012 Cynthia Martz

Moments Seize Us


I just downloaded Photo DVD Maker Professional.  I installed it and realized it was an updated version of a previous purchase in 2006 called Photo Slideshow at no charge. This one you can put movies, the last one just pictures. I really appreciated the fact that when I installed it up pops my registration already there.

 

That is what I call a up and up investment. I hate that I paid $45 for the other one that was fine until you burned your time consuming creation and nothing burned. If it did say it burned it would not play in my computer or DVD Player.

Plus you can’t save the creation in any format. Just BURN that is all. What a waste of money.

So, as you see my mistake was not looking up my papers on it with the register code that  I had saved in a prior vintage backup.

When I did I was even more surprised at how easy the update was and the fact it was already registered from 9 years ago.

Unbelievable.

The companies are Anvsoft and Aimersoft.

The first one is the up and up one, the other one offers no refund after 30 days. No answers after numerous attempts and complaints that worked. No further solution solving to a program that is a definite not on the Up and Up.

Even though I paid $45 for it. I am uninstalling, cleaning up the register and getting rid  of any saved movies I created that would only open in the program.

 

So away it goes.

 

Live and Learn to differentiate between similar names.

 

On a added note I just finished watching the movie “Boyhood”

The best movie I have seen in years.

Girl: You know how everyone’s always saying, “Seize the moment”? I don’t know why… I’m kind of thinking it’s the other way around.

You know, like, the moment seizes us.

Mason: Yeah… Yeah, I know. It’s constant. The moments… It’s just—It’s like it’s always right now, you know?

 

All the more reason to BE HERE NOW

Dear Mommy


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Dear Mother.
As I sit here and reminisce about you, our family I just wanted you to thank you for the love and care you showed me as a child. Clean clothes, wonderful homemade meals, a kind word, a shoulder too cry on. So many little things that probably went unnoticed and unappreciated at the time.

Later in my adult life you didn’t speak too me for 12 years and I always felt cast out of your life. The same way I had been casted from THAT religion.

The first time we saw each other again after those 12 long years seemed as no time had passed.

Yet it had.

Moments, laughter that could have been shared as it should have been.

Than years later being shunned yet again. Than you left this earthly realm.

You called the day before your surgery to say you loved me.

The few mementos I have from you will always be cherished. Your dolly in the bottle, your pretty embroidered handkerchiefs. The heart jewelry box with your snap on earrings that kill my ear lobes. Your original wedding band from 1945 that I wear everyday.

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Where ever it is that you are you always will be in my heart. You reside in my mirror when I gaze at myself.

Your beliefs took precedence and I can not fault you for your journey. It took me sometime to realize that indeed each of our journey’s are unique and of our own making.

I Love you always Mommy.

The Itch Nobody Can Scratch — Matter — Medium


via The Itch Nobody Can Scratch — Matter — Medium.

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My thoughts:

I have several friends with this supposedly CRAZY malady. The government programs, tests and intensive findings on the matter are little to none. So, if you are diagnosed CRAZY and if you don’t want to be committed you had better STOP with the complaining.

Perhaps 20 years from now this will be a diagnosis and persons labeled CRAZY will have had there so called day.

I do not believe everything I read on the internet. I do believe in things and occurrences I see with my own eyes. I am not delusional. I understand that if what ails you is not listed, it comes up as an Unknown and there in lies the problem.

Just because it is unknown does not mean it does not exist for many persons.

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if you want a con leche coffee or a Cuban sandwich, there’s only one place to go, and that’s Sandy’s Café.

via Sandy’s Cafe.

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Photo and recipe by Arissa

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“It has (from top to bottom) Cuban bread with butter on the outside that is pressed, mustard, dill pickle slices, Swiss cheese, Virginia ham, and Pernil (which is roast pork that is shredded). So yummy”

Sandy’s Cafe Best Cuban Sandwich

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A daffodil placed under the windshield wiper of a loved one’s car says, “Be happy! Spring has sprung! I love you!” A collection of stems gathered and placed in a Mason jar can be left on someone’s doorstep to remind them of the simple beauties that abound in this life. Don’t forget to bless yourself with a vase of these bright blossoms on your kitchen table or nightstand. Every time you see them, you will be filled with the happiness and warmth of the sun.

via DailyOM – Yellow Miracles.

DailyOM – Yellow Miracles

The Dovekeepers-A Miniseries


I am watching this and it is spell binding. The novel was written by Alice Hoffman. I watched the first part online and have recorded the second installment.

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Clips from Part 1

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The story is about the Shirah Witch of Moab, her children Aziza by Eleazor Ben Ya’ir , her mother forced her to live as a boy to protect her. She was raised as a warrior. Another child (a son named Adir) was born of her marriage to Sa’ adallos who found her in the desert after she was shunned and sent there to perish. Her child born after her capture by the Romans was named Yonah was also fathered by Eleazor Ben Ya’ir .

Her life and how it intertwined with the other women. Yael with flaming long red hair (Her child, a son was fathered by Ben Simon and named (Arieh) which is the Hebrew word for lion. Later she befriends a Roman slave who is infatuated with her and speaks of raising the child as his own. Her brother (Amram) ,Revka.

All the women are Dovekeepers and keepers of secrets.

2,000 years ago in a place called Masada, high on a mountain in the Judean Desert they hid from the Romans.

I ordered the book.

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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

“Here is the riddle of love,everything it gives you it takes away. But I ask you would you have it any other way?”
Shalom

“All things change, for that is the way of the world we walk through.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

“Dreams came to men for many reasons, both as oracles and as warnings.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

“Even as a small child, I understood that woman had secrets, and that some of these were only to be told to daughters. In this way we were bound together for eternity.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

“The stars are reflected from within the black water in the cistern. I find comfort in the omen I glean from this: light in the darkness, truth when it seems there is none.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

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In the Art of Bushido a true “warrior” is asked to find Gratitude when a weakness is exposed, as it gives them an Opportunity to reinforce their armor, if you will. A toxic relationship is where we find the same kind of opportunity for Gratitude and Growth. But we must remove our own energy from the energy of the poisonous interaction, and change it, in order to release the ties that bind.

via The Ties That Bind – Releasing Toxic Relationships : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database.

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The Ties That Bind – Releasing Toxic Relationships : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database

Beep Beep Boop


This is funny. I was trying to figure out where I seen this BEEP BEEP BOOP after I seen all the flak WordPress is getting on the new post area. So, I thought well that’s a catchy blog title. Now I realize that’s where I seen it. It pops up each time you hit new post.

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