Simplicity


I started blogging on WordPress in 2011. I appreciate each follower. Every Like and love comments. I have Spam guards in place so that is not an issue.

Like anything in life things have a way of being put on the back burner so too speak.

Lately I have going through my extensive blog and realized that it is so very scattered, organized yet so much to ponder.

So, I have started paying more attention to Salt and Sand

It is more simplified.

My Favorite Things so too speak.

My Zoo

Food

Inspiration

Quotes

My Photography

I hope you will check it out.

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Just a Second


Sands of Time

Many times in the course of a day we hear these three words.

Think about them.

A second is a : The basic unit of time.
There are 60 seconds in 1 minute and 3,600 seconds in an hour.

1 second is about as long as it takes to say “one thousand and one”

Everyone of them counts

Some even get Second Chances

 

The Blessing in Starting Over


I PROMISE MYSELF

Starting Over more times than I like to recall at times. The numerous pebbles on my path, a few boulders and too many detours have led me on my journey;  through the dark and dangerous woods into the clearing that was always within my reach. I just had to grasp it, understand the simplicity of it.I will be turning 64 years on this journey on November 18 th.

I have been going through my blogs and noticing that I posted numerous things on Dark Night of the Soul, transformation and going with the flow. I am moving so fast it seems. My thoughts seem to trail off and yet come back stronger, so intense yet comprehensible if only too me Smile

My dreams have been very revealing. They show me my deep and forever love I have for my parents. I have conversations with them. This was something I missed growing up.  We lived in another era it seems.

We ate together most evenings as a family but never really knew each other. There were no overly displays of affection. I always had the notion that when I was old enough I would leave, travel, move on a whim and I did.

Many times I lived far from my roots and knew no one. Casual acquaintances became my mainstay. Now, I am acquainted with my siblings. All are still living many miles away from me. We seldom see each other. I have the means to see them, to hear them with the aid of technology. They do not seem to have the time or a cam to Skype. Something just doesn’t feel right. I want to hold them more often. Gaze into their eyes and sip a cup of Chai tea. Be silly and play childhood games.

I wonder at times if I will see them again.

I wrote this back in 2003
I believe I am related somehow to that Seagull, you know Jonathan Seagull. I just reread his story again. First off I have always felt different. Having been raised since the age of 12 as a Jehovah’s Witness it changed the course of my life in many ways. Religion has never been a past time of mine. I do believe in a higher power and  I believe that universal powers of love and compassion will be what saves us~ not religion per se’.

When I was in the eighth grade (Jr.High School) I had my first feelings of ridicule and rejection by my peers. Our class each morning scheduled a student to have a prepared quote and our interpretation of it.I remember my quote was “Two Heads are better than One” fairly self-explanatory. The part that came next was to lead the class in prayer and a salute to our National Flag.In hindsight I should have taken the responsibility of informing my teacher that I did not participate in these activities in lieu of my religious beliefs, or rather my mama’s beliefs. How embarrassing it was for me to stand there, and do nothing while the students waited. I could hear snickers and hushed laughter. The teacher walked to my side and asked if there was a problem. I said I cannot do this as it is against my religious beliefs. I was excused.

Then as I grew older I was looked upon as someone who couldn’t do most of the activities that school age kids do. There were no school dances for me or anything that would bring me into association with the in-crowd, the good kids, the popular ones. I again felt as an outcast, different from the rest.

By the time I entered High School I had become fairly popular on my own. If I couldn’t go to the dances, I would just run with a different crowd. The wild crowd. I began experimenting with the opposite sex and found that I could get my way fairly easily. I needed to hear them say just three words “I love You” and I was on to my next conquest.

During this time I was expelled, disassociated from the religion. No one in the organization could or would have anything to do with me and this was great. The only one major problem was this included my beloved sisters. My brother was too young to realize the impact being disfellowshipped had on a person. In this regard I barely know him.

Since our dad died he has stayed in contact with his sisters. I married as soon as I graduated, had a daughter, went back to the so-called “TRUTH”, and was eventually disfellowshipped again. First time fornication,second adultery, the third time was the charm. My offense was smoking cigarettes.

I traveled to Europe with my husband and small child. My family at the time knew little about my where a bouts and I survived without them in my life. I missed them, but I survived.

I became involved with anything to take my mind off my life, my non-existent caring family. Drugs and alcohol became my religion. I was very faithful to these vices.

After divorcing my husband and being at the time a bad influence on my beloved daughter; I left her with her dad in 1980 and moved cross-country. I saw my parents one time in 1981,they visited me when my daughter had come out for the summer. I did not see and rarely heard from them for the next 12 years. They had excused, rejected and expelled me once again from there lives. My mama asked me many years later in 93 when they had received permission to associate with family members why I had been so bad. I almost laughed at her. How can one feel loved or even lovable when their own parents disown them? She told me there was not a sunrise or sunset that she didn’t wonder how I was and if  I were safe, alive even. I was cut off, cut out of their life like a bad moldy piece of cheese.
The Perils of being Disfellowshipped

I sought love elsewhere, and in many wrong avenues. I am not blaming my parents. My father passed and as of this writing my mama has shunned all three of her daughters once again as of August 31st 2002.

It has been a long year~ one of growth and reflection. I have grown in love and compassion and I do my utmost to overlook other’s flaws. I try to respect their beliefs whatever they may be and however distant it takes us apart. I treasure the years when they were back in my life.

We were a family once again like old times. My sisters and my baby brother and I have become acquainted and find that we  really are very lovable people and that no one can take that from us. Unconditional love has taken on a whole new meaning to me.

Like Jonathan we sometimes have to step away from some one else’s so-called normal world and do our own thing.

Dance to our own music.

Everyone’s heart doesn’t always beat to the same melody.
And that’s just fine with me.

Written by “zimba” Cynthia Martz© 2003

Easter

1958

I am a Scorpio Sun (November 18, 1948)

Gemini Moon

But I am really RISING Aquarius

Notes:

You come across as quite a cool and distant sort of person. You prefer to look at life from an impersonal point of view and therefore find it easy to get along with all sorts of different people.

You may even have a posture that leans slightly backwards and your body language tells other people not to come too close.

You require a lot of space and freedom of movement –
you don’t like reporting on your every move.

You have plenty of originality and your style of dressing reflects this most appropriately. Being different does, however, attract attention, ironically the very thing you dislike so much.

It is not surprising that much of your outward appearance, or the way you present yourself to others is determined by the Rising Sign

Aquarius: The best quality of Aquarius is your humanitarian attitude. The worst quality is argumentativeness. A key phrase is “I know.” Aquarian are seen as progressive. When we speak of the Age of Aquarius, we are speaking of a period beginning now and extending into the future, with all the possibilities the future has to offer. Aquarian may be well-informed or even visionary in your thinking. You may not be grounded in the practical application of your ideas. Focused on a universal goal, you may not attend to the needs of individuals in ordinary circumstances.

Aquarian have advanced ideas. You are original and scientific in your methods, and you are strongly interested in education, for yourself and for others. You often prefer to learn through conversation with others, rather than through straight book studies. There is an unconventional quality in your thinking – you can take apples and oranges and make something greater of you.

Aquarians are generally pleasant, but you are also assertive. Your determination can turn to argument when you don’t get your way, and you can be unsympathetic to the views of others. Your temperament is affected by the world outside yourself, and can become cranky at times, or even rebellious. Your usual cheerful manner and understanding of human nature make you skillful social beings, but you may be somewhat reclusive, needing a lot of private time to think things through.

Lost In My Castle


Well, I really can’t tell you what’s going on, but it IS very annoying to say the least. Sometimes, I think SOMEONE is REALLY playing mind games with me. For instance, I knew I had a whole bottle of Windex. I wanted to do the windows… Well, anyways I couldn’t find the Windex in its usual little place, like where all the cleaning supplies are kept (organized I am). I said well heck I’ll just make my own with vinegar and water. The windows look great. When he came home, I casually asked him if he taken the Windex to the boat. When something is missing that’s usually where it is. He said “NO”. Then today I go in the bathroom and there it is sitting pretty as ya please on the towel rack rod. Like big as life it’s self, I asked him did ya put the Windex on the towel rack and he looks at me as if I have lost my mind.

OK,  then yesterday,  we are getting ready to go to the store. The little mailbox that is a home for my stamps resides on the shelf above the computer. It fell. It is a magnet that is or rather was attached to another larger magnet.  Anywho, I find the little mailbox~ the magnet it was on has disappeared into space? I have searched this whole room …cause PC’s don’t like magnets. I even went through the garbage can thinking it may have fallen in there. Another missing and curious thing.

Ok, then now today…this is a kicker. I have this very large colorful dust buster. I use it everyday. I just used it yesterday. The perfect tool for ceiling fans and those pain in the ass venetian blinds. I cleaned both yesterday. Now, I need it and It is among the missing . I am going to make a file and call it  LOST and FOUND or lost and never found.  In my very own abode no less.

I read a article just recently that said misplaced and thought to be lost items are not really the case. The items are wherever you put them. Yeah right!

The largest item I ever lost was my car. Well, actually it was a friend’s car. I actually called the police and reported it stolen. I was very embarrassed when they called and said they had located it. They mentioned that it seemed OK. They had located it exactly where I had left it.
A few friends and I had went out partying after work. I left the car at my place of employment and rode with the others. The next morning, I was at a loss, missing CAR 🙂

My list goes on, simple things, like favorite container bowls that I watch like a hawk. I don’t do this so much anymore since most of my Tupperware has disappeared, I have replaced it with those great little use, lose or throw-away containers.
Then there’s my favorite vegetable peeler that decided to leave my silverware drawer. It’s too large to go down the drain, although missing small paring knifes have been known too. That is another story.

I decided to make candles one day. Twas the Christmas season and I thought I would create some beautiful gifts. It was my first and shall I say last attempt at candle making. The wax was very hot and dripped into the sink. I immediately ran HOT water but it just as quickly solidified and clogged my entire plumbing up. When the rotor-router plumber guy came, I of course pretended I had no idea what could have caused it. He eventually had to break the pipes; inside he found a solid mass and mess of candle wax along with my new tiny favorite paring knifes.

I know this all sounds very trivial and I should really worry about larger things, like world conditions and such. I just can’t help it.

I am obsessive-compulsive by default and fault. When I decide to do spring cleaning, I will make a list of what I discard so I don’t spend needed energy looking for it on another given day.

I wrote this years ago but am still having the same issues.

Some things never change Smile

I think my cat hides things from me also…it’s a conspiracy I tell ya!

Then of course the ever ending Missing Sock Scenario…

National Lost Sock Memorial Day


National Lost Sock Memorial Day.

Kudo’s to the Twinnies

My Comments:
Lost Sock Memorial. How about when you accept the lost sock is gone forever, you get rid of the spare or find some ungodly use for it. Then one day you are putting clean sheets on your bed and lo and behold the missing sock falls out. Then the search begins for the spare that you did away with. Go figure

I just opened up Facebook and this picture showed up.

There’s that synchronicity again….

Shadow Insights One


Shadow Cards offer a refreshing way to explore not just psychic phenomenon but core emotional truth.

Welcome to the Metaphorum, a place where new horizons of coincidence and synchronicity are constantly unfolding. This site features the Shadow Cards, a psychological tool that creates random metaphors, food for thought. These metaphors can relate to what’s going on in your life on different levels and thus trigger nourishing insight from the unconscious. They spark unique personal symbolism that can help make meaning out of chaos as well as dreams. Sometimes the meaning of the metaphors is very illuminating, sometimes less so. Yet each combination offers a chance to stimulate creativity and exercise imaginative association. The process of metaphor recognition helps foster intuition, mental clarity and better communication. It may even strengthen or increase the dendrites or connections between the nerves in the brain. How does it work? By revealing how the internal world creatively corresponds with the external world, by revealing how issues, challenges and relationships are transformed when looked at from many angles. More perspective equals more understanding.

The Shadow Cards blend with the synchronicity of everyday living. They reflect the random shades of significance that characterize human existence. However, the Shadow Cards are NOT like a Tarot deck because the interpretation suggestions are not rigidly codified. Nonetheless, some people have described the Shadow Cards as a Jungian Tarot.

Carl Jung coined the word synchronicity to refer to the conjunction of “universal forces” with the thoughts, emotions, memories and experiences in peoples’ lives.

These are my notes from Shadow Cards today.This will be an ongoing experiment into my sub conscious mind.
The words in bold print were the cards that came up.

October 21,2012

BAD~What is right or wrong

DUMB~Not seeing the real HIM

MEDIOCRE~Not being able to apologize

CONFRONT~My demons and compulsions

BETRAY~My health

SHIFT~ Going with the flow

COMMUNE~ Living alone but not lonely

Naivety~Wildcard
5 Cards

Shadow

Stiff

Grow

Deteriorate

Dirty

June 19 th 2012

My inner being “EXPOSE”

My “Rules” remembering to play

“Shadow”
Five cards
Wildcard

Where I come from
“Revelation”
Going with the flow

Left road is feminine
creative,intuitive
“Stiff”
Past addiction

Right road is masculine
reasoning,support
“Commune”
need to express self

Road ahead is Road ahead
“Mom”
remembering mama

“Assumption”
going for the nectar of Life

“Truth”
Wisdom

“Complete”
understanding myself
Shedding Light
Inner wisdom

May 5th 2012

There is only one “JUDGE”

It’s all in how you “PLAY” the game

Don’t “WASTE” time

“Sabotage” goes two ways

Grow” into the light within your shadow

Remember the Om in “WISDOM”

Sometimes when you go with the flow,you have to acknowledge the “SHIFT”

April 15 th 2012

Only the “Shadow” knows

what I “Deserve”

Is the “Illusion” my reality?

“Avoid” the collision

“Dismiss” the outcome

Do my dreams “Sabotage” me?

No “Envy” in my heart

The light of my “Soul”

The “Wisdom” of my years

March 23 2012

To “Die” is the cycle of life

“Ignore” a problem only enforces facing it

There is life in “Belief”

On the “Agenda”
3 cards
“Sabotage”
“Anxious”
“Dad”

“Dark Night of “Soul”

The “Good” and bad of yin-yang

What am I looking at?
On a stage
revealing shadow side
Seesaw of life

“Trust” in the Light

what is my match?
ego solitude
being validated by self
Pushed-Pulled~yin-yang
Is this a dance?

Swimming in the magic of my emotions

March 18 th 2012

“MAD” is just DAM spelled backwards

There is “MAGIC” knowing when to STOP

The maze of our “EGO”

There is No Good or Bad in “Mediocre”

Help someone if you feel “HELPLESS”

“SHADOW” around the corner

“TRUST” that you are at the right place in this moment

Do not be “ASHAMED” of sharing your soul

“Demolish” all negative thoughts

Be “YOUNG” at heart

March 12 th 2012

What you see as a “Illusion” is a glimpse at your reality

Just because you turn something off does not mean you “Reject” it.

There is only one “Judge

If you feel the desire too “Manipulate“get over it

As a “Rule” I am

YOU ARE NOT “INADEQUATE

Lovers” take time to Listen

Commune” is an intentional community

I only “Brag” when I find a good deal at a thrift store

Demolish” is a wreck in process

March 10 th 2012 9:43 AM

If you want your compass to guide you show more “compassion

Take “Bored” out of your Zone~Do Something Different

“Dismiss” the negative and focus on the positives

You are not “Inadequate” You are beautiful just the way you are

It’s a “MAD” world we live in

Don’t “Sabotage“We often get into trouble trying to escape intense negative feelings.

Old” is just a word,as age is but a number

March 9 th 2012 9:27 PM

Life is like a “magic” carpet ride.Unknown destinations.

You have to play life’s “game” to survive it.

Life” can be complete if you allow it to be.

It is “sacred “and full of wisdom.

Emotions play a major role,you have to understand them.

Things come to an “end” so other things can materialize.

Compassion” is a powerful attribute.

Sometimes it’s OK to “brag” about your accomplishments.

Always let your “truths” shine brightly.It’s better to hurry up and wait then to not play the game.

Control your urge to “dominate“,lay low sometimes.

Never be “ashamed “of your past,it brought you to NOW,this moment.

Power Animals


On this day of 2012,I searched for my Power Animal

I found my White Horse

You are most fortunate to have the horse spirit within you, for she has many things to teach you and many blessings to share.

The horse will show you how to balance your caring nature and deep love for others with your equally deep need for freedom and independence.

There will be days when she shows you how to relax fully, first rubbing against your loved ones, then just standing in the shade of the tree and munching the apples as they fall. Abundance will be yours, as she teaches you that a peaceful and centered life provides what is needed, like apples falling from a tree on a perfect summer’s day.

And when you ask, she will take you for a ride, as you run like the wind, faster and faster, until finally, like Pegasus, she sprouts wings, soars into the air and allows your soul to fly free. She will lift you to the heavens and reveal to you there your own highest self.

And through it all, she will show you how to stay deeply centered in the moment. She will teach you to live without worry or regret, your heart free of blame. Breathe in her spirit and she will bring you fully into this moment and all that it contains, where you can balance beauty and duty, freedom and togetherness, all in perfect joy and harmony.