soulspiceadventures

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing!" …Helen Keller …Saving the world, one life-changing, consciousness raising, wonderful adventure at a time.

…in a sea of staring herrings…

We live in a sea of staring herrings!!  
and worst of all we are one!!  
All just staring out into space, with empty, vacant looks…
vacant because there is no-one home.  

This week let’s make it our spiritual project to notice how often we have become a staring herring.  
And then let’s invite our being back home, into our body, noticing our thoughts, hearing sounds, seeing what is around us, and eventually seeing how a whole new way of seeing becomes available to us.  
Then we leave the sea of staring herrings and enter the sea of the seer.

 

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2014: Burn the Old, Invent the New

sacred fire

sacred fire

Burning…releasing…offering…

Sunday I led a New Year’s Mini-Retreat at my house. We re-viewed our past year, miracles, accomplishments, our failures and disappointments. We listed all our limiting ideas, thoughts and beliefs that were holding us back from greatness. We built a beautiful blazing fire and one by one we offered all things from the past to be purified in the sacred flames. We watched as our past burned on bits of paper turning to ash before our eyes.

Inventing…creating…visioning…

Our souls felt purified. And with a clean slate we visioned our New Year. In silence of meditation we opened ourselves to a whole new being… to a whole new, previously unimagined possibility for our lives. Feeling the infinite nature of who we really are we began to write new messages upon the slate of 2014.

Faith, Love, Joy, Life, Harmony, Peace, Light, Greatness, Gratitude, Truth, Giving,  were the seeds of the writing on the slate.

 

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A New Year’s resolution to end all resolutions…

grow miracles

grow miracles

Every year promises, resolutions, hopes for a new life and a new way of being.  Gradually over the years we realize that resolutions and promises don’t work.  We resign ourselves to the status quo….next year will turn out however it does no matter what we do.  So why even make an effort?

Throw away all your resolutions!!  Today let us make a new kind of resolution…a resolution to end all resolutions… and that is to live now, to be happy now, to have all we want now, because now is the seed for tomorrow.  So whatever you want in the new year feel how it would feel to have it and stay with that new energy of having.

Today let us plant a new seed.  A seed that will grow miracles in our life.  Each day cultivate miracles, nurture miracles, feed them, watch for them.  When you get up in the morning let your first thought be, “What miracles can I create today?”  and then watch and wait for miracles to appear.  Grow a lovely garden of miracles.

Find or make a beautiful miracles box.   Cut up little bits of paper and as you notice miracles in your life write them down.  Write the big ones on colored paper.  As your miracle consciousness grows you will begin to notice more and more miracles in your life.  Whenever you have a down day get out your miracles box and remember all your many blessings.  Happy New Year!!

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We love you Nelson Mandela!

Nelson Mandela’s life story.

Thank God for great men like this to show us what we could be, to give us something to live towards. 

Nelson Mandela we love you.

 We salute you!!

    Rest in Peace.

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sun dog… miracles…lessons of nature

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miracle of nature

Miracles abound!!  Let nature remind us of the miracles that are all around and part of our life every day.

All of nature is an amazing miracle.  And within every part of nature is revealed a wonderful life lesson.  Changing seasons, the gifts of food, stillness of trees, plants and animals preparing for the seasons, etc, etc.  Watching nature we can learn all we need to know about life.  Even a close look at one leaf of your house plant can change your life as you allow its wisdom to move into your soul.

Today, I had the amazing fortune to see a most amazing sun dog. What a miraculous event!!  I had to stop the car to run and find a good photo spot. Is it an omen of good luck or just a sign of a change in the weather?  Whatever it is it will be good.  After minus 30 temperatures in November a change in the weather can only be lucky.  And to witness such beauty can only be called a miracle!!

Your Pinch Of Spice today is to get out there into nature, find miracles there, allow their beauty to change you inside, and then watch as miracles begin to pour into your life.

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What does fun have to do with spirituality?

sailing into adventure

sailing into adventure

Life is meant to be fun and adventure…

Fifteen years ago or thereabouts, in my book-devouring days in which I consumed a book a day almost (bleep bleep! exaggeration!!) I read a book called Celestine Prophecy.  I’ve found that most books I read have one main idea or theme that is worth taking, and it usually takes the author several hundred pages to explain this one idea and get us to believe it.  So the one thing I got from this book was that life is meant to be fun and adventure.

Or is it?……  

Even though I didn’t understand totally at the time how fun and adventure could fit in with a spiritual life (I always thought being spiritual meant being calm and peaceful and holy and that having fun was the opposite of that) I still knew at some level that it was true and that life was meant to be fun.  It was kind of a radical way of thinking for me at the time.  My parents were very religious and we were taught that God was serious and that dancing and having fun were devil’s play.  Even laughing too much was frowned upon.  But with so many kids to try to keep in line I suppose our parents needed to use whatever tricks they had available.

Choose God or Fun……

For many years I was torn and tortured.  I began studying other religions and read about how monks practiced renunciation, giving up all worldly pleasures, and how this was the only way to really find God.  And I knew that they were right.  And this just seemed to prove that my parents were right.  If I wanted God I had to give up fun and enjoyment.  So I spent many tortured years grappling with demons of… doesn’t God want me to be happy?, and does He really want me to be poor?, and if God’s going to send me to hell for enjoying life then he’s not the kind of God I want to believe in anyway.  ..and I’m probably going straight to hell for even thinking a thought like this.

And then there were the religions that taught how to have all you wanted in life, like New Thought and Unity. And I knew that they were right. And I was even more tortured. I wanted the peace that those monks had but I wasn’t sure I was ready or ever would be…to give up having money and fun and a joy-filled life.

God is fun and fun is God…

Till finally one year after many years of soul-searching I finally, clearly, undisputedly saw the truth.  Spirituality was living fully alive and adventure was experiencing life fully alive.  They were the same thing.  When you are fully aware of your spiritual nature then every moment is a grand and marvelous adventure.  No matter what life brings it all is a lovely experience just because you are alive.   Fun, enjoyment, life, God…all the same.  Yes, the monks were right and yes the Unity’s were right.  Yes, yes, I could have it all.  I did not have to live a deprived life.  It is possible to live in inner peace and harmony and still have the life you always wanted.  Not only is it possible but they go together.  When your inner being is joyful then your outer life brings you more to be joyful about.  It’s a Law of Life!!

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Step off the edge of the world today!!…

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…and float right into new life!!

Be Christopher Columbus!  Don’t be afraid to sail into unknown territory.  Is life in your own self-imposed prison a life worth living?  Don’t be afraid of death because maybe an un-lived life is a dead life…maybe you’re already dead and when you step out of your fear you finally find life.   Nothing was ever the same because CC had the courage to set forth into the unknown.  The whole world changed instantly from a flat pancake to a round sphere and new possibilities opened up for all human beings as we began to realize that maybe nothing in life is as it appears to be.

“One cannot discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.”  Andre Gide

What will you do today to step off the edge of the world and start living?

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…everything passes…

sun in trees

Crisp cool evenings in early August… darkness coming noticeably earlier each day… these are just chilly reminders that nothing lasts forever.   And so often we need reminders such as this.  What we love will soon be gone so enjoy it while we can.  What we don’t love so much will soon be gone so don’t worry…love it for the gifts it brings…for bringing contrast and depth into your life.  Everything comes into our lives just to pass through.  All moments become moments of beauty when we realize that they won’t last.

As we squeeze the last few drops of enjoyment out of each warm evening that just short weeks ago had us living as though they’d never end, we see that all of life is a gift to us.

Everything that comes into our lives has a message for us that says, “Live now, live now!”

Spice for this week:  Get out and live your life!!  Enjoy the warm evenings, enjoy the cold days, sit on your patio, go for walks, spend time with trees, lay on the grass, get up and watch the sunrise for a sunrise meditation, never miss a sunset.

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…robin takes me away…to meditation

Robin’s Meditation

Robin’s call takes me away
….to another shore
where time has no meaning,
where thoughts exist no more.
Clamoring, clinging shouts
persistently demanding tenant’s rights…
demanding to maintain residence
are losing the battle…
in the joyful call of the robin.

Empty rooms are found and
spaciousness is once again the king

Silence rings its bell
and the unfamiliar taste of rest
is the gift
to welcome new guests like me.

Always follow a robin’s call.
This is life lived.

Marlene

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…Did I forget to mention??? …I love sunsets!!

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