soulspiceadventures

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

…breathe…live…be

Life passes us by
Unless we stop and pay attention
Do you feel like every once in a while you find yourself being sucked down into a deep pit of nothingness?  And you struggle and fight to get out cause you know that out there is where life is happening and you’ve been missing it.

And then days, maybe weeks, or months or years later you find yourself once again breathing, looking up and seeing the sky, and finding yourself struggling to get out. ..Get out of where?   What happened?  What is happening?  Where were you?  Where are you?  Stop… and pay attention!!
Breathe…  Live…   Be…

Pinch of Spice:  Today and every day this week (or till the next POS) stop and pay attention.  Do it right now.  What do you notice?  …sounds, sensations, thoughts, breathing…notice outer stuff, notice inner stuff.  Take a few minutes to just stop and pay attention.  Now notice how suddenly you feel alive.  Just be here now enjoying being alive.  Now take note of the time and decide to do this every hour on the hour.  This is one way to bring aliveness to your life.

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skunk..one of nature’s many gifts

Baby striped skunk

Baby striped skunk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many years ago we loved going camping and more often than not, weekends would find us out in our tent in the trees somewhere.  We slept on mats on the floor…no fancy stuff for these hardy tenters.  Being in nature always renews and energizes.

One morning I woke at earliest dawn as it was just starting to get light outside and I lazily rolled over and opened my eyes.  Yikes!!! there right in front of my eyes, so close I was afraid a blink might scare him, was a black and white striped tail!!!  you guessed it!!  a skunk!!!  Help!! Panic!!  What to do?  If I moved a muscle I might regret it for the rest of my life… or at least for many weeks.  Screaming was definitely not an option.  My brain was on overdrive but my body was paralyzed.. barely even breathing. I suddenly realized that I was powerless in this situation.  Even though this little skunk was just a mere fraction of my size he definitely held the upper hand.  No amount of anything I could do would save me if Sir Skunk decided to pull a power trip.

So I just relaxed into the realization that he either does his thing or not and I can either just enjoy the moment or not.  Enjoyment seemed the better option.  Sir Skunk was such a beautiful little creature, and moved so gracefully about, almost elegantly, kind of like he knew he was royalty.  He sniffed around and after a few minutes he was at the doorway.  Oh please, Sir Skunk, you managed to get in so please find your way out.  The door flap was zipped shut so he must have somehow got under. Ooops, I had to move my head to be able to keep him in my eyesight.  No, here he was coming over toward me again.  Another close up view of a skunk tail.  That skunk tail is like the opposite of a white flag.  White means surrender, peace, but black and white stripes…this is like a warning flag signalling danger!!  Have you ever experienced the intensest fear at the same time as deepest relaxation?!  For five minutes which seemed like five hours I watched and alternated between paralytic panic and enormous enjoyment and actually it was more like both were there at the same time…and then there he was by the door and suddenly his tail just disappeared under the door flap and he was gone.

WOW!!!  What an experience!!  This was for a few minutes an experience of life lived!!  And that aliveness shaped the rest of my day and days to come.

Moral of the story: Enjoy the moment no matter what it brings.

Pinch of Spice:  This week just notice your automatic reaction to things and instead of acting upon that reaction just enjoy the moment, the experience and the reaction…and no you don’t need to find a skunk!!  Each day at the end of the day take a few minutes to review the day to recall any emotions, even slight ones and see how you can bring enjoyment to that experience.

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Pinch of Spice: time keeps on tickin’, tickin’, tickin’

silver clock

I met a friend for coffee this afternoon.  Summer is on its way and it was one of those days that nothing really mattered.  I just felt like running away from all responsibility.  What is responsibility anyway but a noose around my neck?…a prison cage.  Ahhhh… It felt so lovely to just get into the car and onto the highway, even though it was just a few miles away….  Oh, so carefree!

As we sat there over coffee chatting away she said, “It’s been three years now that I’ve been going out with Jack.”  What??  three years??!!  That meant I’d known her for over three years.  I was shocked.  Not by how long I’d known her but by how little I’d accomplished in my life in those three years.  And it suddenly hit me that I couldn’t keep on living like this.  “Oh My God!!  At this rate we’ll be sitting here in thirty years from now and saying, ‘Nothing has changed.  I’ve accomplished nothing in these thirty years.  My life has been a wasted life’.”

I’ve just had all kinds of recent reminders that it was time to live my life.  For the last thirty years since I first ran away from home to save the world, I had good reasons, exuses for not getting anywhere.  First it was no money, then I had to look after my family, then I had business responsibilities.  Just last fall our business ended.  It had taken much of my energy in the last ten years.  And now??  Well, my family is all pretty much looked after, they’re all married, moved, and reasonably happy.  My excuses and reasons were rapidly disappearing.  If ever I wanted to do great things..if ever I wanted to save the world, I’d better start now.

So here I go!!  I can’t do it alone!!  And I know the more of us who are changing our own lives and making consciousness our number one priority, the bigger an impact we together can have.  Come along with me!!!  Let’s save the world!

Time just keeps tickin’.

Your weekly pinch of spice:  There are 60 minutes every hour and 1440 minutes every day.  How are you using those minutes?  When will you start living?  Why not start now?!  Take a time inventory.  What did you do with your time yesterday or on an average day?  Notice how each hour, each minute was spent.  Was it well spent?  How could you spend it in more aliveness.  Check where you waste time in mind-numbing, time-passing  activities.  Find at least 30 minutes of time each day that you could spend in raising your consciousness and being more alive.  Use that time for some of our Soul Spice Adventures.

Take 15-30 minutes at the start of each day to breathe, focus on your breathing letting thoughts go, and experience being alive.  Take that experience with you through the day.

Please report back at the end of the week and let us know how you’re doing.

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