So most people make resolutions and goals on January 1st each year. As I have aged I have found that my birthday marks a special time for me. Considering next year will be the big “65″, I am making my intentions for the next 12 months now.
Heading forward into November NaNoWriMo with dedication to finish my 2014 novel.
- Connect with other dedicated writers
- Re-read my novel and drop the mid-action change to the remote retreat
- Brainstorm the crisis point and options to redevelop the events
- Creating a story board to the point of change
October – research plot change options
- Art Journaling
- Walking (daily)
- Eating better meals (homemade)
- No spend weeks
- Tracking utilities and regular costs
- Saving goals
- Trackers – weekly
- Pay down all debt
- Mindfulness – moment by moment
- Capture those special times by camera
- Write letters
- Spend time with each person when the option arises
- Document every special time
- Say “I love you” every day
So this is just the general ideas of a very happy 64 year old on her birthday. Dinner with family, drinks and time with plans for a renovated office space, and that makes for great birthday celebration. Thanks for joining me.
TRUTH #2: You are an extension and expression of God. Everything God is, you are. Everything God is not, you are not. God is love and only love, and so are you.
How I feel about that today:
I need to keep reminding myself of this. There are times of insecurity when I wonder if I have value – these are the times I tend to turn away from God. In my heart I know I am pure love. I feel I can live his life of love now, more than any other time in my life. As a Grandma, I feel stronger and more confident in my true nature. I feel I have less to prove and more to share. I feel more at peace every day. My peace is coming from inside of me, instead of from a Church or minister’s sermon. I look for synchronicity every day, an indication that I am walking my true path.
A Course In Miracles – Made Easy
(Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love)
By Alan Cohen
TRUTH #1: ONLY GOD IS REAL. All separation is illusion.
How I feel about that today:
Strangely, I have never doubted that God is real or that He exists for me. As a child, I loved Sunday School and was very upset when my family stopped attending church when I was 12. I have always felt I could go to God, and sit at His feet and love and be loved. When heartsick or feeling battered by life, I could picture myself at His feet in adoration. I could feel His hand stroking my head, and feel His love soothe me.
Although I moved away from man’s church at different times in my life, I never felt that God wasn’t there for me. I felt guilty from time to time, that I appeared to turn my back on Him. But I knew He was there, and still is – loving me as I am. Why – because I am a part of Him and He is a part of me.
Friday used to be TGIF days when I worked, but now that I am retired, why do Fridays feel so special? I go for walks every day at the campsite (still there most days till October 1). I am busy with my sewing, journaling, drawing, etc. But somehow Thursday comes around and my heart speeds up thinking, “Tomorrow is Friday. Oh boy!”
Will this feeling ever stop? Like the first week of September is “back to school” days. I went to Staples and bought new supplies for me for “school”. LOL. Yup, I bought some new notebooks, pens, pencils, a new pencil case. And, I was super excited all through my shopping. When I realized that my daughter felt the same way I did, knew I couldn’t steal a grandchild and go shopping, like I used to do. Now mu daughter does that fun shopping. But I did ok this year.
So maybe when I turn 65, I won’t feel the Friday rush, and the back to school excitement. Or maybe I am just always going to love the excitement of the end of the week and the beginning of the school year. Oh well. I do enjoy the ride.
Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love
By Alan Cohen
I have considered studying A Course in Miracles by Dr. Helen Schucman and Dr. Bill Thetford, for years. I have friends who have not only read the material, but practice it every day. These friends I consider spiritual mentors and wonders in today’s world.
When visiting my local bookstore recently, I found this book:
Now anything that is made easy sounds very appealing to me, since I am a “let’s get it done quick” kinda girl. So for $15.99 I bought it. What a great deal! Having gone through it from start to finish (another of my foibles), I have to state it was my favourite buy in a long time. Yes, it started out rather slow, and after the first 3 chapters, I wondered why I was reading it. Then my world opened up. I started to write quotes that touched me in the moment. Soon I was writing quotes and paragraphs of self discovery. I then went to title pages and journaling all day to discover what the writing said to ME that day.
Now in no way would I attempt to tell you what this books says. I truly believe that its message, similar to the original text, is to be read by your heart. Let your spirit soar in celebration of new and renewed ideas. Enjoy every day of reading, and be sure to take your time to let each day’s message swell within you. I believe you could read this book many times and get new messages every time. The sign of a true work of the spirit.
At the end of the book, Alan Cohen, lists 14 things as “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ACIM but Didn’t Want to Have to Read the Whole Course to Find Out”. Although I believe there were many different things to draw from the book (for me), I will be spending the next 14 Mondays sharing those truths with you. Let’s call them my Miracle Mondays! Please join me as I continue to grow from this amazing book.
(Disclaimer: All quoted text is from Alan Cohen. In his book A Course in Miracles – Made Easy, he references his material thoroughly for your additional clarification. I am not selling anything. I am no reaping any benefits from sharing this material. I do not propose Christianity, Paganism, Witchery, Buddhism or any other faith. I believe this material transcends the limits of human religion and falls clearly on The Universe!)