Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January Full Moon 2013

The January full moon was January 27th so I am a few days behind in this post but I feel compelled to share a little full moon information with you.

According to some Native American beliefs the full moon that falls between January 20th and February 18th is called the Rest and Cleansing Moon.  People born under this full moon belong to the Buttefly Clan and their directional totem is the Buffalo.

This is the second full moon of Waboose (the North Wind). This moon can help you develop your psychic ablities and to uncover important aspects of your own being. Search deep inside and this moon may reveal secrets locked inside your soul.

This moon also brings us "medicine" or knowledge about when to rest and when it is time to cleanse our bodies both physcially and spiritually. The days surrounding this full moon might prove to be an excellent time for meditation and contemplation.

I'm hoping to continue my Full Moon series each month so I'll post more moon lore around February's full moon.

The Paths We Walk

 

Have you ever felt like you were walking a path and you knew you were on the right path but not where it would lead you or what it meant?  I've experienced that quite a lot and have blogged about it here several times using different words to describe the experience.

Today I suddenly got that whole "this means something" feeling again. I was looking through information about some Native American beliefs and it struck me once again how much of a parallel there is between "concepts", "ideas", or "beliefs". Spanning the world there are stories or beliefs about things that all sort of fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. Oh there are lots of differences too but there are so many similarities that it seems unbelievable that it is just coincidence.  Cultures around the world could not have all came up with beliefs that all fit together or at least compliment each other.

So there was that little moment of "finding a path" but it was a larger feeling than that. It was just like I felt right on the edge of a cliff of understanding. Like I was doing EXACTLY what I was supposed to be doing. Pondering, wondering, searching. This is a path I am supposed to be on...but the path itself is still tangled with overgrown weeds. It's not a clear path but it does whisper to me.

 I have written several times about moon lore and the fact that I feel a sort of connection to the moon. It's not surprising that many cultures have beliefs and write about the moon. I mean a big glistening orb in the dark sky is kind of hard to miss. What strikes me is the fact that as I read...there are so many things that "jump out" at me. As if I'm "rediscovering" something I already knew. It's not just the moon, there are other topics or stories or beliefs that seem to ellicit that same feeling.

I have felt this before and usually after some time I have abandoned the path because there are so many topics and so many things to do in this life but I find it interesting that even as I detour "into" other things there is some similarities to the things I am drawn to. A connection. I keep coming back to these "common threads" as if there is something I am meant to know but can't quite see. I honestly have no idea what it all means but I feel if I keep unraveling this "blindfold" I have on that perhaps I will get a better map of the path and where it is going.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

52 Little Questions: #5

 
It's already week five!  I've been consistent for FIVE whole weeks....yeah me!
 
 
Question Five:  What is the last book you've read?
 
Seems of late I have been reading in spurts. I have the whole set of Shades of Gray that someone let me borrow and honestly I've yet to open them. People rave about how good they are and perhaps that's why I am reluctant to read them. I'm not sure I'll agree. They are on my list though so I better get started soon as I am behind everyone else with this set!
 
I always try to download the Free Fridays' books from Nook. Poor Barnes and Noble certainly haven't made a lot off of me with their e reader books. I bought a few at the beginning and then just have been reading the freebies. Some are better than others of course.
 
The last book I read was on my Nook and it's a book called Executive Privilege. It'a about the President of the USA and whether he is involved in some murders.  There are quite a few twist and turns. I can't said it is the best I've ever read but it was good and for FREE...it's GREAT.
 
What are you reading?
 
 

The Boys

 
A couple weeks ago we had a warm day so we took "the boys" (Charlie & Tucker) to the park for a walk, along with Evan!  They had a blast sniffing everything in sight. They actually did a pretty good job using their harnesses too!
 
The icy rain this morning is making me wish it was spring and warm!  Overall the winter has been pretty mild but now it seems to be dragging along through a bit of a cold spell. The weather people say it will be warming up this week but since when can we trust them. I never do!
 
 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

52 Little Questions #4

 
Question 4:  Where would you travel to?
 
My answer isn't simple because there are hundreds of places I'd like to go.
 
Where will you wander?
 
Where will you roam?
 
Africa

Ireland
 
Paris
 
Rome
 
50 States that I call home!
 
In other words.....all over the world and I still have places right here in the USA that I would like to see.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Calming Area

 
I found this image while browsing the internet and I thought....WOW....I need this....not the sign....a CALMING AREA.
 
I mean really couldn't all of us benefit from such a spot?  A place to unwind, relax, and just get our minds "right" with the world.
 
In fact I wonder if we had more calming areas....perhaps we would have less violence in our world today. Where are those little islands of sanity that used to exist everywhere and now are so illusive.
 
Grandma's house, the neighbors backyard, a favorite shop, the library, a shady tree in the park. It used to be easier to find a calming spot. A place where one feels secure and can actually let their gaurd down. Can reflect and meditate and just "be".
 
You know the more I ponder this the more I think I'm onto something. The world is so busy, so dangerous, so unpredicatable that the need for calming areas is greater now than ever before.  At just such a time as we need more....we find less.
 
I challenge you....find some calming areas so you can refresh your soul!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

52 Little Questions #3


Week Three:  How can I be kinder to myself?

Most of us spend a lot of time beating ourselves up. Over mistakes we make, our weight, things we say or don't say, how much money we make (or don't). Things that happened in the past that we have NO control over now. Well you get the picture....

So this week looks at how can you be kinder to yourself....how can you STOP being your worst critic and start being your strongest supporter. We all mess up, we all have things we wish we could do over again. But life doesn't offer do overs...well not exactly anyway. So give yourself a BREAK.

Let go of past mistakes. When they creep into your mind, push them aside. Let go of the should haves and could haves. They aren't making your daily life any easier.

Oh it can be important to learn from our mistakes but dwelling on mistakes doesn't help us learn. It just puts us in a constant state of anxiety. It also keeps us from living in the here and now. Live life now making the best choices you can. When the day ends let go of any missteps or problems. They can dissolve into the night and you can start fresh tomorrow with an open clear mind and a light heart!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

52 Little Questions: #2

This week's question: What makes you happy?
 
When I first picked this question for week two I was thinking it would be relatively easy....However I was wrong!
 
Part of my problem was there are many things that make me happy at different times...fmaily, friends, etc are of course no brainers...but there are others too. Like reading a good book or having a great meal!
 
Walking on a beautiful day, carefree and relaxed. Even something as crazy as watching a football game....so
 
 
I finally gave up and used the answer....."this journey called life"  And really that pretty much sums it up!  There are many "downs" along the journey....but just being here to live and walk this path is awesome!  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

52 Little Questions: #1


This year I'm working on a project called 52 Little Questions...where you answer a question a week. There are lots of formats for answering. I am using cards and putting the question on the front and the answer on the back. You can see the weekly art cards over at The Creative Spirit. but I thought it might also be fun to journal the questions here at Ginger's Journey.

Week One Question: What word will you live in 2013?

Every year for the last five -six years I have picked a word to try and live for the year. I struggled this year with a word but then I started thinking about WHAT do I want most in life right now?  I would love to worry less and relax more. So serenity seemed like a perfect word for me.

Now when I start to worry about things, things from the past, future concerns, many things that I have no control over....I remind myself of my word...SERENITY. I try to let go of old baggage and live in the moment, aware of God's promise and having faith in life.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bittersweet New Year's Day

Photo: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
 
 
 
It's 2013. I always find New Years Eve and New Years Day a bit bittersweet. So many emotions and thoughts. Always lots of good memories but sometimes a few bad too. Things where one wishes they had said or done something differently. Perhaps it is that quest for the "perfect" year that makes it so.  For really isn't New Years Eve and New Years Day....just another day?  They do not and can not define the past year nor the future year. They are what they are...days of the year.
 
 
The quotation above was posted on Facebook on New Years Eve...and while they are just DAYS....they do define an ending and a beginning. In the hope of each new year there are possibilities, dreams, paths to follow. The pages are blank waiting to be filled with laughter, tears, adventures and boredom. Such is life. As we seek this "perfection" we forget that life is fluid and that things happen for reasons. Mostly for reasons that we cannot even fathom. Now I do not believe for a moment that we float helplessly through life...for even though there is reason there is also individual factors that play out. The way we respond to adversity, the way we deal with loss, the way we celebrate victory, the way we treat others, the things we let dwell in our heads and the thoughts we vanquish. All of these and many more play a role in the year ahead.  Things do happen for reasons but we also have some personal power over how we let them play out in our lives.
 
 
I decided to look at that serenity prayer again before choosing my word....
 
 
The short, best known version....
 
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
 
The longer original prayer offered by Reinhold Niebuhr......
 
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.

I like the longer version best. :)  It reminds me of when a book is made into a movie...often good parts are lost...I especially like the "living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time..."  So true of how I hope to live 2013. Live in the moment!  Let go of the past...and stop worrying about the future.

Well I'm rambling again....the sure sign that this post at Ginger's Journey must end.  Have a great first day of 2013. Be yourself and love the day you have been gifted with!
 

 


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