The Art Of Making A Difference
Living Our Deeper Song
It is extremely gratifying to see that at 91 I am still making a difference. I offer shifts in awareness that resonate with younger generations. I am the only vegetarian out of over 100 residents and an unknown number of staff. I gave our Chef Jeff my binder of vegetarian recipes and he is very creative. But what interested me recently was when he said he had been to a chef’s networking group and there was more interest in vegetarian and veganism because they have begun to serve younger generations.
Another place I served was sharing my need to be outside and wishing I had access to a screened-in porch. Chris, our CEO, made certain there are screened-in porches off of each common room in the new building.
When I realized how hard it would be to stand to garden in the raised beds we have, I suggested a wheelchair accessible raised bed to our CEO. I was thinking about the new building in two years but a new raised bed is now set up that is long and narrow and wheel-chair accessible so I can easily touch my plants and get my hands dirty. As the test pilot for that I will add to the experiences of future residents.
This is just me being enthusiastic and I am still making a difference.
I am the one person here who knows about holistic healing and I talk a lot about reiki and sound healing and Ayurvedic and acupressure and Bach Flower Remedies and free summits on The Shift Network.
Look closely at the many ways you are making a difference. You have more far-reaching impact than you realize.
DEEPER SONG AFFIRMATION
I become more aware of how far-reaching my impact is and how I create change in the world.
DEEPER SONG PROCESS
- Look closely to see the many ways you impact and change the world around you.
- Creatively expand and deepen your impact.
===DEEPER SONG LIVING ===
Learn To Recognize The Spiritual Reality Of Nature
Every animate object is spiritual. That means my desk is spiritual, my shoes are spiritual, my food is spiritual. I know my life is spiritual, I just hadn’t given any thought to the spirituality of my desk or my clothes. But I will.
I am aware of spirituality in nature but had not thought about the spirituality of items made from nature. It’s an interesting concept. And it adds an unexpected dimension to my life. It will add to my gratitude and appreciation and more conscious use of what I keep around me.
A Meditation Garden
In my new raised flower bed, the first thing I am going to do is sit with my hands in the dirt and talk to it. It will be a meditation garden and because I am so excited about gardening, it will have a variety of plants rather than a theme and design.
Last year we painted river rocks as a craft project and since I love rocks, I did not paint mine. As I held it, I found that it was a very strong energy for my heart chakra. I was surprised. It was a smooth grey river rock. I have kept it on my desk ever since. Those smooth rocks came to mind when I wanted to create a stack of three standing rocks in sand to be the focus for my meditation garden. When Patricia, my social worker, went to retrieve some of the gray river rocks for me to stack, she brought me an extra one that called to her. It is for my eyes!!! And it has very strong energy. My new adventure has begun…
No matter what the input, no matter what the choice – every facet of our life is self-determined. We may be influenced by others, or a circumstance, or a need but the choice is ours, whether we mean for it to be or think it will create.
I realized how little I moved my body some days. My own choices either weaken or strengthen my body. I have choice in what I think. I have choice in what I do or don’t do. I have choice in every moment of my day.
We design our own life. We follow our own heart. We choose our own path. We are the determining factor in how our life plays out. What are you choosing? What are you creating?
How Do You Nourish Yourself?
I paused to think about how I nourish myself. I eat well – I’ve been a vegetarian for 50 years. I get enough rest. I could exercise more. I have a strong spiritual life. I keep learning. And I have loving, supportive friends online. That’s pretty good.
I connect with nature through my wall of flowers and by being fully present in the rising sun as I sit by my big window and watch it light up my collection of sun catchers. I listen to music that nurtures and replenishes me. I am creative through writing and art and I keep learning. I wish I had something to hug – like cuddling with a cat or a dog. But basically, I’m doing ok. How do you nourish yourself?
Write To Figure Things Out
All the topics I write about in this newsletter are because I need to figure things out. I see a phrase or an idea and I pause to write about what it means to me, how I might apply it in my life. I share it with myself for deeper clarity.
How do you explore the ideas that interest you?
How Do You Create A Nurturing Sanctuary?
Feeling centered and present is empowering and how we arrange our space is a key component to a nurturing experience.
Begin with clutter. Organize it, put it away, give it away. If you take everything in your kitchen and put it in the garage and only bring in what you need, you’ll be surprised at how little you bring in. And preparing your meals will become a more serene experience.
Re-think what is on surfaces like your end tables – keep it simple – think balance and harmony. Think Feng Shui and add one thing at a time to keep the energy serene and centered.
Control the sound around you. Cultivate more periods of silence and notice how serene you feel. Open your windows to the sounds of nature and just listen. You might add the sound of a water fountain or wind chimes. You might play bird calls on your commuter and just sit and listen and imagine. Bring the nature sounds of harmony and balance into your home.
Lighting is an important element to adjust. Soft, ambient light quiets and soothe.
Smell is a subtle sense to address. I have a ceramic lotus on my desk in which I put flower essences. Scented candles can be a lovely addition.
Create your nurturing space using your five senses – touch, hearing, taste, smell, sight. Examine and experiment with each to find what nurtures you.
Sit in your space and begin to make changes. Be clear in your intention to set up your home as a soothing and refreshing place to be. Take a moment to feel and experience how each addition and subtraction affects the serenity and peace in your environment. Your home is your oasis, your sanctuary, a source of nurturing. What changes do you need to make to create a serene sanctuary?
All Life Is Sacred – Treat All Beings With Respect
I became a vegetarian 50 years ago because I did not want to kill animals. I was the only vegetarian at my senior independent living in Kansas City and I am the only one here at long term care. They are being very supportive and creative in meeting my needs.
If this is a path you want to explore, I recommend the web site www.loveandlemons.com and The Complete Tassajara Cookbook: Recipes, Techniques, and Reflections from the Famed Zen Kitchen by Edward Espe Brown.
To begin, focus on discovering vegetarian dishes you like and let them gradually become your main choice.
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A Bumpy Day
I was beaten to the shower twice and it was late afternoon before we could make it happen. I pinched my finger while trying to move the foot holders of my wheelchair into place and my legs hurt as they heal.
What do you do when you hit a bumpy day? Do you laugh? Or cry? Or work with it?
I am listening to new age instrumentals on Pandora as I write this because you-know-who is asleep in her recliner with 20-year-old game shows on.
It’s a tad early for bed. I don’t want to read and I have played enough Spider Solitaire.
What do you do when you manifest a bumpy day?
===SING A DEEPER SONG ===
Riding The Waves
My day has been a bit like being tossed around in a bumpy ocean. I’m neither focused nor centered.
My day has been a bit like being tossed around in a bumpy ocean. I’m neither focused nor centered. I take a deep breath and let go. I release all worry, concern and quiet my mind. I center myself.
My day has been a bit like being tossed around in a bumpy ocean. I’m neither focused nor centered. I take a deep breath and let go. I release all worry, concern and quiet my mind. I center myself. I let serenity fill my being. I settle more deeply into the moment and I am content.
– Cara Lumen, February 2024
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