How Do You View and Use Time?
Living Our Deeper Song
The Creative in me honors the Creative in you!
Do you spend time? Do you value time? Do you waste time? Do you wish you had more time? How do you use one of the most precious gifts we have – time? I value my time in my spiritual practice. I value my time spent learning and contemplating and writing about what I discover. I don’t waste much time worrying. I do spend a bit too much time on the news. But the main question I have for myself and for you is are you spending the time you have wisely?
Now I understand that we can’t be in full blown action mode every moment but sitting and watching reruns on television and playing Spider Solitaire is absolutely and totally a waste of my time. So why do I do that? Why do we make choices that are less than stellar when it comes to the gift of time?
Now I can’t be on point every minute of the day. No one came be. We have to find balance in our life. But I have a feeling that each of us could find better ways to nurture ourselves than we have in place right now.
Perhaps keep a time journal for a week to see how you are spending your time – including worrying about something that may or may not happen. Maybe put a priority rating on some of the activities to get an idea of their value to you and their impact on your journey. Then give a grade to how well you spend your time and make some adjustments.
I’m just going to start with two or three rankings. One will be the most nurturing and satisfying and enjoyable things that I do. Two might be the things that I do to sustain myself like eat and walk the halls. But I can guess that three is going to be really full of things that I need to rethink and re-examine and re-choose.
I have a feeling if I try and put grades on what I do for a week or so I will gain some insight that will help me make some changes that would be more supportive in my life. I would spend more time learning the Qigong practices that I am studying. I want to listen to podcasts. I want to listen to a book for fun too. Create a balance of work. All play makes for a dull person and killing time is a shame.
DEEPER SONG AFFIRMATION
I take time to examine how I choose to spend my time and make adjustments that nurture and enhance me more fully.
DEEPER SONG PROCESS
- For a week put a rating grade on the activities that you choose to do and the time spent doing them.
- Look at how you are spending your time and make some choices that bring you a more balanced and supportive existence.
Deepen Your Inner Awareness
Make Time to Evolve
I sat and looked out the window and let my mind wander. I thought about the future I wanted to create. I watched the clouds move across the sky. I watched a squirrel run up a tree. And I sat in silence and stillness and listened to nature and my inner voice. We need to create time to simply be. We need to create time to listen to our inner wisdom. We need to take time to explore our options – perhaps try them on for size in our imagination.
Stillness and emptiness make room for expansion and a deepening awareness of what is possible and what we can choose to do. Take time to be still. Take time to allow your thoughts to unfold. Give yourself time and space to evolve.
Change for the Future, Stay in the Present
There is a delicate balance we need to keep as we prepare for change. On one hand we have to explore options for the future and on the other we need to stay present with what’s going on in our world at this moment at this place and time. So I might vision how I want to rearrange my space when I move, and take steps to downsize now. But I am here in the space I have been in for some time. I must continue to build on that as opposed to spend too much time wondering about the future. Have a plan sure, but then let it go and let the next step unfold in its proper time.
Take Responsibility for Self-Healing
What Are You Expecting?
I barely caught myself from making a major mistake. I have been focusing on what happens if the direction my aging processes seems to be taking continues. But I am also working with Qigong to create self-healing. I need to shift my focus toward a more positive outcome. Are you looking in the right direction? What are you focusing on? What do you expect will unfold? We get what we believe we deserve and what we believe is possible. Look closely at your beliefs. You can change your life by changing your focus and your expectations.
Manifest by Affirming
Our words and thoughts create our reality; therefore, we can manifest a great deal of what we want in our life by simply affirming that it is so. “I am whole perfect and complete” is a good place to start. What else do you need? “I see clearly within and without” is an affirmation I use as my eyes continue to change. “All is well in my world.” Can’t get much better than that. So what are you telling yourself? What kind of affirmations are you giving yourself that are actually working against your success, against your well-being? Notice your thoughts. Notice your vocabulary. Notice your intentions. We get what we believe we deserve and what we believe is possible. That’s such a core place to start to question how and why you are manifesting what is showing up in your life. For you are the manifester. You are the creator through your intentions, your beliefs, and your expectations. Manifest what you want in your life by affirming that it is so. And watch what changes.
Curb Your Excess and Cravings
I am so bummed. The article listed everything I’m doing as being the cause of the edema I’m experiencing. I’m literally eating my way into this pain and difficulty. We create are life experience by our choices. Are you manifesting what you want? Or what you do not need? That’s something to think about.
In order to heal myself, the two things that I crave the most have to go. Look at what you’re craving either on the food level or the emotional level or the physical level and look at its repercussions on your overarching life experience. And make some changes.
Exploration of New Potential and Possibilities
What Is Important Now?
As part of my on-going down-sizing I had my daughter take away the few remaining books that I have kept and had her read inscriptions in the front of the ones that were inscribed by some of my teachers. I had her read a few of the poems that I have written along the line and I let them go. They are typed into my computer. And they are part of my deep past. As my dry macular degeneration increases, I can no longer read them and I have the experience and the memories and it is time to let go.
I continue to lessen the number of possessions I keep around me. I continue to select the ones that are most supportive in the present and release the rest. I know what I accomplished in my life. I know some of the lives that I have touched. I know when I did things really well and people were affected by what I offered. I love my curiosity. I love my love of learning. I love being an explorer. It has been a good life.
As this “next” unfolds, part of the message I’m receiving is that it is important for me to be a trailblazer for aging and downsizing and needing more help. And I need to face it with creativity and willingness and wisdom. You don’t have to worry about what will show up for you because whatever it is, you will be prepared to handle it. Know that. Trust that your life continues to educate you and guide you towards the next steps of your journey and you are always prepared to take that next step. It might be a wobbly step but you will move forward. Trust the process. Trust yourself. Enjoy the journey.
Find One Solution – Then Leave Rom for Another
When you are faced with a major change find one solution to the situation, then let it go and create a whole lot of room for something entirely different and magical to show up. I have figured out how to fit into the smaller space of assisted living but now I’m going to let go of that whole next possible scenario and immerse myself in the gifts of now, the opportunities that show up and take me in an entirely different direction. I have one solution and that may or may not be the way it unfolds. It’s OK to figure out a plan but don’t get attached to it. Leave room for something magical to unfold instead. Design a possible path then go exploring for a different journey and different outcome.
Push the Pause Button
It is with great relief that I push the pause button on the rapid focus on this potential move. I have the mechanics figured out. Now I get to work on me. My fears. My apprehension. My willingness. My expectations. Even as I choose to prepare for the future, I want to deepen my experience of the present. I have a handle on the mechanics of downsizing and it is time to turn inward and work on my spiritual self.
Don’t get too caught up in an impending physical change. Give it some thought. Get creative with your ideas of how to solve it or respond to it. And then let go until it’s time to push it into place. Go back to your inner life. Go back to your vision. Go back to your role in the world. Stand strong. Keep going.
===DEEPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE===
Self-Healing Spiritual Practice and Deepening Awareness of Our Cosmic Oneness
Talk to the Rocks
I’m giving my daughter Cathy a lot of my crystals and I’m talking to each of them as I let them go. The ones I’m keeping are exceedingly powerful and they are for me at this point in time. As our energy changes we are to change the support items we keep around us. Whether it’s a crystal or meditative practice or a form of contemplation, be prepared to change. Be prepared to explore. Be prepared to let go even if you’re very fond of it and have been doing it for a really long time.
Shamanism changed my life when I learned to journey. Learning to play the native flute was an important exploratory step into meditation. Look through your collection of spiritual tools and try them out to see how they fit you today – if they are what you need for this part of your journey. I don’t have a timeframe established for this self-examination but it could be seasonal, it could be yearly but pause periodically to make certain that you are taking spiritual steps that are meaningful for this phase of your life, not just a form of habit. Then open to embrace change. Go exploring. Stay present in the moment.
===HOW TO BE A STRONG CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE DIVERSE CIRCLE OF LIGHT BEINGS===
Expand Our Role in the Rapidly Evolving Universe
What is Your Role?
Know what your role is in any given situation. I am a support person in the unfolding of our world today. It is not my job to be an activist. On the other hand, my role is also to light the path towards aging to make it a more reassuring experience for those who follow. Know the confines of your roles and fulfill them.
===BROADEN YOUR HORIZON – EXPAND YOUR VIEW===
Raise Your Sights and Our Expectations
Don’t Get Ahead of Your Timeline
I was so busy trying to make certain I could fit into the much smaller spaces I will be offered at some point in the near future that I got ahead of myself. I carefully purchased a smaller computer desk. My son-in-law diligently put it together. And then I realized I may not need it for six or seven months so why should I give up my bigger desk at this point in time? I got ahead of my timeline. I will keep both desks for now.
Now it’s great that I’m getting rid of things. It feels good to simplify. And my daughter is taking them and figuring out how to absorb them into her life.
Leave room for the scenario to unfold. Be aware of the possible adjustments you’ll need to make. Find some solutions to them. And then decide what steps and timeline you need to follow. Stay in the present and make the most of that.
I have a friend who’s going to move to another country halfway across the world. What she gets to take is a lot less than what I get to take moving across the street. Once again, we begin to choose carefully and thoughtfully what we want to keep around us and what we take with us and what we make room for in our lives.
Maybe you want to replace things in your new situation. For instance, my daughter and son-in-law are going to buy me a chair that helps me stand up and reclines with the push of the button. I only have room for one chair in the new space. I am thoughtfully selecting those things that I keep on the table beside me where I spend the most time. Very powerful crystals are asking to be kept at hand to help me with my self-healing and the ongoing changes in my life. I’ve made room for them. I have selected very powerful crystals that I am to work with right now for self-healing and self-awareness and expanding my potential.
The other aspect of downsizing is that you begin to choose your next steps, your next focus, what you are going to invite into your life next. You do that by listening carefully to the nudges and insight that show up.
The idea of not yet moving onto the smaller desk was a big eye-opener. Why was I squeezing myself in a smaller space when the smaller space has not been offered yet so there’s a timing aspect to preparing for change. Don’t get too far out over your skis. Don’t get ahead of the unfolding circumstances. Stay open to options and choose with awareness in the moment that is unfolding and what direction is being pointed to.
Do Your Vote Research
I was not as prepared for the primary election in Kansas as I should have been. Yes, I definitely knew how to vote in the counter-intuitive way you had to know in order to defeat the pro-abortion bill which we did mightily and hopefully inspired more women in the country, but I had not done my research on some of the candidates. So I’m changing that.
Do you take time to inform yourself about the choices that are offered to you in an election? Do you understand the issues and how the proposals are worded so that you vote the right way? Voting in the United States is being threatened. We must take time to inform ourselves about the philosophy and objectives of each and every candidate because there is some very bad stuff going on out there. Democracy is an incredible gift and it’s not everywhere in the world. How do you involve yourself in the governing of your country or your state or your city? Be an informed voter and vote for the highest good for all.
===OUR EVOLVING FUTURE===
Support and Encouragement for our Unfolding Role in the Future
The Aging Journey
As I move through this particular phase of aging, I do want to share again two books that told me what I really want to know and believe. They are written by psychologist Michael Newton who did past life regression work with a specific focus on what it is like between lives. I really, really like what he writes. The books are Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives and Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives.
I live in a senior center and I’ve had friends who died. I’m going to assisted-living and I think the turnover will be even greater. So how do I make the best out of this next phase in my life? I plan to stay productive and put out this newsletter as long as my eyesight will let me. And then I plan to get help to do it. I plan to keep learning. I love to learn. I will continue to develop and expand my ability to do Qigong because that is my self-healing method of choice. And I will stay open to what the universe wants me to create and do and learn from this next step in my life.
My life seems to run in 14 to 17 year cycles. I’ve lived here in Olathe for 13 years. And in this one building for 12. 13 more years in Evergreen would make me really, really, really old like 103. So that’s probably not what I really want. I’m sort of crickety right now and the physical aspect of my being is not as much fun as it used to be. So as with all of us I have a “next” coming up that I don’t know what it’s going to look like but leaving the planet is OK by me. So I put one foot at a time along the path, I try to make choices that enrich and deepen and expand my life experience. And I trust. I trust the past. And I trust my own personal journey. All is well in my world.
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Do The Research – Make the Changes
I have basically been healthy all my life but as I approach 90, things are going south a bit. So when I got edema I had to go online and research it to see what it was and what caused it. Well, it turns out that the majority of my dietary choices were not good for me. All my favorites. The things I was eating the most of were wrong for me. So I took the right action, even though they were my favorites.
Again the Internet came to the rescue. Dandelion tea was recommended. I bought two brands so I can figure out which one I like and I think dandelion tea for detoxification may become part of my regular routine once I get my body healed.
Do the research and then make the changes the research suggests. Look at your cravings. Look at your excesses. It may very well be you are drawn to things that are not good for you in the long run. Be willing to make the change. If things aren’t working right either in your body or in your life, you need to reconsider your choices and your actions and your thoughts and make some changes, both major and minor. Experiment. Make a change, give it some time and notice the result. Then build on what you’ve learned. We are the caretakers of our bodies in our lives. Keep an eye on what’s happening and do the research to find the changes you need to make. Then make them. We are the stewards of our bodies.
===SING A DEEPER SONG ===
I Am The Caretaker
I am the caretaker of my body and my life. Where I go, what I do, and how it turns out, is all up to me and my choices.
I am the caretaker of my body and my life. Where I go, what I do, and how it turns out, is all up to me and my choices. I stay alert, I do the research, and I make the changes.
I am the caretaker of my body and my life. Where I go, what I do, and how it turns out, is all up to me and my choices. I stay alert, I do the research, and I make the changes. I am the guardian of my life and I stand strong and alert.
– Cara Lunen, August 2022.
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