Is It Time To Form A New Structure Of Thought?
Living Our Deeper Song
I was deeply drawn to the phrase “form a new structure of thought.” It sounds very innovative and creative and I wanted to figure out how to do it.
We’re about to talk about something I talk about a lot – we get what we believe we deserve and what we believe is possible.
I want to see a new world. I want us to live in peace and harmony and loving and consciously care for our earth home. Based on the cruelty and chaos of the world today, it is hard to see that path and imagine change. But that’s what we have to do.
Where do we begin? We begin with our own life. Our own prejudices. I know more about different religions than I do about the details of different cultures. I have some exploring to do. Why do people believe what they believe? What does their culture teach them? What does their religion tell them is the way to live their life?
One of the hardest things to do is examine and question why we believe what we do and make a conscious and active choice to change any of our beliefs that are not compassionate and inclusive.
We can influence, impact and change the world with our thoughts and actions and beliefs. So where do we begin?
I begin with my own life to make certain I am kind, thoughtful and inclusive in every moment of my life. I am a work in progress. What are you thinking? What are you doing? How are you changing? How are you impacting the world around you? Is it what you want?
I go within to visualize and meditate. I have to work very hard to picture a peaceful coexistence. Because I am so old, I am no longer thinking of education opportunities or job security but our children and grandchildren do and we must help them by focusing on and imagining a world of safe opportunities for self expression, peaceful cohabitation and loving kindness.
We begin by monitoring our own actions and beliefs. We must make certain we think positive thoughts and are kind and supportive and inclusive in our actions and our expectations. Begin with an expanded awareness of what shows up in your life and how you perceive it and respond to it.
As new opportunities present themselves, explore the ones that intrigue you, evaluate how each opportunity advances your over-arching goals, and do some exploring to identify new possibilities and potential.
Reassess, rethink, explore and form new beliefs, new expectations and a new structure of thought.
DEEPER SONG AFFIRMATION
I rethink my beliefs and make certain they move me forward in a creative, effective manner.
DEEPER SONG PROCESS
- Look closely at how you frame the information you explore. Are you open, receptive, accepting, closed?
- What will you change?
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When To Step Off The Beaten Path
The universe constantly nudges us with new opportunities for our life. Sometimes we notice them and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we follow them and sometimes we don’t. Those nudges are the Universe guiding us and giving us experiences to grow and expand.
I stepped off the beaten path when I moved to New York in the 80’s. I have been exploring and learning and changing lives ever since.
I added a deeper dimension to my spiritual awareness in California. I have learned patience with my own aging in the mid-west and have deepened my place of service in unexpected ways. Exploring new ideas, new concepts, new way of doing and being is exciting and challenging and rewarding.
Is it time for you to step off the beaten path and go exploring? What do you think you will discover?
Put Faith In The Unknown
I like to have control and yet there are times when I was called to make unexpected major changes in my life. Each time I trusted the voice of Spirit to guide me and each time I deepened and expanded and enriched my life.
Do you listen to the voice of Spirit as it guides you to make change? Trust your inner voice and put faith in the unknown.
How We Are Making A Difference
This is a time for us to walk as a spiritual community together. Sandra Ingerman said, “We can’t just focus on the dense side of the collective who has not been touched by the preciousness of every being living on this great Earth.”
How do we do that? We make new connections to our present – both physically and spiritually.
What connections do I need to let go of that no longer serve me or are pulling me in the wrong direction? We have to find a way to rise above the negative actions that are so prevalent in the world today.
There is a fine line between ignoring what is going on and finding ways to change. Perhaps we start small, pick one change to make and work to make it happen.
There are some things I can change and some things I can’t. Most of the time the change has to be made within me.
I spent most of one day being irritated by my suite-mate having 20-year-old game shows on her TV all day while she slept in her chair. I was judgmental, I was annoyed by the quality of the noise and I was the only one affected. My choice – I was the one bent out of shape. She was sleeping in her chair.
I did figure out to hum to myself while I worked but I was the one who had to make the change. We make a difference in our experiences by how we view the world around us every day. All change begins from within.
It’s Hard To Be a Politician
You can’t reach people with facts when they have an emotional concern around the topic. It is very hard to be a politician. Ever when you are in a decision-making role, you will find new options based on concepts shared by those with a different view of the situation if you just reach out to them.
Elections are decided on emotion. But we really need to use our minds and intellect to keep aware of the facts, follow multiple, reliable news sources, stay flexible in imagining what is possible and make our decision for the highest good for all.
Learn the facts. Know the difference between the facts and your emotions. If you have questions, go to people you trust who can deepen your understanding before you make your decision. And always be open to changing your mind when you receive more information.
How Do You Germinate Your Creative Seeds?
My creativity is often sparked by a phrase I read or hear that makes me turn and write in order to figure out how to apply it to my life. This newsletter is built on ideas that call to me and I write to understand what it means to me and how I would apply it. It is a powerful learning experience for me.
I often experiment. I figure out how to apply the concepts and I give it a try. I explore, I experiment, I get creative and approach it from several angles.
For instance, I have to modify my Qigong and Tai Chi practice and do only the parts of the sequence I can manage. I create modified versions of a move and do the work.
In my moving to music practice, I use my arms and legs while sitting rather than standing. My standing moves are more cautious.
I journal to figure out positive ways to add to my life. I watch how I use my time. The days are mine to fill and I want to make positive constructive choices.
I explore, I experiment, I create my own versions of an idea. I try a lot of things and keep getting better at knowing what calls to me. How do you germinate your creative seed?
Feel What Is Unexpressed
Change is sneaky. It can sneak up on you with only small nudges or insights. We want to cultivate change because that is how we grow. We need to learn how to cultivate our awareness of opportunities to change.
We learn through our interaction with and interpretation of change. Sometimes it takes time to recognize the need for change let alone what changes are possible.
Change always comes from within yourself. We choose, we accept, we reject, we explore. We have many choices on how to create change. It can be big change or little change or a side trip to explore.
Here’s the challenge or the opportunity – we need to feel and identify what is unexpressed. We must pause to deepen our experience, to think, to examine and to consider the possibilities. We may do that through journaling or meditating or studying the options. We must examine and experiment and choose.
Go with and listen and feel what is unexpressed.
How To Plan A Green Burial
My sister is in hospice and she is four years younger than I am. I have a poem I sent my ex-brother-in-law for her service. Then I turned and started designing my own memorial service even though I’m going for 104. And I have also done more research on green burials.
“Cremation ashes are bad for the environment because unlike plant matter, ashes don’t decompose. Cremation causes both air and water pollution. The high pH and sodium levels are the reasons why ashes are toxic.” – Google
My original thought was to donate my body to the KU Medical program when one of the staff here said how much she learned by having a cadaver to work on. But they ultimately get cremated and we’re back to the well-being of the planet. There are also remains returned to the family.
How long does a body last in green burial?
“Depending on soil type, oxygen availability, and moisture present, it takes on average 6 weeks to lose the majority of soft tissue through moisture absorption by the soil, and up to 2 years for complete decomposition. It may take up to twenty years for bones to absorb in moist soils.” – Google
What happens to the body in a green burial?
“In a typical green burial, the body is not cremated, prepared with chemicals, or buried in a concrete vault. It is simply placed in a biodegradable container and interred in a gravesite to decompose fully and return to nature. You can get a cardboard box for $25.” – Google
Years ago in California one of our church members was dying and asked some of the practitioners to come decorate her cardboard casket. We did it with love and celebration of her life.
I found a green cemetery in my area. There are no headstones and visitation is limited but your body is organically returned to nature with no harm to the environment.
You are your own cheer-leading section. How good are you at acknowledging your wins? I am gradually increasing my walking. I don’t have gold stars going but I do write it in my journal – how I felt, what I accomplished and the date. It helps me acknowledge my wins and keep track of my progress. How do you acknowledge yourself? How often?
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It is such a poor use of my time and attention but I rediscovered Spider Solitaire and wish I hadn’t.
It is an escape. It is an organizing process. It is not a good use of my time. And yet there it is and here I am playing it.
How do you stop something as unproductive as that and how do you establish stronger choices in your life?
A POEM FROM ME
Notice What Works
I must be patient with myself. I must notice what works and what does not.
I must be patient with myself. I must notice what works and what does not. Then I must choose and I must discipline myself to follow that choice.
I must be patient with myself. I must notice what works and what does not. Then I must choose and I must discipline myself to follow that choice. After I explore a bit I can always make a new choice.
– Cara Lumen, February 2024
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