CalmUp® mmm… December 31, 2012

If you’re seeing this before Monday morning, it might be Monday morning in Asia!

Embody the CalmUp® Monday Morning Moment™…



Were you taught that a miracle happens only once in a blue moon? What if paradox turned a key and showed you that miracles are continually happening everywhere… what miracles might you open to today?

Looking into your loved one's eyes...


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Wake Up: A Reminder From the Birds

How can I fathom that this is where I need to be?

We were finishing our morning dog walk (Nick, Nora, and myself), when we heard a flock of geese coming in the distance. We stopped in our tracks, and I wondered, Do I have time to take my camera out? I responded internally, No. Don’t take a photo. In the words of Ram Dass, “Be here now.”

A blink later, more than 50 geese trumpeted loudly overhead. The message to me in the cacophony was clear: “WAKE UP!”

Another blink later and the birds were out of sight. The dogs were on to their next bush, and I found myself silently arguing, Why? Why bother waking up?

I had experienced a challenging week on the home front. And for some reason, continuing our dog walk, I thought of my residents in the skilled nursing facilities where I work. Lately, the television news seemed to kindle a vicarious trauma.

Isn’t there a benefit from blocking out the turmoil in our society and in our own homes? I must admit that shutting down has been one of my own favorite coping mechanisms. Growing up, we called it “tuning out.” Can you relate?

Answers From A Social Network

I asked my “How can I…” question for the day:

How can I accept the present moment when I hate it?

I was feeling aggravated, and I was ready to feel better. I figured out that when the question is asked, the answer comes. Sometimes we don’t listen to the answer or sometimes the answer comes from Facebook!

Shortly after completing my CalmUp® Journey, I went on Facebook to take a look and perhaps write a post. I’m certain that it was no coincidence that I ended up on the Shamanic Oneness site shared by my friend, Ula.

It was there that I found Justin Pinkley’s quote: I choose to simply acknowledge any negative, not giving it any further energy; to deny any negativity would be to deny reality.

That was just the message I needed! I ascertained that I don’t have to like the moment in order to remain open and accepting.

After finding my own personal meaning in the quote, I shared my thoughts through my post:

Even the dark moments are part of creation. We can accept them. We can breathe through them. We just don’t need to wallow in them.