It happens very rarely, that time when no one else is home and I get the pad all to myself! It’s not that I do anything particularly extravagant with that time. It’s simply a blessing to have the quiet, the stillness, to not have to find socks or lunchboxes, keys or any other items of miscellany. I do get a lot of time to myself, but it’s primarily spent doing work around our home, organizing, cleaning and yardwork. But it’s the time for myself, that complete, uninterrupted stillness which I covet. Sitting on our deck and gazing off into the sky, watching the hummingbirds and bees be nourished from the flowers, hearing the local covey of quail guiding each other over the land and of course, as Pablo our cat would agree, there is nothing more important than petting him!
Just this year we've lost several giants of both the entertainment and design worlds, with Robin Williams being the most recent. When depression strangles us into suicidal thoughts, it morphs our reality into a very dark and narrow myopia. Even though the periphery is effulgent and filled loved ones, and fulfillment just waiting to be embraced, we'll never see it when we're in that state. It doesn't even occur to us.
"Hey I gained weight and you cut your hair!" This was the opening line from a first..and last date I had with a guy ten years ago. We met one rainy afternoon on MUNI and instantly connected over our agreement of the not-so-sunny disposition of the bus driver. We parted ways at Van Ness & Sacramento St, but before I left he popped the question, "Can I get your phone number?" I obliged and he called within two days. He explained that he was heading to his brother's wedding in India and would be there for the next five weeks, but he'd love to meet for drinks once he was back. I shrugged a "sure" into the phone and really didn't give it much thought beyond that.
How many times have you taken melatonin for sleep, yet still didn't feel like you got any rest? Well, it turns out you might not need melatonin at all. In fact, it could be harming your sleep cycle. You see melatonin isn't a sleeping pill, but a hormone produced by the pineal gland which regulates your body's natural sleep cycle. It works with your brain and tells it to 'power-down' for the night, but it is not a sleep inducer.
There are times in my life when I lose patience with the universe. When I feel like Job is King Midas compared to me. In my head I shake my fists, stomp my feet and squawk “GOD!” as if I’m thirteen again and slamming the door on my parents.And as I sit and sulk in my metaphorical room, I of course realize that things really aren’t so bad. In fact, they’re pretty damn good! As I release the self-imposed constriction, the veil is lifted from my eyes and I have clarity and focus again. I begin to see the abundance all around me.
I’m hearing similar constriction from so many of you this year…whether it’s money, love, work, purpose, time, energy.. And I’m hear to tell you, not only do I get it, but I’m going to tell you what’s up, why it’s up and what to do. Ready?