Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring - good news / bad news

The good news about spring: Bluebonnets! Fresh air. Sunshine. Lots of outdoor time with friends. Weather that's neither too hot nor too cold. Longer days. A new beginning. A crisp feeling to life. The equinox-driven need to clean and tidy and get one's own world in order. Green - and lots of it. Little shoots pushing their noses just above the ground, seeking the warmth of the sun. Blue skies and puffy clouds.

The bad news about spring: POLLEN! Achooo!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Feelings. .

I subscribe to a daily e-mail service called Daily OM. This one really resounded with me:

Permission To Feel
Pushing Away Emotions

Throughout our lives, we may experience emotions that disturb or distress us. Often, our first reaction is to push our feelings away. We may say, “I don’t want to think about that right now, I’ll think about it later” and we bury our emotions, deny the validity of our feelings, or distract ourselves with other concerns. But the diverse emotions you experience are neither good nor bad—they are simply a part being human. Choosing not to experience pain, anger, or other intense feelings could cause those feelings to become buried deep into your physical body. There, they may linger unresolved and unable to emerge, even as they affect the way you experience the world. Allowing yourself to experience all of your emotions rather than push the more painful ones away can help you come to terms with your feelings so you can experience them and then move on.

It is possible to bring forth the old feelings you have pushed aside and experience them in a safe and enriching way. It may sound silly to set aside time to feel your old wounds that you haven’t dealt with, but this can be a very beneficial healing experience. Find a safel place and pick a time when you can be alone. Make sure that you feel secure and comfortable in your surroundings. Bring to mind the circumstances that originally triggered the emotions you’ve been pushing away. You may need to revisit these circumstances by reading relevant entries in your journal or using visualization to relive your past. Once you have triggered your long-denied emotions, let yourself feel your feelings, and try not to judge your reactions. Cry or sound your emotions if you need to, and don’t block the flow of your feelings. Allow any thoughts that are connected to your emotions to surface. As you release the feelings you have pushed inside of you, you will find yourself healing from ! the experience associated with these emotions.

When you deal with your feelings directly, they can move through you rather than staying stopped up in your body as emotional blocks that can sometimes turn into disease. Acknowledging your emotions, instead of pushing them away, allows you to stay emotionally healthy and in touch with your feelings.



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What do the flowers know?


Two years ago I planted four packages of bluebonnet seeds in a flower bed in my back yard. You have to plant them in October, you see, for them to sprout in the spring. So. . that year, the bluebonnets bloomed and looked wonderful. Last year - nary a one. I hadn't had time to re-sow the seeds that October, and so I figured the bluebonnet days of my flowerbed were over. Fast forward to two weeks ago. I'm weeding this self-same flower bed and. . there are four crazy bluebonnets! They'd germinated and re-sprouted, without any help from anybody. Just looking at them produces a grin. Silly flowers - don't you know you're not supposed to be there? But they are - and they're beautiful!

Monday, March 16, 2009

We re-join this blog, already in progress. . .

Ok, so I'm not so good at consistency. I'm gonna try to do better! In the mean time, I found this. It came from a friend of a friend of an HPD officer:

URGENT WARNING TO ALL MEN:

Police are warning all men who frequent clubs, parties and local pubs to be alert and stay cautious when offered a drink from any woman. Many females use a date rape drug on the market called ‘Beer’. The drug is found in liquid form and is available anywhere. It comes in bottles, cans, or from taps and in large ‘kegs’. Beer is used by female sexual predators at parties and bars to persuade their male victims to go home and sleep with them. A woman needs only to get a guy to consume a few units of Beer and then simply ask him home for ‘no strings attached’ sex. Men are rendered helpless against this approach. After several beers, men will often succumb to the desires to sleep with horrific looking women whom they would never normally be attracted.
After drinking beer, men often awaken with only hazy memories of exactly what happened to them the night before, often with just a vague feeling that ’something bad’ occurred. At other times these unfortunate men are swindled out of their life’s savings, in a familiar scam known as ‘a relationship’. In extreme cases, the female may even be shrewd enough to entrap the unsuspecting male into a longer term form of servitude and punishment referred to as ‘marriage.’ Men are much more susceptible to this scam after beer is administered and sex is offered by the predatory females. Please; forward this warning to every male you know.
If you fall victim to this ‘Beer’ scam and the women administering it, there are male support groups where you can discuss the details of your shocking encounter with similarly victimized men. For the support group nearest you, just look up ‘Golf Courses’ in the phone book.

If anyone out there should happen to encounter any of these types of predators I would like you to call me immediately. I am in the process of training myself on how to deal with this sort of thing. I believe that after studying many hours of documentary footage entitled, “Chick Flicks” I am uniquely able to get into the mind set of these females. I will drink the “beer” that they offer and then I will engage them in hand-to-hand “no-strings-attached” sex (when I say ‘hand-to-hand’ I don’t mean it literally). If I can save just one man out there by taking on one of these “relationships” myself, then I will feel like a true hero. And if I get free beer out of the deal, so much the better.

The funny thing is, it's so true!!