Day 32, 33 and 34 – Group Energy and the Individual Element

This is how I plan to age. I adore this gal’s sass!

The past few days have been filled with an abundance of social fun.  Although I enjoy getting together with friends on occasion, this week has been exceptionally busy.  Days 32 and 33 involved two separate girls’ night out (this is like Venus traversing the sun twice in a row) and Day 34 was all about family get togethers.  The interesting part for me was noticing how the dynamics of the various groups came together to make or break the outings.  And for better or worse, I was able to experience both.

On day 32, a handful of us went to check out the movie “Rock of Ages”.  If you combine a so-so story, fun 80’s music, and eight women who love to laugh, you will have a great time.  I should warn you to take caution if you are lactose intolerant as there is a high content of cheese in this film.  Nevertheless it was fun and I highly enjoyed singing along with the rest of the girls.  And even more shocking, we all agreed that Tom Cruise effectively managed to portray a version of weird that was above and beyond his own persona.  Way to go Tom.

This GNO (girls’ night out) was really really fun.  There were no hiccups, the group got along singingly well, and I came home laughing as I walked in the door.  I’m not much of a drinker (I may order one glass of wine and take two sips if I am feeling wild) so it wasn’t because of that.  I just had that feeling of being young and silly and full of laughter and life.  This was $20 well spent.

So now we move on to the Day 33 GNO, and this was a horse of a different color.  Although this get together was with a different group of girls, I was equally excited to see them.  I love them dearly and feel so at ease and happy when I am around them.  We met to have dinner in celebration of a friend’s birthday.  I don’t want to get too heavy into the details so I’ll just give you the big ugly summary.  One girl whom I don’t see very often joined us for the meal and proceeded to show a wine bottle who was boss.  And then she decided to share the love with the entire restaurant.  It was baaaaaad.

In college and grad school, I participated in well more than my share of drunken stupidity and annoying public behavior.  Personally I still have a drink every now and then.  And if I don’t feel like it (which is 99% of the time), I really don’t care in the slightest if the other people around me have a drink.  It just isn’t a big deal to me on any level.  But it becomes a big deal when your drinking spoils my friend’s birthday, takes away from our meal, and offends a roomful of families with small children.  At that moment, I begin to think that perhaps it is time to reevaluate your beverage options.  When I got home that night, I felt like I was wearing a two hundred pound jacket filled with yuck, and I couldn’t have been more relieved that it was over and done.  How sad yet interesting to see how one person can shift the energy for so many people.

Fast forward to Day 34.  This was all about families getting together.  There was one incident regarding one little monkey’s inability to go down a large pool slide because of her shrimpiness.  But beyond that, the whole day was wonderful.  We added more fun memories to the stockpile.

My point with all this is that it is really important to maintain awareness of the energy you are putting out there whether you are alone or with a group.  The group energy can be so much fun but it can also become a collective downer if one person doesn’t recognize that their choices are creating a negative ripple (or tidal wave in some cases).  I am a master of creating storms when something upsets me, but I would rather be a master of going with the flow and continuing to raise the collective vibe regardless of the circumstances.  I know we have the power to do this.

And on that note, I leave you with something that will make you smile.  Seriously – how can you see this picture and not smile??  This is a man finding his joy and happiness in a group – and I think that the joy and happiness he found go by the names Carmen and Mamacita!

Shopping with Kids

Few things can test your faith like taking small children shopping.  And it’s not just about staying connected with all things zen, serene and holy.  It’s a public parenting skills test.  I just took the kids with me to the store.  Did I pass the test?  Not so much.  Did I crash and burn completely and totally?  Yes I so did.

As a bonus, we get to go to another store later.  Maybe I will find my happy nothing bothers me place or maybe I will just look for a basket with seatbelts…  ;)

At Dawn

I have to share this pic just in case you haven’t seen it.  Hysterical!

Each Child is a Miracle

“The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.”  – Pablo Casals

Day 31 – Releasing Doubt

I would like to say that all my choices have been made with wisdom and glowing results, but I am afraid it ain’t so.  Although I am not one to hold onto regret, I do find myself hesitating to follow through on my intuition at times to avoid getting burned again.  It feels as if I pull my boundaries in for protection, and frankly, I am tired of validating that way of moving through life.  I don’t want to empower imaginary concerns about what may or may not happen, whether or not my intuition is 100% right 100% of the time, and most of all, what other people might think of the new hocus pocus MoJo way of life.

I wouldn’t do that…

As I have spiritual ants in the pants and an immediate need to deal with these perceived blocks, I am going to tackle these individually right now.  I believe that I need reminders and reinforcements that the worries I am empowering are not my realities unless I decide that they are.  So here goes.

1.  I worry about what may or may not happen.  This is just plain silly given the innumerable iterations of wonderful unknown possibilities.  For those skeptics (or pragmatic individuals as you may prefer to be called) in the crowd saying “Well that also means that there are innumerable bad possibilities,” you make me giggle.  Even you can likely agree (secretly if you prefer) that 99% of the stuff you worry about never happens, and when that 1% does, it’s usually not as bad as you think.  Are you ok right at this moment in time?  I mean really ok.  If you are reading a blog entry as opposed to recovering from a GSW at the hospital, you probably are mostly alright.  If you are reading this while recovering from a GSW at the hospital, please write me because I am highly curious about your story.  And ultimately, it still sounds like you are going to be ok.  So if we circle back, we return to the idea that it’s all good if we allow that reality to be THE reality.

2.  What if my intuition is not 100% right 100% of the time?  I think a better question is – What if it is only right 25% of the time?  Stills seems pretty useful to me.  Thankfully I know that it is on target a great deal more than that and keeps getting stronger every day.  If I focus on all that I have been able to see, feel, and hear and then share to the benefit of another, it’s pretty incredible.  I have experienced moments of clarity regarding significant events, emotions, and situations that have happened or are happening to various people, and I had no way of knowing that information.  Why focus on a need to have perfection in every single interpretation when a great deal of the information I am sharing is already helping people?  Maybe it won’t help every single person, but it seems like a worthwhile risk if it definitely helps others.

And if I am being really honest with myself, I usually know when I am not going to be able to help someone.  I can feel a disconnection.  My words may be off target, or that person is not ready or willing to change their energy.  This has nothing to do with good person versus bad person.  It’s more about holding on to the mindset that you have to hang on to your life as is whether you like it or not.  Or even worse, someone may be buying into the complete baloney that “This is just the way my life is.”  (When reading the previous line, please add a heavy audible sigh at the end.)

My perspective is that there is always room for more joy, and I am always going to add to the happiness stockpile in my life with every chance that comes my way.  I don’t want to wait around for life to change around me.  Make it happen!  And if I find that I am unable to help someone right at that moment, it’s not earth shattering on any level.  I sent love and light their way, they always have more choices, and I have and will continue to help other people.  So give yourself a break MoJo and stop worrying about the stats!

3.  What are people going to think of the new hocus pocus MoJo way of life?  Well for starters, they aren’t going to think that at all unless you tell them that is what it is.  And by the way, you (I) don’t believe that this is a hocus pocus way of life!  You (I) believe that this comes from Source, God, the Divine Light, and you know that it is an amazing and beautiful gift.  So stop belittling it because that reflects a lack of confidence and gratitude.  And even worse, it mucks up the ability for the energy to flow through as it should.  So I am tossing all the pejorative talk I have used as strange and ineffective self-protection devices out the window.  This gift deserves to be discussed with love, appreciation and respect. (Don’t worry.  There is no chance of my growing perpetually serious at any point in my life.)  Although every individual in my world may not understand faith healing or energy work, the potential for the viewpoints to change goes up with each new moment of the impossible becoming possible.

That’s my personal pep talk of the day.  Thankfully my energy has left the frenetic state it was in yesterday.  Although kicking into high gear is useful for getting stuff done, it is not so useful for taking it easy and connecting with all around me.  So today I want to step back, slow down for just a bit, and let the worry drift away.  When I do that, the heaviness lifts, and I remember once again that all things are possible.  Now off to my day job…

Day 30 – Three is a Magic Number

If you raise “nerdiness” to the power of “old school,” you will find that the answer equals “Schoolhouse Rock.”  If you don’t know what I am referring to, congratulations because you must be young and / or cool.  I, on the other hand, am nerdy yet slightly under the wire for old school (unlike my husband – ha!) and therefore am more familiar with the Electric Company and Kids Incorporated.  But I digress.

The show “Schoolhouse Rock” ran along with the Saturday morning cartoons many many moons ago.  This is the part where I turn my old cranky voice on and have to add “That’s right!  We only had cartoons ONCE a week and we somehow survived!  And did I mention that our birthday parties were at McDonald’s if we were getting fancy!”  Ok sorry.  I’m back again.

Anyway, the song “Three is a Magic Number” was this hippie-ish song talking about – spoiler alert – the magic of the number three.  I know.  It surprised me, too.  I considered posting the song and / or lyrics, but frankly, it’s painful.  Sorry 70’s but that is where you are meant to stay.

I don’t like mean commentary, but these people are testing my limits. Seriously. What are you doing. I found this under celebration dance. I could write an entire post on this pic alone. But if it makes them happy, I guess you just get down with your bad selves.

However I do agree with the concept and was reminded today of the importance of various three’s in my world.  The story is extremely long, but thankfully the post is extremely short and you get the highly abridged version.  You may do your celebration dance now.

When contemplating writing this entry, I had many very deep, poignant, and thought-provoking concepts to discuss.  I had a really big day – as in massively huge ginormous big.  I received an abundance of guidance regarding the spiritual connection I have with two people in my life (with me, that makes three of us, but that was just the beginning).  But these two google “celebration dance” images people come dancing into the picture after the paragraph above, and I find myself utterly derailed.  I really can’t stop giggling.  Maybe they are tapping.  I like tap (it truly impresses me).  The shoes look tappy.  Refocus MoJo.  Argh!

No.  It appears that the overly zealous carebear has run amok yet again, and I am too giggly to discuss the very important topic of three.  Doggone it – this is really important to me.  I will have to touch on this when the sillies go on vacation again.  I am genuinely sorry to tell you, but it looks like this is the post.  You may cease the celebration dance now.

So I guess I am destined to stick with the light side of three this evening by adding a THIRD un-serious pic to this (unplanned) un-serious post.  Hopefully somewhat intellectual me will find her way back to the computer by tomorrow.  Sorry for the goofiness, but I guess you have to embrace fun and happiness any way you get it.

 

momentumofjoy:

Don’t skip this because it’s a video – please!!! I understand that temptation, but I assure that this one is worth the click! Like Julia, I am posting this because I want to remember it. I want to share this with my children so they will have a glimpse into all the spectacular realities regardless of the perceived challenges. You’ll love it. His light is too bright for you to feel any other way. :)

Originally posted on Crafting Glass:

I posted this because I don’t want to lose it…I want to be able to go back and listen to it at times that I think I’m defeated.  I teared up when I saw this…I know, big surprise…but I think others may too.  Save it, repost it, pass it on…I’m sure their is someone in your life that needs to here this right now

God Bless, Julia

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