Thursday, February 16, 2017

2-16-17


This year, perhaps more than ever before... we have realized the importance of clearing out,
using things as much as you can (and in new ways)... and of salvaging and fixing things up.
To this end, I thought I would do a series of posts on clearing out and organizing, and living a simpler life.
I hope to do one once a week (Check out previous posts on Thursdays!)

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Well, today should be a day when I write about organizing, simplifying and such.
But honestly, it's been a rough several weeks... and I can't muster a cohesive post on the subject.
So, what I will talk about is ... self care.
Which, in a way... is sort of living a more simple life.

The weights of the world can be overwhelming.
Go on any news site for any length of time, and soon your head will be swimming.
Work can be hard to find... nothing seems secure.
I, for one, often find I feel anxious and drained.

I think the key thing for me at least, is to remember everything is in a constant state of flux.
Good comes.... good goes. So though... does the bad.
There are so many things that can be done to improve situations around us;
but one must first remember to take care of yourself.
You are no good to anyone, if you can't get off the couch.
So. Eat as healthy as you can.
Take a walk every single day.
Drink lots of water.
Try to get enough sleep.
Breathe and try to relax.... even if it's just for 5 minutes a day.
I've been doing meditation for 20 minutes a day since my stroke back in 1997.
Yes, there are lots of times I have not done it; and it hurts me in the end.
You are valued. Take care of yourself.
See you all tomorrow.

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((the photo for today's post is one of my mandala prints.
I make these designs using several online programs. I start with my original photographs... usually of plants or nature... and proceed from there. It has a certain meditative quality to it, which I greatly appreciate. And hopefully, that sense of peace I feel when creating them, gets passed on to whomever sees them.
This particular mandala was created with one of my photographs of a purple lily that I saw while on a short trip out to California. I love how the blooms on the plant suddenly  morphed into angels and hearts on this mandala))