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Feb 5 – Here comes the sun

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“Here comes the Sun” / Daily Doodle / version 2

Whenever I get the urge to complain about the winter (and I do… especially these days, when the novelty of snow has worn off and I’m good & ready to get back into my shorts & flip flops!), I think about how resilient those hearty little birds are who chirp outside my window every day. I open my window, even in the winter, just to hear them sing. They always bring me a deep sense of inner peace. I love how they skip and flutter and gather together in little groups amongst the frozen branches, as though they know they’re better off in numbers. They regard one another as family, I think. They seem to respect the trees and the sunshine and one another… and they seem to accept and adapt to the nature of things like super duper little troopers. They make me smile, and help me put things into perspective… and just like that, I don’t feel like complaining anymore. The nature of the universe never ceases to make me smile from the inside out. :)

Peace & Love 🌷

Daily Doodle: Dare to think Different

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I have no idea what this is… a girl? A fairy? A love warrior? A creative goddess? Who knows. I’m going to call her “Fairy Diva”. She just has that “something” about her, doesn’t she?

“Dare to think different.” For years… most of my life… I never took my doodling seriously at all. I thought that in order to take myself seriously, I would need an Art Degree and that I would need to know how to draw what everybody else was drawing. Sadly, I think a lot of people scoff at what they love to do… put it on a shelf… rarely look at it… because they think they have to have a degree at something before they can take it seriously.

My advice – don’t take it seriously at all! Just do it because it’s something you love to do. If you love to write, write! If you love to draw, draw! If you love to sing, sing! You don’t have to be the best at anything to love it. Your love-light will shine through, either way. :)

Happy Sunday! <3

Eyes & Ears of the Universe

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Daily Doodle: Budding Buddha – “I am the Eyes and Ears of the Universe”. This doodle is inspired by Carl Sagan. Sagan was a respected and admired astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences… and in my personal opinion… one of the loveliest human beings ever to grace this amazing pale blue dot, of ours.

Famous Sagan quote: “We are the eyes and ears of the Universe.”

Here is Carl (his voice and words)… be sure to watch to the very end. You’ll be glad you did. :)

Pale Blue Dot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PN5JJDh78I

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Jan 26 – Wonderland

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The sun is shining, today! *twirls* That’s always a sparkly, welcome reason to be grateful… especially in January… in Canada. There’s nothing like a sunny-winter day to give the birds a reason to flutter and mingle and chirp their blissful little heart’s out. Goodness, I admire those feathered little champions of life, so much! I find it marvelling how they seem undaunted by the weather. Are they cold? Most likely. Discouraged? Not so much. In fact, they seem to be thoroughly basking in abundance and sunshine. Their tweeting and chirping sounds like happiness, to me. I love watching them, and I find them entirely inspiring. I’m admiring them from the window, today, because I’m not nearly as resilient to the elements as they are… but it won’t be long before I can sit outside on my patio and really ‘be’ with them, again. And I can’t wait. This is by far one of my most favourite things about summer time. This past summer, a delightful little robin built a nest in the tree only a few feet away from where I ‘perch’ on my patio… eye level, to boot! I got a front row seat, and it was amazing. I watched her dutifully build her nest, lay her eggs, guard her babies, feed her babies, and even teach her babies to forage and fly. She didn’t seem discouraged one little bit by my coming and going… we even shared a few meaningful, albeit one-sided, conversations. It was a delightful experience, and I’ll cherish it, always.

I love nature, so much. There’s something about it that feels like home… ever notice? *happy sigh* But I digress.

I think I’m going to literally linger the day away in sparkly creativity, today. I’m feeling the urge to paint with words! Doodling with the written word, so to speak. I could just say, ‘write’, I suppose, but ‘write’ doesn’t really capture the flavour I’m going for. Ironically, and maybe it’s just me, but the word ‘write’ kind of falls flat, for me. Where’s the flavour in that? zzzZZZzzzzz. I mean, I’m writing, right now… but this isn’t the type of writing I’m talking about. I feel like creating something with a little more flavour! A little more snap, crackle, pop!! ;D

Peace & Love.

Baggage

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What can I say about baggage? Hmmm… well… in a word: drop-it. Stop giving your attention to things that are not serving your best interest, well being, and quality of life. The only real moment there is… is now… so, what matters to you right now, this very minute? What are you focused on, right now? If it’s not the moment… stop… look around you… appreciate what is in the moment, right now. YOU are in this moment… all your hopes and dreams and joys and aspirations are in this moment… so let that be your focus. Now… and now… and now… and now… you get the idea. :)

That’s really it, in a nutshell, as far as I’m concerned. I could drone on and on about it, but it would just be a lot of hoopla you’ve probably already heard and probably already know… deep down. Besides, I’m not a counsellor, I’m just one girl sharing my personal experience with baggage. My experience goes something like this: I lugged it around for a long, long time, like some kind of curse on my back. Why? Because for some strange reason, I thought I had to. As it turns out, I didn’t have to. So these days, I travel lightly, my friends, and I feel about a bazillion pounds lighter. No joke. *skips*

Tip: something that really helped me to let go of baggage was asking my self “why” I was holding on to it in the first place. This takes courage, and you might not like the answer, but self inquiry is incredibly liberating, and always worth it. And also, I tried to look at circumstances from a wider lens… one of compassion and empathy and understanding that we are ALL just learning… which means, even if people hurt you, chances are, it wasn’t deliberate. We are all learning at our own pace, and sometimes we get caught in the cross fire of someone else’s learning curve… but we don’t have to take it so personally. And I’m not saying that people shouldn’t be responsible for their actions; we absolutely should take responsibly for our selves. Always. Always. Always. But I’m saying that you don’t have to carry the burden of other people’s actions. You can say to yourself, “Damn, maybe they were struggling to do their best, just like I’ve struggled at times to do my best… I guess I can understand that. Maybe I could wish them love, peace, or whatever they need so they’re able to grow and become happy and peaceful and loving individuals.” There is freedom in this. Trust me.

But you don’t have to take my word for it… you can keep lugging that baggage around for the rest of your days, if you so choose. But recognize that it is indeed… your choice. :)

Travel lightly, my friends. Peace & Love. <3