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My Piece of Peace: Sowing Seeds of Harmony in Our Chaotic World

   Cool Hand Luke - Harmonizer in Chief

Cool Hand Luke - Harmonizer in Chief

… maintaining harmony in your individual space contributes to the harmony of the planet. Gregge Tiffen (It’s Springtime: Flow With the Power of Nature – March, 2007)

Harmony – a combination of parts into a pleasing or orderly whole; congruity. Webster’s New World Dictionary

As I enter the 12th and final month of my 67th journey around the sun (in this lifetime, that is), I’m focused on harmony and fueled by a deep desire to contribute to peace on the planet.

If you’ve been reading these posts for a bit, you know that I believe peace starts up close and personal within each of us. How we operate and the environments we create either contribute to harmony or detract from it. If I’m stirred up, fearful, agitated I’m contributing to the chaos. That knowing should stop me in my tracts and provoke me to clean up whatever is at the root. When I’m aware, it does and I’m able to make a shift. When I’m not aware … let’s just say ‘it’s messy’.

For the most part these days, I’m feeling harmonious with myself and with life. So, I wondered: how can it be that I’m experiencing harmony in the midst of the upset and chaos in the world coupled with the unknowns in my own life as I shift my attention to new, but not yet clear, domains of expression?

Upon reflection, I identified five strategies that help me create and maintain harmony:

  • Taking excellent care of my physical body including eating healthy foods; scheduling body work and acupuncture regularly; supplementing food with vitamins, herbs and other nutritional support; stretching; daily walks or hikes in nature with Cool Hand Luke; getting plenty of rest.
  • Committing to ‘no-pressure’ and no worry (care – yes; worry – no) around the unknowns. I’m committed to thoughtful consideration without worry of what my next work in the world will be and what sources of income will support me. My intention is to allow ‘what wants to emerge’ to do just that without forcing it. Embracing the unknown is key. I look out at the messy world with this same commitment.
  • Experimenting, discovering, and operating at my pace, not the pace I think the world has set for me. After decades of ‘fast’ – even knowing that I’m built for ‘slow’, I’m limiting the number activities I put into each day, risking the possibility of boredom (no way with the growing stack of books calling for attention!) by doing less and moving slowly.
  • Making space and clearing out ‘stuff’. In the wake of closing the bed and breakfast operation, I’ve cleared, cleaned and reorganized every shelf and drawer in closets and cabinets throughout the house. The garage will follow in its time as winter gives way to warmer weather.
  • Expressing kindness wherever I roam. Whether it’s a simple smile or a gentle hello as I engage with the world, withholding a snarky remark on Facebook, or offering to help a friend, these acts contribute to my well-being and remind me that I have a choice in each and every interaction.

In sowing seeds of harmony, I’m aiming to forge a new energy toward nurturing peace on the planet. Peace that puts attention on harmony not discord, on abundance not lack, on intelligence not its absence, on love not hate or fear, on the beauty that is in EVERY thing, on the power we each are granted that no man or system can take away without our cooperation, on joy and on life itself.

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Organizing From Within

   A morning cloud cap as the sun hits the mountains

A morning cloud cap as the sun hits the mountains

When you are organized from within, you are allowing your central nervous system and all your interior functions (even the things we call spiritual) to operate at an efficient level. Gregge Tiffen (Deeds Are Fruit, Words Are Leaves – October, 2008)

As I garner more years under my belt, efficient operation becomes more and more important to me.  The cost of inefficiency is simply too high.  Efficient operation can’t co-exist with chaos.  Awareness is required and adjustments need to follow.  

In a world that seems to become more chaotic daily, initiating my day from a calm, grounded place sets the stage for efficiency. To do so requires me to give myself plenty of time each morning for reading, writing and reflection before I plunge into my day.  When I fail to do so, I find that I’m unfocussed and accomplish little despite lots of action.

Cool Hand Luke, who, when getting up, always stretches always stretches before he moves into action, reminds me to give myself this time and to take breaks during the day to check in and make adjustments.

When I’m in the midst of busy-ness or chaotic, stressful events, taking time to organize from within is even more critical.  It’s also more challenging as thoughts about the event and other players easily dominate my awareness unless I use discipline and strength to put them aside.

That’s a difficult task, requiring awareness and commitment to reach a calm, grounded place before jumping into action (or, more accurately when I fail to take time, costly reaction).  Yet it is just that commitment to organize from within that brings clarity to what my right action is, while remembering that my right action may not be what’s right for another.

Operating efficiently is critical to my well-being – my health, my wealth, my happiness, and the quality of life itself. With that commitment, it’s easy to make choices, to discern what activities and events I will participate in and which ones will be left behind.

Is efficient operation important to you? How do you maintain it?

   Luke - stretched out and on the move this beautiful autumn day!

Luke - stretched out and on the move this beautiful autumn day!

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Healthy Thinking

  Sunset beauty!

Sunset beauty!

Health is the state of natural harmony producing optimum performance. Gregge Tiffen (Open Secrets: The Hidden Worth of New Wealth, April, 2011)

This week’s post is slow to form. I tried a few different directions in an attempt to avoid sharing an unpleasant discovery I made yesterday.  The unpleasantness stems from its being one of those jarring ‘ahas’ when you realize something that you’ve known for a long time on a whole new, deeper level.  Then, after the initial jolt (aka “oh, sh__”) you are excited by the discovery. We humans are a confusing lot, yes?

For as long as I’ve explored metaphysics, I’ve had a strong belief about the power of our thoughts to heal.  When I’m feeling poorly, I attend to my thoughts along with whatever physical symptoms I’m experiencing. I remember that I am the director of my cells and, with deep conviction, command them to do their job in alignment with one another to keep (or restore) me to health.

Until yesterday’s insight, I don’t ever recall thinking about how my thoughts in general impact my health. Because I tend to be an optimist, I’ve not put attention on my habits of thought. Hey, I’m upbeat, after all. I haven’t explored questions like: What is the tone of my thinking in general? How does it impact my life in general and my health in particular?

Experiencing some physical discomfort and imbalance for a couple days, yesterday morning I dove deeply into Gregge’s writing about the body as well as that of Ernest Holmes in Science of Mind.  I wanted to find clear language for directing my cells back to physical perfection at a time when my symptoms seemed to be running the show.

After reading and some reflection on what I’d read, I began to write in my journal. As I did so, I saw clearly a pattern of unhealthy thinking that I unconsciously go to under stress, and I felt at a deep level its impact on my physical well-being.  I saw how it directly related to the symptoms I’ve been experiencing.

It’s not that I wasn’t aware of this habit of building up a head of steam, writing a script in my head as a way to ‘prepare’ for conversations and situations that might prove difficult.  You may be familiar with the emphatic “I’ll show him or tell her and they should …” conversations that occur only in your thoughts.  Deep down I knew that they weren’t helpful, but never had I seen the clear, direct link to my health. 

Busted!  I felt the requirement to cease and desist, to deepen my awareness and choices about my thoughts. Not a new discipline, but a richer understanding of its importance to my ability to walk through life in a state of natural harmony producing optimum performance.

  Springtime Snow Surprise!

Springtime Snow Surprise!

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Three Dogs Night (& Day)

   Our Neighborhood Away From Home

Our Neighborhood Away From Home

You operate from the spiritual base of value, or you struggle with everyday details. It’s up to you to harmonize your body cells in order that events are not based on the issue of survival. Gregge Tiffen (Open Secrets: The Nature of Feminine Truth, March 2011)

This week, I’m picking up from where I ended last week’s post: “So often when we step out of our routine life, as I’m doing these next few weeks, we let events define us.  I’m aiming to follow a different path, the road less traveled of awareness in the moment of each event as an opportunity for learning and for using what I’ve learning to this point in choosing each step.” [You can read the full post here: http://cindyreinhardt.com/blog/march-mantra]

You won’t be surprised that Cool Hand Luke has been a model of masterful adaptability, blending nicely with the dogs I came to care for, enjoying our daily urban walks on leash and mostly pavement. And, he’s learned to navigate the ‘doggie door’ and the freedom it brings to hang in a fenced yard when it isn’t raining. 

   Charlie Brown Watches Over Our Neighborhood

Charlie Brown Watches Over Our Neighborhood

I’m grateful for his reminders in this tricky domain of adaptability. And, feeling blessed that I my own ability to adapt has me feeling comfortable and very much at home here.

Gilley and Bonner, the two dogs that I traveled here to care for are excellent teachers as well.  Gilley is 14 years old and moves slowly, thus our walks are slow and easy. He ambles and sniffs. I observe and wonder what aroma has caught his attention. Bonner, the cancer patient, is content with the slow pace as it gives her the opportunity to sniff out things to consume, hoping that Aunt Cindy won’t gently tug the leash and declare “no, Bonner!”. 

   The Canine Family: Bonner, Cool Hand Luke, & Gilley

The Canine Family: Bonner, Cool Hand Luke, & Gilley

On our walks and here at their home, they remind me to observe through the lens of the senses. By making seeing, hearing, and smelling a practice to deepen my ability to use these senses more consciously, I believe that I will sharpen my intuitive senses.  More importantly, it supports my cellular harmony and builds my confidence to navigate should an emergency with one of them arise while they are in my care.

At some time in my past, I’m sure that I would have experienced this journey (if I’d made it all) as an obligation, a burden that I just wanted to survive so I could move on to the next problem. Sadly, that is the level of consciousness from which so many operate. I hear it in the tone and rhetoric of politicians and in how we are responding to them. And, that is perhaps, a topic for another day.

   Let's be more like this!

Let's be more like this!

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