Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Better Days"

I've had a rough patch lately.The discs in my neck are deteriorating and its just something I have to deal with..no biggie..others have it worse..But sometimes..my mood gets the best of me and every once in a while,I just want to pull my hair out!


My emotional and creative vibe fly out the window when I'm feeling like this,...that is until the breeze begins to flow,and I am awakened.....


I am reborn....




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... because you "cant get to know better days,unless you make it through the night".


When this funk comes to town I always end up listening to "Better Days" By Dianne Reeves(playing now for you to enjoy)..Oh how I love this song..how I love its wisdom.It always takes me by the hand,let's me have a cry,and gently pushes forward,helping me along to face the new road before me.


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So this new road is leading me..opening my eyes as I travel.And on my quest I found the most inspiring sites... you simply have to visit.

http://1000awesomethings.com/
http://www.givesmehope.com/
http://www.raptitude.com/


David from Raptitude has the best experiments for the soul.I'm starting on the first in his series."Sharpening the Mind"..Meditation for 10 min. a day for 30 days(his experiment was for 20 min.,but I decided to start at 10)...To check out his experiment click below and you can also see his daily log and other wonderful experiments.
http://www.raptitude.com/2009/04/raptitude-experiment-no-1-sharpening-the-mind/

"If I were to define meditation I would call it “the art of directing one’s attention.” The human mind is so flighty and fickle it’s actually hilarious how difficult it can be to keep it in one place. Civilization does a good job at distracting us 24-7. As I type this I’ve got four Firefox tabs open, TweetDeck keeps popping up, and I’ve already answered two phonecalls. Shutting them all out seems like the most obvious response, and I will do some of that (ok TweetDeck is closed.) But I am more interested in improving the other end of the equation: me.

The meditative mind is ‘like water,’ as the ancient adage goes. It is receptive, unfettered, lying still in the cool valleys rather than being blown around by the oft-changing winds of the world around it. My mind is has been more grabby and windy these days. I’m having lots of fun, but I’ve been doing too many things at once." David from Rapitude

Join me if you can and if you are like me,one who has never really meditated,here is a easy guide to begin. http://www.summum.us/meditation/simple.shtml I would love to share experiences.


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As always,
thank you so much for stopping by

14 comments:

Marlene said...

So sorry about your pain, I cam empathize. The pictures you have chosen to go with this post are lovely, I especially like the vibrant sky.

Kim said...

You articulate your feelings as beautifully as you do your art. Keep your chin up! kimxo

ArtbymeCindy said...

Cat, Sorry you have to deal with this. I hope your wonderful art will help you forget the pain!

Hugs my friend
Cindy

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Sorry you are having problems with your neck. You are right though. My husband's aunt had Schleroderma and amazed me when she would see someone else's problems and feel sorry for them. She used to say, as you just did, there is always someone worse off. That thought has gotten me through a lot. It doesn't always make the problem go away but lets you know you are not alone. Love the song choice. Feel better soon! Warm regards, Connie

Gaby Bee said...

So sorry about your pain, Cat. Hope you are feeling better very soon!
Sending hugs across the miles, Gaby

Lisa said...

Oh no, I'm sorry for your pain in the neck...I know! And Cat, thank you for the sites, I've meditated for decades, and sometimes I'm gone, for an hour, but other times I am flighty and can't still my mind. It's a daily ritual, be well.

Hugs to you Lisa

Terri Kahrs said...

Cat, I'm sending a ton of healing vibes and energy your way. Your words of "inspiration" regarding gratitude touched me deeply. I am deeply grateful for your comments regarding my work and for your visit today. Hugs, Terri xoxo

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

Oh, Cat..that seems like a lot of pain, pain that can make it hard to find the path forward.

I am so touched by your strength and the good ways you have found to help "heal" and find the way.

And I am delighted that you are sharing them with us - the song, and especially the mediation resources! The answers that get presented to us during mediation can be transformative, yet I find I need help to get into that space.

May the healing you have shared us multiply and find it's way back to you!

sharon said...

I will check out these sites, thank you! Saying prayers for your pain, I know that also. Sometimes it is hard , and I get down too, thanks for sharing, and as alays your lovely comments!

The Lone Dollier said...

Hang in there girl, I know how you feel and believe me, I DO feel your pain. I've got the same problem, deteriorating discs in my neck (which I just had removed and fused) and arthritis in my back along with stenosis. At 41 I'm a wreck.

Good luck and hope you have a wonderful back doctor and surgeon. They (with God's help) can work wonders.

Hugs,
Marilyn

Little Messy Missy said...

Hope you start to feel better!

Brenda LaBell said...

Ohhhh Cat, I'm so sorry you are in such pain, sure wish I could make it better. I know what you mean though about pain and your mood, sometimes it gets a little ugly when we are under the weather.

You are so right there are way to many distractions anymore, yep 24-7!! I always feel like I'm flitzing about and getting no where, lol.

((Sending healing thoughts and gentle hugs your way))
Brenda

Lori ann said...

dear cat,
that sounds like a very big deal to me, i am sorry for your pain. i'm hopeing meditation will help you with that. it's wonderful that you are beginning a practice.

your art work is so beautiful. can i be included in the giveaway? i'm facinated with the idea of beeswax in an art project. and that piece is just so charming.

x lori

Esther said...

so sorry for you Cat...