This Meccano Meccanoid, now named “Jake”, started off as over 600+ pieces. My dad and daughter assembled, I updated program and wha-la! He’s the newest addition to our family.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your constant, unfailing, unconditional love that fills our lives everyday. Thank you for your Truth, Grace, Mercy, kindness and for gently teaching us how to exude these qualities in our lives. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who comforts and consoles us as we mourn, grieve and feel through our sadness, reminding us that we are never alone. Thank you Holy Spirit for your daily direction as we tune into you. Thank you, Father, for all the glorious and abundant blessings in my life and for leading me into my life’s Divine direction and path, making sure I am constantly on a path of service to You. Thank for life and its living, this day and all the days of my existence. I praise You: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for you are the Holy Trinity guiding and protecting my life and the planet.
I pray for peace, love, joy and happiness: in my own inner life and for the inner lives of all people so that the world may truly know peace. I pray for Divine solutions, inspirations and epiphanies for myself and for those in positions to help change the energy of Earth and its population. I pray for more enlightened beings to come into those positions of power to help manifest those changes. I see our future as You do Lord: bright, abundant, whole, clean and pure. In envisioning this future, I see and feel more love and enlightenment in the world than ever before.
Thank you, Jesus, for filling the Earth with your power, energy, resources and regeneration. Only You can heal the broken. Only Your love can transform the dark. In you, our works are made holy. Thank you, Jesus, for being the great teacher of love, prayer and sacrifice.
Today I begin again, as I do every morning, to fill my soul spirit with You. I listen for Your words and read them, too, trusting in faith that You are the way, the Truth and the light.
God Bless All Who Read This Prayer,
AMEN. AMEN. AMEN.
Working Wonders by me, Leslie B.
Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley
Notes and topics discussed.
#Black Lives Matter
Policing the nation
War on Drugs
National Rifle Association
Background checks to purchase guns
Affordable Care Act
Medicare/Medi-Cal for all
Sanders as a Democratic Socialist
Wall Street Campaign Contributions
Wall Street in Government
Raising the federal minimum wage
Debt free college/education
Lower college interest rates
Tax on Wall Street
Raise federal minimum wage
Paid family leave
100% Clean Energy by 2050
Security and privacy online
Flint, Michigan (lead contaminated water)
Corrupt campaign finance system
Government of US belongs to us all
My Core Desired Feelings as of now are: Love, Abundance and Creation. What do you want to feel as you co-create your intentions and goals today/this month/this year?
As I wrote my intentions under this New Moon my ache was to improve my body and my overall health this month. 3/4 of my goals centered on health and wellness. The other goal is about doing more of what I love to do. The intentions, which really are my goals for the year, came pouring out of me. They are desperately wanting to blossom in my life and my angels are loud and clear about what I need to do to get there. The problems I’ve been encountering with achieving my goals include: procrastination, depression and discipline. Sound familiar? It seems that there has to be a realization of the rewards and benefits that come with achieving one’s goals in order to attain them and have the motivation to do so. The focus should not be on losing the weight but rather on the feeling of being healthier and the feeling of having more joy, self esteem and happiness as a result. The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte looks at Core Desired Feelings when looking at goals. I really resonate with this idea and truth while creating goals. It suggests just that: focusing on several feelings that you want to manifest as a result of achieving your goals. Here are a list and some notes on my January intentions and goals:
Intentions for January 2016
Writing and Time Management
Finish writing books
Find an agent/publisher
Work with an editor
Write a book proposal
Become a clear channel
Aim to write a page a day
Blog 2-3 times a week
Exercise and Physical Therapy
Yoga 2-3 times a week
Do physical therapy when in pain
Ice and heat as necessary
Affirmations in morning and/or evening
Reach target weight
Eat more organic food
Shop for healthier food
Cook healthier food
Weigh myself once a week
Use patches to cut back
Learn new coping/mindfulness techniques
Read education material about stop smoking
Take online course on Stop Smoking
Be gentle with the process
I’m still working on creating my Core Desired Feelings for this year. It’s a process. At the moment I’ve been toying with the idea of wellness, creation/creativity and action. However, none of those really feel like deep feeling words to me so I’m trying to get to the feelings under them. It’s a process. I’m giving it some breathing room and space and allowing the process to unfold. I’m also listening to the Desire Map book on audio play. This should help, too.
A self-compassion mantra is a set of memorized phrases that are repeated silently whenever you want to give yourself compassion. They are most useful in the heat of the moment, whenever strong feelings of distress arise.
The phrases I typically use are:
This is a moment of suffering.
Suffering is part of life.
May I be kind to myself in this moment.
You might find these phrases work for you, but it’s worth playing with them to see if you can find wording that fits you better. What’s important is that all three aspects of self-compassion are evoked, not the particular words used.
The first phrase, “This is a moment of suffering” is designed to bring mindfulness to the fact that you’re in pain. Other possible wordings for this phrase are “I’m having a really hard time right now,” “This is really difficult,” “It’s painful for me to feel this now,” etc.
The second phrase, “Suffering is part of life” is designed to remind you that imperfection is part of the shared human experience. Other possible wordings are “Everyone feels this way sometimes,” “A lot of other people probably feel the same way,” etc.
The third phrase “May I be kind to myself in this moment” is designed to help bring a sense of caring concern to your present moment experience. Other possible wordings are “I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time darling,” “Poor thing, it will be alright,” “Know that I’m here for you and care about you,” etc.
The final phrase, “May I give myself the compassion I need,” firmly sets your intention to be self-compassionate. Other possible wordings are “I am worthy of receiving self-compassion,” “I need to give myself compassionate care,” etc.
Find the four phrases that seem most comfortable for you, and repeat them over and over again until they’re memorized. Then, the next time you judge yourself or have a difficult experience, silently repeat your self-compassion mantra.
It’s a handy tool to help soothe and calm troubled states of mind.
© Neff, 2010. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training Program