Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
- financial situations
- the politics of the health care debate
- the weather
- arising in the morning
- the music of human speech
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
- I haven't put gas in my car for going on 3 weeks. I haven't used it much and haven't needed to. The freedom from trying to time my gas purchase before the price arbitrarily shoots up has become a renewing source of gratitude.
- I own an umbrella. I never saw the use for umbrellas before because I was going from house to carport or parking garage to work's front door. A few drops was all I ever experienced. Now I get to walk in the rain and experience the healing power of the spring/summer shower.
- The public library is right across the street. A vast store house of knowledge that doesn't come with a sales clerk wonder if you're browsing or buying.
- I stop for coffee on the way to work. Before, if I had a smidgen of time, I had to hope the drive-thru wasn't backed up and that wherever I went had easy on/off highway access. Now I stop at a genuine coffee shop or bakery for genuine coffee and a bagel or if I'm feeling adventurous, a pastry I've never tried before. I'd much rather do that than go for mass produced coffee-like products and some high fat sandwich that's invariably egg-based.
- I greet people. Everyone is on their way somewhere and I get the chance to wish them well, rather than being trapped in a car and wondering if the person in the other car is paying attention to the road.
- I get to walk to work. During my walk, I can use breath or sound to bring myself present and I can think of all the things I'm grateful for during the stroll.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
To set myself apart, my style of writing for them is slightly snarky but informative. My first posts are updates on the swine flu issue. Here's an excerpt from that first post:
If you are affected by swine flu, and there are no reported cases in Kentucky as of right now, life will suck for a while until you get better. Like most flu strains, you'll have a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, etc. A doctor may prescribe Tamiflu or Relenza, but most patients in the U.S. recover without it.
The snarkiness of that post got an angry response from a reader who said things like "You’ve got to be kidding me. There just may be a special place in hell for whoever wrote this garbage."
A writer hopes to attract a response, but I hadn't had that one in mind. In the post, I poked the media for it's gloom and doom reporting as they attempt to scare viewers into watching their content with the idea of attracting a humorous and hopefully positive response. How often have we heard that positivity will help us attract positive outcomes. I've updated information on swine flu as new, solid information has become available, including the fact that Kentucky has had a few cases reported now.
Also yesterday, I was able to break from that subject and celebrate my state's best burger. Food Network magazine found the best burgers in all 50 states for a summer issue and Kentucky's best is right in my city at W.W. Cousins. I've been there a number of times and I can't argue that it is the best burger from a locally owned restaurant. Find out how I celebrated that positive here. Yeah, I know my editor keeps getting my byline wrong, but with all the content I will be providing him, he'll get it right.
So you see, the Law of Attraction is working every day but I still have a lot to learn. Be specific about what you want and if it's a positive to the universe, you can have it.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I skimmed USA Today yesterday as part of my information junkie habit. With access to the internet via computer and smart phone as well as the old fashioned news print, I'm usually all over information. Part of the issue is that the brain is a sponge to be encouraged to absorb more and more. As long as it's fostered to learn you can take in a lot of stuff I like to keep mine working like that.
So as I'm checking the purple section, I stop on an article called “Dieting On A Dime” about low cost alternatives to the endless diet plans and exercise contraptions that we're constantly exposed to on TV and the web. Reading that piece got me thinking about how the Law of Attraction could play a part in a persons health and wellness.
You see, I came to the Law of Attraction via Rhonda Byrne's “The Secret” for which I will be eternally grateful. In “The Secret” there is a section that deals with using the Law to reshape your body. Ms. Byrne had an easy time to get back to her healthy weight, but there are people like me that will take a different route to manifest our way to health. I firmly believe that's why this article ended up in USA Today and found its way to me. As stated before, that newspaper is usually a quick skim, but this article jumped out.
Due to the economic crisis our country and the world finds itself in, extra money for a gym or diet program that depends on you buying their brand of nutrition is elusive. So those of us with a little extra poundage to lose in order to take care of the vessel of our spirit have manifested an article with information that will help us get to where we need to be. The interior pages of the article asked questions that would be a fit for a great number of people and situations. Do you want to eat breads? Do you like fish and lean meat more than pasta? Do you like the occasional wine? Resources are provided to tailor your situation and your health plan. You can see what I'm raving about by clicking here . Further in the article, you'll see links to calorie counters, recipes, nutrition advice and more.
This is not me being a shill for the newspaper. I believe there are lots of us that vibed this information into being. Which means I owe you gratitude for helping to create something I wanted to see. With this kind of cooperation, we can change things.
What should we do next?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
|bitter, rankling resentment or ill will; hatred; malice.|
- the economy
- the auto industry
- the banking industry
- the bailout
- their mortgage
Although there were plenty of differing opinions on methods of spirituality, it seems the common thread is that our friend is in a place of reward, whether you believe in heaven, paradise, nirvana or some other iteration. The idea is freedom from form. Our friend is no longer tied to his body and has gone on to another plane of existence. Our friend is going to be great.
On the other hand, the survivors are the ones that are having the tough time. People have guilt built in through teaching and indoctrination. We've all been told that it's a sad experience when someone dies, but the flip side is that we're told that things are better for the dead person. Personally, I've been confused by that dichotomy from the time I was old enough to understand what death was. That's what we deal with now.
And for my friends wife, that's what she's trying to come to grips with. Yes, her husband is in a better place, but what does she and her family do going forward? He was the family foundation to the point the even the eulogy said he was the glue that held the family together. He loved his kids. He loved his wife. And now he's gone. That's why I'm trying to manifest an ease to her pain. It will come. Others are wishing her well and there is the healing component of time.
But what can we do for the general population? Can we bring forth a successful ending to the mess the country's in on a quicker time frame? Before reading Dr. Wayne Dyer's book in Inspiration, I might have thought the task was too big, but now I know that there are no limits. Would it be possible for you and I to starting vibing a better future for the country and the world? If your answer is yes, then join me and let's get it done.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
My daughter likes to think of me as a deist (this entry), a person that believes in a higher power but does not interfere with it's normal function. We go back and forth over that because elements of that are right and wrong in what she says. For the average person, Christian Plus gives them a thumbnail. From that standpoint, as we are in the season of Lent, I am pelted with the things that people are giving up. This springs from the idea of sacrifice, mirroring the 40 days Christ spent in the desert where, according to the Biblical tale, he endured temptations by Satan.
The part where people say they're giving up something is tied to the idea of self sacrifice which along with prayer, penitence and almsgiving are part of the Lenten tradition. In the last few days I've heard people are giving up chocolate, red meat, alcohol and any number of things they consider important. In the past, before my current spiritual journey, I participated. I gave up red meat (and ended up giving it up for nearly 10 years), sweets (a weakness) and more.
But my thinking these days has evolved. Does sacrifice mean I have to do without something? Would a better way to think about it be discipline? Would this be a time to improve what I consider important? And does that mean I've decided to give up procrastination or laziness? Even as I write I don't know the answers to the questions, but that's rather the point of most of my posts. Let's explore to find the answers.
To that end, I have decided to follow the traditional Lenten fast, which limits me to one meal a day or two small ones if the sum total is not more than one meal. I consider this a test of my discipline and also have the side benefit of therapeutic intervention which could lead to the expulsion of various toxins. It is a custom followed from ancient times until recently. So the question I put to myself is, can I limit myself to one meal a day for 40 days? I am interested in finding the answer.
The other thing I'm doing, again as a test of discipline, is to shift my creative urges into overdrive. I have felt stifled for any number of reasons in my quest to create. That fire to make photos, or write blogs, or write short stories burns within and circumstances have from time to time, put out the flame. For me, this Lenten season is a chance for me to rededicate that urge and harness it in a positive direction. As we know, the Law of Attraction says the universe will conform to what we want if it is truly what we want. By using the law and adding self control, I feel grateful that this will happen for me.
So in the end, am I giving anything up for Lent? I think so. I'm giving up excuses.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
ignore your views
treat you as property
control what you do
limit access to friends, money, phone
Monday, February 9, 2009
The fund raiser was a radiothon with a broadcast group that owns 5 stations locally. Only 4 participated because the 5th is a totally automated affair with no djs. Every one of the djs on the 4 remaining stations got behind the broadcast and put themselves out there for the hospital and at the end of three days, raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars, exceeding expectations by a wide margin.
It was amazing to see the outpouring of positive energy in this community and see it returned in kind by the hospital workers, doctors, nurses and patients. I saw and heard interviews with kids and it funneled enormous sums of gratitude energy to me. There was a kid with a 2 chamber heart who lives life just and is just fine with who he is. He looks like President Barack Obama and will acknowledge that. He will also show you his zippers, the scars from his open heart surgery that do indeed resemble zippers.
There's the 23 year old who was struck with a childhood cancer in her teens who found her vision through art therapy and now has a gallery exhibit about to open. She's in remission but wants to share what she had to deal with so that someone else in her position will know what they're in for. She's also in college, studying to be a nurse because she wants to work at this hospital.
There are many stories both happy and sad but, in the end, always hopeful. I was able to use that positive energy to keep myself involved. The difficulty was that I contracted food poisoning on the Tuesday before the event and nearly inert on Wednesday. My wife thought it was flu, but the symptoms felt different. People also wanted me to pinpoint where I got it, but is that really the way to spend what little energy you have?
My family took care of me. My son brought me his Superman blanket because the last time I was feeling bad and had chills, he put it over me as I slept. As I started feeling better, my son became convinced that his blanket was part of the help. Before you laugh, I think he's right. I think that the love that he transferred to me through the blanket worked to make me better. So with the help of my son/Superman, I powered through the roughest parts of my recovery and was able to participate in that event. In fact, on the other side of my illness, my gratitude vibrations went off the scale. Feeling thankful to have my family and being thankful for what this community did, has me flying.
The really is an era of hope.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
The world is a testy place these days and everyone thinks they have a good reason for their irritation. With the economy, jobless rate, the war and other issues, you can see how the ego can lead people into that mindset.
Take a service like Flickr, the photo sharing site I started using for it's ability to interface with my main portal site, TimGirton.com. I recently upgraded to a pro account for the flexibility it offers and for what I consider a reasonable fee given what they provide. I've been a member since Yahoo migrated their Yahoo Photos service to Flickr, only I didn't remember that. I went to sign up for the site and turned out I was already there. So I upgraded and started uploading all kinds of cool photos from the last month or so.
I went about cleaning up photos that had been sitting there for a couple of years, mostly sent there in holding because this was before I could transport pictures via flash drives as I do now. Then I get a note that my site has been marked as "moderate" not "safe" because it occasionally pops up with unsafe content. Of course I disagreed, so I asked for a review and I got this note back:
your photostream that you did not create immediately.
Consider this as your .
This was his response:
I've classified your account as "public"/"safe".
Please keep the guidelines in mind when moderating
your content in the future.
Now, would that have been the response if I had e-mailed Terrence and gone with my ego's negative reaction? I'm thinking probably not and that's the lesson today. By continuing to live in gratitude and living by the Law of Attraction, which stresses positivity over the opposite, you attract the outcome you want. Those of us who follow the LoA know this, but it's helpful to be reminded.
Mahatma Gandhi said, and I try to live by, "Be The Change You Want To See In The World." If you haven't already, make the change to remember that you are not your ego. Don't let it rule you.