This post is about a quick flash of a psychic insight that occurred in the midst of a social situation just yesterday at the gym. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged obviously. Keep berating myself –must be more consistent with blogging. Feeling like there’s nothing to say and ducking back into my hermit cave is no excuse. So here’s something.
Hmmmm. Where to begin? Well, you know how some people seem to put on airs, right? That phrase is used when people act as if they are from a higher class in society. There is a lady that fits this description at the gym. She’s a swimmer and when I, too, was swimming laps we met in the swim lanes and the locker room.
I stopped swimming due to the air quality of the indoor pool and our paths had not crossed for over a year but there she was yesterday waiting for a weightlifting class that I, too, planned to attend. She was discoursing quite authoritatively on the negative aspects of the class–this class that I love! How could she speak with such a demeanor when she’d not frequented any of the classes?
She began to gather listeners and explain how these new classes were of a lesser quality than the ‘old’ classes, asserting some kind of seniority as the expert witness.
Most of the others, including myself, began to scoff since the new strength training/weight lifting class is highly popular. Every class is nearly full! This woman was beginning to make a fool of herself.
Why? Why was she putting on those airs with a ‘sour-grapes’ kind of attitude’?
I could see it clearly the moment my irritation released and compassion substituted. She was nervous about taking the class for the first time and this was her way of making herself feel comfortable enough to be there.
I glanced in her direction several times during the hour-long session. She positioned herself in the back of the room but through the mirrors, it was obvious that she was struggling and not keeping up very well.
Compassion is a good platform for psychic insight.
Mistakes. Learning opportunities — that’s what they are. Negative karmic behaviors sometimes cause us to dump the toxic spills of our own minds onto others–loved ones, friends, etc., and we create oil slicks. If we allow our emotional fires to run rampant, it causes destruction. Compassion and forgiveness put out the fire and is what begins the cleanup and restoration in the emotional aftermath.
Yet, sometimes our own mental corruption is deeply ingrained. Healing deep imprints of karmic, habitual behaviors can be a challenge. It can feel like uprooting one’s very identity!
It is wise to recall that this identity is ego itself.
Lately, I’ve become more aware than ever before of where my energy is focused and what exactly is a good use of that emphasis and why. I have a few thoughts to share about that.
Energy, of course, is better spent on tending to our own gardens and enjoying our own flowers.
Smelling the roses is more worthy an endeavor, even if garbage dumps are around *and there always will be to some extent*. Enjoy the accomplishments of what you have grown and how you are progressing down life’s path–thus speaks my inner guidance.
Meanwhile, compassion and forgiveness make the best traveling companions.
Sitting Zazen and Considering the Teachings of Dogen
This is about Buddhism and meditation. It’s Super Bowl day and there’s a jazzercise type party on the basketball courts at the gym. I grab for another kleenex. It’s also Family Gameday at my daughter’s house. And the expectorant cough medicine seems to be loosening up chest congestion. A head-chest cold causing a week of missed workouts at the gym is one thing but a forced retreat today when there are places to go, people to see and things to do . . . darn. A need for equanimity and another opportunity presents for practice.
So zazen on the cushion again today on and off when the body tells me to stop and rest, I do so on the meditation cushion Zazen to Shikantaza or Shamatha to Vipassana, whatever — its alert Continue reading →
I am thinking of the approaching New Year as would not be an unexpected thing to do on the 28th of December. I pulled two tarot cards at random with the intention of receiving some guidance through divination: Nine of Cups and Knight of Wands. What strikes me abut this card combo relates to taking a moment to bask in the light of achievements for the year in review. There are no other humans on this card nor are there any houses or cities within view. There is an aloneness. People throughout the year may have Continue reading →
Here’s a laugh or at least an irony. I just walked back from the front door after looking out to see what that loud rumbling is disturbing an otherwise quiet Sunday morning around here. Summary: polite person leaves the car with loud muffler running in the parking lot unattended. Humph! Some humans! Honestly!
While walking back to my desk satisfied that the offending noise was identified, there was a moment of considering why I drew these particular cards — together they speak of a real “bummer” which is not how my own rather pleasant life is flowing at the moment.
Maybe these cards are identifying and addressing my momentary irritation with the thunderous muffler with a car attached to it. Come to think of it, looking at that photo on the card, the young female who walked away from the fortissimo flatulent motor doesn’t even live here. She must be visiting the lady who does who is of the same heritage. Wow and like the image on the card, maybe she had no place else to go. Suddenly, feeling ashamed at my rush to judgment, maybe she was there to escape (The Moon) a fearful situation (Moon again) and came to visit her friend.
I will admit that sometimes still my longing for the solitude and quiet of my mountain home is still very strong. My instinctive (The Moon) reaction to boisterous humans and their cars (not to mention traffic here) is also too alive and well. But the message for me in these cards is that solitude and quiet are to be found within (5 of Pentacles) and the tendency to escape (The Moon) can be used as awareness for further spiritual, consciousness evolution.
This week’s Main Players: Mars conjunct Saturn and Mercury conjunct Jupiter
Mars conjunct Saturn August 22 – 26, 2016
Youth/Mars and Adult/Saturn. This is back to school time in most places and the skies align with the sign of impulsive, immature Mars meeting closely with stable, mature Saturn. Both signs are in Sagittarius which is generally thought to be the sign related to optimism, growth and also education. As above, so below. It seems pretty clear to me! We would all sense the effect of this transit through the first 7 to 10 days of September.
Generally, we would all, in some way, likely be considering some new philosophy or belief (Sag) and some way to apply it to some new discipline or work (Saturn). It may feel exciting and we may feel great passion about it (Mars).
In every sense, this is a positive aspect, unless you have been much too unruly and out of control–the “Lord of Karma” i.e. Saturn will be implementing the law of cause and effect. You will receive what you deserve one way or another.
Sustained growth through patient endeavors — that’s one theme for the week! If you are able to Continue reading →
Do you think that sometimes an angel whispers in someone’s ear, inspiring them to encourage someone at the right moment? Have you ever been inspired by those divine forces?
Well. there I was yesterday after fighting off all kinds of resistance and procrastination. I’ve gained 5 pounds over the month, so sayeth the scale which had been purposefully avoided! I needed every ounce of energy to stay focused on moving — yes, again! Same phone number and nearly the same address too. You see, a heavy smoker moved into the apartment next to me–and it was a hellish 6 months (including wheezing and coughing) until another unit opened up. In fact, I should thank the smoker now that I look back because I ended up in the best unit here — in my opinion anyway. But there was a lot of frustration and expense and consequent knee injuries. I was pushing my body harder at the gym because I was (sounds crazy now) trying to keep myself from the detrimental effects of 2nd and 3rd hand smoke. I was stressed out and pushing harder in my workouts let me release my intense feelings, but also caused me to re-injure my knee.
I’ve been here before with this knee. I think there’s a meniscus issue there that’s long standing from which I have recovered numerous times. The time before this one involved jumping waves at the beach and walking on the uneven surfaces of the sand. The following day we walked around the ‘Broadway at the Beach’ — a Myrtle Beach park with rides and attractions that involved a good deal of walking. I was in pain! My knee screamed at me toward the end of that day. But I recovered. I’ve recovered numerous times and will again—yet, this time it’s taking a good deal longer!
Anyway, about the angel that showed up. Well, who knows if we’re talking angel really but have you ever noticed that just when Continue reading →
First the collective and then the individual influences appear below. I’ve separated out the individual influences according to Sun sign. If your date of birth is on the cusp of two signs, read both signs.
UNIVERSAL INFLUENCE (for ALL)
One trend in the psyche of the collective will relate to relating to people of common interests. Technology that supports this collective desire will increase. We may see more “Facebook” or “Twitter” et al types of Internet offerings. The collective as a whole is gravitating toward a time when telepathic communication is more active and being woven into technology. I’ve been seeing in my New Year’s predictions for years now – the human mind and computer mind merging for purposes that extend beyond game technology.
There will be Keep on reading!