Changing Moods

I think I must be taking my cues from Mother Nature this week when it comes to my moods; just like the weather I am feeling unsettled; not only from day-to-day, but from hour to hour.  Rather than delve into the reasons for my changing moods, I decided to go with the flow, live in the feelings rather than analysing them, looking for answers.  I knew that writing a post would help me focus and find some firm ground to step onto, so I opened the notebook in which I keep the quotes that I find in various places on a daily basis, to look for a theme for today’s post.  As you might have guessed, due to my chaotic emotions, I could not come up with just one idea and then realized what I needed was a cross-section of wisdom to help me get a sense of equilibrium.  So I share with you some quotes which helped me to find equanimity today.

If you let yourself be absorbed completely,
if you surrender completely to the
moments as they pass, you live
more richly in these moments.
~Anne Morrow Lindberg~

You can call it wisdom, or sanity, or health,
or enlightenment.  I use the word God as a
short-cut.  I am comfortable with the word
God because I don’t have the foggiest
idea of what it means.
~Stephen Levine~ 

You don’t get to choose how you’re going
to die or when.  You can only decide
how you’re going to live.
~Joan Baez~

You will find as you look back upon your
life that the moments when you have
truly lived are the moments when
you have done something in
the spirit of love.
~Henry Drummond~

The only difference between an extraordinary
life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary
pleasures you find in ordinary things.
~Veronique Vienne~ 

Joy and openness come from
our own contented heart.
~Buddha~

Your sacred place is where you can
find yourself again and again.
~Joseph Campbell~

To live is not enough,
we must take part.
~Pable Casals~

Creative work carries with it
a form of intense love.
~Lin Yutang~

If you do nothing unexpected,
nothing unexpected happens.
~Fay Weldon~

We always attract into our lives whatever
we think about most strongly, expect
on the deepest level, and
imagine most vividly.
~Shakti Gawain~ 

It is now Saturday morning (I started this post yesterday) and I am happy to report I woke this morning feeling more grounded and breathing deeper.  I find that when I’m feeling off-center I retreat to shallow breathing, which just accentuates the unease – one of those vicious circles we get into – around and around! The benefits of writing this blog expand as I go on.  I started it to help me live a more creative life, step out of my comfort zone more often, and stay in touch with friends and family, which it continues to do. Another big benefit I am finding is that the writing  keeps me in touch with my Self.  By sharing a small part of my journey with you every once in a while, I can see myself more clearly and  I get to explore the things in my life that aren’t working so well and make changes.  It is similar to my journal writing but the sharing part seems to accelerate the process of change.  It helps me stay awake rather than sleep walking through this wonderful life I live.  Thanks for following along on my journey.

The other things that brought me back to a feeling of calm yesterday were a walk with Bella and Hannah, yoga, music and baking cookies. What are the things in your life that produce a sense of equanimity for you?

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Changing Moods

  1. Rob says:

    So many of these pics deal with perspective…..perhaps that is what you needed…some perspective! Love your musings, Suellie.

  2. there was a lot I read between the lines and maybe I was reading you correctly or maybe I was reading myself…That’s always a possibility! I felt that your pictures said as much, perhaps more than the words you chose. Let’s try and talk it over on tues. night? Life is so much better shared!!! Love you much

  3. suellen1234 says:

    I look forward to our “Tuesday Time” – you’ve got me thinking…I imagine we’re traveling on the same wave length. Sharing my life with you brings so much insight. Beaucoup d’amour.

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