Thursday, January 27, 2011

21 Day Chakra Cleanse ~ Day 9

So today I am back to morning meditation.  It just fits so well into my day.  The boys and I are "slow" to start in the mornings, especially in winter.  It is colder in the house, we snuggle by the fire, usually I am up alone for an hour or so, have breakfast, just wake up slowly.  So this is a good time for me to take time to meditate. 

This morning we were focusing on the Sacral Chakra, with special attention paid to the emotional/mental aspects of the chakra:

The second chakra is about friendliness, creativity, sexuality, emotions and intuition on the gut level. It's influenced by how emotions were expressed or repressed during childhood. The sexual center for women.
Nothing exciting with this mornings meditation, which is just how I like it.  Nice relaxing, calm and peaceful.  Focusing on my second chakra.  I am learning more and more to respond to my intuition.  A little difficult as I was always told as a child what to do, when, and not to talk back, just do as I was told.  So I was never encouraged to honor that intuition.  But I have learned over the years that my gut response is a good one, and not to ignore intuition.  But I have made tremendous strides with this, and am encouraging my children to think things through, listen to that intuition talking to them.  It's all good. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

21 Day Chakra Cleanse~Day 8

OK so we are now going back through the chakras focusing on the mental/emotional aspects of the chakra.  If you want to join in and be able to comment with the group please feel free, you just need to join Heal Thyself

The meditation went well, my focus kept coming back to my family, I have always been a "family" person, family means so much to me, my immediate family, my children, husband, brothers, as well as more extended family and family that I have chosen.  Family isn't just traditional, I believe that we choose our family, those that nurture our spirits, add to our sense of being, joy, community.  And I have so many "chosen" family members.  

So that is what I focused on, my feeling of security, the sense of community, groundedness, well being.  Such a joy to think about, really brings me back to my center, makes everything else slip away.  What a lovely, grounding meditation today. 

"The Base or Root Chakra located at the very bottom of the spine, the Root Chakra governs issues around physical self-preservation. These issues include survival, security and safety."
Taken from this wonderful site.

Side Tracked by Rudeness

I did my chakra cleanse yesterday, focus on the crown chakra, color violet.  But was continually distracted by thoughts that kept creeping in my brain.  I have thought about this for a couple of days now and need to get it out there and release it.

Why is it OK for people to tell you what they think you are doing wrong, what you need to change and in a rude way on top of it all, when not even asked.

I have pretty much cut myself off of the national unschooling lists.  Really I don't enjoy that kind of dialogue.  I prefer more intimate groups, living my life, being in a community of like minds, sharing our ideas, passions, stories, watching our children grow and mature.  That is my setting, where I feel most comfortable.  I am on a statewide unschooling list, and know many of the unschoolers on the list, IRL.  I am on a couple of state wide homeschooling lists as well.  Always enjoy meeting new people.  And I tend to be one to meet you on an equal playing field, I feel that we all do things differently where homeschooling is concerned, but we have so much in common as well.  Kind of "to each his own", sort of thinking.

A couple of days ago, I was specifically asked on one of the more general homeschooling lists, what we did for unschooling.  Not an uncommon question at all, I am used to that and answer by sharing what the boys and I are "into" these days.  Well another mom, not the one asking the question, chimed in with a LONG e mail. She was replying to my e mail so mine showed up underneath her response.  This woman said how she has a schedule and courses for her daughter because she did not want to limit her daughters options later in life with her parental choices now, or non choices.  Yes she used that word (non choices).  Of course implying that our unschooling is completely thoughtless.  She went on to say that her daughter wants to go to college and yes SHE knows unschoolers go to college, but her daughter wants to go to a prestigious college.  Again implying that unschoolers or more to the point, my boys, will never go to any sort of "real" college.  Her e mail went on and on, and no she did not use my name.  And I don't even know her other than this post.  But, since I was the only unschooler asked and the only unschooler to respond and she was replying to my e mail, it was obvious who she was responding to. 

I just didn't even have the energy to respond to her.  I wanted to crawl back into my bubbly of joy.  I didn't tell her that my boys haven't even mentioned college, but if they ever do, I have the confidence that they will be able to achieve whatever it is they set their minds to.  I didn't go on to tell her that our choice to unschool was very thoughtFULL.  I didn't go on to poke holes in her theory, or explain my beliefs about unschooling.  What would be the point. 

But why did she even feel the need to respond that way at all.  I mean I didn't.  I didn't say anything about the more school at home crowd, as I know it is a homeschool list and a lot of those on it are more school at home.  I just explained what we do in our home.  Why don't people feel that being a great example of what they are doing and how they are living is the best way to "tell" someone the benefits of that philosophy.  Why do some feel that they need to try to tear holes in what you are doing, point out why they feel it is wrong for anyone and everyone, and will lead most assuredly to Hell, if I even believed in Hell in the first place. 

Does this mom believe that by answering one person's question, everyone on that list will all of a sudden start unschooling, come on we live in the south.  LOL. 

I will continue to share our unschooling lives, will continue to ignore those that are rude, and thoughtless.  I will simply be the example of how we live, and let our joy stand for itself.  Let people continue to ask questions, and answer in the only way I have the energy to answer....by sharing our unschooling lives, by letting people look for themselves at works for us. 

OK maybe now I can get back on track with my chakra meditation, let it go and let it be. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

21 Day Chakra Cleanse~Day 6

Today was a fairly busy day but always time to meditate.  It energizes me, relaxes me, centers me and is just such a positive part of my day that even a few minute meditation is important.  So today is day 6 of the Chakra cleanse, the third eye:

"The Third Eye Chakra, located just above the centre point between the eyebrows. It spins extremely fast, and is associated with the colour Indigo. It is the centre of visual, psychic and intuitive perception, and its’ attributes are clairvoyance, memory, dreams and vision. So we are now in the realms of the intangible."

Taken from this web site.

This was a very easy meditation, I find the darker colors easier to focus on and the third eye just seems like a natural focus of attention.  Giving thanks to my pituitary gland, giving thanks to insight, instincts, hunches, dreams etc.  Feeling the indigo color swirling around me, around the room, enveloping all that I love.  Just a wonderful part of the day.  Some days I feel like I could sit and meditation for hours. 

21 Day Chakra Cleanse Day 5

I actually did my daily meditation late last night, well late for me around 9:00.  So am posting about it this morning.  Our focus was the fifth chakra, the throat area.

BLUE relates to the THROAT chakra which is in the throat of the human body.



The related organs to the throat chakra are the throat and lungs.


The endocrine gland is the thyroid gland.
Taken from this web site.


At this point the meditations are fairly easy, I proceed with my normal meditation and give a few minutes of special attention to the specific area. So for yesterday I focused on the color blue, and sending healing energy to my throat area, recognizing all that it does for me. Seeing the circling blue color around my through and then through my body and out into the universe. 





Saturday, January 22, 2011

21 Day Chakra Cleanse~Day 4

Today is the heart chakra.  I wasn't sure I was going to make it today, long night last night makes for a sleepy Saturday.  But I did, it was about 5:00 in the evening but I made it.  Took a few minutes after we cut some more firewood, to sit.  Just sit and relax, close my eyes and picture the heart, my heart.  For anyone not familiar with the heart chakra here is a little info:

"Located near the center of the breastbone or sternum, this chakra represents higher consciousness and love. The Heart chakra is associated with the heart, thymus gland, lower lung and circulatory system.


The heart chakra acts as the balance point for all the chakras. It governs our relationships and how we interact with other people. A balanced heart chakra is expressed in acceptance of self and others, personal values and ethics, following one's unique direction in life.

The color associated with the heart chakra is Green. Green symbolizes harmony, creativity, health, abundance and nature. It is the combining of yellow (soul) and blue (spirit). Green, nature's color, offers new energy and revitalizes tired nerves."

Taken from the Emily Gems site.

Took the time to thank my heart for carrying my body, providing the rhythm of my life.  I could easily visualize the green light enveloping my heart and my heart chakra, strengthening me.

A short meditation today. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

21 Day Chakra Cleanse: Day 3

Oh plenty of sleep last night, the puppies are back on track, and so am I.

Today we are focusing on the third chakra, the solar plexus chakra. Sometimes I have trouble following a challenge, either it takes too much time and I just can't fit it into EVERY day, or it is too complex, requiring too much preparation.  But this challenge is proving to be really easy.  It fits into my morning meditation nicely, and the good thing about meditation is all you have to do is "sit".  I love that phrase "Don't just do something....sit there."  So opposite of how we, as a society, are programmed.  Refreshing.

So I did more of a formal relaxation meditation today, focusing on my breathing for a few minutes, that giving each part of my body attention, breathing through any tension, focusing on relaxing...releasing tension with each breath.  The I began focusing on the solar plexus chakra.  Again for those that are unfamiliar:

"Located midway between the rib cage and the navel, this is the sense of identity. The Solar plexus chakra is associated with the pancreas, liver, gall bladder, spleen, digestive system and nervous system.



The color associated with the solar plexus chakra is Yellow. Yellow is the symbol of the mind, intellect, high intelligence and wisdom. It is a positive magnetic vibration that acts as an equalizer for irritable conditions of the nervous system. The solar plexus is the organizing brain of the nervous system and as such, is an important power center that should be kept in a perfect equilibrium.



All the yellow stones - topaz, citrine, yellow zircon, amber - are used with the solar plexus chakra."
Taken from this Solar Plexus Chakra page
 
So I focused on the color yellow, and if that color started to slip from my mind, I simply opened my eyes and looked at the fire in the stove, a nice yellow, warm fire.  There is more to that meditation if you want to join in just join Heal Thyself.
 
Once I finished my solar plexus chakra cleaning, I then went back through all the parts of my body, slowly focusing attention to each part, and ended by picturing myself standing at the beach grounded to the earth.
 
Very nice and relaxing today.  I love my morning meditations.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

21 Chakra Cleanse Day #2

Today the focus was on the sacral chakra, and proved a bit easier for me.  For those that aren't as familiar:

"Situated just below the navel, the Sacral Chakra corresponds with bodily functions having to do with liquid: circulation, urinary elimination, sexuality and reproduction.  The colour of the Sacral Chakra is orange. It is ruled by the Moon, and is the centre of sexuality, emotions, nurturance, pleasure and creativity. It is slow in movement, but not as slow as the Base Charkra."

Taken from the sacral chakra web page


 I could easily hold the orange color in my mind, and meditate.  I could have actually meditated for hours but the puppies wouldn't let me. 

The puppies were spayed yesterday and so I spent much of last night tending to them, settling them back to sleep when they would wake up, snuggling when needed.  So I was up at 6:00 this morning to take care of all the dogs and have just been so tired today, spent much of the morning dragging myself around but by noon I was ready to start my "morning".  :-)

So my meditation came late today, 1:00.  I was able to sit back and relax, close my eyes, breathe and focus on my sacral chakra, think about my babies, thank my body for allowing me to deliver such beautiful beings.  I was able to focus on the color orange and see it just circulating around me, very peaceful.  Maybe because I am just so tired, who knows, LOL. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

21 Day Chakra Cleanse

I am joining some friend on the Heal Thyself ~ning, in a 21 day Chakra Cleanse.  This sometimes accompanies a Reiki class, after attunement, although it was not part of the classes I attended.  But it sounds like a wonderful cleansing idea, so I decided to join in.

The cleansing is through meditation, which I practice daily anyway, so this is just an added focus, how hard can that be.  Well, I found out this morning it was harder than I thought.  Usually  I meditate in the mornings.  I close my eyes take a couple of deep breaths and I can see a color, not sure why or what it means, I try not to think about it but just let it be what it is.  As I close my eyes colors move and change before my eyes, like bubbles of color.  Depending on my mood or activity or how I am feeling I see one color like yellow, orange or green when I begin meditation.  As I meditate, focus on my breath, relax and center, the color changes and by the time my meditation is coming to an end, I am seeing something in the range of dark blue to violet.  I have always enjoyed this morphing of color, very peaceful, very calming and natural. 

Today's chakra focus is the root chakra, so I am meditating on the color red, focusing attention into my root chakra.  For anyone not familiar:

"The Base or Root Chakra located at the very bottom of the spine, the Root Chakra governs issues around physical self-preservation. These issues include survival, security and safety, as well as primal erotic and procreational urges.


This chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our being."
         Taken from the Root Chakra Web Page


OK NOT so easy to keep the color I see on red.  That took a lot of focus, just maintaining that color.  We will see if it get easier as I go through the chakra cleanse.

I think this will be beneficial for my daily meditation, helping me to maintain a focus.  If anyone wants to join in on the 21 day Chakra Cleanse please join the Heal Thyself ~nin .

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Knitting Scarves

I knit a couple of scarves this month, one for me and one to stash away for next Christmas.  I really enjoyed this past holiday season.  I knit quite a few gifts and had everything done well before Thanksgiving, so I plan to do the same this year, and am starting early,   The first scarf is for myself,  I just loved the whimsical drops and the shape of the scarf.  It was knit with yarn my husband gave me for Christmas.  The pattern comes from the ravelry site, which if you are not a member and love to knit or crochet it is well worth the price ...*free*.  Just join and you are in!\

I will say with this pattern I had to use two balls of yarn and follow the pattern directions for increasing, I went up to 40 stitches but actually could have gone even further making it longer. 


This second scarf is the one to stash away for Christmas.  I loved the wavy looking pattern of this.  It is very easy to knit and also the pattern is on ravelry.  I am really liking ravelry, such a large easily searchable database of patterns.  This was wool yarn I had on hand.  But I think it would be nice done with blue yarn as well.  Sort of like the ocean.  

I took this picture at night in my kitchen, which doesn't have the best lighting.  But I think you get the idea of the pattern.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Winter Fun

It is supposed to snow again this coming weekend, or so my dh tells me.  Of course it is only Monday now so it could very well change in the next 5 days.  I think this is the most snow we have seen in all the winters combined since we moved here in the winter of 1997-1998.  I am not so sure I like it.  Growing up in Maine, one of the reasons I voted in favor more settling in the south was the climate.  I have never really "liked" winter.  So far the winters here have been mild, about 6-8 weeks and things are starting to warm up and the buds are popping out on the trees.  That is the kind of winter I can handle.  Ahhhh.

This winter we have had I think, three really good snows.  Like enough show for the boys to go sledding and snow boarding on our own property.  They are really enjoying it, that combined with our trips up the mountain to the ski slopes has made for an exciting winter for them, a very COLD winter for me brrrr.

I just wanted to share some pics of winter fun this year.




Sunday, January 9, 2011

Abundance

Abundance 1.  an extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply: an abundance of grain.

2. overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.

That is according to Dictionary.com. 

What is it that creates that feeling of abundance?  I have thought about that a lot lately.  The other day my son completed his goal of saving $1,000.  It has taken almost a year.  He decided on this goal because he wanted to see what it felt like to earn $1,000 and then just spend it on himself, on anything he wanted.  Well after shopping and shopping....looking and looking....3 days later, he still has about $500 left.  He declared "mom, there is nothing I really want."

That was a statement I heard at Christmas as well.  Now that the boys are older I make sure to ask them what they want for Christmas and birthdays.  It is just too difficult to guess.  And they had a few things to add to a list, but then they both said "mom, I don't really want anything." 

It isn't that we really have "everything"  LOL.  And I am sure they would like a flat screen TV in their bedrooms or some video game system, or a high tech phone etc.  I really think they live with a feeling of abundance.  A feeling of having more than you want.  Jackson and I have always worked with the boys, throughout the years, showing them that if you want something we can all work together to make sure you get it somehow.  They have heard that over and over, they know it to be true by demonstration.  There is a knowledge that we are all a team, we all have things we want, and we can get them if we work at it.  It doesn't have to be a special occasion, a birthday or Christmas, it isn't a reward for some kind of "positive behavior". It just *is*. 

I know families that are as financially stable as ours (and more so), and still live with that feeling of lack, instead of abundance.  So I don't believe the feeling comes with money. 

I grew up with the feeling of abundance.  And it was the same in that circumstance as well.  My parents worked with us kids to get what we wanted, and we just lived in such an atmosphere of abundance that we felt we lacked for nothing.  It wasn't until I was older and was helping my mother with taxes that I realized we lived below the poverty level.  But the house was filled with a feeling of abundance. 

I think it is a feeling, not based in what you have or how much money you have, how much property you own etc.  I think it is how you live, what you focus on, what you don't focus on.  A house filled with love, connection, togetherness, inspiration, friendship, and joy...leads to a home filled with a feeling of abundance. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Coupon Show

OK I was just 1/2 awake in bed last night, couldn't quite get to sleep, so I turned the TV on.  It was 10:00, my normal bedtime since the dogs have been waking me at around 6 am these days.  There was a show on about couponing, yes coupons, those paper things that come in the newspaper on Sunday. Actually the show, I think, was called "Extreme Couponing". 

They were profiling these people who use coupons, like REALLY use coupons.  They will go to the grocery store, come out with carts of stuff and pay like $5.  I was truly amazed.  One woman saved over $1500 in one trip, paid only like $6 total.  One man bought like $15000 worth of stuff, some was purchased to give to the local food bank, but he paid like $50 for it all.  Really amazing.  LOL.  Now much of the stuff is stuff I would not buy, like soda.  I was just so in awe of these people.  Granted they spend hours go over their shopping list and figuring it all out but they have saved their families thousands of dollars.  I think at least a couple of the couponers (is that even a word) mentioned that they started for financial reasons, loss of a job in the family or high debt, and just wanted to make a difference, get out of that hole, figure out a way to eat.  So they started using more and more coupons and now get most of their grocery items for free, knowing when things go on sale at the store and always using coupons in conjunction with store sales.  Very cool!

Here is the official blurb from the TLC site "Extreme Couponing profiles four shopaholics who use coupons to save thousands of dollars and amass huge stockpiles of goods.These shoppers go to the extremes, dumpster diving for coupons and spending hours a day searching the internet for great deals."



I have never been one to clip coupons.  I have been blessed in not "needing" to, and also it is a time thing.  When I decide to go grocery shopping, I make a list and go.  But this show really demonstrated that I could be doing better, just taking a few minutes a week.  I could at least look at the store sales, and the coupons that come weekly in the mail.  Even saving a few dollars a week would add up.  :-)