Reflections: Seeking Solace In Tragic Times…

“I am sick of the solace of sorrow, And fear what the prophets foretold; I am tired of the tears of tomorrow, And wish that things were as of old; I have felt of the force of the fetters, I have drunk of the draught that embitters, And all is not gold.” Algernon Charles Swinburne Reflections: Seeking Solace In Tragic Times… May We all seek Peace By now, most of us have heard or read about the terrible massacre of innocent movie-goers in Aurora, Colorado. My ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: OBJECT

“Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe OBJECTS of curiosity held by the Bronze Queen sculpture in a park in Copley Square, downtown Boston  (In close up) Objects in Collage of Bronze Queen sculpture in a park in Copley Square, downtown Boston In our daily interactions, we are inundated by a stream of Objects; familiar and otherwise, that dance before our eyes. Some things make us stop and look ...

Beautiful Japanese Flower Hairpins

Boring bobby pins, move over! Say hello to Kanzashi! Kanzashi is the art and craft of the traditional ornamental hairpin worn by Japanese women. First introduced to Japan centuries ago, they were quite prominent during the Edo era, where hairstyles were larger and more complicated. Over time, the use of kanzashi has declined, as more women prefer a more Westernize style. In today’s modern world, kanzashi is worn mostly by brides and geishas. However, in recent years, the art of kanzashi ...

Inspiration: When Love Beckons…

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were” Kahlil Gibran Inspiration: When Love Beckons... Sting – If You Love Somebody Set Them Free Song of Love XXIV by Khalil Gibran I am the lover’s eyes, and the spirit’s Wine, and the heart’s nourishment. I am a rose. My heart opens at dawn and The virgin kisses me and places me Upon her breast. I am the house of true fortune, and the Origin of pleasure, ...

Fun Flower Facts: Salvia (Sage)

At 900 species, Salvia is the largest genus plants belonging to the mint family. They are native to a wide range of habitats in Central and South America, Central Asia and the Mediterranean. The genus includes the culinary sage used to flavour meats and vegetables. Salvia is a flowering plant that produces spikes of showy flowers from late spring until early fall. Flowers are tubular-shaped and come in a range of colours, including: red, white, pink, violet and blue. They are ...

Just Add Water! Growing Paperwhites Indoors

The weather outside may frightful, but it can be delightful inside! Add life and beauty to your home decor with some fresh flowers. There are many beautiful plants that thrive indoors, like the paperwhite or narcissus tazetta. The paperwhite, the original “just add water” plant,  is the easiest plant to grow in the comfort of your own home. Kids can even do this! The process is as simple as putting the bulbs in water along with some stones to hold ...

Uncle Sam and Kotex

Ricky Delgado was my best friend, even though he’d spent time at Hotel Juvy and was a seasoned thief. When a new shopping center sprang up near our house my parents forbade me to go anywhere near it with Ricky. But Dad worked nights and big brother David was at Little League practice. That left me to run an errand for my mother, a task no boy should be asked to do, unless there’s a licensed psychiatrist in the family. ...

Musings: Three Takes For The Night…

“We only did probably two, three takes on every scene we did, at the most.” Kim Novak Musings: Three Takes For The Night… A mini skirt at any age? Why not. Lola Monroe (Taylor Gang) – Dark Red Lipstick (New Music 2012) Any lyrics we wish to write? Why not! TY! akaHIPHOP.com Like a great director, Plinky.com offers us lots of awesome blog topics to write about and share. For this post, I chose three questions/topics to share with you: Can you list three things you’ll never understand? What’s the most interesting ...

My Nearly Famous Daughter....

A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from our county's department of environmental protection telling us that our oldest daughter had been recommended by her school to audition for a countywide talent search for a radio public service announcement (PSA) recording. A short-time thereafter, our 9-year old completed a telephone audition with the county worker overseeing the PSA program who gave her the "job" on the spot. After a few weeks, our daughter visited the number one radio station ...

7 Mistaken and Misused Baby Phrases

Parents with newborns speak a language with baby phrases all their own during the first few months of the babies’ life. Conversations surrounding the baby phrases such as gestational age or bilirubin levels or the wonder of simethicone drops are fairly common among new parents. However, there are some aspects of Newborn ParentSpeak that are flat out wrong. Here are seven inaccurate baby phrases that misrepresent the actual activity or meaning they convey. 7. Fussing – this particular term almost sounds like a playful board ...

Farewell to Summer: My Half Marathon - Photos and Results

A few weeks ago, I completed the annual Frederick Running Festival for the third time and I'm just getting around to posting the photos. Unfortunately, this year they only offered a half-marathon (13.1 miles) as opposed to the full (26.2). I was able to finish the full run with a completion time of 5:20 last year and 4:58 the year prior. Apparently they cut the race back to a half this year because the back leg of the full marathon was ...

There Absolutely Are Absolute Truths…

John Trumbull's painting "The Declaration of Independence" - via National Archives Situational ethics and cultural relativism are all the rage nowadays. Both schools of thought are based on the multi-faceted premise that there is no absolute truth; nothing is fundamentally right or wrong but is merely a matter of personal preferences and our conduct should be driven by each unique situation rather than some arbitrary forced moral code. We’ve all heard the popular statement and current buzz phrase, “Every person needs to define ...

7 Questions With an Author: Mary DeMuth

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today I’m honored to feature one of the most accomplished writers I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing – Mary DeMuth. Mary has been writing since 1992, first as a newsletter editor, then as a freelance writer, followed by a fiction and nonfiction author. Her articles have appeared in an array of national publications including In Touch,  Bon ...

10 Tips to Dating over 30

I’ve been at this a few years. I’ve tried online dating and dating friends of friends. I’ve tried dating people I’ve known for years and people I’ve just met. I’ve learned a lot from the experience, including that just because he says he’ll call doesn’t mean he will (Yes, I realize perhaps that should have been obvious). So here are some of my insights in case they help any of you who find yourselves dating during the years when some cultures relegate ...

I’ve Got the World’s Best Daughters…

Yesterday I had my first non-fiction book launch and it went extremely well – in fact, by the middle of the day my book A Question of Faith was ranked the #1 Hot New Release in Amazon’s Religion & Spirituality category. You can check out the Amazon screen shot HERE. But when I got home, there was an even more powerful visual hanging on the outside of our front door for the entire neighborhood to see – the image is captured ...

So Beautiful Is Paul Simon

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February 23, 2012, 3:01 am

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” Hermann Hesse

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

“No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth.”  Lao Tzu

Lately, I’ve been feeling the pull to stop the words, to shut the door, to turn within, to just sit and be still. Do you have those moments when words seem too much? Do you feel drawn to the silent stream on the periphery of your mind’s eye? Just sit and be still…

“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on.” D.H. Lawrence

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

The EaglesLearn To Be Still

“For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.” Bhagavad Gita

Learn To Be Still ~ The Eagles

It’s just another day in paradise
As you stumble to your bed
You’d give anything to silence
Those voices ringing in your head
You thought you could find happiness
Just over that green hill
You thought you would be satisfied
But you never will-
Learn to be still …

Fellow bloggers, Judith of Growing Younger Each Day in Words, Words and More Words, and Nancy of Spirit Lights The Way in The Real You, wrote posts today that touched on something that made me want to sit and be still. As we scuttle about talking, blogging, writing, who or what sustains our drive? the real you? When we chose words that empower us, do we choose tender, tranquil words, or limiting ones? Just sit and be still…

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Lao Tzu

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

“Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.” Amy Carmichael

Kathy of Pocket Perspectives offered a post Believe in Yourself with a beautiful poem and mention of the beauty and creativity that quiet brings to her space. All of this and more, made me think about the need to retreat from the endless hustle and bustle that is a constant in our lives. Something inside us speaks to that space of quiet prayer, reflection, silence, stillness… Just sit and be still. More below…

“It is the stillness that will save and transform the world.” Eckhart Tolle

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Reflections: Just Sit & Be Still…

Just sitting means just that. That ‘just’ endlessly goes against the grain of our need to fix, transform, and improve ourselves. The paradox of our practice is that the most effective way of transformation is to leave ourselves alone.The more we let everything be just what it is, the more we relax into an open, attentive awareness of one moment after another. Just sitting leaves everything just as it is. ~ Barry Magid, “Leave Yourself Alone

Another blogger friend, Rose of What’s Your Plaza wrote, Oh, Where, oh Where Have I Been?,  an eye-opening post about her blogging/writing journey and finding her way to her true calling. I love all my blogger friends and the wisdom each of you share daily/weekly. There are wonderful vignettes passed on and even when I might seem absent, the lessons are learned. Thank you all for your work of love. Other things are calling and I sense a new direction coming my way. For now, I’ll just sit and be still. What about you? What are your thoughts? Where do you find stillness? What helps you to retreat? Do you have quiet, meditative days? Do share! Thank you.

Positive Motivation Tip: Find that place of quiet and stillness and spend some time there; healing, creation and rejuvenation reside there.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection and/or Penmaenmawr beach sands, Lao Tzu, Vancouver Greek, Evening stillness, Morning stillness, Stillness, via Wikipedia Or Heaven by Nomadic Lass, via Flickr Some Stillness quotes from BestillNow.com

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

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