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"If I think you’re my problem, I’m insane.” …So damn true!... * Thinking about that quote, it’s funny (or maybe totally frustrating) how something that somebody else says or does can derail us – it may take a bit but eventu“ally I notice myself becoming more easily irritated or more defensive, and this is my Red Flag telling me to step back and take a look at ‘what’s up’. Plenty of us struggle with these ‘dark clouds’ making it hard in that moment, to see the good in who & what’s around us.But there’s evidence out there that identifying and further, ‘naming’ the thoughts that arise, can really help loosen their grip on our emotions. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/shyness-is-nice/20130

4 Friday Favs

We've just had the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. This weekend Santa Barbara will host thousands for our annual Solstice Parade Weekend which is a wildly creative, fun, energetic few days. You can google it to see images from past years. Here's to glorious Summer days! GOLDEN MILK ** I make this delicious drink in the evening before going to bed. In Winter it is particularly yummy & warming. In Summer it’s nourishing and that perfect little end of the day bit of sweetness that is also great for you. 1 cup milk (my preference is coconut milk or almond milk) 1 cup water 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick 1 (1-inch) piece turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric 1

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“Your pain is the entry point to discovering who you truly are” ~ Anon. * A federal judge rules that the Dakota Access pipeline did not receive an adequate environmental vetting. It’s a victory of sorts (as it again puts things on hold while more things are considered) but it does not necessary determine whether the pipeline will continue or not. * The spoken word is powerful. As stories are told, wisdom is released & passed on. As confessions are made, levels of pain & suffering are relinquished. As apologies are given, emotions of anger & frustration are diffused and subside. There is also the negative side of how we use the spoken word – verbal daggers cut & slash, false phrases create fa

4 Friday Favs

Creativity is like the water in a river, it wants to flow unencumbered. So surrender to the river, rather than fight against it, and use its power as your own. We may never have experienced the connection with our own Creative Muse but it has been part of each one of us from the beginning and rests inside, like an ember waiting to be fanned into a flame. What is it like being creative? It’s a Spiritual thing … it asks you to trust. Trust in something that is an unknown and a Mystery on a grand scale. Trust in the fact that you are inherently part it as well as a creative conduit for the Mystery. It requires you become comfortable with standing in the darkness of ‘not knowing’, trusting that

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