Mondays Course in Miracles

My daily spiritual practice includes studying the Course in Miracles. Each Monday I share a quote from the text.

Today I will accept God's peace and joy, in glad exchange for all the substitutes that I have made for happiness and peace. ACIM

The Secret to Trying Something New

 I love to garden and I have had years of success in creating beautiful perennial beds.

However, when it comes to growing food, my success has been marginal. This year, I decided to try square foot gardening. I did copious research when the snow was still flying and in my mind I created the perfect square foot garden.

I had all of the materials to build my three boxes in early May.
Yet I didn't begin to build them until early June.

I had all of my seeds in April.
Yet I just finished planting last week.

I knew part of my experiment was to grow my tomatoes vertically.
Yet I just now finished putting up the fencing.

So what was with all of that procrastination?

Plain and simple, I got too attached to my vision of the perfect square foot garden.

When we get too attached to an outcome, inspired action is thwarted. When we let go of the outcome,  fun happens.

Here's how I let go of my perfect square foot garden outcome.

* Kind, loving self talk. "You can do this Gin." or "You're doing a great job"

* Bringing attention to success. My snap peas are looking glorious and I haven't had to buy any greens since May. (I did my lettuce, arugula, spinach and snap peas in a traditional row.

* Enjoying the process. Mixing compost, peat moss and vermiculite with my hands was more fun than play doh!  Building the boxes myself made me feel strong. Cutting up old sheets and using them to tie the tomato branches to the fence made me laugh at myself.

*Let it be and trust. I will nurture my garden, but like anything else, the rest is up to God.

Monday's Course in Miracles

My daily spiritual practice includes studying The Course in Miracles. Each Monday I share a quote from the text.

You are not frail with God beside you. ACIM

Friday's Feng Shui

I teach courses on Feng Shui and I also incorporate it in my coaching practice and in my own life. It is a wonderful tool in creating a more tranquil and enjoyable life. I am dedicating Friday's blog to all things Feng Shui.

This is the sixth of the nine lesson Bagua Map Course. The bagua map shows where the nine ares of your life(guas) are located in your home. Each lesson I give you tips on how to enhance one of the guas. This week I will cover Fame and Reputation.

The Fame and Reputation area is the rear middle section of your home. This gua has to do with your authenticity and your integrity. How are you portraying yourself to the world? Does that portrayal reflect your true nature?

Ways to enhance this area;
* Always start with an intention. I am in the process of redoing this area of my home. As I work on it I say, "I am ready to show the world who I am."
* Clean and declutter.
*Symbols or a display of your accomplishments.
*Symbols of your goals and aspirations.
*The color red.

My Fame and reputation area juts out the back of my home as a screened porch and a deck. My life is changing and intuitively I knew this area needed to change as well. Right now it is totally empty except for a few of these beauties.

Deciding what to put in here is so much fun and the view is pretty incredible as well.

Have fun. Remember Feng Shui is pronounced FUN shway. Enjoy making your home a mirror of your wonderful life.



Wednesdays "Whats growing?"

Peonies  are blooming!

A garage makeover has been started.

An abundance of flowers.

A mess.

My gardening nails and my moms diamond ring:

Just as I remember it on her garden loving hand. 


Tuesday's Tips: Waiting

When driving and there is no traffic light, I always go right, even if I have to go left.

 I have put many a necessary item back on the shelf because the check out lines were too long.

Young children should never hear me when a coach runs practice late and I am sitting in my van. (Cuss words galore!)

When the 'tires crunching' in the driveway doesn't happen at the agreed upon time, I become an absolute mess, convinced the worst has happened.

I am not good at waiting.

Recently, I waited ten days for an outcome.

I am not good at waiting.

It wasn't pretty.

I tried to escape:

*I ate a lot of comfort food and indulged in my 'every now and then' favorites. Cheetos and corn chips out of the bag anyone?

*I  drank quite a few glasses of  wine to ease up the angst.

*I  cleaned like a crazy woman.

*I ran hard. I danced even harder. I worked ferociously in the garden.

Thoughts of wisdom came:

"How can this one thing determine good/bad ,sick/healthy?"

"Right now I feel great. That is all that matters."

"This future thing will not take away the joy I feel now."

"I am letting my thoughts of the unknown rule me. I could let what is happening NOW rule me."

My thoughts of wisdom saved me as did the sweat and the snacks and the wine.

I did my sweet happy dance celebration when I received the news and I am one blessed woman.

Yet, waiting.

How does one learn to wait?

A few of my newly learned gems

*Appreciate everything right now!
                         Right now for me: My jammies are so soft. My teen boys are building legos upstairs.My girl is happy at her summer program. Thank you God.
*Wait at every stop light, every long line and every left turn. Wait and recite the day's Course of Miracles quote.
*Wait and find ten things you appreciate.
* Wait and find a happy memory as a kid.
*Wait and know the best is yet to come.
*Wait and know; Right hand turns are the best course of action in the summer in a tourist town.
*Wait and know this too will bloom with an abundance of food.


Monday's Course in Miracles

My daily spiritual practice includes studying The Course in Miracles. Each Monday I share a quote from the text.

I do not believe that there is an order of difficulty in miracles; you do. ACIM

Monday's Course in Miracles

My daily spiritual practice includes reading  The Course in Miracles. Each Monday I share a  quote from the text.

Today's quote just may be the best ever! Thus the picture is the simplest. Truth is simple. AMEN.

Whenever you question your value say, "God Himself is incomplete without me." ACIM

My Garden. My Teacher

            Love what is blooming.

      Accept and be grateful for what is     done blooming.

Have expectant joy for what is soon to bloom.

Tuesday's Tips: ICDIA

Years back I invented a new word , ICDIA. It is pronounced ICK! DEE! AH!.  All three syllables are spoken as three different words with the energy of a swear word.

I use it as sparingly as I use any swear word, and I love it.

ICDIA is an acronym for I Cannot Do It All.

I have this notion in my head that I can do it all and that I have to do it all and if I don't do it all everything will fall apart. 

ICDIA is a 911 call to myself thus I act accordingly

1. Stop everything. Take three deep breaths.
2. Pray. Any prayer will do. I try to say my Course of Miracles quote of the day but a   "God help" is sometimes all I can muster.
3. I make  sure the kitchen counters are clear and my bedroom is immaculate. 
4. To do list is tossed. 
5. I make sure I do five acts of kindness to myself . 
6 I make sure I do five acts of kindness to others. 
Then I am brought back to the knowing. I cannot do it all . 

Today I am thinking perhaps I should swear more.
ICDIA is a recipe for a wonderful day. 

Monday's Course in Miracles

My daily spiritual practice includes studying the Course in Miracles. Each Monday I share the lesson of the day or a quote from the text.

Let miracles replace all grievances. ACIM