A Brave New World

Today would have been my mother’s 93rd birthday. She crossed over on March 16th – something that my siblings and I thought we were ready for, but we weren’t. I really don’t t hink that you can be ready for something like this.

We were very fortunate in that my sister found a very nice group home for my mother to live in. She was able to be surrounded by things that she liked, including her books, and her koala and teddy bears. She liked where she was, and my sister lived very close, so we could do face times, and it took my sister no time to get there whenever the care-givers called with a issue (or an impending issue). She had excellent medical care, and was in minimal pain.

It is very hard to move forward without my mother, even though we did not always agree on things. She was very much a “people person”, and enjoyed gardening and being with people. For many years one of her favorite activities was working with Adopt-A-Pet, an organization that works with caring for and rehoming stray dogs, and dogs that were turned in by their owners. She worked very hard to help them attain their 501-C3 (non-profit) status.

Unfortunately my mother died during the pandemic (but not of COVID-19). While a physical issue that I have would have prevented me from being there anyway, her funeral was limited in many ways. There were only five family members at the funeral, and they had to walk to the gravesite from the cemetary gate (not a long distance). They had to practice social distancing, which made it hard for them to console each other.

It has been six weeks since her death – many days it seems much longer. I am blessed in that the human race has a tendency to remember the good, and forget the bad. At least I do. I remember that my mother instilled in all of us a love for reading, for being the best people that we could be, and for helping others.

Mom, know that we love you, and will always honor your teaching.

Words of Wisdom From Nala Cat

I follow several people of the feline variety on the Internet. They bring peace, joy, and humor into my day. Occasionally they offer a product, such as a cat toy, cat food, blankets, or tee shirts. One of my favorite fur people is Nala Cat, sister to White Coffee. She has recently come out with a beautifully presented book of commentary that helps us all to live our best life. I hope that you enjoy what she is sharing!

You can purchase Nala Cat’s wisdom here:https://www.amazon.com/Living-Your-Best-Live-According-ebook/dp/B07TZZLZDT/ref=sr_1_1?crid=23WRHO9MBKET6&dchild=1&keywords=living+your+best+life+according+to+nala+cat&qid=1586866366&sprefix=living+your+best+life+%2Caps%2C211&sr=8-1

Good Friday

On Good Friday we mark the day that Jesus was crucified. As Christians, we honor the suffering that Jesus went through for us, and that he died for our sins. This is a day of reflection, a day that we look at ourselves, and our faith.

Worldwide we are experiencing the cornavirus pandemic, which includes the need for isolation. We will not be celebrating Good Friday, or Easter, in the company of other people. This year we will be experiencing an isolated holiday.

We can reach out through digital media, including phones, Face Time, Skype, e-mail, text, and You Tube. We are actually rich in resources, if we look for them.

Something that crossed my path was the concert that opera singer Andrea Bocelli is giving a free, online concert at 1 pm EDT on Easter morning over his YouTube channel (https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/a32106751/how-to-watch-andrea-bocelli-easter-concert/). Accompanied by organist Emanuele Vianel, he will be singing alone at Milan’s famed Duomo di Milano. (He will literally be in the cathedral with only his accompanist, due to the continued need for isolation in Italy.)

May you all have a wonderful Good Friday, and a joyousd Easter!

Surviving Change

We are in a time of major change. Because of the coronavirus many people are out of work, many people are working from home that normally would not be, we are experiencing a level of death that we had not expected, and we feel out of control. How can we keep ourselves grounded and centered during this time, and what can we expect our future to be?

Here are some of the things we can do to make it through this time:

  • We can acknowledge our feelings, and our fears.
  • We can be willing to talk about what is going on.
  • We can actively listen to what those around us are saying.
  • We can expand our perception of what life is.
  • We can re-prioritize our needs and our goals.
  • We can offer help to others.
  • We can ask for help when we need it.
  • We can limit our time with toxic people/situations.
  • We can give thanks for that which we have on a daily basis.
  • Consciously live in the present.

What tools can we use to cope:

  • Write our thoughts out in a journal.
  • Take a walk (keeping a good social distance from others).
  • Do a breathing meditation.
  • Listen to music.
  • Get up and dance.

What challanges can we expect in our near future?

  • Our entire health care system will have to be re-evaluated.
  • One-time stimulus payments will offer some financial help.
  • People will re-evaluate which expenditures are important, and which after not. Things like new cars and new clothes will be much further down on the list.
  • People will be making more of an effort to set aside 3-6 months’ worth of money to cover bills.
  • There will be an effort to stock essential foods for at least 60 days.
  • Many people who lost their jobs will be looking for jobs.
  • We will be looking at the November elections in terms of how the current crisis was handled, and what we found out about our government.

This is not a time to be afraid. It is a time to move forward with confidence into a future that is unlike one that we have ever known.

The Alchemist

“The Alchemist – A Graphic Novel” is food for the mind and the soul. I just finished reading it, and it was a marvelous journey. Written by Paulo Coelho, with artwork by Daniel Sampere, it is an incredible collaboration that defies description. (It is an illistrated interpretation of Coelho’s story “The Alchemist.) It is what I needed, right now, at this point in my life.

I absolutely could not put this book down. The beautiful imagery, the intense colors, and the magical storyline grabbed me and would not let me go.

The story follows the life of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd. He is happy with his life, but he ends up on a search for treasure. Along the way, he meets many different people, and is placed in many different situations. Each has something to teach him on his journey to find his own story, his “personal legend”. He becomes, essentially, an “alchemist” inhis own right.

To me, our personal wellness journey covers all levels of our being – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. We find all of that in this book. We see how all parts of ourselves are bound to our personal story/personal legend.

The original book (in text) is a classic – as is the graphic novel version!

Daily Focus

To accomplish anything, we need focus. There are many tools out there that we can use to help us focus, including prayer, affirmations, and visual images. I recently had the very good luck to have the “everyday Enlighenment” cards, by Becky Lundin, cross my path.

This is a 48 card deck whose purpose is to help us focus on our day, as well as to help us find our inner strengths. I have started drawing one card each morning to give me some insight into my day. I am very pleased with my results!

You can find more information on the cards, as well as a purchse link, here: https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2020/01/19/review-everyday-enlighenment-cards/.

Thoughts For A New Year

I made a major decision at the end of November to put my author’s newsletter on hiatus for a year. I realized that I needed to regroup as an individual, to spend some time sorting myself out. I have committed to doing some very specific things for myself in 2020 – starting in January (this month).

I have always remembered my dreams, and been able towork with them. In 2020, I am going to work with flow-dreaming. The focus here is connecting with the universe and manifesting abundance – whatever we perceive as abundance. I am very much looking forward to working with meditations, affirmations, creative visualization, and more!

I will also be working with a 10-week journaling course entitled “The Productivity Habit”. This will be interesting, as notes are “supposed” to be written in the book itself, which I have no intention of doing. I will be creating an e-file, which, while it may be time consuming, I think willwork well for me. the focus here is on boosting productivity. I would like to see my fiction writing start selling – I think this journal is a very positive, forward step to making this happen.

The third tool of empowerment that I will be working with is crystal grids. I have worked with them on and off for years, and feel that 2020 is the year to step it up a bit. I came across Karen Frazier’s book “An Introduction To Crystal Grids”, andfound everything that I needed to get started again. There are layouts for specific intentions (prosperity, health, joy and many more), crystals that are appropriate for each layout, and information provided about the energy of each crystal, so that the reader can construct their own grids for their own purposes.

Whatever your own tools of empowerment are, may you use them wisely, and have a healthy, abundant, and prosperous 2020!