Time To Let Go

When is clutter not clutter? I have a tendency to hold onto things, with the rationale that I may need them at a later date, Sometimes “just because”, and sometimes because they are things that I have worked on in the past, including articles and stories. I have a tendency to store things electronically, rather than on paper, because it takes up less room.

I go back a long ways – practicaly to the beginning of time! I remember floppy disks (those HUGE disks), and the smaller hard disks that followed them. And therein lies my problem – I have a good number of these hard disks (I recently moved them from the closet in my guest bedroom to my office, so that I could go through them), and am having a hard time just tossing them.

Are they doing me any good? Do I really need them? I haven’t accessed them in years, so no, I don’t really use them, or need them. Is there some reason that I might need to refer to them inthe future? Let’s look at some of the contents: my old “Gateway To Tarot” newsletter, going back to 2002; my content from the Meta Arts Internet site, from 2007 (the site is no longer up); reviews that I wrote as far back as 2005 (I have several of these disks); miscellaneous writing; interviews; information from 2007 on the ABTC (American Board For Tarot Certification, of which I was a board member), and more.

My conclusion: I don’t need any of this. This is my past, and I have moved on. A few years from now I am sure that I will be doing this “release” again. This time it will be a release of thumb drives and copies of magazines that I have been published in. Times change, but the thought is the same – do not weigh ourselves down with the past.

What are you holding onto, and why? Is it time to let it go?

(c) May 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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Celebrating Easter

Easter Sunday is a religious holiday for the Christian faith. It represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and follows Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday, which celebrates Jesus Last Supper with the 12 Apostles, and Good Friday, which is the celebration of Jesus’ crucifixion. We tend to celebrate Easter as a family day, and a day for the children. We need to remember the true significance of this day.

Easter is a day to recall fond memories, and to help create new memories for ourselves and those around us. One of my fondest memories is of coloring Easter eggs. Kudos to my mother, who managed, with three children under the age of ten, to not end up with a multi-color kitchen! We used the dye kits available at the grocery store, and the little wire piece that came with them to hold the eggs. I do not remember one time that any of us ever tipped the cups of dye over. Of course, that was partially due to the fact that this was a very closely supervised activity!

Sunday morning we got up to Easter baskets from the Easter Bunny, as well as a small gift, also from the Easter Bunny! We went to church (my mother) and to Sunday school (my siblings and I). For whatever reason. Easter was an occasion when my siblings and I were gifted with updated cloths for church – of which we were very proud!

Easter Sunday dinner was a big dinner with ham and a gazillion side dishes (including deviled eggs!). It was an extended family dinner, and everyone had a wonderful time.

For those of you that celebrate Easter, I wish you a very Happy Easter! May you, and those around you, be gifted with new memories that you will cherish for a lifetime!

(c) April 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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Compassion

The card above is from “Everyday Enlightenment”, by Becky Lundin. This is a 48 card deck using “Today I Am” statements to set a focus for the coming day. I chose to use compassion for this day, because compassion is what we need more of in today’s world. The back of the card states “Breathe in the energy of compassion. Bold that feeling while you declare out loud “I am compassionate.”

Below this statement is a suggestion on how to focus on this energy. “Do you have compassion towards others? Do you have empathy for those who are less fortunate? Today focus on sending out kind, caring, loving thoughts to all. We never know what others are going through.”

If we all take a deep breath, and allow that breath to flow through us freely, we will feel the load that we carry drifting away. We will be able to see more clearly, and be less judgmental of those around us. There are many parts to each of our stories, some of which we do not wish to tell. Our actions and words will have more power if they are focused onthe good of all.

The “Everyday Enlightenment” deck can be purchased here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/867641344/48-today-i-am-positive-affirmation-cards.

(c) March 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day (also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine) is a day in which we celebrate love. Originating as a Catholic feast day honoring one or two Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine, it has evolved into a celebration of love and romance world-wide. It is interesting to note that this feast day was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, but the idea of romantic love evolved from the concept of courtly love. In 18th century England the tradition of sending greeting cards, flowers, and confectionary evolved.

Today we look at Valentine’s Day as a time to send or recieve flowers, chocolates, and possibly a small gift, along with going out for a nice dinner to celebrate. Due to COVID 19, it is more than likely that a dinner at a nice restaurant is not possible, nor is there much in the way of entertainment to go to afterwards. If it is possible, we celebrate within our homes, to the extent that we can. We have to social distance, and have to be careful of any at-risk individuals that live in our home.

Something that we don’t think about are those who have lost a partner and are celebrating alone. Or those that simply do not have a partner, and do not feel that there is anything to celebrate. This can be a very difficult time for this group of people and can lead to depression. Do not be afraid to reach out for help! SAMHSA has a national referral helpline that is open 24/7, 365 days a year, and provides local referrals for mental and substance abuse disorders. Their number is 1-800-487-4889. Helpline Center has a 24/7, 365 days a year helpline through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Their number is 1-800-273-8255.

There is another thing that we can do, and that is to nurture ourselves. We can choose to gift ourselves with flowers, chocolate, and a nice dinner out. Or we can do whatever makes us feel love – a walk in the park, a walk on the beach, getting our hair or nails done (or both!), watching a favorite movie, or cooking our favorite dinner. We celebrate ourselves in anyway that feels supporting and nurturing.

Valentine’s Day has many sides to it – we need to honor them all.

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!

(c) February 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success

Things are starting to lighten up a bit in our world, so I wanted to share a book that I have had by my side for years. It is “The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success”, by Deepak Chopra (Amber-Allen Publishing, Inc. 2007). We allwant to be successful, and I believe that we allare, to some extent. I also believe that by following the principles in this book we can develop our best self, and manifest success on all levels.

The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success are:

  • The Law of Pure Potentiality
  • The Law of Giving and Recieving
  • The Law of Karma or Cause and Effect.
  • The Law of Least Effort
  • The Law of Intention anf Desire
  • The Law of Detachment
  • The Law of Dharma or Purpose In Life

Each chapter is written in a manner that is easy to understand, and suggests ways in which you can incorporate the wisdom of each law into your daily life. You can read the book straight through, or you can go to the chapter that will be most helpful to you at any given moment. I used to keep this book on my bedside, now I keep it by my desk, because that is where I spend most of my time. I also journal my thoughts after reading a chapter, but that is not necessary for everyone to do.

The book is short (96 pages), and it is very easy to read just one chapter a day. You can read it in the morning and take the wisdom into your day, or you can read it at night, and take the wisdom into dreamtime. There are many ways that you can make use of this material, and they will all benefit you greatly. Happy reading!

(C) February 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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Healing Together

On this day, 1/20/21, Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris take the oath of office for President and Vice President of the United States, respectively. It has been a surreal and difficult four years for our country. We now have a President that vows to govern for the people – all of the people. This is what we needed to hear.

Whether we voted for the Biden/Harris ticket or not, these are the two individuals that will guide our country for the next four years. We need to put aside our differences and look at how we can move forward and make our country the very best country that it can be.

We start by making the effort to heal ourselves, while at the same time reaching out to heal the great divide that has happened in our country. These are just a few steps that we can take to start the process (and it is a process, not an overnight miracle):

  • Accept that the current state of affairs is what it is.
  • Forgive ourselves for disagreeing with others, and forgive them for disagreeing with us.
  • Stand behind our leaders – give them our support when we feel that we can support them, and speak up directly to them when we feel that issues are not being addressed appropriately.
  • Understand that masking, social distancing, and washing our hands are part of the process that we have to go through to get back any semblance of normalcy.
  • Understand that the new administration needs to be given time to get the COVID-19 vaccines out there and in place and that there needs to be government help in making those vaccines available to the population as a whole.
  • Reach out and help your neighbors and your community, in whatever way that you can.
  • Recognize that mental health at this time is an issue. Try not to judge people too quickly, or too harshly.
  • Begin your day by writing out a list of five things that you are thankful for. In the worst of times, we can be thankful for something.

This is a new begining for all of us – I wish you all well!

For information on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Mental Health Hotline (English and Spanish): 1-800-662-4357

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

(c) January 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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We Heal Together

Today is January 12th, 2021. On January 6th, 2021 there was a “homegrown” terrorist attack on the Senate as electoral votes were being counted prior to verifying Joe Biden as our next president. The attack was provoked by false information from many different sources and was encouraged by the sitting president, who held a rally just before the attack and urged his supporters to go down to the Senate and cause problems.

Due to a deliberate lack of backup, Capitol police were unable to hold the crowd back. Approval for the deployment of the National Guard, which had been requested by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was problematic (https://vosizneias.com/2021/01/12/explainer-why-national-guards-role-was-limited-during-riot/). Virginia Governer Ralph Northam send Virginia National Guard members, as well as 200 members of the Virginia State Police (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/northam-sending-virginia-national-guard-to-dc-in-response-to-capitol-raid/ar-BB1cwQUc?ocid=uxbndlbing).

This was a vicious, ugly terrorist attack. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to be removed to another location, her office was trashed, and her computer allegedly stolen (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13688984/pelosi-laptop-stolen-trump-supporters-national-secrets-capitol/). Doors and windows were broken, trash was everywhere, feces smeared on walls and floors – the list goes on (https://nypost.com/2021/01/06/rioters-leave-trail-of-damage-in-us-capitol-building/).

Five people died because of this terrorist attack. This is not over. Partially in response to the attack, several social media sites are blocking/deleting accounts that were promoting misinformation and worse https://apnews.com/article/can-social-media-ban-trump-explained-a4a02aca8341a844c011d4e165d8d61b).

What can we do to protect ourselves, and to usher in a safe inaugural day? Increased safety measures are being set up for the inaugural (https://www.npr.org/sections/biden-transition-updates/2021/01/12/955907043/how-inauguration-day-is-shaping-up-beefed-up-security-limited-public-access), https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/10/us/inauguration-security-police.html). What we can personally do is pray – pray every single day until the inauguration. Pray for the safety of all of us, pray for the safety of our government leaders, pray that the new administration will walk their talk. Pray that those who are behind these atrocities are held to account.

January, 2020 Bonnie Cehovet

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Welcome To 2021!

Welcome to 2021! My first suggestion – make peace with 2020, which was a difficult year for all of us. Consciously leave behind anything that is not serving you well. Wish all negativity well, and then send it down into the earth, where it will be transformed into something new and positive.

Decide what you want to bring with you from 2020 into the new year. These could be things that are already being supportive of you, or they could be seeds that you have planted that are getting ready to sprout. Send them love, and make them a conscious part of your life.

Make a conscious decision to be supportive of yourself – set aside time on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to take care of yourself. This can take many forms – eating healthy foods, exercising, meditation, soaking in a bath, setting aside time for recreational reading – the list is endless! Know that when you are the best person that you can be, that you can support those around you to be the best that they can be.

Define you personal, financial, and professional goals for the next thirty, sixty, and ninetly days. Look ahead at where you want to be in three months, six months, nine months and a year. Write down what you need to do to accomplish your goals. If broken downinto small steps, you goals will be easier to achieve.

Numerologically 2021 is a number five year. The is the universal energy of the year for all of us. The foundation of a number five year is that of change. Here is the U.S. we are looking at political change, economic change, jobs opening up, and more. Healthwise, the COVID-19 vaccine will become available to all of us (it is already out for frontline workers and the elderly), and we will see our communities returning to a new version of normal. Businesses will open up again, and life will have a better flow to it.

Look for the opportunities aorund you in 2021, and be willing to be a bit flexible. Develope focus and discipline, so that you are not moving from opportunity to opportunity without fully developing any of them. Take the lessons from 2020 and incorporate them into your life.

Blessings to you all!

January 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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Zen Moment

I start my day by reciting something called the Cleansing Prayer. For me, it is a Zen moment. It grounds me, and gives me balance. I share it here, in the hope that it will be helpful to others. Feel free to change the final line (Blessed Be, So Mote It Be) to whatever feels comfortable to you.

Cleansing Prayer

I am now choosin to cleanse

myself and release any

and all thought forms,

beings, situations and energies that

are nolonger of service

to my highest and greatgest good …

across all planes of

my existence, across all

unicerses, and across all lifetimes.

I ask that all energies that

are less than love

be transmuted for the highest good of all.

Blessed Be, So Mote It Be

(c) December 2020 Bonnie Cehovet

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Celebrating Thanksgiving 2020

On Thursday, November 26th, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving here in the U.S. As is happening globally (due to the pandemic) this year’s celebration will have a flavor all of its own. We will start by looking at some of the guidelines that have been posted by federal agencies:

From Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the NIH (National Institute of Health): https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/14/dr-fauci-says-his-kids-arent-coming-home-for-thanksgiving-to-stay-safe-from-coronavirus.html. (This is a very well written article. You will need to scroll down to see a short video from Dr. Fauci.)

From the CDC (Center For Disease Control): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.

Thanksgiving is literally a time for giving thanks. It is a time for family gatherings, serving traditional meals, and for perhaps watching a movie or a sports game or two. Due to the pandemic, our celebrations this year will be a bit different. Travel is not being encouraged, holiday gatherings are being limited, and if we do have a holiday gathering, we are being encouraged to have it outside.

How can we create our own celebration this year, one that will be a lasting positive memory for us? We can be thankful for what we have – for our health, for our family, for our jobs, for the country that we live in. We can be thankful that we have the ability to not only talk to family and friends that are at a distance, but we can interact with them visually through FaceTime and sites like Zoom. We can be thankful for our homes, and our communities.

However you decide to celebrate Thanksgiving, check NIH, CDC, and local guidelines to make sure that you are doing your best to stay safe. Wear masks, and wash your hands frequently. You can still serve a Thanksgiving dinner, with some adjustments. Only one person in the kitchen at a time, and only one person serving. Each person gets their chosen beverage and fills their plate one person at a time. Make sure there is good air flow in the house. You can still watch movies and sports shows – just remember correct social distancing.

Above all, choose to be happy! And yes, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is still happening! Without the crowds, of course, but it is still happening!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

(c) November Bonnie Cehovet

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