Story Photo Challenge: Two for One

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Is it just me or does the holiday season seem to be coming too fast this year? Along with the joy and blessings of the holidays comes the stress and anxiety of getting ready for them:~)

This is the reason I’m combining a short breathing meditation, along with a story photo picture. You get two for one:~)

The Breathing Mediation

Get comfortable in your chair. Uncross you legs if they’re crossed.

Take a deep breath.

And another.

Come on, really breath in and then let the air out slowly.

If you do this three times, I bet you’ll feel your shoulders drop.

Did you feel it?

Okay, let your head drop down and slowly roll your head around.

Stretch those neck muscles.

Take one last deep breath. Hold it for a second.

Let it out releasing all your worries and hassles.

Story Photo Challenge

Now that you’re relaxed, scroll back to the picture.

Feel free to click on to enlarge it.

Just let your eyes rest on the picture.

Are you starting to see “things?”

I hope so because this is your challenge.

What do you see in this picture?

If nothing jumps out at you, don’t despair…just move on to the Quickie Question.

Quickie Question

When you’re feeling stressed during the holidays, what helps you calm down?

 

 

What’s freedom to you?

photo by sara b. healy

What’s Freedom

The Fourth of July in the United States is a day of celebration for the Declaration of Independence, but I think it’s also a day to appreciate the idea of FREEDOM.

Freedom is a word with many different meanings. While I recognize the historical meaning of July 4th, I don’t want to talk history.

Instead I decided to be spontaneous, which is a freedom when you think of it. Anyway, I decided to think of what freedom means to me right now, as I type this post.

Here’s my list….

  1. going to the public library (thanks Ben Franklin and others!)
  2. laughing so hard my belly hurts
  3. crying at a sad movie without leaving the theater (this is an issue for me)
  4. allowing myself time to do nothing
  5. disagreeing with something someone says, but appreciating their right to say it (Okay, I’m still working on this one, but it is important to me)
  6. playing when I should be working and not feeling guilty about it
  7. enjoying nature — a sunny day, fluffy clouds overhead, the songs of birds and me
  8. learning from people who have different beliefs than my own
  9. writing, writing and writing some more
  10. blogging and enjoying the many varied people in the blogosphere.

Your Turn

In the comment box, list one thing off the top of your head that answers this question: What’s freedom to you?

You are welcome to list more than one thing if you so choose. I’m a believer in giving you lots of freedom to do what you want:~)

Too busy to comment?

Did I catch you with your mouth full of potato salad or a veggie burger? Are you heading out to see the fireworks or hard at work since you don’t celebrate July 4th? That’s okay. If you’re busy right now, just do me a favor when you can.

Take a few minutes to think of the freedoms you have in your life and remember not everyone is so lucky…so be active to help others discover their own freedoms, like my friend Belinda. Check out her post, 100+ Ways to Make the World a Better Place, see if one or more of her ideas suit you.

Holiday Blues

photo by sara b. healy

You are not accidental. Existence needs you. Without you something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it. That’s what gives you dignity, that the whole existence will miss you. The stars and sun and moon, the trees and birds and earth – everything in the universe will feel a small place is vacant which cannot be filled by anybody except you. OSHO

This is one of my favorite quotes. I put it up today because, for some, the holidays will not be joyful and happy. I don’t mean to be a spoil sport, but the reality is this holiday season…

Some of us will feel lost.
Some of us will be alone.
Some of us will feel sad.
Some of us will be forgotten.

Take a few minutes to read this message again.

“You are not accidental. Existence needs you. Without you something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it.” ~ OSHO

Absorb these words into your heart.
Remember them.
Repeat them.
And don’t forget to…

Share them.

In the hectic days of the holidays, take time to notice people around you. When you come across someone who’s not in the “holiday spirit” or who seems kind of sad, overworked, or just lonely, give them the gift of these words. Remind them of how essential they are to you, to the world, and to the Universe.

Let these powerful words light a warming fire in someone’s soul this holiday season:~)

2011 Thank You

Thank you to all of you who visited A Sharing Connection this year. Whether you left a comment or stopped by briefly, you are very much appreciated!

Also, I want to thank the people whose words of wisdom helped me this year. Through your comments and your posts, I have gained so much from what you’ve shared with me.

The blogosphere is such a unique space. It allows us the freedom to test our creativity, to express our points of view, and to share our commonalities. I look forward to continuing to share this space with you in 2012.

I wish you all a very happy NEW YEAR.

Holiday Memories

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Video by PDG Productions, 2010
Song by Pink Martini

One of my fondest holiday memories occurred Christmas of 1989. We were all excited as snow had been predicted all day. Where I live, this is a very unusual event. We all hoped for a “white Christmas.”

By the time, we arrived at the evening holiday church service; the “predicted” snow still had not showed up. While disappointed, we still enjoyed the service.

We sang holiday songs as candles twinkled all around the room. We said special prayers for those in need and gave what we could when the collection plate was circulated.

Finally, the last song was sung and it was time to leave. We collected our coats and in a large group headed for the doors. When they opened wide, so did our eyes.

In the church lights, pristine white snow sparkled everywhere – on top of trees, bushes, roofs, sidewalks and the ground. It was like we were stepping into a snow globe.

We all stopped and stared, even the kids! However, it wasn’t long before they were running and jumping into the snow. Holiday “dress-up” clothes were forgotten as snowballs flew through the air and children made snow angels.

No one wanted to leave. For those of us who don’t see snow often, it was a beautiful and magical moment and became a fond memory:~)

What about you?

Even if you celebrate a holiday different than Christmas, what is one of your fondest memories of a holiday? Briefly describe it in the comment box.