The sun blessed us with her presence most of January, a stark contrast to the driving rains of Fall. She often beckoned to me, but I (mostly) stayed present with the “work”.
I introduced Illuminations from the Heart, my weekly subscription letter and opened a page on my Writing Services. I humorously – or seriously – thought to call it “I write for $”. Is that too outrageous?
All before Mars – the planet of action – went retrograde on January 23rd, where she will relax until April springs forth.
Make Money Writing
Happily, after leaving a comment on Words Trumpet, I won a free spot in Charlotte Rains Dixon’s class Make Money Writing.
Rains Dixon has been successfully making money as a writer for years. During the dark ages (pre-internet) she wrote for traditional magazines and print publications. These days she mixes it all up writing a variety of content including articles, books, and ghostwriting alongside coaching and teaching. Charlotte’s passionate dynamism and caring heart infuse her teaching style.
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I’ve been under the weather with a cold. Feeling grumpy and miserable.
Then, Monday night, I started to see flashes of light (photopsia) from the periphery of my left eye. I blew it off – not recommended – and went to sleep.
As I showered the next morning, I suddenly noticed what appeared to be a black spider over my shoulder. She multiplied into quite a few black, lacy images dancing vibrantly about in my visual field.
I called my doctor and was told to go immediately to the eye doctor. He said, “Tell the staff you may be having a “retinal” emergency.”
Emergency? Was I ready for a medical emergency?
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A reflection to help put your week into perspective!
Take a moment to consider your level of satisfaction. How much effort are you putting into “obsessively” trying to improve your external conditions rather than being satisfied in the moment?
“In Tibetan, the word for “body” is lü, which means “something you leave behind,” like baggage. Each time we say lü, it reminds us that we are only travelers, taking temporary refuge in this life and this body. In Tibet, people did not distract themselves by spending all their time trying to make their external circumstances more comfortable. They were satisfied if they had enough to eat, clothes on their backs, and a roof over their heads.
Going on, as we do, obsessively trying to improve our conditions, can become an end in itself, and a pointless distraction. Would people in their right mind think of fastidiously redecorating their hotel room every time they checked in to one?”
From Glimpse After Glimpse by Sogyal Rinpoche. Follow the link to sign up for daily inspirational emails.
This is part of my series of compelling questions.
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