Monday, August 28, 2006

Meditation

Meditation can be one of the most confusing things to start doing.  Our minds are used to racing through events (past, present and future), trying to remember things, thinking we must have forgotten something.  It is so hard to get it to just shut up for a few moments!  This, I think, is one of the things that gets people so discouraged when beginning a meditation regimen. 
 

  If you're not used to meditating, when you start out, try a more active meditation.  Sit comfortably with your eyes closed.  Try to focus on only one thing.  A simple image, like a ball of glowing light.  If your mind begins to wander, see where it is wandering to.  What pops into your head?  Ask yourself why your mind first thinks of this thing (or person or whatever), then gently guide it back to the ball of light.  The benefits of this type of meditation are twofold:  1) It gets you used to taking time out to sit still and relax and 2) it helps with visualization as well.
 

  One of the hardest things to ask a person to do is to clear their mind and think of nothing.  Nothing has to be the most abstract thing in existance!  What is nothing?  lol  Instead, work on this meditation, trying to concentrate only on the ball of light.  Then, as you are able to hold the ball of light in your mind for at least 5 minutes without having your mind wander (this is our goal), start dimming the light.  By going slow and working with your mind, instead of against it, you will eventually be able to sit in quiet meditation, simply not thinking of anything.
 

  Another way of doing this meditation, is to go outside.  Into nature.  Away from traffic and construction.  A place where the only sounds you hear are likely to be from nature, trees, water, animals.  When your mind starts to lose focus of the ball of light, try to guide it to sounds or smells or vibrations you feel around you.  This will also help you tune into the power of the Earth.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Petpet Avvies

With nothing else to report, I guess I'll fill ya in on how my progress on the petpet avvies is.  lol  In a little under two weeks I'll finally have the coveted Quadrapus avatar!  *whoot*  Once I get that I'll be sending the Darigan Peophin to the pound and adopting something else to work on the Huggy avatar for me.  (Already got the Huggy, just waiting for a free pet)  A little over a month and I'll have the Gruslen avatar.  ^_^  That one's cute.  Four months until the Mazzew avvie is mine, and a staggering 8 and 1/2 months until I get the Snowbunny one.  I think for completeness in the petpet avvie catagory, I'm going to go ahead and save up for the Meowclops.  That's a whole million np, but I've reached that before, it doesn't have to be aged and I'll get the np back so I can use it for another avvie.  lol

Friday, August 18, 2006

Days Go By

Yes, it is me again.  lol  Who else would it be?  O.o  Hrm.  I went to my interview.  Turns out by the end of it all they had interviewed 1500 people.  And now they're gonna call all of them back to let 'em know one way or another if they got a job or not.  Isn't that nice of 'em?  I'm not getting my hopes up.  lol  Still trucking along on neopets.  Waiting not-so patiently for the Altador Plot prizes to finally be given away.  Anyone know what's up with that?  Also been helping my hubby a lot on his Graphic Novel.  Keep yer peepers posted here, cuz we'll be setting up a preview clip soon. 

Monday, August 14, 2006

Upcoming Interview

Oh boy, one of my least favorite things.  Been preparing myself for the past two weeks, so I'm about as ready as I'll ever be.  I haven't worked in five years, so I'm just as nervouse about getting the job as I am about not getting it.  All I can do is my best, and if it doesn't work out, it's not the end of the world.  If you're catching this before the 16th, please send me some positive energies.  ^_^  I could really use 'em.

  Also, I finally got the Halloween PB, and the Werelupe avatar that I was aiming to get with it.  I got the Top Gamer avvie as well.  Not entirely sure what I'm saving up for at the moment, but I'll figure it out when I get there.  lol

Sunday, August 6, 2006

Dreams

Ah.  The wonderful world of dream-work.  One of my specialties.  If you think you don't dream, think again.  Everyone dreams, just some more vividly than others, and some people don't remember their dreams.  The average person dreams 3 to 4 times a night.  The key is to train yourself to remember them.

 The first, and most important, thing you will need is a notebook and pen.  I use a little 4"x6" notebook.  $2 at Wal*Mart.  You will need to keep these close at hand so you can write as soon as you wake up.  I keep mine just under the mattress by my pillow.  When you record your dreams, sometimes it helps to just write down everything you remember.  Chronological order isn't too important.  If you do write it as it happened, leave room in your mind to enable you to go back and add stuff.  Getting as many details as possible is more important than getting things in the right order.  At first (and sometimes thereafter) you may only remember a feeling, "I felt confused, like I was lost", or a place "I was at a wierd house I don't recognize", or a person, "I remember being followed by a wierd old lady".  This is okay.  The more you do it, and the more you become accustomed to remembering, the more details you'll get. 

  When the ball does get rolling, make sure to buy a new journal when you get near the end.  You don't want to wake up from a crazy dream just to realize you don't have any room to write it.

  Whether or not you are the kind of person that remembers your dreams vividly, when you start recording them, it helps to prepare a little before going to bed.  Say to yourself as you're falling asleep "I will remember my dreams" a few times over.  As you become more adept and would like to go further you can add "I will become aware during my dream", this will help you to enter a lucid dreaming state. 

  Sometimes dreams can take a scary turn.  (like Nightmares, duh)  These are the best circumstances in which to learn what you can really do in dreams.  Just try to remember that it's all in your mind.  Over the past 20 years (I used to have some vicious nightmares as a child) I've gone from running like molasses and hitting with the force of a doped up butterfly to flying, generating fireballs to defend myself, running miles in seconds, breathing underwater, and hitting with enough force to break bones.  You CAN grow and adapt in dreams!  Your dreams are your minds playground.  Let loose and have fun. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

The Longest Week

Hubby and I had some issue with communications, but thankfully we've worked everything out.  We're in a much better place now.  That is one of the many things that makes me so happy about being married to that wonderful man.  No matter what happens around us, no matter what's on our minds, we never stop talking to each other.  Words, when spoken, have no form of their own, but they have the power to change entire worlds.  Even a written word can have so much power that it acts as it's own symbol.  You see the word and it evokes motions, even without context.  Some words become overused and lose this power.  Such as:


love 


or:

hate


This is not to say the word no longer has meaning, just that it has lost a lot of it's power.  Is there any way to regain this power?  Sure.  Through dis-use.  It is natural for us to want to vocalize our emotions, but for the vocalization to have any meaning or "power", we have to take care not to overuse the words we use to describe them.  Or to use the wrong words.  You may disagree with a person, dislike their actions, but do you hate them?  You may.  You may find yourself drawn to another person, but do you LOVE them?  Do you "love" Italian food, or do you find pleasure in the taste and texture of the combined ingredients? 


While I'm on it, it is said that actions speak louder than words.  Certainly there is a good amount of truth to this.  I feel these are good words to live by, especially now when people will "say" anything, yet do very little.  Maybe if we said a little less, we could step back and really understand what our actions are saying about us louder than words ever could.