What if you were an alien from another planet? What would Earth seem like to you? What would be beyond your comprehension, like war or famine? What would tickle your fancy, like dolphins in the ocean?
Bring the alien a little closer to home. If you were an alien and viewed your life with a clinical, other-wordly distance, what would you see? Perhaps you would see someone buzzing around wildly for apparently no reason. Or fretting over next to nothing? Or dancing alone in a bedroom?
We’re all stuck in our wild little worlds which we give so much import to…but a Martian wouldn’t.
Today, be that Martian. Be from outer space.
Doesn’t sound very magical, reading your Tarot cards online. But the images still have a deep resonance and who’s to say that spiritual guidance can only be found in the dark cobwebbed room of a fortune teller?
So draw 3 Tarot cards today. Ask a question and see what the cards reveal. Stay open and remember: there’s no right or wrong answer. You’ll naturally find one that resonates with you!
There is a gun problem. And unless your head is buried deep in the sand, as a global citizen, you recognize that. While the US Congress continues to buddy up to the NRA, the rest of the world has decided enough. Let’s hope these worldwide steps make a difference and lead us to a more peaceful existence. Let’s pray.
“[The treaty] will help to keep warlords, pirates, terrorists, criminals and their like from acquiring deadly arms.”- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful U.S. pro-gun lobbying group that has opposed the treaty from the start, said it was a sad day for the United States, which joined the vast majority of U.N. member states by voting for the pact.
Iran, Syria and North Korea cast the sole votes against the treaty. The same three states last week prevented a treaty-drafting conference at U.N. headquarters from reaching the required consensus to adopt the pact.
Read more at Great News.
We’re always happy to support our fellow positive news bloggers so today, our spotlight shines on Meg Willis and her Simple Pleasures blog.
Some of Meg’s simple pleasures include:
- Being able to wee with the door open in my room at university halls
- Wearing clothes fresh out of the tumble dryer
- People unknowingly creating sexual innuendos
- Those times when it is highly inappropriate to laugh
- Finding more left over vodka than I remember
- The realisation that a horrendous spot is finally disappearing
- Observing mildly disliked people telling a joke and getting zero reaction apart from a large dose of tumbleweed
- Mass spooning
- Cooking the perfect dippy egg
Keep up with Meg here.
Being alone can often seem like a scary prospect for some of us. Sometimes we put ourselves in all sorts of unhealthy situations in order to protect ourselves from “solitary confinement.” But it is only in the state of being alone that we can discover a genuine sense of comfort in our own skin. If you struggle with being alone, here are a few pointers:
* Remember some of your favorite alone activities since you were a child and do them. This could be curling up with a book or a good puzzle or digging in the garden.
* Get in touch with feelings you’ve been avoiding. Often we don’t want to be alone because we’re afraid we’ll have to sit with our feelings. Guess what happens? The feelings remain and build as busily try to avoid them. What resists persists. Sit with it, no matter how awful it may feel at first. You’re showing your deepest feelings respect.
Being lonely and being alone are two different things. The latter can be freeing…and sometimes very necessary to fully check in with yourself.
Even if you don’t sail, you probably understand the freedom and magic that comes with such an airy pursuit. Sail in your mind today, even if you’re stuck somewhere with nary a breeze!
If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it’s life or death. – Morgan Freeman
I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full. – Arthur Ashe
I use filming as an excuse to take classes. I got my certification in sailing for ‘Wedding Crashers,’ and now I can handle a 26-foot boat. I played a seamstress once, so I took sewing classes. I love dipping into these other lives. – Rachel McAdams
I have no interest in sailing around the world. Not that there is any lack of requests for me to do so. – Edward Heath
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. -Thomas Merton
With Spring barely in the air, the idea of cleaning come to mind. We want to start over again, purge the old, bring in the new…all the while with open windows and curtains blowing. Here are some quotes on cleaning to inspire the lazier of our readers…or just make you laugh.
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. —Phyllis Diller
My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. —Erma Bombeck
I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on. —Roseanne Barr
There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse. —Quentin Crisp
My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. —Erma Bombeck
The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. —Agatha Christie
Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day. —Simone de Beauvoir
I am never five minutes into stripping the clutter from my life before I start running into the clutter that is my life. —Robert Brault
A bright person can always think of something better to do than housework. —Ruby Lou Barnhill
Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization. —Ann Oakley
If your house is a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, “Who could have done this? We have no enemies. —Phyllis Diller
When most of hear about PTST (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), we envision the worst, such as someone plagued by horrible nightmares of a past traumatic event and the “spill-over” effect it has on aspects of his or her life.
But Prof Stephen Joseph argues, in his current book What Doesn’t Kill Us – The New Psychology of Post-traumatic Growth , for a new definition of post-traumatic stress disorder–one which allows for personal growth and expansion:
“My argument is that there is too much focus on the negative effects of PTSD, whereas if handled properly, PTSD can help people reorder their lives, become more compassionate, give them a new sense of priorities and help form new relationships and strengthen existing ones. In some cases, there can even be a new relish for life that simply wasn’t there before and people can become stronger as a result of what happened to them.”
Joseph, from Belfast, was part of the team of psychiatrists in the early 1990s who were employed by lawyers acting for the survivors of the Herald of Free Enterprise . When the passenger ship sank in the North Sea in 1987, almost 200 passengers lost their lives as 300 survivors watched helplessly as family members died.
In interviewing the survivors, he was surprised to find that almost 50 per cent of them – despite still being traumatised by what they had gone through – reported that their lives were now actually better than they had been before the event.
“In fact 70 per cent of the survivors reported some sense of ‘positive growth’ in that they felt they had become stronger, more resilient, were a lot less materialistic than before and now attached more value to their relationships with family and friends,” he says.
Source: The Irish Times
Food for thought when you reflect upon negative events in your life…in which ways have they helped you grow or become more compassionate or stronger?
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