Wednesday, March 30, 2011

They're Singing Your Song

Hi Everyone, I hope your doing well. I was so touched when I read this story. We should all attain to be as loving of a society as this African tribe. In a year that I have felt nothing but punishment from society, and judgement from people, I am so grateful I have a loving family that sing my song when I have forgotten it. They sing it to me on the days my mistakes have brought about dark images I sometimes hold onto about myself. They remember my beauty when I feel ugly, my wholeness when I feel broken, my innocence when I feel guilty, and remind me of my purpose when I am confused. Yes indeed I am one lucky lady. I wish for all of you this support in your life as well.
Thank you for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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They're Singing Your Song

When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child.

They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud.
Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else.

When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child's song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child's song. When the child passes through the initiation to adulthood, the people again come together and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song.

Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the person's bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life.

To the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.

The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.

A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.

You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn't. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well.

You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you'll find your way home.

From a story told by Alan Cohen
in his book: Wisdom Of The Heart

Monday, March 28, 2011

My Old MTV!

Hi Everyone, Happy Music Monday, Yes! I want my old MTV after hearing the classic Dire Straits song the other day on the radio. I remember it like it was yesterday, at the age of 18 my hometown was getting cable, and when one of my friends was the first to get it, all of my friends and I ran over to their house to watch Music Videos Wow! It was just awesome. I remember the premier of Micheal Jackson's Thriller! Now through the years it has become more of a reality channel, like who needs more reality in their life?? TV is suppose to be the plug in drug. MTV is suppose to be Music Videos!! I don't even know if they do have all videos anymore on one of their 4 or 5 channels, I could be wrong, that's how long it has been since I have even checked out their channels. Then this morning, as I was thinking of doing this post for Music Monday, wouldn't you know what was on Good Morning America, the clip below of teen Mom's fighting it out! Well I'm just glad I got to enjoy it when it was brand new, old is gold :) I had to add one of my very favorite songs and video from that time too, Cruel Summer. It reminds me of the summer I got out of High School and was trying to find my way, while I watched some of my friends go off to college and move away. It was a sad and kinda lonely time. I felt stuck in my hometown, with no guidance or direction, Mom was still in and out of Mental Institutions then. If I only knew then what I know now!! I would have guided myself to a better future. I'm sure most of you can relate to feeling like that. Maybe I should call this post Melancholy Monday LOL! I hope you enjoy the classics I picked for today.
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Love ya,
Janet :)

"Case and Point"
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MTV at it's best!




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Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Funnies

Hi Everyone,Happy Friday! Time for some laughs. I have been laughing my ass off to this kid Daniel Tosh when I watch his show on Comedy Central. He can be offensive to some people, so don't watch these clips if you are easily offended. I personally think he has found a certain style to make it in the comedy industry and either you like him or you don't! But my hope is you enjoy them.
Have a great day,
Love ya,
Janet :)




Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Self Accecptance

Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing well. I am doing good, I think this meditation is a critical step on the road to self improvement and spirital growth. I have sturggled with this, although I find as I get older I have become more forgiving towards myself and accepting of my faults. I wake up everyday teachable and hope to stay that way. Weather you take time each day to fully meditate, which would be considered formal meditation or you simply speak these words to yourself informally to change the old tapes in your head, the next time you feel unhappy with yourself for one of your shortcomings that leads you to feel inferior to others and may lead to isolation and a feeling of being seperate from the world, relax take a few breaths and focus on what aspect of yourself you have trouble accepting. Maybe you have trouble making decisions, or you keep making excuses not to exercise! When you bring your shortcomings to mind, try to surround those thoughts with a feeling of loving kindness. You should soon begin to feel the warmth of loving kindness melt your feelings of aversion and dislike, as you begin to accept these parts of yourself. Simply say, "May I accept this part of myself", "May I love myself just as I am." Eventually what you thought was so unacceptable about yourself will turn into more self love and a better state of self worth.
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Love ya,
Janet :)

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wonderful World

Hi Everyone, What a wonderful, beautiful world we live in. I hope your having a great Sunday, take a little time to enjoy the beauty around you.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patricks Day

Hi Everyone, Happy St. Patrick's day to you all, What would this day be here in Boston Ma without listening to these boys, I LOVE them! Please have a beer today for me and in memory of the GREATEST IRISHMAN to walk the face of this Earth, My Dad, Albert James Buresh the II.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
I hope you have a great and safe day,
Janet :)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan Disaster Relief: Where to Give

Hi Everyone, I hope your doing well, I am doing good. I wanted to help get the word out today of where we can all donate to help the people in Japan. I know it is breaking all of our hearts to see the destruction and suffering going on. Even if we can help in a small way right now, to them in Japan, it is a big way, and every dollar is deeply appreciated.
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Love ya,
Janet :)














To make donations, below is a list of organizations contributing to the relief effort. The links may not work right for you, they did not for me, if they do not work for you simply highlight the link and paste it in your toolbar. Thank you :)

Save the Children: Emergency Relief for Japan Quake
www.savethechildren.org/japanquake
Toll free: 800-728-3843
Text JAPAN or 20222 to donate.

The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
www.redcross.org
Text REDCROSS or 90999 to make $10 donation by text message.

Salvation Army
donate.salvationarmyusa.org
Toll free: 800-SAL-ARMY
Text QUAKE or 80888 to donate $10

International Medical Corps
www.internationalmedicalcorps.org
Text MED or 80888 to donate $10

Doctors Without Borders
www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Global Giving
www.globalgiving.org
Text JAPAN or 50555 to donate $10

World Vision
www.worldvision.org
Toll Free: 888-56-CHILD Text 4JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Don't Tell Me

Hi Everyone, Happy Saturday! I am missing Mad TV on Saturday Nights so I thought I would share some of their classic videos from Youtube. They have also canceled the Wanda Sykes show on Saturday Nights, bummer!! But at least I still have SNL to look forward too, even though that is either a hit or miss sometimes. I'm throwing in a good song to kick your heels up too as well. I hope you enjoy a couple of laughs and a little dance for yourselves today :)
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Love ya,
Janet :)







"Alright, Here We Go!"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rules For Being Human

Hi Everyone, Today I needed to remind myself that I am just a human being with flaws, who has learned and is still learning.
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Love ya,
Janet :)

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Rules For Being Human

1. You Will Receive A Body
You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

2. You Will Learn Lessons
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school, you will have the opportunity to learn lessons - you may like the lesson or think them irrelevant and stupid.

3. There Are No Mistakes, Only Lessons
There is a process of trial and error; experimentation. The 'failed' experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately 'works'.

4. A Lesson Is Repeated Until It Is Learned
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning Lessons Does Not End.
There is no part of Life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. 'There' Is No Better Than 'here'.
When your 'there' has become a 'here', you will simply obtain another 'there' that will again look better than 'here'.

7. Others Are Merely Mirrors Of You.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What You Make Of Your Life Is Up To You.
You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. Your Answers Lie Inside You.
The answers to Life's questions lie inside you. All you need do is look, listen and trust.

10. You Will Forget All This.

11. You Can Remember It Whenever You Want

Author Unknown

Monday, March 7, 2011

I Can See Clearly

Hi Everyone, Happy Music Monday! Knowing this week we turn the clocks ahead and we are heading into spring, I am really feeling this song today! I can't wait to get outside for my walks again and possibly some running, now that I have been able to give up the cigarettes! Most of all it's going to be a bright, sun shiny, spring and summer in so many ways, for so many reasons!
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Love ya,
Janet :)




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Thursday, March 3, 2011

False Self And Soul

Hello my friends, hope all is well. I was so moved by the philosophy that Mary uses in this article, that I had to share it with all of you. If you are not a religious person, but spiritual like me, simply reference the word God with a higher power, or the light, and Heaven as enlightenment or whatever it is that you do believe in. The message is universal and something we all have experienced in our lives, living in a false sense of self, losing touch with what lies deep within us all.
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The flowers’ face turns easily and effortlessly to the sun, thereby receiving warmth, nourishment and strength. God sends love and light to all of us, saintly and sick, ignorant and wise, without discrimination. Just as there are barriers to the sun, which prevent plants from receiving its rays, we have obstacles in ourselves and in our lives, which disturb conscious awareness of God’s gifts to us. Problems and pain arise when the flow of divine love is blocked. Significant interactions, especially in childhood, which fail to actively demonstrate spirituality, trigger self-doubt and unworthiness. Defenses and adaptations to painful experiences create a false sense of self, which continues to attract similar stressful themes. These reinforcing experiences can lead us further away from our heavenly heritage and toward a search for fulfillment in areas that will ultimately betray us and leave us feeling empty.

We are tempted by what promises quick, easy “fixes” for pain, problems and lack of purpose. We are easily addicted to alcohol and other drugs, sugary, salty and fatty foods, compulsive shopping, sex and gambling, mania, money, numbing, power, prestige and violence. Our focus is on our five senses, our false self, and a society that disguises abuse, cruelty, dishonesty, greed and exploitation of the earth and its inhabitants, as progress, efficiency and ironically the improvement of humanity.

And yet, as human beings, we commonly devalue, exploit and waste what we acquire in abundance or never lose. Perhaps to fully appreciate and demonstrate the highest love in this life, we must experience specific challenges, obstacles and even traumas, before reclaiming the treasure of divinity within us. Sufficient negative personal experience and significant pain is generally required before we re-consider who we are and how we are living. Habits and defenses that offer even the illusion of temporary comfort are generally not abandoned without a long and difficult struggle. Given these factors, perhaps pain, problems, and the betrayal of all of the habits that we believed would help us, are needed to ultimately motivate us to align with our spiritual being.

We can ask ourselves in any moment of action, feeling, speech or thought, if we are coming from our false self or our soul. The answer is easy to discern. False self attempts to conquer, and creates chaos, conflicts, confusion and division. Soul is profoundly peaceful, loving, understanding and wise. False self uses anger and fear to amplify selfishness and willfulness. Soul uses gentleness, gratitude, humility and open-mindedness to enlarge its giving. False self nurses pride to hide self-hate and dwells in self-pity to avoid accountability. Soul does not judge us and reminds us that errors are to be used as opportunities for learning, healing and growth. False self blames, condemns and hates. Soul tells us that there is really nothing to defend or struggle against. False self has constant cravings, while soul is in a perpetual state of grace and fulfillment. We can learn from the consequences of our decisions and actions what it is that promotes emotional, mental and physical well being. Negative energies take us further from our divine essence and positive energies bring us closer. We have free will to choose our path and change our path at any time. False self uses the mind to give us worldly knowledge for this life. Soul uses the heart to help us understand higher truths, which give us the keys to Heaven.

We can use our daily experiences to become more mindful of our true internal state and of what we are learning in our environment. Prayer, meditation and communion with our heart can help us to integrate this life with our soul’s purpose. The more we focus on that which keeps us aligned with God, and actively demonstrate spiritual principles, the more of Heaven we bring to earth. Being a positive example of a human being is not easy or effortless. Yet our evolution and flowering is worth the time and devotion. We must identify all of the ways in which we keep ourselves in shadows, and one by one, remove these obstacles to our enlightenment. The more darkness we surrender, the more we feel divine warmth, nourishment and strength flowing through us. An abundance of blessings awaits us as we increasingly open our hearts to the loving spirit of God within us and within everything around us.

by Mary Cook, M.A., R.A.S.
http://omtimes.com/2011/01/false-self-and-soul/

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