Browsing Archive: January, 2010

It's All About Balance

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, In : Articles 
 
We are busy people these days, aren't we?  We have so much on our plates - errands to run, work to do, family to support, work out, tasks to finish - personal, professional.  Sure, we can check all those things off our lists.  We accomplish so much all the time. 
 
However, to do all that, it takes constant effort.  I can't think of how many times I've wondered why there aren't more hours in the day or if could I get through the next day with little sleep. 
 
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Do We Like Being Miserable?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, In : Articles 
~Updated article from the archives.  Enjoy!~
 
Have you ever stayed in a bad situation too long until it finally hits a breaking point where you’re forced to make a decision that is much more dramatic than it had to be?  Why do you think it took you so long to make a chance?  Do we really like to be miserable, is that it?  Are we conditioned as humans to sit in hurt and pain until someone else does something about it?
 
No, as humans, we are conditioned to settle into stable jobs, families,...

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The Power Of Words

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, January 25, 2010, In : Articles 

Words have so much power.  I think because we throw words around every day through discussions, presentations, reading, listening to talk shows, watching tv and so many other ways, words are around us constantly.  We forget sometimes they make an impact.
 
When we are having a discussion we have an option to hurt or heal.   We can say the truth with compassion or venom.  It is our choice.
 
I've recently had some intense conversations with several friends of mine.   They count on me to tell t...


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Enjoy New Beginnings

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 24, 2010, In : Articles 

~One from the Archives.  Enjoy!~
 
New Beginnings are a positive thing, right?  Sure, unless you're like many of us who experience fear when things change.  So how can we turn terror to triumph?
 
For example, you're thinking about putting out a newsletter.  You start by thinking, "Wow, it will be great to get out there, meet and help new people and learn lots of stuff", but then you may think something like this twice as much, "Oh, no, what if no one signs up for the newsletter?  What if no ...


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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, January 23, 2010, In : Articles 

We're not good with change as humans.  We like things to be stable and when the unknown gets thrown into the mix, we struggle to find the solid ground again. 

This is understandable.  We work so hard to get what we have, we want to keep our families in the lifestyle they are used to and we have our routine down pat.   So when things start shifting, we worry that life is never going to be stable again.  We focus so much on the uncertainty, we forget this is a part of life.  Life is always goi...


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Filters

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, January 22, 2010, In : Articles 
We process thousands of pieces of information daily, whether it is images, noises, news, interactions with others and more.  Even when we are not paying attention, our subconscious mind (which keeps all of our memories, beliefs, values and imagination) records everything that is going on around us.  Our subconscious mind is always working, even in our sleep.  No wonder why we wake up exhausted sometimes!
 
Before information goes into our subconscious mind, it hits something called a "critica...

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Did I really sign this (Karmic) contract?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, January 21, 2010,
As we go through our day-to-day lives we learn lessons to improve our experiences and impact our higher self and soul. An interesting spiritual theory is we come into each lifetime with a group of people called a “Soul Group” that we live, learn and love with the ultimate goal of evolving our souls.
 
On a basic level, the people in our “Soul Group” make the greatest impacts to us. Sometimes our interactions with them are pure bliss and we are blessed to have these people in our life...

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Instinct

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, In : Articles 
I was talking to a friend of mine tonight about tarot cards.  She was looking through my deck (the Osho Zen Tarot that you see in this newsletter) and we were talking about having a connection to the cards when you read them.
 
Many times people will buy a deck of cards, a very traditional deck such as the Rider-Waite deck, grab a book and proceed to learn the meanings that way.  Some of successful but more often than not, people ask me if there is a different way to learn because that method...

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The Gratitude Game

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, In : Articles 
I live in Massachusetts in a town just about 10 miles north of Boston.  I grew up here and, even though I love to visit other places, this is definitely home.
 
Part of the charm of living in Massachusetts is our change of seasons and unpredictable weather.  The joke is "If you don't like the weather in Massachusetts, wait a minute because it'll change." 
 
Today, we got about 4 to 5 inches of snow - wet, heavy, pretty snow.  I knew I needed to clean it off before it got dark and the tempera...

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Take A Look In The Mirror

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, January 18, 2010, In : Spiritual 

I wish you could see yourself

as I see you each day.

There is much more than the surface,

much more here at play.


You won't look in the mirror

can't you see it's only the outside?

What about all those wonder things

that you insist you have to hide?


It's not as bad as you think.

I promise you don't need to fear.

Just take a look in the mirror,

I guarantee it will all come clear.


Your heart is evident

is all the ways you live.

You are generous, kind and loving

and have so much more to give.


So please, take a l...


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Right Now

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 17, 2010, In : Spiritual 

Right now.

That is all the matters.

The past is a memory.

The future is potential.

Right now.

That is all that is certain.

When you travel back in time,

or project years ahead,

all you can see and do

is create ideas and speculate.

You can only affect right now.

Right here, this moment.

Experience what is right in front of you,

don't let that chance get away.

Plan for the future, learn from the past,

but don't live life in either place,

live only in right now.

Because as you're looking all around you,

you are m...


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The Wonderful Deserving You

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, January 16, 2010, In : Spiritual 
I ask you, my dear
why do you live in the fear?
They don’t appreciate your light
nor understand how you persevere.
 
And yet, you give your power away
to others whose allegiances stray.
Taking a risk for loyalty is a game
and you may be losing when you play.

Those who do not deserve you
will fade away, it's true.
You'll feel better, grow stronger,
and find a way to survive, you always do.
 
Don't let anyone knock you down,
throw their stuff on you or break your heart,
you deserve better, y...

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Merry Go Round

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, January 15, 2010, In : Spiritual 

You can ask yourself,
"Why did I do this?"
"Why did I choose that?"
Jump on that merry go round
and spin until your get dizzy
because that's all your doing -
going round and round.
It's a ride that will keep going
until you chose stop and get off.
Sure, it's easy to examine why
you do things after it's over.
But don't forget, at the end of it all,
it's still in the past.
All you have left
are the fragments of memories,
the lessons of the mind,
maybe of the heart,
and who you are.
Because e...


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Miracles

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, January 14, 2010, In : Spiritual 
When you experience a miracle
your life changes in a second.
It doesn't have to be big or small.
A miracle is a glorious experience -
one that shifts energy into
happiness, relief and delight.
We experience them often,
more often than we think
through people in our lives,
moments we cherish,
risks we take and
compassion that is shown.
It brings light to all those
who are involved -
giver and receiver.
Because a miracle can save and give
a life a second chance.
It isn't the end of the road...

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See It Differently

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, In : Spiritual 

Breathe.
Step back, take a breath.
It's not so intense when
you gain a bigger perspective.
Get out of the middle and
get on the sidelines.
Wow, you just gained sight.
It's too hard to see the bigger picture
when you're analyzing the specs.
Breathe.
Look around, take it all in.
You'll see more than before,
notice new things,
embrace other views.
It's time to see it differently,
even if you've seen it
thousands of times before.
Breathe and open your eyes
to something brand new.
 
~Copyright 2...


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You Make Choices

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, January 9, 2010, In : Spiritual 

You make choices
they were the right ones at the time
live with no regrets
love with all your heart
 
You make choices
based on experiences in your life
what you've learned
what you've heard
 
You make choices
knowing you may have to sacrifice yourself
but are doing it for the higher good
for the benefit of someone you love
 
You make choices
the best that you can
with good intentions
and a open heart
 
You make choices
your life is yours to lead
make positive impacts wherever you go
and leav...


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Can I Be The Repairman?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, January 8, 2010, In : Spiritual 

Can I become a repairman?
Tinker with it until it's back together
or put together differently.
Does it have to be the same?
Can it be beautiful with new parts?
Can it be uplifted and shifted?
 
Can I become a repairman?
Find all the pieces
that are scattered around?
Take care to glue it back together,
treat it with kindness, love
and compassion as it blends as one.
 
Can I be the repairman?
Grab the fists of those who fight
and make them shake on it?
Stop the damage and start the healing
as ...


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I Can See Clearly Now

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, January 7, 2010, In : Spiritual 

I can see clearly now.
My eyes are opened,
the tears have stopped.
I have perfect sight.
It was right in front of me - 
that jewel, shining bright,
but I pretended not to see.
It was there the whole time.
People even pointed it out to me
but I resisted seeing it.
So now I look and I am amazed
at what I have.  I've had it all the time.
But I denied it, ignored it.
The cloudiness, the darkness
hid it from my sight or
maybe I did it on my own. 
I thought it might be dulled out,
cracked, broken...


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Find Your Center

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, In : Spiritual 

Find your center
stand strong on your foundation
nothing will be able to shake you
if you are in your power place
when you glide around
and you aren't anchored
then you are unbalanced
how are you handling situations
when you aren't as solid?
You can't think straight
your ideas aren't as creative
when you haven't established a base
Take a few moments everyday
to find your strength,
your power, your ground
and then it is much easier
to come from your heart
Do it now, do it everyday
 
~Copyright...


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Take Control of Your Karma

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, January 4, 2010, In : Articles 

John Lennon once sang “Instant Karma’s gonna get you…”   For years, people have said (usually when something bad happens in their lives), “Karma got me – what did I do?”
 
Karma gets blamed very easily for the bad things that happen in people’s lives but what about the good things?   What if situations are neither good nor bad – they just are?
 
One of the theories of Karma is that whatever you send out (energy, thoughts, ideas, etc) comes back - if you do good deeds and thi...


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In The Wings Of An Angel

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 3, 2010, In : Spiritual 
As she rests
she lies quietly
But her mind is nothing but quiet
Those thoughts race
She worries, anticipates,
thinks about what is coming up next
Before tomorrow comes
It’s an exercise in mental jumping jacks
And while she thinks she is resting
she is exhausted but asking for a sign
Then she feels a gentleness
A softness nothing like of earth
the feathers wrap her like a blanket
of warmth and love
Holding her, comforting her
letting her rest, soothing her mind
whispers tha...

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Make Yourself Available

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, January 1, 2010, In : Spiritual 

Make yourself available
to all the experiences you can
take chances, don't fear
because they shape who you are
you can learn, you can grow
no matter what the outcome
 
Make yourself available
to bringing new people in your life
open your heart and mind
to others that aren't in your circle yet
lots of love is waiting for you
just start with a smile
 
Make yourself available
forgive those that have hurt you
bridge the gap with those far away
put the past behind, work it out
do your best to hea...


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New Beginnings

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, January 1, 2010, In : Spiritual 
Start fresh
open your eyes to a new day
you have a clean slate
now is the time to write,
draw and create something new
Sure, it's the new year
but what about starting each day,
each time that you open your eyes,
with a clean slate?
Yesterday is still the past,
just like this year will be very soon.
So don't just make a resolution for 2010,
make one everyday.
Live life happily, be smart in your decisions,
let regrets go and say goodbye to
people who aren't good to you.
Smile and laugh often, h...
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