Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Seven is the Number (Dave Carter)

Day f*cking 1... again! - (hi, Melanie... :-)

Three weeks ago today, at 5:10 p.m., I was laid off from a job I'd held for over a year and a half - much as I knew it was the proverbial blessing in disguise, it's been a difficult time, and I've experienced more than a few manic-depressive episodes, yo-yo-ing from peak highs to valley lows.

I've discussed before that it takes 21 days to change a habit - the same can be said of facing a fact, coming to a realization, allowing an epiphany. Wallowing: over - roly-poly mode: uncurled. I have made the conscious choice to rejoin the human race, in all its glorious aspects - I re-started my walking program (3 miles in the neighborhood) yesterday, and got up and did it again today. Loving the much-needed Vitamin D, the awareness of sights/sounds/smells and the acquisition of found objects - yesterday a feather to add to my windowsill aloe plant... and today a smooth rock that fits perfectly in the palm of my hand (a new worry stone?).

Although I've been eating very healthfully and mindfully these last few months, I'd slacked a bit (d*mn those chocolate chip muffins I bought for my son's visit home from college this past weekend!)... so I've now re-committed to my fruits/vegetables/non-processed foods lifestyle - I've also re-focused my productivity goals, making a list (easy/medium/hard) of everything I want to accomplish in the next few months, to take advantage of the fact I'm home full-time until January.

Seven is significant, because for years I've worn seven silver bracelets on each wrist, each with a story/history... from cloissonne to gemstones to inscribed - some were gifts and others self-purchased, a few cuffs and the rest bangles, all special. Seven is a lucky number - seven is also the number of chakras, a pendant of which I was given by a friend recently. I've begun to study the significance of each, as well as their relationship to each other - it's obviously all about the harmony of mind-body-spirit. Much to digest (no pun intended) - I'm just toe-dipping at this point... :-)

An understanding of the energy centers of the body, which are also the spiritual centers of the soul. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning whirling vortices of light. They bring together the energy body and the physical body. Your soul has seven spiritual centers (also known as chakras) that control your physical, emotional, and psychological life. When each of them is in balance, your life flows smoothly. When any one of them is out of balance, the imbalance can show up as a physical symptom affecting a particular area of your body, or as an emotional or psychological symptom affecting your outlook.

More here...

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SONG: Seven is the Number by Dave Carter

BOOK: Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day by Macrina Wiederkehr

POEM: The Opening of Eyes by David Whyte

That day I saw beneath dark clouds
The passing light over the water
And I heard the voice of the world speak out
I knew then as I have before
Life is no passing memory of what has been
Nor the remaining pages of a great book
Waiting to be read

It is the opening of eyes long closed
It is the vision of far off things
Seen for the silence they hold
It is the heart after years of secret conversing
Speaking out loud in the clear air

It is Moses in the desert fallen to his knees
Before the lit bush
It is the man throwing away his shoes

As if to enter heaven and finding himself astonished
Opened at last
Fallen in love
With Solid Ground

QUOTE: "Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other." ~ Henry David Thoreau


  1. Sending you strength vibes and uplifting thoughts - day by day, moment by moment.


  2. Hey, Catherine ~

    Always appreciated, my dear - One Day at a Time has been my personal mantra for decades... but there are days/moments I lose the vision. Fortunately, my friends help to shepherd me back on the trail - can't stay lost for long with such a great support system... <3

  3. Susan, you're doing a wonderful job, my friend, always an inspiration to me!

  4. Hey, Anonymous ~

    Nance, is that you?!? - thanks for stopping in... as well as for your kind words, my dear... <3

  5. This is simply beautiful. I know exactly what you mean on so many levels! I can relate fully with the habit breaking. Isn't it amazing what a difference time can make? When I stopped drinking alcohol I thought for sure it was going to be so hard all the time, but time heals, and now while it is still difficult in some situations, I am feeling more and more comfortable in situations where the substance is involved.
    I love learning about the chakras! Energy work is amazing. It makes me happy :)
    I send you thoughts of light and love as you continue on your walk through the journey of life :)

  6. Hey, Maggie Ann. ~

    What a sweetie you are to stop in and comment - you are wise beyond your years... :-)

    My latest phrase: perspective is everything - I've been attempting to allow my thought processes and emotions to percolate a bit before I react... and it's made a big difference in my hurt/anger management...

    Been there, done that re: alcohol - it was a nice feeling to know I had control, rather than vice versa...


    Thanks for your expressions of light and love - we all ultimately make the journey alone, but true companions along the way are always welcome... <3