On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like yourself?

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“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day,    Thou canst not then be false to any man.”  – Shakespeare

The other day, a friend asked me, “On a scale of 1 – 10, how much do you like yourself?”  I hesitated and wondered for a moment, letting self-awareness and self-confidence do a do-si-do with any real (or false) sense of humility and low self-esteem that was hiding inside me.

I was struggling that day.  Unbeknownst to me, it was apparent to this person.  I thought that I had been holding it all together so well with just enough breezy positivity to keep me afloat.  In reality, my world felt to be Continue reading

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I think . . . you are a really good dog.

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Dogs, how I love thee.

There is something about the way that my dog looks at me that reassures me that all is well with the world.  That things are going to work out.  That she always has my back. That she will be there after all of the dust has settled.  That my worries aren’t always going to manifest in the crazy ways that my imagination presents.

That life is meant to be lived in the moment.  That there is fun to be had and adventures to be discovered.  That spontaneity rules and patience serves.   That the moment is here to be experienced, not anticipated.   That it feels good to bust a move when I am just so darned excited.

Dogs.  Devotion.  Loyalty.  Trust.  And the best sense of humor on planet Earth.  We love them and they love us without hesitation.  You can’t get a friend more loving and loyal than your dog.  They lift us up when we most need it and then never let us down after that.  It’s like a constant sense of elevation that lifts the spirit and blossoms the soul.

Cogito ergo sum: I think; therefore I am  . . . a dog lover.

 

A Snapshot of I Can’t Remember

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I came across this picture the other day and am trying to remember why the heck I took it.  I didn’t take it with my phone but with my heavy, bulky, big-girl Canon . . . which further tells me that this was a special moment that I wanted to record with my “good camera.”

Weird.  I’m not sure but I think that I was celebrating, having just moved into a fantastic temporary beachfront rental for what turned out to be four exquisite months.  This transition was one of those ideas that had been on my Wish List for years: Live on the beach during the stormy winter months to write.  This recent move Continue reading

The Sacred Geometry of the Chambered Nautilus

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There is something about the chambered nautilus shell that has always grabbed my attention.  It beckons to my intuition.  It inspires me to think in a new way . . . to be creative.  It speaks to me and tells me to listen to my Higher Self.

This is a lot of powerful talk for a shell.  I did some reading about the nautilus shell and it turns out that my intuition is, not surprisingly, extremely astute.  This shell speaks volumes and represents Sacred Geometry.

It turns out that Sacred Geometry is pretty cool stuff and its geometric codes are used to describe the basic building blocks of the universe.  When you think about this, you wonder why, like arithmetic, algebra, and basic geometry, we don’t learn more about Sacred Geometry when we are in school.  We memorize our addition and multiplication tables and learn about quadratic equations and figure out how to find the volume of a cone, so why isn’t there a class called Sacred Geometry in the school catalogs?

Here is a blurb that I found online about this shell:

“The main feature of the Nautilus is the large snail-like shell that is coiled upwards and lined with mother-of-pearl. The shell is subdivided into as many as 30 chambers. As the shell grows, its body moves forward into the new larger chamber and produces a wall to seal off the older chambers. The empty chambers are used to regulate buoyancy. A cross-section of the shell of the Nautilus will show the cycles of its growth as a series of chambers arranged in a precise Golden Mean spiral.

The Golden Mean is represented by the Greek letter phi, (with the decimal representation of 1.6180…) is one of those mysterious natural numbers that seems to arise out of the basic structure of our cosmos. Phi appears regularly in the realm of things that grow and unfold in steps just as the Nautilus shell grows larger on each spiral by phi.

With each revolution completing a cycle of evolution, the Golden Mean Spiral is symbolic of life’s unfolding mysteries. The continuous curves of the spirals, which are feminine in nature, and the ratios between each of the chambers reveal the intimate relationship between the harmonics of nature and Sacred Geometry.” http://2muchfun.info/nautilusshell.html

 

 

 

 

Freedom + Experience ∑ Education: Putting My True Self into the Equation of Education

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Purpose: (noun) “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”

Method: (noun) “orderliness of thought or behavior; systematic planning or action”

Purpose and Method.  Reason and Action.  Motivation and System.  I am a firm believer in the profound power of Experiential Learning Theory — a theory of learning that focuses on learning  through reflection on doing while incorporating previous experiences as guide, teacher, and mentor.  It involves being creative in the learning process and constructing meaning from the experience.  It isn’t that this theory is kind of fuzzy or that it needs to be proven.  Good common sense and Continue reading

Where are you headed today?

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If it is true that your thoughts drive your life — something that I do believe — then the big questions is, “Where am I heading?  What is my next destination?”  Most days feel so full of regular “stuff” that I don’t take the time to think about my next destination, my dreams and goals.  I leave my compass in my desk drawer and I spin around in my chair, letting the Natural Laws of Chair Spinning to determine my next direction.

There are exponential unknowns that await each one of us.  None of us know what will happen next in life.  We strive to manage our expectations and to deal with disappointment.  What if we just paused.  Stopped the chair from going ’round and ’round.  Asked ourselves, “What is it that I truly want?”

Try it.  Listen to what answer bubbles to the surface.  Write your answer down.  Commit it to paper.  To your white board.  Your chalk board.  You don’t need any GPS to follow your answer.  Just follow your heart.  Allow yourself some movement.  Get up out of your chair and dance.  Do anything that gets you moving.  Let your happy thoughts drive your life.  What do you have to lose other than getting yourself lost in some new territory?  Let your thoughts drive your life to your dream destination.