Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stretching...

"Stretching can apply to so many different areas of our lives. Not only should we literally stretch our bodies so that things are less likely to snap off, we should also stretch our minds." ~Ellen DeGeneres

Was walking by the bookstore yesterday and saw this sign: 
Sale!!!

Of course I had planned to go into the bookstore before I saw the sign... as long as I'm near a bookstore I will try to visit. This sign though? Temptation. I tried to resist but... Sale. On books. Oy... I even tweeted about the temptation that is a book sale and got the following tweet in response: 

"girl! You don't pass a book sale straight! WTH. GO IN NOW. BUY BOOKS!"
I had to buy books. Because I love books... and they were on sale! These four came home with me: 

  1. When a Girl Is Born - I read it last night... it's extremely interesting and makes me want to research China's history and makes me think of women and our place in the world.
  2. Seriously...I'm Kidding - Started reading this today... I love Ellen... She has such a similar worldview I think... reading her book is somewhat like exploring my own mind (though in a funnier, more relaxed way). 
  3. The Witch of Portobello: A Novel (P.S.) - Paulo Coelho's writing is interesting. This one is one I've wanted to read since reading Brida: A Novel (P.S.)...
  4. The Chalice Project (Island Young Adult Fiction) - picked this up mostly because of the cover art... but was then intrigued by the fact that it's written by a local: Lisa Allen-Agostini (I've not read much local work apart from those books that were on the reading lists at school - shame on me)... am looking forward to finding out what it's about. 
I believe I've said before just how much I love reading. Books are my way of stretching my mind... opening myself up to different thoughts and ideas and perspectives. I also find it fun. 

How do you stretch your mind? Books? Movies? Discussions? Music? Do you need input? Or do you sink into yourself? Stretch through some sort of creative endeavour? 

Stretching is important.

peace,

Ren

Monday, March 26, 2012

My brother is blogging...

"The word 'enlightenment' conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being." ~Eckhart Tolle

It's my blog's birthday today... two years... wow. I haven't been writing much - been hiding from my computer when I'm not at work. Today is a day for writing though... if only because it's my blog's birthday!

This was the first post... and this, the one-year post. I find it interesting to read about what I've been doing and what space I was in at those points. I know that I've grown, changed, matured. I feel differently. My thoughts and emotions are more... settled? I guess I'm entering into a new stage of being... Age + experience + who knows what else.

My brother has started his own blog... you can find it here. It's... far more serious than anything I write as it's based on his perspectives and analysis of the Blue Star's forty day observances. I think he's more serious about transformation and enlightenment and such than I am. I'm content to move through my days experiencing what there is to experience.

I think that two years after the start of this blog I'm almost where I want to be with regards to living in the moment. Being present. Appreciating and celebrating the little things. There are moments of frazzled craziness... and sadness... and gloom... but... even within these moments I think in my core that I am centred.

Something that needs to be remembered. I'm feeling very awesome these days...

Happy Monday all!

peace,
Ren

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring...

"If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth." ~Mitsugi Saotome 

My calendar says it's Spring. It's supposed to be dry season here in Trinidad and Tobago but ... there's been lots of rainy days. I haven't been on the blog... I haven't been on my computer. I've been internalizing... and spending time with family and friends (Shoeaholic's birthday was last week!) and a cute guy. 

I'm reading what I wrote around this time last year... and reading an email that says "expect sweet surprises in your love life this year"...  

I've been thinking about relationships and communication and trust and honesty and how much a person (myself... this is all based on me) can change over the course of time. There are things that I think and feel and want and expect that are very different now than they were a year... or five years... or ten years ago.    

I'm somewhat amused and somewhat wary of the reactions of family members to the cute guy. Actually... I'm somewhat amused and wary of my own reactions to the cute guy.

I have a crazy day of work tomorrow. I'm trying to be positive from now... good vibes and calm, cool professionalism... that is how tomorrow shall be. I'm very conscious of the fact that I gave myself a deadline and I'm not sure I can stick to it. Purpose and passion and possibilities... all things I'm thinking about.

What are you thinking about? Life? Travels? Friends, family, lovers? Work, career, purpose? 

These may be helpful: 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Interesting Vid: Kelli Anderson: Disruptive Wonder for a Change

"...every day fundamental things and experiences frame reality in a way that we often take for granted." ~Kelli Anderson


Friday, March 9, 2012

I have been...

"A traveler am I, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul." ~Kahlil Gibran

  • Sick - in a dizzy-when-I-stand, world-swirling, fever, chills, coughs and sneezes type of way... I'm almost better now.
  • Mostly with my family - though that's nothing new really. My mother likes it when we're all together. I like that too - it is a comfort and we all relate well but... sometimes I feel stifled... which makes me cranky... it's not that I don't love them but that space is needed and sometimes wanting that space makes me feel guilty. Family. Oy.
  • Chatting up a guy - cuz he's interesting... and cute. Ergh? I'm kinda freaking myself out over that. Hmm.
Happy Friday all... will write actual paragraphs sometime soon...

all the best for a fabulous weekend!

peace,
Ren