Misty In-Between Times

A misty day (August 2012)

The weather has been helping us appreciate the space around our home today.  Some welcome rain finally returned the greenness to our yard and brought a misty feel to our day.

The weather perfectly reflected an in-between time before my kids return to school last week.  The last week of summer vacation for my boys always feel bittersweet.

We’re also in an in-between time preparing to move to a new home very soon.  And of course, the Olympics have ended.

So for this rainy summer vacation day, we decided to have a movie marathon, and had a great time.

Daily Contemplation:

What do you do with your rainy days or in-between times?

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Creating Sacred Space

Grove of Trees

Grove of Trees (Photo credit: coldacid)

Interior Design is a much more intimate journey than fashion.  While clothing can influence an attitude, it is an external layer, with the purpose of showing ourselves to others.  A home is our intimate space where things are not necessarily seen by others or perfect but it is where we create our art, we go inward, we build our nest and family values, refresh our souls and spirits.

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As we continue to explore the theme of the Enchanted Oasis, I’d like to move into the topic of how we create sacred space in our lives.

If we look back a hundred, two hundred years ago, the ability to create or even visit an enchanted oasis was available to only a chosen few.  Human awareness and conscience has grown so that more and more of us want the human family across the globe to not only see an oasis in the distance, but to live in one.

In the last 100 years, we’ve also seen that the earth is an enchanted oasis among the stars.  In all of the universe, we can see that there are other possible locations for life, but there are also vast distances that do not have the life we experience here.  We now know see more clearly that we need to cherish our oasis in the cosmos.

We are moving into a time when we must work with the earth’s ecosystems and seasons and cycles.  At the same time, ideally we could elevate the livelihoods of all people.

Some say we cannot move into a time of greater prosperity with the same approach that has helped us to bring great prosperity to the western world, otherwise global ecosystems will collapse.  Some say ecosystems everywhere have already passed their capacity.

It seems to me that the wisest among us are calling for a new vision of creating sacred spaces working with nature.

Challenges Resolved by Returning Again

A pictogram to identify an issue as resolved.

A pictogram to identify an issue as resolved. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of the most important journeys in life happen after we first experience failure, and having learned from the experience, we start our journey again,  with the gold of experience and wisdom guiding us.

Perhaps this has happened to you after failure.

  • You decide to love again, and find the love of your life.
  • You start another business and this time you succeed beyond your imagination.
  • You lose your health and through a new way of living you find a way to feel better than ever before.
  • You hit bottom with your finances and experience a quantum leap allowing you to rebuild prosperity to new levels.

Sometimes failing is exactly what we need to move to the next level in our life.

Daily Contemplation:

Have you ever experienced challenges that are resolved by returning again?

Are you on any journeys in life where starting again is the best way to resolves an issue?

This is part of the Enchanted Journey series for July and August 2012.  Check in every day through August 4th to catch the whole series.