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Sunday, November 16th, 2008
6:03 am
 Hi everyone!
I had a livejournal years ago but am happy to be back, determined to find support on my path to recovery, and help others struggling with the same diseases/addictions/traumas. I will post tonight on my page a summary of my first step so those of you who want to can get to know me a little better. Thank you all for being here and looking forward to sharing my experiences, struggles, strengths, and hopes.
Monday, June 30th, 2008
12:45 pm
New Support Forum for people in the helping professions

New Support Forum for people in the helping professions

We are writing to tell you about a new online support forum we have launched called 'Caring Souls'. It is a forum for anyone who needs somewhere to feel heard and supported. It is also somewhere where counsellors and psychotherapists and indeed anyone in a caring profession can come to support others, to support each other, and to meet other like minded people. We have built the forum and now would like to watch it evolve – it is you – the people who join and talk there, who will make it into a place that is safe, caring and supportive.

The founders are both passionate about counselling – one is an experienced counsellor in private practice and the other is a counsellor in training with a huge knowledge of therapy and mental health issues through her own experiences.

Please come and have a look round – you can tell us as little or as much about yourselves, can use your own name or a pseudonym, you can even have a link to your own website if you wish. We would welcome your input, your ideas and suggestions, as well as any articles or information that you think would be helpful to others. It is possible just to come in and have a look as a guest although joining allows you greater access to the boards (but that doesn't mean you have to commit to anything you don't want to do – there is no pressure). The forum is free to join.

Why not give it a try? - you will be given a very warm welcome!

Our web address is: http://caringsouls.proboards92.com

If you have any enquiries and would like to e mail us our e mail address is caring.souls.forum@googlemail.com

We look forward to having you on board!

With kind regards

The Caring Souls Team

Thursday, November 8th, 2007
2:59 pm
New Hobbyhorse CD Soothes Stagefright

We've recorded a new CD called Magical Musical Affirmations. Not the usual CD of songs, these tracks are spoken-word affirmations designed to reduce stagefright and set to original musical backgrounds.

The affirmations are designed to reduce stagefright in musicians. I have always had stagefright myself. Not so severe that I cannot perform onstage, but bad enough that I feel that it compromises my abilities.

Phil & I read about affirmations and decided to try them to help my stagefright. Affirmations are carefully constructed sentences that use the Law of Attraction to fulfill a desire. They are meant to be repeated many times until they change a person's subconscious thought habits.

I tried to say the affirmations to myself, but felt silly after a short time. So I did not follow through with them - until we came up with the idea to record the affirmations over music. And they really work! I am more and more comfortable onstage since I have been listening to the affirmations.

Phil composed original musical backgrounds and recorded my voice reciting affirmations that we had constructed. It was fun to make the recording, and I found that I enjoyed listening to it. Since the musical affirmations are pleasant and easy to listen to, you are more likely to stick with it long enough to make your affirmation effective.

The specific affirmations on the CD address issues that face nearly all performing musicians - staying calm onstage, connecting with your audience, maintaining bodily coordination and remembering words or musical arrangements.

The CD is called "Magical Musical Affirmations for Musicians for Confidence Onstage". It can be found at http://www.mmaffirmations.com and on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/mmaffirmations
Sunday, May 20th, 2007
6:40 pm
Mindfulness training

Sunday, May 20, 2007


100 Day Challenge: Practice 1

Here's the challenge... For the next one hundred days (May 21 - Aug 28) concentrate, as much as possible, upon what you APPRECIATE and ADMIRE.  At home, at work, in the community ... just notice the things you appreciate about people and about life.  When dealing with difficult people or situations, direct some of your energy toward not losing sight of qualities and attributes that are ALSO present that you DO appreciate.  Keeping a journal may be helpful, or you can simply NOTICE with the light of your intention...on a daily basis.  Also, attempt to include these thoughts in as many of your daily conversations as possible.  By sharing these wholesome distinctions you will provide them with ample opportunity to proliferate.

Willing to participate in the challenge?  We can post here during, or after, the one hundred days.  This is a worthy challenge, a worthy discipline.  Let's give it a go and determine it's worth...

Transformation at the Base Chapter 45: The Path of Practice

1) The first is to focus on sowing and watering our seeds of happiness. We do not work directly with the seeds of suffering but instead allow seeds of happiness to transform them.

2) The second way is to prectice mindfulness continuously so that when seeds of suffering arise we are able to recognize them. Every time seeds of suffering manifest as mental formations in our mind consciousness, we bathe them in the light of mindfulness. When they are in contact with mindfulness, they will weaken.

3) The third way to deal with the afflictions that have been with us since childhood is to deliberately invite them into our mind consciousness. When our mindfulness is strong and stable, we do not have to wait for the seeds of suffering to arise unexpectedly. We know they are lyig there in the basement of our store consciousness and we invite them up into our mind consciousness--when it is not occupied with other things and can shine the light of mindfulness on them.

But before we practice the third way, we must be sure the lamp of our mindfulness is lit and its light is steady and strong. If we practice all three of these ways to deal with our sees of suffering, we will be stable.

(Dealing with suffering is like handling a poisonous snake. We have to learn about the snake, and we ourselves have to grow stronger and more stable in order to handle it without harming ourselves. At the end of this process, we will be ready to confront the snake. If we never confront it, one day it will surprise us and we will die of a snakebite.)

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Friday, May 26th, 2006
11:44 pm
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being
the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup
that was burned in the potter's oven?

Kahlil Gibran
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
1:29 pm
20 Minutes A Day Can Make A Difference
by Marianne Ross, Ph.D.
Learning how to relax, really relax, can have a far-reaching influence on the quality of your life. There is a difference between "vegging" (which can be a good thing to do) and taking time to engage in activities that produce deep relaxation. Meditation is an activity that can lead to deep relaxation.

Deep relaxation has specific characteristics. About 25 years ago, Herbert Benson defined the relaxation response. When a person has a relaxation response, several physiological changes occur. They are:

Decrease in heart rate
Decrease in respiration rate
Decrease in skeletal muscle tension
Decrease in metabolic rate and oxygen consumption
Decrease in analytic thinking
Increase in skin resistance
Increase in alpha wave activity in the brain
Meditating (one of several activities that produce the relaxation response) for 20-30 minutes a day, over time, can lead to a generalized feeling of relaxation in many areas of one's life.

Some of the benefits of deep relaxation are (Bourne, 1995):

reduction of generalized anxiety
preventing stress from building up
increased energy and productivity
improved concentration and memory
reduction of insomnia and fatigue
prevention and/or reduction of psychosomatic disorders such as hypertension, migraines, headaches, asthma, ulcers
increased self-confidence and reduced self-blame
increased availability of feelings
Try meditating 20-30 minutes a day for an extended period of time. Visit "Virtual Meditation" every day. See if you can experience some of the physiological changes listed above. See how it affects your life.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
9:34 am
Gift of Insults
There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him.
One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village. He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master. Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot and exploit any weakness in an opponent. He would wait for his opponent to make the first move, thus revealing a weakness, and then would strike with merciless force and lightning speed. No one had ever lasted with him in a match beyond the first move.

Much against the advice of his concerned students, the old master gladly accepted the young warrior's challenge. As the two squared off for battle, the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master. He threw dirt and spit in his face. For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse and insult known to mankind. But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm. Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself. Knowing he was defeated, he left feeling shamed.

Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth, the students gathered around the old master and questioned him. "How could you endure such an indignity? How did you drive him away?"

"If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it," the master replied, "to whom does the gift belong?"
Monday, November 14th, 2005
10:30 pm
"Seven Blunders of the World"

1. Wealth without work

2. Pleasure without conscience

3. Knowledge without character

4. Commerce without morality

5. Science without humanity

6. Worship without sacrifice

7. Politics without principle

—Mahatma Gandhi
Saturday, November 12th, 2005
11:39 am
Shel Silverstein
Listen to the MUSTN'Ts child,
Listen to the DON'Ts
Listen to the SHOULDN'Ts
Listen to the NEVER HAVEs
Then listen close to me--
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.

--Shel Silverstein
Saturday, November 5th, 2005
7:07 am
I am open to new beginnings
I enter into new situations with child like awe.
I bring my desires with me and dare to know what would I like from my new encounters.
If in the past I approached beginnings with a sinking heart and fear of failure, i release the old pattern. I accept my open eyes, ears, open hands, open heart. I release my fear today.
I greet this day with willingness and joy. I enter new beginnings with eagerness.

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
7:39 am
Sharing recovery:
I am not afraid to love
I know that loving entails a desire to see and be seen,
to appreciate and to be appreciated,
to explore and be explored.
These qualities are at the core of giving and receiving love.
I will not turn myself off and live like a machine.
I am able to love, I am not afraid of love.

Current Mood: calm
Friday, September 9th, 2005
7:57 am
I make this day a beginning.
This is time of beginning again.
I will not waste my energy by looking back and longing for other days and other times. Today I have courage to go forward in life and let the good unfold.
Today I am ready to release every thought that binds me. Today I see myself in the world free from limitations.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
4:21 pm
Artists helping NOLA victims (Hurricane Katrina)
Dear friends and family-

I am taking part in a way to help the victims of the hurricane.

My cd release- Spiritease (that I penned and sang with Richard Bohack)...is being sold at http://CDbaby.com/spiritease

as of tomorrow all proceeds of Spiritease and hundreds other cds at CDbaby.com will be donated to the American Red cross.
Here's your opportunity to not only buy new music but to also be a part of helping many in need.

Much love & light,

Current Mood: calm
8:29 am
today's post
......see my journal entry.

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
10:30 am
For Ram Dass followers
I thought you might be interested in this:

Found at http://www.funkyribbons.com

Let's spread a message of peace.
8:52 am
I will cast aside all darkness and let sunshine radiate through me.

There is no curtain, no darkness. I create it all myself.

Current Mood: calm
Saturday, August 20th, 2005
8:32 am
Saturday, August 20, 2005 - Love

“If you want to find richer meaning and purpose in your life, just keep loving.”
– Alan Cohen

Today's Affirmation

I am loving and loving and loving!

Current Mood: calm
Friday, August 5th, 2005
1:14 pm
I show my appreciation to others as I fully appreciate myself.
To be able to praise and appreciate are spiritual qualities that need to be nourished
by correct thinking about others.

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
10:06 am
Positive Ps
Proactive planning vs. procrastination
Proper nutrition
People boundaries (to keep any negative crazy drama at a distance)
Promote and build my business service
Plenty of love and kindness (give it/ receive it /be it )
Prosperity habits
Perseverance...(endurance, faith and focus)
-Jewel Diamond Taylor

Current Mood: calm
7:50 am
"I am free to love, laugh, cry or play.
I surrender to ectasy today. I release the tight
restraints on playing, loving, laughing and crying.
I feel joy in letting go, a joy in surrender.
Giving up control doesn't mean that I have to be destructive or abusive.
To give up control means I surrender myself to the experience of that moment!
Today there is no reason to fight anything. Today I will surrender to joy!"

Current Mood: calm
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