40 Days and Odd and Ends

I realized yesterday afternoon, that today would be the 40th day of my meditation practice.  I tend to let things fall by the wayside.  I start things and don’t complete them.  This I completed!  It is a very interesting process.

I started by making my own mala beads…

I haven’t done anything “crafty” in such a long time, but I really enjoyed it!  I think it made the whole process more meaningful to me because I made them myself.

Simple wooden beads, bought at a local craft store.  Nothing fancy, pretty earth tones, capped off with 2 tiny copper-colored dragonflies.  When I’m not using them, they live in the pretty red bag given to me by our family friend, Jim.  When I received the bag, it was filled with…dragonfly jewelry! How appropriate!

I think I’ll take a few days off from my practice and start again on Monday.  I’m proud of myself for having accomplished the 40 day cycle.  I originally started on a Monday so I think it will be appropriate for me to continue that way.  It is becoming a comfortable part of my life.  The book that got me started (Thank you, Ele!) suggested keeping a spiritual journal as you go through your meditation practice.  I’m going to try to do that on this cycle.

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Some days you’re just lucky.  When I first got up I looked out the kitchen window and I was able to quickly go outside to capture this…

I almost didn’t take the shots then, I thought I’d wait until after I did my exercise.  But I did take them and when I finished exercising, the sky was gray and overcast.  If I had waited, I wouldn’t have gotten the photos.  I’m happy I took the time to do it then!  🙂

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After yesterday’s post lamenting my issues with the dreaded mango, I get this in an e-mail today…

It’s an Oxo Good Grips Mango Splitter!!  It’s not that expensive, but do I really need to spend $12.49 for something to open a fruit I’m not sure I like?  I’d have to think about it.  But, I guess it’s nice to know it’s available.  These days I think there must be a specialized tool/utensil/gadget for just about anything you might want to do!  As Ralph likes to say, “it’s a wonderful time to be alive!”

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I’m excited that tonight, Ralph and I are meeting some friends of mine from my old job for dinner.  I miss them a lot, I don’t miss the job, but  I do miss the people.  These are the kind of friends that are friends for life.  I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of that kind of friend.  Many of them read BCDC so thanks to all of you.  You enrich my life in many ways.  Gee, I’m getting serious here…better whack myself in the head! 😉

I’ll have to choose wisely tonight.  I’ve been trying hard all week to have a good result at Weight Watchers tomorrow, I don’t want to sabotage myself.  We’ll see what happens!

Have a great day…Happy Friday! 🙂

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2 responses to “40 Days and Odd and Ends

  1. I’m so glad you didn’t wait for the pictures. I want that first picture! It is so beautiful!

    I’m so proud of you for finishing your 40 days. I’m on day 68 and still plugging along. Only 50,000 and change to go. I must admit I am losing steam and enthusiasm. I did my mantras while waiting to tell the man at the repair shop my sad tale of woe. I was actually on my way to the park to do my practice there when the death occurred. Poor little Saturn, I hope that Bob Palumbi has a vehicular defib!

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