A Modern Gypsy

How does one know they are a gypsy? In my case it consisted of 5 elements. The first was being born into family that already has its share of misfits, mystics, and psychics. My maternal grandmother was a midwife, tea leaf reader, and herbalist. My paternal grandmother was a garden diva who’s life revolved around the cycles of the Moon and the seasons. Both grandmothers were psychics. Added to this generational milieu, was my love of travelling, my secret desire was to be a hippie, the pull of wild gypsy music, and books that took me to foreign countries. Which brings me to element number two. I was 16 lazing around in the backyard on a sunny summer day when I heard a voice. Yes, a voice! This voice stated very precisely, "You were going to live and work overseas.” As strange as it may seem, those words resonated with me and I had no doubt that they would happen. In the ensuing years I based many decisions on this voice. For example, my career choice to become a … [Read more...]

Change the channel.

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” – Deepak Chopra The other day I took my car in for an oil change and came away with an unexpected gift. By habit before I leave my car for service, I shut off the audio and slide my seat back. I move the seat back as a curtsey to the mechanic’s knees. I assume they are taller than me. As for turning off the audio, I don’t like it when the service folks change my programming or radio station. Do you also have something that bugs you when it gets changed? I have to admit that there was a time when I had a long list. Getting back to the oil change. When my car was ready I got into it, adjusted the seat and headed off to the next destination. As I was driving along something caught my attention…the music was different but enjoyable. I checked and sure enough it was on a different station. I left it there and began to pay more attention to the music and before I knew it I was welcoming the new tunes I was hearing. Looking back at … [Read more...]

Unleash your thoughts!

What if you stopped trying to control your thoughts? You know those thoughts like: “I shouldn’t be thinking that, it’s not nice, or positive or spiritual, or healthy or whatever.” I think you get the idea. Somewhere along life’s path, the belief that some thoughts are good/positive/desirable and others are bad/negative/undesirable took hold. As a result you expend a huge amount of energy trying to have only positive thoughts. Then we exert even more energy beating ourselves up for those unfavourable thoughts that creep in. Looks like a battle you’re never going to win. What if you could unleash all your thoughts in the same way that you unleash your dog in the off-leash park? As soon as your dog is unleashed it bolts for joy. What about you, if you unleashed your thoughts could you be totally comfortable with all of them? Or does the fear that they will run amuck keep you from taking that chance? I was afraid of unleashing my thoughts. I believed that if I … [Read more...]