Faithful Forty: Day 24

Faithful Forty

Decisions, decisions, decisions… I’m reminded that making real, honest choices, can impact our lives more than others. Today, it’s like a super swirling spin top. I wonder where it stops?

I’m trying not to overthink or worry about the consequences, but let’s be honest, some decisions are influenced by emotion. Some, by urgencies. Some, as simple as what I’m going to eat for lunch.

The 24 rule, has worked successfully for me time and time again. 24 seconds, 24 minutes, 24 days, 24 months… Typically it’s more about 24 hours for me. Why? I have no idea. Just that this chunk of time has magical properties. I’m counting on this number to get me through making good decisions.

I highly recommend it! May you all be happy, healthy, and safe! Many blessings, Sandi

Faithful Forty: Day 23

I’m always so happy when the light goes on. Figuratively, and literally. As a creative person, I can find beauty, meaning, and ideas everywhere.

It’s no wonder why we are seeing vast growth in high tech gadgets, movies, television, and in our world of writing and many other amazing inventions.

But what does it take? To get in that creative space? For me, it’s not thinking about it. Those mindless opportunities can be in silence, or a boring chore. The more that I don’t think, the better.

My thought process is only useful when I am working a frame around the idea, that then can be shaped and materialized into the finished product. Sometimes, a picture inspires a story, or memory from long ago.

But behind it all, is simplicity. Believing in myself. Because what I create, is divinely inspired. As I observe this sacred time during lent 2021, I am connecting to other parts of myself, that I don’t normally acknowledge.

The act of writing becomes cumbersome, when I think too much about it. So, I leave the light on and in so doing, hope you all will leave yours on too. The more bright light in our lives, the more successful we are collectively, in making our world a better one. πŸ™πŸΌ

Many blessings, Sandi

Faithful Forty: Day 22

Northern New Mexico setting sun

Ugghhh… I don’t want to talk about this and have been putting it off. Highly Sensitive People. Better known as HSP. There are a bunch of cool vids and info out there about highly sensitive people. Today, I want to talk about what it’s like to deal with this gift daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, heck, minute by minute.

If you’re reading this, and it’s found its way to your digital door, you don’t need a definition for HSP. You know what it’s like. And, I’m writing this for you. For me, for other people who have the privilege of knowing HSPs. Yes, it is a privilege.

So, let’s get started. (I’m flying by the seat of my pants here.) Big number ONE: It’s okay if no one understands you. There are others who do, and you’ve come to the right place. Own it, flaunt it.

Big number TWO: All the feelings and emotions you carry, aren’t always yours. Empathic abilities are a key ingredient to HSPs. If it’s not yours, don’t own it.

Big number THREE: You will know if you are owning others’ pain, emotions, or other ‘stuff’, because it hits you suddenly. Out of nowhere. But I don’t have to explain it to you – you know what I am talking about.

Big number FOUR: Draw boundaries. There are plenty of meditations out there than can guide you to put up walls of protection.

Big number FIVE: Use your gifts for the good of everyone around you and globally. The world needs you. Armor up, learn to tell the difference between being used, and being helpful, and let’s do what we came here to do – our life path – helping others. Many, many, blessings to you kind, highly sensitive souls.

faithful forty: day 19

Spring flowers March, 19, 2021

Lent (which is my entire – well mostly – reason for writing Faithful Forty posts) is a time to figure out what you’d like to give up. It’s also a time when we are reminded and most significantly, that Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights prior to his ministry. I’m not a Catholic or Christian. Though I was baptized and received holy communion and all that jazz, when I was a young girl.

Most, if not all believers of these faiths, take part in the rituals connected to lent. So, you may be wondering why am I observing and celebrating lent, if I don’t actively practice Catholicism or Christian beliefs? If I’m talking to a select few of individuals who do practice lent as said faiths, I might be judged. I might be told that my attempts here are not worthy of God’s divine smile and approval. And no judgement by the way if that happens to be people’s opinions. I create blog material for myself, and hope others’ will enjoy it.

I don’t have any logical or religious affiliations regarding my spirituality. I have a connection with God/higher power, etc., and welcome all who happen by this post; all 40 of them. As such, I have a sacred relationship with the divine. That is my reason. I’ve given up, giving up. not much, but it’s a start.

I’ve been wondering what Jesus would be doing now. During His time in meditation: conversing with God. Is Jesus sitting down on a mound full of wonderful desert flowers? Is he walking along a river, or stream, and gently patting His face with a few droplets? What is God telling Jesus? April 3, 2021 is Easter. The day that a miraculous resurrection took place.

I wonder what my 40th post will be? Will I share my own experiences with the endings and beginnings I have achieved during this 40-day observance and celebration? That’s my goal after all. To share. To my future self: way to go on your spiritual climb. Keep climbing.

And so I’ll pass that on to you – with or without religious affiliation – keep climbing, don’t give up. You are not alone. I’m wishing you all many blessings as I continue on this challenging task.

Many blessings, Sandi

Faithful Forty: Day 13

Unplugged

Really! On a Monday?

Unplugged. Undone. Underscored. Uneven. Understood. There really is no assigned day to be unplugged. If it’s not physical/electrical/digital, it’s mental.

And the mental connection is what matters to me today. It’s nice when you can pull a plug from the wall. Or, power off your phone and digital devices. But my brain? Your brain? How? How to unplug? Do you even want to?

I want to. Meditation is always the best and quickest way for me. But performing mindless tasks is also effective. Washing dishes, laundry, sweeping, vacuuming… Anything that has a repetitive movement feels great. It’s that time when my mind wanders. When I’m free to flow mentally and physically at the same time.

That’s my goal today; my first day of March. How else will I welcome and make space for new growth? Many blessings, Sandi. πŸ™πŸΌ

Faithful forty: day 11

Brain overload

Ok. Okay… I’m done trying to figure out the crazy sh##, we’re all watching, listening to, and shielding our eyes from. Okay, me. My eyes, my ears; words – media and otherwise. I like watching YouTube. I enjoy so many of the cool videos out there. And I catch myself watching news clips. CNN, CNBC, NBC, PBS, WP, and the list goes on.

On top of all that, my brain grapples with multi-dimensional theories and experiences. Like, what if God is us, and we are God, and we are so miniscule in God’s form, which is formless, that we can’t even be detected in a microscope? That we are God’s cells. That we are the space in the dark energy in the universe/multiverse…

No. I’m not trying to start a religious war of any kind. I just simply look at the miracles around me. How every morning I wake up, I’ve already had a glimpse of my future. My past, long gone. How my fur-kids lavish me with love I sometimes don’t deserve. How my brain can be on a negative track, and then just like that… I’m smiling again. I have hope. Faith, that in the midst of all of our global crisis’ we will survive, but not just survive, THRIVE. Yes, my brain hurts. But I can’t imagine what would happen if I didn’t have one. I guess I wouldn’t have a blog, and you wouldn’t know I exist. So much for existentialism. Especially, when you live it every day.

So, here’s to nothingness, and everythingness… Many blessings, Sandi

Faithful Forty: Day Ten

Nia and Coda

Need I say more? πŸ€—

Apparently my fur-nieces do…

Nia: ‘Im the one to the left, my sis, Coda is my chin rest. She’s my playmate, and confidant, (is that a real word) and I just want to say, love those around you. Support and be there for them. Life is too short. (Cliche’s are fine for now.) πŸ’•

Coda: I’m older now. Have more experience than my little sis. I don’t need cliche’s, but I will say this, ‘lean on me…’ which I believe is a song. Need I say more? 🀲🏼

I love these girls, they’re so wise! Many blessings, Sandi, Nia, and Coda.

faithful forty: Day nine

Building bridges:

I’m not an engineer of any kind, but I try to engineer my life as best as possible. Bridges allow us to get from one point to another, because there’s too wide a gap to get to the ohter side otherwise.

As I continue to observe lent 2021 in my own way, I realize more than ever, and most especially with COVID-19 being a constant threat, how important it is to be the bridge for others. It amazes me how often I will run into a situation involving family, friends, even strangers, that I allow myself to be the one to connect whatever needs connecting, to get things done.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

If you can, will you be the bridge for another person(s), because you know it will make a big difference, for something seemingly inconsequential, then will you?

Today, will you ask another if you can help in any way? Will you smile with your eyes because you’re wearing your mask, but you want that person to know, there are good people out there?

Today, I challenge you: will you be someone else’s bridge?

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” -Mother Teresa

Many blessings, Sandi

Faithful Forty: Day Eight

Faithful Forty Poetry

The churning
and burning
of bright light
leads me here in great delight

Test of time
is the first
poetry line
your inspiration purely divine

I gather my
hands in prayer
as I peel through
every layer

And humbly show
gratitude
for every word
comes from you

@ovehlu

faithful forty: day six

Daily Sacrifices

β€œPutting up with any sacrifices that are asked of us in our day-to-day lives becomes a slow martyrdom which purifies us and raises us up to the level of the supernatural, through the encounter of our soul with God, in the atmosphere of the presence of the Most Holy Trinity within us. We have here an incomparable spiritual richness!” – Fatima Visionary Sister Lucia