Food for Thought: Fear is a Subjective Emotion

Fear is a subjective emotion. We can choose to be ruled by our fear or we can choose to reach beyond our instinctive, individual emotions that drive our fear and look outside of ourselves and all of the things in the world that drive our fears, and see beauty in world.

Everyday the news is subjecting us to the latest stories that fill us with worry, concern, outrage, and fear. Constantly following the news, feeds our fear and plays on the subjective aspects of fear because we a choosing to let our fears control our lives. Not long ago the communication industry was not a 24/7 industry that played so heavily on our psyches.

Step back. Spend less time on social media. Disconnect. Turn off your devices. Free yourself from the outrage machine. Take a break from the news. Get outside. Take a walk. Breathe in the fresh air. Listen to the bird song. Connect with nature. Do anything that is not connected to following the latest news that pummel our senses and leaves us senseless and sometimes riddled with fear.

You can control your fear by replacing it with healthy thoughts and emotions. Be in the moment. Choose happiness over fear.

Namaste

Hawk Breakfast

There is a small Hawk up in the Shagbark Hickory tree just outside my desk window. I was looking out the window gazing at the River, as I am often wont to do, when it flew onto the lowest branch a few minutes ago and settled in. The sun is behind it and as such, it is hard to make out its coloring and markings, but I knew it was a hawk by the shape of its head when I watched it land.

What I did not see, when it landed, was that it landed with a small bird in its talon. Ah… Breakfast.

Hawk has been busy, sitting there on the tree limb shredding the Small Bird, sending its delicate little feathers to flutter and tumble-down to the ground below the tree.

Given the relatively small size of the hawk, I am thinking it is the same Sharp-shinned Hawk that I have seen in the yard in the past. A Sharp-shinned Hawk is America’s smallest hawk. It has a long tail, long legs and short wings. They are very agile fliers who easily zip in between trees to grab they prey.

One day a few months ago, I looked out the window in front of my desk, to see a hawk sitting in the yew bush right in front of the window. It was quite the surprise for the two of us, actually as I looked out saw the hawk staring in the window at me. “Oh,” I exclaimed, as the hawk ducked back down in the bush and then made its exit through the front of the bush.

A Crow landed in the Maple tree to the left of the Hickory that Hawk sits busily eating breakfast. Now Crow is shrieking at Hawk, demanding that Hawk leave it some dregs of Small Bird. However, Hawk has been up there so long with Small Bird I can’t imagine that he has not stripped the bones clean. There seem to be no more feathers fluttering to the ground. There is just Hawk and his breakfast. He is fastidious in making sure he does not leave a morsel behind.

Finished now, he hops to another branch and sits facing the sun. Pleased as he is to have had a healthy breakfast. Perhaps not as hearty as he liked or needed, his wings lifted and he flew off in the direction of the bird feeder on the other side of the yard. The cycle of nature and life itself, never ceases to amaze me.

Daily Affirmations: Little Miracles

Everyday little miracles occur in our lives that sometimes go unnoticed. Today, I re-mind myself to savor the moment, and be aware of the things happening around me so that I may see those little miracles for what they are and express my gratitude as they happen.

I stay receptive and open to see the miracle in the smallest symbols of joy to lift my spirits, or hear the words of support when times of tough. These are each little miracles in their own way. I understand that to be miracle minded is to allow myself to be in the moment and widen my perspective to see miracles for what they are.

I know that the Universe is always working on my behalf, answering my prayers, hearing my call. I am open to receive and grateful for all of the good that comes my way. I set my intent today, and every day, to be open and willing to receive and also to be gracious and willing to give. In this I use my intent to work for the higher good in my own life and the lives of others. And so it is… Intent makes manifest.

yellow warbler

Namaste… Pamela

Food For Thought: The Road of Life

hitting the road

I often muse on the road or path that our lives follow for the road and the path such perfect metaphors for the trajectory of our life. Where we go in our life, what we do, the detours we take, these are all aspects of traveling through our lives to get somewhere, or to just be, to just be in the moment and savor the journey.

Today, I remind myself that as I travel the road of life, I am grateful for the varied terrain, the gentle slopes, the tough hills, the steep canyons, the winding roads and the clear path ahead that have all been a part of my life. The journey was never meant to be easy. Continue reading

Daily Affirmations: In The Now

I believe in the power of Now. I believe that to be in the moment is potent form of surrender to the Universe in which I allow myself to be open to receive everything that is happening as it is meant to be. I am not here to change the course, I am here to be led by the divine intervention of the Universe.

This is not to say that I do not have a choice in where I want to go in my life and how I get there. This is meant to say that I surrender to the moment, and accept that there are some things in life that I can not change.

And so it is, that I will be in the Now today. I set my intent on the things I desire to change and make happen in my life and I surrender the outcome to the moment.

Today, I affirm that I will focus on the moment and not the past or the future. Today, I affirm that I will go with the flow and lovingly accept each experience life brings me.In this way I am free to experience with joy and an open heart, all that comes my way. In this way, I let my intent become manifest in my surrender to the Now. And so it is… Intent makes manifest.

Maudslay Trail 2

Namaste… Pamela