My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.


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Word of the Week: Contemplate

Taking the time to contemplate. Look before you leap. Haste makes waste… 
                                  

When you are an impulsive person (like I am) contemplation doesn’t always come easy! 😉  
But contemplation can take different forms.
 

I like the second definition below: to meditate on or ponder.

 It’s all good. And so worth the time too.

Do you find it easy to contemplate life’s big decisions before you make them?

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con·tem·plate
 
1. To look at attentively and thoughtfully.
 
 
2. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder: contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mystery of God.
 
 
3. To have in mind as an intention or possibility: contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement.
 
 
Definition source:The Free Dictionary

HAVE A WONDERFUL and MEANINGFUL WEEK! 🙂


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Book Review: Taming The Hour of the Wolf by H. R. Warren

TAMING THE HOUR OF THE WOLF

As I wrote about in my book:

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Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well,

I’ve had (MORE THAN) my share of sleepless nights, over the years. 😦

Particularly annoying for me has been waking up in the middle of the night (around 3 AM…) which is also a time referred to as:

The Hour of the Wolf.

Tossing, turning, wide awake but tired…thinking all kinds of crazy, annoying and at times, very disturbing thoughts. Where some of them came from, I have no idea. But enough to keep me awake and to interrupt sleep in a most unpleasant way.

The sleepless night situation HAS improved in the past couple of years as I have been making a real effort to go to sleep in a calm, relaxed frame of mind and when I DO wake up, in the middle of the night now, there are a lot fewer negative thoughts that come to mind. But now, when it does happens, I replace these negative thoughts with positive ones, right away! Good things I choose and WANT to dwell on,…it’s worth the effort and it really has helped.

So back to this book review.

I “happened” to be browsing over at Amazon one day recently and did a search for “Hour of the Wolf” as I had seen the  Ingmar Bergman movie of the same name, many years ago in Toronto and wondered if it was still available.

If you aren’t familiar with the movie: Hour of the Wolf, you can read more about it here.

A strange, surreal and original story that I never completely forgot.

And the term “hour of the wolf” is one that has always stayed with me, particularly on sleepless nights when I wake up during the period between 3-5AM,  AKA “the hour of the wolf”.

When I did the search at Amazon, this Kindle book: Taming the Hour of the Wolf, also came up and I am SO glad I checked it out too. It’s a wonderful book! 🙂

Written in a personable, engaging style and filled with 144 affirmations that readers can refer to, again and again, when the Hour of the Wolf strikes a discordant note.

I am a true believer in the power of positive thoughts and particularly affirmations.

The ones that author: H. R. Warren, shares in this book are divided into categories including:

Sleeplessness, Negativity & Doubt, Procrastination, Abundance… and several others.

By choosing a particular category, you are then given a list of useful and calming affirmations to help still the mind and replace negative, upsetting thoughts, particularly during the Hour of the Wolf.

I think most people at some time or other grapple with sleepless nights. It’s not fun, it’s frustrating and getting back to sleep can be so difficult at times.

By keeping this book: Taming the Hour of the Wolf, close at hand on a bedside table perhaps, there is help only a click or page turn away.

The Kindle version (which is the one I have) is nicely formatted, with full page nature photos to begin each new category.  

And at less than a $1. for the Kindle version right now, a real bargain for a reference guide that I know I will be referring to, again and again. Especially when the “hour of the wolf” takes a turn for the worse and I need some positive thoughts to help to calm my mind and get back to sleep.

If you also struggle with ongoing or even occasional sleepless nights, check this one out.

Have a great day and sweet dreams! 🙂


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An Inspiring Quote for the Weekend…

seize the day

I wrote this quote in a journal I have, many years ago and happened to read it again this morning.

It was a timely reminder for me, I hope you enjoy it too.

We really DO need to take time not only to “seize” each day, but also to celebrate the high points, victories, wins..each and every night. It can put a whole new perspective on the days to come too. 

Have a wonderful and creative weekend, G 🙂


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Earth Day 2015: Can We Afford to Hesitate?

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Our Supreme Mother,

knows nothing of the word: hesitate.

Moving,shifting,adapting,changing- constantly.

In the eye of a vicious and relentless storm.

Not one of Her making or choosing.

She stands: resolute and alone.

Struggling to survive, to flourish.

As forces beyond Her control,

Chip away at the majesty of our fading blue planet.

She has not failed us.

She will not give up without a fight.

And in return and in reply:

Can we afford to hesitate?

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A poem that I wrote several years ago. I thought was fitting to share it once again, for Earth Day 2015. 

For me, living a greener lifestyle is just second nature. I do what I can, every day, to reduce my carbon footprint and to be mindful of the small choices throughout the day, that really do matter, in the big picture. Choices that include: reducing, recycling, re-purposing, being a vegetarian, buying organics, watching electrical consumption, walking instead of driving or taking a bus…

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Earth Day?

HAPPY EARTH DAY!! 🙂


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Changes, A Trip and Happy Thanksgiving!

changes

I read a quote similar to the one above at a WP blog, a couple of weeks ago.

It really made me stop and think about this simple but rather profound statement.

So many of us fear changes in life.

But without making changes when necessary, everything stays as it is or changes in ways beyond our control.

Change CAN be scary. 😦

But it can also provide a beginning and a new, exciting direction down the path of life. 🙂

Are you afraid of big changes in life or do you embrace them? 

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I’m heading to the beautiful Okanagan area of BC at the end of this week, you can read more about that here.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers and a beautiful week to all. 🙂