Do you see what I see?

Today I’m taken by the colors, smells, and uniqueness of the season. The snow, the Christmas tree, the music playing in the background all familiar yet uniquely based on my experience with it. The people around me, what do they see and sense when they look out at the world around them? Do they sense and feel anxiety? Joy? Depression? Peace?

I’ve learned that we each see our own reality, through lenses unique to our past history, imagination, opinions, awareness. I began my experience today through my unique lens, “my reality” and I’m having it right now.

Today, I wanted to share the picture above which reflects my reality. Its not intended to have any opinions, judgments, or specific feelings attached to it, so feel free to attach yours.

“Blessings on your journey”

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Reflection

A reflection from one year ago, Worth repeating!!!

Today I sit here in Florida, over looking the pool and the Ft Pierce Inlet.  It’s around 78 degrees, with 70% humidity and winds at 7mph.  From this view all indications point towards a delightful day of sun and warm weather, with the hope of some fresh caught fish for lunch.  Just behind me in the living space of the condo is the television spewing out story after story of a world gone wrong.  On my phone is a contractor not willing to take responsibility for his work.  People are dying, eight new families at our funeral chapel in the last 48 hours, challenged by personal loss. And, the list goes on.

I will go out into this day knowing that I can choose to bring the reflection of pain and hurt or love and acceptance.  I will make the effort to see the reflection of good in the people and world.  It will not change what I heard on tv for that is the past, but, it will change the future or what I see now.  It will require my effort and it will bring forth a miracle, I can already feel it.  This simple exercise of sitting quietly and writing has changed everything.  I invite you to do the same.

“Blessings on your journey”

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We shall hear angels!

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels.
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” – Anton Chekhov

What would make me think I have anything to say or offer the world?

Perhaps its the one question we continue to ask ourselves that keeps us from doing just that thing.  Speaking up, telling our story, sharing our intimate thoughts, ideas, secrets is a scary place and one that leaves us feeling vulnerable and open to ridicule.

A good friend said to me recently that it would be a shame to die with your story untold, closed off to those who might care, learn or benefit in some way from that knowledge.

Do you ever wonder why your parents did this thing or that and their gone now, not able to answer that question?  I wonder what the hell mine were thinking!  How hard and painful their divorce was?  I wonder how having a judge grant custody to my father over my mother must have felt to her and why it came out that way. I never asked and they never said, I’m sure it was to painful for them and now I’m left to wonder.

Growing up in funeral service and helping people through transformational events in their lives has given me the confidence and awareness to share my story.  I mean why not? its very evident to me we all feel the same basic emotions of fear, pain, loss, joy, peace, etc.  Although our individual stories may be different the feelings are universal.  

“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels.” 

My first book “Living and Dying” is available online through my website, http://www.mkanthony.com  While I’ve already got my sites on the next book, it is a joy to be blogging as way to practice writing and sharing my thoughts, ideas and secrets.

Every day I wake up excited to venture out into the world with my thoughts.  As I sit here at the keyboard nothing specific is of mind, but after a moment or two “this” stuff comes tumbling out. It is my sincerest desire to bring more love into the world, and that is a good thing. I invite you again, to speak up, comment, live not die.

So, we all can see the sky sparkling with diamonds!

“Blessings on your journey”

This is life!

It’s believed Charlie Chaplin wrote the poem below at age 70. He pretty much said it all with this one…

As I began to love myself

I found that anguish and emotional suffering

are only warning signs that I was living

against my own truth.

Today, I know, this is Authenticity.

As I began to love myself

I understood how much it can offend somebody

if I try to force my desires on this person,

even though I knew the time was not right

and the person was not ready for it,

and even though this person was me.

Today I call this Respect.

As I began to love myself

I stopped craving for a different life,

and I could see that everything

that surrounded me

was inviting me to grow.

Today I call this Maturity.

As I began to love myself

I understood that at any circumstance,

I am in the right place at the right time,

and everything happens at the exactly right moment.

So I could be calm.

Today I call this Self-Confidence.

As I began to love myself

I quit stealing my own time,

and I stopped designing huge projects

for the future.

Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness,

things I love to do and that make my heart cheer,

and I do them in my own way

and in my own rhythm.

Today I call this Simplicity.

As I began to love myself

I freed myself of anything

that is no good for my health –

food, people, things, situations,

and everything that drew me down

and away from myself.

At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.

Today I know it is Love of Oneself.

As I began to love myself

I quit trying to always be right,

and ever since

I was wrong less of the time.

Today I discovered that is Modesty.

As I began to love myself

I refused to go on living in the past

and worrying about the future.

Now, I only live for the moment,

where everything is happening.

Today I live each day,

day by day,

and I call it Fulfillment.

As I began to love myself

I recognized

that my mind can disturb me

and it can make me sick.

But as I connected it to my heart,

my mind became a valuable ally.

Today I call this connection Wisdom of the Heart.

We no longer need to fear arguments,

confrontations or any kind of problems

with ourselves or others.

Even stars collide,

and out of their crashing, new worlds are born.

Today I know: This is Life!

Being away

Being away, and on vacation this past week has been great. I’m relaxed, not burdened emotionally from what is going on in the world of politics (except for yesterday when I watched some of the impeachment hearing) and feeling well. The television news has been off, the newspaper not being read, while just enjoying the weather, family and fresh sea food.

Tomorrow I return to my home world. Can I remain in this relaxed emotional state??

“Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

Creation

I’m taken by the statement: nothing that exists today existed until it was first imagined.  It is a simple thought yet a profound message, “We” are the creator.

There are times when I find myself waiting for God to reveal his(her) intention to me and nothing happens.  While other times I am out in the world creating the heck out of it. I often wonder about that and why that is. In my study’s and writing over the years I’ve found something very interesting, and maybe it’s the answer. When you take a look at the word CREATION and move the letter “c” you create the word REACTION.  This simple exercise reveals a significant truth about life, or at least it does to me.

To me, it suggest we’re either “reacting” by complaining, blaming others, waiting for something to appear or happen etc. or “creating”, making something happen and appear that never existed before.

It’s much more fun to be creating and OH, by the way, we were put here to create, giddy -up

“Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

Do you have PTSD? My I

Do you have PTSD? Here is a definition of PTSD from MIND for better health, “When something traumatic happens in your life, it rocks you to the core. The world is no longer a safe place. It becomes somewhere that bad things can and do happen.

I believe that there are many of us traversing these varying degrees of human emotional and physical reaction to change in our world. The obvious atrocities of war which are most often associated with PTSD are what we most often refer to, yet I believe there are many other events that evoke similar levels of internal stress and upheaval.

When you go through something you find traumatic it’s understandable to experience some symptoms associated with PTSD, this is sometimes described as an ‘acute stress reaction’. Many people find that these symptoms disappear within a few weeks, but if your symptoms last for longer than a month, you might be given a diagnosis of PTSD.

Look out for warning signs

You might see a change in your behavior or the person you want to support. For example:

  • a change in mood, such as getting easily upset, angry or irritated
  • a change in performance at work, such as lateness or missing deadlines
  • a change in energy levels, such as extreme alertness or a lack of concentration.

If you notice these sorts of changes in someone close to you, you could ask them how they are feeling. This might encourage them to open up. Personally, I have noticed some of these signs along with the feeling that the world is no longer a safe place, and bad things do happen and could happen to me. So, being that I self diagnose so well, (I play a doctor on Tv 🙂 and having noticed most of the warning signs listed above, I am moving to a place of recovery.

Here are a few suggestions for overcoming stress in your life.

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” 
 Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” 
 Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” 
 Albert Einstein

“I believe we all have the capacity to heal through our choices in life, the key is being willing”

—Mark Anthony

“Blessings on your journey”

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