Songbirds

Last year we had the privilege and pleasure of experiencing a local singer-songwriter perform in our home for a small group of family and friends.  Music has a way of filling up our senses, taking us to pleasurable places and leaving us wanting more, like John Denvers, Annies Song.

You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again

I have for years loved to listen to the tonal and rhythmic qualities of songs.  Now as I get older I have found a new connection and fondness for the words and stories that the songs tell.  Adding thoughts about life’s experience and telling stories finds its way direct to my heart.

While Chris Wilson is a wonderful talent and his music and story telling are unique and authentic, he is still just a man who plays a guitar and sings.  When we experience his gift of love, humility and compassion it can open and reveal a place within us, a place of connection with our own story, our sacred and loving essence.  It is what happens within us that is the gift.  It is our reflection of love in a complete circle of energetic connection.  The connection with our oneness, the gift received.

We too have our own instruments and songs that we sing in our work and play.  While it may not come through music or be as obvious, that same connection exists in all places, space and time.   I can think of lots of friends (including you reading this) who are just as amazing people. People whose presence alone affect our world in magical ways.  People who create and bring new ideas and technology to our communities and our world.  People who provide loving care, compassion and comfort to many, and people who are just damn good people (the list goes on).   As we go about our everyday tasks, take a moment to look around.  There is quite a story being told, quite a song being sung and quite a gift being received.

As Chris puts his finishing touches in Nashville on his newest album let us all send him our love and thanks for his gift and presence in our world.

Here is a short video of Chris (ww.chriswilson.us) from last year.

“Blessings on your journey”

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What’s your story?

We all have a story we tell. Sometimes, we can get stuck in that story and it can consume us.

Our stories are structured, filled, connected and textured with our loved ones, friends and experiences that help shape our narrative and how we see our world.  In that experience we can enter old patterns of life playing victim to it, or it can be the open door to a new expression of self.  Either way, it is the story we accept that happens.

What story have you created for yourself?  Take a moment to examine and adjust as needed.  Choose support, love and forgiveness, and most of all be kind to yourself.  After all it’s just a story of which you are the author.

“Blessings on your journey”

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Why me?

Sometimes the world sticks it’s tongue at us and gets us spinning at a pace where all we can do is hang on and go for the ride.   If we were to fight or battle it (why me? poor me!) it would most likely create more conflict, wade us down and beat us up.  Stepping back and becoming “an observer in life”, we’re given the opportunity to adapt to each event and move forward with the necessary energy and with the appropriate actions needed of us.  We cannot change the circumstances, conditions, pace or timing of life, and we should not think or even hope we had that power.  We were born into this human existence for a reason and we have the ability to adapt. It’s quite possible we might even be good at it!

”Blessings on your journey”

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If I only knew

From my book “Living and Dying”

Listen

“The earth has music for those who listen.”
― George Santayana

Where do we go from here?
What can we do now?
If we see love in our everyday life, the world becomes a loving world. If we see hatred and suffering in our life, the world becomes one filled with suffering and hatred.
Reflect on our connection with how we get where we are, and where we are going and go there.
Reflect on our connection with emotions and how we feel and live a life of feeling
Reflect on the effect of our thoughts and how they affect the energy and connection in our world and become a participant
Reflect on how our connection in our world is created by our experience in our world.
Reflect on the connection of thought and emotion.
Reflect on your connection to all things and places.
Reflect on your connection to memories and the affect they have on you, in your world
Consider that we may need to create a new version of ourselves. At any time, we can redefine ourselves. We get to pick.

IF I ONLY KNEW
If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. 
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more. 
If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day. 
If I knew it would be the last time I could spare an extra minute to stop and say “I love you,” instead of assuming you would KNOW I do. 
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, well I’m sure you’ll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away. 
For surely there’s always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance to make everything just right. 
There will always be another day to say “I love you,” and certainly there’s another chance to say our “Anything I can do?” 
But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I’d like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget. 
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, and today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight. 
So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day that you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, or a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish. 
So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear, tell them how much you love them and that you’ll always hold them dear. 
Take time to say “I’m sorry,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you,” or “It’s okay.” 
And if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today.
http://www.dawnmariehuddleston.com/Poems—Books.htm

There is a time for everything and a season for everything under heaven. I believe it is our time.
Life is precious, embrace the love present in it, and share the joy it brings to shine your light in the world.
It is a journey filled with challengers and opportunity. Take its reigns and shine your light bright. For it is in the effort that all life is powered.

“Blessings on your journey”

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Freedom

From my book “Living and Dying”

Freedom

“Go out, go out I beg you and taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child.” Edna Jaques

A good friend offered me a thought she had after reading this book, and it goes like this: “There are times when we want to shield the ones we love from pain. But the only true way to healing is through our pain. It is through our connection to those we have lost that we are able to find a peace in our hearts. It is through our connection that we ultimately find our peace”.
She also went on to say, “Connection exists in life, in death, and all places in between.”
I am personally very grateful for her input and openness because it reflects her willingness to embrace her connection and transition through life. It shows her willingness to live a life of emotion, experience, living in the moment, with an openness to change and growth in the midst of personal pain. A close and personal love was taken from her just a short time ago as it will and has happened to all of us. It is apparent that it is a challenge and a difficult transition as we work to understand the perplexity of life and death as we navigate our time, moment to moment, day to day. It is apparent that it is hard to embrace a new normal in forging new relationships while maintaining ones of old. Yet, I am confident that we can and will find a way. I am confident for her because she has acknowledged that the only true way to healing is through her pain. It is this simple truth, as difficult as it may seem at times, that will set all of us free.

“Set yourself free from anything that might hinder you in becoming the person you want to be. Free yourself from the uncertainties about your abilities or the worth of your dreams, from the fears that you may not be able to achieve them or that they won’t be what you wanted.
Set yourself free from the past. The good things from yesterday are still yours in memory; the things you want to forget you will, for tomorrow is only a sunrise away. Free yourself from regret or guilt, and promise to live this day as fully as you can.
Set yourself free from the expectations of others, and never feel guilty or embarrassed if you do not live up to their standards. You are most important to yourself; live by what you feel is best and right for you. Others will come to respect your integrity and honesty.
Set yourself free to simply be yourself, and you will soar higher than you’ve ever dreamed.”
– Edmund O’Neil
http://www.inspirationpeak.com/cgi-bin/stories.cgi?record=112

“Blessings on your journey”

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The dungeons of my mind!

It took me a little over an hour yesterday to go from feeling poorly to feeling amazing. It happened while writing yesterdays post, when I realized what was dragging me down.  The thought being, I’m never quite good enough.  If I really dig deep, I often find that thought at the foundation of my thinking, fostered by feelings of abandonment, disappointment, and guilt amongst others.  It felt good to unearth that thought, as I didn’t realize it still lingered in the dungeon of my mind.  In fact, moments after realizing that thought, I found myself feeling better, even bordering amazing.  Although over an hour seems like a long time to write two paragraphs, it was worth it.  During that experience of observing, I became aware of what I needed to write and it changed how I am in the world.

We are constantly working on the balancing act of life, the battle (as the pictures suggests) between what we know and what we feel.  The cool thing is, “it’s only a battle when we are in conflict”. Yesterday, I sat down and began to observe what I was feeling.  I observed that I was wearing my old moniker of not being good enough.  As an observer, having no conflict, I was willing to change my feeling poorly to feeling amazing, even happy.   Thanks for joining me.

“Blessings on your journey”

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