Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Year's Meditation

It's almost 2016. While contemplating the end of the old year and the arrival of a new one, I came up with a meditation/visualization. Here it is: Pretend you are about to sell your home and move into a new one. Before you leave your old home, you walk through each room one last time. In each room, stop for a moment and reflect on the good, positive memories that were created in that room. Focus only on the positive memories... Leave the discordant memories behind. Savour the positive memories. Once you've gone through each and every room, once you've collected all the positive memories, take them with you as you walk through the front door. Close the door of the old year, don't look back. Walk through the threshold into the New Year filled with magic, wonder and unlimited possibilities. Happy New Year. Have a magical 2016. Love, Paula

Monday, December 21, 2015

Peace On Earth

I'm reposting this because it's one of my favorite Christmas posts. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and magical holiday season. Love, Paula My all-time favorite song - not just Christmas song, but ANY song - is the duet with Bing Crosby and David Bowie, "Peace On Earth".  Every year, the first couple of times I hear it, it touches my soul and I cry.

Bing Crosby was my father's favorite singer.  His albums were a staple in my house growing up.  He was like a god.  My father sang and patterned himself after Bing.  You get the idea, he was a BIG DEAL in my life.

I remember when "Peace On Earth" first aired back in 1977.  At that time, it actually upset me.  It was Bing Crosby's last Christmas special.  He died a month before it aired.  I couldn't believe that of all the celebrities in the world, someone decided that David Bowie should be on Bing's Christmas special.  It seemed like a bizarre choice to me.  Bing's Christmas specials were always "warm and fuzzy," a good old-fashioned Christmas.  David Bowie?  REALLY?!!!  Then, when they sang that song, David Bowie was the lead and Bing basically sang backup for him.  Again... REALLY?!!!   I was very upset.

After the song aired, it came out that David Bowie was supposed to sing "Little Drummer Boy" with Bing but refused.  He said he hated that song and just couldn't do it.  Now I was furious.  The nerve of him to give my beloved Bing such a hard time on what ended up being his last Christmas special ever.  Who did he think he was?!!!!!!

Fast forward 25 years or so.  My youngest son sent me a Christmas CD he made for me.  It has songs from many different artists.  Guess what song is number 16?  That's right, "Peace On Earth." I couldn't believe it.  He sent me this song that I had such strong emotions about.  Of course, he had no idea.  Understand, it wasn't the actual song that I had an aversion to, it was the story that went with it.  Truthfully, I don't remember if I actually even listened to the song itself.  Well, I don't know exactly what changed between then and now (it was probably me), but I fell in love.  I could not believe what a beautiful, meaningful song it was.  Like I said before, it touches my soul.

As I think about and read about how this incredible song came to be, it just blows me away. First, this impudent 30-year-old rocker refuses to sing a particular song with BING CROSBY.  So three people get together and scribble something out quickly to take its place.  Then Bing and David Bowie rehearse for an hour and a half.  Next they record it and they nailed it!  The rest, as they say, is history.

I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  I finally got it.  It wasn't about Bing.  It wasn't about David Bowie.  It was about the message in the lyrics.  ALL these circumstances had to come together to make this beautiful song happen.  The WHOLE thing was so incredibly inspired.

I leave you now with the gift of this wonderful, moving song.  Enjoy.  I wish you all a happy holiday season filled with Peace On Earth.  Merry Christmas!

Love,  Paula

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Season

I'm reposting this because I need to remember my own words and my own advise. I thought maybe some of you could use it too. Love, Paula

As I said in my last blog two weeks ago, "It's that time of year again".  Only this time I'm referring to the busyness of the season.  There's shopping, wrapping, meal planning, baking, Christmas cards, decorating, parties.  The list goes on and on.

As I'm writing this, my husband is at the gym.  I should be there too, but I have things I want to get done around the house.  Instead I decided to first take this time out to write and BREATHE.  I have to remind myself to do that.  I didn't last week.  That's why there was no blog.

The activities of the holiday season can be exciting and fun - especially if they're accomplished with love in your heart, not obligation.  That's how it should be.  Sometimes though, we get so wrapped up in things we perceive we have to do, that we feel overwhelmed and burdened, not joy filled.  When that happens, we have to just STOP EVERYTHING, take a moment to ourselves, breathe, and figure out what's really important... what's really necessary.  The people that love us don't want us to end up sick for the holidays because we worked so hard and didn't take care of ourselves.  I think the best gift we can give to our loved ones is for us to be healthy and  happy.

You know that "to do" list you have in your purse, "smart phone," table, desk, or where ever it might be?  Take it out RIGHT NOW and place yourself right at the very top of that list.  Carve out 10 minutes to an hour each day for yourself.  Read, relax. watch a movie, meditate, window shop, take a walk or do whatever else makes you happy and rejuvenates your spirit.  After that you'll be better able to tackle your "obligations" filled with peace, joy and love.  You'll be happier and so will everyone you come in contact with.  Give it a try so you and your loved ones
can enjoy a happy holiday season.

Love,  Paula