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A Tree and Sky Meditation

I find that if I rest on the grass by the tamarack tree twins, the earth changes my mood. If I am troubled or tired, after a ten minute break stretched out, I feel revived. I feel supported and cradled by the lawn, the soil, the rock, the isthmus. The earth’s electromagnetic field calms me. The energy resets the cycle of my internal rhythm.

I look through the leaf needles of the trees toward the sky, tracking the clouds. I breathe in symbiosis with the twins, new carbon dioxide for fresh air. Deep breaths, we exchange in turn.

I feel alive and content.

What makes you feel content?

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

Tamarack Sky Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
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Flower Therapy

One way I can lift the corners of my mouth is by cutting fresh flowers for the dinner table. I find each way I can promote my own happiness is a gift of new wisdom.

Flower therapy

A leaf, a bud and a bloom

Sweet scent fills the room.

–Rebecca Cuningham

Easter Lily Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

Do flowers make you happy?

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

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I’ll Be Happy When…

If the daffodils were blooming, I could be happy.

If I were my ideal weight…

If it were a sunny day…

If I had a relaxing vacation…

If my coming-of-age in Spain memoir were published…

If I were vaccinated against Covid-19….

Maybe it’s not the situation, but a decision on my part to choose to grab some glee now?

I realized that I am postponing my enjoyment of life until After My Vaccination. I feel lucky to have an appointment tomorrow. But I notice that meanwhile I’m crabby with my family. What if I am cheerful starting today instead? PS Also, the daffodils are blooming!

Are you waiting to be happy?

What are your thoughts about whether or not we can choose happiness? Please leave your comments below.

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

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Minneapolis, My Home Town

Today, the city of my birth is very tense. Protests surround the court house, according to my family member who drove through downtown earlier. Today the court case against Derek Chauvin begins, the officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd until he was dead. Each day of the trial will be inflammatory. Will social justice prevail? I am in anguish, not knowing how long the case will be debated and what will be decided. Will the officer be charged with murder? What if he is not? When will racial justice begin?

Not so happy Manic Monday –Rebecca

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Mid-Life Crisis Ahoy?

Ever want to chuck out everything? Friends, location, possessions?

I’m not happy with what I’m doing, how I’m doing it and with whom.

I want to buy a tiny cottage, tend a postage stamp garden and sell my books.

Total fantasy. I have commitments; a spouse and a child.

Why now? Well, it’s not the time of year.

It’s not Covid, not completely anyway.

I’m feeling a shift.

I want to get rid of 20 years of possessions and feel lighter.

I want to let go of acquaintances who don’t suit me.

I want to find new ones who do.

Goodbye old me.

New me, ahoy.

When do you like to shift gears?

Happy Manic Monday, Rebecca