The Freedom of Your Thoughts … Illusionary?

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Does the mind wander? Be cautious, there is flotsam – impregnable, polluting, and ever enticing – floating nearby, sometimes successfully pulling one inexorably toward the shores of inevitability.

Is there true freedom in thought? I wonder?

Grains of truth and hope do sparkle along the shoreline and can be found clinging in shallow tidal pools of awareness, even as the currents of existence ebb and flow.

Away from these imponderable shores, one can be found being concerned with futures. Wandering thoughts venture into the Mountains and Valleys of Uncertainties where contraindications often lead to the Cliffs of Lemmings where – located at the extreme edge – is the precipice of one’s known reality. If not careful our thoughts can morph into a herd-like mentality.

I know we do not desire for conscious thoughts to be distorted from the natural order of things, nor do we willfully choose to be persuaded, influenced or lulled into a condition contrary to who we are.

Yet there are outward influences that often subjugate our understanding and desire for a thing. Often insidious and unequivocally mind altering.

So I shall ask again. Are our thoughts really our own?  And if not – I promise that I – for one – will escape the shores of my own Inevitability!

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Thank you, may your weekend be a pleasant one.

~ Penny

What do you really see in the world today and does it matter?

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In your daily activities, do you see the image of the thing or the thing itself! Life is life. People are people. Things are just things! Getting our priorities in order will hopefully be what puts humanity back on course.

Some saw it coming, the age of large industrial companies and now technological corporations as well, multinational megalithic companies employing 9 to 5 (or longer hrs) workers (hence an outdated school system that hasn’t kept pace but keeps churning out children to be workers for others), removal from home environments in country settings and removal, for many people, from nature itself. The abuse going on with each other, with wild animals, with our lands and seas, wouldn’t be happening if we (all of us) were paying attention and not so intensely focused on those created images manufactured to sell the next new latest, greatest thing! Things. Lots and lots of things.

We have to re-energize our souls. Stop the hate, which achieves nothing but more hate. Stop the killing. It’s wrong :period: Begin again by paying attention to what matters. Family, friends, neighborhoods, communities and yes the manner in which we are governed. The purpose of having governments is to protect the rights of it’s citizens. This cannot happen when governments and politicians around the world are controlled by big business interests, which they are. As are the wars and the subsequent poverty in emerging countries by willful disregard for the needs of the locals when big business moves in.

There is so much raw potential in the human spirit to make a positive difference in our world today. Truly awesome, but it cannot continue on it’s current path.

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If mother nature had a form

mayhaps she’d be a tree,

or a little garden worm

but not the likes of ……me or thee!

Penny L Howe, 2015

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I know there are many who feel as I do, I am hopeful the number of passionate people for intelligent change on our planet continues to grow, just as life should be allowed to do!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you’re enjoying your weekend – have a great week ahead and as always take care of you!

With much affection,

~ Penny

 

Good Morning From Northwest America! A good day to be creative!

Good Morning, 早安, Buenos días, おはよう, bom dia, guten Morgen, bonjour, доброе утро, dobro jutro, صباح الخير , 굿모닝, maidin mhaith, asubuhi njema, Kaliméra, and all others who share our wonderful planet with me.

It is a beautiful day here with a few clouds, cool and brisk fall weather, it will be raining later on, but still a gorgeous new day to be creative!

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“Finding your own personal creativity is about ‘being’ in the moment.

Inspiration is all around you – just waiting to be noticed!”

~ PL Howe, 2014

With warm hugs and much affection,

~ Penny

 

All The Worlds A Stage – So How’s Your Performance Going?

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There are a few people from the past of whom I think highly. One of them is William Shakespeare. It is interesting to note that almost every word he wrote, he did not write for posterity, rather he wrote for his players; the favorite people in his life, his fellow actors. And yet his words have endured.

I think about that occasionally, how things turn out in our lives. How we do one thing but another thing ends up happening (sometimes good, sometimes bad).

All the world may be considered a stage where we ”go forth’ in our lives but most of us, including yours truly, are thrust rather abruptly onto the stage of life, ill prepared and handed a bunch of props, told to go perform, leaving it up to us to figure it all out.

So how’s your performance going?

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Speaking for myself, well, I decided some time ago to take charge.

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“As playwright and director in the play called  ‘My Life’!

I’ve determined to give myself the staring role.

I will seek direction,

ask for assistance to secure needed props,

and surround myself with a strong supporting cast.

I will try to make my ‘play of life’ as successful as can be.

And hope for good reviews

and many, many repeat performances.”

~ Penny L Howe, 2014

And if I might recommend, I cannot think of a better person than yourself to become director in charge of the play called “Your Life”. I think you’ll also make a great playwright in that role as well. I’d certainly give it some thought if I were you, after all it’s your life we’re speaking of here! Nice to be charge of things that matter, like YOU!

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Thanks for stopping by, hope your having a great weekend.

~Penny

The Essence of Living and Loving!

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“The essence of existence is to live fully – savor the flavors of life.

The essence of life is to move ever forward – hold love in your heart, but be bold and creative.

The essence of love is to partake and give fully – be passionate in your endeavors.

Just remember,

… It is a wise individual who does not confuse the ‘essences’ with the ‘processes’.”

By Efi21d

In other words, live and love fully, but let go of that which would hold you back from being true to yourself.

Penny L Howe, 2014

The Mirror Of Your Dreams

 

Memory’s rainbow rivulets,

reflecting fallen tears.

Hidden dreams lay dormant

behind the clouded years.

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Eyes are keeping secrets

And yet as time goes by,

The colored rainbows answer,

falling from the eye.

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Born upon the teardrops

revealing hidden gleams,

witness then, your memories –

in the mirror of your dreams.

~Penny L Howe, 2014

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Everyone have a wonderful dream filled weekend!

~ Penny

 

If Snowflakes fell in colors

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What If the snow fell in colors

and rainbows were shaded in gray

And the sun rose at night

and the moon in daylight

What would we do or say?

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What if the fish took to flying

and all of the birds walked on land

and the wind didn’t blow

and flowers didn’t grow

but lay on the beach just like sand?

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What if we frowned when we’re happy

What if we smiled when we’re sad

If everything changed

And was all rearranged

Would it really turn out to be bad?

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Change seems to happen so often

It is hard to stay on the ball

Yet still it is so

we need change to grow

So I guess, I’ll go along with it all.

(I really would like the colored snowflakes, though!)

Penny, 2014

 

 

Where Carcass Lay … Vultures Gather!

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Often … following failure … illumination arrives! An enlightening expanded awareness, emotionalized by the pity of self.

Yes, self pity, frequently seen to be in attendance along with illumination, uncomfortably sharing space with one’s emerging realization of having messed up, lost the game, or the prize … and one does feel quite the fool, perhaps likening onto fallen prey just prior to expiration.

Although, retrospectively, we must assume the last thing on the dying prey’s mind would be illumination, perhaps rather just a single final thought, such as ” …Oh Crap”! That might do, but generally speaking however, those thoughts and feelings are left for those of us who live on after the fall, continuing to skirt the precipice between success and failure.

I will waste only a few words in the contemplation of mundane humans, and there are many, whose walk through life is an unmitigated bore because they come and go determined to make no waves, go with the flow, be among the passive, receptive only of “group mentality” and not interested (perhaps fearful or envious) of the original idea or thought, but with no goal in mind except to blend in, which they do until …

But enough about those, although they number greatly and are oft seen among the vultures sitting in the wait, which is usually viewed as a “safe” place to be, for all except the arriving carrion.

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Ah yes, the encroaching vultures, for they do encroach while waiting in the sidelines, certainly not cheering one on, unless it be towards failure. So they wait …

It would certainly be much easier to get up, dust oneself off and get on with things, if not for awareness of the waiting vultures. Their jeering and calling out with scathingly searing voices continually reminding of failures, shortcomings, errors and misfortunes. And they are never far away, are they? Their echoes repeat in memory’s shadowed losses.

And if true, where and when does “positive” illumination break through into the light to lift us up, make us whole again, prepare us to do battle, shore up the weakened places, make us stronger, more determined, if needs be, to achieve our ends. When does inspiration come? How does it come, through the darkness of known failures and ever expanding fears?

Does it peak around corners, wondering if it’s safe to come out, or does it consider alternatives and make carefully planned and strategic moves?

I think not!

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“Know this, all you free thinking creative ones – INSPIRATION is born from within where there be no rationale for the negative or wrong, only the mightiest sensation and manifestation of possibilities, the very essence and nature of inspiration is such that it springs into being within a single seed of potential found at the core of our soul’s universe – needing nothing more to come forth but … THE BELIEF THAT IT CAN!” 

~ Penny L Howe, 2014

A Vertigo of Change – Humanity’s Design!

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A Vertigo of Change

What a place – the world we live in today. A wonder, indeed, to be able to make it through each and every “ever-changing” day!

Suspended in the moment, thinking to oneself “what is happening?” Emotions so intense, and balance with life so far removed from that which was.

Sensations of dizziness, yet beneath this . . . one feels an amazing rebirth emerging inside; basic, elemental and needed.

Coordinated internal images and creative processes awakening while technology races on. I do keep pace with all, and yet, am swept up in a matrix of life’s mysterious design. I marvel from one heartbeat to the next as to who we are, and what we shall become.

If we can only but find our balance, the future – our future – awaits the fulfillment of creation’s dream.

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A most excellent weekend to all my wonderful friends, both those I’ve come to know and cherish, and those I’ve yet to meet!

~ Penny

NOTHING!

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Nothing

No air left for me to breathe.
Did atmosphere disappear with you – when you left?

There is no feeling left to feel.
Was all substance removed – when you went away?

There are no tears upon my face
Despair so intense – all senses frozen in fear,
for to contemplate the loss of you
I shall indeed, dissolve into … nothing …

The nothing you left behind.

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Love is so precious, never take for granted, and if you are one of the lucky ones, cherish. If you are still searching, be at peace, love will find you, and if you were disappointed and hurt by another, take heart. Wounds heal with the passage of time to make way for a new love.

Have an excellent weekend filled to overflowing with love!

Penny.