Friday, January 29, 2016

Where Are You?

Where are you?

At home?

At work?

Running errands?

At appointments?

After providing homemade lunches and sometimes dinners, too, my husband and I discovered that we had a certain amount of time not to be anywhere in particular.

We could go to the library or

an internet cafe.

Those are our defaults since we live off-grid down in a hollow and do not have cell phone service or internet.

We have also discovered that we can do our reading in parks and bookstores.

I can do m sewing at quilt shops and knitting on Stitch Nights in several locations.

The main thing about where we are is the feeling calm and peace and happiness.

That feeling describes where we are most of the time.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Practicing My Part

The Universe is providing everything that I need or want.

If it is not happening now, it is not time for it to happen.

The wonderful things that are provided for me are happening in the vast timetable of the Universe.

While I am here, in this place, at this time, I can contemplate the power of that fact.

Faith and Trust in this much larger timetable are key.

Our individual place and purpose is part of our identity.

It does not depend of whims, or opinions, or business plans.

Whatever is right and best simply occurs in the right and best time and place.

I cannot possibly know how everything fits together in the Larger Plan.

I can keep carrying out my part is seeking and finding and practicing the unlimited spiritual facts as they come to me.

Apparently, that is all that is required.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Quilters Are Doers

I visited a wonderful quilt shop today, Quilt Country in Lewisville, TX for the Wednesday “Sit and Sew”.  When I got there, it was crammed full of quilters, sewing machines and fabric.

Since I needed a place to pin-baste my quilt, one of the workers had someone clear off a table in the bosses office for me to use.

I felt very taken care of.

Later in the morning, one of the ladies was able to move into a smaller spot, and I was able to move into the more visible area where I could visit with the other ladies as I pinned my quilt.

In our chatting, we agreed that quilt shops are such happy places.

There are beautiful colorful fabrics with amazing quilts samples hanging on the wall.

The artists who design the fabric create so much beauty and harmony.

One person shared that she and a friend were setting up their booth with the help of a friend who is a clinical psychologist.  The psychologist  noted how happy all the quilters were who were visiting the booth.  It was like a different world for him.

Quilters are also doers.

The number of quilts given in service to help support women’s shelters, child advocacy, dresses for little girls in Africa is astounding.

The giving and doing attitude taking place in such uplifting surroundings with the contributions of fabric designers, pattern creators and classes creates great community.

People share ideas and help refine their skills.

Even when someone is dealing with a personal situation, there is lots of experience and support  in a group of women which includes moms, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. 

Imagine working in a place that feels so good, creating beautiful things all the time.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Realm of the Divine - 13

Becoming More Productive

I am learning that I never have to worry about what someone else is doing or not doing because I can always work on improving myself.

I can come up with productive things to do under any circumstances.

I am always investing my thought-wealth and taking action on the projects that come to mind.

This is a new forward-moving way of living my life.

Now that I know I am responsible for all aspects of my life and I have gained more powerful techniques to keep me uplifted, I am enjoying watching the results and experiencing the fruits of this approach.

How I am approaching a really big project: I am gaining more information about improving our land through reading and videos.  

I am figuring out how to increase my income in order to pay for the projects I want to do on our land.

I am doing layouts for my webpage as I make the products.

I am figuring out how to have access to my studio to make the products when we travel.

This lets me go with the flow of our new lives in retirement and remain engaged in doing work i love.

Having learned that I can take control to live more happily, I am taking the actions to insure that I do.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Realm of the Divine - 12

Preventing Panic Attacks

A friend shared a valuable practice with me recently.

She gave me the phrase, “Thank you for what you are teaching me through this situation.”

It hit me with a deep healing effect.

For the next several days, I was able to remind myself of this, sometimes chanting it over and over again, whenever I found myself drawn in emotionally.

Gradually, I began to listen to my gratitude for what I was being taught.

What was I being taught?

To my immense surprise, the answer over and over again, was that it was OK for me to be happy.

I didn’t have to solve the situation.

I was not involved in any way.

I had addressed all the issues I was aware of in the best way I knew how at the time.

I was free to move on into my own happiness.

What a gift!

What a great practice!

Thank you for what you are teaching me through this situation.

It prevents tears.

It prevents frustration.

It prevents despair.

It prevents panic.

Thank you for what you are teaching me through this situation.

It is OK for me to be happy.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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My Viewpoint is Not Everyone's Viewpoint

My viewpoint is not everyone else’s viewpoint.

My viewpoint is shaped by my values and my life experiences.

So is everyone else’s.

I find I am always amazed by the wide range of opinions, life experiences and the resulting viewpoints.

It is truly amazing that we, as a society and culture, agree on any thing at all.

Even then, we each have our own viewpoint about what we agree on.

I found I was troubled by what I thought was going on with someone else’s viewpoint.

And then I remembered, it had nothing to do with me.

Everyone can pull together their own impressions of any event, circumstance or situation and come up with something that is totally their own.

It doesn’t  have to work for anyone else.

I know that what I put into an experience is always shaped by my life values.

How it is interpreted is shaped by other people’s life values.

All I can do is deal with what is front of me at the time using the resources that I have cultivated.

Then, I can recognize my efforts, and either celebrate or resolve to do better.

That is all that is required.

Oh, and I can forgive myself for not knowing more than I know.

Then it is time to go on to the next event or project and prepare for that in the best possible ways.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, January 11, 2016

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When the Deep Purpose Appears

Sometimes we are given a task to do with our lives which we don’t discover until it is time to do it.

Our earlier preparation was in place, again, without our knowing it.

Whatever consequences of whatever acts have all propelled us to this point.

Through this, we have the tools, also unknown to us, with which to carry it out.

We come here with that deep purpose to fulfill.

Actions which sometimes make no sense at the time, decisions and their consequences, all contribute to our being where we need to be at the right time.

There is a deep sense of peace which overrides all other emotions.

Even trying to go back to recover those emotions is futile once the divine purpose has set in.

It is like birthing a child, when the body takes over and the process is carried out, the mother playing her unrehearsed part to bring the child into this world.

The process of carrying out the divine purpose has begun.

All systems support it and nothing else.

Watch through the window of your mind as your every effort comes to bear on this new action.

Yes, it, too, is unrehearsed, but somehow, you know this is what you belong here to do.

Backtracking will not change it.

Resorting to comforting the ego will not change it.

Veering away through other various strategies will only create a bumpier road.

Only doing it will serve.

When it is time, it is time.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, January 4, 2016

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A New Kind of Peace

It is strange to discover a new kind of peace today.
My ideas are appreciated now that I have moved myself to the right setting.

My family life is calm now that all the children of the household have moved on to their jobs, education and families.

I am able to establish peace and calm for myself wherever I am.

Yesterday morning, with all those issues settled, I was free to receive a “feed” from the Universe celebrating the coming together of a project I have been envisioning.

All the pieces have been in development and practice in various ways over different lengths of time.

Yesterday morning they came together in a very natural and meaningful way.

Later that day, I received confirmation that this is the spiritual direction I am to go.

A small indication of its manifestation came into my life through the opportunity to respond to a need in a way which showed previous preparation, although I had not initiated it.

I am learning to trust the Universe more and more and I am able to respond to Its gentle nudgings with more and more freedom as I make progress and see other issues settled.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage

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