Thursday, 23 of October of 2014

Greetings!

June 2012

Did you know that bees are the long-time symbol for accomplishing the impossible? A morning walk and a yellow jacket is how I found out.  On a bit of a time crunch, I shortened my walk to the creek and just wandered through the sidewalks admiring all the new flowers in bloom, especially the gardenias.  At one point I was captivated by a vine with prolific clusters of gorgeous white flowers.  The smell was exquisite.  I practically hugged the vine drinking up what I thought was the smell of honeysuckle.

 Back at home to meditate, I noticed something on the inside of my pant leg.  Thankfully I didn’t brush it off.  Rather, I looked closely and realized it was a large yellow jacket.  Being allergic to bees, I uttered a silent gasp.  However, I quickly realized that fear would not help the situation.  Instead, I calmly got up and walked gingerly to my patio where I slowly took off the sweat pants.  The moment they hit the ground, I was back in the house going happily on my way.  Later, in the kitchen, there was a yellow jacket on my window screen.  I thought it was the same one until I checked my pants…not so! 

Now these little critters had my attention.  What were they telling me? I headed for my bookshelf to check Animal Speak by Ted Andrews.  Sure enough bees have been mythical symbols throughout the world.  Because of their large body weight, it is unusual that they can fly at all.  It’s their rapid use of the wings that enable them to overcome their aerodynamic flaw.  

It is said that “all things are possible for those who believe.”  From the bees’ perspective, a seemingly flight impossibility is accomplished with rapid speed of the wings.  What will it take to accomplish that seemingly impossibility in your life?  What can you do to increase the possibility of accomplishing it?  I loved how I was reminded of believing in the impossible, thanks to the yellow jackets that morning. 

 With light and love,

Cheryl


StarHeart Quotes & Inspiration

June 2012

 I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude nor poverty…poverty, nor weakness…weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.  ~ Henry David Thoreau


StarHeart People

June 2012

  • A big thank you to the Disney Imagineers for the new Cars Land at California Adventure—a sweet salute to Route 66 and the art of “road trips”.  To all who are take one this summer, Happy Travels! 
  • Eric Brightwell is from a small town in Iowa.  Fascinated with the largess of Los Angeles, he has created quite a buzz with his artistic “mapquests.”  Each design features local colors and some kind of symbol such as the Alta Dena Dairy logo for the city by the same name.  Featured in a recent L.A. Times story, he displays his one-of-a-kind maps at his shop in Silver Lake.

Food for Thought

June 2012

A simple summer salad is quite the nutritional bounty—romaine, watercress, cucumbers and tomatoes offer an array of healthy support to the mind, body and spirit.  Tomatoes are great for lycopene, cucumbers aid digestion and watercress is especially kind to the skin.  Toss them into fresh romaine known for its benefit to the heart and low calories for weight reduction. 

What to use as a dressing?  A little lemon for vitamin C and olive oil to keep blood sugar in balance and you have a real power-packed salad.  Buying fresh produce from your local farmer’s market adds even more to your dining pleasure.  Enjoy!


Point of View

June 2012

Always enjoy learning a new tool to navigate my way through life.  The latest addition to my toolbox falls in the category of “don’t take it personally.”  I remember when Don Miguel Ruiz talked about that concept in his book, The Four Agreements.  It was the most difficult for me to understand.  Gratefully, I have learned how to work with this idea and still appreciate the opportunity to fine-tune my understanding of it. That’s where an unpleasant situation came in handy.   

I didn’t like the reaction I experienced with another person so I kept thinking of how I could have done it differently to have avoided that particular outcome.  A mentor pointed out to me that the Dalai Lama talks about our attachment to reactions and commented that I was trying to “edit the reaction”.  I had a good laugh since I LOVE being an editor.  No wonder I wanted to “make the situation better” by editing it.  That’s what I do with words!  However, I can’t do that with events in my life.  They happen as they will and that’s where acceptance also comes in handy.  The key is accepting the situation exactly as it took place and trusting in its purpose because “there are no accidents”.  

There was a time when I questioned statements such as those just mentioned—“don’t take it personally,” “everything happens for a reason” and “there are no accidents.”  I thought possibly these statements were simply clichés.  The more I live my life, the more their truth speaks to me.  Now when I speak this truth for me, it comes from this place of experience.  Funny, there’s another truth I believe in…”experience is the best teacher.”  


StarHeart Greetings

May 2012

There is considerable attention in the media lately about one of my favorite words—imagination. I am thrilled to see how much praise is given to the concept of imagination.  In articles about the passing of children’s author, Maurice Sendak, constant reference was made to how he “sparked imaginations” and helped “children’s minds run wild.  Walt Disney made a huge contribution to the world of imagination and now Canon is running an ad referring to last year’s imagination photo contest prompted by film director, Ron Howard.  Read more »


StarHeart Quotes & Inspiration

May 2012

Quotes

“Happiness is the best cosmetic there is!”  ~ Anonymous 

“Best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time!”  ~ Abraham Lincoln

“The purpose of life is to love it.”  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Inspiration

An anonymous customer at a small South Carolina coffee shop has triggered a nationwide outpouring of giving simply by “paying it forward.”Two years ago, the bighearted patron paid for her coffee with a $100 bill and told the cashier at the corner perk to keep the change and use it to pay the customers’ coffees until it runs out. “Just let them know I said to pay it forward,” she added. Read more »


StarHeart People

May 2012

  • Actor Gary Sinise is was featured on 60 Minutes segment focused on how Sinise’s foundation is “building homes for America’s bravest”–those who have served our country and lost limbs requiring special accommodations to live more comfortably.  Sinise raises money by performing at concerts and making special appearances on behalf of his foundation.  From his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, Sinise has had an enduring connection with the military and their families.  Click here for info  Read more »

StarHeart Food For Thought

May 2012

Yes, I am a fan of the show, Survivor.  That means in tropical settings I watch contestants survive on the milk and pulp of coconuts.  Reminds me how there has to be something pretty substantial about the coconut if people can live on it for extended periods of time. Read more »


StarHeart Point of View

May 2012

My alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona offers a unique program for alumni and students called Professor for the Day.  I have participated several times in this annual event for the College of Business.  Imagine my joy to participate this year for the College of Education.  In my meeting with Dean Peggy Kelly to explore Camp StarHeart collaboration with CPP teacher graduates, she asked if I would speak to one of the teacher education classes as a Professor for the Day participant.  Of course I said yes. Read more »