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And, hi to all you regular readers. I have appreciated your comments and support over the past few months.
A big thanks to Barbara at Blogging Without A Blog for choosing Loving Pulse as New Blog of the Week (NBOTW). I am, as the title of this post suggests, “Over The Moon”.
When I started posting in June, Barbara was the first to leave a comment and she has continued to visit and comment since then.
I had no idea how much time was involved when I first started this practice but thankfully, I have learned a lot from Blogging Without A Blog. Barbara shares helpful tips and information to make blogging easier for all of us. If you are a new blogger, spend some time reading through her archives.
I have connected with a huge number of other bloggers who read and comment on Barbara’s blog, and learned from many of them too.
At Loving Pulse I write about what moves me. Like the moon, we all have a dark side and a sunny side. I explore this through my own experience with the hopes of inspiring readers to do the same for themselves.
My most recent article entitled Stepping Out Of These Old Shoes is about facing, or not facing changes in life.
My upcoming article to be posted this Friday is entitled Free Spirit My Ass!
Feel free to visit my Favourite Posts page where I have showcased some of my favourites.
I will sign off now with a quote from Les Brown.
“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.”
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I am one of the last people I know who puts my sandals away in the fall and one of the first to bring them out in the springtime. Going barefoot is my preference.
I enjoy shopping for shoes, but I’ve realized that it is more about dreaming of finding that perfect pair, rather than buying them.
Let me tell you, this is no easy accomplishment. Even more challenging is letting go of that favourite pair of shoes.
You know the ones. You’d hardly recognize them from that early honeymoon period when you shared blisters, walks in the rain and walks across sandy beaches.
Their wear and tear boasts miles travelled together with accumulated sentimental value. They are comfortable. They fit like a glove and in all actuality, they shine more than the newest shoes in your closet. You tend to reach for them before you reach for the newer ones.
Children change and grow out of their shoes quickly but as adults we can wear the same pair of shoes for years. Buying a new pair of shoes has always been a challenge for me.
I often find myself window shopping, dreaming about finding that next pair of perfect shoes and being frustrated by yet another unsuccessful shopping trip. But, I wonder if subconsciously I don’t really want to find that new pair of shoes?
I have friends who wear a variety of styles and colours, both new and old. What I’ve also noticed is that these friends are vibrant and enthusiastic and walk headfirst into change in their lives.
I don’t enjoy change. I like comfort and I like familiar. What is interesting is that I continue to explore and cultivate my own personal growth, forgetting that this inevitably brings change.
Change gives me blisters and so I prefer going barefoot.
To my credit, I enjoy memories and appreciating how far I’ve come.
In the movie The Wizard of Oz, the shoes that Dorothy wore and whose heels she clicked together while saying “There’s no place like home,” were brilliant, red sparkling shoes. They created magic.
So, all I have to do is focus on taking more steps into the future rather than dreaming about it. Maybe then I’ll have some successful shopping trips and be able to add some brilliant new pairs of shoes to my closet. And even better, maybe we can enjoy that honeymoon period without any blisters!
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TWO WOLVES – A CHEROKEE LEGEND
A grandfather from the Cherokee nation was talking with his grandson.
“A fight is going on inside of me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.”
“One wolf is evil and ugly: (I call this the Dark Wolf). He is anger, envy, war, greed, selfishness and arrogance.”
“The other wolf is beautiful and good: (I call this the White Wolf). He is friendly, joyful, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, justice, fairness, empathy, generosity, true, compassion, gratitude, and deep VISION.”
“This same fight is going on inside you and inside every other human as well.”
The grandson paused in deep reflection because of what his grandfather had just said. Then he finally cried out, “Oyee! Grandfather, which wolf will win?”
The grandfather replied, “The wolf that you feed.”
This is a nice sentiment, and I get what the grandfather is saying. But I’m not fond of the reference to this “terrible fight” that is going on inside of us.
In Robin Birch’s recent post on her blog Let’s Live Forever!, she writes,
“I like to think that when more people reach for the light, in any of a myriad of ways, and this becomes commonplace, a shift will occur in our mass consciousness.”
I support this idea wholeheartedly. Reaching for the light or the positive side of life is not about running from or fighting the dark. I don’t believe it has to be a struggle.
I admit to having dark thoughts and to resisting them. These thoughts are the work of my inner critic and fighting them exhausts me. But nevertheless they exist.
I enjoy believing that the dark is simply a shadow cast by the light. Anything that gets in the way of sunshine, casts a shadow. And although our shadows follow us, they are not real. They exist because we do. We cast those shadows ourselves.
In a recent post I wrote “If we fear our darkest thoughts they will continue to run our lives.”
Fighting a dark thought will feed it. Noticing a dark thought doesn’t feed it. In fact, by taking the time to see it and perhaps shed some light on it, an understanding can be reached. Understanding it means getting to know it; no longer having to fear the unknown. There is no duality here, and no fight. Vision is empowered and clarity moves us forward.
How do you handle your dark side?
Do you catch yourself believing what your inner critic tells you?
The next time your inner critic casts a shadow across your path what will you tell it?
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If you have a significant other, more time together could mean more time for kissing. Maybe?
Visit William Cane’s The Art of Kissing Blog, for some tips on how to pucker up.
Here are five French Kissing techniques he shares.
1. Flicker the tips of your tongues.
2. Rotate tongues in circular motions.
3. Play chase back & forth.
4. Suck your partner’s tongue.
5. Gently bite their tongue.
Are you moved to read on?
I thought so!
Do you remember your first kiss? I do. My heart was beating so fast I thought I might faint.
I like kissing, although I haven’t been fond of French Kissing. Back then, I could never understand what all the fuss was about.
I didn’t enjoy having that slimy thing invading my mouth. That appendage seemed to take on a life of its own. “Don’t guys know how to control these things?” I wondered as it poked around in my mouth.
I forgot I was kissing and focused just on that tongue thing. Not very romantic. But, after doing a bit of reading and research for this post there might be some hope for me and French Kissing.
I’ve come to the conclusion that kissing is subject to personal preference. A couple has to find out what each other likes.
Practice makes perfect. Lots of practice.
I prefer light and playful feathery kisses that tease and spark their way into a raging fire. Ok, I’m not going to go off on a slutty romance novel writing kick here, I promise. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
As for French Kissing, after reading William Kane’s suggested techniques, I’m certainly willing to parlez with that tongue again.
What about you? Do you care to kiss and tell?
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