Thursday, November 27, 2014

Creating Abundance

“Abundance is about being rich, with or without money.”— Suze Orman

Happy Thanksgiving!

Depending on your perspective, the holidays can either be a joyful time shared with family and friends or a dismal demonstration of unrealized expectations. The choice is yours. Abundance is everywhere, if you choose to look for it.

On this day of feasting and family, I'd like to share with you some quotes, breath practices, and meditations that can help you find abundance in your own life.

"Whatever we are waiting for -- peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance -- it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”—Sarah Ban Breathnach

Breath Practice:
  1. Lengthen your inhale and exhale, making them approximately equal.
  2. Remain at that lengthened breath for several minutes. With each inhale, imagine abundance in all its forms entering your heart. With every exhale, imagine those same qualities flowing through your body and taking root in every cell.
  3. After several minutes, return your breath to a normal rhythm. Carry the energy of this breath practice to meditation.
Meditation Question: How can I invite abundance into my life, regardless of my material wealth?

“The universe operates through dynamic exchange…giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.”— Deepak Chopra

Breath Practice:
  1. Lengthen your inhale and exhale, making them approximately equal.
  2. After six breaths at that lengthened breath, add a two second pause after both the inhale and the exhale.
  3. Remain at this breath for several minutes. With each inhale, imagine abundance in all its forms entering your heart. In the pause after inhale, imagine abundance completely filling you. With every exhale, offer abundance back to the world. In the pause after exhale, imagine abundance both within and around you.
  4. After several minutes, release the pauses, but continue breathing with a lengthened inhale and exhale.
  5. After several more breaths, return your breath to a normal rhythm. Carry the energy of this breath practice to meditation.
Meditation Question: How can I create abundance in the lives of those around me?

The prosperity hens pictured above symbolize prosperity in Indian culture, because any family fortunate enough to own a hen has a continual source of nourishment. Find your own symbol of abundance and keep it near as you get caught up in busy-ness of the holiday season.  Allow it to remind you of all that is truly important.


Tracy Weber

Come visit Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, and check out Tracy Weber’s author page for information about her  yoga and dog-related mystery series, the Downward Dog Mysteries.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

It's that time of year again.  Already.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. 

I'm glad I'm not the only Killer Hobbyist to blog about that special annual event this year. It's a subject that's important to all of us.  It doesn't only signify that this year will soon end, but it's a wonderful event that we can spend with family and friends. 

I'm looking forward to it, as usual.  For me, it'll be a small but enjoyable event.  This year, my husband and younger son will be with me, and so will one of my neighbors.  Both my son and neighbor will be supplying some home-cooked dishes, so I'm mostly cooking a turkey and stuffing.  Nothing too strenuous on my part, but it'll be fun. 

I might even get some writing in before we eat.   If my dogs let me.  I'm sure the aroma of turkey cooking in the oven will drive them even more nuts, ensuring they demand going out and getting treats every few minutes.  Of course they do that even when I'm not cooking. 

I've lots to be thankful for this year.  I've had four books published in 2014: my Pet Rescue Mystery TEACUP TURBULENCE, two Harlequin Nocturnes UNTAMED WOLF and UNDERCOVER WOLF, plus my first Superstition Mystery LOST UNDER A LADDER.  Not sure how many there will be in 2015, but I've got seven deadlines looming in the next couple of years and I anticipate at least two 2015 releases. 

Even better, I anticipate some fun get-togethers with family starting in late December, with a pending visit from my grandsons and their parents early in the new year. 

As always, I hope you and your family--human and furry family members--have a wonderful holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Some Shining Cherub's Wing

Epitaph of a Mason, Dr. George Farrington, who died in 1816, age 47:
Here lies beneath this monument
The dear remains of one who spent
His days and years in doing good,
Gave ease to those opress’d with pain,
Restor’d the sick to Health again
And purified their wasting blood.
He was respected while on Earth
By all who knew his real worth,
In practice and superior skill.

The means he used were truly blest
His wondrous cures will well attest.
Who can his vacant mansion fill,
Bourne on some shining cherub’s wing
To his Grand Master, God & King
To the Grand Lodge in Heaven above
Where angels smile to see him join
His brethren in that Lodge Divine
Where all is Harmony and Love.

Driving home from an all-day writers’ group meeting I heard an ad on the radio for a liquor that sounded great: RumChata.  It’s a cream liquor, like Bailey’s.  Now I like Bailey’s, and my husband likes hot buttered rum, and this sounded like the best of both.  So I stopped at a local liquor store and, once I recovered my breath at the price (we drink mostly beer), bought a bottle.  We each had a sample, over ice.  And we both agree, it is absolutely delicious!  So now we have our Christmas tipple, and have solved a couple of difficult present dilemmas as well.

Speaking of writers groups, I want to say again, they can be manuscripts’ best friends.  I read a new synopsis at my group this past Saturday and they had some really excellent suggestions for a polish it badly needs.  We also gave a prospective new member a tryout.  Fortunately, we like her and she likes us.

Thanksgiving is upon us.  We’re hosting a dinner with five friends – it was to be six, but one had to back out, so there will be seven of us.  I’ve been to some gatherings that were much larger, and they’re fun and exciting, but now I’m more comfortable with a number like eight or maybe ten.  I’m going to try something new in roasting the turkey: spatchcocking.  (Isn’t that a cool word?)  What it means is that I’ll get someone in my grocery store meat department to cut the spine out of the bird so he will open like a book and lie breast up in a big pan.  I will press down hard on the breast bone to break it so he lies even flatter, but I won’t (like some chefs do) dismember him.  The reason for this harsh treatment is to shorten the roasting time to something like 90 minutes.

Whatever your plans are, may they come to brilliant fruition!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

It’s less than a week to Thanksgiving. The days are short and though it doesn’t seem so here, winter seems to have made an early appearance in a lot of the country.

Thanksgiving is always an interesting holiday for my family since I am a vegetarian and they aren’t. To keep everyone happy we go out to dinner. For the past few years it has become our tradition to go to a restaurant at the beach. They have a buffet with turkey, fish and prime rib to please the rest of my family and rice, potatoes, vegetables, and salad for me.

It is less about the food anyway. Us being together and gazing out at the Pacific at sunset is more the point. It isn’t that we don’t spend time together. Right now we are all working together. Not my writing, that I do alone. We are in the midst of a new venture with all the tension that goes with the beginnings of something.

On the upside, I am learning how to use new software. I am learning to make friends with Word, even though I still use WordPerfect for my manuscripts. It is a whole new world out there. No more getting copies made - now it’s printing from a digital file. And just because I have Word and Staples has Word, doesn’t mean that a file will appear the same. Finally I get the point of PDF.

I like the idea of doing something new. It’s all about growing, learning, and becoming instead of status quo and being. I like watching how at first something new is awkward and feels strange and then gradually it becomes familiar and then almost automatic.

I like rising to the occasion. Stepping out of my comfort zone. It is all a big adventure.

So what am I thankful for? Well, really so much. First and foremost is my family – that includes both humans and cats. I am grateful for all the people in my life now. I am thrilled that I wake up feeling good, wide awake and looking forward to the day ahead. I will never stop being grateful for my book deal with Berkley. Being able to write mysteries with yarn craft in them is like a super dream come true.

Personally, I don’t see the point of having only one day year to think about being thankful. Right along with celebrating, it belongs being an every day occurrence.

Happy Thanksgiving!