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01/30/07 03:13 - 24ºF - ID#37924

High Society

My brother-in-law remarked at dinner the other night, "You've got the best job in the world!" He did so with the slightest hint of envy at the notion that I only work a couple hours a week and get paid a full week's salary. While it's true there have been several weeks that I've worked perhaps 10 hours or less and received compensation for a full 40 hours, clearly he is speaking from a place of non-experience. Snowplowing is not by any means easy, nevermind the overnight hours which serve only to increase the challenge. It actually requires a great deal of skill, concentration and endurance. Believe it or not, revving to and fro, slamming into piles of snow and performing with quality service in mind takes a toll mentally and physically. I'm surprised that more peeps don't wind up in serious accidents involving snow removal equipment. To this I credit the operators who are ever attentive with a keen eye in the side-view mirrors and over the shoulder for careless drivers on the morning commute. My left shoulder began to act up again in response to the repeated motion involved with steering while my right hand operates the plow control. All in all this morning's outing was quite smooth by any measure, but once again I find myself in that creamy malaise that only the snowplowman knows. The best job in the world? Hardly. I mean, I aint complaining, but it's certainly not my idea of the "best" job. Yet for right now I make the best of it and am grateful to count it among my many blessings.

Incidentally, I have a job interview scheduled Friday morning for what appears on paper as a major career advancement opportunity. The position as regional manager would put me in charge of 7 stores and require travel up to 3 days per week, including Syracuse and Albany. Compensation for the position would more than double my current annual income at 70K, not to mention full benefits, which I haven't had since 2000 while employed at Medaille College. I was hanging out with my friend Tara picking out a birthday gift for our friends' 1 year-old, Navah Rain, when my phone rang. It was Brigette from Good Feet explaining that they had recieved "a large response" from the job post on-line and that they are most interested in meeting with me. So I'll get all shined up in my biz-nass suit, enjoy a discussion with the individual conducting the interview and likely charm the pants off of her. Hey, even if I don't get the job plan B is to get laid. Of course plan Z is to get the job offer and get laid. Count it!

Yesterday was one of those days where one lovely encounter flowed into the next. I met up with my boy Jason, aka Shizzol, for a trip to the Indian buffet on Elmwood. I had invited his girl Sasha, but she declined in favor of staying home to rest her body pregnant with their soon-to-be first born child. My Indian princess who had served us the night before last was not on shift, much to my disappointment, although it really wasn't a letdown. Shiz and I caught up on what's going on in our lives and enjoyed our usual conversation like old friends keeping in touch. He knows he's in for a major life change once he becomes a daddy in a few months. He and Sasha have a couple "differences" brewing that will ultimately lead to some difficult choices, including possible relocation out of state, if not out of town. He's a middle class boy who grew up in the suburbs and has grown fond of living in da hood, while his girl Sasha, born in Africa and raised in da hood of Kansas City wants to live in the 'burbs. She gave him a 2 year ultimatum for relocation and so if my boy stays true to his girl and skips town I'll sure miss that kat. It was my pleasure to pick up the tab for lunch as he offered to treat next time as per custom. But who knows really, there may never be a next time? Tomorrow is always a mystery and we do have today, a gift, which is why we call it the present.

Following lunch I returned a phone call from Tara who had noticed my truck parked on Forest Ave. She shared me with the story of how she came to notice the white stallion as a municpal plow truck pulled along side just as she happened to be watching. Funny how the mind makes such associations and even more amazing how we are directed to notice that which is on our mind. It's nice to be thought of and I imagine for the most part my friends and family think highly of me. If not, that's okay by me. I keep inner peace by saying "Om!" and the outer peace is maintained by "Fuck Om!" All kidding aside, my life is immensely peaceful and quite often filled with experiences of joy. Visiting with loved ones is one of life's simple pleasures for me. After acquiring a bday gift at the Tree House Tara and I migrated to Spot Coffee for a chat. We were delighted to cross paths with Christopher who had taken up residence upon one of the sofas in the rear of the hip, bustling cafe burning copies of the demo CD we recorded on his iMac. He joined us as we sat three abreast on a cozy sofa sipping various hot beverages and sharing a tahini cookie drizzled in honey that I purchased from the Lex co-op. It was utterly tantalizing as Tara commented on the sweet delicacy. The conversation touched upon very personal and intimate revelations and insights, as it often does in such luminous company. The sun shone in through the glass as we bathed in its warming light. The time passed effortlessly as we bid one another adieu and went off on our separate, but equal paths. I was stoked on caffeine and feel good vibes.

Upon arriving home I considered how I might spend the remainder of my evening with the prospect of plowing in the early pre-dawn ahead. Plans suddenly erupted as my friend Colleen sent me an IM inviting me to dinner at either Mother's or Tempo. I was feeling Tempo as I'd never been and she agreed offering to treat, her only request that I dress nice and look "hot." I replied that "hot" is my natural state of being and so it would be effortless. We met up at the Buffalo Club where she parked and hopped into my ride for the shuttle up Delaware Ave. She looked lovely clothed in business attire from the engagements earlier in the day allowing for such a spontaneous flow into a fine dining setting. We checked our coats with a stunning dark woman at the door before being seated a couple tables away from Ryan Miller, the much maligned Buffalo Sabres netminder. He was enjoying dinner with Sabres' top official Larry Quinn together with Bob Rich and his wife Mindy I believe is her name. I wouldn't have known the identity of Ryan's company if not for Coll who is quite entrenched in such prolific circles of local celebs and the affluent. It makes no difference to me if I'm kicking it with the rich and famous or the poor and unfamiliar. It's all holy to me.

I was a wee bit intimidated by the menu with a bunch of Italiano terms like Pesce and Carpoccio, but I rolled with it as the waiter introduced us to the wine list. I made it clear to Coll that red wine is off-limits for me as memories from a night of debauchery many weeks ago linger still. She went with a Pinot Grigio, which was rather refreshing. I joked that now I'm like my mother drinking white wine after always having been a fan of the rouge. Hey, change is the only constant. So I went with the seared yellow-fin tuna in a tangy soy glaze. We shared an appetizer of Gnocchi, still not sure how to pronounce that one, but damn it was good. We had many laughs as we delighted in the fancy feast, followed with a dessert fit for royalty. I ordered creme brulee along with sumatra served in a French press and poured at the table. Coll kicked it up a notch requesting a sweet liquer to add to the coffee along with steamed milk. I was in heaven and had I not the call of duty in the back of my mind I might have taken her up on an offer to grab a beer for a nightcap. Three hours and $200 plus later we completed our high society interlude. We made tentative plans to get tix for an upcoming Sabres' game. Tempo is no doubt a swanky joint where peeps are likely as much drawn to be seen as they are by the sumptuous fare. Without question the food is prepared first class. Coll assured me that her friend Paul, Executive Chef and part-owner, is the best in Buffalo. I wouldn't argue with her based on my experience. C'est magnifique! I know that's Francais, but forgive my lack of Italiano background. Hey, we can always head to Starbuck's an order up some Fritaliano concoction.

One Love
Sean
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January 30, 2007
Equilibrium in Time
Libra Daily Horoscope

Your obligations can easily overwhelm you today if you focus the entirety of your energy on the fulfillment of your myriad duties. As you may be laboring under the weight of a great number of responsibilities, you will likely try to do as much as possible in a relatively short time. However, your dedication to the tasks on your agenda can work against you today if you do not afford yourself ample time for personal renewal. You can avoid becoming over-extended by learning to say no to the requests others make of you and taking frequent breaks throughout the day. If you feel relaxed while pursuing your objectives, you will likely find that you are able to work harder as well as faster.

Successfully pursuing balance in our professional and personal lives is most often a matter of first comprehending the nature of our limitations, accepting that our strengths are by no means boundless, and then making time for renewal. When we attempt to push ourselves to and beyond the point of physical and mental exhaustion, our minds and our bodies send us signals indicating that we need to slow down. Heeding these messages is as simple as honoring our individual rhythms by respecting the fact that rest and rejuvenation are vital aspects of the goal-realization process. We need not feel guilty about temporarily putting aside our responsibilities when we have written periods of refreshment into our schedules. The fatigue you feel will gradually disappear today as you bring your life into balance using effective time management.

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Category: income tax

01/29/07 11:13 - 13ºF - ID#37908

Guided by Spirit

Today's daily lesson is for healing, guidance by Spirit and thanks to God! I've enjoyed the second consecutive day beginning my morning with Bijan's effortless prosperity daily lessons. I had to quell the chatter of my ego somewhat, especially after a mildly restless night. I was expecting a phone call from my employer for the call to action as snow showers persisted throughout the evening. I even kept the phone at my side in bed, a not so pleasant companion. I really wanted a full night's sleep and was delighted that the phone never did ring. However, my ego started telling me things like maybe I got fired and that I should be out working. As I sat in my soul chair contemplating the daily lesson I thanked my ego for sharing, as Bijan taught us to do, and continued to experience the peace and joy of the moment.

There is enough snow on hard surfaces to warrant a clean-up, but nothing that approaches hazardous or even inconvenient conditions for the commuter. I do feel a sense of lingering obligation to provide the snowplow service for my customers. But this is from above the line as I consider the joy it brings from a job well done, not to mention the satisfaction for the client. I fully anticipate that we will be out this evening clearing the light fluffy build-up, at least for our commercial accounts if not residential. Rich has sent us out for less, hence my mild shock that I have not yet heard from him. I suppose it is worthy of miracle status that I was able to enjoy a much needed full night's slumber. In fact, everything falls into "miracle" category when you think about it. It's a miracle to breath, to feel, taste, smell, hear and see. It's a miracle to move the bowels, to smile, to laugh, to cry and to have thoughts. Life is one continues stream of miracles, if only we awaken to its grandeur and beauty.

And so to be guided by Spirit is to remain fully immersed in the present moment. There is nothing so holy as living in the present. I considered during my meditation on the daily lesson where I might go from here were I indeed to actually lose my job. I felt a brief wave of anxiety pour over me followed by complete peace. I do not know where I'd go, but I trust that I would be guided to the next open door if one were to close behind me. I thought back to many years ago when I used to take hikes on a regular basis. I remember wandering in the woods, sometimes aimlessly with no particular destination or outcome in mind. I was never afraid of getting lost or disoriented. There were times of uncertainty, but I just kept moving along and sooner or later I always found my way. I recall specifically a time when my brother and I were hiking in Zoar Valley. Along the trail we encountered a nudist colony enjoying a warm summer afternoon by the riverside. We were uncomfortable at the prospect of our fellow citizens, all of them male and some holding hands. We continued on our way and came to the end of the trail. We had two choices, either turn around and pass by the nudist colony or trudge uphill off the beaten path. We of course listened to our homophobic egos, chose the latter and wound up lost for hours. But we never panicked, despite the expansive sprawl of the 3,000 plus acre forest. We ended up on a road and paid a visit to a home. The woman gladly directed us down the road as we were less than a mile from our vehicle. Even when we listen to our ego we can always tune it out, go above the line and find guidance from Spirit.

It is only a matter of time before I take complete charge of my life and fire my boss. For now I give thanks for all the gifts it brings, not the least of which a steady paycheck with which to pay the bills and bestow blessings upon loved ones. In a couple hours I will be meeting up with friends and treat them to lunch. It brings me such joy to do so. I just updated my list of things-to-do with "taxes" written in large capital letters. I trust that everything will be completed in a timel fashion in way that brings peace and joy. Computing my income tax refund has always been an effortless process for me. I am feeling some resistance this year as for the first time I have income to report that has yet to have taxes deducted, vis 1099 form. I kept an extensive file of my expenses with receipts and hope that I can write off most, if not all of the figure. But I'm really not sure exactly how to proceed as this is new for me. I put it out there that whatever the result it will be completed effortlessly. So whether that means finding the joy in tallying all my business-related expenses and entering the data into an on-line tax service, or perhaps that I attract an accountant who will accomplish the task for a fair trade in return, is incidental. I proceed guided by Spirit today and offer thanks to God!

One Love
Sean

Did you know, SEAN, that the average person looks 793.7% more attractive when they smile? Not to mention healthier, wiser, slimmer, richer, and cooler.

They do.
And smiles "become things" too -
The Universe

January 29, 2007
Pushing Your Limits
Libra Daily Horoscope

A rush of energy can inspire you to challenge yourself today, prompting you to participate in activities that test your stamina, strength, or intelligence. You may discover upon entering into such battles of skill, sport, and wit that you are invigorated by the difficulties inherent in competition-whether you are pitting yourself against a rival or against yourself. Should these pursuits require you to broaden your horizons through practice or education, you will likely eagerly explore new worlds of experience. Your efforts can introduce you to aspects of your talents and skills that you never knew existed, and the resultant revelations can persuade you to continue to pursue achievement in unfamiliar quarters. Today may be the day you realize that your potential is greater than you had ever dreamed possible.

We discover that our individual limitations reach far beyond the boundaries we had previously assigned to ourselves when we immerse ourselves vigorously in the activities that energize and excite us. It is when we participate in pursuits we enjoy that we are most willing to extend ourselves physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Because we have little fear of failure-as we recognize that mistakes and mishaps are natural aspects of individual growth-we dedicate our bodies, minds, and souls to the challenges before us. We feel good knowing that we are reaching past the borders of our comfort zones with some degree of success, and are thus encouraged to continue our explorations. You will feel strong and accomplished today as you push yourself past the arbitrary limits that once held sway over your conduct.

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Category: present time

01/28/07 12:13 - 22ºF - ID#37899

Death of an Ego

I am so much joy and gratitude this morning. I am doing excellent! The title of this blog post was inspired by a truncated message on the back of a bus as I gazed out the window from the classroom at yesterday's "Clearing to Manifest for 2007" seminar in Niagara Falls. I was like, "Hmm, now that's an exciting oracle!" Indeed, the 2 day seminar with Bijan served its purpose enabling me to clear negative belief systems and thus raise my vibration. I really am beginning to know what it means to be high on life! I could feel my shoulder ache all day yesterday and at one point there was a burning sensation. I affirmed that it was simply healing as I released whatever belief I had been carrying that caused the injury in the first place. This morning there is no pain or even the slightest discomfort. I also thank Tara for a most gratifying massage, which really set the tone for the ensuing 36 hours of peace and joy!

It was so powerful to sit and laugh for hours while Bijan fielded questions from the group of about 60 people. He shared many anecdotes which served to buttress the focus of his teachings on effortless health, prosperity and relationships. The man has an incredible sense of humor, which is really an excellent tool for assisting people in opening up to release the negative belief systems that keep them from truly enjoying the gift of life. It's not so much the information mind you, rather it is the feeling or vibration that he sustains. As he calls it "above the line." Remaining in such a space of peace and joy invariably empowers others to slough off layers of karmic non-sense and naturally ascend into higher states of consciousness. The ego has a way of keeping us "below the line" if we give our power away to it. 2007 is the year like no other whereby energies are coming to the planet assisting us in moving above the line once and for all. It will be extremely uncomfortable for those who resist this change, for it is unfamiliar. The death knell has been rung for the ego. It's time to let go and let the Higher Self, the Truth shall set us free!

On lunch break my five lovely companions and I migrated down the road in search of sustenance. We were of one mind on an Indian buffet, but turned out it was closed. We wandered about only to come across two more restaurants not yet open for business. I was getting aggravated as I noticed my energy dipping below the line; however, my cohorts did their part to keep the positive vibes flowing shouting out gratitude as we scurried hither and tither. Shivering from the icy breeze we made way for the Casino seeking a trip to the Grand Buffet. Instead we opted for the food court taking up a seat in the impressive glass and steel structure with the thundering Falls just a few hundred yards away. I scarfed down a couple slices of pizza to appease a voracious appetite while the girls enjoyed various fast food selections. We thought we might be late as the lunch hour had quickly lapsed, but when we returned the room had been perhaps half full as others straggled back to settle in for the afternoon stretch run.

We began the afternoon dancing to Bijan's hip hop recording, "It's Mine!" It was somewhat goofy, but most everyone loosened up and shook their booty singing along as good vibes prevailed. Bijan lead us in a couple of meditations in between more Q&A, including a very beautiful guided meditation with his voice playing the role of God answering questions from the voice of a child. It was sufficient to bring tears to my friend Beth's eyes and I definitely felt myself open even more in the heart chakra. It's such a powerful healing that people have to be already rather open to receive. Bijan noted how everyone in attendance is very much at the forefront of the emerging consciousness, i.e. "above the line." Perhaps in a few years his seminars will be conducted with hundreds if not thousands in attendance as more humans open to their true nature as "fingers of God." We are magnificent and powerful beyond our wildest imaginings, if only we can open up and let go of many lifetimes' burden.

The highlight of the weekend occured for me following the seminar when I spoke with Bijan. I thanked him for his wonderful teaching and inquired if he'd be willing to conduct a seminar in Buffalo the next time he is in our corner of the Universe. He responded with enthusiasm indicating that he actually flies into Buffalo when he comes out this way and would be happy to offer an evening session. I'd like to host it at the The Hall at Asbury Church where Ani Difranco converted a crumbling old Presbyterian monolith into a divine center for creative arts. We'll see how it all flows between now and then, but I'm excited to know that he will indeed include Buffalo on his itinerary toward the end of April. The first weeked of May he will be conducting a 3 day event in Toronto which I hope to attend as well. In my opinion, you can never get too much of such an inspiring, life-transforming message and presence. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be conducting similar events?

Tara purchased a 2 for 1 deal for the Toronto seminar and I expressed interest in the extra ticket. Beth debated on doing the same and chose not to make the investment for now while Carey put it out there that she would like to participate, although she's not presently in a position to secure her pass. It would be nice to go up again with a group, split the cost of travel and lodging, but moreso to enjoy one another's company. On the drive home I asked the others if they wanted to grab a bite to eat and we agreed upon a return trip to the Falafel bar where had enjoyed dinner Friday before the start of the seminar. As we drove around looking for a parking space along the bustling Elmwood Strip Laura called and asked if we wanted to meet up with she and Taina at India Gate. So we made our way yonder to satisfy an earlier urge and unite the crew for a most appropriate meal to close out the weekend's festivities. Following dinner Beth and I dropped by the Chocolate Bar to wish a friend happy birthday, but he was no where to be found. I bought a dark chocolate bar as we headed out only to bump into David who had seen us walking by the adjacent restaurant where he and friends were finishing up dinner. So we said hello, exchanged hugs and well-wishes before departing. Upon arriving home I said good night to Beth and proceeded to pass out in my soul chair in contemplation of all that had been. I slept very sound last night with some vivid dreams including an appearance by the gorgeous waitress at the India Gate. Hmm, maybe I should ask her out?

Today is a quiet day of rest and reflection. I have plans later for practice with a singing group up on the reservation. It will be the final of three meetings to rehearse several sweat lodge favorites before we begin recording to produce a copy with intentions to market. Following rehearsal I have plans to meet up with my parents, sister, her husband and my brother for dinner. I'm going to bring an old-fashioned style sourdough pizza to go with the chicken Ceasar salad my mother is preparing. It will be a delightful gathering over a delicious meal. Gathering with loved ones brings me such joy. And if there's a guiding intention for my life, that which brings me joy will suffice. Blogging brings me joy, as does singing, meditation, landscaping, travel, love-making and so much more. Now, what shall I do next that brings me joy? Hmm....

One Love
Sean
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January 28, 2007
Discovering Your Worth
Libra Daily Horoscope

Opportunities to share your abundance with others will likely be plentiful today. Even if you usually spend little time engaging in charitable pursuits, you may find yourself endeavoring to make yourself useful in the lives of people in need. A sense that your existence is gaining new significance with every good deed can inspire you to help more people, or to devote more of your time to philanthropy. As upbeat as you feel, you may derive an even greater sense of pleasure from the warm gestures of gratitude offered to you by those who receive your aid. Today may be the day that making a difference becomes a top priority in your life.

We naturally feel most worthy when we are engaged in activities that enable us to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The simple fact that there are people who depend on us lifts our spirits and demonstrates that we have an intrinsic value that spans beyond our own affairs. Consequently, our self-esteem skyrockets as we observe the impact our actions and choices have on those who benefit from our willingness to help our sisters and brothers in humanity achieve prosperity. Few pleasures affect us more deeply than that which we experience while selflessly serving others. We not only feel the sublime joy of giving, but also are inspired to continue applying our efforts to the cause of promoting widespread wellbeing. You will feel a wonderful sense of satisfaction today when you devote your time and energy to helping others.

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Category: patriotism

01/26/07 10:16 - 10ºF - ID#37875

Sasha Cohen

Booyakasha! 770 visits to my blog so far this week as of this writing, must be my profile headline, "Warning rated NC 17 for adult content." Of course, I might have attracted some pervs with my recent graphic descriptions in the sex and romance category. I know I lost one subscriber who said she is not interested in reading about sex or talking about it. Her loss. Once again I defer to that wise old cat in a hat Dr, Suess, "The people who mind don't matter and the people who matter won't mind." Put that in ur pipe and smoke it! So tell me, I'm curious, is arrogance ever "founded"? Just wondering.

The coldest air mass of the winter season has taken hold of our region with temps in the single digits to start the day. I was called in to work last night, thankfully I did not have to exit the vehicle. I made a few passes along the edges at my commerical properties to tidy things up. If I had been really dedicated I would have swept the entirety of the paved surfaces, but I had a self-imposed curfew of 11 PM to honor. It really was silly for Rich to have us go out to address less than an inch of fine white powder. I had company over for vision boarding, which made for a very fun, albeit truncated evening gathering. I had to give my delightful guests the boot so I could be on my way to answer the call to action. I look forward to our next vision boarding night, perhaps next Thursday weather-permitting.

In the news, Labatt USA is moving its headquarters from Connecticut to Buffalo and with it 20 new sales and marketing positions, not to mention corporate sponsorships and an infusion of much needed extra-municipal dollars. The possibility of a Labatt pond hockey tournament here is now quite likely. I'm sure the Buffalo Sabres organization would support as a co-sponsor for a marketing opportunity and community out-reach. I for one would love to put together and participate on a team of cousins and friends in the popular tournament. Hell, I'd even offer to help organize the damn thing. I suppose Hoyt Lake behind the Albright-Knox would be the most logical choice, that is if they can flush the remaining deposits of anti-freeze dumped into the lake years ago by a disgruntled former parks commissioner. Winter activities and events are essential not only for individual fitness and health, but also as a means to build a tighter-knit community. A city that plays together grows together.

I feel much lighter after yesterday's lunch passed through my system a short while ago. I gorged myself on taco pizza, a mango black bean burrito and chicken-sausage gumbo washed down with a pint of Smuttynose nut brown ale for lunch at Colter Bay yesterday. I was so packed all I had for dinner was an energy bar. My sister joined her husband and I at the bar for a delicious feast. It was dead thanks to the frigid temps enabling her to break shift. We ended up spending over 2 hours hanging out and chatting. Erinn proposed a tubing outing this weekend in Colden, but I won't be able to join in the fun with my plans for the Effortless Prosperity seminar. I suggested that she re-schedule for next weekend since I would really like to tag along. Our cousin Peter has a gorgeous 4 bedroom chalet just up the hill from Kissing Bridge where we could go afterward to thaw out, perhaps a soak in the hot tub and a cocktail. Mmmmmmmmm...

Well I'm totally stoked for this evening's itinerary. I will be joined with an entourage of 8 lovely Goddesses to attend Bijan's Effortless Prosperity seminar in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I have a massage with my friend Tara booked for this afternoon. Following the massage our group will be gathering to enjoy some take-out from the Falafel Bar before making way for our beloved neighbor to the north, O Canada! They really do have a much better national anthem than ours. Listen to the lyrics before the next Sabres' game. The Star Spangled Banner is all ego-based glorification of war and violence while Canada's is like a beautiful prayer, "God keep our land glorious and free..." Gives me the spine tingles, but then to be honest, so does the U.S. anthem, "...o'er the land of the freeeeeeeeeeeeeee and the home of the brave!"

One Love
Sean

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January 26, 2007
Reserves of Strength
Libra Daily Horoscope

Your resilience under pressure can surprise you today and you may subsequently wonder where the courage and strength you have lately exhibited is coming from. As circumstances force you to confront stressful situations directly, you will likely respond by holding your ground steadfastly and doing all you can to ensure that your needs are met. You may literally feel stronger and more adaptable than usual today. Or, when dealing with those issues in which you have no opportunity to retreat, you may not even be cognizant of the change taking place within you until much later. To nurture this growing strength of will, reaffirm your personal power by both celebrating your successes and calling upon them for encouragement when fear strikes.

We frequently discover that we are stronger than we previously imagined possible when we choose to face challenging circumstances head-on with courage and determination. While we may at first doubt that we are capable of coping with the difficulties before us, we instinctively tap into our innate reserves of strength when confronting our fears. As we learn about the true range of our valor, each of the instances in our past in which we exhibited bravery serves to inspire and encourage us. We eventually feel well-equipped to embark upon journeys of courage that require us to expand the horizon of our boldness because we understand that as we grow as individuals, we will reach new plateaus of power. You will face adversity with daring audacity today when you rely on your copious inner strength.

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Category: wildlife rehab

01/25/07 12:22 - 13ºF - ID#37862

Bird of Pray

A stack of corn flapjacks smothered in blueberry compote and whip cream at the IHOP has me satiated and plenty grounded. I've in mind the name for a philanthropic venture with similar letters to form the acronym IHP- Insitute for Human Potential. Who knows, maybe the IHOP would sponsor the IHP and serve pancakes in the cafeteria? Dare to dream and then dream bigger!

The chicken souvlaki I ate for dinner with my parents last night never was amazing. I don't know what it was, but it was like orgasmic. My mother is a wonderful cook, but it had to be more than just the flavorings. She must have put some real loving vibes into that food. It was just what I needed and I thanked her for a truly satisfying meal. After dinner I made my way over to my sister's place to take in the NHL All-Star game. I called her on the drive over to see if she would like a cup of Tim Horton's coffee, to which she eagerly accepted the offer. When I arrived she was sitting in the living room with her cat Johnny on her lap gently caressing him. I took up a seat on the sofa across from her and enjoyed a visit over coffee. We played with the pets, her miniature schnauzer Dude and the cat. It was the first time that I can recall spending "quality time" with my sister in years.

At dinner with my parents I learned for the first time that she was nearly victimized while on a vacation with her now husband Gary. She had become angry at him and walked out of a bar in Miami only to be surrounded by four men who proceeded to forcefully escort her off to God knows where until a gentleman happened to take notice and gave them some grief distracting them enough to enable my sister to break loose and escape. A guardian angel perhaps? I know what it's like to be helplessly attacked and I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy, nevermind my sister. So we watched the game, which was rather uneventful other than Sabres' star Danny Briere earning MVP honors with a goal and 4 assists, second highest point total in All-Star history. I was going to leave after the first period, but wound up staying until the end, including a few beers. I came home and felt rather tipsy. I hadn't any booze since before New Year's. I think I needed it though to balance some of the intense energy shifts taking place. I slept very sound.

I had a cool thing happen while I was on my walk yesterday. As I turned out of my driveway heading along the same route I take nearly every day I noticed a big, plump red-tail hawk perched high up in a maple. His cream-colored breast plummage thrust forward and streamline head on a turet standing confidently like a sentinel. I whistled up at him doing my best to mimic the screeching call, "Krrrrrrr!" I did this several times and as I walked right beneath him he peered down as if to acknowledge me. I felt so connected. Everything wants to be noticed. As I completed my 3 mile loop rounding the last corner with a chill to the bone I noticed a large raptor swoop into another maple. I was awestruck. It was as if he came back to say hello and thank me for taking notice.

The hawk has always symbolized freedom and opportunity to me. Years ago a friend found a juvenile bird of prey on the side of the road with head trauma. He didn't know what to do and thought of me as someone who might be able to take care of the injured animal. I was honored, but of course had no experience with wildlife rehab. I took the animal in and set up a rubbermaid tote as a makeshift nest. I said a prayer as I held him for his healing. I went to the pet store and purchased a little white mouse, which the young raptor immediately appreciated. I had the animal in captivity and nursed it for 3 days. When I came home from work one day I noticed the tote was empty. I was like "O shit!" I went upstairs into the attic and there he was perched atop a reinforcing truss across the rafters. I approached him and he allowed me to take him into my hands. I walked downstairs and out onto the back porch where I set him free watching with a tear in my eye as he flew off for a new beginning. To this day the hawk is for me a most powerful oracle. I'll never forget that moment.

I also had a powerful moment of gratitude and vision the night before last while out on my plow route. I was snowblowing the walkways at the largest of my commercial properties. It takes about 15 minutes to clear all the walks and entrances to the building, even with only a few inches of snow. As the icy wind cut through the dark and whipped the snow back into my face coating me from head to toe I imagined as if I were somewhere else. I could feel as if I was somewhere tropical, like a beach in Costa Rica for instance as a wave of gratitude came over me. It was like a confirmation message from the Universe that indeed the vision I've held for many years is well on its way to me. I know for certain that next winter I will be in a position to migrate and enjoy a winter sabbatical in favored tropical climes. Suddenly the snowblowing became effortless. A person's faith is measured not according to when s/he talks, but rather when s/he is working.

I'm anticipating a phone call here any minute as Thursday is the designated day for the boys from work to convene and engage in a match of No Limit Texas Hold-em. If that doesn't come to fruition then I'm thinking about lunch with my brother-in-law at Colter Bay where my sister is employed as a server. I'd prefer to continue my respite from the rigors of a 23 hour stint the day before last, although I feel nearly caught up on my sleep deficit. By tomorrow I expect that I'll be back to par, barring another snow event. The forecast is calling for icy temps, but no significant accumulations. We'll see. Later this evening I have plans to host some friends for a creative evening of self-expression and manifestation. We will be working on crafting "vision boards" as a tool to help us gain clarity on our individual visions for the future. I have a stack of mags from recent years' subscriptions just waiting to be of service. My aunt was complaining the other day about all these magazines showing up unexpectedly to her address. I gladly took them off her hands and invited her to pass along any others she might receive. The Universe does work in mysterious ways.

One Love
Sean

Permission, SEAN, is what you give yourself.

I give you everything else.
The Universe


January 25, 2007
Lost in Beauty
Libra Daily Horoscope

Your creativity can serve you well today, whether you are endeavoring to complete a professional project or concentrating your attention on a hobby from which you derive pleasure. You may find yourself infusing everything to which you apply yourself with an atmosphere of artfulness that affords others a unique opportunity to appreciate beauty in everyday objects. The main beneficiary of your imaginative labors, however, will likely be you, as your devotion to loveliness ensures that your thoughts remain positive and upbeat at all times. You may also enjoy expanding your horizons through creative activities today, and the curiosity that blossoms within you as you create can become the seed of a lifelong quest for beauty.

It is easy to put aside worldly cares when we lose ourselves in the beauty we are capable of creating, using little more than our imaginative minds. Our thoughts naturally revolve around all that is good and true rather than the challenges that are circumstantially thrust upon us in our daily lives. Because we are immersed in the rushing flood of the creative flow, we have little time or energy to devote to topics that fall outside of the range of our imaginations. The world is a much more pleasant place when we observe it through perception that is colored by our innovative vantage points. We can appreciate the loveliness that is inherent in simply living, without giving regard to the tension that is an established part of being. Your creativity will make the world seem like a brighter place today.

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01/24/07 02:21 - 26ºF - ID#37849

He Who Tells All

You stay awake for nearly 24 hours straight and you're going to get grumpy, if not delusional. Last night's outing did not conclude until I hit the pillow around 2 AM this morning after arising the previous day around 3. But thanks to my responsible and devoted nature people awoke this morning to cleared drives and parking lots. I fought heavy eyes for the last 2-3 hours while finishing up my route. The cup of coffee I had around midnight gave me ups for about 30 minutes max as I was clearing my uncle's car wash lot. I also took care of my parents and sister's place. It's just one of many ways that I express my love. It really would be nice if more peeps would appreciate the plowman, rather than get ticked off as he tirelessly toils. On my way to Wegman's this morning for coffee this chick in a Jeep was right on my tailgate and then darted in front of me at the next traffic light. Like I said, you don't get enough sleep and you're on edge. This is perhaps the most important foundation to my overall wellness. I got my button pushed and thrust open the truck door met with a honk by the driver next to me who may have been concerned that I was going to snap. Well I did, but not to the point of anything regrettable. As she sped away from the light I made a turn into the parking lot and noticed that she too was headed for the same destination. I watched as she parked across the lot from me and wanted to pay her visit just to share of piece of my exhausted mind, but she had quickly scurried inside the store. My vibration is down and I need to be careful of what I attract right now. Today is a day of down time and rest, a mental health day if not physical.

I hope the ups from the cup of French Press rain forest coffee I just consumed persists for the duration of this post. I can already feel it wearing off as I type. But as I can not sleep during the day I must carry on in sleep deprivation until the evening hours. Before my afternoon's repast of pancakes I was enjoying a wonderful IM with my dear friend Jerog, one of many amazing peeps I've met here on myspace. No, we didn't get naughty today as she wasn't feeling sexual, nor was I much "up" to the task in my current state of exhaustion. Besides, all I need right now is another myspace romance. Instead we enjoyed a dynamic and uplifting exchange including talk of planning a Contiki tour in Europe before October 2008. The outfit is geared for peeps ages 18-35 and so the cut off for me is my 36th birthday in about 21 months. That's plenty of time for the Universe to line it up. In the meantime, we've talked about perhaps going into business together. She's quite the savvy and sophisticated entrepreneur with real estate investments, on-line marketing credentials, massage therapy and a full-time gig selling insurance. Oh and did I mention she's fuckin hot? I also received a very important message through her when she shared with me a consultation she had with a holistic practioner. She was told that sex and food will help to ground her. Immediately a bell rung for me as just last night I was contemplating why all of a sudden such intense sexual energy for me. And it made sense. I've been going through such intense vibrational tranformation of late that my body is in need of balancing, hence the increase of release of late. I've also been eating heavier foods, including a visit to my parents' house last night for some beef stew, and lots of pancakes, tacos and subs have been the staple of my diet in recent weeks. Of course being that these are the winter months I am adding a noticeable layer to my mid-riff; however, it's nothing that landscaping won't melt away come spring.

Yesterday I got word from a friend that an old friend had crossed over. I hadn't heard my phone ring and so upon listening to the voice mail I could feel my heart sink as I remembered back years ago when Chris and I would hang out amongst friends. I was never real close to him, but there was a period in my life where he was present during some of my first major changes as a young adult. I remember smoking a lot of weed in our circle of friends, which included my cousin. We also went out to the woods a few times and tripped on LSD wandering like fools for hours with giggles at every comment or visual distortion. Yes, it was a time in my life when my future was wide open and with it the field of possibilities endless. It wasn't long thereafter I had gone off to school and endured the most arduous period of my life, both mentally and emotionally. Indeed, Chris' passing is very symbolic of yet another metaphysical layer from my past sloughing off. I'm not one who chooses to peer into the past for any length or depth, but as a tribute to my friend I have this to offer. R.I.P.

One Love
Sean

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You really don't have to try so hard, SEAN.

That's why there's magic and miracles.

Remember?
Tallyho,
The Universe


January 23, 2007
Your Comfort Zone
Create A Soft Place To Land

Our day-to-day demands can quickly take their toll on our well-being if we are not vigilant about caring for ourselves as best we can. One way we can ensure that we have an opportunity to relax and recuperate each day is to create a soft place to land when we arrive home. This landing pad, whether it is an entire room or merely a small corner of a larger area, can provide us with a safe and comforting refuge in which we can decompress and recover from the day's stresses. There, we are enveloped in feelings of security that transcend other issues that may be unfolding in our homes. Our landing pads also act as way stations that enable us to shift our attention away from our outer-world concerns and back to our inner-world needs.

To create a soft place to land in your home, begin by scouting potential locations. Or perhaps your entire home is your landing pad in which case you may only need to declutter. Your habits can often provide you with insight into the perfect spot, as there may be an area of your home you gravitate to naturally when you are in need of comfort. Any space in which you find it easy to let go of stress and anxiety can become your landing pad. A basement or attic, spare room, or unused storage area, furnished with items that soothe you, can give you the privacy you need to unwind. If you appreciate the elements, you may find that spending time in a section of your garden or outdoor patio helps you release the day's tensions. Preparing these spaces can be as easy as replacing clutter with a small selection of beautiful objects that put you in a relaxed frame of mind. Remember to consider noise and activity levels while choosing the site of your landing pad. If you know that ordinar! y human commotion will distract you from your purpose, look for a secluded spot.

The soft place to land that you create should inspire within you the mantra, "I can breath here. I can relax here. I know I am safe here." When you return to your home after braving worldly rigors, you will feel a subtle yet tranquil shift occur inside of you as you settle in to this most personal of retreats and feel centered once again.

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01/23/07 09:19 - 29ºF - ID#37831

Holy

It didn't help that I kept laughing my ass off when I went to bed last night. I kept thinking about what I had posted in my blog and also a couple of email exchanges with some myspacers on the subject of irrational fear vs rational fear. In my opinion there is no such distinction. Fear is fear and carries with it a vibration that attracts people and events to match the beholder's vibrational resonance. I think I finally got to sleep around midnight perhaps and when the alarm on my cell phone went off at 3 AM I was like, "Fuck!" So I took my probiotic/ wheatgrass cocktail, gathered a few items to prepare myself to head out and instead plunked down in my soul chair. When I got up over an hour had passed, no kidding. Fortunately, I only needed a little better than 3 hours to clean up and detail the 6 commercial properties on my route. They're calling for lake effect snow with another 2-4 inches today and by the looks of it out my window the bands have already organized with winds out of the WSW. As I've stated in previous blogs I am completely diurnal in nature and can not sleep during daylight hours. Hopefully the snow comes and goes by sunset so I can get an early start on my route this evening. I heard on the radio that meteorologists are predicting the advance of a Siberian air mass beginning next week that will put is in a deep freeze through February on into March. Seems El Nino has retired. Better batten down the hatches.

So I've scared off another prospect in the lady department. I got a message from this girl I had met at a local business networking group a couple weeks ago. She asked if I was single and expressed an interest. I replied that I do not have a girlfriend, although it would appear otherwise with my profile status set to "in a relationship." We made plans to meet for coffee today, however this morning there was a message saying, "Glad I read this...ha, ha...wrong impression lol...nevermind...maybe we'll meet again..." Obviously she read my blog. For the record, I've established "in a relationship" status to indicate that I am in a relationship with myself. So if you're reading this ladies, don't hesitate to inquire. I'm a hot commodity these days looking eventually to settle down with my Queen of Queens. You think you got what it takes to match your King of Kings then holla. Otherwise, don't hate!

I've had nearly 400 hits to my blog in less than 3 days. My previous record for a one week period is a little over 500 hits. Hmm, I have to wonder if recent content is stirring up a ruckus? I wonder if peeps are promoting my blog all like, "You gotta read what this kat is writing, 'slipped a finger in my ass' lmao!" Let's face it, sex sells and I love it, sex that is. And I'm not even selling anything, at least not ostensibly. I am sort of promoting a belief system, in short, "Life is what you make of it so why not make it effortless?" I'd probably be quite a Casanova had I the inclination to pursue a piece of ass at the exclusion of other passions. But I know it's just a phase I'm going through as I continue to raise my vibration and self-actualize. I really do want to be in a long-term monogamous relationship and I have a feeling this recent sexual frenzy is a last hoorah of sorts. So to all my female fans out there if you want some of this now's ur chance, hit me up at yahoo IM "inspiraysean." Speak now or forever hold ur peace!

One LOve
Sean

"The people who mind don't matter and the people who matter won't mind."
Dr. Suess

OK, can you keep a secret, SEAN?

Let me tell you what happens...

There'll be trumpets, fanfare, and parades. Happy tears, giggles, and hugs. Shrieks of joy, fits of laughter, and reunions with best friends.

There will be quiet, reflection, and revelations. Ah-ha's! No-way's! And, of course, You-have-to-be-kidding's!

Eventually followed by a deep, often surprising, longing for what will by then be viewed as the dream-life you led.

You could plot it on a chart.

The point, SEAN, of course, is that you are now living that dream-life.

The Universe

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01/22/07 11:05 - 20ºF - ID#37813

Perfect Storm

    

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Almost thought I'd have to put on the work boots in the wee pre-dawn hours this morning as an Alberta Clipper swooped on through around 2 AM. I awoke to witness a most perfect storm, which last only briefly much to my delight. I think I have just now fully paid off my sleep deficit over the last 3 nights from the previous all-nighter in the plow truck. Being awake during favored hours of slumber really puts me out of whack. I'm grateful that I've been blessed with sufficient recovery time until the next outing.

So I missed an opportunity to meet up with a very sexy nurse whom I met here on myspace. I had made plans for pizza and football with my brother before arranging for the meeting. By the time I was through hanging with my bro she had to go to work on the overnight shift. We made tentative plans to meet up some night later in the week. It was nice to visit with my brother who is in town on business for the next several weeks. We watched the NFC championship and by the time the AFC championship started we were both getting a little restless not used to sitting around idle for such an extended period of time. I went home before the first half was over with New England up big looking to repeat history with a playoff thumping of the Colts. It wasn't until this morning that I read in the paper that Indy had pulled off the biggest comeback in conference championship history vindicating playoff demons past as Peyton Manning deservedly earns his first trip to the Super Bowl. It's also a first for head coach Tony Dungee and the city of Indianapolis. In two weeks they will meet the "monsters of the miday" from Chicago, coached also by Lovie Smith making for the first ever Super Bowl pitting two African-American head coaches. Times, they are a changing...

This culture is so sexually repressed it's insane. We all want to enjoy the ecstasy of our sexuality without any shame or guilt, yet we do just that and limit the degree of pleasure derived. Sex is as spiritual an act as there is in the human experience. Many of us were brought up with religious doctrine preaching to the contrary, especially we Catholics. I'll never forget the priest who came into our 7th grade classroom to teach sex ed. May I ask, what the hell does a man who's taken a lifetime vow of celibacy know about sex? How can you teach about that which you do not know from experience? It's completely insane! And so if someone were to accuse me of being crazy, or insane, I'd reply quite simply that it takes one to know one. Insanity is the pattern of doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. The world is full of people chasing their tails hoping and praying that they may actually get a hold of it. Quit chasing your tail and start living your life for chrissakes! I know I am and so who am I to deny all these love-starved women clamoring at my door? Booyakasha!

One Love
Sean

Would you believe, SEAN, that there is nothing about your life today, not even what hurts, that you won't eventually appreciate, with happy tears running down your face?

Nothing.
Chokes me up just thinking about it -
The Universe

January 22, 2007
Joyous Surprises
Libra Daily Horoscope

Unexpected good news will likely please you greatly today. You may be surprised to hear that you are in line for a promotion at work or that a loved one has been the recipient of a financial windfall. The amazing announcement that comes to you via the grapevine may be emotional in nature, such as the coming together of two important people in your life. Because you will likely be caught off guard by this happy news, you may not know how to respond. However, collecting your thoughts can be as easy as taking a moment to determine what you are really feeling. If you allow yourself time to adjust today, your reaction to bombshells will likely be uniformly positive.

The pleasure of life's little surprises lies in their ability to catch us off guard and to remind us that there are many blessings still to come. When we are surprised, the unexpected joy we feel acts as a potent antidote to the daily grind and encourages us to remember that we cannot always predict what is lying in wait for us. Our expectations of the future are thus indelibly changed, as we understand that even our grimmest prophetic visions may be interrupted by positive circumstances at any time. Conversely, we are motivated by this notion to strive for excellence in every aspect of our lives because we also know that we are equipped to influence fate in our favor. The pleasant surprises that come into your life today will lift your spirits and add a spot of joy to your experience.

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01/21/07 12:37 - 18ºF - ID#37800

Duck duck goose!



Earlier this morning, I brought myself up to speed on some local and international news while enjoying a cup of Seattle Dark at Wegman's. Hillary Clinton has officially tossed her hat in the ring for the 2008 Presidential Race, which I'm sure will be met with grave reaction from the likes of my father, the prototype middle-class Conservative Catholic suburban father of three man. My brother, sister and I roasted him a couple summers ago for his 60th birthday and created a spoof on the Budweiser "Real Men of Genius" ad campaign. It was hilarious. We recorded it on video and should have it converted to digital file so I can upload it here in my vids archive. In other news, the bike path rapist suspect has been arraigned on all counts over the last 25 years of unsolved cases. Whether or not the po-po got their man is of little interest to me. People want to think to that by removing someone from society it will somehow serve to make the world a safer place. But it don't work that way. There will be another to take his place. And women who wish to remain out of harm's way are best advised to apply the principles of The Secret. This might sound harsh, but I speak from a space of experience as a victim of a near fatal attack years ago while in college. I made myself a victim based on my sustained thoughts and feelings. Now I'm in an entirely different reality, if not dimension. And I am most grateful.

Also in the bulky Sunday edition was a piece in the Escapes and Getaways section on timeshares and vacation clubs. I was somewhat shocked to read of the investment required to acquire a share in some of the world's most notable and luxurious locations. You're looking at anywhere from about $13K to $25K plus annual maintenance fees over typically a 48 year term. There are of course wonderful amenities and flexibility with scheduling and trading options with comparable global destinations; however, clearly such places are the playground for the affluent and leisure class. I was inspired to investigate the subject further as part of my freelance travel intentions. I have in mind something of a travel guide or review, like perhaps a couple's guide to narrow down the niche. Tell me that wouldn't be a fantasy come true to go on tour of first-class facilities and exotic locales and get paid for it!

Among the plethora of emails in my inbox this morning was the latest newsletter from International Living, an on-line and off-line magazine offering a host of investment opportunities and information for the world traveler. In today's edition they are offering exclusive membership in the IL World Club, which includes perks like discounts on IL events and "red carpet" treatment at the most posh of venues worldwide. They are offering only 100 memberships for 2007 for a mere $4K. I'm tempted to just go for it and board the Express Train, although of course I have reservations about charging such a sum of cash to my AMEX card. I've been considering attending the AWAI Lucrative Traveler's Conference next month in Ft. Lauderale as well, which would likely run me about $2K for conference fees, lodging, airfare and food over 3 nights and 4 days. So I inquire of myself as I go deeply into contemplation, "What am I afraid of? Am I allowing fear to make my choice, either to go or to forgo?" These are questions with answers not always readily distinguished. I can remain in my current lifestyle indefinitely and there's nothing wrong with that choice. Or I can explore the burning desire within my spirit to put myself out there into the international scene and satisfy the quest for experience, knowledge and self-actualization. Reminds me of Dr. Suess, "Oh the places you'll go..."

I spoke with my man Gordon from western Mass. yesterday who called to say hello and mention that he's looking to return here to make some cash offering his tree trimming services. He was stoked about the Patriots making another Super Bowl run, although I confessed I'm rooting for Peyton Manning and the Colts in today's AFC championship game. I asked him what he's been doing to line up work and he replied that he made a couple calls that show some promise, but nothing concrete. I suggested that perhaps I can explore selling some jobs and make it worth his while to come to town. So now I'm mulling over running an ad in the local Bee Group classifieds perhaps at the cost of better than a $100 depending on the size and number of words. There's still a lot of trees requiring attention in the wake of the October Surprise Storm and we stand well-positioned to attract a portion of the cash on the table. If I can line up a few weeks of work for the month of February and the weather continues to cooperate as it has I could feasibly make myself a few grand and apply it toward my freelance ventures. I could also use the money to build a landscape service, or perhaps a combination of both.

The vision I've held for several years now is working 8-9 months out of the year and having winters for sabbatical. One scenario I've considered is continuing in the landscape profession, which is seasonal from the months of March thru November, and then having December thru February to develop my travel writing career. Hmm, I can see it coming together now. It would be easy to get overwhelmed and lost in the possibilities, but the trick is to just keep going and trying new things. I know I have control issues, which is really about feeling empowered. I need to trust my intentions and moreover, trust how the Universe shall line it up for me. This is exciting and should be fun. Who knows? I might wind up on Oprah someday as a featured guest on mastering the law of attraction. I had to sneak that prayer in there too. Call me narcissistic, but really, who doesn't like being the center of attention?

One Love
Sean

Got the winter blues?

January 21, 2007
Sooner Begun, Sooner Fun
Libra Daily Horoscope

Your dependable nature will likely serve you well today as you endeavor to address your routine obligations both quickly and capably. Because this attitude can inspire you to get your work done before transitioning your attention to playful pursuits, you may find you derive more pleasure than usual from fun. The freedom you feel upon crossing the last items off your day's agenda can surprise you. You may feel compelled today to test your newly-developed theories regarding work and play at home and on the job. While your main concern is likely maintaining a mindset of reliability, you may discover that the recreational activities in which you normally take pleasure become even more enjoyable when you can concentrate wholeheartedly on them.

When we habitually make an effort to address challenging or taxing duties before pursuing life's pleasures, we can enjoy ourselves with clear heads and hearts. The factors that most often interfere with our ability to appreciate play are related to our relationship with our obligations. Fun becomes a top priority only when we are confident that we have taken care of our responsibilities. Thus, reliability carries with it a gift that permits us to achieve work/life balance easily because we, by our conscientiousness, have made room in our lives for obligations as well as play. We can fully immerse ourselves in our enjoyment, never needing to give mind to unfulfilled responsibilities because we are consistently thorough in our steadfastness. As you have put your domestic and career obligations before your personal pleasure today, you can easily have fun without worrying.

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01/20/07 02:01 - 19ºF - ID#37791

Secret Society

It's afternoon on an arctic, though sunny Saturday. I finally got to catch up on a sleep deficit from the previous night's all-nighter, although I'm not quite there yet. I got up this morning only to return to bed for more sleep until about 8:30, but I was still groggy. Even now I can feel my body seeking more rest. Fortunately, the weather is looking to cooperate as the snow off the lakes has dissipated with the remainder mainly well south in ski country. I could really use another full night's sleep to recover. It's amazing how much one disrupted night affects my rhythm. Thank God we didn't have to go out again last night.

The weather on the ride to Rochester last night made for moderately hazardous driving conditions. Tara and I enjoyed some wonderful conversation on the way to meet up with friends for dinner, as well as on the return trip home. It wasn't until about halfway there that we discovered neither one of us had directions to our destination. She had set up a massage with Christopher to precede dinner, but assumed I knew how to get to he and Julie's home. I had never been there before and since we we're meeting up there rather than at the restaurant I didn't even bother to bring directions. It was funny. It might have been a nuisance back in the days before cell phones had become as common as, if not moreso, than a wristwatch. We got our directions and after some difficulty following them we required further guidance from a local gas station attendant who provided us the final steps on the route.

Christopher and Julie have created quite a lovely mulit-purpose living space, including running a holistic center out of it, The Balance Point, where they offer massage, energy work, tai chi and group functions pertaining to spirituality and wellness. Julie's father was in the midst of receiving a massage as we visited over tea. I was feeling the exhaustion creep up on me and considered migrating to the spare bedroom for a nap. However, I hung around and felt invigorated after the mint tea. We made merry with laughter and innuendo, par for the course when I'm in the mix, and set the foundation for a truly delightful evening. I even went so far as to make a perverted comment when her father came out from the massage asking Kate, the massage therapist, if she found a handkerchief among the sheets following the session. I said, "I didn't know you guys offer happy endings here?" Her father didn't appear to catch the joke and it also went over Kate's head until Julie reiterated later after her father exited. So she slapped twice, once for her and once for Kate. You just never know what might come out of my mouth, or appear in my blog.

Christopher had excused himself for a bath before his massage and once ready he and Tara relocated to the back room. Julie took a shower while I checked my email on her iMac. Upon emerging zestfully clean she and I enjoyed intimate conversation while Christopher was getting his massage. I shared with her details of what's been going on for me in recent months, the profound transformation and shift into higher energy states and consciousness. She seemed attentive taking sufficient interest to google my astrological chart on-line and provide for me a brief report. I had sent her a friend request earlier from myspace and noticed on her profile that she's a Leo. I remarked to her that Leos are my favorite and that I nearly married one many years ago. Had it been a different period in my life where I was in a space to do so I would have most certainly closed the deal. Megan was a great woman and we enjoyed a deep connection, including communication and sexuality. But alas, that was then and this now. I haven't so much as heard a word from her in years, and while I think nothing but fondly of her, I've no lingering regret. It went the way it was supposed to and now that I am coming into my own I'm in a much better space to enter into a long-term union with my Queen of Queens. In the meantime, I've never more enjoyed the bachelor life than I am now.

Everything proceeded in a timely fashion and we we're on our way to dinner on schedule. Our friend Michele called as were en route inquiring of our whereabouts and wondering if dinner had been cancelled. Julie reassured her directing her to a clock noting that it was not yet 7 PM, the agreed upon time to meet. Setting appointments and being on time is one of my strongest points. I am rarely late and when I am it is typically a situation where there was a loosely agreed upon time frame between me and another party. I much prefer establishing set times for all my engagments and honoring my word by being on time. In such a way I enable the Universe to conspire even more in my favor, which was palpable for the duration of the evening's flow.

Upon arrival it was obvious that Michele was a bit wound up. Once we were seated in the rear corner of the restaurant she proceeded to ramble on with enthusiasm about her adventures in Spain with a physical therapist. She noted the striking beauty of Barcelona going on at length about her new found love, the pros and cons. I was admiring the mural scene spread out over an entire wall depicting perhaps a native Ethiopian village with thatched roof abodes set in the jungle habitat. Michele asked how I'd been doing and to make a long story short I explained that I'm in a really great relationship with myself. I went on to assert that things are coming together as I set intention without any doubt of it manifesting. I mentioned that it's imminent and she asked, "What's that?" I responded with the dictionary definition, "About to happen," which was met with laughter and a high five from Julie as Michele looked perplexed. She wanted to know what specifically, "it" was and I explained that I'm staying open to whatever "it" will be within the stated intention of living effortlessly. The tone of the conversation had been set for the remainder of the evening with many tales shared amongst the five beautiful mirrors in attendance.

If you're ever in Rochester do yourself a favor and pay a visit to Abyssinia. It was my first experience with authentic Ethiopian cuisine- and it won't be my last I might add- so I've nothing to compare it to. Rest assured, we were absolutely treated to a five star meal and hospitality with two platters the size of a large pizza covered in an array of tangy delights. Our mouths burst with flavor as we each made it plenty known the degree of ectasy with giggles and moans. It didn't take long for us to scarf down the contents scooping it up with our hands in tightly rolled thin slices of pastry-like bread resulting in satisfied palettes and appetites. Christopher and I each enjoyed a strong cup of fresh brewed Ethiopian coffee flavored with cinammon and cloves. It was a potent and peculiar flavor, though splendid indeed. We made sure to inform our server of our gratitude and intention to return once again. He seemed pleased and honored as we departed.

Tara had suggested that we go somewhere for dessert, which was more a gesture expressing interest to continue enjoying one another's company than it was an interest in further sustenance. Julie directed us to Java's, a hip, eclectic coffee house in the city proper, replete with funky artwork on the walls, dimly lit ambiance and a crowd of upstate New Yorkers heartily gathered on a winter's eve. We ordered drinks and confections before taking up space in another corner location adjacent a piano and picture window. The conversation revolved around consciousness as we took turns sharing what it is we are intending for our lives as we ponder the possibilities for bright futures. We also shared some of our struggles and misgivings, in so doing offering a space of support and compassion with feedback. I joked how I felt like we we're a secret society meeting to commiserate and pontificate, noting how we had created a sphere with no other patrons immediately seated nearby despite a full house. I was in such a sense of gratitude in the moment realizing how blessed I am to have attracted such amazing people into my life. Michele offered me her services with a "reiki attunement" and so we made plans to meet again in a couple weeks with perhaps another trip to Abyssinia. I was grateful that the wintry weather had dissipated for the drive home as Tara and I continued the insightful nature of the evening's interaction in tandem. Upon arriving home I hugged her good night and went straight to bed out like a Christmas light.

I could actually go for a power nap right about now. I really don't sleep during the day, but I do manage to sit in my soul chair, close my eyes and rejuvenate periodically during this introspective season of setting intention we know as winter. I made plans to meet up with (e:theecarey) at Spot to reconvene for our vision board project. She's without a car at the present moment pleasantly stranded in Buffalo. My brother is due in later this afternoon and we'll be dining together with my parents. I also have tentative plans to meet up with Andrea later in the evening for a "date." I'm not sure where we shall meet or what we shall do, but I'm mainly curious to see if there's any chemistry. It would be nice to have a "girlfriend" but I'm not attached to an outcome. At this point it really doesn't matter. I'm so in love with Sean that everything else is a bonus. So long as I stay out of my own way and resist the urge to micro-manage the Universe my life is effortless. And I've got a hunch that many "bonuses" are on the way to be received.

One Love
Sean

January 20, 2007
New Realms of Thought
Libra Daily Horoscope

Feelings of youthful abandon can lift your spirits today, inspiring you to seek out opportunities to enjoy yourself. As your day's agenda may not allow you to toss aside your obligations, you may find yourself facing a unique situation in which you are desperate for fun yet anchored to a long list of mature responsibilities. Thus, this can be the perfect time to integrate play into your daily life through creative thought. If you cannot play games, you can turn your work into a game by challenging yourself to outdo your previous performance or engage in showdowns with amiable colleagues. You may discover today that your focus on play allows you to explore new ideas without feeling restricted by notions of correctness.

Play can be a wonderfully potent antidote to the hardening of the heart that often accompanies maturity because it gives us a means of exploring new ideas in a safe and non-threatening fashion. When we engage in playful behaviors, our imaginations are pressed into service as a matter of course and we can fully investigate concepts that initially strike us as unrealistic or bizarre. Because we are not subject to our usual limitations during games and imaginative play, our minds are free to wander into realms where notions both beautiful and fanciful dwell. Oftentimes, these creative and strange ideas become the seeds of refined, workable plans that enable us to approach our personal and professional objectives with flair. As you play today, you will find that your musings transport you to new worlds of creativity and focused thoughtfulness.

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