Thursday, August 29, 2013

Spin Cycle

I haven't posted here in a few days, certainly not because I couldn't think of anything to write about. I have too much to write about. Several ideas have gotten tangled up inside my head. I need to sort through these ideas, detangle, defrizz. I need a deep mind conditioner! Is there such a thing?

What keeps coming up to the surface of my thoughts in recent days includes excitement about next week's trip to the Finger Lakes. I am SO EXCITED!

I'm also entertaining thoughts about the coming of fall which is right around the corner in Washington DC. Yay. I'm very grateful the earth spins on an axis, that our beautiful planet wobbles back and forth. If it didn't, there would be no seasons. If there were no seasons, there would be no spring flowers, the leaves would never turn colors. There would be no solstice. Life on earth would be very different, for sure. There would not be migrations most likely, and as for we humans, who would probably live on a narrow strip of the planet where conditions were hospitable, well, we humans would have never invented stories about resurrections and reincarnations because there would not be the season of spring, following on the heels of deep winter, from which to be inspired.

At least I imagine life would be very different. You see, these ideas are not yet fully formed.

I'm thinking about Jerusalem, how much I want to visit, and also Iceland, a place I have wanted to visit for many years. Do you know that the hot water that comes out of Icelandic faucets has been COOLED? Yes. The water comes out of the ground at 800 F. The land of fire and ice! It's on my bucket list.

I realized one reason I have problems when traveling is that I don't take good care of myself when I get outside my usual routines. I don't meditate or do any of my morning practice, I drink lots of coffee and eat everything including foods I know don't agree with me. I become cranky, can't sleep and my stomach gets extra dodgy - of course! There's a reason I take care of myself when I'm at home -- it really helps. I am resolved to take good care of myself when we're out of town next week and when I'm in Oregon for Thanksgiving. This may turn around the idea that I hate travelling. I hope so.

That's a whole other story, my decision to spend T-day with family this year. It's a departure from the old rules of Reya, i.e. Never Travel During the Holidays.

The cobwebs are being blown off many of my old rules, exposing them for what they are - just stories.

I hope I'll soon be in a place where I can develop some new stories and share them here. It might take awhile, you never know.

In the meantime, happy Thursday, y'all. Shalom.


ellen abbott said...

life is nothing but stories, right? I've been immersed in the river stories this past week. it's my next body of work but I haven't finished my current work yet!

Susan said...

I'm so glad you're still posting, Reya. I am back and have finally decided what to do with my blog. I hope you'll look and share your own story.
Big virtual hug. S

ain't for city gals said...

I read a book awhile back called Control Theory (I think) described the mind as a picture album...and every once and again we need to change our pictures...

Harlequin said...

I'm a high school teacher, so when the summer holidays roll around (or Christmas, or Easter...) I am so out of my routine that I don't meditate or do my morning spiritual practice either. When this happens, it feels like my brain is in a fog, and I'm walking through thick honey. Everything just feels fuzzy. Bad times!

Steve Reed said...

Rules are made to be broken, as some not very original person said. :)

It can be good to break your routines, your meditating and coffee intake -- that's what vacation is for, really. Any routine becomes confining when it goes on too long.

Reya Mellicker said...

Good point, Steve.


Maybe I should break those rhythms when I'm in DC so if I feel awful at least I'm not missing out on having a fun vacation.

Is that twisted logic or what?

Yes we need to change our pictures, we surely do!

And Ellen, the river is the snake - of course you were immersed in that. So cool.

Kerry said...

The Finger Lakes should be coming into beautiful fall color, right? I bet you'll have a a great trip. As for coming to Oregon, I'm so glad that you decided to do that. Although traveling during the holidays is something to mostly avoid, this will be a trip worth doing, I'm sure of it. I hope it doesn't rain on you the whole time!

Reya Mellicker said...

I don't care about the rain. I'm there to see the people. Also we're going up to the mountains for T-day where there will most likely be snow. That would be awesome.

junkthief said...

Have a wonderful trip.

Much as I love the Finger Lakes on the ground, I love the image of them on the map almost as much. Though I always thought they looked more like string beans or dangling chili peppers.

Reya Mellicker said...

yes, the beans. I see that, too.

For the Iroquois, they were fingerprints of the great spirit, left behind when the great spirit blessed the earth. I love that!