How many time have I carelessly said, ‘It’s only a thought.” No big deal.

Well, I’ve had lots of thoughts lately, coming from some deep well within me. These thoughts, these random bits of interest that occurred to me as I went about my days, were in response to the actions of others that stirred up stuff I thought I’d left far behind.

In case this may be happening to you, I’m passing on an amazing thought, a staggering paragraph from that metaphysical counselor, Louise L. Hay :

“No matter what the problem is, our experiences are just outer effects of inner thoughts. Even self-hatred is only hating a thought you have about yourself. You have a thought that says, “I’m a (stupid) person.” This thought produces a feeling, and you buy into that feeling. HOWEVER, if you don’t have the thought, you won’t have the feeling. Change the thought and the feeling must go.”

There’s more, but I know you are already there!

This past week I had a response to an experience that took me back 40 or 50 years! Cripes, I’m dealing with stuff that’s 50 years old? That was past, I’m done with it. Apparently, not quite completely done with it. Not done with it enough, so I picked up Hay’s classic, YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE, and another paragraph I’m sharing with you this morning is really a reminder:

” This is only to show us where we get many of our beliefs. But let us not use this information as an excuse to stay stuck in our pain. The past has no power over us. It doesn’t matter how long we have have had a negative pattern.
The point of power is in the present moment.
What a wonderful thing to realize!
We can begin to be free in this moment.”
Well, it’s a beginning. This moment, this Tuesday morning, this fifteenth of June, 2010, I take a deep breath and know I AM free in this moment.

Just a note, pain is very present when stuck in old beliefs that got buried.
What helps me right now is that I can be very present to what’s coming up again, and stop it right here. I will not let it get to ‘there’.

Words are thoughts, and, well, you know what happens after that in the ‘there’ of the next moment.

Always with love,


I never thought I’d live this long, … or this well !
Back in March, to even realize that months have passed and
2010 is here and happening each day.

Well, back then I shared a poem with you by William Stafford,
ending with:
“Maybe there are trumpets in the houses we pass
and a redbird watching from an evergreen —
but nothing will happen until we pause
to flame what we know, before any signal’s given.”

Another Stafford poem ended: ” I stood there, fifteen.”

Yesterday a poem showed up here on my screen:
“You Reading This, Be Ready.”

“Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life —

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?”

……………..WILLIAM STAFFORD, as shared 5/25/10
by Joe Riley, link:

How immediate the poet’s perception is. I’ve found
myself in moments when time and space and future
disappeared and I was alive in that moment without
need for memory.

These moments do not last long. The great thing is
you never know when one will find you, ready and

always with love,