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Thursday, October 27, 2011

“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” he said,”you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived…”

This is a quote from Jonathon Livingston Seagull, which is my all-time favorite book. This is told to Jonathon by an “elder” who shows up on his shore one day and takes him to a higher plane of existence.

The conversation is:
“No, Jonathan, there is no such place. Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.”

“You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”

“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” he said,”you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived…”

Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom,”

To me this speaks of the ability for each and every one of us to overcome ANY and ALL false limitations and restrictions we have on ourselves. If we want to BE an artist, a musician, an athlete, thin, healthy … whatever we want to BE… we have to think of ourselves and act and relate to the universe as WE ARE. There is no such thing as “to be” because it implies a future which is not currently in existence. The future never becomes TODAY. It’s always out there waiting.

I AM / WE ARE means this exists RIGHT NOW. I may not be at my “ideal” weight, but I AM healthy and thin because this is what my existence is going to be and since now is always now, not then or in the future or past, we have to think of ourselves as if we have already attained the goal. A writer or artist may not be famous but they are still a writer because they write, they are still an artist because they create, they are healthy (even if you are sick) because they act, eat, live healthy. I know a lot of folks who ARE their disease... "I'm not Sue, I'm a diabetic. I'm not Tom, I'm a chronic pain in my back patient..." You cannot live as a disease if you don't want to be dis-eased! You have to live as you want to be.

In short, there’s another quote I do my best to live my life by. It’s “as above so below”. It says that all things exist in thought before they exist in a solid existence. The energy and thoughts one puts out blends in the “above” universal reality and becomes “below” in our daily lives. We are what we believe and no one, ever, can do anything to change YOUR ideal.

You can DO, BE anything you want. Anything you THINK. Anything you ARE.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AMYBELLES 10/29/2011 3:05PM

    Wonderful blog! Thank you for reminding me of Jonathan Livingston Seagull's wisdom! I totally agree with it, and the powerful energy of our thoughts!

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IZZYBEBOP 10/29/2011 11:07AM

    I read that book a long time ago and loved it. I do believe in the thought that if you THINK it you will BE it.

Very thought-provoking blog. Thanks for sharing!

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/29/2011 12:27AM

    emoticon blog Dar!! You are so right about you are what you think you are! I am Cathy, I am not panhypopituitarism. I am healthy because I eat and live healthy. I may not be at my ideal weight or wear the ideal pant size but I AM healthy! I really, really loved your blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon I will definitely have to get that book!! Thank you for sharing!

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BARBIE176 10/28/2011 10:12PM

    Thank you for sharing your quotes and your meaning of those quotes. I am like Sheila and I have copied the last line and will be reflecting on it often. I am beginning to believe it even. Thank you!

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TREA241 10/28/2011 10:13AM

    This blog really spoke to me this morning. "To me this speaks of the ability for each and every one of us to overcome ANY and ALL false limitations and restrictions we have on ourselves. If we want to BE an artist, a musician, an athlete, thin, healthy … whatever we want to BE… we have to think of ourselves and act and relate to the universe as WE ARE."

I love this and, if you don't mind, I am going to copy this and write it in my journal so I can read and re-read it every day!

Thanks! xoxo -Andrea

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    emoticon blog! Thank you for sharing with us! I need to go back and reread the book!


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RFJSJ50 10/27/2011 7:25PM

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.
I copied your last line and am posting it on the board above my computer - to read and reflect on frequently!

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DAY 37 - losing weight/really tired

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I have been SUPER tired lately... but I've also lost like 6 lbs in the past week or so... Part of that MAY have been because I've missed a couple meals (I fell asleep so early I didn't eat dinner - which I know is not good because I KNOW I didn't have enough calories yesterday). I would expect to feel tired if I didn't eat enough, but in this situation I think I'm not eating enough because I'm so tired... I think it might be the fall weather, and getting up at the crack of dawn for Physical Therapy ... :) I'm hoping that's all it is because it seems right now all I do is work and sleep!

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TREKPURRSON 10/28/2011 6:29PM

    Losing weight is tiring! Hang in there, dear! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 10/28/2011 12:36AM

    Here's what several people have said to me lately, You're too busy working for the future, that you're missing out on the joy of today... Take care of yourself... I'd be ecstatic if I lose 6-7 lbs. at all, let alone in one week, but you have to be sure to eat enough so your body doesn't go into starvation mode or get sick...

ON that note, I have been so tired all day, and yet I try to keep myself up, I wish I could fall asleep late afternoon before I go crazy with nite eating..

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DAY 36 - why am I blah?

Monday, October 24, 2011

I am not sure why I am kind of blah today. I slept a LOT over the weekend and while I have no sense of accomplishment as I got nothing done I know I needed the rest. I just am having a hard time starting the week I guess. I'm REALLY trying to be positive and upbeat... I think part of it may be that I'm doing PT for FMS and yet I hurt my elbow and my knee and they are impeding my ability to do the PT properly. I guess I'm in the "if it's not one thing it's another" syndrom...

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SLIMLILA 10/25/2011 1:27AM

    I just read your response to Anika34's blog and wanted to stop by and say how incredibly fantastic you answer was. I copied it for myself and I am going to edit it a bit, and give it to my 10 y.o..g.s who often verbaliizes the bad feelings.... Thank you.

Now, remember you are worth it and don't feel down yourself... I can't imagine how many people you helped with your comments and hopefully you feel better yourself too. emoticon emoticon

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RFJSJ50 10/24/2011 12:34PM

    I think pain definitely leads to the "blahs" because we just get so tired of it and want it to be gone. I purchased some chair exercise DVDs and have found the stretching and yoga ones really improve my mood and energy levels without putting stress on my knee joints.
I know the rainy, chilly weather here in NE Ohio have contributed to my feelings of inertia today - but I still plan to head out for a walk - sometimes we just need to "bite the bullet" and DO IT!

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Day 34 -and this is why you don't weigh yourself every day!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I had a 'bad meal' like 2 weeks ago and went up a rediculous 5 or so lbs... I knew it couldn't be from ONE meal. It wasn't even THAT bad. Now my TOM has come a couple days ago, and I'm back down to the "starter" weight before the gain PLUS 2.4 more! :)

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TREKPURRSON 10/28/2011 6:26PM

    Please see my blog "Scale Disclaimer" and feel better!-TREKPURRSON emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/28/2011 6:27:24 PM

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Friday, October 21, 2011

If it's not one thing, it's another!! emoticon GRRR LOL! You know at some point you just have to laugh... emoticon

emoticonI was doing my aqua physical therapy yesterday morning and part of it was twisting my upper body... well, I guess I got a little enthusiastic or something because somehow I managed to twist my knee (which has OA) emoticonand now, after doing my aquatherapy this morning, which is suppose to be GOOD for the knees, my knee is even more swollen than when I went in this a.m. I'm going to have to rice it all weekend. emoticon

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2NEWSTARTAGAIN 10/21/2011 3:24PM

    Sorry to hear about your knee...take care of it, you dont want it to get any worse. I also know the feeling of the "what now".

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