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A Daring Adventure, Or Nothing

September 1st, 2009

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

Helen Keller

I can’t imagine a more truthful bit of wisdom.  The question is how daring do we want this adventure – our life – to be.  I believe Helen Keller was a model for daring and a model for living beyond all restrictions.  When I think of Helen Keller I begin to re-evaluate my own potential.

I come from the Celtic tradition, steeped in Celtic Wisdom which originates from an ancient culture which valued personal relationships and friendship, the rhythms of nature, including the interplay between light and dark, and creativity, magic, and beauty.  It revered the soul as an expression of unity and a symbol of oneness.  So, at these times turn to periods of quiet and self-reflection to seek the answers to the questions below.

What are the restrictions in my life that are holding me back from seeing life and living live as a daring adventure? 

  1. What will it now take for me to move into a new realm of possibilities and adventure in the months to come?
  2. What is one small step that I am now willing to make to live more in the world of adventure and possibility?

Slowing myself down to answer these questions of inner reflection is one technique I use to get myself on course.  Repeating the process is a way to keep the journey in the right direction.  In conscious living it becomes our responsibility to stop all busyness and to reflect on what is possible.  Join me.  Give some thought to the questions above – because it is in your thoughtful inquiry that newness and opportunity is born.

Maureen Simon    

The gift of art, music and beauty

July 20th, 2009

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul. ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The gift of art, music and beauty is often understated in our daily lives. We don’t often make time for a museum visit, a concert or to take a photograph on the run. The gifts of integrating the arts and beauty into our lives as a daily practice are unbounded.  Art and beauty feed our soul and are central to our very nature.  Today’s world is fast and busy.  It is essential that we make time to experience our inner quiet for it is in this place that we are informed and receive information and wisdom that will actually make our day-to-day life easier.  The gift that music, poetry and beauty give us is the gift of inner contemplation and stillness.  There is nothing more that our world needs.  If we start with ourselves and realize the value these subtle gifts give us, we can begin living our lives from a place of greater depth and contemplation.  The presence will roll out into the world and touch the many lives we encounter.  Take a moment to invite music, art, beauty, meditation and stillness into your life.  This is one of the greatest ways to contribute to the peace that our world cries for now.

Maureen Simon

Maureen J. Simon Consulting

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