“I Have a Dream” and Mantras

I have a confession: I don’t have a mantra*. This is not to say that I haven’t meditated with a mantra but many spiritually inclined people have a personal mantra that is theirs.  I have “tried on” many of the traditional mantras, but none felt quite right for me.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech. In my Art of Teaching class today we watched his speech and the mantra “I have a dream” truly resonated for me. I plan on trying it out for a few weeks and see how it fits.

(channeling my best Rev King)

  • I have a dream that I will regain my life.
  • I have a dream that I will be able to support myself.
  • I have a dream that awareness about Lyme Disease and its long term effects will become recognized.
  • I have a dream that we will all return to health and wellness; that we all will over come the suffering that this unseen illness bears down upon us.
  • I have a dream that I will be able think clearly, unburdened by Lyme brain fog.
  • I have a dream that I will be strong again.

I will report back and let you know how it goes- if it still speaks to my heart or if I will continue to search for my mantra.

*Mantra: a word or sound repeated to aid in concentration during meditation or times of stress. I will discuss mantras more in future posts.

The Seven Principonies of Unitarian Universalism

a clever take on an important aspect of my faith: Unitarian Universalism.

Coffee in my Chalice

Confound these ponies, they have found a way into my spirituality.

I’m a religious brony, I’m not afraid to admit it. I work a lot in my church with the teens and I have had to explain to a few of them what a brony is and had to defend why I am a brony to others. What I tell them is this: “The ponies have a lot to teach”

Every Saturday, I sit and watch the ponies with my 8 year old daughter and my 4 year old son. We laugh for a half hour and when the show is down, we turn off the television and talk for a few minutes about what we saw. I like to take the episodes lesson and see if they can apply it to their life. Often I find that it boils down to the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, which got…

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Another day of rest.

I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a vlog. Between traveling and preparing for my last semester of my Master’s, I haven’t had enough spoons to get one done. I wanted to reassure you that I haven’t forgotten about you all, nor have I fallen into a Lyme hole. I promise to return as soon as I need good procrastination excuses from my homework.

Today I am resting, saving up spoons and planning on going into my last semester with guns blazing!

Wondering about what I’m talking about when I say “spoons”? Check out The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino

Napping: to do or not to do?

I used to be the best napper. Seriously, I could lay down on the couch, in the middle of the day, in a busy apartment, fall asleep immediately, power nap for 15 minutes and wake completely refreshed.

In my post-Lyme life, this is one of the many things stolen from me. Post-Lyme I have to power through because I know as soon as I lay down, I’m down for the rest of the day. At this exact moment I’m tired: I’ve accomplished a lot today and I am spent. In my pre-Lyme life, I would lay down and take a 15-30 minute nap and get back to work. Post-Lyme, I fear that I will lose momentum.

This leaves me with the question: to nap or not to nap?

What would you do? Leave your response in the comments section below. I love hearing from all of you!

Intimate Strangers

While networking with a fellow Lymie around Lyme awareness today, she used the most fabulous term, “intimate strangers”. This resonated with me because that is truly how I feel about all of you, whether or not we have met in person. We have connected on a deeper level than most friends achieve after years. We know and understand the pain and struggles we go through daily. We share in the joy of the little triumphs (such as making it out of bed finally) and the larger ones (finishing a grueling course of antibiotics).

I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to all you, my intimate strangers.

And if you could take a moment to check out Kyoko’s blog: http://lymeinthecoconut.wordpress.com/

What is this Fitbit thing?

This is a post I wrote on my other blog, Clever Clover’s Random Musings . I have found my Fitbit to be incredibly valuable in my quest to regain my pre-Lyme strength. And Lord knows, every little thing can help!

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ILADS The Power Of Us Campaign

Please help spread Lyme Disease Awareness.

My Color Is Lyme

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ILADEF The Power Of Us Campaign.
to inform, inspire and motivate individuals and groups across the world to take actions that increase awareness of Lyme disease, raise funds to train physicians in the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and support LymeTap (an organization that helps people in financial need get Lyme testing). – See more at:
 

http://www.ilads.org/campaign/lyme-campaign.php

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