Have you updated to iOS7? I haven’t, yet. However my WordPress app is looking different this morning. Must have been one of those updates I did this week. Sometimes you just want things to stay the same, but they don’t. A metaphor for life, eh!
I may get around to installing iOS7 today – Tai Chi Man has done it already. He likes the new look and I’m sure there are lots of improvements, however I am learning that I am a little slower than some to embrace change. The main thrust of my spiritual growth the last few years has been self-awakening. This means noticing your thoughts, only keeping the ones that serve you, understanding that some come from ego/human-mind consciousness, and are best let go.
I don’t know whether I mentioned this before, but a couple of weeks ago I was presenting a talk on the Four Noble Truths and I shared a story about a monk who constantly berated a prostitute for her sins and even added a pebble to a pile for each man she slept with. She was repentant and prayerful and went to heaven – the judgmental monk went the other way! I always have my talk fully written out when presenting, but often feel moved to ad lib a bit, and I shared with the group that I tend to follow negative thoughts down the path of suffering. Often, when standing at my kitchen sink, I am thinking of my mother-in-law and how she would do the tasks differently and I start in on a conversation with her in my head and then I realise what I’m doing and mentally kick myself. So while talking to the group, I said, “I’ll use my mother-in-law as an example,” and a few people laughed and looked at my husband as if to say, what is HE going to think of that!? So I explained how I get attached to these thoughts and they don’t serve me, because I am comparing myself to my mother-in-law and also the things that irritate me about her behaviour are the things I dislike in myself (just as well she doesn’t read this blog, I think)! So, like the monk, I started a pebble jar. I call it Nicola’s Jar of Self-Awakening. When I catch myself following a train of thought, I put a pebble in the jar. My aim is to derail such trains before they take hold. I must say, it is working very well. It used to be that I would find myself having conversations in my head multiple times a day, which of course means I wasn’t in the present moment, and I was stressing myself out. Over the last couple of weeks, I have put only four pebbles in the jar. Then I forgive myself, and move on. However mostly I am getting really good at being aware of my thoughts and the ones I don’t want to follow are nipped in the bud.
In other areas this week, I have been interested to see that (a) I went to the optometrist who was happy with the health of my eyes, and a couple of days later I had this “cobblestone” effect under my eyelids which I was told is probably an allergy to contacts lens solution, specifically the preservatives, so I’ve had to wear glasses a lot lately and get a new kind of cleaning program; and (b) I had a clean bill of health from my kinesiologist followed by a urinary tract infection that hit out of nowhere; and (c) the last few days my right ear has felt full of cottonwool, with dulled hearing, so I took a series of vitamin C tablets and echinacea goldenseal drops yesterday and in the evening things seemed to improve.
I need to make a decision about the eyes…the contacts I have now are a trial pair with a new prescription. I can wear them for two weeks but by then I should have ordered a larger supply and bought the special peroxide cleaner. The system comes with a special case that has a copper piece inside that neutralises the peroxide overnight. I have been able to wear the lenses for a few hours the last couple of days, but I am wondering whether it’s time to change back to full-time glasses. I have had quotes for new ones. The first was over $400 – this is just for frames and simple lenses, not progressives, but my prescription is very strong and I’m going for the highest index I can get, 1.74. I can get it cheaper at Superstore as they have a half price sale on, so as long as I can find some frames I like it makes sense to get them there.
I started a new skincare regime last night. oil-cleansing I was browsing the forums on Ravelry and saw this thing about oil cleansing. I usually just use a washcloth wrung out in warm water. I never wear makeup so it’s not like I need fancy cleansers. However this method talks about the benefits of using castor oil with a carrier oil massaged into your face and then you apply a hot washcloth to steam open the pores and remove the excess oil. The castor oil works to remove the guck from the pores and your face is left feeling soft and moisturised rather than tight and dry. Your skin doesn’t have to over-compensate by producing more oil and clearer skin results. I am hopeful! Gave it a go last night using castor oil and olive oil, as that’s what I had on hand, and the olive oil is the best quality oil in the house. We shall see…
Well, I think that’s enough waffling for today. I think it’s time for some of the bread I made last night – it has apple, banana, pumpkin, zucchini, carrots and raisins in it, among other things.
Have a wonderful day!