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Zero to Hero Day 27: Putting One Foot in Front of Another 2.0

The assignment today is about looking back, which I don’t normally practice. I much prefer the view through the windshield, rather than the rear view mirror. However, this particular task is rather timely because the homework was to pick a post of ours that had the most views/likes etc and then expand on it in some way.

Tonight, I’m going to share all the cool sh*t that’s happened to me since I wrote the post “Putting One Foot In Front of Another” in June 2013. I don’t actually have to click back through my blog to re-read the post because that story was published (my first published story – Woot Woot!). There’s me holding it in the photo, and I have it pasted to my wall in my Writing/Spirit room.

Holding my first published story

Being very new to writing and coming out about my invisible illnesses of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Crohn’s Disease, I was quite scared about putting it all out there….I’m so glad I did. When the Spondylitis Association’s Program Manager Elin Aslanyan and other staffers from the Spondylitis Association of America saw my tweet promoting this piece, they came and read it….and liked it! (I mean really – does this kind of thing happen in the real world???) Continue reading “Zero to Hero Day 27: Putting One Foot in Front of Another 2.0”

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Reiki

Check out my new page about Reiki! I’ve got some great questions about what Reiki is, what it is like to receive a treatment, and how it can help. This page will continue to grow with more Q&A. In the meantime, please do feel free to share any experiences you’ve had or send me questions!!

Here’s the direct link to the page: http://blackhillsreiki.com/reiki/

 

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Zero to Hero 22: Blog Event – Daily Wisdom

I’m a couple days behind on my posts, so I’m still on Day 22 at the moment. The assignment is to dive in and participate in a blog event that is new to us. I already participate in a few photography blogging events, so I decided it was time to find one for writing. I discovered the Daily Wisdom page where I am offered a choice of items to blog about based on what they provide. The categories are:

  • Word of the Day
  • Quote of the Day
  • Article of the Day
  • This Day in History
  • Today’s Birthday
  • In the News

I decided to venture in to the Quote of the Day

Synchronicity surrounds us when we pay attention. This past week I’ve had discussions with people regarding pain and suffering, bringing in lessons from Buddhism and Conversations with God. Dostoyevsky identifies with pain and suffering with those with a deep heart. I believe he was delving in to the deep realms of suffering – identification of our reasons for being here, as well as the sometimes seemingly endlessness of life. When a human being is able to identify all that is the cause of the suffering, it is then the striving to remove the suffering begins.

In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “When we are able to identify our suffering and see its causes, we will have more peace and joy, and we are already on the path to liberation.”

Sometimes this sounds so easy, other times absolutely impossible. Perhaps it really is in the identification of the suffering that we truly do find our path.