Feather's Commitment to Readers

Feather's Commitment to Readers
Author Feather Stone takes you on a richly textured adventure
through stunning landscape and into the minds of the desperate.
A strong cast of characters will grab and hurl you into a plot
full of treachery .... and passion that refuses to be silenced.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A-Z Challenge: Questions We Should Avoid

"We accept many notions because they seem to be the logical answers to our questions. But have we asked the right questions?"
-- Harold L. Klawans
Sometimes we ask questions for which we really don't want the answer! Nonetheless, when we ask a question, our subconscious minds will get to work to answer us.

Here are some examples of questions we want to avoid:
  • What's wrong with me?
  • How long could this take?
  • What could go wrong?
  • How much trouble could it be?
  • How hard could it be?
Asking questions can be empowering - as long as they're smart questions!

"The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions."
-- Anthony Jay

Just a little humor for you today.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A-Z Challenge: Perfectionism

"We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others, but we cannot accept and love ourselves. The more self-love we have, the less we will experience self-abuse. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves the way we are, and why we don't accept others the way they are."
-- Don Miguel Ruiz
"The maxim 'Nothing but perfection' may be spelled 'Paralysis.'"
-- Winston Churchill
"After enough mirror gazing, we all develop our 'cosmic sense of humor.' We no longer try to be perfect, or try to get all our work done in time. We become content with whatever life brings. Just to deal with what comes up without crucifying ourselves or others is enough of a challenge."
-- Paul Ferrini
Feather Stone: My idea of perfection.
The first dandelion bloom in the spring
Hugs from my sister
A glass of beer on a hot afternoon
Kisses from my puppy
Autumn leaves, red, gold, yellow
The night sky full of stars
Listening to my favorite music
Making my husband's favorite cookies
Tears of joy
What is your idea of perfection?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A-Z Challenge: Overwhelmed? Find Empowerment.

"Life does not happen to us, it happens from us."
-- Mike Wickett
Are you easily overwhelmed? If so, answer this question in your journal:

While growing up, what did you experience too much of?

Experiencing too much of something leads to feelings of overwhelm. When we’re young, overwhelm can lead us to believe that we are not capable or that we are not good enough. These are power issues.

Awareness of when we are feeling overwhelmed can help us go inside, claim our power and change our experience of any situation.

"When we know that the cause of something is in ourselves, and that we (ourselves) are one of the few things in the universe that we have the right and ability to change, we begin to get a sense of the choices we really do have, an inkling of the power we have, a feeling of being in charge... of our lives, of our future, of our dreams."
-- John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
"Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail."
-- John Donne
Feather Stone: The hardest lesson I learned, and most frightening, was that I, and only I, am responsible for my life. I can't blame my parents, my boss, or anyone else for the direction of my life. My choices, my attitudes, my emotions invite whatever comes into my life. I manifest it all, the good and the unwanted.
I can't always control what happens in my life, but I can govern how I respond to those events. I don't have to be angry or sad. Yes, troubles happen that hurt or frighten. I can be human and feel upset, crying, and angry for a while. However, I don't have to 'live there.'
Sometimes it requires a conscious choice of 'getting on with your life,' move on with determination to be joyful and live consciously, rather than on auto pilot. Really live!
Life beset with rage and sadness is a dark place and unhealthy physically. Once a person takes responsibility for their life, interesting things happen. Once you open to the realm of unlimited possibilities, get ready for a magical life.
Synchronicity happens. You feel empowered. You are powerful.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A-Z Challenge: Nothing Needs To Be Fixed

"If you are ready to accept all which you find in yourself, you will be able to move through everything with deep sensitivity, awareness, love and understanding."
-- Gerd Ziegler
As we understand it, the spiritual journey is not about becoming perfect. It's about acceptance, releasing judgment, and embracing everything in wholeness.

This is a great challenge for our personality. We've grown up comparing ourselves to others, always judging how we're better and worse than those around us. And many of us are very good at finding fault with ourselves.

If we release judgment, then nothing needs to be fixed -- including you. Explore inviting your soul to help you accept all that is and experience a whole new way of living.

"Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are."
-- Julia Cameron
 Feather Stone: There was a day in my youth when my mother and I were walking in a forest. I commented that the forest appeared unkempt and disorganized with all the fallen trees scattered about, wildflowers crowded by other tall grasses, and decaying leaves from last fall. It seemed to me that someone should make an effort to clean it up.
My mother, a very wise and highly educated woman, smiled and sat me down on a weathered log. Sunlight streamed down on us through the thick canopy of spruce, poplar and birch trees. Birds twittered happily and a cheeky squirrel noisily scampered above us. A red tailed hawk circled, calling to his mate.

"This is order," she said.
She went on to explain how what I saw as imperfection was, in fact, perfection. Fallen trees served as cover for smaller creatures, even shelter during storms and the freezing winter. Plants are often companions to other plants, and decay ensures nutrients for a zillion creatures we don't even see. My mother painted a picture of harmony and I gradually began to see the forest with a fresh awakened eye.
This awakening has continued to flow into my ideas of what is  viewed as imperfection within myself and others. What appears to be a flaw, is something I need to see again in a new light, from a higher perspective - from a creator's perspective.
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