She Was Loved

(c) Artist Unknown

On 26 September 1692, in the Massachusetts Cambridge prison, Rebecca Shelley Addington died at the age of 67.

She was wife to Constable William Chamberlaine, and had 13 children.

She was a compassionate, wise and hilarious woman, and she did not deserve to die in a prison cell not much larger than a kitchen cupboard.

There will always be scapegoats, those blamed for the supposed wrongs of others, and history shows us how hysteria can get the better of us, especially if it is clouded with ignorance.

Today, I say a blessing for all those wrongfully imprisoned, wrongfully murdered, and wrongfully tortured and left to die, alone, cold, and dis-eased. 320 years has passed since the Salem Witch Hysteria, and roughly 785 years since the Burning Times of Europe. The current year is 2012, yet still we continue to choose to believe in our assumptions of a person, as apposed to actually taking the time to learn their stories. Yet still there are those who are tortured, enslaved and discriminated against.

Today, I ask you simply & kindly: before you act on misguided words & actions of hate, intolerance, and/or arrogance; look into your victim’s eyes and see your soul reflected in the teary mirrors of yourself. It’s a new age. It is a new era, and hate has no place here. Let us remember those who have passed, let us not turn a blind eye to the present, and let us all come together to live a better future. Regardless of gender, orientation, nationality, religion or non-religion. We all call this Earth home…

With Love, Derek.

12th Generational Grandchild of Rebecca Shelley Addington

Advertisements

Week 14 Challenge: Be Your Inner Warrior!

(c) Snapped by Derek
Warrior Dash, Near Cairo, NY

This week, I challenge you to be the Warrior!

Over the past few months I have been studying four very “primitive” yet advanced ways of living.
Angeles Arrien, PhD, is an anthropologist, author, educator and corporate consultant who does work shoppes and lectures throughout the world. She bridges indigenous wisdom with our so called “modern” lifestyles. She focuses so on our family, work and personal lives as well as our relationship with nature, and teaches us how to bring forth this “Four-Fold Way.” These four archetypes that are within us can be focused on in such a way that we can harness our own personal power.
Empowering ourselves is the way of the Warrior. Angeles shows us how great warriors have been the great leaders, protectors, sorcerers, and explorers of the world over.
And the fundamental way of the Warrior that guides them on their path is “showing up and choosing to be present. The Warrior shows honour and respect for all things, employs judicious communication, sets limits and boundaries, is responsible and disciplined, demonstrates right use of power, and understands the three universal powers…of presence, communication, and position.”
Being a Warrior is more than just carrying a sword. It’s about being a respectful leader who knows her/his limits, and respects the boundaries of others. Who shows up when they says so. Your word is your reflection in this world. Reclaim it! Mean it! Respect yourself enough, respect others enough, to show the world what you are all about!

So, I will begin as always as asking you to ask yourself: how are you as you are entering this time for yourself? Have a heart-to-heart with yourself and reflect on your week past.

Were you able to incorporate last week’s challenge with your busy Life? If so, GREAT!
If not, that is okay too.

The whole point is to go at your own pace. You shouldn’t’t have to struggle to have fun, it should come naturally and on its own time.

Things you can do this week to bring out your inner Warrior:

  1. Mean what you say, and say what you mean.
  2. Learn to say “No.” Know your boundaries and limits, yet respect those of others.
  3. Do not allow guilt to dictate your doings.
  4. Do only “the important shit.” -Leonie Dawson
  5. When you can say with a whole heart “Yes, this is something I am willing to do,” then it is the right thing to do.
  6. Trust in your instincts.
  7. Take a stand for the things that you believe in, literally. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what is right.
  8. When you “demonstrate your power, no one can tell you what can’t be done. You are freed from patterns of self-diminishment and are less likely to accept other people’s perceptions of what we can and cannot do.” -Angeles.
  9. Vision Quests, soul retrieval, dance, meditating standing up, finding your power animals and allies, self reflecting on any possible issues of rebellion, authority and patterns of invisibility will also help to align you with your inner Warrior as well.

So, how will you incorporate the challenge for this week, hmmmmm? I would love to hear! Feel free to reply or comment on my facebook page! I want us to stay connected and stay friends, and what better way to stay friends than to share in all the gossip, eh?

YAY! Affirmations!

Don’t forget, you can tweak them to your liking. In order to make them yours, you must believe them. So switch ’em up if the inspiration strikes!

Today’s Affirmation: “I am a Warrior!

The next day’s: “There is something good, true & beautiful inside of me.”

And the WAY cooler one after’s: “My self worth is stronger than my self-critic!

The kick-ass one after that: “I place one hand on my heart & one hand under my ribs. I am healing! I am empowered!”

And the down right awesome one after that: “I will not hide! I will not hold back!”

And FABULOUS one then: “I am a great leader! I am strong! I am not a victim!

And the final (sadface until NEXT week, YEAH!): “I extend honour and respect to myself & to others. I will be my own inner Warrior!

I wish you well on your Journeys this week!
I hope you can allow yourself some time to chat with your inner Warrior…you DESERVE it!

With Love, Derek.

Week 13 Challenge: Take a Sacred Bath!

Sanuk & WELCOME!

(c) Snapped by Derek
Located conveniently in my bathtub!

This week, I challenge you to take a luscious and relaxing bath!

Now, I know, “A bath? Really?” you may be asking the screen. But bathing has been a sacred practice for many cultures throughout the world over for thousands of years. The  phase, “bathing oneself in luxury” has its roots here. A rather hunky man turned me onto this practise recently, and it reminded me of a class I took in February about Cleansing & Purification. The art of regularly taking Spiritual Baths with flowers, herbs, and oils lit my fires so to speak. So why not share the act and tell all, hmm!? Bathing allows us to yes, get all the grit and grime of the day off of us physically, but they also offer a mental, emotional, and spiritual benefit as well. Herbs and flowers are so often used in holistic practices as medicines. Aromatherapy, herbal remedies, and other flower essences can be used in addition to other therapies and treatments as directed by your holistic doctor. And shamans regularly use Spiritual Bath Ceremonies in their practices as well. So, why not start the spa treatment at home after a long, hard day. Pour yourself a soothing hot bath, add some dried flowers & herbs (lavender & rose petals are my favourite), some essential oils (all you need is a few drops), some sea salt and even some bubble bath. Voilà! Happiness in a tub! Soak those muscles, smell those soothing aromas, and yes, PLAY and blow some bubbles around. It’s all about letting go of the day’s bad joojoo, and allowing it to flow away down the drain. Sleep soundly my dears…

So, how are you as you are entering this time for yourself? Have a heart-to-heart with yourself and reflect on your week past.

Were you able to incorporate last week’s challenge with your busy Life? If so, GREAT!
If not, that is okay too.

The whole point is to go at your own pace. You shouldn’t have to struggle to have fun, it should come naturally and on its own time.

So, how will you incorporate the challenge for this week, hmmmmm? I would love to hear! Feel free to reply or comment on my facebook page! I want us to stay connected and stay friends, and what better way to stay friends than to share in all the gossip, eh?

YAY! Affirmations!

Don’t forget, you can tweak them to your liking. In order to make them yours, you must believe them. So switch ’em up if the inspiration strikes!

Today’s Affirmation: “I am deserving of a bit of comfort everyday.

The next day’s: “Beautiful waters. Beautiful skin. Beautiful Me.”

And the WAY cooler one after’s: “I have an innate power within myself. I am restored!

The kick-ass one after that: “I shall start my adventure today with an extra jump in my step.”

And the down right awesome one after that: “Here, I feel my emotions. Sensual, Creative & Joyous. I embrace my pain and can respect myself. I am alive!”

And FABULOUS one then: “Here I think of sunshine. Wise, Curious & Aware. I embrace my own power, and can laugh at myself. Pessimism & insecurity have no power over me. I think open-mindedly!

And the final (sadface until NEXT week, YEAH!): “As I bathe my body in herbs & oils, I bathe my heart. I bathe my mind. I bathe my spirit in luxury!

I wish you well on your Journeys this week!
I hope you can allow yourself some time to run yourself a bath…you DESERVE it!

With Love, Derek.

Week 12 Challenge: Take Yourself on a Date!

(c) Picture taken by Yours Truly
At the posh Ultra Violet Cafe on Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY

Aloha & WELCOME!

This is YOUR time. So, put down the kid, the dishes, the homework. Set aside the bills, the television, the cell phone.  Remember & ask your Self. Do you really have time to read this? If not…say “HECK YES!” and make the time. Gift it to yourself. Everyone needs alone time. Everyone needs to “OM-out” from time to time. Allow yourself this moment. It’s calling you. So, pour yourself some ‘YUM!’, grab a plate of  ‘MMM…’ and make some ‘SHH’ time.

So, how are you as you are entering this time for yourself? Have a heart-to-heart with yourself and reflect on your week past.

Were you able to incorporate last week’s challenge with your busy Life? If so, GREAT!
If not, that is okay too.

The whole point is to go at your own pace. You shouldn’t have to struggle to have fun, it should come naturally and on its own time.

So, how will you incorporate the challenge for this week, hmmmmm? I would love to hear! Feel free to reply or comment on my facebook page! I want us to stay connected and stay friends, and what better way to stay friends than to share in all the gossip, eh?

This week, I challenge you to go on a date!

When was the last time you went to a fancy restaurant? A movie? Received flowers? If it has been as long as it was for me, then I urge you TO GO! It is healthy to go for a night of dancing, an evening meal or a simple mid-day coffee at a cafe. My grandmother always said, that “A sign of a warm home is for there to always be flowers dear! Lots and LOTS of flowers! And if your grandfather won’t buy them, well, I will just have to get them myself now won’t I?” (Maybe this is where I get my Mrs. Dalloway complex? Ha!) If you are single this a true way to reconnect with your vital inner source! I regularly take myself to the movies, buy myself lunch, pick wild flowers, and stop at a cafe for tea and dessert. It is luscious! It is hedonistic! And it is FUN! If you are in a relationship, don’t blame your partner, sometimes people operate on different schedules and what constitutes fun.
So, whatever your name is, you have two choices here: either #1 Ask your lucky someone out to paint the sky red, or #2 (and slightly MORE FUN) SNEAK OUT and be a kid again! The choice, as always, is YOURS…

YAY! Affirmations!

Don’t forget, you can tweak them to your liking. In order to make them yours, you must believe them. So switch ’em up if the inspiration strikes!

Today’s Affirmation: “I will show my love MY LOVE.

The next day’s: “May I take this time for MYSELF and RELISH in it!”

And the WAY cooler one after’s: “I look up to the sky in delight. I AM LIVING! I am ALIVE!

The kick-ass one after that: “This date will be a way for me to reconnect with my own power.”

And the down right awesome one after that: “I stand in my own beauty and know that I am!”

And FABULOUS one then: “Times may have been hard, but now I am turning the page towards a better chapter!

And the final (sadface until NEXT week, YEAH!): “As I giggle and sip, I feel like a kid again!

I wish you well on your Journeys this week! I hope you can allow yourself some time to go on a date with yourself…you DESERVE it!

With Love, Derek.