Category Archives: Universe

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i park my car all the way uptown in east harlem on 117th street.  the last time i parked the car, i ran into curtis on my walk over to the subway en-route to midtown.  curtis is a sweet kid who worked as a temporary porter / doorman in my building at the time of the doormen’s strike.  he lives uptown and was on his way home when we met several weeks back.  i wondered if i would see him again as i walked from 117th to the 116th street train station.  

as i stood on the platform and waited for the train, i thought about curtis and hoped he was doing well.  when i last spoke with him, he had still not found a job. he decided to go back to school and planned on applying to an audio engineering program at a college in the bronx.  i wondered if he followed through.

as i exited the train at the 51st street platform, who do you think was sitting on the bench waiting for a train?  yup, it was curtis!   he was running some errands for his mom, which brought him to midtown.  he will find out next week if he is accepted into the engineering program.

i love when the universe answers immediately!

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“Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.”
- Carl Jung

i believe in miracles


even though it’s down-pouring outside, it feels good to be heading back towards the city today.  i’ll leave  susan’s secret retreat  today, spend 2 days in jersey, and wake up in my own bed on east 52nd street on sunday morning.  :)

it’s been raining here for the last 3 days which means no cell phone service, and intermittent internet.  i have to keep watching the modem – and if the green light goes on, i make a mad rush to the computer to check my e-mail.  sometimes i can get through 3 or 4 before the internet goes out again. although this may have been the quietest summer i’ve ever experienced, i did manage to meet 2 people and several hundred animals – all of which i will tell you about when i get back to civilization.  in the mean time, i will leave you with some pictures of this amazing place in upstsate ny.

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here ivan is enjoying the view from the deck at sunset:

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the local cuisine:

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interesting reading material:

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outstanding views:

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some of my new friends:

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deer running (5)

daisy ponies (7)

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and a flower encircled silo:

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a giant ‘thank you’ to susan for lending me this wonderful space for the summer.  i am forever grateful to you! (and if you’re interested, she’ll rent it to you – just let me know –  the fall is spectacular and there’s skiing just around the corner. )

i’m expecting some miracles this week.  i’m very excited about it and  i’ve decided to expect some every day from now on.  

just keeping you up to date.

Acts of kindness, however small – a smile, a compliment, a helping hand – plant seeds of hope, love, and beauty in a spectacular garden you’ll one day call home.

Talk about ‘Miracle Grow,’
~ The Universe

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the way of it


back on retreat!  well, sort of. . .  i’ll be spending a good part of the summer out of the city and i’m currently enjoying another week at my friend susan’s house in upstate ny, which i refer to as susan’s resort.  the resort is on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by trees, amazing landscapes and all kinds of wild beasts. everyday, rain or shine, i am compelled to go for a long ride to take pictures.

on today’s journey i was listening to wayne dyer speak about the tao by lao tzu. tao is chinese for ‘the way’.  i’ve listened to this cd many times over the last several years and never get tired of  wayne dyer speaking about lessons of the tao, which of course any taoist knows, cannot actually be spoken of.  if you don’t get that – no worries.  to simplify the idea, i can only suggest that it says something along the lines of, ‘we need do nothing for all to be done perfectly’.

after driving for about an hour or so, i realized that i hadn’t noticed any real photo ops.  this has never happened before.  i always see something photo worthy on my excursions up here in god’s country.  maybe i was so into listening to wayne, i had driven right by places that i normally would have stopped for a photo or two.  how unusual.  i decided to pay particular attention to the scenery and looked carefully so that i would be sure not to miss any beasts hiding deep in the woods.  driving about 5 mph for the last 10 miles home, i looked and looked as i listened to wayne talk about finding peace through the tao and how all that is, is already perfect, ect. . . .

as i drove up the driveway of susan’s resort, i was astonished that i had arrived home picture-less.  normally this would have upset me but i felt happy to have had the opportunity to listen to wayne talk about the tao suggesting that to be one with what is, is the way to peace or, (in my words) all things happen for a reason & if you just go with that, you’ll have peace.

when i got out of the car, i let ivan out of the back seat and then went around to the passenger side to get my bag and my camera.  i almost laughed out loud when i discovered my camera wasn’t in the car, but had been sitting on the kitchen counter inside the house the entire time.

wouldn’t that just be the way of it??

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“The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.”
 ~ Lao Tzu, 
     Tao Te Ching

everyday . . .


this is the universe:

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and this is the best father in it:

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happy father’s day to you, dad.

i love you billions x infinity!!

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do you see what i see?


this is a portion of an image i was just looking at.  does anyone see an image in this cloud? if so, please tell me so that i don’t think i’m just making it up . . . .

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“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
 ~ Albert Einstein

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just when you’re ready to throw in the towel . . .


“It’s part of nature’s built-in checks and balances, that while there may be times when you think you can’t even help yourself, precisely in such moments there will always be someone else nearby . . . you can help, instead.”
~ the universe
     & mike dooley

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they always know what i’m thinking


everyday the story of the day arrives in my inbox and makes me smile.  love those story peeps. . . .

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“Genius. It is just attention to something specific. That’s all it is.”
~ Esther Hicks

 

 

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it’s been 5 days on my country hiatus now and  i’m thinking of heading back to the city later this afternoon.  so far today i’ve seen 3 deer,  1 blue jay and a woodpecker and look what i found yesterday:

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i’m taking this as a sign from the universe that it just may be time to get back to the crowds in the city . . .

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
 ~ Lao Tzu 

friends in the country


i’ve been on my country hiatus for 4 days now and i’ve only seen 6 or 7 people, but i have managed to make some new friends.  the folks up here have much less to say than city peeps, and when they do speak, it’s hard to understand what they’re really saying.  luckily i have ivan with me to translate.  meet the new crew:

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and the translator:

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”
~ Ghandi

zen in the woods


my brother once reminded me of the saying, “if you need something done, give it to a busy person.”  this is so true – at least for me.  ever since i lost my job, i have become less organized by the day, and have a hard time getting things done – which is very unlike me – at least the me i used to be.

i make lists.  and lots of sticky notes for myself too.  lists and notes used to keep me organized but these days, they just accumulate alongside all of the unopened bills that keep arriving in my mailbox. my lists, notes and bills have formed into a giant pile which i occasionally move around the apartment.  it is way past time for action!  so i called up my friend susan, who owns an awesome house two and a half hours outside of the city and asked if i could use it for several days to  organize the pile of papers and make an action plan for what to with my life. she agreed it would be good for me and gave me the keys.  ivan and i headed out around noon on wednesday.

so here i am with ivan, in the middle of the woods, in an awesome house with magnificent views and no distractions – except for the 2 amazon sized hawks that just nearly crashed into the huge glass wall in front of which i am sitting. wow – that wasn’t something you experience everyday.  hawks fly high and if i were in the valley below, they would have been off in the distance, like i’m used to seeing hawks. but this house sits on the top of a mountain and it really looked like they were coming in for a landing right into the living room!

it’s been pretty windy up here in the woods so when i heard strange noises right after the near fatal attack of the hawks, i attributed it to the wind.  it seemed like a good time to take a break from staring at my piles of papers and go outside for a possible hawk photo opportunity.  there i was, just standing on the deck quietly admiring the amazing mountain view and waiting for some hawks, when all of the sudden i was startled by very loud noises which seemed to be very close to me.  even ivan was alarmed and he can barely hear anything anymore.  i quickly turned around in an attempt to locate the source of the noise and just overhead, directly above the glass wall they had almost crashed into earlier, were two of the biggest hawks i’ve ever seen, duking it out on the roof – a bird fight!  i was so surprised and they were so close to my head, i torpedoed inside and i missed the photo op!  i’m  not scared of birds, at least i never thought i was, but having two hawks with 6 foot wing spans brawling less than 10 feet from your head is a bit frightening for any city girl.  once inside, i remembered that i had never heard of death by hawk for anyone so i returned to the deck.  by that time, they must have resolved their issues and had stopped the fight.  i got several pix of them leaving the roof.

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more adventures to come, stay tuned!

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
~ e. e. cummings

mandatory viewing!


Barry Dennis demonstrates here how true wealth is found in letting go. We already have so much more than we think! More time, money, energy, love and joy.

“It all started with a soccer ball.”
 ~ Barry Dennis

like a horrible day-mare, batman!


it’s no surprise when the n.y. post prints shocking news, but reading this was a surprising shock for me:

The meteor — estimated to be about 10 tons — entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered into pieces about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.  story

oy vey!  seriously, who could have known?  the only thing more surprising was that the meteorite didn’t land on east 52nd street.

lets all take a moment to say a prayer for these people -

namaste.

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“Zen Buddhism is a discipline where belief isn’t necessary. “
~ David  Sylvian 

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“new thinking is always the answer.”
~ Mike Dooley

 

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good morning new york!


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i want to take this time to publicly thank the city for it’s sheer awesomeness!  just imagine all of the greatness that is unfolding on this tiny island as i write .  it’s almost hard to wrap your head around it all . . . .

 

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tourist destination . . . . not.


every morning the first thing i do after i turn on the computer is look at my blog stats.  due to my current un-employment status, i can no longer use income as a indicator of how i’m doing in the outside world so blog readership is the substitute. it makes me feel like i have something to do that matters (although i am under no delusion that it does).

my first and most important daily assignment is to see how many visitors read my blog the day before, and then i move onto content.  wordpress offers statistics on the pages that were viewed as well as the country each reader is located. it’s always interesting when i see countries like india, japan or russia listed on ‘my morning report’.  many times i use way too much time imagining a japanese monk surfing the net over tea in his zen garden or, a native indian in the squatting position on his dirt floor in rajasthan navigating the web with one hand and scooping breakfast porridge into his mouth with the other.

you can imagine my surprise when this morning i saw a reader had visited my zen city all the way from the isle of man.  what??  did i hear you thinking that you’ve never heard of the isle of man?  well, no worries, i hadn’t either.

since you most likely have a job to get to, i will save you the trip to wikipedia and give you a quick summary here, straight from the big book:

The island has been inhabited since before 6500 BC

The Isle of Man is located in the middle of the northern Irish Sea

The main telephone provider on the Isle of Man is Manx Telecom

The island was ruled by Manannán mac Lir, a Celtic sea god, who would draw his misty cloak around the island to protect it from invaders

Traditionally the national dish of the island is Spuds and Herrin (but!)  A more recent claim for the title of national dish would be the ubiquitous chips, cheese and gravy.  This dish, which is similar to poutine, is found in most of the island’s fast-food outlets, and consists of thick cut chips, covered in shredded Cheddar cheese and topped with a thick gravy

There are two domestic animals specifically connected to the Isle of Man

1. The Manx cat is a breed of cat noted for having a genetic mutation that causes it to have a shortened tail.  The length of this tail can range from a few inches, known as a “stumpy“, to being completely nonexistent, or “rumpy” 

2. The Manx Loaghtan sheep is a breed native to the island. It has dark brown wool and four, or sometimes six horns

and finally, the bee gee’s (maurice gibb, barry gibb and robin gibb) were born & raised on the isle of man.

road trip anyone??

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“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
 ~ John Lennon

try not to cry


 


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“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”
- Arthur Rubinstein

what would you love in 2013?


 

and what would you do to prepare if you absolutely knew it was going to manifest for you?

i am going to meet many amazingly wonderful people, one of which will be my future husband, get and sell the shot that will launch my photography career, write, write & write some more, do my best at the work i love which will compensate me beyond my wildest dreams, be aware and act on every opportunity to serve and finally, stay present and see the joy in every second of every day.

as you can see, i’ve got a lot to do right now so we’ll touch base again later, ok?

many miracles, peace, love & joy to all!

namaste,

laurie

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“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness … the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.”
~ The Dalai Lama

not for the jimmy choo’s


hi, friends -

quick question –  please help me out by answering this:

what is the  REAL  reason you would want to be super wealthy?

thanks in advance for answering & happy holidays to all!

“He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”
~ Confucius

do not think – follow up


thanks to all of the wonderful peeps who helped me out with my “do not think” post several weeks ago. i received both comments and e-mails in response to my request for people to simply tell me something – anything that came to mind at the moment.  i mentioned i would tell you what it was about at a later date &
ta da! . . . . here it is:

i was watching a rev. gayle dillon video and she was speaking about how if you are being aware and receptive, you will always get the answers to your prayers or at least a point in the right direction.  most of the time, we’re just not paying close attention.  she then suggested we could give it a try by asking random people to say something – anything that came to mind –  and then listen – really listen – to what the universe was offering through that person.  so i asked and i received.  i sat with each of the responses and let them speak to me.  i did not  ‘just read’  them while i was on the phone, typing or watching t.v.   each and every reply to my post held so much value and was so relevant for me.  i encourage you to try this and see what comes up for you – i bet you’ll be as fascinated as i was.

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The good you find in others, is in you too.

The faults you find in others, are your faults as well.

After all, to recognize something you must know it.

The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well.

The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.

The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are.

To change your world, you must change yourself.

To blame and complain will only make matters worse.

Whatever you care about, is your responsibility.

What you see in others, shows you yourself.

See the best in others,and you will be your best.

Give to others, and you give to yourself.

Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful.

Admire creativity, and you will be creative.

Love, and you will be loved.

Seek to understand, and you will be understood.

Listen, and your voice will be heard.

Teach, and you will learn.

Show your best face to the mirror,

and you’ll be happy with the face looking back at you.

~ Author Unknown 

do not think


without giving it too much thought, would you tell me something?

anything.

in the comment box, just tell me what comes to your mind – don’t even think abut what to say – just write something.

this is an experiment and i’ll tell you about it later in the week.

(if you prefer not to comment on the blog, feel free to e-mail me directly at sdcags@hotmail.com)

thank you!

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