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Another Labor Day said and done. Another summer over in the ole US of A. Okay. In my world, these artificial delineations don’t really take. I wake up lately not knowing which day it is. Wonder when I will have to start taking notice of these silly details? I have been taking notice of not so silly details. We’ll get to them later..

So much is happening astrologically that it can be overwhelming. Eclipse season, Mercury retrograde, Saturn returning to Sagittarius, yada yada yada. How do we ride the waves?

PAUSE, EXHALE, REPEAT

Writing aka blogging is one choice I make to follow these instructions. Gathering thoughts ( mine, others, the collective,etc) and arranging them into sentences. Choosing images, tags, categories, the whole enchilada. It relaxes me and helps me focus. I highly recommend writing to the uninitiated. Blogging or any creative outlet that allows the real you rise to meet the horizon.

Spent part of my day at the diner with a friend. At first the crowds and noise bothered me. It is an introvert thing. But when our table was ready, I was able to get back in the moment. We got such a great booth, by the window and all the way in the back. The irony here is that on an uncrowded day, I would have requested a particular room. Today we were lucky to just get seated. So imagine my surprise that we got the best booth in the house.

Drinking really good coffee and chatting with a friend was a nice way to spend part of the holiday. The conversation flowed with the coffee and I began to enjoy this crowded space with what seemed like hundreds of other customers.

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After my friend left, I lingered awhile to finish my coffee. I was grooving on the music playing in the background. This diner seems to feature old school sounds from many genres, Rock, soul, pop, blues, jazz, funk. I began to hear the familiar melody of a Grateful Dead song, After careful consideration, I identified Ripple as the tune. Didn’t I just hear that while watching the film Wild this weekend? yup. Wasn’t it also featured by Playing for Change? yup. Wasn’t it also part of the post- concert show on pay per view that I have yet to blog about? yup. Do 3 yups constitute a pattern ? yup.

While I am taking in the soulful sounds, I am thinking about the past few weeks. I have been busy catching up with friends and family and having a wonderful time. The company of others has been healing. My life doesn’t suck right now. hmm…..

I begin to cast my gaze over to a row of pictures across from me as Ripple continues to move along. What do I see but a poster for Casablanca? What are the odds? There is clearly some order to this universe I find myself in, fueled by good coffee and a window view.

Before I grab my purse and head over to the cashier to pay the bill, I remember to

PAUSE, EXHALE, REPEAT

 I plan to carry on with this exercise well into the cooler days, shorter nights, and later months that also end with R. I need more than good coffee to keep these ripples in motion.

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

It’s a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they’re better left unsung
I don’t know, don’t really care
Let there be songs to fill the air

image credits: wikipedia.org, public domain

26 comments on “Pause Exhale Repeat

  1. That is definitely something that I need to remember all the time, Pause…Exhale…Repeat. i can get so carried away by my emotions during the heat of the moment. Those are great pictures to exemplify that motto.

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    1. litebeing says:

      hi Karen,
      thanks for visiting and commenting here. Glad you liked the pictures. I want to capture the tranquility and the power of the ripple effect.

      peace, litebeing

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  2. It sounds as if visiting family and friends have been good for you Linda.. Loved the 3 Yups!!.. I also loved today that a bill for my windows glass replacement came to £333… 🙂 You can not make these things up when the Universe wants you to take notice 😀

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    1. litebeing says:

      It is great to have some relaxing time with family and friends and I look forward to more soon. I agree that the numbers are relentless in their arrival at just the right time. 🙂

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  3. Lovely to read this post, I feel how light and free you feel… So glad you are in a good space and are enjoying life… Love you x barbara

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    1. litebeing says:

      Hi Barbara,
      that particular day was a great reminder that love and magic are everywhere.

      love and magical hugs,
      Linda

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  4. Oh, Linda! I forgot to mention that I love the shimmering water – the way the light glints off the water’s edge, just like that, so peaceful and serene. Its a wonderful peaceful sight to gaze and hold lightly.

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    1. litebeing says:

      I chose these pictures to showcase ripples. Ripples are everywhere, but easily noticeable in water. 🙂

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  5. Linda,
    Thank you for this amazing blog post. I am using the word ‘amazing’ because at the moment these are the few words available to me in my vocabulary: Love, Amazing, WOW, Peace.
    ‘Pause, Exhale, Repeat’ I will definitely take those words to heart.
    Aloha sis,
    Ka

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    1. litebeing says:

      Hey Ka,
      I will take amazing graciously. Thank you! It was fun to share some magic with my readers. And some advice on how to cope with the whirlwinds upon us.
      Aloha, Linda

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  6. Michael says:

    Hi Linda,

    I enjoyed catching up here on the last three posts at once, and savoring the unfolding promise they contain within them. It’s interesting sometimes to look back at old posts, or to take a step even farther removed and look at whole stretches of posts as chapters. I’m happy to feel the hope and the openness that is swimming its way through these… There’s the sensation of nearness and pending intimacy, and it’s always a joy when we let the real us “rise to meet the horizon…”

    Blessings
    Michael

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    1. litebeing says:

      Hi Michael,
      Glad you enjoyed the latest material. Sometimes I also ” binge read” several posts at once, and I like the rhythm that I find when reading over a period of time. My moods continue to wax and wane, and I was in a good place emotionally at that point in time.

      Here’s to hope and openness and pending joy and bliss,
      Linda

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  7. Paula Prober says:

    Love the idea–soundtrack with blog post. Beautiful. Inspiring.

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    1. litebeing says:

      thank you Paula

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  8. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Thank you for this song. It’s been a long time since I have heard it and I loved the ripples all over the world. Beautiful pictures and the synchonicities were great. I do so love when that happens…and it is more and more all the time. I’m glad you had such an inspiring and glorious day.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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    1. litebeing says:

      Glad you enjoyed the post Mary. This song has come to mean a lot to me, symbolizing hope and interconnectedness in all.

      peace, Linda

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  9. Grace says:

    It is sychronicities like the one that you described that makes life so fascinating and magical and fun to be in! They are comforting, like a warm hug from the Universe, letting us know that Someone is paying attention. Sounds like a really wonderful day.

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    1. litebeing says:

      Thank you so much Grace for visiting and commenting on my post. It was a wonderful day. Being with people who I care about lift my spirits and make it easier for me to stay on track. The synchs alert me that I am in fact, on track! It was a wonderful day.

      Namaste,
      Linda

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  10. Diner time; love it. 🙂 Beautiful photo and scenery, as always. Ripple, breathe … always good counsel, and definitely now with lots of Zap Zone energies swirling about (and being swirled!). Casablanca … how lovely is it that you saw a nice reminder? Love, Jamie

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    1. litebeing says:

      Hey Jamie,
      Do you have a fav diner nearby? I am always thrilled to share a bit of magic and awe with everyone. I think the Casablanca sighting was a not so subtle sign that love may be on its way ❤

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  11. Karin says:

    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I love the stories of the synchronicities. And it is good to hear that your life does not suck right now.

    That ripple theme sounds like a pattern. For me, these song lyrics often carry a meaning. I find the second part of the song particularly beautiful:
    Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
    If your cup is full may it be again
    Let it be known there is a fountain
    That was not made by the hands of men

    There is a road, no simple highway
    Between the dawn and the dark of night
    And if you go no one may follow
    That path is for your steps alone

    What I would have interpreted earlier as just another love song, is now a love letter from spirit to me. About that fountain of Source inside of us. And that narrow spiritual path to happiness and peace.

    Wonderful, you even saw a Casablanca poster. I wonder what comes up next.
    Happy surfing of the ripples,
    Karin

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    1. litebeing says:

      Hi You Tube goddess Karin,
      Are you a Grateful Dead fan? or you just looked up the lyrics? In any case, the song is beautiful and I always saw it as a spiritual song. Ripples are part of how synchronicity travels after-all. I love all the lyrics and am hoping the song will continue to follow me. 😉
      The Grateful Dead are often misunderstood, but again the song is just one of the myriad of was Spirit uses to get my attention. I think its time I view Casablanca again too!

      Greetings to you across the ocean. Look for the ripples…

      Hugs, Linda

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      1. Karin says:

        I googled the lyrics.

        Ripples are an important topic. I remember many NDE stories where people have been shown the ripple effect of their actions. Like a pebble dropped into the water sends ripples outward which eventually reflect and return, so do actions have a far reaching effect.

        I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying the ride.
        Hugs,
        Karin

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