Blessed Chaos

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light inspiration for the sou, towards enlightenment, one step at a time

Doesn’t your life sometimes feel too chaotic? Too much going on, too much to think about, too much to remember, too much to do, too much too much’s. We sometimes get so busy in the “to do” that we lose touch with the “to be”. But, even in the sometimes maddening pace of modern life, there are blessings, there is silence between the notes, starlight scattered in the darkness of the vast night sky. In my book of affirmations for enlightened being, Breathe, that is all I talk about. How do I bring the magic into the chaos? How do I bring in color to my sometimes gray-tones world? How do I shine light into corners that, until now, only held darkness

I found this home video from many years ago and was amazed at the blessed chaos of it all. Kobi is trying to recite the traditional blessings for the Jewish Shabbath (a calm thing), as our kids jump, twirl, dance, construct pyramids, and are in constant motion. I look at them, so cute, so round and chubby, so precious and small; and wonder how much of that time, in that blessed chaos, how much of that time could I see the sacredness of it all??

Discovering The Artist Within

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light and inspiration for the soul

I was always extremely jealous of Jodi. Jodi made jewelry, amazing pottery, and didn’t have kids waking her up in the middle of the night for her breasts. And, I was jealous of Julie. Julie wrote plays, acted in the local theater, and, also, didn’t have kids waking her up in the middle of the night for her breasts. And Nicole. Nicole painted, wrote poetry, and did have kids, but they were way passed the age of waking her up in the middle of the night for her breasts. I wouldn’t mind if Kobi woke me up in the middle of the night for my breasts; but, kids, exponentially less exciting.

I was working too hard to make money, doing many important things, running too fast. Artistic stuff means you have to stop, develop, practice, enjoy,get inspired, relax. Relax? Me? I didn’t even know how to walk slowly(and I used to try to; tried really hard). And so, it was never an option. My way to deal with the pain that was in my soul was to stay busy, busy, busy. I learned that lesson well watching my parents. So, now, month 18 of traveling the world; I realize something amazing- I have become an artist! I’m tickled to death to talk to you about how that happened for me, and how that can happen for you, too. (Artists beware: you will love to hear what you already know.)

How To Give a Dog or Cat a Pill

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My father sent this to me, and it’s just hysterical. Animal lovers, you’ll love this. It was an anonymously forwarded e-mail so I hope someone doesn’t sue me for all sorts on infringement laws. Just had to share. So, if you know who owns rights to it, please tell me and I’ll give them full credit for bringing laughter into my morning. Enjoy! 

1.
 Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cats mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. 

Let’s Set The World On Fire

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Me, setting the world on fire, alive....

It happened again tonight. I can’t control it, and neither would I want to, if I could. It hits me. Like a black cast iron pot in the dead of night, it bashes into my head. BOOM! And, I can do nothing, nothing, but fall deep, deep into that  abyss of dark, rich, Egyptian light. There is no other way for me to describe it. It is a dark light for my soul knows it. Very intimately.

It happens…and I’m gone. I’m somewhere else. My heart flutters (glitters actually), my soul leaps, my frequency blurs and hits a light, high, iridescent buzz.  And it seers right through my entirety. It’s happened only twice before in my life but it happened tonight, and I’m a spark plug. I’m totally outta here.

Nothing- What My Youngest Daughter Teaches Me

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my baby solai

My youngest daughter has come to cuddle with us in bed this morning. I lie there with her in my arms and breathe her in. She is, after all, my baby. She is the one that keeps me connected to that baby softness. She still needs my lap, and running into my arms momentarily after a fall (emotional or physical) still fills her up with all her soul needs. As I lie there, I pet her still round face, her still chubby hands, her soft remnants of a baby’s body.

Schools Are Killing Creativity

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being creative and beautiful

I love TED Talks! I do. They are inspiration and absolutely blow me away. I have yet to hear a TED Talk that did not add immense value to my mind or soul. And, the very first TED Talk speaker I have ever heard is Sir Ken Robinson. Here is Ken in his witty, intelligent awesomeness reminding me why I homeschooled for two and half years, why we put our kids in the school we helped found in Northern Israel, and why we are currently world-schooling our kids as we travel  the globe. My favorite parts: the girl drawing God and Shakespeare in someone’s English class.

Hanging By My Boob

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laughter for inspiration

My dear friend Heather just emailed this to me. No author, I’m still wiping the tears of laughter…

While conducting some business at the Courthouse, I
overheard a lady, who had been arrested for assaulting a Mammogram
Technician, say, “Your Honor, I’m guilty but…..there were
extenuating circumstances.”

The female Judge said, sarcastically, “I’d certainly
like to hear those extenuating circumstances.” I did too soooo…… I
listened as the lady told her story.

Roger Wright Had Three Dreams

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For some of us, dreams are those little puffy things that flow into your mind during sweet slumber. Some of them are better than others; most of them we forget as soon as we shake the sleep off. For some of us, dreams become little puffy goals that we’d like to get around to ‘one day’ when we have more money/time/health/ideal conditions. Some of them pinch our hearts and hurt cuz we know we’re living in excuses and will most likely never actualize them; some of them excite us enough momentarily to actually believe we may do something about it soon. And then, there are those who, for them, dreams are the blueprint to exactly why, how, when, and where they need to go next.

Music For The Soul

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Music has this powerful affect on me. It always has. It captures my soul. It hugs me, touches inside of me this chord of truth and depth. It plays my soul like harp strings. It fills my being with connectedness and meaning.

My entire life, I’ve connected to songs; not just to their tune, but to their words. Like anyone in love knows that that love song written just for him; I’ve always found artists whose words vibrated in the exact same frequency of my heart. Songs have impacted me throughout my life. They’ve given my joy words when I could not; given my sadness meaning when I had lost mine; given my confusion melody when I most needed it.

Helped me parent when I had no idea how to…