Part 5: My Addiction:Seeing the Light Reflected Off Myself

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my addiction- seeing the light reflected off myself

“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter.
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun,
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right….”

So, the sun is beginning to shine in my little inner world. I am beginning to see the light of the Universe kindly, softly glowing within me. And that’s what this part is all about, it’s about bowing down to the beauty of what was and walking away, enlightened from it. That’s what life is about; what our painful growth should be about.

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.

Your Spiritual Guides- Ellie

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Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.  ~Attributed to Groucho Marx

What would we be, who would we be without books? Without those words to fill in the crevices of our heart exactly where it is we need the void to be filled? Without that next author, who we feel we intimately share our lives with, who guides us, gently, to the next stage of our knowing. My closest friends and greatest teachers are authors of books who, unknowingly, have shaped who I am, how I think, what I believe, and how I behave. And, the most amazing thing, I believe, is how each and every one of us are molded and grow uniquely based on the contours and shades graciously given by the books that have fallen into our laps. In this series, I have asked readers, course participants, and friends to share which books have served as their spiritual guides. Here Ellie shares her favorites.

Part 4: My Addiction: Getting to Grief

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“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” – Rumi

Have I told you lately how much I love Rumi. Rumi’s my man. He does it for me. Thank God for Rumi. In any moment of despair, confusion, lostness…. there is always a Rumi quote to push me back up. And so, I sit here grieving. Grieving a dream that will never actualize. But Rumi says that it will come around in another form… and if Rumi says, he knows. Let’s talk about grief. It’s hard, heavy, thick, choking and very necessary, but not always.

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.

What Is The Soul

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pretty orange flower on the grass in parque kennedy in lima, peru

“All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”  -Rumi

Picky Picky Picky Eater

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If your child is a picky eater, your job is to teach him to widen his food choices. Special catering and made-to-order requests at meal times encourage your child to stay close-minded and limited in his food choices. Encourage food inquisitiveness while giving it as little attention as possible.

The Ten Basic Do’s and Don’t’s To Guide You Through It:

Part 3: My Addiction:Withdrawal

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I had helped people with withdrawals before. I had a fascinating young man named Mark who though in and out of prison, stayed true to his drug addiction; a father of three who lost his wife and kids because he couldn’t stop playing cards with the guys; and a beautiful young woman who couldn’t go back to her husband after her affair left her with a new taste/a new light in her life that she just was not willing to let go of. And now, as I face the metaphorical death of a dear, intimate friend; I get it. Now, I see how painful that withdrawal is and how we lose perspective of our lives in the face of our desires.