J Dawn

It is said Hanuman, the Hindu Deity god of courage was known for his faith, humility, self control and commitment to a cause. He was also very powerful and in his younger years, misused these powers — a monkey running amuck. Maybe this is where the reference to the “monkey mind” comes from?

Lately my mind has run amuck much like Hanuman and has caused stress, worry, and even physical pain in my body, telling me I need to silence this crazy monkey.

Every Sunday (well usually) I draw two affirmation cards and this is what my journaling topic is and what I focus on for the week. Just look at the two cards I drew today! I’d say the message is crystal clear! So, for this week prayer, contemplation and stillness is where it’s at for me. I know without a doubt this is where I will find love and I shall focus on that instead of listening to the stupid monkey chatter in my brain.


Valentines Day …

Don’t forget in the middle of all the commercialization of love on this day (or any other day for that matter) to love yourself. It is not selfish to practice self love. A heart centered love does not exist in and cannot be contained in a box because love is an energy that radiates out. By choosing to love yourself, you are loving others as well. So yes, feast on your life and share the love.


The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other's welcome, and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.

LOVE AFTER LOVE – Derek Walcott

Detox from social media. The only way to do it is cold turkey! I thought I would miss the scrolling more than I actually do. What I knew I would undoubtedly miss was my occasional post and pictures to Instagram and the few people who posted and kept it positive and inspiring. Other than that, social media had become a toxic wasteland of ads and political diatribe.

As I sit here writing my first blog post, this FEELS more satisfying and more mindful, which is what I wanted to accomplish with ending my relationship with social media anyway. I want to be more present in the moments, the hours and the days, instead of partaking in the mindless activities that were not mindless at all. Actually these activities were full of nothing but the mind and ego and had nothing to do with being mind-less.

My intention here is not be anti-social, but social conscious. Don't we need more of that anyway?

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