What is “Parallel You” up to?

I had a science fiction-y idea a while ago that goes something like this.  Imagine that, in addition to your existence here on planet Earth, you have a parallel existence, a “Parallel You”, living on another plane, alongside planet Earth you.  Now, maybe Planet Earth you has a partner and children, or not, and goes to school and/or has a job, and in your spare time you like to ski and make awesome quilts, or cook fabulous meals or renovate your house.  But when you think about what Parallel You might be up to on that other plane, you might think that maybe she’s travelling all over the world, stopping here and there to do some humanitarian work, while working as a journalist.  Or, maybe, Parallel You is living on a farm growing vegetables and chickens and running a C.S.A. program. Or, maybe, Parallel You works in a day care centre supporting children who have special needs.  Or, maybe, Parallel You lives in a small tourist-y town and runs a bed and breakfast.

If you get my drift, Parallel You could be doing 1,001 things.

You see where I’m going with this.  Dreaming about what Parallel You might be doing, can give you free licence to tap into what you really love, and what your Soul longs for, no questions asked, no buts or maybes.  Tapping into this other version of yourself might give you some insight into some changes you might want to make, or even, a life course correction that’s needed.

I haven’t fully immersed myself into dreaming about what Parallel Me is up to yet, but I just know that she’s doing a lot more travelling, enjoying a retreat somewhere and going on a mission trip to a third world country. I’m sure she’s also well on her way to writing her first book!

I would think that the best way to do this exercise is to go to a quiet room where you will not be disturbed, sit comfortably as in meditation, close your eyes, and let your mind’s eye focus on an image that relaxes you.  Then, just let yourself imagine and picture what this other you might be doing. Sweet dreams!



Take Some Time

I was sitting in my Muskoka room the other morning, sipping my coffee, and staring out the window at the trees and clouds. I thought I had to tell you how much this almost daily ritual means to me, and because I want to encourage you to do it too.

Some days, I can only get five or ten minutes of this very nourishing activity.  Other days, when I’m off work and the kids are at school, I can spend a lot longer sitting there journalling, reading and just re-charging.

That’s really the reason I am encouraging you to take some time to just sit and breathe and look out the window at the clouds – for the opportunity to re-charge.

Maybe you’ll remember this activity from your childhood days when, perhaps lying on the grass or on the beach, you could spend hours making out the outline of an animal or object in the fluffy clouds.

I also just like watching how the clouds move, ever…so…slowly  –  it is very meditative.

So, my friends, all of this to say,

take care of yourselves by taking some time to just sit and be.

I meant to post this on New Year’s eve, but alas, a technological glitch intervened. So, I’m here now, wishing you all a peaceful and rewarding New Year!

p.s. I also wanted to draw your attention to Susannah Conway’s blog post about Finding Your Word for 2015, which you can find here (you just have to scroll down the page to find it).  I’m thinking my word for 2015 will be Courage.