Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Stand Up and Show Your Soul

One of the most calming and powerful
actions you can do to intervene in a stormy
world is to stand up and show your soul.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls
who are fully lit and willing to show it.

~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Of Note: Two social scientists using the Framingham Heart study data culled from 15,000 individuals proved that happiness is contagious as are other good behaviors. These and their opposites appear to spread between people like viruses; groups of friends and family can "infect" one another with good or bad habits. The researchers concluded that "Staying healthy isn't just a matter of your genes and your diet--good health is also a product of your sheer proximity to other healthy people." From the soul's perspective, it would appear the same law applies if Clarissa Estes has it right. That puts a great deal of responsibility on shining souls to not hold back even in an un-welcoming environment.

Today's Weather Report: For northern Wisconsin, this could be called a perfect winter day. Sunny, in the teens, no wind. The layers upon layers I put on this morning when going out were unnecessary and just weighed me down while at the same time making me very hot in the car. Layering is an art I obviously haven't mastered. A neighbor brought over fresh fish fillets which he caught while ice-fishing. These are northern, which many people just throw back, but there's nothing better than fried northern with potato pancakes for dinner--or at least that's what I've been told by my husband who is preparing the feast this evening.

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