Take a pictorial walk with me this morning, and see Portland through my eyes.
Photograph © Stacy Alexander – 2013
Over the past year, I have experienced an amazing number of meaningful coincidences and synchronicities, things that are almost unbelievable.
I was thinking about this tonight when I came across three Depok Chopra quotes. The first:
“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.”
― Deepak Chopra
Sometimes, I wonder why the people who are currently in my life are there. Over the past year some very wonderful relationships have developed, new friends have walked into my life and old friends have resurfaced after our being apart for years. What does it all mean? I am enjoying this. It is fulfilling in ways that I cannot even begin to describe.
And the second one is:
“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.”
― Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny
So as I go to sleep tonight, I am feeling joyful about something that I might otherwise be worried about. And that is my cryptic proclamation of the hour. I told my friend that the things that bothered me very much over the last year seem like nothing to me now. I have so much to be happy about and so much more to be thankful for. The petty annoyances that were really getting to me, especially around Thanksgiving, are things that just seem silly to me now. Insignificant. I feel as though a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders and I am happy.
The third quote is:
“According to the law of Dharma, you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world–and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence. Expressing your talents to fulfill needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance.”
― Deepak Chopra
This quote is posted here for someone specific….but it applies to everyone. 4
For my recent birthday, my mother sent a stack of old photographs of my youth, many of which I had not seen. It was a lovely gift, one that I have very much enjoyed seeing every day since.
This is a picture of my Dad and I.
I must have been around 6-7 months old:
The one above is me with my beloved dog, Dexter, a chihuahua/spitz mix who lived to be around 19 years old. I miss him to this day. He was the sweetest little dog, a true friend.
This is a photo of my mother, Alli, and me. I think my mom was really pretty. She still is, at 83 years old. My teeth look pretty whacked out in this shot, but I think it was the blurry photo, and not actually my teeth.
This is a shot of baby me with my father’s mother, Francis Victoria, and my Mother.
The picture above is my mom on the left with the big “B” (for Blackwood) and her best friend, Billie, when they were going to Tulare High School in California. They are friends to this day.
There were many other photos, and looking at them brought back many memories. Those are the kinds of gifts that I like…..and don’t like. 🙂