Love, Sex & Poetry ~ Hearts

  
Love, Sex & Poetry ~ Hearts
By: Linda A. Long

I closed my eyes
And placed
My hand
Against your chest
If just for a moment
To feel the rhythm
Of your heart
Vibrate through me
Nourishing me
There’s a subtle echo
In the wind
Chanting your name
In the soft
Ocean rolls
Outside my window
Slowing the speed of my thoughts
Down long enough
For me hear
The call of intuition
Beseeching me
To open my senses
And let you in
Softly floating into
My meditative state
As I breathe in
One
Two
Three
Four
Hold
One
Two
Breathe out
One
Two
Three
Four
Hold
One
Two
I focus on regulating
My breathe
I feel your energy
Rise higher
Into my subconscious
I’m here
I say to you
I’m here
Close your eyes
You will feel me
I’m here
My hand
Rests in yours
Warm soft reassuring
I give you strength
My trust lies at your feet
I believe in you
In the deep
Rolling waves
Of my mind
To rise up to greet you
On this beautiful night
Extending out my hand
I say to you
Meet me,
At my heart
There’s a soft place
For you to land
Close your eyes
And meet me,
At my heart
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Note: I had a good run of sex poems going. But, tonight I was inspired to write a love poem. I’ve been meditating quite a bit lately. My last two meditations have been very focused on Heart Chakra opening exercises to allow love to flow freely and easily. While meditating, I could see myself standing with one hand on my chest and one hand on MBE’s chest saying, “Meet me, at my heart.”

When I meditate, I usually repeat this Metta Prayer. I find it very soothing. I wanted to share it with anyone who needs to find some peace tonight!

  

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Music:This video is awesome. “Gimme Shelter” from the Playing for Change Youtube series.


Advice To 16 Year Old Self

  A friend from high school asked me last week “What advice would you give your 16 year old self?”. After attending our 30th Reunion with her today, here’s my reply…

If I could go back and give my 16 year old self some advice, I would say:

Love. Don’t let your fear of loss keep you from loving

Pray. God will always have your back. Praise & thank him through your circumstance.

Write. Your passion is writing.You are good at it. Make your living writing.

Spirit: You are most happy when you are spiritually & emotionally grounded. Use Yoga & meditation to ground yourself.

Alone. Walk your own path even if you walk it alone most of the time.

Happy hour. Don’t go every Friday night. It will eventually lead to trouble & is a big waste of time.

Drums: Buy a Djembe Drum & bang the shit out of it.

Money: It’s good to be comfortable but you are & always will be a minimalist in all aspects of life.

Intuition: Trust your God given instincts & intuition.

Intellegence: Apply yourself & use your God given intelligence.

College: Stay in Philadelphia Textiles(now Philly U) & finish your degree & go right for a Masters Degree. When you finally finish your BS at 40 years old, you’ll wish you had more time to keep going.

Breathe: You will make yourself sick by not breathing and stressing too much.

Relax: Take the pressure off of yourself.

Belonging: Belong to yourself first. Remember, you are just fine the way you are & do not shrink to fit into any crowd.

Let Go. Let go of anything that no longer serves you or grows you. Leave behind anything or anyone who attempts to hold you back or bully you into following them.

Move: Take the job in NYC when you are 29. You’ll regret turning it down.

Passion: Live, write, love. Pursue life passionately and don’t be afraid to fail.

HeLp: Ask for help when you need it.

Talk: Do not internalize your ferlings.

SBA: Thank your single Mother for struggling to send you to a private all girls high school. The girls you will meet there will become your life long friends.

There’s more… but, I’ll stop here.

Oh yeah, BUY Google and Apple stock at the IPO😉

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2013 Intentions – Metamorphosis Daily Prompt

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The Daily Post’s challenge today was Metamorphosis. I use the power of Intentions to change my life. I’ve blossomed by using the power of Intentions. Metamorphosis occurred in my life by choosing my thoughts and actions carefully. So, I am using this post to Monday Morning Quarterback 2013’s intentions and set new 2014 Intentions for my next year’s Metamorphosis. 🙂

Last year on January 2, 2013 I posted a few of my board Life Intentions for the year. I’ve never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions. They seem cliché to me. But, I do believe in using Intentions to change/mold and direct my life. I am a planner; setting goals and Intentions makes sense to me. I believe if you set a goal and make a plan, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.

Below is the list of Intentions I posted last year. Under each Intention is my “Monday Morning Quarterback” review of how it actually worked out as the year rolled by and a new Intention for 2014.

2013 Physical Health Intention
I will continue to focus on improving my health in all aspects so I can live a full active life. I will continue to make choices that promote health and wellness in my life. This includes continued commitment to fitness with regular exercise five to seven days per week. While I am in the average weight range for my height, I would like to lose an additional 5 to 10 pounds. Since I came this far and lost 80lbs I may as well lose another 5 to 10lbs and get back to my college weight  I will remain committed to being alcohol free. I know if I drink alcohol I will become sick again. I won’t let that happen. I welcome physical health into my life in 2013.

As I started 2013, I was still working on healing my Liver and Stomach which were both damaged by undiagnosed Celiac Disease & Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease with Steatohepatitis. I had one year of being alcohol free under my belt. I was Gluten Free for six months and I was easily maintaining the weight loss as food made me sick so I didn’t eat very much. 

Over the course of the year, my Liver healed completed but my stomach was just getting worse.  I just couldn’t figure it out. I started the summer with six consecutive weeks of a Migraine Headache followed by a month long respiratory infection which was caused by poor air quality and exposure to second-hand smoke. But, I later found out an undiagnosed food allergy to the Flaxseed I was using as a non-gluten Fiber source was the source of most of problems.  Since eliminating Flaxseed my stomach has improved dramatically. It’s improve so much so that I actually gained weight.  The Doctor told me that would happen when my stomach started absorbing nutrition again. Actually he told me it was a welcomed sign. It meant my stomach was working normally again and I was healthy 🙂

2014 Health Intention

I will remain Gluten Free and Alcohol Free.  although I do miss having a glass of wine, I can’t go through all the work it took to heal my Liver again.  I just can’t do it again. The Liver Specialist told me the Liver disease will come out of remission and will be even worse and may even kill me if I gain too much weight or drink alcohol again. So, I’ve accepted that alcohol is my Kryptonite.  Moving on…Now that my stomach is healed and I no longer have multiple nutritional deficiencies from lack of absorption I have to work on finding the right balance food and calories for my health body.  I would like to take off the 10lbs I put back on.  I will use use Yoga and Power Walking as my primary exercises to nourish my body and help me maintain a healthy weight. Also, if you read my blog regularly, you may have noticed I removed the Celiac Disease Infographic.  I did this intentionally. I now believe when you identify yourself with an illness, you open the door to more illness.  In other words,

I am happy and grateful now that I am healthy and I feel good.  I do not identify myself with any illness or disease.

2013 Emotional and Mental Health Intention
I will continue to make strong health choices for myself that focus on taking care of my emotional and mental health. I will make sure to look for ways to manage stress and anxiety. I will continue speak my peace. I will not internalize. I will not bottle everything up inside. I will allow people to help me. I will allow those who love me to take care of me when I need support. I will seek help when I need it. I will say what I need to say. I welcome emotional and mental health into my life in 2013.

I not only set this as an Intention but it became my Manta, my lifestyle.  The greatest improvements in my life occured because I made a commitment to myself to live authethnically. Whatever changes I had to make to live this way, I had to make them. PERIOD.  Not excuses… I’ve always been Bohemian Free Spirited by nature.  I stopped  suppressing that part of me. I stopped comforming with what friends thought I should be. Yes, I lost friends by doing it.  Guess what?  Oh well.  See ya, bye bye. I am over that.  I have my strength back. I am back to being the person I was before I lost myself in a crowd.  I speak my truth. I write my truth. I live my truth.  Yoga has been my mirror to my soul. Through my practice I learned a lot about myself and capabilities.  I’ve laughed and cried on the mat. But, mostly I found peace that I’ve never known within by Meditating. .   I use Mantras every day. Two Mantas I say everyday at some point are “Om Gum Ganapataye Nahama” to remove all obstacle and “Om Arakya Nahama” for freedom from affliction.  I also started to not only embrace but also cultivate my highly intuitive nature and let the messages come through however they need to come through. A good friend of mine is Psychic. She told me recently that my Aura is just beautiful and magnetic.  That made me very happy.

2014 Emotional & Mental Health Intention

I will continue to walk my own path. I will remain authentic in everything I do. I will be genuine  and open.  I will continue to embrace my highly intuitive nature.   I will continue to use Yoga, Mantras, Meditation and prayer to facilitate my spiritual journey. I am happy and grateful now that I am living life as my authentic self.

2013 Financial Health Intention
I will focus my energies to manage money better. It’s been difficult to manage money because of the large medical expenses I’ve had in the last two years. Even with decent insurance I’ve racked up some medical bills for multiple hospital visits. But, I am hoping 2013 will be a year of improvement in my health which will also mean an improvement in discretionary dollars to use for travel or savings. I welcome wealth and abundance into my life in 2013.

This is another area of great improvement for me.  I really focused my energies on smart money managment. My habits helped this. I am not a spender. I am a minimalist. I don’t buy what I don’t need. I only buy things on sale and I hate accumulating stuff.  So, I am not a shopper.  I also don’t drink or smoke. So, that saves me money. And, I don’t have any children. That definitely saves me money. Lastly, I don’t enjoy going away for long periods of time or taking big expensive long vacations.  I just don’t enjoy it.  I live at the beach, I go on Yoga Retreats, I go away to NYC and Philly regularly.  I don’t need much more.  Not saying I won’t travel but it’s not at the top of the list.  By living at the beach and seeing the ocean every day I am vacationing every day. In 2013 I got smart about money and by the end of 2013 it reaped its rewards. 

2014 Financial Health Intention

I am a money magnet. I attracted abundance.  Money comes to easily and effortlessly.  Everything I need want and desire appears before me effortlessly at just the right time.  I have excellent money managment skills 🙂

2013 Spiritual Health Intention
It is vitally important to me to maintain my spiritual well-being. I am committed to nurturing my connection to source strength which only comes from which by practicing Yoga, Meditating, praying, practicing Reiki, offer compassing and empathy to others, but protecting my Karma and the Karma of others. I will live my Mantra of Love, Peace and Happiness. I will remember that change starts with me. I will allow myself to feel unbridled optimism and passion for my life. I will have the courage to do the hard things in life for the right reasons. I will not give up or give in. I will allow the fire in my belly to burn brightly for all to see. I had been using the Law Of Attraction principles for a few years but I reall saw it work and manifest some great stuff in my life in 2013. I also use “thought correction” a lot. If I have a negative thought, immediate change it to something positive. I released all “Victim” mentalities. I am a creator in my life. Life doesn’t just happen to me. I am a creator of my destiny.

This Intention is somewhat related to the Emotional and Mental Health Intention.  By the end of 2013 I saw the return of the fire in my belly. Those who have known me have always known there is fire in my belly. One of my former boyfriends used to call me his “ball of fire”.  But, health issues and an unpleasant breakup caused some anxiety issues for me. You can’t be a ball of fire while being anxious or holding on the past at the same time.  While my heart healed from the unpleasant breakup and that is far in my past it did leave me with some confidence issues and I was still carrying anxiety from the health issues. I lost my confidence. There is no other way to say it.   In 2013 I started challenging myself again on all levels. The comfort zone was unbelievably uncomfortable.  I decided I was not going to let fear or anxiety win. Slowly I felt a rekindling in my soul. By the end of 2013 the FIRE is back in my belly. And, this time around, I know how to keep it burning all by myself.  I am very proud to have healed my mind, body and spirit all on my own, idenpendently, self-sufficiently, authentically, magically on my own.  And, not only working a full time job at the same time but also challenging myself in the workplace as well.  YAY Linda!!!

2014 Spiritual Health Intention

I am happy and grateful now that I live a life of passion. I will keep the fire in my belly burning by kindling it with growth.  I will continue to challenge myself, nuture myself and celebrate my victories.


2013 Relationship Health Intentions
I plan to surround myself with like-minded individuals and with people who are good influences for me. We don’t have to agree on everything. I don’t have to have all the same habits or make the same lifestyle choices. But, we need to hold the same values. I like to learn from people. Teach me something. Mold me, inspire me, encourage me and shape my world.  I will show my love and affection openly for those I love. I will make sure those I love know how I feel. I will continue to believe in LOVE.

In 2013  I started surrounding myself with people who inspired me, encouraged me, challenged me and think like me. I realized I was attracted to people who are positive, driven and motivated. I started observing people who seemed to me to be doing it right. I started emulating their habits and learning from a distance.  2o13 also saw a rekindling of sensual spirtual through a positive mutual attraction.  Nothing makes me happier than when a man inpsires me to write Erotica.  I like having a muse.  😉 We will see what will happen with that. But, I will say it sure has been a lot of fun having a little secret flirtation with someone.

The most important relationship of my life is the one I have with myself.  2013 I began to love myself on all levels. I accepted myself on all levels. I allowed myself to receive – to receive all the goodness I deserved. 

2014 Relationship Health Intention

I will continue to surround myself with good influences who challenge me and encourage my growth. I am good to know. I will maintain an open heart and mind. I am attracted to people who are good for me. I am attracted to people with like energy. I attract health relationships.

BEACH LOVER’S DREAM ANNOUNCEMENT

My final note on this post is an official annoucement that one of my dreams is actually coming true soon.  I grew up in Philly and vacationed at the Jersey Shore for years. I spent the better part of 10 summers sharing group houses in Sea Isle City with friends. In 1994 I moved to Ocean City and lived there for 13 years. I moved to the mainland for a few years. 

As of January 16th I will be living back at the beach.  It was always my dream to buy a Condo with a Ocean view. I didn’t want a big home as I don’t want all the work that comes with owning a big home. I just wanted a condo. Two years ago I started walking four miles a night on the Ventnor/Atlantic City Boardwalks. By the end of last summer I decided that was where I wanted to live.  In the fall of 2013 I started talking realtors that worked in the area.  I was looking at condos in high rises in Chelsea Heights and  Lower Chelsea.  As I never lived in a high rise before, I decided to rent a condo in a high rise with an ocean view for one year instead of buying right away. 

 I started saying my beach lover’s dream Intention “I am happy and grateful now that I live in a condo by the beach” in August. I move into my condo with the ocean view on 1/16/14.  What a way to start the new year.

In 2013 I learned the power of my thoughts and I learned how to harass my personal power to actualize my dreams.

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The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence (Heart Math)

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The Heart’s impact on our life is far greater than just pumping blood and giving us life. There is actually a very strong connection between the heart and the mind.  By learning how to listen to your Heart’s intuitive wisdom we  can harness the power of our hearts to neutralize stress and empower our minds.

In a nutshell, the Heart Math Quick Coherency technique is : 

When a negative thought enters your mind or if you are stressed, focus your energy on the area around your heart. Think of a happy joyful memory or thought, take five deep breaths into your heart. Feel your spirits become uplifted as you think of something that makes you happy and gives you joy. After the five breadths, ask your heart a question. Ask your heart for its wisdom or direction.

I just learned this technique over Thanksgiving weekend so I am still working on it. But, I’ve already noticed some success in reducing anxiety and hearing my heart’s true wisdom.

Here’s the link to website and below is a seven minute video about the practice.

http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/quick-coherence-adult.html?aid=AD05

Yoga Retreat Weekend at Kripalu Recap

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It’s 7:30pm on Sunday night and I am sitting on the sofa with my feet up writing this blog. Whew! What a weekend.

Here’s the recap of my Friday to Sunday Yoga Retreat at Kripalu in the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. 

10 hours driving
Alot of driving but I didn’t need to use my GPS. I knew the way by heart:-)

6 Yoga classes
Including 2 Gentle,  Yin, Moderate and Vigorous.

5 mile moderate hike
Up and down the mountain and also took a break Lakeside

1 nap on a bench under a tree ( I was tired after hiking)

1 Guided meditation that also included a nap. Lol:-)

Every muscle is sore in a good way

One connection made with a Yoga teacher I admire. That was cool:-)

I ate all of my meals in the Silent Dining room and chose to keep this time to myself.

The best part of the trip for me happened when I got home. I feel the same peace at home that I felt at Kripalu. I didn’t have to go away to find peace and happiness. It already lives within me. Isn’t that what “living ” your yoga is all about? Finding peace within!

NAMASTE

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