A Peaceful Pursuit for Tumultuous Times

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Be safe and well, and have a blessed day!

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 54

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin is today’s pick from the Divine Communication Jukebox.

Have you ever actually tried to just say out loud what you really want?

We get trained pretty early to internalize our wants and needs, and if we do talk about our deepest desires, we’re very careful about where we are and who we’re with if we do.

I’ve had the Universe laugh at me a few times in my life, when I’ve had the gumption to speak my wants out loud.

I was living by myself (contentedly divorced), had just turned 34, had paid off my one acre fenced property and little junky trailer house.  I was working the graveyard shift.  

A storm came through one day while I was sleeping, and I woke up to the sound of the metal siding peeling off my house.  Being my father’s daughter, I cursed roundly while grabbing some nails and a hammer, and headed out to tack it back on.

Unfortunately, nails are hard to hammer in when your surface is trying to blow away in a gale force wind.  So, I tried the screw gun and some screws.  Same problem.

As I stood out in those 97 mile-an-hour winds, I yelled out “All right, God, I WANT a man here who can fix this!!”

Finally I got the idea of using duct tape to stick my siding back on so I could get a little sleep, and that did work.

Not a month later, I called an old friend to chat, and she mentioned that she’d kicked her husband of 17 years out, and gave me his number.  Within a year, he and I had gotten married and his older daughter was staying with us.

We’ve stayed married now for 21 years, and he still fixes all the stuff around the house.  He’s been teaching our son how to fix things since he was around 4, and between the two of them, I shouldn’t have to ever get out in the wind to tack things together ever again.  

It wasn’t an instant answer like some people get, but it’s definitely been a long-term solution!

Try it today for yourself.  Think about what it is that you REALLY want.

Say it out loud.

If you’re not comfortable with someone else hearing you, go in your own room and close the door first.

Write it on your calendar.  Then let it fly!

And let me know when it comes to you. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that whatever you truly want WILL come to you.  

Probably when you least expect it, and very likely in a form you can’t predict.

Be safe and well, have a blessed day, and most of all “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 53

“Everything I see is a reflection of my thoughts.”

If your head is full of thoughts like “My boss is a jerk”, that lady next to me is a pain in the butt” , or “People in general are rude and hateful”, that’s exactly what you’ll ALWAYS experience.

Your brain will helpfully filter out anything that doesn’t fit that paradigm.

But you DO have choice and you CAN control your thoughts.  Unless and until  you make that choice, and take the time and energy needed to change focus, you’ll be stuck in that unloving experience.

Everybody says they want to do better and be better, but very few people are willing to actually make an effort toward that end.

It’s just like making a commitment to exercise, though.  Every day, you get the choice.  Every day, you decide.  Every day, you either take action, or you don’t.

So, today, start taking action.  Write on your calendar this evening what you did today to shift your experience toward the positive, the miraculous, the “dancing in the rain” reality that’s just waiting for your acknowledgement.

And if you’re at a loss where to start, here’s one idea.  Get a glass marker, and write on your bathroom mirror.  Try a phrase that really resonates for you.

 “I Love You” is a great start.  “You’re Amazing!” may work for you.  Or how about “Life is Fabulous!” .

Then pull up on your playlist the inimitable “Celebrate” by Kool and the Gang.

Be safe and well, and have a blessed day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 52

Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” is your musical reminder today, to replace all those negative thoughts trying to take up space in your head.

It always makes me think of Gru’s  minions, cheerfully milling around, waiting for the next “impossible” task.

 Our brains are EXACTLY like those funky little guys (& girls?).  Our thoughts mill around aimlessly, day in and day out, running headlong into each other in a rush to get nothing in particular accomplished.

Once we give them a concrete idea, though, they happily work away until that idea is completely fulfilled.

The Universe willingly falls in with your wildest dreams, if you allow it.

The Universe has your back.

The Universe is so much more able to accommodate your desires than those funny little minions.

There’s a reason the minions became a phenomenon by themselves.  It’s because deep down, we remember what it was like to really believe that we had a bunch of our own little helpers, toodling along to help us reach out and grasp our every want and need.

So today, every time you think of it, play the chorus of “Happy” in your head, and try to envision your own bunch of minions.  What do yours look like?

I don’t know about you, but mine look a lot like little spotted bunnies.

Have a blessed day today!😘

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 51

It’s not enough to just remind ourselves occasionally that great things are happening, whether we perceive them in our lives or not.

We’re aiming here for a continuous stream of positivity, to replace completely the negative garbage in our heads.

Think of it this way.  When you take the trash out, do you leave a little bit behind, to kind of hold that spot and remind yourself what the trash bin is there for?

Probably not.

So why leave any remnants of those negative thoughts in your head?

Pam Grout’s  plan for the next few days is a musical reminder to replace the negativity with a positive musical message.  

Pull up a sound bite of artist James Brown’s “I Feel Good”, and let that song roll around in your head today every time you find a fearful, painful or unloving thought coming on.

It’s close to impossible to continue feeling bad, with “I Feel Good” running through your head.  That song will fill your mind with positivity, like it or not!

Practice this several times today, checking your head out for those creepy, uncompassionate thoughts, and replacing them with the catchy, upbeat rhythms of “I Feel Good” .

The goal is to make this an automatic reflex, so that every time your brain loses track and starts heading the wrong way, you immediately pull up a positive song to point you back onto the Divine path.

Feel GOOD today, and have a little fun!

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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 50

“I am sustained by Love from the Divine Source.”

Do you know any cats?  Cats are a love ’em or hate ’em pet.  Either you can’t live without one, or you can’t stand to have one around at all.

But a cat is a perfect example of how to live in the moment, sustained by whatever comes.

Cats don’t (generally) worry about what’s going to happen tomorrow, or even later today.  Cats don’t apparently worry about anything.  

Cats go through life, expecting that the Divine (or you, as its representative) will take care of their every want and need.

And mostly, we human slaves meet or exceed those expectations.

We keep the food and water dishes full, clean out the litter box regularly, and occasionally provide entertainment in the form of a new toy.

Why should a cat worry?

We should emulate the cat and re-learn how to live completely in the moment.  What good does worrying do, anyway?  It just pulls your energy into a downward spiral, sucking your whole life along with it, until you have no positive thoughts left.  

Worry distracts you from appreciation of what you actually have right now.  It prevents you from living in this blessed moment of NOW.  It’s not constructive.

Be like a cat today.

Remind yourself four times today that the Divine WILL take care of you, just like we take care of our cats, but better.

Everything you need will be provided, if you make the space for it.  

Loosen your grip on the negativity in your head, and let it go.

And then, look out!  Positivity will start to take over, and turn your life upside-down.

Have a blessed day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 49

Your Divine Source is there for you anytime.  It’s like a 24/7 Stop-n-Shop where you can find exactly what you need, whenever you need it.

But to access that dizzying array of fulfillment, you have to acknowledge it’s there.

You have to get out of your “discomfort zone” and go inside.

You hear that other voice in your head, though.  That’s the voice that’s constantly telling you “Keep your head down.  Don’t smile at that stranger.  Don’t compliment that person because you don’t know them well. Don’t do this.  Don’t do that.  Don’t do anything that might be the slightest bit risky.  What if you’re disappointed?”.  It drones on and on and on.

 That voice will suck all the joy out of your life if you let it.

That voice will keep you “safe”, at the risk of never actually having done anything.

That voice will help you cower in a corner for the rest of your life, fearful of “who knows what” happening.

But if you take a moment to consciously notice that voice, and consciously let it go, the negative buzz in your head will start to die down.

Do this today.  Four times today, for just one minute each time, notice that voice and its negative tone, and just let it go.

Let the Divine in you attract some quiet, positive thoughts to fill that space.  

Give it a shot.  You have nothing to lose, except all that built-up negativity.  And when that negativity floats away on the breeze like dead leaves in Fall, who knows what miracle might take its place!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 48

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

President Franklin D Roosevelt said this is his inaugural address to the nation in March of 1933.  People were scared.  The Great Depression was at its worst.  But FDR knew that the American people would come out alright in the end, and he stated that the nation needed to focus on what was real, not just material things.

Not much has changed, has it?

Fear will take over your mind.  Fear will hijack your life.  Suddenly, you find there’s no room anymore for anything but your fear.

Give your fears the boot!  Open the front door, and kick fear OUT of your home, OUT of your mind, and OUT of your life.

Get back to joy.  Joy in today.  Joy in being alive.  Joy in the ability to spend time with your loved ones.

When was the last time you heard a baby laughing?

THAT is the sound of joy.

We all smile when we hear that sound, because joy can be just as infectious as fear.  More infectious than the flu.  More infectious than Ebola.  More infectious than COVID -19.  And, just as life-changing.

Joy is the vaccine against fear.  Joy is the antidote to modern life.

Joy is the default setting we’re wired for as babies.

What reminds you of joy?

As many times as you can today, take one minute to remind yourself of joy.  Reset your mind back to joy.

Now THAT’S a contagion we could use!


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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 47

There is a place in your mind that is completely peaceful, completely trusting, and completely fulfilled.

Your job is to find that place, and stay there.

In order to find that peaceful spot, though, you have to block out all the distractions that are so common.

You know that worrying about something that hasn’t happened is a complete waste of time.  I know that, too.  But we still do it.  And, if you watch the news, or listen to the radio, the media will give you plenty to worry about.

Worries are distractions from our true purpose, leading us away from the path to peace.

If you’re worrying about catching the Corona virus, you’re not enjoying the health that you have today.

Worrying takes a lot of energy. And it’s not constructive.  We’re encouraged at every turn to worry about something, though!

The Divine has a plan for you.  It does NOT include worry.  It does include resting in the assurance that your needs will be met and exceeded, if you will allow it.

Today, spend three minutes, four times if you can, in purging your mind of worry and inviting the Divine to fill you in on the plan, to lead you along that proper path.

It’s a quiet voice, though.  Listen carefully. And be blessed today!

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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 46

Today is all about forgiveness.

The biggest thing I need to remember is that I don’t really understand the whole concept of forgiveness.

It’s not about letting people walk all over me.  It’s not about forgetting what someone may have done.  It IS about realizing that I have absolutely NO IDEA what’s actually happening around me.

My limited perceptions don’t give me the big picture, just a small corner. And without that big picture, how can i possibly figure out what an event really means?

It’s the story of the three blind men, presented with an elephant, and asked what it is.  The first blind man gets ahold of the elephants’ trunk, and announces that the animal is a snake. The second blind man gets ahold of a leg, and decides he has a tree.  The third blind man grabs the tail, and says he’s got a length of rope.

We’re just like those blind men, groping in the dark, clueless and reaching for answers.

But if we just let go of the need to make a judgement, suddenly our idea of forgiveness has no meaning.

Three times today, pin down a judgement call you’ve made, and admit to yourself that you have no idea what was really happening there.  And for five minutes each time, let go of your need to decide what it means, and “forgive”.

When you truly forgive, you can stop judging and just experience the blessedly complex life in and around you.

When you can forgive yourself, you really start to feel freedom.

Have a blessed day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

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