Monday, November 30

don't be tempted by the shiny apple

September 2015

This time of year is such a conundrum for so many. More than any other time of the year, there is a tremondous imperative to feel good, happy, joyful, generous, playful and creative. And yet, all around me I see people with worry lines, short tempers, impulsive movements and fatigue.

So much sparkles, shines, and glitters - luring us into a belief that we need to buy so many things. All the things we do not have. Even things we already have-- we need more, better, newer.

And the days are shorter, longer, colder (at least in my neck of the woods). The obvious need for more quiet and rest  -- as all around us the natural world gently buries down for a long winter's nap -- gets trampled by the collective shout that we must be decorating, holiday-ing and shopping. So much with the shopping. You would have to be in a sensory deprivation tank to avoid the 24/7 blitz of buy. this. now. energy that is hitting us from all sides.

It's so tempting. We want love. We want family and warmth - light and celebration - beautiful things and thoughtful gestures (both to make them and receive them). All of that is wonderful. And none of it needs to cause us stress, overwhelm or exhaustion. 

I know this seems to be my theme of late, but it's where I am at -- so it's what I have to share: Take the time to get quiet. Go within. Go slower. Resist the blinking lights and hawking voices. 

Take all the moments you need to get centered into all that you do have - all that is already around you. 


And make a very short (very short) list of the things you most want to feel.


For me, my list for the month of December reads:

  1. Ease
  2. Comfort
  3. Quiet
  4. Love
  5. Magic
To experience all of that, my intention is to 
  • stay offline as much as possible. 
  • wear my most favorite loose, comfortable clothes that keep me warm and relaxed. Bring books into bed and read there. Make soup on a Sunday that I can have on a Tuesday night.
  • follow along on this 100 day journey and indulge in deep meditations and regular yoga practice as a priority in my week
  • create time for conversations and hang outs with my beloveds, write christmas cards, brush the dogs' coats, make soup to give away as a gift, seek out some local families who could use some extra support and help during this season, show up at some local musical performances, slip into some ecstatic dance classes
  • walk in the woods early in the morning, walk around the neighborhood in the evening and enjoy the night sky and all the twinkle lights, light candles, set intentions, journal, write stories, sprinkle cinnamon on my coffee




Oh my mama told me
'Cause she say she learned the hard way
She say she wanna spare the children
She say don't give or sell your soul away
'Cause all that you have is your soul
So don't be tempted by the shiny apple
Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul
 I was a pretty young girl once
I had dreams I had high hopes
I married a man he stole my heart away
He gave his love but what a high price I paid
All that you have is your soul
 So don't be tempted by the shiny apple
Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul
Why was I such a young fool
Thought I'd make history
Making babies was the best I could do
Thought I'd made something that could be mine forever
Found out the hard way one can't possess another
And all that you have is your soul
 So don't be tempted by the shiny apple
Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul
 I thought, thought that I could find a way
To beat the system
To make a deal and have no debts to pay
I'd take it all, I'd take it all, I'd run away
Me for myself first class and first rate
But all that you have is your soul
So don't be tempted by the shiny apple
Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul
Here I am, I'm waiting for a better day
A second chance
A little luck to come my way
A hope to dream, a hope that I can sleep again
And wake in the world with a clear conscience and clean hands
'Cause all that you have is your soul
 So don't be tempted by the shiny apple
Don't you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul
 Oh my mama told me
'Cause she say she learned the hard way
She say she wanna spare the children
She say don't give or sell your soul away
'Cause all that you have is your soul
 All that you have All that you have
All that you have
Is your soul - Tracey Chapman

peace out, elizabeth

P.S. Thanks to Jeanine, Andrea and Xanthe for getting me on this journey of blogging in November. I am so grateful.

24 comments:

  1. Wise words. I don't think I have anything to add. I haven't begun the Christmas Tasks yet. Still reveling in Post Thanksgiving Gratitude. I am okay with that. Taking this week slow. One moment at a time. Lots of things on the TO DO list, but oh, well. It will all get done somehow. The end of the semester is in sight. Yippee! Thank you for your month of posts. They were a gift. I am grateful. xoxoxoxoxo

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    1. YOU are a gift!! I am so grateful to YOU<---! you have no idea :)

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  2. Viewing the sparkling shiny as explosive joy, rather than the song and call of the mall Siren. For once.
    Lindae

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  3. offline as much as possible?? After you've spent a month getting us used to and spoiled by your lovely presence?! Say it isn't so!!

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    1. ohhh you are adorable!! well, we will see--- but I want to sink into yoga, meditation and writing away from here ... so who knows-- maybe there will be some more mystic vixen in the mix?

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  4. Love me some Tracey Chapman! Great song too :) I tend to be a minimalist anyway, but I'm really setting an intention this season to do what I can for the people that mean the most to me, and then just sit back and take it easy from there, and not feel guilty about the other things that I can't do or simply don't want to do. I'm saying yes to very little this year; I find I enjoy the season the most when I have a few key things going on, but I'm not slammed with things, and have PLENTY of space for freedom and play in a season that can easily become overwhelming. Enjoy your relaxation this season :)!

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    1. space for freedom-- ah yes!! my sentiments exactly---- ease and flow-- we are very much in alignment!! XOOX

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  5. When the page first loaded and I saw the title of your post, I smiled like a fool because I knew that was a line from my favorite Tracy Chapman song. When I saw you post the lyrics I read them while hearing the song in my memory. Such a beautiful little gift on my afternoon break from the chaos. Thank you, again, as always, for being a beacon of light for me. ♥♥

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    1. oh Chris-- that makes me so happy-- it IS such a great song!! isn't it. Love that it speaks right to your heart---- XOXOOXO

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  6. I have loved seeing you in this space, friend. love love love. xo

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    1. me too-- so much fun connecting with you in this way girlfriend!!! XOXOXOOXXO

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  7. Thanks Elizabeth! Just....Thanks!

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    1. you are SO welcome!! so welcome Debbie-- XOXOOXO

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  8. Thank you for a month of your spirit and energy. Hopefully what was therapeutic for us was also cathartic for you and we were here for you as you've been for us. xo.

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    1. you were SO here for me and I appreciate that to the moon and back!! XOXO

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  9. Hi dear Elizabeth, thank you so much for your beautiful posts, simple joyful moments, thought provoking, funny, kind and loving, sharing so many different facets of the beautiful authentic you. It's been great to follow along with your thoughts and whims of the day and being reminded that things can be simple, if we let them be.
    I wish you a bliss filled restful time following your ease and spending time doing what's calling to you.
    With love and gratitude xoxo

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    1. SO fun to be here with you in this space-- it helped us stretch out our wonderful connection from Squam Studio .. . . hope things are cozy and warm in your neck of the woods .. . XXO

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    2. Oh yes, happily it really did help extend it and yes all cosy here, sitting by the year of the tree, with the fairy lights twinkling xo

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  10. It has been SO WEIRD to not be surrounded by shopping and commercials for shopping - you don't have to be in a sensory deprivation tank - just live where I do! It's been amazing and without all of that noise, I am so much more excited for Christmas! My list is: love, magic, connection, and holding this peace when I step back into life away from here. Thank you for your inspiration this month - but really?! No donkey?! big love to you.

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    1. XOXXOOXOXOX beach baby! the answer to everything-- head to the beach :)

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    2. The answer to everything is salt water. For SURE.

      COME. Start saving because the moment I have somewhere for you to come and stay, you are invited!!! xoxo

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  11. Hi Elizabeth, I learned about you this past weekend and I've been reading your alluring posts ever since. I feel like I walked into a glowing spot and it's been very invigorating hanging out in there. By the way, i am still around :)
    I read your comments on Gloria Steinem's My Life on the Road with Robin Morgan connection and that makes me want to read them both. I utterly enjoyed your post "don't be tempted by the shine apple" with Tracey Chapman's lyric/video and also all that segment on "you are what you love and not what loves you" with Byron Katie, not to mention many other's. I know, it's been awhile since you posted them but your words just arrived for me today, and in pretty good shape I must add. Thank you for sharing your thoughts so beautifully.

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    1. oh Ana! That's wonderful-- I am so happy to know this-- thank you for taking the time to let me know-- :)

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thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e