Original (Warrior) Blog

I have finally retrieved my original blog and here are the posts, backwards in order!

7.26 am
Posted on April 2, 2015

Day 16 was all about balance. A conversation I had recently with my aunt and my sister that really stuck with me and seems to have been the turning point for my thinking was around this same area. People pleasing (victim) and people squashing (bullying) are the opposite ends of the same scale – both equally unhealthy.

“In service” is the balanced place to be, this is the place from where we can create real value. Being “In service” is nothing to do with being a pushover but is actually a place of self-assurance and responsibility. How can value not be created in that environment?

Day 17 took us back to the three simple principles we looked at early on and building on that foundation reminded us that change only happens within. If you are watching a film and you want to watch something different, you would change the DVD not try and change what is happening on the screen. What is already playing on the screen will continue to play until we change where this is created (the DVD!).

The more, and deeper, we understand this the more we are able to see that thinking passes and beneath the heaps of thoughts we are always fine!

I have just looked at the questions I answered at 7.18 am yesterday (Seriously, I was up that early?!) and its really interesting to reflect on how my day went. All things did in fact work out, surprisingly in a way I couldn’t have imagine. The deadline I had has been extended meaning I shall be able to complete my work without putting myself under pressure!

I responded to the message I had on my mind which felt right to do and coming home in the evening and not putting on the TV gave me some space to write, read and relax. My wild warrior intention really did come true… my day at work was just right and my evening, though different from what I had expected, was really lovely. I didn’t end up playing badminton but had a lovely meal instead and perhaps, in a way, that was better!

Wednesday’s beauty, initially came in the audio form – the sounds of the birds singing first thing in the morning as I left for work – not something I was able to take a picture of. However I also found the clear blue sky at 8.20 on my way into the office pretty too, so the combination made my beauty for the day.

Well its nearly Easter weekend and I am looking forward to 4 days off, with lots of plans and who knows what next for this Warrior…!

  1. The following evidence proves that I am becoming a warrior and being of service in more places every day. (List at least three)
    I genuinely put someone elses needs above my own without begrudging, I nearly jumped with excitement when I saw my day 18 email pop up in the corner of my screen! I feel clear about my day ahead
  2. Today the Warrior in me appreciates this
    The long bank holiday weekend to spend some time with myself and my family, my wonderful job and my own ability to see the fun in everything (yesterday I saw a van with a company logo and underneath it said “SHOPLIFTING” I was extremely surprised that they would advertise that! and the realised it said shopFITTING – hilarious what the brain see)
  3. The feeling I have about today will be
    Excitement
  4. I have consulted my inner Warrior and the three inspired actions that I am going to take today are……
    Spend some time consulting my body on what I need to do (with my shoulder pain), share my Warrior quote with at least 3 people (blogging it doesnt count!) and find a peaceful meditation to do at bedtime.
  5. Set a wild Warrior intention for the day- something that really excites you, wave your sword and make a wish, wouldn’t it be exciting if it came true??
    Today I was walking into work and I stopped to say hello to the man I see regularly handing out magazines as he is always there in the rain & cold, I give him a big smile and tell him I am a Warrior – the rest of my day just flows effortlessly from there!
  6. The most amazing thing happened to me today, listen to this…..
    Write as if it happened, again let your juices flow and your enjoy the fun, if you get some gremlins coming up, say hi to them and then just write the opposite of what they are saying to you!
    My working day was delightful and productive and my evening with my friend was super fun, we talked and laughed and on my way home I felt a sense of peace that I know will stay with me during the fun weekend I have ahead.

I will let God take care of all the ‘should’s’ and the things I don’t want to do, focus on what I am in control of and feel inspired to do and have fun doing my stuff!

Happy bank holiday eve!

Good morning…..
Posted on April 1, 2015

.. it’s 7.18am and I am up and ready to Warrior – who’s with me?!

  1. The following evidence proves that I am becoming a warrior and being of service in more places every day. (List at least three)
    I had the energy to get up and be ready to do this first thing, I already know the challenges I may face today yet I also know I will be able to face them, I trust all things will work out
  2. Today the Warrior in me appreciates this
    The calm of the early morning, the opportunity to live again today and the ability to choose my responses
  3. The feeling I have about today will be
    Everything will be fine
  4. I have consulted my inner Warrior and the three inspired actions that I am going to take today are……
    To respond to a message that has been in the back of my mind, to take an evening off from TV, find a new meditation to trial
  5. Set a wild Warrior intention for the day- something that really excites you, wave your sword and make a wish, wouldn’t it be exciting if it came true??
    To have a successful day at work, without getting caught in the story and to enjoy the time I get to spend in the evening with friends
  6. The most amazing thing happened to me today, listen to this…..
    Write as if it happened, again let your juices flow and your enjoy the fun, if you get some gremlins coming up, say hi to them and then just write the opposite of what they are saying to you!
    I had a fabulous day, enjoyed my work without it becoming a ‘burden’ and had a fabulous game of badminton! I was able to relax and enjoy life and settled into bed feeling ready for a good restful nights sleep.

I will let God take care of all the ‘should’s’ and the things I don’t want to do, focus on what I am in control of and feel inspired to do and have fun doing my stuff!

So day 17 is upon us and I look forward to what may appear in my inbox today. I plan to blog this evening to report on my day and share day 16 & 17 moments with you.

Right, lets get on with the day!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Posted on March 31, 2015

The beauty I have found;
Friday 27th March, the sunset at Tarifa was my winner

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Saturday 28th March, the terrapin by the waters edge was so beautiful and cute I couldnt resist taking a picture, but unfortunately the pic is too big to upload here, so until I work out a way to reduce the size you will just have to trust me on how adorable it was! (wordpress let me upload it)

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Sunday 29th March was simply the beautiful sight of my bed – which I shan’t be posting a picture of.

Monday 30th March – I struggled a little yesterday, being back in Coventry I found it difficult to find anything of beauty surrounded by familiar things that I never really look anymore. Unexpectedly whilst waiting for the bus I saw the most beautiful daffodils – there is something about yellow that is stunning
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Tuesday 31st March, today was interesting as I had all but given up on finding beauty, it was a slightly challenging day at work today and I wasn’t ‘feeling’ it. When I was walking home I saw the most incredible sky; a dark thunderous looking cloud, behind which was clear blue sky – a perfect reflection for my mood in fact – dark and thunderous but behind it all absolutely ok and clear!
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I did a very light hearted lovely meditation before sleeping last night and after having read a chapter of Sydney Banks – it was a chapter I didn’t really understand – but I will read it again trusting that I will understand it another time.

So, back to the Warrior questions;

  1. The following evidence proves that I am becoming a warrior and being of service in more places every day. (List at least three)

Although I had a ‘bad’ afternoon at work, I was able to find my calm place. I am finding beauty even on days I don’t expect to. I am choose to respond to situations in a way I wouldn’t have done a year ago

  1. Today the Warrior in me appreciates this

My friends, my health and chocolate!

  1. The feeling I have about tomorrow will be

A calm acceptance of what comes and a happiness in being absolutely OK.

  1. I have consulted my inner Warrior and the three inspired actions that I am going to take today/tomorrow are……

To start doing my questions in the morning, to set the pace for the day (I am not a morning person, so this should be interesting), to respond to a message that has been in the back of my mind, to take an evening off from TV

  1. Set a wild Warrior intention for the day- something that really excites you, wave your sword and make a wish, wouldn’t it be exciting if it came true??

To have a successful day at work, without getting caught in the story and to enjoy the time I get to spend in the evening with friends

  1. The most amazing thing happened to me today, listen to this…..

Write as if it happened, again let your juices flow and your enjoy the fun, if you get some gremlins coming up, say hi to them and then just write the opposite of what they are saying to you!
I got all the work done that needed doing and had a wonderful evening, playing badminton, winning the game and having a really good time with my friends.

I will let God take care of all the ‘should’s’ and the things I don’t want to do, focus on what I am in control of and feel inspired to do and have fun doing my stuff!

Over and out!

Catch up
Posted on March 30, 2015

Well I arrived back from Spain yesterday, after a lovely week away and realised I hadn’t blogged for a few days and no doubt my many fans would be desperate to know where I am…So here goes!

Day 12 was all about commitment, encouraging us to make the commitment and stick to it in terms of making a change in our lives. We know how our mind works, trying to talk us out of something and convince us we have more important things to do, but if we harness the power of our minds we can actually create a full life. So Warriors, lets re-commit! As Loreal always tells us, we are worth it!

Day 13 was a weekend adventure…! It was time to practise loving yourself – so our adventure for the weekend was to do something for ourself that shows self love. As I already had plans for the weekend I decided to use the Easter Weekend to go for this adventure, but in the meantime I chose to contact my closest friends/family and ask them for one thing they love about me and in return I would share what I love about them. I had some very nice – and interesting – responses;

  • that I laugh and talk excitedly
  • that I am totally honest, caring and purely kind
  • that I am someone my friend can laugh with
  • that I am thoughtful and give meaningful hugs
  • my sense of humour (I realise most of my readers wont have seen much of that!)
  • that I am supportive of others decisions
  • that I am caring (when my friend was sick)
  • My crazy dress sense (?) and my quirky ways
  • and my favourite (!) one – that I really only like pizza!

It was a very interesting exercise as I had no real idea how people see me, I chose people that I trusted do in fact love me and it turns out there is a lot of Beccy love out there. It has given me a great basis for some self love this coming weekend….. I have a lot of plans including some clothes shopping as I need some that fit! I also chose to buy myself some flowers this evening whilst doing my shopping as a little bit of romance goes a long way too.

Day 14 was a continuation of the self love theme and came with this inspiring quote
“Nobody is born a warrior and nobody is born average . We make ourselves into one or the other”

I have been enjoying finding things of beauty too and will post some pictures tomorrow of what I have found. Friday I went to Tarifa (on the south coast of Spain, where the Atlantic and Med oceans meet) to watch the sunset, that definitely make the cut. Saturday I went to Algeciras, Rio de Miel (Honey River?) for a lovely walk and very unexpectedly saw a teeny tiny terrapin by the waters edge – this was absolutely my Saturday beauty. I must admit I struggled yesterday, I was travelling home from a very lovely and relaxing week, to a grey and cold England, it was hard to find beauty – so I am settling for my bed which, after a week in a strange single bed looked extremely inviting

I found beauty in an unexpected place today – I will share this one tomorrow.

Today, day 15, was this quote

You have to love yourself
because no amount of love
from others is sufficient
to fill the yearning that your
soul requires from you.

It’s all about falling in love with
yourself and then sharing
that love with others,
rather than looking for love to
compensate for a
self love deficit.

and this REALLY rang true for me. After a ‘turbulent’ year last year I really needed this year to be about me, giving myself some focus and that is very much what being a Warrior is about for me. If I can love me I will have so much more to give to others.

In the spirit of day 12, I am re-committing to the daily practices and will be doing a meditation this evening, as well as reading a chapter of Sydney Banks. As this has been a looooong blog (I am super impressed if you are still reading!) I will start again with the Warrior questions tomorrow and include some ‘beauty’ pictures!

Phew, cup of tea time I think (all part of self love) xx

A-ha
Posted on March 26, 2015

Day 11 started with a quote

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t”
I really liked this quote and could definitely think of situations I recalled that show this to be true for me.

Since receiving an email (on day 2) Suggesting daily practices that I can do to help me on my Warrior journey I have been trying to come up with my own idea to add to the suggestions, for me personally to commit to. And tonight it came to me – it’s actually an idea I am borrowing from a book I read earlier this year and it came back to me tonight when I saw the most beautiful cloud formations around sunset time. To find something beautiful every day. It was an A-ha moment for me as when I read about it in the book I loved the idea and promptly forgot about it once I finished reading. But tonight in seeing the beautiful clouds I remembered loving the idea of finding something beautiful each day and how it would be a lovely addition to my journey. Doesn’t seeing something beautiful and taking the time to appreciate it really add to your day? So that’s my addition, I make no promises about what the things might be but I will take photos where possible and post a few here and hopefully in appreciating the beautiful I will create more beauty in my life too.

Day 12 is nearly upon us.

Stones
Posted on March 25, 2015

So I am sure I have left you on the edge of your seat, wondering what my “stones” are!?

Well here they are;
Family
Friends
Work/earning money
Hobbies
Emotional & spiritual wellbeing
Not necessarily in that order. I think that the order probably changes as certain things are more prevalent at certain times of course.

So now to ensure that these things are taking priority in my day to day life. I will let you know how I go with that one!
I have started meditation again today. It is something I have toyed with before and I am really enjoying playing around with again. Today I just chose to sit (in the sun), focus on my breathing and allow my awareness to direct me to the feelings I wanted today to contain. It was very relaxing.

I have started reading Missing Link by Sydney Banks and am finding plenty to reflect on. My current favourite is “words are merely a form. Listen not to words, but to that which words attempt to convey. Remember it is not the clay that represents the sculpture, but the form the artist has molded it into. Just like the clay of the sculpture, thought is not reality. However, our personal realities are moulded via our thoughts”

Day 9 asked us to contemplate the questions from the beginning of the Warrior journey – where am I and where would I like to be? I have already started my answer on this – my main aim Is to be able to maintain the happiness I have found, day to day, whatever the circumstances – and I am continuing to have fun and see where it takes me.

Day 10 was a quote for our minds to ponder. I am, today, conscious that people other than those I am related to may have a look at this blog and whilst I am busy trying to think of something really gripping to write to hold your attention I thought I would tell you something I noticed today.

I have always believed (and behaved as though) I am no good at sports. I played paddle this evening – a Spanish game, cross between tennis and squash with some odd twists. As i stepped onto the court I noticed almost straightaway that I was thinking “I won’t be any good at this, I will just make fun of myself so when I am rubbish I won’t feel so stupid” – as I recognised this as a story I just let it go. Dont get me wrong I wasn’t an undiscovered talent waiting for her big break but I played a few good shots and had a lot of fun. Amazing what can happen when we let go of the story!

Can’t wait to see what day 11 brings

Are you ready for this?
Posted on March 24, 2015

I have just re-read my previous blogs to see how I am getting on! Well I have talked openly to one or two people in the last few days about the being a Warrior. And that has been interesting, I felt myself being quite defensive at one point and tried to reign that in, a good opportunity for me to practice choosing to respond differently- I definitely could do with more practice on this one.

I have been getting better at staying in the moment. I wonder if others have the same difficulty as I do with this? I find so many things distracting, with so much technology around me, my thoughts are regularly one step ahead of me thinking whether I have a message on my phone, if I could google something to find the answer or even (!) has anyone read my blog today. But I have been improving in this and keep reminding myself to stay in the moment, if I have a message it will still be there in ten minutes.
Brining it back to me has been the biggest challenge and I will keep on with this and update when I have a little more to share.

Day 7, Sunday – a day of rest, was simply a quote for our busy minds to reflect on.
Day 8 found me away from my “normal” routine and access to my computer. Our email was all about birds – a metaphor about different types of birds and how we can relate that to our lives (headless chicken was my particular favourite, which brought back memories of a previous lifestyle!)
We were reminded of a famous story about filling a jar with stones (the important things) first, which means we can then fit in the smaller things – the pebbles, sand etc around it. The suggestion from this email was to also consider a weekly ‘plan’ to ensure we fit in the things that are our ‘stones’ and everything then flows more comfortably.
I had a small moment of congratulating myself, a little slap on the back, as this is already stuff that I do. I find time for the important things and I usually have a rough plan for what my week will include. But, as they say, pride comes before a fall, so I chose to see this as an opportunity to improve in these areas. What are my stones? was the question I am left with and something I will be reflecting on for the next few days.
I have let mediation slip in the last two days but will be bringing this back to my focus today and most exciting (for me) of all is starting Sydney Banks book today – The Missing Link.
I am going to take a break from the questions this week and will update you next week on my progress with the book!

“There are no contests in the art of peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbour within” Moriheu Ueshiba

Our Changeless Core
Posted on March 21, 2015

I can read my emails on my phone (as I am sure most people can these days – its still a relatively new thing for me) and I had just sat down for breakfast at 7.30am on Day 5 and decided that I would keep today’s email for lunchtime, just as this decision was made, I saw the email arrive on my phone. I couldn’t wait – I opened it and started reading it straight away!

So our focus for Day 5 was responsibility. The ability to (choose our) response. When we see that we have the ability to choose how we respond to circumstances, we have the ability to create our lives the way we want them to be. So our task was to become aware of our responses, become curious about our responses and notice how a different response brings a different feeling….. simple….!

Not so simple! I noticed two distinct things – 1. When we tell ourselves how ‘busy’ we are its very easy to ‘forget’ to do the things we have promised ourselves we are going to do! and 2. To get into a desired new habit, any new habit, requires a conscious decision moment by moment to establish the habit (yet we pick up unwanted habits so effortlessly…!). So I didn’t spend as much time becoming aware as I would have liked. Beat myself up about it? Well I have chosen to be aware that I could do that… or I could choose to respond differently and try again today. A new day, a new attempt. So here’s to being aware of my responses!

I did however find a meditation for pain last night and listened to it whilst drinking Camomile and Honey tea.  And I plan to spend some time today listening to Derek Rydall as per my inner Warriors inspiration.

Now to my questions, which are going to be my responses for the next few days, as it might be Monday before I can blog again

  1. The following evidence proves that I am becoming a warrior and being of service in more places every day
    Happiness comes naturally to me, I find myself able to give to someone else without feeling begrudging, and – the strangest thing for me – I feel ready to get up in the mornings when I wake. 
  2. Today the Warrior in me appreciates this
    Having a break from work, which we ALL need from time to time. Family & friendships. My health. Good food. 
  3. The feeling I have about the next few days will be
    Content with all the pleasures and those things that don’t seem as good. 
  4. I have consulted my inner Warrior and the three inspired actions that I am going to take between now and Monday are……
    To talk openly with those who want to hear, to consciously be aware of my responses and to stay in the moment whatever that moment may be (something I find I do a lot is drift away and wonder about other things when I am meant to be offering my attention to someone or something)
  5. Set a wild Warrior intention for the day- something that really excites you, wave your sword and make a wish, wouldn’t it be exciting if it came true
    To bring everything back to me, including during conversations with others when it looks clear to me that it is about them, it really really isn’t! 

I shall let God take care of all the ‘should’s’ and the things I don’t want to do, and focus on what I are in control of and feel inspired to do.

Day 6′s email arrived as I was sitting drinking my morning cuppa considering what to write in my blog. My favourite so far; The Warriors Changeless Core. I was familiar with the concepts in today’s email (it would be impossible not to be with the amount of time I spend with my aunty and sister!) but I really enjoyed refreshing my mind with these principles.

Mind, thought and consciousness…. I am not going to say any more about them at this stage (I have written enough for today) but they will be mentioned again!

My friend Andrew sent me this picture recently, the Warrior pose

Warrior

Day 4
Posted on March 19, 2015

Day 4 arrived with a lovely quote

“Warriors nurture their mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think” so with that thought in mind we were reminded to clear our minds and hear everything from a new place – as we  grow all things take on a new and deeper meaning.

I did a lovely little meditation before bed last night and slept really well. So now I am ready to have a look at the questions we have been tasked with:

  1. The following evidence proves that I am becoming a warrior and being of service in more places every day;
    I am feeling more alert today, even though I was up earlier and at work by 8 am!
    Even though there is more work to be done that can be completed I feel completely at peace in the moment during the day
    I was courageous in something I shared yesterday
  2. Today the Warrior in me appreciates this;
    How wonderful my job is!
  3. Set a wild Warrior intention for the day  (something that really excites you, wave your sword and make a wish, wouldn’t it be exciting if it came true?);
    It is my intention to share with someone at work the details of this course and how much fun it is!
  4. The feeling I have about today (& tomorrow) will be;
    Pure pleasure in all I do!
  5. I have consulted my inner Warrior and the three inspired actions that I am going to take tomorrow are;
    Listen to the next part of Derek Rydall’s Law of Essence (which I had given up on)
    Drink some camomile & honey tea (which I bought with good intentions and haven’t touched yet)
    and find a meditation online to do with physical pain

I am now letting God take care of everything I have written and go have fun doing my stuff

Warrior Beccy
Posted on March 18, 2015

So day 1 dawned with a Handbook to start us off.  Explaining that the Warrior program is aimed to help create something of value in the world – I like the sound of this so far – and sharing how we usually have (at least!) 3 voices in our head: 1. intuition/wisdom, 2. intellect & 3. fear. And guess which one it is that usually stops us achieving our potential? Fear! So the Warrior journey is going to help me to become clearer about what is happening (with fear) and to have things in place to help me achieve and, ultimately, create something of value!

I am in !

The first task was to answer the questions
1. “Where are you right now in your life” (thats easy I was at work…oh you mean…. ok got it!) and
2. “where would you like to be” (mmm, tropical island, sun, sand, sea….. ok, ok, I knew what you meant!)

So without forcing answers to those questions, at this moment, my simple answer would be:

  1. I am in a better place than I have been for a long time, though I recognise there are areas that I want to improve. Day to day I am happy, easy going and have lots of fun.
  2. I would really like to be in a place where I can maintain that happiness without looking to external things, particularly people, and even if there are times when I feel that happiness takes a crash I find my inner wisdom brings me back to that happiness

Day 2 email arrived at the crack of dawn and I was already hyped and ready for it! It contained the Warriors Daily Practice with some suggestions on daily practices we could start to bring into our lives as part of our growth as warriors. The suggestions – though not set in stone – were 1. Spiritual growth, i.e. a meditation practice 2. Daily journal – blog in my case! and 3. Reading a chapter of an inspiring book.

So I have chosen to commit to doing a daily meditation practice, my blog at least every other day and then starting next week to read an inspiring book every day too.

I am starting this from today and will be trying out a meditation of sorts when I go to bed this evening. This feels like a lovely time for me as I am usually in a still space anyway around bedtime and its a nice way to reflect on the day and settle into sleep . I will let you know how its going!

There are some suggested questions to reflect on in the journal/blog so I shall post my answers to those tomorrow and then we will roll out from there.

Day 3 (today) we have been gifted with a Warrior quote designed to inspire us throughout today. I have attached the quote here:

Day 3 quote

I am so excited to see what Day 4 brings! For me it will also bring the challenge of answering some of the questions for my journal/blog.

Please check out debrasimmons.co.uk to read the blog of our Warrior ‘Queen’ Deb who is taking us all on this journey!

Well this Warrior is ready for the “fight” – thank you for reading warrior-fans!

Warrior…..!

Posted on March 17, 2015

I have started a new page on my blog for the Warrior journey which began yesterday. Already things are taking off, so check back in a few days to see what is happening…… and ‘watch’ as I transform into the warrior I was born to be!

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