Morning Hues

Woke up to cloudy skies filled with beautiful views of morning hues. 2.18.15

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By CJM

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By CJM

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By CJM

Miami Sunset

So I took a different road on the way home that lead me to some side street that lead me near a dead end that ended in this… a perfect spot across the bay from downtown right in time to catch the sunset.

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By CJM

Barbara Garland

So my cell phone rang early this morning at 5am sharp! The call was coming from NJ (973 area code), but I didn’t recognize it so I forwarded to VM. I was sleeping and figured if it was important, or someone I knew, they’d call back or leave a message. No call back, no message. I asked a few people if they knew the number and no one knows it. I called back but no one picked up besides an automated message asking me to “leave a message for 973-…-….”

Since I was up, I started thinking about how it’s the 10th & recalling a good friend and old coworker of mine, Barbara Garland, who I worked with at UMDNJ. She passed away a few years ago from cancer on February 10. We spent many years working & laughing the day away in NJ. I still miss her. She was always a mentor of sorts with voice of reason that guided me through some tough times and she was always pleasant, even on her bad days. We had lunch together every day, we always waited for 5pm to leave work and sometimes I would give her a ride home.

I slept a bit more, got up, called the number again and got nothing. Spirits have been known to communicate through electronics so the more I thought about it, random call at 5 o’clock (no one EVER calls at that time), no known number & no one to leave a message for…  I’d like to think that maybe that was just Barbara tapping the line and calling to say hi.

WTC – LA BRUJA

Please take a moment to hear this performance. The night this came on HBO, I had taped it on VHS (#TBT) b/c I was at my friend Felix’s birthday party & didn’t want to miss Def Poetry Jam. I had never met La Bruja, but that night she came to the party. At one point, the music stopped & she spit some spoken word. I was so taken, hooked & inspired, in awe of her passion & personality. I went home & watched the tape & saw her perform Lola & WTC. It was a double whammy! I immediately took out my pen & wrote a poem in her name called “The Good Witch”. She continues to inspire many with her magical brews.

Reiki Wednesday

A couple of weeks ago, I invited two coworkers to the Tuesday Reiki Circle @ Bagua. These are girls I instantly connected with & we were all on the same wavelength with similar interests. I told them about Reiki & they wanted to experience & learn more. As always, it was an experience you can’t explain. They loved it, and the next day at work we were all excited (yet, calm lol) & we told everyone about it. Now other coworkers wanted to go & wanted to bring their partners.  Word quickly spread & now many people wanted to go. I knew we’d be bombarding the Tue circle so I reached out to my Reiki Master Melissa Aluna Solano & asked if she would host us. She was more than gracious & one of my coworkers offered her place right across the street from work.

We set the date for 8.20.14.

Today, I went to lunch with one of the gals & we headed to Flossie’s, our local spiritual shop where you can get just about anything from stones, crystals, sage, oils, incense, soaps, small furniture, chimes, etc. We’ve already been here a few times together. We both ended up buying Tibetan (singing) Bowls. The other gal bought a bowl the day before.

I get back from lunch and catch up on my emails and read today’s DailyOM, it always comes later in the day. It was all about singing, harmonizing, and vibrations. That’s what “singing bowls” are all about. And who doesn’t love to sing… well I mean, if you can hold a note. 

The Benefits of Singing Harmonizing with the Universe – <——DailyOM>

Tibetan Bowl

There were a total of 11 of us, perfect number. We all connected & disconnected on a deeper level, hearts & minds were opened, tears were shed and Melissa was there to guide us & provide her priceless and angelic insight. It was a beautiful night.

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In such short time, my coworkers have become like family. Every day we experience synchronicities & “coincidences”, we’re inspiring each other & making deeper connections & growing. Being able to merge my soul family & work family on another level is a blessing! This is what life is all about. Connecting. Creating. Beauty. Balance. Love. Light.

I’m very grateful.

– CJ

Reiki Wednesday Group

UPDATE: Thursday Morning 8.21.14 – So last night while writing this I kept hearing the ringing of the bowls. I asked Andre if he heard it. He was watching gymnastics and I thought perhaps it was the TV, so I asked him to mute it. I still heard it. I went to another room, I still heard it. I closed my eyes, I still heard it… that high pitched vibrational sound. It wasn’t annoying, but it was lingering.

So today we come in to work, everyone is all smiles and giving each other hugs & everyone else is looking at us strange. One person caught the energy & said, “Wow, look at all this love.” We just looked at them & smiled… in our flow. The world needs more hugs! They feel great. Then, my coworker (who I bought the bowl with) comes up to me and says, “I wanted to ask you because I’m not sure why but all night long I kept hearing the bowls.” I just looked at her, smiled & said, “I thought it was just me.” We both got those happy chills. #Synchronicity #Confirmation #GoodVibrations

LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy 5S

Good News/Bad News

Bad News: My camera gagged… I mean my phone. I took it out of the case/protector & it fell. It was only last week when I told Andre that one of the buttons was stuck & I had to keep pressing it over & over, and how it was giving me issues (after the waiter dropped some water on it), and how…”I’m over this phone & I want a new one.” I guess the universe heard my cry. We shared about 3,000 pictures, and I backed it up, but it decided it wanted to leave me for the floor. It was so cracked out. I almost cried. It was my baby.

But, when one door closes, another opens.

Good news: T-Mobile is 3 blocks away from work & thank goodness for insurance. They told me that either way I had to pay a $150 deductible so I could get the same phone for free or go for the upgrade with no money down. So I got the#SamsungGalaxyS5, with what I hear is a better cam w/ 16MP vs. LG G2’s 13, more options, fingerprint access, records your heart rate & tracks your exercise progress, can be expanded to 128GB vs. G2’s 32GB (because it didn’t have an exchangeable SIM card)… AND it’s dust, sweat, sand & water resistant? This changes everything!

Rise & Shine

Every night when I was a kid & didn’t want to go to bed, my mom would say, “Go to sleep… tomorrow’s another day”, and every morning she’d tell us to “Rise & shine!”

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By CJM

Present Meets Past

Yesterday, I had to stop for gas on the way home. I thought perhaps I could make it since my light just came on, but I didn’t want to chance anything so I got off at a spot I never do on N. Miami Avenue. I headed towards NW 36th St., the nearest station on my GPS. While pumping gas, I saw a big piece of art I haven’t seen before a block away, a huge princess with her scepter in a black & white dress spreading this purple glow around. She was taking up the entire side of the wall. I had to go take a pic. I finished pumping, drove down the block & parked. There’s lots of art all around that area, in alleys, down vacant streets, on storefronts, and it takes a while & a few visits to see it all. I’ve been capturing them here & there & creating an album. While taking a pic of the princess with purple, I turn to my right & see a purple flower right next to me. Then, I turn around and see a PRican flag waving over a restaurant I’ve never seen called El Bajareque, I parked right across from it without realizing it. I had to take a look inside. I thought I’d have an alcapurria, but the little heating box on the counter was empty. I looked over the menu & the special for Monday was Fried Pork Chops… whadda ya know, Andre’s favorite. We didn’t have plans for dinner so I ordered the chops with rice, beans, tostones, a side of mofongo, and asked how long it would take. The guy, who was super cool & very kind, told me 15 minutes. I figured I’d use the time to drive around the area and check out some more art since I was near the Wynwood Walls. I drove & walked around and took more pics & found myself walking through the Wynwood Doors, an enclosed (but outside) exhibit where all the walls are covered with different pieces, some big, some small & some huge taking up 2-3 walls. It was beautiful, and a spot I’ve yet to see and appreciate. There was so much to take in, the details in each painting. I was happy to find it without even looking for it. There were people having photo shoots, couples just hanging out, families & kids all around. Next thing I know, it’s over 30mins later so I headed back for my food, which smelled so good in the car on the entire ride home with no traffic. The cherry on top… not only was the food great, but it tasted just like my mom’s cooking… the closest I’ve had in the 8 years living in Miami. Andre agreed that if I told him my mom sent the food, he would’ve believed me. All the sudden, my detour became like a short ride back home… my dad & sister with their art, drawings & paintings all around the walls (my sister loves to paint flowers), the kids running around and my mom cooking one of our favorite meals. Everything was symbolic, near but far. Things like that tend to happen when I’m not looking for them, when I break from routine & just let myself go with the flow, uncovering the little things as I go along. My car seems to drive better, and now I have a new place to stop for gas & food on the way “home”, even if it’s a bit out the way, it’s worth the detour.
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By CJM