Wednesday’s Wondrous World: Coffee

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Today’s wonder of the world is something I am personally in awe of.  On a regular basis it provides me with sustenance, fortification, comfort and pleasure.  I speak of one of my great loves of this life, an amazing wonder of the world – Coffee!

Yes, I acknowledge that coffee is not for everyone – but even most non-coffee drinkers I know (like my mother) appreciate its heady aroma.

Coffee is not just a beverage that can be consumed hot, cold, or outright frozen – it is a wonder for all six senses.  It provides something on every level.

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Let’s start with the obvious two – taste and smell.  The aroma of fresh coffee beans is intoxicating, rich and bold, with notes of smoke and cocoa and comfort.  Coffee beans, in fact, are a good source or palate cleansing.  For example, if you are taking a sniff of multiple scents of perfumes and candles and such, taking a whiff of the coffee beans will clear your nose and allow you to maintain sensitivity.

And the taste varies widely depending on the lightness or darkness of the blend, what type of bean or beans are used, fresh ground versus instant, regular versus espresso.  But coffee has such a unique texture, it can roll across the tongue and awaken the taste buds to other accents and flavors, and is an excellent carrier for cream and sugar, chocolate, caramel, mint, berries – you name it.  Coffee can be readily blended with any number of other flavors.

So that’s just the tip of the iceberg for taste and smell.  Touch?  When the caffeine of a good cup of coffee hits the blood stream, you are more awake, your head is clearer, and you get an energy boost.  On a cold winter day a hot cup of java will warm you body and soul, while on a hot summer day a coffee ice cream will cool you down and refresh you.  The beans themselves are crisp to the touch, solid but fragile, and the ground coffee can be an excellent ingredient for an exfoliant scrub.

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Sound?  The dripping of the coffee into the pot builds your anticipation for the excellent beverage you are preparing to drink.  The grinding of the beans provides a satisfying sensation as you anticipate preparation of your brew.  Also, if you need to release some pent-up frustration, you can imagine its source being finely powdered amongst the beans.  Lastly – there is that satisfied sigh a coffee connoisseur makes as they taste the fruits of their or their barrista’s labor.

Sight?  People are going to great trouble at coffee houses around the world making amazing decorations in foam atop coffee drinks.  But beyond such flights of fancy, there is something comforting in the dark brown liquid in your mug, and all the colors it takes as you add creamer or milk or even water to it.  As you gaze into your cup you might see yourself and your surroundings reflected back at you.  And seeing that full pot of coffee when you get to work you know that it is there for you, waiting to be savored and enjoyed.

As to the sixth senses – coffee can induce a sense of wellness and heightened awareness through all the other senses, making us more receptive to our intuition and energies.  I cannot think of any other beverage (save tea, perhaps) that has this kind of power, this depth of character, this ability to awaken, relax, inspire, warm or cool.

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Yes, there is something to be said for beer, wine, scotch and many other beverages – and I am a fan of all of these, too.  But society accepts that coffee can be consumed at any time of the day or night (unlike these alcoholic beverages – and I am sure that argument can be made, but we aren’t all college students), and it can be appreciated on every level I can think of.

Perhaps you disagree with me.  Perhaps, you might think I have an addiction to this beverage, and rather biased as such.  But I can still make the argument that coffee truly is a wonder of our wondrous world!

How do you take yours?

 

 

Me 3-25-13 smallerI am MJ Blehart, coffee-loving composer of “Wednesday’s Wondrous World”.  Every week I share a wonder of this amazing world, and I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

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Wednesday’s Wondrous World: Fog

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Through the mist I could barely make out the figure approaching me.  The unusual fog obscured my sight, and I could not tell if I was seeing friend or foe.

Fog has been used as a plot device in countless stories.  Its ability to totally hide in plain sight everything it touches is a true source of wonder.

Scientifically we know that fog is naught but droplets of water vapor or ice crystals suspended in the air in precisely the same manner as a cloud, but right down onto the earth’s surface.  It has varying degrees of thickness or density, sometimes creating what some refer to as mist, other times it is “as thick as pea soup.”

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But the effect of fog is rather remarkable.  It can create a halo around a normally clear light source.  It adds a depth to woodlands that makes a small grove of trees appear to be a vast forest.  It inspires a sense of dread at what may emerge from its depths, or anticipation of something amazing stepping through its clouded lens.

Some places find fog a common condition.  There are places in the world where fog is a constant companion, while elsewhere it is hardly ever seen.  Songs and stories have been written about misty mornings and London fogs.

I woke up this morning and saw how the fog obscured the trees just across the parking lot.  It inspired me to consider how amazing this weather condition truly is.  And then I recalled several years ago a sunrise visit to the Grand Canyon.  It was amazing both for the sun peaking atop those mighty rocks, yet also for the mist rolling across its surfaces like smoke across a rooftop from a chimney.

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There is something about fog that either creates a sense of cleansing, or a sense of utter foulness.  Of course, there is its man-mad cousin, smog.  Dust particles burned by mankind trapped in the atmosphere and hovering above the surface in a similar manner to fog, but smog is far more sinister and deeply unpleasant to breathe.

Some mystics will tell you that fairies and angels, spirits and wood nymphs alight in fog.  People have seen visions inside the low-hanging cloud throughout history.  Fog has even been used to hide the movement of armies to surprised and overwhelm their opposition.

Fog can also be a nuisance and a hazard.  Planes landing in fog have to rely on their instruments, and drivers have to take extra precautions on the road.

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For me, a favorite driving condition has always been at night, in a foggy rain.  There is nothing like cruising down the road, seeing only a short ways before me, immersed in fog.  It’s like I am in a whole other world, filled with unknown wonders and tremendous mysteries waiting to be discovered.

The next foggy day you find yourself in, take a look at this inspirational natural wonder, and see if for all its mystic properties.

 

 

Me 3-25-13 smallerI am MJ Blehart, your familiar, friendly, fickle “Wednesday’s Wondrous World” author.  Every week I share a wonder of this amazing world, and I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

Check out my blog, The Ramblings of a Titanium Don, for more of my work.

Also now available, Pathwalking: A 21st Century Philosophy in Book and Kindle form!

Wednesday’s Wondrous World: Imagination

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“Imagination rules the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Imagination has been the gateway to our own self-directed evolution, creativity, inventions, and the advent of the information age.

It begins when we are children.  We start reading and learning and seeing the world around us, but we are exposed to a broader world at the same time.  Our minds are so open to new ideas, new ways, new perspectives, it is during this time that we begin to develop the power of imagination.

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This power will lead us to varied and unique places.  Some of us use our imagination to create worlds, alternate realities, art and other fictions.  We become writers, painters, illustrators, television and film creators.

Some people see needs in this world in a wholly new, never-before-imagined way, and they set about creating it.  They use their imagination to create cures for disease, rockets to Mars, incredible skyscrapers and other wonders.  They become doctors, scientists, engineers, inventors, architects, landscapers and more.  They use their imagination to expand our world in ways never done before.

Just a hundred years ago cars were still few and far between.  Telephones only worked via miles and miles of wiring.  Airplanes could not fly across the ocean at regularly scheduled intervals.  Computers were naught but ideas in fantasy stories.  We could not instantly contact someone on the other side of the world.

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Every single innovation over the past century came about via imagination.  Someone imagined this notion, and then believed they could make it manifest.  And in time…they have.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  – Albert Einstein

While it is unknown if other animals on this planet imagine, certainly none have been endowed as we have with the ability to not only imagine it, but to create it.  Beyond simple things like shelter and hunting and gathering, we can do anything we set our mind to doing.

Two hundred years ago, the idea of man-made satellites orbiting our planet was utterly unthinkable.  The notion might have existed only in pure fantasy, but nowhere in reality.  And yet, here we are, connected across our globe by an immense network above us.

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If necessity is the mother in invention, then imagination is its grandmother.  Because without the ability to imagine it, we could not invent it.

Nothing is impossible. Not if you can imagine it. That’s what being is a scientist is all about.”  – Hubert Farnsworth, Futurama.  Maybe this is from a cartoon, but the sentiment is NOT mistaken.  Science takes imagination and works to make it part of our reality.

Society has become so focused on trivial matters, we neglect the things that develop our imagination.  Schools take away funds for the arts in favor of mathematics, sports, standardized tests and hard-data science without wonder.  Even movies are less and less original, and more “re-imagined” notions of past story ideas.

Creativity is kept in check in favor of blending everyone together.  But one of the most incredible wonders of our world is our ability to imagine, and from there, to create.

We need to encourage our children to explore their imagination.  We need to develop their minds to think critically, to see the world for all its wondrous possibility.  And of equal or greater importance, we cannot as adults let our imagination die.

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We have to allow ourselves to imagine, to dream.  We have to work to make the world how we want it to be, and not get caught up in the mundane trappings.  Imagination and creativity go hand in hand.

Everyone imagines.  We need to remember that, and rather than stamp it out or ignore its importance, focus on using our imagination to make our personal corners of the world a better place.

It starts small.  But using imagination can go a very, very long ways.

“Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.” – Immanuel Kant

 

Me 3-25-13 smallerI am MJ Blehart, your imagination, ingenious, interesting impresario of “Wednesday’s Wondrous World”.  Every week I share a wonder of this amazing world, and I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

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EmBody Bliss: Imagine Your Heaven

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

A time of shift and change is directly upon us. The power to manifest upon your universeintention and focus is becoming increasingly responsive. As humans, sitting in a dimension that provides the greatest contrast and expansion, we must take advantage of this opportunity for creation—for we are expanding the Universe in the biggest way.

Those who really make a dent in this shift are the those who realize the power of their position and focus on this Earth, those who can be simultaneously touched and moved by pain in the same breath, and those who ask themselves, “As the epicenter of my reality, which way will I direct this Universal energy flowing creationthrough me? What will I stop feeding by my focus? What am I telling Source to become?”

Source is always becoming your deepest desire; it is not fooled by the surface, the sweet sugar coating. This is why it is important for us to be honest with ourselves and attune to our deepest desires so that we may accurately shift our focus to the real task at hand—to that which Source is also focused—and meet in victory and alignment together.

For example, I once knew a girl who had an insatiable urge to go travel and explore a foreign country because she thought she would find greater purpose in her life by doing so—so she set out on an escapade. But Source responded to what she was really asking for (a peek inside herself) and set up nearly every event in her travels to achieve this tender and somewhat painful introversion.

After all was said and done, she realized that her reality followed her (as thoughts tend to do) and that her world was where ever she was, no matter what. Source didn’t necessarily provide her with perfect travels; it provided her with the truth she was seeking about herself and the Universe.

Source is always responding to thought. This is good news because it means that you will inevitably meet the answers you’ve asked for through opportunity. However, if we want to reduce the “lag time” of realization between your desires and manifestation, we must be clearQuestions and Answers signpost with ourselves about our core desires and live in an open state of awareness to the epiphanies lining you up with them.

One of the mind’s greatest capabilities is the imagination. Throughout history, the imagination has been altered in some minds to be something naïve, fantasy, idealistic, or an escape from reality. Most of us have been discouraged to keep the imagination alive that we came in with as a child, because it holds no weight in such a logical world. But I am here to tell you that the imagination is inspired. It can and will be moved by God, if you let it.

Anything that appears static within your world has begun as a thought form and been offered enough energy to then vibrate at a certain frequency to appear in your reality. In other words, you are the food to your thoughts. Your brain doesn’t see a difference between the things in your imagination and the things in front of yourImagination-has-NO-limits-imagination-29256202-1920-1200 eyes. They are both merely pictures. It is your consciousness interpreting what is real or not real to you.

We must not lose our sense of imagination that we’ve all been gifted. Let’s no longer discount this limitless, friendly part of creation. The playful landscape of your mind is the richest soil you could ask for—it is where all seeds and potentials are planted.

Holding a vibration and vision of your idea of heaven benefits all of us on this Earth. However, it does not benefit either of us to then open our eyes in an attitude of comparison and fixate on what is missing here. Take account of all that is already here and things will transform in front of your eyes.

Source is a force that has extended itself far enough from itself—so that it may discover itself—and you are the thought form manifesting at the “end” of that extension. You are the magnitude. Your thoughts, and subsequently, your vibration, are literally at the leading edge of time space reality.

As an expression of Source, Source knows nothing that you are not and knows nothing that you can’t become. In fact, it has no judgment to what you will become. It is rolling out the red carpet for itself (you). Source sees all as beautiful, and surrenders to you as the artist, painting its masterpiece through your eyes. Through focus, visualization, and the imagination, we can embody bliss.

Embody bliss in our own bodies; embody bliss in this Universal body.

What will you tell Source to become?

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