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I post articles, ideas, my originally written Hopeful Notes and whatever I can find that contributes to creativity and inspiration.
I post articles, ideas, my originally written Hopeful Notes and whatever I can find that contributes to creativity and inspiration.

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Hopeful note  by Howard Parsons

The Final Note
Seven and a half years ago my intention to bring hope and inspiration to people launched Hopeful Notes into the world and into your morning mail.
Today my intention is still alive and well and now, during this time of reflection, it calls for a 'time In' allowing for, when ready, a different kind of expression to emerge.
My attitude today is not to push things along like I have a wheelbarrow full of stuff and somewhere to get to.
It is more a process of feeling the winds of change and allowing them to soothe and (maybe rattle the windows) of my soul.
I am so grateful for my life, for you my Hopeful Note readers and the possibilities that lay ahead.
I am not saying goodbye, just so long for now.
We will meet again.
I honor and cherish you for who you are.
mindfulness
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Hopeful Note by Howard Parsons

Calmness Arrives
A calmness settled in today. 
The last few days have been busy in my head with thoughts of regret, analysis and futurizing about my life.
This inner banter, of course, is the ego voice attempting to return to the status quo, set the ship back on course.
However my wiser self wonders what will my life be like if I am willing to question it and look for possibilities lying before me I cannot yet see.
In order to do that quiet reflective time is needed.
This is somewhat unnerving because I am accustomed to the chaos and analysis.
I realize, however, in taking time for reflection this morning that for as long as I can remember I have wanted to make people think about their life, laugh about the funny things and be grateful for the abundance.
And most of all, I have through Hopeful Notes, intended to have you question the format of your life from a place of inspiration rather than desperation. 
So following my own intention...taking my own advice, that is what I am doing.
We have one more day together but it will not be good-bye it will be “see you again soon.” A calmness settled in today. 
The last few days have been busy in my head with thoughts of regret, analysis and futurizing about my life.
This inner banter, of course, is the ego voice attempting to return to the status quo, set the ship back on course.
However my wiser self wonders what will my life be like if I am willing to question it and look for possibilities lying before me I cannot yet see.
In order to do that quiet reflective time is needed.
This is somewhat unnerving because I am accustomed to the chaos and analysis.
I realize, however, in taking time for reflection this morning that for as long as I can remember I have wanted to make people think about their life, laugh about the funny things and be grateful for the abundance.
And most of all, I have through Hopeful Notes, intended to have you question the format of your life from a place of inspiration rather than desperation. 
So following my own intention...taking my own advice, that is what I am doing.
We have one more day together but it will not be good-bye it will be “see you again soon.”

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Hopeful Note by Howard Parsons

Seller's remorse
It happened.
I made the big decision to put Hopeful Notes to rest for a while and then hardly before the next breath is taken I am rolling around in the middle of the night with gremlins of doubt running through my head.
They make a lot of noise.
It is Sellers remorse. You never should have let it go, so says the ego.
The rational ego speaks loudly of people being let down, the loss of connection and the loneliness I will feel after this week.
My greatest fear is loneliness.
My ego knows that and speaks to that very thing because it is my weak spot.

I am sure many of you know this syndrome.
It is the ego doing its best work to maintain the status quo where it looks like certainty and safety are what I need.
But you know, if I never take the leap I will not experience the void.
I choose consciously to walk into the void because it is the way through to my next iteration.
I am not going anywhere.
You will hear from me again.
However, the me that will show up will have more dimension, more access to my authentic self and a clear knowing of my purpose.
Thanks for hanging in here with me.
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Hopeful Note by Howard Parsons

It Is Time To Pause
When we are conscious in our lives, we see and feel when the time has come to make a change.
It is time for me to step into the turmoil of change without knowing all the steps on the path, recognizing that life is a journey of transition not destination.
I feel a powerful motivation to step toward the change in energy I feel in my life.
No matter how hard I have tried lately, I can’t shake off the impetus to stop, surrender and listen carefully to the voice of transition that is constantly giving me guidance to move in a new direction.

For this reason, my final Hopeful Note, at least for the time being, will be published on Friday, December 19th just before the winter solstice.
The winter time is a time to put certain things to bed, like our garden, so that in the spring the plants may flourish again.

However, this does not mean I will lose consciousness about my journey or isolate in my bedroom.
 I will  be pursuing new interests, gathering my energy and consciously paying attention to the path I am on.
I will emerge in a new way.
I don’t know what that is at the moment but I am consciously engaging in the process in a mindful way.
In the next few days before our time together draws to a close I will let you know as best I can the aspects of my journey of which I am aware.

I am grateful to you for being my fellow traveller.
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Hopeful Note by Howard Parsons

Interpretations
Looking at the picture I can hardly believe she does not see what I see.
We are both standing in front of the painting and both have a different view of what the artist is trying to convey.
This is actually a normal state of affairs.
All of us have our own eyes to see, ears to hear and mouth to speak.
Unique is hardly a word to describe the essence of all that we have but let’s use that word for now.
The hurt to others can come when we use our views to make others feel wrong.
The stand we take is one of I am right and you don’t know what you are talking about.
So much more could be revealed by listening to another persons point of view.
Stepping away from I’m right is hard when you have practiced it for a long time.
Sometimes a lifetime.
The broadening of your perspective comes with opening your eyes and ears to see and listen to the other person.
You don’t know what gifts might be revealed through open dialogue and connection to each other.
Take your interpretation with a grain of salt.
Open to the possibilities of your life by taking in other options...new perspectives.
It creates a vast field of choice.
This is who you are.
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Hopeful Note  by Howard Parsons

Where Is The Peace We Seek?
My observation of the world at the moment is of people running around trying to find peace.
In fact, peace is not out there. Peace is in here...it resides in all our hearts, we just don’t realize it all the time.
In the world of the one person there is dissatisfaction with career or family or health or whatever.
A continual litany of something being wrong while proclaiming to find the place of peace.
To find peace within we have to know peace is within ourselves.
If it is something new that is desired in our lives then we must know the place that thing comes from.
It does not come from racing around.
It will not show up if you keep throwing all kinds of crap at the wall and hoping something will stick.
It will come in the quiet moment when you stop, take notice of where you are, who is speaking to you and what your consciousness is about your gifts and talents.
No one is devoid of peace.
Everyone has it.
It resides within each one of us waiting like a beautiful flower to be discovered among bushes.
This is who you are.
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Hopeful Note by Howard Parsons

What Is The Opening?
What is the opening you are looking for?
What is the opening you are hoping for?
There is nothing to wait for because the opening to your wisdom is always there.
This is who you are.
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Hopeful Note by Howard Parsons

Two Phrases That Change Your Day
There is a single, important phrase that, when infused with gratitude and inspired by connection, becomes something positive that was not there before.
The phrase is “Thank You.” 
This is an acknowledgment of something done for you for which you are grateful.
Many people in our fast paced world do not get acknowledgment for the things they do.
I have noticed this with store clerks, nurses, teachers, doctors, husbands and wives  and many others who are of service.
The service is provided by the person because it is their job or their responsibility or perhaps even a desire to help, not to get the acknowledgement.
A deeper connection is formed, good will is created and stronger relationships are forged when “Thank you” passes between you and another person.
In many cases it is the people closest to us we forget to say, “Thank you” to. 
In a way, we have taken the relationship for granted by forgetting how important acknowledgment is to the other person.

Another practice that will change your day is to address someone by their name.
If you don’t know their name, just ask them.
An instant bond is created.
When you use another person’s name with respect and connection you are saying something to them about how much you value them.
It provides the opportunity for a happier and more connected moment.
Many times the people closest to you are craving your acknowledgment.
Don’t forget them just because they are beside you all the time.
Familiarity is the reason to be more aware of how you acknowledge them.
Two simple ideas...address a person by their name and say “Thank you”.  It will change your day and...maybe someone else's too.

This is who you are.
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Hopeful Note by Howard Parsons

Chocolate Cake...Please!
The mind obsesses about the delicious butter cream topping chocolate cake sitting on the kitchen counter.
The mouth waters just seeing the velvety, smooth dark chocolate treasure awaiting the first bite.
Ok, enough obsession, there really is no chocolate cake although your mind might want one.
However, the human mind has a capacity for obsession about many things.
Thoughts come through the mind at a rapid pace and it has the capacity to process huge amounts of information.
However, the mind loves to stop and focus on one thing and play with it like a kid with a toy.
Over and over the story plays out in thought with the physical body reacting to the delicious promise of food, status, recognition or anything else it has been taught to value.
You see the mind does not know the difference between real experience and imagined experience. 
The result is you have put yourself through the wringer obsessing about whatever it was that caught the attention of your mind.
It is like a runaway train heading for nowhere.
Controlling obsession leads to freedom of thought and body. You release yourself from the powerless feeling of someone else driving your bus.
Try these ideas to give yourself a sense of being free:
Stop - take time to stop and notice your mind is in obsession mode. It may be about chocolate cake or something else.
Observe - how you feel when your mind obsesses. The obsession actually creates physical reactions.
Trust - your intuition to know what you need in the moment other than obsession. 
Freedom from obsession allows for more space to connect to your intuitive knowing about what is right for you right now.
This is who you are.
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Hopeful Note by Howard Parsons

Mr/Ms Self-Talk
It seems  Self-Talk only goes quiet for a few hours when we sleep.
All day long, if you listen for it, you will hear judgement, directions, instructions, analysis and comparison.
Most of the time we are not aware of Self-Talk pushing us in one direction or the other.
As a matter of fact we quite like it because we feel like we know what we are doing.
Providing a feeling of certainty in our day to day living is one of Self-Talk’s biggest assets.
If it can make us feel like things are under control we go with it.
Take the test and see if you can hear what Self-Talk is saying.
Then see if the other part of you called Authentic agrees with the plan.
This requires some attention in the moment.
Then you need to be aware of the choices you have other than what Self-Talk is giving you. 
This requires paying attention to Authentic and asking for what you really need and want.
The fun part is realizing you don’t have to go along with what Self-Talk is saying all the time.
Authentic, the part of you that really knows also provides you with guidance.
Just pay attention and listen.
This is who you are. 
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