Beca Lewis

Which View Do You Want To See?

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Our third floor window looked out onto a stand of trees. During the summer they provided a beautiful green curtain, and in the fall a glorious riot of color. Then one day, fall ended, and the leaves were gone, revealing a different view. Some of it was delightful. I could see the paths through the [...]

Is it possible to see the invisible?

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Outside my window, the trees were swaying, the clouds were racing across the sky, and the bird feeder was barely staying attached to its post. As I watched these events, it occurred to me that if I didn’t know about the force called wind, I might say that mystery and magic was at work. Why [...]

What Is Love Actually

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Have you seen the movie Love Actually? Its full title is Love Actually Is All Around Us and is a lighthearted, slightly irreverent movie, about seeing love everywhere. It points out that if we would just look, we would see that all there is — is love. Which prompts the questions, “What is love actually? [...]

Choose Your Premise Carefully

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Throughout the years, Star Trek has revealed many life lessons to me, and one of the most important ones is a reminder of how illusions work. It happened in the first Star Trek episode, The Menagerie, which aired in November of 1966. In an attempt to rescue Captain Pike from the Talosians, who were masters [...]

Soft Focus Expectations Move Mountains

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In our get-ahead culture, we expect that all our expectations will be fulfilled. Many self-help and new age teachers have given us specific ideas about how to first know what we want, and then what to do to get our desired results.  We learn to move towards our desires, or magnetize them to us, and [...]

Blending Uniqueness Into Harmony

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There are always birds at our bird feeder, but one morning I saw them differently. Not just as birds, but as representatives of another viewpoint.  I could say I saw them as if they were aliens, and then perhaps you will feel even more the impact of what I felt, as I saw them differently. [...]

Walk On The Soft Side

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The only constant sound I heard was my feet stumbling a bit on the many small rocks that covered the red dirt trail. Even though homes and the ocean were visible, they were far away, leaving a beautifully soft silence, occasionally broken by a bird trill, or something scurrying in the brush. I was visiting [...]

Are We Our Avatar?

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Asking this question of myself, my immediate and heartfelt answer was, “OMG I hope not.” This line of thinking began one day after a series of events triggered the desire to be somewhere and someone else. They were little things. I am sure you have experienced them. Feeling a bit stiff and sore, catching myself [...]

The Solution To Positive Thinking

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This morning, I heard the cheerful call of the chickadee, and the “pretty, pretty, pretty” song of the cardinal. It was the sound of spring. Ten minutes later, I heard the sound of hail hitting the roof. It was the sound of winter. It’s warm today; it’s 29 degrees. It’s warm today because last week, [...]

Come Meet Authors Blog Tag

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This blog is my participation in The Author’s Blog Chain. Christina Carson tagged me on her blog. I have the honor of being Christina’s friend for many a year, having been introduced by her husband Bert Carson, whom I had met a few years before. He said we would like “talking” to each other. How [...]

Who Said Life Lessons Have To Be Hard

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Life is full of simple lessons. I had one the other day. It made me laugh aloud, and say to myself, “Good grief, Beca.” I was secretly glad no one saw what I had done; like a cat that slips on wet pavement and pretends that it never happened. However, here I am telling the [...]

Perfect Gifts

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When my children were little, one of my favorite gifts to give them came about as a solution to not having as much money as I wished to buy them presents. However, before I discovered the solution I did something else. I traded my time for money. I spent one pre-Christmas season working an extra [...]

Trust The Creative Guidance System

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Everyone who has ever created something, whether it is a garden, a painting, a book, a dance, a new way to do something, a piece of equipment, a song, a comfortable home, a delicious dish; every one of them, every one of us, has experienced moments of doubt that it will work out. Those moments [...]

Do Something Bigger Than Your Old Habit

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I remember the first time I saw a marathon. I was living in downtown Los Angeles in the loft district on Traction Avenue. To get to the event I had walked a few blocks east to Little Tokyo. I passed the many little stores and even the grocery store where I often shopped, but on [...]

That Cat Made Me Write This

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A black cat patrols our neighborhood. He lives in the house behind us, but I believe he only visits it for food, and maybe a brief rest. For the rest of the day, and long into the night, he is on the move. Although I have come to admire some of his qualities, we have [...]

Something Has Changed

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Something has changed. Not the obvious-temperature, light, leaves change, seasons–something else caused the birds to descend on the feeders and devour the seeds. Instead of the month it usually takes to eat empty the thistle seed feeder, it took a few days. In Tai Chi, holding the standing-at-the-stake pose with the rest of the class, [...]

The Quality Of Honor

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At first, I thought it was rain. Completely lost in the book I was reading, it took a few moments to realize that it probably wouldn’t be raining in an airport. I glanced up and saw a woman looking down the hallway, clapping. I started speculating. Was she clapping for a friend? If so, why [...]

Expanding The View

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Starting in my early teens, and lasting for the next 25 years or so, I collected words and saved them. I read the newspaper and clipped articles that moved me, ideas that opened my eyes, essays that inspired me, and pasted them all into a big journal type book. I read books, watched movies, went [...]

Squirrel School Degree

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If you are thinking that going to Squirrel School might be a wise life-move, it is a sure sign that you are a part of community that knows a good thing when you see it. Perhaps you are debating whether going to Squirrel School is a worthwhile endeavor. I don’t blame you; after all, some [...]

Anchor Your Drift

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Some days I don’t know what to do with myself. I drift around the house with no desire to do anything. If it goes on too long I feel as if I have turned into a piece of flotsam drifting on the sea of life without anchor, and without a purpose other than to drift. [...]

Keeping A Promise

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I kept a promise to myself recently; it was a big one for me. I’ve kept promises to myself before, and I have broken more than I have kept. Usually I break the smaller ones, often around what I will, or won’t, eat that day. I can always rationalize why it was a stupid promise [...]

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