Monday, July 09, 2007


I've been tagged by Seventh Sister at Shimoda's Dream to list five ways I raise my vibrations:

1. Listening to music, baroque chamber music, blues, jazz, classic rock. There is music for every mood if you look for it.

2. Art museums. There is something absolutely magical about the way some people see and translate light and color, and the knowledge that a painting or sculpture was actually touched by one of my hero-artists is positively electric.

3. Making jewelry or knitting is a very zen, centering practice which induces total peacefulness in my soul. Creating something of beauty is as high as I am able to reach. Cooking does this for me, too. It is another way to serve my highest self and others, and the impermanence of it makes it all the more intense.

4. Walking by the ocean. The vastness, the immortality of it, the changing colors, the smells, the aliveness and negative ions never fail to comfort, heal and inspire me. (I am a triple Cancer, a serious water sign. I'm sure that is no accident.)

5. Reading fiction so excellent that I devoutly wish I had written it, and also the words of great souls like His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. It makes me realize that my petty annoyances are trivial and not worth my energy, and that I am here for a higher purpose, although I sometimes lose sight of that fact.

Many of my favorite authors are Japanese, although I have only read them in translation. I am very drawn to all Asian cultures and their highly developed aesthetic, as well as the inconsistencies that only serve to make them more fascinating.

I am supposed to choose five blogs that inspire me. I try not to tag anyone who has already done it, or Seventh Sister would be on my list. Her posts about growing up in rural Texas are breathtaking.

1. Good Thomas at his blog of the same name is a beautiful writer who is unafraid to portray emotion, and his pieces about the intensity of everyday love are staggering. His marvelous creativity should be celebrated from the proverbial rooftops.

2. The Thinker at Theory of Thought is a teenager with an amazing mind and spirit, and an innate understanding of psychology way beyond her years. She has never written an uninteresting post, and someday, we can all say that we knew her when.

3. Ian at Or So I Thought is a professional writer with a fine mind and great wit who is a most reliable source of interesting material and a distinct viewpoint which is always presented with kindness and respect for the views of others.

4. Ms. Little Pea of Little Pea is a sheer delight. She has an indomitable spirit and a strong mind, and is able to imbue the most everyday occurrences with her great sense of adventure and her irresistible charm.

5. Chani at Thailand Gal - I try not to repeat myself when I play tag, but she epitomizes the raising of vibrations. She always inspires by her goodness and fluidity with words which make her a force of Nature, although she would deny it.


thailandchani said...

Wow.. now this is a good meme! And, imagine this, I don't even have to steal it! :) Thank you.

I will have to think about it. Reading and gardening are definitely the top two. The dirt in my fingernails, nurturing a plant and watching it bloom.. well, that's about as close to Source as I can imagine.

Reading inspirational books.. which I separate from "self help" books. My choices are probably very similar to yours.

Walking... walking in a beautiful place.. that always raises my vibration.

Interacting with others at a certain level, at a soul level.... that raises my vibration, too...

Animals. Definitely. Animals. My dog.

Well, gosh! It seems I've come up with five. LOL



heartinsanfrancisco said...


I am a plant person, too, although I didn't mention it. I have very close friendships with my houseplants and the ones I grow or nurture outside, especially herbs and flowers.

And you know how much I love animals. Being with them ensures my soul's survival, and like the Native Americans, I try to learn from their wonderful example.

Thank you so much for playing tag!

MsLittlePea said...

Hey! Thanks for the tag! I'm a cancer too. What a cool meme. I'll respond on my blog as soon as I get all caught up with my blogvisits.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Sweet Pea,

Let me know when your post is up, and I'll head over.

Thanks for playing.

meno said...

It's nice for me to read about the things that charge you back up, and to think about what those things are for me, and then go do them.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


I think we all find our way to our own salvation sooner or later. The things that keep us sane are usually of our own devising and have little to do with what we learned from our parents. Maybe that is even part of why they work so well.

The CEO said...

How interesting. I couldn't have done this meme at all. Not since I lost my cat. Things haven't been right since then. It takes some time to come back to normal, in touch with the world again. Thanks for putting me in touch with that.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


I'm so sorry about your cat. When my favorite horse died, I couldn't be in company for weeks. And it was the same when I lost my wolf, and the cat who helped me raise all my children.

And so many other four-legged friends.

Does it help at all to consider that your pain saved your beloved animal from feeling the loss of you if you had gone first?

Anonymous said...

nice inspirations.

thethinker said...

I wish I had an ocean to walk next to. I know I'm going to live by water when I grow up and can buy my own house.

Thanks for the tag (and the kind words). I'll be sure to complete it soon.

riseoutofme said...

Food for thought....

So glad its dinner time.

velvet said...

This was a great look further into who you are.

Oceans do the same thing for me. I would wither if I were ever land-locked again.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


:) !!


I'll be watching for your answers.


Long time, no see. Welcome back, friend.


It's true. I've lived in some gorgeous inland places with mountains, but still felt that something was missing.

I am a crab, through and through.

Ian Lidster said...

We're talkin' bout good vibrations ...
Thank you so much for the compliments in your tag comment re me. I am flattered, especially when the ocmpliments come from you, a blogger I respect greatly.
So, now I guess I have to do it. I shall give it a shot and see what I come up with.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


I knew you could.

eastcoastdweller said...

Thank you for a great list, indeed. Good blogs to check out.

I love art museums for their connection to the ages, to the visions of men and women from the beginning of history.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


So do I. It's quite magical (and humbling) to think that a work of art has survived the ages, while our own lives are so transient.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


Love your list, and I am with you on the shores and music.

Do you like Khalil Gibran? He is oftentimes my 'reminder of higher things'.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I so agree about being able to create something beautiful....that's just so satisfying.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Gibran said, "An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind."

He had an amazing mind, a veritable feast of a mind, and a great soul.


And you are so very good at it!

CS said...

Interesting list. I am in complete and whole-hearted agreement about walking by the ocean. I feel healed and at peace every time I am by the sea.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Yes, there is really nothing like it. I love being in the mountains, too, but seashore is my true comfort zone.

Anonymous said...

Boy, I am in a puddle here. Very, very touched at your words. Wow. Could I stick that on my gravestone? I am in a Cancerian puddle. I am extremely touched. Thank you , good HinSF.

I loved your meme, loved learning a bit more about you. I shall scratch my empty head and try to come up with my own list.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


I only said those things because they were true. You're a rock star.

It was a delightful meme that I was happy to do, and I'll be waiting breathlessly for your list.