Listen to the whisper of the winter as it quietly enters your life today. The silent tip toe of the snow upon your nose or outside your window can easily awaken your heart to a deep felt sense of peace. There is so much gift in nature. Nature blesses us with itself, so that we are able to awaken our spirits through the gifts of our senses and our awareness. And as we awaken deep within our soul we experience blessing.
Today is my best friend of 25 years, 40th birthday. She celebrates her birthday with gratitude in her heart because she has been given the gift of 40 years. (She lost an amazing friend to cancer 2 years ago). She deeply realizes that life is a gift…She reminds me that mine is too…so is yours…
May you too see the gift in your life, as this winter comes upon you. And as each day gets longer and brighter, may you feel more light in your life. May you celebrate your own light, and share love with others. May you recognize, deep within your soul, the absolute amazing blessing you are, and the amazing blessing of your life.
Listen to the whisper of winter…it calls to you. Its silence awakens the peace deep inside of your heart…
Each of us needs healing in our lives. One of the marvelous way to offer healing is to offer blessing to those we love and care for. The gift of blessing changes the way you see yourself, and experience your mind, and body. The gift of blessing also offers a sacred space for love and transformation to happen deep within the very cells of your body, which in return creates healing and health. Illness, pain, suffering etc. are released from deep within you and light and wholeness fill your body, mind and spirit.
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One of the spiritual gifts we have been created with is our imagination. Using our imagination to inspire healing in our bodies is an amazing tool. Take some time to be with your body, and any where you feel pain, illness, discomfort or off balance, take notice. And then begin to focus, and imagine your cells, your tissues, your organs working to bring healing, health, balance and peace within your body.
I have been working more intentionally at getting to know my body, because I have been suffering from dizziness, headaches and tiredness. About 2 months ago I began to try to find a way to get better. I realized what I was feeling wasn’t just a phase. I talked to doctors, and friends, and did my research, but still didn’t really feel well. And then one day about a week ago it dawned on me: I have been forgetting to be in touch with my body. I had forgotten how to listen to my body and learn from it: that when something is off in your body, yes you may be ill, but your body may also be telling you that the way you are living your life may not be healthy for you. In my case I was holding left over grief and every day stress in my head. And it was making me exhausted.
But as soon as I began to make a CHOICE to listen to my body and become aware of why I was not feeling well, day after day, I began to hear my body telling me, it needed me to “Let Go.” I needed to begin to release the emotional stuff I was holding within me, and as soon as I began to offer myself the gift of love and compassion, I began to feel better. This love encouraged me to begin to imagine healing energy, love, light flowing within me and pushing out all that was harming me. I continue to do this each day and thus, day by day am feeling better. I have also chosen to eat well, and learn more about the foods I put in my body, but that’s a story for another day.
So I invite you to be present to your body and to begin to imagine harmony and balance in your body. Be intentional about this. Make it a part of your every day spiritual or mindfulness practice. And see what happens.
The last two afternoons a beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly has danced by me while watering my garden. Yesterday, I was filled with a sense of joy, imagining that this beautiful butterfly came by just for me: gifting my eyes with its gentle freedom and beauty. As it danced away, I went back to my plants and forgot about my encounter. Today however, I experienced a sense of blessing and wonder, as we were graced to cross paths again. And thus, I let my gaze linger longer and watched this beautiful creature dance across the open air, moving around freely. And as I watched, I noticed the way the butterfly soars with joy. It fluttered from here to there, and wandered wherever it chose to go. There was nothing stopping the butterfly’s movements. In some ways the way it fluttered by, seemed almost unintentional, as though the butterfly was filled with joy and just absolutely embracing its freedom to fly.
This image of the butterfly embracing its freedom delighted my spirit, and thus, opened my heart to looking deeper into the gift of this image and how it speaks to life. Butterflies are often associated with the symbolism of change. Because of their wonderful metamorphosis from a caterpillar walking along eating leaves, to a beautiful creature who opens its wings to fly, change is the perfect symbol. This second encounter wasn’t just by chance. As I watched this butterfly, my thoughts and feelings began to open and I began to understand that the butterfly’s dance was a way the Divine was inviting me learn.
Life has been bringing with it experiences I, and others, haven’t really chosen to learn from. In the last few months I have had a few different friends who have been going through difficult and unexpected change in their lives, and I also have been recovering from loss and change. And grief is very deeply rooted in all these life experiences. Yet, as the butterfly invites us to discover: one form of dying may lead to another form of living. And although it may be a way of living that we have no road map for, we can still discover delight, beauty and hope in spite of this change.
I imagine sometimes that the caterpillar has no way of knowing that she will become a butterfly. And as her daily life goes on, she knows she must eat, and then somehow within her, she knows to make a chrysalis, and then she transforms into her freedom of flight. And when this gift of flight occurs she is frightened and unsure of her new wings, maybe she is even saddened by the change in her body, but then she opens them and begins to fly, and this change opens her eyes to new discoveries and blessings.
So we too can be like this beautiful butterfly, unsure and feeling saddened by the way our life has transformed, but as we begin to take the next step, say the next word, breathe another breath, we can begin to discover our new path may bring with it new beginnings, and healing. This acceptance of change though comes in time, and for each of us when this time comes may be different. Additionally, we have to be open within ourselves to see the gift in the road ahead of us, because despair and negativity can also keep us stuck where we are. This gift of discovering new ways to be free within ourselves is also a process of healing after the grief. Each time we allow ourselves to awaken to a new day and live after the change is taking a step towards healing, a step towards dancing again, signing again, feeling like you again, etc. And maybe one day like the butterfly you will again feel deep within the joy of being you, and experiencing your life as gift. And maybe like the butterfly, your story, your presence with someone, will also invite them to begin to heal, because they will witness how you have also learned to soar even with all you’ve been through.
It’s been awhile since I sat down to write to you. Yet, every single day you have been in my thoughts, and my prayers. My blessings surround each of you a hundred times over, and embrace you with softness, peace, safety, and love. You are each a beautiful, authentic vine growing forth from the tree of Life. And it is a blessing to accompany you in your journeys as you accompany me.
I have needed some deep healing in my life this last month and instead of writing I have been turning to the natural world for comfort and healing.
Nature offers me its love each day. It connects me to the deeper spiritual nourishment my soul needs.
Have you ever taken notice of how a broken plant heals and grows as long as it is tended to? It needs to be given light, new soil, pruned, and watered. We are similar in our need to be tended to by being comforted, touched (we all need to be held) bathed (cleaned, forgiven, offering forgiveness, etc.) and to be in the presence of light (sunlight, hope, joy, etc.).When we are tended to in these ways we can be renewed and healing will happen.
In my own life I experience a deep connection to God, the Divine in nature. It is where I see balance and know of harmony. There is even a melody in nature that I hear, and feel within my whole body that creates equilibrium: it’s the sound of tree leaves blowing in the wind, the melody of the birds, the colorful dance of the flowers.
I invite you to be present in nature. To be still and watch and listen, the kind of listening that comes forth from your whole being.
Recognize your connection to the earth and how the earth responds to you.
Notice how nature accepts you as part of it.
Notice the little things: an ant walking, a fish coming to the surface, birds flying in the sky, the intricacies of a tiny flower…
There is something sacred in the earth for each of us.
The earth heals, us day by day, just as it heals itself.
We also bring healing to the earth as we notice and care for it, which in turn heals us. In other words, when we offer love we receive love.
May you be blessed by the earth’s healing gifts today and always.
It is quite amazing how being creative allows you to heal. It re-centers your mind, and gives your emotions an outlet–a place to go outside of yourself, in a healthy way. Creativity also brings you closer to the Sacred–it connects you to that deeper spirit within yourself, the spirit of love that dwells within you, and connects you to the Divine or that which you call Sacred.
Since the spring weather arrived here in the Northeast, it has become more and more difficult for me to sit down and be creative. My son is 3 1/2 and needless to say, everything in life is exciting, and three-fourths of it happens outside. So by the time I get some time alone to write, I am too tired. But today, I found some time to be creative and played around with my photos, Photoshop and my love for words and created something for you. So I feel better…
There can be great solace in the night, when you take the time to pray, meditate, or just allow yourself to relax. May you be blessed with some time for yourself, to reconnect to the wonder you are and draw closer to the miracle YOU are.