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Judgment

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It’s been another eye opening, awaking week.  A look in the mirror and observe what is glancing back time. A calling out of another’s faults that in turn caused me to turn inward and take a look at my own.  What surfaced?  Judgment.

I will be the first to admit that this has been an issue my entire life.  I grew up in a family where the faults of others were pointed out on a regular basis.  Oftentimes, fault finding with others was a way of diverting the attention away from self.  

Judgment is a wicked thing.  Many times our judgment comes from  skewed opinions that we have formed.  Whether it be about ourselves, others or a situation.  

Have you ever noticed how 2 different people witnessing the same situation can have a totally different view?  One person judges the event as awful the other as enjoyable.  

Think about your favorite type of movie, place to eat, music or politics.   In our house, my taste in movies, music, food and especially politics are totally different from my husband’s!  Do I have a right to judge his preferences as wrong because it doesn’t agree with mine?  I’d like to think so…but I don’t.

I’ll admit that this is very difficult for me. I want to sit as judge and jury. What’s wrong with people?  Can’t they see it my way?  Can’t they see that what they are doing is going to cause harm?  They need to take their blinders off and look at what is going on!  

Judgments are our way of seeing the world.  It’s just one perspective.  In his book, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz states, 

“We make the assumption that everyone sees life the way we do. We assume that others think the way we think, feel the way we feel, judge the way we judge, and abuse the way we abuse. This is the biggest assumption that humans make. And this is why we have a fear of being ourselves around others. Because we think everyone else will judge us, victimize us, abuse us, and blame us as we do ourselves. So even before others have a chance to reject us, we have already rejected ourselves. That is the way the human mind works.”

I have a tendency of being stubborn.  You know one of those people who gets something in their head and that’s the way it is!  I come from a long line of stubborn individuals.  Sometimes stubbornness is a good thing, but can also bring on a tendency to judge others that aren’t on the same page. It can cause a tunnel vision view on certain subjects. Not being able to see the big picture.

I’m trying a new way of viewing things.  Instead of being caught up in single minded judgment, I’m expanding my horizons.  I’m attempting to learn the art of “Going to Switzerland.”

So what do I mean by going to Switzerland?  It means viewing things from a neutral place.  Putting my pigheadedness aside. Trying to see the situation, person or myself from a neutral vantage point.  Realizing that everyone is entitled to their own point of view, whether I agree with it or not.  It’s tough. I’m uninstalling years of programming, little by little. I decided I had to begin with self judgment.  I even judge myself for being judgmental!

It’s difficult being a chain breaker.  We tend to act or react the same way that family members in our childhood homes did.  When that knee-jerk response comes up you have to catch yourself.  You question it.  Does that thought still hold true?  Does it fit who you have become?  You don’t want to be that way, but the old program is still running.  

Oftentimes we get caught up in what we learned, or thought we learned as children and that becomes our reality.  Even if the judgments aren’t true, we have bought into them.  We believe and judge from our programmed perspectives that we often have learned from watching others.  We might think that our way of thinking is the “only” way.  That’s the way it has always been. These programs become our way of thinking and judging until we install new ones.  

That is the case with my tendency toward judgement.  I even found myself handing down judgment on my upbringing in a judgmental family.  Now that’s  judgment!

The first thing I had to change was my judgement toward my family.  It was tough letting go of years of resentment and judgment.  No matter how hard you try,  you can’t change what happened in the past, you can only change how you perceive and react to what happened.  Learn the valuable lessons that those experiences taught you. 

When I took  judgment out and flipped the switch, I recognized the things that I didn’t want to carry from childhood into my adult life. You can adjust your life so that you benefit from the lessons. Learn from them and use them as a springboard to rise above them.  You are only responsible for your own actions and reactions not those of others.

I started to notice that the things that I was sitting in judgment on others about, were things that I needed to look at in my own life.  The language that I used to describe myself was spilling over into the way I thought about and viewed others!  Big Aha for me.  When I criticize myself, my thoughts toward others are critical.  If I’m experiencing a bout of self-doubt, I doubt other’s abilities.  I was passing my self judgemental views onto others.

“Judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who you are.”  Once again I am going to say it…we are all unique.  We are all traveling our own path.  My journey is different from yours.  Just because we aren’t heading in the same direction, doesn’t mean that my path is better than yours or visa versa.

We all judge.  It’s human nature.  I have found that the company I keep has an effect on my judgment meter.   Some people are more judgmental than others.  Take a look around.  Who do you spend a lot of time with?  If you hang with a group of judgemental people, it’s hard not to chim in and add your two cents worth.  It’s difficult to stay in Switzerland, and remain neutral.  Even if you don’t contribute to the conversation, it’s a chore to keep your thoughts from going in that direction.  On the other hand,  just the opposite is also true.  When we spend time with positive, non-judgmental, uplifting people, our thoughts go in that direction.  

I would like to invite you to take a look in the mirror.  What do you see?  Are the eyes staring back at you judging eyes or are they loving and compassionate?  Are you limiting your potential because of self judgment?  Are you judging other’s behavior because you have the same tendencies?  I challenge you to get a check on judgment.  Start with yourself.  When you stop the self judgment and criticism you will find that it is easier to put the breaks on judging others.  The next time you go to pass judgment, take a moment and reflect.  Ask yourself, is this an internal judgment reflecting outward?   If so forgive yourself.  Show yourself some compassion and love yourself so that your inner world will radiate to your outer world.

 

The Sounds of Silence

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Confession time.  I lost it this week!  I felt like a 2 year-old throwing a major tantrum.  My anger boiled, churned and finally spewed like a raging volcano that had been simmering and couldn’t hold it’s contents any longer!

It hadn’t been one isolated incident that had pushed me over the edge to the point of eruption but a string of many.  Sleepless nights, unprocessed grief, COVID restrictions, confusion about what direction my life was to take. And most of all…lack of a time for silence and reflection.  Something that my introverted soul needs to recharge and remain calm.

Most mornings, I use my early morning walk as a disconnect from the high paced world that we live in.  I enjoy the peace that dawn brings, a break from the hustle and bustle of our high tech society.  I take this time to connect and reboot.  Research shows that combining solitude with a walk in nature causes brain growth in the hippocampus region, resulting in better memory.  Any help I can gain in the memory department is greatly appreciated.  

Most mornings, it’s just me and nature.  It’s like stepping into another realm. A peaceful, insightful, calming realm. A chance to go within.

This week has been different.  I had ventured out with earbuds and a book on tape.  My quiet, commune with thoughts or mindful reflection and nothingness had been replaced with an attempt to gain some knowledge and understanding.   I thought it was a fair trade off.  I was wrong.  I needed my reflection time more than I knew.

When we take time to turn to our thoughts and go inward, we are able to tune out the noise of daily living. Even if only for a short period of time, disconnection is very beneficial.  Silence allows us to turn our focus inward allowing us to escape from the chaos of the world and tap into our inner strengths and powers.  It allows us to refuel and refresh.  When we are able to do this we are able to focus better.  I don’t know about you but when I’m able to focus better, The demons of frustration and anger are soothed like a hungry baby with a bottle. 

Steven Aitchison stated the following about silence, “Our ego is temporarily switched off or at least made to be quiet for a bit, and we start to see the real world as it should be. Our thoughts get in the way of our reality sometimes and we don’t see the beauty of the world around us. When there is silence there is time for introspection and to allow your true-self to speak, not the ego, not the conscious mind but the true-self connected to the flow of energy around us.”

Our modern world is filled with distractions.  How many times a day do you check your phone, emails, Facebook, Instagram?  You may be surprised to know that research shows that people check their devices every 6.5 minutes!  That’s crazy!  Our alone time is being taken over by social media and outside demands.

Is it any wonder that our stress levels are rising?  How many of us always have our cell phone in tow morning, noon and night?  We panic if we can’t find them. We are always connected to the outside world.  Maybe it’s time to disconnect from the outside and connect to the inside world.  I’m not saying that you have to disconnect forever, but wouldn’t it be nice to walk away for a period of time?  

In an article entitled, The Importance of Silence, By Sharing Life’s Moments, this simple statement was made.  “We live in a world where we are constantly told we have to be productive in every minute of every day.  The reality is, we don’t.” 

When we take time to step away from the demands of life and step away from the outer voices and into the inner knowing, problem solving often becomes easier.  We make decisions from a place of calm not a sea of churning lava.

Silence allows you to go deep into your inner knowing and connect with your own unique soul.  It allows you a chance to get to know who you are and what you stand for.  What your life purpose is. To find out what makes you tick.  It gives you a chance to tap into your creative mind. Why not take some time to sit  and commune with the person who knows what’s best for you…you!   You just might find some great wisdom buried in the sounds of silence of your inner being.

There have been numerous studies that show when we are alone and spend time in silence that we will engage more with our own minds.  When we talk to ourselves we often find the answers to the questions that we are asking.  We listen to ourselves better, allowing us to retrieve the answers that are meant for us.  Allowing them to come forth.

Silence assists you in becoming calmer. Studies have shown that people who consistently spend time alone and in solitude tend to be calmer.  It also assists with a higher sense of emotional clarity and calmness.  Your feathers aren’t as easily ruffled.  

Silence is not only golden but it is essential.  In her book, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, Sarah Ban Breathnach writes, “Too many of us approach time alone as if it were frivolous, expendable  luxury rather than a creative necessity.”   We deserve to take the time to feed our souls, to tap into our unique knowing.  Make a time of silence and solitude a priority in your life.

I would like to encourage you to find some time for solitude somewhere in your hectic life.  Take a break from the noise, the endless tasks, the constant demands.  Give yourself permission to step off of your fast paced, treadmill life for a moment of solitude to reflect, ponder and go within.  

Turn off the tv and blaring music.  Disconnect from your electronics and social media for a period of time. Take a walk in nature, sit in a garden or quiet park.  Practice some form of meditation and connect with the sounds of silence.  

By doing so you may find that you don’t have to go on a hunt for a proverbial virgin to toss into the angry volcano that is churning and threatening eruption. The silence and the answers that lay within, just might do the trick instead. 

 

Be Creative

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When was the last time you did something just for you?  Not your kids.   Not your spouse.  Not your mom.  Not your work.  Not your community.  Not your church group. Something for you and you alone.

How many excuses can you list off the top of your head for not doing so?  How about the list of “Have tos”, how long is that?  The laundry needs to be folded.  I have to run Little Johnny to practice.  I have to clean the toilet. I have to do this, I have to do that.  How about I have to find some me time?  

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy writes, “We are too busy listening to everybody else instead of our authentic selves.  Maybe it’s because we’ve convinced ourselves that we really don’t have the time for personal pursuits that bring us contentment if they take longer than fifteen minutes.  Perhaps we don’t hear the whispers of authentic longing because we don’t want to hear.  If we hear, we might have to acknowledge, even respond.  We’re afraid to hear the promptings of the woman who wants to learn how to draw, dance, raise orchards, re-upholster a chair, cook Szechuan.  We might have to take a class or buy a book, a pad and pencils, a leotard, a plant, a fabric, or hoisin sauce.  No time to be passionate, we have to be practical.  Essential, uncompromised longings will have to wait until there’s more time: when the children are back in school, when Mom’s feeling better, when things let up at the office.”

Taking time for self is an important aspect of self care and stress management.  When you neglect your needs and forget about self nurturing you are increasing your chances of unhappiness.  Your self esteem can suffer.  When you spend every waking minute doing for others and not following your dreams and desires, burn out and resentment can set in. 

Do you have a secret passion that you have always wanted to pursue?  Is there a famous writer lurking in your soul?  Have you always wanted to try your hand at painting?  Does your heart resonate with a beautiful piece of handcrafted furniture?  How about letting your natural rhythm out and trying out your dance moves?  You never know if you will be good at something unless you give it a try.  Chances are, if you have an interest, there is a reason.  A desire that is calling to you to chase it. 

Several years ago, I followed one of those “passions” when I signed up for a belly dancing class.  The art of belly dancing had always fascinated me and it was something that had been on my bucket list for years.  I loved the music, the drumming, the fluid moves.  I danced with a troupe until I started flying for the airlines and wasn’t able to make the practices and performances anymore.  I had the time of my life!  It didn’t matter that I was in a class with people that I was old enough to be their mother, heck one of the girls was the age of my grandson!  It was something that called to me and I went after it!

When you follow a creative desire, your life can be enriched.  It can help you unwind and find balance in your life.  In the world we are living in, we all could use a little help to balance the stress that seems to be running rampid.  I found joy in dancing.  Was I the best…not by a long shot but it took my mind off of the stress that was engulfing my life at the time.  For a few hours a week I was able to engage in something that I enjoyed and escape the pressures of my world.  I was able to allow the music and the moves to transport me to a different realm.   My mind let go of the stressful thoughts as I laughed with my classmates and laughed at myself when my body just wouldn’t gyrate the way that I wanted it to.  

Learning something new and following a passion gave me the strength and the confidence to do what “needed” to be done to keep my life pointed in the right direction.  It helped smooth the edges, making life a bit easier.

My friend Tony told me this week that his 85 year old mother was taking an online yoga class that is helping her to deal with the stresses of recovering from cancer and the craziness of the world!  At 85, she was doing something for her.  She has made her needs and desires a priority. 

Taking time for self is not selfish, it’s essential.  If you honestly don’t have time or money to take a class, please, find something.  Take a relaxing soak in the tub, add some bath salts or essential oils, play soothing music, light a candle, and get in touch with you.  Grab that book that you have been wanting to read, find a comfy spot, open the pages and escape for a while.  Find a new recipe on the internet that speaks to your taste buds and give it a try.  Go for a walk, a bike ride, a hike in nature and bask in mother earth’s healing.  Buy or make your favorite treat. Take time to sit and savor it, don’t rush.  Delight in the texture, smells, deliciousness, enjoy every morsel with mindful pleasure.  Sit with paper and pen and record your thoughts, feelings and emotions.  Do something that engulfs you in pleasure, something that speaks to your soul.

When are you going to put yourself on your list of priorities?  It’s time.  I’m not saying that you have to be at the top of the list, let’s just start with getting you on the list.  I realize that we all have busy lives, but we also owe it to ourselves to make time for some creative pleasures.  The responsibility of taking care of yourself is in your hands.  It’s your responsibility, so stop putting yourself on the back burner.  Make “me time” a priority. Stop putting it off.  Find something that sparks your interest.  Something that calls to your soul, then do it.  You and everyone around you will be glad you did.

 

  

 

Finding Strength in Sorrow

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Butch’s name flashed across my phone screen.  “Hello,” I said desperately hoping for some good news, knowing in my heart that it was a long stretch.  Earlier in the afternoon I had received a phone call from my friend Lyn’s daughter informing me that her mom, my friend of 40 plus years was unconscious in the Idaho Falls hospital ICU.  “She has blood clots in her heart.” she sighed.  I couldn’t breathe, I put my hand over my heart in an attempt to keep it from breaking.  I swallowed hard to fight back the tears.  I was scared, this couldn’t be happening! 

It was now evening and Butch, Lyn’s husband, was on the other end of the line.  His voice was shaky and filled with emotion.  He shared with me what the doctor had conveyed to him.  “If I was a betting man, I wouldn’t give her very good odds!” My heart sank.

I didn’t want to hear it!  She’s a fighter, my optimistic self cried.  She has cheated death before, she can do it again.  She is like that proverbial cat, with limitless lives.  She will just pull another one out of her bag of tricks.  Deep in my heart of hearts, I knew it wasn’t happening this time.  “We have to remember the good times,” he admonished as the conversation came to a close.  

Remembering the good times with Lyn wasn’t difficult.  There were volumes of crazy, fun filled memories.  There were also the pages that held the heart breaking times of loss that we had gone through together. The times that we leaned on each other, that we cried until we were so exhausted and there was nothing left.  Times that I laughed so hard that I had a hard time keeping my panties dry.  There were 40 years of ups and downs, twists and turns, good times and bad. But no more to look forward to…the final chapter had been written.  Her story had come to an abrupt end.

Dealing with loss is difficult. I’m still numb.  I feel like I’m in one of those nightmares, the kind that causes your heart to race, where you sweat and thrash until you wake with a jolt and a cry.  Only this time…I’m wide awake.

Grief and sorrow open the floodgates to the naysayers and should haves if we allow it.  “I should have…!”  “Why didn’t I…..?”   “If only I would have…!”   “What if I hadn’t…?”  

The past week has been filled with, “if onlys!” and “I should haves”  You know the haunting thoughts that I’m talking about.  The regrets. “I wish I would have said this or that!”  “I wish I hadn’t said this or that!”  “I should have told her how grateful I was that she was a part of my life!’’  All the unsaids.  

When we have time to prepare for a loved one’s passing, we get the chance to express our final thank yous and goodbyes. However, when the passing is sudden and unexpected, we are often left with the unspoken. How many times have we heard it said, “Tell those special people in your life just how much they mean to you.  You never know what tomorrow will bring!”  You never know if your parting words may be the last ones.  Keep that in mind.  It’s a scary thought, but true.  We don’t know what is just around the corner, what the next step of the plan is going to be.  Take it from me, it’s heart wrenching to live with regret. The emotional rollercoaster ride of losing someone is hard enough without attaching regret and remorse to it. 

As I set in the early morning hour shroud in the heaviness of grief and regret, Butch’s admonishment to me surfaced in the darkness, “Remember the good times,” he had advised.  

Strolling down memory lane allowed me to step out of the gray mist of grief and regret for a while.  I tapped into my heart and connected with the healing power of memories filled with joy.  Memories that shined a beacon of hope for now and the future.  

Lyn was always the life of the party!  There was never a dull moment when she was around, it was always an adventure.  

Often, your question would be answered with a song as her beautiful alto voice belting out an off the cuff response.  Her bold statements and infectious sense of humor would cause a room to erupt with fits of laughter.  Behind her mischievous grin you could see the clogs of her imagination churning out the next wild idea.  These are the times that I want to remember. I told myself.  The fun loving, happy birthday greetings sung Marilyn Monroe style.  The off the wall, imaginative stories of our future adventures.  Cutting a rug on the dance floor, laughing and having the time of our lives without a care of what others were thinking. Those are the times I choose to bring to the forefront of my book of remembrance.  

Tears of regret were replaced with tears of gratitude. I am so grateful for the time that I got to spend with my partner in crime.  As I sit  in my own little world remembering the good times and pushing the not-so-good to the outer limits of my mind, I find that I get to view the rough spots as periods of growth for both of us.  Those times were what made us strong.  I won’t forget them, they were periods of transformation for us. But, I choose to bring the fun, enjoyable times to the forefront of my memory to hold and cherish.   

Gratitude heals.  It assists in flipping the positive switch, shining light in times of darkness.  It reminds you that even in times of loss and grief you have much to be thankful for.  It seeps into your heart and applies the balm of healing, soothing the hurt and pain.  I was hoping for many more years of antics, but my heart is overflowing with the good times that will be with me throughout the remainder of my earthly journey and beyond.

I will allow myself time to reflect, grieve and heal.  I know that there are going to be some rough times ahead.  At times, I feel her presence.  I can hear her chuckle.  In times of deep sorrow, I feel her embrace.  I have heard her admonishments to, “knock it off!” when I start to beat myself up over the “if onlys”.  She is still with me, just encouraging and cheering me on from the heavenly realms. 

With her help, I will restore joy and harmony to my life as I celebrate the fun times as well as the heart breaking ones that we have shared.  I will allow gratitude for our years together to support and heal the inner and outer me. I will carry her in my heart and memory until our heavenly reunion.

 

In loving memory of Lyn Austin Maupin.  Thank you for the laughs, the tears, the lessons, the strength, the good times and the bad and the eternal friendship.

IMG_9587True friendship is a beautiful gift.  Two souls are drawn to each other, finding happiness in one another’s existence.  There are no expectations except to love and be loved, to be there for one another and to laugh with one another.

Mother Earth, A Great Teacher

 

nature-3294681_1920It’s been a week of inner conflict and reflection. Oftentimes, this takes a toll on me mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.  I’ll be truthful…this week kicked my butt from every direction. 

When I’m struggling with conflict of any kind, whether it’s a small difference of opinion or a huge life changing decision, I turn to the healing powers of Mother Earth.  I find that her arms are always open and welcoming.   She beckons me to her side, promising answers and relief from problems and sorrows. Within her realm I feel more at ease, peaceful and calm.

My early morning walks assist me in my effort to relax and de-stress, especially when my soul is troubled. There is a decluttering of thoughts and a connection to intuition that occurs when I allow the healing power to merge with my soul. 

Have you ever noticed that even though the world around is caught up in fear, doubt, distrust and negativity that nature remains for the most part, a place of peace and calm?  It has a gentle rhythm that ebbs and flows.  There is much to learn from nature, if we will take a minute and open our minds and hearts to her wisdom.

Box Elder Creek is along my walking route.  A couple of weeks ago I felt the urge to stop on the bridge and watch the water as it made its way along its path.  Rocks were bunched in various places causing the water to interrupt its fluid flow.  I observed that there were different ways that the water chose to move past it’s obstacles.  

In one area of the stream, the water gently moved to the side of the rocks blocking its path with a smooth, fluid motion.  In a different part, the water was jumping and leaping over the rocks splashing and making waves as it landed on the other side.  In another, it swirled forming an eddy for a while then joined the flow again.  Three different ways of moving along its path, but nevertheless, it kept moving, it kept pushing forward.

There are always lessons in nature.  The stream that day taught me that there is more than one way to approach a problem.  Sometimes we have to approach it gently moving around it without confrontation.  Other times, we have to face it, address it,  jump into it and tackle it head on.  Then there are those times that we have to let it swirl for a while.  Think about it.  Weigh our options.  Contemplate the pros and cons of the situation before taking action.

Each morning when I set out for my walk, I have several options of which road to choose.  My soul seems to gravitate to the tree lined streets.  I love trees.  There are so many lessons that we can learn from them.  I found this post on my Facebook feed, it hit home this week.

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I have two large Sycamore trees that stand as sentinels in my front yard.  They provide welcoming shade in the summer and provide protection from the heat of the setting sun to my westward facing home.

These trees have been a part of my life for many years, for you see I have the privilege of living in my grandparents home that was built when I was 3 years old. We are old friends, the trees and I, you could say that we have grown up together. As a child I remember spending hours climbing as high as my timid self would allow, swinging like a playful monkey from the branches, and nestling in a deep nook hidden by the leaves with a book. Even today there are many times that I sit with my back against their sturdy trunks or just give my old friends a hug and absorb their healing energy.  They stand unshaken when I release my frustrated cries, gently receiving the negativity in exchange for healing mother earth energy.

This week as I sat with my back resting against one of my oldest and dearest friends, I could feel the frustration draining, my wounds healing.  Did you know that a tree has the ability to heal itself?  That’s where the knots come from.  A tree can change the course and flow its life energy around the damaged part allowing the energy to flow to other healthy parts of the tree.  It works with it’s wounds, mends them, stops the flow of energy to the dead part and continues to grow.  A valuable lesson that we all can learn. 

How many times in life do you continue to feed your wounded pride?  Wasting your valuable life energy to keep the wound open and fresh.  I can think of several times, how about you?

The flowers around my yard and in my fairy garden are beautiful.  They make me smile.  I love working in my yard.  I actually find pleasure in getting dirt beneath my fingernails.  When I weed the beds surrounding my yard I feel the connection with Mother Nature.  I am grateful for her handy work, somehow that makes weeding more enjoyable.

I work in the yard bare footed.  My feet connect with the earth, the rich cool soil, the dew kissed grass providing me with grounding and release of negative energy.  When I am feeling uptight, anxious and spacey if I will just take my shoes off and stand, walk or lay in the grass it assists me to release and ground.  When I’m grounded I feel as if I have a strong foundation under me.

According to the study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, you draw electrons that can improve your health when you walk barefooted in the grass. This lessens your pain, especially if you are dealing with chronic aches. There is also another study that states how this activity can change the electrical activity in your brain, which was seen through an electroencephalogram.  It’s a gift from Mother Earth.  It’s as if she is saying give me your crap and I’ll exchange it for healing.

One of the reasons that I choose to walk in the early morning hours is the opportunity to witness the sun as it peeks over our majestic Wasatch Mountains.  My heart holds a special spot for the lessons that the rising sun has taught me.  

There are few things in life that we can count on, one of them is that the sun will rise every morning. It’s a constant.  I was listening to a short talk by Dr. Christiane Northrup this week when she said something that touched my soul, “There are 3 things that we can count on in life.  That the sun, moon and truth will always rise.”  

Each morning, the darkness gives way to a misty gray, followed by pale pinks and oranges. I tilt my chin toward, allowing the welcoming, warming rays of the glorious new day to bathe me in its richness. I greet the sun with a “Hello” and thank the Universe for sending love and light, another chance.  A new beginning to make a difference in my life so that I in turn can make a difference in the lives of others.

Most mornings, like this morning, my heart fills with gratitude and tears come to my eyes.  Darkness gives way to light in nature.  If we are going through a dark period, if we hold on long enough the darkness fades and we can turn and enjoy the light.  In order to do so, we have to be willing to come out of the darkness of our cave long enough to bask in the healing properties of the light.  

I would like to invite you this week to take some time to enjoy the benefits of spending time in nature.  Sit by a tree or give it a hug and connect to it’s healing power. Observe the beautiful colors and fragrances of the trees and flowers.  Listen to the birds as they sing their songs of praise.  Feel the breeze as it brushes against your cheek or tassels your hair.  Tilt your chin to the sun and allow it to kiss your face with its warm healing rays. Use your time in nature to relax, de-stress and rejuvenate.  Mother Earth can be a great healer and teacher sharing her wisdom if you are open to receive her insight and love.