When old man winter decides to grace us with the windy chill in the air, that can only mean one thing...snow is coming, it is time to load the wood stove!
Thankfully, we have an abundance of wood fuel this year just in case we get dumped on and faced with the bitter below zero temps.
However, with the warm days and an expected 70 degree very unusual Christmas Day, the wood pile gathers strength for its intended use as HEAT, just as soon as the temp drops.
It's a beautiful day, as the fog and light rain provide us with a beautiful backdrop for the much cooler glow of Christmas lights. They are mysterious and glorious rays of light to attract you to your very own light within. Remember the little song, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine..."
Well, find your light and sing that song...it's the most wonderful time of the year, and I am very happy and grateful to be celebrating it this year with my AB FAB family and friends!
So here's to you and yours...from my own winter warmth! With much Love, and Peace and Joy!
I am blessed with an online blogger friend who very often sends me these beautiful hand made cards through good old fashioned snail mail, with such great quotes and sentiments, and I wanted to share the one I received today. From Deborah at Temenos of the Blessing Light.
"Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive with one another, we walk here in the light of this unlikely world that isn't ours for long. May we spend generously the time we are given. May we enact our responsibilities as thoroughly as we enjoy our pleasures. May we see clarity, may we seek a vision that serves all beings, may we honor the mystery surpassing our sight, and may we hold in our hands the gift of good work and bear it forth whole, as we were borne forth by a power we praise to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love." - John Daniels So, at this time of year, look within, and may you find the peace. A great big MAHALO to Deborah for including me in your journey of Peace and Joy and Love throughout the Universe. Aloha
A friend of mine wrote about an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE in the church bulletin and it resonated with me deeply. The daily practice of gratitude is essential if we are to connect to one another in the Universe. Now more than ever, we must reach out to one another, extend a hand, a greeting, share a smile and simply acknowledge that we share this place on this Earth, and that we should strive to make it a peaceable kingdom for ourselves and those around us. These are very simple gestures, but can be very powerful on the receiving end.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because it presents a formality of that which I personally practice each and every single day, without fail. Even in the light of turmoil, or strife, because it allows me to adjust my attitude or the nature of that which may be presenting itself as some sort of obstacle.
Giving thanks is a release of anguish, and an invitation to peace. Afterall, Thanksgiving IS for giving thanks...and there is always something to be thankful for! And if you have doubts, get a camera and go out of doors, and capture a moment with Mother Nature. You might be surprised what you see at the end of the lens.
And as we approach the Christmas Season, I am always reminded of my favorite Christmas show...Charlie Brown's Christmas and these very special words from Linus to Charlie Brown...
Challenges bring us closer to our true selves. We can pretend they don't bother us, and ignore these challenges, but they will return. Perhaps with a new face, a new name, but the only way to conquer a challenge is to face it head on.
It was last year around this time, that my daughter was gravely ill. We were told that she just may not recover. Well, we did not name her Kelly, which means, WARRIOR WOMAN, for nothing.
And suffice it to say, from a coma, a ventilator, an artificial lung machine affectionately known as ECMO, dialysis, learning to walk again, learning to talk again...this beautiful child was on a mission to fulfill her true destiny in this life. Although, she is not quite sure just what her true purpose on this earth is just yet, and she has yet to fully understand everything that her young body has had to endure, since she was in a coma for so long.
However, she understands enough to know just how precious this life is. As such, she has created a bucket list for herself. And this past weekend, she was determined to check one more thing off. A 5K run.
Now this was no small feat, for it was her lungs that failed her last year leading to her long hospitalization, with so many machines and meds to keep her alive. And it is her lungs that she had to gently nurture back to working order by playing her beloved clarinet that she was so fortunate to play with her symphonic colleagues at Carnegie Hall last year.
She has triumphed in her quest to overcome the lung problems stemming from a bout with pneumonia, so much so, that she ran her very first 5K, checking it off of her bucket list. The 3rd place trophy she received was icing on her pretty little cake. And we are all so very proud of her!
More, she is proud of herself!
We are grateful. We are blessed. And the practice of gratitude is something that I do on a daily basis. I urge everyone to be mindful of the moment at hand...this very moment, and give thanks!
Yes, it is a present...a gift! Make the most of it! Enjoy it to the very fullest!
"Accept the present moment and find the perfection that is deeper than any form and untouched by time."
~Eckhart Tolle, Oneness With All Life, page 28
Lately, I seem to be attracting people to me who are on the same spiritual path as I am. And it seems to be an instant recognition that transpires allowing for a beautiful conversation of enlightenment to take place.
During these conversations it becomes obvious that we are tuned into the same spirit world, thus bringing forth those "aha" moments that others would chalk up to coincidence. However, we know better.
Once the pathway is opened, and there is an awakened recipient out there, BAM, it happens, just like that...the wavelengths connect, and synchronicity makes its mark! And it truly is a moment in time, to make you pause and soak up what the awakened soul has just brought to you.
The Universe is speaking to all of us...all the time! WAKE UP AND TUNE IN!
“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with
your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most
people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know
Autumn is my favorite season...ok, for the record, whatever season I am in is my favorite. Yes, that is what living a mindful life is all about. Even the one that graces us with the beautiful white stuff as it falls so peacefully (dumps is more like it) to the ground like these colored leaves that let go as they sail away with the gentle breezes that blow...or fall to the ground and become mingled with the acorns as the squirrels skitter here and there stocking up for my next fave season to come.
folks enjoying fishing in Autumn on the Delaware River
But until then, the glorious colors and that bounty of fall, which includes pumpkins, gourds, beautiful mums, and wonderful, wonderful apples, is something to look forward to. It is sad to think that some folks have never experienced the full blown beauty of Mother Nature at this time of year.
Yes, be mindful of this moment. Wherever you are. And enjoy it in all of its glory!
Now more than ever, we, as humans must realize that we have all come into this world from the same life force. The same life force of these beautiful sheep that have provided me with wool. We are connected in so many ways that there is no reason for one to think that they are better than anyone else. We are different from each other, in our looks, our appearance, in our likes and our dislikes, and culturally speaking, we may have been raised to have different belief systems.
However, we are still ONE IN THIS UNIVERSE!
We must make the human effort to reach out to others to express a sense of unity with one another. For those who live their lives in darkness, you must trust that your soul truly does seek the light. It is in the light that the soul was born into your physical body. Circumstances that may have placed you in a field of darkness, can be averted and can certainly be changed with the power of the light.
The truth is: WE ARE ONE! And each of us has a very basic choice in which we choose to live our lives. In darkness, with pain, and guilt, and shame and hatred...or in light, where there is love and peace and happiness and most of all freedom.
Yes, it is as simple as that. For whatever reason you may have found yourself in the dark, turn on the light. And continue to seek the light. The past is gone, the future is just that...all we really have is
The lingering moon in this glorious blue sky is the perfect backdrop to this wonderful red barn on an early morn in March. Very patriotic, in fact, as the snow continues to melt away. The great thaw is underway here in New York. FINALLY! The birds are singing their beautiful songs, and all is well.