Spirit of Dragonflies

Guide to Awakening Your Inner Self – Begin Your Creative Journey Today


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Enjoying Snowy Winter Days

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found? ~ J.B. Priestly ~

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When there is a storm warning we prepare in advance. It is best to keep some extra food in your home, fuel in your tank, wood for the fireplace/wood stove if you have one, candles, warm throws, and warm clothing. Only drive on the snowy roads if you have to. In the morning you may have to travel to work. Make a plan. Maybe carpool or work from home if you are so fortunate to have that as an option. If you do have to travel to work either leave earlier or later. Let the traffic be staggered so everyone is not out there at the same time. If you are truly frightened to drive in clear weather, do everyone a favor and stay off the roads in bad weather. If you are an aggressive driver – PLEASE stay off the road. Be kind while traveling and allow others in when on a ramp, yield to those walking.

If you can stay at home – don’t complain about the snow. Just be grateful if you are safe at home, pray for those who are not as fortunate. Here are some things to make a snow day enjoyable:

  • Go outside and make a snowman

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  • Take a walk or go sleigh riding and enjoy the falling snow
  • Listen to some peaceful music as you sit near a window to watch the snow flakes

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  • Wrap up in a nice comfy blanket and read a good book
  • Watch a movie
  • Make a nice soup or casserole – take the time to enjoy cutting vegetables and the smell that fills your home
  • Bundle up and go out for a walk in the freshly fallen snow
  • Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or a latte with a little whipped cream & red sugar with a scone and journal
  • Bake some sugar cookies
  • Bake a pumpkin or apple pie – enjoy the scent filling your home
  • Diffuse some uplifting essential oils – Wild Orange; a mix of Frankincense, Myrrh, and Purify; Grapefruit
  • Bake some bread – another lovely scent to fill your house
  • Color in a coloring book
  • Work on a puzzle
  • Crochet, knit, create jewelry
  • Pull out your paints and canvas create a winter scene

My little tree protector sits in his watchful position dusted with snow awaiting the Spring.

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What do you do on a snowy day?

If you have to drive, please be cautious and take your time. Enjoy every moment no matter what the weather.

Love and Light!


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Finding Peace and Gratitude Daily

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When we learn to focus on our blessing and all that is around us we begin to find inner peace in our daily life.

People will come and go in your life. Some you will be sad to lose especially beloved family members. Others were passing through while on their own journey. There will be times when someone close turns away from you and you never learn why. There will be times in your life when you will do the same to others. Your heart may ache and you may question why. Try to release the continuous cycle of questioning what happened in your mind. When someone dies, remember you are still living. Yes, you will miss them but do you really think they would want you to stop living your own life. Keep the fond memories close to your heart and live every day to the fullest for the person who is no longer able to enjoy life. That would be the best way to remember them. Begin to release and focus on your own heart, health, and life adventure.

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” ~ Saint Francis De Sales ~

Here are some things you can do for yourself during times of loss:

  • Get outside in nature
  • Go close to the ground and begin to see a different world
  • Feel the earth on your feet and hands – get dirty
  • Dance in the rain
  • Light candles and listen to nature
  • Meditate outside
  • Visualize a future filled with love, people who you love and they love back
  • Visualize how you want to feel tomorrow, next week, next month, six months, next year, in five years – feel that life as if it is now
  • Think of one thing you can do today to start feeling alive and loving
  • Journal, create a bracelet, necklace, drawing, write a story, dance and sing, exercise, walk, jog, call a friend, go to a book store, read a book/magazine, color in a coloring book, organize a drawer, a room, declutter and release the past.
  • Call a friend and go to the movies, for coffee, dinner, out somewhere and laugh
  • Watch a comedy and laugh through the whole movie
  • Cook using a new recipe or create your own – then sit and eat by candle light

One habit that I feel fortunate to have incorporated in my daily life which has made a big difference in the day is to wake in gratitude. Either have a journal near your bed to write down at least five things you are grateful for or list them out loud before getting up from the bed.

Sometimes I can write down dozens of things I am grateful for however I do need to get up out of the bed. Once up and moving, I continue to think of everything I am grateful for as I get ready for work. Then when I am climbing into the drivers seat being grateful for my car, the engine, fuel, garage . . . truly brings traveling to the office or to meet clients into that higher place. If you don’t have a car then maybe you are grateful for the bus, a friend who drives you. If you don’t work then being grateful for your bed, kitchen, refrigerator, stove, electricity . . . There is truly much to be grateful for in any given day. What about shoes, clothes, a warm blanket. Start where you are and see what new blessings arrive daily.

“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale ~

If you would like guidance on bringing more joy and gratitude to your life please feel free to reach out to me by leaving a message here or emailing me at: spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com.

Love and Light!


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Fun Creating Wind Chimes

Have you ever created your own wind chime? We have been having fun creating wind chimes with many different items to include essential oil diffuser beads, crystals, buttons, sea shells, bells, colorful beads, wind chime tubes, charms, and many other items. Here are some photos of the end product from a class.

When sauntering in the woods or walking along the river bank I love to find small sticks to share with the class. Each person is given the same opportunity to select their wood, charms and choice of fishing line, string, wire or whatever else will hold their charms and wind chime. It always amazes me how given the same material each wind chime is unique. No one seems to want the same charms, beads, or shells. The end product is personal.

My wind chimes hang on my front porch and I love to listen to the light tinkling. It is a very peaceful sound especially as I lay in bed preparing for sleep.

If you are in the Albany, NY area on October 21, 2018 please join us for a wind chime class at A Place Called Om – 2022 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203-5014, United States. We will meet from 1 – 3 and plan to have a fun time learning how to create wind chimes. Everyone will take home their own creation for a small price of $20.

This is one of my favorite classes to facilitate. Each participants begins by selecting their material. Some will lay it out in front of them and organize the pieces. Others just start creating without thinking how their end product will look. Most will change their mind during the creative process. They may return to the material table several times as they listen to their creative voice guiding them through the process. What begins as a bit noisy becomes quieter as each individual goes within and creates using their heart and spiritual guidance. It is a beautiful thing to witness.

If you have created your own wind chime please share a photo. We would love to see and hear of your experience.

Love and Light!

 


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Autumn in the Adirondacks

Autumn in New York is just as spectacular as a trip to Vermont this time of year. This is especially true when the Adirondacks are at peak. Even a little rain can’t dampen the spirits when leaf peeping. The two and a half hour ride north to Tupper Lake was spectacular.

After Tupper Lake we traveled to Fish Creek Camp Site in Saranac Lake area. It was a perfect day for kayaking. We had to wear a light jacket and it sprinkled a little yet it was perfect. The colors were an eye candy treat. There were two other kayakers who stopped their journey at a campsite around the corner from where we started and one lone kayaker out in a secluded section of the pond. It was quiet and very peaceful on this cool Autumn day.

To live in New York – not NYC – is a wonderful experience with all of the changing seasons. Sometimes it seems as if seasons change within the day. You may start out in the morning bundled and by mid afternoon be down to shirt sleeves, then throw on a rain coat, take off the rain coat to enjoy a beautiful sunset while wearing a jacket. Dress in layers and be grateful that you are alive enjoying such an experience.

There are a lot of tragedies occurring all over the world, even close by there was a tragic accident with twenty losing their lives in one useless car crash so if you are alive and well, be grateful. Take in the beauty of nature we are blessed with even if it is a weed growing up through a crack in the sidewalk. Everyone has a story and by remaining grateful and hopeful we can help raise the vibration of the world.

May your day be blessed with love, light and joy!

Love and Light!


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Essential Oil – Creating Roller Balls and More

This past year some of my attention has been focused on creating blends of essential oils using roller balls, creating diffuser bracelets and necklaces, and, of course, photography. Participating in craft fairs and facilitating creativity classes has been an uplifting experience for those attending and for myself. Recently I decided to move forward with Spirit of Dragonflies and begin a partnership with others at a location outside of my home. This is a place to hold my own classes and attend other uplifting classes, meet with coaching clients, and practice Therapeutic Touch. Once I made up my mind to move forward I connected with not 1 but 2 different leaders in the integrative therapy field starting businesses at locations within minutes from my home.

When meeting with the leaders one made me feel uplifted while the other was unsure of his success. One was supported by numerous family and friends in the area, the other had some supports including the landlord however his energy going into this was low. As it turned out, I am now only working with the uplifted individual and every time I walk into her location I feel welcomed, supported, and connected.

Saturday was my first class at one the new location. It was her grand opening weekend and many activities were taking place – yoga, music, and other classes. My class was the essential oil roller ball class with a discussion of the level of vibration of health vs illness and the vibration of nature and essential oils. After discussion of vibrations we discussed essential oils, proper uses, and safety precautions. Then everyone in the class prepared a roller ball to take home.

For those of you unsure of what a roller ball is this is the photo of the end product.

We created some Abundance essential oil roller balls. We all had a wonderful time learning about raising our vibration and how each essential oil has a  vibration that resonates with certain vibrations of our body.

During Saturday’s class, we used several doTERRA essential oils to create a unique blend for participants to breathe in while reading abundance affirmations. The roller balls were perfect for this class with the gold tops and small gold clasp. We added a few small Frankincense and Myrhh resins to the gradient color roller ball which were purchased from Esarora. We added a gold string and labeled with Abundance. They smell wonderful.

A week after the class I heard that the class participants were carrying their roller balls and finding that smelling them throughout the day was an uplifting experience. The combination that was chosen due to the properties of each oil and the vibration was perfect. Wish I could share the scent through the blog.

At work I witness the effects of peppermint on a regular basis. In the afternoon of a training many times the participants lose their attention span and interest in the training material. When they place a drop of the peppermint essential oil in the palm of their hand and rub their hands together to warm it up, then place their hands to their nose taking in the scent, it energizes them up. This is better than a cup of afternoon coffee or chocolate.

In the office when people look sluggish I spray a little OnGuard into the air cleaner or on my own hands. The scent slowly spreads throughout the room and there is an immediate response from coworkers. They sit a bit taller and smile a little more. The administrative assistant aways loves the energizing effects.

For me, adding essential oils into my life has been an eye-opening experience. Peppermint to reduce headaches, Melaleuca for healing bruises and sore throats, lavender for restful sleep and so many more have been used. I love using the oils in a diffuser. My home smells lovely and many of the essential oils help cleanse the air. There are so many uses for essential oils that I have not even discovered the tip of possibilities.

Remember, not all essential oils are equal. It is best to use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils (EO). You will be able to tell the difference in quality. Some of the less expensive, perfume oils, will not float in water. If the essential oil is not a true oil it will not float on water. There are other ways to determine the quality beyond the price. It may appear doTERRA is costly, however when learning of the cost per drop and how one drop is all that is needed you will begin to appreciate the high quality oils and only want the best for yourself and your family.

Essential oils are great for making your own cleaning supplies. I love adding a couple of drops of lemon EO to white vinegar and water for squeaky clean windows. Add white vinegar and lemon to the rinse cycle for nice smelling clothing. Lemon oil will remove marks from a white board or black heel marks from linoleum floors. There are many ways to use the EO so you can eliminate chemicals from your home and personal products. With all of the information on pollutants in our homes from carpets, furnishings, cleaning supplies, and the electromagnetic fields, it feels good to know that we can have a little control over our environment.

Have you used essential oils yourself? If so, which have you used and in what manner?

Love and Light!


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Finding Peace During Stressful Times

My daughter was staying in Ohio with her family when their 12 day old daughter, Lainey,  was taken to the emergency room. She had stopped breathing while my daughter was purchasing diapers. Miraculously when my daughter asked for help, a woman standing behind her in line was a pediatric nurse and someone else immediately called 911. As they were raced to the emergency room in the ambulance, their rental left in the parking lot at the store, her husband and 4-year-old son were in the hotel unaware of what was happening.

I was home two states away with life moving forward as normal and no way to be of support to any of them. Work still called me away during the day and the miles between kept me from jumping in my car – even though it was offered. My daughter thought they would release Lainey the next day, then the next, then the next.

On Friday, day 4 of her hospital stay, I was ready to fly out and rent a vehicle to drive back with my grandson. At lunchtime, my coworker suggested we take a quick walk – even though it was one of those hot muggy September days. Once out, we decided to go a little further so we started over the bridge toward the Amtrak station. On the way a large dragonfly flew around our heads. My coworker laughed and called me the dragonfly queen. The dragonfly flew down and bumped the top of my arm. Then she hovered in front of me so I laid out my arm.
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She landed gently and sat on my arm for the longest time. My coworker said, “You do attract dragonflies.” I laughed because this is the truth and has been for a very long time. Yet, this was the first time I have actually witnessed a green dragonfly, and a first for one to bump me as if wanting to share a message.

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We made eye contact and I said, “What are you telling me? Is Lainey going to be fine? Will they be traveling to stay with me soon?”

She remained on my arm longer without movement. We were conversing without words and I began to feel very confident that all was well with baby Lainey and they would be heading my way soon. I relaxed and felt very comfortable with all of my focus on the dragonfly. It was as if she understood I had received the message because she began to move a little on my arm and then flew off to her next adventure. We stood and watched as she made her way gracefully through the hot and humid air.

Before we turned to walk away I noticed she was returning. My coworker and I stood at the cement rail watching and waiting in silence.

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Then Ms Dragonfly stopped by to share one more goodbye.  My coworker and I felt uplifted and knew deep in our hearts that Lainey was going to be fine.

(Look closely – it wasn’t until after I uploaded the photo that I noticed she had something in her mouth. Maybe a fly or some other insect she caught for lunch.)

On the way back to the office I texted the photos above to my daughter. She responded with a smiley face and shared Lainey was being released. They would spend one more night in the hotel and head my way the next day.

Sometimes we need to get out of our heads and allow nature to speak to us. There are always signs if we just slow down and pay attention. Whatever your beliefs, I think miracles happen everyday and we receive messages from many sources when we quiet our minds.

If you can learn to find your still point in the midst of chaos you will begin to discover the path to a joyful, peaceful life. There will always be bumps in the road, it is how you decide to travel the road that will make all the difference. It took me over thirty minutes to capture this dragonfly in flight a few years back but this photo always reminds me that we can find stillness in chaos. Even though the dragonfly is in flight it appears that the world is in movement and she is still. That is how I want to learn to live my life. Finding a still point within no matter what is happening around me. To be the peace I want to see in my life and share it with others.

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Have you ever been in a low vibration and felt uplifts by an insect, animal,  or something in nature? Do you notice miracles throughout the day?If so, please share your experience. Just think of all the factors that must come together for you to be born – to breath, digest, see, smell – for you to be the person you are, living the life that you live. That is a miracle.

Love and Light!


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What Will You Focus on Today?

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Will you start today with a new mindset and change your life? Yesterday is gone, you can’t change what you said, did, thought . . . Don’t waste the day in yesterday, move forward from this day. Some actions you can take:

  • Write in your gratitude journal everything you are grateful for in this moment. Some things to be grateful for:
    • Family – love, connections, compassion
    • A good friend – or many
    • A job that provides necessities and security
    • A warm bed – pillows, warm blanket
    • Sitting in the Sunshine – feeling the warmth dancing along your face
    • Walking in the Rain, listening to the rain drops dapping on the roof
    • Healthy food choices – vegetables and fruits – enjoying the colors, textures, patterns, taste, feel
    • Water – potable drinking water, streams, swamps, rivers, lakes, oceans
    • A roof over your head – a place to cool or warm your body
    • Breathe – pay attention to the slow in and out breath
    • Nature – the gifts of food, all the variety of trees and the gifts they provide, vegetation, dirt, rocks, color, scents, textures, various size of each gift of nature
    • The way shadows and light play on the floor and walls around you
    • Children sharing flowers
    • Dew decorating leaves and flowers
    • Those creative moments when you bring items to life in a new way
    • The delightful sounds of birds singing, tinkle of wind chimes, rustling of leaves
    • And so much more

Here are a few things that bring me joy throughout the day, week, month, year.


Nature is ever changing just as our lives and what a beautiful way to embrace life by just enjoying the simple pleasures. Over the past year I have been incorporating nature into crafts whether using a sticks and seashells along with beads to create wind chimes, taking nature photos, using found sea glass and small stones to create jewelry, essential oils to create emotion roller balls, it has brought me closer to where I want to be in life. Living in a state of simple pleasure, being grateful for all experiences – those we label as good or bad, happy or sad . . . Each brings with it a learning lesson.

During times when we find ourselves out of vibration with where we were intending to be are the best times to focus on gratitude. Gratitude for the life lesson which confirms we are not moving in the direction of choice. Life happens – illnesses arise in ourselves or others, death occurs, jobs and relationships may end – however it is during those times that we can be thankful for the experiences, for the pleasure of knowing those who are no longer with us and the lessons learned from having them in our lives. Once we overcome the low vibration we can set out vision on the higher vibration by giving gratitude for simple pleasures and remain focused on those. Before you know it, new adventures present themselves, new people come into our lives, new life events to be grateful for and we are back on the path leading to where we rather be. Remember, not everyday may be filled with high vibration – someone may cut you off, you may spill coffee on your work clothing, you may be exhausted from a night of crying baby – however, it is your reaction to those events that will influence your day and what you remember of the day. Where you place your focus will determine the overall outcome so why not focus on all the blessings of the day and let the other flow off you like eggs on a Teflon pan.

So the question is, what will you focus on today? If you would like to share please leave a comment or complete the contact form below.

Love and Light!