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Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide & Life Coach – Get Outside. Go Within.


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WPC – A Moment in Time

This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.

“Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.” ~ Corita Kent ~

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Zip lining in Juneau Rainforest Canopy in Alaska

While on a Miracle Cruise to Alaska with my sister, I had the opportunity to zip line through the Rainforest Canopy in Juneau. I experienced zip lining once in the Adirondacks however it was a small line set up to help build self-confidence in foster children visiting the retreat center. In the Rainforest Canopy, as I stood on the first platform, my legs quivered under me as I have a fear of heights. Tears of joy filled my eyes and it became difficult to breathe – I was witnessing a dream manifesting before my eyes. I took a deep breath, pulled my shoulders back, and prepared to fully experience a special moment. Three of my favorite things coming together – a rainforest, zip lining, and Alaska.

As we continued through the forest with the platforms increasing in height and the lines stretching further through the trees from platform to platform my fear lessened. By the time we reached the last line I released my hold on the safety bar and allowed myself to sail through the trees unencumbered by fear.

The cruise allowed me to experience new adventures and allowed me to release some of the fears that held me back. It was truly a miracle cruise.  An adventure captured in a photo and forever in my mind.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~ Marcus Aurelius ~

If you would like to view additional photos or would like to submit your own for this week’s challenge, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/delta/

Love and Light!


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Live Mindfully – In Memory of A

This is an updated version of a previous post. It had been my first week volunteering Therapeutic Touch (TT) sessions with patients, their family members, nurses and anyone else interested in a session. My first patient, I’ll call him A, consented to a session. During TT I like to combine the session with a guided meditation. A chose the beach. He shared that he was nervous, in a lot of pain, and had an overall bad day so he was open to anything that might relax him. The session went well and at the end A was lying peacefully in the hospital bed. I asked if he would like another session on Sunday, A said he would. When I returned on Sunday, I was surprised to find out that A had died that morning. My mentor informed me that he was sleeping on Friday when another volunteer went to visit and he never woke. We don’t know our patients and don’t ask why they are in the hospital. Sometimes the nurse will ask that we see an actively dying patient. While volunteering last Thursday, the nurse asked that I stop to see a patient who was not on my list but was in the actively dying stage of life. If you had told me that I would be working with dying patients when I was in my twenties or even thirties I would not have believed it. After witnessing my mother’s death I discovered that I could sit and just BE with a person while they die.

Sometime before walking into the patient’s room, we need to put on latex gloves and paper smock. We suit up, enter, and introduce ourselves. Sometimes the patients are in visible pain other times they are sitting in a chair talking on their cell phones or visiting with relatives. If there are relatives in the room we can offer them a session as well. One time I had a session with a patient and then had a session with his son and daughter. The energy in the room was so peaceful and loving. Almost took my breath away.

 

 

Now I am able to stay a little longer with the dying patient to hold them in love and peace. A was my first patient and will always have a special place in my heart. I was thinking of him today and decided to repost in his honor. Learning of his death made me think of  the importance of living mindfully, which is something I do daily. A was only 61, a relatively short life for 2015. The same age my own father was when he died. I didn’t know about TT or meditation when my dad lie dying in the VA Hospital. Feeling grateful that I know more about energy and how to calm a dying person – living people as well, my goal is to do all I can to help people live fuller lives right to the end.

Below are some photos from my own life of mindful living. Whether you watch a sunset, sunrise, sit on a beach or listen to waves lapping on the shore, be in the moment and don’t rush off. It can be breathtaking.

When walking in nature, slow down and smell the earth, maybe walk barefoot to feel grounded. Look for patterns, textures, color. Touch a tree, better yet hug a tree, touch pinecones and stones. See the beauty around you as you slow your pace. Your body, mind and soul will thank you.

Slow down long enough to prepare meals, maybe even let children assist you and enjoy the texture, color and flavor. Bake and decorate cookies – children love this. Pay attention as you eat your meal, slowly chew your food. Maybe even pick your own fruits and vegetables, or grow your own garden. Stop for a coffee and slowly sip and enjoy the flavor or the little mustache left on your lip from a cappuccino or latte. Buy healthy colorful food to nourish and build a healthy body. Your body and mind will reward you.

Enjoy the gifts of each season – snow in winter, budding trees and flowers in spring, greenery of summer and colorful leaves and pumpkins of autumn.

Stop to notice shadows, reflections, shapes, sizes, the extraordinary in the ordinary. Art is all around you if you stop and take the time to notice. Slow down and allow your creativity to flourish.

Enjoy precious moments with family, children, babies whether on swings, in the snow, blowing bubbles, reading, drawing. You don’t have to spend money to enjoy the day. Children would rather have you sit and listen to them, laugh with them, or just play and be silly. Remain in the moment noticing all the blessings in life. They are all around us, even when you find yourself in situations that seem bleak. I have been there and can tell you there is always something in nature that can bring joy – a child’s laughter, the sound of trees rustling in the breeze, the warmth of the sun on your face, clouds in various shapes and sizes, rain drops tapping on the roof or puddle, grass under bare foot, cool water under foot. Being grateful for something and living in the moment makes life worth living.

If you are alive, and if you are reading this you are, pay attention. We only travel through this life once, in this body I believe anyway, so why not find love, happiness, and contentment in every moment you are blessed with.

May A rest in peace or soar with the birds. I’m not sure where he is in death but wherever it may be I am sending him love and peace. For everyone else reading this, I am wishing you all mindful living and a long healthy, prosperous, loving life.

Love and Light!

 

 


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Holiday Lights Through the Innocent Eyes of a Baby

My grandson, Tanner, is 13 months old and lives in sunny San Diego. When they came to visit for the holiday he had to be introduced to the cold upstate New York temperatures and heavy clothing. What a trooper he was!

While they were here we went to visit the Albany Festival of Lights. Although I live in the Capital Region I have never visited the park to see the lights. This was a treat for all.

As we made our way through the park we decided Tanner would have a better view if he sat in the front seat unrestrained by his cars. To all those concerned about his safety we went slower than a walk so he was safe. I sat in the back seat where I had a perfect view of his little face peeking out the window. Below is a photo is of Tanner becoming a little braver and his Mom realizing he is no longer in the car seat and needs to be bundled up. Still a bit blurry as I become familiar with my new camera.

He gets a bit braver and realizes he can lean out a bit to see lights behind him

He gets a bit braver and realizes he can lean out a bit to see lights behind him

The pic below says it all. My photography skills improved and Tanner’s face shows his pure, unfiltered enjoyment.

Look at this little face. He is totally mesmerized by all of the lights.

Look at this little face. He is totally mesmerized by all of the lights.

The display was beautiful with moving lights and even a sliver of the moon glowing in the sky above the Washington Park Lake House.

Star above Washington Park Lake House

Sliver of the moon shining above Washington Park Lake House

Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park, Albany, NY

Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park, Albany, NY

It was a wonderful experience to witness the lights for the first time through my grandson’s eyes. I am forever grateful that I shared that experience with my daughter and son-in-law.

My daughter and her family enjoying the holiday lights.

My daughter and her family enjoying the holiday lights.

The holidays are over and my daughter and her family are back in San Diego where it is warm. I remain in upstate New York where the temperature was 1 degree at 10 am and is now a whopping 9 degrees but I have the photos and memories to keep me warm.

Love and Light,
Sandy