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


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WPC – Fun!

This week’s theme is simple: share a photo of something fun! Let’s all shake our booties, literal or figurative.

This week I had the privilege of having some fun with my two year old grandson in San Diego. We went for a walk to Rite Aid so I could pick up a pair of flip flops and my grandson wanted an ice cream. Two year olds love colorful ice cream so we went with the Bubblegum flavor. San Diego is experiencing a heat wave which resulted in some melting ice cream as soon as we left the store. Two blocks later this was the little face under the cover of the carriage. Oh what fun Tanner had. Check out his nose:)

 

Later in the day we headed to the water park for some fun in the water and a picnic.

Tanner had fun running in the water while his mother and I had fun watching him experiencing running through the water. As he became a little more comfortable with the water fountains he climbed up and stood over the water flow. Pure joy and fun was had by all.

While watching Tanner, Channel 9 San Diego newsman stopped to ask me my thoughts on the heat. As I was in the moment, the heat was not really bothering me and coming from high 90s in upstate New York, the 80s in San Diego wasn’t bothering me. Not sure my response was the response they were looking for as they were discussing the heat wave across the country. Guess if you are in the midst of having fun at a water park you don’t really think about anything else.

There is a time and place for everything. Sometimes in the midst of having fun it is better to release thought about problems that you haven’t any control over anyway. Do you live in the moment? Or, is your mind always focused on what you have no control over?

It has been such a fun week visiting my daughter and her family. I look forward to more fun for the remainder of the week!!

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Love and Light!


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Finding the Still Point

Finding the still point between here and there can sometimes be difficult however it is a place where we all need to be in order to feel alive. This is the point between birth and death that most people rush through only to find at the end that they didn’t take time to breath and enjoy that place in between – that still point where sanity resides.

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“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.” ~ T.S. Eliot ~

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Isn’t it time for you to find that space where you can slow down and enjoy nature, enjoy the laughter of children, take a walk in nature, enjoy the taste of your food, and those you love.

If you think this would be a good idea but you are unsure what steps to take to bring more enjoyment into your life, then let’s talk. We can discover steps you can take today to begin your creative journey. If you would like to get started complete the form below or email me at spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com.

Love and Light!


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WPC – Morning

This morning I had the pleasure of waking at my son’s home to a light rain. I grabbed my camera and headed out the bedroom door into the woods and captured the beauty of nature.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius ~

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” ~  J. B. Priestley ~

 

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Thursday morning I also woke in the morning at my son’s home and after witnessing the morning light shining through the trees grabbed my camera and explored the paths behind his home. It is like awaking into a dream world here. Feeling blessed.

“The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.” ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

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“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden ~
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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden ~

Wishing you the joy of adventure and enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures. Open you eyes to the beauty around you.

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Love and Light!


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Living Simply and Enjoying Life

For today, think about what truly makes you happy. Is it really hanging out in the stores in the mall spending money that you don’t have on items that you don’t need? Or, do you vibrate and feel wonderful in the garden, sitting in a swing hanging from a tree, walking down a path in a wooded area, sitting by a pond, lake, or ocean? Do you find pleasure listening to the sounds of nature, instrumentals or playing an instrument – watching children play, someone dance or dancing yourself? What is your pleasure??

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Give your mind, body and spirit a break from the material world and enjoy the moment. Enjoy breathing in the air, seeing others smile, laughing, smelling flowers, feeling the the breeze on your face, sitting near water, listening to bird songs, the feel of dirt or grass underfoot, swimming, walking, or sitting still.

When your are overcome by mind chatter about what you don’t have, bills, responsibilities, health, choices to be made – allow the thoughts to flow without reacting, without emotion view them as you would a movie you are watching. Remain in a peaceful place allowing the thoughts to flow through the unconscious mind. As you sit in peace, you will realize that mind chatter is a mindless waste of time and useless for the betterment of yourself or anyone else. Living simply and enjoying life does not mean being useless or lazy. It is those who understand this lifestyle that learn to live in a peaceful place no matter how chaotic the world around them seems because we live in a world of flux with good and bad occurring every moment of the day. What you see depends on how you view and react to the world around you. We all have a choice, choice wisely and change your life.

If you are unsure how to bring this peace to your life contact me and we can discuss daily small steps to take until this becomes a natural part of your experience.

Wishing you a peaceful day filled with simple pleasures.

Love and Light!


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Transforming Lives One Day at a Time

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If you are ready to step into that river and transform your life, make a decision that today is the day!!

Mindful living and gratitude journals are not just something that I talk about, it is a daily part of my life now. Let me share how living this way has changed my life.

Two weeks ago I participated in a challenge to post 100 things that I am grateful for. Some people said it would take too much time, they needed the whole day to think of 100 things to be grateful for. It took me around 15 minutes. It didn’t take any time to think of things to be grateful for, just the writing it down took some time. Once started I could have continued on beyond the 100 things. This is due to my waking with gratitude every morning for almost a year now.

After that challenge, I decided once again to transform my life. I facilitated a Vision Board class at the library and the women who had participated two years prior brought their Vision Boards from the previous class to show how they had accomplished their visions. My boards (I have three) have visions of at what my life will look like in six months, a year, five years. A week ago Sunday I felt a little sadness floating over and around me. At the time I wasn’t sure why I was feeling that way however by the time my evening walk ended I was feeling great, like walking through a new door.

Tuesday morning I met with two women whom I thought were meeting with me to share our experiences with the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking course. My class was in 1985 with my sister. When we first stood up to introduce ourselves to the 42 other participants I had no voice, couldn’t even share my name. My sister stood and introduced me. During the weeks of training I began to speak and was able to give one and two minutes speeches. At the end I was nominated as the most changed over the course. From shy introvert, to someone who could give speeches in front of a class. The red face, racing heart, and embarrassment were no longer a part of my experience. Speed up to 2016, sitting in the coffee shop with these two women chatting and laughing as we learned of each other unaware of what was to transpire. The one woman, was the owner of the Dale Carnegie franchise, asked if I would like to join their team. A dream since 1985 just came to fruition. Starting in September I will join the Dale Carnegie team of motivational trainers. I prefer – inspirational leaders.

During the last two weeks I was approached by a coach from the Quantum Success Coaching Academy regarding this upcoming opportunity for coaching those suffering from PTSD. I missed two of the informational calls and then last Wednesday listened in and spoke with the woman from the Academy on a Zoom conference call. By Thursday my flight was booked and a roommate found for our Seattle, WA training.

Two major changes in one week and there is no looking back.

But wait, that isn’t the end. On my vision board there is a group of people with children in the woods. They are dressed in long flowing dresses, flowers in their hair, a bon fire, tables with candles, little twinkly lights. Saturday I was invited to a Summer Solstice party. I wore my dress that had been sitting in the closet for two years awaiting such a party. While walking along the trail in the woods it felt magical. I had no idea what to expect, they just said wear a dress if you would like.

When I saw the candles on the clothed tables, little girls in dresses with flowers in their hair, white clothes hanging between the trees lit by twinkling lights, it felt like I walked into my vision. Quite a magical week.

Now as I move forward to work with those suffering from PTSD – many who feel that there is no reason to move forward in life, those stuck in their minds due to a trauma that they can’t let go of  – another door is opening. This is a dream career – to guide them along the path of mindful living, helping them find the way to living full and productive lives. Prolympian Coaching will provide methods for ending the cycle of harm starting with the individual and working with families without blame or shame. What a wonderful opportunity to guide others along their path to freedom, joy, and hope for a better future. Once they enter in the new waters there will be no looking back, they will be changed forever. If you know anyone suffering from PTSD or are a coach looking to join a team please check out this website: http://prolympiancoaching.com

Life is something to be grateful for and guiding others along their path to love, joy, and living mindfully is where I have found myself. Stepping into the flowing river of change, I shall not look back and will continue to be at peace knowing that I am transforming lives along the way.

If you are interested in private coaching sessions, please complete the form below, leave a message, or email me at spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com. Life is a river and sometimes we have to flow around or over obstacles to get to the place we wish to be. When we decide today is the day, we open the door and transformation becomes possible. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” That will make all the difference.

Love and Light!

 


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WPC – Numbers

Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.

When I first saw this week’s challenge, numbers, it seemed that I wouldn’t find any photos in my files. Then an amazing thing happened, I had numerous photos with numbers whether on clocks, signs, tickets, and tombstones. If you are mindful and live in the moment you can capture interesting subjects wherever you are.

In the photo below I noticed these very large playing cards in an antique shop with the numbers 5 and 9 hanging above the garage door. The metal drawers jumped out to me and if I wasn’t flying home on the airplane those would have found a place in my home.

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Sometimes I travel to Hogansburg and have to spend the night. The hotel is across the parking lot from the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino so I take a $20 bill and have a night out. The last time I traveled with my supervisor, my lucky charm, the bells started ringing and the coins danced across the screen. As you can see this was the penny machine and a 9 cent bet was a winner. Those are some nice numbers.

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Traveling for work or fun, either nearby or far away, is a main part of where I find joy in my life. Having the camera bag in the car is a must because you never know what you will discover. Part of the fun is snapping photos and the other is to sit and take in the sites. For this week’s challenge I decided to share some number photos from along the way. I have never actually walked the Canalway Trail and was surprised to see that you can walk the trail to Schenectady from Buffalo. That would be a nice long walk and more than a day of travel. http://www.canals.ny.gov/trails/about

The Indian Ladder Trail is located in Thatcher Park near Berne, NY. The stairs leading down to the trail are quite steep, the view is well worth the voyage down the stairs. In previous posts you may remember seeing the beautiful autumn photos of this area. http://nysparks.com/parks/128/details

The trip from Akwesasne to home is quite long, almost 4 hours, yet filled amazing views of mountains and lakes. After working with the staff I head out knowing that I can stop and capture some photos of the lakes along the way, stretch my legs in Keene while stopping for a ‘last coffee’ before reaching I87. SubAlpine Coffee is well worth the stop for some have delicious coffee and treats. http://www.subalpinecoffee.com

I love taking photos of the chalk boards in restaurants and coffee shops. My own handwriting is not what it used to be so I am amazed at the art of writing on the boards. The one in this photo was found at Heritage Deli and Bakery in Chester, VT. The coffee and treats were delicious.

The one thing in New York that can be found in every town, village, city not matter where you travel is cemeteries. When I lived in California the first thing I noticed was a lack of cemeteries. I’m still wondering where they bury their dead. Here in NYS the cemetery is filled with history and plenty of dates from the birth and death of the deceased. These tombstones are from the 1700-1800s. Each cemetery is very unique. The Albany Rural Cemetery is 41 acres with stones ranging over centuries with trails and waterfalls. The Mountain View Cemetery has a wonderful view of the Adirondack Mountains. The stone from Kingston was found in a Church yard. It took me years to overcome my fear of death and cemeteries. Now I find peace and calm while sitting under a tree in a cemetery.

The tombstones reminds me of the importance of time and how it is spent. The dates on the stones tell stories. Several stone in the Albany Rural Cemetery had sculptures of fallen trees with roots clinging to the stone. These men you young and died during the Civil War. The tombstone means cut down before its time which was quite appropriate. Seeing the years between birth and death reinforces my belief in living fully every day. Numbers are calculated and many worry about those numbers as they wonder How much time do I have?

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If you want to truly live, add in more ME time to your daily life whether that be meditation, exercise, reading, writing, being creative and add in plenty of fun and laughter. Become more mindful. Slow down and enjoy the food you eat, fluids you drink by noticing the color, textures, tastes. Slow down when preparing your food and send love to your food prior to eating. Slow down and ‘see’ the world around you. Do you take time to enjoy nature, listen to birds, hug a tree or sit under them? Beauty is always around us because the sun shines and the moon glows for everyone. The air is shared and breathed by everyone. Enjoy this gift. Don’t let the numbers of age cause you sadness, rejoice in being alive to enjoy another day. Instead of focusing on the numbers, focus on your life.

If you would like to view other entries for this week or would like to add your own photos click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/numbers-2

Release the numbers that are holding you back. Live mindfully, adventurously, and joyously!!

Love and Light!

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Transformation is Part of the Journey

As with life, transformation and growth are necessary parts of existence. So it was time to transform the look of this site. It has been over a year since the inception of this website and as a life coach transformation is part of our journey. Taking time to create a new look and color revitalized this site, in preparation for what is to come next. Creativity allows us to be open and ready for what life has to bring. and brings a breath of fresh air.

In our daily life it is important to take a different road, read new books, learn new ideas, grow, experiment, network, get out of our comfort zones. It is also important to get up and move – walk, dance, run, stretch. Adding in time for meditation brings a sense of peace as well. This makes life interesting and allows our brains to expand through the creation of new synaptic connections.

Just like water we too can be in flow and shine as we transform our lives. Sometimes tragedies or even constant worry can make people hard and unbending. Aging has a way of doing the same for many people as well. Let’s not allow this to happen in your life.

Remember we are all light-beings and can let our light shine at any time along our journey. Just as the light glistens in this piece of melting ice, you too can reflect your inner light out to the world.

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Glistening Ice

In case you haven’t heard, science has discovered a flash of light that occurs at the moment of conception. Yes, we are truly light-beings:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/26/scientists-witness-flash-light-during-conception-say-discovery-could-aid-ivf.html

In my own life shining my light and transformation are allowing me to awaken every morning in a state of gratitude. Everyday I wake knowing that I will learning something new, take a different road, visit a new location, read at least a chapter in new book or check out a new website.

Blogging was new to me over a year ago. I had no idea how to set up a website but was intrigued after viewing my daughter’s site. I watched a YouTube video, read a couple of books, and then took the plunge. I purchased domain names from GoDaddy then discovered that I didn’t need them on WordPress however I am still glad that they were purchased. Then after drawing some dragonflies and playing with words – Spirit of Dragonflies was born. A little more creativity with words and Guide to Awakening Your Inner Self: Begin Your Creative Journey Today was ready to go. Since that time I have learned to add widgets and tags, post weekly, became part of the The Daily Post photo challenge. Now that I have a quality camera I am sure you have noticed some changes in my photography although using my cell phone as a camera was very easy. I have taken classes at Apple to learn how to categorize photos, create iMovies, music on Garageband, and a presentation on Keynote. The goal being to upload an iMovie on this site with my own music.

Looking behind the lens of the camera has opened my eyes to a new perspective of the environment – micro and macro. My eyes have been opened to a whole new world. You may have noticed the change over the last year. Life is a canvas to create the world you want to see.

So that brings me to you and your own creative journey. Is there anything that you have learned or expanded on over this last year? If you have been following my post you might remember that jewelry making has also been part of my creative journey. Have you been finding time for writing, drawing, dancing, singing, exercise, jewelry making, photography, or other endeavors? If not, what’s holding you back?

If you say “I don’t have time. I don’t know how. I can’t . . . I shouldn’t . . .” Then please leave me a message or complete the form below. We can discuss how you can become the creative person you are meant to be and bring some excitement and joy into your life. If you have read my Meet Sandy post you know that I was a single, working Mom of three. Having children does not have to be an excuse for holding you back from creating the life you dream of, neither does working. Life is short and we are only given a certain amount of time to share our gifts with the world. Your children will be better for your creativity and happiness.

Remember, learning something new, being creative, and enjoying life bring not only happiness but increase your health and over all well-being. I hope to hear from you.

Love and Light!


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Is Your Life Becoming a Blur?

Are you moving too fast to enjoy life? Are you missing out on the day-to-day beauty of the world around you? This photo is a visual of what many people see as they move through their daily lives.

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Nature is all around yet many don’t take the time to enjoy it or to even notice their connection to it. We see it in a flash as we travel in our cars, buses, trains, planes. I see people on bicycles or running and they don’t even notice the squirrels playing or dangling on branches above them. Our children are raised to see everything in a blur as they sit in the backseat, infants facing backwards looking at the seat instead of riding in a carriage learning about the world around them. Isn’t it time that we slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the gift of life. We wouldn’t have life if it weren’t for the gifts of nature.

My mission in life is to guide people to a life of mindful living and finding their true path. A path of creativity, joy, laughter and love. It isn’t possible to have a fulfilling life when everything is a blur. You may say, that’s great but I don’t have time to slow down. People who slow down get passed over for promotions, children are overlooked when parents slow down, I need to be in competition with others so high-speed is where I live. If you end up with ill-health then living high-speed have been worthless.

Think back to the times in your life, maybe when you were a child, when you truly enjoyed your life. Maybe you sat under a tree with a good book, played with your friends until dinner time, read to your own children before bed, enjoyed swinging or lying on the beach. Are you doing anything today that brings back that feeling of those carefree days? Yes, there are bills to pay, dinner to make, a job to go to, loved ones to care for, events to attend, children to drive from place to place, etc. What would you do if you knew five to fifteen minutes a day of finding peace can change your life? What if you knew that slowing down for this short period of time daily can improve your health, mental state, relationships? Did you know that meditation can change your brain and actually make you more productive? There are many studies that have proven this.

When I am visiting patients in the hospital who are suffering from an illness I wonder if this is their body forcing them to slow down and take a break. I don’t know about you but I certainly would rather take a few minutes a day to slow down rather than go full force until my body forces me to take a break.

You are the only person who can the trajectory of your life. If you make small daily changes a state of bliss and peace will follow.

Let’s look at some ways to slow your day down to allow yourself to breath and enjoy being alive.

  • When you wake in the morning stay in bed for five minutes and think about everything you are grateful for – being alive can be the first – feel the emotion of gratitude
  • Listen to happy music while getting ready for work instead of the news – allow the energy to flow
  • When preparing dinner notice to the textures and colors of the food – be grateful for nourishment
  • While sitting at your desk stop and close your eyes for a moment and slowly breath in and out three times – be in peace
  • While driving your car every time you stop at a red light focus on your breathing – say “I breath in, I breath out” – connect with your body
  • When stuck in traffic notice the shapes and sizes of the trees, clouds, and buildings – connect with the environment
  • Take at least five minutes to meditate every day – there are many meditations available on YouTube – allow your mind and body to connect in peace
  • If you have children, sit on the floor and let them tell you a story about their day – envelope yourself and children in love and happiness
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood and notice the color of the houses, the number of trees or wildlife, pay attention to the sounds and smells – honor your daily life
  • Eat breakfast and chew your food slowly paying attention to the smell, textures, tastes – be thankful for the blessing
  • Look in the mirror and tell yourself how wonderful you are, how fortunate you are to have another day of life – love your inner self
  • Look into the eyes of those you love and let them know how precious they are to you – sense the love
  • Create a vision board for yourself or with your family – choose pictures that excite you – allow the emotion of this vision to penetrate your cells
  • Journal three pages every morning – connect with the pen and paper – share your joy
  • Sit on a swing and lay back as you enjoy the ride – feel the freedom of movement
  • Color with pencils or crayons – there are many coloring books available for adults today – connect with your  inner child
  • Turn off the television – it is a time (life) waster – enjoy your own life not Hollywood’s projection of life
  • Play board games with your children – laugh and be silly
  • Set up a puzzle on a table to work on a little each day –  slow down

Those are just a few of the many activities you can engage in to slow down, breath, and enjoy life. If you can’t meditate then the other activities will allow you to slow down your thinking mind and allow time for quiet. When my mother was alive and still able to work on puzzles she would empty the box on the dining table. Whenever anyone stopped to visit they would sit at the table with her and work on the puzzle. Sometimes we would sit together without saying a word. Other times we would listen to stories of her past or discuss problems someone was facing, then sit quiet and think about possible solutions or just support them. It was a very peaceful activity and a wonderful time spent with loved ones.

When my children were little the weekdays were sometimes a blur but weekends were spent walking in nature or playing games. We enjoyed seeing deer wandering nearby, watching squirrels and chipmunks playing with birds, rolling down the grassy hills, playing tag, lying on the ground watching clouds. If my children were still young today, I would do more of the latter and less of the blur. My weekdays would have included more quiet enjoyment and less hurrying, stressful days. This is the life I now share with my grandchildren. We slow down, laugh and act silly together. Don’t wait until you have grandchildren to slow down – start today. Do this for yourself and others will enjoy the benefits of your loving, peaceful energy.

Life is meant to be enjoyed. Learn to slow down and enjoy the little things.

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Blowing in the wind

What do you do to slow down and enjoy life? If you are a person with too much blur and would like to learn to slow down, please contact me and let’s partner together to get you on the path to healthy living.

Love and Light!


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Meditation – Guide to Your Inner Wisdom

Meditating in Nature

Meditating in Nature

Last weekend on our travel to the Catskills we sat by the waterfalls to enjoy the scenery and capture a few photos. It was a perfect spot to meditate and enjoy the peace of nature. No cars, motorcycles, or planes flying overhead. It was wonderful!

It always amazes me when traveling, or even close to home, that there is beauty all around us and some never take the time to discover what they are blessed with. Our minds race throughout the day. Many of our thoughts we would never share with others. Can you imagine what they would think if you shared every passing thought?

Many times visitors to a location will ask a local if they enjoy visiting the ocean, park, nature preserve that is within a short distance of their location and the local will share that they have never visited. Even though they have lived in the same location their entire life. In my hometown of Stillwater we are within a ten minute ride – longer if you ride a bike or walk but doable – of the Saratoga National Historical Park. There are roads which bring you to the post markers or trails that lead through the wooded areas. Many of the local people in surrounding areas have not spent any time exploring this historic site. This is a quick visit for those living in Schuylerville, Saratoga, Greenwich, Stillwater, Mechanicville and other localities. I am always surprised to speak with others at meetings or trainings who have never heard of this location or have heard but haven’t stopped to visit. While living in Long Beach, CA I had the privilege of living across the street from the Pacific Ocean. Every morning I woke to the view of the beach and would roll out of bed, throw on my sneakers and head over before work. You would think the beach would have runners, walkers and beach lovers every day – it didn’t. Some mornings I would pass one or two people, mainly dog walkers. In the evening I would be back for another walk and the same thing. On weekends, during the middle of the day the beach had many visitors in the summer months but I was surprised that those living within a very short walk didn’t enjoy the experience. This truly surprised me.

In my own backyard I am fortunate to walk into the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. There are trails throughout the area that can be reached on many roads throughout the area. On any given day, three or four cars will be parked along the road with people taking advantage while minutes away parking lots of the two large malls are packed, even on a nice sunny day such as today. Music blaring, signs throughout the mall, fast food, overpriced items all to entertain and keep the mind filled with chatter. Where do you spend your time? Does it bring long-term peace and happiness? Are there local areas to visit in your community that visitors are attracted to but you have not visited? Maybe today is the day to get out in nature and explore your community. Many of these natural areas are free to visit. How can you release your anxiety, stress, worry, and fear today? Get outside and listen to the birds singing, the frogs croaking, the trees rustling in the breeze. As I sit and type this post on my porch I hear several birds in the tree nearby singing love songs.

Our minds are like a snow globe – once shaken they can only calm if left to rest. Or, like water in a pond stirred from a turtle sliding in from along the edge or a foot entering into the mucky depth disturbing the surface under the water. You can’t see anything until the water is left at peace for a while, then water clears and you can see the bottom once again. Our minds are like this as well. When we are constantly thinking about something that brings worry, fear, or anxiety our thoughts become cluttered. It is through the practice of meditation and mindfulness that we allow our minds to be still and clear. What will arise from the depths of that quietude are creative ideas and direction after the meditation or sometimes while in the meditative states. Yes, these are thoughts as well however they come from a place of loving kindness without worry, fear, anxiety, or guilt. If you have important decisions to make and are deciding from a place of worry, fear or anxiety – STOP. Wait until your mind has time to rest and then make the decision form that place of peace and rest. It will make all the difference. Are you getting ready to send an email to a friend or coworker – STOP. Once again, wait until you are in a place of peace because the tone and result will be totally different.

When you take the time to unplug from the cell phone, radio, computer, television and sit in a state of quiet and peace your entire body is allowed to relax along with your mind. You get out of our own way and open to our inner voice that has been drowned out by all the chatter. When you take the time to enter this state of flow you get in touch with your inner wisdom. Isn’t it time you cherished yourself enough to allow your inner voice to be heard. Who knows what you may hear and how this may change your life in a positive direction.

Let’s start them young. Spend less time in the malls, at regulated sports activities, and magic parks with children and more time teaching them how to listen to their inner wisdom and make their own magic. Let them explore and find their creativity on their own. Teach them to meditate and find that inner peace to carry with them into adulthood. Imagine the lives they will live if you do.

Meditation not Medication

Meditation not Medication

If you are unsure how to meditate and would like some guidance, please send me an email. I provide one free 30 minute session and can share tools to help you start the process. If you are experienced and have witnessed results please share.

Be the light for those who follow. Love and Light!


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WPC – Dinnertime

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Delicious salad

Dinnertime was always one of my favorite times of the day. As a child 6 o’clock meant it was time for day to return home from work and the family to sit together for dinner. Everyone with a special seat at the table. I was to Dad’s right and Mom to his left while my sister’s each had their own place at the table. Being the youngest of five girls I never really knew how these special places were established. When I had my own children each had a special place at the dinner table. No one every told them where to sit. They chose a place and when the youngest arrived her special spot at the table was already established without anyone every having put any thought into this decision. I am sure that is how I arrived at my own place. Even after my sisters where out on their own and I could choose any place at the table, I sat to the right of my father. There was a spell of time when dinnertime wasn’t pleasant experience. I stopped eating meat in Third grade which must have thrown my poor mother over the edge. She was raised during the depression in an impoverished family so food was stretched and not wasted. Here comes a daughter who refuses to eat what is on her plate. There were years of sitting at the table until 9 pm with fish or a piece of meat lying on my plate. At 9 I was allowed to leave the table and go to bed. Eventually my health was affected and the doctor told my mother she was not allowed to force me to eat. Our relationship changed and dinnertime, once again, became a pleasant experience.

Today, my three children are grown and on their own with their families. I had to adjust my lens a little to become flexible and look at the world a little differently. When we get together for dinnertime now it is either more formal at a holiday meal, meeting out at our favorite restaurant, being silly, or maybe grabbing something quick for a picnic. Here are some shots of the variety of ways we currently spend dinnertime in my family.

Sharing dinnertime with family or friends is still a special time in my life. The one thing I did for myself when my youngest left home was to continue having dinner at the table. I would light a candle, play some soft music and make myself a delicious meal. Even when alone we should care for ourself and continue traditions. They will be the same tradition except with yourself. No reason to switch your life and sit in front of the television or skip meals. Enjoy your life and treat yourself with respect and love.

At 6 pm, I still have a quick thought of my mother, father and sisters. Most nights it is so fleeting that it hardly registers. Meals with my own children was never set in stone. Sometimes they ate with either my mother or sister because I was at college or working however when we did have a meal at home it was one of my favorite times. We would prepare the meal together or they would hang out and share their day with me. At the table we would share stories or take turns building onto a story one of the children would start. My youngest would add humor and get everyone laughing. So, in my world dinnertime was a wonderful experience once my mother overcame trying to force me to eat.

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Love and Light!