Grief and Time: Past, Present, Future?

How does grief affect your sense of time? Are you usually contemplating time with a sense of past, present or future? Turning back our clocks from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time made me wax philosophical with our sense of time.

Time and Grief: Past

Do you tend to live more in the past, present or the future? For those of us who have lost a loved one, it is so easy to wish to turn back the clocks to relive our lives with them. We sigh or tear up and reminisce the good times when they were with us. Perhaps viewing old photos or videos may take us to the past. Some may need counseling or therapy to handle the additional stress of grief in their lives. Here is a wonderful resource for grief coping strategies:

Pondering the Future

Sometimes you may be tempted to ignore your current life and strongly desire to be with your loved one in the afterlife. While this may be a longing, it simply is not your healthiest alternative as a focus.

When our thoughts dwell too much in the past or the future, it can lower the quality of our lives by ignoring the present. Let’s ponder the wisdom of living in the present.

Quotes on the Present

  1. If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present. Gratefully. Maya Angelou
  2. The great science to live happily is to live in the present. Pythagoras
  3. Don’t count the days, make the days count. Muhammed Ali
  4. If you’ve got a today, don’t wear it tomorrow. Tomorrow never happens. It’s all the same day. Janis Joplin
  5. Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift. Oprah Winfrey
  6. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow
  7. Today is the blocks with which we build. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle
  9. I am going to keep having fun every day I have left, because there is no other way of life. You just have to decide whether you are a Tigger or an Eeyore. Randy Pausch
  10. What day is it? “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. Piglet & Winnie the Pooh

Just as Winnie the Pooh, may you find all of your todays as your favorite day!

Word Harvest

Sometimes a single word can prompt an entire blog post. The word was harvest. I deemed this word quite appropriate as we are in the midst of harvest season. Most of the soybeans in our area are gathered from the fields. As I sit here writing, a corn field to my east has been cleared of crops. To my south, the field is awaiting a combine to glean the good to fill wagon after wagon with harvested corn.

Imagine a corn or soybean farmer during harvest. How surprised would they be to gather a bin full of turnips instead of corn or beans! Our words are no different!

Words are quite powerful. Have you ever thought about what you may harvest with your words? Sometimes we humans, in being human, may forget that our tongues have the potential to hinder as well as to construct. Our words may plant either inner turmoil or peace, depending upon our choices. Let’s check out some quotes on the power of words.

Harvest Some Word Quotes

  1. Words are seeds that do more than blow around. They land in our hearts and not the ground. Be careful what you plant and careful what you say. You might have to eat what you planted one day. Unknown
  2. Your words become your world. Nadeem Kazi
  3. Words are containers for power, you choose what kind of power they carry. Joyce Meyer
  4. If you believe in the power of words, you can bring about physical changes in the universe. H. Scott Momaday
  5. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa
  6. Speak to yourself like someone you love. Encourage yourself, motivate yourself, and uplift yourself with your words. ATGW
  7. Language creates reality. Words have power. Speak always to create joy. Deepak Chopra
  8. The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Anonymous
  9. I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine. Emily Dickinson
  10. Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. Rumi

My Words

Sometimes we do not know the impact of our words until we’ve already uttered them. Just as anyone else, I’m certain all of us have uttered words which we wished we hadn’t. I prefer to focus on a few which are from the positive realm. One that comes to mind is from a graduation gift thank-you from a former student. This student thanked me for “teaching him to love art”! Did I ask my students, “Do you love art” as an everyday comment? No, but apparently my actions and attitudes spoke of this love and I am grateful that it must have been contagious.

I will share one more, one of my favorite. When our dear son was no older than one-and-a-half, I was holding him up to look in the mirror. I asked him, “Who is that?” You will never guess how he responded. He replied, “Honey”! I truly did not realize that I must have called him Honey more often than his given name. Well, I giggled and told him, “Oh, Honey, your real name is James!”

We must ponder what our words may plant for us as well as for others. Like Emily Dickinson, gaze at a single one of your written words until it shines! May you reap a bountiful harvest from your carefully chosen words!

Apple Tree Postscript

Well, here is my apple tree postscript. Oh, the irony does not escape me. The very year my apple tree sonnet appeared in print was the very year our poor old tree lived her last. In fact, the photo has the publication placed upon the tree stump.

You may have read my recent post with the full text version of this marvelous true story. Here it is the essay if you have not: The Mirror Tree. Many times it is a fun writing exercise to write the same story in a different format. Rather than the essay in this earlier post, today’s sonnet is sort of like the Reader’s Digest condensed version. Perhaps it could also be considered a Cliff’s Notes edition. Sometimes a writing could be only a portion of it as in a lone chapter of a story.

I decided to share two poems in chronological order. Here is an earlier poem which could be considered a mere chapter in the life of our apple tree.

The Summer of One Lone Apple

A challenging spring
     too cold, too wet.
The apple tree
Full of blooms,
     petals tossed to the wind.
Two apples,
     the season's only produce.
One lies golden
     upon the ground,
     ready and ripe.
The other hangs
     high in the tree,
     gathering nourishment.
I think myself an apple tree
     this summer.
I bore two.
One is leaving.
The other still clings.

I wrote this one shortly after our oldest child left for college.

Well, back then, I was very amazed that a tree could actually parallel happenings in one’s life. At that time, little did I know this was only the beginning of how nature could mirror life’s occurrences.

My Apple Tree Sonnet

Now, just as my essay mentioned earlier, my sonnet presents the entire life cycle of our apple tree. Since this poem uses far fewer words, I had to choose only the most pertinent (and delicious, since it is about a yellow delicious tree, after all)!

Apple Tree Reflections

Our apple tree was planted when our son
was five. Then multitudes of sweetness filled 
our lives, as buckets brimmed with juicy sun.
Delicious, yellow orbs of crispness stilled
our hunger. Satisfied and high with life.
This fruiting wonder overflowed our carts,
as crisps and sauces yielded from my knife.
The days, the months and years sped quick as darts.

The year our son was college bound, this tree
had only two - as me - and then one fell.
When tree was thirty-three it ceased to be.
That year our son escaped his earthly shell.
This tree as good as dead, revived next year!
She's teaming full of life as loved ones dear!

First Publication Rights, Lyrical Iowa 2021, publication of Iowa Poetry Association (First Place Sonnets)

Just a note on the time line, our tree actually lived five more years after that heart-breaking summer. Dear tree, may you grow many delicious apples for our loved ones on the other side of the veil, most especially our son.

A Taste of Peace

Who would like a taste of peace? I know I would! Come and read along with me. Let’s see what some notable people have to say about peace!

  1. If you are depressed, you are living in the past if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present. Lao Tzu
  2. When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix
  3. While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. St. Francis of Assissi
  4. There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
  5. If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal. John Lennon
  6. If you want to end the war then instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers. Malala Yousafzai (17 year-old Nobel Peace Laureate)
  7. Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein
  8. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela
  9. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa
  10. When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world. Maha Ghosananda

Resources for Tastes of Peace

You may be curious as to how Malala Yousafzai became the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Laureate. This is her story.

In conclusion, I’ve heard that peace is an inside job. Here a favorite site on achieving inner peace. Many of the tips are things that certainly do bring me peace of mind. The “Arts and Society” blog post listed below is an interview with Dr. Kevin Shorner-Johnson who started the focus upon the “intersection of peacebuilding and music education” at Elizabethtown University. May you find a taste of peace by sampling some of these delectable bits of advice!

Transform Fear

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to transform fear? Please allow me to help. Have you ever dealt with extreme fear? I have. I don’t mean a momentary fear when you observe a near crash or a narrow escape. That kind of fear is more fleeting. I mean the kind of fear when you fear losing someone. That is the kind of fear that has the potential to linger. This is the type of fear I experienced when our son was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

When I felt this, the most extreme case of fear I’ve ever had, I learned what fear can do to our bodies. I could not eat or sleep properly. My weight dropped, my hair began thinning. Until I changed my thoughts and my mind set, I suffered with fear. Essentially, I found that fear was shutting off my spark of life. Let’s start to transform fear by looking at some quotes.

Ten Quotes to Transform Fear

  1. Fear and love can never be experienced at the same time. It is always our choice as to which of these emotions we want. Gerald Jampolsky
  2. Fear is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Zigler
  3. Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live. Robert Greene
  4. Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. Dorothy Thompson
  5. But fear doesn’t need doors and windows. It works from the inside. Andrew Clements
  6. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare
  7. If you want to cure the world, don’t emanate fear emanate love. Ram Dass
  8. Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear. Isa Upanishad
  9. To fear is to expect punishment. To love is to know we are immersed not in darkness, but in light. Mother Teresa
  10. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato

My Freedom from Fear

The quotes which mention love and/or light as opposed to fear reflect my experiences in regards to transforming fear. It seemed that fear was actually the energetic opposite of love. Fear shut down the life force energy in my body, whereas love enhanced this energy.

What can you do to bring more love into your life? Perhaps you could follow your passion, be around kindhearted souls, find a place to connect to nature. Try to concentrate upon what you love rather than what you may fear.

Through my work with frequency healing, I found this YouTube video which can help to transform your fear. As with any frequency healing, please check with your doctor to be certain that your body can handle it. When listening to this, it is best to be in a reclining or a flat position.

As it has the potential of making one light headed, wait until the feeling passes before resuming activity. After I sampled several, this one proved t o be the most relaxing. In fact, it is also labeled as “sleep music”! May you find any fears harboring within you transformed!

Dr. Siegel’s Wisdom

Dr. Bernie Siegel’s wisdom has made him one of our family’s favorite doctors, and yet we’ve never set foot in his office. Our son loved listening to audio versions of his writings during his daily commute. This doctor is a popular and well known physician, an M.D., who has authored many books on wellness. His philosophy greatly aligns with what I have experienced. May you find comfort in ten of his quotes!

Dr. Siegel Says Body Communication is Two Way!

  1. The doctor I would want for myself or for anyone else I cared about would be one who understands that disease is more than just a clinical entity, it is an experience and a metaphor with a message that must be listened to.
  2. If you talk to your body, it will listen.

I love Dr. Siegel’s empowering message that we have the capacity to positively affect our own health. This uplifting concept more than likely had an impact on our son’s longevity during his illness. Illnesses speak to the fact that you’ve not been listening to your body. If your body needs a little attention, perhaps try having a chat with yourself! It may seem silly, but tell your body that you care for it and you love that it has been so supportive of you.

General Good Advice in Dr. Siegel’s Wisdom

  1. You can’t control the world, but when you control your thoughts, you bring order.
  2. The spiritual message is we lose our lives in pleasing others; if you’re the good child who pleases Mommy and Daddy but internalizes anger, you’re setting yourself up for disease.
  3. Stories change people while statistics give them something to argue about.

Again, his thoughts give the patient control over their health. He asks for us to feel into what our very own thoughts are doing to our bodies. This involves mentally doing a body scan and determining where you hurt. It also means paying attention to when you sense discomfort or tension and pondering what created the discomfort. This site tells how to do a body scan:

As to stories, some of his books are filled with recounts of cancer patients who have successfully improved their health by using various tips Dr. Siegel recommended. He formed a group called ECaP. It stands for Exceptional Cancer Patients. Here is a resource detailing his group. It is always uplifting for patients to read the survivor stories, especially when compared to crying over fatality statistics.

Dr. Siegel’s Mind-Body Wisdom

  1. The mind and body are not separate units, but one integrated system. How we act and what we think, eat and feel are all related to our health. Physicians should be capable of teaching this behavior to patients. Mind-body medicine should not be an ‘alternative’ nor should complementary and integrative medicine be something doctors are not exposed to during their training.
  2. Traditional doctors say I’m a mystic. I don’t deny it. For me, consciousness is non-local, not limited to the body, and can exist independent of it.

I’ve noticed that much of the time the most successful health practices involve working with not only the body, but also the mind. Incidentally, Dr. Siegel also feeds the spirit in his work with patients.

Arts and Inspiration Wisdom

  1. Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you. True inspiration overrides all fears. When you are inspired, you enter a trance state and can accomplish things that you may never have felt capable of doing.
  2. One of the best ways to change is to act as if you are the person you want to become. When you behave as if you are a different person, you change on a very basic level – even your physiology changes. When actors and actresses perform, their body chemistry is altered by the roles they play.
  3. I use music in the operating room to help create a healing environment for patients and staff. There is a reason that certain heart rates are healthy and certain beats of music heal and relax us.

I find Dr. Siegel’s Wisdom so refreshing when he validates the healing power of the arts. Isn’t it amazing that role playing can actually affect our physiology? Allow yourself to be inspired by the wisdom of Dr. Bernie Siegel!


What if you could literally wash away negativity? Is something lingering that could be affecting your mood? Maybe you could begin to erase these bad feelings from your life! Here are four actions which could help to bring this wish to fruition.

Imagine Replacing Negativity with Positivity

As a former art teacher, I can tell you that most anything my students created in my classroom began with their imagination. Before an artwork is born, it must be conceived in the mind. When I have an idea for a piece of art, my brain must ruminate on various ideas. I play the “what if” game. What if I do my art this way, or that? Following this process, the idea for the art begins to come together. If I fall in love with the idea, the desire to actually bring it to form becomes stronger.

The same thing is true of replacing negativity with positivity. I must conceive how it may appear. My mind would play with ideas of how it may look. What if I tried this way or perhaps another way? What might any benefits be if I were to be successful? If I were to fall in love with the idea of transforming negativity into positivity, my desire could be easier to achieve.

Wash Negativity Away with Hydration

Believe it or not, being dehydrated can actually make us more negative! I know from personal experience that if a person is thirsty, it can bring out the cranky side. One of the very best solutions to dehydration is to consume some good old fashioned water. According to this website, depression and anxiety can indeed be affected by a low level of water in our system! It can be pretty tough to maintain a positive nature if we are low on hydration. Our body, which is ideally up to 60% water, is simply not designed to optimally run if it is low on fluids. It would be akin to trying to drive our car if it was merely running on fumes. It simply doesn’t work.

Wash Away Negativity with a Soak

Another strategy to rid ourselves of negativity would be to soak in an epsom salts bath. Just as being properly hydrated flushes toxins out of the body, a relaxing epsom salts bath can also rid the body of unwanted toxins. Here is a great resource to explain how and why these salts are so healthy to use. It can feel amazing to soak away the negativity!

Negativity Hertz…

Well, I should say, negativity hurts, but I have a special hertz frequency to help clear it! I listened to several options with the same frequency. The 417 Hertz one I chose has a relaxing background of ocean sounds.

I wasn’t super scientific with checking in with my body, as I decided to check it after I’d already started listening. None-the-less, my results were still good following listening for half an hour. My heart rate went from a bit greater than 80 beats per minute to a bit less than 60. With the ocean sounds, I immediately started imagining the water washing and relaxing me. My respiration changed from four cycles of inhale-exhale in a minute to only three! My body felt sparkly following the session! This was definitely a frequency worth revisiting.

Check with your doctor…

Again, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts with other various frequencies, check with your medical professional to be certain that your body can handle them. (No medical claims are made here.) As some frequencies can make a person quite mellow, it is necessary to be in a sitting or reclining position. Only resume activity after you ascertain that you are not light headed. You may be pleasantly surprised at the title of this: Cleanses Out All Negative Energy from Body and Home!

It seems that while our son was still in the earthly realm, I had an easier time maintaining my positivity. I was ultra focused on what I could do to help him. Now, it is helpful for me to utilize these steps: imagine, hydrate, soak and hertz til it doesn’t hurt any more! Good luck!

If you’d like to try some meditations with other frequencies, here are a few. HEALING AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: 639 HERTZ, Creativity 101 with 528 Hertz, PAIN: KNOCK IT DOWN – 174 HZ, Tuning into Healing: Grief.

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Ready for Autumn: 10 Quotes

Are you ready for autumn? Think about fall, that in between place where there is an equality between the light and the dark. What about getting a reprieve from the heat of summer? Let’s enjoy ten seasonal quotes in anticipation of the next three months!

  1. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground. Andrea Gibson
  2. Autumn is springtime in reverse. Terry Guillemet
  3. As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see. Vincent Van Gogh
  4. Give me juicy autumnal fruit, red and ripe from the orchard. Walt Whitman
  5. It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves! Winnie the Pooh
  6. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. George Eliot
  7. Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day. Shira Tamir
  8. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. John Muir
  9. Every leaf speaks bliss to me/Fluttering from the autumn tree. Emily Bronte
  10. Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar. Delia Owens

Ready? Autumn Wishes for you!

Are you ready for autumn yet? If you are in the northern hemisphere, may you revel in the glorious splashes of warm color. This is nature’s way of allowing the warmth of summer to linger at least visually. For those who live in the Midwestern United States’ corn belt, give yourself a moment near a cornfield. Take in the sounds of the season, listening to the dry leaves rustle in the gentle breeze. May we be like Winnie and Walt by indulging in timely fall season treats! Here is a link for some fall family oriented outdoor activities: WATCHING THE RIVER RUN is another post of mine describing the beauty of all four seasons in our area. Allow all these experiences to shake you alive with wonder. Last, but not least, no matter where you live, remember to dance and soar as a freely flying leaf of fall!


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Do you have room for miracles? Couldn’t we all use a bit more amazement in our lives? This was how I made time for the miraculous last weekend.

My husband and I attended the Prairie Awakening at Kuehn Conservation Area in Dallas County, Iowa last weekend. This has been an annual ceremony at the 770 acre nature preserve since 1998. It features a celebration of our native prairie lands as well as of the indigenous culture of the Midwest.

The perimeter of the circular arena was outlined with elegant, tall grasses and blooming prairie flowers. One of the early portions of the program involved a bit of education on the monarch butterfly life and migration. The Naturalist, Chris Adkins, spoke of himself as a scientist, then shared a quote from a world-renowned scientist.

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

He had me with this quote! The lucky monarch holders were each invited to plant a kiss upon the proboscis of their tagged butterfly. Then the winged wonders were told “Adios, amigos” at their release to begin their long migration to Mexico. Typically, this creature only lives two to five weeks during the summer. This last generation of the year migrates between 2,000 to 3,000 miles to overwinter with our neighbors to the south. It was thrilling to hear that monarchs tagged here in Iowa have been tracked to their winter location! Amazingly, this migrating generation can live up to nine months! How miraculous is that?

When do you suppose the butterflies typically arrive to their southern destination? It tends to be around the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. Can you imagine the arrival of these huge kaleidoscopes of butterflies? It is no wonder it is commonly thought that butterflies can carry messages from our dearly departed loved ones.

A rehabilitated red-tailed hawk, who was injured by a pellet gun, was introduced. We gazed into the wild eyes of this majestic bird. Imagine how few humans get this chance. Ponder the relief of that fortunate critter to finally be able to freely fly the skies again!

Room for Miracles of Reconnecting Cultures

Native American Dallas Chief Eagle led group dances with audience members. A small gathering of drummers kept the beat with deeply resonant native drums. The chief demonstrated a beautiful, traditional hoop dance. These hoops symbolize many things: our horizon line as well as individual spirits of animals, trees and rocks. The hoops seemed to magically become looped one into another in the midst of his dance. For me, the highlight of his graceful movements was when the numerous hoops extended far beyond his arms’ reach. He greatly resembled the bird of his name as his arms and hoops seemed as wings!

The chief also led a brief meditation with Grandmother Rock and Grandfather Rock. In imitation of a rock, one was just to fix their eyes upon a rock (or another singular point) and empty one’s mind of thoughts. Aren’t rocks a perfect example of being still?

Let’s go back to the Albert Einstein quote. Here is why I was motivated to write this. I had a copy of this very quote on a white board attached to our refrigerator for several years. This was during the time between our son’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis and his passing. Miraculously, this time period was nearly seven years. During that time, our son did accept nearly all of the scientific, Western medicine treatments offered. However, we also explored much from the natural world of healing. Our son believed he would not have been here as long if it wasn’t for the additional things we did. I also know he would not have been here as long if he hadn’t had most of the current Western medicine practices.

A balance of honoring science as well as the spirit of nature, especially when fed with a miracle mindset, enhances life.

So, is it possible to have room for miracles? Just as our family experienced, the Kuehn Conservation Area is blessed with a harmonious blend of science and spirit. Through the years, the conservationists have developed a relationship with indigenous, spiritual people. It was a learning process for them to discover how to ask for this relationship to occur. This celebration has become a draw for local people. Unity and sharing fosters the marvelous.

I cannot recall how many years we’ve attended. Through these celebrations, I’ve become intrigued enough to acquire my own Native American wooden flute as well as a hoop drum. I’ve honed my love for nature.

Last, but not least, relationship to the land is critical. Our country, our earth sorely needs all of us to adopt these attitudes. The Dallas County Conservation Board are tremendous role models on many levels. You enhance the heartbeat of the land as well as community. Thank-you for the miracles!

If you enjoyed this, here are two more posts on learning from the ways of nature: Think Like a Dog and LESSONS FROM MOTHER NATURE. Feel free to subscribe to my weekly blog – go to the very top of page, click on Follow Blog and enter your email. Thanks for reading!

Your Hurricane Eye

What’s your hurricane eye? Before I continue, I must explain myself. I recently learned that waterfowl can become trapped within a hurricane. If these birds are fortunate enough to work their way into the calm of the eye, they can swim or fly with the eye until the storm either slows or reaches landfall. Birds in this predicament have also been known to seek shelter on ships caught traveling within the eye. These strategies allow them to rest within the center of the storm. Here is a site showing an image of birds in the eye of a hurricane. So, onto your hurricane eye. What brings you calm while navigating the wild hurricane ways of the world?

Cat’s Eye

Just the other day I found our cat’s eye of her hurricane. We were trimming shrubs. (Well, not the cat and I, but my husband and I.) As I loaded our wheelbarrow with trimmings, Miss Meow-Meow decided to climb aboard. I guess the small twigs were in a cushy pile, but the barberry bushes do have thorns! She was unconcerned.

Once I finished clearing the piles, I began pushing the barrow toward the brush pile, cat and all! Our little Miss MM was thoroughly and calmly entertained. For part of the ride, she stood on all fours. Some of the time, she was reclining. All the way, her head was out front, scouting our path and watching the ground roll beneath her. Now, you must know, it wasn’t necessarily smooth sailing as part of her ride was down a somewhat bumpy hill. I only permitted the cart to roll slowly in case she jumped. None the less, she rode all the way to the pile! She disembarked to sniff around, giving me the opportunity to dump the brush.

Before I began the ascent back up the hill, I placed her in the empty barrow to see if she’d ride back. She took the helm again and stood guard. I imagined her as a Puss-in-Boots captain of the ship in a past life as she watched the grass billowing by on our journey. She actually rode the entire distance to the house! I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, she’s the cat who hops onto our deck swing. I’ve seen her standing on the seat, then moving her body to get it to swing. She then lays down for a lovely ride.

I believe Miss Meow-Meow’s hurricane eye is riding. This is her relaxation, her calm, her joie de vie.

My Hurricane Eye and Yours

Back when I was in elementary school, typically Friday afternoons were reserved for art projects. That was my absolute favorite time in school. I would many times be in my own little world while making art. (Perhaps this is why my career was an elementary art teacher!)

Oh, and I recall another time as a fifth grader. That day I felt two very strong emotions. I was completely immersed in a book while sitting at my desk. For some reason, I decided to look up. My first reaction was shock. Amazingly, I saw only one other student in the room. I had been so engaged in my book (of an unknown title) that I had tuned out all the other students going to outdoor recess!

My second feeling was embarrassment. The boy who sat in front of me was turned around and intently watching me read. I don’t recall if the teacher was in the room or not. Somehow, this book became the eye of my hurricane while in the midst of a flurry of excited classmates leaving for recess. I now wonder if the boy was puzzled as to how someone could have been that engrossed in a book!

Nowadays, several additional ways can bring me that eye of the hurricane safety net. Being with a loved one, reveling in nature, and playing or making music are among them. Another key element is an attitude of focusing on what is good or positive rather than that over which I have no control. I love to imagine a scenario which is beneficial for the highest good of all.

As an energy healing practitioner, I can tell you that doing these life-enhancing activities will literally make your light shine brighter while making this world a more pleasant and safer place to be!

As an aside, the bold faced sentence immediately above came to me in the middle of the night. I got up and penciled it on paper in the dark. Two miracles happened. The next morning, I could actually read it. The second miracle was when I turned on my computer. The random desktop background was a lighthouse. Confirmations such as these are signs we are headed in the right direction!

When we are focusing on activities which bring us joy, we feel more enlivened. An activity, that feels as if it is our life purpose, opens up our energy field to optimal flow. This enlivened feeling of flow is important to our health and well-being. Here is a site which shows visual evidence that our bodies truly emit light. Some people are gifted to easily see our light without special equipment. I only occasionally see it. However, I generally feel it. Any time you feel positive emotions, you are shining your light brighter. Perhaps this is our soul shine? I love to say that it makes me feel sparkly!

What brings you to your eye of the hurricane? Some like to tinker in the garage or machine shed, while others crochet or knit. Sitting in meditation or running marathons works for some people. Perhaps gardening or flying airplanes may speak to others. Of course one’s faith and prayer life may be the utmost eye of one’s hurricane. Just feel into your heart and ask what makes you feel most alive. That, my friend, may be your shelter(s) in the storm. May you find the eye of your hurricane to hold you steady while you navigate the ways of the world.

If you enjoyed this, here are two more posts on learning from the ways of nature: THINK LIKE WATER and Your Thoughts Are Seeds. Feel free to subscribe to my weekly blog – go to the very top of page, click on Follow Blog and enter your email. Thanks for reading!

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