Fire and Ice

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Hoo boy, it was hot yesterday! Today, more of the same.

The sunlight on red Japanese Maple leaves above yellow-orange Icelandic Poppies is my reward this morning. Life is duality; light and dark, joy and sorrow, and even in the garden, fire and ice. Our personal experience of that duality is what determines our position on the continuum between them, so, today I will use air conditioning!

Lucky

 

IMG_5050My Aunt Jan always said there was no such thing as luck, that it was about being in the right place at the right time. Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidence either. So, what’s it all about Alfie? Awareness! Noticing, and then noticing what you notice. Drink it in and let the beauty, and the light, and the damage, all of it, let it touch you and resonate with every one of your cells. And then let it go so you can make space for the next moment of your life.

Stillness

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It’s a gift to be still.

Nevermind the admonitions, just do it…..and enjoy.

Raindance

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Every morning I honor the directions and proclaim that ‘this’ is the best day of my life. Even in the rain. In fact, this morning it was a raindance to the deep knowing of perfection in my heart.

The Present Moment

 

IMG_4985We all experience bleak times where our hearts suffer from our ‘mindstuff’, our stories. Things can look lifeless and sadness can take hold. It’s good to notice it and feel it. At the same time, I remember that all things change and I will have the opportunity to rejoice again.

First Light

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Tentative, absorbing, and playing shadows all around me: the morning light lifts my spirit.

 

Remember…to forget

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I had surgery last week, and have subsequently been living inside transformation. This has happened to me before: Whenever my body has been cut or broken open I have been overwhelmed with unfelt emotions and forgotten feelings. With days alone and empty of obligations, I am exploring and renewing, and becoming…..Me.

“To remember who you are, you need to forget who they told you to be.”

Dreaming

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While I love winter, for some reason I am dreaming of kayaking in the marsh. I am hungry for the sounds of birds as they fly overhead. I want to feel the water’s current pull me along. And I want to see the sun’s reflection build a world upon the water. What bliss, what perfection, alone with my thoughts.

Celebrate

 

The big day is upon us and rightly, the kids are showing up soon! I have decorated, knit gifts, wrapped presents and entertained myself with holiday concerts, plays and lightshows. I am ready! I’m ready for the best day of the year with all the ups and downs that come with it. I’m ready for peace, and that special family time we’ve planned. I’m ready for the joy and the lull after gift opening when everyone sits around playing with their gifts. I’m ready for our annual seafood Christmas Eve supper and the candlelight service at the UU church. I am so ready!!!

Light

img_4475When I am here I cannot resist going down to the beach early to see the dawning, to be inside it as it happens. The ocean transforms herself daily, hourly, and as the sun appears, I am transfixed by the light.

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