Hidden

Hidden moments glimpsed between the rigorous accomplishing ones….this is a gift bestowed upon each individual being. May we use them to arouse a peaceful heart.

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pause

In this pause releasing people and things that no longer nourish my soul.

(Donna Farhi)

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I release all that no longer serves me, letting tears wash away my frustrations and sorrows. Water is the strongest element, it winds around rock and earth, and with time wears its own path. “Victory goes to the one that knows how to yield.” Tao

Renewal

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The freshness of a simple morning can make all the chaos and bewilderment recede. I am renewed each day.

Routine Bliss

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I have been away for a week on a CIE tour in Scotland (…sigh…), with my grandson. It was my third trip to my second home, (and hopefully some day, my first home!), and it was beyond wonderful. I met old friends there, and made a few delightful new ones too!

This morning, I am alone, with tea in hand, savoring the memories that give my heart space and light, and, I am cherishing my routine as the stalwart hub of my life. Especially in the morning, my quiet time, with journal and book, is the thing that supports my sense of groundedness and peace. Getting back on the mat later this morning will seal the deal for me. It’s so good, to be home.

photo taken at the ruins of St Andrew’s cathedral in Scotland

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Unexpected

A chilly windy sunrise with a hot cup of tea. Not what I expected this July morning, but my heart is happy with the surprise.

Endlessness

Meandering along the boardwalk reveals more blossoms than I had thought grew by the sea. We are all NOT the same, (how delightful!), and,

we ARE all the same. Same hurts, same desires, same hopes and same needs. My daily challenge is to love all things equally, and in that developing compassion, find the love I need for this work in progress.

Depth

 

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This. This play of light and shadow. Art and writing are my focus this week and this was my greeting when I opened the door yesterday to let the pups out. She inspires me every day of my life, and this gift was perfect. 

Back Home Again

I’m home in my nest, getting back to the simple pleasures of life; dinner on the porch, hanging out the laundry, Sammy on my lap while I read. Soon enough the responsibilities and obligations of my life will take up much of my time, but for right now I am enjoying the quiet. The cat snuggled up with me last night-I guess having extra space in the bed doesn’t make up for a snuggle partner. Also, the pile of mail, a full inbox, and an empty refrigerator are calling my name. There is a sweetness to these moments on the cusp of the season’s change-letting me know that all life is change, and mine has changed because of this trip. I’m not sure how this will look, but I can feel the shift in energy. Welcome home my spirit!

Here’s the tailend of our trip.

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On Saturday we packed up and turned in the car in Inverness and took the train to Edinburgh. This time we were awake and could really enjoy the scenery. (Remember the sleepyhead photo on the way up to Inverness!?)

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And we even caught a glimpse of the Edinburgh Castle from the train. No time this trip to show it to the girl. I saw it the last time I was here, and thoroughly loved it! There are statues of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce (potentially an ancestor, I have some research to do there) at the entrance.

Rather than the shuttle, we took a cab to the hotel out by the airport.

It’s always so funny to me how large the British hackney cab is on the inside when the outside looks so small!

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Our hotel room was just fine, but unfortunately there was an all day and all night party going on in a warehouse next door. Swarms of teenagers, and boom-boom-boom until 4 AM. Somehow I slept. I think it was the 2 glasses of wine!

Today I finished the socks…I will always remember that I knit them in Scotland.

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Time to finish unpacking and put everything back to rights, not to mention getting my creative groove back!

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