My Catholic roots as well as serving as Reiki teacher and Tai Chi instructor all seemingly come together under a much greater Divine plan.
Florida’s Gulf coast is blessed with three seasons:
1) Snow bird season (Nov-Apr): Canadians and assorted Yankees flee the frigid temperatures of their native habitats to invade our peaceful hamlets. Our calms roads are filled with posh cars whose names we cannot pronounce (it ain’t a Dodge, Honey) which they drive at a constant 25 mls/hr no matter what the speed limit indicates. It’s all for our benefit, no doubt, so we can contemplate the deeper meaning of the exte...
1) Snow bird season (Nov-Apr): Canadians and assorted Yankees flee the frigid temperatures of their native habitats to invade our peaceful hamlets. Our calms roads are filled with posh cars whose names we cannot pronounce (it ain’t a Dodge, Honey) which they drive at a constant 25 mls/hr no matter what the speed limit indicates. It’s all for our benefit, no doubt, so we can contemplate the deeper meaning of the extensive lettering at the back of their cars, eg GLS-KLS-XXJLS-1-2-3, while they oogle each palm tree staying very much in the now.
Canadians are a particularly jolly bunch. They enjoy crashing their cars in turning lanes, which are yellow marked lanes in the middle between three lanes in either direction. Originally intended to approach with caution and when oncoming traffic has subsided turn into the desired direction. Nope, not so for Canadians, invariably a crash shows Ontario-on-Ontario (O-O for short). We continue to be baffled.
2) Tourist season (Jul/Aug): mostly Europeans who perfect burning themselves to a crisp (we are at the same latitude as Cairo/Egypt) to spend long hours at emergency rooms.. The gumbo-limbo tree is appropriately named the tourist tree: stands in the sun, turns red and peels. Luckily Europeans keep to the beach during the day and amuse us at night with European-style driving: foot on the gas, hand on the horn and what’s behind you is of no importance – their deep philosophical roots shine brightly.
3) Our season (May/Jun & Sep/Oct): ahh, give peace a chance. Roads clear, beach lovely, restaurants empty (the staff is actually happy to see you and you can eat yourself silly sampling the menu). Gators look hungry but we assure them that the snow birds will be back. 90 F with 90% humidity feels just right. Paradise reclaimed.
Lang, thank you for your article and vidoes at your vimeo site ‘Miracle of Nature’. The love dance of sound & colour by the sapsucker is especially delightful.
I live at Florida’s Gulf coast and enjoyed hearing and seeing the vibrations of a limpkin last summer. What a treat. Cora
Reading today’s word and question a nature documentary about butterflies’ struggle from cocoons came to mind. Their struggle to leave the cocoon is immense and some die in the process. In an experiment the research team “helped” the butterflies by cutting the cocoon open. As a result the butterflies’ wings were not strong enough to fly and they just hopped about the table. It left quite an impression on me that struggles are necessary for butterflies to fly and...
Reading today’s word and question a nature documentary about butterflies’ struggle from cocoons came to mind. Their struggle to leave the cocoon is immense and some die in the process. In an experiment the research team “helped” the butterflies by cutting the cocoon open. As a result the butterflies’ wings were not strong enough to fly and they just hopped about the table. It left quite an impression on me that struggles are necessary for butterflies to fly and for us to fly, ie awaken.
My family, friends and furry companions with whom I share my daily life. As we interact we shape and continually inspire each other to live more authentically.
The reachings of Jesus Christ, the way of Chuang Tzu and the voice of my niece and many more: Mr Moy, Br David, Fr Richard, Saint Mother Teresa and the check out clerk at our local Publix have all lend a most helping hand to live my most authentic life.
And everyone whom I choose “to see” will in response “see ...
And everyone whom I choose “to see” will in response “see me” and vice versa.
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do”. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Wishing everyone on this site a New Year filled with wonder and joy! 💕
My 25 year old niece’s voice and how she finds her way in a seemingly confused and confusing world. Heart-to-heart for us all the way. ⚘
PS … and my cat meowing 🐾
The motivating force is God, to become conscious of the connection with God and to find, feel and live the true self, the image and likeness of God.
I am thankful for all my relationships, some make me sad, some make me happy and all make me more conscious – this is their true value.
Also alluded to by today’s word:
“There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.” THICH NHAT HANH
Agreed with both, Thomas and Kevin, let’s add Lao Tzu to the mix:
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu.
Living a joyous life. A path is beautifully described by Saint Mother Teresa:
“The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.”
Perhaps quite fitting to contemplate on today’s longest night.
Dear Brother David, on this longest night looking back on 2018 and your work, the Principle of Subsidiarity that you presented to Pope Francis as a key to unity is truly light in darkness.
“Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one.” Psalm 139:12
Heart to heart throughout 2019!
Water spouts over the Gulf of Mexico, albeit dangerous but seemingly connecting heaven and earth, quite a sight.
Glad you liked it, HelenH, I wished to make a few folks chuckle. 😎
Dear Francine, you are in my prayers to make the changes that are needed in your life. Trust that you are Divinely guided. With much love, Cora ⚘
Francine, would you consider sharing the Oscar with me? Cora 😎🐾
Dear Deb, on this eve of a New Year, 1 1/2 months after your husband’s death, wishing you comfort and clarity for the year to come. Sending you many blessings for love and joy in your life. Cora ⚘
Mary, your reflection is lovely, thank you. I very much relate. Cora 🐾
KevinC, the daily question addressed “to let go of”, which I answered. Your suggestion to focus on antonyms is trite and trivial. Cora
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