… and remember how as a child your arms could rise and your palms turn out to bless the world. (Tobar Phadraic, David Whyte)
Memories of so many blessings in my life … wonderful people who were (and are) there for me, experiences … some unexpected like going to seminary for graduate degree, hiding in the woods as a child (often with a book) or getting to know the trees and lakes (still doing this), becoming a mother and grandmother…
Barbra Streisand is singing in my brain … “Memories … “
Breathe in deeply and out slowly. I often put my hand over my pounding heart to remind me to do this. If another nearby seems panicky, I may try to make eye contact and bring them into the slower breathing. If the chaos is within a group/gathering, I am not sure what I would do, though I generally avoid large or unknown groups.
From a particular charity, a request for support for help in feeding those in need. They do not often send this, and it is something I believe in strongly, so I am happy to respond. When I was young and our family needed assistance, we received it from many fronts. We didn’t always know from where these gifts came … food, clothing, school supplies … early teachings still held with gratitude.
I made it! I have now been on this earth for 71 years. Grateful!
I can’t think why I wouldn’t respect the journeys of others. I may at times be curious or interested in others’ pathways, as we all have our own life experiences. If it seems appropriate, or we have connected in some way/s, I may ask gentle questions to further a connection over time.
On this Tuesday, hello to my friend Diane! I hope that all is well with you and yours!
Often I seek the wisdom of others, those who have walked a similar path, those who have been with me on my journey of life, those who stand with me on even a moment’s notice. I am grateful for those who listen below the spoken words to my heart and soul. I have been privileged to know many such pilgrims on my pathway of life. My gratitude is unbounded.
The instinct to follow a thought, conversation, something I just read or heard with a song lyric. I think I have music in my head all the time. My mom always did the same thing.
Trees have had my heart my entire life. They have been my solace, my hiding place as a child, the woods my walking places where I can breathe deeply. listen and watch for birds and other wildlife. I put my hand on the trunk of a tree and I can feel the life force shared as gift.
Each day that I wake up and am still here is a gift. I have had the privilege of living into my 70s. My dad died young from cancer, so I am ever-aware of that privilege. The question of Mary Oliver is ever with me … Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
If I am reading and pondering this, my brain is focused on thinking and typing the answer. If I am dancing to the music, my liveliness is inspired and activated.
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom and brother, pkr. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings and peace to you, my friend! I am a little late!
Thank you for your kind words, pkr! Much appreciated!
Beautiful, Hermann-Joset! Thank you!
A wondrous gathering!
Beautifully said, Ose. Your words bring to mind many people who have touched my life in so very many ways. Blessings, my friend.
This made me smile, Christine. I am a huge Julie Andrews fan, and watch the Sound of Music whenever I have the opportunity.
I always appreciate your posts, Christine. You have the Deep Wisdom and offer much to ponder. Thank you for your open heart.
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