Nature's Healing Gift - Cloud Gazing

OH, WOW!  That is about as descriptive as I can get when trying to express how amazing our Seattle sky was yesterday at day break, throughout the day, and then in the evening.  I can remember sometimes hearing as a child, “Its time to get your head out of the clouds”.  My hope for all was that you did have your eyes looking up and taking in the healing beauty.  Hopefully it brought back childhood memories of looking for animals or faces in the clouds.

Nature' Healing Gift - Cloud Gazing

“Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton…

I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by…

If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations…

What do you think you see, Linus?”

“Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean…

That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor…

And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen…

I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side…”“Uh huh… That’s very good…

What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?”

“Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!” 

~Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

Nature's Healing Gift - Cloud Gazing

 Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm,

but to add color to my sunset sky.”

~Rabindranath Tagore,  Stray Birds   

Aloha everyone. During this week while I am on the Big Island taking classes, my blog will be sharing Hawaiian mythology, beauty, and healing energy. ENJOY!

Nature's Healing - Appreciate The Beauty

A Hawaiian love story

All around Big Island we see a somewhat unattractive plant with beautiful red flowers on it. It is the red Pua Lehua or Ohi’a Blossom, which is the official island flower. The story of the plant and flower is the tragic love story of the handsome young man Ohi’a and his beautiful young wife Lehua.

According to Hawaiian mythology the goddess of fire, Pele, wanted Ohi’a for herself, but when she saw that Ohi’a only had eyes for Lehua, she became furious and turned him into an ugly tree. Lehua cried and begged her to turn her into a tree also, so she could be with her husband. But Pele refused.

However, the other gods took pity on Lehua and turned her into a beautiful red flower and placed it on the tree. From that day on the Ohi’a tree has blossomed with red Lehua flowers. The story goes that if you pluck a flower from the tree, it will rain like the tears of Lehua, who can still not bear to be apart from her husband.

Nature's Healing Gift-Appreciate the Beauty

Nature's Healing Gift - A Quiet WalkTo maintain harmony and balance we owe it to ourselves to make sure we have some quality quiet time.  My healing quiet time is a walk in nature.Nature's healing gift - a quiet walk

“Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature.

It will nurture your

mind, body, and soul.”

~ Anthony Douglas Williams

Nature's healing Gift-A Quiet Walk

“Walk and touch peace every moment.

Walk and touch happiness every moment.

Each step brings fresh breeze.

Every step makes a flower bloom.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Nature's Healing gift - sleeping beauty

Mount Susitna, which also known to most Anchorage residents as Sleeping Lady, is truly one of nature’s healing gifts. This magnificent beauty looks like a sleeping maiden with her arms folded across her chest. The following Sleeping Lady Legend information comes from an article seen on the Borealis broadband website:

nature's healing gift - sleeping lady

A millennia ago Alaska was inhabited by a race of giants. There was a beautiful young maiden and a handsome young man whose devotion to each other was admired by all the villagers.  Wedding preparations were underway when word reached the village of a warring tribe approaching from the north. After a village council, it was decided that the young man would bring gifts to the invaders to show the peaceful and friendly intentions of the villagers.

Keeping herself busy while waiting for the young man’s return, the maiden eventually grew tired and laid down to rest. Soon after, word reached the village that the invaders rejected the offer of peace and a battle ensued in which the young man was killed.  The villagers, gazing at the sleeping maiden, did not have the heart to wake her. So there she rests today, still waiting for news of peace for all and the return of her love….

nature's healing gift tropical beaches

I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water,

the wind in my face, and the gentle roar of the waves,

all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.

~ author unknown

nature's healing gift tropical beaches

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.”

–Isak Dinesen

Nature's Healing Gift Tropical Beaches

We all can walk on a tropical beach with the following visual meditation:

Find a quite place to relax, breathe and then hear the waves crashing to the shore…

Smell the clean salt water. Gaze toward the bright-blue water. See the waves washing up onto the sand…

Enjoy the ever-repeating rhythm of the waves. Imagine walking toward the water over the fine, hot sand….

You are feeling very hot. Walk closer to the waves, and feel the sand becoming wet and firm….

A wave washes over the sand toward you. The water is a pleasant, relaxing temperature….

Swim if you want to.Enjoy the ocean for a few minutes. Allow the visualization relaxation to deepen…

You are feeling calm and refreshed…Stroll along the beach at the water’s edge, free of worries, and relaxed…

When you are ready to return from your tropical beach vacation, do so slowly….

Open your eyes, stretch your muscles, become fully alert, refreshed, and filled with energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nature's healing gift colors of auturmn

During my early grade school years:

A favorite autumn thing to do at recess and lunch time was to build houses in the leaves.  We would rake the leaves with our hands and feet to make walls for the rooms of the house we were building.  There were never any leaves left inside the rooms. We were very thorough. This was probably pretend playing house, but hopefully while playing in the beautiful colors of fall, there also were early architects and designers in the making.

What are your favorite memories of Autumn colors?

Nature's healing gift the colors of autumn

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me,

  fluttering from the autumn tree.”

~Emily Bronte

 nature's healing gift colors of autumn

 ”Even if something is left undone,

everyone must take time to sit still

and watch the leaves turn.”

~Elizabeth Lawrence

Nature's Healing Gift - Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable gardening can help heal wounds.

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun,

heart with nature.

To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body,

 but the soul.”

~ Alfred Austin

Nature's Healing Gift - Vegetable Gardening

Community gardens bring people together.

Gardening requires us to get up and show up.

Digging in the earth, planting, and grounding ourselves,

 while cultivating self-esteem.

Nature's Healing Gift - Vegetable Gardening

Visit a local P-Patch Garden during this harvest time to experience Nature’s Healing Gift.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,

committed citizens can change the world. 

Indeed its the only thing that ever has.”

~Margaret Mead

Nature's Healing Gift Vegetable Gardening

Nature's Healing Gifts Spider Webs

You can put aside the spider EKK today!  Because this is about being overwhelmed by the female web-spinning spiders’ beautiful artistry of  webs they spin. I have always been intrigued with the sheer elegance of these masterpieces. However, here are a few spider web facts I wasn’t aware of: 1.  The spider spins two types of silk for each web. 2. The silk is made of proteins, and is both stronger and more flexible than steel of the same weight. 3. Many medical research centers study the microstructure of this silk, as it has the potential to be used in protective gear like bulletproof vests, and even artificial tendons

Nature's Healing Gift Spider Webs

Also in ancient European medicine, spider webs were used on wounds to discourage infection, promote healing and reduce bleeding. I hope you can give serious thought to thank and honor the amazing web-spinning female artist the next time you gaze upon one of her Nature’s Healing Masterpieces.

Nature's Healing Gift Spider Web

 

 

Nature's Healing Gift Misty Morning Magic

I have been blessed with Misty Morning Magic for the last several days. Walking on the foggy path through the tall fir trees is like entering into another world. The quietness is so peaceful. It appeared this morning that even the crows were showing reverence to the silence.

Nature's Healing Gift Morning Misty Magice

Hopefully you can find time to enjoy your own Nature’s Healing Gift of Misty Morning Magic or steal a few moments of Misty Evening Enchantment.

Nature's Healing Gift Misty Morning Magic

Nature's Healing Gift - Haystack Rock

I invite you to imagine strolling into these scenic photos and feel the surrounding healing energy while nearing one of nature’s awesome wonders.  Haystack Rock is a 235-foot sea stack monolithic rock adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot at low tide. The Haystack Rock tide pools are home to many intertidal animals, including starfish, sea anemone, crabs, limpets, and sea slugs. The rock is also a nesting site for many sea birds, including cormorants and puffins.

Nature's Healing Gift-Haystack Rock

Today I am here in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and never tire of this nature’s gift of beauty that was created from lava flows 10-17 million years ago. There is an amazing grounding connection to Earth Energy when being in the presence of this magnificent specimen.  Fortunately Haystack Rock has been designated as a Marine & Bird Sanctuary where visitors can enjoy receiving abundant energy gifts from all the various inhabitants.