Nature Pampers Our Spirit

September 1st, 2017 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Nature Pampers Our Spirit

If you can learn to quiet your mind, it helps recharge your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. People who have been suffering from stress, sickness, or a trauma can spend quiet contemplative time in gardens, community parks, or mountains to heal.

Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad,
whatever is done and suffered by her creatures.
All scars she heals,
whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.

~John Muir

Nature Pampers Our Spirit

Viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, or stress and increases pleasant feelings.  Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

 Nature is the one place where miracles
not only happen,
but they happen all the time.

~Thomas Wolfe

Nature Pampers Our Spirit

Being in nature also bestows a sense of connectedness, meaning, and purpose. There is a sense of chaotic order in the way nature works; the plants and animals are interconnected in a series of complex relationships. Everything coexists in nature without the necessity of outside intervention.

Look deep, deep into nature, and then
You will understand everything better.

~Albert Einstein

Nature Pampers Our Spirit

Being in nature helps to clear one’s head of life’s demands and disruptive thoughts. This clarity of thought may lead to finding answers to life’s questions and discovering insights to life’s problems.

You never conquer a mountain.
Mountains can’t be conquered;
you conquer yourself
your hopes, your fears.

~Jim Whitaker

Nature Pampers Our Spirit

 Remember To Pamper Your Spirit!

 

August Summer Days

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean– the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

August Summer Days

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention,

how to fall down into the grass,

how to kneel in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed,

how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

August Summer Days

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?”

Mary OliverThe Summer Day

August Summer Days

I discovered the heart above while nature walking along a river at Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon.  

LET THERE BE MANY WINDOWS IN YOUR SOUL

~ Ralph Waldo Trine

American Philosopher 1866-1958

Windows In Oue Soul

Let there be many windows in our soul,

That all the glory of the Universe may beautify it.

Not the narrow pane of one poor creed can catch the radiant rays

That shine from countless sources.

Tear away the blinds of superstition;

Let the light pour through fair windows,

Broad as truth itself,  and high as heaven.

Windows In Our Soul

Tune your ear to all the worldless music of the stars

And to the voice of nature,

And your heart shall turn to truth

and  goodness as the plant

to the sun.

 Windows In Our Soul

A thousand unseen hands reach down

 To help you to their peace-crowned heights,

And all the forces of the firmament

Shall fortify your strength.

Be not afraid to thrust aside half truths

And grasp the whole.

Windows In Our Soul

Send Healing Love to the Soul through open Eyes, Ears, Heart,  and Hands!

Auric Crystal Healing

Your Aura is the energetic force that surrounds your entire being. The purpose of the aura is to act as a protective screen to block out and repel the negative energies, thoughts, and feelings of others, and also to prevent leakage of your own energy. However, holes, known as auric tears, can form within the aura, weakening it, and thus making it susceptible to harm by invading outside energies. These tears have many causes, including stress, trauma, depression, abuse, and physical injuries or illnesses to name just a few.

The following stones can be used for auric health and protection:

Auric Crystal HealingAmber aligns the subtle bodies with the physical body. Releases negative energy.

Amethyst heals holes in the aura, cleanses it, draws in divine energy to protect the aura.

Apache Tear protects the aura and prevents it from absorbing negative energies from any source, but especially the negativity of other people.

Bloodstone cleanses the aura.

Carnelian repairs the aura.

Citrine cleanses and aligns the aura.

Jet protects against other’s negative thoughts.

Magnetite strengthens the aura.

Quartz cleanses, protects, and strengthens the aura. Seals auric tears.

Smoky Quartz  grounds energy and removes negative energy from the aura.

Green Tourmaline heals auric tears.

Methods used to protect your Aura:

1.  Slowly pass your chosen stone or crystal over the aura (the space around the entire body).  An auric tear will feel cold and empty. The stone may start to feel differently, such as becoming cold or vibrating slightly. Once you’ve located a hole or tear, hold the stone over the area for several moments.

2.  Hold your chosen stone or crystal over each chakra starting with the Root Chakra for a few moments. Doing so periodically will help to keep your chakras strong and healthy, which in turn will help to keep your aura healthy as well. If damage is sensed over a chakra (the same as with the aura), move the stone in a counter-clockwise motion over the chakra. This will release any negative energy that may be lingering there. Then move the stone in a clockwise pattern over the chakra. This will heal the chakra and seal it.

3.  The easiest way to use stones for protection of any kind (physical, emotional, auric, etc.) is to carry your chosen protection stone in a pocket, or a stone talisman may be carried for protection, or your favorite aura protection stone jewelry can be worn.

Auric Crystal Healing

 HAPPY AURIC HEALING!

 

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

“What is an AWE walk?  An awe walk is a walk within a place of meaning and beauty, where your sole task is to encounter something that amazes and transcends, be it big or small.”  This is from Mindful Magazine’s April, 2017, issue titled,  A Guided Awe Walk Meditation.  We all have felt those awe moments when walking in a wooded forest, a botanical garden, a blossoming desert, or on a sandy beach.  I believe we take our meditation walks with eyes, ears, and hearts open.  There will always be something that brings us to that ‘AWE’ moment.  It can be touching the bark of a tree, seeing a rabbit grazing or listening to nature’s surrounding choir.

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

‘AWE’ Walking Meditation Practice

1) Take a deep breath in. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale. Feel the air move through your nasal passages and hear the sound of your breath. We’ll come back to this breath throughout the walk.

2) Feel your feet on the ground and listen to the surrounding sounds. Return to your breath. Count to six while you inhale and six as you exhale.

3) Shift your awareness now so that you are open to what is around you.  Notice things that are vast and unexpected; or things that surprise, and delight. Take a deep breath in. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale.

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

4) Let your attention be open in exploration for what inspires ‘AWE’. Your attention might appreciate vast spaces, and the sounds and sights within them. You might shift to small patterns, for example of the sorrel on the ground, or the veins on leaves, or a cluster of tiny mushrooms.

5) Bring your attention back to the breath. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale. Coming out of these experiences of awe, we often feel a sense of wonder. Wonder happens when we are delighted by that which surprises us, and we are moved to find explanations and deep meaning.

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

 TREAT YOURSELF TO MANY ‘AWE’ MOMENTS!

A Road In Our Hearts

Chief Luther Standing Bear’s Words of Wisdom  

“There is a road in the hearts of all of us,

hidden and seldom traveled,

which leads to an unknown, secret place.

The old people came literally to love the soil,

and they sat or reclined on the ground,

with a feeling of being close to a mothering power.

A Road In Our Hearts

Their teepees were built upon the earth,

and their altars were made of earth.

The soul was soothing,

strengthening, cleansing and healing.

That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth,

instead of propping herself up,

and away from its life giving forces.

A Road In Our Hearts

For her,

to sit or lie upon the ground,

is to be able to think more deeply,

and to feel more keenly.

 She can see more clearly

into the mysteries of life

and come closer in kinship

to other lives about her.”

 (masculine nouns were substituted with feminine nouns) 

A Road In Our Hearts

Luther Standing Bear  was a notable educator, philosopher, and actor during the twentieth century.  Standing Bear left the confinement of the reservation, but continued his responsibilities, as an Oglala Lakota chief, fighting to preserve Lakota heritage and sovereignty.  He was actively at the forefront of a Progressive movement to change government policy toward Native Americans.  On February 20, 1939, Luther Standing Bear died in Huntington Beach, California, at age of 70 of the flu while on the set of the film Union Pacific.  He was buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery,  far from his Lakota homeland, with his sacred pipe.

Goddess Wisdom-White Buffalo Calf WomanWhite Buffalo Calf Woman’s ancient legend goes back at least 2000 years, and is central to the spiritual practices of numerous Native American Nations. There are various, but similar, versions of White Buffalo Calf Woman’s mythology.   One shares that White Buffalo Calf Woman arrived spending four days with their people.  She was cradling a sacred bundle in her arms.  On the fourth day White Buffalo Calf Woman left in the same manner she had arrived, telling the people she was leaving the sacred bundle, the White Buffalo Calf Woman’s pipe, in their care. She promise one day to return for it and to also bring harmony and spiritual balanced back to the world.

“It was told that next time there is chaos and disparity,  she would return again.

She said she would return as a White Buffalo Calf. Some believe she already has.”

~Words of Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, of the Lakota Nation

Goddess Wisdom-White Buffalo Calf Woman

Goddess Wisdom-White Buffalo Calf Woman

Lakota Instructions for Living

Friend do it this way – that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.

And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.

When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.

If you do it that way – that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One – whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going To Be.

passed down from ~ White Buffalo Calf Woman

I believe we are now seeing Women Wisdom at this time throughout the World. 

We are now seeing Women Wisdom at this time throughout the World. 

 

New Year ~ New Beginning

YESTERDAY’S DOOR 

I’ve shut the door on Yesterday,

It’s sorrows and mistakes.

I’ve locked within its gloomy walls

Past failures and heartaches.

And now I throw the key away,

To seek another room,

And furnish it with hope and smiles

And every springtime bloom.

No thought shall enter this Abode

That has a hint of pain;

And envy, malice and distrust

Shall never entrance gain.

I’ve shut the door on Yesterday

And thrown the key away -

Tomorrow holds no fear for me

Since I have found Today.

~Anonymous

New Year ~ New Beginning

Another Chance

How often we wish for another chance
to make a fresh beginning.
A chance to blot out our mistakes
And change failure into winning.

It does not take a new day
To make a brand new start,
It only takes a deep desire
To try with all our heart.

To live a little better
And to always be forgiving
And to add a little sunshine
To the world in which we’re living.

So never give up in despair
And think that you are through,
For there’s always a tomorrow
And the hope of starting new.

~Helen Steiner Rice, Poet (1900-1981)

New Year ~  New Beginnings

Holiday Stress-Free Recipe

December 1st, 2016 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Holiday Stress-Free Recipe

Follow this recipe to enjoy a happier, more stress-free holiday season this year ~ FOR YOURSELF!

Holiday Stress-Free RecipeIngredients:

 1 package of patience with yourself and others.

 1/2 cup full of gratitude for what’s going right.

 A pinch of forgiveness for not taking care of yourself.

 2 times more positive self-talks than negative self-thoughts.

 1 juicy moment for reflecting on the importance of compassion for all.

 1 large focus on making happiness more important than perfection.

 Add as much self-love needed for personal me time.

 A dash of humor to taste.

Directions:Holiday Stress-Free Recipe

1. Chop holiday preparation chores into bite-sized, easily digested pieces, and distribute to others when possible.

2. Sift out and discard comparing yourself to others.

3. Trim off all worry about what others might think.

4. Generously sprinkle words of encouragement for yourself and others. Blend until hearts melt.

5. Gently whisk away the need for perfection.

6. Skim off your need to control.

7. Simmer your nerves. If your temperature runs hot, take time out to cool down if needed.

8. Combine family and friends together. Mix in laugh-out-loud memories.

9. Top with awareness that you’re not alone. Enjoy the Holidays.

 

Holiday Stress-Free Recipe

Healing Power Of Being Thankful

November 1st, 2016 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Healing Power of Being Thankful

Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis, has been a leading researcher in a growing field, termed “positive psychology.” His research has found that those who adopt an “attitude of gratitude”, as a permanent state of mind, experience many health benefits. Lisa Aspinwall, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, suggest that grateful people may be more likely to:Healing Power of Being Thankful

  • take better care of themselves physically and mentally
  • engage in more protective health behaviors
  • get more regular exercise
  • eat a healthier diet
  • have improved mental alertness
  • schedule regular physical examinations with their doctor
  • cope better with stress and daily challenges
  • feel happier and more optimistic
  • avoid problematic physical symptoms
  • have stronger immune systems
  • maintain a brighter view of the futureHealing Power of Being Thankful

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times,
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

Healing Power of Being Thankful