Nature's Healing Gift 1st Day Of Spring

I was out for my morning walk on the first day of Spring.  It was 36 degrees and the roof tops were white with frost. The moon hadn’t set in the west and the sun was coming up in the east shining through the trees.  As I continued on my walk, the crows did not meet me that morning.  It was the robins that joined me, which brought the following message of energized change: Spring time is here, ENJOY!

Nature's Healing Gift 1st Day of SpringNature's Healing Gift 1st Day of Spring

What the Robin Told

The wind told the grasses,

And the grasses

told the trees.

The trees told the bushes,

And the bushes

told the bees.

The bees told the robin,

And the robin

  sang out clear:

Wake up!

Wake up!

Spring is here!

~ anonymous

Nature's Healing Gift 1st Day of Spring

when I started loving myself

When I Started Loving Myself by Charlie Chaplin written on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959 

When I Started Loving MyselfWhen I started loving myself
I understood that I’m always and at any given opportunity
in the right place at the right time.
And I understood that all that happens is right –
from then on I could be calm.
Today I know: It’s called TRUST.

when I started loving myselfWhen I started to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
When I tried to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time is not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I know: It’s called LETTING GO

When I started loving myselfWhen I started loving myself
I could recognize that emotional pain and grief
are just warnings for me to not live against my own truth.
Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

When I started loving myself
when I started loving myselfI stopped longing for another life
and could see that everything around me was a request to grow.
Today I know: It’s called MATURITY.

When I started loving myself
I stopped depriving myself of my free time
and stopped sketching further magnificent projects for the future.
Today I only do what’s fun and joy for me,
what I love and what makes my heart laugh,
in my own way and in my tempo.
Today I know: it’s called HONESTY.

when I started loving myselfWhen I started loving myself
I escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me,
from dishes, people, things, situations
and from everything pulling me down and away from myself.
In the beginning I called it the “healthy egoism”,
but today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

when I started loving myselfWhen I started loving myself
I stopped wanting to be always right
thus I’ve been less wrong.
Today I’ve recognized: it’s called HUMBLENESS.

When I started loving myself
When I started loving myselfI refused to live further in the past
and worry about my future.
Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place,
like this I live every day and I call it CONSCIOUSNESS.

when I started loving myslefWhen I started loving myself
I recognized, that my thinking
can make me miserable and sick.
When I requested for my heart forces,
my mind got an important partner.
Today I call this connection HEART WISDOM.

when I started loving myselfWe do not need to fear further discussions,
conflicts and problems with ourselves and others
since even stars sometimes bang on each other
and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS LIFE!

december looking at the mystic heart

“Where have you experienced humility of heart and simplicity of spirit this year?”

december looking at the mystic heart

In Angeles Arrien’s book Living in Gratitude, for the December, she has us look at the ‘mystic heart’ (the moral capacity within the heart for selfless service and compassionate action).  She recommends that we take time to reflect and give gratitude for our own mystic heart and how it has expressed itself this year in our work, relationships, health, well-being, and difficult circumstances.

December looking at the mystic heart

The utterances of the heart-unlike those of the discriminating intellect-always relate to the whole.

In this sense, the heart shows the meaning of things in great perspective.

What the heart hears are the great things that span our lives,

the experiences which do nothing to arrange

but which simply happen to us.

~ Carl Jung

december looking at the mystic heart

Studies show the more we extend gratitude, appreciation, and compassion, the healthier our heart and immune system become. I am extending all my heartfelt gratitude to all authors, healers, teachers, students, clients, and family members that have contributed to my mystic heart journey this year.

december looking at the mystic heart



November is Seeing Gratefulness

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

novembe is seeing gratefulness

It has been an honor for me to dedicate the Feature Post this year to Angeles Arrien’s book Living in Gratitude A Journey That Will Change Your Life.  The following Thanksgiving Prayer offered by the Haudenosaunee Nation truly speaks to this month’s topic ‘November is Seeing Gratefulness’. Together these peoples comprise the oldest living participatory democracy on earth. The United States representative democracy, fashioned by such central authors as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, drew much inspiration from this confederacy of nations which has been practicing democracy for over 800 years.

Thanksgiving Prayer of the Haudenosaunee Nation

We return thanks to our mother, the earth,

Which sustains us.November is seeing gratefluness

We return thanks to the rivers and streams,

 of Which supply us with water.

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We return thanks to all herbs,

Which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.

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We return thanks to the moon and the stars,

Which have given us their light

When the sun was gone.

November is seeing gratefulness

We return thanks to the sun,

That has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.

November is Seeing Gratefulness

Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,

In Whom is embodied all goodness,

November is seeing gratefulness

And Who directs all things

for the good of Her children.

Adapted from First Nation’s Prayer 

October Letting Be and Letting Go

Angeles Arrien’s  October Chapter in her book Living in Gratitude-A Journey That will Change Your Life, addresses the gratitude of Letting Be and Letting Go. She writes Letting be and letting go are two processes that challenge us every day to accept things as they are, especially during times of change.”October Gratitude Letting Be Letting Go

“The state of letting be requires us to increase our levels of trust and acceptance of what is occurring in the moment, without pushing or holding back to attempt to create a different experience.”

October Gratitude Letting Be Letting Go

“Letting Go is a willingness to release, in the moment, what might impede our progress. When we sense resistance in letting go, this may be a signal where we are overly attached to controlling.”

October's Gratitude Letting Be & Letting Go

September Guidance & Wisdom Gratitude

In her book Living In Gratitude, Angeles Arrien has us look at Opening to Guidance and Wisdom.  She writes “In September, by opening ourselves to both our internal guidance and the wisdom of others, we have the opportunity to choose practices that will help us develop our best qualities.”

September Guidance & Wisdom GratitudeThe author asks “What guidance or wisdom are you opening to now that is strengthening your nature or motivating you to become a more effective individual?”  We can start by listening to the wisdom of our own body.  Many of us are familiar with the old saying, “Pay attention to what your body is telling you.  It does not lie.”

September Guidance & Wisdom Gratitude

 In the book The Power of Infinite Love and Gratitude, Dr. Darren R. Weissman has found that if we attend to the five basics of optimum health, we access more easily the power of infinite love and gratitude. This involves attending to the “quantity, quality of, and frequency of drinking water, eating, resting, exercising and owning our own power.”

September Guidance & Wisdom Gratitude

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth,

so virtue appears from good deeds,

and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.

To walk safely through the maze of human life,

one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”


august gratitude cutlivating peace

We are now looking at the eighth month of visiting Angeles Arrien’s book Living In Gratitude.   August is all about the gratitude of cultivating peace.   The author asks this question “Is it time for you to ‘make peace’, to literally create more peace in your life?” Cultivating peace does not mean avoiding conflicts.

august gratitude cultvating peace

 In The Peace Book, Louise Diamond writes “It simply means to move through in a clean way, without verbal or physical attacks, to find a peaceful and powerful resolution.”  We can move forward through conflict by practicing our problem-solving skills, grounding ourselves, meditating and reminding ourselves to be grateful for the opportunity to create greater harmony and ease for ourselves and others. 

august gratitude cultvating peace

Cultivating Peace

~Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book

Thich Nhat Hanh’s community in France

I vow to offer joy to one person in the morning,

and to help relieve the grief of one person in the afternoon.

I vow to live simply and sanely with few possessions,

and keep my body healthy.

I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety

in order to be light and free.    

august gratitude cultivating peace


July's Gratitude Embrace nature

“July is a month in which to embrace nature, to observe its principles and integrate them into our lives” as stated in Angeles Arrien’s book Living with Gratitude A Journey That Will Change Your Life. This month gives us many opportunities to be grateful for sharing time in nature with family and friends.  It is also a time to show gratitude in helping care for our planet.

July Graretitude - embracing natu

Love the world as your self; then you can care for all things.”


july embrace nature

Earth Teach Me

Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth teach me caring as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep with rain.

~ A prayer from the Ute Indians

July embrace nature


power of equanimity

Continuing to use Angeles Arrien’s book, Living In Gratitude as our inspiration, we look at equanimity for the month of June. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it means “calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation. In theory – All the major spiritual traditions of the world regard equanimity as central to their teachings.  A modern definition of equanimity: cool. This refers to one whose mind remains stable & calm in all situations.

Power of equanimity

“When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, loose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.”  ~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

power of equanimity

“Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy and equanimity.”  ~ Ann Lamott

power of equanimity

may 2013 gift of grace

Due to the tragic April Boston Marathon bombings it is heartfelt that this month’s chapter,“Gift of Grace” from Angeles Arrien’s book Living with Gratitude A Journey That Will Change Your Life, has us explore the relationship between gratitude and grace. She writes “The destiny and true grace of all creation is inter-communion.  This sense of unity, interconnectedness, and belonging accentuates the experience of gratitude, awe, and wonder within us.”

Below is the Boston Magazine’s May issue coverThese are the shoes gathered from the courageous runners participating in the marathon.  This dynamic photo represents the runners’ “Gift of Grace” to the nation.  The nation has already responded by their “Gratitude” regarding this photo’s powerful message.

Boston Magazine runners' shoes gift of grace

Go the following link to learn more behind the May Boston Magazine cover: