the world through my eyes

While traveling across France I picked up, here and there, bottles of wine, aperitif, vinegar….mostly because I love glass bottles.  I have them arranged, in the sun-room here, in a way that is pleasing to the eye – my eye

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This morning I walked into the sun-room to find this…life through my sweetie’s eyes…

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So I mentioned this to him …well, after I rearranged things to my liking because, hell, they are MY bottles!

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and he smiled and hugged me because that, too, is who he is.

Welcome to my world!

I might be running away…

Well, I mean, seriously

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does that look like a cozy place to sit and read a book or daydream a bit?

The trees are beautiful

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and the woods resplendent with the white stuff

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but, ask me if I am ready for this?  No way in hell!  My favourite part of winter is the first day of spring!

So, I’m running away………….well, flying away actually.  To Atlanta, where the weather will be:

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with a headline of:

Atlanta: Temperatures to Rise Through Midweek

Now, that’s more like it!

I am flying off to Atlanta for six very much anticipated days.  You see I belong to this circle of amazing women.  We give my own quantum physics meaning to “six degrees of separation” because there are six of us and we have been connected, one to the other, one through the other for about five years now BUT we have never physically been in one another’s presence.    This week we will be.  And we will be spending time, in circle, together. There will be much laughter, a few tears no doubt, much deep soul-filled sharing, and lots of love  because that is what we do. That is who we are – women who love.

Mirza, on the other hand, will be happy to stay home and play!

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Nurturing Thursday October 30th

Amazing things happen when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to be seen.  When we share some of the pain in our heart, in our life, things change.  I believe that. I know that.

This is an abbreviated version of something I posted, a few days ago,  on my FB page and in a couple of groups I belong to there:

I have a son who suffers from schizo-affective disorder. He lives on his own, in Toronto, and November 5 will be his 38th birthday. Sam has no one in his life there, other than his case worker, his housing worker, his psychiatrist and his family doctor. Those are the only adults he has conversation with.

His Dad has Alzheimers and Sam has not seen him, now, since April. It’s just not possible for his Dad to get out, across the city  to see him and Sam has no way to get out to see his Dad.

So, on his birthday, he will be alone and the only phone call, the only contact of any kind will be from me. If you felt so inclined, you could mail him a card or a note to wish him Happy Birthday. Alone is not a good place to be, especially on special days like your birthday or Thanksgiving, or Christmas or….

A note, even from a stranger, in the mail, saying “I am a friend of your mom and just wanted to wish you Happy Birthday.” You don’t have to buy a birthday card, because God knows the price of those is outrageous. Just a note card, a slip of paper to let him know someone out there, in the big wide world, is thinking of him.

This was an idea I had in the middle of the night as I thought of him and cried because, as you might imagine, this story has many layers of heart ache and grief. You don’t need to comment or report to me. If your heart is drawn to do this, then it is meant to be.

This might just be one of those middle of the night crazy ideas! (Please do not repost this) 

Something amazing has happened since this post.  The first wonderful thing is the number of women who said “yes, I will do this”.   And then…………..because when we generate positive, loving, energy out into the world, it changes things, it changes people…..my son got a phone call this morning and he is going to have lunch with his Dad on his birthday.  See what happened. We changed the dynamics.   You know how “they”,  how I say that what we do goes out across the web of life and impacts others?  well, yeah, it really does.

So, now we come to today, Nurturing Thursday.  I have a friend, who blogs – that’s how we connected – and then we connected on FB and then on Skype.  I love her dearly.  She is a wonderful, loving, inspiring woman.  And she is a great mom.

Her daughter, who is a single mom, with a fantabulous son, has just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  See, how your heart just dropped, reading that?  Yeah…..this is scary stuff….AND we are not going to that place of horrible outcomes. No way, no how.  We, all of us who know, or know of this situation are going to do what happened this week with my son. We are going to change things, we are going to send out positive, loving, powerful energy into the web of life for Chelsea.

And here’s how….because just like the situation with Sam, it starts with actions, with us saying “I will” or “I can”.  Chelsea’s best friend has already but action into motion.  You have to forgive poor sentences and grammar in this post.  I am excited and emotional. It’s been that kind of a week.

So, yeah, Chelsea will need to take time off work for treatment – unpaid time. Her mom will need to take time off work to help – unpaid time. And trust me, when I tell you everyone involved is already doing everything they can to help. So……..going back to Chelsea’s best friend….she has set up an on-line fundraiser at “youcaring.com” How perfect is that for a site name?

And here’s what I think….if 200 people gave $10………..well wouldn’t meet the goal of $2000.00  Even I can do that math.  So whatever your heart leads you to do. Donating money, a bit or a lot….praying….sending strong healing energies…..it’s all going to impact the web of life.

Here’s the link…..and if you look, you won’t see my name listed amongst those who have contributed and not because I asked to be anonymous, which you can do. I’m waiting for my cc payment to go through and then I’m bouncing over there to help a bit.  Just sayin’

okay, so, like I said….here’s the link to Fight for Chelsea

I just want to celebrate

It’s been a fun day so far. First this showed up on my FB feed, available in December, and I will for sure be ordering one because THAT birthday arrives in May and, because, well life should be celebrated.

http://www.sunfrogshirts.com/1955-Awesome-Red-Hoodie.html?18679
http://www.sunfrogshirts.com/1955-Awesome-Red-Hoodie.html?18679

And then……….and then…….UPS rang the doorbell

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So, I gotta tell you “I just want to celebrate”

 

You can pre-order the Ebook on amazon now or you can wait till November 1 and order a real life, hold in your hands copy!

I gotta tell you, my heart is beating double time right now.

 

 

celebrating woman

A bit of a different post today. A wee ceremony, or  time out, as we celebrate being woman (with apologies for the few men who follow the blog).

This is something I use in my mentoring times with women.  May it bless you.

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Free image from Dreamstime #921563

 

We honour our being woman today.

Take a few moments, today, somewhere you feel best, feel most yourself. It can be the shower, the woods, flaked out on your favourite chair. Doesn’t matter, only matters it is one of those places where you feel most you and can be uninterrupted for a bit.

Take a few deep breaths, breathing all the way down to your vulva. Hold the breath there for the count of three and gently release it.

Now, on the next out breath, visualize a lovely light pink line from the point of your vulva, separating up towards both your ovaries, like the flowering of a lotus bloom.

See that lotus bloom as you breathe deeply and gently for a few minutes. Feel the bloom cradling your womb, the very center of being woman, of being Creator. (Whether we ever bear a child or not, woman is creator, and the womb is the heart of creation.)

Gently speak these words: “all that I am creates life. Every thought, every breath, every beat of my heart creates life. Today, just for today, may all I touch, all I speak, all that I am be one with SHE who is. Together may we love.”

Gently breathe in and out and when you’re ready, bring your hands together, between your breasts, in the form of a prayer, softly raise your eyes, your face upward and whisper “thank you”.

She Who Walks in Beauty

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