Our life paths – flowing like a river.

River by Robert Servais

I was recently in touch with a cousin with whom I had not spoken for quite some time.  We talked about what we are currently doing and also spoke about how we feel we came to be at this point in our journey.  I have been thinking a lot about what she said and I thought I would share some it today in this newsletter.

Affirmations – The Doorways to Health, Happiness and Success

Dorrway with open doorI was talking with a friend the other day and we were discussing affirmations and their positive impacts they can have on our lives.    The Free Dictionary by Falex states that an affirmation is; ”Something declared to be true, a positive statement or judgment. A statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, especially when used for the purpose of autosuggestions. “    My friend shared with me the story of  Émile Coué, a pharmacist and eventually psychologist, who used “optimistic autosuggestion” when giving customers their prescriptions. 

Feel Like A Kid Again!

Coloured MandellaIt is getting close to Christmas time again so you might have thought that the title of this newsletter was about making your wish list for Santa.  Although that would be an interesting activity it is not what I planned on sharing with you today.  Instead I want to share with you the fun and benefits of one of my favourite childhood past times.  Did you know that colouring has become a popular past time for adults as a stress reliever and a tool to release our creative juices.  I never thought I would be spending an enjoyable evening with my 90 year old father colouring or with my 50+ girlfriends as our girls night out activity. The most amazing thing is that I never would have expected to have an  “Ah Ha” moment while colouring. 

Helping Yourself to Heal

There is Hope!

There is Hope!

 

February started off with a great flurry of snow and wind.  How will it end?  No one knows for certain, not even the groundhogs.  Wiarton Willie says it will be an early Spring.  Shubenacadie Sam says no.  And then there is the Wisconsin groundhog who instead of saying the bite will be taken out of winter, he took a bite of the mayors ear!  (Apparently the incident occurred after the groundhog failed to see his shadow so he too weighed in on the side of an early spring.)   Early Spring or a late Spring all I know for certain is that spring will arrive at some time and we are unable to do anything to speed it up. 

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Are You A “Spectator of Life?”

 

Friends sharing special moment together watching the sunsetHave you ever really sat back and become a “Spectator of Life?”  I was thrown into that role earlier this month   I did not go willingly but looking back on it, I would have to say it was well worth the experience. 
 
In early August I had some problems with my jaw which made it very uncomfortable to eat and heaven forbid, difficult to talk.  Timing could not have been worse as we were preparing to go away on vacation which included a family reunion camping weekend.   I had been looking forward to this weekend ever since the last reunion a year before.  I knew my husband was concerned that I was not up to making the trip.  I was starting to question it myself until I received an unexpected message.  

The Letter of Gratitude

Backyard Maple

Our Back Yard Maple

What a quick rebirth this year of the trees and plants. I went up to Midland to surprise my mother for Mother’s Day and upon my return to London 2 days later I sensed that something was different. I was driving down the main road to our home and I finally realized what it was. In the 2 days I had been gone the leaves had burst forth. I was amazed that things had changed so quickly. Like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. Especially surprising to me was the Nordic Maple in our backyard. I had mentioned in my last newsletter that it was late and that the buds were just forming. I thought it would be another 2 or 3 weeks before they would open. As I was heading out on my trip on Mother’s Day I thought that my estimate had been optimistic as progress seemed slower than I had anticipated. You can imagine my surprise when I returned 2 days later to see that many leaves had unraveled from their little shell. What a beautiful sight to see.

Heightened Awareness

 TulipsSpring is here!  Is is so nice to once again be able to sleep with the windows open and to wake up to the singing of the birds in the morning.  Spring is definitely late this year.  Nineteen years ago my father-in-law’s funeral service was held of May 4th.  I vividly recall that it was a very warm spring.  We sat out on our back deck after the service.  The only rain that day was the falling of the green coating that had encapsulated the buds of the leaves on our Northern Maple tree.  We sat underneath this tree, literally watching the buds busting open and the leaves unravelling from within.  In only a few hours 50% of our tree had foliage.   The symbolism of that new birth after having just returning from the funeral was so profound.  From death comes life.  Since then I have measured the timing of spring’s arrival based on the development of the new buds on that tree.  From my speculations the buds will not come into full leaf for about another 2 weeks.

  Each year I seem to have a heightened awareness  of the wonders of the earth and the beauty that erupts from its dark and moist soil.  I am also more aware of the sounds of spring.  The return of the birds chirping in the morning, the laughter of the children able to once again play outside (ironically they are playing road hockey!)  Soon our evenings will be filled with the lights of the dragonflies, the sounds of the crickets and the all too often slapping of skin in our vain attempt to squash a mosquito before it has its treat at our expense.
With this heightened sense of awareness in Spring I realize that there are changes that I  need to make in my life.  I have learned the hard way once again.  I over did things a bit and the consequence was that I have had a sore jaw.  Not the sharp shooting pains I have experienced on occasion but a soreness that is definitely uncomfortable and painful at times.  I realize that I have also been under more stress lately than usual as we begin to face the challenges and reality of aging parents.  But, I am listening to my body and doing what feels harmonious as I bring my body back to a healthy and happy state.   I am minimizing the time I spend doing activities that seem to aggravate the situation, like vacuuming (oh heaven forbid I have to give that up for a while!)  The one change that you will notice is that I will not have a feature article in this month’s newsletter.  Sitting at the computer is something that seems to irritate the jaw and I am guided to reduce the time spent at my pc.  Thus, the writing of a feature article will have to be put on hold until I am guided to return to preparing one.  

  I ask that everyone be even more aware of their bodies and the messages it is giving.  Stop raking before it hurts.  Watch that you don’t over extend yourself with commitments and make time for yourself.  Spend more time with your family and friends.  Enjoy connecting with nature.  Laugh and enjoy life. 
Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s day.  For those of you who are are not mothers celebrate the day too because in some  way you too nurture, care for and love someone or a pet  in your lives.  Celebrate life everyday and on special days like Mother’s Day let’s celebrate twice as much and appreciate it twice as much too!

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Walking The Labyrinth

l11 circuit labyrinthI have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in several Labyrinth walks over the past 10 years.  Each time the journey has been different and each time it has been a spiritual journey for me.  I have shed tears, released grief and anger, I have learned lessons about myself and how to deal with the challenges in my life.  I have also received inspiration and guidance for my future.  I have laughed and I have danced both inwardly and physically.

 

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Moving Outside Our Comfort Zone!

 

Live Life and Enjoy!

Live Life and Enjoy!

 

I came to the realization recently that I can do more than I thought I could.  I can push myself and I can enjoy more of life than I have.  I no longer need to live in a place of fear.  That is right – I realized that my fear was hindering my enjoyment of life.