Monday, October 24, 2011

A Day Befit Words of Poetry


Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your presence.

Have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.

Receive encouragement when new frontiers beckon.

Respond to the call of your gift and the courage to
follow its path.

Let the flame of anger free you of all falsity.

May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.

May anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of

Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek
no attention.

Be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven
around the heart of wonder.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.


To Bless the Space Between Us - John O'Donohue.
Pictures out at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Honoring Sun Day

As I said in yesterday's blog post, Alobar's enjoyment of the cooler Autumn weather has been noted by the swaying sound of the hammock on the porch. I was able to take a couple of pictures today.

On this Sun's day, he pays tribute in little ways. The alter to the Sun lays out for any who wish to take a moment to sway in the warmth of the glorious rays; to mix up molecules so that the altar, the honoree, and the Sun all become one.

I only imagine that Alobar is in the moment and has no possible want or need for these thoughts.

  May we enter
  Into lightness of spirit,
  And slip frequently into
  The feel of the wild.

  Let the clear silence
  Of our animal being
  Cleanse our hearts
  Of corrosive words.
           (excerpt from To Learn From Animal Being, John O'Donohue)

After I took these pictures, I  had a lie down for a few Sun Day morning moments on the hammock in the Autumn Sun's light, enjoying the seasonal warmth and the golden breezes. Tom was at Hospital on call so I had some hours alone to play and be introspective. I had an awesome CD playing chakra meditations. I have been playing it in the house for the last few weeks and have felt a stronger aura of love and kindness within and throughout the house and gardens. The CD is Tibetan Chakra Meditations, created by Chris Michell and Ben Scott. I have other chakra meditation Cd's, but this one is different; you sometimes don't even know that there is music/sound playing, there is just a feeling of balance. I have included a link to the Heart Chakra, compassion, below. Open up and enjoy.

Peace. (If not interrupted by the Screaming Parrot)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Slow Awakening

Today, I have found the effort to reinvent the essence of my blog: the colors and the template. I have kept up with reading all my favorite blogs over the summer months; I just haven't had the gumption to add anything to mine.

I think that we who live in the South have a sort of "cabin fever" that we experience in the summer rather than the winter. Some days, I felt like a slug, just barely able to slug myself into the kitchen to put together something to eat and something for tomorrow's lunches. The animals also experience this slug metamorphosis. The cats were in sleep mode within moments after eating. They moved ever so precisely to the coolest part of the house- the north front door stoop where we have a screened, small patio- as the temperature and humidity rose. However, just these last couple of days, I have seen the old one, Alobar, a cat with an otherwise quite envious coat of layered fur, chase lizards in the back patio along the screen. I hear the hammock swing on it's chained stand as he jumps on it to take an afternoon nap in the late afternoon Autumn sun. His little sister, Kudra, joins him. Her Siamese heritage allows her to keep her "cool" throughout the summer, much like me. She and I are the ones who will be suffering when the North winds begin to blow in the months to come.

But, now the sluggishness of summer is leaving us day by day. As it leaves, I realize that I have read more books than I can count; I have stacks of papers and magazines and odds and ends on tables throughout the house that need clearing and closets that need reorganizing. The gardens need tending now that the mosquitoes are not as prolific in number as they have been these last few weeks. I feel awake! I am looking forward to spending more time under these Florida Maples and relishing the joy of each moment of this journey.