Gratitude

I haven’t been in my garden a lot lately.  But, today I spent some time digging and unearthing; Pruning and removing old growth. Finding tender blooms, worms, bees and promise of spring.

We have 3 chickens and they were out and about finding their own goodies. Every now and then, 1 would come by to see what I had found.

Grateful for the time to be outdoors and enjoy nature. To put my hands in cool soil,  to see the blooms and feel the warmth of the sun.

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Blooming lung wort
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Blooming hellebore
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Brownie came by for a quick visit.

 

Namaste,

Shobhna

Snow

Doesn’t happen much around here, so when it snows I enjoy the beauty of it all. It’s simply breathtaking to watch the snow fall so lightly and quietly.

To stand in the falling snow, to walk with only the slightest sound on an otherwise silent day.

To behold the beauty of each snow flake.

It’s a different story on the roads. Cars in ditches and people stranded. People seeking shelter, warmth and food.

So I take in the beauty of the snow and remain mindful of the dangers on the road. Mindful about those needing help, and struggling in the cold.

Snow days are beautiful and they give a reason to slow down, help out, connect and appreciate each other and nature.

Namaste,

Shobhna

Aligning with Nature

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Its that time of the year, and I cant resist marveling at the glorious colors that naturally occur. Soon the branches will be bare, and those too will look beautiful. But for now I am breathing in the beautiful hues of yellow, orange and red

 

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Not edible, but certainly beautiful in its own way.
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More beautiful yet poisonous mushrooms. I suppose not all thing that look wonderful are good for us.
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Did you know that Kiwis are higher in Vitamin C than oranges and even lemons? There are a lot of nutritional benefits of Kiwis. As you eat this vibrant fruit, savor its inner glistening radiating patterns too

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A slice of lemon in hot water can start or end a day beautifully.  It does not replace my coffee or tea intake, but drinking hot water with a slice of lemon has a renewing quality of its own. Hot water with lemon is a sure way to align with nature on any day.

Aligning with nature can bring inner balance and peace. It is from this place of belonging and connection that we can take actions  to bring peace to the world.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread. Places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul  ~ John Muir

Namaste,

Shobhna


 

 

 

Labyrinth

 

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I came across this Labyrinth recently and practiced walking meditation. Although walking meditations can be done anywhere, a labyrinth reflects  wholeness, balance and coming back to oneself.   Labyrinths invite a person to practice taking steps with gentle awareness.  

Walking Meditation by  Thich Nhat Hahn

Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.

 Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.

 Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.

Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.

 

Namaste,

Shobhna