During slow and sometimes snowy spring, the different expressions under my creative umbrella are presenting themselves as opportunties rejuvenated. It’s surprising, but I did say a prayer. The threads of different parts of my life are pulling together in an updated design and I am happy to respond.
I began Montana greeting cards over 20 years ago, determined to attempt to capture the beauty of our big skies, bubbling creeks, animals, and flowers, both wild and planted. For years I promoted and sold, then just created and gave away, but always loving the process of capturing the moment and creating the cards. I called my business Blue Heaven.
Recently our lively small town has had the opening and re-opening of Gray’s General Store, an inspired project to offer townsfolk a little bit of everything: toys, craft supplies, household basics, socks, candy, frozen pot pies and hula hoops, just to name a few. You can find what you are looking for and often things you didn’t even know you needed.
They also offer a counter by the sunny windows where local artists and vendors can display their goods. The store takes a minimal percentage of the profits and enthusiastically promotes their sales. So voila! my Montana greeting cards are now on display for sale at Gray’s General Store. A most fitting way for this corner of my creative expression to find its outlet.
A few days ago I opened my front door to see this friendly chicken strutting around and apparently waiting for me right on the Welcome mat. While I am wondering whether chickens can read, I watched her pecking around looking for any traces of crumbs, wandering back and forth, checking to see if she could come in (no!) and finally settling quite happily on my deck in the sun. She seemed quite peaceful and right at home, but was obviously not where she belonged.
After some time passed, I realized this new resident in my yard was making no moves to return to her home. I finally posted the picture on my local town site asking if anyone was missing a chicken. After some comments here and there, it turned out that she had been staying at my neighbor’s house across the way. Because their house faces another street, I hadn’t had occasion to meet them but thought I had heard chickens in their fenced yard.
My neighbor and I had a delightful chat meeting each other while she collected up the chicken. But this was only part of the story. This chicken had appeared on the sidewalk of a nearby block a few days previously with no evidence of where she had come from. My neighbor, having a small flock herself, decided to take Miss Chicken in and care for her until her owner was found. The only problem was that Miss Chicken was capable of escaping her yard by flying over a 6-foot fence and had had to be rescued from the neighborhood numerous times. Another visit from Miss Chicken a few days later convinced my neighbor to clip her wings a bit. That day I got to meet my neighbor’s sweet daughter. I do hope Miss Chicken finds her home and family, wherever it may be.
Miss Chicken delivered me a happy happenstance in meeting my neighbors. The symbolic meaning of a chicken appearing is that you are meant to scratch below the surface of your emotions and do an internal evaluation to make sure your are responding to situations from your heart. Never a more timely and appropriate message for me as I am focusing more intently on my HeartSupport Coaching and Heart2Heart Readings. Thank you, Miss Chicken!
A longtime friend of mine once quoted, “In March we march!” Snow and ice are melting and I feel like digging out, breathing in blue skies and tromping forward.
The internal pathway is opening to clearer vistas while leaving heavier sachels of ancient habits discarded by the wayside. If there is a destination, it is Freedom. Based on a quote from Rumi, I recently wrote in my journal: dragging through agonies to the Divine. There the leap of faith.
Tossing these random thoughts out to you as my violet pink geranium has just made it’s spring debut. And reminding me that a heart filled with love can inspire the world.
This photo of fourth of July fireworks was taken years ago by a young friend of mine. Sometime later I enlarged it, added the mantra in the corner and hung it in my previous office. At the time I was envisioning changes in my life, but goals and details were unclear.
Fast forward and I have moved, downsized and found my life going quieter and deeper. 2020 actually helped me somewhat personally but the world has changed dramatically. And this image just recently popped up in my photo archives as a reminder that in order to navigate all that is new, rethinking is once again on the table.
Rethink is defined as thinking again about something, for example a policy or course of action, epecially in order to make changes. I would like to add our behaviors, our thoughts, our actions and reactions and our ability to activate or create change – in a word, everything.
There are habits and patterns of behavior that can add comfort to our lives, but there are others which need to be deleted. I am often found seeking more clarity but at the same time realizing that that place of knowing more likely resides in my heart. I am learning to trust my intuition more and rely on logic less. I also just found this quote from Rumi: “You want everything to be yours? Become nothing to yourself and all things.”
Navigating the zen nature of an earth spinning faster takes aquarian skills to be sure. I would love to continue this conversation with you. What skills are you using to sail the seas of 2021?
My best to all of my readers. Your presence in my life is appreciated!
PS What am I activating? I am returning in earnest to HeartSupport Coaching and my Heart2Heart Readings. See www.livelifevibrant.com for more details or email me at email@example.com.
Solstice approaches and stars are aligning. Actually planets. We are receiving messages from the heavens. Are we listening? Do we understand?
Messages come in many forms, often small communiques and miracles directed to us personally. I was recently pondering the advice of a professional about a certain product. All the information sounded appropriate, but something just didn’t feel right to me. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but I didn’t feel comfortable. I was pondering an answer but wasn’t actively seeking it out. A couple of days later at an odd time of day, I happened upon an television ad for an upcoming special on an entirely different subject. The answer to my question was highlighted in just a few seconds. I knew God had sent me a message. Sometimes it is so direct and so clear that my belief wavers a little in astonishment.
And what about this solstice message for everyone from the heavens above? What collective meaning can we derive as this star shines down upon earth? It is clear that firm belief in a brighter future is required – listening and understanding is only half the story. What actions must we take? Because we are creating the kind of world we want to live in. I do have faith in the miraculous life, where we see our dreams outpictured and gratitude leads us forward. Our thoughts, words and deeds form an evolving blueprint for our next steps on our journey. And each individual step affects the collective.
I went to sleep last night pondering this quote from Nicholas Roerich, artist, visionary and humanitarian: Often a casual and sporadic thought stirs the surface of the ocean of achievement for a long time. A man may have forgotten about his thought long ago, but it continues to fly before him, lighting or darkening his path. Our choices are being highlighted on a grand scale as we conclude the tumultuous 2020.
With the Christmas star gracing the heavens, we ponder its meaning for ourselves and for all humanity around the globe. May our hearts and our thoughts center on our responsibility to ourselves, to our paths and to one another. May our love take flight to where we hear need calling. May we deepen our belief in our ability to create a world that echoes our brightest visions. May we understand the coming of the Christic light and affirm the miraculous life we deserve.
We can all agree that 2020 has been like no other year we can remember. As I acknowledge the many blessings in my life of friends like you, family, a warm cottage, nourishing food and the spaciousness of prayer, I also realize it is time to be grateful for the things that appear to be stumbling blocks on the path.
Although boulders may present themselves, whether small problems or large, we often take the approach of hoping to remove them by magic, more prayers, ruthless action or denial. It is usually the case that none of these is the solution. We seem determined to accomplish a certain outcome, by hook or crook. However, it may be that we have profound lessons to learn from the apparently unfortunate incident or ongoing situation. The divine has many ways of speaking to us and providing grist for the mill as they say, to propel us to a higher walk and a deeper understanding.
Acceptance of all that comes our way, no matter our preferences, may seem a passive act but is in reality an assertion that we are being watched over from heavenly realms – and that we are not in charge of everything! Accepting all the gifts we are given, whether we view them as good or bad, is the direction we will ultimately find most rewarding. It has oft been said that what you resist persists. Going forward then requires welcoming those unexpected packages that land on our doorsteps, listening with the heart to a rhythm new and yet to be learned, and finding the peace and faithfulness to keep moving forward.
Happy Thanksgiving 2020 to my Blog readers. May you find joy in every step!
Dear readers, I know I’ve been quiet lately. Some days it seems there is just nothing to say in the face of …..everything. Other days there is entirely too much to consider.
When I posted early in September, I announced my return to using HeartSupport as the name of my Life Coaching practice. I was also prompted to give my card readings a new name: Heart2Heart. As I have traversed the last couple of months, I’ve discovered that listening to the voice of my heart has become a deeper and more profound practice in my life. I gave myself the names and have then been required to take the training course myself!
Heartfelt communication, no matter how distant or virtual, is a place where I find hope. Watching a wedding streaming across the country, chatting with a young neighbor who restrung my favorite bracelet, communing with friends in the face of struggle, offering prayers for the blessing of souls.
And so joyfully I repeat my 20/20 offer: a 20 minute Heart@Heart Reading for $20 via phone, Skype or FB Messenger video. Good until this end of this unbelievable year. I would love to commune with you, heart to heart. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s Labor Day and I’m excited to finally to make an announcement about my sacred labor. Because of technical difficulties, my website was down for awhile recently. It became an opportunity to refresh and renew the site and my view of the things I love to do to assist others. I’ve revived HeartSupport Coaching and renamed my card readings Heart2Heart, along with listing some other Blue Heaven services that I offer.
If there ever were a time to support one another, listen to our hearts and find ways to live life more vibrantly, 2020 is definitely the time. Here’s the site: www.livelifevibrant.com.
And I am re-posting my 20/20 offer: a 20 minute Heart2Heart Reading for $20 via phone, Skype or FB Messenger video. Offer good until the end of this unbelievable year. I would love to hear from you! Contact: email@example.com.
This word keeps coming to mind. It’s an action to be taken, perhaps even a directive. It’s defined as “to oppose with equal weight or force.”
But in my book, it’s not about opposing. Or the kind of force we are witnessing. Or the kind of either/or where we have to choose. It’s about counterbalancing the state of affairs with the bright light weight of our heart’s wisdom.
It’s about marching right through the battlefield and stepping aside, listening instead to our most self-honoring beliefs and activities. It’s about offering up our love and compassion anyway.
I see friends doing this all over on their individual pathways: rescuing cats, actively spreading joy, writing novels, tending gardens, letting us in on their transformation, moving across the country, caring for the elderly, baking vegan goodies, sharing spiritual insights, being brave in the face of the unexpected. You know who you are.
Take a moment to assess the weight within. Are you counterbalancing today?
It seems these days that people are having to make a lot of difficult and often polarizing choices. The news is full of the directions that people are heading or the group or opinion that they are choosing to side with.
When you think about it, we are making choices and decisions every day and every hour. We can start with what’s for breakfast and proceed from there. It seems difficult when it appears that certain choices have been taken away from us. But even then we have a choice. As many have said, it’s not what life brings us, it is how we choose to react.
Many are choosing to see this unprecedented period of time as an opportunity. We can even learn to embrace the confusion, the conflicting information and the ongoing changes. I am attempting to approach it in a Buddhic or perhaps Zen fashion, stepping back and watching it all happening without having to choose preference or opinion. There’s even some humor in the absurdity of it all at times.
For myself, I am choosing to insert more structure and discipline into my life while also remaining attuned to the flow. Being kinder to myself and others, reaching out further even while we are distanced. Delving into projects long neglected. Staying creative. Attempting to cast aside old notions, patterns of behavior and ways of operating. They all seem to be outdated and no longer useful. A great time to become more mindful.
I recently found an oracle card image that seems to say it all for me. A table for two with a tea setting is in the foreground on an expansive green lawn. Far in the background you see trees, a house, some mountains and a rosey brilliant late afternoon sky. All looks peaceful and yet at closer examination, one of the teacups is broken and a hawk is crossing the scene, indicating messages of minor disruption or potential worry. However, in the sunny portion of the sky is found an angelic image, the dove of the holy spirit, shining light down upon all that is taking place. This is where I want to find myself – involved and yet overlooking it all at the same time. We have the capacity to make the decision to reside in that deepest place of peace within – a dificult choice but we are surely up to the challenge.